The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) announced the winners of the 37th Taste of the Islands. This year’s event featured 13 restaurants from Sanibel and Captiva. The winners were selected by a four-member panel of judges that voted on a variety of categories while those in attendance voted for the “People’s Choice Award.”
Taste of the Islands Winners:
Best Appetizer: Sanibel Fish House - Wasabi Crab Cake
Best Meat: Thistle Lodge - Short Rib & Gratin
Best Seafood: The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market - Crunchy Grouper Fingers
Best Vegetarian: Matzaluna - Zoodle Mediterranean
Best Dessert: Sanibel Fish House - Stuffed Key Lime Cheesecake
Taste of the Taste: Sanibel Fish House
People’s Choice: The Clam Shack
“It was great to see the community come together for Taste of the Islands, particularly after the rough summer everyone on the island has faced. The food was amazing and everyone enjoyed the live entertainment provided by the Private Stock Band,” said Debra Neri, event chair. “Thank you to everyone who attended and supported CROW’s mission, especially the participating restaurants, sponsors and volunteers who made it all possible.”
Funds raised through the event will benefit CROW’s mission to save wildlife through state-of-the-art veterinary care, research, education and conservation medicine.
(Above) The Clam Shack was selected by attendees as the "People's Choice" winner for the second year in a row!
(Below) Sanibel Fish House took home "Best Appetizer", "Best Dessert" and was awarded "Taste of the Taste" by the judges.
Check out photos of all the winners and other happenings at the Taste