FYI-Food: Dec. 14, 2011

Discount gift certificates

Naples Originals will be offering 30 percent off on its gift certifi­cates Thursday at www. Absinthe and Stoney’s Steakhouse are the new­est members that will be part of the sale.

Wine tastings

■ Enjoy an hour and a half of wine tasting with hors d’ouevres at 5:30 p.m. today 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 Paul Hobbs wine tasting with Matt Hobbs from 6 to 8 p.m. today at 12820 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. $10. Taste sparkling wines with cav­iar tastings at 6:30 p.m. Friday for $25 and on Tues­day taste the 2008 Caber­net by Nickel & Nickel at 6:30 p.m. for $25. Informa­tion: 239-592-0000

■ Taste sparkling wines for Christmas and kosher wines for Hanukkah from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Publix at the Market Place at Pelican Bay, 8833 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-596-0403

■ Complimentary wine tasting and a free semi­nar by Shakespeare in Paradise from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Clive Daniel Home (the former Robb & Stucky), 2777 U.S. 41 N., Naples. 239-261-4663

Tart for a toy

Donate a toy for Toys for Tots today and Thurs­day 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

Eat for a cause

Papa Murphy’s, 4990 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, says Grace Place will receive 5 percent for every regular priced menu item you purchase Thurs­day through Sunday. Papa Murphy’s is a new take ‘n’ bake pizza restaurant.

Grand opening

Simply Cupcakes of Na­ples will be having a grand opening from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at 300 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Receive a free mini cupcake and enter into a drawing for free cupcakes, T-shirts, hats and other prizes. In addition to cupcakes the store also sells Ciao Bella gelato and sorbet and Bar­nie’s coffee. Information: 239-262-5184

Beer tasting

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

Bake sale

Celebration Metropoli­tan Community Church will have a bake sale with holiday breads, cookies, brownies and bars from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ace Hardware, 11673 Collier Blvd. (at Golden Gate Blvd.), Naples.

Dickens Fest

The Dock is sponsor­ing a Dickens Fest from 4 :3 0 p.m . to close Saturday at 845 12th Ave. S., Naples. “A Christmas Carol” mov­ie will be playing on the restaurant’s televisions, the staff will be dressed as characters from the movie, the chef will be making Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim favorites and a string quartet comprised of Barron Collier students will be playing classical Christmas songs. Informa­tion: 239-263-9940

Dinner show

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

Wine dinner

Caffé dell’ Amore is sponsoring a six-course Christmas wine dinner at 7 p.m. Friday 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

Caviar class

Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, North Naples, is offering a caviar class and tasting from 2-3 p.m. Saturday for $5. Registration is required at 239-552-5100 or

Healthy store tour

Join Julie Joiner the Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, North Naples, and tour the store from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday to find healthy and tasty options. Registration is required at 239-552-5100 or Free.

Irish breakfast

Visit Fitzgerald’s from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays for a traditional Irish breakfast. The restaurant is at 9070 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Information: 239-949-2111

Cooking classes

The Good Life of Naples is sponsoring the following cooking classes from 6 to 8 p.m. with Shelly Connors: Tuesday, Spanish tapas ($50); Dec. 28, seafood fest ($60); and Jan. 4, Italian for beginners ($50). The store will be having a tasting and demonstration of spirited chocolate cake by Bobbie Thompson from 12:30-1 p.m. Saturday. Reservations: 239-514-4663

Tuesday special

Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar will be featuring two for $20 on Tuesday of a house salad and Italian Four Play at 1585 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. Reservations: 239-592-0050

Gift cards

■ First Watch is giving $20 in bonus bucks when you buy $100 in gift cards. Go to to buy your cards or visit the restaurants at 1000 Immokalee Road, North Naples, 239-566-7395; 225 Banyan Blvd., Naples, 239-434-0005; 13030 Livingston Road, Naples, 239-213-1348; 26381 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs, 239-390-0554; and 7091 College Parkway, Fort Myers, 239-274-5551

■ Noodles Italian Cafe & Sushi Bar, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples, is giving a $10 gift card when you buy a $50 card. Information: 239- 592-0050

■ Shula’s Steakhouse at Hilton Naples & Towers, 5111 U.S. 41 N., Naples, is offering 10 percent back on all gift card purchase $200 and more and when you spend $500 you receive Shula’s steak sauce and free overnight shipping if you order online.

■ Wharf Tavern, 909 10th St. S., Naples, is giving an addition $20 gift certificate when you buy $100 in gift certificates. You also have a chance to win a three-night stay at the Capricorn House Bed & Breakfast on Martha’s Vineyard. Information: 239-331-4053

12 Days of Christmas

Angelina’s Ristorante, 24041 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs is offering the following holiday specials for the 12 days of Christmas: Free dessert on Wednesday; buy-one-get-one free beer and wine by the glass in the lounge on Thursday; half price appetizers on Friday; 67 percent off appetizers on Saturday and Sunday; free pasta course with dinner on Monday; 50 percent off any bottle of wine valued up to $175 on Tuesday; free dessert on Dec. 21; buy-one-get-one free beer and wine by the glass in the lounge on Dec. 22; free miniature rum cake Dec. 23 and 24.

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

■ 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

Chocolate news

■ Sign up for the Godiva Chocolate Rewards Club at and receive a free piece of candy once a month. The local Godiva Chocolatier is at Coastland Center mall, 1974 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239- 403-0055

■ Sweet Hartz Chocolates, 3106 U.S. 41 N., Naples, now has sable truffles made with a dark, rich mild chocolate. Information: 239-352-6800

Something new

Chef Chuck Jaloski has been appointed vice president of culinary operations for Stonewood Grill & Tavern. Jaloski will introduce new culinary trends to the Stonewood Grill and Peach Valley Cafe brands. New dishes that have appeared on the Stonewood menus in December are char grilled oyster and thick, oak grilled bone-in cowboy ribeye steak.


The Lee County Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution to honor Norman Love Confections’ 10th anniversary and for Norman and Mary Love’s philanthropic generosity and success for bringing positive attention to Lee County. They were also recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit which will continue next year with the addition of Artisan Gelato by Norman Love.

For your information

Did you know that Birds Eye introduced the first frozen food in 1930 and called it Frosted Food?

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