Matt Winkleback and Blaine Dry of Cip’s Place
Matt Winkleback and Blaine Dry of Cip’s Place
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation announces Cip’s Place will be joining the Food Tasting Partners Friday, Nov. 9 for Wines in the Wild.

“Cip’s has been a generous auction donor for past SCCF events,” said SCCF’s CEO Erick Lindblad. “We are so honored to count them, for the first time, among the Food Tasting Partners at this year’s event.”

Wines in the Wild guests will stroll among six stations on the Homestead grounds. Each will feature a savory dish from one of Sanibel’s finest kitchens. The 2018 Food Tasting Partners Catering by Leslie Adams, Il Cielo, Sweet Melissa’s Café, Cip’s Place, The Sanibel Catering Company, and Malia, one of Sanibel’s newest restaurants.

The foods will be paired at each station with specially selected complementary wines. It will be a great opportunity to explore the grounds and unique features of the Homestead while sampling wines donated by Il Cielo and Bailey’s General Store, our returning Wine Tasting Partner.

The evening will conclude with a dessert surprise in the Homestead Pavilion, upbeat music from the Danny Morgan Trio, and a live auction of very special experiences. There will also be valet parking sponsored by Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, and a thank you gift underwritten by Island Taxi.

“The auction features some great food and wine-related adventures,” said Lindblad. “Those unable to attend are welcome to place bids in advance of the event.”

Guests in “Island Festive” attire will gather from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the beautifully lit Bailey Homestead Preserve. Reservations for Wines in the Wild have sold out, but names can be placed on the waiting list by calling Founding Co-Chair Linda Uhler at 239-472-3817.

SCCF is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed through environmental education, land acquisition, landscaping for wildlife, marine research, natural resource policy, sea turtle conservation and wildlife habitat management.

Community support through membership dues and tax-deductible contributions, in addition to grants and staff-generated revenue, makes this work possible. To learn more visit