2017-04-20 / Cuisine


¦ Chef Brian Roland (Crave Culinaire) and his wife, Nicole, have launched Venue Naples, a multi-use luxury event space and art gallery in North Naples. The fully customizable space features event-planning services, gourmet food selections, top-shelf beverages and The Gallery of Amazing Things, a Dania Beach-based gallery that will provide monthly exhibitions of décor, antiques and art for purchase.

“There’s such an immediate need for this type of event space in our area, and with our passion, drive and talented team, we’re delighted to open our doors to the fine community in Southwest Florida,” Mr. Roland says. “We hope to provide our guests with an unforgettable experience marked by exquisite dining and remarkable style. We invite our guests to join us in thinking outside the ballroom.”

Venue Naples is at 13240 Tamiami Trail N. For more information, call 292- 1529 or visit www.venuenaples.com.

Brian Roland and Nicole Roland Brian Roland and Nicole Roland ¦ Boys & Girls Club of Collier County hosts its seventh annual crawfish boil with all-you-can-eat crustaceans, Cajun food, live music, signature cocktails and more from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at a private home. Tickets are $50 and will benefit the organization’s efforts to improve the lives of local youth. 325-1765 or adinanno@bgccc.com.

¦ Purple Spoon hosts a three-course dinner featuring eggs and meats from Fort Myers-based Asbury Farms from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Dishes include frittata with heirloom tomatoes, braised duck leg and seared duck breast served with cracklings and dark chocolate dipped bacon. $64. 25151 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs. 908-3842 or www.chefkristina.com.

¦ K2 Kitchens & K2 Design Group hosts Culinary Battle for the Arts, featuring competitions among local chefs Kristin San Filippo (Purple Spoon Culinary), Jeremy Hatfield (C Level Wine Bar & Bistro), Lisa Fidler (Fine Mark National Bank & Trust) and Sebastien Mancera (Juicelation) from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, April 20. While chefs compete to make culinary magic from a box of mystery ingredients, guests will enjoy kids’ artwork, a silent auction, and an opportunity to choose the winner alongside judges. $50, with proceeds benefitting youth programming at Centers for the Arts Bonita Springs. 25081 Bernwood Drive, Bonita Springs. 495- 8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org.

¦ Ridgway Bar & Grill hosts a wine dinner featuring Orin Swift Cellars from 6:30-10 p.m. Monday, May 1, with winemaker Dave Phinney in attendance. Guests will enjoy house-smoked Niman Ranch ribs with corn pudding, ricotta and spinach gnocchi with braised lamb shoulder and New York strip steak with celery root gratin. $125. 1300 Third St. S. 262-5500 or www.ridgwaybarandgrill.com.

¦ 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 www.goodlifenaples.com – Sunday Italian Family Dinner: Thursday, April 20 ($69); Modern Asian Flavors: Wednesday, April 26 ($75); Celebration of Spring from the Hills of Italy: Friday, May 12 ($75).

Purple Spoon, 25151 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs; 908- 3842 or www.chefkristina.com – Grazed to Perfection: Saturday, April 22 ($74); Pizza: Friday, April 28 ($60).

Sur La Table, 9501 Strada Place, Mercato; 598-1463 or www.surlatable.com – French Croissants 101: Thursday, April 20 ($69); Incredible Homemade Pizza: Thursday, April 20 ($69); Great British Baking: Friday, April 21; Date Night Springtime in Paris: Friday, April 21 ($79); French Croissants 101: Saturday, April 22 ($69); Vegetarian 101: Saturday, April 22 ($69); Date Night Sultry Spanish Flavors: Saturday, April 22 ($79); Barbie You Cab Be A Chef Sweet Treats: Sunday, April 23 ($49); Classic Sauces from Scratch: Sunday, April 23 ($69); Springtime in Paris: Monday, April 24 ($48.96); Spring Pasta Workshop: Monday, April 24 ($69); Incredible Homemade Pasta: Tuesday, April 25 ($48.96); Tasty Thai from Scratch: Tuesday, April 25 ($69). ¦

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

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