Veteran restaurateur Michael Hernandez is back in Naples after a 10-year absence and is now the owner of Handsome Harry’s. Hernandez was the owner of Mad Hatter on Sanibel, Michael’s Cafe, Bistro 821, Trios, Zoe’s and Aqua Grill in Naples, Bistro 41 in Fort Myers and Mia’s in Tampa. Ten years ago he retired to Whitefish, Mont., but returned to Naples so his children can grow up with grandparents. The biggest change he noticed when he arrived in Naples was the expansion of chain restaurants in the area. Hernandez says he will tweak the restaurant with changes in color and some decor, but chef Tony Biagetti will still handle the menu.
Visit at 1205 Third St. S., Naples, from 11 a.m. to close every day; there’s live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays and 7 to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Reservations: 239- 434- 6400
Naples Originals gift certificates will go on sale Thursday at www.naplesoriginals.com. Certificates are 30 percent off and available in $25 and $50 denominations for $17.50 and $35.
■ Artichoke and Company is doing a cooking demonstration of appetizers with a wine pairing at 6 p.m. Friday at 1410 Rail Head Blvd., North Naples. $30. Reservations: 239-263- 6979
■ Chef Annie Prizzi is doing a wine tasting and cooking demonstration of a leg of lamb and side dishes for Easter starting at 5:30 p.m. March 7 at Wynn’s Market in Naples, 141 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $15, with a 10 percent discount on anything you purchase in the market after the class. Reservations: 239-261-7157
■ The Good Life of Naples, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples, will demonstrate baking white chocolate cookies with Bobbie Thompson from 12:30 to 1 p.m. March 10. Shelly Connors teaches bistro basics from 6 to 8 p.m. March 13 ($50) and classic Irish specialties from 6 to 8 p.m. March 16 ($60). Reservations: 239-514- 4663
■ Learn how to make Easter eggs from artisan chefs at Norman Love Confections from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 14 or 28, 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers. $95 per class. Reservations: 239-561-7215
■ Goodland’s all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Goodland Community Center, 417 E. Mango Ave., Goodland.
■ A Fly-In Cruise-In all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast to benefit Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology and the Lorenzo Walker Foundation will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10 at the Naples Airport, 160 Aviation Drive N., Naples. $10, Tickets available at Germain Automotive Partnership Group at 13315, 13329 and 13491 U.S. 41 N., Naples and 28480 U.S. 41 S. and 28470 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs and at 3702 Estey Ave., Naples.
Charlie Chiang’s is launching a Sunday brunch with six stations from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for $29.99 per person. The restaurant is at 12200 U.S. 41 N.(next to Doubletree Guest Suites), North Naples. Reservations: 239-593-6688
Seminole Casino Immokalee will offer a variety of foods during its Paradise Food Truck Rally from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday in March. Food trucks from Tampa to Miami will serve their signature dishes at a cost of $5 to $10 per item at 506 South First St., Immokalee. The event also features a DJ. Information; 239- 658-1313
Caffe dell’Amore will sponsor a six-course wine dinner with five wines to celebrate spring at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N. (across from Lowdermilk Park), Naples. $89. Reservations and information; 239-261-1389
Cafe Luna is featuring “Lunatic Hour,” from 4 to 6 p.m. daily at the bar at 467 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. All cocktails, beer and wines by the glass or bottle are 50 percent off. There also is a $5 menu that includes chicken sliders, fried calamari, hamburger, garlic knots, spaghetti with meatball, two meatballs and rigatoni with sausage and vodka sauce. Information: 239-213-2212
Macaroons at market
John Landon, a baker and culinary creator, makes cookies and macaroons to order and is selling his delights at the Pine Ridge Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday through May 6 at Bed Bath ’n Beyond Plaza, 5319 Airport-Pulling Road, Naples. Information: 239-248-7501 or www.NaplesGoodCookies.com
Shrimp for Lent
Pollo Tropical has introduced the grilled shrimp quesadilla wrap combo, a grilled shrimp quesadilla salad and the grilled shrimp “create your own” TropiChop, available through Easter at 3777 U.S. 41 E., Naples, 239-417-2708 and 5065 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, 239-304-0629
Winn-Dixie is offering 5 to 50 cents off on a gallon of gas with the purchase of items marked as “fuelperks.” Winn-Dixie stores are located at 4849 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, 239-455-3244; 1602 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, 239-657-7666; 625 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, 239-642-9126; and 14600 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-693-6944.
Trail Cafe executive chef and owner Kris Jubinville has joined the American Culinary Federation, Caxambas Chapter of Naples, and Marco Island with a full professional culinarian membership. The Trail Cafe is located at 12820 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-598-2480
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