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SRQ DAILY Nov 8, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"I am very excited to partner with Discover Sarasota Tours to have everyone on our new Dine Along Trolley Tour try a variety of Sarasotas local dishes, learn about the history and culture of the area. Plus, it is a great new way to work up an appetite for dinner"

- Levi Kay, Owner, Sunset Food Tours.

[The Dish]  Turmeric Is an Indian Delight
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

There are some restaurant locations in Sarasota that, for one reason or another, tend to turn over their occupants more frequently than others. Turmeric Indian Bar & Grill is attempting to stop that trend in one such spot at the northern edge of the Rosemary District.

If you’re looking for something with staying power in the building that once housed Broadway Bar, Starlite Room, and a couple of short-lived Tex-Mex concepts, you’ll need an amazing atmosphere, some truly spectacular cuisine and a warm, welcoming staff. Turmeric offers all three. As soon as you walk in, you notice its big, bright, modern downstairs dining room that makes it unrecognizable compared to its predecessors.

And the cuisine? The kitchen staff is whipping up magic back there!

Chef Sarabjit Singh has developed a menu that is full of traditional favorites from all over India — samosas, tandoor, butter chicken, paneer, vindaloo, masala, and a variety of other curry dishes. But the menu also features some creative, contemporary takes, like the pani puri shots.

Shots, you say? Yes, shots … but the savory kind. Five shot glasses were delivered to our table, filled with a mint and coriander water. A puffed pastry with a hole on top housed potatoes and chickpeas. My dining companion, Sarah, and I took turns pouring the shots into the puffed pastries and popping them in our mouths. The result was a flavorful explosion of goodness. It was the first thing I ate at Turmeric, and, like a band that picks the perfect opening song to start its concert, set the stage for an amazing meal.

The butter chicken can be ordered with a spice level of mild, medium, or hot. Always up for a challenge, I chose the hot. Served in a copper dish with a side of basmati rice, the butter chicken is a beautifully a rich, velvety sauce with tender pieces of smoked chicken. The heat didn’t overpower the dish. Rather, it worked to bring forward notes of garlic, ginger, cumin and more. One bite in, and I was instantly brought back to my own experience traveling in India, where I was fascinated by the deep colors, the exciting flavors, and the pervasive pride that the Indian people had for their culture, their cuisine and their country.

The staff at Turmeric is warm and welcoming, armed with helpful suggestions for anyone who may be unfamiliar with Indian cuisine. As more people start to experience Turmeric for the first time, the word will spread that something special is happening at the corner of 10th and Cocoanut. And it just may give this gorgeous building what it has so desperately needed all these years: a permanent resident.

Turmeric Indian Bar & Grill, 1001 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, (941) 212-2622, turmericsarasota.com/ 

Pictured: Turmeric offers a mix of traditional and contemporary Indian dishes, including the inventive pani puri shots and samosas pictured here. Photo by Kevin Allen)

[New Menu]  A Taste of Greece at Michaels on East

On November 1st Michael's on East launched the Epicurean Greece menu. The culinary team at Michael’s On East is challenged to create new dishes inspired by the world’s most exotic destinations each month. Experience ever-changing, palate-pleasing global cuisine with Michael's Epicurean Adventures. The three-course dinner menu is available Tuesday through Saturday evenings for $42.95 per person. 

Pictured: Braised lamb shank with green peas, garbanzo beans, carrots and lemon risotto. Photo courtesy of Michaels on East.

To learn more click here.

[Dining Tours]  Discover Sarasota Tours Presents New Dine Along Trolley Tour

Calling all foodies! Hop aboard Discover Sarasota Tours’ air-conditioned Dolly The Trolley to discover Sarasota’s best food, flavors, and history with local chef and tour guide Kelley Hawks. Each two and a half-hour fun food-fueled tour begins with free wine/beer in the Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar, and then visits Circo for appetizers, Bavaro’s for Neapolitan pizza, and finally key lime pie at The Reserve. Levi Kay, owner of Sunset Food Tours, said, “I’m very excited to partner with Discover Sarasota Tours to have everyone on our new Dine Along Trolley Tour try a variety of Sarasota’s local dishes, learn about the history and culture of the area. Plus, it's a great new way to work up an appetite for dinner!” “Bringing Sunset Food Walking Tours onboard Dolly The Trolley seemed like a no-brainer,” said Tammy Hauser, founder and CEO of Discover Sarasota Tours. This tour is intended for foodies who want a downtown global food-centered experience with a bit of history and fun. Note: Must have at least 10 guests to run tour. Restaurants include: Circo, Bavaro’s, and The Reserve. Included: all food, tour, transport, parking and beer/wine in Trolley Cottage Tiki Bar. Drinks at restaurants (other than water), must be purchased separately. Tour tickets and information available online at DiscoverSarasotaTours.com or by calling 941-260-9818. Trolley Cottage is open Tuesday-Sunday. For Groups email Sue@DiscoverSarasotaTours.com. 

To learn more click here.

[Holidays]  Miracle, The Holiday Cocktail Pop-Up Phenomenon Comes to Tamiami Tap

Miracle at The Tap is a holiday themed cocktail pop-up bar offering whimsical drinks to ring in the Christmas season. Kicking off their ninth year, Miracle is coming to Sarasota at Tamiami Tap, 711 S. Osprey Ave. From Nov. 25 - Dec. 23rd prepare to be amazed as every inch of the restaurant, including the patio, will be transformed into a winter wonderland. The Miracle concept began in 2014 in a New York bar. The fervent reception soon led industry friends from other cities and around the globe reaching out to recreate the Miracle holiday magic in their own bars.Miracle at The Tap offers ten delicious holiday cocktails presented in signature glassware and mugs. Many of the recipes were created by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, described by Imbibe Magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century”. Each drink will only be $14 and have fun names including: Christmapolitan, Yippee Ki Yay Mother F*****r, Elfing Around, Snowball Old-Fashioned, and Grandma Got Run Over by A T-Rex, just to name a few. There is also naughty or nice shot options. The festive Miracle mugs and glassware will be available for purchase at Tamiami Tap, making it the gift that keeps on giving. Proceeds from drink sales during Miracle at The Tap will go to Satchel’s Last Resort Animal Shelter and Forty Carrots Family Center. With kitschy holiday décor, professionally-developed cocktails and the nostalgic energy of the best office party you’ve ever been to, Miracle at The Tap is sure to get even the grouchiest grinch in the holiday spirit. 

For more information click here.

[Ophthalmology]  Center For Sight Now Offering Light Adjustable LensTM

Center For Sight, the area’s premier multi-specialty ophthalmology practice, announced that it has begun implanting the RxSight Light Adjustable Lens® (LAL). The state-of-the-art technology is the only intraocular lens implant that enables ophthalmologists to customize a patient’s vision after cataract surgery. Cataract surgery is the most performed procedure in the United States. About 50% of Americans will develop cataracts by age 75, a percentage that is projected to increase as life expectancies continue to rise. Cataracts form when the proteins and fibers in your eye’s natural lens begin to break down, causing hazy or cloudy vision. Over time, cataracts worsen until surgery is necessary. During surgery, a patient’s natural lens is removed and replaced with a clear synthetic one. Until now, surgeons relied upon the accuracy of pre- surgery measurements to determine a patient’s post-operative prescription power. Studies show that patients who receive the LAL and the recommended post-surgery treatments were more likely to achieve 20/20 vision or better without glasses compared to cataract patients who have standard lens implants. The LAL is made of proprietary material that can be adjusted post-surgery using the RxSight Light Delivery Device to deliver targeted ultraviolet light treatments. The LAL can be adjusted to meet every patient’s lifestyle and needs. Center For Sight has 18 convenient locations across southwest Florida. Cataract consultations may be scheduled by calling (941) 925-2020. 

Pictured: Patient, Rosemary Prince is pictured with Dr. William Soscia, cataract surgeon at Center For Sight. Photo courtesy of Center For Sight.

[Thanksgiving]  Orioles to Host All Faiths Food Bank Turkey Distribution at Ed Smith Stadium on Wednesday, November 9

On Wednesday, November 9, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The Orioles will partner with All Faiths Food Bank to host their annual “ThankFull” Thanksgiving turkey
distribution for families in need in the Sarasota Community. This year marks the third straight year in which the Orioles and All Faiths Food Bank have hosted a turkey distribution at Ed Smith Stadium. Since 2020, more than 1,300 turkeys have been distributed at the Ed Smith Stadium distribution site. Orioles staff, as part of the Orange & Black Gives Back program, will also be on-site to volunteer. All Faiths Food Bank will distribute more than 13,000 turkeys and sides at numerous distribution sites this year, their largest holiday distribution ever.

Ed Smith Stadium - East Lot, 2700 12th Street, Sarasota, https://allfaithsfoodbank.org/ 

[Fundraising Event]  Project Light Language School Presents Bubbles Beats & Bites: An International Experience

Project Light Of Manatee will present their Second Annual Fundraiser- “Bubbles, Beats & Bites:  An International Experience”, taking place at Art Avenue On Main, 1440 Main Street, Sarasota, Friday December 2nd from 6-9 PM. Project Light will be featuring performances by concert pianist and Sarasota resident, Eleonora Lvov. Also performing will be Project Light’s very own students. Appetizers will be provided by Maximillian’s Cafe, bubbles and wine will be provided by Vino Bistro. Project Light Language School is proud to bring “Bubbles, Beats & Bites: An International Experience” to Art Avenue On Main in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, Florida for the second year. Join us for an international experience with a hint of holiday spirit. Enjoy the enchanting piano performance by classical concert pianist and, Sarasota resident, Eleonora Lvov, a luminous, boldly emotive pianist, with staggering technique. She emanates spirituality and ardent passion in her piano performances of Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and others. Sip on wine and bubbles provided by Vino Bistro to pair perfectly with the carefully curated international hors d'oeuvres catered by Maximillian’s Cafe. Featured artist Yow Giao will present her art for auction. Yow is a Vietnamese immigrant who has faced adversity and now fulfilled her dream of owning an art gallery in Bradenton, FL. 

To learn more click here.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Choral Artists of Sarasota To Perform at Historic Spanish Point , November 9, Doors: 5:30 PM, Event Start: 6:00 PM

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens will open its 2022-23 “Performances at the Point” outdoor evening concert series with Choral Artists of Sarasota on Wednesday, November 9, at the Historic Spanish Point campus in Osprey. Choral Artists will present a one-hour program of songs from “Say a Little Prayer,” the vocal ensemble’s recent season-opening concert, which features meditative music from faith traditions around the world. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., with the performance starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for Selby Gardens members and $35 for non-members, and may be purchased online at selby.org. Advance ticket purchase is required. “We love having Choral Artists of Sarasota at our Historic Spanish Point campus,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President & CEO of Selby Gardens. “Their beautiful voices complement our bayfront sanctuary perfectly.” Dr. Joseph Holt, artistic director of Choral Artists of Sarasota, will conduct the performance, and Susan Versage will accompany on piano. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and guests will have time to enjoy the area around the historic White Cottage, Sunken Garden, and Pergola overlooking Little Sarasota Bay prior to the performance. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East Food Truck that operates at the Historic Spanish Point campus. To learn more, visit selby.org and go to the “Special Events” page.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Co-Production with Sarasota Jewish Theatre and the SaraSolo Festival: A One-Woman Musical About Golda Meir , November 9 – November 13, (Preview) Nov. 9 at 7:30 PM; Nov. 10-12 at 7:30 PM; Nov. 13 at 2 PM

The Players Centre is proud to team up with Sarasota Jewish Theatre and the SaraSolo Festival to present Rhapsody for Golda, Nov. 9 – 13, 2022 at Studio 1130 at The Crossings at Siesta Key mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239.) Blake Walton directs this new musical with book, lyrics and music by Sharon Ohrenstein and music by David Ohrenstein, and choreography by Vanessa Russo. Sharon also stars as Golda Meir. Synopsis: This original one-woman musical tells the story of the rise of one of the greatest stateswomen of the 20th Century, Golda Meir. Meir was an Israeli politician, and teacher, who served as the fourth prime minister of Israel from 1969 to 1974. She was the first woman to become head of government in Israel. Where: Studio 1130 – The Crossings at Siesta Key, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34239 - Please park and enter the mall at Connor’s Steak and Seafood - Tickets: Preview night- $20; All other dates- $25.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Siesta Key Crystal Classic , November 11 – November 14

The free Siesta Key Breeze Trolley runs daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm to and from Siesta Key Village and Turtle Beach. A mobile app is available to track the trolley in real time. New transportation on and off Siesta Key is now available via Sarasota County’s OnDemand Service. Customers can request a ride via a mobile app, which is available in app stores for iPhone and Android devices, online at scgov.net/OnDemand, or by calling 941-300-1553. OnDemand uses accessible minivans and operates similarly to today’s popular ridesharing services like Uber and Lift. The OnDemand vehicle will pick up customers and take them to their destinations within the same zone.

Siesta Key Beach

[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]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Arts Center: PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show , November 12, 2:00pm

A family fun action-packed show where adopted and rescued dogs perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats. Watch as we lead the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks as the pooches show everyone who is really boss! Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy this performance appeals to children of all ages. During the PUPPY PALS Comedic Stunt Dog Show you will witness some of the most incredible dog stunts and behaviors ever performed by man’s best friend. For more information: www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875.

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

[SOON]  HEALTH: Vets, Pets & Jets 5K & Fun Run/Walk , November 12

2022 Vets, Pets & Jets 5K and Fun Run at SRQ presented by KW Suncoast, Humane Society of Sarasota County and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. This one-time-only event is sure to add some spring to your step. Go inside the gates of Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) for a competitive 5K and a 1-mile fun run/walk like no other. The course will be safely nestled along an active taxiway on the north airfield of SRQ. We’ll also have food, music, vendors, activities, and prizes, so bring the entire family—even the four-legged members. And since it coincides with Veterans Day weekend, we’ll be doing a special salute to our military service members. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Sarasota County. All participants and attendees must register by 11:59pm on November 9. No day-of registrations allowed, even for spectators, per airport policy.

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, 1120 Clyde Jones Road Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra - Chamber Soiree 2 , November 13, 4pm

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Chamber Soirée 2: Orion Weiss and Friends November 13th, 4:00pm at Holley Hall. Sarasota Orchestra musicians are joined by world-renowned pianist Orion Weiss, one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of American musicians. Bach’s Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering is a Baroque masterpiece. Cesar Franck’s mighty Piano Quintet is a highly Romantic work, full of emotional intensity.Known for his affinity for chamber music, Orion Weiss is widely regarded as a “brilliant pianist” (The New York Times) with “powerful technique and exceptional insight” (The Washington Post). Tickets from $40, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434">

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Chamber Soirée 2: Orion Weiss and Friends November 13th, 4:00pm at Holley Hall. Sarasota Orchestra musicians are joined by world-renowned pianist Orion Weiss, one of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of American musicians. Bach’s Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering is a Baroque masterpiece. Cesar Franck’s mighty Piano Quintet is a highly Romantic work, full of emotional intensity.Known for his affinity for chamber music, Orion Weiss is widely regarded as a “brilliant pianist” (The New York Times) with “powerful technique and exceptional insight” (The Washington Post). Tickets from $40, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434

Holley Hall

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota Presents Sybarite5 performing “Apartments” , November 15, 7:30 PM

Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota is pleased to present Sybarite5 opening the Tuesdays at the Historic Asolo Theater Series at 7:30 p.m. on November 15. They will perform their Groove Machine program with new dance-inspired works along with the world premiere of “Apartments” by Jackson Greenberg, which was commissioned for them. The piece explores the intersection between everyday sounds (rain, electrical wires, coffee machines), human communication (via string instruments), and current events (via AM news radio). The concert is sponsored by Charlotte and Charles Perret. For more information and tickets, visit ArtistSeriesConcerts.org or call (941) 306-1202. Tickets ($30-$50).

[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]  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: Geckos Grill and Pubs , October 3 – January 1, 7:30 pm

Gecko’s Grill & Pubs Trivia – Think While You Drink!  If you love Trivia, join the #BestTrivia award-winning fun at Gecko’s on Clark Road and Hillview year round and at Gecko’s on SR 64 until end of October and then again at Gecko’s on SR 64 in April.  All Trivia starts at 7:30 pm. Prizes, Giveaways & Specials.  www.geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar - Waterfront Dining On Thanksgiving Day , November 24, 11am-8pm

Phillippi Creek is the perfect waterfront destination for gathering with family and friends.  The award-winning Phillippi Creek restaurant will feature the regular menu with additional specials like fresh Stone Crabs, baked stuffed seafood,, fresh steamed oysters, and oysters on the half shell and  Seafood boats for two along with a traditional Turkey Dinner for those craving the flavors of the holiday.  For over 37 years, the “Creek” as locals like to call it, has been a favorite to gather for the freshest seafood, cocktails and daily specials for lunch and dinner. Large parties without reservations are welcome for al fresco dining or can enjoy one of the larger tables indoors. Whether early lunch, late afternoon family meal, or a cozy dinner for two, Phillippi Creek is your destination to enjoy the holiday. Thursday, November 24, 2022  Opening at 11a.m.-8:00 p.m. 5353 Tamiami Trail South Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 925-4444  www.creekseafood.com

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar, 5353 Tamiami Trail South Sarasota, FL 34231

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