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The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) has announced the 31 restaurants participating in the 39th Taste of the Islands this November.

Taste of the Islands has been reimagined this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Each participating restaurant will be offering their “Taste” items to showcase their cuisine throughout the month of November. A portion of the proceeds from those designated food and beverage “Tastes” sold will be donated to CROW. 

In lieu of an admission to the event, participants can purchase a “Taste Passport” with a listing and map of participating restaurants. Each restaurant will stamp or punch the passport so patrons can track their progress. Only passport holders will be eligible to vote for their favorite restaurant to win the coveted “People’s Choice Award” and be entered into a drawing for fabulous prizes including vacation stays and gift certificates. Passports will be available for purchase at CROW, all Bank of the Islands/Edison National Bank locations, Bailey’s General Store, Huxter’s Market & Deli, participating restaurants, or online for pick up at “Will Calls” both on Sanibel and off.

“This new format has allowed for more restaurants to participate than ever before,” says Alison Charney Hussey, executive director for CROW. “We are excited to be able to encourage diners to come to the islands, visit the restaurants themselves, perhaps a different one every day, all while helping to raise money for wildlife!”

Every Sunday from noon until 4 p.m., a “CROW Crawl” will feature restaurants in different areas of the islands for hungry patrons to visit. CROW’s Animal Ambassadors will be in the CROW tent in front of one of the restaurants, with Taste of the Islands sponsors featured outside other restaurants in the region. Although each restaurant is featured on one Sunday, diners can visit all of the restaurants and order their menu items at any time in November.  

The 39th Taste of the Islands participating restaurants are:

November 1:

Crow’s Nest

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille – Captiva

The Green Flash

Lazy Flamingo

The Mucky Duck

Old Captiva House

Sunset Grill

November 8:

Great White Grill

Love Boat Ice Cream

The Pecking Order Fried Chicken and Pies

Sanibel Deli

T2

The Timbers Restaurant & Fish Market

November 15:

Blue Giraffe

Island Pizza Company

MudBugs Cajun Kitchen

Sanibel Fish House

Sweet Melissa’s Café

Traders

November 22:

The Clam Shack

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille – Sanibel

Joey’s Custard

Normandie Seaside Cafe

Spoondrift Island Bowls

Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant

November 29:

Cielo

Lazy Flamingo II

Matzaluna’s Italian Kitchen

Sanibel Fresh

Seabreeze Café

Tipsy Turtle Restaurant & Bar

Bank of the Islands/Edison National Bank has returned as the presenting sponsor. This is the 11th year in a row that the bank has led the sponsorship for CROW’s signature fundraiser.

“We are so happy to support CROW’s incredible work by returning as presenting sponsor for the Taste,” says Willy Ocasio, Bank of the Islands vice president and Sanibel-Captiva office manager. “Kudos to Alison and her team for reimagining this year’s event to be safe and fun for everyone.”

Event sponsors also include FOX 4 as lead media sponsor; The Silverman Organization and VCA Sanibel Animal Hospital as executive chef sponsors; Jensen’s Marina & Cottages, The Inns of Sanibel, Rapid Response Team of Fort Myers and Royal Shell as sous chef sponsors; and Happenings Magazine, News-Press/LocalIQ, Island Sun & River Weekly Newspapers, The Sanibel Islander/Island Reporter, and Santiva Chronicle as supporting media sponsors.

For more information, visit http://www.crowclinic.org/articles/39th-taste-of-the-islands and RSVP on the Taste of the Islands Facebook event page for live videos from restaurants, judging and more.

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 www.crowclinic.org. If you find an animal that is in need of help, call 239-472-3644 ext. #222.

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