Café YOU

A Unique Coffee & Food Experience

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

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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!

Koala Report – Anzac Day & Anzac Bikkies

Today, millions of people across Australia, New Zealand and in many other places like Gallipoli in Turkey, in Hyde Park in London and in Villers Bretonneux in France, attended Anzac Day dawn services and parades. My husband and I are in Australia and attended one of hundreds of dawn services held across the country. We enjoyed the service which is held each year in the beautiful quadrangle at Sydney University, and then went downtown to watch the parade.

Anzac Day is Australia and New Zealand’s equivalent of Veterans Day. It’s a day of remembrance of those Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers who have fought and died for their country, and is marked annually on April 25, the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War.

While Anzac Day is set to coincide with the anniversary of the landing in Gallipoli, the day itself is not meant to be a commemoration of the event, but rather the qualities that Australia established for itself there. On Anzac Day, we recognise the courage, mateship, skill, and perseverance of those who have served, fought, and given their lives in the military. On Anzac Day, we show love, honour and support for those who fought to enable freedom for people all over the world. It’s a special day for Australians and the services and marches are very moving and meaningful.

Some ways Anzac Day is commemorated:

Dawn Service. The Dawn Service is one of the most revered and popular ceremonies that takes place on ANZAC Day. After the First World War, returned soldiers sought the comradeship they felt in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. With symbolic links to the dawn landing at Gallipoli, a dawn stand-to or dawn ceremony became a common form of Anzac Day remembrance.

The Last Post. Often heard at the Dawn Service and other memorials on Anzac Day. The Last Post is the tune that is played over a bugle to signify the end of the day, or the final post. The soldiers could then take their rest. At memorial services, this melody is played to suggest the last post as a metaphor. The soldiers who are being honoured can hear the tune and know that all duties have been completed, so he or she may finally rest in peace.
The Ode for the Fallen has been recited in Anzac ceremonies since 1919. “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them. Lest we forget”.
A Period of Silence. Two minutes of silence is held at services and ceremonies as a time of reflection and a sign of respect.

Marches. Throughout the day, cities and towns host marches that feature veterans, members of The Returned & Services League and current service men and woman. Thousands of people gather to give their thanks and respect along the parade routes.

Rosemary is worn and Red Poppies are placed on war memorials as a symbol of remembrance on Anzac Day. Rosemary is a herb found growing wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Poppies grew wild in battlefield in Europe and it was a popular tale among soldiers that the flowers gained their bright red hue from the blood of the fallen.

Anzac Biscuits. These treats had a very practical beginning. During the First World War, the friends and families of soldiers would send care packages overseas. Since any food they could send had to be resistant to spoilage and full of nutrition, a biscuit made from rolled oats, sugar, flour, coconut, and a few other ingredients became a popular pastry to pack in boxes. To this day, Anzac biscuits are one of the few products approved to bear the Anzac acronym, which is protected by Federal legislation.

At Cafe YOU, we are observing and celebrating ANZAC Day with our wonderful Anzac Bikkies – $2.25 per cookie, or 5 for $10. Come and try one, you’ll be hooked!

It’s time to sign up for Kids’ Chef Camp!

Help your kids get excited about healthy cooking and eating!

Limit 8 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 12 and up, excited about healthy cooking and eating. Our camps are a great choice for kids who have an interest in cooking and also for those who need to learn to enjoy healthy, nutritious food. Children make soups, salads, appetizers, entrees and baked goods and 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 first hand 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 2018

Cost includes morning and afternoon snack and lunch everyday. Camp is Monday through Friday, with a Friday night dinner made by your kids!

Week 1 June 25 – 29 Middle Eastern Food Focus – $199.00
Week 2 July 16 – 20 Spanish Food Focus – $199.00
Week 3 July 30 – August 3 French Food Focus – $199.00

Click here to see more photos from last summer’s camp, to learn more in detail and to download an application form. 


100% Organic, 100% Vegan ….. so Many Talents

Did you know …..

Café YOU will be at the Millenial Brewing Vegan Food Truck Event this Saturday

The Millenial Brewing Company is a hidden gem, located just on the outskirts of downtown Ft Myers at 1811 Royal Palm Ave. Its a really cool place and tomorrow  (Saturday, March 3) from 5 – 10 PM you will be able to enjoy a cold glass of Mellenial craft beer along with a spread of amazing vegan food. Come and say hello, we would love to see you there.

We are having a 100% Vegan, 100% Organic Chefs’ Tasting Dinner this month

On Saturday, March 24th we are changing things up a notch for our Chefs’ Tasting dinner and will be serving a 100% vegan & 100% organic tasting dinner. Even the wines we will be serving are made from organically grown grapes.  We have teamed up with the group and Healthy Harvest Community Farms from Lehigh to bring this special event to Cape Coral and we are going all out to impress and amaze you. We are already about 50% sold out so make your reservations asap by calling 239-600-0966 or booking on line at Make your reservations here

For event details and the full menu see Chefs’ Organic & Vegan Tasting Dinner – March 24, 2018 or check out the event on veganswfl’s facebook page

At Café YOU We Have So Many Talents

While you have come to expect the excellent customer service, cuisine and espresso drinks we have become known for, our café is actually staffed with experts in a wide range of fields.

wendy operaTake our manager, Wendy Reynolds. She has been a professional soprano with emphasis in opera since she finished her degree in piano performance and her Masters in composition. She has performed all over the country, has given lessons in voice and piano for 22 years, and her inspirational CD wings of healing is enjoyed the world over. Wendy also recently began painting murals! You can read more about her career, watch a live performance video, and see samples of her artwork at

kale signOur head barista, Kale Bernhard, makes a gorgeous (and yummy) latte, but she is also responsible for the beautiful hand-drawn signage around the café. She has taken her incredible lettering talent to other businesses in the area with her new company, The Fine Sign Co. You can explore her offerings and see unique samples at

Sandra headshot 01.pngSandra DeLaVega, one of our international servers (fluent in French, German, Spanish, English!), is not only a competition level tango dancer but she is also a certified Tai-Chi instructor. Sandra has taught for 20 years, including in various retirement communities from Cape Coral to Naples, and she is now offering a class at Fit n Fun in Cape Coral on Thursdays at 6:30pm (starting March 8th). One of her most popular classes takes place at Jaycee Park on Saturday mornings in the glorious morning breeze! To find out more and to register for classes, contact Sandra at 239-297-2559 or email her at

It’s amazing to have such a mix of talents and skills across the Café YOU team members, and really to embrace out-of-the-box thinking and contributions from them all. Come in and meet our outstanding staff – and see what more you discover.

Celebrating a special event this weekend?

or just want to enjoy an amazing fine dining experience. Join us for our monthly Chefs’ Tasting Dinner – a six-course gourmet extravaganza.

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 7 pm. $49 pp for dinner. Add gorgeous wine pairings for $24 pp.

Call 239-600-0966 to make your reservation. Full Gluten Free and Vegan Menu.


Like Crab Cakes?

Chef Sam is making his famous crab cakes as tomorrow’s special. Friday, February 23, 2018. Don’t miss out 😊




Dreaming of YOU for dinner

Our Chefs’ Tasting Dinners are becoming something of a hot topic. Not only amongst our customers, but with the chefs themselves! They love the challenge and excitement of creating a feast of flavors to WOW you with. The variety of textures, aromas, sauces and little plating details which make each degustation a work of art – all of this beauty makes these events a monthly favorite for all of us at Café YOU.Chef Sam

Join us on Saturday, February 24th at 7pm. You’ll be so glad you did! At only $50 per person for dinner, or add wine pairings brought to you by wine aficionado and Café owner, Marlies Laaper, for only $25 pp, your six-course delight awaits!


~ make your reservations here ~

Regular Menu – Vegan Menu below

Ahi Poke w/ ginger, bean sprout, marinated mushrooms, herbs

Three Bean Salad w/ Dijon vinaigrette

Pan-seared Scallop & Roasted Carrot w/ roasted red pepper coulis

Beef Bavette w/ black garlic, cipollini, wild mushrooms, parsnip puree

Chocolate Pot

Baked Brie w/ fig & apple paste & lavosh

Vegan Menu

Watermelon Poke w/ ginger, bean sprout, marinated mushrooms, herbs

Three Bean Salad w/ Dijon vinaigrette

Pan-seared Zucchini Cake & Roasted Carrot w/ roasted red pepper coulis

Braised Butternut Squash w/ black garlic, cipollini, wild mushrooms, parsnip puree

Chocolate Pot

Vegan Cheese Plate w/ fig & apple paste & lavosh

~ make your reservations here ~


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