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Your conference registration fee includes coffee and pastries on Saturday and Sunday. If you register for one of the Friday morning off-site outings, that fee includes coffee and pastries on Friday morning before you board the bus to the site.

Lunches for all three days are on your own, and can be purchased at one of several on-site FGCU venues or at restaurants not far from the FGCU campus.

Dinners are on your own. You can dine at any of the many options in Gulf Coast Town Center, which is where the hotels are located. See the list of options under the Details section, below. Of course, you can venture farther and take advantage of the excellent dining options in Fort Myers, Estero, Bonita Springs, or Naples, which are all a short drive from the hotels. You can dine at the beach or in one of the area’s many unique restaurants.

Gulf Coast Town Center is one of the area's largest outdoor shopping malls. All of the hotels we've contracted with for group rates are either in the Center or directly across the street from it. Everything is within 3 miles of the FGCU campus, so you would have no problem driving to one of the restaurants and returning in time for the afternoon sessions.

Amore Brick Oven Pizza

Amore Brickoven Pizza specializes in New York-style pizza. They offer a variety of pizzas by the slice or whole pizzas. They have many authentic New York pizzas, including the New Yorker, Calabrese, Mediterranean, BBQ Chicken, and the Amore Special, which you can choose 5 of your own toppings. They also have salads, sandwiches, calzones, and strombolis. Amore's is a neighborhood friendly environment with outdoor dining. They also deliver! Their mission, vision, and values is to offer guests an atmosphere where they feel welcome and comfortable. To provide world-class customer service so each guest has a genuine experience. To offer an extensive menu of dining options to satisfy every customer.

Aurelio's Pizza

What sets Aurelio's apart from other Chicago pizza? They're different because they use only quality ingredients, serve a variety of generous sizes, and specialize in customizing orders to suit each individual taste. Since 1959, the Aurelio family has been devoted to offering the finest pizza, pasta and sandwiches at reasonable prices with fast, courteous, dependable service.

Bar Louie

Bar Louie is a hip neighborhood restaurant and bar specializing in oversized sandwiches and artfully created jumbo martinis, as well as appetizers, pastas and entrees, and a wide assortment of interesting beers, microbrews and wines by the glass or bottle. Open for lunch, dinner, after work or late-night dining.

Blu Sushi

This Florida phenomenon is one of the most exciting and original sushi bars in the United States. Blu's American version of sushi fuses the refined art of fresh seafood creation with outrageous cocktails in a hip, fun and sophisticated atmosphere, creating an incomparable experience.

Burger 21

A modern fast-casual burger restaurant that offers a unique variety of high-quality food in a hip environment with lasting appetite appeal to people of all ages. Innovative and delicious recipes for gourmet burgers, fries, salads, shakes and more in a modern and fun environment. Burger 21 offers unique burger creations such as The Ahi Tuna, Tex-Mex Haystack and The Skinny turkey burger, and signature shakes like Bananas Foster and Key Lime Pie.

Calistoga Bakery Café

Calistoga Bakery Café offers a morning, lunch, and dinner menu in an upscale environment with a quick-casual flair. Calistoga showcases a visible, working bakery, with artisan bakers hand-crafting every loaf of bread and pastry in each store every day. 100% Certified Organic, Certified Fair Trade, Rainforest and Bird Friendly coffees.

Carrabba's Italian Grill

Known for their high-quality, flavorful Italian dishes served in a warm, casual environment, food and hospitality are the passions at Carrabba's Italian Grill, and the service is engaging and generous. Authentic aromas and generous flavors emanate from a lively and interactive exhibition kitchen where each meal is prepared to order. Many of Carrabba's recipes have been handed down in the Carrabba family for generations, originating from the family's native Italy.


An inviting neighborhood restaurant offering hand-made, high quality food at a reasonable price.

Connor's Steak & Seafood

Connors Steak & Seafood offers casual dining in the heart of three bustling shopping centers: Turkey Creek in Knoxville, TN, Gulf Coast Town Center in Fort Myers, FL, and Bridge Street in Huntsville, AL. They specialize in fresh seafood and premium aged steaks, as well as gourmet salads, pastas and more! Enjoy a memorable evening with friends and family in their well-appointed dining rooms, or stop by for the lunch you and your associates deserve. Their friendly service and flavorful fare will keep you coming back for more.


Culver's ButterBurgers are made the way they are today because that's how his mom always did it. Still, they use fresh, never frozen 100% Midwest beef, seared to perfection and served on a lightly buttered toasted bun for that extra touch of goodness. Sure, it takes a bit longer doing it that way, but boy is it worth the wait. Their commitment to crafting the world's finest Fresh Frozen Custard also remains the same today as when they served their very first scoop. They use the finest real Wisconsin dairy, plus cold-pressed vanilla and Dutch-blend chocolate, and make every batch fresh, right in the restaurant throughout the day. What is Culver's Fresh Frozen Custard? Think of it as the most premium ice cream you've ever tasted. Wonderfully luscious and rich, it contains less air, so it's creamier and more decadent than ordinary ice cream; and because it’s served at a temperature that won't freeze your taste buds, you actually experience the flavor longer.

Famous Dave's BBQ

Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que® restaurants and BBQ catering. Award-winning BBQ ribs, chicken and BBQ sandwiches in a unique and family-friendly atmosphere.

Foster's Grille

Come on down to Foster's Grille any day of the week and have a hot juicy burger and frosty cold beer. Let the kids knock themselves out on the video games. You never know who you might run into; it might be the whole neighborhood!

Fresh Planet

Your favorite eat right, feel right cafe! Fresh Planet offers over 30 different types of smoothies! If healthy eating is your craze, then Fresh Planet is your place, serving fresh salads, an assortment of stuffed-toasted pitas, and delicious rice bowls.

House of Brewz

With 150 amazing craft beers on tap from around the world, you're sure to find one or 100 that you'll like, or just have fun trying. Tapas and an American food menu.

Islamorada Fish Company

Located inside the Bass Pro Shop, The Islamorada Fish Company is built around the largest saltwater fish tank in Southwest Florida. They serve fresh-daily seafood, falling-off-the-bone-ribs, juicy Angus steaks and more. Open 7 days a weeks from 11am-10pm. They feature a family-friendly menu in a casual dining atmosphere with plenty of room for your large party, all on a first come, first served basis. Come join the fun!

Jimmy John's

Gourmet sandwiches and subs. The bread is baked in-house every day and served fresh. Meat and veggies are sliced fresh in-house every day. The turkey is real turkey, the roast beef is real roast beef - no additives, no vegetable-based fillers, no fake stuff. Nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Real Hellmann's mayo, real Grey Poupon, real olive oil and red wine vinegar - it's the best of the best.

The Key's Bar & Grille

Where the intoxicating thrill of Duval Street meets the heart-pounding rhythm of dynamic dueling pianos. Nestled in beautiful Fort Myers, Florida, The Keys is your neighborhood destination for a truly unique and memorable dining and entertainment experience. Walk in the doors and walk into paradise - take pleasure in casual grub done island style, watch renowned entertainers tickle the ivories, and become a star when you join the fun and sing along piano-side. Sip a drink, enjoy the party, and stay where the fun never ends.

Longhorn Steakhouse

They strive to be the best steakhouse in everything they do. One visit and you'll experience their grill master's legendary steaks like their center-cut Flo's Filet or Prime Rib. Try bold flavors from their seasonal Chef's Menu, or signature entrees like Parmesan Crusted Chicken or LongHorn Salmon. Their lunch menu also features over 30 different combinations, including their LongHorn salads and Steakhouse burgers. And don't forget to save room for their Molten Lava Cake.


McDonald's USA, LLC, is the leading food service provider in the United States, serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's 13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local franchisees.

Miller's Ale House

Miller's Ale House features nautical-themed wooden décor, brass accents, wood booths, a satellite television system and plenty of video monitors in a comfortable sports-themed setting.

Moe's Southwest Grill

Moe's Southwest Grill is the fastest growing fast-casual concept in the country because they take their food and fun seriously. It starts with a hearty "Welcome to Moe's" and ends with the best tasting burritos in the coolest environment. Moe's uses only the freshest ingredients in all of their Southwest menu items, which they prepare fresh daily.

Olive Garden

Olive Garden is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine.

Outback Steakhouse

Providing consistently high quality food and service; generous portions at moderate prices; and a casual atmosphere suggestive of the rustic Australian outback, Outback Steakhouse is known for their high quality, uniquely-seasoned steaks, prime rib, chops, ribs, chicken, seafood and pasta. Established in 1988, there are currently 926 Outback locations throughout the world.

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

This contemporary, bistro-style restaurant offers a unique blend of high quality, authentic Chinese cuisine in a sophisticated setting.

Pinchers Crab Shack

Since 1997, Pinchers has operated with a simple mission - local fishermen fishing local waters for a local restaurant. You can't get a more Southwest Florida experience than that. Each morning, local fishermen and crabbers leave our shores and guide their boats out into the Gulf of Mexico. They return each night with the best that the Gulf has to offer and bring this precious catch to their local seafood facility - The Island Crab Company located on Pine Island. Quality is everything to a seafood restaurant, especially theirs, and this is how they deliver the best seafood in town to your table each and every visit. This is why their motto is "You Can't Fake Fresh!®"

Pitta Pit

They believe you don’t need to sacrifice your health to get a quick, tasty meal. That's why we start with their unique soft and roll-able pita bread, then fill it with your choice of lean, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, flavorful cheeses, and savory sauces. It's Fresh Thinking, Healthy Eating.

Pollo Tropical

The restaurant chain is best known for its marinated and grilled chicken served with black beans and rice. The unique restaurant concept is known for its fresh, never frozen, open flame grilled chicken, marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices, as well as authentic "made from scratch" side dishes.

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Red Robin is a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an imaginative selection of high quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere. Red Robin®, America's Gourmet Burgers and Spirits®, has won the "best burger" award, year after year in cities across the country.

Salado Pedros Veracruz Cantina

Salado Pedros Veracruz Cantina and Tequila bar has authentic mexican dishes; located in the center or heart of Gulf Coast Town Center; live entertainment.


Coffee, sandwiches, and sweets.