Guest Judges to decide winners at Taste of the Islands

Winner of the 'Taste of the Taste' will be awarded the traveling trophy to display in their restaurant!


SANIBEL, Fla. (November 1, 2019) — The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) has announced the four guest judges for the 38th Taste of the Islands on Sunday, November 10, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Sanibel Community Park.  

The judging panel will consist of Artis Henderson, author and Gulfshore Life culinary contributor, Gina Birch, award winning local editor for USA Today’s “10Best”, Karen Feldman,  Florida Weekly Food & Wine Editor, and Chef Jarred Harris, Sanibel Community House resident chef. The four judges will vote for their favorite dishes that are entered into five categories: “Best Appetizer”, “Best Seafood”, “Best Meat”, “Best Vegetarian” and “Best Dessert”. The panel will also award the “Taste of the Taste” for the best dish from the five category winners.

Fourteen restaurants from Sanibel and Captiva will be participating in Taste of the Islands, CROW’s largest fundraising event, and will be offering mouth-watering selections for everyone to try at a cost of six CROW Bucks or less.

Admission to Taste of the Islands, which can be purchased online through Thursday, November 7 or at the event, is $7 for adults and free for children less than 12 years of age. Attendees of the Taste cast ballots to decide the winner of the coveted “People’s Choice” award, the fan favorite.

Bank of the Islands/Edison National Bank has returned as the Presenting Sponsor of the Taste for the tenth year in a row and Fox 4 has returned as the Lead Media Sponsor for the second year. Event sponsors also include The Silverman Organization as Executive Chef Sponsor, Dave & Jennifer Nichols, Heidrick & Co., Jensen’s Marina & Cottages, and Suncoast Beverage as Sous Chef Sponsors, and Times of the Islands Media, Happenings Magazine, Florida Weekly Newspaper, The Sanibel Islander/Island Reporter, Island Sun & River Weekly Newspapers and Santiva Chronicle as Supporting Media Sponsors.

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About Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Established in 1968, the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) is a teaching hospital saving the sick, injured and orphaned native and migratory wildlife of Southwest Florida and beyond.  Through state-of-the-art veterinary care, public education programs and an engaging visitor center, CROW works to improve the health of the environment, humans and our animals through wildlife medicine. For more information, or to plan your visit, go to If you find an animal that is in need of help, call (239) 472-3644 ext. #222.