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Jun 11 2020

Shangri-La Springs celebrating dads with burgers & beers for Father's Day
Shangri-La Springs treat dads to Father's Day special BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs is offering a unique burger and beer special for Father's Day starting on Wednesday. Their organic restaurant, Harvest and Wisdom, will serve a handcrafted burger and Orlando Brewing beer to dads for $20 through Saturday. The two burger options are a grass-fed brisket short rib beef patty and house-made vegan patty.

Jan 23 2020

7 food and drink experiences to have on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
Visit: Another requisite stop on any Florida farm-fresh tour is Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs, a restaurant where meal ingredients are sourced ultra-locally. There’s an onsite no-till garden, meat is raised at nearby Circle C Farm, and the seafood is certified organic. Follow your meal with a tour of the historic Shangri-La Springs grounds, or book a treatment at the full-service organic spa.

Stefania Pifferi. Lee Bellamy has been general manager of Shangri-La Springs since 2017.
Nov 1 2019

Storied property moves forward on multimillion-dollar project
A big challenge at the revamped Shangri-La Springs? Finding staff to meet the demand. A presence in Bonita Springs since 1921, Shangri-La Springs has a long history as a resort, spa and wellness-focused site.

Its latest rebirth is now moving ahead full steam, with a new restaurant, Harvest & Wisdom, joining its organic spa and event space, plus new hotel rooms coming soon. “This is something so unique and so different from anything I’ve done in the past,” says Lee Bellamy, who has been the general manager of the site since 2017. “We’re trying to keep as much of the history of the resort the same but all the while making the necessary upgrades.”

In addition to upgrades, officials say the hospitality industry’s No. 1 obstacle to growth — lack of employees — is acute at Shangri-La Springs. To bring the new hotel rooms online, for one, Shangri-La Springs will need to increase its current staff of about 50 full-and part-time employees. “We’re actively looking now, but it’s the most difficult [hiring environment] that I have ever seen in my career,” says Bellamy, who previously worked for the Hilton corporation. “In fact, the only reason we’re just doing lunch five days a week is that we don’t have the staff to do anything more.”

Oct 2 2019

Four chambers of commerce celebrate grand opening of Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs

Oct 1 2019

With a back door organic garden, Shangri-La chefs are drawing diners
Harvest & Wisdom, Shangri-La Springs' new organic restaurant, offers fresh, farm-to-table organic lunches, headed by a team of chefs with an impressive pedigree.

Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director Allen Fisher, whose resume includes working with Daniel Boulud in his Michelin-rated restau­rants in New York City, has over 18 years of experience in both professional cooking and kitchen management. Harvest & Wisdom is his first experi­ence with having fresh produce available right outside the kitchen.

"What is harvested in the morning can be on your plate for lunch that same day,” he said. “The ingredients are hyper-local.""

The menu changes with the seasons, frequently, daily and sometimes hour to hour, said Fisher.

Fisher likes to stroll across the quaint little bridge over Oak Creek, under huge, welcoming shade trees, to Shangri-La's 5-acre U.S.D.A.-certified organic garden. "This is where 85 percent of what we use in the kitchen is grown,” he said, “and that’s new and exciting for me."

Harvest & Wisdom finishes its beet and carrot tartare ($12) with a sunny dollop of mango puree. The dish is a brilliant vegan riff on steak tartare. (Photo: Special to The News-Press)
Sep 5 2019

Restaurant review: Harvest & Wisdom in Bonita Springs is an investment that's paying off
At the new Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita, our critic found a powerhouse team of chefs with a 5-acre organic garden at their disposal.

I am an unabashed beet fan, a longtime lover of these colorful root vegetables. I like them in salads, purees and terrines. I like them roasted, juiced, fried, you name it.

But beet tartare was new to me.

Harvest & Wisdom offers the dish among its starters. It presents it as one would a classic beef tartare (minus the animals); as roughly chopped beets flecked with capers, herbs and grains of Dijon, the whole lot crowned by a sunny dollop of pureed mango in lieu of the usual egg yolk.

It's a vegan take on this meaty French classic.

And it is so wonderfully good.

Aug 4 2019

Enjoying the Harvest and Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs
Shangri-La Springs is a historic property in Bonita Springs, FL. They have opened a new version of their restaurant space now called Harvest and Wisdom. I had written about this property three years ago. As for an intro, I don’t think I could write one any better.

The initial building on the property was built in 1921 as a small hotel to accommodate potential buyers for a local real estate development. The property changed hands many times over the years, expanding and it’s mineral springs becoming a health-related focus for osteopathic and homeopathic owners. The present owners acquired the property in 1998. Their focus was preservationist, but also to expand the holistic and naturalistic vision of some of the former owners of Shangri-La. This is done partially through visual and performance arts. In addition various Classes featuring modalities such as yoga, dance and meditation complement the artistic endeavors here.

Jul 2019

Tastes good AND It's good for you: healthy dining in Fort Myers
Specializing in fresh, local and organic ingredients, this farm to table restaurant is lead by Michelin-starred chef Allen Fisher. Located in the historic Shangdi-La Springs, a facility founded on the concept of wellness, the expansive property has an impressive no-till garden where most of the ingredients served in the restaurant come from. Other food products are carefully sourced from providers with similar philosophies of taking care of the environment and commitment to quality. Most of the proteins come from local farms specializing in raising grass fed animals. The result is food that is creative, well presented and full of flavor. The restaurant is spacious and bright, opening to a charming deck for outside dining.

Recommended for Restaurants with Healthy Menus because: Housed in the iconic Shangri-La Springs, most of the organic produce served in this farm to table restaurant is grown on site.

Gina's expert tip: The gardens here are lovely. Take some time to explore them before dinner.

Jul 25 2019

New organic lunch spot
Harvest & Wisdom organic restaurant opened for lunch July 3 at Shangri-La Springs historic hotel in Bonita Springs.

The restaurant's ever-changing seasonal menu features farm-to-table entrees such as bone-in ribeye and lamb sausage from Circle C Farm in Bonita. Executive Chef Allen Fisher and his culinary team also serve fresh salads and other ingredients from the property’s on-site no-till garden.

Harvest & Wisdom at Shangri-La Springs, 27750 Old 41 Road, is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Jul 19 2019

Harvest & Wisdom: Inside Shangri-La Springs' new farm-to-table restaurant
About 80 to 90 percent of the ingredients used in the kitchen are grown on site. BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. - The chefs at Shangri-La Springs only have to take a few steps outside into their five-acre garden to gather ingredients for dishes. "That sets it apart from anywhere I've worked," Executive Chef Allen Fisher said. Fisher, who has been working in the restaurant business for 18 years, was named the head of the historic building's new restaurant, Harvest & Wisdom, shortly before it opened to the public on Tuesday, July 2.

Jul 18 2019

Shangri-la Springs hosts Naples Digital Photography Club exhibit
TALK ABOUT PURPLE MOUNTAIN’S MAJESTY. In Harold Kurzman’s photograph, “Half Dome Reflected,” a mountain towers over a golden-hued landscape so beautiful, so idyllic, you wonder if it’s real.

The amateur photographer from Naples shot it in Yosemite National Park in California.

“National parks are just one of our treasures, as far as I’m concerned,” he says.

The picture is one of 30 on exhibit through this month at Shangri-La Springs in Bonita Springs, all taken by members of the Naples Digital Photography Club.

Mr. Kurzman (whose “Half Dome Reflected” was also juried into the “Camera USA” exhibit at the Naples Art Association) has another photograph on exhibit at Shangri-La Springs, this one shot at Yellowstone National Park. “Bull Elk and Harem” shows a bull elk and a group of female elk standing together.

The photographs can be seen in Shangri La’s Big House, in the front lobby and dining room.

Jul 17 2019

Shangri-la Springs opens gardening classes, farm-to-table restaurant
BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.— Shangri-la Springs will offer organic summer gardening classes starting July 18 and July 25 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each day. Classes will also be held on August 8 and August 15.

The one hour classes will be lead by Cecelia Morales, Organic Garden Manager, with topics on summer gardening including vegetables, leafy greens, fruits and herbs and how to propagate and care for them, how to take of your soil and watering practices. Participants will receive plant and seed takeaways.

The ingredients from the garden are also used on the property’s farm-to-table restaurant that is a short walk away. Harvest and Wisdom opened at the beginning of July. Their menu is organic, delicious, and always changing.

Circle C Farm bone-in ribeye garnished with shaved purple carrots, sautéed radishes and seared garlic kale is among the farm-to-table dishes to be found at Harvest & Wisdom. COURTESY PHOTOS
Jul 17 2019

Shangri-La Springs restaurant serving fresh, organic lunch
Seasonal ingredients just-picked from Shangri-La Springs’ organic, no-till garden and grass fed, pastured-raised protein delivered from nearby Circle C Farm will be on the menu when Harvest & Wisdom opens for lunch at the property later this summer. It’s serving fresh, organic cuisine for lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Heading up the kitchen is Executive Chef Allen Fisher, who was a competitor on Food Network’s “Chopped,” and brings 18 years of experience in both professional cooking and kitchen management to the job.

He is joined by the recently hired chef de cuisine, David Robbins, who has 15 years of experience, most recently working at Society in Fort Myers and previously at Crave Culinaire, Mereday’s Fine Dining, and Naples Grande Resort in Naples. He’s also spent time in the kitchen at Blue Hill at Stone Farms, and Malabar in Lima, Peru.

“We are excited to add David to the team of Harvest & Wisdom,” said Mr. Fisher. “His passion for creating the freshest product for our guests fits well with our plans for the restaurant and Shangri-La Springs.”

Jul 3 2019

Coming soon: Harvest & Wisdom
Seasonal ingredients just-picked from Shangri-La Springs’ organic, no-till garden and grass fed, pastured-raised protein delivered from nearby Circle C Farm will be on the menu when Harvest & Wisdom opens for lunch at the property later this summer. Culinary creations for the farm-to-table organic restaurant will be led by Michelin-starred Executive Chef Allen Fisher, a competitor on Food Network’s “Chopped,” who has more than 18 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience. Chef Fisher says that among the possibilities for the ever-changing menu are dishes like:

  • Organic caprese salad featuring heirloom tomatoes, creamy burrata cheese, small batch hand-crafted olive oil, flake sea salt, aged balsamic vinegars and just-picked baby opal basil.
  • Squash salad with shaved organic zucchini and yellow squash, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, flake sea salt, small batch hand-crafted olive oil, feta cheese and just-picked baby opal basil and mint.

Jul 2 2019

Restaurant news: Harvest & Wisdom opens in Bonita Springs; 2 restaurants open Fort Myers
Shangri-La Springs, the historic property for which Bonita Springs was named, is growing. The resort's onsite restaurant, Harvest & Wisdom, will debut Wednesday serving lunch five days a week. But this isn't your typical lunch joint. "We’ve got an almost 5 acre fully certified organic garden on property," executive chef Allen Fisher said. "We grow probably 85 to 90% of what we use in the restaurant." Fisher, a classically trained chef who worked for the famed Daniel Boulud in his Michelin-rated restaurants in New York City, is leading a talented team at Harvest & Wisdom. His chef de cuisine, David Robbins, worked at the acclaimed farm-to-table concept Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, New York before taking jobs in Miami, Naples and most recently at Society in south Fort Myers.

Jun 13 2019

Where to Tie the Knot on The Paradise Coast
1. Shangri-La Springs, Vibe: Garden Grandeur Those searching for lush grounds and a dash of historic significance can look no further than Shangri-La Springs. This landmark property in Bonita Springs offers organic dining and will soon be able to host guests in its on-site hotel. Weddings can be held in light-filled indoor spaces or amid verdant outdoor areas comprising the namesake springs, a 95-year-old Mysore Fig tree, and Old Florida architecture. Your celebration will continue with customized meals featuring ingredients from the on-site garden, and conclude with dancing under a canopy of trees and stars.

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