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SRQ DAILY Mar 22, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"With so many families struggling to ensure that their children have the resources necessary to recover from multiple effects of the pandemic, this gift expands our ability to help kids, families and our community close the opportunity gap."

- Dawn Stanhope, President and CEO Boys and Girls Clubs of Manatee County.

[The Dish]  Lobster Love at Michael's On East

Excursions to Maine are few and far between for many of us in Southwest Florida. But we can still revisit the memory of scoring fresh crustaceans along the coast without ever leaving our
houses. Michael’s On East makes it easy.

The Classic Lobster Pot Special—with its two whole 1¼-pound Maine lobsters, littleneck clams, Prince Edward Island mussels, red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob and drawn butter—quenches
the New England craving. It has been a Friday night staple at the Sarasota restaurant for more than two decades.

Sometimes, after the workday wraps, try waiting until exactly 5:30 p.m. and speedily place a to-go order (use the “Michael’s at Home” feature on the website; there’s an online tile just for this
occasion). If you prefer to go in person, they’ll give you a signature bib. For takeout, keep your metal lobster crackers on standby at home so you can start devouring as soon the takeout package hits your kitchen counter.

Whatever your preference is for dining—on the living room coffee table or at a fancy onsite table—make your reservation for the dish early because lobsters are limited and the demand is
high (also, the market price fluctuates).

And if you’re wondering how the lobster special became such a coveted commodity in the first place, its origin dates back to the late 1990s when it was featured at Michael's Seafood Grille in
the Sarasota Quay. After the restaurant suffered a fire and was not able to reopen, the special was brought to Michael's On East around 2000.

If the lobster special is the savory version of ultra-indulgence at Michael’s, the award-winning key lime tart (with its pecan-graham cracker crust and baked meringue) is its sweet counterpart.
Ordering the combination, on a cozy Friday night, just feels like a coastal mini retreat.

Michael’s On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, 941-366-0007. bestfood.com 

Pictured: The Lobster Pot at Michaels on East.

[Charitable Gift]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Announces $3.2 Million Gift from Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott

Last week, Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County announced a gift of $3.2 million from MacKenzie Scott. The organization plans to leverage this transformational gift from Ms. Scott in the local community by providing more access to high quality programs for today’s youth and for generations to come.

“The impact of this investment is powerful,” said Dawn Stanhope, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County. “With so many families struggling to ensure that their children have the resources necessary to recover from multiple effects of the pandemic, this gift expands our ability to help kids, families and our community close the opportunity gap.”

This support is part of a larger collective gift of $281 million to 62 Boys & Girls Club organizations across the country and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the national federation that provides charter membership and oversight to clubs. In a 2020 Medium blog post, MacKenzie Scott said she pledged to give back a majority of her wealth to the society that helped build it. Since then, Scott, along with a team of administrators and advisors, have been thoughtfully researching and identifying nonprofits with a significant impact in various causes. This gift is the result of their research. 

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[Musical Performance]  Diana Krall Comes to the Van Wezel

Grammy® Award winning and multi-platinum jazz singer Diana Krall comes to the Van Wezel on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8 p.m. Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, her albums have garnered two Grammy® Awards, ten Juno® Awards and have earned nine Gold, three Platinum, and seven multi-Platinum albums. Her 1999 release of When I Look in Your Eyes spent an unprecedented 52 weeks in the #1 position on Billboard's Jazz chart, won two Grammy® Awards, and went Platinum in the U.S. and Canada. Her most recent release, This Dream Of You, has garnered critical acclaim from fans and press alike. Krall's unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time. As The New York Times recently noted, she possesses “a voice at once cool and sultry, wielded with a rhythmic sophistication.”  

Pictured: Diana Krall. Photo credit: Mary McCartney.

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[New Homes]  Forestar Introduces John Cannon Homes to Star Farms at Lakewood Ranch

Forester Group, Inc. ("Forestar"), a leading developer of residential communities, is pleased to announce the addition of John Cannon Homes to its program of luxury, custom homebuilders in Star Farms, a multigenerational lifestyle development located in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. John Cannon Homes designs every home specifically for the customer, with dozens of options at each step of the homebuilding process. The available custom floor plans start at approximately 2,800 square feet and provide a variety of choices. The Bellara, which measures 3,782 square feet, will be the model available for touring at Star Farms. The Bellara is a beautiful single-story home featuring three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a bonus room, an exercise room, an outdoor kitchen, a swimming pool with spa and a casita with one bedroom and one bathroom. Within Lakewood Ranch, a master-planned community with dining, shopping, and cultural activities, Star Farms is minutes away from top-rated beaches, dining, shopping, clubs, and entertainment venues. Upon completion, this 700-acre gated community will be a resort ranch hometown with 1,500 single-family homes, villa retreats, and townhomes, along with a variety of amenities, clubs and hospitality services. 

Pictured: John Cannon Homes Bellara model..

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[New Hire]  Camilo Infante Joins RE/MAX Platinum Realty

Camilo Infante has joined RE/MAX Platinum Realty as a Realtor in the downtown Sarasota office. He will focus on commercial real estate and agricultural properties. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Infante was an insurance adjuster. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Everglades University in Tampa, Florida, with a concentration in aviation and flight training. Infante is fluent in English and Spanish, and enjoys swimming, billiards and flying. The Sarasota office is located at 1500 State Street. Infante can be reached at (941) 270-4992 or camilo.horizon@gmail.com. 

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[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - A Comedy of Errors , March 25 – March 26, 7:30pm and 2pm

Program 6 brings the World Premiere of A Comedy of Errors, a full-length balletic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s iconic comedy The Comedy of Errors, to the stage. Sir David Bintley, one of today’s most sought-after choreographers, puts his personal touch on this beloved story, with a score commissioned from renowned composer Matthew Hindson and sets and costumes by celebrated designer Dick Bird. Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2020 for his services to dance, Bintley has spent the last 40 years choreographing for some of the world’s most prominent ballet companies. Simultaneously, he has created a reputation for choreographing works that seamlessly use dance as part of a rich narrative and has established himself as one of Britain’s finest choreographers. A Comedy of Errors will take place on March 25 2022 at 7:30pm and March 26 2022 at 2pm and 7:30pm at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: St. Petersburg Shrimp & Music Festival , March 25 – March 27, 4pm-10pm, 11am-10pm, and 11am-6pm

Join us March 25-27 for the Premiere of the St. Petersburg Shrimp & Music Festival in Williams Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Enjoy live music, shrimp and a variety of other seafoods, meats and vegetarian dishes along with the shopping opportunities in a marketplace of arts, crafts and fine products that will be part of the event. Admission is FREE. Hours will be Friday 4pm-10pm, Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-6pm. Fun, food, art and great music await.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Gallery Talks: Comparing Buddhist Imagery Across Cultures , March 25, 10:30am

Join The Ringling to explore various aspects of the Museum and its collection. Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Tickets are limited. Members may reserve tickets in advance 2 weeks prior each program. Comparing Buddhist Imagery Across Cultures will take place on Friday, March 25 at 10:30am. This gallery talk, facilitated by two FSU graduate students-in-residence, will highlight a range of sculptures depicting the Buddha and bodhisattvas currently on view in the Center for Asian Art. The students will discuss the significance of these objects and compare representative examples from several different regions of Asia. Each object will be discussed within its cultural context, with special attention to its visual style and original use.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation: Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon , March 25, 10:30am-1pm

Women & Medicine Educational Luncheon is the place to be for the most useful women’s health information. The Luncheon will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 10:30am to 1pm at Michael’s on East, 1212 East Avenue. Attire is Business/Luncheon. The 9th annual educational luncheon will feature informative presentations and a lively interactive panel discussion with female physicians and our genetic counselor. To date, this event has raised more than $687,000. In 2022, the proceeds will support Genetic Counseling Services at the Brian D. Jellison Cancer Institute at SMH. Speakers are Beverly Long, Gynecologic Oncology (First Physicians Group), Elizabeth Guancial, Oncologist (Florida Cancer Specialists), Nicole Wood, Genetic Counselor Lead (BDJCI), and Stephanie Roberts from “The View” will be joining us as our panel moderator. 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: Party on the Point 2022 , March 25, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Party on the Point will take place on Friday, March 25, 2022 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at 1950 Ringling Blvd. You're invited to a night of music, food, fun and refreshments on the point of Sabal Palm Bank and Golf Street. The night includes a celebration of Sabal Palm Bank becoming a part of Seacoast National Bank, and a special salute to several local non-profits. Additional entertainment provided by select local non-profit organizations.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: 1926 Sarasota: A Guided Walking Tour Experience , January 29 – March 26, 3:30pm

Time travel with us to 1926 - a year of boom and bust, joy and sorrow. Experience downtown Sarasota through this historic and pivotal year. Each tour is approximately 75-90 minutes in length. Tours begin on the corner of Pineapple Avenue and 1st Street in Five Points Park (across the street from Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Ave.) and will conclude near the Palm Avenue parking garage. Walking tours will begin promptly at the listed start time. Please allow ample time for parking and meeting the group. We recommend parking in the Palm Avenue Garage when possible. Compass Rose History Experiences is not responsible for parking fees or fines incurred by ticket holders. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes for walking/standing, and weather-appropriate attire. Walking distance is under 1 mile. 1926 Sarasota Tours will take place on January 29, February 25, and March 26 at 3:30pm.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Grandma That Eats Everything & Other Winning Plays , March 26 – April 16, Varies.

Wise, heartfelt, and often comical, this anthology of award-winning short plays celebrates imagination. These winning plays, written by elementary school students from our community and around the world, are brought to life by a cast of professional actors. From a star who could not twinkle to a dragon plagued by hiccups, we've shined a spotlight on the magic of children's creativity through this beloved annual production for over 30 years. Join us in celebrating what stories young playwrights have imagined this school year in an all-new play filled with laughter, lessons, and learning for us all. The Grandma That Eats Everything by award-winning Young Playwrights will play Saturdays and select Sundays from March 26, 2022 - April 16, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking the button above or by calling the Box Office at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Tony Reinemann , March 26 – April 16, 2pm-5pm

Tony Reinemann, Saturday, March 26 – Saturday, April 16, 2022. Fine arts painter Tony Reinemann’s oil paintings have been described as a blend of social and magic realism that evoke a highly exaggerated Edward Hopper in a Hitchcock film. With multiple themes running throughout his works, his sharply defined visuals tell stories limited only by the viewer’s imagination. Reinemann earned a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York. His paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of the National Academy of Design in New York and the Whitney Museum of American Art. His painting, “Long Island City,” won First Prize in Art Center Sarasota’s Staying Connected exhibition in 2021.

[SOON]  GALA: Forty Carrots Family Center: The Firefly Gala , March 26, 6pm

The Firefly Gala will take place on March 26, 2022. Now in its tenth and final year, Firefly Gala has brought in a slate of nationally and internationally renowned entertainers. In addition to the concert, the evening includes a fabulous dinner and a fast-paced live auction of experiences that take you from coast to coast. Experience the sparkling night of Firefly Gala beginning with an incredible cocktail party, fabulous auctions, delectable dining followed by an intimate private concert. Your participation will help to ensure that children and families create good beginnings that last a lifetime. Cocktails and Spectacular Silent Auction on the lawn followed by Dinner at 6pm, Cash Bar opens at 9:30pm, Private concert featuring Pitbull at 9:45pm, and Dancing at the After Party, featuring DJ Jeffrey Michaels of J2 Events at 11pm. Sparkling cocktail attire. Wedges, wide heels, or flats are suggested for the ladies’ comfort on the lawn. Jacket, no tie, for the gentlemen. Guests must be 21 or older to attend The Firefly Gala.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Art Uptown Gallery: The Art of Losing , March 26 – April 29, Gallery hours.

In April, Art Uptown Gallery will feature the work of Sarasota painter Evelyn McCorristin Peters in an exhibit entitled "The Art of Losing.” The Art of Losing exhibit opens on Saturday, March 26 and runs through Friday, April 29. The public is also invited to a reception on First Friday, April 1, from 6pm to 9pm. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes you to 1367 Main Street, 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. 

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