What Chefs Are Considering For Their Dishes

Chefs are dreamers by heart! Let's peek into their some Florida kitchens and see what's cookin'.

Besides fish tacos and wings, you could find dishes cooked up with Pink Gold Shrimp. Cuban Sandwiches. Key Lime Pie. Oysters and Scallops. Gator Tail Bites. All favorite flavors for Florida eats!

Art & Life

What's New at Sidney & Berne's

Art, festivals, musicians and more... The new rooftop bar and restaurant is now open!

For schedule of events click here: ART EVENTS

Where We Are Headed

Anyone that’s lived in the area for more than a couple years knows the South West area of Florida is in growth mode. From Sarasota to Naples! Just about everywhere you turn new buildings are popping up, people are moving in, and communities are reinventing themselves. This is leading to city planners and development agencies to start poring over growth statistics and community information like never before.

Bonita BrewFest!

The Bonita Brew Fest offers the perfect environment to explore new styles – and find your next favorite brew. Proceeds of the event will go to Habitat for Humanity and Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.

Only 1500 General Admission Tickets and 125 VIP Tickets will be sold.


Neighborhood Restaurants By The Boatful

Local South West Florida residents search for the BEST traditional meatballs – and, the BEST out-of-the-box, unique meatballs from Naples and Bonita Springs to Punta Gorda and Englewood!

Coastal Locals invites all restaurants, pubs and food trucks who think they got what it takes to win the March Meatball Madness Competition. Four vetted food judges will visit each participating restaurant through out the months of March 2020 to evaluate and decide! 

We ask that you showcase your BEST BALLS to our panel to be judged in the criteria of; taste, texture, presentation and originality. 

Plaques will be given to first place winners in both categories at the end of the competition and a blog will appear here on the Coastal Locals and Boca Locals March Meatball Madness web page. See results of other competitions 

DATE: March 1 - 31, 2020

LOCATIONS: Collier County, Charlotte and Lee County

COST: $36 per restaurant. If you are showcasing (2) types of meatballs in the competition then the cost is $50.


March Meatball Madness Competition

Residents of Cape Coral; Be prepared for a culinary explosion! Cape Coral is booking with new restaurants, bars and breweries and it ain't stoppin'.  The owner of Nevermind, Shannon Yates, opened his third new establishment called The Mix, serving up unique cocktails and tapas – and prepares for another, The Rockade.

You could find the famous ABZs Business-Crawls on two coasts of Florida! 

Started in 2010, South Florida's east coast was taken by storm as the innovative concept of Business-Crawls, created by Page One Graphics, kicked-off in Boca Raton. A networking event that includes a short walk to visit two
area restaurants or venues in a 3 hour time period. The allure is an opportunity to check out exciting new and existing establishments and try new foods while connecting with fellow business professionals, and foodies alike.

There's no cap on this great idea! ABZs has branched out to South West Florida, with these unique Business-Crawls, in 2014. The "Crawls" encompass venues all over Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Estero.

The fee is $12.00 pre pay and $15.00 at the door and includes networking, shared tapas at each location with discounts on selected cocktails or soft drinks.

If you are a business owner or represent a company, you'll want to network here. The crowd is super friendly and business leads are hot and heavy!

See full details on monthly Business-Crawls here.

Business-Crawl on Two Coasts of Florida