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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

May 2009


Hot Dish: May 27, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.   The Caribbean Comes to Naples Sheraz Khan, the feisty, European-trained chef/owner of Sweet Mama’s Island Cuisine, serves island-sized portions of tasty Caribbean dishes, with a nod to her Trinidad roots. A blend of European, African, Asian and Indian cuisines, Sweet Mama’s uses spices and fresh produce that make for a special treat.  Sweet Mama's Chef/owner Sheraz Khan with jerk chicken platter. I favor lunch’s $6.99 jerk chicken with island rice and peas, and recommend the dinner menu’s red snapper escoveitched ($16) or the spiced duck with a tamarind sauce and red pepper jelly ($19). The sides of corn casserole and mac ‘n’ cheese are tops! While in Europe, Khan studied in Italy. She can serve up great pasta and...

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Hot Dish: May 13, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene.   Famous Pastry Chefs Create Sweet Prize for Food Fest High Bidder   As people excitedly bid on incredible food and wine packages at the recent Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest auction, Fort Myers’ own famous chocolatier Norman Love and Food Network Challenge Host and Executive Pastry Chef Keegan Gerhard decided—on the spot—to offer a Desserts Dinner for 12. Chef Norman Love, Retta Singer, Chef Keegan Gerhard, Elliott Singer and Chef Brian Roland at the Singers' Dessert Dinner.   It was served May 3 at the Naples home of winning bidder Retta Singer, who donated $15,000 to The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. Retta and husband Elliott’s kitchen was the epicenter of an unforgettable epicurean evening. Gerhard,...

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