FYI-Food: Feb. 1, 2012

Elevation Burger

Elevation Burger, the nation’s first organic ham­burger chain, is opening Thursday at Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort My­ers. The restaurant serves 100 percent USDA certified organic and 100 percent grass-fed, free range burg­ers, veggie burgers, fresh-cut fries cooked in olive oil and hand-scooped shakes. The restaurant will also be open­ing a location off Naples Boulevard in North Naples. Information: 239-437-2377.

Helping the American Heart Association

Attend the beer ($5) and wine ($10) tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Feb. 17 at Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, Naples and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association, Southwest Florida Division. Informa­tion: 239-552-5100 Order 10 or more buffalo shrimp and or a margarita on Saturday at Hooters, 1600 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach and $1 will be donated to the American Heart As­sociation, Southwest Flor­ida Division. Information: 239-463- 6033

Gift card with an event

Book an event at Flem­ing’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar by Feb. 13 for any time in 2012 and receive a $150 dining certificate to use at another time. The restaurant is at 8985 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-598-2424

Cucina Italiana

Naples Italian American Foundation is having Cuci­na Italiana (Italian kitchen dinners) at 6:30 p.m. today, Feb. 8 and 22 at 7035 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples. After dinner, cards, games and mah jongg are played. $18, members; $22, others. Information: 239-597-5210

Food truck rally

Seminole Casino Im­mokalee is offering the Paradise Food Truck Rally from 6 to 10 p.m. every Fri­day through March 30 at 506 S. First St., Immokalee. Food trucks from Tampa to Miami will be serving their signature dishes with items ranging from $5 to $10. Visit to taste tacos from B.C. Tacos; melt-in-your­-mouth grilled cheese from Ms. Cheezious; tacos and burgers from the Purple People Eater; fresh,local and seasonal items from Slow Food Truck and many more. Information: www. seminoleimmokaleecasino. com or 800-218-0007

Sunday brunch

Gordon’s on the River, the new supper club restaurant, is now serving a Sunday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 475 North Road, Naples. Dinner is served Wednesdays through Sat­urdays.$ 29, adults; $15, chil­dren 12 and under. Reserva­tions: 239-213-1441, ext. 214

Special tea

Bramble’s English Tea Room is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubi­lee with a special tea from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Monday through June at 340 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Monday is the 60th anni­versary of Queen Elizabeth II ascension to the throne. The tea includes finger sand­wiches of roast turkey, roast beef, cream cheese with cu­cumber and egg salad; an English scone with fresh strawberries, Devonshire clotted cream and straw­berry preserve, a chocolate crown cup and Queen’s lemon meringue tart and a complimentary tea sachet. A special tea of orange vanilla creme will also be available along with the other tea choices. The cost is $21.75. Information: 239-262-7894

Celebrity firefighter and author

Meet and dine with celeb­rity firefighter Rip Esselstyn and author of “The Engine 2 Diet” at 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and a lecture and book signing will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Register at www.acteva.com/go/Lifestyle-Center or call 239-552-5100. $10, benefits the North Na­ples Fire Department.

Appreciation card

Jana’s Little Prague is of­fering an appreciation card with a free dine-in meal after purchasing five dine-­in meals at the restaurant at 289 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. The restaurant features a name your own price for food on the menu. Informa­tion: 239- 435-3704

Something new

■ Altin’s Cafe & Grill, 368 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, has expanded. Information: 239-261-5853

■ Sweet Frog, a premier frozen yogurt store, is com­ing to Pine Ridge Crossing, 2338 Pine Ridge Road (next to Party City), Naples.

■ The Fresh Market is now selling McClure’s Pickles’ Bloody Mary Mix, a spicy drink mix. Stores are at 4129 U.S. 41 N., Naples; 27251 Bay Landing, Bonita Springs and 13499 U.S. 41 S., Fort Myers.

■ Taco Bell is entering the breakfast market with the Grande Skillet Burrito and Seattle’s Best coffee. The breakfast item will be sold in the West before coming east next year.

■ McDonald’s has launched the Chicken McBites, bite-sized chicken breast and a savory season­ing with a variety of dipping sauces. The McBites comes in snack (3 oz.), regular (5 oz.) and shareable (10 oz.) sizes, and will be available through April in Southwest Florida restaurants.

Super Bowl lineup

Here are some ideas for Super Bowl Sunday. Look for more local options in Showcase this Friday.

■ Seminole Casino Im­mokalee is having a tail­gate party from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 506 S. First St., Immokalee. Information: 800-218- 0007

■ Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill, 8990 Fontana Del Sol Way, North Naples, is having an all-inclusive par­ty for $65 that includes pre­mium liquor, beer, wine and soda, appetizers at kickoff, chicken marsala, churasco steak, pasta prima vera, shrimp gumbo, prime rib sliders and rice and beans at halftime and a dessert bar. Reservations are required by calling 239-431-7611. There will also be open seat­ing to watch the game with ordering off the menu with no minimum.

■ Charlie Chiang’s, 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples, is offering take-out packages for four people at $70, $60, $50 and $40 on Sunday and will give a 10 percent dis­count if you order before 5 p.m. All packages includes soft drinks. If you don’t or­der a package but order off the regular menu to take out, you will receive a 20 per­cent discount. Information: 239-593- 6688

■ Fred’s Food, Fun & Spir­its is offering an all you can eat and drink for $65 at 2700 Immokalee Road, North Naples. Shots are excluded but Absolut, Bacardi, Jose Cuervo, Coors Light, Bud Light, Michelob Light and Budweiser are included. Reservations: 239-431-7928 or freds08@live.com

■ Lee Roy Selmon’s Sports Restaurant and Bar is hav­ing an all-access pass for $63 (not including gratuity and tax) with unlimited food and drinks from 5:30 p.m. until the end of the game at 5056 Daniels Parkway, Fort My­ers. Selmon was an NFL Hall of Famer and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Information: 239- 690-3287

■ Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, is offer­ing rates of $139 per night for Collier County residents and $169 per night for Florida residents for Super Bowl weekend that includes de­luxe accommodations, the big game beachside party from 5 p.m. until the end of the game with unlimited beer, wine and wings for two adults and the supervised Tiki Tribe kids’ program for two children ages 5 to 12.

■ New York Pizza & Pasta Sports Bar & Lounge, Riv­erchase Plaza, 11140 U.S. 41 N., North Naples, is having a party for $19.95 per person prepaid with an open buffet and cash full bar from 6 p.m. to the end of the game. Infor­mation: 239-594-3500

■ The English Pub, 5047 U.S. 41 E., East Naples, is sponsoring a pub party for $25 starting at 6 p.m. with the first keg of Bud Lite free, a hog roast at halftime and a free raffle for a 60' flat screen television, but you must be present to win. In­formation: 239-775-3727

Valentine’s Day

Here are some ideas on how to celebrate St. Valen­tine’s Day before and after Feb. 14:

■ Normans Love Confec­tions has introduced its 2012 Valentine’s Day Collection with the Love & Kisses gift box of special edition heart­-shaped truffles, a Collec­tor’s Edition gift box with 20 pieces of chocolate, Black Hearts, a dark chocolate collection and artisan des­serts. They can be ordered at 3747 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-687-7215, 11380 Lind­bergh Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-561-7215 or www.normanloveconfections.com

■ Richie’s Restaurant, 947 Third Ave. N., Naples, is of­fering a special Valentine’s dinner menu with eight entree choices served with homemade wedding soup, salad, choice of wine, beer or a soft drink and Lynn’s homemade dessert. Infor­mation: 239-403-0042 or 239-263-2600

■ Seasons 52, 8930 U.S. 41 N., North Naples, is offering a chocolate raspberry mini indulgence dessert through Feb. 15. Information: 239-594-8852

■ Whole Foods Market is showing its love to its customers with live mu­sic, sweet giveaways and sample recipes from each department from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. The giveaways are free hotdogs beginning at 11 a.m., while supplies last; when you bring in a reusable bag from other stores, Whole Foods Market will replace it with one of theirs, while supplies last. Shop with a reusable bag at Whole Foods Mar­ket and get 10 cents off your bill per bag or donate it to Candlelighters of Southwest Florida. Visit the depart­ments from noon to 2 p.m. for sampling Valentine’s Day recipes. Vote for your favor­ite recipe and you may win a $25 gift card. Information:239-552-5100

■ The Good Life of Naples is demonstrating Valentine’s Day sugar cookies by Bob­bie Thompson from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Feb. 11 at 2355 Van­derbilt Beach Road, North Naples. Information: 239-514-4663

■ Fleming’s Prime Steak­house & Wine Bar is cel­ebrating Valentine’s Day Feb. 12-14 with filet mignon and prawns, prime New York strip and king crab and colossal North Atlantic lobster tail with lobster mac & cheese for $69.95. Order a red velvet cake with espres­so truffles for two for dessert for an additional $9.50. You can also toast each other with the Bella-Tina that is made with vodka, peach schnapps, peach puree, lemon juice and Mas Fi Cava sparkling wine served in aChampagne flute for $9.95. The restaurant is at 8985 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Reservations: 239-598-2424

■ Blue Martini is having a Valentine’s Party from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 18 at 9114 Strada Place, North Naples. There will be red hot giveaways and a complimentary Heart Tini with a $5 donation to the American Heart Asso­ciation during happy hour. Information: 239-591-2583

Celebrating on Feb. 14:

■ Artichoke and Compa­ny is having a three-course Valentine’s dinner with a bottle of Moet Chandon per couple at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Inn at Pelican Bay, 800 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Na­ples. $68.50. Reservations:239-263- 6979

■ Big Game Waterfront Grill, 2200 Main St., Fort Myers Beach, is offering a romantic sunset cruise followed by dinner for $29.95 plus tax and gratu­ity per person. Information:239-765-7272

■ Ciao Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner with its full menu and Valen­tines Day specials. Visit at 935 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations are required at239-263-3889

■ Il Cielo will have a five­-course prix fixe reservations only dinner for Valentine’s Day beginning at 5 p.m. at 1244 Periwinkle Way, Sani­bel. The dinner also includes a lemon sorbet as an inter­mezzo. $100, per person or $150, per person including wine pairings. Reservations:239-472-5555

■ Parrot Key Caribbean, 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach, has a special menu for Valentine’s day and out­door waterside dining. Res­ervations: 239-463-3257

■ Pollo Tropical is offer­ing a “Two Can Dine for $9.99” on Valentine’s day which features two entrees or a small Create Your OwnTropiChop or a1/4chicken platter with rice and beans, two regular size fountain drinks and a regular size order of yuca sticks or sweet plantains and a flan to share for dessert. Text “SWEETHEART” to 52198 to receive the coupon. Local restaurants are at 3777 U.S. 41 E., East Naples, 239-417-2708 and 5065 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate, 239-304- 0629.

■ Richie’s Restaurant, 947 Third Ave. N., Naples, is having a special Valentine’s dinner with eight entree choices served with home­made wedding soup, salad, choice of beverage wine, beer or a soft drink and one of Lynn’s homemade des­sert creations. Information: 239-263-2600

■ Seminole Casino Immo­kalee, 506 First St. S., Naples, is featuring a special three­-course Aphrodisiac Menu at the Ee-To-Leet-Ke Grill on Valentine’s Day and is having promotions the en­tire month of February with love themes. Information:800-218- 0007

■ Strip House is featur­ing a special Valentine’s Day menu with romantic portions for two to share that includes an appetizer of tuna tartare, a 40-ounce long bone rib eye, a choco­late fondue with pound cake, brownie and fresh fruit, a Be Mine mojito and end with the Long Kiss Goodnight af­ter dinner drink that is made with Van Gogh vanilla, Go­diva liqueur, Strip House chocolate sauce, a white chocolate rim and choco­late covered strawberry gar­nish. The restaurant is at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples. Res­ervations: 239-598-9600

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