Editor’s note: Please let us know if you will be open on Easter Sunday, April 8, and if you are having any specials. Send the name of your restaurant, address, telephone number, time you will be open and specials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Alexander’s Restaurant and Decanted is sponsoring a wine tasting of Spanish wines from Eric Solomon from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The $10 cost includes hors d’oeuvres and will be deducted from a wine purchase or dinner at the restaurant that evening. Reservations: 239-262-4999
■ Tony’s Off Third will have a wine tasting of seven wines from Talley Vineyards from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today 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
Artichoke and Company will have an Oregon pinot tasting at 6 p.m. Thursday 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
St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School is sponsoring an “All You Can Eat Fish Fry” from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays during lent. The school is at 2730 53rd Terrace SW, Golden Gate. $10, adults; $5, children. Information: 239-455-2262
Whole Foods Market is having a beer tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. The cost is $5 to enjoy at least 35 different beers including select seasonal beers. Information: 239-552-5100
Mark Van Schaick, the chef at Strip House Naples, will be doing a cooking demonstration of the restaurant’s roasted bacon salad with baby arugula, grape tomatoes and Russian dressing from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Williams-Sonoma, Waterside Shops, 5415 U.S. 41 N., Naples. The Strip House is at Waldorf Astoria Naples, 475 Seagate Drive, Naples.
Artist wine event
The Capital Grille Artist Series Wine Event will start Monday at 9005 Mercato Drive, North Naples. Diners at the restaurant will experience a limited allocation of wine adorned with a unique piece of original artwork as its label. The event also supports Share Our Strength with a mission to end childhood hunger in America. The restaurant will donate $25 for every limited-edition bottle that is purchased. Reservations: 239-254-0640
Brio Tuscan Grille at Waterside Shops is celebrating National Ravioli Day with half-priced ravioli on Tuesday at 5505 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Raviolis include caprese, mushroom and lobster and shrimp. Information: 239-593-5319
Flavors of the Tropics
Planet Smoothie is offering three Sambazon açai smoothies and bowls starting Monday through June 10 as part of the chain’s “Flavors of the Tropics” campaign. Açai is a fruit that has antioxidants and health omegas and is found atop palm trees in the Amazon. The first offering is the Açai Gold Smoothie which is blended with pineapple, mango and orange juice, and the Crazy Carnival bowl will be blended with mangos, raspberries and a splash of apple juice topped with sliced banana and granola. The Amazon Kick smoothie and Ipanema Beach bowl will be offered April 16 to May 15, and the Original Acai Smoothie and Rio Bowl will be offered from May 15 to June 10. Visit the North Naples stores at 6420 Naples Blvd. and 2400 Immokalee Road.
Daniela’s Restaurant is featuring Gypsy Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at 13500 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. Inara will be entertaining by belly dancing, and Lesley and Alan Tett will read your tarot cards. Information: 239-514-4414
Gulf Coast Town Center is having the Public Safety Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24 at the Market Square, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St., Fort Myers. Taste the chili for $1 per sample and vote for the People’s Choice winner. Information: 239-477-1222
■ Brio Tuscan Grille is featuring a breakfast with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 7, with activities, photo opportunities and a goody bag from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Waterside Shops, 5505 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $10.95, adults; $5.95, children. Reservations: 239-593-5319
Easter dinner out
The following restaurants want to help you celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 8:
■ Alexander’s Restaurant will open at 3 p.m. with its regular menu and specials on Easter Sunday at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 239-262-4999
■ Flava, 849 Seventh Ave. S., Naples, will be open on Easter starting at noon with a special Easter menu and its regular dinner menu. Reservations: 239-331-7829
■ Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is featuring a three-course Easter brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for $34.95 per person and $16.95 for children. The a la carte menu will also be available, and Blood Orange Fizz, a new cocktail with citrus flavors, will be offered for $6.95. The restaurant is at 8985 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations; 239-598-2424
■ Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is featuring its Easter brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 851 Gulf Shore Drive N., Naples. The brunch includes carving stations, appetizers, breakfast items, side dishes and desserts. There also is a children’s buffett that includes chicken tenders, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and macaroni and cheese. $55, adults; $18, children 6-12; free, children five and under. Reservations: 239-435-4347
Chuey's Tacos now open
Chuey’s Tacos has opened in the kiosk in front of the Hollywood Theater at Coconut Point mall, 8021 Cinema Way, Estero. The food place is owned by John and Claudia Porter and features made-from-scratch tacos, burritos, tamales, nachos, taco salads and quesadillas. Diners also have a variety of salsas to add spice to their dishes. Visit from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Call ahead at 239-947-2572.
Cooking lessons and demonstrations
■ The Good Life of Naples is offering the following classes by Shelly Conors at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, St. Patrick’s Day classics, $60; 6 to 8 p.m. March 21, Italian boot camp, $50; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 24, French country soup and salad, $25; and 6 to 8 p.m. March 27, Greek cooking, $50. Reservations: 239-514-4663
■ Artisan chefs of Norman Love Confections will be giving the following cooking classes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers for $95 each: March 28, Easter Egg; May 9, French macaroons and Mary 23, molded chocolates. Registration: 239-561-7215
Hide and seek
Flava is a restaurant that is just two blocks from Fifth Avenue South at 849 Seventh Ave. S., Naples. The menu features European cuisine with a modern twist on traditional dishes originating from Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy. All dishes are made from scratch with fresh ingredients by an executive chef who has more than 30 years experience in European restaurants. The wine list has more than 100 varieties from Europe and America, and happy hour is celebrated from 4 to 6:30 p.m. daily with selected drinks and house wines two for one. A couple’s menu is featured from 5 to 6 p.m. that includes a house salad or cup of soup of the day, a choice of four entrees and a bottle of red or white wine for $40 for two. Visit from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays for lunch and starting at 4 p.m. for dinner. You have the choice of eating indoors or out. Reservations: 239-441-7829
Sign up for free to join the IHOP Club. Get a free meal when you join and another on your birthday and on the first year anniversary of when you signed up. Go to ihop.com to join the pancake revolution on the bottom right of the page. Restaurants are at 6631 Dudley Drive, Naples; 1921 Davis Blvd., Naples; 27240 Bay Landing Drive, Bonita Springs; and 12801 S. Cleveland Ave. (U.S. 41), Fort Myers.
Doritos Locos Tacos
Taco Bell has partnered with Frito-Lay to introduce Doritos Locos Tacos. The tacos have a shell made of Nacho Cheese Doritos chips on the outside with the taste of the Taco Bell crunchy taco on the inside. The new taco is $1.20 and is 170 calories with 9g total fat. A Doritos Locos Tacos Supreme is $1.69 with 200 calories and 11g total fat calories made with reduced-fat sour cream and diced tomatoes. Try them at 2424 Pine Ridge Road, Naples; 8835 Davis Blvd., Naples; and 28320 Trails Edge Blvd., Bonita Springs.
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