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SRQ DAILY May 31, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"Our vision for our shop is to bring healthy drinks to the community in a fun way, We are passionate about tea."

- Jennifer Martinez, Owner, Elevation Tea Company.

[Foodie]  All Smiles for the Berry Happy Float
Abby Weingarten

The concept? Take decadent ice cream, pair it with brewed looseleaf tea, combine it in a cup, and top it with a French macaron. Voila, you have a next-level libation at Elevation Tea Company. The new locale, which opened on May 14 in downtown Sarasota, is the pride of owner Jennifer Martinez, whose teas are also available at the Sarasota Farmers Market and The Market at Lakewood Ranch.

“Our vision for our shop is to bring healthy drinks to the community in a fun way,” Martinez says. “We’re passionate about tea.”

It shows. For example, the Berry Happy Float (a blend of black raspberry ice cream, Berry Bliss Tea, and a French raspberry macaron) is pink-hued perfection—setting the tone for other standouts like the Matcha Madness Float with strawberry ice cream, Japanese matcha green tea and a matcha macaron. In every drink, the tea is undoubtedly the key. The Purple Lemonade tastes like lemonade, “but, by using Kenya Purple Tea as the base, it has 15 times more antioxidants than acai and blueberries,” Martinez says. The natural Root Beer Spritzer is made with only roots and herbs (which hold healing properties), blended with sparkling water and sugar, and tastes like an authentic root beer soda.

“Here, the looseleaf tea is the ‘star of the show,’” Martinez says.

Pictured:  The Berry Happy Float at Elevation Tea Company combines black raspberry ice cream with Berry Bliss Tea, and is garnished with a French raspberry macaron. Photo courtesy of Elevation Tea Company 

Elevation Tea Co., 1383 McAnsh Square, Sarasota, 941-202-9696. elevationteaco.com.

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[Meal Program]  Free Meals For Manatee County Kids and Teens This Summer

With summer break underway, the School District of Manatee County’s Food and Nutrition Services department is preparing to feed students across our community. For 15 years, the Summer BreakSpot program has been helping provide nourishment for Manatee County children during the long summer months. This program provides free meals for kids at multiple locations starting on Tuesday, May 31, 2022. The Summer BreakSpot program is a Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services program that provides free meals for all kids and teens, ages 18 and under. This service is not based on income status and all kids and teens can participate. This program was designed to ensure that children have access to nutrition during the summer, and gives them the opportunity to return to school healthy, happy and ready to learn. The School District of Manatee County General Funds are not used for this program. Free meals will be provided to students attending School District of Manatee County summer programs, as well as various other local summer camps, community centers and churches. Three mobile feeding buses and two mobile “Caboose” food vehicles (provided in partnership with Tropicana) will deliver meals to multiple locations in Bradenton, Palmetto and Parrish. Both buses have indoor and outdoor seating for kids to enjoy their meal in the comfort of air conditioning. It’s a great opportunity for kids to get outside for some sunshine, socialize and enjoy a healthy meal. Meals are required to be consumed on-site. To find the nearest Summer BreakSpot location: Call 211; Text “Food” to 304-304;  Visit website: www.SummerBreakSpot.org beginning June 1st. The school district has locations listed at this website in the meantime. For more information about Summer BreakSpot, please contact Food and Nutrition Services at (941) 739-5700 or visit www.manateeschoolfood.net.


[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!

Visit our page link: www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/groupquitcalendar 

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[Leadership]  Sarasota Chamber’s Youth Leadership Sarasota Helps High Schoolers

Applications are open for the Youth Leadership Sarasota Class of 2023. Leadership Sarasota, a program of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, has available spots open for the nine-month program geared towards rising high school juniors and seniors. The hands-on program is tailored to allow students to explore career possibilities within the community. We want to give young people the knowledge, tools, and contacts to create successful leaders, and have a chance to serve their community. Participants will be immersed in Sarasota’s businesses, organizations, and every aspect of the community. All involved in the program will also gain community service hours through their participation. This is a unique, educational program that focuses on trying to keep young talent local. A recent graduate of the Youth Leadership Sarasota program, Class of 2022, shared, “I am extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity to connect with the community and experience and learn about a multitude of different careers.” Some of the targeted industry days include Arts & Culture Day, Media Day, Government Day, Commerce & Industry Day, and many more. 

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[Recognition Given]  District Announces 2022 School-Related Employees of the Year

Sarasota County Schools is proud to announce that Jamal Guiler has been selected as the district’s overall 2022 School-Related Employee of the Year! Mr. Guiler has been with the district for five years and serves as a System Administrator within the school district’s Information Technology (IT) department. Described by his peers as a “dedicated” professional and a “go-to person” for many departments, Mr. Guiler personifies the passion, resilience, and grit it takes to deliver exceptional service to our thousands of students, teachers, and staff members daily. His work is crucial to supporting and maximizing the efficiency of the systems within the instructional portion of our IT department, which directly services our schools. Mr. Guiler has made a tremendous impact from his first day onward due to his industry talents, conscientiousness, and servant leadership workstyle. As the award recipient for Sarasota County, Mr. Guiler received a $1,000 check and is eligible for the overall State-level recognition, which should be announced later this summer. Mr. Guiler and all the school-based winners were recently recognized in an annual luncheon held at Michael’s on East. The in-person event was highly anticipated as it had been held virtually for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


[Grant ]  CreArte Latino Cultural Center Receives Grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

Through its COVID-19 Response Initiative, Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation have awarded the CreArte
Latino Cultural Center a grant of $7,087. The grant will help fund expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, and empower CreArte Latino to move forward with an ambitious schedule of activities and performances for 2022 in its new suite at 8251 15 th St. East in Sarasota.

“We are passionate about expanding our programming and partnering with other arts organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties,” says Sebastian Pelaez, CreArte Latino’s vice president and director of operations. “As we recover from pandemic losses, this generous grant is critical to our growth. We are beyond grateful to Gulf Coast Community Foundation and Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation for their ongoing support of our mission, and for their consistent support in empowering collaborations between the Latino/Hispanic community and the rest of Sarasota-Manatee’s rich cultural landscape.”
CreArte Latino was founded in 2012 as a small Spanish-language theater company. In 2017, it became a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a new name and a new mission.

CreArte Latino Cultural Center is focused on establishing a cultural exchange between the Latino/Hispanic community and the population at large through arts and education. During the pandemic, CreArte Latino facilitated Spanish literature book clubs and Spanish language classes for adults via the Zoom platform. Since re-opening in its new theater space, CreArte Latino has added an online English class for Spanish speakers, produced three plays, an acting improv show, two theater workshops for children, and has hosted presentations of Latino/Hispanic music and dance. CreArte Latino has been promoting arts and literacy for children and families in various local events, and has been featured in the WEDU PBS digital docuseries, “Greater Sarasota.” For more information about CreArte Latino Cultural Center, visit www.creartelatino.org or CreArte Latino on Facebook.


[SOON]  GALLERY: Docent-Guided Tour of Arts Advocates Gallery , November 3 – June 1, 11am-11:45am

For the first time since its founding in 1969, Arts Advocates has its own gallery to display works from its collection of Florida artists. Located in the Siesta Mall, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 119, in Sarasota, the opening exhibit features works by Sarasota Art Colony artists. Docent-guided tours of the exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 11:45pm on the first Wednesday of each month: November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, and June 1. Tours are $10 per person, or $5 per person for Arts Advocates members, and can be booked below. Attendance is limited to 10. Group and special tours can be arranged by contacting Stephenie Frasher, docent team leader, at docent@artsadvocates.org.  

[SOON]  FOOD: Savor Sarasota 2022 Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week , June 1 – June 14

Summer never tasted so good! Are you ready for the annual #SavorSarasota Restaurant Week from June 1-14 when dozens of restaurants featured prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus for just $20 and $35 per person! Home to award-winning and legendary restaurants, there’s no better time to explore all the culinary experiences Sarasota County has to offer. From Peruvian palates and French cuisine to American classics and fresh seafood, you’ll feel like a local foodie in no time. Participating Restaurants include Duval's Fresh Local Seafood, Amore Restaurant, The Bistro @ Concession Golf Club, 99 Bottles Taproom & Bottle Shop, Tripletail Seafood & Spirits, Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria, Cafe Evergreen, Michael's On East Restaurant, Libby's Lakewood Ranch, Libby's Neighborhood Brasserie, Opus Restaurant & Lounge, Ristorante San Marco, The Reserve Retreat, Andrea's Kitchen, Cafe Venice Restaurant & Bar, Dolce Italia, The Ringling Grillroom, C'est la Vie!, Rodizio Grill, Bijou Garden Cafe, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Selva Grill, Chaz 51 Steakhouse, Miguel's, Lucarelli's Restaurant, Pop's Sunset Grill, Fins at Sharky's, Bevardi’s Salute! Restaurant, Farlow's On The Water, Cafe Barbosso, Overture Restaurant & Gallery Lounge in Art Ovation, Flavio's on Main, Chef Rolf's New Florida Kitchen, Bohemios Wine and Beer Tapas Bar, Mattison’s Forty-One Restaurant and Catering Company, Green Zebra Cafe, and 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Hood , June 3 – June 26, Varies.

The world’s sexiest thief. A pair of history’s greatest lovers. The Merry Band that made redistributing wealth cool. Here, finally, is the real story of the disgraced nobleman, forced into the wilderness, who seeks revenge not only for himself but against an unjust system. He rescues the damsel, or perhaps along the way, discovers she doesn’t need any rescuing. Five-time Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane–who re-invented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella so deliciously–reunites with Lewis Flinn, his Give it Up/Lysistrata Jones collaborator, to bring to life this hilarious and stirring new musical adventure. Contains mature themes. Recommended for age 14+. Hood will take place June 11 - June 26, 2022 with Previews June 3-10, 2022.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera to Host National Finals of Schmidt Vocal Competition , June 3 – June 5, Varies.

Sarasota Opera is pleased to host the finals for Schmidt Vocal Arts (SVA) national Schmidt Vocal Competition at Sarasota Opera House June 3-5, 2022. The top three winners from each of 13 regional competitions will compete for the first national prize in the competition’s 25-year history. Seven Floridians have qualified after competing in four different regional locations. Distinguished judges for this competition are bass-baritone Eric Owens, Sarasota Opera General Director Richard Russell, and soprano Tamara Wilson. There will also be an alumni concert on June 4 that will feature SVA alumni Virginia Mims (from West Palm Beach, FL) and Aaron Crouch with pianist Brent Funderburk. Tickets are available to various events of the Schmidt Vocal Competition on June 4 for $15 (Students: $10) and on June 5 for $25 (Students: $10) at SarasotaOpera.org or (941) 328-1300. Sarasota Opera is a participant in #SafeArtsSarasota and will be following appropriate health and safety guidelines. At the present time the wearing of a N95, KN95, or KF94 mask is recommended when attending events at the Sarasota Opera House. Health and Safety guidelines will be adjusted should conditions change. Visit SarasotaOpera.org for more information.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Women Contemporary Artists Members Spring Exhibition , June 3 – June 24

The Women Contemporary Artists Members Spring Exhibition 2022 will take place at Ringling College of Art & Design Lois and David Stuhlberg Gallery, 1188 MLK Way, from June 3 – 24, 2022. The exhibition is open to active WCA members who may submit two entries only, $30 for one entry and $35 for two entries. Art specs are 2D - 36” x 36” max, mid-sized and smaller works preferred. All media. Diptych and Triptychs allowed, but must fit into size requirements and sold as one painting. 3D work 72” x 20” max. Pedestals are available. If accepted into the show, be prepared to sit for one sitting in the gallery, if needed, from 9-12 or 12-3 on Monday through Friday for the length of the show. You can do this with a friend. Awards are $600 for 1st, $400 for 2nd, $300 for 3rd, and 5 Merit Awards $100 each. Receiving on Tuesday, May 24 between 10 AM and 2 PM and Jurying on Tuesday, May the 24th at 3 PM.

[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]  FESTIVAL: The Grand Carnival an ICONic Evening , June 4, 7pm-10pm

The GRAND Carnival an ICONic evening will take place on Saturday, June 4th at Municipal Auditorium from 7 to 10pm. This event will knock you off your feet with exciting visuals, performances, and LGBTQ+ History. LADY GAGA, Cher, Tina Turner, and Britney Spears Tributes take the main stage, featuring Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Special Performance by RuPaul's Drag Race "All Stars 4 Winner" and current "All Stars All Winners Season" contestant Trinity The Tuck Taylor. Plus surprises you have to see to believe! Learn more about the LGBTQ+ Icons that paved the way, all while taking in the sights, sounds, and libations of the Grand Carnival. $50 all access ticket includes Incredible Performances, OPEN BAR, Food, Dancing, Dj Brianna Lee, Pop up vendors, and More!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Gecko's 30th Anniversary Party to Benefit 4-H Foundation Scholarships , June 4, 4pm-9pm

On behalf of the teams at the Gecko’s Hospitality Group, we hope you can join us on June 4th from 4 to 9pm at Fruitville Gecko’s for our 30th Anniversary Party to benefit the 4-H Foundation scholarships. We’re celebrating 30 years of Cheers, our awesome Gecko’s teams and guests, the launching of tens of thousands of hospitality careers and continued job creation since 1992, community partnerships and of course, Mike & Mike’s hospitality in our community. We’ll have Gecko’s award-winning house-smoked BBQ with all the fixin’s, commemorative tee shirts, and raffles… & someone will win Beer For a Year from their favorite Gecko’s! We’ll enjoy performances by Music Compound, the 4-H Clogging Clovers & Kettle of Fish! Plus, contests, a Bouncy House, face painting, photo booth, cornhole, 4-H animals, demonstrations and fun for the whole family.

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