Alexander's Restaurant is giving all Duke University fans a complimentary glass of wine during lunch or dinner today in honor of the school's basketball game against Ohio State at 9:30 p.m. on EPSN. The restaurant is at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Reservations: 239-262-4999
Publix at Marketplace at Pelican Bay is having a wine tasting and collecting Toys for Tots from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at 8833 U.S. 41 N., Naples. Pommery Champagne, Zonin Prosecco, Mark West Pinot Noir, Cupcake Red Velvet and Cupcake Angel Food will be among the varieties you will be tasting. Information: 239-596-0403
Champagne and sparkler tastings
Taste Champagne and sparklers from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Tony's Off Third, 1300 Third St. S., Naples. The tasting includes more than 20 selections from around the world. Information: 239-262-7999
Tony's off Third also is hosting a Champagne and sparkler tasting by Sukie Honeycutt from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at 1300 Third St. S., Naples. Taste more than 20 drinks from around the world. The cost is $25 and guests will receive a $10 coupon toward the purchase of a featured Champagne or sparkler. Reservations: 239-262-7999
Ciao Ristorante is hosting a four-course Tuscan wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The restaurant is at 835 Fourth Ave. S., Naples. $75, per person, tax and gratuity is not included. Reservations are required. Information: 239-263-3889
Naples Italian American Foundation is hosting a meatballs and pasta dinner at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The foundation is at 7035 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples. Dinner also includes salad, bread and a light dessert. $12, members; $15, others Reservations are required by calling 239-597-5210.
The Good Life is sponsoring a small knife skills class from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, North Naples. $50. Reservations: 239-514-4663
Marco Island Yacht Club is hosting an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 8 at 1400 North Collier Blvd., Marco Island. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Marco River, Jolley Bridge and Marco Island Marina as you watch the Marco Island Boat Parade. Buffet dinner is $34.95 for adults and $14.95 for children following the parade. Reservations: 239-394-0199 or marcoislandyachtclub.net
■ Alexander's Restaurant, 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples, is giving a signed copy of Alexander's Cookbook with the purchase of $100 gift cards. Information: 239-262-4999
■ California Pizza Kitchen, Waterside Shops, 5555 U.S. 41 N. Naples, is giving a $20 rewards card when you purchase $100 in gift cards at the restaurant or online. Information: 239-566-1900
■ Pollo Tropical is giving a $5 gift certificate toward a future purchase when you buy a $25 gift card starting Monday. Restaurants are at 3777 U.S. 41 E., East Naples, 239-417-2708 and 5065 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate, 239-304-0629.
■ Stonewood Tavern & Grill, 7935 Airport-Pulling Road, North Naples, is giving the following bonus when you buy gift cards this holiday season: $20 with $100; $30, with $150; $40 with $200; and $50 with $250. Information: 239-593-0001
Gordon's on the River is having its first happy hour of the season from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 475 North Road (near the Naples Municipal Airport), Naples. Chef Andrew McLaughlin will be featuring $5 tapas and sommelier Ian Ponsford has selected Chilean and Spanish wines for $5 to pair with the tapas. Information: 239-213-1441, ext. 213
Grimaldi's Pizzeria is hosting a holiday book drive for the Literacy Council Gulf Coast. Drop off new or gently used books for children now until Dec. 21 at the restaurant at Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers. Information: 239-432-9767
Farmer Mike's U Pick, a family-owned and -operated farm, has reopened at 2603 Morton Ave., Bonita Springs. Pick your own produce in the fields or purchase produce from the stand. The farms produce also is sold at the Third Street Farmers Market, 1201 Third St. S., Naples; Naples Green Market, 1465 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples; Coconut Point Green Market, 23106 Fashion Drive, Estero; Lakes Park Farmers Market, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers; and Sanibel Islands Farmers Market, 800 Dunlop Road, Sanibel. Go to www.farmermikesupick.com for more information and specials.
Zorba's Greek Restaurant, 9106 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, has remodeled the bar and dining room and has added new dishes to its menu by chef Chris DeGenova. In addition to its Greek cuisine of moussaka, pastitsio, dolmathes expect to see creative dishes by DeGenova. Information: 239-580-7268
Irish breakfast and more
Fitzgerald's Pub serves an Irish breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and gives 25 percent off on all the steaks on Saturdays. Visit the restaurant at Ace Sunshine Plaza, 9070 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. Information: 239-949-2111
Mark your calendar
■ The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples is recreating Willy Wonka's chocolate factory with sweets and treats from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 26 and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 at 2600 Tiburon Drive, Naples. Dec. 26 includes a themed buffet and a question-and- answer session with Theo and Maddie Dahl, son and daughter-in-law of the late Roald Dahl, author of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." The events on Dec. 27 and 28 include a flowing chocolate river and fondue dip, Bubble Trouble, Powder Pucker, decorating cupcakes, frosting a gingerbread man, a cotton candy machine, candy stations and culinary delights. Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompas will be welcoming all the guests. $119, Dec. 26; $60, Dec. 27-28; free, all events for children under three.
■ The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, beach resort is hosting a teddy bear tea at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17-20 in the lobby at 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. The lobby will be filled with oversized plush teddy bears and children will be served hot chocolate, sweet treats, hear stories and have a visit from St. Nicholas. $45, children 12 and younger and $40, per adult.
Reservations are required for all events and may be made by calling 239-598-3300
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