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  • Valentine's Contest and Sweetheart Jazz Night!


    Want the chance to win a Sweetheart Jazz dinner for two valued at $100? Enter our "Share the Amore" contest on Facebook! Submitting your entry couldn't be easier - just follow these steps for your chance to win! See details below for the Sweetheart Jazz night.

    1.) Like our Facebook page (if you haven't already).

    2.) Upload a selfie of yourself and your beloved to our Facebook page and tag them in the picture if they're on Facebook, too

    3.) In the text with the pic, tell us why your love deserves dinner for 2

    We'll go through all the entries and winners will be chosen (and notified) on February 13! We'll judge based on originality and authenticity of the entry.

    One grand prize winner. All entries must be received by 11:00pm EST on 2/12/17. Contest open to everyone, no purchase necessary. Grand prize may be redeemed for Sweetheart Jazz dinner for two on February 15th, 6:30pm.

    Sweetheart Jazz on February 15th at 6:30pm!

    Join us the day after Valentine's Day to keep the amore going with a night of beautiful music and a celebration of love! 

    Triple Threat David Pruyn

    New Orleans native David Pruyn is a multi-talented musician who plays trumpet, drums and possesses a Mel Torme-like singing voice. Expect him to put all three talents on display when he is our "Valentine’s Day+1" Spotlight Series Guest Artist on February 15th.

    His father was the music director and trumpet player with the Shrine Circus, and his mother played organ. David made his professional debut at age 11, playing drums. At age 13, while still traveling with his family on the circus circuit, David took up the trombone. After a few months of lessons, he began playing in some of his father’s circus bands. Not long after his 19th birthday, David’s interest shifted to trumpet, and he soon found himself following the path of one of his idols, the great Harry James, who also had a trumpet-playing bandleader for a father.

    Although he had admired good singers for many years, David didn’t seriously consider singing himself until the mid-1990s, and began to receive favorable notice from jazz fans and musicians alike, who were struck by the similarity of his sound and phrasing to that of his vocal hero, Mel Torme.

    During a career that now spans close to 40 years, David has worked for several different circuses, as well as in musical theater (including Broadway), studios, TV, film, big bands and clubs, and on cruises and concert tours. His widely varied background also includes arranging, orchestrating and conducting, and touring with the show "Satchmo," a Broadway musical based on the life of Louis Armstrong.

    Musicians he has worked and trained on the job with include Dick Hyman, Chick Corea, Ray Brown, Jaco Pastorius, Pete Christlieb, Al Cohn, Nick Brignola, Bill Prince, Bobby Shew, Doc Severinsen, Snooky Young, Byron Stripling, Buddy Morrow, Dave Steinmeyer, Rich Matteson, Bill Allred, and the Terry Myers Big Band, as well as singers Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Edie Gorme, Manhattan Transfer and an old hometown buddy, Harry Connick, Jr.

    In recent years, David has performed frequently with his wife, Michele, a talented singer who works professionally as Michele James. One of their current endeavors is a critically acclaimed multimedia act in remembrance of Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney. 

    This evening will book up quickly - call us now to secure your reservation now! (352)378-7152

  • Valentine's Day Menu

    Come out to celebrate with your amore by tasting this delicious Valentine's Day Menu! We will be offering our regular dinner menu along with these specials - a special treat you don't want to miss! 

    French Onion Soup

    Crab Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp
    with a citrus beurre blanc, choice of pasta and sautéed vegetable.

    Herb Crusted Lamb Chops
    4 lamb Chops crusted with garlic, rosemary, thyme and Parmesan finished with a brandy-Dijon cream. Served with wild mushroom risotto and sautéed vegetable.

    Heart Shaped Chicken Florentine Ravioli
    2 handmade ravioli filled with chicken, spinach, sundried tomato, ricotta and Gruyere cheeses on a bed of our Francesca tomato cream sauce.

    Spinach and Gorgonzola Salmon en Croute
    Baked in a crispy puff pastry with a Gorgonzola and sundried tomato cream.  Served with sautéed vegetable.

    Chocolate Fondue with strawberries, marshmallows and pretzels.

    Layered Strawberry Shortcake with a sweet mascarpone whipped cream.

    Reservations for Valentine's Day fill up quickly, so call today to secure your spot! Call us today at (351)378-7152

  • Spotlight Jazz with John DePaola

    Wednesday, January 25

    John DePaola has been a full time freelance trumpeter for over 30 years. He lives in Orlando, FL where he was a member of the Rosie OʼGradyʼs Good Time Jazz Band for ten years and has toured the US and Europe playing jazz festivals and concerts. He has been a staff musician at Walt Disney World for three decades.

    John has performed with Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Rogers, George Burns, Frank Sinatra Jr., The Moody Blues, Marvin Hamlisch, Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Peabo Bryson, Jack Jones, and many more.

    He has also played with the National Touring Broadway Companies of West Side Story, Hello Dolly, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, The Producers, and Chicago. As a jazz musician, John has performed at The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Fest, The Sacramento Jazz Jubilee,The Copenhagen Jazz Festival, The Mount Shasta Jazz Festival, The San Juan Island Jazz Festival, and numerous others. John has also worked with jazz festival names like Bill Allred and Alan Vache.

    As a symphony musician, John has played with The Wichita Symphony Orchestra, The Florida Orchestra, The Villages Orchestra and The Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra, where he has been a featured soloist. You can find Johnʼs discography on line at

    Jazz nights book up quickly, we highly recommend you make a reservation in advance! Call us today to get your table! (352)378-7152

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