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"My record is 156 burgers in two hours."

- Scott McGowan, The Butcher's Block

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[The Dish]  A Blue-collar, Parking Lot Burger
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

When it comes to burgers, less is often more. Not in size or quantity, but in concept. The more advanced a burger gets, the further it deviates from the comforting and familiar. A good burger is a blue-collar burger. It should be heavy on the beef and light on everything else, and it should never cross the threshold into double-digit dollars. And on Tuesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm, there exists a pop-up burger spot that checks all of these boxes, moving mountains of beef patties like a mail sorting facility moves mail: quickly, industriously and in large quantities.

It happens from under a tent in the parking lot of The Butcher’s Block on 17th Street and Lockwood Ridge, and what started out as just a way to get people to check out the inside of the shop has become a frenzied burger festival popular enough to forgo any significant marketing. As a purveyor of fine meats and Big Green Eggs, owner Scott McGowan is an authority on burgers. Scrambling back and forth between two grills with a spatula in hand, he flips over 100, half-pound patties, which might account for his big, burger-fed biceps. “My record is 156 burgers in two hours,” he says between fiery flare-ups that shroud him in a haze of smoke. The Block uses cuts of beef that are high in fat—brisket, chuck and short rib—and, when combined with The Block’s blend of seasoning, they do not require much in the way of condiments. But they offer the classics inside the shop for anyone who needs lettuce, pickles, onions, tomatoes, ketchup or mustard.

Each burger runs just $6, a paltry price to pay for a soggy-bunned, wood-smoked, perfectly charred ½-pound burger. Make sure to grab a napkin or three. 

For more information on The Butchers Block

[Groundbreaking Ceremony]  The Bay Park Conservancy Breaks Ground on the Mangrove Bayou Walkway

The Bay Park Conservancy celebrated the start of construction on the Mangrove Bayou Walkway with a public groundbreaking ceremony that took place on The Great Lawn overlooking Sarasota Bay. The Conservancy’s founding CEO, AG Lafley, and Chief Implementation Officer, Bill Waddill, as well as Sarasota Mayor Jennifer Ahearn-Koch, Congressman Vern Buchanan, and Chair of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Rebecca Harris Barancik, offered brief remarks alongside donors, stakeholders, and city staff. The Mangrove Bayou Walkway will feature a 10-foot wide, 1/2-mile-long, walkway with Florida-friendly landscaping that will include lighting as well as a no fertilizer, no-mow buffer. The team from Jon F. Swift Construction will begin work on the walkway, which will loop around the mangroves and coastal wetlands and connect to the walkway that already exists north of Boulevard of the Arts. With a goal and vision to restore the mangrove bayou, and an endowment fund to ensure its care for years to come, initial funding for the walkway was catalyzed through the generosity of the Barancik Foundation.

“Our Board recognizes the opportunity The Bay brings to preserve an inclusive space where our community can interact with nature and each other,” says Teri A Hansen, President & CEO of Barancik Foundation. “A restored mangrove with educational signs not only ensures a healthier bay but also brings potential to create future generations of conservationists.” The walkway is the next step in the journey to bringing Phase 1 of The Bay Park to life and is estimated to be complete this summer. 

Photo courtesy of The Bay Sarasota.

For more information, to get involved, or learn how to support The Bay, click here.

[Medical]  Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center Receives The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC,) a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted a Three-Year Accreditation to the Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center. To achieve voluntary NAPBC accreditation, Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center demonstrated compliance with the NAPBC standards that look at a center’s leadership, clinical services, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement.  Breast centers seeking NAPBC accreditation undergo a site visit every three years. Manatee Memorial is the first hospital in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to receive this accreditation. As a NAPBC-accredited center, Manatee Memorial Hospital’s Breast Care Center is committed to maintaining levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered, multidisciplinary care resulting in high-quality care for patients with breast disease.  Patients receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, and a survivorship care plan that documents the care each patient receives and seeks to improve cancer survivor’s quality of life.  

Photo courtesy of Manatee Memorial Hospital

For information on the NAPBC.

[Awards]  Excellence in Education Awards Celebrates Outstanding Manatee County School District Employees

The School District of Manatee County celebrates outstanding employees Wednesday, February 5 at the Excellence in Education Awards. The reception begins at 6:00 pm and the awards ceremony to name Manatee County’s “Educator of the Year” and “Support Employee of the Year” will start at 7:00 pm at Manatee Technical College – Main Campus at 6305 State Road 70 East. To celebrate the important roles of educators and staff serving our students and community, the School District will also recognize the nominees from schools and work sites. The evening will feature performances by students from all seven of Manatee County’s traditional public high schools. The ceremony concludes with the naming of winners in the educator and support categories. Each winner will receive a $5,000 check from the Suncoast Credit Union. Manatee County’s educator representative will advance to the Florida Department of Education Macy’s Teacher of the Year competition, while the support representative will advance to the Florida School Related Employee of the Year competition. The School District of Manatee County promotes the Excellence in Education program in partnership with the Manatee Education Foundation. The awards ceremony is entirely possible through the funding and support of corporate and community partners.

Awards will be broadcast live on Manatee Schools Television which is available on Frontier channel 39 and Spectrum channel 646. 

[Education]  District Announces Upcoming 2020-21 School Choice Enrollment Window

Sarasota County Schools invites parents and guardians from any school district in the state of Florida whose child is not subject to a current expulsion or suspension to apply for a 2020-21 School Choice assignment to a public school identified as having available space capacity. The district’s school choice process requires that an online application be completed. Parents will be notified of choice assignments in April. COE assignments will be determined by a random lottery process, rather than on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for School Choice will be accepted from Monday, February 3, through Friday, February 28, 2020. If assistance is needed to access and submit an online application, parents/guardians may contact the Office of School Choice at 941-927-9000, ext. 32255.  

The complete list of schools open to School Choice is available to view & download

[Medical]  Coastal Orthopedics’ Interventional Pain Management Specialist’s Research Published In Neurosurgery

Dr. Richard H. Bundschu, an interventional pain management specialist with Coastal Orthopedics, was one of 12 physicians nationwide whose high-frequency spinal cord stimulation research was recently published in Neurosurgery, the official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Select physicians were chosen to validate utilizing Nevro’s HF10 technology, a paresthesia-independent therapy, in the treatment of neck and upper limb pain. High-frequency spinal cord stimulation at 10 kHz has been proven effective in the treatment of chronic back and leg pain. Prior to this trial, however, a study of pain in the cervical spine had yet to be performed and published. HF10 therapy is unique in that in addition to eliminating the need to establish paresthesia mapping and coverage, it also eliminates the risk of uncomfortable stimulation due to positional variation, which can compromise neck and upper limb pain relief with low-frequency spinal cord stimulation. Following the study, patients with neck pain reported a 79.1 percent pain relief while those with upper limb pain experienced 85.9 percent pain relief. More importantly, 89.2 percent of patients with neck pain and 95 percent of patients with upper limb pain reported approximately 50 percent pain relief at 12 months. Dr. Bundschu has been a leading pain management researcher for several years and previously worked with Nevro on two studies, including a 2012 randomized, controlled trial on lower back pain, that have helped the company’s groundbreaking products earn U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval. The results of the high-frequency spinal cord stimulation at 10 kHz study were superior to those that Dr. Bundschu and his team tabulated during that landmark study.  

To read the full report and results from the study, click here.

[ITB]  Now Online: Tribute to Business 2020

As a locally grown, locally owned company, SRQ Media pays tribute to our community's visionary local businesses and the people behind them who work hard to create economic opportunities every day on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  

Click here to view the feature

[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Automotive Art of Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari , February 1 – May 1, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Guests can “step back in time” to see an in-depth history of both Ferrari and Porsche, and the incredible cars that were released along the way, at Sarasota Classic Car Museum’s upcoming exhibit. The exhibit will showcase over 16 Porsche models, from 1951 to 2004, as well as six classic Ferraris ranging in years from 1965 to 2011. This exhibit is included in the price of admission to the museum. 

Sarasota Classic Car Museum, 5500 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Conversation: Conserving "Emperor Justinian" , February 4, 10:30 am

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

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Art of Performance: Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y su Doble: Feos (Uglies) at The Ringling , February 7 – February 8, 7:30 PM
Chilean director/puppet artist Aline Kuppenheim's Feos (Uglies) is her first collaboration with renowned playwright Guillermo Calderon, and is based on Mario Beneditti's short story, "Noche de los Feos" (Night of the Ugly). It's an adult work, about desire and love by two people with physical deformities told with deft and spellbinding puppetry that is intimate and addresses loneliness, conformity, self-acceptance and individual courage. Please note: Feos is performed in Spanish with English supertitles. February 7 & 8, 2020; 7:30 PM, Historic Asolo Theater, $25-$35

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  GALLERY: Salvador Dali: Gardens of the Mind , February 9 – June 28, Garden hours.

The fourth annual exhibition in the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind, in collaboration with The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, will open February 9 and conclude on June 28, 2020. Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind highlights the artist’s repeated use of botanical imagery alongside a surreal display of plants in Selby Gardens’ Tropical Conservatory and gardens. The photolithographic series Flordalí, on loan from The Dalí Museum, will be the centerpiece of the Museum of Botany & the Arts, along with photos that put the artist’s life, work, and relationship with nature into context.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: 2020 LECOM Suncoast Classic , February 10 – February 16, 8:30 AM

After the success of the inaugural LECOM Suncoast Classic, the tournament will return to the Korn Ferry Tour (previously the Web.com Tour) the week of February 10-16, 2020. Lakewood National Golf Club in Lakewood Ranch, Florida will again host the 144 professionals competing for a $600,000 purse and a chance to contend against the world’s best golfers on the PGA TOUR.

Lakewood National Golf Club, 17605 Lakewood National Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34211

[SOON]  FILM: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child , February 13, 1:00 pm

A thoughtful portrait of a renowned artist, this documentary shines the spotlight on New York City painter Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring extensive interviews conducted by Basquiat's friend, filmmaker Tamra Davis, the production reveals how he dealt with being a black artist in a predominantly white field. The film also explores Basquiat's rise in the art world, which led to a close relationship with Andy Warhol, and looks at how the young painter coped with acclaim, scrutiny and fame

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[SOON]  FILM: A Ballerina's Tale , February 14, 1:00 pm & 6:30 pm

Few dancers reach the elite level of ballet; of that already small number only a fraction are black women. Misty Copeland shattered those barriers in 2015, making history as the first African-American principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre (ABT). A Ballerina’s Tale intimately documents Copeland’s historic rise while shining a light on the absence of women of color at major ballet companies. The film also explores how ballet’s emphasis on waifish bodies impacts the health of ballerinas while sending a negative message to young fans.

Historic Asolo Theatre at the Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota,

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Syd Solomon: Concealed and Revealed Symposium , February 14, 10:00 am

The Ringling will convene a symposium to celebrate the legacy of Syd Solomon. Attendees will be able to learn more about Syd’s life, early influences, long relationship with the Ringling Museum, the importance of ecology in his work, and his famed home/studio at Midnight Pass. The day of talks will begin at 10:00 and will culminate in a reception during which participants can meet the speakers and spend time in the exhibition of Solomon’s work, Concealed and Revealed. Speakers include Mike Solomon, the artist’s son, Art historian Dr. Gail Levin, Architect Max Strang, Scientist Karen Willey, and Curators Michael Auping and Ola Wlusek. Tickets are $25/ $15 for members/ $5 for teachers. Ticket price includes the entire day of talks and a concluding reception. 

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

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Viewpoint Lecture: Abstract Expressionism: The Genesis of a Movement , February 15, 10:30am

The American Abstract Expressionists came of age during the Great Depression of the 1930s and developed during World War II, when many European modern artists – from Joan Miró to Max Ernst took refuge in New York City, where the Abstract Expressionists first showed their work with dealers like Peggy Guggenheim, Betty Parsons, and Sidney Janis. This talk will look at the complex political and aesthetic contexts for the development of this movement, the first one in America to gain an international following. Dr. Gail Levin (PhD, Rutgers University) is Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women Studies at Baruch College and the Graduate Center of CUNY. She is an art historian specializing in art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with diverse research interests that include the work of Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Judy Chicago, women artists, Jewish artists, Chinese emigre artists, and contemporary art of the United States, Europe, and Japan, as well as American Studies and the cinema. Tickets are $10/ $5 for members. 

Historic Asolo Theatre , `5401 Bay shore Rd., Sarasota

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