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Thousands come out for Taste of the Cape

Posted at 8:02 AM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 08:02:48-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Chicken and waffles, gourmet brownies, shrimp and grits, all favorites in the 6th annual Taste of the Cape.

But for Rob and Meredith Kendall who just moved to Cape Coral, the first stop on their list is Perk and Brew.

“We’re excited to try their ice cream infused with espresso and some brownie on top,” said Mrs. Kendall.

Owner Theresa Knazek said they won best overall restaurant the first year Perk and Brew opened in 2017, and they plan to participate in the taste every year.

“We’ve been so well received by the community as well as the city that any time there’s an event that we can partake in, we’re more than happy to,” she said.

Mayor Joe Coviello was a celebrity judge this year.

“It’s just an event that brings our community together,” he said.

Council member Jennifer Nelson joined the mayor on the judge panel and said she’s looking forward to cupcakes from Breaking Bread.

20-year-old owner James Shannon bakes them from his personal kitchen and said he has a long list of creative cupcakes.

“So many different flavors. Bacon blue cheese, mango habanero, I even have a barbecue and chicken and waffles cupcake,” he said.

He won best sweet treat last year and said he’s hoping to take home another award this year.

The Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce organized the event and said all proceeds of Taste of the Cape go toward local scholarships and music outreach programs.