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Saturday, March 19, 2016

The Monthly Naples Press Club Meeting at the Brass Tap



is a Franchise of over 20 restaurants in Florida. As you walk in to the restaurant, there is ample seating both indoors


and outside on their patio.



They offer a wide selection of both bottled and draft beer from their Menu,


and they also brew their own beer.


Having recently got a gig with a Local Media outlet, I thought I would check out the monthly meeting of the Naples Press Club (NPC) held at a Brass Tap location here on the Ides of March. What better place to commemorate the assassination of Julius Caesar than the Brass Tap?

After a very friendly and engaging social hour with NPC, 


we decided to order some food from their Menu.

Pot stickers,


fish and chips,


pizza flat bread,


a house salad with Iceberg and Romaine lettuce, smoked Gouda, onions, dried cranberries, Italian dressing and chicken,


and pulled pork tacos.


I cannot speak for the other menu items, but the tacos were average at best. I have the sense that food is not why people come to the Brass Tap, but more for their beer selection. I am not much of a beer drinker, but came here for the NPC meeting. In that regard I found their members friendly and engaging, and I would come back to another NPC meeting. All in all, a very good day out on the Ides of March. Et tu, Brew te?

That's that for another post on Forks.

The Brass Tap
895 Wiggins Pass Rd.
Naples, FL 34110
(239)631-6397


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sizzle, a Quarterly Publication of the American Culinary Federation

The American Culinary Federation is a professional organization of chefs, cooks, food industry professionals, food enthusiasts and a food blogger or two.  They have about 200 chapters and almost 20,000 members. They offer training, accreditation, scholarship and certification to foster professional growth in the culinary arts.

They publish a free quarterly periodical, Sizzle



Sizzle features culinary trends, cooking demonstrations, features on leading industry chefs and recipes. It's also available as a free app on Apple, Android and Amazon Kindle devices.

For the Spring 2016 digital issue of Sizzle, click Here. I think you will find many things of culinary interest in this publication. 

It's a wrap for another post on forks.


American Culinary Federation
180 Center Place Way
St. Augustine, FL 32095
American Culinary Federation 

Cooper's Hawk Restaurant Opens in Naples


is as of this writing a chain of 22 Casual Dining restaurants but with a twist. All restaurants in the chain have a tasting room and the company makes it's own private label wines, but more on that later.

I was part of a media tour that day to introduce our group to the restaurant, answer any of our questions, sample some of their more popular dishes, have a meet and greet with the restaurant's founder, and sample some of the wines.



Friday, March 11, 2016

The Wine Cellar of Naples Hosts a Charles Krug Wine Tasting


The Wine Cellar was hosting a very special wine tasting featuring wines from Charles Krug (CK), a winery in Napa Valley, California. CK is the oldest winery in Napa Valley. CK was started in the mid 1800's by Charles Krug, a Prussian immigrant. It was purchased in the early 1940's by the Mondavi family. The Mondavi family are some of the founding fathers of the Napa Valley wine industry and were some of the first to introduce modern wine producing techniques to the area at CK.



Monday, March 7, 2016

Windows on Wine

Another installment from the wine blog, Windows on Wine by retired Master Sommelier Barrie Larvin, a local resident.

For those that do not know, this certification is very serious business. If you have the time or interest please click and explore this Link.

This Segment is a very interesting discussion of global climactic changes on world regional wine production, the wine regions of the Western Coast of the United States, and wine recommendations from these regions.

Salud! 

 

A Crack Heard Around the World at Whole Foods Market





A Crack Heard Around the World is an annual event highlighting the “king” of cheese, Parmigiano-Reggiano, at Whole Foods. This event has taken place since 2008 and is held simultaneously at every Whole Foods location.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Windows on Wine

Another installment from the wine blog, Windows on Wine by retired Master Sommelier Barrie Larvin, a local resident.

For those that do not know, this certification is very serious business. If you have the time or interest please click and explore this Link.

This topic covers wine tasting under the rubric of the KISS acronym, or keep it Simple and Sensible.

Cheers.