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"Like the chefs in the kitchen, our local bartenders are an integral part of today's struggling service industry, playing a vital role in creating an exciting atmosphere and enjoyable guest experience."

- Sarah Firstenberger, The Sarasota-Manatee Originals

[The Dish]  Because Fried Chicken Wings Go with Everything
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

Though the term “trap house” does not exactly have connotations of good citizenship and community building, it does, more recently, at least allow some flexibility to describe a place where the proverbial party is at. And Trap House Seafood and BBQ, which opened up shop recently (where Roadside Rib Shack used to be at 2045 Bahia Vista Street) is most certainly where the party is at.

Owner-operator Chef Yamani, a former cook in the military, opened the seafood joint to explore all manner of grilled meats, crustacean boils and deep-fried goodness, and at Trap House, the operating model is predicated on “more is better” and “because fried chicken wings go with everything.” 

A smash burger comes with two griddle-smashed all-beef patties cooked to order. A choice of cheese, sauce and toppings provide accents, though not much room is left for toppings anyway. The toasted buns can hardly contain the volume of juices flowing through and from the patties and cheese, and that’s before getting to the Cajun-seasoned fries. On their own, the burger and fries would make Guy Fieri drool through his pillow in a happy Flavortown dream. But, again, Trap House is in many ways a party and parties are meant for excess and revelry and starting the next day at noon.

To that end, the burger comes with three fried chicken wings as a side. Yes, a side. And these aren’t wings from an underfunded farm that cannot afford to feed its chickens well—these wings are from what must be a Cross Fit chicken farm, so hefty and dense are the fibers of their flappers. Breaded in your choice of seasoned breading, it’s hard to believe this much flavor is even legal.  

Pictured: Two smash burger meals with slightly different toppings both show off the unfathomable size of the meal.

[941 Originals]  The Originals 'Set The Bar' Cocktail Competition is Back

Representatives of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO) announces the return of the in-person Set The Bar Cocktail Competition, scheduled for Friday, October 15, 2021 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Ed Smith Stadium. Designed to showcase the creative beverage talents behind the area’s locally-owned, independent restaurants, Set The Bar’s 2021 cocktail contention will highlight 25 accomplished mixologists representing establishments from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern shores of Venice Beach. 

“Set the Bar was created as a playful platform to showcase the enormous talent of our local bar programs,” states SMO Executive Director Sarah Firstenberger. “Like the Chefs in the kitchen, our local bartenders are an integral part of today’s struggling service industry, playing a vital role in creating an exciting atmosphere and enjoyable guest experience. We can’t wait to shine the well-deserved light on them.”

During the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition, “The Best” libations will be decided by an expert panel as well as event attendees who will be tasked with sampling and savoring each creation before judging the competitors on Flavor, Appearance, Bartender Presentation and Imagination. The contenders will present innovative concoctions in five spirit categories featuring Waterloo Gin, New Amsterdam Vodka, Hiatus Tequila, Papa’s Pilar Rum and Treaty Oak Bourbon Whiskey. 

“The 2021 Cocktail Competition will be the finale of the week-long Set The Bar Cocktail Week,” added Veronica Perrelli, SMO’s Events and Community Outreach Director. “From Friday, October 8 through Friday October 15, 2021, natives, newcomers and travelers to our area are encouraged to ‘Sip Like A Local’ with an abundance of featured drink specials, cocktail events and limited-time food and beverage pairings available at Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Member restaurants throughout Florida’s sparkling Suncoast.”

Guests at the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition will also enjoy raffles and delicious dishes presented by fellow Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Member restaurants. Tickets for Set the Bar Cocktail Competition are now on sale and available to purchase online at eatlikealocal.com/setthebar. Tickets are priced at $60 per person plus a ticketing fee. (Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event).

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals network promotes and sustains over 60 independent area restaurants and provides diners with a comprehensive resource of some of the finest locally-owned keepsakes 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 SMO.

[Mariner Wealth Advisors]  New Name for Longstanding Financial Firm: Same Focus on You & Your Goals

Allegiant Private Advisors is now Mariner Wealth Advisors. Since 1997, Allegiant was built to be your advocate and that mission continues under the Mariner Wealth Advisors name. A local office of wealth advisors, investment managers, and client service associates now also draws upon an expanded in-house team of tenured professionals to help you to simplify your life. Read more at the link below. 

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[Gala]  Van Wezel Foundation Celebrates 20th Annual Inspiration Gala Featuring Headliner Harry Connick Jr.

The Van Wezel Foundation (Foundation) announced the return of its annual Inspiration Gala on January 27, 2022, featuring a performance from Grammy® and Emmy® Award-winner Harry Connick Jr. Now in its 20th annual year, the Inspiration Gala further enables the Foundation to fulfill its mission to create and sustain a vibrant performing arts center, advance education, and enrich communities by inspiring minds through the power of the arts.

"The Inspiration Gala is our largest annual fundraiser, raising more than $1 million through the generosity of our community,” said Cheryl Mendelson, CEO of the Foundation. “We are looking forward to celebrating and furthering the Foundation’s critical mission-driven work by enriching our community through the power of the arts.” 

Susan Travers and Kathy Martella are returning co-chairs for this year's Inspiration Gala, which also includes a Host Committee of dedicated benefactors. The evening will feature a program that boasts a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and other special surprises, all leading to Harry Connick Jr.’s performance on the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall stage. As part of the annual celebration, the evening will also announce the Appleton Arts Integration Award, honoring an individual who best incorporates arts integration techniques in their approach to better our community. The Award is made possible by a legacy gift from Mrs. Louise Appleton, a local philanthropist who had a passion for arts and its connection to education.

Sponsorship opportunities for the Gala are available from $50,000 to $10,000. Sponsorships can be reserved online by following this link. 

Photo courtesy of the organization.

[Gallery exhibitions]  The Ringling is Accepting Applications for the Community Gallery

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Community Gallery is now accepting applications for the 2022 season. The gallery will present 3-4 different exhibitions between spring 2022 and winter 2023. Applications may be submitted until Dec. 31, 2021. The Ringling Community Gallery is a free public exhibition space dedicated to displaying works of art produced by community-based, nonprofit, or student groups in the local Sarasota/Manatee area. The Community Gallery, generously funded by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, is located on the ground floor of the Center for Asian Art. All interested groups must submit a brief application that outlines their proposed exhibition and provides background information about the group. An inter-departmental group of museum staff will review the applications and make selections. Due to the setup of the Gallery, only 2-D artworks can be easily displayed in the cases. The work should not be framed. DVD or video work cannot be displayed. 

More information can be found here

[Expansion]  Tweeds Suit Shop Expands to the Tampa, St. Petersburg Market

Tweeds Suit Shop, the custom, mobile suit shop located in the Sarasota market has now expanded to the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Made to measure and made for you, the mobile shop housed in a custom-outfitted box truck brings a unique buying experience to the customer. With two trucks taking on appointment-only fittings in the Sarasota market, the expansion into the Tampa/St. Petersburg market brings the elevated bespoke suit-buying experience to the greater Gulf Coast region.

Whether you’re in the market for a suit for a wedding, engagement, event or everyday business wear, the Tweeds one-on-one process allows for a hands-on design approach to best understand the customer’s wants and needs for a perfect suit. Each and every detail, from start-to-finish, allows for the customer to be involved – from the selection of fabric and style down to lining, buttons, thread color and custom embroidery, each and every detail is designed together with the customer. Tweed’s Suit Shop focuses on superior, quality materials, staying away from synthetics, with each suit custom made to the customer’s measurements. The exclusive fabrics are sourced directly from Italy and each suit is made using the most advanced technology in the industry – guaranteeing a perfect fit.

“As someone who grew up around my family’s business in the garment and dry-cleaning industry, I was constantly surrounded by fashion, which became a passion of mine,” says Donald Carlson, founder of Tweed’s Suit Shop. “I wanted to take my love of fashion and create a unique concept to bring to the Sarasota market. Now, with our success, I am able to expand the concept north to Tampa and St. Pete.”

Schedule an appointment and Tweed’s Suit Shop decked-out box truck will either come to you wherever you are located. Taking a step up into the truck evokes the feeling of a funky, downtown, Brooklyn-inspired showroom with books of fabric swatches and materials by making an appointment at tweedssuitshop.com. 

[Dentistry]  Lorraine Road Dental Care to Host Free Dentistry Day Saturday, October 30

Residents in the Bradenton community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Lorraine Road Dental Care on Saturday, October 30.  Dr. Erika Ynga, Dr. Marina Gabriel and team at Lorraine Road Dental Care will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance.

“We understand that many people in our community and across the nation haven’t been to the dentist for a long period of time. Some don’t understand the importance of dental health, but more often than not, they don’t have the financial means,” said Dr. Ynga. “This event is a great opportunity for us to share our time and resources with those less fortunate and give back to the community.”

During Free Dentistry Day, cleanings, fillings and extractions will be provided to patients on Saturday, October 30, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 7385 University Pkwy in Bradenton. Please call our office in advance to schedule your appointment. For more information, please call 941-405-3953 or visit FreeDentistryDay.org

Basil or Bust - As seen in SRQ Magazine's October Foodarama. Check it out here.

[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]  SEMINAR: The City of Sarasota: Public Input Meetings for Penny Sales Tax , September 15 – October 6, 6pm-7pm

The City of Sarasota will host three community meetings to welcome input on infrastructure projects for the continuation of the countywide Penny Sales Tax. Residents are invited to suggest infrastructure projects during the following public listening sessions: Wednesday, Sept. 15 6pm– 7:30pm at Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., Thursday, Sept. 16, 6pm – 7:30pm at Arlington Park & Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St., and Wednesday, Oct. 6 6pm – 7:30pm at City Hall Annex – SRQ Media Studio, 1565 First St. Input also can be provided online at www.SarasotaCountySurtax.net. The Sarasota County Penny Sales Tax, also known as the sales surtax, surtax, or one cent tax, is a countywide voter approved one percent sales tax used to invest in local infrastructure improvements, including parks, libraries, schools, sidewalks, police vehicles, street resurfacing and mobility upgrades. Sarasota County voters approved the Penny Sales Tax in 1989 and again in 1997 and 2007. The current surtax expires at the end of 2024. Voters throughout Sarasota County will have an opportunity in November 2022 to continue the Penny Sales Tax for another 15 years to fund local infrastructure projects.

[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]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: [TITLE OF SHOW] , October 6 – October 17, 7:30pm and 2pm

Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, however, the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. [TITLE OF SHOW] — taken from the space on the festival’s application form which asks for the [TITLE OF SHOW] — follows friends on their journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression. In the span of 90 minutes, they write and perform their show at the festival and learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. This show has strong adult language. Show dates are Oct. 6, 2021 – Preview 7:30pm, Oct. 7, 2021 – Opening Night 7:30pm, Oct. 8, 9, 12, 13, 2021 – 7:30pm, and Oct. 17, 2021 – 2pm. This show will be presented at ART CENTER SARASOTA. Single tickets $26.50 preview/ $29.50 single/ $14 student. Subscriptions are available now.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Journey To Italy , October 7, 1pm

Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia) charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples. More than just the anatomy of a relationship, Rossellini’s masterpiece is a heartrending work of emotion and spirituality. Considered a predecessor to the existentialist works of Michelangelo Antonioni and hailed as a groundbreaking modernist work by the legendary film journal Cahiers du cinemá, Journey to Italy is a breathtaking cinematic benchmark. This On Screen will show on October 7 at 1pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Selby Gardens: New Award-Winning Play Make Thee An Ark Premiere , October 8 – October 17, 6:30pm and 1pm

Raychel Ceciro brings the World Premiere of the 2019 Kilroys List Featured Play Make Thee an Ark to Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus through a John Ringling Towers Grant for the Performing Arts October 8, 9, 10 and 15, 16, 17. Taking place in Mary’s Chapel, Make Thee an Ark is a new site-specific play set 300 years in the future in a New Ark floating above an undersea Florida. Moored to an old oil rig, the New Ark harbors what may be the last vestiges of humanity after global warming has wreaked havoc on the planet. Two sisters tell stories of a Florida long forgotten while elsewhere on the ship, the Pastor, the leader of the New Ark, prepares his people for an oncoming storm. Combining storytelling with immersive performance, projection, and puppetry, Make Thee an Ark interprets the archived histories of Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus from the perspective of a generation living in the flooded future. Following the final performance of Make Thee an Ark*, a site-specific performance at Selby Garden's Historic Spanish Point on Sunday, October 17th, is Ark Dialogues, a public panel and discussion focused on the play’s use of Sarasota history, and how it combines lived Sarasota experiences with a fictional narrative about Florida’s possible futures.

[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]  FILM: The Ringling: On Screen: Immortal Beloved , October 8, 6:30pm

This biography chronicles the life of infamous classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven (Gary Oldman) and his painful struggle with hearing loss. Following Beethoven's death in 1827, his assistant, Schindler (Jeroen Krabbé), searches for an elusive woman referred to in the composer's love letters as "immortal beloved." As Schindler solves the mystery, a series of flashbacks reveals Beethoven's transformation from passionate young man to troubled musical genius. Gary Oldman stars in this tale of a man of genius, a woman of passion and the mystery of a lifetime. The untold story of Ludwig van Beethoven. This On Screen will show on October 8 at 6:30pm at Historic Asolo Theater.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre & Humor Institute: Bob Zany , October 7 – October 9, 7pm, 6:30pm, and 8:50pm

Bob Zany will perform on Thursday, October 7 at 7pm, Friday, October 8 at 6:30pm, Friday, October 8 at 8:50pm, Saturday, October 9 at 6:30pm, and Saturday, October 9 at 8:50pm. Rated AS. Tickets are $25. Bob has appeared on over a thousand national T.V. shows, from The Tonight Show to a seventeen-year stint appearing on and co-hosting The Jerry Lewis Telethon. He appeared on Showtime in Billy Gardell’s Road Dogs+ film credits include Joe Dirt with David Spade+ The Informant playing Matt Damon’s attorney.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County: 75th Anniversary Online Auction , October 10 – October 25

Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County is getting ready to run an online auction in celebration of our 75th anniversary. Starting on October 10, 2021 and running through October 25, 2021, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization. For 75 years, BGCMC has provided afterschool and summer programs that offer hope and opportunity to every child in our community, especially those who need us most. We rely on the generosity of our donors to help provide essential support for our children and teens. Categories include Food & Gourmet Items, Golf & Sports Gear, Memorabilia, Entertainment, Sports, Travel, and Wine. Don't See An Item You Like? Simply Make a Donation. Every donation made during this auction event will be matched dollar for dollar up to $75,000.

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