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BUSINESS
16 Butterburgers & Beyond
The latest dining options around
Estero
FEATURES
20 Art Thou Ready?
Its festival season in Southwest
Florida
24 2014 Estero Real Estate Outlook
Local experts weigh in on the future of
real estate
DINING
28 Cgrape Chef
At home on the range comfort food
with an Old West twist
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36 Alico Family Golf Center
38 Estero Historial Society
40 Night at the Nest
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PUBLISHER Gary Israel
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Kevin Gale
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Ivette Figueroa
ASSOCIATE EDITOR Richard Shellene
CREATIVE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit
ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez
ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea
GRAPHIC DESIGNER Alisha Riddle
MARKETING
EVENTS PLANNER Suzanne Holtermann
WRITERS
SENIOR WRITER Laura Cummings Gates
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Gary Israel
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LOVE is in the air! By that I
mean the love of our beautiful
community of Estero and the
Lifestyle that we have all
collaborated to build!
Here we are again, in the middle
of our high season. Everyone
seems to have returned from
their respite up north (a little
more challenging to escape from
the wrath of winter this year),
ready to recapture their part of
paradise.
Our favorite philanthropic
opportunities, festivals, shows,
fundraisers, beaches, golf courses
and tennis courts are all waiting to
provide a smorgasbord of activity.
It doesnt get any better!
The Florida Everblades and
FGCU mens and womens
basketball are in the heart of their
seasons. And of course, spring
training for the Minnesota Twins
and Boston Red Sox is just around
the corner.
Everyone is excited and
optimistic about 2014. In this
issue you can read the opinions
of a number of our local real
estate professionals and their
assessment of the commercial and
residential real estate market in
our area. If you or your friends are
considering changes this year
Nows the time!
Also this month, we have
provided a list of the many
art festivals that capture our
attention and imagination. These
festivals attract thousands to our
area and greatly stimulate our
economy.
There has been a recent surge
in casual eateries to our area.
Everything from butterburgers
and custard to Ahi tuna burgers
and craft beers. And coming soon
is the new anchor tenant at the
Promenade in Bonita Springs
creating an old-world Italian
marketplace.
And for golfers at every level we
direct you to the new Alico Family
Golf Center just off of Alico Rd.
on Lee Blvd. Fun for both the
beginner and experienced golfer.
Our dining feature this month
takes you east to a beautiful
and quiet Asian-American gem,
Cgrape Chef. Your mouth will
water as you read about the
delicious items of their creative
menu.
Finally, I wish you a very
Happy Valentines Day. I hope
that you get to celebrate in your
own special way with whoever
is special in your heart or mind.
Loving and being loved is essential
to us all. Happy Valentines Day to
my loving and beautiful wife, Ann
Marie! May love continue to ll the
air, not only this month, but year-
round.
So until next month, enjoy the
Lifestyle!
Gary
Gary Israel, Publisher
Estero Lifestyle Magazine
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(multiple dates)
FLORIDA EVERBLADES
Germain Arena, 11000
Everblades Pkwy., Estero
(239) 948-7825 or www.
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home games this month.
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FEB 8
PILOBOLUS
Artis-Naples, 5833 Pelican
Bay Blvd., Naples
Tickets: (239) 597-1900 or
www.artisnaples.org
Pilobolus is part dance,
part sculpture. It has built
an international following
by proving the body is
the most expressive,
universal and magical
of all mediums. Also at
Artis-Naples this month:
Classical music artists
Lang Lang, Grammy
Award winning vocalist
Rene Fleming, Dukes of
Dixieland, Tony Bennett
and Julio Iglesias.
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events
Pilobolus explores the world of art
through dance at Artis-Naples on Feb. 8.
The Duprees will play at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre on Feb. 10.
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FEB 10
THE DUPREES
Broadway Palm Dinner
Theatre, 1380 Colonial
Blvd., Fort Myers
Tickets: (239) 278-4422 or
www.broadwaypalm.com
The Duprees are known
around the world for their
beautiful love songs. Also
this month, South Pacic
continues at the Broadway
Palm.
FEB 12-14
SWEETHEART EXPRESS
Seminole Gulf Railway,
1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort
Myers
(239) 275-8487 or
www.semgulf.com
A strolling violinist
completes a romantic
evening aboard the Murder
Mystery Dinner Train.
The Sweetheart Express
departs each evening at
6:30 p.m.
FEB 14-MARCH 5
THE HOUND OF THE
BASKERVILLES
Florida Rep, 2267 Bay St.,
Fort Myers
(239) 332-4488 or www.
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Nothing is elementary in
this brand new farce where
Holmes meets hysterical.
FEB 15
EDISON FESTIVAL OF
LIGHT GRAND PARADE
Ft. Myers High Edison
Stadium to Ft. Myers River
District-Downtown
(239) 334-2999 or www.
edisonfestival.org
The Edison Festival of
Light continues with
multiple events this
month. The 5K and Grand
Parade will be Feb. 15,
along with Crafts on the
River and Vintage Market
in Centennial Park. The
parade kicks off at 7 p.m.
The Junior Parade and Fun
Run are on Feb. 9.
FEB 15
ASIA FEST
The Mercato, 1395 Panther
Ln., Naples
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onals.org
Celebrate the Chinese New
Year at the 10th annual
Asia Fest from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at The Mercato. Enjoy
Asian cuisine and vendors,
cultural performances,
martial arts and a Chinese
lion dance show.
FEB 15-16
SWFL WINTER HOME &
GARDEN SHOW
Germain Arena, 11000
Everblades Pkwy., Estero
(239) 948-7825 or www.
expotradeshows.com
See the newest in home
improvement products
and services. HGTVs New
Spaces host Jim Parks
presents three times a day.
FEB 18-23
ONCE
Barbara B. Mann
Performing Arts Hall, 13350
Edison Pkwy., Ft. Myers
(239) 481-4849 or
www.bbmannpah.com
ONCE is an original
Broadway experience
and winner of eight
Tony Awards, telling the
enchanting tale of a Dublin
street musician who is
about to give up on his
dream. Also at the Barbara
B. Mann Performing Arts
Hall this month: Shen
Yun, Mark Steyn, Kenny
Loggins, Buddy Guy &
Jonny Lang, Tommy
Emmanuel, Women of
Ireland, Bob Newhart and
The Hit Men.
FEB 21-22
SWFL WINE & FOOD FEST
Miromar Lakes Beach &
Golf Club, 8520 Miromar
Lakes Blvd., Estero
(239) 596-8404 or www.
oridastateparks.org
The Southwest Florida
Wine & Food Fest has
contributed $8.9 million to
childrens charities, with
the primary beneciary
being the Golisano
Childrens Hospital of
Southwest Florida. The
weekend begins with
Chef Vintner Dinners
at exclusive private
residences in Lee and
Collier counties. The Grand
Tasting and Auction are on
Feb. 22 at Miromar Lakes.
FEB 23
ESTERO CONCERT
SERIES AT KORESHAN
Koreshan State Historic
Site, 3800 Corkscrew Rd.,
Estero
www.swwinefest.org
The historic art Hall comes
alive with professional
musicians. Also at
Koreshan State Park this
month: Afternoon Teas,
Ghost Walks and Great
Art in a Great Park (Feb.
15).
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A
s concrete mixers continue their work on
Culvers restaurant along Corkscrew Road,
those seeking a frozen treat can grab their
own Concrete Mixer at the new Culvers
location in Gulf Coast Town Center.
Rooted in Wisconsin, this burger and frozen custard
eatery is moving into Southwest Florida fast, opening ve
locations in the region within the last few months. Those
from the Midwest may be familiar with the home of the
ButterBurger.
Mike Derynda and Mark DuQuette, owners of the Gulf
Coast location, have been waiting for the successful chain
to come to the Sunshine State for a long time. DuQuette
grew up with Culvers in Michigan and previously managed
the Estero Verizon store before joining Derynda in opening
Culvers. There are so many people from the Midwest
down here, he says. Mike and I always joked about doing
a Culvers here. I think people will go crazy over it.
Where else can you get fried Wisconsin cheese curds
instead of fries? The ButterBurger is made from a never-
frozen beef patty, served on a lightly buttered and toasted
bun, topped to order. Finish off the meal with a custard
treat to get the full Culvers experience.
Culvers is quickly getting acclimated to the community,
partnering with the Florida Everblades Kids Club and
tapping into the employee pool provided by its proximity
to Florida Gulf Coast University.
Derynda also owns three Culvers restaurants in
Wisconsin, but hopes to make Southwest Florida his full-
time home, as the weather is much nicer this time of year!
We have been trying to get Culvers to come down here
the last three years, he says, content to see the vision
come to fruition.
Fellow Wisconsin native Mike Bresson also believes
Culvers will be a success in Southwest Florida. He is
opening the Culvers in Estero in April at 10300 Arcos Ave.,
near the new Goodwill Store.
Wisconsin premium ice cream and cooked-to-order
burgers set Culvers apart from other fast food eateries,
he says. Along with ButterBurgers, the menu also includes
chicken and roast beef sandwiches, North Atlantic Cod
Filet, Grilled Rueben Melt and Pork Tenderloin.
Two other eateries have also opened recently at Gulf
Coast Town Center. Burger 21 offers Certied Angus Beef
burgers and gourmet dogs with unique toppings. The Tex-
Mex Haystack gains some height with its stack of fried
onion strings, along with applewood-smoked bacon, Gouda
and guacamole.
business
Whats New Around Estero:
BUTTERBURGERS
& BEYOND
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Burger 21 also offers chicken, veggie and seafood
burgers. The Ahi Tuna burger stars sushi-grade ahi
tuna topped with pickled cucumber, avocado,
Sriracha, caramel soy, lettuce and tomato,
all on a sesame bun. Top off the experience
with a hand-dipped shake, float or
sundae.
House of Brewz is sure to draw
lovers of craft beer. It offers 150
drafts and 100 bottled beers,
along with its own microbrewery.
Bury Me Brewing Co. features
a technol ogi cal l y advanced,
three-barrel microbrewery and a
brewmaster trained in all aspects of
the industry.
A short jaunt down the road from
Gulf Coast Town Center, the Alico Family
Golf Center opened in January, offering
entertainment and skills advancement
for the whole family. The area is ripe with
activity.
Kids and adults alike are learning the fundamentals
of golf. The 30-acre site just west of I-75 also features a
full driving range and mini golf course. With a clubhouse,
restaurant and party rooms, Alico Family Golf Center is
sure to be a popular place for gathering.
South of Estero, The Promenade is seeing more activity,
in preparation for its anchor tenant to open near the
end of March. DeRomos Gourmet Market and
Restaurant will consume 18,000 square feet
of the revitalized shopping plaza, offering
an old-world style marketplace.
The restaurant will serve
authentic Italian dishes, just
like owner Francis Cuomo grew
up eating in the Bronx, as part of
a large Italian family living near
both sets of grandparents in the
real Little Italy. Cuomos mother,
Rose Ann, will help run the bakery,
offering up homemade pies and
cakes.
DeRomos marketplace also will
include a fresh deli, butcher shop,
seafood counter, pastaria, wine seller
and gourmet coffee and gelato shop. The
buzz is building as construction nears
completion.
Other stores that have opened recently in The
Promenade include several clothing retailers and specialty
boutiques. Enchanted Ballroom has livened up the area,
offering ballroom dancing lessons, group classes and
dance parties.
Culvers Owners Mark DuQuette & Mike Derynda (Gulf Coast
Town Center) and Dale Schaechterle & Mike Bresson (Estero)
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Art
ready?
thou
By Laura J. Cummings Gates
Its festival season in
Southwest Florida
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or two days at a time, art festivals pop up,
inviting the community to appreciate and
explore through multiple mediums. They offer
an escape from the ordinary and a foray into the
art world, without the pretentiousness of visiting a gallery.
At an art festival, you can walk up and meet the artist
who created the work and feel very comfortable, says
Barry Witt, longtime organizer of the Bonita Springs
National Art Festivals. Its a good experience. You start
with an empty park or street, and for two days, it becomes
a major, major event. If you come back on Monday, its
gone.
National and international talent oods the scene, along
with local artists who earn their place at the top of the art
arena. Estero artist Robert Heier will showcase his unique
style of photography at the Coconut Point Art Festival and
the Naples National Art Festival this month, along with the
Bonita Springs National Art Festival in March.
He calls his style fauxtography because the end
product is barely recognizable as a photograph. Many
visitors to his booth seem mesmerized, wondering exactly
what they are looking at, he says. The original, romantic
images from Europe and around the world become edgy
and contemporary, bursting with highly saturated color to
create a piece of modern art.
I take the original image and blow it to smithereens
and then put it back together, Heier explains. Its a very
soulful thing. Its uplifting when you get something that
you think is beautiful.
Heiers work has been featured in publications, galleries
and art shows across
the globe, as well as
lining the walls of the
Embassy Suites Hotel
of Kennesaw, Ga. He
once kept a pace of
about 20 shows a year,
so he knows what hes
talking about when he
says the Bonita Springs
National Art Festival
ranks among the best
in the nation.
The rst year I went
to the show, my jaw
dropped, Heier says.
It was an amazing
show. Ive never seen
some of the stuff Barry
has in that show. Im
very honored to be a
part of that cadre of
folks.
This months festival
marks the 30th national
juried art show in
Bonita Springs.
We ve al ways
focused on the highest
quality we can get,
Witt says. We are the
original festival. Were
the festival that made
the others come to
town.
The three Bonita Springs festivals are expected to bring
in more than $100,000 for the Center for the Arts of Bonita
Springs, with a new venue at Riverside Park.
Anne DeLaCroix is another Estero artist who will be
participating in the March show. She also did the Estero
Fine Art Show at Miromar Outlets in January. DeLaCroix
uses recycled natural materials to create whimsical,
aquatic art.
I make sh wall art out of palm seed pods, fronds,
palmetto leaves and all kinds of weird stuff I nd, she
explains.
Festival season is upon us in
Southwest Florida, saturating the
local landscape in style.
Coconut Point Art Festival
Feature
ART FEST FORT MYERS
FEB 1-2
10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Downtown Fort Myers
www.artfestfortmyers.com
At ArtFest, youll nd high-quality,
made-in-the-USA, original art by
more than 200 artists. Kids can make
art treasures to take home for $5 at
the Publix Art Yard. Lee County high
school students will exhibit their
artwork and compete for $6,500 in
cash awards. Admission is free.
COCONUT POINT ART FESTIVAL
FEB 8-9
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Coconut Point Mall
in Estero
www.artfestival.com
This festival, organized by Howard
Alan Events, ofers art, music and the
chance to meet top artists. Dubbed
The Big One, the Coconut Point Art
Festival features life-sized sculptures,
spectacular paintings, one-of-a-kind
jewelry, photography, ceramics and
more. Admission is free.
BONITA SPRINGS NATIONAL ART
FESTIVALS
FEB 8-9 & MARCH 8-9
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Riverside Park,
Bonita Springs
www.artinusa.com/bonita
Enjoy the artwork of 230 nationally
and internationally acclaimed
artists. This show has been ranked
No. 11 nationally and No. 1 in the
Bonita Springs/Naples area by
industry publications. All proceeds
from the festival support programs
at the Center for the Arts of Bonita
Springs. Admission is free, but a $5
donation is appreciated.
GREAT ART IN A GREAT PARK
FEB 15
10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Koreshan State
Historic Site, Estero
www.oridastateparks.org/koreshan
Local artists will display and sell
various forms of artwork and crafts
in the historic settlement. Food and
beverages will be available. Free with
regular park admission.
SANIBEL ISLAND ARTS & CRAFTS
FAIR
FEB 15-16
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 2173 Periwinkle Way,
Sanibel Island
www.sanibelartfair.com
This festival is an annual tradition
of the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club
taking place over Presidents Day
weekend. There will be more than 100
juried artists and craftsmen showing
their wares, from wearable art to
woodworking, painted furniture to
sculptures. Proceeds from the fair
are used to meet community needs,
fund local scholarships and for
human services worldwide.
35TH ANNUAL NAPLES NATIONAL
ART FESTIVAL
FEB 22-23
10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cambier Park,
Naples
www.naplesart.org
Consistently voted among the Top 10
art festivals in the nation, the Naples
National Art Festival draws crowds
of more than 22,000. A competitive,
juried event, this ne arts and crafts
show includes more than 260 artists.
It is held in scenic Cambier Park and
along 8th Street South, one block
from downtown. The festival is a
primary funding source for Naples
Art Association programs.
RIVER DISTRICT SATURDAY ART
FAIRS
FEB 15, MARCH 15 & APRIL 19
11 a.m.-5 p.m. in the downtown Fort
Myers River District
www.riverdistrictevents.com
Presented by Fort Myers Art Walk,
the Saturday Art Fair is every third
Saturday of the month from October
to April. The Art Fair features local,
handmade arts and crafts on
downtown sidewalks. Art Walk is every
rst Friday of the month from 6-10
p.m. This is a self-guided and self-
paced tour of downtown art galleries
and businesses. Music Walk happens
every third Friday of the month at 7
p.m. The River District is lled with live
music by local and regional talent.
























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Men tend to think of her art as
mounted trophy sh, without all
the fuss of actually landing one.
Women like to adopt these funky sh
as pets. People email me and tell me
what their sh are doing, DeLaCroix
mused.
Local artists say they live in the
one of the best places on earth for
exhibiting their talent.
Its fun to do the shows and to
meet people, Heier says. And its fun
to see old customers again.
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n 2013, the local real
estate market was
starting to simmer,
and 2014 looks to be
even hotter.
Its cooking, and we
need to watch it closely
because its about to boil,
says Stephanie Miller, a
commercial real estate
broker with Select Real
Estate.
She and other local
realtors are feeling positive
about Esteros future in
both the commercial and
residential real estate
sectors. New home construction is up, inventory is down
and prices are steadily rising.
Things seem to be getting on all cylinders now,
says Denis Noah, attorney with Henderson Franklin,
specializing in commercial and residential real estate
development. Weve seen a lot of the residential glut
eliminated. Housing prices are up, and it appears a lot of
the retail space is being lled in. I think ofce space is still
lagging somewhat, but I expect over the next year or so
that it will improve dramatically.
In the residential market, todays buyers are condent,
having seen a steady recovery. They arent getting the rock-
bottom prices of 2011, but there are still opportunities.
People know now the market has made its move, and
this is going to be the last opportunity to get a bargain,
says Joe Pavich, Sr., broker/owner of Realty World.
While low inventory is
driving prices up, banks
are reticent, keeping prices
in check with conservative
appraisals, he adds.
Inventory is low right
now for listings, and days
on the market are down
drastically, Pavich says.
Its a buyers market if you
have cash and can close
quick.
The rental market is
still hot as people who lost
their homes work to repair
their credit. However,
more people are shifting
their mindsets back to
homeownership, says
Pavich.
Were starting to see
the young families come
out now which short-saled
or lost their homes six
or seven years ago, he
explains. Now their credit
is repaired, and theyre
looking to buy.
New construction is
ramping up to record
levels, especially east
of I-75, where many
developers purchased land
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REAL ESTATE
OUTLOOK
BY LAURA J. CUMMINGS GATES
2014
Stephanie Miller
Joe Pavich, Sr.
Denis Noah
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at bargain prices when the
market crashed.
New constructi on
projects, especially in
Estero, are popping up
everywhere, says Kevin
Yankow, real estate
broker with Key Real
Estate. Communities
that began in 2005-2006
are selling out, while
new communities are
either getting started
or experiencing record sales. Most projects with
development orders in place for 2014 have been cleared
and are ready for construction. I think well see even more
new communities in 2015.
The Hertz relocation is expected to further drive
demand, as about 700 new jobs come to Estero in the
spring of 2015. Some Hertz executives have already
relocated, although most are choosing Naples, the location
of Hertzs temporary headquarters.
Higher income executives with children seem to be
gravitating toward Collier County, says Pavich, pointing
to a possible explanation. It seems newcomers to the area
are confused about Lee Countys school choice system.
Local realtors cant tell new residents where their
children will go to school because Lee County has a lottery
system, so neighborhood schools arent guaranteed.
Pavich and Yankow both expect more Hertz employees
to move into Estero closer to the 2015 opening of the new
headquarters at U.S. 41 and Williams Road.
Were 15 minutes to some of the
nations best beaches, 10 minutes from
RSW (international airport), and in
the middle of some of Southwest
Floridas best shopping, dining
and entertainment, Yankow
says. Red Sox fans can be at
Jet Blue Park in 15 minutes,
and my alma mater, FGCU, put
the unofcial name for Estero
Dunk City on the map. Even
major corporations want to be
in Estero!
Off-season sales were stellar
compared to recent years,
he adds. As we climb out of
the depressed market, we are
seeing a staggering number of
buyers whove been waiting on the
sidelines for signs of a real estate recovery,
Yankow says. Those signs were visible toward the
beginning of last season and throughout this off season.
Record number of buyers are purchasing properties and
entering the market.
An extended season this year should also help
residential sales, with winter storms up North driving
snowbirds down early, and a late Easter to keep them
here longer. Interest rates, ood insurance and new
home construction prices are all predicted to steadily rise,
making 2014 an excellent time to buy, local brokers say.
The real estate market is always comprised of peaks
and valleys, and everyone can agree we are climbing out of
a valley, says Yankow. Weve seen an average increase of
ve-to-six percent in home values over the past year and
should anticipate steady growth over the next few years.
Pavich says he sees a trend in buyers who are interested
in modest, resort-style amenities with lower association
fees, rather than golf course communities. Local builders
are picking up on this trend.
Shifts are also being made in commercial real estate,
focusing less on ofce space and more on residential
development.
This next year will likely usher in positive land use
changes after careful planning efforts, which will encourage
the framing of a future City of Estero -- the epicenter of
Southwest Florida, Miller says. Consequently, pricing
must move upward with desirability, which is attracting
investors and residents to our area from all over the globe.
It is my wish that these happy circumstances will open
our hearts to those who are less fortunate so that we also
continue to be a giving community, which is the facet of
Estero I love the most.
Kevin Yankow
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BY LAURA J. Cummings gates
V
ietnamese-born chef Mai
Harkness has proven
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amazing Asian entres to all-American
breakfast favorites. I cannot follow a
recipe, she admits. Food is fun. Its
being creative.
She worked for Darden Restaurants
and several hotel chains in the Orlando
area before opening a coffee and wine
bar in Bonita Springs. Eager to get
back into the kitchen, she launched
a breakfast and lunch spot at the Fla-
mingo Island Flea Market, offering
an extraordinary dining option in an
unusual location. Nowhere else in the
market can you nd a lobster crois-
sant, pot stickers or smoked salmon.
Mai shortly followed up with the
opening of a ne dining restaurant
in North Naples. Keeping the original
name, Cgrape Chef also does catering,
offering healthy menu items which are
both avorful and eye-catching. About
90 percent of the menu is gluten-free,
using rice instead of wheat-based in-
gredients.
Were very health conscious, and
we dont like to over season, says
partner chef Paul Brenner. He uses
minimal salt and pepper, choosing in-
stead to avor meat and veggies with
herbs, butter and wine.
Cgrape Chef is in its second season,
tucked away on Imperial Golf Course
Boulevard off U.S. 41 just south of
Wiggins Pass. Its a small, quiet locale,
ensuring rst-class service. The chef
cooks to order, working with any di-
etary concerns and scaling up the heat
as desired, for those who like it hot.
Although Mai is a culinary genius
at Asian cuisine, she also knows her
meat and potatoes, being married to
an Irishman. Most dishes have an East-
ern are, but youll also nd pot roast
and pork medallions on the menu.
Cgrape Chef is open for lunch and
dinner Monday through Saturday. The
Flamingo Island location serves break-
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8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by to treat your
taste buds to something special, and
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Cgrape Chef
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01. STEAMED CHICKEN POT STICKERS
Beautifully presented in a bamboo wicker box, these
traditional Chinese dumplings are flavorful and
addicting. Our server, Tammy, confessed to devouring
a dozen in one sitting! Also try the Oven Baked Spinach
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with creamy veggies and served with cucumber-wasabi
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02. VIETNAMESE VEGETABLE
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Wrapped in transparent rice paper, these spring rolls are
gluten-free, making a tasty and healthful snack. Spring
rolls are served with a wonderful, hot-and-sweet peanut
dipping sauce. Add chicken, shrimp or lobster meat to
make a meal.
03. MONGOLIAN BEEF
Stir-fried let and fresh vegetables are served over
brown jasmine rice, saturated with a lightly spicy sauce
to pleasure the palate! The chef cooked the beef to our
desired doneness and offered four levels of heat for the
sauce (We chose medium, which seemed to satisfy all at
the table). Topped with bean sprouts, this dish is simply
delicious.
04. CHICKEN PAD THAI
This dish is a favorite among ne food acionados, with
its signature peanut satay sauce. Peanuts give avor and
texture to this dish, while the sauce presents just the
right amount of heat while also adding sweetness. Pad
Thai can be prepared with chicken, beef or shrimp. A
must try!
05. WABASAKI SWORDFISH
Swordsh is an unusual nd on local menus, so we
took advantage of this chefs special. Cgrape likes to
vary its menus frequently, as the chef enjoys culinary
creativity. The swordsh was well seasoned with a saki
and wasabi sauce combined with melted butter for a
succulent, melt-in-your-mouth seafood dish. Another
popular from-the-sea dish is the Seafood Imperial,
featuring shrimp, scallops and lobster meat over creamy
mushroom risotto.
06. PEANUT BUTTER PIE
Dont miss this finisher for a fine meal at Cgrape. The
peanut butter pie is unlike any other Ive tried. Its
denser with rich flavor and its even healthier than
most because its made with honey instead of sugar. So
you dont have to feel bad about the drizzled chocolate
or sweet whipped cream on top! Also try the Fudgy
Brownie Mudslide for a truly decadent dessert. Crafted
after Mais favorite drink at the beach, the Mudslide
features a gooey brownie topped with tiramisu ice
cream and drizzled with white and dark chocolate sauce.
Sweet tooth satisfied!
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The Alico Family Golf Center celebrated its grand opening Jan. 9, with a ceremonial
tee-off from the shaded tee boxes. Owners, dignitaries and investors were surprised
by smoke-producing balls as they drove their shots. The golf center opened to
the public Jan. 11, with a free event beneting the Golisano Childrens Hospital of
Southwest Florida. The golf center offers a driving range with 60 tee boxes, an 18-
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The Historical Society of Estero hosted their Annual Holiday Lunch
at the Villages of Country Creek on Friday, December 13, 2013 in
Estero. Supporter of the Organization gathered to celebrate the
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Historical Society Annual
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to be donated to children at the Covered
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and accents consigned
to be sold in their posh
showrooms by their clients
and, in these same fully
decorated showrooms in
Bonita Springs and Naples,
they offer their customers
the opportunity to buy
furnishings at signicant
savings.
This creates an appealing
home decor solution. People
who have furniture that
they would like to replace
can consign that furniture
to be sold by the experts
at The Posh Plum and
people who are looking for
new pieces to refresh their
current look or furnish a
whole new living space can
shop for design at prices
far below the cost of buying
new pieces. It is possible
to trade-up or trade-in,
depending on your needs.
Our clients, on both the
buying and selling sides,
look to us for exceptional
service and great style,
says Greg Hunt, general
manager of The Posh
Plum. Because we bring
years of experience to the
consignment process, we
can offer exceptional resale
value for our consignment
clients along with exciting
buys on designer-level
furniture for our retail
customers. Its a win-win
scenario for both.
For the home decor
shopper, the two Posh
Plum locations in SW
Florida, the 10,000-square-
foot showroom on U.S.
41 in Bonita Springs and
the 12,500-square-foot
showplace on Tamiami
Trail in Naples, are each a
treasure trove of changing
styles from sofas and
chairs to bedroom furniture,
dining styles, accessories,
lamps, mirrors and
beautiful accents. Finding
just the right style can
be a rewarding shopping
experience.
For the seller, the
professionals at Posh
Plum offer the expertise
and reassurance of knowing
how to properly price
and effectively display
consignment furnishings
to attract discerning retail
customers and bring
competitive resale value to
the consignee. What better
way to redecorate than to
know your older pieces are
working for you!
For any client interested
in nding unique home
decor styles and using
their design dollars wisely,
the answer may well be
consign and design
furniture consignment
showrooms like Floridas
fast-growing Posh Plum.
A Great Way To Stretch Your Design
Dollar? Consign And Design!
The Posh Plum
www.theposhplum.com
Bonita Springs: 24821 S. Tamiami
Trail, Bonita Springs, FL 34134
239-498-7674
Naples: 2840 Tamiami Trail N,
Naples, FL 34103
239-732-767
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