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SRQ DAILY Jan 27, 2017

Friday Weekend Edition

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Friday Weekend Edition

"We've got really good independents that stick around for a long time."

- Beth Owen-Cipielewski, Sarasota-Manatee Originals

[Food]  The Originals Celebrate Ten Years of The Grand Tasting
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Restaurateurs, winemakers and all the area’s foodies that will fit descend this Sunday upon the Ringling Museum courtyard for the 10th annual Forks and Corks Grand Tasting. Produced by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a consortium of local independent restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee counties, the yearly event serves as celebration and reminder of the local restaurants that give the region its flavor. “Sarasota-Manatee is a personality that is independent and not just associated with large, chain restaurants, like other areas of Florida,” says Beth Owen-Cipielewski, co-owner of Siesta Key Oyster Bar and co-founder of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. “By bringing together all these Sarasota and Manatee restaurants, we showcase the best of our community to a very broad audience.” And on this 10th anniversary for the Grand Tasting, it serves as reminder of how far the Originals have come.

Looking back, Owen-Cipielewski remembers an enterprise far from certain, made manifest only by the tireless work of a board comprising local leaders like Michael Klauber, D’Arcy Arpke and former Originals President Angela Rodocker. Another local food festival organized by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association had just been discontinued—was this a niche to be filled or an example not to be followed? But the Originals marched on, recruiting 30 restaurants to participate and building a now long-running relationship with the Ringling Museum. “Because when we’re banded together it shows that we’re strong,” says Owen-Cipielewski. “Our objective was, and always is, marketing to the community that we’re here and we’re great restaurants.” That first year, they sold tickets at the door.

Ten years later, 1,500 tickets sold out in a record-breaking two minutes for an event bringing a similarly record-breaking 38 winemakers from around the world to pair their wines with offerings from Sarasota-Manatee chefs. “Every restaurant is stepping up their game,” says Owen-Cipielewski. And as turnout increases among the community at large, the event risks actually hitting the space limit for the Ringling courtyard, she says. The only aspect that has not seen great change has been the makeup of the Originals itself. Of current members, 86 percent are either restaurants or proprietors from the founding class. “It shows that we don’t have a high turnover in Sarasota,” says Owen-Cipielewski. “We’ve got really good independents that stick around for a long time.”

This year, the Originals celebrate by bringing Tervis to the party to create special Tervis tumbler wine goblets, but as she looks to future and another 10 years of Forks and Corks and the Originals, Owen-Cipielewski nurtures grander plans. “Sarasota’s already pretty well known for its restaurants,” she says, “but I’d like it to be internationally known for its culinary expertise.” 

Photo courtesy of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.

[SB2]  Good Education: Learning for a Lifetime
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As technology and new instruction techniques morph modern classrooms, schools and educators are reevaluating the way information gets conveyed. “We’re moving from the sage on the stage to the guide on the side,” explains Mary Chance, president of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. The philanthropic leader gave a keynote address Thursday at the most recent installment of the SB2 series, Good Education: Learning for a Lifetime. Local leaders in education and workforce development also discussed the ways learning must evolve to deal with the job needs of today, and especially the unpredictable market of tomorrow.

In addition to regular SB2 event goers, SRQ Media Group also hosted students from area schools, and panelists kept the needs of those pupils in mind as they discussed the roadmap for education. “We have to prepare students for change,” says Larry Thompson, president of Ringling College of Art and Design. “For the students out there, you will have at least eight different careers in your lifetime—not jobs, careers. Of those, four do not exist yet.”

Mireya Eavey, executive director of CareerEdge Funders, says that the traditional path of students to higher education maybe changing, but that continued education remains vital. The technical track could be an entryway into higher education. Students learn that when they go to get certificates, they move up and can make some more money. Then they think, now we can get a two-year degree.”

Jennifer Vigne, president of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, says outside philanthropy can help educators experiment with ideas inside and outside the classroom. “We believe we have a lot of opportunity and hope for our future,” she says. “We also know we are sitting locally in one of the highest performing school districts in the state of Florida, but we know good schools are not good enough for where we are moving in a world that is changing at a rapid rate.”

The next SB2 event, Good Culture: Burgeoning Arts, will be held March 30. 

Photos by Wyatt Kostygan. Above: Newgate School's Ben Bogard attends SB2. Top: Mireya Eavey, Jennifer Vigne, SRQ's Wes Roberts, Larry Thompson and Mary Chance.

[Good Bite]  Weekend Warrior
Kendall Sompolski

TGIF, right? Start your weekend off strong with an anti-inflammatory shot from Crop Juice to insure you’ll avoid cold and flu season this year. This zingy combination of lemon, turmeric, red apple and ginger decreases inflammation, strengthens your immune system and relieves pain. Wash away stress from the work week and prepare yourself for a fun-filled weekend, leaving you feeling stress-free, healthy and energized just in time for the madness that is (every) Monday. Take it like a straight up shot (beware it is strong; think of the face you make after taking a tequila shot) or mix into your favorite Crop Juice variation for a more diluted (and sippable) taste. This two-ounce shot of liquid gold may be tiny but it packs in the power and replenishes your body and mind. Bottoms up!  

Photo courtesy of Crop Juice.

Crop Juice, 1605 Main St., Sarasota, 941-954-8728.

[Recipe]  Love Me Tender
SRQ Staff

Time to stock up on teddy bears and diamond rings—Valentine's Day is right around the corner. Take your honey to the Table Creekside for a très romantique waterside dinner, or make the Spiced Java-Crusted Bison Tenderloin from Chef Pedro Flores' special V Day menu on your own (careful, it's a little ambitious). Either way, it's bound to be unforgettable. 

Spiced Java Rub Ingredients: 3 oz. toasted ground Jamaican coffee; 2 oz. toasted ground black pepper; 2 oz. toasted ground coriander; 1 oz. toasted ground cumin; smoked paprika to taste; Himalayan pink sea salt to taste.

Combine all ingredients, mix and set aside. Coat 8-oz. bison tenderloin with mixed rub. Sear in clarified butter to desired temperature.

Candied Bosc Pear Ingredients: 1 Bosc pear, peeled; 4 oz. agave nectar; 8 o.z Pinot Noir; 1 cinnamon stick; 1 vanilla bean, insides scraped; .Raw sugar to taste

Mix ingredients together and simmer with peeled pear for 45 minutes. Set aside in refrigerator to chill. After cooling, sear pear in unsalted butter and deglaze with a touch of agave. 

Yukon Gratin Dauphinoise Ingredients: 1 cup heavy cream; 1 cup milk; 4 oz. salted butter; ½ cup white cheddar cheese; 2 Yukon gold potatoes, sliced ¼ inch thick; Sea salt to taste. 

Simmer potatoes in mixture until al dente. Layer in baking dish, pour simmered mixture on top. Sprinkle with white cheddar cheese. Bake for 20 minutes uncovered, at 300 degrees.

Bone Marrow Gastrique Ingredients: 1 lb bone marrow; 6 oz. celery, roughly chopped; 6 oz. onions, roughly chopped; 6 oz. carrots, roughly chopped; 6 oz. thyme, roughly chopped; 6 oz. garlic, roughly chopped.

Roast all ingredients together on sheet pan in oven for one hour at 300 degrees. After roasting, move contents into pot on stovetop and deglaze with red wine.

In a pot, add 16 oz. beef stock, 1 orange, zested, 1 Tbsp. brown sugar and salt to taste. Simmer for one hour. Strain and scoop out bone marrow gelatin to add to sauce. Put sauce on a plate, place bison filet on top. Add pear and potatoes to plate, enjoy! 

The Table Creekside, 5365 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-921-9465.

[Recognition]  Sheriff Tom Knight Holds Awards Ceremony

Sheriff Tom Knight presented several awards during a ceremony Thursday to recognize employees who demonstrated exemplary service to the community. Among the designations were the Life Saving Award and the Heroic Achievement Award. Recipients of the various awards were:  Lieutenant Joseph Giasone, Deputy Brian Bercaw, Deputy Michael Nickerson, Deputy David Miller, Deputy Christian Murphy, Deputy Patrick Schurr, Deputy Tracy Murtaugh and Deputy Michael Schermock. 

Sarasota Sheriff

[Initiatives]  Goodwill Manasota Unveils "I Am Goodwill" Marketing Campaign

With the help of its Ambassadors—community members who have made a commitment to share the mission of Goodwill with the greater community—and Goodwill team members, Goodwill Manasota has launched its 2017 “I Am Goodwill” marketing campaign. The campaign videos and print materials feature local supporters affirming their support for and dedication to the organization. More than 100 local celebrity Ambassadors appear in the campaign, including Goodwill Manasota board chair Rob Morris, 92.1 CTQ radio personalities Lulu and Maverick, Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida CEO Susan Stewart, Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee CEO Maribeth Phillips, Trish McConnell of United Way Suncoast, 45-plus year volunteer Jo Rita Stevens, Re/Max Alliance Group co-owner Peter Crowley and Youth Ambassador and Sony/ATV recording artist Christopher Eisenberg. Goodwill is also inviting members of the public to submit their own photos and reasons why they support the organization. The grassroots campaign will take place on social media and the organization’s website.


Goodwill Manasota

[Records]  Neal Communities Breaks Company Sales Record in 2016

Neal Communities broke all previous company sales records in 2016, ending the year with 1,109 sales and 1,129 closings in communities spanning from Hillsborough to Collier Counties. This marks a 13 percent increase in closings from 2015, totaling over $430 million in closings. Neal Communities opened six new communities in 2016 and hired 31 new team members, continuing its seventh consecutive year of steady growth. Key Florida markets contributed to the firm’s 2016 record-breaking success, including Lakewood Ranch, Hillsborough County, south Sarasota County, and Lee and Collier Counties.  

Neal Communities

[SB2: GOOD EDUCATION ]  Education is More Than Just Schooling

The Francis was full of inspiring people, compelling discussions and students eager to learn yesterday at SRQ MEDIA’s SB2: GOOD EDUCATION Learning for a Lifetime symposium. Keynote speaker, Mary Chance of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations and panelists Jennifer Vigne of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Dr. Larry Thompson of the Ringling College of Art and Design and Mireya Eavey of CareerEdge dove into the adaptations in innovative thinking for K-100+ learning. Thank you to our keynote speaker, panelists, the 56 students and faculty representing NewGate School, Community Day School, Out-Of-Door Academy, Visible Men Academy, Bay Haven Elementary, Wilkinson Eelementary, Booker Midddle, McInstosh Middle, Booker High, Riverview High, series sponsors CS&L, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and the Resort at Longboat Key Club and all who attended yesterday’s motivating event.

Visit clicksrq.com for event photos.  

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[TODAY]  THEATER: Ideation , January 27 – March 12, Wed-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm

Aaron Loeb brings a dark comic edge to this psychological suspense thriller, in which a group of corporate consultants work together on a mysterious and ethically ambiguous project. As the lines between right and wrong are blurred, these characters must navigate cognitive dissonances and moral dilemmas to decide for themselves if everything is as it really seems. Tickets range from $5-$28.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 Second Street Sarasota, FL 34236

[TODAY]  SEMINAR: Women & Medicine , January 27, 10:30am–1:30pm

Don’t miss Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation’s Women & Medicine Interactive Luncheon on January 27at Michael’s on East. This year’s program will focus on women and cardiac health, showcasing the innovative and personalized services and treatments offered at Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Systems. This event will also highlight the hospital’s rehabilitative and community programs, designed to educate and empower us to take better care of ourselves, our families and our community. After a panel discussion, guests will have an opportunity to continue the health conversation and Q & A session.

Michaels on East , 1212 S East Ave, Sarasota, FL 34239

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Opening Reception at Stakenborg Fine Art , January 27, 6–9pm

Peruse a new show of paintings, drawings and prints by Darwin Musselman, and other recent acquisitions at the gallery. Seven new Rembrandt etchings have been added to the collection and will be on view. Recent acquisitions by the following artists will also be on display: Erte’, Man Ray, Rembrandt, Elie-Anatole Pavil, Jim Dine, Joan Miro, Salvadore Dali, and Leonetto Cappiello.

Stakenborg Fine Art, 1545 Main St., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Brownsville Song (b-side for tray) , January 25 – March 26

Brownsville Song by Kimber Lee is an award-wining play based on real-life tragedy and loss. Its a beautiful and compelling tale that sheds light on the cycle of violence and the strength of families in Brooklyn's inner city. The play will be held at the Gompertz Theatre.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[WEEKEND]  GALLERY: Gaining Momentum , January 25 – February 11

madeby Gallery presents an exhibit featuring the work of Goldstein Library Muralist Julie Kanapaux. A contemporary abstract artist influenced by nature on both micro and macrocosmic scales, Kanapaux’s work is about perception and the universal connection in space. With a passion for art from an early age, Kanapaux is an Honors Graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design. Kanapaux will be at the exhibit for a Meet the Artist session at the opening from 7–8pm and again on Saturday, January 28, from noon to 2pm.

madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[WEEKEND]  PERFORMANCE: The Originalist , January 20 – March 5

Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death at age 79 has thrown a wrench into the political arena, but has brought intense interest in this daring new stage play that had its world premiere at Arena Stage last spring. When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and unexpected mentor.

The Asolo Repertory Theatre , 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, 34243

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Thrillers, Chillers and Killers , January 17 – January 29

Join the Crosely Estate for the next installment of their theatre series, Thrillers, Chillers and Killers. Murder and intrigue take center stage as your hosts from the past, Gwendolyn and Powel Crosely present an evening of three, chilling classic stories from Edgar Allen Poe, H.P. Lovecraft and Louisa May Alcott. 

Powel Crosely Estate , 8474 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Clever Little Lies , December 14 – March 4

Clever Little Lies by Joe DiPietro is an edgy yet hilarious show that challenges our beliefs about the sanctity of marriage. Most suitable for college aged students and adults, this play will be held in the Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are available online or by calling the FST box office. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Piano Men , November 30 – March 31

Piano Men by Richard Hopkins and Catherine Randazzo with Caroline Kaiser and arrangements by Jim Prosser is a tribute to the virtuosity and elegance of the "piano man". The play will feature works of the 20th century's best pianists and songwriters such as Billy Joel, Elton John and Barry Manilow. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[WEEKEND]  THEATER: Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves , October 5 – February 5

Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves celebrates the women who have capitvated the world with their dynamic personalities and fierce vocals. The play will be featuring songs by powerhouse performers such as Cher, Tina Turner, and Reba McEntire. The play is by Rebecca and Richard Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser and will be helf at the John C. Court Cabaret. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Avenue

[SOON]  THEATER: Next Fall , February 1 – February 12

Directed by Kathy Junkins, Next Fall portrays the ups and downs of an unlikely couple's five-year relationship with sharp humor and unflinching honesty. This play paints a beautiful and funny portrait of modern romance, asking the hard questions about commitment, love and faith. Tickets are $18. 

The Players Centre for Performing Arts, 838 N Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Steak and Burger Celebrating Our Youth , February 3, 6:00pm

Cowboy-up and join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County in celebrating our youth at the Steak and Burger Dinner at the Lee Wetherington Club.  Dawn your best western casual look, enjoy mouth watering food and an evening to remember. Table Sponsors start at $1,000 and individual tickets are on sale for $125.

Lee Wetherington Club, 3130 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Encore! Create Your Next Chapter with Joy & Purpose , February 3, 9:30am–3:30m

This daylong conference features powerful speakers who will shatter the myth of mid-life crisis, featuring interactive sessions conducted by life coaches and educators, testimonials by people who have successful transition stories to share and roundtable discussions. The fee is $99 and includes lunch.

State College of Florida, 7131 Professional Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch

[SOON]  SPORTS: Bradenton Area River Regatta , February 4, 8:00am-10pm

The Bradenton Area River Regatta has it all, including speed, stars, and showmanship, in a free family spectacle that will have you holding your breath through every heart pounding moment. As Manatee County’s largest spectator event, the action is riveting and the thrills nonstop as world-class performers on and off the river showcase their awe-gasping athleticism and see-it-to-believe-it championship skills.

Riverwalk Regatta, Green Bridge, Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Giacomo Gates , February 4, 8pm

The ever-cool Giacomo Gates is a bigger-than-life, old school, hip jazz singer that doesn't just swing, but finds a way to use his voice with the presence of an instrumental giant on the trumpet or tenor! Gates sings vocalese that packs a wallop with a powerhouse trio backing him up. Whether its up-tempo bop, ballads or blues, Gates' intimate style, served with sheer joy, exuberance, wit and unlimited creativity, gives you the feeling he is in your living room singing just to you. Tickets start at $25. 

Glenridge Performing Arts Center , 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota Florida

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