Café YOU

A Unique Coffee & Food Experience

Be transported…

Escape the summer sizzle… with a night of decadence at your favorite cafe.

White table cloths, exquisite cuisine, personalized service, the perfect wine pairings. We look forward to pampering you, Saturday, August 26th.

Dinner: $52 pp
Wine: $24 pp (6 x 2 Oz)

Select your seating – 5:45pm or 8:30pm. 

Reservations required – click here.

Summer Rolls
miso peanut sauce
2013 Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley Oregon

Scallop Crudo
coconut milk & yuzu
2014 De Wetshof Chardonnay, Robertson, SA

Sous Vide Duck Breast
sweet corn puree & gooseberry chutney
2014 Brick House Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, Oregon

Teriyaki Braised Short Rib
pineapple ginger
2014 Tarapaca Gran Reserve Blend, Maipo, Chile

Lavendar Hanazono Jelly
2012 Rose d’ Anjou Monmousseau, Loire, France

Cheese Plate
lavosh, fig apple & walnut paste
N/V Bodegas Tradicion Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Jerez, Spain
Presented by:
Chefs Ed Rocchio & Sam Wood
& Pastry Chef Alexandra Wilson

Treat yourself…

Are you a food lover? Wine connoisseur? In search of the perfect ambiance for an evening out?

If you haven’t checked out Cafe YOU’s Chef Tasting Menus, you need to treat yourself to the next one…

A six-course gastronomical journey awaits the adventurous, with artful samplings of our chefs’ imaginings. To enhance your experience, imbibe in  the unique wine pairings masterfully selected for each course by owner and wine aficionado, Marlies Laaper, or your favorite bottle from our Australian wineries.

Our chefs, Sam Wood and Ed Rocchio, and baker, Alexandra Wilson, along with our excellent staff, work together to give you the perfect stay-cation – an evening of relaxed but gourmet dining, right here in your backyard.

We look forward to taking care of you at our next Chefs’ Dinner. Make your reservations here, and prepare for an evening you won’t soon forget.

Make Your Reservation

Two seatings – 5:45pm or 8:30pm on Saturday, August 24th, 2017

Dinner $52 per person; wine pairings $24 per person

Menu details coming soon at, Chefs’ Tasting Dinners

Chefs’ Tasting Dinner Next Week!

Don’t miss our next Chefs’ Tasting Dinner. This is when our three chefs, Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and Alexandra Wilson, team up to take you on a six-course culinary extravaganza.

Dinner is $51 per person, with optional wine pairings for each course $24 per person.

Saturday, July 22nd – two seatings: 5:45pm & 8:30pm


Make Your Reservations


Gazpacho – watermelon & avocado

Zolo Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – Mendoza, Argentina

Sautéed Prawns – roasted corn succotash

Bettendorf Beuitenverwagting Chardonnay 2014 – Constantia, South Africa

Asian Seared Tuna – sesame & coriander

Reuilly Pinot Noir 2013 – Loire Valley, France


Roasted Lamb – carrot ginger mash

Yalumba Cigar Shiraz 2012 – Barossa Valley, Australia

lamb carrot ginger mash

Pear Tarte Tatin – Dessert Wine

pear tarte tatin

Baked Camembert – Rosemary croutons w/ cranberry & walnut

Francois Montand Brut – France

baked camembert

Make Your Reservations


Kids Chef Camp – Week 1

Week 1 - Spanish Camp - Group PhotoPictured above are the Kids who participated in and graduated from the first week of our Kids Chef Camp during which we focused on food from Spain.

It was so much fun and we really enjoyed getting to know the kids, working with them, teaching them about healthy eating, how to combine ingredients, and all about knife skills, recipe building and how to make soups, salads, empanadas, paella, flan and much more.

We also worked with them to plan and prepare for the week’s “Kids Chef Dinner” where they cooked and served their family and friends a gorgeous dinner all by themselves. As a graduation gift they all received a Cafe YOU chef’s hat.

In addition to their new cooking skills they learned to bus tables, do dishes and see how a restaurant ticks. We hope this will be the start of a life of wonderful healthy food for the kids  *:) happy

We have uploaded some photos which you may enjoy browsing through.

Kids Chef Camp – Week 1 – Spanish Food Focus

Next Chefs Tasting Dinner – June 24

Don’t miss our next Chefs Tasting Dinner. This is when our three chefs, Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and Alex Wilson team up to take you on a 6 course culinary extravaganza.


Gravelax – cured w/beets, dill & tarragon – Chef Sam

Chateau De Fontenille Blanc 2015 – Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France


Salad – pomegranate, butternut, tahini & walnuts – Chef Ed

Yalumba Viognier 2015, South Australia

Seared Scallops – wine infused risotto – Chef Ed

Dalrymple Pinot Noir 2013 – Pipers River, Tasmania, Australia

Braised Short Rib – mushroom fennel ragu – Chef Ed

Secateurs Shiraz, Cinsault, Grenache 2014 – Swartland, South Africa

Tarte Aux Fruits – Chef Alex

La Fleur d’Or 2011, Sauternes, France

Cheese Plate – lavosh, fig apple & walnut paste – Chef Alex

Francois Montand Brut – Jura département, France


Dinner: $51 pp

Wine: $24 pp (6 x 2 Oz)

Chefs Tasting Menu Dinner was a wild success

On Saturday May 27, 2017, our 3 chefs, Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and Alex Wilson presented Café YOU’s first 6 course “Tasting Menu Dinner” and showcased their amazing talents. The evening was a great success and there was no doubt about their excitement and passion for making truly amazing food and their creativity and ability to deliver. Each of the 6 courses was paired with a complimentary wine to deliver a true gourmet experience.

Thank you to everyone who came to the dinner. Your support helps a small local business like ours continue to be successful and allows us to pursue our passion for serving fresher, healthier and tastier food. Thank you SWFL for your ongoing support.

Below is a slide show of the 6 Tasting Menu dishes. We will be hosting a Chefs Tasting Menu Dinner on the fourth Saturday of every month. We hope that you will be able to join us at our next tasting dinner on June 24, 2017. Call 239 600 0966 to make your reservation.

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Chef Sam Wood joins the Cafe YOU team

Café YOU is very pleased to announce that Chef Sam Wood, previously of Mad Fresh Bistro in South Ft Myers, has joined the Café YOU team which now has 3 amazing chefs; Chef Ed Rocchio, Pastry Chef Alex Wilson and new team member Chef Sam.


Sam first became interested in cooking when his father planted a vegetable and herb garden in the back yard of their home in Wisconsin where he grew up. His father taught him how to cook their garden produce, combining vegetables with various herbs and spices to achieve different flavor combinations. He also learned about the nutritional value of different vegetables, which has given him a wonderful grounding for his culinary career.

He first started his career focusing on the Midwestern table which favors heavy dairy, seasonal produce and German, Eastern European, and Scandinavian influences including, of course, canned and pickled everything, all strongly influenced by his part-Danish heritage.

More recently he trained in French cuisine under executive chef Xavier Duclos at Mad Fresh Bistro, where he later became the head chef. Sam’s passion is experimenting with fresh flavor combinations and making exotic soups and sauces. This makes him a great fit for Café YOU where our motto is Fresher, Healthier, Tastier. We serve simple food made with the freshest ingredients, organic wherever possible, to achieve dishes that have wonderful flavors, served, of course…with your choice of our amazing, authentic espresso-based coffees.

At our Chefs’ Tasting Menu dinner this coming Saturday, May 27th, guests will enjoy some beautifully presented culinary dishes created by Chef Sam and also Chef Ed (Ed Rocchio) and Pastry Chef Alex (Alexandra Wilson). These dishes are paired with premium wines making the evening a truly gourmet experience.

Chefs’ Tasting Dinner Menu

Reservations can be made by calling Café YOU: 239-600-0966.



Announcing our Kids Chef Summer Camp Program

We will be running a camp for kids this summer to share our love and enthusiasm for healthy food with the next generation. Please pass this information on to anyone you know who may be interested.

Food is a basic requirement for life. For a healthy and productive life, we need to eat healthy, nutritious food.

Help your kids break out of the Pizza Pasta Nugget Rut & get excited about healthy cooking and eating.

Limit 10 participants per week

At Café YOU we make our food from scratch using fresh ingredients, organic wherever possible, and we do not deep fry anything.

Our cooking camps focus on nutrition and on getting kids, aged 10 and up, excited about healthy cooking and eating. Our camps are a great choice for kids who have a passion for food and also for those who need to learn to enjoy healthy, nutritious food. Children will learn to make soups, salads, appetizers, entrees and baked goods. Our camp culminates with a dinner service all planned, prepared and served by camp participants.

Learning Skills: Children will learn about exotic ingredients and spices, food safety and preparation, knife skills, recipe building and a myriad of cooking techniques.

Counselor Certification: Camps are run by our chefs and restaurant staff so that the campers learn firsthand from trained professionals.

Levels of Expertise: Campers of all cooking levels are encouraged to attend. From beginners to advanced cooks, everybody will learn something new.

Camp Schedule – $199 / Week (includes lunch everyday)

Week 1 June 12-16, 2017 Spanish Food Focus
Week 2 June 26-30, 2017 Middle Eastern Food Focus
Week 3 July10-14, 2017 French Food Focus
Week 4 July 24-28, 2017 Greek Food Focus

Camps are limited to 10 participants per week so call today to book a place for your child on 239 600 0966.

Café YOU Summer Camp Program

 7:30 am –            8:30 am Drop Off / Breakfast

Campers can have breakfast at home or order breakfast from our menu.

 8:30 am –            9:00 am Nutrition & Healthy Eating – Theory

We will cover different topics every day aimed at getting campers interested in and excited about eating healthy food.

 9:00 am –        10:15 am Kitchen Skills – Practical

Campers will learn how to work efficiently in a kitchen: planning & preparation, kitchen safety, knife skills, how to handle hot food, cooling food, rewarming food, washing dishes and more.

 10:15 am –      10:30 am Morning Snack Break
 10:30 am –      12:30 pm Friday Café YOU Camper’s Dinner Prep – Practical

Campers will start by preparing a menu, dinner invitations and a shopping list, followed by a shopping field trip and food preparation.

 12:30 pm –        1:30 pm Lunch – Included in cost of camp
 1:30 pm –          2:00 pm Food Safety – Theory & Practical

Campers will learn the basics of food safety including forms of food contamination, safe food handling & storage and cleaning & sanitizing.

 2:00 pm –          3:00 pm Food Art – Practical

Campers will decorate cupcakes and practice other creative food presentation techniques.

 3:00 pm –          3:15 pm Afternoon Snack Break
 3:15 pm –           4:30 pm Flex Time

On Mon and Tues Camper’s will watch a number of food service videos, and on Wed, Thu and Fri Campers will continue preparation for the Friday evening Café YOU Camper’s Dinner.

 4:30 pm –          5:15 pm Pickup

Later pickup can be arranged. A small fee will apply.

 5:15 pm –          6:30 pm

Friday Only

Café YOU Camper’s Dinner

Family and friends are invited to dinner at Café YOU, all planned, prepared and served by the Campers. A graduation ceremony will be held at the end of dinner.

Kids Chef Camp

New Chef’s Tasting Dinners and our German Wine Dinners

Chef’s Tasting Dinners

On May 27, at our first monthly Cafe YOU Tasting Dinner, our three chefs, Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and Alex Wilson, will be teaming up to take YOU on a culinary extravaganza.

Our tasting menus give our chefs and opportunity to showcase the best of their best creations and give YOU the opportunity to have a small taste of six different high culinary art dishes, each paired with a different premium wine. Portion sizes are small and are carefully measured out to ensure you are fully satisfied at the end of the meal without having to let your belt out a notch. These dinners are a prix fixe celebration of food, which can be enjoyed with or without the wine pairing. Dishes are individually plated and beautifully presented as pictured below. Call 239-600-0966 to make your reservation. Please advise us at the time of your booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Chef’s Tasting Menu – May 27, 2017

Asparagus – almond crusted, Dijon béarnaise

Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling – 2015 – Eden Valley, Victoria, Australia

Salmon Tartar – sesame soy, toasted sesame seeds, pickled veggie,

Vasse Felix Filius Chardonnay 2015 – Margaret River, Western Australia

Blackened Mahi Mahi – mango lime salsa

Massaya Rosé 2015 – Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

Fillet – roasted cauliflower mash, garden herb coulis

Bastide Milflores 2014 – Cotes du Rousillon, France

Dark Chocolate Truffle – berry reduction

Alenera Rosso Veronese 2013 – Veneto, Italy

Cheese Plate – lavosh, fig apple & walnut paste

Broadbent Auction Reserve Port 2015 – Douro, Portugal

Dinner: $48 pp

Add Wine: + $21 pp (6 x 2 Oz)

German Wine Dinners Saturday, June 10 & 17, 2017

The menu for June 2017 wine dinners has been finalized. Our world tour continues and this time we are stopping off in Germany for another amazing food and wine experience. German Wine Dinner Menu

Our dinners fill up fast so please call 239-600-0966 to make your reservation asap.

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