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"For Cubans, comfort food takes many delicious forms, from sandwiches to braised meats and pork cooked a half-dozen ways."

- Andrew Fabian, SRQ Foodie Writer

-Summer Sizzler, as seen in SRQ's July/August 2021 edition. Click photo for the full article.
[The Dish]  Cuban Comfort Food Antojitos on North Tamiami
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The term “comfort food,” when applied to any cuisine, most often implies the food is a staple of the culture from which it comes. Usually made of cheap ingredients and designed to fill as many bellies as possible with hearty calories, “comfort food” in the US might include mac-and-cheese, fried chicken, baked beans, hot dogs, or any other selection of ballpark or soul food. For Cubans, comfort food takes many delicious forms, from sandwiches to braised meats and pork cooked a half-dozen ways.

At Antojitos on North Tamiami Trail, no single item from the comfort food realm is left out. Café con leche, Cuban sandwiches and fruit shakes all tantalize, but the hot prepared foods beckon like the warm glow of an oil lamp. A combo meal includes any meat entrée with two sides, and for those unfamiliar with Cuban food outside of roast pork or Cuban sandwiches, a meal of picadillo, tostones and yellow rice are a great place to explore. Picadillo is made of ground beef seasoned with sofrito and olives and finishes something like a Bolognese meat sauce. Tostones are twice fried plantains, with the first go softening them for a wooden press before being fried again into crunchy, starchy patties. The yellow rice gets its color from the chicken bouillon used in the pot, while a dash of chopped vegetables give it color texture more than significant flavor.  

For bonus points, pick out one of the three signature Cuban sodas from the cold case—Iron Beer (think of it as Cuban-style root beer), Materva (maté flavored soda) or Jupiña (pineapple soda). 

Antojitos, 3232 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Click here for menu and more information.

[People]  Players Centre CEO, William Skaggs joins 2021 Leadership Sarasota

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to announce that CEO William F. Skaggs will participate in the 2022 Leadership Sarasota class. Leadership Sarasota is a ten-month program tailored for up-and-coming leaders who want to use their knowledge, skills and relationships to advance and deepen their community impact. Participants will gain unique exposure to Sarasota County's issues and key players while broadening their network with diverse leaders from the business, civic and nonprofit sectors.

“William was selected from this year's outstanding pool of applicants based on his ability to achieve personal and career goals, as well as his commitment to the community,” says Sara Rachon, Programs Manager for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. 

[Grant]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Receives $250K Gift from the Culverhouses in Support of SMH’s Efforts to Combat COVID -19 Delta Variant.

The $250,000 donation from Eliza and Hugh Culverhouse will be used to help Sarasota Memorial respond to the surge of COVID-19 patients at the hospital. Funds will be directed to areas of greatest need and will ensure that the hospital can continue to provide exceptional care to everyone in our community during this surge.

“This is a serious time of need for our hospital and our community. We wanted to help,” Mr. Culverhouse said. “We’re hoping to inspire others to do the same because our support will help the hospital manage through this crisis and show the frontline healthcare workers that we deeply appreciate everything they’re doing to get us through,” added Mrs. Culverhouse.

Since the pandemic began, the generosity of supporters such as the Culverhouse’s has provided Sarasota Memorial with critical resources that help the hospital care for COVID-19 patients, as well as all other patients who require care during this time.

“We are so grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Culverhouse for this generous and compassionate gift,” said Healthcare Foundation President, Mason Ayres. “Supporting the hospital through an unprecedented healthcare crisis doesn’t just benefit our health system, it benefits all of us.”

A donation to the Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation COVID-19 Support Fund can be made by calling 941.917.1286 or on our website, smhf.org/covidsupport. 

[Anniversary]  The Kadampa Meditation Center Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary

The Kadampa Meditation Center of Florida, located at 730 N Washington Blvd., Sarasota will be celebrating its 10th Year Anniversary on Sunday, September 5 with a weekend-long empowerment and meditation ending with a Garden Party and Open House open to everyone from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.   There will be free food, tours, Buddhist meditations and prizes from various local businesses. This event is free to the public for anyone to come and enjoy.  

Photo courtesy of Kadampa

Grab your free tickets here.

[Technology]  ROBRADY Design Launches Innovative Medical Product Designed & Developed in Florida

SafER Medical Products, LLC and product design and development firm ROBRADY have partnered to create an innovative defense system against airborne contaminants. The product line, which creates a portable negative pressure environment to protect healthcare workers and their patients while administering respiratory treatments and procedures, will be manufactured in the USA, primarily Florida.

The emergency medicine physicians at SafER Medical Products LLC were inspired by the COVID pandemic in conjunction with critical care physicians from around the country. As a result, they invented a family of innovative products to help protect healthcare workers from the exposure and spread of airborne contaminants that can take them off the front lines. The portable, negative pressure system empowers medical personnel, from paramedics to doctors and nurses, to home healthcare providers, the ability to turn any ambulance, emergency room, urgent care center, hospital, or other setting into a negative pressure environment. Recent studies have shown that this system provides a high degree of safety and efficacy, adding a layer of protection not offered by anything else on the market. 

Starting in July 2020, SafER Medical Products approached ROBRADY for help turning their vision into a line of viable products. Like a doctor conducting an initial intake, the design team listened, to build complete understanding and empathy for the challenge. Then, engineers and designers rapidly produced multiple 3D-printed prototypes that the physicians could evaluate and refine into a final product. Now, almost one year to the day, SafER Medical’s innovative family of products stands on the eve of market launch. 

While the portable negative pressure system provides increased protection for healthcare workers and patients, as a business model, ROBRADY brings Florida-based design, manufacturing, sales, and distribution opportunities felt throughout the local economy. In this way, ROBRADY’s work bolsters the health of the Florida economy no matter the market sector of the project and demonstrates that rapid response teams can be found in product design firms as well as emergency rooms. 

[Reopening]  Sky Family YMCA – Grand Reopening Youth Development Center

Impact100 SRQ today announces the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Grand Reopening of the Youth Development Center. The Sky Family YMCA was a 2020 grant recipient of Impact100 SRQ. They received a grant of $114,000 to fulfill their initiative and have completed their project in less than one year.

“Impact100 SRQ grants, awarded to local nonprofits, fund initiatives that must be completed within 24 months. This is wonderful as the members and community can see projects come to fruition fairly quickly. Of our five grant recipients, four projects all are now complete and positively transforming our community." Jane Watt, president of Impact100SRQ.

Come out to support and celebrate on August 24, 2021, 6:30 pm at 701 Center Rd., Venice, FL. RSVP to jworthington@YMCASWFL.org. For more information and YMCA’s school supply wish list, visit Impact100SRQ.org/events 

[Recognition]  Multiple Bentley Law attorneys selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2022 edition

Bentley Law is pleased to announce that multiple attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Morgan R. Bentley was selected for The Best Lawyers in America© for his work in the practice areas of commercial litigation and real estate litigation. Caroleen Brej and Brian Goodrich were selected as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for their work in commercial litigation. Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch recipients typically have been in practice for five to nine years and have shown outstanding professional excellence.

“I really like this particular award because it is not only a peer review but client input as well, which makes it unique,” Bentley said. “I am impressed with Brian and Caroleen for being recognized as Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, and I’m pleased that several other local attorneys received The Best Lawyers in America© recognition as well. It shows the strength of our local legal market, which can only be good for us as lawyers and our clients.”   

[Pop-up Clinics]  Local Organizations Sponsor Free Community Vaccine Clinics August 28 & 29

As Sarasota County deals with its worst COVID-19 outbreak to date, several local organizations will be sponsoring vaccine clinics next weekend in conjunction with the Sarasota County Department of Health. The clinics will be held on August 28 and 29.  The vaccine will be provided for free, and Publix and Walmart gift certificates will be given to those who get vaccinated, while supplies last.

On Saturday, August 28, vaccines will be available from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm at the Church of the Cross (Vida de Reino), 3005 S. Tuttle Avenue (just south of Webber Street). Sunday’s clinic, on August 29, is being held from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm at The Newtown-North Sarasota Redevelopment Office, 1782 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way (at N. Osprey Avenue).

Residents aged 12 and older will be able to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, with a limited number of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines also available to residents 18 and older. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: We Dream A World: African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen , July 10 – September 26

We Dream A World, African American Landscape Painters of Mid-Century Florida, The Highwaymen, explores the depth of art and business enterprise created by a unique set of landscape artists. Guest Curator Radiah Harper takes visitors through the experience of African Americans who, living in a hostile climate of racial injustice, were able to both learn their artistic craft through formal and informal education, and successfully break away from traditional field labor jobs to monetize their work. This exhibition will be presented in collaboration with the Sarasota African American Cultural Coalition from July 10 to September 26.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , 1534 Mound St., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration , June 20 – October 3, 10am-5pm

The Skyway 2020 exhibition, now in its second iteration, is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art being made in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the exhibition will be selected by museum curators and the guest juror, Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the conditions of cultural production. Tancons has curated biennials around the world, including Prospect.1, New Orleans; the 2008 Gwangju Biennial; and the 2019 Sharjah Biennial. This exhibit will begin on June 20, 2021 and will end on October 3, 2021. Runs from 10am to 5pm.

The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  HEALTH: St. Armands Circle: Sol of the Circle: Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series , June 9 – September 8, 6pm-7pm

Life on the Circle only gets better when days are bathed in the summer sun. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and immerse yourself in the perfect setting for adventure and fun. Join us for the “Sol of the Circle,” a series of special events for the entire family. Breathe: An Outdoor Yoga Series will take place every second Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm. Dates are June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Rounding Third , July 28 – August 29

Bringing FST’s 2021 Summer Mainstage Series to a close is Rounding Third by Richard Dresser, an Off-Broadway comedy exploring fatherhood, friendship, and what it means to truly win. Rounding Third follows Don and Michael, two Little League coaches who battle over everything from character-building to shoelaces to misfired pop-flies. Called “Stellar” and “Hilarious” by Variety, this heartwarming two-hander begins playing in FST’s Gompertz Theatre Wednesday, July 28 through August 29. Little League coaches Don and Michael couldn’t be more different—Don believes in winning at all costs, while Michael just wants the team to have fun. From their first tentative meeting until the championship game, these two coaches battle it out over everything from character-building to shoelaces to misfired pop-flies. This Off-Broadway comedy is a heartwarming story of runs and errors, exploring fatherhood, friendship, and what it means to truly win.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Shades of Buble: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Buble , July 13 – September 26

With three voices singing incredible songs like “Feeling Good,” “Moondance,” “Come Fly With Me,” “Home,” “Everything,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and many more, Shades of Bublé: A Three-Man Tribute to Michael Bublé brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event. Shades of Bublé, created by Melissa Giattino and Ron DeStefano and produced by Drew Pournelle, will play beginning July 13 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Virtual Part-Time Job Fair , August 26, 10am-2pm

Florida State University usually sese over 1000+ students in attendance who are seeking part-time employment within the Tallahassee region or wanting a virtual job. 10 am – 2 pm EST. Online via Symplicity Virtual Fairs in NoleNetwork $50 registration fee. Virtual  Event.

Florida State University

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto: Leadership Breakfast , September 9, 7:30am

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto and Intertape Polymer Group present the 15th Leadership Breakfast on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 3100 Fruitville Rd. honoring Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy Winner, and Lisa Bechtold, Executive Director of Take Stock in Children Sarasota. Registration and breakfast service begins at 7:30am and the program begins at 8am. Tickets are $50 per person.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Forty Carrots Free Community Speaker Event , September 22

This free virtual event will feature Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. who teaches the power of showing up in her book How Parental Presence Shapes Who Our Kids Become and How Their Brains Get Wired. Become a community partner and SUPPORT free quality educational programming for those who care for kids in our community. The virtual speaker event will be held Wednesday, September 22 by the Community Foundation of Sarasota. 

Community Foundation of Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Downtown Sarasota Alliance: First Friday Gallery Walk , February 5 – December 3, Times vary.

The DSA Presents First Friday Gallery Walk. Enjoy your walk or stroll in Downtown Sarasota with participating galleries, including State of the Arts Gallery on State Street, AlexArt International located at 25 North Pineapple Avenue, Dabbert Gallery on Historic Palm Avenue, Art Uptown Gallery on Sarasota’s Main Street, and 530 Burns Gallery in Historic Burns Court.

[SOON]  FILM: 6th Annual Single-Take Film Challenge , October 8 – October 10

1917. Rope. Birdman. Victoria. Russian Ark. Lost in London. All these films tell their complete stories in one continuous, uninterrupted take. Or at least they give that illusion. The Sarasota-based Single-Take Challenge, however, is only for filmmakers attempting the "real thing". 2021 marks the 6th anniversary of the Challenge, to be held both online and live at a theater in Sarasota. The Challenge prides itself on finding professional filmmakers to act as judges. This year for example, Larry McConkey is on the panel. McConkey is best known for shooting the infamous "Copa scene" long take in the movie "Goodfellas." Filmmakers interested in creating and submitting their one-shot masterpieces have until August 15. The awards and screening ceremony will take place the weekend of October 8-10. For more information contact SingleTakeChallenge@gmail.com

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Discover Mozart: Rebirth , October 2, 7:30pm

Experience the excitement as the full orchestra returns to the stage this season on Saturday, October 2 at 7:30pm at the Sarasota Opera House. Kensho Watanabe leads a program beginning with Valerie Coleman's heroic Seven O'Clock Shout, a tribute to essential workers. Dominic Cheli will shine in Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20, and Schumann's "Spring" Symphony will lend a perfect finale to this long-awaited reunion of orchestra and audience.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Children's Cancer Center: 9th Annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede , September 1 – September 30

This year marks the 9th annual Chick-fil-A Fall Stampede benefitting the Children’s Cancer Center. The event is held every September, Childhood Cancer Awareness month. We challenge you to virtually walk or run with your herd for the Children’s Cancer Center. Run/Walk: We challenge you to set a mileage goal to complete by the end of September. All participants will be entered in a chance drawing where 30 people will win FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH; 1 Mile, 5 Miles, 10 Miles, 25 Miles, 50 Miles, and 100 Miles. Raise: Create a fundraising page and raise funds throughout the challenge for the immediate needs of children battling pediatric cancer. The top 10 fundraisers will receive FREE Chick-fil-A for a MONTH. Packet Pickup: Drive by our COVID-19 compliant Packet Pick Up Party on Monday, August 31 from 8am to 10am or 6pm to 8pm where all participants will receive a t-shirt, swag bag and a Chick-fil-A sandwich. Tampa: Children’s Cancer Center (4901 W. Cypress St. Tampa) or Sarasota: Fruitville Chick-fil-A (5384 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota). Free Chick-fil-A for a Month consists of 30 promotional cards redeemable for a free Chick-fil-A entrée (Chick-fil-A Sandwich, Original or Spicy, Chick- fil-A Nuggets, Original or Grilled (8-count) or a Grilled Chicken Sandwich). Valid during lunch and dinner hours only.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Summer Food Truck Series at Bay Preserve , July 23 – September 17, 8pm

Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast invites the community to a monthly Food Truck Friday Night this summer at their Bay Preserve headquarters in Osprey. Enjoy food and fun with friends while taking in a summer sunset at this family-friendly event. Each month, July through September, a different food truck will be onsite serving up local flavor on the shores of Little Sarasota Bay. Members of the Conservation Foundation team will be available to answer questions about their work and the Burrows-Matson House will be open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket for this picnic-style gathering. The dates and food trucks are as follows: Friday, July 23, 5pm to 8pm - Curb Your Appetite (classic American fare) Friday, August 20, 5pm to 8pm - Big Blue Grilled Cheese Company (creative versions of a family favorite) Friday, September 17, 5pm to 8pm - Killik’s Kitchen (modern Asian-Hawaiian fare) “After the isolation of the last year, connection is what we are all craving,” notes Christine Johnson, president of Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. “Connection with other people and connection with nature. We hope these Friday nights help our community reconnect with each other and with our beautiful natural environment.” Bay Preserve is located at 400 Palmetto Avenue in Osprey, Florida. This series is free and open to the public, however in an effort to ensure plenty of parking, RSVPs are requested. To RSVP for any of the dates, visit conservationfoundation.com/events. Food prices vary by truck. Learn more about each truck’s menu on Facebook.

Conservation Foundation, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Classic Albums LIVE , September 24, 8pm

Classic Albums LIVE returns to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, September 24 at 8 p.m. The group will bring Led Zeppelin II to life on stage – note for note, cut for cut. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 9 at 10 am. “One thing I know for sure is that Zep fans are unrelenting in their love for the band. Many people don’t realize that during the ‘70s – no other band or artist came close to selling as many albums as Led Zeppelin.” – Craig Martin, Founder of Classic Albums LIVE. Tickets are $32-$72 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. To view a full listing of upcoming events, visit www.VanWezel.org.

The Van Wezel, 777 N Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Ecoperformance Week , September 6 – September 12

The John and Mable ringling Museum of Art is pleased to present Ecoperformance Week, Sept. 6- 12, 2021. Ecoperformance events at The Ringling have an arts-driven focus on conversations, performances, activities and films about ecology, climate, culture and environmental justice. The field of eco-performance looks at climate change and environmental justice as multifaceted environmental and social phenomena that can be transformed through cultural engagement. The week will kick-off with a streaming presentation of Ludic Proxy: Fukushima on Sept. 6. Set a few years after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the film is a video adaptation of Brooklyn-based theater-maker Aya Ogawa’s play Ludic Proxy. The presentation, which runs approximately 35 minutes and is presented in Japanese with English subtitles, may be viewed anytime during the day. Additionally, all ticketholders will have access to an “on demand” version, available from Sept. 6-12, 2021. Performance and Environmental Justice: A Panel Discussion will be offered via ZOOM on Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. This panel presents perspectives that elucidate and redefine environmental justice and how culture, performance and storytelling impact awareness and social transformation around these issues. The series will include two films that will be screened in the Historic Asolo Theater. TrashDance will be presented Sept.9 th at 1 p.m. Trash Dance follows choreographer Allison Orr as she finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Waste Land will be shown Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The week will close with a workshop on Sept. 11 via ZOOM. Decolonizing Theatre Basics with Groundwater Arts will examine the nuances of colonization and how they intersect with how we live and work. The workshop will entail both active and passive activities, videos and discussions, creating radical access points for everyone of all levels to leave empowered.

The Ringling Museum , 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

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