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March 2011


March 23, 2011: Good deals, hidden secrets and more

Best Deal on a Southwest Florida Wine Dinner There’s a special type of food lover who seeks out the best of  restaurants’ wine dinners, paying $60 to $130 for four to five courses, each served with a different wine. I think the best deal on price and quality comes the last Wednesday of each month with the $37 dinner at Estero’s Hemingway’s Island Grill.   Hemingway's Island Grill at Coconut Point   Creative Executive Chef Justin Fleming weaves classics with the avant garde. He first picks wines, then challenges himself with a unique food pairing—the reverse of most chefs! Some dinners have keyed on Italian favorites or Greek cuisine; one was on shellfish and another focused on Florida favorites. The venison with balsamic sauce dinner is highly...

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March 10, 2011: BBQ at Music Walk, Cuban feast, India Palace, Roy's and more

Fort Myers Music Walk has great barbecue classes—and, then, great barbecue   Emmett Todd is, hands down, one of Southwest Florida's best barbecue cooks. The proof is in his ribs, brisket and pulled pork! I've tasted his fare and it's authentic, slow-cooked barbecue that holds its own against many national competitors in taste and tenderness. I've also taken his $69 barbecue class, where he shares insider secrets on rubs, sprays and cooking styles that will make you a quality barbecuer in your own backyard! He's a very good teacher.     Emmett Todd's Backyard BBQ School.   Why share these barbecue facts? There's a special barbecue double-header March 19 at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. First, Emmett will hold his Backyard BBQ School from 11 a.m. to...

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