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"It is wonderful to be working on such a large infrastructure program to help the traffic congestion in our county because of the population growth and to give the citizens a reduction in millage for the first time since 2008."

- Commission Chair, Vanessa Baugh

-Floridians of the fall, enjoy ooey-gooey goodness of these funky ice cream flavors, as seen in September's TRENDSPORT
[The Dish]  Cafe Gabbiano Brings the Funky Umami for Truffle Season
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Like oysters or stinky cheeses, the appeal of truffles makes no sense. Its flavor—pungent and earthy like a sulfurous bog—defies expectations as it elevates pastas, potatoes or eggs. Difficult to harvest, more difficult to cultivate and subject to ruination at the hands of even the most subtle climate changes, truffles enjoy a prized spot in a restaurant’s refrigerator, fetching top dollar on account of their short supply and high demand. So, when a restaurant takes a leap and orders the pricey fungus, it had better know what it’s doing. 

Café Gabbiano knows what it’s doing. 

Their seasonal acquisition of white truffles from Italy’s Piedmont region inspires some specials while also transforming their already-savory selection of pastas prepared by Chef Paolo Di Costanzo of Ischia. A special crostini appetizer comes topped with poached pear slices, melted brie cheese, a drizzle of balsamic glaze, a dash of cinnamon and some crushed walnuts. But the white truffle shavings take this to another level, first by hitting the olfactory nerves and then by jazzing up the flavor profile with that funky umami.  

A ravioli comes stuffed with caciocavallo cheese (similar in taste to provolone) and black truffle pate and is then tossed in a butter and sage sauce before grated white truffles make their way into the nooks and crannies of the plating. To accentuate the umami without overshadowing the distinct flavor of the truffles, say “yes” when the server offers fresh parmesan cheese. The pasta comes cooked perfectly al dente and the whole dish is as rich as the soils from which the truffles were harvested. Finally, a veal scallopini takes the restaurant’s basic preparation and lifts it to new heights. The veal, breaded and topped with melted mozzarella cheese, comes topped with wild shiitake mushrooms, known to have high glutamate numbers (main compound behind umami). Served with a side of parmesan risotto, the meat entrée seems to take the shaved white truffles to their loftiest conclusion. 

For anyone interested in achieving culinary nirvana and who has some extra cash to burn, the restaurant offers extra truffle to the tune of $8/gram. Sommelier Marc Grimaud admiringly recalled a recent guest that topped their pasta with eight grams of white truffles. Don’t reach for a calculator, that’s $64 in truffles. So, grab your piggy banks and call ahead to make sure they managed to get a shipment in from Italy. White truffle season runs through December. 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian

Café Gabbiano, 5104 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, 941-359-1423

[Eat Like a Local]  Tempted To Do Italian Every Night This Week

You don’t have to fly 5,000+ miles overseas to get a real deal Italian-cooked meal. Members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals—also known as 941 Originals—represent a sleu of locally-owned eateries boasting authentic international cuisine, character, culture and charm. But nothing reaps more responses to the all-enduring question from our loved ones of “What are you in the mood for to eat?” than the tried and true “Italian” response.

And thankfully, The Originals’ Italian restaurant Members reign supreme—a long-running list of established touchstones and heartfelt mom-and-pops—but all with one thing in common: delicious food. These menus range in Italian cooking styles, dishes and provinces, but they each hit the mark in their own unique way when it comes to Italy’s beloved carb-centric, savory sauce, sweet cheese and fresh herb flavors. 

From Bevardi's Salute! Restaurant offering “al fresco” Tuscan-themed dining and The Amore reinventing traditional Italian dishes with a Portuguese twist to Café Baci’s hand-rolled pasta with original family recipes and Café Gabbiano's intimate wine rooms of Italy vineyard varietals, there is no shortage of hearty dishes from these “bel paese” chefs and their atmospheric dining settings or endless vino. Furthermore, Cassariano Italian Eatery is the perfect expression of passion and culinary art in the form of "Contemporary Italian Cuisine" while Clasico Italian Chophouse’s modern menu does comfort food with a healthy twist. Flavio’s on Main has been a staple for homemade pasta, fresh seafood and pizza while Ortygia remains a hidden gem delivering true Sicilian fare. Meanwhile, Primo! Ristorantes romantic setting, gourmet entrees and wood-burning pizzas delight the masses. Between these nine Italian-themed restaurants to choose from, you may catch yourself responding “Italian” to the inevitable query every night this week.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals network promotes and sustains independent area restaurants and provides diners with a comprehensive resource of some of the finest locally-owned keepsakes from the tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern beaches of Venice.  The Originals consist of over 60 locally-owned restaurants throughout Florida’s Suncoast. Remember to “Eat Like A Local” and check out eatlikealocal.com or @941originals socials for restaurant updates, promotional deals and upcoming events.  

Photo courtesy of Cassariano Italian Eatery

[Anniversary]  Pop a Bottle to Celebrate ATRIA Cafe's One Year Birthday
Chloe Cuyler. chloe@srqme.com

Birthdays are always a reason to celebrate. But when you add champagne to the mix… need we say more? Take a trip to the Ranch this Saturday, September 25 to Atria Bread + Coffee to help the team celebrate its one year anniversary with a barista-loving, bread-making birthday bash. 

Owners and founders, husband and wife duo, Jim and Weyli Angus are overcome with happiness to be celebrating their restaurant baby's first birthday. “Celebrating our one year anniversary is a really big deal," says Weyli, "because most restaurants don’t make it out of the first year, so it’s definitely something to celebrate." 

In honor of the momentous occasion, Atria will be giving away a free glass of their house-made champagne to the first 50 party guests or any first-time visitors. Atria’s champagne is similar to a bellini but packs its own distinctive twist. This drink boasts a fragrant cocktail of sparkling wine and Atria’s new signature syrup—a refreshing blend of orange, saffron, ginger, and cedarwood that perfectly matches the custom scent they created with Roma Luxury Goods. Champagne isn’t the only thing Atria will be sharing. Throughout the day, they will host a series of giveaways, with prizes including loaves of their fresh-baked bread, bottles of wine, Atria scented Roma Luxury Goods and gift certificates. 

“We have had such great support from our family, friends and community,” says Weyli. “We really couldn’t have done it without them. We can’t wait to celebrate with everyone!”  

Photo courtesy of Atria

ATRIA Bread + Coffee, 4120 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-751-1016, @atria.cafe.

[Speakers]  New College Foundation Announces Speakers for Its 2021-2022 New Topics Lecture Series

The New College Foundation announces the 2021-2022 season of New Topics, a six-part dynamic lecture series showcasing regional and national speakers from a broad range of disciplines exploring topical issues. The series runs from October through April and will be presented via the Zoom platform for the first two events. A decision to hold the subsequent lectures in person will be made in December. Each lecture will be presented at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $10, and free for New College students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Registration is required and can be made at ncf.edu/new-topics or by calling the New College events hotline at 941-487-4888. Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance to allow for processing and receipt email for Zoom link. 

Pictured: Justin Bloom, speaking Thursday, November 18 on "The Waterkeeper: A Watershed Approach to Environmental Advocacy"

Learn more topics to be discussed in New College's Lecture Series here

[Job Fair]  Hiring Event to be Held at Air&Energy Headquarters in Downtown Bradenton

On Saturday, September 25th at its downtown Bradenton headquarters, Air & Energy will be hosting its 2021 Hiring Event where plumbers, electricians, warehouse personnel, air conditioning technicians and installers are invited to attend. Those interested in apprenticeships are also welcome to attend. The company, owned and operated by the Moon family, has been locally family-owned since 1983 and has now grown to almost 50 employees, all while focusing solely on serving the Manatee County community – which means low drive times for its employees and higher quality customer service for its customers. 

This event presents the opportunity for job seekers in the industries listed above to speak directly to managers and company owners about the benefits of working for a local family business and interview on the spot for the many open positions that are now available due to the company’s steady growth in Manatee County. 

To RSVP please call 941-778 – 0773 or visit airandenergy.biz/2021-hiring-event 

Photo courtesy of Air&Energy

[Growth]  SouthTech Makes Several New Hires Across Multiple Teams

SouthTech, the premier managed services provider of Southwest Florida, continues to grow. In recent months the company has added additional team members to multiple departments. A number of full-time employees have been added to SouthTech’s Client Care team. SouthTech management is planning to grow the team even further. “Our team has been absolutely crushing it,” said Nathan Bailey, CEO of SouthTech. “The growth that we’ve seen in both ourselves and our clients has been phenomenal, and while we are proud that our team is the largest it’s ever been, we have plans to add even more depth to ensure we can meet the needs of our clients now and in the future.”    

[Taxes]  County Commissioners Unanimously Approve Tax Reduction Without Reducing County Services, Projects

Owners of the average-valued home in Manatee County will see a $50 reduction on their county property taxes next year under a new tax cut approved by County Commissioners as part of the County’s 2021-22 budget. Commissioners unanimously approved next year's budget Tuesday, along with a plan set forth by County Administrator Dr. Scott Hopes which reduces next year’s property tax rate by .20 mills without sacrificing any County projects or programs. 

Rather than cutting current service levels, the millage reduction is made possible largely by another year of significant increases in local property values. Under the current tax rate, rising values would have resulted in a $21 million increase in revenues over the current fiscal year. Instead, Commissioners unanimously approved the .2 mill reduction which returns $8.3 million to taxpayers. The reduction will mean a $50 annual decrease for the owner of a $300,000 home, the average local home value. 

Even with the millage reduction, the budget invests heavily in local infrastructure improvements. Nearly $350.3 million in transportation and road projects, plus significant investments in public safety and law enforcement highlight the $923 million budget. 

“I think Dr. Hopes and (Chief Financial Officer Jan) Brewer have done a fabulous job in this budget,” said Commission Chair Vanessa Baugh. “It is wonderful to be working on such a large infrastructure program to help the traffic congestion in our county because of the population growth and to give the citizens a reduction in millage for the first time since 2008.”  

[SRQ Competition]  Best of SRQ Nominations Open Soon

Nominations for our 2022 Best of SRQ Local open on Wednesday, October 13. Get ready to nominate your favorites! Remember, the people and places garnering the most nominations during the first phase of the competition make it to the voting playoffs in January. Nominate early and nominate often! We'll see you on the BOSRQ side!  

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Motorworks Yappy Hour to Benefit Friends of Manatee County Animal Services , February 21 – December 19, 1pm-4pm

Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS) invites everyone to join them at the February Yappy Hour at Motorworks Brewery. FoMCAS will be the featured nonprofit and will have over $4000 in raffles and silent auction items plus a 50/50 drawing to help fundraise for the Manatee County Animal Services shelter animals. The family friendly and pet friendly event will be held on Sunday, February 21st in the Motorworks Beer Garden from 1pm to 4pm. The event will feature vendors selling an array of pet and non-pet related products with drink specials and food from local food trucks all in the 12,000 sq ft. artificially turfed beer garden. Raffles and silent auction items include resort stays on Anna Maria Island, spa packages, restaurant gift cards, sailing excursions, fabulous gift baskets, pet items, tickets to sporting events and a golf package, handmade arts by local artisans, jewelry, baskets of spirits, gourmet gift packages, and much, much more. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their leashed pets to enjoy the day and help contribute to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services whose mission it is to work hand in hand with Manatee County Animal Services to enrich the lives of the shelter animals by raising funds to provide additional resources, medical care and heartworm treatment. Animal Network is the event partner with Motorworks Brewery for the monthly Yappy Hour held on the third Sunday of each month. It features different local nonprofit animal organizations that support, rescue, and find loving homes for dogs and cats in our community. Each month, the guest organization receives the funds raised through the silent auction, raffles and 50/50 split drawing. Over the last three years the event has raised over $100,000 shared among the various guest organizations. Animal Network, Dawg Phonics and Motorworks are sponsors of the Yappy Hour.

[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]  SEMINAR: Virtual: The Ringling: Private Lectures presented by Dr. David Berry , April 13 – December 31

David Berry, Associate Director of Academic Affairs and Special Projects, is one of Sarasota’s favorite lecturers. His dry sense of humor and wealth of knowledge is sure to both entertain and educate your group. Dr. Berry is available to speak on any of the following subjects: The origins of museums, museum architecture and display, The Victorian museum, early museums in America, museums, education, and community engagement, great women collectors, the illicit trafficking of cultural property, world fairs, an introduction to natural history, great illustrated natural history books, natural history and children’s literature, scientific illustration, natural history specimens, natural history collections, art and medicine, the art of anatomy, the art of astronomy and microscopy, the art of geology and paleontology (including dinosaurs), botanical and zoological art, botanical and zoological gardens, the golden age of botanical exploration, the orchid craze in Victorian Britain, and Japanese garden design and horticultural practices (ikebana and bonsai). $100 flat fee; must be scheduled at least 3 weeks in advance, $250 for custom topics; must be scheduled at least 6 weeks in advance. Lectures include a single-speaker, slide illustrated lecture. All programs are hosted via Zoom. For additional information, or to book a virtual program, contact Laura Steefel-Moore, Head of Educational Programs, at laura.steefel-moore@ringling.org.

[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: Michael Murphy Gallery: Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection , September 16 – September 26, 1pm-3pm and 7pm-9pm

Michael Murphy Gallery, Tampa’s premier fine art gallery, is proud to announce its presentation of Salvador Dali: The Argillet Collection. The collection will be on exhibition and available for acquisition at the gallery beginning September 16, 2021. The exhibition is a rare opportunity to meet Madame Christine Argillet, daughter of Dali's legendary publisher and confidante Pierre Argillet, during scheduled special appearances by Madame Argillet for the public: Saturday, September 25 from 1pm–3pm and 7pm–9pm as well as Sunday, September 26 from 1pm–3pm. All appearances are complimentary to the public. For additional information about this exhibition, contact the gallery via phone: 813.902.1414 or info@michaelmurphygallery.com. RSVPs are strongly recommended HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salvador-dali-the-argillet-collection-tickets-165960505339.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Let's Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos , September 18 – September 26, 10am-2pm, 11am-3pm, 10am-2pm, 12pm-4pm

Let’s Get Healthy Tampa Bay Wellness Expos, Florida Penguin Production’s annual wellness expo series, is returning to 4 locations this September. (Brandon, Sarasota, Clearwater & Citrus Park) Each “Let’s Get Healthy Wellness Expo” will feature 30-40 wellness related resources & activations catered to patrons of all ages. From Geriatrics to Pediatrics, and holistic to modern, we have it all in one place for Tampa Bay to learn more about all the options available to them. Activities include fitness demos, free health checks, healthy food & drink samples, product sampling stations, a Teddy Bear Giveaway sponsored by Florida Blue, and dozens of vendors on display including many of the top Health Insurance brands, chiropractors, mental health, government services, primary care, fitness, and healthy food and drinks. Sponsored by Florida Blue, Liberty Dental Plans, Life Guard Imaging, and Your CBD Store. September 18th (10am-2pm) at The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, September 19th (11am-3pm) at Westfield Brandon Mall - 459 Brandon Town Center Dr, Brandon, September 25th (10am-2pm) at Countryside Mall - 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, and September 26th (12pm-4pm) at Citrus Park Mall - Center, 8021 Citrus Park Town, Tampa.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Book Fair , September 25, 10am-3pm

Love to read? On Sept. 25 from 10am-3pm The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime welcomes more than a dozen local authors. Meet the writer of your new favorite books including children's books, vegan cookbooks, romance, mystery, and sci-fi. While you are here, enjoy food from award-winning Hamlet's Eatery, live music, and the 40 local vendors and artisans who make up The Bazaar community. Participating authors include: Vicki Chelf, Ann and Alan Votta, Rena Koontz, Lucia Barrett, Kate Costigan, David Marks, Hannah Bagnall, Christina Westott, Karen Hamilton, Simone Knego, Tara September, Darlien Simos, Teresa Michael, Betty Mann McQuee, MaryKatherine Wainwright, and more. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandLime.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Arts A Blaze Studio: Saturday Morning Pottery and Donuts , September 11 – October 30, 10am

Bring your Coffee, Tea or Hot Cider and join Arts A Blaze Studio at 8111 Lakewood Main St. #107, Bradenton on Saturday Mornings throughout September and October at 10am. Free Donuts for every Painting Customer while they last.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Petra , September 25, 6:30pm

This short Spotlight Florida film centers on the problematic closing night of a Spanish language production of Las Amargas Lágrimas of Petra von Kant (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant), the play based on Fassbinder’s renown text. Written and directed by Ringling Artist in Residence Randy Valdes, the film ruminates on risk, an artist’s journey and the sacrifice of making theater. Marlie, a dutiful assistant who dreams of being the theater’s next star, struggles to wrangle a flamboyant cast of characters for a closing performance. Along the way, she learns that what she thought would bring her closer to her big break, is what is keeping her from her dreams. Dealing with Margo, the theater group’s volatile director becomes critically challenging when Marlie has to tell her the main electrical panel for the theater has collapsed. The only solution is to call the only electrician who could possibly fix the archaic apparatus: Margo’s ex-husband, Frank. Margo would rather set the stage on fire than have Frank return to that building. Tensions culminate as an aging, sensitive and melancholic star like Karilda confronts her very last performance after a long and highly acclaimed career. All while, the cast must deal with the fascinating young star sensation and drunken trainwreck: Eva. The production was filmed in Miami and is part of our commitment to support Florida based artists in creative residence and public programs and presentations. Post-Film discussion with Randy Valdes at the Historic Asolo Theater. This On Screen will show on September 25 at 6:30pm.

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