FYI-Food: Jan. 11, 2011

Wine tastings

■ Alexander’s Restaurant and Decanted of Naples are hosting a wine tasting event from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The $10 charge includes the tasting, hors d’ouevres and a $10 credit towards a wine purchase of dinner that evening at the restaurant. Reservations: 239-262-4999

■ Artichoke and Company are having a wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St., Naples. $25, Reservations: 239-263-6979

Hot dogs

All natural hot dogs and veggie dogs free of artificial colors, flavors or preservatives are available Wednesday through Sundays for $1.99 outside Whole Foods Market, 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. Mustard, relish, chopped onions, chili and shredded cheese are available as complimentary toppings. Information: 239-552-5100

Cocktail party

Vote for the Naples Original signature cocktail from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a cocktail party at Stoney’s Steakhouse, 403 Bayfront Place, Naples. The $10 cover charge may be applied for dinner. Mixologist David Ortiz will be the emcee and drinks will be served at 15-minute intervals while you vote for your favorites. Choices are the Basil Lemonade in Naples, Hummingbird in West Coast Florida, Naples Punch, Americano Sour in Naples, the Naples Coconut Mojito and Welcome to Naples.

Donuts for charity

Charity for Change will receive a percentage of all sales from Peace, Love & Little Donuts from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at BP Gas Sation, 2201 U.S. 41 N. (corner of Mooring Line Drive), Naples. You will also get a baker’s dozen (13 for the cost of 12) when you buy a regular dozen donuts. There will also be live a breakfast broadcast from WINK TV and an 8 a.m. broadcast of Kickin’ It With Kyle. The celebration continues from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with a DJ, Zumba classes, face painting and children’s crafts. Make-A-Wish Foundation will also receive proceeds from the fund raiser weekend.

Calendar and restaurant guide

John Bartoldus, the artist and creator of the Naples Calendar and Restaurant Guide, will be signing his calendars at the Naples Art Crafters show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cambier Park. The park is at 755 Eighth Ave. S., Naples. The calendars are also sold at all the branches of the Collier County Library benefitting the Friends of the Library.

Barbecue

The Collier County Bar Association barbecue will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 6570 Sable Ridge Road, Naples. The event not only features great food by Fernandez the Bull, but music by the Dazzling De Rays and an open bar of beer, wine and soft drinks. The cost of $40 per person or $60 per couple benefits Grace Place for Children and Families. Reservations: 239-252-8250

Winter menu

The Capital Grille has introduced a new winter menu for lunch just in time for our cold spell. Warm up with a first course of a delectable roasted pepper soup or a thick New England clam chowder or if it turns warmer you can get the field greens. Your main course sandwich choices are a perfectly cooked Wagyu cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and crisp onions, a lobster roll or a mini tenderloin. You also get a side of roasted root vegetables, French green beans or truffle fries that you wish you mother made when you were growing up. The three item plates are $18. Visit at the Mercato, 9005 Mercato Drive. Reservations: 239-254-0640

La galette des rois

La Galette des Rois or King’s Cake, a puff pastry filled with almond cream, are now being made at Bamboo Cafe French Home Cooking, 755 12th Ave. S., Naples. The traditional cake is enjoyed in France during January to celebrate the new year. The restaurant is now open on Monday evenings for dinner and also offers cheese fondue for $39 for two from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 19. Reservations: 239-643-6177

Yappy hour

Bring man’s best friend to yappy hour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays starting this Saturday at M Waterfront Grille, 4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Have lunch or cocktail on the outdoor verandah and your dog will be offered water and complimentary treats. The restaurant is donating 120 percent of your purchase to the Humane Society Naples. Reservations: 239-263-4421

Cooking demonstration

Nicolas Hartzer, the executive chef partner of Seasons 52, is introducing new items and favorites from the restaurant’s winter menu during a cooking demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday at Williams Sonoma, Waterside Shops, 5375 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-514-2213

Black truffles

Ciao Ristorante is featuring a three-course black truffle dinner paired with Italian wines at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at 835 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations are required for the $125 dinner. Reservations: 239-263-3889

Champagne presentation

Get Out of Town Travel is having a Champagne presentation with Globus Travel and Avalon Waterways on a Rhine River cruise and Art Basel Switzerland at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the von Liebig Art Center, 585 Park St., Naples. Reservations: 239-596-4142

Food trucks

Seminole Casino Immokalee will be hosting food truck dining from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 20 at 506 South First St., Immokalee. The best trucks from Tampa to Miami will be there to offer a variety of favorites. Dishes range in price from $5 to $10 per item. DJ Tommy Tunes will be entertaining. Information: www.239-658-1313 or wwwseminoleimmokaleecasino.com

Chinese new year

Charlie Chiang’s is ringing in the Year of the Dragon with a mini street festival from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21-22 at 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Enjoy live master chef tableside demonstrations of rice rolls, handmade pot stickers, scallion pancakes, hand-pulled noodles, Peking duck and more, complimentary samples of traditional Chinese new year’s desserts, raffles, gifts, prizes, toys for the children, guest vendors of Asian collectibles and crafts and official Charlie Chiang red envelopes for a prosperous new year. Chinese new year food treats start at $3. Reservations: 239-593-6688

Prime rib dinner

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has reduced the price of its three-course Sunday prime rib dinner to $29.95 through Feb. 5. Pair it with Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon for $8.75 a glass or $35 a glass. Book a party with at least 15 guests by Feb. 13 and receive a $150 dining certificate. Visit at 8985 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Information: 239-598-2424

Festival of beers

A festival of beers with sampling of more than 60 beers for three hours will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 21 at Hammond Stadium, 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. A free sampling glass will be given to the first 1,000 people. $25, in advance; $30, at the gate. This event is for people 21 and up, and strollers are not allowed. Tickets: 239-768-4210 or www.miraclebaseball.com

Wine dinner

The Sisterhood and Men’s Club of the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island is sponsoring a wine dinner at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at 991 Winterberry Drive, Marco Island. The five-course dinner and wine pairing will have an Italian theme with wine expert Ronald Kapon. Kapon was honored by the James Beard Foundation and established the Ron Kapon Wine Library at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. $35. Reservations: 239-642-0800

Cooking classes

■ The Good Life of Naples is offering the following classes by Shelly Connors at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples: 6-8 p.m. Friday, I’m Nuts About You, a date night dinner featuring different nuts in each course ($60); and 6-8 p.m. Jan. 25, Italian boot camp for beginners($50); 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1, Spanish tapas ($50). The store will also the following demonstrations from 12:30 to 1 p.m. by Bobbie Thompson: Saturday, almond-lemon pound cake and Jan. 28, Down Under Ginger Delight, a fresh tropical fruit bathed in a light sauce. Information: 239-514-4663

■ Daniela’s Restaurant is having a cooking class on how to make the restaurant’s cabbage rolls from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at 13500 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. $35. Information: 239-514-4414

Maine lobster specials

The Wharf Tavern is featuring a 1-1/4 pound steamed Maine lobster for $15.99 that is served with French fries and cole slaw. A twin 1-1/4 pound dinner is $29.99. Be an early seagull at the restauant from 4:30 to 6 p.m. daily and get $5 off any dinner entree except lobster. Become a member of the Resident Club Card and get 10 percent off dining through April 15 and after April 15 it is becomes a 20 percent discount. Go to ww.RCCNaples.com to sign up. The restaurant is ready to accommodate your luncheons, clambakes, parities and special events at 909 10th St. S., Naples. Reservations: 239-331-4053

New manager

Eric Pate, a longtime local restaurateur, is now the general manager of Stoney’s Steakhouse, 403 Bayfront Place, Naples. Pate says the restaurant is now back to being an old-school steakhouse focusing on quality and fair prices. He has introduced a new menu and diners will receive a salad and choice of potato with every entree. There is also cherries jubilee and bananas foster as well as a prime rib cart that is brought tableside. Live entertainment is featured in the lounge from 6;30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. See the menu at stoneyssteakhouse.com/menu.html. Reservations: 239-435-9353

Out to lunch

Jana’s Little Prague will only be open for dinner form 4 to 9 p.m. but will be available during the day for parties and business meetings. Visit at 289 U.S. 41, Naples, and name your own price for dinner. Reservations: 239-435-3704

Openings

■ Barbatella’s, a new restaurant by Fabrizio Aielli, owner and chef of Sea Salt, is set to open on Monday at 1290 Third St. S., Naples. Aielli’s newest venture combines two buildings (1260 and 1290) on Third Street South. The first part of the restaurant has a casual, country atmosphere serving pizza from a wood burning oven along with gelato. The second part of the restaurant houses a sophisticated bar with communal tables and booths and 1,400 plaster medallions on the ceiling for an impressive decorative touch. The restaurant will be serving breakfast from 8 to 11:30 a.m., lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. Dario Leo is the executive chef and GrizForm Design Architects of Washington, D.C., designed the new space by blending a warm restaurant with a sophisticated bar area. Information: 239-263-1955

■ Chrissy’s Courthouse Tavern and Bistro is open at 3340 U.S. 1 E., East Naples, serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays and lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to close daily. The restaurant has a full bar and outdoor dining. Information; 239-776-0101

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