2016-08-25 / Cuisine


Avenue5 is liquidating its extensive wine collection in anticipation of the property’s transition to OceanPrime. Avenue5 is liquidating its extensive wine collection in anticipation of the property’s transition to OceanPrime. ¦ Avenue5 is liquidating its wine and champagne inventory ahead of the restaurant’s conversion to Ocean Prime, a steak and seafood restaurant. Available at half price are more than 400 bottles of champagne, red and white wines that include a variety of American favorites, European classics and specialties from Australia and South America. The sale continues through Sept. 4 during the restaurant’s business hours, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday and 4-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. For more information, call 403-7170 or visit avenue5naples.com.

¦ Verande E at Hotel Escalante hosts a five-course organic wine dinner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, to celebrate the hotel and restaurant’s dual certification as part of Southwest Florida’s Blue Zone’s project. Featured items are organic wine from Bethel Heights Vineyard in Oregon, vegetables and flowers from the establishment’s in-house garden and duck from Joe Jurgielewicz & Son. $89. 290 Fifth Ave. S.

¦ Dagny’s Spirits holds a complementary wine and liquor tasting from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25. 15205 Collier Blvd. 384-9241 or dagnysspirits.com.

¦ Naples Grande Beach Resort hosts the inaugural Grill & Chill Weekend with a variety of summer food events Friday through Sunday, Aug. 26-28. It kicks off Friday when bartenders create original cocktails for Blender Bender from 7-9 p.m. at the resort’s Mangrove Pool. Saturday’s fun includes a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and two dinners at 7 p.m., one hosted by Riptide Brewery and the other by Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. The weekend wraps ups with the Grande Grill Off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, when area restaurants will provide grilled samples to taste and judge.

Various events cost $20-$100, with proceeds benefitting FGCU’s Resort & Hospitality Management program. (866) 837-1762 or visit naplesgrande.com.

¦ Naples Originals hosts its second annual Foodie Camp, a series of 90-minute cooking classes led by area chefs in local restaurants, Monday through Thursday, Oct. 17-27. Afternoon classes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. are $50; evening classes from 5:30-7 p.m. are $60. Admission includes instruction, small plates, wine and takeaways. 435-3938 or foodiecampnaples.com.

¦ Vincenzo Betulia, chef/owner of Fifth Avenue South’s Osteria Tulia and Bar Tulia, has announced he plans to open a new restaurant sometime this fall. At 365 Fifth Ave. S., The French will feature a menu in the brasserie rustique tradition, and extensive wine list featuring French wines from family boutique menus and a private dining room for small banquets. For more information, visit campagnahospitalitygroup.com.

¦ The Rotary Club of Naples and the 5th Avenue South Business Improvement District present Festival on 5th, a food and wine extravaganza, from 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, on the downtown thoroughfare. Guests will enjoy VIP vintner dinners, dozens of premium wines and craft beers and food from participating Fifth Avenue restaurants.

A limited number of advanced tickets are available for $35-$75, with more available at the event. Proceeds will benefit a number of the Rotary Club’s charitable causes, including Polio Plus, Learn2Earn scholarships and Naples High School’s Interact scholarship. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 272-5186 or napleswine.org.

¦ Want to work on your skills in the kitchen? Here are some cooking classes on the front burner:

The Good Life of Naples, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663 or goodlifenaples.com – Cook Happy, Eat Healthy: Wednesday, Sept. 14 ($69).

Sur La Table, 9501 Strada Place, Mercato; 598-1463 or surlatable.com – Fried Chicken 101: Thursday, Aug. 25 ($69); Sunday Brunch Favorites: Friday, Aug. 26 ($69); Date Night French Summer Flavors: Friday, Aug. 26 ($79); Summer Flavor Peaches: Sunday, Aug. 27 ($69); Tasty Thai from Scratch: Saturday, Aug. 27 ($69); Date Night An Evening in Greece: Saturday, Aug. 27 ($79); Family Fun Pies & Ice Cream: Sunday, Aug. 28 ($49); Confident Cooking Three-Part Series: Sunday, Aug. 28 ($195); Late Summer Surf & Turf: Monday, Aug. 29 ($85); Great Grilled Pizza: Tuesday, Aug. 30 ($69). ¦

— Email food and dining news to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@floridaweekly.com.

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