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SRQ DAILY Jan 25, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"The play has elements of feminism, racism, addiction, and mob rule, but it is also a most unusual love story."

- Jo Morello, Playwright.

[The Dish]  A Sandwich Worth the Hunt from Calu Comfort Food
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In a previous column, we explored a timely and contentious issue surrounding the usage of the phrase “hot Cuban” to describe a sandwich. While the issue remains unresolved despite all of the great minds working on it, the column also alluded to the sandwiches that comprise the pantheon of delicious bread-and-meat concoctions in Cuban cuisine. One of those sandwiches is the pan con lechon.

Translating rather unapologetically into “bread with roasted pork,” the sandwich certainly presents as a simple and unassuming creation. In its most basic and commonplace preparation, it features pulled pork topped with diced onions, pressed between two pieces of Cuban bread much like the more recognizable Cuban sandwich. Where the sandwich gets its surprising burst of flavor is the slow roasted pork in a citrus-heavy mojo marinade.

At Calú Comfort Food, an off-the-beaten-path diner in an industrial park off of 63rd Avenue and U.S. 301 in Bradenton, that mojo marinade essentially replaces the need for any sauce or toppings by virtue of how much flavor it infuses right into the pork. Savory, bright, garlicky and impossibly moist, the restaurant prevents it from soaking clean through the bread by expertly toasting it and wrapping the sandwich in parchment paper. A fun twist comes in the form of pickled onions rather than freshly diced, but the end result is unequivocally all about the pork. Rest assured, it’s a sandwich worth the hunt.

Calu Comfort Food, 2119 63rd Avenue E. Bradenton, Florida. https://calucomfortfood.wixsite.com/deli 

Photo taken by Andrew Fabian

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[In Conversation]  In Conversation With Dr. Avantika Mishra

In the January 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Dr. Avantika Mishra of Florida Digestive Disease Specialists as part of our In Conversation marketing feature with top doctor honorees on trends in medicine, health and wellness. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Dr. Mishra shares her insights with SRQ readers on new developments in gastroenterology.

Dr. Mishra, what are some of the cutting edge treatments or developments in your field?

Originally the guidelines used to say that at 50 years old you should get colon cancer screening. But recently, the guidelines have been amended amongst all health societies to say screenings should begin at 45. Overall there have been large population studies done that help drive these screening guideline changes. And this happens in every field, whether it's in breast cancer screening or other disorders. But, ultimately there's just been a rising incidence of colorectal cancer in patients at a younger age. These days I'm seeing colon cancer, personally myself, younger and younger. And I've diagnosed it as young as someone in their early thirties most recently. And so ultimately, while we don't perform screening on everyone who has symptoms, these generalized studies for the population have really triggered all societies to amend their previous recommendations.


Florida Digestive Disease Specialists, 11505 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 200, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Phone: 941-361-1100

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[New owners]  Sale of Cafe L'Europe Restaurant

Known for decades as the "Grande Dame" of Sarasota restaurants, the venerable Cafe L'Europe restaurant on St. Armand’s Circle has been sold for an undisclosed sum by Julie and Ron Milton to award-winning local restaurateurs and philanthropists Amanda and John Horne, owners of four Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurants. The Hornes take over operations of the restaurant on February 1, 2022.

The iconic Café L’Europe was founded in 1973 on German and Dutch influence by restaurateurs Titus Letschert and Norbert Goldner. With is elegant design and old-world charm, the restaurant’s menu strikes the perfect balance between tradition and innovation, featuring choices that endure time and trend, presented with gracious and professional service. House specialties include Dover Sole Meuniere, Chateaubriand and
Shrimp Pernod served tableside, Potato-Crusted Grouper, and French Onion Soup served in an onion. It also has an award-winning and extensive wine list. For local history buffs, the front section of Café L’Europe was the original sales office of one of Sarasota’s most famous residents of the past – John Ringling. The restaurant is currently ranked #8 of 640 area restaurants on Trip Advisor. 

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[Local playwright ]  Jubilee Theatre Presents Lil & Satchmo by Sarasota Resident Jo Morello

Jubilee Theatre presents Lil & Satchmo a play with music, by Sarasota resident, Jo Morello at Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main Street, Fort Worth, Texas, from January 28 through February 27 according to D. Wambui Richardson, Jubilee's artistic director. An earlier version of the play, about jazz pioneers Lil Hardin Armstrong and her husband Louis Armstrong, had been staged in Sarasota as Lil & Louis in 2020.Set in Chicago in the Roaring Twenties and beyond, Lil & Satchmo is bursting with songs of the era—and a slight touch of the supernatural—to tell the story of “the first couple of jazz” and Lil Hardin’s part in Louis’s stardom. While barely out of her teens, “The Hot Miss Lil” was already a star. The sought-after pianist, composer, and arranger met and married Louis (as the second of his four wives) and ultimately guided the young trumpeter to lasting international fame, while she has since faded into the pages of history.

Jazz still lives today, along with a multitude of other musical genres it inspired, and Lil & Satchmo also remains relevant according to playwright Morello. “The play has elements of feminism, racism, addiction, and mob rule—but it’s also a most unusual love story,” she said. Lil & Satchmo dramatizes the lives of the Armstrongs from their first meeting through their marriage, his many affairs, their divorce, their joint and separate careers, and beyond, with a unique connection that endured until the very end. Whether they worked together or alone, this extraordinarily talented couple created jazz with their every move. Lil & Satchmo presents the Lil you never knew and the Louis you only think you know.” 

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[Free Admission]  Free Second Sundays at Sarasota Art Museum to Continue Through 2022

The Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design is pleased to report that the monthly free museum admission day on the second Sunday of every month will continue through 2022 thanks to the sustained financial support of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Dates for ‘Free Second Sundays @ SAM’ in 2022 are January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11. ‘Free Second Sundays @ SAM’ programming is a free monthly event series presented at Sarasota Art Museum, providing greater access to the arts for Sarasota community members and their families. In addition to access to all exhibitions, additional programming includes: Musical Interludes on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza; Mary’s Front Porch storytelling performance for all ages where they can share their imagination and creativity; ‘What’s Your Medium?’ - an intergenerational art activity for discovering various creative mediums; and Ringling College Studio + Digital Arts Free Studio Day Activities.

“The Sarasota Art Museum and the Barancik Foundation share a deep commitment to making the arts available for everyone’s enjoyment. We are grateful for their continued support because it allows us to offer free admission and expanded family programming every month,” said Virginia Shearer, executive director of Sarasota Art Museum. “The ability to open our doors to the entire Sarasota community and provide interactive, enriching experiences for all fulfills a key part of our mission of being a visual arts education center with a museum at its heart.” 

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[Postponement]  FST Postpones Opening Olivier Award-winning Comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces today that it is postponing opening its Mainstage production of The Play That Goes Wrong by two weeks due to COVID-related complications and delays in the rehearsal and tech process. This update follows an initial announcement made by the theatre on January 17 when it first postponed the opening of the production by one week. Since then, FST has determined that, to ensure the best possible theatre experience for its patrons, the opening of The Play That Goes Wrong needed to be postponed by an additional week. The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer will now begin playing on FST’s Gompertz Theatre stage on February 2, 2022. No other FST productions will be impacted by this schedule change. Affected ticket holders will be contacted by the Florida Studio Theatre Box Office. With this schedule change, The Play That Goes Wrong will now run from Wednesday, February 2, through Sunday, March 20. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org and 941.366.9000. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: I Never Saw Another Butterfly , January 26 – January 28

Sarasota High School Theatre's I Never Saw Another Butterfly will show January 26-28, 2022. Over 15,000 Jewish children passed through Terezin, and only about a hundred were still alive at the end of the war. One of the survivors, Raja, having lived through it all, teaching the children when there was nothing to teach with, helping to give them hope when there was little enough reason for hope, creating a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire, tells the true story of the children. There were no butterflies at Terezin, of course, but for the children, butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Babel by Jacqueline Goldfinger , January 26 – February 18, Varies.

In this version of the future, expectant parents learn within the first few weeks of pregnancy which traits their child will have and what behaviors it is likely to exhibit. This intriguing new play follows the extreme lengths two couples go to in order to have a baby. Babel probes the world of modern eugenics, explores the societal value of a baby, and asks us what we are willing to risk for love. NNPN Rolling World Premiere. Babel will show from January 26 to February 18, 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Angels for Artists: Art Auction and Music , January 26 – January 27, 5:30pm-7pm and 5:30pm-8pm

Halo Arts Project presents the 3rd annual Angels for Artists Art Auction and Rock n' Roll Benefit. Funds support Visual Artists Fellowship Award. The Virtual Auction will take place on Wednesday, January 26 from 5:30pm to 7pm. The Silent Art Auction will take place on Thursday, January 27 from 5:30pm to 8pm at MARA Gallery, 1421 5th St. and will feature cocktails and a meet the artists. Join the Halo Arts Project for 2 fun filled evenings that include live rock n' roll music by a local favorite, and over 100 artworks by local artists auctioned on January 26 and 27 with bids starting at $75. This is a great opportunity to add exceptional art to your home or office collection.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Inheritance , January 27, 5:30pm

Each of these extraordinary composers learned the "family business" from his father on Thursday, January 27 at 5:30pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Bruce Weigl's The Harp. This program consists of Beethoven Quintet Op. 16 for Piano and Winds, Michael Tilson Thomas Street Song, and Mozart String Quartet No. 17, K. 458, "The Hunt."

[SOON]  GALA: Van Wezel: 20th Annual Inspiration Gala , January 27

The Van Wezel 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. Harry Connick Jr. has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world including music, film, television and Broadway for over three decades. But music and live performances remain the foundation of his art, and he will showcase classics from his remarkable career. 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: https://bit.ly/3zooiIF. To request additional information or inquire about becoming an event sponsor, please contact Carly Evans at 941-271-4185.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Makers 2022 , January 27 – January 30, 7pm and 2pm

This year, Dance Makers features new imaginative dance pieces created by nationally acclaimed contemporary choreographers. This year’s program includes dances from Dazaun Soleyn (San Francisco, CA), Jennifer Nugent (NYC), and Christal Brown (NYC) who was recently in residency at Jacob’s Pillow. Excitingly, Dance Makers will also revive Kinda Cagey, the fan-favorite grand piano and dancer duet from SCD’s 2nd season, performed by Leymis Bolaños Wilmott and Francis Schwartz. The choreography is diverse, the impact profound, and the dancers utterly captivating. Dance Makers will take place Thursday, January 27, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. All shows are at 7pm, except Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $10 - $45. Available Virtually Friday, January 28, 2022 through Sunday, January 30, 2022. Virtual Tickets are $25.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Harry Connick Jr. , January 27, 8:30pm

HARRY CONNICK, JR. has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world — in music, film, television and Broadway — garnering Grammys®, Emmys® and Tony Awards® and nominations. But music and live performances remain the foundation of his art, as he will showcase classics from his remarkable career. This show will take place on Thursday, January 27 at 8:30pm. You are invited to party with a purpose. Join us for cocktails by the bay, an elegant dinner and premium performance seating all while raising fund to support arts education for our community. Now in its 20th annual year, the Inspiration Gala further enables the Van Wezel 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. For more information on the Foundation, visit https://vwfoundation.org/. For sponsorship and table sales, please call 941-366-5578 or visit the Inspiration Gala Page.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota Art Museum: Curator Talk: Inside Look , January 27, 6pm-7pm

Curator Talk: Inside Look for Fall/Winter Exhibitions will take place on Thursday, January 27 from 6pm – 7pm at Sarasota High School Alumni Auditorium. This event is FREE for Members and $20 for Not-Yet Members. Join Assistant Curator Emory Conetta in exploring this season’s new exhibitions. The program will discuss the Museum’s newest initiatives and provide insight into the behind-the-scenes work that made these exhibitions possible. Enjoy the exhibitions prior to the program. Gallery hours are extended until 6pm this evening.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: An Untitled Love by Kyle Abraham/AIM , January 28 – January 29, 7:30pm

Born into hip-hop culture in the late 1970s and grounded in Artistic Director Kyle Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts, the mission of the company is to delve into identity in relation to personal history. His work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and visual representations in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation. Founded in 2006 by choreographer Kyle Abraham, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is a Black-led contemporary dance company that provides multifaceted performances, educational programming, and community-based workshops. The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art. While grounded in choreographer Kyle Abraham’s artistic vision, A.I.M draws inspiration from a multitude of sources and movement styles. This performance will show on January 28 and 29 at 7:30pm. Post show talk back following the Saturday evening performance.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 4 - Love & Betrayal , January 28 – January 31, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 4 – Love & Betrayal sees the return to The Sarasota Ballet’s renowned triple bills, with the choreography of Royal Ballet alumni Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, and Johan Kobborg coming together for the first Program of the new year. Ashton’s Valses nobles et sentimentales holds a special place in the history of The Sarasota Ballet. Having worked with Ashton on the 1987 revival, Webb returned the ballet to the stage after almost 25 years for The Sarasota Ballet’s 2012 American Premiere, reviving the almost-lost ballet and allowing audiences to experience Ashton’s vibrant musicality. In contrast to Valses’ romanticism is de Valois’ The Rake’s Progress, a dramatic cautionary tale of betrayal and excess, showcasing the downfall of a wealthy merchant’s heir through de Valois’ extraordinary choreography and theatricality. Kobborg’s production of August Bournonville’s Napoli rounds out Love & Betrayal. This marks the world-famous dancer, choreographer, and director’s return to Sarasota since 2014. Love & Betrayal will take place on January 28 2022 at 7:30pm, January 29 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm, January 30 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and January 31 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Kansas: Point of Know Return , January 28, 8pm

With a legendary career spanning nearly five decades, KANSAS has firmly established itself as one of America’s iconic classic rock bands. This "garage band" from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 and has gone on to sell more than 30 million albums worldwide. Composing a catalogue that includes sixteen studio albums and five live albums, KANSAS has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), one quadruple-platinum single “Carry On Wayward Son” and another triple-platinum single “Dust in the Wind.” This show will take place on Friday, January 28 at 8pm.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala 2022 , January 28, 6pm

The Circus Arts Conservatory Gala 2022 will take place on Friday, January 28 at 6pm under the Ulla Searing Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park's Regatta Island near the finish tower. Valet parking on site. Help keep the Circus Arts alive and thriving while you experience a Circus Gala curated with your safety in mind. The Gala will feature a festive cocktail hour, world class circus performances, and elegant dining by Michael's On East.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: New Shanghai Circus , January 29, 7pm

NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS, founded in 1951, has won more Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in domestic and international circus competitions than any other Chinese acrobatic company. Breathtaking and polished to perfection, their skills have their roots in everyday lives of the village peasants, farmers and craftsman of the Han Dynasty. This show will take place on Saturday, January 29 at 7pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Crosley Theater Company: Tony Sands Presents , January 29, 2pm

Tony Sands Presents "Rat Pack Together Again!" will occur on Saturday January 29 2022 at 2pm at Stone Hall, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton. Approximate running time: 2 hours. Relive the Glory Days with Frank, Dean, & Sammy. This production takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary, Frank, Dean, and Sammy. Enjoy reminiscing with songs like "Come Fly With Me", "You're Nobody", "That Old Black Magic", and many more. Don't miss Rat Pack Together Again.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Junior League of Sarasota: Jungle Jamboree , January 29, 4:30pm-7:30pm

The Junior League of Sarasota presents the fifth annual family-friendly Jungle Jamboree from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on Saturday, January 29, at Big Cat Habitat. Sure to be a “roaring” good time, the event will feature exotic animals, face painting, silent auction, sensory learning activities with Easterseals Southwest Florida plus visual art and an interactive story time exploring kindness, respect and inclusion through animals with Embracing Our Differences. Open to the public, tickets start at $15/children and $30/adults. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Creative Liberties Artist Studios: New Year, New Art! Art Extravaganza , January 29, 10am-4pm

Please join the Creative Liberties Art Studios for an ART EXTRAVANGZA happening in their front yard on January 29 from 10am to 4pm at 901 Apricot Ave. The start of a new year is the perfect time to purge, and that's just what the Creative Liberties Art Studios artists and artist vendors will be doing. It's a win/win - clearing out old art that will free the artists up to make new art - a clearing of their creative chi's. And for you - fabulous new artwork for your home or office at great prices. This is an opportunity you don't want to miss.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Farm to Table 2022 , January 29, 5pm-9pm

Join the Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation for an evening in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, January 29 from 5pm to 9pm at Patel Oaks Farm, 11704 SE 15 Circle, Ocala. The 3rd annual Farm to Table 2022 is a farm–to–table experience with local fare, entertainment, auctions and more. All event proceeds provide non–medical financial assistance to cancer patients.

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