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Hot Dish: March 11, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene.   Food Fest Overflows with Delicious Dishes and Generous Bidders   I attended an elegant Chef and Vintner Dinner at the home of hosts Marshall and Lori Hanno during the 8th Annual Southwest Florida Wine and Food Fest in late February.  Lori and Marshall Hanno The cuisine was created by Executive Chef Nick Costanzo of Angelina’s Ristorante in Bonita Springs, and the wines were generously donated by attending vintners Juelle Fisher and daughter Cameron Fisher of Fisher Vineyards.   Vintner Juelle Fisher, Marshall Hanno, Chef Nick Costanzo, Lori Hanno and Vintner Cameron Fisher Chef Costanzo served a six-course meal in the Hannos’ home equal to Michelin-starred restaurants. His selections included crispy seared black bass,...

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Hot Dish: Feb. 25, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene   The Gulfshore’s Other Wine Festival   Missed the Naples Winter Wine Festival? Come sample great food and fine wines at the Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest this Friday and Saturday. Top chefs will join 16 wineries at chef vintner dinners at select homes on Friday. Seats are still available, ticket prices vary and the quality is tops. For the public, do not miss Saturday’s Grand Tasting and Auction, starting at 12:30 p.m. at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club in south Lee County. This is a rare opportunity for you to talk, face-to-face with two dozen chefs, and try their savory creations. You don’t often get that experience while dining in one chef’s restaurant! Have auction fever? Rare Robert Rauschenberg prints, exquisite...

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Hot Dish: Feb. 11 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining scene.   Local Chefs Shine for Naples Winter Wine Festival Event   For a glorious week, Naples was the epicenter of the food and wine world, as the 2009 Naples Winter Wine Festival raised more than $5 million to benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation. Seventeen of the nation’s top chefs gathered for a reception last Thursday at the Inn on Fifth, where local chefs from Fifth Avenue South served a wonderful tasting of their locally renowned dishes.  From left: Chefs Jonathan Benno of Per Se, New York; Mary Ann Esposito of PBS's Ciao Italia; John Tesar, formerly of The Mansion, Dallas; Eric DeLano of Trilogy, Naples; Sean Brock of McCrady's,Charleston, S.C.; Sandro Durante of Vergina, Naples. The local chefs included Eric...

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Hot Dish: Jan. 28, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene   Napoli, Italy comes to Naples, Florida   MiraMare Ristorante is the newest finer dining spot in Southwest Florida. It sets the bar very high for any Italian restaurant, or any restaurant, for that matter. The food is delicious, and the location is to-die-for gorgeous, with a stunning view, day or night, of Naples Bay.   As I enjoyed my meal during this opening week, an Italian woman nearby said her tuna tartar salad tasted just as it did in Naples, Italy—how much better does it get? The cuisine is overall that of Northern Italy, with experienced Chef Giovanni Scamardella working his magic with a skilled and light touch with seafood and veal. This isn’t your Americanized pasta and meatball place. This is where you come to savor...

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Hot Dish: Jan. 14, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene. Happy New Year! Over the past year, there have been about as many restaurants opening as closing. It’s time to try the new spots’ fine cuisines. Here are two very good picks:   Aurelio’s Brings Thin Crust to Gulf Coast   Aurelio’s Pizza makes a great Chicago-style, thin-crust pizza, served for years at the Naples location on U.S. 41, and now at the second spot on Main Street in Gulf Coast Town Center. For years, I’ve considered Naples’ Aurelio’s to have one of the best thin-crust pizzas around in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Now, owners Jack Haberkorn and Jack Canna have added a winner to the other dining spots at this shopping center.   Aurelio's owners Jack Haberkorn and Jack Canna  The new Aurelio’s...

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