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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

January 2012


Inside a Naples Winter Wine Festival dinner

Forty five guests at the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival  experienced a magical  evening in a dream-like setting  at one of 17 elegant vintner’s dinners. This dinner featured renowned Chef Dean Fearing of Fearing’s in Dallas, fine wines from Gargiulo Vineyards of Oakville, California, acclaimed pianist Robert Wells and singer Maria Wells, a magician, and a surprise duet. The next day, 580 guests gathered under the Auction tent at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort to raise $12.2 million dollars.  All funds directly help the children of Collier County. The evening’s dinner, hosted by NWWF trustees Laura and Jim Dixon and  NWWF trustees/vintners Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo, was held at Michael DeGroote Sr.’s  lovely Port Royal beachfront home. Guests were greeted with...

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Gordon's on the River marks the return of the classic supper club

Inside the dining room at Gordon's on the River. This elegant setting perched above Naples’ mangrove-shored Gordon River is truly the favored catbird seat for upscale diners—both seafaring and landlubbers alike. During the season it's a welcome lush oasis to relax in, free from the crowds and noise at popular spots. It is set apart from other restaurants by Chef Andrew McLaughlin's culinary expertise. Shrimp cocktail appetizers I flipped over the large tender diver scallops topped with bits of crisp onions, wonderfully sauced tenderloin, and delicious rich venison with Madeira sauce and ostrich (tastes like steak, not chicken) with grain mustard-shallot sauce. Gordon’s luscious bread pudding is a dessert must! A trio of featured desserts. Sommelier Ian...

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