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SRQ DAILY Mar 1, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"The landscape for law enforcement recruitment is more unique now than ever. Deputies have an increasingly difficult job, but what we hope to accomplish with this campaign is to illustrate how great Sarasota County is, both to work in and raise a family."

- Kurt A. Hoffman, Sarasota County Sheriff.

[The Dish]  The Secrets of Sofrito Come to Life at LQ on Main
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

In much the same way that dashi serves as a base for a multitude of dishes in Japanese cuisine, sofrito does so for a number of Latin cuisines; and not “Latin” in the Spanish-speaking sense, but in the broader sense that includes the multitude of Caribbean and Latin American nations that trace their roots back to Spain, Portugal, Italy and even France. One such nation is Puerto Rico, whose own sofrito includes the same base of garlic, onion, peppers and tomatoes sauteed in olive oil with the unique additions of cilantro and sweet peppers. At LQ on Main—which opened where Barnacle Bill’s used to be and represents the downtown concept of Latin Quarters on Beneva Road—the potency of this palatable base is on full display with their pollo guisado.

The dish translates literally into “chicken stew” and is most often made with fattier cuts of chicken like thighs and legs. When these cuts are stewed with the aforementioned sofrito base along with potatoes, the result is a dish rich in umami. Though it could easily stand alone as a hearty stew served in a big bowl, the island nation, like it’s other Caribbean counterparts, champions big plates of diverse dishes. Great options at LQ on Main include arroz moro and tostones. Arroz moro is rice and black beans cooked together in the same pot, not to be confused with arroz con frijoles, which is rice and beans cooked separately. Tostones are twice-fried, smashed green plantains that result in a patty of crispy, salty, starchy goodness. An entrée at LQ includes three sides, so, get an additional side of veggies If you want to delude yourself into thinking you’ll have room for them.

 LQ on Main, 1526 Main Street, Sarasota. 941-362-0435.


Pictured: The pollo guisado from LQ on Main comes with three sides and expansive umami.

[New Board Member]  Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Elects Laura Kingsley to Board of Directors

Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation announces the election of Dr. Laura Kingsley to serve a three-year term on its Board of Directors. After a 35-year career with Sarasota County Schools, Kingsley retired from her position as assistant superintendent and chief academic officer in 2021. She began her career with the district in 1986 as a teacher at Booker Elementary School for High Expectations, which later became a part of Emma E. Booker Elementary. She also served as an assistant principal at Emma E. Booker and Laurel Nokomis and as principal at Fruitville Elementary. Kingsley joins other local board members Gerry Lublin, Hosana Fieber, and Stephanie Jones. 

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[Scholarship Opportunity]  DutchCrafters Heritage Scholarship Opens March 1

DutchCrafters, the largest online retailer of Amish furniture and home décor at http://www.dutchrafters.com, is pleased to announce the application for its 2022 Heritage Scholarship opens on March 1, 2022. In alignment with its core value of giving, DutchCrafters founded the Heritage Scholarship in 2011 to offer education assistance to hardworking students. This scholarship recognizes undergraduate students who draw inspiration from their heritage to shape their vocational aspirations, add creative value to their future employers, and serve their communities. Students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student at an accredited undergraduate institution located in the United States are encouraged to apply. This year, three winners will be selected to receive $500 each. In addition to a statement of financial need, applicants must compose an essay on how their cultural heritage influenced their vocational aspirations, and how they will use the cultural inspiration to make future contributions to their employer and community. All information about the Heritage Scholarship can be found at https://www.https://www.dutchcrafters.com/heritage-scholarship. Applications are due by May 1, 2022. To learn more about last year’s recipients Annie Murry, Emily Ellis, and Andrea Garcia-Estrada visit https://www.jmxbrands.com/dutchcrafters-awards-three-students-with-2021-heritage-scholarship/. For scholarship related questions, please email scholarship@dutchcrafters.com. 

[Career recruitment]  Sheriff’s Office Launches Agencywide Recruitment Campaign

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman today announced the release of the agency’s 2022 agencywide recruitment campaign, “Careers Start Here.” Over the course of more than six months, the agency’s Community Affairs Office and Human Resources Bureau worked with Sarasota-based creative production company, Captivation Agency, to develop a full-fledged campaign including photos and videos, flyers, banners, and promotional material to be used on the agency’s website, social media platforms, during hiring events, and at job fairs. Agency members featured in the main six-and-a-half-minute recruitment film work in various parts of the agency and collectively share their experiences from serving in the law enforcement profession. Woven into each campaign element are the agency’s community-first culture and family-oriented focus.

“The landscape for law enforcement recruitment is more unique now than ever,” commented Sheriff Hoffman. “Deputies have an increasingly difficult job, but what we hope to accomplish with this campaign is to illustrate how great Sarasota County is, both to work in and raise a family. We are unlike any other place in Florida, and the proof is in our people. With the third-highest starting salary for law enforcement deputies in the state, we are staying competitive and drawing professional, competent, and service-oriented men and women to our organization. We hope this campaign broadens our reach and brings more talent to Sarasota County and the law enforcement profession.” 

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[Youth Group]  Drug Free Manatee

February 24th, a group of our exceptional high school Youth In Action students went to Johnson Middle School to mentor the very first Youth In Action Future Me group. DFM recognized the need for prevention in Manatee County middle schools, and launched the "Future Me" program this year to do just that. The goal of this program is to cultivate a community where students feel a sense of belonging, purpose, and responsibility to help others. Our trained high school mentors will be a role model for middle schoolers, and help them to make positive and healthy decisions by sharing valuable information through evidence-based curriculum. Middle school students will then take the information to create a campus-based initiative to share with their peers during National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW) in March. Also, this program will give 8th graders a natural transition into the high school Youth In Action program. This can serve as a protective factor during the sometimes stressful and uncertain transition from middle school to high school. 

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[Nonprofit support]  Project SRQ Returns: Local Creative Agency Now Accepting Applications From Area Nonprofits for Free Website Services

Sarasota-based creative firm Purple Fish Creative is once again committing to supporting area nonprofit organizations through their new annual charitable initiative, Project SRQ. The agency understands that many nonprofits deal with operational challenges, including restricted budgets and limited access to necessary resources. The program aims to help boost the development efforts of one local 501(c)(3) charity organization by awarding it a new website this summer. Each award will include: Free custom design of one new WordPress website; Free premium WordPress theme; Premium stock photos; Showcase of services and upcoming events; Ability to accept donations; Social platform integrations; Adding upcoming events when needed; Adding one blog per month (content to be submitted by organization). Web hosting with Purple Fish Creative is the only cost that the selected organization will incur. Organizations are encouraged to apply for the 2022 Project SRQ award or nominate a nonprofit in need at www.purplefishcreative.com/project-srq before the application window closes on March 31, 2022. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Booker High VPA: A Midsummer Night's Dream , March 3 – March 5, Varies.

A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place March 3-5, 2022 at The Bowling Green at the Bay Park Conservancy, 801 N Tamiami Tr. Join us for a special Shakespeare-in-the-Park presentation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," one of the most enduring Shakespearean comedies ever performed. With its insights on love and the intoxicating feelings it imparts to lovers, the play makes clear that "the course of true love never did run smooth," even while celebrating the triumph of love in the end. Love, irrational and whimsical, a force that warps reality and can rule lovers with the authority of a puppeteer, is the centerpiece of this play that examines this most uniting of all human emotions. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Pops: The Envelope Please , March 4 – March 5, 7:30pm and 2:30pm

Three of Broadway's best join Sarasota Orchestra in a concert of songs that garnered Grammys, Tonys and Oscars on Friday, March 4 at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel and Saturday, March 5 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at the Van Wezel. Vocalist Susan Egan, the original Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, returns to our Pops stage with Phantom of the Opera stars Douglas LaBrecque and Lisa Vroman.

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 5 - Mark Morris Dance Group , March 4 – March 7, 7:30pm and 2pm

For Program 5, The Sarasota Ballet is excited to present the acclaimed Mark Morris Dance Group for the first time. Founded in 1980 by dancer and choreographer Mark Morris, the group quickly garnered national and international attention as a result of Morris’ expressiveness and unique musicality. Mark Morris Dance Group will take place on March 4 2022 at 7:30pm, March 5 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm, March 6 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm, and March 7 2022 at 7:30pm at FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi: Trashed , March 4 – April 22, Gallery hours.

“Trashed ”—an art show where 85% of the materials have been found or otherwise set aside to be “Trashed”. This seven-week show focused on “Turning Trash into Treasure” is meant to shed some light on what we so easily toss aside to be sent to our landfills and waterways. Artists have a unique way of looking at objects through a different lens. These artists have taken “trash” and transformed it into imaginative pieces of unique artwork. The show includes sculptural, functional and beautiful objects, this will be a rare chance to snag one of a kind pieces for the local art lover. “Trashed” will encompass different events during the show’s run, including a Trashed” Comedy show, on March 25th. Visual artists and comedians will come together to present an experience of laughter and good times. This collaboration only highlights and cultivates the growth of a dynamic arts community here in St Petersburg. Hosted by Lauren Dufault, she brings a group of the area's favorite comedians: Shellie Harris, Brad Gilmore and the headliner John J Murray. “Trashed” will finish out with an Earth Day Celebration on April 22nd. Opening is March 4th 6-9pm, Art Walk is March 12th 5-9pm, Comedy Show is March 25th 8pm, Art Walk is April 9th 5-9pm, and Earth Day Celebration is April 22nd.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Florida CraftArt: Art of the Garden Show , March 4 – April 19, Varies.

Art of the Garden is a juried exhibition of original art showcasing fine handcrafted work inspired by the natural beauty of gardens. Fifty artists created 90 pieces from fiber art and delicate jewelry to ceramic garden sculptures. The show runs from March 4 through April 19, when the People’s Choice Award will be presented. People can vote for their favorite work of art in the Florida CraftArt Exhibition Gallery and on Facebook. Docent tours are available upon request. Mark your calendar for... Wednesday, March 9, 6pm: Virtual tour of the exhibit and awards presentation with judge Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (Zoom link on FloridaCraftArt.org). Saturday, March 12, 5-9pm: Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit ArtLofts on the second ­ floor. Wednesday, March 16, 6pm: Discover the beauty of Florida native plants with garden expert Marquette McManus of Wilcox Nursery. Sunday, March 27, 2pm: Enjoy a garden-inspired poetry reading with Helen Pruitt Wallace and other poets. Saturday, April 2, 11am: Learn about Ikebana - the art of Japanese ­ flower arranging. Saturday, April 9, 5-9pm: Second Saturday ArtWalk and visit ArtLofts on the second ­floor. Sunday, April 10, 1-3pm: Workshop: Make a macramé plant hanger with artist Elizabeth Neily. $35 fee includes all materials and a handcrafted pot by a Florida CraftArt artist. Space is limited; call FCA to register.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Guitar Sarasota: International Concert Series: David Russell - Scotland , March 5, 7:30pm

Classical guitar legend David Russell returns to the Guitar Sarasota stage on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Riverview Performing Arts Center at 7:30pm. GRAMMY award winner in 2005 for his CD AIRE LATINO, in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music. Honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014. Classical guitarist David Russell is world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: Rock The Roof , March 5, 6pm

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation is reinventing Rock the Roof with more rock, more roll and a guarantee to get you on your feet in a heartbeat on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 6pm at Sarasota Memorial’s West Parking Garage. The rooftop concert kicks off with a jam session featuring some rockin’ multi-talented doctors followed by Electric Avenue. Guests will have a dance party experience like no other right under the Sarasota stars. This year’s new annual event will support Women and Children’s Services at our health system and honor one of the hospital’s most beloved nurses, Patricia S. Snyder, R.N. Manager/Head Nurse 1985–1996. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Schule, Director of Community and Donor Engagement, at 941.374.9700 or sally-schule@smh.com. 

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: Dance Your Part: Noche Tropical , March 5, 6pm-9pm

Join Sarasota Contemporary Dance for their annual fundraiser, Dance Your Part: Noche Tropical, on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 6pm to 9pm at Waterworks Sarasota, 1005 N Orange Ave. Fundraising to benefit the company’s performances, educational outreach, and training programs, Sarasota Contemporary Dance will treat you a Cuban-inspired evening, including Latin Grammy award-winning Renesito and salsa dancing with beloved former SCD company member Jahrel Thompson.  

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