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"As the richest country on the planet, we should never have someone go hungry because of a disaster. A hot meal is a lifeline, it's a chance to just sit down and breathe and enjoy some food."

- Gordon Lippe, Chef and Owner of Your Culinary Place

-Sauce Is Boss, as seen in SRQ's December 2020 edition. Click photo for full article.
[Tacos]  Screaming Goat Taqueria Takes Tacos to New Heights
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Of all the food trends of the last decade, none deserve more praise than those fast-casual eateries that, rather than settle for the common blandness of franchises, pack their food with as much complexity, flavor and inventiveness as the finest of fine dining establishments. Among local champions are Smoqehouse and its BBQ sandwiches, Fushipoke and its poke bowls and, alone in the top tier of tacos, Screaming Goat Taqueria.

What chef Malin Parker has done to tacos since 2018 is nothing short of sublime. By fusing old, authentic recipes with new and inspired concepts, then executing an encyclopedia of house-made add-ons like salsas, toppings and frescas, Screaming Goat Taqueria found itself an instant clientele in a crowded tacoscape. A hearty lunch might consist of three tacos made as they are listed on the chalkboard above the prep area. The cochinita pibil taco is made as close as hygienically possible to the banana leaf-wrapped and coal-buried version the ancient Mayans made centuries ago, then adds avocado, tomatillo salsa, arugula, pickled red onion, and queso fresco. Savory, moist and a tad sweet, the pork takes tacos where even the most authentic Mexican restaurants do not. The pollo asado, marinated in citrus and herbs, comes topped with smoked red pepper salsa, curtido, pico de gallo and queso fresco. The tangy and cool curtido blends perfectly with the bright orange salsa, while the cubed chicken has just the right amount of char to break through the explosive flavor of the toppings.

Of the revolving door of outlandish taco concepts, the Korean beef is worthy of a permanent place on the menu. Roasted in gochujang barbecue sauce, the beef packs the punch of a 2-ton umami bomb, while the curtido, cilantro and lime round out what becomes a full-mouth experience. 

Screaming Goat Taqueria, 6606 Superior Avenue.

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[Lunch Break]  Phillippi Creek New Menu Adds Show-Stopping Salads
Ariel Chates, ariel.chates@srqme.com

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar is dishing out the anti-sad-lunch-salad in the tune of Florida Cobb, Tuna Nicoise and Grilled Shrimp Chopped. Each newly added salad is a towering display of refreshing and delicious ingenuity. The traditional Cobb gets the requisite Sunshine state treatment with crispy grouper bites without skimping on the beloved usual suspects like blue cheese crumbles and applewood smoked bacon. 

The Chopped Salad gives diners an entire skewer of tender, succulent grilled shrimp on top of a medley of cucumber, tomatoes and radish and the oft forgotten, but always delicious, hearts of palm. The palm is a welcome addition that plays off the textures of seafood—at first glance it's easy to mistake the tender, plump rounds as scallops.

An impossibly tall tower of perfectly fried thin onion rings garnish the star of the salads, the Tuna Nicoise. A cheeky addition to an otherwise health-conscious choice, the onion rings complement the bright, zingy flavors of black olives, dijon vinaigrette, green beans and potatoes. The seared tuna on top is crusted in a peppery, smokey spice mix that adds a surprisingly fireside note to the French classic. 

Offering dine-in and curbside pick-up daily, trade in your tupperware and computer screensaver for the uplifting waterside view at Philippi Creek Oyster Bar and dive into some truly satisfying salad creations. 

5353 S Tamiami Trail, 941-925-4444. Open weekly 11am to 9pm.

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[Donation]  Goodwill Manasota Receives $10 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Goodwill Manasota has received a donation of $10 million as part of a nearly $4.2 billion philanthropic effort by writer and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott to rebuild the U.S. economy in the face of the ongoing pandemic. “We are uniquely positioned to lead the way in ensuring that every individual – regardless of their challenges and backgrounds – has access to the skills and services they need to face today’s economic challenges,” said Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky. “We are humbled and grateful by MacKenzie Scott’s transformative contribution, which will address the growing need for skills training for job seekers, while building access to opportunity and equitable hiring as community members continue to face historic hardships during this pandemic.” 

Pictured: Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky (right) with team member Omar Hernandez, who receives services through the Supported Jobs Plus program.

[Grants]  Manatee County to Host Meeting for Local Non-Profits

Manatee County will host a January 22 meeting to help local non-profit agencies interested in applying for human services grants to assist Manatee County residents.  Manatee County Neighborhood Services Department will the virtual Zoom meeting at 1pm on January 22.  

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[Donation]  The Patterson Foundation Contributes $100,000 to NetHope’s Hurricane Eta & Iota Response Efforts

To help people affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota, The Patterson Foundation is contributing $100,000 to NetHope to aid its efforts in restoring telecommunication abilities. The money will support communities across Central and South America that have had their ability to connect disrupted following the two major hurricanes. The gift is intended to serve as a catalyst for more giving toward NetHope’s important work. Lance Pierce, CEO of NetHope said, "Connectivity has become a vital resource during times of crisis and upheaval, and our nonprofit member organizations rely on us to get them online so they can efficiently deliver aid and services to those who need it most. In addition, NetHope provides connectivity projects so that the people that are affected by disasters such as these hurricanes can find their loved ones, source food and water, and of course access health care in chaotic circumstances. 

[New Hire]  Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center Announces Newest Board Member

Sonia Klauber has been named to the Board of Directors at Lighthouse Vision Loss Education Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that educates and empowers those affected by vision loss in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, DeSoto and Highlands Counties. “We are pleased to welcome Sonia to the Lighthouse Board of Directors,” said Angela Abrams, Board Chair. “The addition of Sonia’s talents and experiences will complement our current board and provide valuable perspective as we continue to execute our strategy strengthening the visually impaired who reside in our communities.”  

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[Virtual Class]  Local Public Relations Association Presents “Writing Tools – Essential Strategies for Every Writer”

The Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association (CWC-FPRA) is hosting “Writing Tools – Essential Strategies for Every Writer” on January 13 at noon, featuring veteran writer Roy Peter Clark. During the virtual event, Clark will be discussing how all writers can improve their skills and gain a powerful sense of mission and purpose. “Effective communications are more important than ever, particularly in today’s highly virtual world,” says Eleni Kouvatsos, APR, president of CWC-FPRA. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to have an experienced author like Roy Peter Clark share his expertise.” Tickets for the program are $10/FPRA members, $15/guests; cost includes access to the recordings after the event.  

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[New Hire]  Jewish Federation Elects New Board

The 2021 slate of officers and directors was elected by a unanimous vote at the December 17, 2020 meeting of the board of The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee. Beginning January 1, 2021, new members include Mary Collier, Julie Wright Halbert, Jaime Marco and Aaron Ruben. Anne Spindel was re-elected as a director. Board promotions include Bruce Udell who will now serve as president-elect and succeed President Randon Carvel in January 2022, and Mark Smotkin and Mel Taub as Vice Presidents. Cycling off the board are Sepi Ackerman, Marsha Eisenberg, Linda Lipson and Bunny Skirboll.  

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[Continued Position ]  School Board Extends Superintendent Cynthia Saunders’ Contract Through June 2023

The School Board of Manatee County voted unanimously Thursday evening to extend Cynthia Saunders’ employment agreement as Superintendent through June 30, 2023. Previous to Thursday’s vote, Superintendent Saunders employment agreement ran through June 30, 2021. “We need to start planning now for how our schools will operate and advance as we start working our way out of this pandemic,” Saunders said. “Working together, with our parents and community, we can regain and build upon the academic and financial momentum established prior to the pandemic to provide the most innovative and well-rounded education possible for the students of Manatee County.” 

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[In This Issue]  Jingle Bell Cork

The most bubbly time of year. 

Click here to read the full article from SRQ's December 2020 edition.

[Job Opportunity ]  Manatee County Accepting Applications for Tourist Development Council

Manatee County is now accepting applications for two seats on the Tourist Development Council (TDC), a citizens advisory committee that makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the expenditures of Tourist Tax Revenues.Applicants must be registered voters in Manatee County. Applications are due January 10, 2021. 

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[Schedule Change]  Van Wezel Announces Changes to 2020-2021 Season

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall announces the following changes to the 2020-2021 season:

  • Itzhak Perlman’s performance on March 8, 2021 has been rescheduled to March 8, 2022.
  • America’s performance on March 10, 2021 has been rescheduled to November 21, 2021.
  • Chris Botti’s performance on March 14, 2021 has been rescheduled to March 17, 2022.
  • Terry Fator: It Starts Tonight on April 2, 2021 has been rescheduled to April 10, 2022.

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[SOON]  GALLERY: Center for Architecture: Less is More Tiny House Competition , April 29 – June 17, Gallery hours.

This exhibit, running from April 29 until June 17, 2021 during Center for Architecture Sarasota's gallery hours, will showcase the designs of the winners of the Center's first design competition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: New Music New College: Vicky Chow , April 24, 8pm

With her expressive and nuanced interpretations of contemporary works, Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (New York Times), “new star of new music” (Los Angeles Times) and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” (Pitchfork). Captivating audiences around the world with her expansive repertoire and musical prowess, she enjoys a diverse career collaborating with many of the world’s most renowned composers and ensembles. She is the pianist for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, piano duo X88, New Music Detroit, and has collaborated with other ensembles such as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Wet Ink Ensemble, and Momenta Quartet. As an artist frequently broadcasted on WNYC, her recorded work can be found on the ‘Nonesuch’, ‘New Amsterdam’, ‘Tzadik’, ‘Cantaloupe Music’, ‘Innova’, ‘Hinterzimmer’, and ‘AltaVoz’ labels. Her performances of Morton Feldman and John Cage were featured on BBC3‘s documentary series “The Sound and The Fury,” based on Alex Ross’s book The Rest is Noise. This concert will occur on April 24, 2021 at 8pm and features Steve Reich’s Piano Counterpoint, which was arranged for Chow in 2011, and other works. Don’t miss this fierce and versatile champion of the cutting edge in new piano music. Location and format to be determined. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Kendra Colton , April 21, 6pm

Soprano Kendra Colton last appeared with Artist Series Concerts back in 1997, as part of the organization’s very first series. A graduate of Oberlin, Colton originally trained as a pianist and didn’t start studying voice until her second year there. Adept at a wide range of repertoire, Colton has developed a niche in oratorio and sacred works from Bach to Brahms, has given acclaimed performances of Handel and Mozart operas, and is recognized for her interpretation of contemporary chamber music and for championing of little-known works written in the last century. She has performed with the Boston, Cleveland and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras amongst many others. She currently teaches at the Oberlin College Conservatory. Joining her in this musical ‘homecoming’ and celebration on April 21, 2021 at 6pm of British and American song is the distinguished pianist and Colton’s Oberlin classmate and frequent collaborator, Kayo Iwama.

Plantation Golf & Country Club, 500 Rockley Boulevard, Venice

[SOON]  DANCE: The Sarasota Ballet: Mark Morris Dance Group , April 9 – April 10

The Sarasota Ballet Presents Mark Morris Dance Group, whose mission is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and to serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community, at various times on April 9 and 10, 2021 at the Sarasota Opera House.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Avenue

[SOON]  MUSIC: Artist Series: Vieness Piano Duo , April 4 – April 5, 3pm and 7pm

Each a prizewinning young artist in their own right, as the Vieness duo, Eva Schaumkell and Vijay Venkatesh have enthralled audiences around the world with their electric and captivating performances covering a wide range of repertoire. German pianist Eva Schaumkell has performed in the United States, the Middle East, and throughout Europe with “interpretational skills that combine intuition with analytical sense and remarkable musical maturity.” Schaumkell has won numerous awards throughout her career and has performed at prestigious venues throughout the world. While a featured artist during the Sarasota Music Festival, Vijay Venkatesh was hailed by the Herald-Tribune for his “dazzling pianism verging on the impossible, effortless technical command and authority with a sense of poetry and refinement that belies his years.” A young Indian-American pianist, Venkatesh has been recognized on three continents as a pianist with profound musicianship, sparkling pianism and an innate sense of partnership. Their program features favorites by Bach, Brahms and Schubert as well as Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. Shows on April 4, 2021 at 3pm and April 5, 2021 at 7pm.

Fischer-Weisenborne Residence

[SOON]  MUSIC: New Music New College: The Art of Andriessen , March 18, 8pm

The music of Dutch composer Louis Andriessen is visceral, intense, challenging, and kinetic. This concert, at 8pm on March 18, 2021, features two of Andriessen’s most important and influential works, performed by New College of Florida students and professional musicians from the Sarasota Community. These pieces, composed one year apart, are raucous breakthroughs that remain startling over four decades later. Worker’s Union, from 1975, calls for “any loud-sounding group of instruments” to perform a continuous and propulsive single line of music. In 1990, Andriessen wrote, “Worker’s Union was originally written for the orchestra De Volharding (Perseverance), in which I myself figured as a pianist at that time. This piece is a combination of individual freedom and severe discipline: its rhythm is exactly fixed; the pitch, on the other hand, is indicated only approximately, on a single-lined stave. It is difficult to play in an ensemble and to remain in step, sort of thing like organising and carrying on political action.”

[SOON]  THEATER: Virtual: Florida Studio Theatre: Shakespeare for the 21st Century , March 11, 11am

His is the most famous name in the history of playwriting. From Romeo and Juliet to Hamlet to Macbeth, Shakespeare’s timeless works continue to play on – four centuries after his time. Hear from two contemporary playwrights who are bringing little-known true stories inspired by the Bard into the light of the 21st century on March 11, 2021 at 11am.  From scandalous forgeries to a street performance duel with historic consequences, playwrights Jeffrey Couchman and Deborah Brevoort transport us through time as we visit historical figures who took the good Bard’s legacy into their own hands.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel: Proud Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner , March 9, 8pm

Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner, brimming with Tina hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s at 8pm on March 9, 2021. The powerful raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence live on stage, plus band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers, making this the definitive tribute and a fabulous night out.

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