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SRQ DAILY Jul 19, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy's music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world, week-in, week-out over 25 years later."

- Maria Elena Holly.

[The Dish]  This Above All: To Hamlet's Avocado Toast be True
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

If anything could rouse Shakespeare’s Hamlet from his brooding, soliloquizing melancholy, it would be the Sarasota food truck that bears his name.

Hamlet’s Eatery, permanently located at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, is a tucked-away spot that delights the browsing shoppers who prefer their art local and their dining ambiance al fresco. The truck’s tagline — “To meat or not to meat” — is a nod to the fact that pretty much every meaty dish is available as an equally delightful meatless version.

On the day my wife, Janet, and I brought our five-year-old daughter, Summer, we were greeted by Hamlet’s friendly chef Lisa Shields, who helped us pick out a few perfectly portioned lunch options.

I thought I knew avocado toast. As polarizing as it can be to some culinary sophisticates, I tend to enjoy its simplicity as a meatless, filling, refreshing brunch option. It’s not avocado toast’s fault that it’s been pic’d, posted, and memed to death on social media platforms over the last 10 years. It’s go-to for me as a default when I can’t decide, but it was this bold take on the classic that drew me to Hamlet’s version. The smashed avocado, thinly sliced cucumber, smoked salmon, dill and a citrus sour cream are topped with pickled shallots, an over-medium egg and small handful of summery microgreens.

I devoured every last goopy bite, the flavors commingling into a marvelous melange. The egg with the smoked salmon in one bite, the avocado with the greens in another, the bread with the pickled citrus sour cream and pickled shallots. The combinations were fun and plentiful and made for a dish that evolved brilliantly as I ate it.

Shields swaps out her avocado toast recipes fairly regularly, so the salmon take that I had may not be on the menu when you go. Based on the accompanying photo that captures the crab version, I’m guessing you won’t be disappointed.

Adding to our enjoyment, my wife and I watched my daughter play with a fellow diner’s puppy between bites of her kid-friendly plate of grilled cheese and a heaping pile of french fries that would be a serious contender for Sarasota’s best. This is the type of spot where diners can’t help but have a smile on their faces. The vibe is chill, open air, inviting to all.

I’m embarrassed to admit that this was my first time visiting the Bazaar, which is just a few minutes from downtown. It was the perfect mid-day getaway — an ideal way to refresh and recharge. To top off the experience, Summer walked out with a free children’s book — as all kids who visit the Bazaar are welcome to do — and I couldn’t help but think how well a place like Hamlet’s Eatery would do in the Dane’s hometown of Elsinore. And how lucky we are that it’s here.

Hamlet’s Eatery, located in The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, 941-445-1938. 

Pictured: Hamlets crab variant of avocado toast combines fresh, complementary ingredients in and a fun, lively atmosphere. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

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[Fundraising Events]  The Hermitage Artist Retreat Announces Dates for 2022-2023 Benefit Events as Part of 20th Anniversary Season

Kicking off the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s 20th Anniversary Season, the Hermitage’s annual Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022, from 11:30am to 2pm. Now in its 14th year, this signature event raises valuable funds for the Hermitage’s renowned artist residency program. The Artful Lobster is the only Hermitage benefit to take place on the grounds of the historic Gulf front campus–outdoors beneath a large tent–located at 6660 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. Michael’s On East offers a luscious lobster feast, with performances from renowned Hermitage Fellows. The 15 th Anniversary of the Hermitage Greenfield Prize Dinner will be held on Sunday, April 16, 2023, from 6pm to 8:30pm outdoors on the grounds of The Ringling Museum in Sarasota and catered by Michael’s On East. This elegant dinner heralds the jury-selected recipient of this prestigious prize, which will be awarded in the discipline of visual art in 2023. The $30,000 Hermitage Greenfield Prize is an annual commission awarded by the Hermitage Artist Retreat in partnership with the Greenfield Foundation, and rotates among music, theater, and visual art. The 2023 prize winner’s newly commissioned work will have its first public presentation in Sarasota in the spring of 2025. For more information about the Hermitage and upcoming programs, visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org. 

Pictured: Raleigh Mosley performing at Artful Lobster. Photo provided by Whitney Patton/the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

[New Exhibition]  Summer Exhibition at Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota Campus Celebrates the Flower in Contemporary Photography

Flora Imaginaria: The Flower in Contemporary Photography opened Saturday, July 16, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. The indoor/outdoor exhibition, co-organized with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography (FEP), features more than 70 images created by 49 internationally acclaimed photographers. The show remains on view daily through September 25.  Flora Imaginaria includes a total of 72 photographs produced over the past three decades. Works by celebrated artists such as Pedro Almodóvar, Valérie Belin, Daniel Gordon, Abelardo Morell, Vik Muniz, Viviane Sassen, and Martin Schoeller appear alongside compelling photographs by emerging artists. The photos may depict flowers found in the landscape or even the cityscape, or they may have been taken in studios in an effort to conjure original approaches. Some honor art history, while others take a gleefully subversive approach. “This colorful, wide-ranging overview pays homage to the flower’s perennial attraction and reminds us of the flower’s extraordinary endurance as an inspiring subject in art,” said FEP’s William A. Ewing, who co-curated the show with Danaé Panchaud. “Taken together, these photographs present a sumptuous bouquet in the exceptional setting of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.” Following its debut at Selby Gardens, Flora Imaginaria will travel to other venues in the U.S. and beyond. The show also follows a similarly themed exhibition of 30 years ago—Flora Photographica—which was first shown in London’s Serpentine Gallery and subsequently traveled to New York, Toronto, and elsewhere. FEP curator Ewing wrote the catalogue for that original exhibition. Access to Flora Imaginaria is included with general admission to Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to www.selby.org/visit. 

[Musical Theater]  Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Comes to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall October 22

Seen by more than 22 million music fans since it opened in London’s West End in 1989, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, the show that inspired a generation of multi-million selling juke-box musicals including Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Million Dollar Quartet, and We Will Rock You — is back by popular demand! See Buddy at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on October 22, 2022. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 22 at 10 a.m. Buddy speaks an international language and continues to have audiences from 8 to 80 rockin’ in the aisles across the globe. Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy tells the enduring tale of the musical icon’s meteoric rise to fame and his final legendary performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, before his tragic and untimely death at the age of 22. In 18 short months, the Texas-born boy revolutionized the face of contemporary music influencing everyone from The Beatles to Bruce Springsteen. Buddy’s widow, Maria Elena Holly, says “When we opened the show we never imagined Buddy’s music and story would still be rocking stages and entertaining audiences around the world, week-in, week-out over 25 years later. I believe this is testament to a great show – the first of its kind – and to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly and what he represents; a youthful energy, huge talent and creativity, combined with a determination to make a lasting impression in this world.” Writer Alan Janes says, “Audiences dance in the aisles every night to our enactment of the story of a young man whose musical career spanned an all-too-brief period but whose music will be remembered forever.” Tickets are $37 - $77 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Groups of ten or more should contact 941-263-6726. 

[Hospital News]  SMH-Venice Welcomes 100th Baby Born Since Opening

Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice welcomed the 100th baby delivered there since the new hospital opened in November of 2021.Benjamin Anthony Moran was born on July 16 at 9:39 p.m. to proud parents Miranda Weese and Kevin Moran. This is the family’s second child, and Benjamin will join his 6-year-old big brother Aiden at home in Englewood. Sarasota Memorial Health Care System opened SMH-Venice last fall to serve the growing south Sarasota County region. The new campus and the health system’s flagship hospital in Sarasota are the only two hospitals in Sarasota County providing maternity/OB services. The delivery team at SMH-Venice included OB/GYN Anthony Canino, Jr., MD, assisted by Labor & Delivery nurses Andria Perry, RN, Tabby Bennet, RN, and Kayla Klein, LPN. SMH-Venice includes 10 private Birthing Suites that allow laboring women, their support people and baby to stay together in the same room throughout the birth experience. There are specialized obstetrical physicians on-site, and neonatal providers on-call 24/7. The hospital also has a designated Obstetrical Emergency Care Center, and advanced surgical suites designed for OB procedures.The mother-baby nursing team at SMH-Venice celebrated the birth of the 100th baby with cupcakes and balloons marking the occasion. 

[Airport News]  SRQ Passenger Numbers for June 2022

In June 288,420 passengers traveled through the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. This is a 7.8% decrease in passengers compared to June of 2021. Passengers traveling through the airport year-to-date totaled 2,093,305 compared to 1,459,691 year-to-date for 2021, an increase of 43%. “We are starting to see a slight dip in the number of flights scheduled for our summer months. However, the aircraft servicing our airport are operating with much higher passenger loads than last year. This follows a nationwide trend of flight reductions due to much higher fuel prices, airline staffing shortages, and fears of a recession. Even with the slight dip in flights and passengers this summer, we expect to end our fiscal year on September 30 th with a new record of over 3.5 million passengers. For next fiscal year beginning in October, we expect our growth to continue as we welcome the return of Air Canada with flights to Toronto and Allegiant service to Minneapolis, Minnesota,” stated Rick Piccolo, President, CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. 

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Christmas in July , July 21 – July 23, 10am-3pm

Ho! Ho! Ho! Head over to the Limelight District if you are ready to find great deals on unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and visit with Santa! The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is celebrating Christmas in July from Thursday the 21st to Saturday the 23rd from 10-3 each day. The 40 creators and curators are offering great deals on clothing, original art, plants, jewelry, unique one-if-a-kind items, and so much more! Plus, kids can always pick out a free book when they visit. It’s Breakfast with Santa at Hamlet’s Eatery in The Bazaar courtyard from 10:30-12:30. Enjoy delicious breakfast items off the menu and bring your camera. Our neighbors across the street, Creative Liberties, are also celebrating Saturday with deals, cookies, and activities for the kids. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information call 941-445-1938 or visit www.BazaarOnApricotandLime.com

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House , May 22 – September 23, Varies.

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22nd at 1:30 p.m. with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8th at 7:30 p.m. with tickets at $12. (Tickets will go on sale starting Monday, May 2nd.)

[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]  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]  HEALTH: Zumba at The Bay , July 9 – September 24, 10am-11am

Join Ya’el Campbell for a special monthly Zumba from 10:00 am – 11:00 am. This is a high energy outdoor Zumba class! Come dance with a fantastic group of Zumba Rockstars who will make you move, smile, jump, shake and sing… (it happens sometimes). Grab a friend, bring your kids, and meet new Zumba friends. Program Dates: July 9 (Bayfront Community Center); August 20 (Bayfront Community Center); September 24; The Bay Park, 655 N. Tamiami Trail.

[SOON]  HEALTH: Health and Wellness Beauty Fair , August 6, 11am-3pm

This relaxing day will feature the latest technology in non-invasive, no down time facial/neck treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, SofWave. On-site treatments, demos, discounts & samples, vendors & shopping, food, wine & live music + amazing door prizes! Free EMSlim body sculpting session w/ SofWave purchase. Please come out and meet Nancy Dowe, RN, BSN, Licensed Esthetician with 30 years of nursing and skincare experience and owner of Esteem Medical Aesthetics of Bradenton. Saturday, August 6th, 11 am to 3 pm, Peridia Golf and Country Club, 4950 Peridia Boulevard East, Bradenton, RSVP by text: 615-319-3603.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Florida Studio Theatre Improv: Thank You For Being A Friend , September 10, 7:30pm

FST Improv Presents: Thank You For Being A Friend on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30pm. Thank You For Being A Friend is a unique blend of stories and games in which actors improvise two half-hour episodes of an original sitcom which the audience will help create! Complete with improvised commercials and theme song, Thank You For Being A Friend captures the essence of television’s most beloved genre. As television plummets down to the extent where most is reality TV and less that a third of all new Sitcoms make it to its tenth episode, FST Improv promises to take you back to a time and place where "Everyone knows your name". That's what we're talking about Willis!

Florida Studio Theatre's Bowne's Lab

[SOON]  GALLERY: Atelier de SoSi Art Show , August 12 – September 22, 7pm-10pm

Atelier de SoSi announces the opening of their newest art show “An Artful Home at Atelier.” Exhibition Dates: August 12th - Sep 22nd; Opening night: August 12th 7-10pm; Gallery hours Tues - Wed - Thur 1 - 5pm. “An Artful Home at Atelier” - focus is to showcase that art can be both functional and beautiful. Atelier de SoSi’s gallery space will be transformed to represent a living space. Displaying functional art such as: handmade table settings, glassware, lighting, textiles, furniture, etc. The space will also be featuring one of a kind paintings, sculptures and an array of other unique pieces. We want to show the viewer that artwork comes in all shapes, sizes and functionalities. Yes, your coffee table can be a piece of artwork along with your favorite reading chair, lamp, and coffee mug. Art can touch every area of our lives, come see examples of this and find one of a kind pieces for your own living space.

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Fun Under the Stars at The Bay's Family Movie Night! , July 29, 7:30pm-9pm

Come early to enjoy a walk through The Bay Park, then find a spot on the Civic Green, set out your blanket, lawn chairs and a picnic if desired. We recommend you bring beverages and bug spray, but definitely don't confuse the two! Once the sun sets, enjoy the free movie, popcorn and ice cream stretched out under the stars. Brought to you by our Founding Business Partners of The Bay! Run time: 1.5 Hours Date and time Fri, Jul 29, 2022, 7:30 PM EDT Location The Bay Park - Civic Green North side of the Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail.

[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

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