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Craft Cocktail 101

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I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a little time at THE CONTINENTAL with Ross Kupitz, Beverage Director for D’Amico Partners for a Craft Cocktail 101.  I got a bit of education and sampled the cocktails so I can tell you about them … you’re welcome.

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Bellying up to the bar there is an experience all of its own — which is their intent — from the handblown glass orbs hanging overhead that contain the foundation for your drink to the show that happens in front of you as the bartender assembles your cocktail.  The Prohibition-era theme goes beyond the gorgeous glassware.  Many of the recipes are from that era and even pre-prohibition era.

With the intent to provide you with an experience, the cocktail menu is like nothing you have seen.  They make drinks that are inspired by cocktails you know but with a twist.  So ordering begins with a conversation in which the bartender guides you toward something you will love based on flavors that you enjoy.  For instance, if you like a Manhattan, you will love “An Italian In NYC”.  If you like tequila, they may have you try “Search For Your Sol”.

First, I tried “Follow The White Rabbit”, reminiscent of a Cosmopolitan but with a twist and the black berries made it fresh.

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They make their own bitters — which Ross equated to the “salt and pepper” of a recipe — to finish it off and add complexity to the drink.

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My favorite drink was “RD’s Cafe Cavalli” because of the warm, lovely after tones.  It’s inspired by owner Richard D’Amico’s favorite drink Negroni.

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The ice is an art all its own.  They have specialized ices to keep your drink cold without diluting it.  The type of cocktail determines which size and shape ice you receive so that it reacts appropriately with the liquid — drinking meets science.

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If you want to stay a while, reserve a cabana which provides you with a dedicated server for the evening, a liquid amuse-bouche to start and an amaro drink for after dinner.  The amaro aids in digestion so it’s necessary after your Waygu filet mignon.

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(Me and Ross — with his Prohibition era mustache.)

There is nothing I love more than enjoying carefully and passionately crafted food and drinks and THE CONTINENTAL has achieved that through Ross and his team of well trained bartenders.  I can’t wait to return!

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1205 Third Street South
Naples, FL 34102




The Art of Displaying Eclectic Art Collections

There is an art to how GARDNER COLBY GALLERY assembles eclectic art collections to compliment one another in a room.   G1 Though they are very different these four artworks would make a room!  With a similar color palette of warm browns, this modern organic assemblage by Ran Adler and dramatic seascape by Doug Foltz harmonize with the traditional portrait by Jussi Poyhonen and feminine figurative sculpture of Estrella Fransberge.

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The beautiful texture of Italian medallions make for a rich combination in this room with a gorgeous seascape painting by Claire Kendrick.


Color is important in choosing different types of artwork to work together . A choice of the John Schuyler abstract on the left would pick up the yellow and greens of the Derek Penix boat oil painting, or the multi-paneled Schuyler on the right would pick up the blue tones of the traditional painting.

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Because the art is all framed similarly in gold tones, different subjects and painting styles mix well on this salon wall.

Nancy and Pamela are wonderful to work, experienced and happy to guide you in arranging your art collection and will work with you to add pieces that compliment your decor.

386 Broad Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102






NWWF Online Auction Pkg #1010 – Port Royal Jewelers

The TSG Naples businesses have contributed their time, products, services and love of LOCAL to the NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL’s first-ever online auction.  Treat yourself and help local Naples children with the following from PORT ROYAL JEWELERS:


Online Package #1010 - Port Royal Jewelers: One “Path of the Butterfly” ring, designed by jeweler William Boyajian. The ring’s design was inspired by the journey of the butterfly around the wearer’s finger in a soft sparkle. The butterfly is crafted in 18kt white gold and is micro-set with brilliant cut G color vs. clarity brilliant cut white diamonds of total weight 0.75cts.

START BIDDING HERE!!  Bid high, bid often for our LOCAL children!



NWWF Online Auction Pkg #1016 – Élevée

If you have been following the blog this week, you know that TSG Naples businesses are rocking the NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL first-ever online auction.  Get in on the action!  Dress for the season with this offering from ELEVEE NAPLES:


Online Package #1016 - Élevée is a vertically integrated, truly personalized clothier. Your experience begins with a measurement consultation by one of their professional designers.  Then your measurements are analyzed and a pattern is created and filed in their Southern California manufacturing facility. Each garment is then hand assembled and personally delivered by your designer, or shipped to you anywhere in the world.  Imagine the possibilities: 2 complete bespoke outfits from Elevée Fine Clothing. The winner can customize a tuxedo, a suit, or a sport coat and slack combination.

START BIDDING HERE!!  Bid high, bid often until the online auction closes the evening of Sat., Jan. 24!



SCOUTED Event at Naples Wine Collection


For those who won’t be attending the Naples Winter Wine Festival,  NAPLES WINE COLLECTION is bringing you something special. Come taste some of the best from Antinori including Tignanello, Guado al Tasso, Antica Chardonnay, Conte della Vipera, Villa Antinori, and Antica Cabernet.


Details: $20 per person including appetizers (fee waived on purchase of $125 or more so it’s a good time to stock up).

RSVP 239.513.0095 or info@napleswinecollection.com soon because space is limited.  See you there!

2367 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Naples, FL 34109



NWWF Online Auction Pkg #1039 – TSG Naples / Wellness Package

The online auction continues to draw NAPLES WINTER WINE FESTIVAL attendees as well as anyone wanting to get in on the action!  Enjoy living LOCAL with this package featuring BALA VINYASA YOGA, BAYVIEW DENTAL ARTS and EXTRA-ORDINARY IMAGE:



Online Package #1039 -  The Scout Guide Naples / Wellness Package:

  • Bala Vinyasa Yoga:  1 year of unlimited yoga for 1 couple
  • Bayview Dental Arts:  Teeth cleaning and whitening for 2 people
  • Extra-Ordinary Image: Personal 2-day consultation with Tamra Richardt of Extra-Ordinary Image for 1 person.  This includes: 1 signed copy of Tamra’s book, “Extra-Ordinary Image, Creating Your Unique Personal Style;” a personal closet analysis to create new looks with existing clothing and accessories; establish the best clothing (fit and color palette) for the winner; a shopping excursion for new clothing; a trip to the winner’s salon of choice for color, cut, and style.



START BIDDING HERE!!  Bid high, bid often!  All of the proceeds benefit children in our own town!