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"The term 'New Southern' began cropping up in the late 2000s to describe the emergence of Southern classics as a serious subject of culinary study."

- Andrew Fabian, SRQ Foodie Writer

-A local's guide to 'Brunch at the Ranch,' as seen in this month's edition of Living Lakewood
[The Dish]  A-Tisket, A-Tasket, a Biscuit Chicken Sandwich
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

The term “New Southern” began cropping up in the late 2000s to describe the emergence of Southern classics as a serious subject of culinary study. Sean Brock opened Husk 2010 in Charleston, South Carolina to much critical success by applying high-brow expertise to what was considered low-brow food for generations. Mashama Bailey took Southern cuisine to new heights while simultaneously celebrating the African roots of the cuisine in her Savannah, Georgia restaurant, The Grey. Today, almost every city in the South has its own expression of New Southern, and in Sarasota, one such expression looks something like Brick’s Smoked Meats.

The fact that it’s located in a bustling, high-end sector of Downtown itself points to the elevation of Southern cuisine. Its smoked meats celebrate the tradition of Southern BBQ, the inclusion of vegetarian options point to a modern sensibility and its fusion options expand the cuisine’s possibilities. For lunch, the Nashville hot chicken biscuit sliders offer a delightful interpretation of the Tennessee specialty and depart from the restaurant’s largely Texan style. Served on cheddar jalapeno buttermilk biscuits, the sliders come spicy, but not so spicy as to burn a hole in your pantaloons. Garnished with pickled cucumber and poblano slaw, the feature component of these rich mini-sandwiches is the fried chicken itself. Crispy and juicy, the chicken provides a satisfying crunch to go along with the savory cheddar biscuits. For those who feel guilty ordering fried chicken sliders for lunch, order a side of the roasted brussels sprouts to check a serving of vegetables off of your daily to-do list. 

Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders, taken by Andrew Fabian

Brick’s Smoked Meats, 1528 State St., Sarasota, 941-933-1435

[Selah Way Foundation]  Cofounder and CEO of The Selah Way Foundation, Elizabeth Fisher Good

For the last twenty-five years I have been passionate about the root of sexual abuse. My Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, combined with my own personal journey, has led me into ministry, counseling, cofounding and leading two anti-sex trafficking organizations and championing the movement on a global scale. In all of this, I have worked with thousands of individuals that struggle with a variety of symptoms, but with a little digging, the mass root of sexual abuse is under it all. This is my passion. Shining a light on this hidden issue, which I call “America’s Best Kept Secret - Childhood Sexual Abuse.” I incorporate my personal healing journey and experiences of divorce, remarriage, being the mother of three, and more, to provide wisdom, healing, and clarity to help women uncover areas in their lives where freedom is needed most.

I am honored to be Cofounder and CEO of The Selah Way Foundation (www.theselahway.org), which brings together a collaborative network of leaders and best practices to globally eradicate sex trafficking and sexual abuse. My debut book, Groomed, (Harper Collins, 2020), recounts my own story of grief, trauma and overcoming. It helps women discover how to live free of their past traumas, strongholds and the lies they have been groomed to believe about themselves. My passion is helping women, and all people, really, step into the life they were created to live... free from shame, secrets and comparisons. My ministry arm, Free With E (www.FreeWithE.com) has launched programs for women across the country to help them step into their eternal purpose and legacy. It is the culmination of my decades of experience fighting to eradicate sex trafficking, bring freedom to the vulnerable, and coach women so that they may live out their true calling and destiny!


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[ASID Weekender]  ASID-FLWC 2021 Chapter Weekender Recognizes Impactful Design at Awards Gala

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) - Florida West Coast Chapter (FLWC) advances the ever-evolving interior design profession and promotes the value of impactful interior design. This past weekend, the collective joined together for its annual Chapter Weekender event, sponsored by SRQ Media Group for the second year-running.  The anticipated Weekender gathers local members of the Tampa Bay region and includes networking opportunities, fun activities and workshops for Continuing Education Units (CEUs)—including "The Disciplinary Process for Licenses and Unlicensed Architects and Interior Designers. This CEU for ASID members was hosted at The Center for Architecture Sarasota last Friday and was presented by David K. Minacci, certified in Construction Law and prosecuting attorney for the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Minacci spoke to the room on the salient changes in the Florida statute that may affect a registered interior designer's practice moving forward, as well as a breakdown of the newly implemented rules for the disciplinary process.

On Saturday evening, the Weekender culminated with a Gala Dinner at Sarasota's Art Ovation Hotel, where the board recognized winning projects from the past year with awards of distinction. Noteworthy winners of the ASID- FLWC 2021 Design Excellence Awards Competition includes: Honorable Mention for 'Contemporary Bath Design,' presented to Holly Dennis, ASID of Holly Dennis Interiors; First Place in 'Transitional Kitchen Design,' presented to Michelle Manzini, Associate ASID of Fusion Cabinets Inc.; First Place in both 'Industry Partner Trade Showroom' and 'Industry Partner Print Media with ASID Logo,' as well as Second Place in 'Industry Partner Website Design,' presented to International Design Source, ASID IP; First Place in 'Student Commercial Design,' presented to Megan Morandi, Student ASID; First Place in both  'Traditional Design Over 3,000 Sr. Ft.' and in 'Transitional Design Over 3,000 Sq. Ft.,' presented to Franco Pasquale, ASID of Pasquale Design Associates; while Alissa Sullivan, ASID of Pecky Interiors won Second Place in the aforementioned category.

Congratulations to all the 2021 winners!  

Pictured: 'Contemporary Bath Design' honorary interior by Holly Dennis, ASID, and Design Community Chair-Sarasota

To learn more about joining, or the benefits of being a member of ASID- FLWC, head here.

[Manatee Rehabilitation]  New Manatee Arrives at The Bishop for Rehabilitation

A manatee injured by a boat strike and suffering from cold stress that was originally rescued in January arrived at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature’s Stage 2 rehabilitation facility last week. Nicknamed Aria, the young manatee, estimated to be about 1 1/2, will join Janus and Iclyn, the manatees already being cared for in The Bishop’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat. Aria weighed just 220 pounds when she was rescued. When she arrived at The Bishop on Tuesday, she was just over 6 feet long and about 340 pounds. The Bishop has been rehabilitating manatees since 1998 and was a founding member of the Manatee Rescue and Rehabilitation Partnership (MRP)  in 2001. Spending time in the Museum’s Parker Manatee Rehabilitation Habitat allows manatees time to finish the recovery process, grow and prepare for their return to the wild.  The Bishop is also unveiling a new monthly support program for manatees: Bishop Foster Friends.  Donations made through Bishop Foster Friends will be matched by Florida Power & Light Company’s charitable arm, the NextEra Energy Foundation. FPL will match up to $20,000 of donations made to Bishop Foster Friends.Monthly donations will provide guaranteed support for manatees, one of Florida’s most beloved — and threatened — species. Bishop Foster Friends receive special benefits, including a quarterly newsletter focused on the rehabilitating manatees, exclusive programs and unique merchandise. 

Pictured: members of The Bishop's animal care team and staff from ZooTampa take measurements upon Aria's arrival on Tuesday.

Courtesy of The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

[Award Given]  Grapevine Communications Takes Gold and Silver at AAF Angel Awards

Grapevine Communications won gold and silver Angel Awards at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) District 4 award ceremony held Saturday at the Westin in downtown Sarasota. AAF District 4 encompasses all chapters in the state of Florida and the Caribbean.  The full-service Sarasota-based advertising, marketing, and public relations agency won a gold Angel for its design of the Van Wezel Foundation’s “The Future is Now” capital campaign website. Grapevine also took silver in the social media category for The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center’s Annual Appeal and Branding Campaign. “We are so proud to receive the awards for our work on behalf of the Van Wezel Foundation and Glasser/Schoenbaum,” said Allison Imre, owner and president of Grapevine Communications. “It’s especially gratifying to collaborate with two community gems that make such a positive impact.”  The Angel Award Competition honors the very best in public service advertising. It combines two missions of AAF: to utilize industry expertise to address community issues and to celebrate and honor advertising excellence. 


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[People]  Williams Parker Attorneys At Law Adds Three to Team

Williams Parker is pleased to announce the addition of three new associates; Jesse C. Hubers, Adrienne C. Phillips, and Hayleigh A. Sawyer. “The firm is delighted to have Adrienne, Hayleigh, and Jesse with the firm,” said Michael J. Wilson, president of Williams Parker. “We are fortunate to experience continued growth and to be able to expand our ranks with top talent.” The firm is located at 200 South Orange Avenue, Sarasota, Florida. For more information, please visit williamsparker.com. 

[Board Member]  MarineMax Elects New Member To Its Board of Directors

MarineMax announced that Adam M. Johnson has been elected to its Board of Directors. Adam Johnson has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NetJets, Inc. since June 2015. During his 25-year career with NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company, he has served in many senior leadership roles including: President of Global Sales, Marketing and Service; Senior Vice President of NetJets Administrative Services; Senior Vice President of Logistics; and Executive Director of the NetJets Aviation Flight Center.  

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[SRQ Competition]  Save the Date: Best of SRQ

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: Hermitage Artist Retreat: Paint on Canvas: An Artist Talk with Karen Chandler , September 28, 6pm

Join Hermitage Fellow and celebrated Sarasota/New York artist Karen Chandler as she discusses the various forms her work takes and what inspires her to spark joy in the people who see it. Recently featured in Sarasota Magazine for her “Sarasota Heroes” mural, Chandler’s work has taken her across the country: from the halls of many of the major publishing houses, to the launchpads and runways of NASA and the U.S. Air Force, and more recently to the vibrant beaches of Florida. Learn how her work has changed over time and continues to grow. This event is presented in partnership with Art Center Sarasota. Capacity is strictly limited. Tuesday, September 28, 6pm, in the courtyard at Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Wanderers , September 29 – February 6, Varies.

Fall in love all over again with the music of the ‘50s and ‘60s! Honoring the dynamic harmony groups of the mid-20th century—from The Four Seasons and The Platters to The Beatles and beyond, The Wanderers will transport you to simpler times with their tight harmonies, smooth moves, and, of course, matching jackets. Featuring such timeless hits as “At the Hop,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.” The Wanderers, by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, will play beginning September 29, 2021 through February 6, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[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]  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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: The Suncoast Science Center: Weekend Science Classes for Kids Return at the Fab Lab , October 2 – December 31, 10am-1pm

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab’s STEAM Saturdays classes are back by popular demand. The weekly courses provide students from grades 1-12 with a unique opportunity to explore various science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) areas through engaging hands on activities and the use of high-tech Fab Lab equipment such as laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers and more. STEAM Saturdays run weekly from 10 am-1 pm beginning Saturday, October 2. Returning classes include Robotics, Engineering, Chemistry and Art Lab, while new courses like Coding & Artificial Intelligence, Electric Engineering, and Build Your Brand have been added. All students are invited to spend their Saturday at the Fab Lab. There are classes to suit every age and interest, from creating spooky pumpkin volcanoes in “Halloween Chemistry” to programming a robot to travel across a zipline in “Engineering” class. No experience is required. Classes are $40 and include all supplies and take-home projects. Limited spaces are available, and sessions sell out quickly. For the full schedule and more information, visit https://suncoastscience.org/steam-saturdays.

[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]  SEMINAR: Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative: The Arts And Racial Justice/Discovery Series: The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education , October 4, 5:30pm-7pm

The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC), a nonprofit organization that uses the unifying power of the arts to nurture inclusion and diversity across the regional arts and cultural landscape presents “The Black Experience in the Arts in Higher Education,” as part of its four-part Arts & Racial Justice/Discovery Series, Monday, October 4, 5:30-7pm, at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave. The moderator for the event is Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton, director, Florida Center for PAInT, USF. Panelists are: Dr. Karen A. Holbrook, regional chancellor, USF, Sarasota-Manatee; Dr. Patricia Okker, president, New College of Florida; Dr. Carol Probstfeld, president, State College of Florida; and Dr. Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design. The event also features faculty and students from area higher education institutions. This event is a fundraiser for SBAC’s programs and is limited to 100 guests. Masks are required to be worn at the event. Tickets are $100 per person and are not available for purchase until September 1. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.suncoastblackartscollaborative.org. The Arts & Racial Justice/Discovery Series is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and is a collaboration with Florida Studio Theatre’s Diversity Forum Series.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Eubie! , October 6 – November 21

Opening the season is “Eubie!” a toe-tapping revue of Eubie Blake songs that stormed Broadway in the 1970s and was nominated for three Tony Awards. Blake's infectious style is evoked in over 20 wonderful songs, including the classic "I'm Just Wild about Harry." With its sizzling score and energetic dance numbers, "Eubie!" is a crowd-pleasing salute to a Black Broadway pioneer. It's also one of the first shows staged by WBTT in its 22-year history – back by popular demand! Jim Weaver will direct. Runs from October 6 to November 21, 2021. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Friends of the East Manatee Library: Author Luncheon Presents Author and Journalist Mary Walton , October 6, 11:15am

Author Luncheon presents acclaimed author and journalist Mary Walton. She will share the historic account of one of our nation’s leading suffragettes, as featured in her book, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot. Where HIStory meets HERstory will celebrate the perseverance and self-sacrifice of Alice Paul that resulted in the unalienable right for all women, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Registration is open for the in-person fundraiser that takes place on October 6, 2021 at 11:15am. Very limited seating. Masks strongly encouraged per CDC guidance. Tickets begin at $45 and they can be purchased at https://libraryfriendsemlwr.org/events. Sponsorships available. Mary Walton is a retired journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 22 years, where she wrote scores of articles as a staff writer for the Sunday Inquirer magazine. She has also written for the New York Times, Washingtonian, the Washington Monthly, the American Journalism Review, and PBS. She is a graduate of Harvard University.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: 26th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival , October 2 – October 3, 10am-5pm

Sarasota, located along Florida's Gulf of Mexico, is well known for its white sandy beaches and beautiful architecture. This popular craft festival has garnered crowds of fine craft lovers each year and will take place on Saturday, October 2nd, 2021 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, October 3rd, 2021 at 1 Central Avenue. A variety of jewelry, pottery, ceramics, photography, painting, clothing and much more. An expansive green market with plants, orchids, exotic flora, handmade soaps, gourmet spices and freshly popped kettle corn further compliments the weekend. Please be mindful and follow CDC guidelines.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: The Roaring 20s , October 13 – October 16, 5:30pm, 7:30pm and 8pm

Enjoy classic ragtime and blues tunes of the 1920s, arranged for orchestra on Wednesday, October 13 at 5:30pm, Thursday, October 14 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 15 at 5:30pm, and Saturday, October 16 at 8pm at Holley Hall. This toe-tapping program includes songs by Irving Berlin, Eubie Blake's "Charleston Rag," and "Sweet Georgia Brown."

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