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  • Spotlight Jazz with Bill Fote

    Special WEDNESDAY Two-Horn Jazz Event

    Wednesday January 15
    6:30 - 9:30

    Classic Jazz Standards with the NICK DECARLIS QUARTET
    Nick DeCarlis, cornet / Thomas Royal, piano / David Ottenberg, bass / Carl Manna, drums

    Bill Fote (trumpet) is originally from Upstate N.Y. and grew up in a family of musicians. He was part of the “family band”, where he started out as a drummer. He played his first professional gig at age 13, and later developed as the group’s trumpet player. The Fote family moved to the Orlando, Florida area while he was still in high school, during which he was selected as the lead trumpet player in the Florida All State Jazz Ensemble. 

    At 19, he was a union musician playing professionally at Disney World, Circus World and convention work in Orlando, Florida. Bill also traveled with the bands for local touring shows, including Eddie Fisher, Donald O’Connor, Kaye Starr & Pat Boone, along with many others. Following this, he continued his studies in Business Administration at the University of Florida. While in college he played casual gigs in Gainesville, Orlando and all points in between. He also played with and was featured in the U.F. Jazz band along with guest artists Mokoto Ozone & Marvin Stamm, and graduated with an BS/BA degree from U.F. 

    The past two decades he has owned & operated a private business (Bill Fote, Inc.)

    RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED! Call us today to make yours at  352-378-7152

  • New Year's Specials

    Join us for New Year's Eve to celebrate the end of 2019! We'll have some delicious specials to ring in the new year, and will be open on New Year's Day for regular hours. Check out our menu:

    Crab Cake Appetizer
    2 Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes with red and green peppers, onions, Parmesan and panko bread crumbs. Served with a peppadew aioli.

    Lobster Thermidor
    2lb Live Maine Lobster stuffed with Lobster, scallops, shrimp and a Dijon cream thermidor sauce baked with Parmesan bread crumbs. Served with a side of seafood fettuccine with scallops and shrimp. ½ Portion available.

    Surf and Turf
    6oz filet mignon with a red wine demi glace served with two crab stuffed jumbo shrimp finished with a seafood beurre blanc and a side of sautéed vegetables.

    Veal Chop
    16oz center cut veal chop served with a wild mushroom red wine demi glace, accompanied by a pea and pancetta risotto.

    Stuffed Shells
    Pasta shells stuffed with three cheeses baked in Francesca tomato cream sauce with homemade fresh mozzarella.

    We highly recommend reservations - give us a call today to secure your table! 

  • Home for the Holidays Jazz Night

    Join us Monday, DEC. 23rd
    6:30 - 9:30
    with the Nick DeCarlis Quartet

    With the holidays falling on Tuesday and Wednesday this year, we thought it might be fun to move jazz to Christmas Eve-Eve —Monday, December 23rd.

    And to make things really special, we have invited local special guests to join us! We’ll be figuring things out on the spur of the moment, so there’s no telling how the lineups will look or what songs we’ll be performing. 

    Joining the Nick DeCarlis Quartet will be singers Angela DeCarlis, Patti Markoch, and Dan Stepp, plus Bill Fote on trumpet and Brian Stevens on trombone.

    Reservations are highly recommended - call 352.378.7152 today!

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