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SRQ DAILY Dec 28, 2021

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"For more mature palates still craving that savory food court feel-good, Sushi Bay Kitchen & Sake Bar brings the soy-laden, wok-seared goodness to life."

- Andrew Fabian, SRQ Foodie Writer

[Food Court Flavor]  Shopping Mall Nostalgia with Fresh Yaki Udon
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

As many older shopping malls continue to decline, so too does the Great American Food Court. Some chains, like Mandarin Express, Perry’s BBQ & Asian Grill and Panda Express, are synonymous with quick and salty plates enjoyed in the bustle of a capitalist’s fever dream. For many a picky child (like yours truly), these chains even represented the first time a vegetable was eaten without being force-fed by a well-meaning parent. But for more mature palates still craving that savory food court feel-good, Sushi Bay Kitchen & Sake Bar brings the soy-laden, wok-seared goodness to life.

As the name would suggest, the largest real estate on the menu goes to sushi offerings, which come creatively plated and well portioned. In addition, an assortment of hibachi-prepped plates captures the same flavors as places like Joto’s or Benihana’s without the elaborate show. But something in the yaki udon, despite the heaping handful of fresh veggies and house-made udon noodles, just oozes with that food court flavor. Loaded with mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, onions, broccoli and snow peas tossed with thick, chewy udon noodles in soy sauce, the piping hot dish comes topped with your choice of protein and a dash of black pepper. The savoriness and seared flavor profile are enough to evoke images of parachute pants, puka-shell necklaces and Carson Daly. Just make sure your N’Sync playlist stays in your headphones. 

Sushi Bay Kitchen & Sake Bar, 3957 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, sushibayfl.com 941-260-9992

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[Local History]  Sarasota Centennial Committee Shares History with County Schools and Library

the Sarasota County Centennial Steering Committee has created a bookmark reflecting facts, photos, and symbols celebrating the county’s rich history. Over 4,000 bookmarks were delivered to 37 local schools encouraging students to learn more about the county. Additional bookmarks were distributed to the Venice Library and Museum.

The double-sided bookmark shows a map detailing Sarasota County’s location in the state of Florida along with historical photographs and newspaper headlines celebrating the county’s formation in 1921. Also included are the Centennial Celebration logo and a special logo developed by the Steering Committee’s Director of Communications Don Bayley in conjunction with his son, David. The special logo depicts a roadway to the future that passes by the area’s iconic palm trees on the right. And it pays tribute to the Good Roads movement which was a major player in Sarasota breaking away from Manatee County 100 years ago. The left side of the bookmark showcases the John Ringling Causeway Bridge passing over Sarasota Bay with the city skyline in the distance harkening not only to the bright future of our area, but the long-standing tradition of progress and innovators that help establish the County.

A special “Centennial Question” is included on the bookmark asking young scholars “What can you do to maintain our county as a prosperous, attractive, friendly community for the next 100 years?” This should spark several classroom and family discussions, as our youngest citizens prepare to lead us into our second century. 

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[Giving Back]  Preserving Selby Gardens' History

Selby Gardens announces the last chance this year to preserve their history, safeguard their collections and sustain their future as 2021 comes to a close this Friday. There are many ways to support Selby Gardens’ Master Plan and to take advantage of unique charitable contribution opportunities including: the universal charitable deduction is still applicable for this year through the CARES Act—f you do not itemize deductions on your tax returns, you can take an additional “above-the-line” deduction for gifts made in cash up to $300; if you do itemize on your tax returns, you can gift up to 100 percent of your adjusted gross income this year instead of the normal 60 percent; a few years ago, the government made a formal law that individuals aged 70 ½ and older can make a charitable gift using the required minimum distribution from an individual retirement account without incurring additional income tax on the withdrawal; and, gifts of appreciated stock—you can bypass capital gains by gifting stock that you have held for more than a year. Plus, any and all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $2.5 million during the Capping Challenge for Phase One of the Master Plan.


More about the Capping Challenge.

[Professional Park in Bradenton Sells for $11M]  Professional Park in Bradenton Sells for $11M

Senior Advisor, Tony Veldkamp, CCIM of SVN Commercial Advisory Group helped to coordinate the sale of an 100,000 SF office park on Cortez Road in Bradenton. The seller was SugarOak Wildewood. The buyer is Fullerton Bradenton Wildewood. Tony represented the buyer. Angelia Young with A Young Realty represented the seller. Purchase price was $11,095,000. Wildewood Professional Park is a mixed-use office park that sits on nearly 13 acres with approximately 100,000 SF of commercial space spread among 12 buildings. The property has seen extensive upgrades over the past few years and has tremendous growth potential. Veldkamp has worked with the buyer, an investment group operating out of Toronto, on several investment opportunities in the past. They plan to use the property, with an attractive stabilized income, as an investment. 

[New College Foundation's New Topics Lecture Series]  A Queer Zionism, January 18

New College Foundation’s New Topics Lecture Series continues with "A Queer Zionism: Jessie Sampter and the Paradoxes of Jewish Nationalism" with Sarah Imhoff on Tuesday, January 18, at Mildred Sainer Pavilion on the New College campus. The young, unmarried Jessie Sampter embraced a Judaism her parents had rejected, bought a trousseau, drolly declared herself “married to Palestine,” and moved there in 1918. Jessie Sampter’s own life and body hardly matched typical Zionist ideals: while Zionism celebrated the strong and healthy body, Sampter spoke of herself as “crippled” from polio and plagued by sickness her whole life; while Zionism applauded reproductive (women’s) bodies, Sampter never married or bore children—in fact, she wrote of homoerotic longings and had same-sex relationships we would consider queer. How did a queer, “crippled” woman become a leading voice of American Zionism, and why has history largely overlooked her? Sarah Imhoff, author of “Masculinity and the Making of American Judaism,” is an associate professor in the Borns Jewish Studies Program and Religious Studies Department at Indiana University Bloomington. 

[SRQ Competition]  Vote for Best of SRQ Next Week!

The voting round for SRQ Magazine's Best of SRQ Competition opens next Wednesday, January 5! You can visit www.srqmagazine.com/2022/bestof to see who made it to the finals. Vote early and vote often!  

[SOON]  MUSIC: Jazz Club of Sarasota: Jazz at Two: Jazz Club Scholarship Winners Concert , December 29, 2pm

Since Friday is New Years' Eve, this Concert has been moved to Wednesday December 29 at 2pm. The concert features the 2021 Jazz Club Scholarship winners along with a house rhythm section, led by bassist Isaac Mingus. Joining Mingus are Simon Lasky, piano and Cole Hazlitt, drums. The number of scholarship winners performing depends on their availability due to class and performance schedule. Join us to support these fine young talented student/musicians. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Jefferson Starship - Mother of the Sun Tour , December 31, 8pm

JEFFERSON STARSHIP has toured all 50 U.S. states, five continents and countless countries around the world, drawing from a massive setlist of hit after hit! In addition to original member David Freiberg, the band includes drummer Donny Baldwin (whose Jefferson Starship roots go back to 1982), keyboardist Chris Smith (who joined in 1998), guitarist Jude Gold (who joined in 2012), and singer and guitarist Cathy Richardson (who joined in 2008), after founding member Paul Kantner saw her tour with Big Brother and the Holding Company. This show will take place on Friday, December 31 at 8pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: McCurdy's Comedy Theatre: New Year's Eve Al Romas , December 31, 9pm

Join us to toast in the New Year at McCurdy’s. Les McCurdy will be Hosting and the Headliner is Al Romas. Al's TV credits include "Standup Spotlight, "Evening at the Improv" + Comedy Central. There will also be a few guest performers. Al Romas will perform on New Years Eve, December 31, at 9pm in The Green Room.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Pier 22 New Year Celebration , December 31, 7pm-10pm

Ring in the New Year at PIER 22. Join PIER 22 in the ballroom for an elegant VIP dinner, drinks, friends, and fun as we say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022 on December 31, 2021 from 7pm to 10pm. This unforgettable night will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, open bar, and the refined Gypsy Jazz tunes from Hot Club SRQ. After dinner, head to the terrace for a midnight toast overlooking the Manatee River. Buffet menu selections include a raw oyster bar, peel & eat shrimp, sushi, grouper cakes, filet with demi glaze and fried shallots, crab stuffed salmon, roasted sliced duck with cranberry sauce and crab & artichoke pesto pasta and more! Tickets are priced at $150 per person plus tax and gratuity. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Grove New Year Celebration , December 31, 9pm-1am

Ring in the New Year at GROVE. Join us in the Ballroom for food, drinks, friends, and fun as we say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022 on December 31, 2021 from 9pm to 1am, check in from 8:30pm to 9pm. This unforgettable night will feature an all-you-can-eat hors d'oeuvres buffet, premium open bar, a spectacular light show, lively DJ entertainment and dance floor, plus a midnight champagne toast and live ball drop. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Hair , November 17 – January 1, Varies.

Hair is the rock musical that started it all. This joyous rebellion proudly reclaims love as the heart of what it means to be American. Packed with music that is beautiful, irreverent, and deeply evocative, the quirky, all-inclusive vibe doesn’t shy away from poignant social commentary. This iconic musical and Grammy Award-winning score get an exuberant and resonant retelling in the hands of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. Unforgettable numbers like “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In),” “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and “Hair” will bring audiences to their feet. Contains mature themes, language, and brief nudity. Recommended for age 16+. Hair will show November 17, 2021–January 1, 2022.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Glass Shapes by Esther Jensen , January 1 – January 28, Gallery hours.

In January, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of Sarasota glass artist Esther Jensen in an exhibit of her fused glass art entitled ”Glass Shapes.” Esther’s art evokes her familiarity and love of living near open water, first in her native Denmark, then on the Gulf of Mexico in Southwest Florida and now from her studio on Sarasota Bay. Her Scandinavian background influences most of her designs which are simple and straight forward and include both functional and decorative pieces. The “Glass Shapes” exhibit runs from Saturday, January 1 through Friday, January 28. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, January 7, from 6-9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to the 1367 Main Street gallery, where the diverse art works of 29 local artists are shown seven days a week. Telephone: 941-955-5409 for hours and further information. www.artuptown.com.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Lights in Bloom: An Open-air Holiday Light Show , December 11 – January 2, 6pm-9pm

More than two million lights will illuminate Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus from December 11 to 23, 26 to 30, 2021; and January 1 and 2, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm. Lights in Bloom®: An Open-Air Holiday Light Show will feature more than two million lights illuminating the gardens and walkways. Don’t miss a holiday photo opportunity, children’s arts and crafts, activities, and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill, including a cash bar.  

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