To the editor:
Sanibel Uncorked! The 2017 Food and Wine Festival was an outstanding success held by the Sanibel-Captiva Optimist Club at Lily & Co., Jewelers. Co-hosts Bailey's General Store and Sanibel Catering, and Lily & Co together with the Sanibel-Captiva Trust Company are Student Enrichment Supporters. Many thanks are due to Richard Johnson and Calli Johnson of Bailey's General Store and their staff of chefs and servers, and to Dan Schuyler, Karen Bell, and all the wonderful people at Lily's for sharing their day off.
Catering sponsors are The Cedar Chest Fine Jewelry, Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grilles on Sanibel, Captiva, and Fort Myers Beach, John and Beth Newland, and Bailey's Catering.
Safety Officer Sponsors are Sanibel-Captiva American Legion Post 123, John Grey Painting, Ltd. Co., Doug and Sherry Gentry, and Nu Way Concrete Forms, Inc.
Table sponsors are T-Shirt Hut, Island Management, Barefoot Charley's Painting Company, and John F Jones.
Thanks are also due to the following who provided support in many ways: Blue Ash Media, Quebbie Music System, Island Sun Newspaper, Island Graphics, Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida, Johnson Brothers Liquor Co. of Florida, Bailey's liquor Dept, Breeze Newspapers, Pak-N-Ship, New Belgium Brewing Co., and all the Optimist Club volunteers and all our guests.
Cooking demonstrations were performed by top rated local chefs: Chef Karl Hamme of Sanibel Catering, Chef Teh Peng of Timber's Restaurant and Fish Market, and Chef Philip of Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille.
The following provided generous donations and/or items for the silent auction: Timbers' Chef Teh Peng, Sanibel Catering Chef Karl Hamme, George and Wendy's Sanibel Seafood Grille, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, BIG ARTS Strauss Theater, Florida Repertory Theatre, Island Cinema Extravaganza, Sanibel Blues and Jazz Festival, Sanctuary Golf Club, Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel Island Golf and Tennis Club, Shell Point Golf Club, Jungle Golf, Tween Waters Inn, South Seas Island Resort, She Sells Sea Shells, Marit Hansen Mouchou & OYA, Jensen's Cottages & Marina, Captain Steve Kreter, Key West Express, Zoomers Amusement Park, John Grey Painting, Sanibel Double D Taxi, Over Easy Caf, Blue Giraffe Restaurant, Traditions on the Beach, The Clam Shack New England Seafood, Island Paws, Floral Artistry, Luc Century, Norm Ziegler's Fly Shop, Giro Cycling Helmets (Verona, Revel), Zetrablade and Spitfire In-Line Skates, Jerry Edelman Ceramic, Nick Adams Photography, and Wines from: Johnson Brothers Liquor Co., Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits of Florida, and Bailey's General Store.
A number of wine distributers brought a variety of wines to try. Canaps were prepared and served by Bailey's Sanibel Catering Services. Incidental music was provided by Frans Kox with Quebbie.
Many thanks to all the generous folks who bought entry donation tickets. Additional thanks go out to anyone we missed, thank you!
Donated funds made it possible for the Optimists to maintain one of six four-year College Scholarships to replace one vacated by a graduating recipient. Funds also continue the Optimist's Junior Anglers summer fishing adventures, an archery league (through the Recreation Center), and to sponsor "The Storm," a kids' summer basketball league (also through the Rec. Center), and to continue a number of other charitable endeavors for kids.
Plan on coming next year and joining the fun. The date and time will be announced later in the year.
Dani and Stan Howard