Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week
Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week is a semi-annual, community-driven event that celebrates the culinary landscape in both Lee and Collier Counties by offering three-course prix-fixe meals to residents and visitors. Typically held in the Spring and Winter each year, the event includes 65+ of the best restaurants from Cape Coral down to Marco Island and everywhere tasty in-between! Each of the participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner menu for either $26 or $36 (depending on location), some even offer special upgrades like add a lobster tail or wine flights. Some restaurants may also offer a two-course prix fixe lunch menu for just $16 or $21, and/or a brunch menu for $21 or $26. Of each Restaurant Week meal purchased during the two-week event, up to $1.00 is donated to the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship. This scholarship aims to impact local high school graduates seeking a foodservice management education through Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) School of Resort & Hospitality Management. By encouraging students to complete the program and gain employment locally, the scholarship will assist local restaurants by increasing the number of qualified staff available for them to hire. Since inception in 2016, the event has raised more than $100,000 for local charities, including over $25,000 for the events namesake charity, the Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship. The restaurants have sold over 100,000 meals during this sale time. The Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week event celebrates dining out at an affordable price and is produced to build awareness and make a positive impact on our diverse Southwest Florida culinary community. The overall goal of Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week is to encourage people to visit the best local restaurants during a normally slow time of year and help expose people from Collier, Lee, and surrounding counties to our amazing Southwest Florida restaurants! Restaurant Week showcases, and strengthens our local destination’s brand and culinary reputation. Attracting tourists to the area increases business for hotels, shopping centers, entertainment, and other local businesses. Everyone benefits from this impact and all the restaurants that participate see increased traffic and lots of new faces during the event.