Saffron and Tomato Steamed Mussels Recipe

On a recent trip to Sanibel Island (just across from Ft. Meyers, Florida), Editor Anne Weaver and I enjoyed some of the most incredible mussels we’ve ever eaten at Sweet Melissa’s Cafe. Owner and Executive Chef Melissa Donahue trained at Manhattan’s French Culinary Institute and earned her stripes at some of the most respected restaurants in the United States including Union Cafe in New York City, and, in New Orleans, both Commander’s Palace and John Read more…

The Culinary Journey of Chef Melissa Donahue

A family that didn’t cook, a detour from law school. the September 11 crisis, Hurricane Katrina, and an untimely death: One might say that a series of curious events – perhaps even inescapable fate . . .  To continue reading, please visit:

Sanibel Lime-elo Sorbet

Sanibel Lime-elo Sorbet Around 2007, Sanibel resident Steve Maxwell was amazed to discover that two fruit trees in his backyard had somehow produced a naturally germinated hybrid between a key lime and a Mineola tangelo honeybell. Since the discovery of the plant — he christened the Lime-elo — Maxwell’s natural wonder is bearing its own fruits with the recent launch of several baked goods, which have incorporated the one-of-a-kind sweet, but tart, flavors. The Sanibel Read more…

Sweet Melissa’s worth the drive (and the bridge toll)

| June 10, 2009 karenFELDMAN It wouldn’t occur to most of us mere mortals to combine watermelon, mozzarella, olives and spiced pecans then marry them with a delicate vinaigrette. Or to give tuna carpaccio an Asian flair with a dusting of Chinese five spice and a drizzle of miso dressing served over daikon and cucumber salad. Or to serve parsnip puree with brown sugar-glazed pork belly and spicy braised red cabbage. But such innovative dishes Read more…

5 Course Wine Dinner: Recurring on Select Days

A 5 Course Dinner, prepared by Chef Melissa Donahue and paired with a select wine being featured by a corresponding Wine Expert. Prices and Courses vary from each event. Price does not include tax and gratuity.  Check back for the latest events to reserve your seat. Also visit, like, and follow us on Facebook to get notified of events as soon as they get posted.  Click to visit our Facebook Profile.

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