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Saturday, December 13, 2014

California Pizza Kitchen

is a Casual Dining restaurant chain.  There are over 200 locations worldwide. They have recently started a renovation of their existing restaurants. Naples, FL was one of the first ten renovations. To promote this, CPK invited a number of local food-oriented people and provided food samplings gratis.

The Naples, FL location has been operating for very many years, and their makeover was significant.

Their dining space is much improved, commodious and inviting.

We sampled a number of  items from a special menu culled from their regular menu for this event.

We were served some of their signature cocktails to start, here are a couple of them

The ginger tangerine cooler, lemonade with Monin orange/tangerine flavors, fresh ginger and oranges was the first,

followed by the blueberry ginger smash.

This drink was flavored with Monin Agave Nectar, ginger, bourbon, and blueberries and lime. These drinks were good though being more of a Savory than sweet person, I was more interested in the entree items.

Now for the food. The first thing brought to the table was the bianco flatbread.

Gorgonzola and Mozzarella cheeses were accented by sage leaves and Truffle Cream Sauce. Not bad, but better was the brussels sprouts and bacon flatbread.

Roasted Brussles Sprouts, Carmelized Onions, bacon, goat and Romano cheeses topped this flatbread, delicious.

We then were treated to the"sunny side up" bacon and potato pizza.

Fingerling potatoes, bacon, caramelized Leeks, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses were topped with 2 Fried Eggs. Very savory and right up my alley.

Harvest kale salad was next.

Baby Kale, Farro, Butternut Squash, pear slices, Cranberries, Pecans, goat cheese and a citrus Vinaigrette made this salad which was very good.

Chicken was next. Roasted chicken breast was brought to our table served with potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and a lemon garlic sauce.

Now for a few entrees.

Grilled Rib Eye Steak,

served with potatoes and a lemon/garlic Arugula salad, and

served with a corn and spinach Succotash and Feta cheese.

Another fish dish, Halibut,

was sampled served atop butternut squash, farro, kale and grilled asparagus. All of these dishes were really good but at this point, I was glad there were 3 other people dining at the table.

If all this wasn't enough, we were also brought a few desserts to try.


with chocolate pudding, chocolate chunks, Graham Crackers and Marshmallows

in addition to the salted caramel pudding,

were brought to the table served in glass canning jars which I thought lent itself to a very nice presentation.

Finally their Butter Cake was brought for us to try.

Another really good dish for those with a sweet tooth.

After all of this, our table was invited to learn how to toss pizza dough by CPK's chief Executive Chef, Brian Sullivan.

A very nice ending to an evening at CPK.  I was very impressed by the quality of the food and would come back without hesitation.

That's that for another post on Forks.

California Pizza Kitchen
5555 Tamiami Trail North
Naples, FL 34108

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