Chefs were the stars at the Epicurean Theatre. All photos by Tracey Serebin.

Wine Dinners Are Back! The welcome return of in-person culinary events

Virtual wine tastings got us through the past year, but nothing beats the in-person version — especially if you get to enjoy the wine in tandem with scrumptious food prepared by master chefs.

The Luminary Hotel: One of the many electrifying reasons to visit historic Fort Myers

The name of the hotel comes from the word for “ a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.” The Luminary makes a point of showcasing the innovations of pioneers who lived in the area — like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.

Perfect combinations: Wine and food pairing events at Sea Salt

The restaurant is finding success with food and wine pairing events geared toward a limited number of guests.

Adobe Road: Virtual wine tastings that will set hearts racing

Adobe Road virtual wine tastings not only allow you to sample Sonoma and Napa wines from a distance, they can also provide the main ingredients for the perfect at-home Valentine’s date.

Showing Off Your Best Self: The boudoir photography bonus

The so-called “boudoir photography” genre has grown quite popular in recent years, and with Valentine’s Day around the corner I wanted to learn more. Brides and grooms appear to have initiated the trend, adding sultry boudoir shoots to their wedding packages as a fun experience before the big day, or to commemorate this special time […]

Taste the Wines, Meet the Winemakers at Del Frisco’s

One recent Friday afternoon I stopped by Del Frisco’s Grille on Boy Scout Boulevard in Tampa to chat with Bar Manager and Sommelier Matt Sinclair. Having eaten there a few weeks before, I’d fallen in love with their wine display, which runs the full length of two walls, and wanted to learn more about their […]

Donovan’s Meatery: Upscale eats at reasonable prices in Riverview

Donovan’s Modern American Meatery, which opened in Riverview a few months ago, is a hidden gem. It may be off the usual foodie path, but it’s definitely worth the trip. In fact, with its rustic ambience, amazing food, great outdoor seating and reasonable prices, it’s more reminiscent of a restaurant you might find in Boston […]

The amazing paintings of David Michael Bowers: “Realism with an Edge”

The Madeira Beach-based artist is known for his distinctively realistic portraiture.

Spanish wines shine at Orlando’s Capa

When I read that Wine Enthusiast had named Capa one of the Top 100 wine restaurants in the U.S., I decided it was time to pick up my pal Michelle and head down I-4 to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando. That’s where we got to meet the woman in charge: the restaurant’s general manager and […]

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The Inn on 5th in downtown Naples: Reserve now for holiday deals

If you’re looking for a luxurious Florida getaway, it seems all roads lead to Naples. Not just to the Ritz- Carlton (see Cindy Cockburn’s story), but to an extraordinary 119-room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown: the Inn on 5th. This AAA Four Diamond, Forbes Four-Star hotel is located in two iconic buildings across […]