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"Initiatives designed to reduce carbon footprint and improve the re-use of materials, sustainability continues to rank as a key component to a stronger, safer and more efficient supply chain."

- Marina Mayer, Editor-in-chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics

-Good Bite: Sobrebarriga en Salsa Criolla from Columbian restaurant Mi Sitio.
[Columbian Food]  Colombian Comfort Food from Mi Sitio
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

No matter the culture, every cuisine has some form of slow-cooked meat reserved for special family gatherings. When it involves large, cheap cuts of beef, it takes the form beef stews flavored with the corresponding flavor profiles of the region. In Colombian cuisine, it takes the form of sobrebarriga en salsa criolla (pictured above), a braised flank steak served with accompaniments emblematic of the country’s diverse culinary lineages from Africa, Spain and its indigenous peoples.

The biggest stamp of the dish’s Colombian origins comes from the creole sauce. Before colonization of the New World and the subsequent spread of tomatoes, which are endemic to Central and South America, Spain’s sofrito consisted of onion, garlic and green bell peppers stewed in oil. The addition of tomatoes was a New World invention that spread back to Europe and is now seen as a standard ingredient in Italian and Portuguese cuisine as well. In Colombian cuisine, it’s called hogao and may include spices like cumin, pepper or coriander.

Mi Sitio’s version includes bell peppers, onions and garlic, and the potato and yuca that accompany the cut of flank steak also stew in the hogao, absorbing some of its flavor and color. Overall, the hogao colors everything with a layered profile of tang, savoriness, a touch of sweet and something a little earthy. Ultimately, though, it does what all slow-cooked roasts do: it comforts and fills by elevating cheap ingredients with time and care.

Mi Sitio is located at 3650 Webber Street at the Southeast corner of Webber and Beneva. Open 9am – 9 pm Monday through Sunday for dine-in, takeout, and delivery (through Grubhub). 

3650 Webber St.

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[New Menu]  Vino-Vino Announces New Puglia Prix-Fixe Mondays

Vino Vino Chef Rocco, enthusiastically welcomes every guest into his new space at 2063 Siesta Drive, Sarasota. Originally from Puglia, Italy, Chef Rocco brings the powerful flavors from there to Sarasota’s latest restaurant. Chef Rocco has sourced his ingredients and shaped his menu to mirror traditional Italian cuisine that is certain to please and will features the flavors of Puglia, Italy. Puglia is famous for its olive oil production (available for sale at Vino Vino), and the birthplace of Orecchiette pasta which was considered to be a luxurious pasta, provided it is made without eggs. Chef Rocco also serves authentic Frisella bread using a starter basis from his hometown which is baked fresh daily in the Italian tradition. New here is their Puglia Prix-Fixe Dinners every Monday with a welcoming glass of Prosecco, an appetizer, two pastas, entree and dessert for only $30 per person (wine is extra).


Call for reservations: 941-330-9684.

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[New Dessert Shop]  Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Opens in Sarasota

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams’ brand-new University Town Center scoop shop is now open. This is Jeni’s first ever scoop shop in Sarasota. The team at the UTC shop has been gearing up to bring Jeni’s one-of-a-kind ice cream flavors to the neighborhood—from signature classics like Gooey Butter Cake, dairy-free flavors like Dark Chocolate Truffle and the brand-new Buttercream Birthday Cake. Most recently, Jeni’s went viral for an Everything Bagel flavor (it even had onions and garlic). “We couldn't be more excited to be opening our first scoop shop in Sarasota,” says Jeni Britton Bauer. “And I love the design of this shop so much. We don’t always have so much room to work with, but we took full advantage and loaded the shop with as much color and seating for gathering (when we can all do so again safely) as possible. We’re thrilled to be part of the community at University Town Center.” 

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[Speciality Dinner]  Wine Dinner at the Ringling Grillroom

Chef Curtis Hawk will offer a five-course wine dinner, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at The Ringling Grillroom featuring Michael David Winery. The menu includes a sesame crusted Ahi tuna starter; poached pear and goat cheese crouton salad; wild boar ravioli pasta course, braised beef short rib with mascarpone polenta main course, and chocolate brûlée for dessert. Each course includes a glass of wine from Michael David Winery. Cost is $125 per person.  

For information, call 941.360.7390.

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[Community Input]  Manatee County Seeks Public Feedback on County Plans to Address Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding

Manatee County is inviting public input over the next month for proposed changes to the County’s Comprehensive Plan that will address the impacts of sea level rise and coastal flooding. "We are offering the public an opportunity to review the proposed text amendment language, provide feedback, and ask questions," said Nicole Knapp, who has overseen the project in recent years. "Our citizens should know what the County is doing to prepare for the potential hazards from climate change, extreme weather events, and sea-level rise through revised policies in the County’s Comprehensive Plan." An online public comment period begins today and will run through March 31.  

Public comment or questions can be emailed to Nicole.knapp@mymanatee.org.

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[Recognition]  Sarasota County Earns Green Supply Chain Award for the Fourth Time

The Sarasota County Government Materials Management team has earned the Supply and Demand Chain Executive Award for the fourth time, continuing their commitment to sustainability and cost savings. Marina Mayer, editor-in-chief of Supply & Demand Chain Executive and Food Logistics said, “From software solutions to transportation management systems to several other initiatives designed to reduce carbon footprint and improve the re-use of materials, sustainability continues to rank as a key component to a stronger, safer and more efficient supply chain.”  

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[Women's History Month]  Online Gallery Opens Connecting Art & Advocacy

Joan Libby Hawk, ceramist and painter, opens Libby Hawk Art Maker online gallery/shop, March 1, 2021, showcasing her contemporary ceramics and paintings timed to celebrate International Women's Day, March 8, 2021. Ms. Libby Hawk selected International Women’s Day to salute women makers everywhere, celebrate the power of art to promote women’s rights and benefit the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women, USA, a Sarasota-based champion of women's equality. She worked for more than 15 years at UN Women headquarters in New York City and will donate 20 percent of art maker online sales during Women's History Month (March), to the Chapter, which supports UN Women's global programs. 

[New Position ]  Florida Studio Theatre Welcomes J Paul Nicholas as New Associate Artist

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is pleased to announce that award-winning actor, director, teacher, and fight choreographer J Paul Nicholas will join its Artistic Team beginning March 1, 2021. As an Associate Artist, Nicholas will bring his talent to FST’s stages as an actor and director, will help advance FST’s robust New Play Development program, and will lead classes at the FST School. “Paul is a triple threat: he is an actor, director, and manager rolled into one,” said Richard Hopkins, FST’s Producing Artistic Director. “He is a Renaissance man. Paul will be a wonderful addition to FST’s Artistic Team, and I look forward to seeing what we’ll be able to achieve together.” 

[Achievement]  Manatee Memorial Hospital First in Manatee County to Receive the ACC Transcatheter Valve Certification

Manatee Memorial Hospital recently received the Transcatheter Valve Certification from the American College of Cardiology. Manatee Memorial is the first hospital in Manatee County to receive this recognition. 

[New Hire]  Crews Bank & Trust Welcomes New Portfolio Manager

 Former Treasury Analyst for Sarasota County Chris Eckstrom, MBA, has joined Crews Bank & Trust as a portfolio manager in the Trust and Investment Management Services division. In addition to his work for the county, Eckstrom is an accomplished financial leader and investment manager. 

[New Position ]  Ping Faulhaber Elected to Gulf Coast Community Foundation Board

Gulf Coast Community Foundation has elected Ping Faulhaber to its Board of Directors. Faulhaber began a three-year, four-month term on the Gulf Coast Board on March 1. “Ping is a results-minded innovator, creative problem-solver, and generous philanthropist,” said Mark Pritchett, president and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation. “She also brings a wonderful sense of optimism for our region’s future that will fit so well on our bold and mission-driven Board of Directors.” 

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[Virtual Seminar]  The Paradise Center and the Tidewell Foundation Present My Life, My Choice Seminar

 The Paradise Center and the Tidewell Foundation are offering a virtual My Life, My Choice seminar to keep you informed and prepared. Be in control of your health care wishes by completing your advance care plan. It is the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones. During these unprecedented times amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the one thing you can control is who will speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. Now more than ever, your loved ones and healthcare providers need to know what is important to you if you become seriously ill.  The My Life, My Choice seminar will take place virtually, 1pm-2:30pm Thursday, March 25, 2021.  

To pre-register and receive your personal weblink, call 941.383.6493 or email suzybrenner@theparadisecenter.org.

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[Volunteer Opportunity ]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Now Accepting Applications for Summer Program Membership

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will open its online membership application on March 1 for a limited number of youth, ages 6 to 18, to participate in its 2021 Summer Program. The Summer Program will run 8am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday from June 14 to July 30 at all six of the organization's locations across Sarasota County and DeSoto County. All Clubs will be closed July 5 to 9. 

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[Virtual Webinar ]  Women’s Resource Center Hosts Free Webinar on the Power of Social Connections

As part of its Wonder Women Collective series, the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is offering a panel discussion about how social networks can provide access to support, information, power, and resources, and are a critical and often neglected element of opportunity structures. In “Good Things Happen When Women Connect,” WRC CEO Ashley Brown moderates a panel discussion on the importance of expanding and nurturing professional and personal networks. Guests include Eleni Sokos, CEO of the content marketing company Sokos Social, and Alicia Cotton, regional performance manager at PepsiCo North America. Each will reflect on her experience making connections, having the right people at the table, and their journey to building strong networks. This free webinar is Thursday, March 11, 5-6pm.  

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[In Conversation]  Now Online: In Conversation with Lakewood Ranch Leaders

Leaders from Lakewood Ranch focus on the growth of the region and serving the community in this month's SRQ In Conversation. Featuring Andy Guz of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Scott Zelniker of UBS Financial Services, this roundtable discussion is printed in the March Living Lakewood magazine and available to view online and download

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Suncoast Science Center Faulhaber Fab Lab: Laser Etch a Beer Stein for St. Patrick's Day , March 16, 2pm-7pm

With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is getting in the spirit with an adults-only workshop that will allow participants to laser etch the design of their choice onto a 12-ounce beer stein using the lab’s state-of-the-art laser cutter and engraver. No design or laser etching experience is needed, just a willingness to have fun and learn new skills. Hour-long sessions are available from 2pm to 7pm on Tuesday, March 16 in the Fab Lab at 4452 S Beneva Road. Up to two adults are permitted per $45 registration. Registration also includes one etchable 12-ounce beer stein and one free beer coupon redeemable at Sarasota or Gulf Gate Food + Beer locations. Please reserve multiple slots if more adults wish to attend and have a shamrocking good time. In an effort to keep workshop participants and lab staff as safe as possible amid COVID-19, limited slots are available each hour. Participants are required to wear a face covering at the workshop. Face coverings are available at the lab for anyone who does not have their own.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Bay Park Yoga , March 6 – March 27, 9:30am-10:30am

Join yoga instructor Erin Hurter every Saturday morning March 6 through March 27 from 9:30am to 10:30am on the lawn outside of the Van Wezel. Relax, stretch and enjoy a fulfilling yoga session on Sarasota’s scenic bayfront while instructor Erin Hurter guides you along the way. Participants should plan to bring their own yoga mat. This event is free and open to the public.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual: Van Wezel: Dwight Yoakam: One Time Live , March 7 – March 28, 9pm

Dwight Yoakam presents the first 3 episodes of his new livestream series “One Time Live” at 9pm on March 7, 14 and 28. In each episode, Dwight and his full band will perform one of his iconic albums, start to finish. Episode 1 – Sunday, March 7: Dwight and the band perform Dwight’s debut album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. (released 1986) featuring hit singles “Honky Tonk Man,” “Guitars, Cadillacs,” and “It Won’t Hurt.” Episode 2 – Sunday, March 14: Dwight and the band perform Dwight’s No. 1 album Hillbilly Deluxe (released 1987), featuring the hit singles “Little Sister,” “Little Ways,” “Please, Please Baby,” and “Always Late with Your Kisses." Episode 3 – Sunday, March 28: Dwight and the band perform Dwight’s revered third album Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room (released 1988), featuring the hit singles “Streets of Bakersfield,” “I Sang Dixie,” and “I Got You.”

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual Talk: Van Wezel: The Lion King , March 11 – March 14

Meet the original Broadway stars of "The Lion King." Your purchase includes access to view the Video On Demand from 12am PST on March 11 through 11:59pm PST on March 14. Featuring (from the Original Broadway Cast): Heather Headley (Nala), Max Casella (Timon), Tom Alan Robbins (Pumbaa), Geoff Hoyle (Zazu) plus Bradley Gibson (current Simba). The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip – as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Virtual Talk: Van Wezel: Dear Evan Hansen , March 25 – March 28

Meet the Broadway and National Tour stars of the Tony Award sensation "Dear Evan Hansen" (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score). Your purchase includes access to view the Video On Demand from 12am PST on March 25th through 11:59pm PST on March 28th. Featuring: Jordan Fisher (Evan Hansen on Broadway), Jessica Phillips (Heidi Hansen on Broadway), Christiane Noll (Cynthia Murphy on Broadway), Gabrielle Carrubba (Zoe Murphy on Broadway), Phoebe Koyabe (Alana Beck on Broadway), Ciara Harris (Alana Beck on tour), Stephen Christopher Anthony (Evan Hansen on tour), and Noah Kieserman (Connor Murphy on tour). The Broadway Cast Reunion Series gives audiences a chance to do what they may never have done before: visit “backstage” with the cast and hear personal, hilarious, unscripted stories and gossip—as the casts really let their hair down. Viewers can even ask questions via the chat feature.

[SOON]  GALA: ALGO Spring Pop-Up to Benefit Selby Gardens and Mote Marine Lab , March 1 – March 3, 5pm-8pm and 10am-5pm

Gather your friends and join The Lake Forest Shop's Ellen Stirling for an exclusive ALGO of Switzerland pop-up event at The Hyatt Regency Sarasota from March 1 to 3 from 10am to 5pm. Champagne reception will be held on Monday, March 1 from 5pm to 8pm. Escape the winter doldrums and slip into a spring frame of mind as you sip champagne and explore an exclusive sneak peek at ALGO's stunningly wearable luxury pieces. 10% of sales to support Selby Gardens and Mote Marine Lab.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Virtual: 2021 Black Muse Exhibition , January 26 – March 5

Art Center Sarasota (ACS), The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) recently announced the winners of the 2021 “Black Muse” exhibition. The three groups collaborated to present this year’s exhibit, which solicited work from artists of African descent throughout the state of Florida. The exhibit was juried by Elizabeth Goodwill, MFA, education for Art Center Sarasota; and artist and SBAC board member Alyssa Lazin. The winning works will be presented virtually on all three organization's websites through March 5. The $1,000 first prizeaward went to Krystle Lemonias, a Jamaican-born artist who lives and works in Tampa. The $750 second prize was given to Jesse Clark, a Haitian-American photographer and Ringling College of Art and Design student. Honorable mentions went to Cora Marshall of St. Petersburg; Musa Kunene, a Swaziland-born student at Ringling College of Art and Design; and Greg Rumph, vice principal and Riverview High School in Sarasota. 

[SOON]  GALA: Virtual: Artist Series Concerts: FRIENDS 2021 Gala , March 3, 5:30pm-6:30pm

Save the date for a sterling affair, the Artist Series Concerts Silver Anniversary, online on Wednesday, March 3 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm to benefit Artist Series Concerts outreach, scholarship and other programs. Presented by Artist Series Concerts FRIENDS.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Bishop: Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field , January 28 – June 6, Museum hours.

Since 2011, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature has partnered with the Toomey Foundation for the Natural Sciences to lead more than 50 Manatee County teachers on paleontology expeditions to the Nebraska Badlands, allowing them to gain hands-on experience they can bring back to their classrooms. Starting January 28, The Bishop will share these expeditions with guests through its newest special exhibition, Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field, which showcases some of the most fascinating fossil finds and tells the story of these summer paleontology digs and how they can support learning. Badlands to Bradenton: Lessons from the Field will be open through June 6 and visiting is included in the price of admission. Badlands to Bradenton also includes interactive features for smartphones and tablets, including 3D models of fossils and paleoart commissioned especially for the exhibition.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens , March 3

Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens continues on the evening of March 3 with cellist Dorothy Lawson (in collaboration with Selby Gardens “Performances at the Point”). Acclaimed cellist, member of ETHEL, and Hermitage Fellow Dorothy Lawson will share her music as part of this special “Performances at the Point” evening. Lawson is a founding member and artistic director, of ETHEL, one of America's most adventurous string quartets. Lawson has performed with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the White Oak Dance Project, Philharmonia Virtuosi, the American Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and numerous new music ensembles. Ticket sales information to be released soon. Historic Spanish Point, 337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey. Additional information will be available at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: Arts Advocates: Speaking of the Arts... Living and Sustaining a Creative Life , March 3, 1pm

Arts Advocates is pleased to present “Speaking of the Arts … Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” on Wednesday, March 3, at 1pm. This free program, offered via Zoom, features artist, educator and advocate Sharon Louden, who will discuss what it’s like wearing multiple hats as an artist and what it means to sustain a creative life. Registration, which is required, opens February 23. To register, visit artsadvocates.org. Sharon Louden is an artist, educator, advocate for artists, editor of the Living and Sustaining a Creative Life series of books, and the artistic director of the Chautauqua Visual Arts of Chautauqua Institution. Her work is held in major public and private collections and has been written about in national and international publications. Louden is a faculty member in the M.F.A. fine arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She actively serves on boards and committees of various nonprofit arts organizations and volunteers her time to artists to help further their careers. “Speaking of the Arts … Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” is co-sponsored by the Florida Watercolor Society and presented in collaboration with the Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society (FSWS) and Ringling College of Art + Design. The program will be moderated by Arts Advocates member, artist and instructor Jerome Chesley, past president of Florida Watercolor Society and FSWS Master Signature member.

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