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"Our goal is to provide a great family like experience at all of our locations in order to ensure a great holiday for those who are are visiting or just want to relax and let us do all of the work."

- Joe Seidensticker, Louies Modern

[Culinary]  Fine Dining on the Menu this Thanksgiving
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

As turkeys roast in kitchens all along the Gulf Coast, some of the region’s top restaurants will also be serving up fine dining options. 

Chef Paul Mattison will be at Mattison’s Forty-One preparing a buffet, after years of demand from customers who enjoy similar feasts on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day at the establishment.  Pattison’s locations have always been open on Thanksgiving, Mattison said, because of the demand from customers who want a fantastic spread but don’t want to slave away in their own home to get it. “It’s a day people have guests in town or people are traveling here, and they want the convenience,” he says. The buffet runs $38.95 a person. Mattison’s City Grille locations in Downtown Sarasota and Bradenton Riverwalk will also offer a turkey-rich special menu today. And for those who still want a holiday dinner at home without cooking themselves, Mattison’s Forty-One will also be selling cooked turkeys with all the sides and trimmings, at around $149 with a 12-pound bird and $189 for an 18-pounder.

The Tableseide Restaurant Group will also be serving up holiday meals at Louies Modern and at Libby’s Cafe & Bar. “We are a family run business that understands there are quite a few people who are visiting Sarasota,” says founder Joe Seidensticker, Tableseide CEO. “Our goal is to provide a great family like experience at all of our locations in order to ensure a great holiday for those who are are visiting or just want to relax and let us do all of the work.” Louies Modern will be open from 10am to 8pm with an extravagant Thanksgiving Buffet, priced at $65 for adults and $35 for children. Turkey, prime rib and pit-smoked ham will be in the spread, along with seemed PEI missiles, poached shrimp or salmon and a variety of sides. Libby’s, meanwhile, will host a Thanksgiving celebration from 11am to 8pm, charging adults $35 and children $15 while offering a menu of Libby’s favorites and holiday specials.

And Michael’s on East will continue it’s 30-year tradition of keeping its doors open on Thanksgiving Day. “We enjoy watching so many guests' families grow up—and expand—each year,” says Michael Klauber, co-owner of Michael’s on East. “We offer a featured menu with many ‘favorites of the house’ in addition to a traditional turkey dinner complete with mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing. Our chef team takes it to the limit with amazing fresh, organic Turkeys, made from scratch sides & condiments and of course fabulous desserts from our in-house bakery.” And with so many tourists in town for vacation, it only makes sense, Klauber says, to keep Sarasota’s best fine dining options available for consumption even during the holidays. But hopefully you already have a reservation, as Michael's already has a waiting list to get in today. 

Photo courtesy Louies Modern. Special holiday spread.

[Ryan Flies]  From the Cockpit Part 47: Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

Editor’s Note: This is part 48 of an ongoing series documenting the flights of active-duty US Navy Pilot Ryan Rankin on his journey to fly 52 planes in 52 weeks through the year 2017.

Back on the water, Rankin tries his hand at another amphibious aircraft this week—the Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey. Also a tailwheel aircraft, it may seem like double the difficulty, but on the water it makes no nevermind, with the wheels tucked safely up and outside the cockpit windows. Most likely the last amphibious aircraft of the year for Rankin, it’s something he feels he’s getting to know better and better. “I know what to look for,” he says.

Flying out of Destin Executive Airport with a flight instructor named Rose from FlyTheBeach.com, Rankin gets a feel for the SeaRey. The one he’s in is one of the very first factory-built SeaReys released in 1992, and this is important. Being factory-built, this particular SeaRey is cleared for commercial use. Also available in kit form (assembled on delivery), those would be classified as experimental craft and for private use only. “Essentially,” says Rankin, “you can do anything with an experimental craft without breaking the rules.” Except commercial flights, which would mean no flight with Rose.

Taking a 30-minute flight out over the beach and past the sandbar, the SeaRey presents no noticeable quirks or oddities that Rankin can notice. “A well-built machine,” he says, and one that combines high functionality with a bit of that pioneering home-built feel, bringing a bit of both worlds. Flying over the water and past the sandbar, Rankin experiences two firsts—landing an amphibious aircraft in saltwater and counting dolphins and sharks from 100 feet over the water. For an avid surfer, the latter was a bit more unsettling.

A bit on the lighter side (Rankin estimates around 900 pounds, fully fueled), he could feel the wind pushing the craft a bit even in fair weather, but that’s to be expected. Some are more susceptible than others—the key is not to fight it. “You just let the airplane move around while you maintain positive control,” Rankin says, and unduly fighting Mother Nature means possibly damaging flight controls. Maintain altitude and heading and speed within reason, but go with the flow. “You’re just there to keep things under control,” he says.

For more about the flight in Rankin's own words and a video of the flight, follow the link below. 

Pictured: Ryan Rankin flies the Progressive Aerodyne SeaRey. Photo courtesy of Ryan Rankin.

Ryan Flies

[Board Moves]  Sarasota Bradenton International Announces Newly Elected Board Officers

At its November 20, 2017 regular board meeting, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority unanimously elected Commissioner Bob Spencer as Chairman for 2018. Mr. Spencer served previously as Vice Chairman in 2017. He was appointed to the board in September 2015 by Governor Rick Scott. Chairman Spencer is President of West Coast Tomato, a family-owned agricultural operation, owning tomato farms and real estate in the southwest Florida area. He presently serves on various foundations and charitable organizations in Manatee County. Completing the officers for the Airport Authority will be Dr. Peter A. Wish as Vice Chairman and Doug Holder as Secretary. 

SRQ Airport

[Exec Moves]  National Search for New Head Football Coach at Sarasota High School

Sarasota High School is beginning a national search for a new head football coach for the Sailor football team. Sarasota High School Principal David Jones accepted the resignation of Head Football Coach Bryan Ryals. Ryals will continue his service to Sarasota High in his other role on campus, First Step outreach coordinator. Interested candidates should submit their interest and resume to Ryan Chase, assistant principal at ryan.chase@sarasotacountyschools.net. 

[Recognition]  Mullet's Aluminum Products, Inc. Receives Award of Excellence

For the 11th consecutive year, Mullet's Aluminum Products, Inc. received the Aluminum Association of Florida's 2017 Awards of Excellence at the association's annual board meeting held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Reseort in Orlando, FL. Mullet's Aluminum received awards in two categories—Railings for fabrication and installation of aluminum stairs installed at Fruitville Elementary in Sarasota, FL. (the architect of record for the project was Sweet Sparkman and the general contractor was Jon F. Swift, Inc.) and Miscellaneous Metals for the fabrication and installation of a custom aluminum trellis at the Wyndham Resort on Clearwater Beach (the general contractor was MOSS Construction). 

[Anniversary]  Innovative Agent Services (IAS) Celebrates 15 Years

Founder and CEO Tina Darling of IAS Marketing Services celebrates the company's 15th year in business. With a 5,100 square foot building, 9 full-time employees and two outside sales representatives, the company serves 4,000 clients with full service printing, graphic design, websites, social media and mailings. VP of Business Development Elizabeth Reynolds also serves as the Communications Chair for the Sarasota Young Professionals Group and both she and Tina Darling are partners of the Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee. 

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Turtle Nesting Supplies

What do medium-sized latex gloves, five-gallon cans of yellow paint, orange flagging tape and black Sharpie markers have in common? These items help Mote Marine Laboratory’s Sea Turtle Conservation & Research Program monitor 35 miles of local beaches during sea turtle nesting season. After this year’s successful season, the Program is running low on supplies. You can help by dropping these items off in the designated box in the Mote Aquarium entrance. 

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Musical Instruments

Donate musical instruments in playable condition to the Sarasota Youth Orchestra and give a young person the gift of music education. Currently 56% of the students in the Sarasota Youth Orchestra’s program receive tuition scholarships based on financial need and many are loaned an instrument.  

Sarasota Orchestra

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Everyday Items for Seniors

Every year, Friendship Centers help thousands of seniors in need and are always appreciative of donations of everyday items including: Band-Aids, antibacterial ointment, pill boxes, pajama sets, diabetic socks, snap front robes and sweaters, personal care items, bottled water, small flashlights, adult diapers, used hearing aids, stamps, adult coloring books, markers, laundry detergent, portable heaters, magnifying glasses, sheets and blankets, non-perishable foods, gift cards for grocery stores and gas stations and tickets to nearby attractions and venues. 

Friendship Centers

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Stockings, Art Materials, School Supplies

Operation Graduation of Sarasota appreciates donations of art supplies, books, toys, games and book bags, school supplies with school supplies, stockings and stocking stuffers. 

Sarasota YMCA Sharks

[SRQ Gives Back Holiday Wish List]  Paper Supplies

The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center would like to help those who help others this holiday season, and requests donations of copy paper for the 18 human services nonprofit agencies on GSHSC Campus of Caring.  

Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Solutionary Health Festival , November 25, 11:00AM

Come celebrate living healthfully at Oscar Scherer State Park for the Solutionary Health Festival, where nutritionists, dieticians, and health-oriented people from all over will come together! The day will feature live music, yoga, trivia, local vendors, youth activities, food, educational exhibits, and more.  

Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S Tamiami Trail Osprey, FL 34229

[SOON]  MUSIC: Blue Suede Shoes , November 29 – April 1, Varies by day

In the 1950s, Rock 'N' Roll took America by storm. With roots in rhythm and blues, country western, swing and do-wop, this new sound would forever change the world of music. From the father of Rock 'N' Roll, Chuck Berry, to The King himself, Elvis Presley, this revue celebrates the birth of rock and roll.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: A Motown Christmas , November 29 – December 23, 6pm

In celebration of the holiday season, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will be putting on their signature musical performance. The event is marked by traditional Christmas carols paired with soulful sounds from Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson 5.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  DANCE: Voices of SCD , November 30 – December 3

Their annual spectacle is a hallmark of the company’s approach to dance: full of physicality, thought, and delight. Original and adventurous, the works presented are choreographed by company members and emerging choreographers from around the country.

Jane B Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Luncheon: Philanthropic Agenda , November 30, 11:00am-1:00pm

Join SRQ Magazine for the launch of 2017-2018 SB2: Luncheon Symposium season on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. The Philanthropic 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 presentation of the SRQ Gives Good Innovation in Philanthropy Award honoring community leaders in the nonprofit sector who are contributing to our region’s philanthropic strength with their forward-thinking initiatives and perspectives. Special guest panelists include: John Annis of The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Carol Butera from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Mark Prichett of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Martha Wells of the Southwest Florida Planned Giving Council. Moderated by SRQ MEDIA Executive Publisher Wes Roberts. Tickets are $45/per person and includes a delicious lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.

The Francis , 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Annie , November 30 – December 17, 2pm, 7:30pm, or 8pm

Rewatch the classic American musical where a little orphan girl takes the stage by storm. See the child heroine work her magic onstage and enjoy the performance live. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue W., Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: Flowers for Algernon , November 30 – December 17, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

When a laboratory experiment successfully increases the intelligence of a mouse, Charlie Gordon, a spirited autistic man, volunteers as the first subject for human trials. The play grapples with society’s less-than-ideal treatment of mental illness, the ethics of human experimentation and the difficulty faced in accepting and loving ourselves.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Bluesfest Weekend , December 1 – December 3

The Bradenton Blues Festival Weekend kicks off on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, with a free “Blues Appetizer” Concert, brought to you by Mojoe Productions, Inc. The Bradenton Blues Festival, presented by BMO Harris Bank, is on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, with an outstanding lineup of talented blues musicians on the big stage. In addition to amazing music, our award-winning annual festival features local craft beer, delicious specialty food vendors, and more. The festivities continue with blues after-parties all evening long. The weekend wraps up with a tasty and soulful Bradenton Blues Brunch prepared by award-winning Chef Paul Mattison on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. The Blues Brunch is presented by Urology Partners. Come and experience the blues in Bradenton!

Riverwalk Amphitheater, 452 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Metropolitan , December 1 – December 2, 2pm and 7:30pm

This three-part production includes a performance of company favorite Sir Frederick Ashton’s enigmatic ballet Illuminations—one of only two ballets Ashton choreographed for the New York City Ballet—as well as the world premiere of new choreography from American Ballet Theatre’s Marcelo Gomes, in his first collaboration with Sarasota Ballet. 

Sarasota Ballet, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Designing Women Boutique 15th Annual Gala , December 3

December 3 when Designing Women's Boutique presents “Jazzy Night”, their 15th annual fundraising gala that will be held at Michael’s On the Bay in beautiful Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Each year the gala keeps receiving more notoriety largely due to the positive feedback, growing number of attendees and funds raised for grants. This highly anticipated event will include live jazz-inspired entertainment, an auction, and a photo booth, etc. The evening begins at 5:30pm with cocktails and hors d’oeurves overlooking the stunning Sarasota Bay, followed by dinner at Michael’s On the Bay. One of the most decorated parts of the evening will be the variety of live talent that will be performing which includes The West Coast Black Theatre Troop, Broadway and television actress Savannah Wise and John Rinell with a four to five piece accompaniment. All proceeds from the event will go towards funding Designing Women’s grant program that benefits local arts and human services organizations. Tickets are $250 and may be purchased online at www.DesigningWomenSRQ.org.

Michaelís On the Bay at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota

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