FYI-Food: Latest news briefs for local foodies


Lasagna Day

In celebration of National Lasagna Day  on Friday, Olive Garden features lasagna with three dishes: the lasagna fritta appetizer has fried Parmesan-breaded lasagna, topped with Parmesan cheese and marinara sauce, with creamy Alfredo; the signature lasagna classico entrée features layers of pasta, Parmesan, mozzarella, pecorino Romano and homemade meat sauce with pan-seared beef and Italian sausage; and the chocolate caramel lasagna dessert, which has layers of vanilla-soaked sponge cake, chocolate, smooth caramel and creamy custard topped with chocolate shavings.

Inspired Italian cuisine

Become inspired to break the rules of tradition at Barbatella’s cooking class at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Learn techniques that will transform classic Italian foods into modern haute cuisine. Chef Jason Goddard will demonstrate how to use a variety of inspired techniques, then you will enjoy a light meal with a glass of wine. $45 per person. Includes class, light dinner and a glass of wine. Reservations recommended. 1290 Third St. S., Naples. 239-263-1955.

French table

The next “French Speaking Table” luncheon conducted by Madame Denyse Jenkins will be at noon Aug. 4 at Café Normandie. Make your reservation with the restaurant by calling 239-261-0977. The restaurant is at 3756 U.S. 41, Naples. The cost of the event is your meal only.

New early dining 

Only a few days left to catch dinner starting at $9.90 at Pazzo! Cucina Italiana in Naples. The from-scratch Italian restaurant at 853 Fifth Ave. S. will continue to offer its $10 coupon toward the purchase of any entrée or grill item through Sunday, along with its “10 Under $20” menu. 239-434-8494.

Summer Foodie Fest

Bleu Provence, the award-winning French restaurant at 1234 Eighth St. S., Naples, is offering a three-course dinner for $35 from 5 p.m. to close Thursday through Sunday . Menu for July 28 to 31 includes: grilled octopus with a citrus sauce on a bed of cauliflower couscous as appetizer; roasted lamb chops, served with panisse marseillaise and artichoke barigoule as entrée; and warm peach tart with a red currant sorbet as dessert. 239-261-8239.

Craft beer pairing

Bleu Provence is having a unique and fun three-course beer tasting dinner. North America vs. Europe. $60 per person. 6:30 p.m. Friday, 1234 Eight St. S., Naples. 239-261-8239.

Crepe-making class

La Bazenne on Fifth invites preschoolers to a free crepe-making class and competition led by Chef Johnny Mesta at 6 p.m. Thursday at La Bazenne, 474 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Reservations recommended. 239-682-8623.

[Source:- Napels Daily News]