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People name Purple Olive 2012 Taste of the Beach

Purple Olive took three of the top prizes and the People’s Choice honors last month, when the seventh annual Taste of the Beach fundraiser was held to benefit the Betty Griffin House.

Participating restaurants included Amici’s Italian Restaurant, Dune’s Cracker House, Gas Full Service, Mango Mango’s, Napoli’s Italian Restaurant, Paula’s Beachside Grille, Purple Olive, Red Frog & McToad’s, Ripe Bistro, Sister Shack, Snacktime Anytime, South Beach Grill, Sunset Grille and The Wildflower Cafe.

Winners included:

■ Entree: Purple Olive, first; Mango Mango’s, second; Amici’s Italian Restaurant, third.

■ Dessert: Purple Olive, first; Sunset Grille, second; SisterShack, third.

■ People’s Choice: Purple Olive, first; Gas Full Service, second; South Beach Grill, third.

Celebrity judges included St. Augustine Beach Mayor S. Gary Snodgrass, former Mayor Frank Charles, Former chairman of the VCB John Fraser, Beach Blast-Off chairman Steve Cupolo and Beach Blast-Off Co-chair Jennifer Sauvage.

The St. Augustine Beach Civic Association extended thanks to all who made the Taste of the Beach a success this year.