Chef Leslie Adams
Chef Leslie Adams
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has announced Catering by Leslie Adams and Sweet Melissa’s Café are returning as Food Tasting Partners Friday, Nov. 9 for Wines in the Wild.

“Catering by Leslie Adams, as well as Sweet Melissa’s Café and its owner, Gretchen Valade, have been strong SCCF supporters for many years,” said SCCF’s CEO Erick Lindblad. “We are so happy both of these culinary stars will be highlighted 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. Our returning Food Tasting Partners include Catering by Leslie Adams, Il Cielo, and Sweet Melissa’s Cafe. They will be joined this year by three new Food Tasting Partners – 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 Bailey’s General Store, our returning Wine Tasting Partner. We’ll end the evening 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.

Guests in “Island Festive” attire will gather from 6:30-9pm at the beautifully lit Bailey Homestead Preserve. Reservations for Wines in the Wild can be made by calling Founding Co-Chair Linda Uhler at 239-472-3817. Attendance cost is $125 per person. Because this event is likely to sell out in advance, tickets will not be available at the door. The event address is 1300 Periwinkle Way on Sanibel.

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