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"Sarasota at its core is an artistic community looking to have an inspiring experience when they shop."

- Ashley Rogers, Owner of Canned Ham Vintage

-Dish Art, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[New Restaurant ]  Tacos with a View at The Ringling Grillroom
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

When it comes to restaurants inside cultural attractions, a lot can go wrong. Think of amusement park grease pits, salt-laden stadium selections or tourist trap diners in historic districts. In these contexts, menu architects must infuse broad appeal into their selections to ensure that tourists find something recognizable. But at venues like The Ringling, chock full of priceless art and exquisitely manicured landscaping, too broad of an appeal can cheapen the experience. The trick is to marry a menu to a venue, and The Ringling Grillroom, the new food program from Metz Culinary Management, strikes that balance between broad appeal and gourmet with an all-purpose selection of seafood, salads and Mediterranean-inspired dishes that elevate the overall program into something befitting the legacy of the Ringling family.

While the menu features more full-bodied entrees like seared Florida snapper or a grilled center-cut filet with which it hopes to bill itself as a destination for lunch and dinner, the Sarasota-bay fish tacos also make for a nice meal overlooking the grounds from the McKay Visitor’s Pavilion. Starting with Caribbean-spiced chunks of Mahi, the tacos also feature a tangy red cabbage, Key lime and jicama slaw to go along with a black bean corn salsa and a smoked chili cream. Folded inside two corn tortillas, the tacos are light and flavorful with a distinctly Floridian vibe—bright and tropical. If they were to be improved, the Mahi can be diced a little smaller and a touch more of the delicious accompaniments might be added, with perhaps a lime wedge or two served on the side to perk it up even more. But it was an otherwise wonderful meal after a stroll through the rose gardens and a brief repose by the bay.

The restaurant is open daily from 10am to 7pm. 

The Ringling Grillroom, ​5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, 941-360-7390.

Click here for more menu and more restaurant information.

[Grand Opening]  Grab a Free Cup of Coffee This Wednesday at New Kahwa Location
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Quick raise of hands: Who doesn’t love free coffee? That's what we figured. We're happy to extend a great piece of news for all you caffeine junkies then. Kahwa Coffee Roasters will officially open its new Osprey store – the 15th location in Florida and first in South Sarasota – with a grand opening celebration on Wednesday, November 18. To mark the exciting occasion, Kahwa is giving out FREE small coffee drinks all day, for one day only. Guests can order a hot or cold coffee of their choice, including the seasonal pumpkin spice latte for the fall fiends. Limit to one drink per person, and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card just by dropping in to say, 'Welcome to the neighborhood.'  The new store is located at 1308 S Tamiami Trl., Osprey. Open from 7am - 6:30pm. Cheers to the bean dream.  

Photo courtesy of Kahwa Coffee Roasters

[Competition]  Oleskii Novikov of Ukraine Wins the 2020 SBD World's Strongest Man Championship Title

In partnership with The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (BACVB), the 43rd annual edition of the SBD World’s Strongest Man competition took place at Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island, November 11-15, following an advanced new format. The Championship concluded its progressive four-day schedule as Oleksii Novikov (UKR) was crowned the 2020 World’s Strongest Man Champion in his second consecutive appearance. Strongmen finalists competed in three events on the final day including the Hercules Hold, Log Ladder and Atlas Stones, but the day belonged to first-time winner Novikov who gave a dominant performance throughout the four-day event. The 24-year-old set the stage with a new world record in the Deadlift competition at 537.5 kg / 1,185 lbs., a record previously held by Tom Magee with a 535 kilograms (1,179 lb) partial deadlift from 18" off the floor during the 1983 World's Strongest Man competition.

How to Watch Full World’s Strongest Man Program in December: Television coverage of the 2020 championship will be broadcast worldwide to more than 70 different countries and territories, totaling close to 500 million households. In the US, SBD World’s Strongest Man Championship coverage will premiere on CBS Sports Network in December and the two-hour finale is slated to air on CBS on December 26. 

For more information and the latest updates including where to watch, follow @theworldsstrongestman or visit  theworldsstrongestman.com

Photo courtesy of World's Strongest Man

[Recognition]  Anna Maria Oyster Bar Named U.S. Senate Small Business of The Week

Celebrating more than 25 years of serving great food at a great value in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere, Anna Maria Oyster
Bar has been honored by the U.S. Senate as Small Business of The Week. Now with four coastal-inspired locations, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar started as one small oyster bar and grew into one of Bradenton’s most beloved seafood restaurants. The Anna Maria Oyster Bar family’s strong commitment to the community is second to none. 

[New Hire]  Leslie M. Turner Joins The Bay Park Conservancy’s Board of Directors

The Bay Park Conservancy (BPC), the non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the redevelopment of 53-acres of City-owned land along Sarasota Bay into a public park, is pleased to announce that Leslie M. Turner has joined its board of directors. “I’m delighted to be a new board member for The Bay Park Conservancy and this project really resonated with me because I believe public, open spaces have a huge impact in people’s lives,” said Turner. “Being able to access the water and a beautiful park like The Bay is so important, and I’m excited to be part of a project, a board and a community that are committed to embracing the diversity of experiences and people." 

Click here for more information.

[Recognition]  Goodwill Veterans Services Team Leader Named Veteran of the Year

On Veterans Day, Todd Hughes – a veteran of the U.S. Army who serves as the manager for the Goodwill Manasota Veterans Services Program – was honored by the Sarasota County Veterans Commission with the John H. McLain Veteran of the Year Award. "This nomination was easy because Todd easily met all of the criteria for the award: contributions to patriotic endeavors, educating the community about veterans, service to veterans' widows and children, and more," said Ted Smith, 2nd vice president of the Sarasota County Veterans Commission. "But what really stands out is his appreciation for America: he has seen the devastating impact of dictatorships and poverty in Iraq, especially on children who are the same age as his own. I and others have always sensed his incredible heart and concern for fellow veterans." 

For more about Goodwill Manasota and its service to veterans call 941-355-2721, ext. 451.

Click here for more information.

[Fundraising]  Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida Raises Money in November for Epilepsy Awareness Month

The 2020 Flanzer $500,000 Matching Program will match any gift from $5 to $500 to Epilepsy Services of Southwest Florida. Your gift helps ensure our clients continue to receive critical medical attention including access to neurologists, diagnostic testing and assistance accessing medications as well as case management services and prevention and educational programs to the community at large. 

Click here to donate.

[Meal Donations]  Tidewell Foundation Partners With Leading Restaurants on Thanksgiving Meal Donation Opportunities

This month, Tidewell Foundation, Inc. is offering our communities an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients of Tidewell Hospice and its affiliate companies by donating Thanksgiving meals through a partnership with PIER 22, GROVE and Morton’s Gourmet Market. Each donated meal will be pre-made, ready to heat and serve, and hand-delivered to Tidewell patients and their families in time for Thanksgiving dinner. To donate a meal from PIER 22 & GROVE, customers can visit their online Thanksgiving "Bake & Serve" Meals Order Form and select "Donate a Tidewell Foundation Individual Meal." Customers have until 8pm Tuesday, November 24 to make a donation. 

Click here for more information.

[In This Issue]  What Goes Around, Comes Around

Where to find Sarasota's best secondhand shops. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's November 2020 edition.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Register for Zoom Webinar of 'Where The Votes Are' , November 19, 8:30am - 9:30 am

Join SRQ Magazine Contributing Senior Editor Jacob Ogles for the virtual "Where the Votes Are" webinar conducting precinct-level analysis of election results in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Where did Republicans and Democrats enjoy the greatest levels of turnouts? How did results of the presidential election impact local races on the same ballot? The Zoom presentation will take place this Thursday at 8:30am.  Advanced registration is required. Click here to register for the zoom webinar. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Monthly: Beer Garden Bazaar Night Market , July 31 – December 25, 6pm-11pm

Join us in the Motorworks Beer Garden every last Friday for our monthly “Beer Garden Bazaar” Night Market featuring local makers showcasing their original arts, handmade crafts and one-of-a-kind goods, plus live music from 7-11pm, food trucks, delicious craft brews (of course) and extensive wine & cocktail offerings. Invite your friends, swing on by the Beer Garden and mingle with a drink in hand while perusing tons of awesome local wares. Eat, shop and drink the night away under the glow of the moon and beautifully lit old oak tree. Family & Pet Friendly Free Event.

Motorworks Brewing, 1014 9th Street West Bradenton, Florida 34205

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Opera at the Gardens , November 17, 5:30PM
Hear arias that celebrate the outdoors under the stars in this outdoor concert with piano accompaniment. Concert will be limited to 100 people only. Tickets: $35. Join us for favorite opera selections with piano accompaniment by Jesse Martins and George Hemcher, featuring principal artists from past seasons. Sopranos Hanna Brammer, Anna Mandina and Caitlin Crabill Tenors Andrew Surrena and Samuel Schlievert Baritone Alexander Boyd Bass Young Bok Kim

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALA: Night of the White Tiger with Nik Wallenda , November 21, 6pm

Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary is hosting a Night of the White Tiger dinner fundraiser on November 21 with cocktails at 6 and dinner at 7pm. Daredevil aerialist Nik Wallenda will be the special guest host for the gourmet dinner served al fresco in the pavilion amid the Habitat’s exotic residents. The socially-distanced fundraiser will help support the Habitat’s big cats, bears and other animals by supplementing admission funds, which have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Individual tickets are $250 and table sponsors of six guests are $1,500. Advance registration is required by November 16 by contacting events@bigcathabitat.org or 941-371-6377. Event sponsors Butcher’s Mark and Rodizio Grill are donating food for the event, which will be prepared by Chef Jarek Rosaire Dymek. Guests are asked to dress in black and white attire and will be greeted by special animal guests, have photos taken with Barry, the white tiger, and enjoy live music, silent auctions and raffles. Table sponsors will automatically be entered in a raffle for a gift and private animal encounter. Big Cat Habitat is at 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota. More information is available at www.BigCatHabitat.org, by calling 941-371-6377, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BigCatHabitat.

Big Cat Habitat, 7101 Palmer Boulevard

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: SCD + Piazzolla Collaboration with Ann Pilot , November 19 – November 22, 7:30pm except Sunday 2:00pm

Back by popular demand, SCD continues to bring their collaborations to a nuevo level with renowned harpist, Ann Hobson Pilot. This performance is originally choreographed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, inspired by la música of Astor Pantaleon Piazzolla. Pilot’s arrangement for the harp, violin, and bandoneon, inspired by Piazzola’s compositions, infuses the composer’s melodías into a contemporary mix of música de tango with jazz and classical influences. Through an invigorating visual and emotional experience, SCD brings a passionate and poignant performance to the Historic Asolo Theater with Piazzolla from November 19, 2020 until November 22, 2020. Performances at 7:30pm, except Sunday at 2pm.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The 3rd Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit , November 16 – November 19

The 3rd annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS) will be held virtually for the first time from November 16 to 19, 2020. The Summit is an educational event that brings together national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and community partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation. Registration for the event is open until November 9. 

November 16: Sarasota/Manatee Safety Policy Panel, AICP Credits Pending! Join us for a panel discussion on how to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries in the Sarasota/Manatee region. The panel convenes leaders in the realms of transportation planning, public health, engineering, as well as policy, community advocacy, and the private sector to develop and share promising strategies and to support strong, distributed leadership that make Vision Zero a reality.

November 17: ADA D-Lite Virtual Training, PE & AICP Credits! Join us for an exclusive sneak peak, as Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Puerto Rico Highway Transportation Authority (PRHTA), Florida Division of Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Florida LTAP Center present the essentials of accessible design for transportation professionals. This brand new course represents a substantial departure from more traditional ADA training events. Not only significantly shorter, it foregoes complicated legal discussion to focus on plain description of the minimum accessibility requirements for planners, engineers, risk managers and other transportation specialists working in Florida and Puerto Rico. The partners will beta test ADA D-Lite in Florida and Puerto Rico during 2021 in virtual, 1 and 1.5 day versions, but you'll see its first compliments at the Third Annual Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit (GCSSS). 3.5 PE credits, AICP credits pending.

November 18  and 19: Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit, AICP Credits Pending! Join us for two days of educational sessions ranging from public involvement techniques to bicycle and pedestrian design best practices. Listen to national speakers, public officials, technical staff, sister counties, and partners to elevate our efforts on how to design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes. A more detailed agenda for the two-day event can be viewed. Register at https://www.gulfcoastsafestreetssummit.org/. Tickets prices for this two-day event are $15 for students and citizens or $40 for professionals. AICP credits pending.

Online, Online

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Sally Pettibon: Personal Geography , October 19 – December 11

"Personal Geography represents the connection I feel for my hometown of What Cheer, Iowa. This small town with its boarded-up buildings and a melancholy that permeates the streets holds so many memories of my early life. Although I lived there for only five years, it has a hold on me that’s difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s my inherent need to belong somewhere, perhaps it’s the memories of my family who are no longer alive, or maybe it’s the place itself with its rolling hills, verdant cornfields and own distinct quality of light. More likely it’s my memory of a place where both my father and I were born, where my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents lived nearby. The map of my life extends quite far, I lived in four different states by the time I was 16. But it’s this tiny forgotten town that has a hold on me both temporal and spiritual that I don’t fully understand. Combining family snapshots with photographs I have taken in What Cheer since the 1970’s Personal Geography explores the impermanence of history and memory and the permanence of place." This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

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