Food & Dining

Rib Cook-Off: A Tasty Tradition Continues


A change in ownership has done nothing to alter what has become a tradition at the Marco Island Brewery. That tradition isn’t going to change when it comes to hosting the Marco Police Foundation’s annual Rib Cook-Off fundraiser, says Mike Jones, who is part of the five-person partnership, led by his wife Rondi, which purchased the eight-year-old eatery recently from […]

‘Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen’ Book Debut


Naples resident and author Roy Eaton has debuted his first ever cookbook titled, “Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen.” The book follows the life of Stefanie Eaton, Roy’s late Greek-American mother. From her upbringing to the food she loved to cook, “Welcome to Stefanie’s Kitchen” pays homage to her talents as a chef and a homemaker while simultaneously providing readers hundreds of […]

‘Sweetified’ Pastry Chef Wins Wedding Cake Competition


An integral part of most weddings is the presentation of the cake. A wedding cake should be made with quality ingredients; it should look beautiful, taste good, and most importantly, offer guests an abundance of slices.  Marco Island resident Lexie Verbruggen knows a thing or two about designing the perfect wedding cake. Verbruggen owns Sweetified, a custom cake making business […]

Appetizing American Cuisine at Verdi’s

Chef's Corner


The Coastal Breeze News is proud to present Chef’s Corner, a gastronomical column that offers readers a behind-the-scenes look at Marco Island’s favorite restaurants. Each month I visit a different local eatery to get the lowdown on signature dishes, recipes and the chefs who make it possible. For the second stop along my culinary “tour de Marco Island” I visited […]


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