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"In the wake of the pandemic, the construction jobs and economic impact created by the project will give the local economy a much needed boost as the challenges for our community continue."

- Selby Gardens Compromise Plan

-Korean Beef Sandwich from Smoqehouse. Photo by Andrew Fabian.
[BBQ]  The Art of the Instant Classic
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Some people just get it. Whether by circumstance, luck or genius, some people can churn out hit after hit. The Beatles did it; restaurateur David Chang did it; Steven Spielberg did it. And in a small standalone restaurant on Tamiami Trail wedged between a gas station and an office plaza, an unassuming BBQ sandwich shop is doing it.

Smoqehouse, an up-and-coming fast-casual sandwich shop owned and operated by Minnesota transplants Andy and Heidi Kubes, features a menu of smoked treats in which not a single item is a dud. And, in a way, their Korean beef sandwich ($8) is a worthy flagship for the restaurant—it’s creative in conception and flavor profile, but never strays too far from the bottom line of simple deliciousness that smoked meat ought to be.

Two-hour smoked beef gets thinly sliced onto a fluffy ciabatta roll, then is smeared with a slightly spicy gochujang sauce. This on its own would make a sliced beef sandwich that can send Arby’s executives into a panic attack, but Smoqehouse adds a dollop of ginger and lime slaw that brings a cool tang and sweetness to the whole affair. It reads at first as though the sandwich comes chock full of pretension—who puts ginger, lime and gochujang on a smoked beef sandwich?—but the final product still manages somehow to stick to the recognizable format even if it’s added some flair of its own. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the art of the instant classic.

And that terrifying mound to the right of the sandwich? A serving of the crispiest hand cut chips this side of the Mississippi, topped with bleu cheese crumbles and garlic-thyme aioli. You’re welcome. 

Smoqehouse, 6112 S Tamiami Trail, 941-923-9090

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[Building]  Selby Gardens Compromise Master Plan

Selby Gardens' Compromise Master Plan recently finalized the thorough analysis by the City of Sarasota’s Development Review Committee, and the virtual Planning Board hearings have officially been set for Tuesday, September 22 and Wednesday, September 23 starting at 1:30pm each day (the second date will only be utilized if needed). They expect the City Commission hearings to follow in November/December and will keep you informed. Selby Gardens has secured $35 million in private funds restricted solely to the implementation of this Master Plan. In the wake of the pandemic, the construction jobs and economic impact created by the project will give the local economy a much needed boost as the challenges for our community continue.  

[Recognition]  Sarasota Based Lick My Spoon Product Wins National Culinary Gold

Sarasota based Sapore Della Vita won the 2020 sofi™ Gold Award in the dessert topping category for their Lick My Spoon Vegan Caramel Sauce. As the line of culinary products grow, so do the accolades for Lick My Spoon who are not newcomers to the national awards arena. The artisan food industry has swooned over Kristine Insalaco-Gaioni’s culinary innovations for years. Kristine’s caramel sauce received a Good Food Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. And her caramel sauce was named Best Caramel Sauce in the U.S. in 2016 by Food & Wine magazine. Lick My Spoon products are available at Whole Foods in Sarasota, Tampa, and Ft. Myers locations, and at Williams-Sonoma throughout the Southeast. They are also sold in grocery and specialty shops across the nation. 

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[New Hire]  Intercoastal Medical Group Welcomes New Family Medicine Physician

Intercoastal Medical Group recently welcomed Family Medicine physician, David G. Mohr, DO, to its growing medical group. As a Family Medicine physician, Dr. Mohr has three additional years of specialized training in the fields of medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgical diagnosis and minor surgery, gynecology and psychological counseling. Dr. Mohr is seeing patients at the Intercoastal Medical Group’s Cattleridge Internal & Family Medicine Practice at the Cattleridge Medical Building, 3333 Cattlemen Road, Suite 208, Sarasota, FL, 34232. To make an appointment, please call  -941-379-5121 or visit www.intercoastalmedical.com to make an appointment on-line. 

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[New Hire]  Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute Welcomes Ahsan Shah, MD

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) welcomes Board-certified medical oncologist Ahsan Shah, MD. He is seeing patients at the FCS Fort Myers Cancer Center at 8260 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, FL and FCS Fort Myers Colonial office at 8931 Colonial Center Drive, Suite 300 in Fort Myers, FL. FCS CEO Nathan Walcker said, “Dr. Shah’s approach to medical care and deep experience with pancreatic diseases is perfectly aligned with community-based oncology. We could not be more pleased to welcome him to FCS.”


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[Recognition]  Tri County Air Wins 2020 Sarasota Chamber Frank G. Berlin Small Business Award

 Tri County Air received the 2020 Frank G. Berlin Small Business Award from the Greater Sarasota Chamber in the Medium Business category. Tri County Air is a second-generation family-owned and operated company, with the third generation working in the business today. They have proudly served the residents of Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties for the past 43 years by providing the area’s best air conditioning and heating maintenance, service, and new installs. It is their pleasure to be the only family guaranteeing your family’s comfort since 1977. 

[Recognition]  Williams Parker Attorney Elizabeth M. Stamoulis Named “Young Professional of the Year”

Williams Parker is pleased to share that partner Elizabeth M. Stamoulis has been named “Young Professional of the Year” by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The award honors a local young professional who has demonstrated formidable leadership in personal, professional, and community capacities and was awarded at the 2020 Frank G. Berlin Sr. Small Business Awards, which took place virtually August 28. 

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[Webinar]  Women’s Resource Center Encourages Women to Explore the Skilled Trades

Changing perceptions regarding gender roles, combined with the pandemic’s disruption of the service sector, has put a spotlight on career opportunities available for women in the skilled trades. Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is hosting a free webinar, “Women in the Trades,” to encourage more women to explore such high-demand occupations as plumbers, electricians, mechanics, and machinists. Typical entry level wages for these jobs are $13 to $15 per hour with rapid wage increases possible, often in the six-figure range. The webinar will offer detailed information about free training programs for these occupations that are available through private grants and the federal CARES Act. This informational webinar is Wednesday, September 23, 12pm-1pm. To register, go to www.mywrc.org/womenintrades or call 941-256-9721. Participants can attend by phone or computer to learn more. 

[Board Member Announcements]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Welcomes Five New Board Members

The Hermitage Artist Retreat recently welcomed five new members to its board of trustees: Maryann Casey, Christine Boone, Tina Shao Napoli, Michael R. Pender, Jr., and Mary Lou Winnick. “Each brings a diversity of experiences and viewpoints to the Hermitage,” says Leslie Edwards, president of the Hermitage board. “We’re excited to welcome these forward-thinking individuals to our team. We are confident they will make an important and positive impact to our ongoing mission to support artists and the creative process, and to preserve this extraordinary and inspiring place.” 

[Fundraiser]  Rotary Futures College Resource Center Launches Matching Fundraising Campaign

Rotary Futures College Resource Center, a community-based nonprofit resource center that provides free post-secondary planning services to students, recently launched a fundraising campaign with a $40,000 goal to match contributions already committed by several generous community sponsors. “As a nonprofit organization, we depend on donations and fundraising to support our program,” said Kim Kindell, executive director of the Rotary Futures College Resource Center. “Our main funding source has been our annual Comedy Night dinner and silent auction. The event provides approximately 70 percent of our annual budget, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel this crucial fundraiser and need our community’s support now more than ever.” 

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: Celebrate Selby Gardens: 40th Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition , August 27 – September 20, 10am-4:30pm

We are excited to announce that Selby Gardens will celebrate 40 years of the annual juried photographic exhibition and sale with a virtual edition hosted in partnership with The Observer Group! The virtual exhibition will be viewable August 27 to September 20 on Selby.org and YourObserver.com. As we pivoted to the virtual photographic exhibition format, we adjusted the photo submission deadlines and details as well as the dates of the exhibition. Please review and mark your calendar with the new dates below: Online Photo Submissions: Sunday, August 9 to Friday, August 14. Winners Announced: Thursday, August 27. Virtual Exhibition: Thursday, August 27 to Sunday, September 20. To minimize person-to-person contact, photos must be submitted digitally. Please stay tuned for more step-by-step details on how to submit your photos. Entry is open to all amateurs, but photos must have been taken at either Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota or Historic Spanish Point campuses. Please refer to the entry details below for more information.

Selby's Museum of Botany & the Arts, 900 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Yoga on Ca'd 'Zan Lawn , August 20 – September 17, 7:00pm

Yoga Instructor Ashley Stewart will lead a yoga session the front lawn of Ca' d'Zan. With your health and safety as a top priority, these classes are limited to 50 participants and at least 7 feet of distance will be maintained between people. Class size is limited, tickets must be purchased in advance

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Glass in the Gardens at Selby Gardens , August 8 – September 20

The third annual summer glass show, In Dialogue with Nature: Glass in the Gardens, opens Saturday, August 8 at the Downtown Sarasota campus. This year, nature-inspired glasswork, exclusively created by Duncan McClellan and his studio artists, will embellish the Tropical Conservatory and Koi Pond against a backdrop of lush flowers and plants. Many spectacular pieces will also be on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. The botanically-themed glassworks will be available for sale with a significant portion of the proceeds benefiting Selby Gardens’ mission.

Selby Gardens, 1534 Mound Street

[SOON]  SPORTS: Football Legend Reggie Williams at A Bookstore1 Special Virtual Event , September 8, 7:00pm

NFL Football legend Reggie Williams will virtually visit Bookstore1Sarasote for a Zoom book launch of his new memoir, Resilient by Nature. This amazing memoir follows the story of Reggie Williams: ex-NFL linebacker, former Disney executive, renaissance man, and the epitome of determination in the face of extreme challenges. The event is free, but registration is needed for participation. The Zoom link will be sent one day prior to the event.

Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Bradenton Fall Home Show , September 11 – September 13, 10am-7pm and 10am-6pm

At the Home Show, our goal is simple: to inspire, motivate and excite you for your upcoming home improvement - whether it's a minor renovation or a major remodel. Our events feature a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing our expert exhibitors, we know you'll be inspired and motivated to start planning with confidence. More importantly, we want you to be excited for all the fantastic possibilities that come with your project. When it's all said and done and you're ready to celebrate your home, we'll do a little celebrating ourselves, knowing we had some part in it.

Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 5th Annual Reef and Beach Cleanup , September 12 – September 13

Calling all Scuba Divers, Fisherman and Land Lubbers! This event is for everyone who cares about our shoreline and water ways. This is a "one of a kind" competitive trash collecting event. Bring friends and family. Trash collectors of all ages are welcome. There is NO entry fee. Community Service hours available for groups and students. Over $6,000. dollars in prize money will be spread out over 20 different categories. Categories include: most anchors, most recyclables, chain & other metals, tires, non-recyclable trash, fishing gear, nets, rope, tackle and an award to the most unique item brought in (as determined by judges). We've added a new category this year. There is now a category for Lion Fish. Lion fish are taking over our reefs. They are an invasive species that are killing off indigenous species.

Bradenton Yacht Club, 4307 13th St. West, Palmetto, FL

[SOON]  HEALTH: Sup & Run 5K , September 12, 8am

Three great races, world-class venue, awesome shirts, custom 4" finisher medals, challenge coins, great prizes, spectacular post-race party with the libation lounge, sip & rum, yummy food, live DJ and more. Choose between 5k Run: Choose to run or walk in this family-friendly 5K race around the lake. All skill levels welcome. 5K Sup: Bring your own stand-up paddleboard or rent one in this 5K race on the lake. All skill levels welcome. 5K Sup & 5K Run: Want a challenge? Complete our 5K Sup AND our 5K Run in this race. All skill levels welcome. The "First 100 Club" receive custom super special swag. This means the first 100 people to register each year. $1,000 in cash prizes, awesome shirt, great awards and prizes plus the best (summer) post-race party around.

Nathan Benderson Park, 5851 Nathan Benderson Cr Sarasota, FL 34235

[SOON]  SEMINAR: VIRTUAL Forty Carrots Presents Mark Brackett, Ph.D. , September 23, 7pm

Forty Carrots Family Center announces its 18th annual Free Educational Community Speaker Event, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. This year’s event transitions to a virtual platform, broadcasting at 7 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd. The event is free and open to the community, but advance registration is required. Dr. Brackett will present insights from his book; “Permission to Feel” helping parents, caregivers, teachers and professionals understand how emotions influence our lives; cultivate emotional intelligence in our children and develop tools for greater well-being and success.  Dr. Brackett is a research psychologist and the founding director at Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. He has developed a remarkable effective plan to improve the lives of children and adults – a blueprint for understanding emotions and using them wisely to help, rather than hinder, an individual’s success and inspiration in equal parts. Advance registration is required. Click to register online.


[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Being Seen: Recent Photography Acquisitions , April 19 – January 3, Museum hours.

Curated from The Ringling’s photography collection, this exhibition features works by photographers who examine the complexities of identity and the staging of selfhood. Consisting primarily of self-portraits and portraits of empowered subjects, these works explore personal agency at the intersection of politics and the female body. Many of the artists in the exhibition are recognized as leading voices in contemporary art and offer diverse perspectives on issues surrounding power, sexuality, and self-representation. Each photograph presents a unique invitation to renew the dialogue on the authority of the gaze in the twentieth-first century. Being Seen also includes numerous works by significant women photographers from the twentieth century, added to the collection in recent years. This exhibition offers visitors a rare opportunity to explore themes of agency, visibility, and gender through the lens of a broader historical context. This exhibit began April 19, 2020 and will end on January 3, 2021, during museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  MUSIC: Young Concert Artists Presents Omer Quartet with Hanzhi Wang, Accordion , October 11, 3pm-6pm

From Young Concert Artists comes one of the most versatile string quartets in classical music today. The Omer Quartet is quickly gaining a reputation for “fearless renderings” (the New York Times) of the standard quartet repertoire as well as compelling performances of works by today’s composers. The ensemble burst onto the scene with top prizes at Borciani, Trondheim, and Bordeaux in Europe all in one year, having already captured the Fischoff National Competition Grand Prize. The quartet was awarded first prize in the 2017 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions and recently debuted at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall. Joining the quartet from Young Concert Artists is accordion virtuoso Hanzhi Wang. Praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that are technically and musically masterful, this groundbreaking young musician is the only accordionist in 59 years to win a place on the YCA roster. 3pm Pre-Concert Wine Reception. Tickets are $42.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ian Dean: Nostalgicons , August 28 – October 2, Open by appointment 8/28-10/1 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. For appointment please email galleries@ringling.edu

Nostalgia can be a powerful trigger of emotions and memories, sometimes even invoking forgotten past events, places, and moments. Nostalgia also sells. Products replicating or calling back to the 1980’s and 1990’s have seen a surge (resurgence?) of popularity recently. These products are often marketed to younger generations who are fascinated with the decades, right along with the adults who actually owned the original items - or still do.

Dean photographs both the popular and old toys he still has from his childhood. Well-known toys that evoke nostalgia in others, the obscure tokens, and the items made by companies that no longer exist; all have histories which have been lost to time. In doing so, Dean found himself pondering the origins of the objects, who might have designed and created them, how many of them were made, the persistence of similar colors, and how many still exist. Over time, each object also picks up its own unique set of bumps and scratches, becoming tiny fragments of years that only grow more distant. Dean creates new art out of the mass-produced trinkets. He makes new memories out of the old, playing with color and shape; creating something for the viewer to enjoy looking through. Perhaps connecting with them as well by unlocking a buried snapshot of a distant time and place.

Patrician Thompson Gallery in the Keating Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

[SOON]  HEALTH: Monthly: Lakewood Ranch Community Bike Ride , October 17 – March 20, 8am-9am

Join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador, Greg Spring, on the third Saturday of each month from 8am to 9am October-March for a 10-mile, 1-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don't forget to bring your helmet.

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