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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa has reopened its Tarpon Bay restaurant following extensive renovations. OCOURTESY PHOTO

Dorona Modern Italian Steakhouse hosts an icon within the wine world, Benanti Winery owner Antonio Benanti, for a wine event at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9.

Benanti Winery turned the world’s focus to Mount Etna, one in all Sicily’s lively volcanic regions producing a few of the country’s finest wines. The event encompasses a five-course dinner tailored to immerse participants in Sicilian hospitality.

The meal begins with a primary course of shaved fennel, red shrimp and avocado with citrus emulsion, paired with Benanti Etna Bianco.

The second course is butternut squash ravioli with lamb ragu matched with wine, Benanti Etna Rosso.

For the third course, seared ahi tuna with cauliflower confetti is served with Benanti Nerello Cappuccio, Terre Siciliane Rosso. Next up is the combo of Roasted Black Angus Chateaubriand and Benanti Rosso Contrada Monte Serre, Etna Rosso.

Dessert is Torta di pistachio.

The associated fee is $145 per person.



2110 Tamiami Trail N., Naples; 239- 529-2819; dorona-naples/home.

Barbatella hosts Opera Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10. The unique event features Opera Naples director and opera aficionado Livio Ferrari singing alongside a guest while Bartatella’s culinary team serves a four-course menu.

A primary course of artisan greens is followed by Torchio pasta with sweet fennel sausage, roasted squash and black truffle. Next up is Swordfish alla Limone. For dessert, there are white and dark chocolate crème puffs. The associated fee is $95 per person plus tax and gratuity.

Popular entertainer Jimmy Keys returns to Barbatella for a performance at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19. His act includes the whole lot from classic rock to contemporary pop, impressions of celebrity icons and comedy.

The associated fee is $30 along with the meal.

1290 Third St. S., Naples; 239-263- 1955;

Tarpon Bay restaurant at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa has reopened after extensive renovations. The restaurant is understood for its fresh Florida-inspired seafood.

“We’re thrilled to reopen the doors to our Tarpon Bay Restaurant and supply guests with a newly modernized experience in our beautiful resort setting here at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point,” said Brian Kramer, the resort’s general manager. “This re-envisioning of our beloved Tarpon Bay will mix organic textures, pops of color and vivid patterns to make it a singular mix of coastal meets modern design.”

The renovated space features an open-kitchen style with a bar and chef’s table, providing immersive dining opportunities.

The restaurant now has an expanded total seating capability of 219 guests.

There are also some recent captains on the helm, including Chef de Cuisine Justin Spott and General Manager Jonathan Egged. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Spott began his profession by working as a busser for Texas Roadhouse followed by his first role within the kitchen as a banquet cook for Meriwether-Godsey on the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.

In 2012, Spott began his Hyatt profession working as a line cook at Hyatt Regency Coconut Point. He’s a member of the American Culinary Federation and has received multiple recognitions including “Worker of the Month” and the “Rising Star Award.”

Originally from Hawaii, Egged began his Hyatt profession in 2012 working


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