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"I love being in the restaurant on holidays."

- Michael Klauber, Michael's On East

[Culinary]  Dining Out for Thanksgiving
Jacob Ogles

While many Southwest Florida residents will spend the day in their kitchens, several local restaurants will host Thanksgiving celebrations for guests more interested in being served a well-cooked meal than in preparing one themselves.

“We’ve had guests who have been coming here for decades for Thanksgiving,” says Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s on East. “It’s just part of the great connection we have here.”

There will be special events at Michael’s Wine Cellar, and Michael’s On East proper will be open from 2 to 8 p.m. today. There will, of course, be turkey available, though Klauber says quite a few guests come in looking for non-Thanksgiving offerings that will be available on a limited menu as well.

At Mattison’s Restaurants locations, staff will be ready to treat guests as well. “We’re happy to be a place where people come to celebrate the holidays with us,” says Caryn Hodge, Mattison’s marketing director.

On Wednesday, she said chefs at Mattison’s Forty-One, Mattison’s City Grille Downtown Sarasota and Mattison’s City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk all were busy preparing for holiday feasts. “You;ve never seen so much turkey and so much activity,” she says.

And it’s not all to handle dine-in traffic. Both Mattison’s and Michael’s have some major take-out orders ready to go. Hodges says 91 “Feast To Go” orders will be filled, and no more orders will be taken. The restaurnts will take walk-ins, though Hodge recommends reservations.  Mattison’s Forty-One will operate from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Sarasota will from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Riverwalk will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today.

Staying open for Thanksgiving provides diners a chance to enjoy a spread of high-quality food without sweating in the kitchen before a meal or spending hours cleaning up after. And for those who don’t expect a crowd for Thanksgiving, it’s a way to enjoy great entrees and sides without preparing a meal for 10 to serve to two.

If you feel bad ordering food from people who could be in their own homes, restaurateurs say hours have been set to allow workers a chance to celebrate with their own families as well.

Of course, providing a hospitable and hearty meal in moments of celebration also serves as a primary mission in the restaurant industry.  “I love being in the restaurant on holidays,” says Klauber. 

[ShopTalk]  Cranberry Cravings
Britt Mattie

Just in case you didn’t consume your fair share of cranberry stuffing at yesterday’s T-giving get-down, the good word is that Café Evergreen can and will fill that void. Bringing back its special holiday drink creation, the Cranberry Kombucha Spritzer sits pretty with housemade cranberry juice, infused with a berry kombucha and finished off with slices of fresh Florida orange (insider tip: ask to add Prosecco for a sparkling pick-me-up). You can enjoy this seasonal libation from now until the end of the holiday season at this long-standing organic-centric cafe.

As for those coveted Black Friday deals, we understand the need for extra battery acid to get fueled up for today's hustle and bustle. Today only from 11am to noon, make a pit-stop for a “Buy One, Get One Free” on any of the organic coffee drinks to-go. The BOGO offer is applicable for any brewed, iced, espresso, cappuccino or cafe latte. And the gift of giving's not over—come back to Café Evergreen after your big day of shopping or scouting for your home Evergreen to receive a free mini indulgence dessert when you dine-in after 4pm this evening (simply mention this email).

So as you scour up and down US 41 today for your White Elephant gifts, Café Evergreen will be open and ready with open arms to serve you a clean, healthful meal from locally-sourced earth-to-table ingredients and organic farms. Because somewhere in the midst of all the high-indulgence holiday parties, one's got to detox to retox for the next bout of Last Supper-esque feasting. Cheers and Happy Holidays, SRQ fam!

“To live well, is to eat well.” -Café Evergreen 

801 Tamiami Trail South, Nokomis, 941-412-4334.

Check out Cafe Evergreen's menu here.

[Fins at Sharky's]  Rollin' with Fins at Sharky's
Cori Spruiell

When considering the menu at Fins at Sharky’s, most patrons expect to find a varied selection of delicious, fresh seafood and succulent steaks; sushi may not the first thing that comes to mind at the seaside establishment. However, Executive Chef Marc Alton is dedicated to serving only the best of the Japanese cuisine – even if that means a smaller menu. “We have a relatively small sushi bar here, as we’re not a Japanese restaurant,” Chef Alton explains. “We’re a steakhouse and seafood restaurant, but we do an excellent job on the sushi. We keep our menu nice and tight so the rolls we do have really wow.

"Wow" truly is the first word that comes to mind when presented with the Fab Fabio Roll. Rolled shrimp tempura, fresh cucumber and cream cheese are topped with yuzu tobiko, hoisin sauce, pineapple salsa, sweet strawberry, scallions, sesame seeds, and, the pièce de résistance, crispy prosciutto. With just the right amount of sweetness and crunch, Fins at Sharky’s establishes itself as a must-do dinner locale for sushi lovers. 

1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice

[Healthcare]  Barancik Foundation Invests in Planned Parenthood Community Education Program

The Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation has invested a $90,000 grant in a community-wide Peer Education Program for young adults, as well as high quality, affordable preventative health care for the community, which will be led by Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF). PPSWCF has been providing care in Sarasota since 1965, working closely with young people in the community under the belief that when they have accurate, honest and straightforward information, they are empowered to make better decisions.

The Peer Education Program will empower teen educators by training them on healthy relationships, sex education and medically accurate resources to share with their friends and classmates, in order to respectfully meet teens where they are with accurate, values-neutral information. The program will train teens to increase family communication around sexual health and healthy relationships, which bridges the gap between parent and/or caregiver and child communication, as well as with siblings; identify and critically analyze media that perpetuates sexual violence and gender inequality; talk about consent and healthy relationships; serve as a respectful resource for everyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity; and gain confidence in their communication, leadership and public speaking skills. 

Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

[Real Estate]  Caldwell Trust's Vieira Short-listed for Market of the Year Award

Caldwell Trust Company’s vice president of marketing and public relations has been named a 2018 Finalist for the national PR People “Marketer of the Year” award by PR News. A seven-year veteran of the trust company, Sheryl Vieira is one of only five finalists nationwide who have been short-listed in this classification. Most recently Vieira has also received the Ginnie Duffey Troyer Award of Professionalism by the Central West Coast Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association, and an ADDY for excellence in advertising byAdFed Suncoast, the local chapter of the American Advertising Federation. A member of the Florida Public Relations Association (FPRA) and Florida Bankers Association, Vieira was appointed as a member of the RESIDENCE International Marketing Advisory Committee representing this region of the United States and has received The President’s Volunteer Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the National & Community Service and USA Freedom Corps. 

Caldwell Trust Company

[Development]  Gates Awarded Clubhouse Project at Artistry on Palm Beach

One of Florida’s leading club builders, Gates Construction, has been awarded a new clubhouse/recreation project at the Artistry at Palm Beach by Kolter Homes. Located in Palm Beach Gardens, the Artistry at Palm Beach Clubhouse and Recreation Center will consist of an outdoor pool deck, heated pool, cabanas, basketball court and children’s playground. Inside, the Artistry will have a fitness facility with state-of-the-art exercise equipment, an aerobics center and a community room for those looking to host special events. Architectural design will be provided by Affinity Architects. 

Gates Construction

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Storytelling: French Art from the Horvitz Collection , September 9 – December 2

Explore two exhibitions selected from one of the world’s finest private collections of French art, “Imaging Text: French Drawings for Book Illustration” and “17th and 18th Century French Paintings,” from The Horvitz Collection. Features 60 drawings and 10 related prints for book illustration, created between the 16th and 19th centuries, as well as a selection of 10 paintings. Subjects range from mythological and religious scenes to more playful genre imagery.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: The Orchid Show: Endless Forms , October 12 – November 26

This year’s Orchid Show will amaze visitors with never-before-seen displays of orchids that celebrate the plant family’s dramatic diversity of colors, shape and even scents. With November’s Orchid Evening, experience the Orchid Show in a whole new light with an orchid-inspired cocktail reception and an exclusive, after-hours lighted viewing to the latest exhibition at Selby Gardens.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: National Sumi-E Society , October 30 – November 30

Celebrating the Japanese art of ink wash painting, also called Sumi-e, this exhibition brings art from around the country to Bradenton for a show dedicated to the delicacy, beauty and history of the medium. Spanning across all three galleries, this is another flagship exhibition for one of Bradenton’s leading art centers.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St. W, Bradenton.

[SOON]  THEATER: Silence! The Musical , November 2 – November 25

Based on the 1991 psychological thriller Silence of the Lambs, this mischievous twist on the Oscar-winning film features a narrating, singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs, while Buffalo Bill gleefully dances a hoedown in the midst of kidnapping the unlucky Catherine Martin and Dr. Lecter sings about the life he dreams of outside the prison walls.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W, Venice

[SOON]  THEATER: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder , November 7 – January 13

Monty Navarro may be distant heir to the family fortune, but there are several deadly ways to jump the line of succession. Along the way, Monty has to juggle his mistress, his fiancée and the constant threat of landing behind bars. It will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Nominations Now Open for 2019 Localpreneur of the Year , November 8 – December 7

Nominate a passionate and purposeful local entrepreneur who you believe has forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. Your entrepreneur nominee should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business.  The LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates these courageous and intrepid visionaries who make this one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will announce the finalists at the SB2 Regional Economy and Localpreneur of the Year Awards Luncheon on January 24, 2019 at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Misatango , November 25

Misatango, a tango mass from Argentina, combines the passion of tango with the ancient beauty of the Latin mass sung to the melodies and rhythms of the streets of Buenos Aires. Dancers from Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company, choreographed by Elizabeth Bergmann, perform while Argentine composers Astor Piazzolla, Martin Palermi and Ariel Ramirez’s evocative Misa Criolla captures the sounds of Argentina with guitars, accordion, strings, voices and percussion.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Marvin Gaye: Prince of Soul , November 28 – January 13

After several years of requests from theater patrons, Sheldon Rhoden will reprise the role of Marvin Gaye. This original show begins in the 1950s at the start of Gaye's career with Motown and follows its twists and turns until his untimely death in the mid-1980s.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1012 North Orange Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Guitar Girls , November 28 – March 31

A celebration of female singer-songwriters who have used their music to give themselves a voice in contemporary America. Artists like Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, and Carly Simon have made indelible marks on the music industry.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cycle 2: Art Center Instructors, McMennamy and Gatzambide , November 29 – January 4

Art Center Instructors exhibition will feature the talented local and visiting Art Center Sarasota instructors. A second gallery will offer Stephen McMennamy, an Atlanta-based artist, his first solo exhibition featuring his time-based video collages. Artist Peter Gatzambide will exhibit a recent series of assemblage paintings and works on paper in his first solo exhibition at Art Center Sarasota.

Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 presents Philanthropic Agenda , November 29, 11:00am - 1:00pm

The SRQ Philanthropy Agenda luncheon and panel discussion will explore the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits. What's trending, who's innovating, why are donor-advised funds growing so rapidly and what exactly are donors looking for? The luncheon will culminate with the SRQ Gives Good program at which we will honor the Non-Profit Innovation in Philanthropy Award and the Local Philanthropy Hero Award honoring individuals who have meaningfully impacted our community for good in the past year.

The Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Elf- The Musical , November 29 – December 16

Santa Claus narrates the story of Buddy, who was raised at the North Pole. Prior to Christmas, Buddy learns he’s human, not an elf. He convinces Santa to let him return to New York City to find his real father. He finds his father (who’s on the naughty list) and a step brother who doesn’t believe in Santa. Buddy decides it’s up to him to bring back the spirit of Christmas to his family and all of New York.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave W, Bradenton

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Woodblock Prints from Post-War Japan , November 18 – May 5

In the wake of the Second World War, woodblock prints emerged as a channel of diplomacy and friendship between Japan and the U.S. Printmaking continues to be a vibrant and ever-changing art form well into the 21st century. This exhibition draws the Ringling Museum of Art’s extensive holdings of postwar Japanese prints and local collections. On display will be works by key artists including Onchi Koshiro, Hiratsuka Un’ichi, Saito Kiyoshi, Yoshida Chizuko, and Hoshi Joshi, including a number of new acquisitions and never-before exhibited pieces.

The Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  DANCE: Raphael Xavier: Point of Interest , November 30 – December 1, 7:30PM

Crackling with his signature bravado and high-energy physicality, Raphael Xavier shares the stage with a multigenerational cast, performing a series of solos, duets and quintets in his newest work, featuring a soundscape of beats, spoken word poetry and musical rhythms. 

Distilling the art of break dancing to its purest form, Raphael Xavier takes this movement vocabulary to uncharted territory. Point of Interest ventures into the "mature" space for hip-hop dance, following the standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics while pushing the boundaries of a culture and dance form commonly associated with youth. 

The Ringling

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Perfect Pairs , November 30 – December 3

Ward Stare leads Sarasota Orchestra in a program pairing exquisite French music with rich German orchestral fare. Twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton provide double the drama in Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos, while Ravel’s masterwork appropriately uses the word “delicious” in its subtitle. Mozart’s music from Thamos, King of Egypt is a rarely heard delight and German Romantic giant Richard Strauss’ operatic suite concludes the program in an explosion of orchestral virtuosity.

Sarasota Orchestra, 709 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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