Celebrating 50 Years of Café: A Legacy of L’Europe

This season marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Café L’Europe opening its doors to serve Sarasota diners.

To commemorate this milestone, the restaurant is launching a year-long celebration with a variety of special events, including this Legacy Chef Wine Dinner series, where acclaimed local chefs who got their start at Café return for a night of storytelling over fabulous wine and exquisite cuisine.

Chef Jean-Pierre “J. P.” Knaggs, retired owner of the Bijou Cafe in downtown Sarasota and chef at Café L’Europe in the 1970s, will join us as Legacy Chef for the second Wine Dinner event on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 6:30pm. 

The destination is France for five courses of masterful French cuisine with paired with exquisite wines from the négociants of Maison Albert Bichot. Bookings are exclusively offered via OpenTable Experiences for $250 per person (pre-paid) inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Click here to make your reservation through OpenTable Experiences.

Please note: Reservations are NOT secured unless it is booked as an “Experience” through OpenTable and secured with a credit card.  Guests will be seated communally and sharing tables with other guests… a.k.a., new friends!  If there is another party with whom you wish to be seated, please let us know in the “Notes” section of your OpenTable Experience booking.


Passed Hors D’Oeuvres include Foie gras | Gruyère-stuffed puff pastry | Caviar blini  | Madois Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2017

Moroccan Salad with dates, toasted almond, citrus, balsamic | Domaine Long-Depaquit Chablis Premier Cru Les Vaillons 2020

Bouillabaisse Aux Fruits De Mer | Domaine Du Pavillon Meursault 2018

Duck Confit with frisée salad, lardons and quail egg | Albert Bichot 2017 Savigny-Les-Beaune

Filet Au Poivre on crostini with Chef J.P.’s Dauphinois Potatoes Au Gratin | Lorgeril Chateau de Pennautier Cabardes Rouge 2019

Boule de Neige “Snowball” Dessert | Domaine de la Borie Blanche Minervois La Livinière 


Click here to view the menu from the first Legacy Chef Chef Ray Arpke.