PLEASE NOTE: The hours for making reservations for a Palette to Palate dinner May 5 at Crayton Cove were listed incorrectly in Wednesday’s print editions of the Daily News. The reservations can be made by calling 261-4191 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If you go
Palette to Palate
What: Progressive dinner and gallery hop between courses
When: Starting at 5 p.m. May 5 at Crayton Cove
Price: $50, not including tax or gratuity. Dinner times may start between 5 and 6:30 p.m.
Reservations: (239) 261-4191; best time to call is between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
A Palette to Palate stroll through Crayton Cove is promising to nourish both body and soul.
The unique walking tour features food and wine from three of Naples’ favorite restaurants, plus a chance to meet and view the work of four local artists in their galleries and studios.
The dinner/gallery hop is May 5 as part of the “Discover Crayton Cove” campaign launched by local restaurants, gallery owners and merchants to promote Crayton Cove, the area around Naples City Dock, as a distinctive destination for shopping, dining, boating, fishing and other activities
Palette to Palate will begin with a Champagne reception and art presentation at Art Gallery Old Naples “2,” according to Lynn Wilcox, who co-owns the gallery with partner and fellow artist Karen Stone.
Next, diners will proceed to Blue Provence for a choice of four entrées with paired wines, and then on to the Guess-Fisher Gallery to view the work of artist, Natalie Guess and her husband, Phil Fisher. The final stop of the evening is The Dock Restaurant, where patrons can enjoy one of four desserts and coffee. (For menu details, turn inside.)
The fun takes places from 5 to 9 p.m., with about 30 minutes at each restaurant and 20 minutes at each gallery. The cost is $50 per person, not including tax and gratuity. On the night of the event, the Cove Inn is also offering a 10 percent discount on new room reservations.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit Crayton Cove for a sampling of all that this unique Naples destination has to offer,” said Vin DePasquale, owner of the Dock restaurant, which he opened on Crayton Cove’s waterfront in 1975. “There’s such a wonderful and creative atmosphere here. It’s exciting for visitors and endlessly interesting for local residents, too.”
Centered at the crossroad of Eighth street and 12th Avenue South, Crayton Cove, formerly known as the Back Bay, was the original center of Naples for the local fishermen and builders of the Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41). Twelfth Avenue South, then called Pier Street, linked the Naples Pier with the bay and City Dock. Today, the area is the locale for Art after Dark and the end-of-season Great Dock Canoe Race at the end of each May. The idea for the event came from Beth Preddy who handles marketing for Crayton Cove.
“A progressive dinner was always part of our strategy as a way to showcase the amazing restaurants in the area,” said Preddy. “Another of our goals was to cross-promote the businesses as much as possible to highlight the diversity of the destination.”
According to DePasquale, the upcoming Palette to Palate Stroll Gallery Hop is an original event. A similar Art Walk in downtown Fort Myers offers hors d’oeuvres and an after party, but is not a progressive dinner.
“This is the kind of area that visitors and residents naturally gravitate to,” said DePasquale. Now that the merchants and restaurants have organized to pool what we have to offer, the area is sure to become a popular favorite.”
Appetizer. Bamboo Café, choice of three appetizers with wine: Reblochon salade — organic beets, lentilles vertes du puy a.c., bacon, reblochon cheese, vanilla dressing; Cassolette — fresh oyster mushrooms, crème fraiches, gruyere, garlic, herbes; Les Moules — P.E.I. mussels, white wine with garlic, shallots, lemon
Entrée. Blue Provence: choice of four entrees with wine: Loup de mer baked with Chablis beurre blanc sauce, with mashed potatoes and asparagus; crispy walnut-crusted jumbo shrimp salad, served with guacamole on a bed of argula, mangoes and papaya; duck leg confit with potatoes au gratin and mango fries; steak frites with choice of black pepper, Roquefort or béarnaise sauce
Dessert. The Dock at Crayton Cove, choice of four desserts with coffee: Key lime pie, chocolate lovin’ spoonful cake, coconut cream pie or mango cheesecake.