much of the $12 million dollars raised by the vintner dinners and auctions of the Naples Winter Wine Festival was dispersed to nonprofit Colllier County organizations devoted to assisting children in need. So much also depends on the assistance of tireless volunteers to keep all running smoothly.
|Bruce & Cynthia Sherman and Staff of Shelter for Abused Women & Children|
|Vintners and Trustees Grace and Ken Evenstad|
IM Tapas was smokin' with hot shrimp in Spanish garlic sauce,
and crispy roasted cold beet towers with fine Catalan goat cheese, Serrano ham, lardons and pine nuts, drizzled with balsamic glaze.
This is the spot for great Spanish tapas!
Bha! Bha!'s Michael Mir and staff offered a luscious slow braised lamb with plums and roasted butternut squash, served with saffron Basmati rice.
KC American Bistro's Chef Keith Casey
had a dynamic duo with warm Parma ham wrapped Medjool dates containing Gorgonzola cheese; and a hot 'n crunchy Ritz crusted grouper slider, that's new to the menu.
He serves real Black grouper-you can appreciate the difference! He serves Amerian Cuisine, and during the season, the restaurant has been packed since day one!
Tony Ridgway's Ridgeway Bar and Grill features a delicious ginger and soy marinated lamb with mango salsa,
The Real Macaw went Southern-style, with a beautiful pulled roasted pork topped with a swirl of mashed potatoes, cherry tomato and tamarind gravy-everyone thought it was a beautiful dessert!
Phil Lavigne's Gourmet Catering's beef tenderloin rolls with caramelized onion was very popular.
Lisa and Philippe Boet's Bamboo Cafe featured Provencale Gulf shrimp with espelette AOC pepper, with riz rouge de Camargue. Lisa is the founder and "energizer bunny" of Naples Originals.
|Lisa & Isabella Boet|
Bleu Provence's Oeufs a la Neige, the classic French dessert with toasted almond- topped meringue islands floating in a creme Anglaise sauce,
M Waterfront's Chef Brian Roland and staff's
These restauranteurs support the children of Collier County. Visit their restaurants, enjoy the delicious foods, and you too can taste a delicious part of the Naples Winter Wine Festival!
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