FYI: July 14, 2010

Wine dinners

■ Bistro 821 will sponsor a wine dinner with Anura Vineyards of South Africa on Friday at 821 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. $55. Reservations: 261-5821

■ Angelina’s Ristorante will host “Spend the Summer in Italy,” a wine dinner, at 6:30 p.m. July 21 at 24041 U.S. 41, Bonita Springs. Wines from the Friuli and Trentino regions will be paired with a four-course dinner. $89. Reservations: 390-3187

Chili cook off

Judge the best chili at the Chili Cook Off at 6 p.m. Monday at the Pink Shell Beach Resort and Spa, 275 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach. Bring nonperishable food to be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Information; (239) 463-6181

Cooking lessons

Le Lafayette French Gourmet Restaurant is offering cooking classes at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays through Aug. 31. Beef bourguignon will be made on Tuesday and crepes suzette on July 27 at 375 12th Ave. S., Naples. The cost is $29.50 and includes lunch and soft drinks. Reservations: 403-7861

Happy hour

Yabba Island Grill, 711 Fifth Ave. S., Naples and Pazzo! Cucina Italiana, 853 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, have happy hour from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with half-priced well and select beers and $5 wines by the glass.

Wine sampling

Sample wines from Down Under and learn cheese pairings from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples. $10 . Registration is required at www.acteva.com/go/LifestyleCenter or 552-5100.

Dog days

■ The Dock invites diners and their dogs to enjoy food and drink specials from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at 845 12th Ave., Naples. Canines get biscuits and water bowls; humans order off the menu. Information: 263-9940

■ Eat at Angelina’s Ristorante on Wednesdays starting Wednesday through Aug. 25 and 5 percent of the bill will be donated to the Lee County Domestic Animal Services’ Community Pet Pantry Network. The restaurant has a summer special of $28 for a four-course prix fixe dinner and half price wine specials. Visit at 24041 U.S. 41. Reservations: 390-3187

$29.95

■ Handsome Harry’s Third Street Bistro is offering a three-course early dining menu for $29.95 at 1205 Third St. S., Naples. Reservations: 434-6400

■ Vivi Ristorante is offering an appetizer and most entrees from its regular menu with a bottle or red wine and tiramisu for dessert for $29.95 per couple during the summer. Visit at Coastland Center mall, 1900 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 434-9923

Specials

■ Ciao Ristorante is offering a three-course dinner for $25 available all night Mondays through Saturdays at 835 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations: 263-3889

■ Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 8985 U.S. 41 N., Naples, is offering the following:

Three-course dinners for $39.95 through Sept. 27 Entree choices are beef flemington or cedar plank broiled barramundi.

A prime rib dinner with a salad, side dish and dessert for $29.95 will be available Sunday and July 25.

Reservations: 598-2424 or www. flemingssteakhouse.com

■ Fred’s Food Fun & Spirits will discount 50 percent on all appetizers from the tapas menu and serve shots and margarita shorties for $2 from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sundays for karaoke hospitality night beginning Sunday. The restaurant is at the Uptown Plaza, 2700 Immokalee Road, Naples. Reservations: 431-7928

Cool off

Beat the heat with a cool sorbet this hot, humid summer. RedBrick Pizza now offers mango, strawberry, lemon, blood orange, raspberry and blueberry pomegranate. Visit at 6344 Naples Blvd. (across from the Hollywood 20 theater), Naples. Information: 514-3900

Something new

Pollo Tropical has created a new grilled chicken quesadilla wrap for $4.99. The wrap is made with a grilled chicken breast, melted cheddar jack cheese, fresh diced tomatoes with a tangy chipotle dressing on an 8-inch flatbread served with a side dish and a drink. Local stores are at 3777 U.S. 41 E., Naples, 417-2708 and 5065 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, 304-0629

Cheese tasting

Taste eight cheeses and accompaniments and learn about each from 9 a.m. to noon July 24 at Ridgway Bar and Grill, 1300 Third St. S., Naples. $50. Reservations: 262-5500

Gone fishing

The Bay House, 799 Walkerbilt Road, Naples, is closed for the summer for renovations and will re-open in September.

Award

The Capital Grille was voted a diner’s choice favorite on Open Table’s 2010 Best American Cuisine Winners-Top 50 Restaurant List. The local Capital Grille is at 9005 Mercato Drive, Naples. Information: 254-0640

Wine flour

Now you can chew your wine when you get Marché Noir’s wine flour products. The company makes pasta from leftover grape skins that not only taste good, but are said to have health benefits. Go to www.marchenoirfoods.com/wineflour.html to learn more.

Taste of Lee

Get a Taste of Lee at the tropical fruit festival from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 24 at First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers. The event features free tastings of locally grown fruits and vegetables and freshly caught seafood. Cheese, honey, herbs, citrus, fruits, vegetables and seafood will be on sale and classes by local experts on the care of tropical fruit trees and food preservation will be given. $1; free for children 8 and younger.

For your information

Did you know that the pineapple originated in South America and did not reach Hawaii until the early 19th century?

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