Café YOU

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What do Blueberry, Beet & Fennel Salad, Hummus Wrap and Prosciutto Goat’s Cheese & Apple Sandwich have in common? They’re just a few of the new items we will introduce to our menu on November 12.

We are adding some variety to our menu for our regulars and also want to welcome back our returning snow bird customers with some delicious new items, six in total. Some of these items have appeared on our specials menu from time to time and we’re bringing them back because they were so popular.

And….. for the first time in our nearly 3 year history, we’re adding a healthy options Kid’s Menu with items such as “The Emilie Hummus Face” and “The Gracie Nutella Fruit Face”.

I love fresh, healthy, simple food and study food trends, particularly those in Australia, to help drive additions to the menu with input from Cafe YOU’s chef’s Sam Wood and Ed Rocchio of course.

We have also added some new items to our list of pastries and cakes. You have to try our new Vegan Caramel Apple cake and then there is the Vegan Pumpkin Cake. Our Pastry Chef Ana Lewis makes these cakes with a beautiful moist consistency. A “must try” when you come in next.

Need help with your Thanksgiving Dinner?

Cafe YOU can help you with any catering needs. We make beautiful salads, casseroles, soups and our baked goods are outstanding. Talk to us, you will be amazed how reasonable our prices are.

Whats On – Café YOU Events Guide for the next month

Celebrate Halloween with us on Empanada Wednesday in Costume – October 31, 2018

Every week you can enjoy scratch made empanadas at Café YOU made by hand by our very own Martin. To celebrate Halloween we are giving away a free empanada to anyone who comes into the Cafe in costume on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. You have a choice of beef or vegan empanadas. The vegan empanadas are made with corn, sweet potatoes and lentils with freshly ground caraway. They are so delicious. If you have not tried one we will give you a complimentary one tomorrow …. If you come dressed in costume of course!

As an added bonus our wonderful Café YOU servers will be dressed in costume too. Don’t miss the fun.


Music Night – November 2, 2018 – 6PM to 8:30PM

Join us for an evening of live local performances of folk, opera and more while you enjoy some of our delicious food. Reservations recommended.


Australian Yalumba Wine Tasting Dinner – November 10, 2018 @ 7PM

We are travelling to the Yalumba Winery in the Barossa Valley in South Australia for our next wine dinner. A moonlit planting five generations ago, that’s 168 years ago, has made Yalumba Australia’s most historic family owned winery. We will be tasting wines from their Y-Series, which is a collection of iconic classics, each authentically crafted with fruit from South Australia’s most celebrated wine regions.

Click here to see the menu and to make a reservation.


Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski Jewelry Evening – November 15, 2018 – 6:30PM to 8PM

Sandra De La Vega, who works with us and who you may know from our fine dining events, is hosting a Swarovski evening here at Café YOU. Get all you Christmas shopping done in one evening. Beautiful stylish elegant jewelry and good prices too.


Thanksgiving Hours

We will be closed on Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 so that our team can enjoy turkey with their families and go shopping of course!

We will be open again bright and early on Saturday, November 24, 2018. 7:45AM to 3:30PM (kitchen closes at 3PM).

We wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. We are very grateful for your ongoing support. We are a successful small local business because of you. Thank you again.


Chefs’ 6 Course Vegan Tasting Dinner – October 27, 2018 @ 7 PM

Every 3 months our 3 chefs Ed, Sam and Ana go all out to showcase their vegan cullinary skills and present you with an all vegan 6 course tasting dinner. Dishes are beautifully plated and can be enjoyed with or without our carefully selected premium wine pairings.

If you are celebrating a special birthday, a wedding anniversary or any other special occassion this is the way to do it…. in style at a Cafe YOU fine dining event. Other restaurants offer vegan food but we are the only place in SWFL where you can enjoy a vegan fine dining degustation experience like this.

Don’t miss out, book now by calling 239-600-0966 or by making an online reservation.


$39 pp for dinner / +$25 for wine pairings (2 oz)


Celery Root & Parsnip Bisque (GF)

pomegranate and chive

2016 Secateurs Chenin Blanc, Swartland, South Africa


Thai Mango Cabbage Wraps (GF)

crispy tofu and peanut sauce

2014 Merchand & Burch Chardonnay, Western Australia


Spagetti Meatballs (GF)

spaghetti squash, cauliflower, roasted pepper herb sauce and toasted papitas

 2016 Massaya Rose, Beqaa Valley, Lebanon


Wild Mushroom & Leek Risotto (GF)

delta asparagus

2013 Hendry Vineyard Pinot Noir, Napa Valley


Soft Vegan Cheese (GF)

agave & black mission figs (contains nuts)

2012 Yalumba Cigar Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia


Blueberry, Coconut & Almond Tart (GF)

Yalumba Antique Tawny Port, Barossa Valle, Australia

Save the Date

Vegan Food Event – German Wine Dinner – Barista Course – Empanada Wednesdays

Lots of Café YOU dates for you to save.

Eight-Foot Brewing Vegan Food Event

Sunday, October 7 from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Join us at Eight-Foot Brewing, Cape Coral’s newest brewery, on Sunday. It’s a super hip funky spot with lots of atmosphere and good beer.

We will be there as one of the vegan food vendors. Our menu includes Chef Ana’s freshly baked and seriously good pretzels which we will be serving with Chef Sam’s Vegan Cheese and pickled Jalapeno dip AND his famous mustard dip.

Eight Foot Brewing is located at 4417 SE 16th Pl, Unit 11, Cape Coral.

Eight-Foot Brewing

German Wine Tasting Dinner

Saturday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM

This is a extra special wine dinner. Not only will you have the opportunity to enjoy amazing German food and wine but you will also be able to taste and enjoy some amazing German beer. Chad Zollinger from 10 Twenty Five is a craft beer expert and will be here to tell us all about the German Brews we will be pouring at this gourmet October Fest experience. Here is a link to the menu German Beer & Wine Tasting Dinner.  To make a reservation call 239-600-0966 or book online at German Beer & Wine Tasting Dinner

Beer  German Bienenstich with almonds


Barista Course

Monday, October 15 from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Join us every Monday for 4 weeks starting October 15, 2018 and learn about espresso coffee. Cost $72 pp. On the last evening your family and friends are invited to come and enjoy your new coffee making skills. Call 239-600-0966 to reserve a spot, only two left.


Remember Empanada Wednesdays

Enjoy Martin’s authentic Argentine empanadas every Wednesday from 9:00 AM. Buy them ready to eat, ready to bake or frozen. Meat and Vegan options available – absolutely delicious!





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.

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