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SRQ DAILY Apr 5, 2022

Tuesday Foodie Edition

Tuesday Foodie Edition

"The Foundation is committed to our partnership with the city to create a landmark for Sarasota for generations to come."

- Cheryl Mendelson, CEO the Van Wezel Foundation.
 

[The Dish]  Getting Stuffed on Blueberry Pancakes at The Breakfast House
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

Simple, fluffy blueberry pancakes—just on their own—are reason enough to eat breakfast any hour of the morning or evening. Add lemon curd, lavender and ricotta cheese to the mix, and it is go time!

At The Breakfast House—a Key-West-style bungalow in Sarasota's Historic Downtown Village—owner Wendy Lee Goldberg whips up her coveted Lemon-Lavender-Ricotta-Stuffed Blueberry Pancakes, and she is no stranger to making upwards of 300 on any given Saturday. What makes the flapjacks so fabulous? Goldberg, who opened The Breakfast House 13 years ago, invented them. The New York Daily News even compiled a roundup of the best pancakes in every state and, for Florida, The Breakfast House took the (pan)cake.

The pancake recipe actually originated with an extract experiment. Goldberg has regularly sourced her all-natural, organic flavorings from a secret spot in California. Once, she ordered a sample box of extracts from the company (with butter rum, coconut and vanilla) and some lavender came in the package, so she added a bit to her pancake batter. The idea of using ricotta in the mix was inspired by cannoli filling, and the lemon curd adds a little tartness. Goldberg also uses whole-fat buttermilk and clarified butter. Not that the stuffed pancakes need it, but Goldberg serves only genuine Vermont maple syrup at her locale. So drizzle it on a stack and get decadent.

The Breakfast House, 1817 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 941-366-6860. facebook.com/Sarasota-Breakfast-House-100492363347729. 

Pictured: The signature blueberry pancakes at The Breakfast House are stuffed with lavender, lemon curd and ricotta cheese. Photo by Peter Acker.

[Outdoor Activity]  Albritton Blueberry U Pick Opens

Albritton Fruit Farms, a family owned and family operated farm located just 5 miles east of I75 in Sarasota has begun its 2022 U-pick season. Albritton's blueberry field was planted in 2015 with just shy of 60,000 plants that now includes 4 varieties of blueberries. To make the most of your visit to the farm, closed toed shoes are suggested. Florida heat can get the best of even the most seasoned Floridian, so please be sure to bring sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, water etc. Albritton provides all the necessary equipment (buckets) for picking and for getting your berries home safely (bag). Please bring your own scissors to harvest the sunflowers and zinnias. Hours of operation are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 9 am - 2 pm. Dates are subject to change without notice. 

To learn more, visit

[Retirement News]  Asolo Rep Producing Artistic Director and Managing Director Jointly Announce Retirement

Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edwards, and Managing Director, Linda DiGabriele, have announced their retirement at the conclusion of their current contracts, which end in June of 2023. Both Edwards and DiGabriele were extended opportunities to renew their contracts but, together, determined it was the right time to step down to allow new leadership to take the helm.

Their joint departure was thoughtfully planned to allow a new executive team to enter together and form a fresh partnership that will continue building on the success of Asolo Rep’s 63-year history. When they leave Asolo Rep in June of 2023, Edwards will have served the organization for 18 years and DiGabriele for 50 years. Since Edwards joined DiGabriele at the helm of Asolo Rep, the duo has brought the company to the forefront of artistic excellence and national recognition. Edwards and DiGabriele will continue their unwavering leadership through the completion of the newly announced 2022-23 season. Asolo Rep’s Board of Directors is assembling a search committee and will begin a national search for both positions in the coming months, with additional details to come. 

[New Arts Center]  Van Wezel Foundation & City of Sarasota Execute Partnership Agreement to Build New Sarasota Performing Arts Center

The Sarasota City Commission today approved the execution of a partnership agreement with the Van Wezel Foundation for the planning, financing, design, and construction of the new Sarasota Performing Arts Center to be located in the heart of the Bay Park. The Foundation and the city have had a thriving cultural partnership for over three decades, providing more than a half a million dollars annually to support the Van Wezel Hall. The Foundation remains dedicated to continuing and deepening its educational mission serving more than 58,000 students, educators and families each year. The Foundation has assembled a team of global theater experts to bring the new performing arts center to life. The architectural selection process will commence, and ongoing community engagement will continue over the coming year. The Foundation will also begin transitioning its name to the Sarasota Performing Arts Center Foundation. Additionally, as a public-private investment, the Foundation will launch a philanthropic campaign, of which the board has already committed the first $20 million. Public funding sources, including state and federal appropriations, will also be identified in collaboration with city management.

“The Foundation is committed to our partnership with the city to create a landmark for Sarasota for generations to come,” said Mendelson. “This is our legacy together—the future is now.” 

To learn more, visit

[Local Race]  Wellen Park's Race Series Kicks Off with Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day 5K Race

More than 300 people participated in Wellen Park’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day 5K race. This was the first event in Wellen Park’s new race series that offers fitness enthusiasts the opportunity to walk, run and even bike in friendly competitions in and around the master-planned community. The Wellen Park Race Series was created to inspire the community to reach their physical and mental wellness goals through fitness challenges, such as running, walking, and cycling of varying distances, including 5K, 10K, 15K and half marathons. The race started and finished at the Wellen Park Marketplace shopping complex. After the race, participants gathered at the lawn area adjacent to the Wellen Park Welcome Center to enjoy post-race food and beverages. Awards for Overall Winners, Masters, Grand Masters, Senior Grand Masters and Veterans, as well as awards by age group for male and female, were also presented in a ceremony after the race. The St. Patrick’s Day 5K is part of Wellen Park’s “Countdown to Downtown,” a celebratory event series that gives both residents and visitors a taste of what’s to come in Downtown Wellen. Additional races will be announced later this year, leading up to the first phase opening of Downtown Wellen in the fourth quarter of 2022. 

[Recognition Given]  Baker Global Team Earns Elite Chairman’s Club Team Award

Patricia Baker, team leader of Baker Global Team with RE/MAX Alliance Group, has qualified for the distinguished RE/MAX Chairman’s Club Team Award in 2021, which honors high-achieving real estate teams for their service to buyers and sellers during the past year. This is the first year Baker Global Team has received this award. Baker has been serving her community as a real estate agent with RE/MAX Alliance Group for eight years and has been licensed since 2006. She has extensive experience in luxury properties, new construction, second homes, retirement homes and waterfront properties, serving a variety of clients including first-time home buyers and veterans. Among Baker’s list of achievements, she has earned the Manatee Realtor of the Year award and RE/MAX Hall of Fame status. She actively supports Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and Bradenton Yacht Club, and is a member of North River Bayside Community Church. Baker is based in the University Park office at 8037 Cooper Creek, #101, University Park, Florida 34201. She can be reached at (941) 727-7345 or patsellingflorida@gmail.com. 

[Merging Business]  Elite Life Management to Merge with HBKS Wealth Advisors

HBKS Wealth Advisors (HBKS) announced it is expanding its presence in Southwest Florida through a merger with Sarasota-based Elite Life Management (Elite). Elite, which recently completed its 

first year of operation, will join one of the nation’s largest and most recognized registered investment advisories. Jeremy Shelby established Elite Life Management LLC in 2020. Shelby is an ex-professional athlete, having signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010. And while Elite serves a broad range of clients in the Sarasota area, he and his team also offer a platform designed for the “non-recessionary industry of professional sports,” he noted.

As an African American, Shelby has also designed his platform to connect with other Minorities. “We can provide services in an authentic way from a cultural perspective. We can build those relationships in an open and comfortable environment and overcome what is sometimes hard for clients dealing with unique barriers.” 



[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Sarasota Audubon Society Guided Walks: Oscar Scherer State Park , November 4 – April 7, 8:30am

Sarasota Audubon Society (SAS) Oscar Scherer State Park Walks will take place every Thursday, from November 4 through April 7. Meet 8:30am inside park at Lake Osprey Nature Center (fee). 1st, 2nd and 5th Thursdays led by Venice Audubon; 3rd & 4th Thursdays led by Peter Brown (508-241-5541).

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling: Ringling Underground , February 3 – April 7, 8pm-11pm

Enjoy live music, art and atmosphere in the Museum of Art Courtyard during Ringling Underground 8pm to 11pm. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Note: Wearing a face mask is strongly encouraged. Upcoming dates are February 3, March 3, and April 7.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Sarasota World Affairs Council: LGBTQ+ Refugees: Securing Safe Passage from Iran , April 5, 6:30pm

Upcoming Sarasota World Affairs Council lecture, LGBTQ+ Refugees: Securing Safe Passage from Iran, with LGBTQ+ activist Arsham Parsi Executive Director of IRQR on April 5 at 6:30pm at New College's Sanier Hall. RSVP for this lecture Sarasota World Affairs Council at www.sarasotawac.org.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Kenny G , April 5, 8pm

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist KENNY G returns to the Van Wezel on Tuesday, April 5 at 8pm. In a recording career spanning three decades and 23 albums, he has woven elements of R&B, pop and Latin music into his signature, smooth sound. He has collaborated with superstars Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole, and has become a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations over the years. 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: An Officer and a Gentleman , April 6 – April 7, 7:30pm

AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN, based on the Oscar-winning film starring Richard Gere, is a breathtaking production that celebrates triumph over adversity and includes one of the most iconic and romantic endings ever portrayed on screen. Featuring the Grammy Award winning, #1 hit single “Up Where We Belong” and a score based on the 1980s catalogue of music that gave voice to a generation, the live stage production is a new adaptation by multiple Tony Awards nominee Dick Scanlan (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Everyday Rapture), based on the original screenplay by Douglas Day Stewart. The musical is directed by Scanlan with choreography by Patricia Wilcox (Motown, A Night with Janis Joplin). Zack Mayo’s got smarts and a body built for US Navy pilot boot camp, but he also has too much swagger… until he meets a drill sergeant who’s determined to drill his arrogance out of him. Zack finds comfort in the arms of a local factory girl. But it isn’t until tragedy befalls a fellow candidate that Zack learns the importance of love and friendship, and finds the courage to be his best self and win the heart of the woman he loves. Shows on April 6 and 7 at 7:30pm.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: The Legend of Georgia McBride , April 6 – May 22, Varies.

He's young, he's broke, his landlord's knocking at the door, and he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is struggling with his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business - and himself. The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez will play beginning March 30, 2022 through May 22, 2022 in FST's Gompertz Theatre.

[SOON]  THEATER: Florida Studio Theatre: Paralyzed by Etan Frankel , April 6 – April 29, Varies.

WORLD PREMIERE. Leigh and Lee are two strangers who have little in common besides their names—she is a Type A statistician and he is an aggressive former athlete. But the discovery of a mysterious suicide note in a hotel bathroom sets their lives on unexpected paths that go anywhere but according to plan. Paralyzed tells a striking story of guilt, personal responsibility, and the power of forgiveness. Paralyzed will show from April 6 to April 29, 2022.

[SOON]  MUSIC: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival: Innocence and Illicit Passion , April 6, 7:30pm

Concert II, Innocence and Illicit Passion, will take place on April 6, 2022 at 7:30pm at Sarasota Opera House. Single concert tickets are $50. There will be a pre-concert talk with Robert Sherman at 6:45pm. The 15-year-old Mozart celebrated completion of his second set of string quartets by composing his sunny first viola quintet. One hundred years later, Franck created his piano quintet, secretly dedicated to his young lover. Is passion audible? Wolfgang Mozart, String Quintet in Bb, K.174, Bernhard Romberg, Trio for Cello, Viola and Bass in E Minor, Op. 38 no. 1, César Franck, Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor. Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Benny Kim, violin; Daniel Avshalomov, viola; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello; Christine J. Lee, cello; Dee Moses, double bass; Wu Han, piano.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Twelfth Night , April 6 – April 24, Varies.

Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare and Directed by Jonathan Epstein, will show from April 6 through 24, 2022 with a Preview on April 5, 2022. Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy begins with a young woman shipwrecked on the island of Ilyria. She disguises herself as a boy for her own safety but finds herself playing go-between for the beautiful countess Olivia and Count Orsino, with whom she herself has fallen in love! Full of some of Shakespeare’s most glorious characters, this masterwork is performed by the entire second year company.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Pops: Great American Songbook , April 8 – April 9, 7:30pm and 2:30pm

Hear the tunes Nat King Cole was talking about when he crooned, "Unforgettable." Celebrated Pops conductor Sean O'Loughlin leads a program of romantic anthems featuring exciting vocalists on Friday, April 8 at 7:30pm at the Van Wezel and Saturday, April 9 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm at the Van Wezel. Music will include Frank Sinatra's "Come Fly with Me," Etta James' "At Last," and Cole's "Nature Boy."

[SOON]  MUSIC: Key Chorale: American Roots: Bluegrass , April 8 – April 10, 7:30pm-9:30pm and 4pm-6pm

American Roots: Bluegrass will take place on April 8 7:30pm-9:30pm, April 9 4pm-6pm, and April 10, 2022 4pm-6pm. A genre-bending fusion of Bluegrass and folk meets choral music featuring the tight vocal harmonies and virtuosic playing of The Lubben Brothers. The Lubben Brothers is an acoustic group made up of triplet brothers, Michael, Tom, and Joshua. The brothers specialize in sublime vocals as well as a unique blend of folk instruments including banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, accordion, hammered dulcimer, and fiddle. Classically trained at a young age, their modern songwriting style incorporates folk roots, pop and bluegrass.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Breakfast Event at Manatee Community Foundation to Share Success of Community Partnership School Model , April 8, 8:30am

Join the Manatee Community Foundation for breakfast and a discussion about Manatee Elementary School. Learn how gains for the neighborhood and its student are made through supporting access to health care, social and basic needs services, and academic support. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Dance For Child Abuse Prevention , April 9, 3:30-5:30pm

Local Zumba Fitness instructors are hosting a "Dance For Child Abuse Prevention." Zumba classes will be offered to participants. Food Trucks and vendors will be availible from 3:30-5:30 pm, and a raffle will take place at 5pm. Guets of all ages are welcome and encouraged to wear blue. A donatation of $20 is encouraged. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Chamber Soirees: Quintessential Clarinet , April 10, 4pm

Sarasota Orchestra Principal Clarinetist Bharat Chandra in a program of music highlighting this most versatile of instruments on Sunday, April 10 at 4pm at Holley Hall. Inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's A Psalm of Life. This program consists of Coleridge-Taylor Clarinet Quintet and Brahms Clarinet Quintet.

[SOON]  MUSIC: La Musica International Chamber Music Festival: Strut and Fret , April 10, 3pm

Concert III, Strut and Fret, will take place on April 10, 2022 at 3pm at Sarasota Opera House. Single concert tickets are $50. There will be a pre-concert talk with Robert Sherman at 2:15pm. Grammy Award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux returns to perform in contemporary and Classical quintets, contrasted with the lush Dvorak quintet for piano and strings. Luigi Boccherini, Guitar Quintet in D Major, G.448, “Fandango”, Giacomo Susani, Quintet for Guitar and String Quartet, and Antonin Dvorak, Quintet for Piano and Strings in A Major, Op. 81. Benny Kim, violin; Ruth Lenz, violin; Cynthia Phelps, viola; Dmitri Atapine, cello; Christine J. Lee, cello; Wendy Chen, piano; Jason Vieaux, guitar.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Terry Fator: Who's The Dummy Now? , April 10, 7pm

TERRY FATOR is the most gifted and accomplished ventriloquist/singer on the planet, whose repertoire includes more than 200 celebrity voices, many of whom we see on stage. Being onstage is Terry’s lifeblood, and he is wildly excited to return to the stage to share his talents with his fans. Who’s the Dummy Now? is a comedic and musical “origin story,” in which we explore what makes Terry tick and how he came up with the puppets who are his partners on stage. Nothing connects people like laughter and song, and Terry is so grateful to once again have the opportunity to bring people together under the same roof on Sunday, April 10 at 7pm after a year of being apart.

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