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Nathan’s Famous Fort Myers holds Hot Dog Eating Contest Qualifier

Enjoy live music, giveaways, free hot dogs and a chance to make history Registration is now open for a sanctioned qualifier in Southwest Florida for the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Contest at Coney Island, Brooklyn. The event is free for participants and spectators, and will be held 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25...

Limited-edition Easter Tea Time Collection offered by Norman Love Confections

Norman Love Confections debuts its limited-edition Tea Time Collection featuring ten “Alice in Wonderland”- inspired flavors including Red Queen, Dee, March Hare, Cards, White Rabbit, Alice, Cat, Hatter, Dum and Caterpillar. The Easter Tea Time Collection is available in stores and online April 3-16. Preorders are accepted online or by phone beginning March 27. All stores are closed on Easter...

2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest Grand Tasting & Live Auction

The two-day 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest included The Grand Tasting & Live Auction on Feb. 25 at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, which raised $3.2 million for pediatric health care, with 100 percent of the ticket sales and live auction bids from the event benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University...

Southwest Florida uncorks power of giving for pediatric health care

A total of $3.2 million was raised for pediatric health care during the 2017 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest, benefiting Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, Florida Gulf Coast University and Florida SouthWestern State College. Made possible by title sponsor Hostess Brands, SWFL Children’s Charities, Inc.’s two-day signature event featured Chef Vintner Dinners on Friday, Feb. 24 at private...

Norman Love Confections’ Pastry Chef John Cook wins Pastry Chef of the Year

Pastry Chef and Chocolatier John Cook of Norman Love Confections has been named Pastry Chef of the Year by Paris Gourmet at the 28th Annual U.S. Pastry Competition.The competition took place on Sunday, March 5 at the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, where Cook competed against the top U.S. pastry chefs for...

Rotary Club of Fort Myers 8th Annual Italian Fest raises record amount of money

The Rotary Club of Fort Myers recently honored the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida with a donation from money raised at the club’s Eighth Annual Italian Fest. Continuing their support of the food bank, club members presented Harry Chapin President and CEO Richard LeBer with a check for more than $16,000. Lydia Black and Steve Bowen Michael Spreckelmeier Hosted at...

Hooley at the Heights with The Screaming Orphans

Mark your calendars and get your tickets! Please join us Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm for the premier Hooley at the Heights with The Screaming Orphans. This fantastic fundraising event will be held at the Heights Foundation in Fort Myers to benefit The Freedom & Virtue Institute’s mission and goals. Hooley at the Heights will feature a cocktail...

Celebrate Nathan’s Famous Fort Myers’s one-year anniversary with 1916 prices

Enjoy five-cent hot dogs from 10:30 – 12:30 on Wednesday, March 15 When Nathan Handwerker started selling hot dogs from a cart at Coney Island in 1916, he undercut the competition by charging just five cents each. Nathan’s Famous Fort Myers will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Wednesday, March 15 at 11150 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 100 by offering five-cent...

Gulfshore Ballet unveils brand-new training facility for aspiring ballerinas

Southwest Florida's premier not-for-profit school of classical ballet, Gulfshore Ballet revealed a brand-new facility located at 5636 Youngquist Road in Fort Myers. The new facility will enable the organization to continue its mission of serving more deserving students in the community. “We’ve been bursting at the seams at our current space of 16 years. This move to a new location...

Matt Johnson takes the reins of the future at the newly combined Imaginarium / SWFL Museum of History

After earning his history degree at FGCU, Matt Johnson was hired as educator-historian at the Southwest Florida Museum of History in 2001. With his return to that cherished Fort Myers institution, Johnson’s career path now comes full-circle, yet signals an exciting new beginning. After many years of planning, the Museum of History is finally located under the same roof as...

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