FYI-Food: March 7, 2012

Editor’s note: Please let us know if you are going to be open on Easter Sun­day, April 8, and if you are having any specials. Please send the name of your res­taurant, address, telephone number, time you will be open and any specials to smesulam@naplesnews.com.

Gold Bunny day

Thursday is Lindt Gold Bunny’s 60th birthday, and the company is host­ing Lindt Gold Bunny day by giving a free 3.5-ounce milk chocolate bunny to the first 500 visitors to pur­chase a product at www.lindt.com.

Naples Craft Beer Fest

Coastal Beverage and Naples North Rotary Foundation are sponsoring the Naples Craft Beer Fest from noon to 4 p.m. Satur­day at Bayfront, Bayfront Place (off Goodlette-Frank Road), Naples. Tickets are $50 and include a com­memorative tasting glass and samplings of more than 60 craft beers paired with food from local res­taurants. Proceeds benefit Rotary programs and local charities. Tickets: www.naplesnorthrotary. com; information: 239-398-3622

New dinner place

L’Orient has opened at Naples Bay Resort, 1490 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Chef Eddy Thretipthuangsin, a James Beard featured chef and Le Cordon Bleu alum­nus, will be stimulating your senses with his pas­sion for creating intense, fresh and uncomplicated flavors. The restaurant will be open for dinner with lunch and room ser­vice to the resort follow­ing shortly. Highlights of Thretipthuangsin’s menu includes a Thai crab cake with pineapple relish and smoked onion remoulade; braised pork belly with pickled daikon, anise-soy glaze; shrimp ThomYum for two with Thai herbs; salmon miso truffle with exotic mushroom a la plan­cha; Kobe Waguy flat iron steak with Chinese broc­coli and soy demi-glace; and five-spice Muscovy duck with star anise-port wine reduction. The res­taurant also has a wine and sake list and a cocktail lab where the chef’s brother, Chris Thretipthuangsin, crafted bitters to enhance a perfectly balanced cock­tail. The lab features 12 spe­cialty cocktails designed around the characteristics of the Chinese zodiac. Res­ervations: 239-530-5110

Open for business

Three60 Market is now open at 2891 Bay­shore Drive, Naples. The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week offering mostly food-related items for shoppers to eat-in or take­out. Have coffee and a sticky bun at the market and take home something special for lunch or dinner. Information: 239-774-3038

Gluten-free bread

Sweet Caroline’s, 11121 Health Park Blvd. (off Im­mokalee Road next to NCH North), North Naples, now offers gluten-free bread for its sandwiches. Sandwich­es ordered on GF bread are an additional $1.75, and you can buy a whole loaf to take home for $7.95. In­formation: 239-592-1111

Tea for two

Visit the newest store at Waterside Shops to enjoy everything tea. Teavana has opened at 5415 U.S. 41 N. (next to Calypso, where Vilebrequin originally was located). The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and has everything you need to make the perfect pot or cup of tea. Visit to taste the daily flavor that is ready for sampling outside the door. Information: 239-513-1206

Early dining specials

Chez Boët, French home cooking, is offering $16.95 early dining entrees from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays through March 31. The restaurant serves dinner seven nights a week from 5 to 10 p.m. at 755 12th Ave. S., Naples. Reserva­tions: 239- 643- 6177

Fast lunch

If you are short on time but still want an ex­ceptional lunch, Agave Southwestern Grill is now offering a fast and fabulous lunch menu. Or­der from the menu and you will be guaranteed to get in and out in half an hour or less or your meal will be free. The menu is offered weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with salads starting at $6.50 and entrees at $9.50. Veg­etarian and gluten-free items are also available. Visit at 2380 Vander­bilt Beach Road, North Naples. Reservations: 239-598- 3473

Wine tastings

■ Alexander’s Restau­rant and Decanted are sponsoring a wine tasting of Spanish wines from Eric Solomon from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 14 at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The cost of $10 includes hors d’oeurves and will be deducted from a wine purchase or din­ner at the restaurant that evening. Reservations: 239-261- 4999

■ Tony’s Off Third will have a wine tasting of seven wines from Talley Vineyards from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 14 at 1300 Third St. S., Naples. The cost is $20 and includes a $10 coupon toward the purchase of wines fea­tured that evening. Infor­mation: 239-262-7999

Wine dinner

Artichoke and Company will have an Oregon pinot tasting at 6 p.m. March 15 with a sit-down dinner and wine pairing from the King Estate winery, Van Duzer Vineyards and Do­maine Drouhin Winery at 1410 Railhead Blvd., North Naples. $58. Reservations: 239-263- 6979

March specials

Skillets is featuring a fresh berry pancake plat­ter served with chicken ($9.85) that is a split grilled chicken breast with peppers, onions, provolone on a grilled hoagie served with the restaurant’s signature Parmesan potato pancake for lunch at 4170 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-3788; 5461 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; and 9174 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-9333.

New menu items

First Watch restaurants have debuted 15 new menu items that feature herbed goat cheese, Italian sausage, basil pesto may, pesto hollandaise and roasted crimini mushrooms. The “2 for You” lunch promotion, half portions of salads, sandwiches or a cup of soup, is now a permanent fixture on the restaurant’s core menu. Visit at 225 Banyan Blvd., Naples, 239-403-0653; 13030 Livingston Road, Naples, 239-213-1348, 1000 Immokalee Road, Naples, 239-566-7395; and 26381 U.S. 41 S., Bonita Springs, 239-390-0554, to try the new omelets, egg-clusives, skillet hashes, salads and sandwiches.

March madness

Visit Lee Roy Selmon’s for March Madness Brisketball. The full-court press menu features juicy burgers, hearty sandwiches, local craft beers and special cocktails from the sweet 16 to the final four. Who won’t be cheering harder for their favorite team eating the Buzzer-Beater, a slow smoked brisket, hand pulled and tossed in Lee Roy Selmon’s sweet-tangy sauce, or the pulled pork sandwich or any of the other chicken or burger specials. Visit at 5056 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers. Information: 239- 690-3287

Apron strings

Trace your heritage during the tea at Burroughs Home & Gardens, 2505 First St., Fort Myers, with the aprons worn by the women in your life. Tickets are $25 and must be reserved by Tuesday by calling 239-337-0706. Guests are encouraged to bring a favorite apron or one that has been in your family.

St. Patrick’s Day

Make your plans at the following for St. Patrick’s Day:

■ Charlie Chiang’s is going green from 4 p.m. to close from Sunday through March 17 at 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Enjoy a Go Green Roll of asparagus, spinach, avocado rolled with sushi rice in soy paper, $10; a green dragon roll, which is a shrimp tempura roll topped with avocado, $16; crispy green onion pancake $5; green jade soup, $4, green ma-la noodles, $10; and a green combo in a Bento Box, $20.99. Drink specials include Guinness beer, Irish iced tea, cocktails made with Jameson Irish Whiskey and a green hornet made with creme de menthe. Green tea ice cream will be available for dessert. Reservations: 239-593- 6688

■ First United Methodist Church will be offering a free pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. March 17 at 388 First Ave. S., Naples. The breakfast includes sausage, coffee and juice. Donations will be accepted for the youth program's summer mission trip.

■ Larry’s Lunch Box will be serving the traditional dinner of corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, carrots and a slice of rye bread for $12.95 on March 17 at 2650 Airport-Pulling Road, East Naples. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and beer and wine are available. Information: 239-775-2500

■ Wynn’s Market will be sampling beer and Irish foods on March 17 at 141 U.S. 41 S., Naples. Information: 239-261-7157

Cupcakes and a book signing

Lucy Rotunda, author of “The Mission,” will be signing her book from 1 to 3 p.m. March 17 at Simply Cupcakes of Olde Marco, 174 Royal Palm Drive, Marco Island. The book is about Sammy, the runt of the litter.

Updated drinks

What’s old is new and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is featuring retro chic, modern martinis and couture cocktails. The restaurant has introduced 10 innovative cocktails to its menu that includes the Limoncello Martini, Milagro Margarita and Sailor Daiquiri. The restaurant is at 8985 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 239-598-2424

Now open

Outback Steakhouse at 12995 Cleveland Ave. (U.S. 41), Fort Myers, has reopened after being closed since April due to a fire that destroyed the building. The restaurant had a grand opening on March 5 with 50 percent of its sales up to $5,000 going to the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The new restaurant’s interior and exterior design focuses on the Australian landscape and includes a large outdoor dining area with a fireplace. The restaurant is next to the Bell Tower Shop and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Saturdays. Call-ahead seating is available at 239-936-1021.

New Happy Meal

McDonald’s in Southwest Florida are introducing new Happy Meals that include apple slices as a side to chicken McNuggets, a hamburger or cheeseburger and a choice of fat-free chocolate milk and 1 percent milk. A smaller size order of French fries is also included, but for those who don’t want the fries, another bag of apple slices will be substituted.

Hide and seek

There are places around town that are slightly hidden but well worth a stop to see what is being offered. Dolce & Salato, an Italian food boutique, is definitely one that you will enjoy any time of the day. This eat-in or take-out restaurant is behind Bice at 300 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, but you enter on Third Street South. Enjoy the coffee and wine bars, breakfast, lunch, happy hour and a casual dinner inside or out. Oh yes, don’t forget to take a peek at the pastries and homemade cakes that are sure to tempt you. They also have wine tastings, so be sure to ask when the next one will be. The store is open from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Information: 239-300- 0444

Deadline for FYI is 10 a.m. Thursday. Email to smesulam@naplesnews.com or mail to Sheila Mesulam, Naples Daily News, 1100 Immokalee Road, Naples, FL 34110. All briefs are printed on a space-available basis. Connect with Sheila Mesulam at www.naplesnews.com/ staff/sheila_mesulam

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