SOURCE: Catalina Group

Catalina Group

February 17, 2010 04:00 ET

Upscale Appetizer Offerings, Organic Wine Pairings Spice Up the Menu at Coco's

Rich Flavors. Seasonal Ingredients. Authentic Tastes.

CARLSBAD, CA--(Marketwire - February 17, 2010) - It's not your parent's coffee shop anymore. Coco's Bakery Restaurant ( is expanding its menu offerings to include a tantalizing new line of appetizers brimming with fresh flavors and seasonal ingredients. And to create the perfect taste combination, each appetizer has been perfectly paired with a California wine -- including selections made from organic grapes -- or sangria.

Coco's all-new appetizer offerings include a full assortment of mouth-watering light bites. From warm macadamia-crusted Brie to country-style pork pâté flavored with brandy, from premium Genoa salami to stacks of fresh Mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, these appetizers give diners new reasons to re-discover one of America's favorite restaurants. Paired libations include California chardonnays and cabernet sauvignons made with organic grapes, as well as a selection of merlots, white zinfandels and signature Sangria Frescas in tropical flavors.

"As one of America's favorite dining establishments, we believe it is our duty to bring a more premium food experience to a wider customer type at affordable prices," says Kazumasa Ogawa, president of Coco's and Carrows. "By featuring gourmet ingredients and selections usually only found at much higher price points, we are creating the highest quality -- yet still comfortable and reasonably priced -- dining atmosphere for our customers."

Designed to be shared among friends and family, or as an accompaniment to a favorite entree, these flavorful pairings are quickly winning over the taste buds of "foodies on a budget" and discerning diners alike.

In addition to its new appetizer and wine offerings, Coco's continues to dish up old-fashioned favorites, including pies made by bakers who rise at the crack of dawn, steaming, fresh-baked bread baskets served with real butter, and hot, fresh-roasted cups of premium organic fair trade coffee from the Chiapas region of Mexico. The latest menu additions are all part of a significant investment by Coco's to expand its brand by offering new creations from Executive Chef Heather Gardea, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), while creating an overall enhanced dining experience.

About Coco's Restaurant & Bakery:
It all began in 1948, with one little restaurant along Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County, Calif. Today, there are more than 110 Coco's Bakery Restaurant ( locations throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. More than just a restaurant offering signature entrees, soups and salads created by 'Family Value Chef" Heather Gardea, Coco's is a bakery that prides itself on delivering the tastiest, most mouth-watering, fresh-baked pies, cakes, muffins, cookies and biscuits.

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