‘Tis the Season for Effortless Entertaining
Nov 30, 2015 11:28AM
● By Linda Sechrist
Carrot loaf from Skinny Pantry
The holiday season, from beginning to end, gives us a total of 37 days for celebrating with family and friends. Intended for leisurely fun and festivities, this is the time for surrendering the notion of a perfect holiday and any urges to prepare complicated recipes to dazzle guests with feats of culinary wizardry. Instead, embrace the stress-free entertaining concept of playing host or hostess to a headache-less soiree that wows guests.
With the a wide array of scrumptious healthy appetizers, mouthwatering entrees, delicious party finger foods and sweet, gluten-free desserts available for call-ahead ordering at so many of our area’s healthy food restaurants and markets, it’s practically effortless. Dial the number, place the order, pick it up and present it with some holiday pizzazz. Bon appétit.Have fun decorating the table, decide on a selection of festive music to set the tone and create a little ambiance with a few scented candles. Voila! Harry Potter holiday-style magic without the wand.
Whatever we’re in the mood for, we can find in healthy options and fresh food that’s good for our guests and ourselves.
Ada’s Natural Foods Market & Garden Café
7070 College Pkwy., Ft Myers
Enjoy an array of wraps and sandwiches; gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian fare and freshly made soups and bakery items with gluten-free options in pies, cookies, muffins, cakes and breads. Full-service organic juice and smoothie bar.
Chef Brooke’s Natural Café
1850 Boy Scout Dr., Ste. A106, Ft. Myers
Get some love in your tummy with organic, homemade foods that tempt with simple combinations and complex flavors. Enjoy gluten-free options, superfoods, smoothies and a juice bar. Catering and custom cakes available.
Cider Press Café
1201 Piper Blvd., Ste. 26, Naples
Local and farm-to-table fresh, Florida-inspired, plant-based modernist cuisine. Enjoy fine dining in a casual setting, as well as a six-day subscription for rotated boxed meals that include a main dish and a soup or salad.
Earth Origins Market
850 Neapolitan Way, Naples
Explore a variety of freshly prepared, all-natural hot and cold entrees, salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, juices and smoothies from the deli and salad and juice bar.
Epiphany Gluten Free Bakery
Delicious paleo bread and rolls in many flavors, sandwich bread and rolls, gingerbread cookies, coconut chocolate chip cookies, paleo chocolate chip cookies, bodacious brownies and paleo raspberry swirl brownies.
Food & Thought 100% Organic Farm Market and Café
2132 Tamami Tr. N., Naples
Fresh produce delivered daily for prepared-from-scratch homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner. Smoothies and juices are made with no ice, water or sugar—only 100 percent organic fruit and veggies.
2500 Tamiami Tr. N., Ste. 111, Naples
Choose from appetizers such as the wild caught sea scallops served over pureed lima beans or plenty of healthy entrees or panini sandwiches served with freshly basked homemade focaccia bread. Soups, salads, pasta and individualized sauces, paired with proteins uniquely cooked under vacuum.
975 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples
Experience gourmet, plant-based American, Chinese, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine made with vegan ingredients. Appetizers, salads, soups, noodles and rice dishes are all prepared fresh daily.
12901 McGregor Blvd., Ste., 5, Ft. Myers
2146 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples
Pizza Fusion offers gourmet pizza, organic, gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free entrees, desserts, beers and wines, and eco-friendly dining. Dine-in, take-out, delivery within five-mile radius.
Nature’s Garden Organic Café
2089 Tamiami Tr. N., Naples
Select from homemade health foods and beverages at the deli and juice bar.
27750 Old U.S. 41 Rd., Bonita Springs
The public can enjoy an organic lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Certified organic gardens on the spa property, in addition to locally sourced organic foods, allow for fresh farm to table seasonal produce. Attendees of classes, programs, workshops or events can purchase grab-and-go meals or partake before or after meals in the dining room or on the grounds.
14261 S Tamiami Tr., Ste. 17, Ft. Myers.
Enjoy paleo compliant grab-and-go meals and vegan muffins. Gluten-free options. Sweet gluten-free deserts such as carrot or cheesecake.
Tropical Smoothie Café
Seven locations in Naples, Estero, Ave Maria and Ft. Myers
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they offer a variety of fresh wraps, sandwiches, salads and flatbreads, in addition to real fruit smoothies.
Whole Foods Market
9101 Strada Pl., The Mercado, Naples
A wide variety of foods prepared by trained team members under the supervision of an experienced chef include natural and organic ingredients purchased locally when possible. No artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives or trans fats. Gluten-free offerings. See ad, page xx.
141 9th St. N., Naples
Fresh, quality, healthy meals, as well as favorite comfort foods. Organic, natural and imported selections. Gluten-free offerings.