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SRQ DAILY Jun 7, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We are especially interested in programs that explore diversity, nurture educational opportunities, and promote a vibrant and civically engaged community."

- Karen Koblenz, Executive Director and CEO, The Exchange.

[The Dish]  Refresh the Palate with a Summer Stone Fruit Panzanella
Abby Weingarten. Abby@srqme.com

From now until June 14, head to Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College to soak up the rest of Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week—and see why the locale’s art-inspired menu is so buzz-worthy.

Chef Kaytlin Dangaran (from Tampa, and trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York) is whipping up a two-course, $20-per-person lunch special until the middle of the month. It includes a Green Tomato Gazpacho with Toasted Cumin Cotija Crisp, and a Summer Stone Fruit Panzanella with Charred Shrimp. The latter is a stunning, Tuscan-style chopped salad with vibrant yellow and red tomatoes, red onions, greens, bits of bread, and large bites of protein-rich seafood.

Year-round, Bistro features locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, and Dangaran harvests fresh ingredients from Florida purveyors (like Bavarian Bread in Sarasota, and Brian Puzycki's Farm Fresh Produce in St. Petersburg).

Other menu staples include the Toasted Corned Beef Reuben with Norfolk sauce, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and rye bread; and the Goat Cheese and Tomato Tartine with blistered heirloom cherry tomatoes and roasted garlic. Dine in, walk around, see the art, and savor the flavors.

Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College, 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-309-4300. sarasotaartmuseum.org/bistro. 

Pictured: Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College offers a Summer Stone Fruit Panzanella with Charred Shrimp for Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week. Photo courtesy of: Bistro at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College

[Exhibition]  Fishman & Associates and C2 Hospitality Exhibit Jointly at CMAA Expo

Fishman & Associates and C2 Hospitality exhibited at the recent CMAA World Conference and Club Business Expo in San Diego. CMAA is an acronym for Club Management Association of America. Founded in 1927, CMAA is the nation’s largest professional association for club management professionals. Their 6,800 members represent 2,500 country, golf, athletic, city, faculty, military, town, and yacht clubs. C2 Hospitality was founded in 2014 to guide private clubs through the transition of executive leadership. The business has evolved to provide consulting support in essential areas including operations, planning, project management, financial management, event management, and more. Fishman & Associates was established in 1986 to provide food service design support to diverse clients nationwide. The business sectors they support include top restaurants, assisted living and retirement centers, private clubs, resorts, clubhouses, hospitals, other healthcare facilities, hotels, schools, churches, and more. The Fishman team has supported more than 360 senior living projects in 25 states. Its expertise includes kitchen design, bar and dining room layout, equipment specification, cost budgeting, refrigeration, and fabrication for new and remodeled food service facilities. 

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[New Hire]  Grant Cole Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Grant Cole has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a Broker-Associate in the Anna Maria Island office. He has 35 years of real estate experience, including building, developing, buying, selling and investing. He previously served with Salty Mermaid Real Estate on Holmes Beach. A native of Richmond, Virginia Cole graduated from Rhema Bible College in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. He enjoys boating, hiking and traveling, and volunteers at the Throne of Grace Ministries Men’s Life Center. The RE/MAX Alliance Group Anna Maria Island office is located at 5316 Marine Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida 34217. Cole can be reached at (980) 312-2828 or grant.cole3@yahoo.com. 

[Aesthetic Spa]  Arsenault Dermatology Announces Glow Dermspa

Glow Dermspa is the signature aesthetic spa created by the award-winning Providers at Arsenault Dermatology. We provide a full range of services including aesthetics, Botox®, injectable facial fillers, threads, laser resurfacing, pigment and vascular light and laser devices, fat destroying treatments, chest rejuvenation and PRP therapy for both facial rejuvenation and hair loss.

Melissa Beachy, PA-C, is Glow’s Director & Master Injector. Since the start of her career, Melissa has worked exclusively in aesthetic and medical dermatology. Over the last 12 years, she has established a stellar reputation for delivering beautiful results with a gentle hand and having an unrivaled attention to detail. Melissa continues to strive for excellence by staying up to date on the latest, most innovative techniques, procedures, and products.

Dana Ellis, MD, FAAD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and an expert in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Ellis is exceptional in providing minimally invasive treatments that deliver maximum results.As a former 2004 Olympic pole vaulter, Dr. Ellis understands the importance of confidence. She knows every person is unique and partners with them to elevate their personal strengths.

Our unparalleled approach provides a med spa experience created by Board-Certified dermatologists trained to focus on your skin’s true health. At Glow, we offer clients the option of membership, with three distinct program levels available, each with exclusive benefits, discounts, and special offers.

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Learn more at glowdermspa.com. 

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[Charitable Event]  Thunder By The Bay Raises Record Amount For Suncoast Charities For Children

The 24th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival, held this past February at the Sarasota Fairgrounds, raised a net revenue of $267,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children. This exceeded last year’s net revenue of $225,000. In addition to the traditional three-day Festival, other events included a sporting clay tournament, a “Taste of Thunder” whiskey tasting event, and a Thunder By The Bay “Rocks The Runway” Fashion Show. Suncoast Charities for Children Executive Director, Lucy Nicandri, stated: “We are extremely grateful for the generous support received from Festival sponsors, individual donors, vendors, dedicated volunteers, and everyone who attended the Festival. We look forward to sharing some exciting announcements soon, as we prepare to celebrate the Festival’s 25th Anniversary next February.”

The 25th Annual Thunder By The Bay Music & Motorcycle Festival is scheduled for February 17-19, 2023 at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. For updates and additional information visit: www.thunderbythebay.org 

Pictured: Suncoast Charities For Children Check Photo (L-R):Lucy Nicandri (Executive Director), Simon Williams, Maureen McAuley, Greg Linehan, Bob Morrison (Board Members), Lisa Baer (Director of Special Events). Photo courtesy of Evan Ackerman.

[Awards Announced]  The Exchange To Award $310,500 to Local Arts Groups and Students

The Exchange (formerly the Woman’s Exchange) announced that it will award $310,500 to 18 regionally based arts and cultural organizations and 15 students. The awards will be given at an invitation-only event at The Exchange on June 9. The largest award is for $60,000 and is being given to the Asolo Rep in memory of Elizabeth (“Liz”) Lindsay, who was the co-founder of The Exchange and served on its board for 60 years. Lindsay, a long-time pillar in the Sarasota art community, died in January.

“We’re honored to play an integral role in our region’s rich arts and cultural industry,” says Karen Koblenz, The Exchange’s executive director and CEO. “These funds are game-changing for our grantees, who often credit The Exchange for supporting pivotal moments in their success.” Koblenz points out that the organizational grants are for specific projects and outreach programs, including performances, exhibitions, education initiatives and special series. She explains that The Exchange’s board bases its granting decisions on the long-term stability and financial health of the organizations, the program’s overall appeal to the public and the educational impact these programs will have on area students. Individual scholarships are awarded based on grade point average, the individual’s artistic goals and achievements, and letters of recommendation. “We’re especially interested in programs that explore diversity, nurture educational opportunities, and promote a vibrant and civically engaged community,” says Koblenz. “The cultural arts industry plays a pivotal role in our region’s economic health and serves as a magnet for tourism. We’re proud to invest in our home-grown creative talents.” She adds that the monies used for these grants and scholarships were earned entirely through the organization’s 15,000-square-foot consignment boutique in downtown Sarasota. In November 2021, The Exchange retroactively awarded a total of $257,000 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. Since 1962, The Exchange has awarded more than $9 million in grants to local non-profits and high school and college students pursuing a higher education in the arts. 

[Arts Funding]  Van Wezel Foundation Thanks Governor DeSantis for Signing 2022 General Appropriations Act with Funding for Sarasota Performing Arts Center

The Van Wezel Foundation today thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for signing the 2022 General Appropriations Act (HB 5001), signed on Thursday, June 2, 2022, which included $990,000 in funding to support the architect selection for the envisioned Sarasota Performing Arts Center. As a civic and cultural icon for the community, region and state, the design and engineering of the new performing arts center will focus on resiliency and sustainability. Recently, the Sarasota City Commission approved the execution of a partnership agreement with the 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. This state appropriation will contribute to the public funding portion of the campaign lead by the city. The Foundation has also launched their private philanthropy campaign. 

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[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Urbanite Theatre: Athena , June 10 – July 10, Varies.

Athena by Gracie Gardner Directed by Summer Wallace will run from June 10 to July 10, 2022. Mary Wallace and Athena are brave young fencers training for the Junior Olympics. They practice together, they compete against each other, they spend their lives together. They just wish they were friends.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Circus Arts Conservatory & The Ringling: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 10 – August 13, Varies.

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts. Some of the circus world’s most exciting acts have signed on for the annual show - a longtime partnership of the Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling - with performances presented over nine weeks this summer. The lineup for the Summer Circus Spectacular includes a wide range of acts, including duo lyra, adagio, hand balancing/contortion, rolla bolla, and more. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $18/adults, $12/children 12 and under. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for just an additional $5 – an incredible value for a full day’s entertainment. Go to Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399.

Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota

[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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Seeing the Invisible , September 25 – August 31, 10am-5pm

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, opening on September 25, 2021 and ongoing through August 31 2022, as one of 12 participating gardens across six countries. Seeing the Invisible features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR. Visitors will engage with Seeing the Invisible via an app designed for the exhibition downloadable to smartphones and tablets. Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch , January 2 – December 25, 10am-2pm

The Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch is home to more than 90 curated vendors of the region’s best food and flavors, located at Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. It takes place every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at Waterside Place. It’s your weekend destination for organic produce, meat, poultry, seafood, bread, pasta, juices and prepared foods. Stay up to date on vendors and events by visiting TheMarketLWR.com.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Art Museum: Jazz Thursdays , January 13 – January 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Jazz Thursdays at Sarasota Art Museum will runs through January 12, 2023 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. FREE for Members, $20 for Not-Yet Members. Sarasota Art Museum invites you to be our guest at our first Jazz Thursday at SAM, featuring Hot Club of SRQ. Sarasota Art Museum is partnering with the Jazz Club of Sarasota for Jazz Thursdays. Join us for our special late-night performances on the Marcy & Michael Klein Plaza. Jazz Thursdays will occur on the second Thursday of each month until January 12, 2023. Galleries + Bistro + Shop will be open.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Selby Gardens: Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light , February 13 – June 26, Garden hours.

This winter, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) will spotlight the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most significant photographers of the 20th century, together with the poetry of legendary singer-songwriter and poet Patti Smith in a special exhibition on view throughout the garden’s 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus. Marking the sixth edition of the Gardens’ annual Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, which explores the work of major artists through the lens of their connection to nature, this immersive exhibition puts a selection of Mapplethorpe’s photographs of orchids, hyacinths, and irises, and excerpts of Smith’s poems and lyrics on flowers and nature, in dialogue with new horticultural installations inspired by the two artists’ work. On view from February 13 through June 26, 2022, Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith: Flowers, Poetry, and Light is curated by Dr. Carol Ockman, Selby Gardens’ Curator-at-Large and the Robert Sterling Clark Professor of Art History Emerita at Williams College. The Gardens will host an Evening with Patti Smith, on Tuesday, February 15, a lecture and performance with Smith that will shed new light on this body of work. 

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