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SRQ DAILY Oct 18, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"I am continuously in awe of our team members, who have put their full hearts into building our You First culture over the past four decades, a culture all about putting people at the forefront of everything we do and celebrating one of our core beliefs, to Just Be Kind."

- Laura Sorensen, Chief People Officer at First Watch Restaurants.

[Grand Opening]  Hot Chikn Kitchn Brings the Heat in Opening Weekend
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

The budding, Virginia-based chain opened its third location in Sarasota this past weekend, welcoming lines out the door on Saturday. Avoiding Saturday's long lines, we opted to enjoy our Nashville hot chicken on Sunday when crowds had died down to a stead stream of curious lunchtime patrons. It did not disappoint.

I ordered the No. 1 combo, which is a Nashville style chicken sandwich on a tasty, toasted potato bun, with a handful of crunchy pickle slices, and a pile of coleslaw. There are two sauces on the sandwich, starting with the HCK “GOOD” sauce, which is a delightfully dippable remoulade that works as well with the spice-dusted, crispy crinkle-cut French fries as it does with the sandwich. Diners have a choice of four hot sauces that range from vaguely spicy (Base) to mildly spicy (After Burner; my choice), to the Scoville scale-topping (Angry Hot; Medic).

These sauces are the real deal, and not for the faint of tongue. Unless you’re a fan of ghost peppers and Carolina reapers, my advice is to stick with the Base or After Burner, which bursts with habañero flavor and complements rather than overpowering the sandwich.

But this is a chicken joint, so let’s talk about the main event. It’s tender, flavorful, and juicy where you want it to be, and just the right amount of crunch on the breading. The chicken soaks up the sauce perfectly, creating a goopy melange of peppery, remouladey goodness.

Hot Chikn Kitchn opened in the former TrapHouse Seafood and BBQ location near the corner of 41 and Bahia Vista. It’s no secret the plaza has had its share of turnover, but it’s clear the HCK invested heavily in revamping the interior.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a tasty, quick-service lunch close to downtown, you won’t be disappointed.

Hot Chikn Kitchn, 2045 Bahia Vista St, Sarasota, (941) 706-4410, hotchiknkitchn.com 

Pictured: Hot Chickn Kitchn opened its Sarasota location Saturday, offering Nashville hot chicken options in a fast-casual setting. Photo courtesy of Hot Chikn Kitchn.

[Recognition]  Bradenton-Based First Watch Named Top 100 Most Loved Workplace By Newsweek

First Watch, the leading Daytime Dining concept with more than 445 restaurants nationwide, has been named a top 100 Most Loved Workplace® by Newsweek and the Best Practice Institute (BPI). Ranked as one of four restaurant companies on Newsweek’s second annual list, First Watch was recognized by its more than 10,000 team members for exceptional employee satisfaction and happiness at work. This news follows First Watch’s previously announced recognition by ADP for its Culture at Work Award earlier this year, reflecting the concept’s compounding efforts to create a quality of life and thriving culture for its teams that is unparalleled in the restaurant industry. “I am continuously in awe of our team members, who have put their full hearts into building our ‘You First’ culture over the past four decades, a culture all about putting people at the forefront of everything we do and celebrating one of our core beliefs, to Just Be Kind,” said Laura Sorensen, Chief People Officer at First Watch Restaurants. The results were determined after surveying more than 1.4 million employees from businesses with workforces varying in size from 50 to more than 10,000. Newsweek’s Top 100 list recognizes companies that put respect, caring and appreciation for their employees at the center of their business model and, in doing so, have earned the loyalty and respect of the people who work for them. Most Loved Workplaces® certify companies where employees are the happiest and most satisfied at work. First Watch became certified as a Most Loved Workplace based on its scores on the Love of Workplace Index™, which surveyed employees on various elements around employee satisfaction and sentiment, including the level of respect, support and sense of belonging they feel inside the company. More than 540 team members from the concept’s in-restaurant leadership and its Bradenton-based Home Office took part in providing feedback on culture, career-building and collaboration. For more information about First Watch and its career opportunities, visit careers.firstwatch.com. 

Pictured: First Watch employees celebrating the recent recognition for the company. Photo courtesy of First Watch Restaurant Group.

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[Restaurant News]  Oak and Stone Launches New Brunch Menu With Expanded Weekend Hours

Oak and Stone has made some exciting changes to their weekend brunch offerings including a new menu that features unique twists on classic favorites as well as expanded weekend brunch hours. The new menu includes a mix of savory and sweet items such as Peach Old Fashioned French Toast, Chick’n Waffles, Avocado Breakfast Biscuit, Shrimp & Grits, Strawberry Waffles, and The Hangover Pizza. You can now enjoy brunch at Oak and Stone on both Saturdays and Sundays starting at 10:00 a.m. Alongside their new brunch items, many of their appetizers, specialty pizzas, and salads are also available to pair with $18 Bottomless Mimosas and Bloody Marys. 

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Sarasota has many ghosts who are just dying to tell their stories! Hop aboard a Haunted Sarasota Trolley Tour to hear their spooky tales. Discover Sarasota Tours’ beloved Friday night tour returns for the Halloween season for 13 nights starting October 14 and running through October 31 at 8 PM.

Kaylene McCaw and Tamara Solum portray ghost hostesses and actors Daniel Pelissier and Ren Pearson take on three mystery roles, jumping aboard as spirits to tell their side of the story. Haunted Sarasota is written and directed by Michael Newton-Brown and produced by Discover Sarasota Tours. The 90-minute tour includes free beer/wine before boarding. “I just love Halloween and seeing all the creative costumes,” said Tammy Hauser, DST founder and CEO. “We give prizes for best costume on each tour and it’s always a challenge choosing our winners!”

All tours depart from the Trolley Cottage Gift Shop, located at 1826 Fourth Street in historic Gillespie Park. The gift shop features charming souvenirs and Sarasota books, gifts, and memorabilia for all ages.

Discover Sarasota Tours is the ONLY local trolley tour company, offering the BEST daily entertaining and informative air-conditioned sightseeing tours and nighttime theatrical shows about the most interesting people, intriguing places, and amazing stories that have shaped Sarasota’s rich cultural past. In 2022, Discover Sarasota Tours was recognized by Tripadvisor with the 2022 Traveler’s Choice Award.

Tour tickets and information available online at DiscoverSarasotaTours.com or by calling 941-260-9818

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[Grant awarded]  Local Credit Union Awarded Grant to Expand Efforts to Support Local Businesses and Help their Workers Improve Financial Health

Founded in 1958, Financial Access Federal Credit Union is a Treasury Certified Community Development Financial Institution and the only Credit Union chartered in Manatee County. This month, under the leadership of CEO Sherod Haliburton, the Credit Union has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The National Credit Union Administration. This grant was awarded to Financial Access to support the development of an Employee Financial Empowerment platform designed to provide local businesses a no-cost benefit that can be used as a recruitment and retention tool, providing the workers of the Credit Unions employer partners an opportunity to improve their financial health. This includes: helping employees grow credit scores; offering emergency loans to credit challenged employees; and providing access to below market auto and other loan products for employees. This offering will target employees that may have not otherwise qualified for a loan along with providing below market rates for financially stable employees. Financial Access will be providing resources to help employees with their understanding of personal finance and credit, helping employees grow their credit score and helping them gain access to low-cost loans.

“Providing resources that strengthen our workforce while building the financial capacity in workers is a long-time passion of mine and this grant allows us to help to improve the financial health of workers while supporting employee retention efforts for our local business partners”, Haliburton stated. Mireya Eavey, founding Executive Director of CareerEdge, will spearhead the new program as part of her role as the Credit Union’s newly appointed “Business Development Officer”. “Financial and housing instability are top issues faced by individuals coming from underserved communities--these issues often lead to workers having to quit and relocate and companies lose out on top talent. This grant allows the Credit Union to offer a solution that gives companies a no cost, value add incentive that will assist them in retaining and attracting skilled workers” Eavey said. CareerSource Suncoast will partner in these efforts, marketing the program and its benefits to their employer partners. “CareerSource Suncoast is proud to partner with Financial Access Credit Union in bringing this opportunity to local businesses,” said CEO Josh Matlock. “By providing local employers and their employees financial access, we will help them recruit, train, and retain local workers.” If you’re a business looking to take advantage of this program, please contact Mireya Eavey for more information at: meavey@financialaccessfcu.org 

[Fundraising Gala]  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties to honor Marilyn and Irving Naiditch at Champions for Children Gala on November 19

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties will honor Marilyn and Irving Naiditch at the 9th Annual Champions for Children Gala on Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 6:00p.m. Presented by the Annette J. Hagens Memorial Foundation, all proceeds from the event will ensure youth across Sarasota and DeSoto Counties have access to award-winning programs that foster academic success, strong character and leadership, healthy lifestyles and career readiness. Champions for Children will take place at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota. For over two decades, Marilyn and Irving Naiditch have impacted thousands of children’s lives by investing in Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties. Their passion for helping children achieve their full potential emerged from Irving’s experience as a youth attending Chicago’s Albany Park Boys Club. Sadly, Irving passed away in 2019, but his legacy will forever be embedded in the organization’s mission. The gala will feature an outdoor cocktail reception, award presentation, a dinner program featuring a three-course gourmet meal curated by Culinary Creations by Metz, dancing, and silent auction.Individual tickets are available for $400 per person. Sponsorships are also available starting at $5000. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at bgcsdc.org. For more information, contact Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties at 941-366-3911. 

[Season Preview]  Next to Normal
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

NEXT TO NORMAL | Keeping the Artistic Spirit Alive at Manatee Performing Arts Center.

Seek out their 2022-23 season’s six new productions through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[Season Preview]  Light My Fire
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

LIGHT MY FIRE | Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret Series.

Celebrate Carabet with FST through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[Season Preview]  Light My Fire
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

LIGHT MY FIRE | Florida Studio Theatre's Cabaret Series.

Celebrate Carabet with FST through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 1 - Premieres , October 21 – October 23

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Company’s 2022 – 2023 Season. Over seven programs, The Sarasota Ballet will perform 15 works by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world. Program 1 - Premieres. October 21-23, 2022 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. Featuring: World Premiere - Choreography by Ricardo Graziano, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Gemma Bond, Music to be announced. World Premiere - Choreography by Richard House, Music to be announced. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Ph. 941.359.0099

The Sarasota Ballet , FSU Center for the Performing Arts 5555 North Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL 34243

[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]  DANCE: HOT Salsa Party with Los Hacheros , October 22, 7:30pm & 8:00pm

Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros light up a full Gulf Coast evening of dance and celebration in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Their sound is irresistible and authentic with plenty of fiery, Puerto Rican Bomba. A band of only 7 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Admission includes an introductory Salsa dance lesson with Kery and Dario of DK Dance and pre and post show dance music with Miami’s DJ Le Spam. Food and beverages available for purchase. General admission $35 VIP admission $100 Tickets are limited. Oct 22 7:30pm and Oct 22 8:00pm. For more info Ph. 941-359-5700,  Located in the Museum of Art Courtyard, www.ringling.org

The Ringling , 5401 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Secret Marriage , October 28 – November 12, Varied

The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) An opera in two acts. Sung in Italian with translations in English. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and Libretto by Givovanni Bertati. Tells the story of a social-climbing father who wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat and is prepared to buy his way in. When the would-be suitor arrives, his eye falls on the younger daughter instead. But she has secretly married her father’s clerk. Although not often performed, this delightful comic opera was such a hit at its premiere, that the audience insisted on an encore, of the entire opera! (61 N. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 Ph. 941-328-1300 Email boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org) October 28th-November 12th

Sarasota Opera

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: The Rocky Horror Picture Show , October 28, 10:00pm

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas will be screening "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on October 28th. The Evening kicks off at 10:00pm with A Costume Contest with the Winner receiving a $50 Gift Card to Sarasota Film Society.  Come Dressed in your Ghoulish Best. The Screening of the film starts at 10:30pm.  Enjoy the film with BOGO Beer & Wine Specials. Tickets for this event are $30 each which inclues Ticket to the Film, Popcorn, Soft Drink & Choice of Candy. Tickets must be purchased in advanced online.  Last Day for sales will be October 25th at 5pm. For more info Ph. (941) 955-3456, filmsociety.org.

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , 10715 Rodeo Drive #8 Sarasota, FL 34202

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia , July 1 – June 1, 7:30 pm

Geckos Grill & Pub’s Award-winning Trivia-Think While You Drink! If you love Trivia, join the fun at Geckos all year round. All Trivia starts at 7:30pm. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos made-to-order fare, signature cocktails and hospitality you love. Monday trivia will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing and on Tuesdays at the SR 64 location in Braden River Plaza. The SR 64 location will be taking a break from Trivia in October, but will start back up in April. On Wednesdays, trivia will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. www.GeckosGrill.com.

[SOON]  THEATER: Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe: Guys and Dolls , October 5 – November 20, Varied

A Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Guys and Dolls tells the story of New York City gambler Nathan Detroit, who dreams of setting up a big dice game while avoiding the authorities—and marriage to his longtime fiancée. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson ends up wooing a strait-laced missionary in a scheme to fund the game. WBTT will add its own special twist to this crowd-pleasing show! Performances run October 5th-November 20th, 2022. For more information visit westcoastblacktheatre.org, Ph. 941-366-1505, Box Office questions email boxoffice@westcoastblacktheatre.org

The Donelly Theatre , 1012 N. Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  HEALTH: KW Suncoast Hokus Poke-Us Blood Drive & Halloween Fun , October 24, 11AM - 5PM

Join us for a day of frightful fun hosted by KW Suncoast! We need 18 ghouls ready to gush for a good cause! Oneblood will be here at 11AM to drain our veins! Supplies are low and we desperately want your blood. Donors will receive a $20 eGift Card, a Halloween t-shirt, and a wellness checkup! Sign Up Here to Donate Blood: https://donorportal.oneblood.org/donate-now/donation-centers-list-select-time?driveID=1203607. From 3-5PM will be an especially spirited time with to die for BOO-ze sponsored by The Andrews Insurance Agency and "dead finger" foods courtesy of Len's Roofing and Supreme Lending! Seize the day and kill the costume contest! The event is free and open to the public at the KW Suncoast office 4152 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Bradenton, FL, 34211. Questions? Call or text 941-799-1275.

[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]  GRAB BAG: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Art Center: Pets! , November 2 – November 20, Varied

Pets! November 2 – 20, 2022. This critically-acclaimed musical revue consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It’s clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. The scenes range from a dog hungrily eyeing his owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on the Piano'' to the hilarious, harried Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk Ze Dogs.” For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

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