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Gulfshore Life

April 2021
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Gulfshore Life is a luxury lifestyle publication that honors Southwest Florida's culture through stories that cover local dining, style, the arts, design, nature and community events. Established in 1970, the publication champions the people and ideas shaping our region, while celebrating the best of life in paradise.

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12 Issues

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1 min.
making gulfshore life

ON THE COVER Photographed on location at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park in Naples by Kelly Jones. On the cover, the model wears a NICHOLAS Luisa Dress from ROUZE (shoprouze.com). Here, she is also seen wearing an Amanda Uprichard Samba Silk Dress (also at ROUZE); a Halter Dress with Embellishment and Animalier Embellished V-Neck Tunic Dress with matching scarf (at 120% LINO, shop.120percento.com); Pin-Up Stars Plissé Soleil Dress Pied De Poule Print, with matching bikini, and a San Diego Hat Company straw hat (at Casanova Boutique, casanovaboutique.com). Model Xenia Stylist Elyse Ranart…

2 min.
a balancing act

Many of us comprehend the importance of minding our environmental footprint. We know every decision we make matters and are adopting lifestyle choices to help lighten our impact. Now we’re understanding that living sustainably extends beyond those environmental factors. The past year has only amplified the importance of considering our social and economic impact. Wading through the information and reconciling the various needs can be daunting. The chefs featured on p. 98 know this well. They must balance considerations regarding local sourcing, production of ingredients, emerging food technologies and other factors when determining what will be least taxing on the planet and beneficial for their customers. The answer is rarely clear-cut. The topic of sustainability is complex, but people like those featured in this issue make it easier to understand and far easier…

2 min.
planting the seeds of sustainability

When I was a high school student from a struggling family with limited resources, I didn’t hold much hope for a sustainable, fulfilling future. Then, a woman I didn’t even know until I sought her out years later provided me a path to a goal I never thought possible: a college education. Her scholarship support was an act of generosity I have never forgotten, one I’ve taken to heart as I’ve endeavored to pay it forward in my own life. Today, it occurs to me that collectively paying it forward is key to our community’s efforts to forge a path to social, economic and environmental sustainability that fosters a thriving future for all. I know sustainability can seem like a Rubik’s Cube of overlapping complexities, but I’ve been thinking about sustainability…

5 min.
dropping anchor

Like many people, Rachel Pierce is in a much different place now than she was a year ago. Back then, she was juggling a burgeoning art career with her job as an anchor while parenting four young kids. Journalism and motherhood were the plan. Art was a fortuitous development. Pierce moved to Fort Myers from Des Moines, Iowa, in 2014. Soon, she became a local celebrity as the morning news anchor for NBC2. In 2018, she agreed to paint a platter for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida benefit auction. Her bird of paradise flower impressed bidders, but Pierce kept mum about how serious she’d been about painting when she was in college. “I just kind of downplayed it,” she says. The cat, however, was out of the bag. Inspired…

6 min.
at your service

“Chic, baby, chic.” It’s chef Andy Hyde’s rallying cry for his dedicated staff of five—three in the back and two up front—at his boutique Hyde N Chic Restaurant off U.S. 41 in Naples. The slender, dynamic chef who is Ghanaian by birth and raised between there, Germany and the United States could be equally at home emceeing an awards show or running a spin class. He fluidly moves between the kitchen and the floor, charming clients and playfully encouraging his team with his innate charisma. “The first rule is love what you’re doing. I really do love the challenge, and that’s what drives me to wake up every morning,” Hyde says. In 2019, he achieved his dream of opening his first brick-and-mortar project: a restaurant much like him, small yet overflowing with panache.…

4 min.
modern vintage

After Samantha and Jarrod Davis took the reins at the venerable restaurant A Table Apart in Bonita Springs several years ago, they put their own stamp on the place, mixing in flavors from a broader panoply of countries, like India and Japan. The wine list takes a similar approach, balancing a gamut of styles throughout its well-curated selection of international offerings. France was a focus at a wine dinner in the autumn, and a diverse lineup of wines from various regions highlighted the nuanced flavors on the plate. One standout, notes sommelier Christopher Cunningham, was the Vidal-Fleury Vacqueyras. From a renowned Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in Southern Rhône, this traditional grenache, syrah and mourvèdre blend has a lithe profile and silky texture, especially in comparison to cuvées from neighboring regions. With notes…