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What Does the Holiday Season Mean to You?

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What Does the Holiday Season Mean to You?


For many of us, the holidays are for family, friends and festivity. That being said, why stress and slave over the menu when you still have to go last minute gift shopping, decorate and pick up grandma and grandpa from the airport? If you haven’t yet perfected the art of roasting a turkey with your mind (because who has time to learn?), you needn’t worry – you just need a helping hand. But…who? Who has the expertise to whip up a stellar holiday meal, serve drinks and clean up after?


I’m not talking about Rosie the robot from the Jetsons. Better – the Café L’Europe catering team. Our team brings the magic to your event – impeccable food, professional service and spotless cleanup. The passion shows in each of our team members; your satisfaction is what we crave!


Dates are filling up quickly, so give us a call at 941.388.4415 ext. 4 to check availability. Once the Café L’Europe team is on board, you’ll be free to worry about other things – like keeping in-laws civil, pets under control and kids on their best behavior.


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Like amazing, fresh Gulf seafood? Love beautiful music? We’ve got you covered!

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Tonight is a great night to join us for dinner! Chef Rolando has, yet again, created a mouthwatering dinner special: Gulf-fresh Grouper Oscar, which is served with French-style roasted potatoes, tomatoes and a light Beurre Blanc.
0819 grouper

And then you have Cassie’s newest creation: a fresh-berry daiquiri.

Berry Daquiri

Throw in Rob Satori on the piano and you’ve got a trifecta that the rain can’t dampen!


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See you tonight!

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Cafe L’Europe Gets a Makeover

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Cafe L’Europe Gets a Makeover

As you probably know, Cafe L’Europe changed ownership on August 1, 2016. Since then, Ron Milton and Joe Balzano, the restaurant’s new owners, have worked diligently to make tweaks and improvements to service, food and decor. In fact, the whole restaurant got a fresh update with new carpeting, new furniture and finishing touches that collaboratively breathe fresh air into the 43-year old establishment. Take a peek for yourself! To see the full album, visit







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He worked his way to Cafe L'Europe

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Sarasota Herald Tribune | By ABBY WEINGARTEN, Correspondent | Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rolando Casillas of Café L’Europe on St. Armands Circle has spent the past 21 years working up to “executive chef” status, he says.

Originally from Mexico, he moved to Sarasota in 1994 to work at the Oaks Club, after years of living and cooking in New York City. He has collaborated with global culinary masters to bring an international flavor to the posh eatery’s current menu.

Q: Tell me about your culinary background.

A:When I originally came to this country from Mexico, it was supposed to be for a short time to help my brother with his restaurant in New York City. My plans were to continue as an engineer, but within a few months of working alongside my brother, I discovered how much I loved working in the kitchen. Even today, I still use my engineering skills and I love using my hands. I get great satisfaction from creating something that is both delicious and beautiful.

Q: Who inspires your cooking?

A:The chefs I’ve met over the years. I’ve worked with some amazingly talented international masters from around the world-from France, Germany, the Czech Republic, and of course, New York City.

Q: Have you experimented with different styles to find your specialty area?

A:When I first started cooking, I was focusing on the classic American cuisines, but with my growth and the opportunity to work with talented international chefs, I became more focused on European dishes. I loved the style, the preparation, the thought that went into each dish and how the flavors complemented each other. European cuisine is grand, elegant and a wonderful experience, and now that I’m working at Café L’Europe, I want our guests to have that same experience and satisfaction.

Q: How do you feel when you see someone enjoying your food?

At the end of the day, when you’re exhausted from working in a hot kitchen, the pace is go-go-go and you just want to go home and put your feet up, you walk out on the restaurant floor and see how happy everyone is. It validates my hard work and decision to leave engineering behind. I go home every night to my family knowing I made someone a great meal.

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Restaurants that go to the dogs

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Date: November 6, 2013
by: Mallory Gnaegy | A&E Editor

Café L’Europe is the fine dining of dog friendly. Whether your pup is sophisticated with a well-honed palate, or just plain spoiled — this is the spot. Your dog will be well attended and his water (with ice) will never go dry. There’s not only the option for bottled water “for the pampered pooch,” as the dog menu reads, but there’s also steak tartare, grilled chicken with steamed carrots and dog ice cream, to name a few.

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