Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience Delivers Savory Start to the Holidays

Event Celebrates 26 of Paradise Coast's Finest Chefs & Restaurants Along with Martha Stewart Culinary Director Thomas Joseph

Naples, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2017) – Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience presented by LaCroix delivers an exceptional tasting experience featuring nearly 30 Southwest Florida leading chefs and restaurants, Sat., Nov. 11, 1-4pm, at 5th Avenue South, Naples.

After Hurricane Irma, Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience presented by Lacroix is perhaps the shingle that announces the community is open and celebrating everything it has.

Jack Wert, executive director of the Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention and Visitors Bureau, said: “We welcome Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience presented by LaCroix.  The fact that it’s happening this weekend is ideal because it demonstrates that the region is as vital and ready as ever for visitors.”

Chef and Restaurateur Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia and The French on 5th Avenue South in downtown Naples whose restaurants are participating in the event’s Grand Tasting, said: “The beautiful beaches are a bit more relaxing than other places.  On an ideal day off in Naples, I would want to get my coffee, walk down the street, see the town a little bit, and enjoy the great dining.  The region continues to grow. We even have a wonderful farmers markets blossoming over the last eight to 10 years, craft breweries, food trucks. We have a great dining scene in a beautiful place.” 

Tickets.  Tickets range from VIP tickets for $120, which include one-hour early entrance at 12 noon, VIP Lounge and private facilities; to Grand Tasting tickets for $85 with unlimited wine and food sampling plus demonstrations.  Tickets in advance recommended at or call 866.977.6849.

The real stars of the show are the chefs and their creations which all guests can enjoy up close and personal, including special tastings, tips & techniques shared and more -- all in one beautiful Grand Tasting collection.

Chef Demos by Graham Elliot, Thomas Joseph & Others. Martha Stewart Culinary Director Thomas Joseph, also a 2017 James Beard Award recipient, presents a cooking demonstration at 1:30pm; featured guest & TV personality Chef Graham Elliot takes the stage to cook at 2:30pm.  Graham is also featured in a Q&A stage presentation earlier at 1:15pm.  Chef Betulia presents his cooking demonstrates at 3:15pm.

Robust Grand Tasting; Meet & Greets. The inaugural event boasts a robust food, wine, craft beer and spirits sampling Experience, plus meet & greet tickets: Graham Elliot is sold out; however, meet & greets with Chef Joseph are still available.

Martha Stewart Event Entry Pavilion.  The Martha Stewart Experience is a tented entry featuring all things Martha:  QVC fashions by Martha; Martha’s craft packs & paints for Michaels; Macy’s cookware and holiday tabletop display designed by Martha; cookbooks featuring her 89th book, Slow Cooker; Martha’s bath vanity display by Home Depot; coordinating office accessories featured at Staples; plus exceptional barware and more.  No stretch to say that consumers can outfit their home with Martha Stewart products.

Participating restaurants include:

21 Spices by Chef Asif
Angelina's Ristorante
Ario - JW Marco Marriott
BHA! BHA! Persian Bistro
Café Lurcat
Chef Hyde Catering LLC
Da Vinci's Ristorante
Marco Prime Steaks and Seafood
Martin Fierro Restaurant
Molto Trattoria
Ocean Prime
Osteria Tulia
Regina's Ice Cream
Sails Restaurant
Sea Salt & Barbatella
The Claw Bar/ The Bayhouse
The French Brasserie Rustique
The Oyster Society
Truluck's Seafood
The Rooster Food Drink
Crispy Seafood & Wine Bar

Paradise Coast Food & Wine Experience is cohosted by Naples Daily News and The News-Press.  The event is the grand finale in 2017 of a multi-city USA TODAY NETWORK food and wine event series in its first year (, a savory tasting tour of regional trends and local traditions.

About Naples Daily News.Naples Daily News, part of the USA Today Network, is a growing and diverse multimedia company that produces exceptional products 365 days of the year. From the award-winning Naples Daily News, which has served the region for more than 90 years to a growing number of web sites, magazines, community newspapers and special events, the Naples Daily News is unmatched in delivering valuable information and services to Naples and Southwest Florida.

The News-Press.The News-Press Media Group, a part of the USA Today Network, is a growing and diverse multimedia company that produces exceptional products 365 days of the year; serving Lee County and the SWFL region for more than 130 years. The News Press Media Group publishes the daily print and online versions of The News-Press and as well as a growing number of web sites, magazines, community newspapers and host several yearly special events.

 About Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and a trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

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