Alexander’s Restaurant and Decanted of Naples will host a wine-tasting event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $10, includes the tasting, hors d’ouevres and a $10 credit toward a wine purchase or dinner that evening. Reservations: 239-262- 4999
Ideas for Valentine’s Day
■ 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
■ Kakes by Karen, the award winning made from scratch Naples cake designer, is offering the “I Love You More” Kake Push-Pop Box (small cakes in a plastic container that you push up from the bottom) with flavors made for romance. How can you resist “Chocolate Lovers,” a chocolate cake layered with rich chocolate buttercream and topped with white chocolate swirls or “Lovers in Paradise,” a coconut cake layered with silk guava filling and topped with coconut buttercream and coconut shreds? There is also “Drunken Love” and “Strawberry Champagne Shortcake.” Make someone happy and order a box for $25 and if you order before Friday you will receive a 20 percent discount. Information: 239-514-2567
■Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is offering Collier County residents a romantic Valentine’s weekend package starting at $199 per night that includes a deluxe guest room and a $100 dining credit to use at any of the resort’s restaurants. You can have a candlelight dinner on the beach at Quinn’s or an elegant evening at Kurrents. The choice is yours. Pamper yourselves at the spa, play a round of golf or just relax at the beach or pool. Package is valid from Friday through Tuesday. Reservations: 800-438-4374 and tell them you are a Collier County resident or go to marcoislandmarriott.com and enter code C1J.
■Naples Winery has wines to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Try Flamingo Fling, a chocolate and raspberry port that has the sensation of warm chocolate and smooth red raspberries or Cocoa Beach, a blend of semisweet orange wine and rich chocolate. Tastings are available 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays at Tin City, 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Information:239-732-9463
■Normans Love Confections has introduced its 2012 Valentine’s Day Collection with the Love & Kisses gift box of special eduction 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
■The Good Life of Naples is demonstrating Valentine’s Day sugar cookies by Bobbie Thompson 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. Information: 239-514- 4663
■Whole Foods Market is showing its love to their customers with live music, sweet giveaways and sample recipes from each department 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. The giveaways are free hotdogs beginning at 11 a.m. while supplies last, and 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 inspired recipes. Vote for your favorite recipe and you may win a $25 gift card. Information:239-552-5100
Now open for dinner
Erika’s Cafe will be open for dinner with music by Randy on the violin and Roy on the guitar 5 to 9:30 p.m. starting Thursday at Green Tree Center, 2374 Immokalee Road, North Naples. The restaurant is also open 7 to 11 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 2;30 p.m. for lunch. Reservations: 239-566-7864
Trader Joe’s will celebrate its grand opening of the first Florida location at 8 a.m. Friday at 10600 U.S. 41 N. (the former Border’s bookstore), North Naples. There will be ceremonial lei cutting by store manager Bernadette Pauls and regional vice president Ken Smathers.
Real Seafood Co. features happy hour appetizer specials form 4 to 7 p.m. daily at the bar, lounge and on the patio. Enjoy the restaurant’s signature calamari, fresh raw oyster and crab cakes. Also be sure to see the new sushi menu. Visit at 8960 Fontana Del Sol Way (at Vanderbilt Beach Road, west of Airport-Pulling Road), North Naples. Information: 239- 456-3463
Chocolate lover programs
The Burroughs Home and Gardens, 2505 First St., Fort Myers, is featuring three chocolate lover programs for $25 each at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Feb. 25. Learn about dark chocolate on Tuesday and Feb. 25 and the big world of chocolate on Feb. 21 at 2505 First St., Fort Myers. Information: 239-337-9505
Seagate Elementary PTO will sponsor a fundraiser on Feb. 16 at RedBrick Pizza at 6355 Naples Blvd., North Naples. Meet local author Lisa Trebilcock as she signs her children’s book “N is for Naples” from 5 to 6 p.m. and enjoy karaoke by Happy Time Entertainment from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Check out the Freesytle Coca-Cola soda fountain where you can invent hundreds of flavors. Information: 239-514-3900
Enjoy Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gordon’s on the River at 475 North Road (behind Naples Municipal Airport), Naples. The buffet is $17.95 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Reservations: 239-213-1441, ext. 214.
■ Alberto’s on Fifth Avenue has opened at 868 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. The chef and owner, Alberto Varetto, has more than 20 years of experience in the kitchen and changes his menu according to ingredients that are available. Reservations: 239- 430-1060
■ PiccoBello has opened at 13510 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. The restaurant offers thin-crust pizza, salads, signature pasta and more with a feeling of eating in your own home. To view the menu go to www.pizzeriapiccobello.com. Information: 239-260-5161
■ Skillets is offering a breakfast special of a French omelet for $9.50 made with goat cheese and shaved ham and a lunch special of steak tacos for $8.50 during February. Visit the restaurants 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily at 4170 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-3788; 5461 Airport- Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; or 9174 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-922-9333.
■ Fitzgerald’s, 9070 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, has the following specials: Monday, chicken quesadila; Tuesday, meatloaf; Wednesday, liver and onions; Thursday, chicken pot pie; Friday, a fish fry; and Saturday, steak. The restaurant also has live music from Sunday through Tuesdays. Information: 239- 949-2111
The bar at Bellini on Fifth Italian Ristorante has been renamed the Bellini Cocktail Club and has been remodeled to represent a roaring 1920s style lounge. The bar opens at 5 p.m. seven days a week and features an extensive cocktail list and live music.
Visit at 7 p.m. today at 445 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, for complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cocktail specials and music by Tim “Boogiehead” Poindexter of 2 4 U on the saxophone and Mary Grace on the keyboard 8 to 11 p.m. Information: 239-261-1117
Noodles Italian Café and Sushi Bar is the sponsor of the Stand Up Paddleboard Luau Races to benefit Special Olympics of Collier Count. The races will be held noon to 3 p.m. May 5 at the Bayfront Marketplace and Marina on Naples Bay.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill has introduced the following new offerings for a limited time: Sirloin and crab-stuffed shrimp and lobster macaroni and cheese. Local restaurants are at 4320 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-643-7727 and 12631 U.S. 31 E., Naples, 774-2965
For your information
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