Florida Dining: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel’s Restaurant Week, Nov. 2 – 8, 2014

Sunset on Sanibel Island, Florida
Mixing it Up at National Bartenders and Casino School, Fort Myers, Fla.
Mixing it Up at National Bartenders and Casino School, Fort Myers, Fla.

Something delicious is being served in Southwest Florida this week and you’re invited! Foodies are celebrating the Third Annual Restaurant Week in The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Come hungry! Prix fixe lunches and dinners are being served at more than 20 restaurants in Lee County which includes Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach, Captiva Island, Sanibel Island, Cape Coral, Matlacha and Bonita Springs for a savory price. In addition, sample sustainable culinary tours which happen to be offered year-round.

Following is a sampling of these yummy tours. Visit the Restaurant Week website to book your tour ASAP because space is limited and to see the list of participating restaurants offering prix fixe menus. I’m bummed these tours don’t fit my schedule this week but at least I have the option of checking out some of these tours another time.

Catch a Taste of Pink Gold: Tuesday, Nov. 4: Catch a private screening of WGCU Public Media’s Pink Gold Rush, awarded the “People Choice Award” during the 2014 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. Viewers will learn the story of Fort Myers Beach’s shrimp industry through its boom in the early days to the challenges it faces today.

Lee County ‘Agritourism’ Farm Tour, Thursday, Nov. 6: Garner an agri-tourism experience and see new trends in agriculture while meeting enthusiastic urban farmers. The tour will visit four local vegetable, small fruit and mixed enterprise farms that appeal to the sense of taste, sight and touch. A fresh, farm-raised lunch will also be served farm-to-table style at Buckingham Farms.

Pine Island Botanical & The Sprout Queen Farm Tour, Saturday, Nov. 8: Owners Michael Wallace and Chris ‘The Sprout Queen’Lindsey will lead a tour of their 4-acre residential farm known as Pine Island Botanicals to discuss the natural/sustainable farming practices utilized in all aspects of hydroponics, in ground gardens, flocks of chickens, and fruit tree groves.

Check out the fun from last year’s Restaurant Week at Wicked Dolphin Florida Rum Distillery. Without a doubt, I’ll be making a visit down there sooner than later!

Bon Appétit!

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Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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