A leading Appleton Wisconsin restaurant, Osorio’s Latin Fusion, has been cited as one of the top restaurants in the country for its specialty cocktails in the Spring issue of el Restaurante magazine.
June 13, 2014 – Appleton, WI – Osorio’s Latin Fusion, a popular family restaurant in Appleton, WI is celebrating national notoriety following the publication of the Spring issue of el Restaurante magazine. Featured as one of the top four restaurants in the nation for creativity in cocktail creation, the Appleton restaurant is in good company alongside Latin and International restaurants in much larger metropolitan areas.
“I was impressed by the fact that we are ranked with restaurants in Brooklyn, San Diego and Dallas,” commented Osorio’s Latin Fusion owner, Kim Finnell. “Our quaint little town is on the culinary map because of our restaurant. That makes us very happy.”
Cited for three specific signature cocktails, created exclusively at Osorio’s Latin Fusion, the restaurant has seen a recent spike in the sales of each. The Cucumber Chili Margarita, Fresh Ginger Mango Margarita and the Cantarito are perfect examples to reflect the beverage trends of the millennial consumer, according to the Technomic 2014 BarTAB Report.
“Millennials seem to be making drink choices in restaurants and bars more on the basis of desiring a particular flavor experience,” stated Donna Hood Crecca, Senior Director at Technomic, in the el Restaurante feature article “Creative Cocktails” by Karen Furore. “Their adult beverage portfolio is broad and varied. Millenials are driving many of the trends occurring in spirits, wine and beer, including the growth of premium and above-premium products.”
Specialty and signature cocktails are a large part of the Osorio’s Latin Fusion dining experience, in addition to the International and Latin cuisine created from Osorio’s family recipes and from the culinary minds of Executive Chef and co-owner, Liborio Osorio, and his crew.
“We create our specialty cocktails with the idea of providing the perfect flavor sensation to accentuate the wonderful tastes created in our kitchen,” Finnell added. “Being mentioned in el Restaurante magazine for our creative cocktails has reinforced that we are on the right track.”
Monthly pairing dinners of both International and Domestic wines, local breweries and Osorio’s Latin Fusion specialty cocktails matched with carefully selected four course menus have become a successful tradition for the Appleton restaurant. Often featuring International libations, including their now nationally famous and signature specialty cocktails, the dinners have become a popular local event, growing in attendance each month since the opening of the restaurant in 2012.
“The idea of pairing wine with our incredible cuisine was a no-brainer,” Finnell said with a grin. “The next step was to include beer and cocktails that folks really enjoy at our bar. Our ‘People’s Choice Apps and Taps’ tasting on the 17th of June, featuring the beers of the Wisconsin Brewing Company and appetizers by Chef Libo, is getting an amazing response.”
Osorio’s Latin Fusion enjoys the support of the community as the restaurant’s reputation spreads to a national level. Providing not only the International and Latin cuisine that has quickly gained great popularity in the area, Osorio’s Latin Fusion prides itself in being a warm and welcoming family restaurant. With a full children’s menu and a dietary, gluten free selection, the Appleton restaurant offers something for everyone.
ABOUT OSORIO’S LATIN FUSION:
This Appleton, WI restaurant is located at 1910 N. Casaloma Drive, between the Fox River Mall and Timber Rattler’s Stadium. For reservations, call 920.955.3766.
For more information on Osorio’s Latin Fusion, visit: www.osorioslatinfusion.com
JD Arbuckle is a freelance journalist specializing in consumer education on a variety of topics including specialty cocktails, International cuisine and peanut butter.