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Chef Asif of 21 Spices to be featured at South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Only a few top-notch chefs will be featured at the 17th annual SOBEWFF—that’s the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, presented by the Food Network and Cooking Channel—and Naples’ own Chef Asif Syed of 21 Spices is one of them (the only one repping Southwest Florida, in fact). He’ll showcase his culinary talents on Feb. 21 at the event’s Grand Tasting Village. He’s no stranger to the scene, though; this is his third time participating, following the Grand Tasting Event at the 2017 New York City Wine & Food Festival in October. Tickets start at $225—or, alternatively, make a reservation at 21 Spices to get a taste of his acclaimed contemporary Indian cuisine.




The Claw Bar opens in downtown Naples

You just feel fancy when you step through the doors of the newly opened Claw Bar in downtown Naples. Located inside the Bellasera Resort, this beautifully designed space is done up in Art Deco glam and reminiscent of a time gone by. The menu, though, is nothing but current, with a modern claw bar-slash-chef’s table that offers an interactive tasting experience and a fresh selection of seafood, steaks and local veggies similar to that of The Bay House and The Turtle Club, by the same owners.

Stop in for happy hour or dinner daily beginning at 4 p.m., and look out for Saturday and Sunday brunch coming soon.




Kombucha and matcha on tap at The Bowl

If we can’t have kombucha on tap at home, at least we can have it at The Bowl! Honestly, though, it’s not just the on-tap kombucha and iced matcha we can’t get enough of—the acaí and pitaya bowls are an addiction we don’t feel one ounce of guilt about. (Our fav: the Islamorada, made with pitaya, strawberries, banana, pineapple juice and coconut milk. Bonus: It’s pretty in pink, just in time for Valentine’s Day!) Grab one at their store on Pine Ridge Road or the new Central Avenue location in downtown Naples.




Sip cabernet for a cause at Shula’s

Take the Kick Hunger Challenge one sip at a time: Shula’s is donating two-and-a-half meals to the local Feeding America food bank for each bottle of specially selected wine sold. Choose from a featured trio including Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cheers!








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