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SRQ DAILY May 17, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"As any captain will tell you, the tripletail may not win any beauty contests, but it is some of the finest-tasting fish that swims."

- Tripletail Restaurant Owners.

[The Dish]  Three Cheers for the Tripletail Dinner
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

Like grouper or snapper but with a slightly sweet flavor and firmness, the tripletail used to be somewhat of an unsung fish. Now it’s taking center stage as the menu headliner—as well as the namesake—of Tripletail Seafood & Spirits in The Landings. So, what makes this eponymous dish, known simply as the Tripletail Dinner, such a guest favorite?

“As any captain will tell you, the tripletail may not win any beauty contests, but it is some of the finest-tasting fish that swims,” the Tripletail owners say.

In the Tripletail Dinner, a filet of the mild, white, warmwater fish is pan-seared, sautéed and served over yellow rice with seasonal vegetables. Topping off the filet is a light citrus cream sauce, which is Tripletail Executive Chef Trae Peavey’s spin on a traditional beurre blanc. Peavey incorporates fresh lemon, orange and pineapple in a reduction with white wine, cream and butter.

The entrée pairs beautifully with a glass of Imagery Chardonnay from Sonoma, California. However, “spirits” isn’t in the locale’s title for no reason; there are plenty of other luscious libations at the bar. Consider a Key Lime Pie Martini—with Absolut Vanilia Vodka and a graham cracker rim—as a dessert finisher.

Tripletail Seafood & Spirits, 4870 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-529-0666. 

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[Upcoming Event]  Impact Theatre's Inaugural Town Hall Gathering

On Sunday, May 22nd, the Impact Theatre will be hosting their inaugural Town Hall Gathering, where “Agents of Impact” will showcase their interpretations of local African American elders and Holocaust survivor’s stories through a medley of art, music, poetry, dance and theater. The event comes following a series of interviews that were conducted between 13 Jewish and Black high school students last month, where Holocaust survivors and Black elders who lived in the segregated South share their personal experiences of suffering from oppression, segregation, and persecution. The students (best known as “Agents of Impact”) will recap their elder’s stories at the event, and express what they’ve learned from those stories, including what course of action they plan to take as a result. Inspired by the relationship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Impact Theatre seeks to create “Agents of Impact” by connecting survivors of the Holocaust and segregated South with tomorrow’s champions for peace and social justice. Community partners leading the Impact Theatre’s initiative are The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Temple Sinai, and Newtown Alive! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The Impact Theatre Inaugural Town Hall Gathering will be held at Riverview High School Performing Arts Center; 1 Ram Way, Sarasota on Sunday, May 22nd - 2:30 pm– 4:30 pm. 

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[Celebration]  Suncoast Cancer Survivors Treated to Special Drive-In Celebration

Suncoast cancer patients and survivors are invited to “Celebrate the Music of Life” at the 2022 National Cancer Survivors Day. Sponsored by the Cancer Resource Network and local businesses, the special drive-in celebration will feature free gourmet to-go meals and musical entertainment by DJ Joey D. There is no charge to attend. Each cancer patient/survivor may bring one guest, choose a drive-through pick-up time and their meal choice, and stay and enjoy the music from their car or head home. CDC guidelines will be observed for safety. The event will take place on Sunday, June 5, 2022 from 11 am to 2 pm at The Grove Restaurant, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch. Reservations required by May 28. Call 941-451-6594 or register online at: www.ncsd2022.eventbrite.com. 

[Retirement News]  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation President to Retire This Fall

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation announced today that the organization’s president, Mason Ayres, has decided to retire effective September 30. Ayres has served in this role since 2016. Under his leadership, the Healthcare Foundation was transformed into one of Sarasota’s most successful non-profits, raising over $100 million, including two of the largest gifts in the Healthcare Foundation’s 47-year history. Ayres was instrumental in leading the Healthcare Foundation’s largest fundraising campaign in its history to support the creation of Sarasota Memorial’s new Cancer Institute. The Leading with Care cancer campaign launched in 2018 with a fundraising goal of $50 million. With a transformational gift of $25 million from the Brian and Sheila Jellison Family Foundation the original goal was exceeded and raised to $75 million. Most recently, Ayres spearheaded the team that acquired a $10 million gift to support the creation of the Cornell Family Behavioral Health Pavilion on the SMH-Sarasota Campus. Ayres’ other accomplishments include rebranding the organization to better align with the health system’s goals and vision, and creating the annual Hospital Gala, which has raised over $5.4 million in support of the hospital’s greatest needs. Ayres says his greatest accomplishment was the incredible team he built at the Healthcare Foundation. 

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[Recent Sale]  Huge Motorcoach Storage Facility Sells for $12.1 Million in Sarasota

Gail Bowden, Senior Investment Advisor for SVN Commercial Advisory Group, has managed the $12.1 million sale of a massive motorcoach storage facility at 5921 McIntosh Road in Sarasota. Las Vegas-based Crystal View Capital bought the property that spans 5.56 acres and contains nearly 14,000 square feet of storage area. Bowden represented both Crystal View Capital and seller Becca Properties, LLC, a Sarasota-based company. The hurricane-proof building contains air conditioned units with 24-hour security, onsite-management, water disposal, wifi hotspots and bathrooms for many of the units. There’s also a washing area onsite with a vacuum station. In addition to all the indoor units, some outdoor storage is available on the property. The new owner will continue operating this facility as a deluxe RV storage site. Crystal View Capital is a private equity firm that acquires and manages self-storage facilities and manufactured housing communities. Bowden managed the transaction without ever putting the property on the market or doing any advertising. Her many connections in the community helped her bring together the buyer and seller early on.


[Group Quit]  There's never been a more important time to quit tobacco.

Gulfcoast South Area Health Education Center, as part of the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program, offers free tobacco cessation sessions to help individuals quit all forms of tobacco.  These group sessions—held virtually and in-person—will assist you with developing your own customized quit plan. Free nicotine replacement therapy in the form of patches, gum or lozenges (if medically appropriate and while supplies last) and follow up support from a trained tobacco treatment specialist are provided with the session. 

Contact us today at 866-534-7909 or visit our pageto schedule a class or learn more about the program! 

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[New Partnership]  Goodwill Manasota Partnership with Gulfcoast Legal Services Expands to North Port

In 2018, Goodwill Manasota and Gulfcoast Legal Services launched a partnership in order to provide monthly legal clinics to Goodwill employees and the public at Goodwill's Corporate Campus in Bradenton. Through these monthly offerings, participants with legal questions have been able to take advantage of free consultations – up to half an hour each – with attorneys from Gulfcoast Legal Services. These consultations determine if participants are eligible for free representation in the following legal areas: family, housing, immigration, elder, consumer and/or victims of crime. Now, with the opening of a new Gulfcoast Legal Services office in Venice, the organization has agreed to present similar offerings at Goodwill's North Port location. The first session will take place on Thursday, May 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; future sessions will take place on the third Thursday of every month. These monthly clinics are geared toward residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties who have limited income and assets and who are not able to afford a private attorney. Gulfcoast attorneys will meet with every person and determine what legal services may be available. Clinics take place in the Community Resource Center on the Goodwill Manasota Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton) the second Wednesday every month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Goodwill's North Port location (14879 Tamiami Tr.) on May 26 and then the third Thursday of each month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants are required to bring a photo ID and proof of income (paystub, SSI/SSDI statements, W-2 or bank statements showing deposits). While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are strongly recommended. To schedule in Bradenton, call Margo at 941-355-2721, ext. 190. To schedule for North Port, call Deshane at 941-355-2721, ext. 515. 

Pictured: (From l-r) Goodwill Manasota president Donn Githens with James Clegg, staff attorney, and Robin Stover, deputy director of housing, of Gulfcoast Legal Services.

[Job Training]  First Class Graduates from Tuition-Free Construction Training Program Offered by CareerEdge and Funded Through Selby Gardens Master Plan

The inaugural class of eight local residents graduated on May 5 from a first-of-its-kind training program in the construction field offered by CareerEdge Funders Collaborative and funded through Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Master Plan. Within a week of completing the training, at least two of the graduates had started new jobs with one of the subcontractors working on the Master Plan project at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. CareerEdge’s new core construction skills training initiative is designed to provide participants with industry-recognized credentials in the construction field, as well as life and career-skills training and financial education through CareerEdge’s “Bridges to Careers” program. Participants receive 80 hours of training at no cost to them. Those who successfully complete the tuition-free training then have an opportunity to be considered for employment with one of the subcontractors working for Willis Smith Construction, the construction management firm for Selby Gardens’ Master Plan. The program is made possible through $100,000 in funding assistance from the Campaign for Selby Gardens’ Master Plan, with additional support from Bank of America. The Master Plan is estimated to have an economic impact of more than $78 million on the region, according to Selby Gardens President & CEO Jennifer Rominiecki. She said the training and job-placement initiative will help keep more of that impact and its future benefits in the local community. Within a week of the May 5 graduation, participant Dominique Campbell had started his first day on the job with Bright Future Electric, a subcontractor on the Selby Gardens project. A second graduate started working with the same company the following day. 

Pictured: Dominique Campbell. Photo courtesy of CareerEdge.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Ranch Nite Wednesdays , November 10 – May 31, 6-9pm

Your favorite weeknight hangout has arrived at its new home, Waterside Place, the newest town center in Lakewood Ranch. Ranch Nite Wednesdays will take place from 6-9pm, every Wednesday, starting November 10, 2021 and through May, 2022. It will feature New food trucks + dessert truck each week, Weekly live music from local artists, Night market every 2nd Wednesday hosted by Main Street Market LWR, Outdoor bar hosted by Waterside Place tenant Good Liquid Brewing & Scratch Kitchen, and The 2nd largest recreational cornhole league in the nation hosted by MVP Sports & Social.

[SOON]  GALLERY: As long as there is sun, as long as there is light: Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art , November 21 – August 13, Museum hours.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is pleased to announce the opening of As long as there is sun, as long as there is light. Selections from the Bring Gift and The Ringling Collection of Modern and Contemporary Art. The exhibition will run Nov. 21, 2021 – Aug. 13, 2023, in the museum’s Searing Wing. In 2020, The Ringling received a significant gift of art from Murray Bring and Kay Delaney Bring, in support of the modern and contemporary collection. Highlights from the gift include an important minimalist work by Anne Truitt and a monumental work on canvas by Gene Davis, both artists affiliated with the Washington Color School, an art movement during the 1950s to 1970s in Washington D.C., made up of abstract expressionist artists Additional works in the gift represent a generation of prominent artists who work, or have worked, in abstraction, including Clement Meadmore, Jules Olitski, Beverly Pepper, Rebecca Salter, Kenneth Snelson, and Yuriko Yamaguchi, among others. Also on view are sculptures and paintings by distinguished African American and Latin American artists from The Ringling collection, including William Edmondson, Eduardo Mac Entyre, Omar Rayo, Baruj Salinas, and Joyce de Guatemala.  

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Laughing Matters , February 9 – June 19, Varies.

Laughing Matters, FST’s hit musical sketch comedy show, is back for round six! And this time, nothing and no one is safe from a good-spirited roast. From never-ending Sarasota construction and the perpetual hunt for downtown parking to Mother Nature’s increasingly wild mood swings and our endless quest to stay young, Laughing Matters delivers fast-paced comedy inspired by the culture and politics of today. Laughing Matters, by head writer Rebecca Hopkins with contributing writers Kevin Allen, Sarah Durham, Stephan deGhelder, and Jim Prosser, will play beginning February 9, 2022 through June 19, 2022 in FST's Court Cabaret.

[SOON]  GALLERY: M A R A Art Studio + Gallery Presents "black+white" Monochrome Expression by 9 Artists , May 1 – May 31, Varies.

M A R A Art Studio + Gallery presents “black+white,” featuring monochromatic works by nine artists: Grace Howl, Jack Shapiro, Jana Millstone, Ralph Berger, Lisa DiFranza, Craig Palmer, Dan Wilkerson, Sam Wuerfel, and MARA Torres, May 1-31. The opening reception is Friday, May 6, 5:30-7 p.m. The gallery is at 1421 5th Street, Rosemary District, Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 914-8110 or visit MaraStudioGallery.com

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: From Birmingham to Broadway and Float Like a Butterfly , May 4 – May 29

This season, WBTT is also thrilled to present two world premiere one-act plays under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. Tarra Conner jones has written and stars in an ode to Nell Carter, titled “From Birmingham to Broadway.” Nate Jacobs and his brother, Michael, have written a play about Muhammad Ali, titled “Float Like a Butterfly”; staring Darius Autry. These plays will be presented together from May 4 to 29, 2022. Ticket sales are scheduled to begin in the late summer. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: WBTT's One-Act Plays , May 4 – May 29, Varies.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe will close its 2021-2022 season with two world-premiere one-act plays, under the auspices of its New Playwrights Series. These plays, "From Birmingham To Broadway” and “Float Like A Butterfly," will be presented together May 4-29. "From Birmingham to Broadway," an ode to Nell Carter, was written by and stars popular WBTT artist Tarra Conner jones. "Float Like a Butterfly," which examines the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali, was written by WBTT founder/artistic director Nate Jacobs' brother, Michael Jacobs, and stars Darius Autry. Call the Box Office at 941-366-1505 or visit westcoastblacktheatre.org

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Eureka Day , May 13 – June 4, Varies.

An illness is spreading through the progressive and painstakingly accepting Eureka Day School–and it’s more than the mumps. When the outbreak threatens to become an epidemic, it’s a race to see what will destroy this community first: the disease or each other. Despite the safe-space mentality, gluten-free scones from the local bakery, and open marriages that have moved beyond monogamy, secrets and lies still run rampant and childhood vaccinations ignite fury. An explosive comedy that skewers sanctimony and the nature of our politics, Eureka Day asks: when does “us” become “them”?  Contains mature themes and language. Recommended for age 16+. Eureka Day will show May 13 - June 4, 2022 with Previews May 11-12, 2022.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime: Limelight Market , April 23 – December 17, 10am-3pm

Every 3rd Saturday from 10-3 The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime opens their outdoor space for guest vendors, dog rescues, and live music. Check out the 40 local creators and curators inside The Bazaar every Thursday - Saturday. Enjoy a delicious lunch and support local. Free, until you buy something amazing! 

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre's Broadway on the Bay , May 17 – May 20, Varies.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts is back with the popular Broadway on the Bay series titled, The Sarasota Divas, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (1534 Mound St, Sarasota, FL 34236) May 17-20, 2022. This year some of your favorite Sarasota divas including Kathryn Parks, Alana Opie, Berry Ayers, Jennifer Baker and Eve Caballero will perform some of your favorite Broadway tunes. No food or drink will be sold at this event. Seats are provided. NO TICKETS will be printed for this event. Upon making your purchase your name will be on a reservation list.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Arts Advocates Gallery: Monthly Speaker: Arts Advocates Scholarship Winners , May 19, 11am

May 19, 2022, 11am, Arts Advocates Scholarship Winners – Meet the recipients of our 2022-23 scholarships, which are awarded to Sarasota and Manatee county resident students pursuing degrees in visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, architecture, and related endeavors. Arts Advocates is keeping a close eye on the COVID-19 situation and will decide whether their monthly speaker programs will be in-person luncheons at Bird Key Yacht Club or held via Zoom as each event nears. These programs are open to the public. Visit ArtsAdvocates.org for more information.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Ringling: Homeschool Third Thursday: Exhibition Spotlight: Metadata , May 19, 10am-12pm

Exhibition Spotlight: Metadata will take place on May 19, 2022. Have you ever wondered how images are tracked and used on the internet, what artificial intelligence has to do with art, or what hidden meanings a photograph has beneath the image itself? Explore the exhibition Metadata at The Ringling and discover artists who are asking big questions about what type of information is embedded within an image. During this interactive program we’ll explore the exhibition, discuss art in the context of coding, artificial intelligence, bias in technology, surveillance, and hidden meanings and try our hand at creating metadata works of art all our own. Join us on the third Thursday of each month, for a special day designed just for homeschool families. Tickets are timed in order to avoid over-crowding; please check in at the Visitors Pavilion at the time noted on your ticket. Please note that this is a self-guiding program. Wristbands, a map, and a program packet with activities and information will be provided at check-in and families are invited to explore the museum at their own pace.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Bookstore1: Local Author Book Fair , May 19, 11am-4pm

Not only do we love our local authors, but we know you'll love them, too. Let us introduce you! On Thursday, May 19 between 11 AM and 4 PM, twenty local authors will be in the loft of our new forever-home on 117 S. Pineapple Avenue for one hour each, to sign books and spend a little time with you.

Here's how it works: Read their bios, check out their book blurbs, and place an order online for whatever strikes your fancy. You can pick up your order in-store on the day of the book fair (or sooner), or you can have them delivered right to your home. Find out when your favorite local authors will be here, and drop by to say "hi"!

Remember: These author's books are available for pre-order only; there will be no books available to purchase in-store and take home same-day unless you've placed a pre-order. You can, however, place a special order in-store to be picked up at a later date.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Literati Book Club May , May 20, 10:30am

Join The Ringling Art Library for Literati, a book group that discusses books about art and subjects reflecting the Ringling collections. The May 20 book club will take place at 10:30am: ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal. This program will be virtual via zoom until further notice. This program is free. For further information, contact the Art Library at 359-5700, ex. 2701 or elisa.hansen@ringling.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: SPAACES Gallery: Ah Who Run Dis , May 20 – June 11, Gallery hours.

Ah Who Run Dis, A Solo Exhibit by Krystle Lemonias. This work explores personal and political intersections of power that govern how people interact daily through an immigrant lens. It creates an entry point to consider the impact larger systems have on people from colonized nations. A subject is used to examine access, privilege, misuse, and obstruction to the status quo when one wields power. Each piece reflects the complexity of being resilient through society’s exploitive structure then, using this understanding to get over and ahead for one’s self. What is the cost of resilience? Who really has the power? This body of work shows intimate views of video, installation, prints, and performance. Opening Night Reception is Friday, May 20th, 2022 from 6pm to 8pm. Open Exhibition Dates are May 21st through June 11th By Appointment Only.

[SOON]  MUSIC: UnidosNow Presents "NocheUnidos" , May 20 – May 21, Varies.

UnidosNow presents the acclaimed Mexican folkloric group Mariachi Cobre and the Venice Symphony, on Friday, May 20, 7:30 p.m., at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, and on Saturday, May 21, 2:30 p.m., at the Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice. Michelle Merrill, the former associate conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will conduct both performances. The concerts commemorate UnidosNow's 10th anniversary, which has been delayed for two years due to the pandemic. Proceeds will raise valuable funds to empower UnidosNow's education, integration, and civic engagement initiatives. Tickets for the event, which range from $30 to $120, are now on sale at www.unidosnow.org/nocheunidos.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Sixth Annual Adopt-A-Palooza , May 21, 11am-4pm

The 6th Annual Adopt-A-Palooza will be held, Saturday, May 21st at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto. Hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission and parking are FREE.

Returning this year, after a two-year postponement due to the pandemic, Adopt-A-Palooza is the largest one-day adoption and expo-style event in Manatee County and will feature over 100 adoptable puppies, dogs, cats and kittens from Manatee County Animal Services (MCAS), local shelters and animal rescues - all under one roof.

For pets from MCAS, all adoption fees will be waived in lieu of a donation made to the Friends of Manatee County Animal Services (FoMCAS). Manatee County residents are required to license their new pet for an additional $20 tag fee. All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.

The family-friendly event will include over 25 retail vendors selling a variety of pet products. New this year, offered by Manatee County Animal Services, is a free pet vaccine and microchip clinic. Pet owners with dogs and cats in need of vaccinations and/or microchips can bring their pet to the event to receive them at no charge. This free clinic is offered from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event also includes information tables with special pricing on services such as spay and neuter, chipping, veterinarian services and more. Raffles and silent auction items will be available.

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