A licensed urban winery, Time to Make Wine churns out batches of wine and winemakers. The facility presents 2,400 square feet of temperature-, humidity-, and light-controlled space, inside which visitors learn how to concoct personalized potables. When needing a sip of inspiration, visitors may also browse Time to Make Wine's own products, or stock up on accessories ranging from corks and wine kits to fermentation containers.
Montreal native Tony Bianco teamed up with executive chef Enzo Addario to create Hot Tomatoe, a traditional Italian bistro boasting a menu that brims with house-made, cooked-to-order pastas, flavorful meat dishes, and full- and light-bodied Italian wines. Their regional cuisine typically integrates up to seven essential ingredients—oil, garlic, basil, tomatoes, pasta, and olives—from which Snow White’s seven dwarves drew their names. In addition, the staff goes shopping for fresh ingredients three to four days a week to supplement both seasonal compositions and year-round dishes, which include veal parmigiana, filet mignon, and penne norma.
Presented by the River District Alliance, the annual Fort Myers New Year's Eve Downtown Countdown helps tens of thousands of local revelers ring in the New Year in style. As midnight approaches, the main stage's ball drop counts down the waning seconds till the New Year and braces visitors for the keynote spectacle: a dazzling fireworks display over the New Caloosahatchee water basin. The bands and DJs play long after the display, entertaining crowds until as late as 2 a.m., at which point guests are encouraged to return home and set all their clocks one year forward.
Inspiration comes form many sources at Osetra. By combining these diverse elements, the restaurant manages to create a distinctive environment with widely spread roots.
A Tale of Two Menus
Hailing from Okinawa, Chef Kaoru Saganawa brings his passion for seafood to Osetra's sushi bar. In addition to gingerly slicing everything from salmon to octopus as he creates servings of nigiri, he also assembles more than 15 different maki. Rolls filled with ingredients such as spicy tuna and cucumber demonstrate Chef Saganawa's dedication to familiar flavors; however, he also creates specialty orders that depart from the norm, including a surf-and-turf-inspired roll that incorporates lobster tempura, beef tenderloin, and king crab.
The other standout section of Ostera's menu features a variety of decadent caviars that each showcase their own distinctive flavors, ranging from slightly fruity to profoundly nutty and buttery. These indulgent selections allow guests to add an undeniable dash of refinement to their visit while pairing each chilled bite with a sip of champagne from the restaurant's list of decidedly upscale producers.
Fine Dining Elegance Meets Lounge Nightlife
Sand-hued, low-backed banquettes line one entire wall of Osetra's dining area, which embraces its upscale vibe with the help of a stone-topped sushi bar and a private seating section featuring a massive chandelier fixture made from gleaming glass spheres of all sizes. Abstract artwork lines the walls, adding vibrant splashes of blues and greens amid the space's warm earth tones.
This vibrant spirit becomes even more pronounced on weekend nights as the restaurant fully embraces its lounge-like inclinations. Live music and DJ sets help energize the crowds by performing until as late as 2 a.m., allowing guests to enjoy an elegant night out on the town.
It took the owners of Vino DeSantis six months to find the right setting to host their vino emporium. Their diligence paid off. Today, their Coral Springs location houses more than 1,200 different varieties in a combination shop and tasting room lit by a warm, incandescent glow. The shop is also home to an Enomatic wine system, a space-age wine-delivery device that can hold 72 bottles of wine and automatically dispense 1-, 2-, or 4-ounce servings of that day’s offerings. With no more machines to install or fixtures to set up, the staff is now free to build the community’s knowledge of wine during tastings augmented by complimentary cheeses, breads, and compliments.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.