Thursday, August 4, 2016

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CUISINE NEWS... From Florida Weekly 

¦ Naples Winter Wine Festival announced that Harlan Estate, a California winery that has become famous as one of the world’s finest wineries, will headline the event’s 2017 Vintage Cellar at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at Bleu Provence in downtown Naples.

“It’s an honor to expand my family’s involvement with the Naples Winter Wine Festival through the Vintage Cellar,” said estate proprietor Bill Harlan. “It has been personally fulfilling to become involved with such a prestigious event and a true pleasure to donate auction lots and participate in the Vintner Dinners each year, especially since those contributions support efforts to help underprivileged children. My family and I look forward to continuing the commitment.”

A panel of experts that includes Mr. Harlan, his son Will, estate director Don Weaver and winemaker Cory Empting will oversee the master class tasting. Internationally renown wine critic Antonio Galloniof Vinous will moderate the tasting, which will include estate vintages going back to 1992.

“I am thrilled to be moderating this vertical tasting of Harlan Estate featuring a number of rare vintages going back to the early 1990s,” said Mr. Galloni. “It’s truly once in a lifetime, tastings such as this along with a deep commitment to supporting charitable causes in the community, that make the Naples Winter Wine Festival such a singular event.”

The Vintage Cellar precedes the three-day festival where attendees will enjoy rare wines, celebrity chefs and much more, including a live auction where they can bid on luxury experiences and items not available to the public. Proceeds benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which has received over $146 million from the event since its inception in 2001.

Tickets to the tasting are $2,500 and will be available for purchase this fall. Seating is limited to 50 people. Bleu Provence is located at 1234 Eighth St. S. For more information about Vintage Cellar or the Naples Winter Wine Festival, call 514-2239 or visit 

¦ Take Note:
Whole Foods in Mercato hosts Taste of Brazil from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, where each department offers tastings of a signature Brazilian dish. Free. 552-5100 or
Paradise Wine hosts a four-course, South American-themed dinner prepared by Chef Brian Roland at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. The prix-fixe menu will include dishes like Peruvian-style scallop ceviche with tiger milk, smoked chicken consommé, beef tenderloin with saltwater-brined chimichurri and charred fruit with mascarpone ice cream and anise scented syrup. $95 per person. 8965 Tamiami Trail N. 687-3155 or

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council 11281 host White Castle Slider Tribute Night II at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11. Guests will enjoy the iconic mini-burgers and a musical tribute to Elvis, courtesy of local performers Joe Marino and All the Kings Men. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 625 111th Ave. N. (732) 672-4109 or stjohntheevangelist. ¦

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