Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts presents Southwest Florida Sustains: A Regional Seafood Experience

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Thursday, Oct. 20 at DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa

 Following their mission to bring visual and performing arts to the Fort Myers Beach community, Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts (FOA) continue this path by including culinary arts with their latest foray – Southwest Florida Sustains – A Regional Seafood Experience, Thursday, Oct. 20 from 6 – 9 p.m. at DiamondHead Beach Resort and Spa, 2000 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, produced and benefiting Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts.

“It’s important for us to produce arts-related activities during the off-season which helps the businesses on the Beach — one of our core values. It’s an opportunity to experience local sustainable seafood and celebrate our waters, while supporting the arts and local businesses. It’s a win-win for the arts, businesses and event patrons, says Janeen Paulauskis, Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts board member.

SWFL Sustains is chef-driven event, which includes live music by Joseph Bilardo Trio. To date, restaurants like Pinchers, Charley’s Boat House and Grille, Smokin’ Oyster Brewery, Fish Tale Restaurant and DiamondHead Resort with more to follow will present their sustainable seafood samplings. Point Ybel Brewing Company will offer craft brew samplings as well.

In order to illustrate what seafood sustainability is, marine biologist, Dr. Steve Box, sustainability and coral reefs expert from the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce will give a presentation about the importance of sustainability of the local waters and catch during the event. To learn more, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guides will be available for patrons at the event. There will be a small, related silent auction to help fundraising efforts.

Tickets are $50 in advance. They include tasting some of the best sustainable seafood on the Beach as well as live music. Cash bar will be available. For more information or how to sponsor this first ever event, connect with FOA on Facebook or purchase tickets, visit http://www.friendsoftheartsfmb.com/ or call (757) 618-3655. Please check their Facebook page for periodic updates on participating restaurants and sponsors.