2017-08-10 / Cuisine

CUISINE NEWS


Coasting Donuts is one of the many food trucks headed to Top Rocker Field in Fort Myers for the inaugural SWFL Hunger Games on Saturday, Oct. 7. Coasting Donuts is one of the many food trucks headed to Top Rocker Field in Fort Myers for the inaugural SWFL Hunger Games on Saturday, Oct. 7. ¦ The quarterly sale of Naples Originals gift certificates worth savings at three dozen independent, local eateries starts Thursday, Aug. 10. Certificates valued at $15, $25 and $50 are available at a 30 percent discount, and there’s also a 30 percent discount on $200 certificates for private catering. Naples Originals member restaurants range from Alexander’s to Zizi. Gift certificates are offered online only at www.naplesoriginals.instagift.com. Proceeds support Naples Originals’ charitable program of events, promotions and donations.

¦ Road trip! Some food is worth hitting I-75 for, and the inaugural SWFL Hunger Games, part of the Morgan & Morgan Signature Series at Six Bends Harley- Davidson, merits filling up the tank and heading to Fort Myers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7.


Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida patients Caliah Russell and Avery McCaskill with some of the participating chefs at the 2016 Celebrity Chef Night at Rumrunners at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. — Email food and dining news to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@floridaweekly.com. Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida patients Caliah Russell and Avery McCaskill with some of the participating chefs at the 2016 Celebrity Chef Night at Rumrunners at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. — Email food and dining news to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@floridaweekly.com. Organizers expect Top Rocker Field to be filled with more than 30 food trucks, beer stations, live entertainment and more to benefit Blessings in A Backpack of Southwest Florida, which supplies needy children in Lee and Collier counties with a Friday take-home backpack filled with kid-friendly food items to see them through the weekend. Food truck proprietors promise their best dishes for guests to fill up on — and for judges to consider for several awards — at the first-ever SWFL Hunger Games.

Trucks on the roster to date include Boys & Girls Club Collier County’s Blue Canteen Food Truck, Best Popcorn Company, Bubba’s Roadhouse & Saloon, Coasting Donuts, Cordobesita Argentinean Catering, Currie’s Smokin’ Hot BBQ, Dairy-Free Island Smoothie Bar & Grill, Doner Kebab King Karl, Johnsonville Marketplace–Naples, Jonesez BBQ , King’s Kitchen, Kreips & Juices, Mobstah Lobstah, Nathan’s Famous Fort Myers, Nico’s Kitchen, Red Roc Cravings, Rollin Taps, Serious Cookie Company, Slider City Food Truck, Sweet Melissa’s Café, The BRIT PIT, The Ravenous Rhino and The Sizzle Truck.

General admission tickets are $10, and VIP admission for $100 — which can supply one child a backpack through the entire school year — includes early arrival, priority seating, complimentary samples and a personal runner to stand in line. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 275-4647 or visit www.toprockerevents.com.

¦ Bleu Provence hosts a wine dinner showcasing five of the complex, refreshing wines of Alsace beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10. After a welcome glass of 2014 Kuentz-Vas Alsace Blanc, each of four courses will be accompanied by a different wine. $65. 1234 Eighth St. S. 261- 8239 or www.bleuprovencenaples.com.

¦ The 14th annual Rumrunner’s Celebrity Chef Night takes place from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Rumrunner’s restaurant at Cape Harbour in Cape Coral. Included will be cocktails and the culinary creations of Naples chefs Brian Roland of Venue Naples and Andy Hunter of The Bay House, as well as several chefs from popular neighboring locales. Guests can also enjoy several live and silent auctions as well as the chance to win a custom design by jeweler Mark Loren.

Tickets are $175, with proceeds to benefit Barbara’s Friends–Golisano Children’s Hospital Fund. Since 2003, Celebrity Chef Night event has raised more than $1 million for Barbara’s Friends, which provides equipment, staffing and services to support lifesaving cancer care for children from across Southwest Florida at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The hospital’s pediatric hematology/oncology program has served more than 3,500 patients since opening. No child is ever denied treatment or turned away because of a family’s inability to pay.

For tickets or more information, call 343-6950 or visit www.leehealthfoundation.org/rumrunners.

¦ Barbatella hosts a four-course wine dinner featuring bottles from 600-yearold Tuscan winery Antinori starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. With special guest Erik Saccomani, guests will tuck into cauliflower panna cotta, smoked veal cheeks with a saffron risotto cake and lamb brasato with roasted sweet potato puree, pistachio drops and autumn-spiced cherry gastrique. $95, reservations required. 1290 Third St. S. 263-1955 or www.barbatellanaples.com.

¦ Chef David Speegle of Grand Cru in Baltimore will create a tasting menu for dinner starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at Venue Naples. $75 without wines, $125 with wine pairings. 13240 Tamiami Trail N. 292-1529 or www.venuenaples.com.

¦ Opera Naples celebrates Eurofest with an Italian-themed dinner and entertainment starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Ristorante Ciao. Guests will dine on dishes including manicotti, chicken marsala and basa livornese while enjoying a performance of Italian arias by tenor Martin Nusspaumer and soprano Maria Antunez. 835 Fourth Ave. S. $90. 263-9050 or www.operanaples.org.

¦ Venue Naples serves up cooking classes with Chef Brian Roland and Nicole Roland that showcase healthy cooking techniques and practices from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23. $40, includes a three-course meal. 13240 Tamiami Trail N. 292-1529 or www.venuenaples.com.

¦ Family-owned and operated Lil’ Italy Bistro has some new specials end-of-summer diners. Known for its 28-inch pizzas and Famous Kitchen Table, the Bonita Springs bistro’s back-to-school dinner specials include spaghetti and meatballs on Mondays, lasagna on Tuesdays, BBQ baby rack ribs on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and half-price on a 16- or 18-inch cheese pizza on Thursdays and Sundays. Daily lunch specials start at $6.99, and a special dinner for two all day, every day includes a bottle of wine two entrées, two salads and two desserts for $39.95.

28811 S. Tamiami Trail. 676-8047 or www.lilitalybistro.com.

¦ Fans of Indian cuisine can tuck into several new daily specials at 21 Spices by Chef Asif. Here’s the schedule:

Monday: $10 Indian-inspired burger and draft beer (shown here)

Tuesday: $10 lamb roti taco and spicy margarita

Wednesday: $10 naan pizza and cocktail

Thursday: $20 bottomless draft beer with the purchase of any food item. 4270 Tamiami Trail E. 919-8830 or www.21spicesdining.com.

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

The Good Life, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663 or www.goodlifenaples.com – ($65); Paleo Diet Meets Authentic Italian Cuisine: Thursday, Aug. 24 ($65).

Sur La Table, 9501 Strada Place, Mercato; 598-1463 or www.surlatable.com – Girls Night Out Late Summer Celebration: Thursday, Aug. 10 ($69); Date Night Summer Surf & Turf: Friday, Aug. 11; Global Flavors Grilled Chicken: Saturday, Aug. 12 ($69); Celebrating Julia Child: Saturday, Aug. 12 ($79); Date Night Italian Summer: Saturday, Aug. 12 ($79); Classic Italian Pasta: Sunday, Aug. 13 ($69); Tasty Thai from Scratch: Sunday, Aug. 13 ($69); Exotic Persian Flavors: Monday, Aug. 14 ($69); Celebrating Julia Child: Tuesday, Aug. 15 ($79); Best of Summer Tomatoes: Wednesday, Aug. 16 ($69). ¦

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