Ash Wednesday special
La Bamaba’s of Naples, 2196 Airport-Pulling Road (next to Target), Naples, 239-793-2225 and Miromar Outlets, 10801 Corkscrew Road, Restaurant piazza, Estero, 239-948-2684, is having the following Ash Wednesday specials today: A fish fajita for $12.95 for one or $22.95 for two; a cilantro shrimp and mango salsa tostada for $8.95; and an Ahi tuna taco salad for $9.95. The restaurant is also featuring a passion fruit margarita for $6.95.
Waterside Seafood & Grill at Miromar Outlets is celebrating the beginning of the Easter season by featuring fish and chips or a crispy cod sandwich served with French fries, cole slaw and a pickle for $9.95 each. The restaurant also has daily specials, and its regular menu includes salads, burgers and pastas along with its fresh seafood. Visit at 10801 Corkscrew Road, Restaurant piazza, Estero. Information: 239-949-9595
Dine for charity
Ciao Ristorante is donating 5 percent of each dinner check today through Feb. 29 to the University of Miami, Miami School of Medicine for its Nicaragua Medical Missions. The restaurant is at 8335 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations: 239-263-3889
Marco Island Lions is sponsoring a pancake breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Marco Island United Church, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. $5, in advance from a Marco Island Lion or $6, at the door. Scrambled eggs will be available if you do not like pancakes.
Alexander Bernard, chef and owner of Alexander’s Restaurant, is giving a cooking lesson on charcuterie, smoked and cured fish that includes a country pate encroute, chicken liver pate, a galentine of chicken with black truffles and home-cured salmon two ways at noon Saturday. $55, includes the lesson, lunch and wine. The restaurant is at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 239-262- 4999
Blue Martini is sponsoring a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres at 3 p.m. Sunday at 9114 Strada Place, North Naples. $35, per person, bring three friends and the fourth one is free. Reservations: 239-784- 4999
Silver Oak Cellars
Silver Oak Cellars, a five-course dinner will be hosted by Fairways Wine Vault at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the Bay Colony Golf Club, 9740 Bent Grass Bend, Naples. Dave Duncan, owner of Silver Oak Cellars, will be a guest speaker. Wines that accompany the dinner include: Twomen Sauvignon Blanc 2010; Twomey Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2009, Silver Oak Alexander Valley 1995 and 2007; Silver Oak Napa Valley 1995 and 2006; Silver Oak Merlot 2007 and Meyer Family Port. $225, per person. Reservations: 239-598-1155
IHOP is giving a free short stack of pancakes 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 28, National Pancake Day, and encourages diners to donate funds to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next visit with a $20 purchase. Local restaurants are at 6631 Dudley Drive, Naples, 239-643-7500 and 1921 Davis Blvd., Naples, 239-793- 0704
Italian dinner and performance
Enjoy an Italian dinner and a performance by the Barron Collier High School Chorus at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Naples Italian American Foundation, 7035 Airport-Pulling Road N., Naples. $20, members; $25, others. Reservations: 239-597-5210
Artichoke and Company is doing a cooking demonstration at 6 p.m. March 2 at 1410 Railhead Blvd., North Naples. Learn secrets to great appetizers and wine pairing. $30. Reservations: 239-263-6979 or dgorman@artichoke andcompanyinc. com
Helping honey badgers
Agave Southwestern Grill has launched a Facebook promotion to benefit honey badgers and other animals at Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens. The restaurant will donate $1 to the zoo for every new Facebook fan through April 15. Visit www. AgaveNaples.com and click on the Facebook logo. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to midnight at 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. Information: 239-598-3473
Pizza, pasta and more
Visit Mangino’s Pizzeria at 1201 Piper Blvd. (off Immokalee Road and Airport- Pulling Road), North Naples, and enjoy a selection of different pizzas that include zucchini, eggplant, tomato, meatball, sausage and sweet peppers, pastas and stuffed Italian bread loaves. Oh yes, don’t forget to leave room for the cookies. Information: 239-254-7795
Norman Love has opened a new artisan gelateria at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd. (next to his chocolate salon), Fort Myers. The store will be open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays serving authentic handmade artisan gelato, fresh crepes and other sweet treats made with love. The gelato is also available at 3747 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-561-7215, Fort Myers; 239-687-7215, Naples
Eating at JetBlue Park
Dutchkinz, Pincher’s Crab Shack, Norman Love Confections and Rib City Barbecue are official concession vendors at JetBlue Park at Fenway South for the 2012 spring training season starting March 3 at 11581 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers.
If you don’t get to the ballpark you can still eat at Pincher’s at 1200 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 239-434-6616; 18100 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239-415-8973; 28580 Bonita Crossings Blvd., Bonita Springs, 239-948-1313; Gulf Town Center, 10029 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, 239-415-4040; 15271 Mc-Gregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-415-4009; and 6890 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, 239-463-2909.
Norman Love Confections is a short walk from the park at 11380 Lindburgh Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-561-7215 and 3747 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-687-7215; and Rib City Barbecue is at 3871 U.S. 41 E., Naples, 239-417-9090; 9191 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-591-3500; 10431 Corkscrew Commons Drive, Estero, 239-949-1006; and 13750 Fiddlesticks Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-225-2825.
Dutchkinz offers pastry like products and gourmet blend coffees that are available at various farmers markets in Fort Myers, Naples, Marco Island and Sanibel Island.
Cookies for kids
Buy a copy of “Crazy About Cookies” by Krystina Castella for $5 at Kohl’s, 6381 Naples Blvd., North Naples, and the net profit of the book will benefit children’s health and education nationwide through Kohl’s Cares program. The book is full of recipes for delectable cookies that will be a sweet treat for your family while helping others.
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