Maria D’anna Cafe, at 300 U.S. 41 N., Naples, has opened with fresh, locally grown ingredients. Executive chef Ryan Flood, a former Ritz-Carlton chef, uses fresh ingredients and says he wants to make this a farm-to-table place, with much of the produce coming from his own garden. The menu changes weekly; last week’s ranged from shrimp ‘n’ grits to Great Lakes walleye and stuffed cabbage rolls.
Prices range from $17 to $28 for dinner entrees, and $9 to $15 for lunch sandwiches with sandwich or soup. Wine and beer are available. Choices include many gluten-free items and healthful entrees from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call 239-263-6892 for reservations to enjoy leisurely dining at its best.
Fit & Fuel Bicycle Cafe is presenting Pali Wine Company for a wine tasting from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Pavilion, 819 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples. Seven wines will be featured at this free tasting. Reservations are requested by email to Fit & Fuel Bicycle Cafe, email@example.com.
Learn how to grill asparagus, portabella mushrooms and pineapples from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Whole Foods Market. The cost is $10, and registration is required at the customer service desk.
A free health-store tour will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 22. Sample Turkish red lentil soup from 5 to 6:30 p.m. March 21 and a no-egg salad from noon to 3 p.m. March 24. The store is at 9101 Strada Place, North Naples. Information: 239-552-5100
Dinner with 2 legendary coaches
Coach Don Shula and coach Mike Ditka are having a dinner at Shula’s paired with Mike Ditka Wine at 6 p.m. March 20 at Hilton Naples & Towers, 5111 U.S. 41 N., Naples. $175, per person plus tax and gratuity. Part of the proceeds benefits the United Way of Collier County. Reservations: 239-659-3176
Celebrate your birthday
Real Seafood and Co. will give a discount on your check and a free piece of homemade key lime pie on your birthday. The restaurant is at 8099 Fontana Del Sol Way, North Naples. Reservations: 239-591-3232
Sweet Home delivers
Skillets restaurants are offering apple-pecan wheatcakes with bacon and eggs for $9.95 for breakfast and an open-faced ham and pepperjack sandwich served with soup of the day for $9.95 for lunch during March. The restaurants are at 4170 U.S. 41 N., North Naples, 239-262-3788; Bed Bath Beyond Plaza, 5461 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; Pavilion, 847 Vanderbilt Beach Road N., North Naples, 239-330-2515 and 9174 Bonita Beach Road SE, Bonita Springs, 239-992-9333.
Norman Love Confections has introduced a new dark chocolate collection called Black, with a single-origin dark chocolate from Maracaibo, Tanzanie, Peru, St. Domingue and Nyango. They are available in a five-piece box, $15; $10-piece box, $25; and 15-piece box, $25 at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., Fort Myers, 239-561-7215; 3747 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-687-7215 or at www.normanloveconfections.com.
Aurelio’s Pizza is sponsoring a sweepstakes for one winner from its Florida, Georgia and Nevada stores to visit Chicago and meet Mike Ditka. Fill out an official entry blank by April 3 at the Coastland Center mall restaurant, 2048 U.S. 41 N., Naples, or Gulf Coast Town Center, 9909 Gulf Coast Main St., south Fort Myers.
Backwater Jacks, the waterfront restaurant at Bonita Bay Marina, is now open daily from 3 to 9 p.m. through April to the public, residents and boaters. Happy hour is from 3 to 6 p.m. with bar service, appetizers and basket menu items, and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. at 27598 Marina Pointe Drive, Bonita Springs. Reservations: 239-992-3010
Craft brewed lager
Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern at Lely Resort is introducing a craft-brewed premium American lager inspired by the late Sam Snead. Slammin’ Sam Beer Company is debuting the brew in conjunction with the centennial of Snead’s birthday. It is made in Wisconsin by Stevens Point Brewery in a bottle that depicts images of Snead from the 1950s and ’60s. Visit the tavern at 8004 Lely Resort Blvd., Naples, to try the beer. Information 239-793-6623
ABC Fine Wine and Spirits has introduced a beer consultant program for customers to learn about beer in and out of the company’s stores. Consultants are in more than 30 stores and via social media, primarily through Twitter, in the others. Large ABC stores have more than 400 domestic craft and specialty import option available.
Stores are at 2755 U.S. 41 E., Naples, 239-775-6411; 6425 Naples Blvd., Naples, 239-514-2316; 694 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-261-8667; and 1000 Crosspoint Drive, Naples, 239-596-5434. Social media links are at http://www.abcfws.com/SocialMedia/ or go to abcfws.com.
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