FYI-Food: March 28, 2012

Senior discount

Seniors who eat at Sweet Tomatoes from 2 to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thurs­days only pay $6.99 for the salad buffet and more with a beverage. You do not need a coupon to take ad­vantage of the discounts at 10940 U.S. 41 N. (at Immo­kalee Road), North Naples.

Beer samplings

Blue Moon Beer is sampling three potential autumn beers and asking you to vote for your favor­ite from 6 to 9 p.m. Thurs­day at Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill. The beers are Caramel Apple Spiced Ale, Blackberry Tart Ale and Dark Chocolate Bacon Porter. The restaurant is at 8990 Fontana Del Sol Way (off Vanderbilt Beach Road), North Naples. In­formation: 239- 431-7611

Azunia tequila dinner

Agave Southwestern Grill will host an Azunia tequila dinner on Thurs­day with Kase Price of Intersect Beverage. The four-course dinner is in­spired by Azunia Organic Premium Tequila and Re­gional Traditional Tequila made with 100 percent Weber blue agave plants. The restaurant is at 2380 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. $100. Res­ervations: 239-598-3473

Sunset cruises

Naples Harbour and Extreme Family Fun Spot have partnered to offer Na­ples Harbor sunset cruises leaving Naples Harbour at 6:30 p.m. to be in Gordon’s Pass in time for sunset, with a return by 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Guests may or­der meals and beverages from Jack’s River Bar by 5:15 p.m. at Naples Harbour to enjoy during the cruise. The cost of the cruise is $28.50, including gratuity. Meals and beverages are additional. Reservations: 239-774- 0061

Tea parties

■ A whimsical after­noon tea will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Burroughs Home, 2505 First St., Fort Myers. Fairy costumes are encouraged for the fairy parade and activi­ties. $25, adults; $30, chil­dren. Deadline for tickets is Monday. 239-337-0706

■ Adults and children will enjoy the Alice in Wonderland tea party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 6 and 7 at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Na­ples. The event features a child-friendly menu with themed sandwiches, cook­ies, sweets and teas, a mini egg hunt, a showing of the movie “Alice in Wonder­land,” an Easter basket with gourmet and a visit by the Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Alice and oth­ers. Adults will receive the traditional afternoon tea experience of tea sand­wiches, scones, pastries and two to three teas. A professional photographer will take one photo of the tea guests. $45, children; $40, adults. Reservations: 239-598- 6644

Book signing

Linda Berson, author of “Green Scene Diet,” will be signing her book and making a recipe from the book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. Ber­son will also be signing her book from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & No­ble Bookseller, Waterside Shops, 5377 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Information: 239-514-4663, the Good Life; 239-598-5200, Barnes & Noble Bookseller

Block party

Whole Foods Market is having a Block Party, with sampling in every department from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. Information: 239-552-5100

Cool down with a Crush

The Courtyard Bar at Ridgway Bar & Grill is hosting “Cool Down with a Crush,” drinks made with Pinnacle flavored vodkas, from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1300 Third St. S., Naples. Stop by to enjoy samples of Orange Crush made with Pinnacle Vodka Orange; Mango Crush made with Pinnacle Vodka Mango; Creamsicle Crush, made with Pinnacle Vodka Or­ange Whipped; and the Skinny Crush, made with Pinnacle Vodka Pome­granate.

Barbecue, bands and brew

The Lee building Indus­try Association is hosting BBQ, Bands and Brew to benefit the Builders Care from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun­day at Lee County Alliance for the Arts. The Alliance is at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. $10, adults; free, children 12 and under. Information; 239-938-0056 or bbq@bia.net

New pre-sunset menus

Barbatella, 1290 Third St. S., Naples, and Sea Salt, 1186 Third St. S., Naples, are offering a three-course pre-sunset menu from 5 to 6 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Barbatella’s dinner is $21.95, with choices that include a Romaine lettuce salad or soup; pizza or farfalle with smoked salmon; and gelato or cake. Sea Salt is offering an arugula salad or crispy shrimp and seaweed salad; rigatoni with Kobe beef ragu Bolognese or Mahi Mahi and sorbet or amaretto cookies and Bailey tiramisu for dessert. Reservations: 239-263-1955, Barbatella; 239-434-7258, Sea Salt.

Wine dinner

Caffè dell’Amore is hosting an “Easter at the Vatican” wine dinner at 7 p.m. Tuesday at 1400 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. $94. Reservations: 239-261-1389

Florida seafood

Learn about the changes in the seafood supply and where it comes from at the Lunch & Learn Series from noon to 1 p.m. April 4 at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Lunch, including dessert, is provided by Carrabba’s and Costco Naples. Free, members; $8, others. Reservations: 239-417-6310, ext. 401

Cooking lessons

■ Artichoke and Company will be demonstrating the appetizers paired with wine at 11:30 a.m. April 5 at 1410 Rail Head Blvd., Naples. $30, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations: 239-263-6979

■ 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: May 9, French macaroons and May 23, molded chocolates. Registration: 239-561-7215

April specials

Skillets is offering a pecan waffle with smokehouse bacon for $9.50 for breakfast and French onion soup and a BLT salad for lunch for $9.95.

Visit the restaurants at 5461 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; 4170 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-3788; and 9174 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-9333

For your information

Did you know that if the power goes off, your refrigerator will stay cold enough for your food to stay fresh for four to six hours if you don’t open the door?

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