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.

For two nights on Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, March 1, Chef Ray Arpke, retired former owner of Euphemia Haye, will return to the restaurant where he once worked. The destination is Italy for five courses of masterful Italian cuisine with paired with exquisite Italian wines. Bookings are exclusively offered via OpenTable Experiences for $250 per person (pre-paid) inclusive of tax and gratuity.

Reservations are now closed!

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 Seafood Hors D’oeuvres featuring flavors from the past and present | Allegrini Lugana

Apple-Fennel Salad with Bufallo Mozzarella | Poggio al Tesoro Toscana Vermentino Solosole

Veal Picatta – Chef Ray Style | Tornatore Etna Bianca

Morel Risotto with Italian Black Truffles | Ratti Barbera

Braised Wild Boar | Argiano Solengo

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake with Espresso Foam | Brancaia ilatraia