Café YOU

A Unique Coffee & Food Experience

Treat your Honey to a fine dining experience at Café YOU

Café YOU is a café and bakery by day and a fine dining restaurant by night. If you have not been to one of our dinners now is the time. We have two fine dining events coming up, two great opportunities to treat you your honey, mum, dad, son, daughter or anyone else who is special to you, to a fine dining experience right here in Cape Coral. The picture below shows our dining room, all set up for our Argentine Wine Dinner in June this year.

Cafe after expansion

Chef’s Tasting Dinner – Saturday, September 29, 2018

Let our three chefs, Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and Ana Lewis, take YOU on a fine dining culinary extravaganza, a six course degustation dinner.

These three highly trained chefs go all out to showcase the best of their best creations giving 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.

Dinner begins at 7:00pm, and you can make your reservation online or by calling 239-600-0966. Please advise us at the time of your booking if you have any dietary requirements.

Click here to see the menu for the evening. The summer rolls with mint and peanut sauce are pictured below.



German Beer and Wine Dinner – Saturday, October 13, 2018

For our Wine Dinners we travel around the world tasting food paired with wine from a country or region. So far this year we have traveled to Tuscany, South Africa, Spain, the Middle East, Argentina, New Zealand and last weekend we went to Washington State. We seat guests together and dinner is served family style. This means that attendees have the opportunity to taste a range of foods from the country and can then have more of the dishes they enjoy. The wine tasting is optional and in October, to celebrate October Fest, we will also be sampling some German craft beers in addition to wine.

Click here for The German dinner menu. You can reserve a seat online or by calling 239-600-0966.

The bienestich cake which will be served as one of the dessert options is pictured below.

German Bienenstich with almonds

Call now to make your reservation 239-600-0966 !

Upcoming Events…we are recruiting.

We have 3 events coming up and we are recruiting, see details below;

August Chef’s Tasting Dinner – August 25, 2018

Let our three chefs, Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and baker Ana Lewis take YOU on a fine dining culinary extravaganza when they go all out to showcase the best of their best creations.  YOU will have 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.

Dinner begins at 7:00pm, and you can make your reservations here or call 239-600-0966. Please advise us at the time of your booking if you have any dietary requirements or food preferences. Click on the link below to see the menu (regular & vegan) for this month’s Chefs’ Tasting Dinner menu.

Chefs’ Tasting Dinner – August 25 – 7 PM

We still have some available seats so call us soon if you would like to join us on the night.

Music Night – September 7, 2018

Enjoy a musical evening of opera to Latin folk for original music with local performers. From 6:00 – 8:30 PM. Call to make your reservation, 239-600-0966.

Washington State & Oregon Wine Tasting – September 15, 2018

Enjoy an evening of fine food and wine from the NE region together with other foodies from the area. You will be seated with other guests and dinner is served family style giving you the oppotunity to sample and enjoy a variety of foods. This is a fun gourmet evening with a sampling of four interesting wines. If you do not drink wine, you can enjoy your dinner without the wine pairing. Make your reservation online or by calling 239-600-0966.

See the menu for the evening by clicking the link below.

Washington State/Oregon Wine Dinner – September 15, 2018

We are Recruiting

Vicky, one of our awesome servers, will be returning to her main job as a special needs school teacher at the end of the month. Although she will no longer be working with us during the week, we are very happy to advise that you will still be able to enjoy her bright personality and great service on Saturdays and at our special events. We do need to find someone to replace her on week days and are looking for a full time server with;

  • an interest in healthy living,
  • a positive outgoing personality,
  • great customer service skills,
  • the ability to multitask and make decisions under pressure,
  • good numeric skills, and a
  • team player who is courteous and respectful towards others.

Previous serving experience is not required but experience in dealing and or managing people is required. It is very important to us that any new recruits will with work well with our current team members and will add to the diversity and richness of skills and experiences of the team.

If you know someone who fits the bill and may be interested in working at Cafe YOU, please encourage them to apply for a position. Here is a link to our website “Careers” page and downloadable application form.


Thank you for your help  and we hope to see you at one of our special events.




New Zealand Wine Dinner and more

NZ Wine Dinner

Don’t have plans for this coming Saturday yet (Aug 11, 2018)? We have the perfect evening planned for you …. a beautiful gourmet dinner of traditional New Zealand dishes with an optional wine pairing of premium NZ wines.

See full menu here. New Zealand Wine Dinner – August 11, 2018

Our wine dinners are served family style and guests are seated together with other foodies and wine enthusiasts. It’s a great way to socialize and meet other people in the “YOU” community. If you’d prefer; make up a table of your own 😊.

We have a limited number of seats still available so don’t delay, call us on 239-600-0966 to make your reservation. See you on Saturday.

Empanada Wednesday

Every Wednesday, from now on, we will be selling Martin’s amazing empanadas, both beef and vegan options. The Vegan empanadas are made with sweet potatoes, lentils and corn, oh so good. Have them for breakfast, a morning snack, lunch or take some home for dinner. For large orders please call ahead so we can make sure we are able to meet the full demand for the day.

Kids Chef Camp

After another extremely successful Kids Chef camp program this summer we will be expanding the program next year to include camp weeks for Level 1 Chefs and other week’s for Level 2 Chefs.

Level 1 will be for first timers and returning Kid Chefs ages 11 – 13 who are still mastering basic knife and cooking skills and still learning the basics of good nutrition and food safety.

Level 2 will be for returning Kid Chefs and those who have already mastered basic knife and cooking skills, including making stock, salad dressings, properly cooking pasta and already have a basic understanding of good nutrition and food safety. For Kid Chefs ages 13+.

We will also be including a Thai cooking week.

Dates and details of any new Kids Chef Camps will be announced here first. Keep watching this space.

Thank you to all those parents who sent their kids to our summer camp program. We love sharing our knowledge and love for good food.

Empanada extravaganza and more…

Empanada Extravaganza @ Cafe YOU this Week

Come in on Wednesday or Thursday this week (July 11 & 12) and enjoy some of Martin’s  empanadas.  He will be making 100s of, the real deal homemade Argentinian empanadas, both Meat & Vegan (lentil, corn & sweet potato) versions. They are absolutely spectacular. Have them as an appetizer, for your main meal or take some home to enjoy later. For large orders, call ahead and we’ll make sure your empanadas are ready for you when you get here.

  • Empanadas – $2.50 ea, 10% discount for orders of 10 or more empanadas (pre baked or ready to freeze).

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2018 Kids Chef Summer Camp

For 3 weeks this summer, our bakery turns into a hands on cooking classroom for a group of 11 to 15 year olds. That’s after our Baker and Pastry Chef, Ana, has finished all her baking. Come into Cafe YOU next week and see our second group of 10 campers at work learning to make soup, salad, pastries and more.

Our expansion works meant we had to limit the program to 3 weeks this year. With the success of last year’s program and the very long waiting we have this summer, specially for the French week, we will be significantly expanding the program in 2019. We will be announcing future Kid’s Chef Camps right here on our Website blog.

For more details about our Kid’s Chef Program click here – Kids Chef Camp

All Vegan Chefs’ Tasting Dinner – July 28, 2018

This event is sold out. We have guests coming from as far as Sarasota and Marco Island to enjoy this gourmet vegan blowout. 6 courses of fine dining, each paired with a premium wine (wine pairing is optional). We have been told that you can’t find anything like it even in Miami or Tampa. It’s a very unique special event.

Our next All Vegan Tasting Dinner will be on October 27, 2018. Book early!


Thank YOU for your ongoing support, we appreciate your business very much.

Bread Sampling Next Week!

IMG_1652Imagine enjoying your favorite espresso coffee drink alongside a complimentary plate of all our artisan breads. Now imagine it with your favorite soup… See you soon!

Complimentary bread plates offered for the week of June 18-23.

Vegan Themed Chefs’ Dinner

We have an amazing evening planned celebrating veggies with all gourmet vegan options! Come see how wonderful the green earth can be.

Saturday, July 28 at 7pm


MENU w/ optional wine pairings

All dishes are Vegan & Gluten Free

Summer Corn Soup w/ black bean poblano relish and toted pepitas

De Bortoli Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Yarra Valley, Australia


 Roasted Cauliflower & Hazelnut Salad

Solena Chardonnay 2013, Willamette Valley, Oregon


Chermoula Eggplant w/ Bulgur & tahini

Brick House Select Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge, Oregon


Zucchini Pasta w/ kale pesto, English pea, avocado & candied pecans

Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, South Africa


Cashew Cheesecake w/ red berry fruit

Avancio Tinto Mencia 2011, Galicia, Spain


Vegan Cheese Plate w/ fig paste – apple – walnuts

De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon, Hunter Valley, Australia


$49 pp dinner only / $24 optional wine pairing

Make your reservations here

eggplant july 2018 chefs

Argentine Wine Dinner & more!

You are invited to our “Big Triple Celebration Party”

This month’s Argentine Wine Dinners (Friday & Saturday, June 22 & 23) are going to be extra special as we will be celebrating the opening of our newly renovated space, saying farewell to our loved Café Manager, Wendy Reynolds, and welcoming our new Café Manager, Catherine Coleman, to the team.

The dinner will feature everyone’s favorite Empanadas Empanadasmade from scratch by our very own Argentine server, Martin, along with Eggplant Milanesa, Skirtsteak with Chimichurri, Crepes con Dulce de Leche and more. You won’t want to miss these flavors as only Chefs Ed Rocchio, Sam Wood and Ana Lewis can create.


Also featured at these dinners will be a farewell song or two from Wendy. A img_0582professional Soprano and Master Teacher, she has immensely enjoyed her two-year sabbatical at Café YOU. “Marlies has been a wonderful mentor and support, and she has given me countless opportunities to discover new talents. I have learned so much and I will miss my Café family, but music is calling once again.” Wendy will be joining the Music Faculty at Principia College in Illinois. But she is working her way through Café YOU’s menu before she departs: “I’m going to miss our amazing food!”

img_0548Our new Manager, Catherine Coleman, has worked with Marlies before as a Space Designer and Architectural Consultant. Originally from California, she brings a host of amazing skills to “our table”. A mom of three, she balances her family, work and church activities with style. Welcome, Catherine! We are so happy to have you as part of the team.

Join us as we celebrate so many new beginnings! Make your reservations here for the Argentine Wine Dinner for Friday, June 22nd or Saturday, June 23rd at 7pm – and come ready for a night of delights.



Café YOU amps up its expansion

Residents of Cape Coral will soon have a new Artisan Bakery and Shoppe to brighten up their days. Café YOU, voted Cape Coral’s Best 2017 Health Food Restaurant, is expanding by adding additional seating, a larger kitchen and an artisan bakery to its location at 1423 SE 10th Street.

IMG_1652Amongst the goodies this new Shoppe will sell are Café YOU’s scratch-made artisan breads – including the best-tasting Gluten Free bread their regulars say they’ve ever tried. Café-made preserves featuring a ginger marmalade, mango chutney and famous apple-walnut-fig paste will adorn shelves alongside fresh flowers, signature café cups and saucers, teapots, and vegemite. T-shirts, caps and other café souvenirs will also be on hand for gifting.

The expanded dining space with bakery creates an even cozier ambiance, complete with comfy sofa, armchairs and intimate dining corners. Café YOU’s very successful wine and chefs’ tasting dinners, music nights and special events, will continue to thrive and delight guests.

Come in and experience this hidden gem, as so many have called it. And come away with a special piece of Cape Coral.

The café will be closed for the final build-out for three days next week, Monday through Wednesday. Please check the website for confirmation of reopening schedule!




It’s ON! Chef’s Dinner in May

We are happy to offer a Chefs’ Tasting Dinner in May! You won’t want to miss this extravagant menu. Join us for a truly unique dining experience…and JUST before we expand into the larger space!!!

Chefs Dinner - Aug 2017 - Scallops

Six-course Degustation

Grilled octopus salad, Calabrian chili sauce, edamame purée, pickled peaches

Agave roasted carrots and parsnips w/ asparagus pesto

Coconut poached king salmon with jasmine “risotto” and cashews

Huli-Huli braised short rib w/ sweet chili mango salsa

Brule Passion

Cheese Plate

$50 pp dinner only / $25 additional for wine pairing with each course

Make your reservations here!

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