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Foodie event to benefit homeless

By Staff | Apr 22, 2015

An April 25 benefit in Sanibel will help feed the homeless in Fort Myers.

Participants at the Blue Coyote Supper Club will need to bring at least 10 cans of nonperishable food or pay $10 to gain entry. Proceeds and donations are shipped to the Salvation Army center in downtown Fort Myers.

Donors at the Sanibel event get a bowl of the Supper Club’s trademark black bean and sausage stew, a glass of wine or beer, and some neighborhood camaraderie, owner Mitch Schwenke said. He owns a private Blue Coyote Supper Club in Fort Myers. Music by Steve Anthony will round out the mid-day Sanibel event. Proceeds and the canned goods go directly to the homeless. A cash bar will be available.

Schwenke has for years donated meals, canned goods and supplies at the Salvation Army in Fort Myers. At least once a month he sends two dozen quarts of his stew and lasagna to help feed the men and women at Sally’s Cafe at the Salvation Army campus in downtown Fort Myers. His sausage and bean concoction has been dubbed Sally’s Coyote Stew. He and others also donate a huge holiday meal on Mondays before Christmas. It’s huge because the facility feeds up to 150 homeless each night, Schwenke said.

The April 25 event in Sanibel is billed as a spring cleaning, meaning that many islanders leaving after season could clean out the home pantry to benefit southwest Florida homeless.

“It’s a fun little event for a great cause,” Schwenke said.

Details are at 472-9222/bluecoyotesupperclub.com. The Blue Coyote is at 1100 Parview, next to the Sanibel Island Golf Club.