The following are wine tastings happening around Naples:
■ Alexander’s Restaurant and Decanted are sponsoring a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m. today at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $10, will be credited toward purchase of wine that evening. Reservations: 239-262- 4999
■ Tony’s off Third is sponsoring a wine tasting by Orin Swift Cellars at 5:30 p.m. today at 1300 Third St. S., Naples. Taste the Prisoner, Saldo Zinfandel, Papillon Proprietary Red, Abstract Proprietary Red, D66 Grenach and others. $25, includes a $10 coupon toward a purchase of a featured wine. Reservations: 239-262-7999
■ Artichoke and Company is having a food and wine tasting of whites and reds from 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at 1410 Rail Head Blvd., North Naples. $28. Reservations: 239-263- 6979
Wynn’s Market is celebrating its customers from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at 141 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Enjoy tasting of the charcuterie department and be introduced to the low-carb entrees and new summer recipes. You will also find out about the children’s in the kitchen summer package, cooking classes and demonstrations that will be going on through the summer.
Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Noon is hosting an International Fest from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Promenade, 26851 S. Bay Drive, Bonita Springs. Taste wine and beer from around the world with food pairings by Roy’s, Silver Spoon, Outback Steak House, C Level, Fitzgerald’s, Olde Naples Chocolates, Artichoke & Company, Russell’s Cookouts & Clambakes and C Grape Chef. Admission is free and tastings are $2 to $5 each.
Whole Foods Market is having a spring brunch block party, with sampling in each department from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. Taste your way around the store and vote for your favorite dish. Drop off your ballot at customer service and you might win a $25 Whole Foods Market gift card. Information: 239- 552- 5100
Naples Italian American foundation is sponsoring Abbruzzo Night at 7 p.m. Sunday at 7035 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples. The evening features Abbruzzo cuisine, points of interest about the region and music is by J. Desimone. $35, members; $35, guests. Reservations: 239- 597- 5210
Clans of Ireland dinner party
The Clans of Ireland USA is holding a Clans of Ireland dinner party at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Noodles Italian Cafe and Sushi Bar, 1585 Pine Ridge Road, North Naples. Maire Peters, a journalist, publicist and creator of one of Ireland’s longest-running television show, will be the guest speaker. $26.50. Reservations: 239-592- 0050
■ Charlie Chiang’s Restaurant wants you to bring the kids to eat with you, and on Tuesdays children will eat free for a limited time. They will also learn three words in Chinese from manager Ying Betz. On Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to close, sushi will be half price. Visit at 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Reservations: 239-593- 6688
■ Stonewood Grill & Tavern has selected martinis for $6 on Wednesdays at 7935 Airport-Pulling Road, North Naples. Information; 239-593- 0001
Free breakfast for students
Students will be getting free breakfast from 6 to 8:30 a.m. Monday at McDonald’s for the first day of FCAT testing. Students receive a free Egg McMuffin, a package of apple slices and 1 percent milk or orange juice. If you are under 15, you must be accompanied by a parent.
Shelly Connors is teaching a steakhouse dinner boot camp from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at the Good Life of Naples, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. $65. Reservations: 239-514- 4663
Sip and sample
The Village on Venetian Bay is sponsoring a sip and sample event from 5 to 7 p.m. April 19 at 4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Purchase a passport for $25 at Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, 4270 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, and receive a 10 percent coupon toward dinner in the downstairs bar during April. Proceeds from the event benefit Friends of Foster Care.
Gift card bonus
Buy $100 in gift cards through June 17 from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, 8985 U.S. 41 N., North Naples, and receive a $20 bonus card. The restaurant is open for dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Information: 239- 598-2424
Meet Jim Lustenader, author of “Paris Second Images from a Street Photographer,” and have lunch at noon April 19 at Chez Boët French Home Cooking. The restaurant is at 755 12th Ave. S., Naples. Lustenader will discuss his collection of storytelling images taken while traveling to Paris during 100 trips. $25, includes a traditional Parisian bistro two-course luncheon with a glass of wine. Copies of the book will be available for purchase to be signed. Reservations: 239- 643- 6177
Be part of the oyster-eating contest that benefits the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21 at the Timbers Restaurant and Fish Market. The restaurant is at 703 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel Island. Information: 239- 395-2233
Sweepstakes to Napa Valley
Decanted is sponsoring a sweepstakes for a couple to win a trip to Napa Valley that includes roundtrip coach airfare, accommodations for four days/ three nights and visits to 12 wineries, including Martinelli Vineyards, ZD Wines and Gargiulo Vineyards. Enter at decantedwines.com/napatrip or at 1410 Pine Ridge Road, Naples. If you make a purchase online or at the store, you will also be automatically entered to win. You may enter once a day through July 31.
Enjoy breakfast and dinner at the Gasparilla Inn & Club main dining room through April 30. Dinner is a four-course dining experience Thursdays through Sundays, and breakfast is served daily. The inn is at 500 Palm Ave., Boca Grande. Reservations are required for dinner by calling 941-964- 4535
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