NESN’s “Dining Playbook” features two of America’s favorite pastimes: Food and sports. Emmy award-winning duo Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson will leverage their considerable following and bring NESN viewers a fresh new approach to enjoying the best of what the region has to offer.
This special “Dining Playbook” episode focuses on Boston Red Sox spring training and restaurants to go in the Fort Myers area for fans and residents. Jenny and Billy stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, a multi-award winning luxury resort just a short drive to JetBlue Park.
*Information for the Ritz can be found at ritzcarlton.com.
Host: JetBlue Park
Billy and Jenny host this special spring training show from JetBlue Park stadium in Fort Myers. They spend some time in the Park and on the practice fields where the Red Sox players warm up. They also interview David Ortiz, Brock Holt, Garin Cecchini, Clay Buchholz and Matt Barnes.
*11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers, Fla., (239) 226-4783
*Information can be found at redsox.com
Located in the Crowne Plaza, Shoeless Joe’s has an all-American menu and unbeatable happy hour specials. The restaurant is covered with big screen TV’s that showcase games from all over. There’s also nightly entertainment with trivia, live music and Texas hold ‘em tournaments. The general manager Jim shares the best things to do when visiting Fort Myers.
*Bell Tower Shops, 13051 Bell Tower Dr., Fort Myers, (239) 437-0650 shoeless-joes.com
Foxboro Sports Tavern
Owner Thom Popoli, a Massachusetts native, wanted New England fans to have a home base for the games in Fort Myers. He opened Foxboro in 2004 and as luck would have it, the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl and the Red Sox won the World Series, starting a streak of New England wins.
*4420 Thomasson Drive, Naples, Fla., (239) 530-2337, foxborotavern.com
The Clam Bake
Owners Mark and Laurie Thomas moved to Fort Myers from Rhode Island and decided to open a restaurant that focuses on the fresh seafood you can only get in New England. The restaurant is decked out with New England team banners, posters, jerseys and memorabilia covering the bar.
*16520 S Tamiami Trl #152 Island Park Shopping Center, Fort Myers, clambakefortmyers.com
Back to Nature
Headquarted in Naples, Back to Nature is one of the oldest brands in the natural food industry. With products located all over the country, Back to Nature has a variety of cereals, crackers, nuts and trail mix, cookies, granolas, soups and juices. They only have simple, healthy ingredients and offer kosher, peanut free, vegan and gluten free options.
*Information can be found at backtonaturefoods.com
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