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THE MAGIC OF MAGAZINES here’s something delightful about the fact that most of today’s digital media devices, such as Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle, were designed to resemble the analog experience of reading a printed page. Because for all the talk of people getting news and entertainment electronically now— and, yes, that audience is growing—readership of ink-on-paper magazines is just as strong as ever. Let me share a fascinating statistic released recently by Mediamark Research & Intelligence, an independent organization that studies American consumer habits: In the age of the Internet, the audience for magazines is growing—up 4.3 percent during the past five years. This not-so-tiny detail may get lost among frequent reports of plummeting audiences for newspapers and broadcast television. But magazines remain popular largely because they offer something different—highly tactile, highly visual, highly engaging experiences. Even in today’s busy world, people make undivided time to savor every page, and they ultimately rate magazines higher than any other medium in such areas as trustworthiness, inspiration and relaxation. So, starting later this month, our industry will celebrate these successes and promote the strength of magazines as the perfect cut-through-the-clutter resource for information and advertising. The nationwide “Power of Print” campaign will showcase the medium’s depth and lasting quality compared to the fleeting nature of the Web. Or, as one ad featuring Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps puts it, “We surf the Internet. We swim in magazines.” To be sure, our industry recognizes the importance of being online, and most publishers have effectively blended the strengths of the Web with the qualities of print in order to maintain our cultural and commercial influence. But research indicates good things for the printed page: ■ Adults 18 to 34 years old are the most avid group of magazine readers, enjoying more issues and spending more time per issue than any other demographic, helping establish lifelong reading habits (Mediamark, 2009). ■ Subscription numbers are the highest in a decade, with nearly 300 million last year (Audit Bureau of Circulations, 2009). ■ Advertising effectiveness has grown in the past five years, with readers’ ad recall increasing 13 percent and their likelihood of taking action based on that recall increasing 10 percent (Affinity Vista, 2009). This is all good news, indeed. And as we continue to focus on the qualities that make magazines unique and attractive to an ever-growing number of readers, we’re confident our industry will remain vibrant and engaging for years to come.
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he last couple of years have been challenging for area restaurants as they, and nearly everyone else in the business world, have struggled to come up with a working formula in a new landscape. Through it all, dining has remained important to Neapolitans and those visiting Naples. The sheer number of food and wine organizations keeps the focus squarely on dining, with groups such as the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, the Local Food Enthusiasts, The Naples Living Foods Group, Naples Wine Exchange (for boaters), The Wine Tasters of Naples, and Southwest Florida Food and Wine Enthusiasts, as well as groups organized around different communities and special interests. Visiting foodies check blogs (for example, chowhound.chow.com; aninsatiableappetite.blogspot.com) to plan dining destinations months before arrival. Even the Naples Community Redevelopment Agency has launched a menu-structured advertising and information campaign called Downtown Flavors (downtownflavors.com). In our annual food and wine issue, we invite you to two exclusive parties. At the newly renovated Bay Colony Golf Club Clubhouse, Chef Wilhelm Gahabka’s new kitchen allows him to stretch his culinary wings (page 68). The Naples Winter Wine Festival for 10 years has paired celebrity chefs from around the country with vintners for exclusive dinners at area homes. Take a peek inside the kitchen of Bob and Karen Scott as they watch their friend and business partner, celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, create magic (page 62). This month, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which holds the Wine Festival every year, will celebrate its just desserts—distribution of funds raised at the event to area children’s charities. In honor of the Festival’s anniversary, the party also will celebrate homegrown food. Naples Originals, the organization of locally owned and operated restaurants, will put on its first food festival for the event (page 42). Kids Against Hunger of Southwest Florida is a nonprofit group, organized by the Rotary Club of Naples, working to feed the hungry. Its original intent was to feed the world, but principals quickly found that needs were great in the area, so now the program sends food home for needy families on the weekend and stocks area food pantries (page 136). Fans of Italian food can dine family-style with Campiello Executive Chef Vincenzo Betulia and his mother, Elena, who offer two ways to appreciate Italian cuisine (page 42). Pastry is lauded on a televised cake competition featuring a local baker, and with a new pastry powerhouse at Tony’s Off Third (page 42). With so many dishes to sample, Naples offers a feast of flavors.
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The Eighth Annual Luncheon to benefit Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Inc. at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples featured Dr. Susan M. Love, author of Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, and Carol A. O’Flaherty, a registered nurse and humorist. The event, sponsored by Naples Illustrated, included a silent auction and prize drawing, and was emceed by Patrick Nolan of Fox 4. 1. Marie Jackson, Norma Hasen, Dr. Kent and Dellene Hasen 2. Dee Pearlmutter, Joetta Abbazio, Dr. Susan Love 3. Sue Letizia, Kathi Zanella, Kathy Karpovich 4. Joetta Abbazio, Mimi Scofield 5. Sharon Treiser, Dina Sewell 6. Nancy Prysi, Debbie Wilson 7. Liza Romano, Liz Anderson, Rhonda Young 8. Lynn Gay Humphries, Mickie Manetta, Jacquie Privitere, Jane Seeley 22 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
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4 NAPLES COLLECTS CELEBRATION Terry and Bob Edwards hosted a party to celebrate “Naples Collects,” a show featuring art from area collectors at the von Liebig Art Center. The Edwardses were underwriters of the show, along with sponsor Naples Illustrated. 1. Patty Baker, Joel Kessler 2. Bob and Terry Edwards 3. Len and Wanda Zaiser 4. Barbara Jordan, Olga Hirschhorn, Mary Baron
NEW BEGINNINGS EXPO The New Beginnings lifestyle event at the Hilton Naples & Towers, produced by Philip Douglas, Doug Olsen, and Peggy Sealfon, featured products, services and information on health, beauty and well-being. 1. Stephen Bogart, Peggy Sealfon 2. Jay Hartington, Panache Desai 3. Philip Douglas, Doug Olsen 4. Cindy Dobyns, Laurie Martin 5. George Zimonyi, Jan Goldsmith Desai
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These blues will make you smile.
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Villa America sling bag, Ralph Lauren, Waterside Shops, Naples; leopard print denim handbag with chain strap, Dolce & Gabbana, dolcegabbana.com; Tory Burch “Beckett” T-strap wedge sandal, Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops; Lanvin denim and metallic sneaker, Marissa Collections, Naples
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POOLSIDE CHAT Designer Trina Turk always blooms where she’s planted, usually in a vivid print of her own fashion. Her mother taught her to sew when she was 11 years old, and she went on to study apparel at the University of Washington. After school she worked for Britannia Jeans, then honed her talent for creating prints in Los Angeles, designing surf wear for Ocean Pacific. She launched her own business in 1995 with her husband, a stylist and now also photographer, Jonathan Skow. By 2007, when Turk introduced a swimwear line, wholesale sales topped $40 million. The first boutique opened in March 2002 in Palm Springs. She also has a printed fabric collection with furniture-maker Schumacher. Turk’s clothing has been carried for several years at Tickled Pink. —Kathy Becker
FLORIDA FANCY Although Turk’s designs are steeped in the cocktail party and poolside lifestyle of California, they do translate to Florida. “Florida likes color and is not afraid of color. I think that the beach and coastline type of lifestyle we share with Florida COCKTAIL CULTURE
makes our products work.” 4
Palm Springs is a very social place. “You
can call a few people on a Saturday af-
Turk’s describing her designs as “opti-
ternoon, and a lot will show up. It’s much
mistic” has a lot to do with the sunny
more spontaneous there. In Los Angeles,
Southern California weather, where the
you have to plan in advance.”
MIX ONE A favorite cocktail is Campari and grapefruit, made with fresh juice from her trees. “It’s fun to make drinks when you have citrus right in the yard.” LOTIONS, POTIONS company is headquartered. “It’s difficult
Because she has dark hair and olive
to be depressed on another sunny, gor-
skin, Turk likes strong color in makeup,
and gravitates to Nars, although, “I’m not very loyal; I’m an experimenter.” She
1. Palm Springs 2. Campari and grapefruit 3. Nars makeup 4. Trina Turk dress
has a partnership with Clinique for a
Turk appreciates Southern California,
moisturizer with sunscreen, and designs
because people try to look good. “You
a gift-with-purchase bag each year.
can’t let yourself go. You have to make an effort, and I think that’s a good thing.”
TOP IT OFF
Some trends she can do without. “All
The huge hat worn by Turk in the photo
of these aging men are dressing like
above was probably once a fashion show
they are rock stars. They are so not rock
prop. Living in a sunny climate, she says
stars.” She doesn’t like workout wear,
it makes sense to wear hats. “I think you
unless you are going to work out. “Wear-
just have to own it; that’s my tip.” ◆
ing sweats and exercise wear is not a
good outfit for the day. And kids wearing pajamas. I think it marks the decline of Western civilization.”
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Radiant, youthful skin is possible at any age—with the proper care. Invest in your best asset with these time fighters: Chantecaille Biodynamic Lifting Cream, which targets loss of density and elasticity on mature skin ($295, Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, Naples); Darphin Age-Defying Dermabrasion, which boosts oxygenation and stimulates cell renewal ($80, Cypress Beauty & Co., Naples; ncolor salon, Naples); Chanel Sublimage Essential Regenerating Fluid, a weightless lotion that fights the first signs of age ($295, Saks Fifth Avenue); La Mer Regenerating Serum, a luxe elixir that rejuvenates skin overnight ($250, Saks Fifth Avenue); Dr. Brandt Time Arrest V-Zone Neck Cream, which goes deep to repair and restore ($60, Sephora, Coconut Point, Estero); and Guerlain Orchidée Impériale, which redefines facial contours and plumps skin texture ($410, Nordstrom, Waterside Shops).
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DAZZLINGLY UNIQUE Ever since growing up on the Mediterranean island of Malta, Valentin Magro has heeded the siren call of the sea. Among the pieces he creates for his eponymous company are singular sea creatures—a bejeweled seahorse, a blue chalcedony and diamond turtle with ruby eyes, a stunning starfish gleaming with diamonds and sapphires, for
example. Magro, who runs his New York–based company assisted by his wife, Terry, talked with NI during a personal appearance at Saks Fifth Avenue, which carries his creations.
1. Valentin Magro’s turquoise fish 2. Antigua 3. Magro’s white and red coral necklace 4. A Beneteau sailboat 5. Jacques Pépin
SEA THINGS MY WAY Magro’s inspira-
and make it. You see how excited they
where the Ciao Bella Collection comes
tion comes largely from the ocean. “It’s
get it when they wear it. It’s quite inter-
from. It’s a Beneteau 37.5.”
mostly nature, nautical. But everything
esting to see people’s reaction because
is an inspiration. If you’re traveling in
most customers never saw how a piece
FOOD MATTERS “I barbecue on the
Europe, you see some very interesting
is actually made.”
boat; my wife doesn’t let me cook otherwise. She enjoys food with a lot of chefs,
architecture-type grillwork, or you always ISLAND LIFE Magro, who has been in
she goes to hands-on classes in New
New York since 1976, visits Malta every
York. She cooked with Jacques Pépin,
FITTING FLORIDA The nature-inspired
year. “It’s marine, and nautical; since it’s
Jean-Georges Vongerichten ...”
pieces suit Naples women well, says
an island it’s surrounded by water, so
Magro, including “some of the brooches,
obviously I take a lot of inspiration from
ON THE ROAD AGAIN Business takes
some of the charm necklaces. I think
the sea. Even in New York, Manhattan
the Magros far and wide. “We travel
our necklaces are unique, [such as] the
is still an island, so it’s the same point.
extensively in the United States and
carved coral in white and red … We try
We moved as close to the water as we
Europe, but it’s always great to come
to make things very whimsical. Classical,
back to New York,” Magro says. For
see things that are inspirational.”
sailing and vacationing, “We like the
but with a modern twist.” LOVE WHAT YOU DO “Jewelry is not
Caribbean a great deal because,
CUSTOM FITS The designer enjoys
just a job, it’s really my hobby. I enjoy
again—sand, water. The Virgin Islands
creating custom jewelry from customers’
designing it and making it,” he says,
are very beautiful, [as are] the British
ideas. “That’s part of the fun. It’s always
even in his downtime. He and Terry also
Virgin Islands. Jamaica and Antigua [are
exciting to sit down with someone and
enjoy sailing and water sports. “We have
both] nice. You sit on the beach, relax
start discussing a project, then design it
a sailboat, the name is Ciao Bella. That’s
and pencil sketch.” ◆
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KNOCK ON WOOD WOOD IS A SURPRISINGLY BEAUTIFUL ADDITION TO JEWELRY. BY MICHELLE M. HAVICH
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The Paloma Picasso Hammered Planets necklace features 18-karat gold, ebony, acacia, pernambuco and amaranth ($7,200). Tiffany & Co., Waterside Shops, Naples (239-5926188, tiffany.com)
Bochic’s funky cocktail ring ($7,500) features gold filigree on wood with diamonds. New York (212-632-1700, bochic.com)
HANDSOME WOODSMAN Jewelry isn’t just for ladies. Sterling silver and precious wood Cavalier cufflinks ($490) will add a bit of sparkle to the man in your life. Louis Vuitton, Waterside Shops, Naples (239-254-0456, louisvuitton.com)
CHAIN GANG Seaman Schepps’ classic 18-karat yellow gold bracelet gets a unique twist with the addition of wood links. Price upon request. Yamron Jewelers, Naples (239-5927707, yamron.com)
CALM THE MIND Find inner peace with a customized bracelet ($3,500-$50,000) by Shamballa Jewels, where 18-karat gold balls can be accented with gems and woven together with ebony beads. Bigham Jewelers, Naples (239-434-2800)
JUMP FOR JOY Mahogany and 18-karat gold frog brooch by Valentin Magro adds whimsical sophistication with diamonds, pearls and emerald eyes. Price upon request. Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, Naples (239-592-5900, valentinmagro.com) APRIL 2010 31
FLOWERS BLOOM ALL OVER THIS SPRING.
BY KATHY BECKER
RIOTOUS HUES Wool flowers bloom in 26 colors in Gloria’s Garden Rug ($348-$998). Anthropologie, Waterside Shops, Naples (239594-0317, anthropologie.com)
BOUND FOR GLORY Flowers in the Louvre, by Beatrice Vingtrinier, with a foreword by Michel Lis, ($19.95), examines flowers in art. Barnes & Noble, Waterside Shops, Naples (239-598-5200, bn.com)
GARDEN WALK Silk floral and paisley platform heel by Belén Doñate from Spain ($598) with floral embellishment is a flower show for your foot. Marilyn’s, Naples (239-2064460, marilynhellman.com)
IN NEUTRAL Floral knit details add a pop of color to the Chanel Beige Classic bag. Price upon request. Saks Fifth Avenue, Waterside Shops, Naples (239-592-5900)
FLOWER CHILD Hill Tribe silver floral beads from Thailand are great in this cuff ($98), or grouped in a custom necklace. Beadniks, Naples (239-643-4333, beadniks.com) 32 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
TWO SIDES Sondra Roberts satin rose handbag ($109) has a jeweled clasp closure and chain handle to bring a garden of compliments. Ooh! Ooh! Shoes, Naples (239-403-4300, oohoohshoes.com)
▲ PETIT FLEUR Why should big girls have all the fun? Little girls blossom in Us Angels petal dress with organza sash ($108). Beth Moné, Naples (239-261-3447, usangels.com)
▲ BOWLED OVER Capiz shell platter ($85) and bowl ($20) make for a bright table, inside or out. Paper Lantern, Naples (239-593-4004)
No need to step out alone when you can carry a flock on your arm with Yvette Floro’s Birds of Paradise bag ($214). Pratt’s Shoe Salon, Naples (239-261-7127)
IN THE BAG Borghese limited-edition floral cosmetics bag with six product samples is a gift with purchase exclusive to Naples Illustrated readers in April. Philip Douglas Salon, Naples (229-643-0233, philipdouglas.com) APRIL 2010 33
GAME ON! FURNISH THE PLAYROOM FOR GROWNUPS. BY MICHELLE M. HAVICH
TWISTY TREAT You'll be sitting pretty in the Bibendum barstool ($5,990) with buttery leather seat and round polished chrome or burnished steel round base and knob for adjustment. Fendi Casa, Miromar Design Center, Estero (239-4058965, fendicasa.com)
Corbett Lighting’s Shoji four-light island or pool table fixture ($1,485) features handmade Japanese paper over handcrafted iron for a unique and masculine look. Wilson Lighting, Naples (239-5926006, wilsonlighting.com, corbettlighting.com)
DEALER’S CHOICE Custom handcrafted card-themed granite end tables are good deals for interior or exterior gaming (from $550). Gold Coast Exotic Stone, Miromar Design Center, Estero (239-878-2762)
ON A ROLL Peggy Oberlin of Peggy Oberlin Interiors says she was channeling Dorothy Draper with this art deco–inspired gametable setting for the Designer Showcase Vignettes at Miromar Outlets. Peggy Oberlin Interiors Inc., Naples (239-784-1746, peggyoberlininteriors.com)
POOL SHARK Rack up those billiard balls on a custom table by Olhausen Billiards. The Hampton table ($3,528-$4,238) features strong lines and design details, and is available in four sizes and a variety of woods. Zing, Naples (239-593-3866, shopatzing.com, olhausenbilliards.com) 34 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
THE SMART CHOICE
Financial Stability and Value at Vineyards
A prestigious community lauded for its central location, natural beauty, architectural excellence and upscale homes and amenities, Vineyards certainly appeals to the senses. Yet more importantly, it is also a smart financial choice for many reasons.
FINANCIAL STABILITY First and foremost, Vineyards is debtfree. As a result, Vineyards Development Corp. pays no interest and can afford to provide a superior product at fair market value. Furthermore, there is no risk of a
lender takeover of the country club like in other Southwest Florida communities. There is also no Community Development District (CDD) to charge you for infrastructure enhancements. Private financing is even available for qualified buyers for new homes in Vineyards â€“ compliments of this financially stable developer.
EXCEPTIONAL VALUE Location is the number one reason buyers choose Vineyards. The community is near all the very best things Naples has to offer. There is also easy access to I-75, linking Vineyards residents to Southwest Florida International Airport, Miami, Sarasota, Orlando and many other exciting points beyond.
Additionally, Vineyards Country Club features two PGA championship 18-hole golf courses, 12 lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and a 70,000-square-foot clubhouse
with fine dining, lounges, banquet spaces, a fitness center, pool and more. Even closer to home, residents enjoy neighborhood amenity centers.
NEW HOME CHOICES There is something for everyone at Vineyards where six distinct new home neighborhoods offer 20 new model homes to tour. For more information about this community and new homes priced from the low $400,000s to over $4 million, visit 75 Vineyards Blvd., east of I-75 off Pine Ridge Road; call (239) 353-1920 or (800) 749-1501; or visit www.VineyardsNaples.com. 1. The prestigious Vineyards Country Club is the social center of the community, where friends and neighbors come together for a year-round schedule of activities. 2. Vineyards offers 36 holes of PGA championship golf. 3. The luxury coach homes of Avellino Isles offer maintenance-free living with the spaciousness of a single-family home.
the BEDROOM has replaced the KITCHEN as the NUCLEUS of their home
IMAGE: THE THOMAS PHEASANT COLLECTION
Fifth Avenue Design Gallery 365 Fifth Avenue South | Naples, Florida 34102 | 239 417 3650
Best-selling author and Naples resident Janet Evanovich combines her love of comic books and her working relationship with her daughter Alex this summer with the release of Troublemaker, a graphic novel featuring her characters Hooker, Alexandra Barnaby and Beans, first introduced in her novels Metro Girl and Motor Mouth. The format is a departure for the author, who has developed a strong fan base through her Stephanie Plum action series. She hopes her fans will join fans of comic books with the new endeavor. —Kathy Becker ■ For the uninitiated, what is a graphic novel? It is basically a comic book, but with more pages. Troublemaker is a hundred pages, hardcover, and full of four-color, glossy, glorious pictures. ■ Why do these characters fit into this format? Hooker, Barnaby and Beans, the Saint Bernard, were a perfect fit into the graphic novel format. They’re ordinary people (and dog) who have a touch of the heroic in them. Plus the Florida setting and addition of high-performance sports cars add a fantastic visual kick to the story. ■ Beyond the name, does Alex Barnaby bear any resemblance to your Alex? They both love cars and have an apti-
tude for fixing mechanical gizmos. And they both can actually walk in fourinch heels.
Find more on Evanovich’s graphic novel at naplesillustrated.com
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THE CANDY MAN As a licensed attorney and certified public accountant, Philip Fincher spent several years in tax and estate planning, as well as the financial services industry. He made a radical change in 2007, attending culinary school at the Notter School of Pastry Arts in Orlando, where he studied under world champion pastry chef Ewald Notter. Fincher, an Arkansas native, then worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples for a season under Executive Pastry Chef Sebastien Thieffine. Fincher took the next step in his career makeover when he purchased Wullaert Chocolates in North Naples last September. Now named Royal Palm Chocolates, Fincher’s operation makes 23 flavors of premium filled chocolates, along with a variety of other confections, including chocolate-enrobed marshmallows, pretzels, and candied ginger, orange peel and roasted nuts. Sometimes change is sweet. —Christina Wells
HORSE SENSE When Kris Rinkenberger’s husband gave her a horse for her thirtieth birthday, the gift fired a passion that now fuels a hugely successful business. Rinkenberger, a part-time Naples resident, breeds quarter horses. She concentrates on raising Western Pleasure show horses. Rinkenberger and her family live on almost 300 acres in central Illinois and have dedicated most of that space to raising horses. She says she tries not to count the number of animals she owns at any given time because it makes her husband nervous. Rinkenberger has raised world champions as well as Congress and Futurity winners. She ranks as one of the all-time-leading breeders of world champion quarter horses. —C.W.
TIME OUT After attending Emory University together, friends Drew Deters, Joe Anto and Jay Hartington (left to right in photo) traveled the globe for their respective careers: Drew as a fashion model and professional cyclist, Jay in the world of high fashion (he and his family own Marissa Collections), and Joe in global investments. The trio merged their varied experiences and the result was the December 2009 launch of their new brand, RumbaTime. The company’s first offering is the signature RumbaTime Watch, a silicone digital timepiece. The watches come in a rainbow of 16 colors ranging from neon green and bright blue to classic black and white, with a portion of some sales benefiting charities. Ask Hartington for the time of day, and he’ll answer, “It’s RumbaTime.” —C.W.
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Philip Douglas The exclusive source for Borghese products on Florida’s west coast, including the Cura-C Anhydrous Vitamin C Body Treatment—a luxurious, water-free scrub that works deeply and eliminates dull surface cells while delivering concentrated minerals and micronutrients to revitalize and moisturize skin for a healthy, radiant tone. 378 13th Ave. S., Naples 239-643-0233 | philipdouglas.com
2700 North Ocean Enjoy five-star resort ambiance—a cut-marble pool deck, two zeroedge swimming pools (including one overlooking the beach) and amenities that include state-of-the-art fitness centers, cinema-style theaters and the 2700 Grille restaurant for the private use of owners—at these luxury twin towers featuring two-, three- and fourbedroom residences at Singer Island. 2700 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island 561-259-2700 | 2700northocean.com
A Second Chance Upscale Resale Find a unique assortment of hand-selected, new and gently used designer clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture and home decor at A Second Chance. Sherree Woods owns and operates this outlet for consignors to vend their items and give shoppers terrific bargains. 3666 Tamiami Trail N., Suite 206, Naples 239-384-9277
Abigail Starr This Nora Lottie hand-painted silk floral wrap is just one of the stylish accessories available at Abigail Starr, specializing in women’s clothing sizes 14 and above. For more than 25 years, Abigal Starr has offered a vast selection of trendy clothing and accessories for all occasions. 361 12th Ave. S., Naples 239-649-4999
Whether described in Italianâ€”branzino cotto sul cedro con un contorno di vegetali alla griglia, or Englishâ€”fresh Mediterranean sea bass grilled on a cedar wood plank finished with a grape tomato balsamic truffled vinaigrette and a side of grilled vegetables, this dish at Bice is
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Tony’s Off Third has built a reputation for baked goods. How to improve on what’s already great? Bring in a first-class pastry chef who will take the baking to the next level. “We want this to be one of the only places in Southwest Florida to get this level of pastry,” says Sukie Honeycutt, a coowner of the shop with Tony Ridgway. Emily Duncan, the new pastry chef, has worked at The Breakers Palm Beach and the Ritz-Carlton hotels in Palm Beach and Sarasota. The Iowa native, a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Culinary Arts, specializes in pastries with maximum flavor and minimum sugar, contrasting colors, textures and flavors. Duncan also will be changing the dessert menu at Ridgway Bar & Grill next door. “Emily has been lucky enough to work with the best in the business and is now a pastry artist in her own right, so much so that I have decided to take myself out of the bakery,” Ridgway says.
Bamboo Café Mussels
PIZZA ALL AROUND ONE OF THE MOST CONSISTENT DINING LAMENTS IS PERCEIVED DIFFICULTY IN FINDING PIZZA OF THE CALIBER OF PLACES UP NORTH. FOR LOVERS OF ITALIAN-STYLE PIZZA, THERE ARE NEW OFFERINGS: ■ PIZZAIOLIS IN THE COLLECTION AT VANDERBILT USES A WOOD-BURNING OVEN FROM ITALY, SAN MARZANO TOMATOES AND CAPUTO FLOUR. THE FOCUS IS ON MORE THAN 200 YEARS OF TRADITION USING ARTISAN TECHNIQUES FROM NAPLES, ITALY. ■ CLASSIC ITALIAN-STYLE BRICK-OVEN PIZZAS ARE ON THE MENU AT PIALO AT MERCATO, WITH THIN CRUST AND FRESH INGREDIENTS. ■ AT MIROMAR OUTLETS IN ESTERO, NAPLES FLATBREAD & WINEBAR TAKES CUES FROM TUSCANY, WITH SQUASHED BREAD BRUSHED WITH OLIVE OIL COVERED WITH INSPIRED TOPPINGS.
The Naples Winter Wine Festival, the Naples Botanical Garden and Naples Originals have
something in common—homegrown efforts. They’ll celebrate 10 years of the Wine Festival with a community event April 28 to mark the fruits of their endeavors. The Festival will invite 500 to attend the distribution of grants from the January auction. The party will be at the Naples Botanical Garden, which started as an idea by a few Naples residents. Naples Originals, the organization of area independent restaurants, will hold its first Food Festival to showcase local culinary talent. At the event, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which holds the Wine Festival, will award grants to 20 local children’s charities, as well as funding for the newest initiative, children’s behavioral health. Tickets are $50; a portion of proceeds benefits NCEF. Visit napleswinefestival.com.
Chefs already know it’s hot in the kitchen, but when you add a TV crew and mix in the trickiness of pastry and fondant, you have the excitement of the nationally televised Food Network Cake Challenge. Karen Vazquez of Kakes by Karen regularly deals with brides, so she probably was able to take the High School Reunion theme of the Challenge in stride. The contest included a first-time “Mystery Assistant” with no prior kitchen or cake-decorating knowledge. Although Vazquez can’t say how she fared until the show hits the airwaves April 4, she says, “It was tons of fun—stressful, but an amazing experience. We didn’t come out last, but cannot say exactly until it airs.”
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CHILLY DOGS Our furry friends probably enjoyed the winter’s cold temperatures that had Neapolitans digging out warm coats and remembering fondly last summer’s heatwave. But it won’t be long before those with natural fur coats are remembering winter wistfully. One tasty way to keep them cool as the temperatures rise is with a Doggone Sunday at Emack & Bolio’s, Ice Cream for the Connoisseur, at the Collection at Vanderbilt. The frosty concoction includes vanilla ice cream topped by dog treats. Those at the other end of the leash with a powerful appetite can dive into the Emack Attack—a massive sundae with 30 scoops of ice cream.
FAMILY PASSION Food runs in the family of Campiello Executive Chef Vincenzo Betulia. His mother, Elena, makes Italian cookies and cannoli for the Third Street South farmers' market, and also makes the pasta for Campiello. Mother and son are both launching food endeavors. Vincenzo is on board for a cruise fundraiser for the Garden of Hope and Courage in September, offering 24 guests his knowledge of food and dining in his native Italy through cooking exhibitions and discussions. The trip on the Seabourn Spirit is being coordinated by Betty Maclean Travel.
His mother is making her pastry prowess official by naming her business Holy Cannoli. The next step is to find a suitable storefront. Vincenzo says his mother is in Naples seasonally, and has been baking Italian pastries for the market and other restaurants while also watching his three boys. Opening a pastry shop always has been Elena's dream, Vincenzo says. “It seems like it’s time to get moving,” he says. “Seeing my parents moving forward with a dream, and being able to help them—we’re a family. Tight and close.” APRIL 2010 43
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UNIQUE, VIBRANT WINES FROM SOUTHERN SPAIN BY MARK SPIVAK
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Americans who have traveled in Spain have awakened to the glories of sherry, ranging from dry varieties made from the Palomino grape (fino, amontillado, oloroso, and the rare and unique palo cortado) to the sweeter versions produced from Pedro Ximénez grapes. About 10 years ago, the Spanish government agency that regulates sherry added two special categories of older wines—VOS (Very Old Sherry, certified to be at least 20 years old) and VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry; legally at least 30 years old, although many are older). Some of these wines are now coming into the United States, allowing us to appreciate the glories of old and rare sherry at the top levels. Sherry is unique among wines because of the solera system, in which newer barrels are intermingled with wine from older
casks. In this way, the barrels form a lineage that creates remarkable consistency from year to year. Emilio Lustau sherries are well known to consumers for their pure texture and vibrant style. The bodega produces VOS amontillado, dry oloroso and palo cortado ($90-$105), which have garnered ratings between 93 and 96 points from wine critic Robert Parker, in addition to winning medals in competitions around the globe. At roughly half the price, the wine maker also bottles Anada 1989, a vintage oloroso aged for 14 years in American oak, and the rich, viscous Pedro Ximénez Murillo. In addition to turning out popular brands such as La Ina and Vina 25 Pedro Ximénez, the leading house of Pedro Domecq releases some gems. Its three VORS sherries include the amontillado 51-1A, the Venerable Pedro
flavors resonate on the finish for close to a minute. The solera of the Pedro Ximénez Viejo dates to 1905. Rich and viscous, with concentrated flavors of raisins, candied fruits and preserved plums, it is the quintessential dessert in a glass. ◆ Mark Spivak is the author of spivakonwine.com. He can be reached at Niedit@naplesillustrated.com. Old and rare Spanish sherries are diverse in their flavor and style.
Ximénez, and the Sibarita palo cortado (made from a solera dating to 1792). Prices for all three hover in the $70 to $80 range. Gonzalez Byass, famed for its Tio Pepe fino, is now exporting four VORS sherries to the United States: Amontillado del Duque; Palo Cortado Apostoles; Oloroso Dulce Matusalem; and Pedro Ximénez Noe. Like most of the older Sherries in this category, they may require a search, but are downright bargains at $40 to $50. The venerable bodega of Hidalgo, which dates to 1792, is probably best known for its popular manzanilla called La Gitana. It recently released three special sherries, designated simply as Viejo (old), despite the fact that they are aged between 40 and 50 years in cask. The Viejo amontillado, oloroso and palo cortado retail from $110 to $125, and are from a private solera-held wine for family events. Other producers have decided to forego the VOR and VORS designations for their U.S. exports. The firm of Antonio Barbadillo is releasing a line of sherries aged for at least 40 years that are well worth seeking out: Amontillado del Principe, Palo Cortado Obispo Gascon and Pedro Ximenez La Cilla will set you back around $35. Several years ago, in Jerez, I was fortunate to sample the old and rare sherries produced by the house of Osborne, which sell here between $100 and $125 a bottle. The palo cortado VORS, from a solera created in 1911, is virtually perfect—ripe and fundemental, with an intriguing blend of sweetness and saltiness, and a long, floral finish. The oloroso Solera India VORS dates its lineage back to 1922; fullbodied, bone-dry, complex and salty, the APRIL 2010 45
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Fox Plastic Surgery For facial beauty treatments without surgery or regular injections, Radiesse is a popular alternative. Used for lip augmentation and definition, and reducing lines around the mouth, chin and cheeks, Radiesse is a 15After minute procedure that can lift the corners of Before your mouth and restore lip volume. Dr. Elizabeth Fox and her staff will answer inquiries gladly. 827 Myrtle Terrace, Naples 239-262-8585 | elizabethfoxmd.com
Pablo Repun Tango A master performer and teacher of Argentine tango, Pablo Repun has launched Repun Tango Milonga, a series of monthly gatherings to give the emerging dance community an opportunity to enjoy passionate music and experience instruction from a master. Private classes also are available Tuesdays and Thursdays. 239-738-4184 | pablorepuntango.com
Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club Located just 10 minutes from Gordon Pass, Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club features convenient access to Gulf waters, waterfront dining on Naples Bay, exceptional personal service and one of the worldâ€™s first concrete boathouses. It offers wet slips for boats up to 60 feet, dry slips for boats up to 50 feet and social memberships that include a temporary leasing option. 7065 Hamilton Ave., Naples 239-775-0506 | hamiltonharboryachtclub.com
La Femme Perfumery In addition to a wide selection of perfumes, skin-care products and fine cosmetics, La Femme Perfumery also offers European and spa manicures, pedicures, facials and professional makeup styling. This newly added spa features Zoya, the longlasting, natural nail polish, and client favorite OPI. 351 12th Ave. S., Naples 239-434-7444 | 1-800-749-5233 | lafemmeperfumery.net
pursuits FIRST CLASS
The Grand Del Mar’s Old World class and world-class golf BY ROBERT RAGAINI
A gleaming white fountain splashes in front of an arched porte-cochere and a dramatic, terracotta villa that spreads its arms around an Old World–style courtyard. Inside the lobby, dark wood beams frame stenciled recesses in lofty ceilings, and black marble arches lead to a lounge with rich, heavy furniture and hand-carved limestone fireplaces. A balcony overlooks a decorative pool and a swath of fairway of a 400-acre Tom Fazio–designed golf course. Are we in Boca Raton, or a hotel in Palm Beach? These Spanish, Venetian, Portuguese and Moroccan design elements might lead one to think so, as the inspiration for The Grand Del Mar is the architecture of Addison Mizner, whose design philosophy defined the Mediterranean ambience that has prevailed in South Florida’s resort areas since the 1920s.
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Guests at The Grand Del Mar can enjoy biking and hiking in the neighboring canyon preserve, or a relaxing day by the pool.
The deep cleft and sheer cliffs of the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve leave no doubt, though, that we are in Southern California, near San Diego. The Grand Del Mar offers a wide array of reasons to visit. Hollywood types come for golf and pampering by the congenial and efficient staff. Families are charmed by the guided outdoor programs, indoor high-
tech facilities for kids, and the family pool. Then there are the luxurious accommodations. For the ultimate stay, the hotel’s two presidential suites provide dual master bedrooms, spacious terraces with fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and Pratesi linens. Besides golfing on the stunningly beautiful course, cooled by Pacific breezes and surrounded by the canyon preserve, the hotel
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offers access to a long list of outdoor activities. The naturalist-led walk in the adjacent reserve is a must, while kayaking behind a guide into caves carved out of sandstone cliffs is a fun way to spend a few hours. The Grand Del Mar boasts a world-class spa, popular with women and men alike. Be sure to try the tension-melting Stony Silence massage; it’s pure bliss. For more citified activities—think shopping—a shuttle ferries guests to the stores in the charming town of Del Mar. La Jolla is even more popular, with its large selection of fine boutiques and restaurants. The symphony, opera and museums of San Diego are only a half-hour away. The hotel’s six dining venues draw serious food-lovers. The crown jewel is Addison, the only five-star and five-diamond restaurant in Southern California. William Bradley, the chef of Addison, offers sophisticated dishes, like onion soubise with black truffles, foie gras pot de crème and a sensational loin of lamb. Although The Grand Del Mar is refreshingly young, the magical fusing of its many elements creates the feeling of genuine Old World opulence. (thegranddelmar.com) ◆
FOUR PLAY ASTON MARTIN’S BRAND NEW FOUR-DOOR, FOUR-SEAT RAPIDE LETS AN OWNER SHARE THE SUPERCAR EXPERIENCE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY. BY HOWARD WALKER
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We’re talking nectar of the gods; juicy, fresh-off-thetree Valencia oranges, sliced and squeezed, thick and pulpy. Perfect to wash down slivers of dry-cured Serrano ham, zesty manchego cheese and slabs of warm, crusty bread. As breakfasts go, this one is to die for. Of course the surroundings only add to the tantalizing of the taste buds. We’re belly-up to a simple wooden table, seated among more than a thousand food stalls here in Valencia’s colossal Mercado Central. Beneath this 82-year-old market’s ornate wrought iron roof beams, legions of local farmers, fishermen, butchers and bakers spread out their wares. We’ve come to Spain’s bustling third city to take in its architectural modern masterpieces and, most important, to get behind the wheel of one. Aston Martin’s brand new, breathtakingly gorgeous Rapide is the British boutique carmaker’s first ever four-door, four-seat production sports car. And about time too, for here is the perfect balance between performance and practicality, versatility and velocity. Despite its quartet of doors, don’t even think of pigeonholing it as a sedan. Or worse still, a Porsche
Panamera rival. This is a true, red-corpuscled performance-focused super coupe that, on occasion, can allow 007 to give a ride to M, Q and the lovely Miss Moneypenny. Just how red-blooded is it? Hoist that sexy, sculpted aluminum hood and there filling every spare inch is a thundering 6-liter V-12 from Aston’s DB9 sports car. With a nuclear-like 470 horsepower, it has the muscle to launch the Rapide from standstill to 60 mph in a whisker over five seconds, and take it on to a top speed of 184 mph. We begin our daylong drive from the bowels of Valencia’s space-age City of Arts and Science complex, developed by local architect Santiago Calatrava. The wildest of the five mammoth structures is L’Hemisfèric, a spectacular IMAX theater whose outer shell opens and closes like an eye. In the metal, the $200,000 Aston is just as visually breathtaking. The car is only five inches shorter than an S-Class Mercedes, yet its roof sits two inches lower than a Porsche Panamera. This is one low car. Yet so balanced are the car’s proportions, so elegant
is that coupe-like roofline that itâ€™s hard to tell there are two extra doors back there. And those two doors are hinged so they open outward and upward, like the wings of a swan, mimicking those up front. You do need the bodily dexterity of a limbo dancer to slide in the back. The door openings are fairly small and the seats narrow, with foot space under the front seats at a definite premium. Yet somehow it all works and a couple of adults would be perfectly comfy back there for a trip across town to a restaurant. The Rapide does offer the kind of luggage space that sports cars only dream about. With the rear seats in place, thereâ€™s room for a couple of big, squashy bags. Flip forward the rear seatbacks and more than 31 cubic feet of luggage can be swallowed. As youâ€™d expect of an Aston, the cabin is a visual and tactile delight, with acres of glove-soft hand-stitched leather, along with matte-finished walnut and silvery aluminum. The standard 15speaker, 1,000-watt Bang & Olufsen BeoSound audio system wouldnâ€™t sound out of place in a disco. But who needs a stereo when the Rapideâ€™s big V-12 makes so much music? As we escape Valenciaâ€™s morning traffic and head to the hills north of the city, the Aston confirms its sports car credentials.
Press the Sport button on the dash and the suspension firms up, the six-speed automatic becomes even more eager to shift, and the engine revs a little harder. The result is pure driving excitement as the car slingshots from one bend to the next. With laser-sharp steering, fabulous grip from sticky 20-inch gum balls at each corner, and giant brakes, the Rapide rewards the most enthusiastic of drivers. Here is a car that does everything so well and with so much style and elegance. The worldâ€™s sexiest four-door, four-seat sports car? A car as sweet as those Valencia oranges? You bet. â—† Automotive Editor Howard Walker can be reached at NIedit@ naplesillustrated.com.
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Ave Maria Arts Update
New home of the Ave Maria Foundation for the Arts
Above: Ave Maria Oratory and La Piazza with the new home of the Ave Maria Foundation of the Arts. Above Left: Dr. John T. Spike, Christain Art Historian and Scholar. Below Left: Annunciation Maquette (work model) with future “Partons of the Annunciation” display. Opposite Page: Annunciation Maquette (work model), now displayed in front of the Ave Maria Oratory.
Patronsof the Annunciation
The lecture at Ave Maria University by visiting professor Dr. John T. Spike on the “History of the Annunciation in Art” on February 20th, 2010 was very informative and placed the “Annunciation of Ave Maria” into historical context. Dr. Spike is a Professor of Christian Art history and teaches a graduate course at the Pontiﬁcal Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum (Vatican) jointly with the European University in Rome. Dr. Spike was very impressed with the project and was sure it would ﬁnd it’s place in art history. The Ave Maria Foundation for the Arts has a new home on the campus of Ave Maria university. They will be located on the main square of La Piazza next to the visitors center. There will be information on the “Patrons of the Annunciation” and many other projects and events available at this location. Follow the progress of Márton and the “Annunciation of Ave Maria” and learn more about the Ave Maria Foundation for the Arts by visiting www.avemariaarts.org.
NOW & ZEN Springâ€™s freshest looks are all about color & pattern. Photography by ROBERT ADAMO Jewelry provided by Van Cleef & Arpels, Waterside Shops, Naples
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Yves Saint Laurent dress, belt, Marissa Collections, Naples Opposite page: Derek Lam blouse, skirt, Marissa Collections, Naples; heels, Gucci, Waterside Shops, Naples; bracelet, Louis Vuitton, Waterside Shops APRIL 2010 57
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OVER THE MOON When star chef Tom Colicchio cooks at Bob and Karen Scott’s house, it’s a comfortable family affair. By Kathy Becker | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARETH Rockliffe, Soderquist Photography
The Garden District created a constellation and moon over the pool at Bob and Karen Scott’s house. Above: Chef Tom Colicchio 62 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
here are many reasons why Tom Colicchio is the perfect chef for the vintner dinners Bob and Karen Scott host for the Naples Winter Wine Festival. First of all, Colicchio has been partner with Bob Scott in New York at Gramercy Tavern and now in Colicchio’s own restaurant group, the Craft family of restaurants. “I did my first restaurant for fun in 1988,” Bob says. “That’s where I met Tom. He was working in the kitchen. He very quickly began to run the restaurant.”
Top left: Tom Colicchio in the Scotts' kitchen. Bottom photo: Serving the wine.
When Karen married Bob in 1995, Colicchio and his staff were already part of Bob’s “family.” When Karen and Bob built a home in Port Royal in 2002 and were looking to get involved in the community, Colicchio, who was one of the chefs for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, encouraged them to attend. “We were newly committed to Naples, and this was a charity doing good things,” Bob says. “We’ve been really involved since.” Their dinner this year, themed “Over the Moon,” is the fourth the couple has held. 64 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
Three of them featured Coliccho, while last year’s dinner featured Chef Marco Canora of Hearth, who had worked with Colicchio before going on his own. This year, the duo are paired again in the Scotts’ kitchen, along with sous chef Lauren Hirschberg, who works with Colicchio at Craft. Although Colicchio, head judge on Bravo’s TV series Top Chef, inspires a rockstar-like worship from foodies, there’s an easy familiarity and comfort with the Scotts that goes well beyond his mastery in the kitchen. For the Scotts, having business partners and friends heading the allimportant food component of a vintner dinner is a little like putting together a large holiday meal each year—but with the family in the kitchen, instead of dining around the tables. “It’s really easy,” Karen says. “A lot of people who have worked with Tom come. They are not that needy. They’ve cooked in that kitchen before.”
The Scotts also have a lot of help from friends and family. Karen’s parents, Dottie and Tony Merenda, are veterans of previous dinners, and help by lighting candles and running errands. Joanna Szrol, who works with Bob in New York, is the perfect liaison between the Scotts and the kitchen, having worked with both. Karen says they are so in sync that Szrol can finish her sentences. Wait staff from the Port Royal Club serve. Bob’s assistant, Leyla Bandy, helps
Below: Hosts of the dinner, Mosey and Don Gunther and Karen and Bob Scott.
guests to the cocktail hour. “Each year you learn what works and what doesn’t,” Karen says. “We used to have guests come through the front door, but then we couldn’t get them out to the pool for cocktails. Now we have them come through the pergola on the side and out to the pool.” Before guests arrive, Colicchio jokes with magician Bill Herz, also a regular entertainer at Scott parties. “I’m actually the cook,” Herz says. “If you can cook, I’ll disappear,” Colicchio quips. When Bob Scott walks through the kitchen at the end of the cocktail hour, he asks, “Are you ready?” and Colicchio jokes, “No, we need another hour.” APRIL 2010 65
The mood remains relaxed and congenial in the kitchen. Between the flurry of courses, Colicchio shows pictures of his children to Szrol and calms down the vintners, Erin and Jean-Louis Chave from Domaine J.L. Chave in France, and Emily and Paul Michael from Peter Michael Winery in California. The vintners are worried about timing between courses. “We have more time than we’ll know what to do with,” Colicchio assures them. It’s Colicchio’s style at Craft to prepare food from farm to table using fresh ingredients, and serving semi-family style. “Tom’s not only a good cook and a good businessman, he’s also savvy and sophisticated,” Bob says. Each year, the decor has changed with the theme, and the menus are planned based on the wines. Karen believes in understated and elegant decor to keep the focus on food and wine. She likes to limit the number seated to 24, eliminating the need to move furniture to set up tables. “It’s more intimate,” she says. “We want it to look like a home. The setting doesn’t make the party, it’s the people.” Although Bob Scott’s research showed a 66 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
The cocktail party around the pool sets the tone for the evening.
full moon would shine the night of the dinner, the Garden District has installed a large light-up moon and stars reflecting over the pool for the cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. “It’s a good thing we brought our own moon because it looks pretty cloudy,” Bob says. Three tables of eight are set on the screened porch, with a wire and candle chandelier from Garden District created by Aaron, a local artist. Karen Scott uses all of her own silver and dishes. “It’s all my own stuff, glasses, china, silverware, napkins,” Karen says. “That’s what keeps it intimate.” Cooks themselves, the Scotts also have a well-stocked kitchen with large pots
suitable for cooking for many guests. “But we certainly didn’t have all these glasses,” Bob says, looking over at row after row of gleaming crystal lined up on the dining room table, where vintners prepare for their part of the meal. The seven-course dinner has two wines per course. For some festival wine dinners, that can mean as many as 600 glasses. “We do a lot of the prep ourselves, including silver polished, glasses clean,” Karen says. “I like things done a certain way.” They also know what to expect when the dinner is over. “One thing is funny,” Bob says. “By the time it’s over, they will have used every pot and every utensil in
the kitchen.” “It takes a week to clean up, but it’s worth it,” Karen says. This year’s dinner is a swan song of sorts. Next year, the fifth dinner the Scotts host (and they say the last for a while) will be in their new home, likely with a new chef, since Colicchio has participated in the festival for so many years. “Next year, we’ll have a new chef, a new kitchen,” Bob says. “We’re trying to get some of the young chefs from New York.” This year, with experienced staff hosting and in the kitchen, the Scotts feel comfortable enough to leave their home before the dinner to attend “Meet the Kids
Day,” a presentation by the charities that have benefited from past wine auctions, designed to inspire bidders. The Scotts sit in the front row, looking cool and calm, even though Coliccho and other chefs have been delayed the day before getting out of New York. Karen Scott admits to having her Blackberry in hand, just in case. The story of Max, a boy who was neglected by both parents and foster parents before being adopted by his passionate teacher has Karen dabbing the tears in her eyes. “After attending kids day, hosting a dinner is the easy part,” she says. u APRIL 2010 67
The Right Blend
THE BAY COLONY GOLF CLUB SHOWS OFF ITS $6.5 MILLION CLUBHOUSE RENOVATION WITH A GOURMET DINNER DEMONSTRATION. BY KATHY BECKER • PHOTOGRAPHY BY GARETH ROCKLIFFE, SODERQUIST PHOTOGRAPHY
Chef Wilhelm Gahabka’s free-form breadsticks wrapped in prosciutto form the basis of an artful hors d’oeuvre presentation, served in a vase. Opposite: The salad is a Maine Lobster Trilogy with Lobster and Caviar Flan in a Golden Egg, Lobster Salad and Lobster Maki Roll. 68 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
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The idea was to give Gahabka a kitchen worthy of the food he prepares.
The main course: Applewood Smoked Bacon Wrapped Venison Loin, Lavender Mustard Glazed Rack of Rabbit, Forest Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini Blossom in a Shiraz-Poached Seckel Pear Reduction. 70 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
eave it to Don Gunther, an avid collector of sports memorabilia, to explain in sports terms why a renovation to the 15-year-old Bay Colony Golf Club was necessary. “We had a baseball team, but we didn’t have the field,” says Gunther, who is on the Club’s renovation committee and former Club president. “We needed a new field.” Six years ago, the team was built by bringing Jerry Thirion, formerly of The Club at Mediterra, LaPlaya Beach & Golf Club and The Registry Resort, to manage the Club. Thirion convinced star chef Wilhelm Gahabka to follow him to Bay Colony Golf Club. “I’ll never forget the first time I showed him the kitchen,” Thirion says. “He looked shocked, but it wasn’t because of love.” The original kitchen was designed for making grill items like sandwiches, soups and
burgers. German-born Gahabka, a winner of two Florida Trend Golden Spoon awards when he was chef de cuisine at Lafite at the former Registry Resort, was used to bigger, more complete kitchens. He came to Bay Colony, though, on the promise of change. “In bringing in Jerry and Chef Wilhelm, our members realized we had the best chef, but a tiny little kitchen. He was trying to cook for 150 people out of a closet,” says Rick Miller, president of the Club’s board of governors and chairman of the renovation committee. As the committee began talking about necessary updates to the building, they decided on a major renovation instead of cosmetic changes only. “We realized we were essentially a one-event club,” Gunther says. “We had one big room connected to the bar. It was restricting us a bit. We formed a committee.”
Above, clockwise from top: Foam flavored with orange and ginger offers interest and flash to dishes. The menu takes shape even as Chef Gahabka puts it on the plate.
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Dessert is a Chocolate Hazelnut Perla served with Gran Riserva Aceto Balsamico and 24-karat Gold Lacquered Raspberries; the cookie “legs” are a whimsical element typical of Chef Gahabka’s creations.
Gahabka calls the new kitchen his Ferrari of kitchens.
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The idea was to give Gahabka a kitchen worthy of the great food he produces, and make the Club more user-friendly, with a variety of venues for many different types of events. The planning began with Club members meeting with Peacock & Lewis Architects to make sure everyone had input and understood the scope of the project before voting on whether to proceed. Of the 300 members, nearly 70 percent agreed to spend the $6.5 million on the building and another $1.5 million on an irrigation system for the Club’s golf course. Work by D. Garrett Construction, which included adding to the building for the kitchen, began in January 2009 and was finished by November 1. Although the timing may not have been the best given the economic climate, it did help planners get more for the money than they probably would have if the project had been done during the building boom. “We did this during the most difficult time, but we have come out stronger financially, and our membership is very strong,” Miller says. “We feel like we’ve renewed the Club.” The old kitchen equipment was refurbished and moved to create a downstairs kitchen that is used for prep work, employee lunches and providing hot food to the downstairs Patio and Men’s Lounge. Now the Club features the Dining Room with several movable partitions that divide it from the Grille Room, as well as from the adjacent Private Dining Room. The upstairs Terrace was added for outdoor seating, and torches light the downstairs Patio at night for outdoor cocktail gatherings. “We can partition people off in the main Dining Room and still have an event in the Grille Room,” Miller says. “We have a lot more capability for parties and member events, like receptions, weddings.”
Top left and center: It’s all about presentation. Top right: The Private Dining Room. Above: Prickly Pear Marinated Scallops with Foam are presented with illuminated dry ice.
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Club members enjoy cocktails on the new Patio overlooking the 18th green. Above, left to right: Larry Fagan, Hicks and Evelyn Waldron. Ellen Perkins, the Clubâ€™s director of food and beverage, Jane Cohen and Jan Eveleigh. Jan Eveleigh, Rick Miller and George Lorch. Opposite page: Hors dâ€™oeuvres, torches and sunset on the Patio.
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“We couldn’t walk and chew gum at the same time,” Thirion says. “Now we can have three events on the main level, plus activities downstairs.” Gahabka calls the new kitchen, the first in his career he was able to help design from the beginning, the Ferrari of kitchens. “When chefs come to see the kitchen, it’s almost embarrassing to show them all that I have,” he says. Still, he’s so proud of the kitchen that during the Club’s grand reopening celebration the buffet line wound through it on a red carpet. The old line prep area was about one-third the size of the one in the new kitchen, which features some of the newest innovations, including a computer-controlled oven that bakes, fries, steams and roasts, and is so sophisticated, Gahabka can communicate with it from his home computer. With the expanded space, the Club was able to add cooking
classes, which always sell out, another night of dining, and a fine dining night. A bigger dance floor has seen much activity at the Club’s parties, which are more popular than ever. The Clubhouse complements the golf course, which has been tweaked through the years and was also improved in the renovation. Without tee times, golfers are paired by the pro with other members, providing quick introduction to new members. The changes and renovations helped foster a tight-knit membership. The Club’s members organize trips together during the summer, work on charitable pursuits—including being a major supporter of the Immokalee Foundation—and gather often at the Club. “At some clubs people seem to stay in the same groups,” Thirion says. “Here you are more likely to see people pushing tables together. This is a club that plays together, works together, invests together and travels together.” u APRIL 2010 75
MIX AND MATCH NANCY WHITE AND DESIGNER DEAN FARRIS MAKE A PELICAN BAY RENOVATION A REFLECTION OF WHITE’S MANY FACETS. BY KATHY BECKER I PHOTOGRAPHY BY JERRY RABINOWITZ
Indian figures next to an Oriental rose medallion bowl with gilt metal, and photo of Nancy White’s grandmother and mother.
Nancy White had a conundrum. She was living in a house she built with her late husband in 1991, but when the home needed renovation, she wasn’t sure what to do. She and her husband had the home built when they still lived in Richmond, Virginia, so they weren’t around to oversee construction. More than 10 years later, the metal around the doors was rusting, the pool deck needed attention, and the kitchen and bathroom cabinets had started to buckle. In addition, the all-white-tile home needed updating, and after years of living in the house, she saw improvements she would like to make, including adding storage and a fireplace mantel. White knows all about environment. One of the many charities she is involved with is the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, serving as chair for this year’s Magic Under the Mangroves fundraiser. On the surface, it seemed to make more sense to downsize and get a condo, but the real estate market in 2003 was booming, and 76 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
everything she looked at was going to cost more than her house would bring and cost of the needed renovations combined. So she decided to make some improvements to her home in Pelican Bay, starting with the kitchen. As renovation projects often go, one thing led to another. “It just kept evolving,” White says. “We’d do one thing, and the rest of the house looked bad.” In all, the project by Robert Lenahan Construction took about a year, with White living in a guest room with a refrigerator in the garage, a coffeemaker and microwave in the bedroom, and her clothes hanging on the shower rod in a guest bathroom. “It was fun, like camping,” she says. Once the project became a full renovation, White was able to make some changes she had always wanted. Her dining room table, which came from Virginia and was extended with custom rounded ends, never really fit in the enclosed dining room. When a wall was removed and replaced with a column, the table
Clockwise: Staffordshire enamel boxes with scenes of the University of Richmond. An antique dining table with custom banquet ends, Chippendale dining chair in Cowtan & Tout taffeta, Cole & Son wallpaper, custom carpet by Stark, and flowers by Garden District. A metal and glass plate from China. Painted four-panel screen from Whiteâ€™s grandmother was given fresh color to complement a Chantal Bergere chair in Scalamandre fabric and a Bouillotte table.
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Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Detail of an Indian figurine, a treasure from White’s grandmother. A sterling silver spice box from Israel with a Sheffield condiment server with glass insert. White ceramic reticulated English centerpiece bowl on a pedestal with four draped figures. Tuckahoe Plantation chair with gold leaf from Virginia. Right: Dining table set with Wedgwood, Christian Dior and Marbre Rose china, Murano goblets, and flowers by Garden District.
Nancy White and her cat, Happy.
became a focal point she could walk around. A niche cut into the wall serves as much-needed buffet serving space when she has company. The home originally had cavernous shelves around a seldom-used fireplace in the family room, but White envisioned more practical storage and a television. She wanted a fireplace with a traditional mantel in the living room. A giant patio around the pool was downsized to make the back of the house bigger and more functional. The original high ceilings were lowered, with interest added by trays, lighting and crown moulding throughout to give the home a more formal feeling, which complements Nancy’s antiques and Southern sensibilities. The exterior was improved with a Mediterranean wash on the stucco, and an entry with new wood doors to replace old ones that were beginning to rot. Once the structural decisions were made, White brought in interior designer Dean Farris because she liked a bedroom he had designed. He was able to tie together the details, which were varied. In addition to making structural and flow improvements, White also wanted the renovation to combine the treasures of various aspects of her life. “It was a mix of new and existing,” Farris says. She wanted to blend in her antiques from Virginia, including tobacco leaf chairs, her art from travels around the world—Istanbul, Africa, Portofino—and treasures from her
flamboyant grandmother’s ornate home in Miami Beach on Pine Tree Drive. “Her grandmother had taste like the Duchess of Windsor, and that carries over into the things Nancy inherited from her,” Farris says. “The home is warm because she built it with her husband. It’s warm because she filled it with heirlooms from her grandmother and things from her travels.” But when Farris first walked into the house with its all-white tile floors and soaring ceilings, it was far from warm. White says his first impression was Dynasty. Among the items from her grandmother’s house were two Oriental screens, two stools that were originally in leopard print, and an Oriental painting that now hangs over her living room fireplace. “He pulled flamboyant Miami ’50s and ’60s style and put it into the house,” White says. “I think it’s fun.” He found finials, wallpaper and window treatments to pull her old and new looks together. “He got it right. So much of my whole life is here—my Virginia, crazy, Miami Beach house. I feel good in this house.” ◆ APRIL 2010 79
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In April 1970 Earth Day was introduced as a nationwide event to raise awareness about the environment. The day eventually led to worldwide environmental programs and year-round action to create a clean, healthy planet. To celebrate the fortieth anniversary, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will hold an Earth Day Festival April 17. Earth-friendly family fun includes shopping for locally grown and organic foods, music, native plant sales, learning programs, environmental exhibits, face painting, prizes and more. For more details, visit conservancy.org. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, one of the few remaining undisturbed mangrove estuaries in North America, will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by offering Florida residents free admission; rookerybay.org. On April 24, Party for the Planet, hosted by the nation’s Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s accredited institutions, is one of the largest Earth Day celebrations. The Naples Zoo will host a variety of conservation partners, and guests will learn the latest ways to be
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APRIL 2010 As the son of Patricia Kennedy and Rat Pack member and actor Peter Lawford, Christopher Kennedy Lawford had extraordinary experiences that came from being born into the rarefied upper strata of Hollywood and Washington, as well as being a member of America’s often tragedy-stricken “royal family.” The circumstances of his early life led him into the darkness of drug abuse as a young teenager, and he struggled with addiction until he was 30. Lawford, a well-known actor, New York Times best-selling author, and mental health and substance abuse activist, will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising luncheon for the David Lawrence Foundation April 29 at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. He will also attend an exclusive VIP Patron party for sponsors the evening before the luncheon at a private residence in Naples. He will share intimate details about his near-fatal drug and alcohol Christopher Lawford addiction and the path back to the sobriety he has maintained for the past 20 years, as well as riveting insider anecdotes about life as a Kennedy. Proceeds benefit the mental health and substance abuse programs at the David Lawrence Center, Collier County’s only not-for-profit community mental health and substance abuse treatment center. For information, call 239-354-1416 or visit davidlawrencecenter.org.
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BUCCANEER BOOTY Attendees of the Yabba Island Pirate Ball to benefit the Children’s Museum of Naples have perfected the garb, many wearing elaborate costumes worthy of a cameo role with Johnny Depp. Others have perfected their pirate talk, right down to a raucous “arghh.” But shiver me timbers, the planners of the sixth annual Pirate Ball have raised the treasure chest gold bar with $15,000 worth of Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry. The map to the booty is simple—attend the ball April 28 and purchase a treasure chest for a chance to win the loot. For information, karmaclub.net.
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Hot on the hooves of last year’s Hunter/Jumper International derby, Wrenwood Farms is hosting another first-ever horse event to benefit Naples Equestrian Challenge, a program that uses horses to benefit adults and children with disabilities. This event, The Litchfield, Nelson and Company Celebration of Horsepower, will feature the fastest growing equine sport, polocrosse, which is like lacrosse played on horses. Typical of Naples, the match April 11 will include a lavish picnic, and the patron party on April 10 at Saks Fifth Avenue will feature an Akris fashion show. Members of the Charlie Horse Polocrosse Club from Ocala and several World Cup players will put on the exhibition. The event is by invitation only. For information, naplesequestrianchallenge.org.
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Art Gallery Old Naples—Fifth Anniversary Show, Sam Platt, Karen Stone and Lynne Wilcox, through April 9; 239-775-5000. Art League of Bonita Springs—Open House and Ansel Adams: Early Works Traveling Exhibition reception, April 9; Affairs of the Arts: The DuFrane Garden of Fame, lunch and tour, April 12, Bonita Bay; Cruising the Chocolate River, music, Florida buffet and cruise, April 22, Cocohatchee Nature Center, Naples; Artist Studios, Art Walk at the Promenade at Bonita Bay, April 29; 239-495-3999. Art League Marco Island Center for the Arts—Fine Wearable Art Show, April 2-3; Collier County High School Scholarship Applicant Exhibit, April 5-9, Awards Ceremony, April 9; Art @ Five Social, April 6; Farmers Market, April 14; Taste of Raku, April 20; 239-394-4221. Blue Mangrove Gallery, Marco Island— Artist Reception, Phyllis Pransky, April 7,
Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Naples—Spring break: Nails and Scales, April 1, Bird is the Word, April 2; Spring Eco-Expedition in Panama, April 17-25, 239692-9237 for details; conservancy.org. Florida West Arts, Bonita Springs— Photography by Cynthia Walpole and Charles Fritsch, plus Spring Has Sprung, Artescape exhibition, through April 20; Artescape Florida West 2010 Awards Exhibition, reception and awards, April 29, exhibit through May 20; 239-948-4427. Harmon-Meek Gallery, Naples—Robert Vickrey: Recent Egg Tempera Paintings, through April 10; Adolf Dehn: Landscapes from Around the World, April 11-30; 239261-2637. Ikebana International Naples— Japanese Doll Exhibit, April 7, Moorings Presbyterian Church, Naples; 239-3902881. Marco Island Foundation for the Arts— Marco Masters Art Fest, April 10-11; Left Bank Art Fest at the Esplanade, April 17; 239-642-3836. Museum of the Everglades—Everglades Treasures in Fine Art Batik, April 130; Tamiami Trail/Museum Birthday Celebration, April 24; 239-695-0008.
GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE—PREMIERE OF FRANC D’AMBROSIO’S NEW SHOW, “I’LL BE SEEING YOUZ… A BRONX BOY’S MUSICAL PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD WAR II,” HUMOROUS CABARET-STYLE PERFORMANCE WITH THE ACTOR WHO WAS THE WORLD’S LONGEST RUNNING PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, APRIL 23-24, NORRIS CENTER, NAPLES; 239-213-3049.
Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center, Naples—Ali Clift: Beyond the Big Top, through April 6, Physicians Regional Healthcare System, Naples; Princess Diana: Dresses of Inspiration exhibition, through June 27; Art in the Park, April 3; 239-262-6517. Naples Artcrafters—Fine Art & Craft Show, April 10, Cambier Park; 239-352-3036. Naples Backyard History—Wednesday Walkabout, tour waterfront areas
PHILHARMONIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS, NAPLES—PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE, APRIL 12; 239-597-1900. beginning at Tin City, Bayfront and Naples Bay Resort, connected by the Working Waterfront Mini Museum at Tin City and the Everglades Mini Museum at Bayfront via the Gordon River Underpass, through May; 239-594-2978. Naples Botanical Garden—Romero Britto exhibit, April 1-30; live music, April 2; Family Fun, April 10; Dogs in the Garden Walk, April 15; Learning Program, Growing Plumera, April 22; Sunday Brunch, April 25; Food Feature, cooking lessons, April 28; naplesgarden.org. Naples Historical Society—Walking tours of the Historic District, Wednesdays; tours of Palm Cottage, Tuesdays–Saturdays; guided tours of the Norris Gardens, April 8, 22; Naples Oral Histories: If These Walls Could Talk, film exhibit, call for schedule; 239-261-8164. Norris Center, Naples—Carolyn Landers exhibit, April 1-30; 239-213-3049. North Collier Regional Park—Inez Hudson exhibit, April 1-30; 239-252-4000. Patty & Jay Baker Naples Museum of Art—The Art of Ben Aronson, Joel Babb and Alec Soth, through April 18; Chihuly: Recent Work, through April 25; Woman: The Art of Gaston Lachaise, through April 30; 239-597-1900. APRIL 2010 123
Underground Art Wednesday—Tour studios and galleries with the North Naples Arts Alliance, April 7; 239-821-1061.
FILM Cambier Park, Naples—Outdoor Family Movie Night, April 24; 239-213-3058. Collier County Public Library Film Series—Ginger & Fred, April 14-15; Earth, April 21-22; call for time and location; 239-593-0177. Norris Center, Naples—Two Women, presented by Italian Cultural Society, April 6; 239-434-3323.
FOOD, WINE & FASHION Fifth Avenue South, Naples—Evening on Fifth, April 8; Spring World Wine Tour, April 22; 239-435-3742. Marco Island Farmers Market—April 7, 14, Veterans Community Park; 239-642-0575. Marilyn’s European Shoes & Accessories—Shopping for Charities, 20 percent of proceeds from sales April 15-17 will be donated to one of ten charities, valet parking and refreshments, Fifth Avenue South; 239-206-4460. Marissa Collections, Naples—Trunk shows and appearances, Tamara Comoli jewelry, April 1-2, Peter Ciesla for Bazyli Jewelry, April 8-10; Style Session, From the Boardroom to the Bahamas, April 8; CellCosmet Facials, April 12-14; Facials with Monica, April 28-30; 239-263-4333. Third Street South, Naples—Farmers Market, Saturdays, behind Tommy Bahama; Thursdays on Third, music, shopping, dining; Sidewalk Sale, April 9-11; 239-649-6707. The Village on Venetian Bay, Naples—Village Nights, entertainment, shopping, April 1; Venetian Carnivale/Village Sidewalk Sale, April 23-25; 239-261-6100.
MUSIC The Bach Ensemble—Out of the Bachs, the J. S. Bach Coffee Cantata, choral works by Schumann, Brahms, Offenbach and Verdi, April 17, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Marco Island; 239-732-1055. Bonita Springs Concert Band—April 11, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs; 239-498-4985. Cambier Park, Naples—Gulf Coast Big Band, April 11; Naples Concert Band, April 16; 239-263-9521. 124 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
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Classic Chamber Concertsâ€”Classical Jazz and Rising Stars on Fifth, Antonio Madruga Jazz Quartet, April 26, Sugden Community Theatre, Naples; 239-434-8505. Mackle Park, Marco Islandâ€”Music of Marco Big Band, April 11; 239-394-7549.
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Big Cypress Swamp and Ten Thousand Islandsâ€”Big Cypress Photography Workshop, with Clyde Butcher and Jeff Ripple, April 2-3 and April 3-4; clydebutcher.com. Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Naplesâ€”Collier County Audubon Society, Bats in the Belfry?, April 6; 239-262-0304. Gulfshore Playhouseâ€”Shakespearian verse, April 3; Stage Management Class, April 10, Norris Center, Naples, additional classes available, details at gulfshoreplayhouse.org.
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Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center—What You Should Know About the Art Market, with Josh Baer, art advisor, gallerist, and publisher, April 14; 239-592-1900.
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Awards Luncheon, Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, Naples; 239-649-5000, ext. 208.
6—Christ Child Society Naples, April Affaire, casino night, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples; 239-254-8012.
7—Naples Alliance for Children, Celebration Dinner, recognizing earlychildhood teachers with Apple Blossom Awards, and family-friendly businesses, Country Club of Naples; 239-649-5260.
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8—Gulf Beaches Chapter of ORT America, lunch and guided tour of the Naples Botanical Garden; 239-566-9299. 10—Boys & Girls Club of Collier County, The Mix 2010, three nightclub venues in one location, casual attire, The Boys & Girls Club, Naples; 239-325-1700. 10-11—Annual Naples Writers’ Conference and Authors & Books Festival, presented by Naples Press Club and Downtown Naples Association, well-known authors, seminars, and book fair, Naples Center of Florida Gulf Coast University and Fifth Avenue South, Naples; authorsandbooksfestival.org. 14—Florida Gulf Coast University Resort & Hospitality Management Program, 21st annual Wanderlust travel auction and gourmet dining, Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; 239-590-7742. 17—Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, Storybook Ball, “Toy Story,” Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort, Bonita Springs; 239-437-0202. 19—Hope HealthCare Services, Women’s Committee for Hope Hospice, Spring Luncheon and style show by Kathryn’s Collection, for Joanne’s House at Hope Hospice, Quail West Country Club, Bonita Springs; 239-489-9147. 21—Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Dining for Wildlife at participating restaurant for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, cosponsored by Naples Originals; conservancy.org. 126 NAPLES ILLUSTRATED
NAPLES PLAYERS—FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, THROUGH APRIL 3, SUGDEN COMMUNITY THEATRE; 239-263-7990.
17—Children’s Advocacy Center of Collier County, Fourth Annual CAC Golf Tournament, The Quarry, Naples; 239-2638383, ext. 33.
20—First Book-Collier County, Book a Round of Golf for Literacy, lunch, cocktails, shotgun start, prizes, Quail West Country Club, Naples; 239-598-9598.
17—MS Center of Southwest Florida, Ninth Annual Charity Golf Outing, lunch, raffle, silent auction and prizes, Quail West Country Club, Naples; 239-435-1901.
20—Saint Matthew’s House, 13th Annual Golfathon, breakfast, lunch and dinner reception, Imperial Golf Club, Naples; 239-774-0500.
24—Marco Island YMCA, 2010 Taste of Marco Island, proceeds benefit the Marco Island YMCA, The Esplanade, Marco Island; 239-394-3144. 24—Wishing Well Foundation Inc., Chocolate Dreams Come True, chocolate creations, Hilton Naples & Towers; 239213-0397. 30—Hope HealthCare Services, Celebration of Women, luncheon, silent auction and fashion show benefits Hope Hospice, Harborside Event Center, Fort Myers; 239-489-9147.
SPORTS 6—Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program-CHS Healthcare, Care Mobile Classic, golf tournament, Quail West Country Club, Naples; 239-658-3066. 7—Naples Botanical Garden, Annual Swing Into Spring Golf Outing, Windstar Country Club, Naples; 239-643-7275. 11—Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Run for Music 10K, guest Hal Higdon, Pelican Bay, Naples; runformusic10k.com.
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16-17—American Cancer Society, Relay for Life of Naples, Rock and Roll for the Cure, Gulfview Middle School, Naples; 239-261-0337, cancer.org. 17—Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Walk to Cure Diabetes, Fort Myers; 239-992-3840, jdrf.org/swflorida.
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21—HODGES UNIVERSITY, HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD LUNCHEON, HONORING JUDY SPROUL, KATIE SPROUL, AND JENNIFER SPROUL SULLIVAN, SPONSORED BY NAPLES ILLUSTRATED, THE RITZ-CARLTON GOLF RESORT, NAPLES; 239-598-6159. 23-25—The Gene Doyle Fishing Tournament, benefits the Gene Doyle Adventure Scholarship Fund; 239-272-6130. 24—Special Olympics Collier County, Patrick Solis Charity Golf Classic, breakfast, luncheon, awards and auction, Olde Cypress, Naples; 239-272-2596.
CHARLIE CHIANG’S DAILY | 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM ◆ LUNCH | DAILY 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM DIM SUM | SAT & SUN 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
THEATER/DANCE Gulfshore Playhouse—A Doll’s House, April 1-10; Norris Center, Naples; 866-811-4111. Marco Players—The Fourth Wall; by A.R. Gurney, April 7-25; 239-642-7270. Naples Players—Crazy Mary, through April 17; The Importance of Being Earnest, April 21-May 15; Sugden Community Theatre, Naples; 239-263-7990. Philharmonic Center for the Arts, Naples—In the Heights, April 1-4; Defending the Caveman, April 6; The Peking Acrobats, April 7; Chita Rivera, April 9; FDR, with Ed Asner, April 10; Xanadu, April 23-25; 239-597-1900.
Tradition with a twist up to a higher level Featuring Dim Sum bite-sized delicacies from North and South China
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TheatreZone, Naples—“Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance,” Lee Roy Reams, April 22–25, Community School, Naples; 888-966-3352.
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GUADALUPE CENTER The annual fundraiser for Guadalupe Center of Immokalee, themed a “Taste of Africa,” raised more than $270,000 to support programs for the neediest children and families in Immokalee.
1. Rodney and Kathy Woods 2. Barbara Ledinsky, Bunny Salisbury, Dinny Genung, Sandy Vasey, Patti Kraus 3. Member of the African band 4. Sandy and Roger Vasey
2 NAPLES TOWN HALL Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was keynote speaker for the Naples Town Hall Distinguished Speaker Series at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. 1. Earle Borman, Jay Paul, Norma Winkler, Barbara Borman 2. Ehud Olmert, Bill Barnett 3. Kathy, Allie and Ron Toll
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1 4 GARDEN DISTRICT The Garden District held a celebration to mark the opening of its new location on Tenth Street North. 1. Dariel Saiz, Karin Wilkinson, Odalis Garcia 2. Sharon MacDonald, Tony and Dolly Roberts 3. Judith Liegeois, John Mueller, Karen Scott, Andrew Wheeler 4. Rufino Hernandez, Tony Gridley, Mary Sue Simon, Sandy Hey
GALERIE DU SOLEIL The beginning of a new season kicked off with a party at Galerie du Soleil. 1. Stephen Hruby, Jean Binder, Michael Windfeldt 2. Ilona Berkei, Márton Váró, Váró sculpture, Father Piotr Paciorek 3. Harvey and Florence Cohen 4. Márton Váró Jr., Sheelah and Gene Windfeldt
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1 OUT AND ABOUT
1. Margaret Antonier spoke at the opening of the Miromar Design Center Designer Showcase Vignettes at Miromar Outlets in Estero, featuring 10 spaces created by local design professionals using decorating materials from companies in the Miromar Design Center. 2. Designers Margot Castritius, Erin Carlin, Pam Durkin, Kira KrĂźmm, Melissa Allen, Peggy Oberlin, Ivy Scheinholz, Candice Sebring-Kelber and Leslie Cheek at the opening of the Miromar Design Center Designer Showcase Vignettes. 3. Kelly Capolino (left) presents the Diamond Volunteer Award to Jean Ann Lynch of Baby Basics. 4. Designer Jay Strongwater and Lee Ann Cecil at a personal appearance by Strongwater at Gattleâ€™s in Naples. 5. Golf course designer Tom Fazio celebrated with the new owners of The Club at Mediterra, and offered advice for enhancing the two golf courses he designed a decade ago. Dale Claussen, Jim Federoff, Pat Gugger, Tom Fazio and Joe Gugger at the reception. 6. The Colour U Salon, Bonita Springs held a holiday open house to benefit Wishing Well Foundation Inc. and raised $1,200. In attendance were Dawn Spencer, Debra Koerl, Steven Birkenhauer (front); John Spencer, Julia Warosh, Mitch Phillips, Elliott Calisch, Katt Jannotte (back).
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1. Jan Soderquist and Gareth Rockliffe at the opening of a show of Rockliffe’s work at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in Fort Myers. 2. Among those who purchased Rides on three World War II fighter planes during The Immokalee Foundation’s Fiesta of Fun were Jack Morgan (lower left), Donna Kletjian, Dick Stonesifer, and Jack Myatt (lower right). 3. Maida Sperandeo, Bruno Dhaine, Marie Christine St. Pierre at the opening of the expansion of Le Lafayette restaurant. 4. Trudi K. Williams and patrons of the Southwest Florida Heart Ball for the American Heart Association donated $19,144 for the Lee County Sheriff’s AED Initiative. Williams presents a check to Sheriff Mike Scott. 5. Maureen Cauley, Sasha Schuler, John Cauley at the Founders Fund Get Acquainted Luncheon at the Club Pelican Bay. 6. Brigitte van den Hove-Smith, Peter Thomas, E. Sue Huff at the Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon for Big Cypress DAR, Naples Chapter.
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1. Mark Danni, Howard and Stacey Murrell, Georgia Engel, Karen Molnar at a TheatreZone fundraiser with the cast of High Spirits at Chrissy’s Bianchi’s restaurant. 2. Carl Westman, Dr. Allen Weiss at the opening of GrayRobinson P.A.’s new office. 3. Philip Douglas, Selma Nettles at an Argentine Tango Party at the von Liebig Art Center, which included a performance by Pablo and Alicia Repun. 4. Jim and Carmen Campbell, Kevin Sloan at a reception for Sloan at Gardner Colby Gallery. 5. Tony and Nancy Winch, Pam Campe at Gardner Colby Gallery. 6. Mayor Bill Barnett was King of the Mardi Paws Parade on Third Street South to benefit the Collier Spay Neuter Clinic.
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OUT AND ABOUT
1. Barbara King, Kiersten Mooney, Michelle Ploog at the grand opening of the new location of Bala Vinyasa Yoga. 2. Virginia Garcia, Hanna Riley, Meredith Musick at the opening of Bala Vinyasa. 3. D. Michael Sherman, Victoria Stephan at the Fourth Annual Southwest Florida Invitational Golf Tournament at Grey Oaks to benefit Junior Achievement, which raised more than $60,000. 4. Mike Clark, Dr. Wilson Bradshaw at the Eighteenth Annual Florida Gulf Coast University Founder’s Cup Golf Tournament at Mediterra, which raised $74,000. 5. Ambrose Lester models fashion from the Secret Ingredient at the Ave Maria University and Naples Founders’ Club Second Annual Spring Style Show and Brunch to benefit the university scholarship fund. 6. Barbara Roy, Anne Gebbie at the Ave Maria style show, which also featured Beckner Jewelry and fashion from Cottontails.
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HOME COOKING BY CHRISTINA WELLS
Steve Popper wasn’t looking for a second job, but he got one three years ago when he partnered with the Rotary Club of Naples to launch Kids Against Hunger of Southwest Florida. The lumber company executive responded to a friend’s request for help in delivering prepackaged food to Haiti. That action morphed into a first packaging drive at Naples High School in August 2007 that drew 500 volunteers who, in four hours, prepared 135,000 fortified bean casserole mixes consisting of precooked dried beans, rice, soy protein, six dried vegetables and 21 vitamins and minerals. That summer day was just the beginning. Kids against Hunger is now a family project for the Poppers. Almost every weekend, Steve, his wife, and three children, along with other Rotarians, head to a packaging site to oversee a massive assembly-line operation that takes food components and transforms them into highly nutritious and filling meals. Popper does much of the prep and post work for each event himself. As of this month, more than eight million meals at a cost of 15 cents each have been packaged and delivered throughout five Southwest Florida counties and overseas. Locally, Kids Against Hunger partners with the Harry Chapin Food Bank for delivery to 160 agencies in the area. “The need is great in this community,” Popper says. “Of the 40,000 children in the Collier County School System, 56 percent are on a free or reduced lunch program. Last summer, we gave away 120,000 meals through schools and parks and recreation programs.” The response to the initiative has been extraordinary. Two packaging drives at Naples High School and the YMCA drew more than 2,700 volunteers who assembled more than 600,000 meals for earthquake-stricken Haiti. Popper loves the inclusiveness of the program. Even the youngest can get a taste of social activism. Third graders at Pelican Marsh Elementary recently packaged 24,000 meals, an increase times we have three generations of family members at work. I know of nothing else like it.” ◆
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from 16,000 the year prior. Popper says, “At