Not Your Typical Backyard Party

After 12 years of working in the restaurant business together up north, Chris Ilardi—originally from New York—and Gabe Ferraro—from Philadelphia—have found themselves running the newest hot spot on Cape Coral Parkway.

Drink to Your Health

Born and raised in Cape Coral, Farmer Girl’s owner Maria Farmer openly admits she wasn’t always concerned about her eating habits.

Mom’s Food Is Always the Best

Heather Reagan has loved baking and cooking since she was old enough to hold a spoon, so it’s no wonder she’s now known far and wide for her delicious buttermilk biscuits and mouth-watering cinnamon rolls.

Jazz Up Your Shrimp

 Article Sarah Keech | Photography Gregory Wagner  There was a good chance Slate’s—the popular New Orleans-inspired restaurant and jazz club tucked a block off Cape Coral Parkway—might have never happened.  “We came to Cape Coral to retire,” says Nancy Cotter, co-owner of the restaurant with her husband, Allan. “We thought we were ready to relax, slow down our pace and…

Oh, Kale Yeah!

 Article Sarah Keech | Photography Gregory Wagner  Food has been David Truman's passion for as long as he can remember. As a child, he watched his grandmother preserve fruits and vegetables, but it took him many years to discover the importance of using fresh, local ingredients.  Once he started struggling with health issues, David knew he needed to change his…

Pesto Pasta is a Reason to Gather

Gather is one of the most creative new dining hotspots in the Cape. Located at Tarpon Point Marina, it’s an energetic space with a delightful view and delicious food.

The Secret Behind the Best Omelets in Cape Coral

After moving to Cape Coral from Michigan, Tony and Meri Dedaj opened House of Omelets in January 2013, and the restaurant has been a breakfast hot spot ever since.


This recipe by local chef Billy Murray of Lobster Lady Seafood Market & Bistro serves four.

Inside Cape Coral Lifestyle’s Cookie Jar

"Christmas is always a special time around our house," Cape Coral resident Alicia Reese says. "Even though I’m an adult now, my mother and I have held the tradition of going out on Christmas Eve to hand-deliver our festive cookies since I was a girl. Our friends and family love them and hand-delivering a homemade treat is a great way to…

Craft & Cocktail

Add a half cup of cucumber slices and 2 tablespoons of basil ribbons to 1 cup of gin.
Refrigerate overnight. 
Strain the gin and reserve 4 ounces. 
Divide ice between two tall glasses. 
Add gin and divide the grapefruit juice 
between glasses. 
Top with ginger beer and garnish with grapefruit wedges, cucumber slices and thinly sliced basil ribbons. 
Enjoy. Cheers!