MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - May 26, 2011) - From the Grilled Marlin Steak with Jerked Banana and Mango Chutney at Caribe Caribbean Bistro to the Banana Cream Pie at Keys Cafe, the Twin Cities have officially gone bananas. And no one could be more excited than Dole, the world's largest banana provider.
In honor of Minneapolis-St. Paul's designation by Dole as a 2011 "Top Banana Market" and its inclusion in the 2011 Go Bananas After Dark™ Tour (www.dole.com/bananas), the company has released its list of Twin Cities restaurants and bars that celebrate America's most popular fruit. Tops on the unranked list of local bars and restaurants is Caribe Caribbean Bistro in St. Paul, known for its variety of banana-related dishes. To be included, the local establishment must demonstrate a unique connection to bananas or push the commonly accepted boundaries of banana cuisine.
The Tour was conceived by Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, Inc., to offer banana lovers in Minnesota and throughout the country fun, intriguing new ways to enjoy the iconic fruit beyond the customary breakfast and lunch. Dole representatives will be visiting Minneapolis-St. Paul in May to personally honor the "Top Banana" businesses and meet with registered dieticians, chefs, food bloggers and others.
As a "Top Banana City," the Twin Cities have been singled out by Dole for significant local advertising, online, PR and retailer activities to encourage the city's disproportionately large percentage of banana-loving residents to widen their banana horizons even further. In addition to local advertising, Dole will be partnering with local retailers on a number of in-store programs.
Dole is also working with Twin Cities resident Shaina Olmanson, founder of the food and cooking blog Food for My Family, to educate local residents about bananas through public appearances, and sampling and tasting events.
The Twin Cities' "Top Banana Hall of Fame" honorees for 2011:
(listed in alphabetical order by business name)
- Various banana-influenced creations at Caribe Caribbean Bistro including the Grilled Marlin Steak with Jerked Banana and Mango Chutney, and the Conch Fritters with Banana Ketchup.
- A number of entrees incorporating fried bananas at Chino Latino.
- The Rawmlettes at Ecopolitan (Raw-food banana-coconut-flaxseed "omelet" shells with macadamia-cashew cheese, avocado, carrot, onion and cilantro).
- The Banana Curry Chutney at First Course.
- The Bananas Foster Ice Cream at Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe.
- The Banana Cream Pie at Keys Cafe.
- The Banana Nut Martini at The Loop.
- The Banana Cream Cheesecake at Muddy Paws Cheesecake.
- The Banana Crème Brulee at Spoonriver.
For more information on DOLE Bananas, including recipes, serving suggestions and nutritional information from Dole and the Dole Nutrition Institute, go to www.dole.com/bananas or www.facebook.com/dolebananas. High-resolution photography of DOLE Bananas, recipes, serving suggestions and campaign elements also are available.
About Dole Foods
Dole, with 2010 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.