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
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 $10. Visit to taste tacos from B.C. Tacos; melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese from Ms. Cheezious; tacos and burgers from the Purple People Eater; fresh,local and seasonal items from Slow Food Truck and many more. Information: www. seminoleimmokaleecasino. com or 800-218-0007
Gordon’s on the River, the new supper club restaurant, is now serving a Sunday brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 475 North Road, Naples. Dinner is served Wednesdays through Saturdays.$ 29, adults; $15, children 12 and under. Reservations: 239-213-1441, ext. 214
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.
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
■ 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 email@example.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
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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