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What is The Sizzle SWFL

FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship?

SWFL’s hospitality industry is very important to us!  In 2017, the “Visit Florida” tourism bureau announced our local restaurant scene was voted the #2 reason why travelers visit SWFL (#1 was the beaches). This has put a strain on our local restaurants with finding qualified staffing. For our food scene to keep growing it needs good people!

With that being said, we have partnered with FGCU to provide an opportunity for our local youth. We have started the first of its kind, Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship. 


The funds raised will be awarded by FGCU each year to qualified local SWFL High School graduates wishing to attend the Hospitality Food & Beverage Program at FGCU. We (Sizzle SWFL) have committed to fund the scholarship with a minimum of $10,000 per year from the “First Bite” Menu Release Party Silent Auction proceeds and Restaurant Week.


In addition, we are asking each Sizzle SWFL participating restaurant to donate $1 back from every Restaurant Week meal sold!  This would help pledge an additional $50,000+ a year toward the scholarship!


When you donate to this scholarship, it will be used to help fund and teach our next generations of chefs, servers, directors, supervisors, managers, concierges, caterers etc. that will be our local food scene’s future.


How much have we raised so far?

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With the help from our restaurant partners, foodies far and wide, Florida Gulf Coast University and our wonderful sponsors and donors, we came together as a community to celebrate good food and education.

Join us this upcoming Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week to break our goal from Spring!