FYI-Food : Dec. 7, 2011

Editor’s Note: If your restaurant will be open on Christmas or New Year’s Day and you would like it to be listed in the paper, please send the name, time, address, telephone number and whether you will have a special menu or your regular menu to smesulam@naplesnews.com

Free classes

The Alliance for the Arts Greenmarket, 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, will feature free classes on foods with high concentrations of natural nutrients that boost the immune system at 10 a.m. Saturday by Don Anthony of the Lee Memorial Health System.

Cookie sale

Faith Lutheran Church is having a homemade cookie sale from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at 4150 Goodlette-Frank Road N., Naples. Proceeds benefit the Sisters of Faith Mission.

Anniversary celebration

Charlie Chiang’s Restaurant will celebrate its anniversary from 6 p.m. to close Saturday at 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Enjoy music by staff members Melissa Miles, vocalist, and Ivan Projonoto, guitarist, while you enjoy a complimentary sushi bite and a glass of house wine. Reservations: 239-593-6688

Wine tastings

■ Enjoy an hour and a half of wine tasting with hors d’ouevres at 5:30 p.m. Dec . 14 at Alexander ’s Restaurant, 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The $10 charge includes a credit toward a wine purchase or dinner that evening. Reservations: 239-262-4999

■ The Wine Merchant will have a free Titus Vineyard wine tasting with Eric Titus from 6 to 8 p.m. today and a Paul Hobbs wine tasting with Matt Hobbs ($10) from 6 to 8 p.m . Dec . 14 at 1 2 820 U.S . 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-592-0000

Wine dinner

Caffé dell’Amore is sponsoring a six-course Christmas wine dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 16 at 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Enjoy soup of the seven fishes, grilled vegetables with Tomini cheese, goat milk ricotta gnocchi with sausage fennel ragu, Tuscan lamb, a cheese plate and Christmas sweets all paired with Italian wines. $89, per person. Reservations: 239-261-1389

Beer tasting

Whole Foods Market is having a tasting of 35 different beers from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec . 16 at 9101 Strada Place, Naples. $5, proceeds benefit Avow Hospice.

Dinner show

Artichoke and Company is presenting a Christmas dinner show with a Frank Sinatra tribute from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 16 and 17 at the Inn at Pelican Bay, 800 Vanderbilt Beach Blvd., Naples. $54. Reservations: 239-263-6979

New sushi chef

Chef Jain Lin is the new sushi chef at Charlie Chaing’s Restaurant, 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Lin was trained under Japanese chef Akio and his highlights are Tako Su, Tuna Tataki, Hawaiian roll, Crystal roll, Flamingo roll and sashimi and sushi boats. Dine at the restaurant’s sushi bar through Dec. 20 and receive a complimentary sushi bite. Reservations: 239-593-6688

Culinary classes

Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples, is offering a healthy way to entertain from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday ($10) and a caviar class and tasting from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 17 ($5). Registration is required at 239-552-5100 or www.acteva.com/go/LifestyleCenter

Tart for a toy

Donate a toy for Toys for Tots Dec. 14 and 15 and receive a free key lime tart with your purchase of an entree at Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, Village on Venetian Bay, 4270 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples. Reservations: 239-649-5552

Gift certificates

The following restaurants are offering a gift for you when you buy gift certificates:

Bamboo Café French Home Cooking, 755 12th Ave. S., Naples, is giving a $20 gift certificate when you buy $100 worth of certificates through Dec. 15. Information: 239-643-6177

■ Carrabba’s is giving a $20 Amore Bonus Card when you purchase $100 in gift cards and you will also be entered for a chance to win $5,000 when you order online at carrabbas. com. Local restaurants are at 4320 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-643-7727; 12631 U.S. 41 E., Naples, 239-774-2965; and 27220 Bay Landing Drive, Bonita Springs, 239-949-0981

Shula’s Steak House, 5111 U.S. 41 N., Naples, is giving 10 percent back in gold gift certificates when you purchase $100 to $500 gift cards and 20 percent back when you purchase $501 and over. All gift card purchases will also be entered into a drawing for a Shula’s signature football with an authentic signature by Don Shula. Information: 239-659-3106

Stonewood Grill & Tavern, 7935 Airport-Pull¬ing Road, North Naples, is giving a $20 bonus when you purchase $100 in gift cards; a $30 bonus for $150; a $40 bonus for $200; and a $50 bonus or $250. Information: 239-593-0001

The Capital Grille, 9005 Mercato Drive, North Naples, is giving a 10 percent bonus when you buy $500 or more in gift cards and four Capital Grille steak knives. Information: 239-254-0640

Holiday foods to go

Caffé dell’Amore, 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, is offering a tray of lasagne alla bolognese for $96, regularly $120. Information: 239-261-1389

■ Grace and Shelly’s Cupcakes has introduced ginger¬bread, peppermint and eggnog flavors for the holidays. A box of 12 cupcakes with a red and gold ribbon are $30 and individuals cupcakes are $2.95. Mini cupcakes are $12 in a box with red and gold ribbon or $1 each and four cake pops are $10 or $2.50 each. Giant cupcakes are $27. The stores are at 1803 U.S. 41 N., Naples. 239-441-8944 and the Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave. (U.S. 41), Fort Myers, 239-415-0300.

GreekElicious Greek Restaurant, 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., North Naples, has Christmas baskets full of Greek pastries which includes baklava, kataifi, cookies and other goodies. Gift cards are also available. Information: 239-325-8531

Sassy Cakes, 837 Fourth Ave. S., Naples, has decorated cupcake gift sets for $17.50 for a dozen minis or $32.50 for two dozen. The large cupcakes are $36 per dozen. All sets must be pre-ordered and come with ribbons and ornaments. Flavors available in December include eggnog, hot cocoa, chocolate mint and peppermint candy cane. Information: 239-687-5100

Open on Christmas

The following restaurants will be open on Christmas Day, Dec. 25:

Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Christmas, 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 at the Village on Venetian Bay, 4270 Gulfshore Blvd. N., Naples. Reservations: 239-649-5552

Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits, 2700 Immokalee Road, North Naples, will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. and will be serving dinner for $29.95 for adults and $10.95 for children. Reservations: 239-431-7928

Shula’s at Hilton Naples & Towers, 5111 U.S. 41 N., Naples, will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a four¬course Christmas menu for $55 per person or the regular menu. Reservations: 239-430-4999

Strip House at Naples Grande Resort, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, is offering a la carte specials in celebration of Christmas and New Year’s. The restaurant will be open from 5 to 10 p.m. Christmas Eve and Day and 6 p.m. to midnight New Year’s Eve with party favors and a complimentary Champagne toast at midnight and 5 to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day. Reservations: 239-598-9600

Holiday tea

Bramble English Tea Room is offering a special holiday afternoon tea during December that includes finger sandwiches of roast turkey, roast beef, egg salad and cream cheese with cucumber along with English scones with strawberries, Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry preserves, pumpkin cheesecake, rum balls chocolate cake with rum cocoa butter and holiday berry and cherry cinnamon teas. Visit at 340 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations: 239-262-7894

Food at the Garden

Tastebuds Custom Catering has reopened the café cart at Naples Botanical Garden and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples. Enjoy a salads, specialty sandwiches, cookies, ice cream and drinks while visiting the gardens. Information: 239-774-3663 or www.TastebudsCustomCatering.com

Zucchini blossoms

The season for zucchini blossoms will soon be ending and Ristorante Ciao still has some for your enjoyment. Visit at 385 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Information: 239-263-3889

For your information

Did you know that in the past 20 years the consumption of snack foods has gone up 233 percent?

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