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‘Tween Waters launches underground pop-up dinners

By Staff | Oct 8, 2019

There is a “secret” foodie group on the islands, and the free membership is just a text away.

The ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa recently launched a new initiative, the Canoe & Kayak Supper Club. Each month, an underground pop-up will bring together 40 guests to share in an exclusive experience – an over-the-top dinner with wine pairings curated by Executive Chef Greg Nelson.

“It’s kind of like a surprise dinner,” Ashley Burns, with branding agency NOISE, said.

“The whole goal was to create a unique dining experience that’s almost once-in-a-lifetime,” she said, adding that the first one is set for this month. “One location, one night, five courses, five wines.”

So how does one become a member? Simply text CANOE to 77222 to sign up.

Two weeks before each monthly event, an invitation will be sent out via text message to the club’s members containing all of the important details: when, where, the complete menu and pricing.

“It’s going to have all of the details,” she said.

Also included in the invitation will be directions on how to reserve tickets.

“It’s limited seating,” Burns said. “It’s first to reserve, first to enjoy.”

She noted that the club even has a speakeasy element to it.

“There’ll be a password to get in,” Burns said.

Nelson has been the executive chef at ‘Tween Waters, which includes the Old Captiva House and Crow’s Nest, since April 2017. With over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, he first started out in Dallas, Texas. His career took off in the 1990s at Mezzaluna in Aspen, Colorado, where he stayed for six years. In 2000, Nelson relocated to Southwest Florida and worked on the islands.

He was with The Mad Hatter for one year and opened all of the Doc Ford’s restaurants.

The Old Captiva House, led by Nelson, has been the No. 1 eatery on Captiva on TripAdvisor.

“That says something about the type of menus we can expect,” she said, noting that the creations will be off-menu. “The pop-up supper clubs really give him a chance to be creative and flex his skills.”

Burns hinted that the October dinner will entail a sommelier.

“That’s who we’re bringing,” she said. “Every month is going to be new and different.”

“You will not see these menu items anywhere else,” Burns added. “They are being created specifically for the Canoe & Kayak Supper Club and specifically for that one night.”

The dinners will be priced per event.

For more information, visit sanibelcaptivabeachresorts.com/twi/canoe-kayak-supper-club.

The ‘Tween Waters Island Resort and Spa is at 15951 Captiva Drive, Captiva.