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SRQ DAILY Sep 6, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"Everyone thinks you have to turn 30 before you’re any good at commercial real estate, but nobody told Jake that."

- Larry Starr, Executive Director, SVN Commercial Advisory Group.

-Watch the video of co-owners General Manager Bruce Pike and Executive Chef Drew Adams of Meliora Restaurant.
[The Dish]  Speak's Offers Temporary Transport to Northeast
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

This summer, my wife and I celebrated our tenth anniversary with a trip to Maine. Upon learning this, several friends and family members asked, “Why Maine?” Those who have been there understand. Maine is a utopia for the food obsessed and the beer-nerd lot, and I am both.

That trip to Maine, still fresh in our minds, was the first thing I thought about when my wife suggested we try Speak’s Clam Bar in Lakewood Ranch. A favorite takeout destination during the height of the pandemic in 2020, we had gotten so used to it being one of our favorite takeout options that we never actually dined in there.

That all changed Saturday night when I knew exactly what I wanted to order before my keister hit the seat at the table: The Maine lobster roll. Its decadence is in its simplicity. A generous portion of cold water lobster knuckle meat is very lightly dressed, tossed with celery, sparse herbs and spices, and placed atop a traditional New England roll. It was a textbook Maine lobster roll, served cold with a generous portion of French fries.

Each bite brought back another memory of that trip: hiking Acadia National Park, a beer-laden train tour around Portland, bar hopping in Bar Harbor, and the curious groundhog I befriended on our hotel grounds (did I feed them my stash of dried blueberries? Perhaps I did, dear reader.).

So, how did it stack up against the lobster rolls I ate in Maine? I won’t say it was better, because nothing beats a vacation meal, but if you served this version on the wharf overlooking Casco Bay, it would delight even the most rugged of lobstermen.

Speak’s in Lakewood Ranch (there’s another location on St. Armand’s Circle) was slammed on Saturday. It was so great to see that high quality food and great service are still rewarded here, even on a holiday weekend when so many of my fellow Ranchers were skipping town. Even with the restaurant buzzing, the service — from the hostess’ warm greeting to our server Tristan’s expertise on the entire food and beverage menu — was excellent.

It may not have been a vacation meal for us, but if a local food scene is judged by its diversity and quality of offerings, then places like Speak’s are a crucial piece of what makes ours so incredible.

Speak’s Clam Bar - Lakewood Ranch, 8764 State Road 70 E, Lakewood Ranch. 941- 232-7646. 

Pictured: Cutline: The Maine lobster roll at Speaks Clam Bar in Lakewood Ranch is served cold on an authentic New England-style roll. Photo taken by Kevin Allen.

For full menu click here.

[Recognition]  SVN Commercial Advisory Group Promotes Jake LaFemina to Advisor

A graduate of San Diego State University, LaFemina has advanced to this position less than two years after starting his commercial real estate career as an Associate Advisor. This marks only the second time in the firm’s history a person new to the industry has earned this promotion in such short order. Since starting with SVN Commercial Advisory Group, LaFemina has worked on the closing of more than two dozen deals, with several more set to close in the coming months. A Sarasota native, LaFemina pursued his education in California and returned to Florida to participate in the office’s internship program. Every year, SVN Commercial Advisory Group selects four or five college students – often business and real estate majors – to spend time in the office and get acquainted with the business. Larry Starr, SVN Commercial Advisory Group’s Executive Director, has served as one of LaFemina’s mentors at the Sarasota office. He said that LaFemina’s progress has been remarkable. “Everyone thinks you have to turn 30 before you’re any good at commercial real estate, but nobody told Jake that,” Starr said. “He has the ability to process information and talk to clients and other brokers with the finesse and skill that usually comes with years of boots on the ground. I get phone calls from experienced advisors asking me who he is because they’re so impressed.”

About SVN Commercial Advisory Group: A full-service commercial real estate brokerage firm, SVN Commercial Advisory Group works with large corporations, middle market businesses and individual entrepreneurial investors. The group provides advisory services for the sale, leasing and management of commercial properties. Advisors at SVN Commercial Advisory Group have deep experience working with many types of investment real estate. They serve the greater areas of Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. For more information on the SVN Commercial Advisory Group, visit suncoastsvn.com. For more information about SVN Commercial Advisory Group’s internship program, contact Managing Director, Matt Christian, at matt.christian@svn.com. 

[Annual Convention]  Local Realtor® Attends Florida’s Largest Real Estate Event of the Year

Michael Baker, REALTOR®, ABR®, SFR®, with RE/MAX Alliance Group & The Baker Global Team, located in University Park, FL, attended this year’s annual Florida Realtors® Convention & Trade Expo held Aug. 24-25, 2022, at Rosen Shingle Creek resort in Orlando, Fla. Realtors from around the state came to the convention to discuss key issues that shape their profession. Members could select from nearly 40 education sessions such as how to sell luxury homes, the post-pandemic future of global real estate, how traditional brokerages can increase their profit margin, how to create videos people will watch, and proven strategies for “irresistible” listing presentations. Florida Realtors’ Governance Meetings also took place on Aug. 26-28, 2022. The convention featured entrepreneur, celebrity, and self-made billionaire Martha Stewart, who shared her real-life business insights. Convention-goers also enjoyed the music of “Party on the Moon” during the Dance Party, then were entertained by comedian Mike Goodwin at the annual Awards Luncheon, which honors Realtor excellence and service. This year’s Trade Expo featured more than 200 industry experts and exhibitors showcasing the latest marketing, technology, and other business tools. Sponsors for the 2022 convention include: the Miami Association of Realtors; EXIT Southeast; Boomtown; Broward, Palm Beaches & St. Lucie Realtors; LPT Realty; FindAMortageBroker.com; real/MLS; Elm Street; Northeast Florida Association of Realtors; Stellar MLS; Osceola County Association of Realtors; Orlando Regional Realtor Association; Realtor.com; Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association; Brokermint; Realtors Association of Lake & Sumter Counties; Pillar to Post Home Inspections; HomeVist by CoreLogic; Realtors Association of Citrus County; Greater Tampa Realtors; Hernando County Association of Realtors; Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee Inc.; Pinellas Realtor Organization/Central Pasco Realtor Organization; GTE Financial; Homes.com/Homesnap; SecurityNational Mortgage Company; TigerLRM; Sentrilock; ENVOY Mortgage; Curbio; Amendment 3; Tech Helpline; Form Simplicity; Acra Lending; FPL Evolution; Old Republic Home Protection; HomeTeam Inspection Service; Zillow; Lendai; National Title Solutions; Suncoast Credit Union; and Yardi Breeze. Florida Realtors® serves as the voice for real estate in Florida and provides programs, services, ongoing education, research, and legislative representation to its 225,000 members in 51 local boards/associations throughout Florida. 

[Adult Education]  Registration Opens Soon for NEW Adult & Community Education (ACE) Classes at STC

More than 400 adult enrichment classes in a wide range of subjects will be offered this Fall 2022 term, running from October 3 to December 17. If you are interested in having priority enrollment, the cost of patron membership is $50 per year and allows patrons to register early for popular classes and attend a free class chosen by ACE each term. This fall’s free offering for patrons is When Market Volatility Threatens to Crack Your Nest Egg: Dos, Don’ts & Cautionary Tales, offered by Joseph & Michael Walsh on September 28 from 2:00PM – 3:30PM. Registration opens for patrons on Tuesday, September 6. Online, Phone and In-Person Registration opens for everyone on Monday, September 12. Registration is ongoing until classes are filled. For more information and to view the fall schedule, visit ACE’s website ace-sarasota.com or call 941-361-6590. Come join ACE this fall, be inspired, and find your new passion! 

[Culture City]  Life In Motion
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

LIFE IN MOTION | Sarasota raised and Los Angeles based artist Christian Sampson specializes in color-light projection.

Learn more about Sampson's life in motion through this link, our social media, or in the September edition of SRQ Magazine! 

[As Seen In]  Watch the New Video | Warm Poached Scallops with Meliora Restaurant

Featuring the newest As Seen In SRQ Magazine video with co-owners Bruce Pike and Executive Chef Drew Adams featuring Meliora's popular warm-poached scallop dish. Meliora is a new experiential restaurant located on Hillview Avenue in Sarasota, Florida. Click here to read the article on Meliora from the May/June 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine. 

View the video.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Stuff The Bus Food Drive , October 23, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The annual Stuff The Bus event, which was started in 2009, was created through the kind hearts of the School District of Manatee County Transportation Staff. They wanted to give back to the community and knew of “Stuff the Bus” events in other cities and suggested placing one school bus in front of one Publix store in Manatee County. The leadership of Publix thought it was a great idea and requested a bus at every Publix store in Manatee County. Since 2009, nearly 1.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Stuff The Bus food drive. Since the first Stuff the Bus event thirteen years ago, this event has evolved to include many Community Partners, including: United Way Suncoast, Publix, Herald-Tribune, the School District of Manatee County, and of course, the Transportation Staff of the School District. We are thrilled to have Mosaic as our presenting sponsor this year. All proceeds and donated food will benefit The Food Bank of Manatee, a PLUS program of Meals on Wheels PLUS. Please stop by your local Publix in Manatee County to support this event. Goal: Raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed Manatee County residents! All Manatee County Publix Locations. 

Meals on Wheels PLUS

[SOON]  THEATER: URBANITE THEATRE: The Burdens , October 21 – November 27, Varied

Siblings Mordy and Jane have a problem. Their dreadful, centenarian grandfather is an emotional and financial tax on the family, and he just won’t die. Scheming almost entirely via sarcastic and misspelled text messages, the siblings hatch an outrageous plan to relieve their family of their grandfather’s burden. Zany, twisted and inventive, this dark comedy reminds us it’s much easier to write what we could never say face to face. LOCATION 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236 CONTACT (941) 321-1397 info@urbanitetheatre.com www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Little Shop of Horrors , October 6 – October 16, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Little Shop of Horror will feed the need for musical hilarity with this delicious sci-fi smash about a man who seeks fame at the cost of his morals with the help of a man-eating plant. A deviously delicious Broadway and Hollywood sci-fi smash musical, this musical has devoured the hearts of theatregoers for over 30 years. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, and Aladdin) are the creative geniuses behind what has become one of the most popular shows in the world. October 6-16, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County: Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair , October 1, 8am-1pm

2022 Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Fair is an exciting community event, drawing in a variety of consumers from casual houseplant owners to dedicated horticulturalists. Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 8:00am to 1:00pm UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County will be hosting a plant fair at the Barbara Davis Educational Gardens located at 1303 17th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221. Instead of buying your next plant at a big box store, why not find a more affordable, expertly grown plant that supports your local community? All our plants are grown by Master Gardener Volunteers and all proceeds go towards supporting and maintaining Manatee County’s Master Gardener Volunteer Program. People can register for free for a one hour time slot on the UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County Eventbrite page. 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto Saturday, October 1, 2022 8:00 am - 1:00 pm Information Call Alyssa Vinson at 941-722-4524 extension 1822


[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Forty Carrots Family Center 20th Annual Free Virtual Community Speaker Event , September 21, 7:00 pm

Registration is open for Forty Carrots Family Center’s 20th annual free educational community speaker event Thrivers: The Surprising Reasons Why Some Kids Struggle and Others Shine, presented in partnership with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. The virtual presentation will feature educational psychologist and best-selling author Michele Borba, Ed.D. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21st. The event is free and advance registration is required. Michele Borba’s latest book, Thrivers, is a sharply insightful, science-backed guide that helps parents and educators teach the essential character traits kids need to become “thrivers” – young people who flourish in rapidly changing, digitally-driven and uncertain world. Borba will identify seven teachable strengths that will safeguard kids for the future, offering practical “how-to” strategies and ideas for everyday activities that build up kids’ strength, resilience, happiness, and success. Certificates of Attendance and CEU’s will be available. The previous 19 speaker events have reached nearly 14,000 parents, professionals, and educators in our area. To register for this free virtual community event visit www.fortycarrots.org, email events@fortycarrots.com or call (941) 365-7716. RSVP is required and registration is open at www.FortyCarrots.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Mr. Yunioshi , September 7 – September 11, Varied

MR. YUNIOSHI Written, Directed and Performed by J. Elijah Cho. A Limited Engagement. September 7 - 11, 2022. Urbanite Theatre. What compels an actor to play a character that they probably shouldn't? In this side splitting roast, J. Elijah Cho cleverly answers that question by exploring Mickey Rooney's infamous yellowface performance of Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany's. For tickets and info contact - phone (941) 321-1397, email info@urbanitetheatre.com, website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  DANCE: Bailando at The Bay: Dance Lessons , September 7, 6:30pm-9pm

Learn a variety of Latin dance styles that are suitable for beginners or advanced dancers. September 7th feature Bachata! Fred Astaire Dance Studios partners with The Bay to offer this new dance series! Enjoy learning a variety of Latin dance styles that are suitable for beginners and advanced dancers. Dance lessons will take place from 6:30-7:15pm, and then practice your skills at a dance party hosted by DJ Nando from 7:30-9pm. Dance style focus on September 7th: Bachata! Location Van Wezel Terrace 777 North Tamiami Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre: Side by Side by Sondheim , September 8 – September 18, Varied

Join The Players in their 93rd Season with Six That Matter – shows that explore finding purpose, the universal desire to live a life that matters, to fully appreciate aspiration. Be it finding true love, sacrificing it all, a life of devotion, cultivating artistry, finding fame, each of these unforgettable shows- important in their own genres, are celebrations of greatness, of striving for more, that will make memories, sparking feelings of joy- of what being alive fully means. Side by Side by Sondheim is a revue that celebrates the wit and genius of musical theatre’s most influential artist, who searched for what it means to be alive. Get ready to laugh, cry and fall in love with lyrics that are heartbreakingly true and music that captures the soaring emotions of a new generation with Side by Side by Sondheim. Simple and unpretentious, this Tony Award-winning musical is a perfect introduction to the work of this contemporary master and a must for diehard fans. September 8th-18th, 2022. For tickets visit theplayers.org, Ph. 941-365-2494, email BoxOffice@ThePlayers.org

The Players Centre For Performing Arts, Performance Venue & Box Office The Crossings at Siesta Key 3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130 Sarasota, FL 34239

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