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SRQ DAILY Jul 5, 2022

Tuesday Foodie Edition

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Tuesday Foodie Edition

"During my meatless hiatus, I missed the birria taco's ascension into cravedom. "

- Kevin Allen, Contributing Food Editor

[The Dish]  Circo, an Omnivore's Delight
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

Before I returned to write for SRQ Magazine last month, I was vegan. True story. But I didn’t think I could effectively write about the Sarasota food scene without rejoining the estimated 90% of Americans who consume meat. I can say with confidence that reintroducing it into my diet has been way easier than the opposite.

As I’m easing back into my meatful journey, it’s restaurants like Circo that I have come to love and appreciate even more. It speaks to the omnivore in me — the one who loves the simplicity and challenge of creating incredible, complex flavors with plant-based ingredients, and the one who dreams about smoked and slow-cooked meats, melty cheeses and sausage. As a relocated midwesterner, I simply adore the region’s top exports.

On a recent Tuesday evening, with my wife out of town, I brought a date (settle down — it was my five-year-old daughter, Summer) to Circo in downtown Sarasota. She’s a cheese quesadilla connoisseur, and Circo offers a dandy for the kids that received a decisive thumbs-up on this night.

But all I cared about was the tacos. It was Taco Tuesday, and that meant a BOGO on six of Circo’s most crowd-pleasing taco varieties. With one foot firmly secure in my plant-based past, and the other in a meaty future, I ordered a pair of the Nashville hot tacos and a birria. The Nashville — boasting pickles, crispy tofu, and Napa slaw on a fluffy flour tortilla — comes with a side of that Nashville hot sauce that adds a flavor-first/heat-second kick that works to elevate all the ingredients. (Side note: If you’re dining with me and the phrase “Nashville hot” is anywhere on the menu, there’s no need to ask me what I’m ordering. For it will be whatever thing they’ve decided to douse in Nashville hot sauce.)

But as much as I adored the crunchy, flavorful, tangy veg experience of the Nashville hot, it was the birria taco that made the biggest impression.

During my meatless hiatus, I missed the birria taco’s ascension into cravedom. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this ingenious invention, this miracle of handheld deliciousness, this pocket of roasted, savory goodness?

I want more. I need more. When people ask me why I stopped being vegan, I’ll have one word: birria. 

Circo, 1435 2nd St, Sarasota, 941-253-0978. 

Pictured: Tacos from Circo, photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

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[Turtle Release]  Sea Turtle "Pierre" Released Today

 "Pierre" was admitted to Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital on January 31, 2022. The turtle was found floating at the surface near Anna Maria Island City Pier with watercraft injuries and moderate fibropapilloma tumors. The turtle was taken for a CT scan at Veterinary Surgery Center of Sarasota to evaluate the extent of the injury. CT results show no evidence of trauma to the brain case or presence of internal tumors. Mote's Hospital removed the external fibropapilloma tumors, and after several months of recovery, Pierre was cleared by wildlife officials for release. If you see a distressed or deceased sea turtle, manatee, dolphin or whale in Sarasota or Manatee counties, report to trained responders immediately. Contact Mote’s Stranding Investigations Program via their 24-hour hotline at 888-345-2335.  

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[Recognition]  RE/MAX Alliance Group Associated in Sarasota Named Among America's Best

RE/MAX Alliance Group associates were recently recognized in the 2022 “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” rankings by REALTrends + Tom Ferry. The prestigious survey is based on 2021 transaction sides and sales volume for participating agents and teams in the United States. To qualify for the REALTrends + Tom Ferry “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” list, participating agents must have completed at least 50 transactions or closed $20 million in sales volume during the year. Participating teams were required to have completed at least 75 transactions or closed $30 million in sales volume. Only 1.5% of all Realtors in the country make up “America’s Best.”

The following agents and teams are honorees in the Sarasota area.

Individuals By Sales Volume | Robert T. Anderson Jr., Ryan Carson, Cathy Rustin and Carey Beychok of the Sarasota office; Cindy Quinn and Christine Kourik of the Holmes Beach office; Karin Dubbs of the Englewood office; and Lily Behrends of the University Park office were listed among America’s Best individual agents by sales volume.

Individuals by Transaction Sides | Cindy Quinn of the Holmes Beach office and Karin Dubbs of the Englewood office were named among America’s Best teams by transaction sides.

Teams by Sales Volume | The Brewer Team, Team Tritschler, the Glenn Brown Team, the Cail Grande Group, the Trexler Team and the Cleary Group in the Sarasota office; the Travis Group and Team Richard Capps in the Bradenton office; and the Stiver Firth International Team, the Sandra Newell Team and the Kathy Damewood Team in the Englewood office were listed among America’s Best teams by sales volume.

Teams by Transaction Sides | The Brewer Team, Team Tritschler, and the Trexler Team in the Sarasota office; Team Richard Capps and the Travis Group in the Bradenton office; and the Stiver Firth International Team, the Kathy Damewood Team and the Sandra Newell Team in the Englewood office were named among America’s Best teams by transaction sides. 

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[Scholarships]  Suncoast Credit Union Scholars Scholarship Announced

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has announced two Suncoast Credit Union Scholars Scholarship recipients. The $2,000 one-time scholarships are awarded each year to high school seniors planning to attend a four-year or two-year college, university, or technical school in Florida. The scholarship recipients are Abigail Koester and Diana “Nicole” Valero. Abigail Koester graduated from Sarasota Military Academy this spring and in the fall plans to study mechanical engineering at the University of Florida. Her long-term goal is to work in urban planning and development to help underprivileged communities. Diana “Nicole” Valero, a graduate of Sarasota High School, will begin at the University of South Florida in the fall, where she plans to study biology with the intention of going to medical school and eventually becoming an anesthesiologist in a children’s hospital. Of the two recipients, Jennifer Vigne, president and CEO of the Education Foundation, said, “These two young women are tremendous students and individuals. They are deserving of the financial assistance these scholarships will provide—and the votes of confidence they reflect.” The Education Foundation partnered with Suncoast Credit Union Foundation in 2019 to create these scholarships. Said Cindy Helton, executive director of the Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, “We believe the best way we can build better communities is by investing in education and health-related initiatives for children.” 

Pictured: Abigail Koester: (from L-R) Christina Bowman, SMA-COL, Chief Executive Officer, Abigail Koester, Sarasota Military Academy, Heather Koester, Heather Ferrigno, Scholarships Manager, Education Foundation of Sarasota County.

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[SOON]  FESTIVAL: "Waves & Wheels" Summer Party at Robarts Arena , July 9, 6pm-1opm

Suncoast Summer Fest presents the Waves and Wheels Party on Saturday, July 9 at Robarts Arena from 6pm to 10pm for $100 per person. The party will feature live music from Tampa Bay’s ultimate party band, Hurricane Shane Band, as well as an open bar, food stations, raffle prizes, and casino style gaming tables. For more information and registration, visit suncoastsummerfest.org.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Charity Poker Tournament at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room , July 14, 6pm

The Charity Poker Tournament will take place on Thursday, July 14 at One-Eyed Jacks Poker Room, 4404 Bee Ridge Road. There will be a welcome reception at 6pm with complimentary appetizers, tournament welcome gift, and full cash bar. The tournament will begin at 6:30pm. The entry fee is $115 and all participants must pre-register. $500 will go to each top 5 winner.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Comedy Lottery , June 25 – July 30, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: Comedy Lottery Playing Through July 30 on Saturdays at 7:30pm. It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night, their destiny is in your hands.

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: Maytag Virgin , June 29 – July 31, Varies.

A classic Southern love story. When the unflappable Jack Key moves in next door to the endearingly neurotic Lizzy Nash, sparks fly. Over time, neighborly nagging softens and a deeper connection emerges between the two high school teachers. As the leaves turn yellow and the months march on, kept secrets shake loose and the pair finds themselves facing the same question: how do you know when you’re ready to live, and love, again? Maytag Virgin by Audrey Cefaly will play beginning June 29, 2022 in FST's Keating Theatre. Run Time is 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Keating Theatre

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre: The Jersey Tenors: Part II , July 19 – September 11, Varies.

Back with a new show, this opera/rock mash-up sensation blends iconic opera classics with Rock & Roll hits from artists like Queen, Journey, and Elton John, along with the songs from Jersey’s finest—Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Bon Jovi. From Frank Sinatra to Figaro, hear The Tenors’ original arrangements of songs celebrating artists from the stage to the screen, including “Walk Like A Man,” “Your Song,” “That’s Life,” “Eye of the Tiger,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and many more. The Jersey Tenors: Part II, created and conceived by Brian Noonan, will play beginning July 19, 2022 in FST's Goldstein Cabaret. Run Time is 70 minutes with a 15-minute intermission.

Florida Studio Theatre's Goldstein Cabaret

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18

Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/

[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]  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]  GALLERY: The Ringling: Metadata: Rethinking Photography from the 21st Century , March 6 – August 28, Museum hours.

The exhibition features work from the past decade by an international selection of artists and visual activists that are working to make palpable the unseen information, or metadata, that undergirds the image regime. This includes not just the tags or descriptors attached to image files, but the power relationships, biases, and economic interests that are not always visible in the image itself. The exhibition emphasizes an expanded concept of photographic practice that includes research-based projects, installation, conceptual work, and activism as well as analog and digital photographs. Artists featured are Mohsen Azar, Viktoria Binschtok, Mladen Bizumic, Joy Buolamwini, Jason Lazarus, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Lilly Lulay, Trevor Paglen, and Penelope Umbrico. Metadata: Rethinking Photography in the 21st Century will be held at The John and Mable Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida from March 6 through August 28th, 2022. The exhibition is curated by Christopher Jones, Stanton B. and Nancy W. Kaplan Curator of Photography and Media Art.

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