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SRQ DAILY Feb 22, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"When the kids first arrive many start out really shy, After making a few sales, you see their confidence grow. By the end of the day, any self doubt they may have had completely vanishes. It is amazing to see."

- Kim Livengood, Bazaar co-owner.

[The Dish]  A Well-traveled New York Bagel From 99 Bottles
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

It seems ridiculous to mention the word “terroir” and “bagel” in the same sentence, and yet in understanding a New York bagel, the two words must be inexplicably paired. The working theory of what gives a New York-style bagel its signature taste is the tap water with which it is made. Apparently, tap water in New York City contains a certain balance of minerals that work to soften the water while other trace minerals are believed to strengthen the gluten. The water, then, plays the same role in the bagel as a grape’s terroir does in the final flavor profile of a wine. There you have it: “terroir” and “bagel” in the same sentence.

At 99 Bottles, which has found a unique niche for itself as a purveyor of diverse and inspired cuisine, a weekend brunch menu includes an assortment of authentic New York-style bagels that have been flash-frozen and overnighted to sunny Sarasota. Featuring all manner of breakfast sandwiches to go along with mimosas, beers and wines, the bagels are finished in-house to order. Wrapped in butcher paper, the sandwiches pack all the big city pride of our nation’s financial capital but are paired with our more laid back environs. For a bright and healthy option, go for the bagel with traditional hummus, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and pickled red onion. While an everything bagel adds a nice pop of flavor, the sesame seed bagel offers a more complementary dose of sesame nuttiness that goes well with the hummus.

99 Bottles, 1445 2nd Street, Sarasota. 941-487-7874. info@99bottles.net 


[Mexican Restaurant]  Agave Bandido to Bring Fresh Mexican-Inspired Cuisine and Cocktails to Waterside Place at Lakewood Ranch

Mexican-inspired restaurant and tequileria Agave Bandido is the latest restaurant to join the offerings at Waterside Place, with a planned opening in late 2022. The 4,000 square-foot restaurant will feature a beautiful indoor bar as its focal point, offering more than 250 tequilas and mezcals. The 2,000 square feet of patio space boasts a separate outdoor bar with a picturesque backdrop of the lake. Conceptualized by Wolverine Management President Mathew Baum and Chief Operating Officer Matt Faul, Agave Bandido will bring a vibrant, city-inspired dining atmosphere to Lakewood Ranch. The duo says most of their personal decision-making inspired the aesthetics of Agave Bandido. Everything from the way food is served to the bar layout is determined based upon what they would prefer as consumers.

Recently named the “Best Lifestyle Program in the U.S” by the National Association of Homebuilders, Waterside Place’s vibrant lifestyle and suburban Lakewood Ranch location was the logical location for its second restaurant. Agave Bandido at Waterside Place will offer patrons handmade cocktails and a full menu of dishes made in-house daily with fresh ingredients. The restaurant will feature many of the same design aesthetics as its flagship location in Pembroke Pines, Fla., including eye-catching murals and décor. Waterside Place serves as the heart of Waterside – Lakewood Ranch’s first Sarasota village – and offers an elevated community experience that extends beyond that of a traditional town center. Situated on a 36-acre peninsula overlooking the mile-long Kingfisher Lake, the development blends arts and entertainment destinations with 115,000 square feet of unique in-line and freestanding commercial, retail and office space; diverse dining options; an eight-acre island park; miles of nature trails; communal “pop-up” spaces, a water splash park, and more. Waterside Village will feature more than 5,000 for-sale and rental homes in a variety of neighborhoods ranging from $280k to over $2M. All neighborhoods are connected to Waterside Place via trails and many homes will benefit from water taxis to the town center. 

For more information about Waterside Place click here

[Art Exhibition]  Art Center Sarasota's New Exhibitions

Art Center Sarasota’s exhibition season continues with four exhibits, March 17-April 30. Osa Atoe: “The Sea is Alive in Me” features a collection of wheel-thrown functional and decorative ceramic vessels inspired by the Gulf of Mexico and historical water storage pots. Philomena Marano: “Signs & Wonders” features works created from a cut paper process that straddles painting and graphic design. These vibrant compositions evoke the visual poetry and exhilaration of Coney Island rides and the thrill of the circus.  In “A Place In The Sun,” portrait photographer Susan Sidebottom tells people’s stories through the spaces they inhabit. “The Annual Members Juried Show” is a juried exhibition of members’ artwork juried by Barbara Banks and Katherine Bzura. The opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, March 17, 6-8 p.m. Masks are required. Art Center Sarasota is part of #SafeArtsSarasota. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 

Pictured: Philomena Marano, Globe of Thunder.

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[New Director]  Van Wezel Foundation Names Kelli Maldonado Executive Director of Education & Lifelong Learning

The Van Wezel Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce the addition of an executive director of education and lifelong learning to its team as the result of a major grant awarded by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Kelli Maldonado, a respected educator and leader in the local, regional and national arts community, assumed the role on Monday, February 14, 2022, and will lead the effort to prioritize lifelong learning at the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center. Most recently, Maldonado served as the director of education and community engagement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Prior, she held arts and education positions at Asolo Repertory Theatre here in Sarasota and Manhattan Theatre Club and New Amsterdam Theatre in New York City. Maldonado holds a master’s degree in applied theatre from City University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in theater from Pace University. Education has and continues to be at the core of the Foundation’s mission, and, in her role, Maldonado will continue the Foundation’s 30-year partnership with the Van Wezel Hall and continue to underwrite popular, philanthropic educational programming that serves more than 50,000 students, teachers and families annually, while creating a robust lifelong learning program for the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center. 

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[Archeological Dig]  Students Unearth Artifacts, Begin Weeklong Learning Adventure

On Monday morning, students at Glenallen Elementary School, in North Port, returned from the weekend to a surprise. Part of the field next to their school had been dug up and was surrounded by caution tape. School officials, the students learned, had discovered artifacts and called in scientists to explore. Thus began The Big Dig, a weeklong, inquiry-based, cross-curricular learning scenario that involves all Glenallen students, including pre-K. Funded by the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and developed in coordination with University of South Florida (USF) professors, this immersive grant simulates an archeological dig site.

Acting as on-site scientists, USF professors Mitch Ruzek and Dana Zeidler will lead the students through a week of hands-on learning that connects the dig to the material students are learning in the classroom. Monday was the day of discovery, and classes walked to the dig site with their teachers and engaged in question-and-answer sessions with professors Ruzek and Zeidler. They had their first chance to see and handle the unearthed artifacts, including a megalodon tooth and dinosaur bones, and they began to make inferences about them. As the week progresses, students will connect archeological discoveries with trade routes indigenous peoples and colonists took through Florida. They will measure the dig site to determine area and perimeter, applying and growing their math skills. They will study dinosaurs and musical instruments, even sound waves, all of it connected to the artifacts that students discover, process, and investigate. Students will write about their discoveries and share what they have learned to all students through Glenallen’s media center. Glenallen Elementary School is a Title I school, with 77% of its students identified as economically disadvantaged. Hands-on, innovative experiences such as The Big Dig spark curiosity that can inspire these students for years to come. 

Pictured: Dr. Mitch Ruzek, USF professor, works with students at the Big Dig site at Glenallen Elementary School

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[Upcoming Event]  Boat Show Returns to Sarasota

The annual Suncoast Boat Show returns to the luxurious waterfront April 22-24, 2022 marking 40 years of presenting an extraordinary selection of sportfishing, powerboats, and motor yachts. This premier boat show on the Gulf Coast of Florida takes place in water and on land at Marina Jack along 65,000 square feet of dock space. The Suncoast Boat Show is hosted by the U.S. Boat Show division of Informa Markets, the leading exhibition organizer that owns and operates the world’s leading international boat and yacht events. The show will feature nearly 150 exhibits and fun for children, too. On Saturday and Sunday, local television host Captain Don Dingman presents a youth fishing clinic entitled Hook the Future and gives each participant a free rod and reel. The program not only teaches kids how to fish, but parents also learn how important it is to spend quality time with their children. Tickets for this year’s Suncoast Boat Show must be purchased in advance via the website https://www.suncoastboatshow.com. Prices for adults are $17, and children ages 15 and under are free. The show runs Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24, 2021 at Marina Jack, #2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, Florida. Hours are Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  

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[Pop-up Market]  Third Young Entrepreneur Market

On Saturday, Feb 26 from 10-3 meet more than a dozen young entrepreneurs in the outside courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. For the 3rd time, The Bazaar is hosting this unique pop-up market. These young businesses include handmade jewelry, baked goods, original art, and so much more! Live music will be provided throughout the day by Music Compound’s talented students.

“When the kids first arrive many start out really shy,” says Bazaar co-owner Kim Livengood. “After making a few sales, you see their confidence grow. By the end of the day, any self doubt they may have had completely vanish. It’s amazing to see.”

Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. Free to attend. For more information visit www.Bazaaronapricotandlime.com 

[Recognition Given]  The Steve Martin Homes Group Earns Chairman’s Club Status

The Steve Martin Homes Group at RE/MAX Platinum Realty has earned the distinguished RE/MAX Chairman’s Club Team Award for 2021. The award honors high-achieving real estate teams for their service to buyers and sellers. Steve Martin Homes Group is based in the downtown Sarasota office at 1500 State Street, and can be reached at (941) 894-9800 or Steve@SteveMartinHomesGroup.com. RE/MAX Platinum Realty offers full-service real estate solutions in Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida, specializing in luxury and waterfront properties. With offices in downtown Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch, Osprey, Venice and Wellen Park, the company leverages RE/MAX corporate resources and technology to market homes to 110 countries in 32 languages.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Stayin' Alive , February 24, 8pm

STAYIN' ALIVE offers to their audiences the songs and sights of a full Bee Gees playlist, singing blockbusters such as “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’,” “How Deep is Your Love,” “You Should be Dancing,” “Nights on Broadway” and “Stayin’ Alive.” In addition, they perform softer poetic ballads such as “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Fanny be Tender,” “Words” and “To Love Somebody” among other great hits. Stayin’ Alive is the quintessential tribute band to the Bee Gees, offering big screen video clips, photos and dazzling imagery. This performance will take place on Thursday, February 24 at 8pm.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Hermitage Sunsets at Selby: Violin: Dope, Honest, & Evolved , February 24, 6pm

Hermitage Sunsets at Selby Gardens: “Violin: Dope, Honest, & Evolved” with Hermitage Fellow Lady Jess, Presented in partnership with Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, will take place on Thursday, February 24 at 6pm at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Downtown Campus. A soloing member of pop superstar Beyoncé’s band and Artistic Director of New York’s Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, violinist Lady Jess offers an informal concert of music composed for acoustic violin and electronics. Exploring the stages of hope, mania, and revelation borne of an isolated lockdown experience as a Black Woman in 2020-21, including her ‘break-up’ with classical music, the program concludes with a deep dive into the artist’s work and process.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Concert Association: Violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo , February 25, 7:30pm

Violinist Benjamin Beilman with pianist Yekwon Sunwoo will perform on Friday, February 25 at 7:30pm at the Riverview Performing Arts Canter. Benjamin Beilman displays his astonishing virtuosity along with Van Cliburn gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo in works by Gershwin and Kreisler, as well as Ravel’s dazzling Sonata No. 2 and John Adams’ adventurous Road Movies.

[SOON]  FILM: The Ringling: Rize , February 25, 6:30pm
Celebrated fashion photographer David LaChapelle makes his documentary filmmaking debut with a visually arresting film shot on the streets of Los Angeles' gritty South-Central neighborhood. After his community is nearly destroyed in the days of violent race riots after the 1992 Rodney King verdict, dancer Tommy "The Clown" Johnson creates a kinetic, athletic form of hip-hop competitive dancing that he dubs clowning, which later breaks through to the mainstream as krumping. Rize will show on February 25, 2022 at 6:30pm at the Historic Asolo Theater.
[SOON]  GALLERY: SPAACES Gallery: Seeking Love: The Journey , February 25 – February 28, Gallery hours.

A Commemorative Exhibit of Ian North’s Works “Seeking Love: The Journey." Ian North invited the viewer to derive their own meaning from his artworks, to discover their own story in his mixed media assemblages. Ian had a successful solo exhibition at SPAACES in February of 2021. The day the exhibition closed he suffered a fatal heart attack. His talent extended far beyond the visual arts. Ian was a musician and songwriter, releasing groundbreaking music in the ’70s and ’80s. He was a Sarasota community icon, well respected for his visual art and music contributions. To commemorate his art and his life, this show will exhibit a collection of his life’s work and the art card collection he lovingly created for his wife over the last 21 years. Opening Night Reception is Friday, February 25th, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm. Saturday Brunch Reception is Saturday, February 26th, 2022 from 11am to 2pm. By Appointment Only on February 28th & 29th.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series featuring Karim Manning and Monessa Salley , February 25 – February 26, 7pm

"Freestyle through life," A collaborative performance with freestyle musician Karim Manning and SCD Company Member Monessa Salley, bringing a unique and interactive experience to SCD's Home Studio. This performance will take place on Friday February 25th and Saturday February 26th 2022 at 7pm and Virtual Stream will take place on Saturday, February 26th at 7pm.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Hermitage Artist Retreat: Theater Today: Process & Production with Tom Kirdahy , February 25, 5:30pm

Artists & Thinkers: “Theater Today: Process & Production” with Tom Kirdahy will take place on Friday, February 25 at 5:30pm at Town Center of Longboat Key. Broadway producer Tom Kirdahy, a Tony Award-winning champion of new work and resident of Longboat Key, speaks with fellow Tony Award winner and Hermitage Artistic Director Andy Sandberg about the inextricable link between theatrical development and production, and the multi-year creative journey from an idea to production. Following a successful event in 2021 hosted on the Hermitage Beach – part of the Hermitage “Artists & Thinkers” series – Kirdahy and Sandberg continue their candid conversation in the town of Longboat Key in February of 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Booker High VPA Music: Death By Chocolate: In This Hour , February 25 – February 26, 2pm and 7pm

The Booker High School VPA Music department will soon host its most delicious event of the year: Death By Chocolate: In This Hour on Friday, February 25 at 7pm, Saturday, February 26 at 2pm, and Saturday, February 26 at 7pm at Booker High School (3201 N Orange Ave) under the Pavilion. Tickets are available at https://bookervpa.com/calendar. Death by Chocolate has long been one of the most anticipated events of Booker High’s VPA season. Patrons enjoy a buffet of music while also indulging in sweet treats. Exploring the nature of time — fleeting, yet eternal, limiting and yet infinite, natural and yet a construct of mankind — Death by Chocolate: In This Hour presents songs of various genres, performed on multiple instruments.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Masterworks: Fairy Tales and Fireworks , February 26 – February 27, 8pm and 2:30pm

Grammy Award-winning conductor JoAnne Falletta returns to Sarasota for this colorful program on Friday, February 26 at 8pm at the Neel Performing Arts Center, Saturday, February 26 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 27 at 2:30pm at the Van Wezel. Ravel originally composed his beloved Mother Goose Suite for the children of dear friends. The sounds of the Charleston, ragtime, and blues pervade Gershwin's unforgettable Piano Concerto. Pianist Aaron Diehl brings the work's infectious rhythms and melodies to life. The concert concludes with Rachmaninoff's technicolor Symphonic Dances, a vibrant work that ranks among his most thrilling compositions.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High School Theatre: The Underdogs: A Dinner Theatre Experience , February 26

Sarasota High School Theatre's The Underdogs: A Dinner Theatre Experience will show on February 26, 2022. Our annual Broadway dinner theater is back. Join our theatre students and alumni for an evening to remember as we celebrate Broadway's favorite characters and their stories of struggles and triumph, and look ahead toward a brighter future for our program, our students, our community, and the world. Time and location will be announced in the fall of 2022.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Party Under the Stars 2022 , February 26, 6pm-10pm

The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation's Party Under the Stars 2022 is A Glamorous Night of Mystery that will take place on Saturday, February 26 from 6pm to 10pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Their signature event is a festive evening “under the stars” and features entertainment, dancing, dining, and silent and live auctions with fabulous items. All event proceeds provide non–medical financial assistance to cancer patients. Honorary Chairs are Amir Harandi, MD, Anjan Patel, MD, and Ana VanDerWall, MD.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: 3rd Young Entrepreneur Market , February 26, 10am-3pm

Calling all young entrepreneurs who are 17 and under. Sell your wares on February 26 from 10am to 3pm in the outside courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. For the 3rd time, The Bazaar is hosting this unique pop up market. Past businesses included handmade jewelry, plants, original art, and so much more. Live music will be provided throughout the day by Music Compound’s talented students. Located at 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. Cost to participate is only $25 with table and chair provided. Limited to twenty participants,  so email today for an application info@bazaaronapricotandlime.com.  

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Winter Craft Show , February 26 – February 27, 10am-5pm

Looking for art and craft to beautify your home or office? Or be inspired by? Then join us for the Premiere of the Sarasota Winter Craft Festival in downtown Sarasota on February 26-27, 2022. The event is produced by Paragon Festivals and hosted by the Downtown Sarasota Enrichment Association. The event is held in JD Hamel Park located in downtown Sarasota. The Sarasota Winter Craft Festival in JD Hamel Park lays a diverse palette of original, handmade works by artisans, crafters and vendors from across Florida. On display will be arts and crafts in painting, sculpture, jewelry, candles, photography, glass, ceramics, fiber and wearable art, mixed-media, woodworking and much more. Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm with free admission. Bring your sense of discovery and appreciation of the beautiful.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Jerry Chesley , February 26 – March 19, 2pm-5pm

Jerry Chesley, Saturday, February 26 – Saturday, March 19, 2022. Jerry Chesley’s watercolor paintings, giclées and mixed media set the stage for surrounding oneself in a rich indulgence of colors. His work showcases a variety of subject matters, including still life, florals, architecture, and land/seascapes. Chesley has art degrees from SUNY College at Buffalo and has studied at the University of Art in Siena, Italy. He is an instructor at the renowned Chautauqua Institution summer program, and a past president of the Florida.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: Painted Words Mixed-Media Abstract Paintings by Liz Cole , February 26 – March 25, 6pm-9pm

In March, Art Uptown Gallery artist Liz Cole will exhibit “Painted Words,” a colorful collection of acrylic and collage paperworks. Ms. Cole’s paintings are comprised of layers of color, patterns and markings that provide as rich a dialogue to the viewer as the written word. The “Painted Words” exhibit runs from Saturday, February 26 through Friday, March 25. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, March 4, 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. 

[SOON]  SPORTS: Melges 15 Winter Series Event 2 , February 26 – February 27

The Melges 15 Winter Series features three events, the second on February 26 and 27. More than 60 teams from around the country will compete in this sailing regatta. Sarasota Bay will be teeming with colorful spinnakers as the sailors make their way down the course. The Melges 15 Winter Series is hosted by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron. See Sailingsquadron.com for more information about sailing on beautiful Sarasota Bay.

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