In early February, Nick Neveau, owner of two Fire & Rice franchises in Michigan, packed up his food truck and trailer and headed down to our location in sunny Naples, where he’s been working with Fire & Rice founder, Chef Paul Schmidgall, to get a new perspective on the business. During his visit, he’s assisted the Naples location through the height of the season to better understand our market and how we run our catering services.
At Nick’s locations in Lansing and Ann Arbor, 90% of the business consists of farmers’ markets, festivals, corporate events, business lunches, tailgates, and other events. In Naples, the majority of the business is dedicated to private parties. After two months on the Fire & Rice party circuit in Naples, Nick has a deep understanding of our process and plans to integrate this knowledge into his business strategy when he returns to Michigan near the end of April.
Fire & Rice Parties in Naples: The Ultimate Paella Experience
The concept of a Fire & Rice Party is more than catering, it’s an entire experience. Not only is our award-winning paella amazing, our team creates the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy, making your party an event to remember for years to come.
From the moment your guests arrive, they’ll know there’s fun to be had. As our chefs enthusiastically prepare our award-winning paella in large, shallow pans out in front for everyone to see, guests gather round to be part of the excitement and participate in the process. It’s spectacular to watch, and everyone wants to get in on the fun.
When the paella is ready, our chefs invite guests up to the pans and serve them. The presentation is beautiful as each plate is filled with a palette of primary colors, and gentle aromas fill the air. Guests come together in a communal dining setting to share the paella, and when they take their first bite, it exceeds every expectation.
Naples’ Original Paella from Fire & Rice
Made from the finest ingredients dating back to 16th-Century Spain, our paella is original in every sense of the word. Chicken, sausage, and saffron meld together with Bomba rice creating a delightful, delicate flavor that is simply divine, like nothing you’ve encountered before.
The meat ingredients can be swapped out or combined with seafood, and vegan options are also available, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Many of our clients have traveled all over the world and say our paella is the best they’ve ever tasted.
If you’re in the Naples area and would like to learn more about our original paella or host a Fire & Rice Party, call us today at 239-269-8857 or book your party online. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you make your next party an occasion to remember!
2018-2019 Fire & Rice - PGA Tour Wrap-Up: The Best Paella in Naples Gets Rave Reviews at World-Class Golf Events
Fire & Rice has a long-standing relationship with the LPGA and PGA tour and was proud to be at the center of three world-class golf events this season. By cooking up our award-winning paella at the LPGA CME Group Tour Championship, the PGA Champions Tour – Chubb Classic, and the PGA Honda Classic, we were able to continue our role as an integral part of these prestigious events and share our paella with the golf fans from all over the world. Here are the highlights:
Fire & Rice on the Oasis Trail at the 2018 LPGA CME Group Tour Championship
Nothing goes better with a fantastic day of golf than great food, and that’s just what Fire & Rice provided at the esteemed LPGA CME Group Tour this past November. For the fifth year in a row, Fire & Rice was part of a VIP ticket event along the Oasis Trail offering the best paella Naples has to offer. As golf fans watched Lexi Thompson dominate all weekend long, they also raved about our award-winning paella.
While enjoying panoramic views and relaxing in comfort stations between the 17th and 18th holes, golf enthusiasts were able to be part of a unique and exciting communal dining experience from Fire & Rice. As our chefs enthusiastically prepared magnificent paella in large pans out if front for everyone to see, golf fans couldn’t help but join in on the fun. The preparation was spectacular to watch, and the paella exceeded all expectations.
2019 PGA Champions Tour – Chubb Classic & Naples’ Award-Winning Paella
This year at the 30th anniversary of the Chubb Classic, 8 past champions, 10 Hall of Fame players, and 35 or the 36 players for the 2016 Charles Schwab Cup standings came to battle it out. As fans watched Miquel Angel Jimenez claim his seventh PGA Tour victory in a sudden-death playoff against Bernhard Langer and Olin Browne, the intensity was palpable on the course and throughout the Lely Resort.
To add to the excitement, golf fans purchased a VIP Ticket to the Taste of SW Florida, a fun-filled food festival that ran in conjunction with the event. For the fourth year in a row, Fire & Rice was at the center of it all, as on one of Naples finest dining establishments hand-selected to participate. As our chefs prepared our paella with passion and enthusiasm, the crowd gathered round and engaged in the process. Throughout the event, golf fans from all over the country raved about our paella, saying it was the best they’ve ever tasted.
2019 PGA Honda Classic Welcomes Fire & Rice
During the 2019 PGA Honda Classic, golf fans watched as Keith Mitchell broke a tie with Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler to win the event and earn his first PGA tour title. While the action was happening on the course all week long, Fire & Rice was serving up magnificent paella right in the middle of this prestigious event.
As our chefs prepared paella in large shallow pans in front of the Fire & Rice booth, golf fans came together and were part of the energy and excitement. After participating in the process, they took their first bite of our amazing paella, and the reviews were in: Exceptional – like nothing they’d ever encountered before.
The Best Paella in Naples & Unique Dining Experience from Fire & Rice
If you’re looking for a unique catering alternative for your next event where guests can enjoy exquisite paella in an exciting communal dining setting, call Fire & Rice of Naples today at 239-269-8857 or book your event online. We look forward helping you make your event an affair to remember for years to come!
People line up early on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at the local farmers’ markets in Naples to get the first batch of original paella from Fire & Rice. If you haven’t tried it yet, come on down and join in the fun!
You’ll find Fire & Rice at the Third Street Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings from 7:30 am -11:30 am and at the Marco Island Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays from 7:30 am – 1 pm. We’ll be there in the middle of all the fun, cooking up our award-winning paella right out in front for everyone to see.
Our chefs prepare paella with passion and enthusiasm, interacting with the crowd and including them in the process. As the excitement builds, everyone’s ready to take their first bite, and when they do, they say it’s out of this world, like nothing they’ve tasted before.
Not an early riser? No need to worry. Now you can pre-order our paella online, and we’ll put some aside for you before we run out. Just make sure to come down to the market before it closes to pick up your paella. We look forward to seeing you there!
What’s a Fire & Rice Party?
What do you get when you combine award-winning paella with a unique and exciting experience? You got it – it’s a Fire & Rice party!
When you host a Fire & Rice party, your guests are in for a real treat. Not only is the paella amazing, the experience is unique and exciting, something guests will remember for years to come.
Our team is passionate about paella, and we bring energy and excitement to every occasion. As our chefs prepare the paella in large pans out in front for everyone to see, guests gather around, engaging in the process. You immediately feel the excitement, and even the wallflowers join in the fun.
The preparation process is a sensual experience for everyone involved. The rainbow of colors in each pan is beautiful and captivating, and gentle aromas of saffron fill the air. As guests come together in this communal dining setting, they feel a connection with others that’s different than anything they’ve experienced before. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and everyone’s having the time of their lives.
Our paella is made from only the finest ingredients dating back to 16th-Century Spain and authentic in every sense of the word. We offer traditional combinations of chicken, sausage, saffron, and Bomba rice, and the meat can be swapped out or combined with seafood. With vegan options also available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Award-Winning Paella in Naples & Beyond
Chef Paul Schmidgall, the founder of Fire & Rice, introduced his original paella to the city of Naples and Southwest Florida more than a decade ago, and it caught on like wildfire. From the farmers’ markets to private parties and events to the PGA Tour, people can’t get enough of this delicious dish.
The Fire & Rice concept brought a new twist on catering to Naples by offering the ultimate paella experience. Now you can find our magnificent paella at multiple Fire & Rice locations throughout the US. From Connecticut to Minnesota to Tennessee and beyond, people are lining up to try this amazing dish and get in on the fun!
If you’re interested in hosting a Fire & Rice party, call us today at 239-269-8857 or book your party online, and we’ll take care of the rest. You can also find multiple Fire & Rice locations on our website and learn more about our franchising opportunities.
You throw great parties, and you like to keep things interesting. The traditional catering fare tends to get a little boring time after time, and you know it’s important to keep things fresh. Now there’s a Naples’ catering alternative that’s more than just amazing food, it’s a unique experience, something that guests will remember for years to come.
Naples Catering That Offers Amazing Food in an Interactive Setting
Fire & Rice offers delicious paella in a communal setting that’s fun and exciting for everyone involved. The experience is different than anything your guests have ever encountered, and when they taste our award-winning paella, it will exceed all expectations.
Our clients rave about Fire & Rice parties, and here’s why:
1. The Atmosphere is Fun, Exciting & Engaging
From the moment your guests arrive, they’ll feel the energy in the room. As they see our chefs passionately preparing authentic paella in large, shallow pans out in front for everyone to see, guests will gather around to take in the experience and participate in the preparation. It’s interactive, fun, and exciting.
Each pan is filled with a palette of primary colors that is both beautiful and captivating. Gentle aromas of saffron fill the air, offering a sensual experience long before guests take their first bite. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and people are drawn in as they delight in the process.
When the paella is ready, our chefs invite guests up to the pans and serve the paella. Everyone comes together in the communal dining setting and connect as they share in the magnificent dish.
2. The Paella is Delicious
As we prepare the paella, we use only the finest ingredients dating back to 16th-Century Spain. The flavors of chicken, sausage, and saffron meld together with Bomba rice, and the result is amazing, like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. Meat ingredients can be substituted or combined with seafood, and vegan options are also available, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether it’s Mixta Paella, Paella Valencia, or Paella de Marisco, guests will relish in the gentle flavors and textures of the magnificent dish. Many of our clients have traveled all over the world and say our paella is the best they’ve ever tasted. Something to remember for a lifetime.
3. Hosting is Easy
As the host of the party, we want to make things as easy as possible for you. After all, it’s important that you relax and enjoy time with your guests. We bring everything we need to prepare the food and serve your guests: plates, forks, knives, food, napkins – you name it, we’ve got you covered. Just book your party, and we’ll take care of the rest. To find out more about how easy it is to host a Fire & Rice party, watch the video below!
If you’re interested in hosting a Fire & Rice party or want to learn more about our Naples’ catering services, book your party online or call us at 239-269-8857. We look forward to helping you throw a party to remember!