■ Ziggy Dick's Barbecue cook-off and festival, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Naples-Collier, will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at the Golden Gate Community Center, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Golden Gate.
The event will have live entertainment, food and a children's corner. $5, admission for adults and free for children 12 and younger.
■ The Sunshine State Steak Cook-off and Family Festival will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria.
The event will feature a parade of grills, youth games and a silent auction.
Quest Band will perform at noon and Casey Weston at 4:30 p.m.
Steak dinners will be served at 5:30 p.m. Dinners will cost $18 in advance and $20 on the day of the event.
Tickets: 239-304-7032; the Ave Maria University Bookstore, 2064 Annunciation Circle, Ave Maria; or at www.sssscookoff.com
A chocolate candy-making class for children 7 to 17 will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Olde Naples Chocolate.
The store is at 945 Fifth Ave. N., Naples. $40. Information and reservations: 239-262-4975
New site, new treats
Royal Palm Chocolates has moved to a new 4,200-square-foot retail center at 1084 Business Lane (off Old 41), North Naples. It nearly doubles the company's retail and demonstration areas.
Co-owner and chef Philip Fincher has introduced seven new flavors: boysenberry, Cointreau, French silk, lemon tart, mango-white pepper, orange passion and strawberries-and-Champagne. Also new is an assortment of caramels. Information: 239-325-8300
The Veranda has updated its midafternoon menu served from 2 to 4 p.m. weekdays at 2122 Second St., Fort Myers.
Items include a burger, quilted chicken sandwich, Veranda crabcakes, chilled jumbo Gulf shrimp, Southern grit cakes, French dip and Caesar salad, fried green tomato salad and a double house salad. Prices range from $7.50 to $13.95.
The restaurant also serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and dinner from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
To make reservations, call 239-332-2065.
IHOP is bringing back its promotion of "keep them coming 'til you say when" for a stack of buttermilk pancakes through Jan. 27.
Order a combination that comes with two pancakes and get more after you finish them, or order a stack of five and get two more after finishing them.
Local restaurants are at 6631 Dudley Drive, Naples, 239-643-7500; and 1921 Davis Blvd., East Naples, 239-793-0704.
Skillets is offering a breakfast special of border burrito with potatoes, grilled onions, peppers, jalapeño and homemade chorizo with three scrambled eggs served with salsa and a fruit cup for $8.95, and French onion soup with a half of a Reuben sandwich for lunch for $8.95 during January.
Alexander's Restaurant is featuring a wine tasting with pinots of Oregon from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at 4077 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $10. U-topia Spa will be having a beauty event during the wine tasting. Information: 239-262-4999
Loyalty reward card
Joe's Diner has a new free customer-loyalty reward card that gives patrons discounts and a free birthday breakfast or lunch. Visit the restaurant, and 5 percent is deducted automatically from the bill; for every $50 spent, an additional half a percent is added to your discount, up to 10 percent. The diner is at 9331 U.S. 41 N., North Naples. 239-254-7929
Did you know the canning process for herring was developed in Sardinia?
That is why canned herrings are called sardines.
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