I’m inviting all of you landlubbers to come to CROW’s 38th Taste of the Islands. Sure, there are about 1000 “Taste Of’s” throughout the country, but this one is by far the best! Now, that’s a big claim to make, but I can back it up with five solid reasons:
· Sanibel - Captiva food is yummy! Everyone knows the islands are THE place for great food and drink. Fourteen restaurants will be showcasing their tastiest treats and if you are a foodie, you won’t want to miss it. Now is your opportunity to get reacquainted with Island eating! The best of the best are featured this year including The Bubble Room, The Clam Shack, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, The Jac Island Bar & Grille, Matzaluna Italian Restaurant, MudBugs Cajun Kitchen, Rosie’s Café & Grill, Sandollar Restaurant, Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory, Sanibel Fish House, Shima Japanese Steak House, T2, Thistle Lodge and Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market.
· Sanibel- Captiva is breathtaking. I’ve been living in Lee County for over 40 years (you can fact check this but I’m not giving you much more detail as a lady never reveals her age!) and every time I cross the causeway I am stunned by the beauty. Mentally and emotionally I’m transported to a calming and peaceful state of grace (assuming traffic is light of course)!
· Sanibel-Captiva traffic will be light! It’s not season yet and getting to Taste of the Islands will be a breeze. There is plenty of parking available and shuttles running from the lots to the event. Save your receipt from the tollbooth and redeem it at any CROW Bucks purchase point for $2 in CROW Bucks.
· Sanibel – Captiva folks love CROW and you should too! Why? Because CROW is a comprehensive research, teaching and wildlife rehabilitation facility that serves all of Lee County! I bet you didn’t know that 80% of CROW’s wildlife patients are rescued from non-island locations including patients from surrounding counties. CROW even works with rehabilitators in other states to assist wildlife who may have missed their migration due to injury or illness.
· And the # 1 reason for attending the CROW’s 38th Taste of the Islands – you need us, and we need you! Without getting all preachy -- the coexistence of man with our natural habitat and wildlife is critical to our future. Help us protect the way of life we all love!
So, whether you are an Islander or a Landlubber, come to Taste of the Islands and enjoy a day of food, fur, friends and fun (not necessarily in that order)! It’s our most important event of the year and 100% of all proceeds go directly to CROW. I look forward to seeing you!
Alison Charney Hussey
CROW Executive Director