Cielo, Sweet Melissa’s Cafe Return as Wines in the Wild Tasting Partners

provided to Santiva Chronicle

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation has announced that Cielo and Sweet Melissa’s Café are returning as Food Tasting Partners for Wines in the Wild on Friday, Nov. 15 at the historic Bailey Homestead Preserve.

“Cielo, as well as Sweet Melissa’s Café and its owner, Gretchen Valade, have been strong SCCF supporters for many years,” said SCCF’s CEO Ryan Orgera. “We are so happy they are both returning as Food Tasting Partners for this year’s event.”

There will be five savory tasting stations featuring Sanibel’s finest kitchens. The other returning Food Tasting Partners include Catering by Leslie Adams, Malia and the Sanibel Catering Company. All the food tastings will be paired with specially selected wines donated by Bailey’s General Store, our returning Wine Tasting Partner. Norman Love Confections is this year’s new Tasting Partner. Their dessert buffet and a live auction of very special experiences wiil round out the evening. Valet parking has been sponsored by Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille.

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. Admission 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

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