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"It is always such an amazing day when we are giving the turkeys out to our veterans, you see the burden of providing such a big meal taken off their shoulders."

- Todd Hughes, Veterans Services Program Manager

-Dish Art, as seen in SRQ's November 2020 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[Seafood Restaurant]  A Cashew Crusted Staple from Off the Hook
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Sometimes greatness declares itself like a hammer to the head. Other times, greatness goes about its business quietly, neither seeking nor shunning the limelight. Off the Hook in Gulf Gate is the latter. Proprietor and chef Wes Duval operates his seafood restaurant as a model of consistency, churning out his greatest hits with fish so fresh they basically swam straight into the kitchen, and all the while trusting that his food will speak for itself.

One such greatest hit has been the cashew crusted presentation. Like many of the entrees, Duval often excludes the protein in the menu listing so that diners feel empowered to choose from a variety of surf and turf options. A “presentation” refers to the sides, sauces and the manner in which the protein is cooked, though even this can be customized. On a recent Saturday, Duval happened to get his hands on some fresh Mahi Mahi that made it onto the menu of possible fish for the cashew crusted presentation.

The crispy cashew crust envelops Mahi Mahi so fork-tender it almost eats like a big croquette stuffed with flaky, lean fish that barely requires mastication. It sits atop a bed of soba noodles, mushrooms and broccoli tossed in a coconut curry sauce so rich and exquisitely spiced it could probably be served as a hot beverage on its own. The swanky squiggle of chili sauce on the rim of the plate, though used to doll up the plating, serves as a great pit stop for a forkful of fish to add a touch of heat and complexity. 

Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant, 6630 Gateway Avenue, Sarasota, 941-923-5570

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[Interview]  Circus Eats

The Ringling Grillroom at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota opened to rave reviews last month. The goal was to honor the rich history of the Ringling brand and the legacy of John and Mable Ringling with a dining concept as unique as its namesakes. The overall vision and menu were developed by the Metz culinary team in collaboration with executive chef John Metz, Jr., CEO and Co-owner of Marlows Tavern and Sterling Culinary Management. It was inspired by the around the world trips of John and Mable Ringling, who frequently traveled through Europe in search of acts for the circus. SRQ spoke with Chef Chef Curtis Hawk about his culinary background and what guests can expect from their visit to The Ringling Grillroom. 

Hawk, started out by cooking in Italian kitchens, and was schooled and trained in French techniques and cuisine. While most of his background is cooking Mediterranean style food, working in a Cuban restaurant also helped him to expand his palate and has influenced his cooking even to this day. 

SRQ Magazine: With such a visually inventive and creative namesake as inspiration how did you incorporate “whimsical influences from the Circus and Arts” into the food at the new Ringling Grillroom? 

Curtis Hawk: We used our plates as a canvas to bring that namesake to life in our restaurant. We use bright colors on our plates. We feature "Big Top" sandwiches that are over the top in the presentation and ingredients. We did not let anything box us in when we were creating this menu. First and foremost, we made sure we were having fun at all times along the way. 

SRQ: What do you hope guests takeaway for their time at the Ringling Grillroom? How will their experience there be unique? 

CH: I hope they go home feeling like they have been entertained. We want to make them smile and laugh while they enjoy dishes they can't get anywhere else. Everything from Roasted Colorado Lamb to Hong Kong Style Triggerfish. There is something for everyone to love. I don't think you can go anywhere else in this area and enjoy a property as pristine and beautiful as The Ringling.

SRQ: If John and Mable Ringling were to dine at the new restaurant, what do you think they would order and why? 

CH: Well, I hope he would order JR's Crispy Chicken, considering it carries his initials. Mable has world class taste, so I envision her ordering our Ahi Tuna Nicoise, a dish that blends some of our finest and favorite ingredients.  

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

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[Fundraiser]  The Florida Center Aims to Inspire with Virtual Benefit

The Florida Center for Early Childhood will hold its 33rd Annual Winter Benefit: An Evening to Inspire on Friday evening, December 4, 2020. With the goal of raising $100,000, the virtual event features multiple ways to participate. “Reaching our goal will allow us to provide 15 children with approximately six months of therapy,” said Kristie Skoglund, Chief Executive Officer. “Children from low-income families can receive life-changing therapeutic services, like speech/language, occupational, and mental health therapies.” 

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[Recognition]  All Faiths Food Bank Recognized as One of Top Food Banks in the Country

All Faiths Food Bank was recognized by Feeding America as one of the top four – out of 200 - food banks of the year. Feeding America made the announcement during its Fall Leadership Virtual Summit honoring food bank leaders for their local community-building and contributions in the 2019 program year. “All Faiths Food Bank has become synonymous with the image of a healthy, nurturing and trustworthy provider,” said Nelle Miller, board chair of All Faiths. “Known for efficiency and, most importantly, the equitable distribution of millions of meals, the community has engaged to support, volunteer and cheer on an outstanding grassroots effort.” 

Pictured: Members of All Faiths Food Bank’s leadership team include (from l-r) Denise Cotler, chief development officer; Colleen Reinert, strategic program officer; Mike Ziebell, chief accounting officer; Sandra Frank, CEO; and John Livingston, COO.

[Meal Donation]  Jewish Family & Children Services Provides Drive-Thru Holiday Meals

JFCS staff members passed out Thanksgiving meal kits to many of the agency’s clients on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19. To keep everyone safe, masked agency representatives loaded meal kits into cars as recipients drove through the JFCS parking lot. “Caring for our clients and for the entire community is at the heart of JFCS’s mission,” says Arthur Lerman, JFCS Interim President/CEO. “Seeing how delighted and grateful these families are to receive a meal so they can celebrate Thanksgiving when things have been so tough this year is incredibly fulfilling for our staff. JFCS of the Suncoast is honored to be able to make a difference in people’s lives.” 

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[Meal Donation]  First Church Donates Turkeys for Veterans in Need

As it has for a number of years, First Church has brightened the holidays for veterans in need. Church members – led by missions chair Peggy Hite – contributed 45 turkeys as well as a big box of side dishes for veterans served by Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Services program. The food was delivered to the veterans’ services office the morning of November 18 and picked up by veterans throughout the day. “It is always such an amazing day when we are giving the turkeys out to our veterans – you see the burden of providing such a big meal taken off their shoulders,” said Todd Hughes, Veterans Services program manager. “It makes your heart swell! We are all so grateful to First Church for supporting our veterans during the holidays in such a wonderful way.” 

Pictured: First Church volunteer and longtime Goodwill supporter Jo Rita Stevens, Veterans Services client Wayne Roberts, Veterans Services program manager Todd Hughes, and First Church missions chair Peggy Hite.

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[New Grant]  Sarasota Awarded $55,000 Grant to Help City’s Trees Flourish

The City of Sarasota has been awarded the 2020 Managing Community Forests Grant, which will enable staff to inventory trees throughout the city, identify diseased and dangerous trees for removal and plant new ones in low-income areas. Sarasota was the first-place recipient of the $55,000, three-year grant from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “The City of Sarasota recognizes the importance of trees as a community resource and has been committed to protecting and preserving them,” said Senior Arborist Mark Miller. “This grant will allow us to better manage our urban canopy and add even more trees, along with all of the health and economic benefits they provide.” 

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[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Criminal Nuisance Abatement Board

Manatee County is accepting applications for four positions on the Criminal Nuisance Abatement Board which hears cases regarding criminal nuisances on places or premises located in unincorporated areas of the county. Applications are due December 31 and may be found online.


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[Mote Marine]  Mote Marine Laboratory Receives Cold-Stunned Turtles from New England

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital is currently caring for six juvenile, cold-stunned Kemp's ridley sea turtles. As cold fronts and cooler water temperatures set in in the New England region, rehabilitation facilities become inundated with cold-stun cases that far exceed their capacity. Sea turtles are then transported to other facilities for care, including Mote Marine Laboratory. The six cold-stunned turtles in Mote's care have been nicknamed: Art, Blue Spruce, Fraser, Douglas, Canaan and Noble.  

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[In This Issue]  Dish + Art

A roundup of this year's gorgeous painting and plating mashups. 

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

[Best of SRQ]  Nominate Your Favorites for Best of SRQ 2021
The Best of SRQ 2021 Competition is officially underway! To recognize and celebrate the best locally owned establishments in the region, SRQ MEDIA seeks nominations for your favorite local eats and drinks, shopping, luminaries and hotspots. The top nominees will move forward to a voting round and will have the chance to be named "Best of SRQ Local" in our annual awards feature published in the April 2021 magazine. 

When you register and nominate in 30+ categories, you'll be entered into a sweepstake to win one of three $500 gift cards to the Tableseide Restaurant Group restaurants including: Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie in Southside and Lakewood Ranch and Circo: A Taco and Bourbon Joint.

Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday December 16th so CLICK HERE to share your faves!

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[SOON]  MUSEUM: The Ringling: Howie Tsui, Retainers of Anarchy , March 15 – November 29, Museum hours.

Vancouver-based artist Howie Tsui’s solo exhibition, Retainers of Anarchy (2017), is an amalgamation of martial arts characters and techniques woven together with threads of social and political realities of present-day Hong Kong. Presented as a non-linear counter narrative in the form of a twenty-five metre hand-drawn animation, Retainers of Anarchy offers an opportunity to reflect on notions of identity and nationhood using Hong Kong’s past and more recent surge of political unrest. This exhibition is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada.

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

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Selby: 45th Anniversary Orchid Show: Women Breaking the Glasshouse Ceiling , October 10 – November 29

The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. This year marks the 45th anniversary of the official opening of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus. To celebrate, the Orchid Show will honor founder, Marie Selby, and highlight the accomplishments of the many notable women who have built on her legacy and helped to make Selby Gardens home to the best scientifically-documented collection of orchids in the world. The year the land for Selby Gardens' Downtown Sarasota campus was purchased is also a momentous one in women's history. The dynamic display in the Tropical Conservatory celebrates the Suffrage Movement and the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote. The Museum of Botany & the Arts will showcase our preserved plant collections. Our Historic Spanish Point campus Gazebo will also receive the Orchid Show treatment and pay tribute to Sarasota pioneer Bertha Palmer. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 1534 Mound Street Sarasota, 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Illest of Ill , October 23 – December 4, Museum hours

Illest of Illustration is an annual juried exhibition that showcases the outstanding works created by current Illustration students of Ringling College of Art and Design. Over 100 works were chosen from more than 200 submissions. The talented guest jurors, Justin and Annie Stegg Gerard, made their selections based on the quality of technique, concept, and skill of medium used. Exhibition open by appointment only. Email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began on October 23, 2020 and will end on December 4, 2020, during museum hours.

Ringling College Galleries

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Jack Davis: Drawing American Pop Culture pt. 2 , October 19 – December 11

This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. Back by popular demand. Famed in particular for his speed and a tendency to create images overflowing with colorful characters, Jack Davis was one of the founding members of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang of Idiots." He supplied covers for TIME and TV Guide, designed numerous album covers and movie posters, and, over his 60-year career, became one of the most in-demand caricaturists and cartoonists in the world. This exhibition attempts to show Davis' range by bringing together a selection of his original work that demonstrates his breadth of subjects and his skills as an artist. This body of work focuses on American popular culture, diving deeper into his career than the sports and caricature work for which he is best known. This exhibit began at the Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Arland and Sally Christ-Janer Center

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Author Virtual Events at Bookstore1Sarasota , November 1 – November 30

The Downtown Sarasota local book shop, Bookstore1 is now open for browsing with masks and gloves and payment by credit card only from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday – Saturday. Side-door pick is also still available. Upcoming Virtual Book Clubs will also continue to be held throughout October 2020 and throughout November, 2020. All book clubs presented via Zoom, registration is required. Ticket purchase required for Zoom link. Please feel free to contact Andrea Ginsky, Web Editor/Public Relations, if you have any questions. For the featured authors and books for each meeting, visit the link below.

Bookstore1 Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: War Paint, Profiles of Courage , November 6 – December 11, 9:30am-12pm

WAR PAINT: Profiles of Courage was created as a tribute to the bravery of veterans who have served and those currently serving our country. Ringling College of Art and Design students, faculty, and local artists will create portrait profiles of veterans in variety of mediums. The images tell stories from WW ll, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and current enlisted troops that will enrich the Ringling College community for years to come. This exhibition will be held at Ringling College’s newest gallery, Project Space 340 (abbreviated to PS340), located in the Arcos Building at 340 Central Avenue, in the heart of Sarasota’s historic Rosemary District. The exhibition, War Paint: Profiles of Courage, was organized by the Galleries of Ringling College and Matthew Troyer, president of the Ringling College Veteran’s Club. Matthew is a combat veteran, former combat photographer, and is currently majoring in Photography and Imaging. Admission is free and open to the public. This exhibition is open Monday through Friday, 9:30am to Noon and by appointment. It is also available online at warpaint.gallery.

Project Space 340, Arcos Building, 340 Central Avenue

[SOON]  GALLERY: Online: Art Center: Onward and Upward Political Juried Exhibition , October 29 – December 31

Political Themed Artwork Online All Media Juried Exhibition on display from October 29 until December 31, 2020. First Place Award went to Dan Remmel with Once Upon A Time in Siberia, Second Place Award went to Peter Watrous with Separate, Third Place Award went to Julie Trigg with Remembering Sarasota, and Merit Awards went to Ellen Kantro with Headlong and Patricia Turner with Gunned Down Grandsons.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: Black in Marine Science Empowerment Panel , December 3, 12pm-1pm

Join us virtually on December 3, 2020 from 12pm to 1pm to learn more about what it means to be Black in Marine Sciences from our featured panelists. Educators and students can register for direct access to the panel. Contact MarSci-LACE Project Coordinator for details. The public can watch this event streamed live on YouTube: youtu.be/ALcJ04yHONQ. Featured panelists include Jasmin Graham, Shark Science, Amanda Hodo, Aquarium Science, and Alex Troutman, Wetland Ecology. Objectives include learning about several career options in marine science, engaging in discussions about the importance of diversity in marine science, and exploring the many paths to marine science.

Online, Online

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Hermitage: Illuminating the Transcendent , December 4, 5pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat’s popular beachfront series continues with “Illuminating the Transcendent,” with composers Krists Auznieks and Robert Pound and poet Jason Schneiderman, Friday, December 4, 5 p.m. These outdoor, beachside events are at the Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood. Admission is free but registration is required at HermitageArtistRetreat.org. Capacity will be limited to accommodate safe social distancing, so early reservations are recommended. Masks are strongly encouraged.

The Hermitage, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood

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