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  1. A 32-ounce bottle, known as a growler, is legal in Florida. A fight to legalize half-gallon growlers is now leading to a look at Florida?s craft beer industry as a whole. AP FILE- In this Friday, March 29, 2013 file photo, a 32-ounce bottle, known among beer enthusiasts as a growler, is filled at the Swamp Head Brewery in Gainesville, Fla. A fight to legalize half-gallon growlers is now leading to a look at Florida‚??s craft beer industry as a whole. Florida now restricts beer sales to containers of 32 ounces or less, or 128 ounces or more _ but nothing in between. (AP Photo/Brendan Farrington, File) AP

    Panel OKs rule on craft brewers

    Craft brewers are fighting a Senate measure that would require them to pay a distributor when selling their bottled or canned product to customers, even if the beer never leaves the building.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  2. Swiss chard, a vibrant leafy green, is available across Southwest Florida farmers markets, including the Riverside Park Farmers Market in Bonita Springs. Yvonne Ayala McClellan/the news-press

    From Farm to Fork: Swiss chard

    This red-stemmed, glossy-leafed green is a showstopper at Southwest Florida farmers markets.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  3. Art and Joan Goldberg of Freehold, N.J., wait for their meal at Mel's Diner in Fort Myers on Thursday. AMANDA INSCORE/THE NEWS-PRESS

    Yesterday's staples,today'streats

    Remember the days when everyone headed to the soda shoppe for a patty melt and a hand-dipped milkshake?

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  4. Aumoniere Sea Food with scallops, shrimp, mussels, calamari in a cream and Champagne sauce is a hot dish at French Folies restaurant in Naples. Amy Sowder/The News-Press

    Hot Dish: Seafood you have to see to believe

    Literally translated, 'folie' means madness, in an extravagant, fantastical fashion.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  5. Corn Butter-er. Amy Sowder/The News-Press Amy Sowder/The News-Press

    Corny items for those soft on sweet ears

    It's Florida sweet corn season, and we have a few ways to butter up your fresh corn lover.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  6. The new stage at Belushi's, on the upper level of The Tilted Kilt, was designed to look like the 'Blues Brothers' stage. Yvonne Ayala McClellan/

    Belushi's opening with music, comedy above The Tilted Kilt

    Get cozy with Jim Belushi at his new music and comedy club, Belushi's, when it kicks off with a grand opening party on Friday.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
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    In the kitchen with Billy-Jean Jones; The Cracker Box

    Inspirations: My family is my inspiration. They are strong-willed; they work hard and are always supportive. My family is everything I can ask for.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  8. Blue Moon Pizza will open its first Florida location in Fort Myers. Aubrie Gerber/the news-press

    Blue Moon Pizza prepares to open

    Blue Moon Pizza will open its first restaurant in Florida in May.

    • Apr. 8, 2014
  9. Tony Clark, left, and Shawn Leiva own The Gathering Place, a 2-month-old breakfast-lunch spot buried deep within the Beacon Executive Suites in south Fort Myers. Leiva's mother, Anita Martinez, serves as executive chef. Annabelle Tometich/The News-Press

    Off the Eaten Path: Expect the unexpected

    Anita Martinez fished through the refrigerator, pulling out a plastic container. She popped off the lid and took a whiff of the peppery, deep red paste.

    • Apr. 8, 2014

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