Dining

A Taste of France

If you’re a lover of Bordeaux wine, here’s a scenario you could only dream about: a selection of Grand Crus from nearly every commune of the Gironde, accompanied by inspired cuisine from a top local chef.

Maine lobster medallions in a mousseline sauce. Dream became reality in April during a special event at Le Lafayette, the classic French restaurant owned and operated by Chef Sebastien Maillard. The occasion was a stellar tasting of wines from the personal collection of Francois Louis Vuitton, the great-great-grandson of the fashion icon, accompanied by a special menu created by the…

A Whole Lot More

Norman Love’s Macarons Whole Foods Market in Naples recently debuted its new line of desserts from master chocolatier, Norman Love. “I’m so excited, they sold out of everything that weekend,” says Love, founder of Norman Love Confections salons, with locations in Naples, Estero and Fort Myers. “We are going to begin with the Naples store and learn the customers, who…

Tyranny of the Tasting Menu

Dining, or Spending the Night?

Being a diner used to mean freedom of choice, and sometimes those choices seemed daunting. Neophytes visiting fancy restaurants were frequently overwhelmed by lengthy, complex menus in foreign languages. Today that situation has been resolved for customers in high-end restaurants through the miracle of the tasting menu. You pay a set price and receive a predetermined number of dishes in…