Restaurateur Eve Alves is a native Floridian, born and raised in Miami by parents who emigrated from Cyprus. They taught her to always cook fresh and never eat anything that was labeled, canned or frozen. Later, she attended culinary school in London, where she developed a great appreciation for cooking exquisite meals using fresh ingredients.
In 2003, Alves moved to Sanibel and was instantly captivated by the island’s charm. She has owned Luna Rossa Italian Grille at Miromar Outlets in Estero for about a decade, and when the opportunity arose for Alves to own another restaurant, she did not hesitate to bring her passion for food to the island. Alves purchased The Jacaranda in November 2017 and transformed it into The Jac Sanibel Island Bar & Grille, a farm-to-table restaurant that puts family, quality and local businesses first.
Alves worked with chef Philipe Schroeder from Austin, Texas, to design a brand-new menu with plenty of options for people living the gluten-free and vegetarian lifestyle. Every item is made with locally grown organic vegetables and fresh seafood and meat — putting health and happiness at the heart of everything The Jac does.
“My goal is just to make a difference. I don’t want to be like everybody,” Alves said.