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05/28/08

Hot Dish: May 28, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene   Learn to cook like Roy Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Ivan Seligman at Roy's in Naples Chef Roy Yamaguchi sure packed the house at Roy’s in Naples on Saturday as he personally hosted “Taste of Twenty Years Dinner.” His Hawaiian fusion cuisine was wonderfully seasoned, beautifully presented, and well-paired with Gary Branham’s Branham Estate Wines. Roy, with 37 eponymous restaurants worldwide, is calm, quiet and clearly respected and loved by his staff. He cooked on the line and greeted admirers with a word and a handshake. Try the upside down pineapple cake, check out his cookbook, Fish & Seafood, and cook up a favorite!     Judi Gallagher and Jeannie Lee at Roy's in Naples So you missed the dinner? Not a problem! Join Chef...

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05/14/08

Hot Dish: May 14, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene. Summer on the Gulfshore My favorite season has begun: Off-season! Imagine, going into nearly any restaurant before 6:30 p.m., and no wait? YES! Find parking spaces closer than downtown Immokalee? Enjoy some dinner specials? Yes, it’s that season now. Visit some dining favorites this week; try a new restaurant as well. This is THE critical time for restaurant survival, and your support keeps chefs’ and servers’ families afloat during the summer. Fort Myers Loses Two High-Class Restaurants Speaking of survival, after seven years of, hands-down, some of the tastiest and most creative cuisine in Florida, Chef/Owner Harold Balink’s Harold’s on Bay will be closing its downtown Fort Myers location at the end of May. Harold will...

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04/30/08

Hot Dish: April 30, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene     Restaurants take housing-market hit Construction crews and real estate agents aren’t the only ones hurting from the housing market bust. This winter was a less-than-profitable season for restaurateurs, as well. But while those in construction-related fields are leaving the area in search of healthier economies, restaurants are less portable. Following the recent closure of Macaroni Grill in Naples, Duval Street Seafood Company in Bonita Springs and Mel’s Diner in San Carlos Park, more restaurants are expected to close than to open over the summer as a result of the shrinking customer base.     Shopping meccas become dining destinations A trend is emerging. People are dining out less often, and when they do dine out at a...

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04/16/08

Hot Dish: April 16, 2008

  Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene Welcome to a new world of culinary delights, where we’ll be sampling everything the Gulfshore has to offer from home cooking to haute cuisine. In a city with beautiful beaches along the Gulf, where does one find a great new steakhouse to rave about? Right by the water, of course! Naples’ The Grill Club Churrascaria (492 Bayfront Place, 239-430-7020) offers Brazilian “barbecue” churrasco-style, serving it up continuously, rodizio-style, till you are satiated. The food is seasoned with coarse salt, roasted on saber-skewers over an open fire, and served tableside by black-clad gauchos with orange bandanas. It is delicious! Start with dozens of fresh appetizers, but don’t fill up yet. Sample the tasty filet mignon, skirt steak,...

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04/05/08

Meet Ivan

Ivan Seligman's passion for food and travel has encompassed being a busboy, waiter and, along with other cooks, creating gourmet meals for 24 people to benefit local charities. Whether fishing for wahoo, diving for lobster, sampling the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, eating durian in Malaysia, or cooking from 150-year-old cookbooks, he photographs and samples the freshest of foods, authentically prepared. All is fair game for his palate and this blog.

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