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SRQ DAILY Dec 6, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We created this event because we want our guests to luxuriously escape the Sunday Scaries and have some fun prior to getting back to the week day grind."

- Sydney Johnson, Director of Marketing, The Sarasota Modern.

[Recognition]  The New Class of SRQ Magazine 35 Under 35 Award Honorees Recognized at Aloft Sarasota
Barbie Heit, barbie.heit@srqme.com

On Thursday, December 1st, SRQ MEDIA celebrated some of our community’s best and brightest young professionals at the awards ceremony for the 2nd Annual SRQ Magazine 35 Under 35 Competition at Aloft Sarasota in downtown Sarasota. In partnership with founding sponsor Fifth Third Bank, this program serves to recognize and connect the young professionals making their professional and philanthropic mark on our region through their contributions.

The SRQ Magazine 35 Under 35 Competition recognizes and honors our community’s young professionals, innovators, scientists, creatives, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists who have distinguished themselves as leaders within their respective fields. Friends, families, colleagues, and supporters gathered to cheer on their honorees while getting to know one another over bites from Mattison’s and cocktails by Aloft Sarasota before SRQ Magazine’s Executive Publisher Wes Roberts got the awards ceremony underway to the 35 Under 35 Class of 2022 including:

Javar Baity - Marketing Director, Take Stock in Children of Manatee
Melissa Beachy - Medical Director & Master Injector, Glow DermSpa by Arsenault Dermatology
Jessie Bonner - Realtor, Sarabay Real Estate
Chloe Conboy - Deputy District Director, Congressman Vern Buchanan (FL-16)
Claire Craigmile - Project Coordination Supervisor, Sarasota County Government
Olivia D'Amico - Founder, Friendly City Foundation + Kinspoke
Christian Daum - Co-Owner, Xcelleration Detailing
Kate De Michieli - PR and Social Media Manager, One Eight Oh PR
Danae DeShazer - Director of Brand Strategy, Sokos Solutions
Shylynn Gamble Puckett - Financial Center Manager, Officer, Fifth Third Bank
Thomas Gayer IV - Financial Advisor, Janney, Sarasota
Brian Goodrich - Shareholder, Bentley Goodrich Kison, P.A.
Joseph (JT) Grano, III - Vice President, Digital Marketing, Next-Mark, LLC
Julia Groom - Director, DreamLarge
Hallie Harris - Director of Brand Partnerships, AG Creative
Candice Henry - Co-Founder, Aretios
Sydney Johnson - Director of Marketing, The Sarasota Modern
Ross Johnston - Manager of Visitor Engagement, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Matthew Kern - Financial Center Leader, Hancock Whitney
Arianne Kopacz - Mental Health Specialist, Children First
Brittany Lamont - CEO/President, Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance
Stephanie Lomazov - Lead Speech Pathologist, Neuro Speech Therapy
Sarah Lyons - Sarasota Studio Director, Wannemacher Jensen Architects
Kayla Murphy - Clinic Manager, Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC)
Jacquelyn O'Shaughnessy - Executive Director, HarborChase
Amanda Parrish - Partner, COO, Fawley Bryant Architecture
Carlos Portillo - Juvenile Justice Director, Youth for Christ
Marissa Rossnagle - Vice President of Physician Relations and Marketing, US Eye
Jerty "Evan" Samson - Integrated Marketing Communications Officer, DMSI Diversified Material Specialists Inc.
Jordan Sebastiano - Realtor, Sarabay Real Estate
Brandon Thrift - Artist, Spread Love - Sarasota
Matthew Tympanick - Founder & Principal, Tympanick Law, P.A.
Danielle Visone - Director, Tidewell Hospice Blue Butterfly Family Grief Center
Ashley Waite - Director of Museum Experience, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
Dr. Connor Wolfe - Chiropractor, The Wellness Way-Sarasota

We are appreciative of these 35 individuals thriving in our region and paving the way for the next generation of leaders. The 35 Under 35 Competition is an annual program produced by SRQ MEDIA—call for nominations will open again in August of 2023. 

Pictured: Members of the 35 Under 35 Class of 2022. Photo by Wyatt Kostygan.

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[The Dish]  The Old Salty Dog Serves Breakfast with a Slice of Paradise
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

Waterfront breakfast. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? It sure sounded appealing to my wife and me on a recent weekend morning, and we found an ideal landing spot at Sarasota’s Old Salty Dog on City Island.

Salty Dog is a Sarasota tradition. It’s been around since the 1980s, and its eponymous dish — the salty dog — is a deep fried, foot-long hot dog with options to add cheese and bacon. It may be Sarasota’s least cardiologist-friendly meal. What is cardiologist approved, however, is the calming view one takes in as they dine at Salty Dog. You get a perfect panorama of New Pass, the Intracoastal Waterway, and the boats puttering in and out of Sarasota Bay.

Breakfast is relatively new to Salty Dog, and the offerings are a mix of breakfast standards and some clever takes on Southern favorites, like my order: the blackened shrimp with cheesy grits. Perhaps it was the warmth from the sun, the quiet lapping of the water against the dock, or my desire to speed my recovery from the previous night’s shenanigans, but a bloody Mary sounded just right. It's a spicy take on a standard with no ingredient overpowering the others. At some restaurants, the bloody Mary has become an unnecessarily overcomplicated thing. If I hear “bloody Mary bar” I’m immediately turned off. I don’t need an entire charcuterie assemblage jammed into my glass like a death row last meal wish list. I prefer it simple, straightforward, and Salty Dog delivers (in this case, it delivered in multitudes).

The shrimp and grits were rightly portioned for breakfast, with a side of fresh fruit that did not disappoint, along with an expertly prepped soft boiled egg.

With local mainstays like First Watch, Toasted Mango, Broken Egg and the like, Salty Dog may not be top-of-mind when considering a breakfast out, but it should be. The view is incomparable, the service is swift and the bloody Mary is strong. The City Island restaurant is currently the only of the Old Salty Dog locations open for breakfast. While we didn’t see any dolphins in the distance as we’d hoped, but we did see why Salty Dog should be considered among Sarasota’s top breakfast destinations.

 The Old Salty Dog, 1601 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, 941-388-4311, theoldsaltydog.com 

Pictured: The shrimp and grits at The Old Salty Dog on Sarasota's City Island is the ideal order for breakfast with a view. Photo by Kevin Allen.

[Fundraising Event]  Pierogi Festival and Fundraiser for Ukraine in Sarasota

Eat Pierogi, Save Ukraine! This free and fun event is sponsored by nonprofits 501c3: Danube International (Social services) - https://www.danubeinternationalcompany.org/, NicerFL (ESOL services) https://nicerfl.org/, Lutheran Services (Refugee Resettlement Agency) - https://www.lsfnet.org/. What to expect? Lot's of pierogis, live music and dancing, ancient art cultural workshops, meeting Ukrainian refugees in your community, and much more! All benefits will go to Ukrainian refugees in our community and Ukrainian women, children, families, and injured in Ukraine. Bring a toy with you for a refugee child for Christmas. Bring a warm clothing item or a sleeping back to be send to Ukraine. Location: First Methodist Church (104 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236). Contact phone number: 727-644-4839. Pirogi and souvenirs are available for purchase. All proceeds will go to help Ukrainians and Ukrainian refugees. 

[Reopening]  Snook Haven to Reopen in December

After months of being closed due to extensive damages from Hurricane Ian, the iconic Ole’ Florida Venice Landmark – Snook Haven restaurant – is projected to reopen in December, pending Sarasota County Commission approval on December 13th. Venice Pier Group, the family owned restaurant business which operates Sharky’s on the Pier, Fins at Sharky’s, Snook Haven, and Siesta Beach Eats, came to an agreement with Sarasota County to reopen Snook Haven restaurant pending commission approval. The agreement allows for Venice Pier Group to begin repairs at Snook Haven immediately. The payment of all repairs will be made by Venice Pier Group with the potential for rent credit upon County approval. The agreement will also allow the County to continue to move forward with the future Snook Haven park updates, scheduled to start no later than April of 2024. Snook Haven, located at 5000 East Venice Ave in Venice, Fla., directly on the banks of the Myakka River, endured extreme flooding due to Hurricane Ian and has been closed since September 27 th . The restaurant was submerged for weeks with 3 – 4 feet of standing water. Venice Pier Group employees have been working to get the restaurant up and running as soon as possible, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20 th . The date could be pushed back to mid-January pending some renovations. The restaurant won’t be exactly the same as before, but customers can still expect fan favorites they’ve known to love over the years, such as delicious BBQ smoked in-house, craft beers, and live entertainment including the beloved Gulf Coast Banjo Society. Logan River Tours – a one-hour boat tour of the Wild and Scenic Myakka River – will also return. Snook Haven, “Smack Dab on the River”, offers all the history and natural beauty for anyone seeking authentic riverside dining. Off the beaten path on the banks of Myakka River in a natural cove, Snook Haven provides a true old Florida dining experience, with indoor and outdoor seating. Snook Haven’s Backwoods Smokehouse menu features barbecue meats smoked daily in-house, including chicken, pulled pork, shrimp, fresh and smoked fish, and even vegetarian options. Guests can choose from over 30 different beers, including some of Florida’s local craft beers and other international favorites. Snook’s outdoor stage is also home to a rich history of local live music entertainment. Snook Haven is located at 5000 East Venice Ave. in Venice, Fla., and can be reached at 941-485-7221. Visit the restaurant’s website at www.snookhaven.com for more information. 

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[Sarasota Modern Hotel]  Sunday Scaries? We Don't Think So! Join The Sarasota Modern for Sunday Funday.

Looking for a daytime Sunday escape? Look no further. Head to the Rosemary District to check out Sunday Funday, presented by The Sarasota Modern, a Tribute Portfolio hotel and its cosponsors, Los Sundays Tequila and Wink Wink Modern Lounge. The monthly public event, scheduled for Sunday, December 18th, 2022, will host a live DJ, exclusive craft cocktails featuring Los Sundays Tequila, mouth-watering and cheekily-named food provided by Wink Wink Modern Lounge, an exciting raffle, and the best vibes in town.

“We created this event because we want our guests to luxuriously escape the ‘Sunday Scaries’ and have some fun prior to getting back to the week day grind” says Sydney Johnson, director of marketing at The Sarasota Modern. “We chose to partner with our sister concept, Wink Wink Modern Lounge and Los Sundays Tequila because of the similarities between brand cultures and the environments we seek to provide our communities. The Modern Mavericks, The Sundays People, The Wink Wink Crew - all named differently, but each desires to find balance and bliss in life’s everyday moments.”

Join The Sarasota Modern and its vibrant partners for Sunday Funday! General admission tickets and private cabana rentals are available via Resort Pass. This event is 21+. IDs will be checked and wristbands will be given out upon arrival.
Valet Parking | $14.00 per vehicle
All registered Sarasota Modern Hotel guests are allowed free access to this event -- Please see our front desk agents for your wristband for entry. 

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[Feature]  At the Table: Deep Lagoon
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

DIVING IN | How Deep Lagoon has become a force in the local dining scene.

Discover the upscale casual waterfront restaurant east of the Blackburn point swing bridge that takes you from Osprey to Casey Key. Learn more about how they source the freshest seafood daily through this link, on our social media, or in the December Edition! 

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[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: Southside Village Business Association Annual Holiday Stroll to benefit Girls, Inc. Dec. 9 , December 9, 5pm-9pm

The Southside Village Business Association invites our community, neighborhood residents and visitors to the annual Southside Village Holiday Stroll on Friday, December 9, 2022 from 5-9 p.m. The free, family-friendly annual celebration will feature a snow slide, bungy trampoline, bouncy house, hot cocoa, face painting and a holiday concert by Music Compound. Additionally, there will amazing raffles donated by local SSVBA business, a visit from Santa, festive activities and crafts organized and hosted by area businesses, plus a Southside Village storefront decorating contest to help guests catch the holiday spirit. Businesses will hold extended hours to welcome guests. Event proceeds will benefit Girls, Inc. of Sarasota County, the local affiliate of a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Participants from Girls, Inc. chorus will perform and volunteer at the event. The Southside Village Holiday Stroll will be celebrated throughout the business district surrounding the intersection of Hillview Street and Osprey Ave in Sarasota. Free Parking is available courtesy of Sarasota Memorial Hospital in the south parking garage located at the intersection of Hillview and US 41. Guests are encouraged to follow the Southside Village Holiday Stroll Facebook page for updates about the event.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota High Theatre Presents: Safe Keeping , December 8 – December 10, 7:00 PM

www.shstheater.com. “The story includes some of my personal experiences, as well as [those of] my students. There’s really nothing like creating art with other humans – being able to share in the experience of sharing our own personal stories will always be one of the greatest things I’ve been able to do as a teacher” – Lacey Knispel (the play’s director and author, and a Sarasota High Theatre teacher). Date: Thursday, December 8 – Saturday, December 10; Time: 7:00 PM (each night); Location: Theater at Sarasota High School (2155 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota FL 34239).">

In this touching and relevant play about teen issues of the early 2000s, the script follows Alex and her friends, Corinne and Ben, as they try to navigate life and find their ways back home. Dealing with issues like grief, parent illness, loneliness, financial struggles, and even war, the story may sound sad, but there is a poignancy in the dealings with what it means to be human, and the fact that our shared human experience connects us more than we can imagine. Tickets are available online at www.shstheater.com. “The story includes some of my personal experiences, as well as [those of] my students. There’s really nothing like creating art with other humans – being able to share in the experience of sharing our own personal stories will always be one of the greatest things I’ve been able to do as a teacher” – Lacey Knispel (the play’s director and author, and a Sarasota High Theatre teacher). Date: Thursday, December 8 – Saturday, December 10; Time: 7:00 PM (each night); Location: Theater at Sarasota High School (2155 Bahia Vista Street, Sarasota FL 34239).

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hound Happy Hour and Holiday Shopping , December 9, 5pm-8pm

This Friday, Dec 9 from 5-8pm  it’s a Paw-ty! The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime will open their doors for after hours shopping.  Satchels Last Resort and Tender Heart Charities will be bringing adoptable dogs. Dog-centric vendors will be joining Hamlet’s Eatery outside. Have a bite to eat, enjoy a craft beer or glass of wine while listening to live music by Jsanti. Creative Liberties across the street from The Bazaar will also be open. Great time to get your holiday shopping done. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.Bazaaronapricotandlime.com or call 941-445-1938.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Wellen Park Announces Schedule of Holiday Events to Celebrate the Most Wonderful Time of the Year , December 3 – December 17

Wellen Park is lighting up the holiday season in its own signature style with a Bright Bike parade, lessons in mixology, the spirit of giving, a visit from Santa, and so much more. Throughout December, Wellen Park is hosting family-friendly and age-restricted events at its Welcome Center, which are complemented by CoolToday Park’s annual Braves Jingle Jam and Tomahawk 5K. “The holidays really capture the essence of Wellen Park and its emphasis on joy, heartfelt connections and community,” said Christine Masney, vice president of marketing of Wellen Park. “We have planned many fun, meaningful experiences that are unique to Wellen Park for families to create memories they will cherish for years to come.” The upcoming events take place in the Welcome Center, 12275 Mercado Drive, Venice, overlooking Downtown Wellen, where the first phase of the region’s newest gathering hub is nearing completion. From the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree, now through Dec. 4, to a fun-filled weekend of festivities, Dec. 16-17, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the holidays at Wellen Park.December’s fun-filled calendar reflects the vibrant spirit of Wellen Park and foreshadows a full winter season of activities and events beginning in mid-January 2023 with the opening of Downtown Wellen’s outdoor amenities. Most activities are free and open to the public, with advance registration required for some events. For more information or to register, visit wellenpark.com/events.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Holiday Celebration SPARCCles at SPARCC , December 6, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is celebrating the holiday season with “A SPARCCling Holiday Luncheon,” its annual event designed to collect toys and gift cards for SPARCC’s smallest survivors. This year’s luncheon will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at Michael’s on East, 1212 S. East Avenue, Sarasota. Get in the spirit of the season and help spread good cheer! Guests will enjoy a fun-filled day complete with a delicious lunch, entertainment by the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and much, much more. Bring unwrapped toys, gifts and gift cards for kids, teens and moms; bid on goodies from Sarasota’s most notable bakers in a spirited live auction, participate in a silent auction of amazing gift baskets, and purchase outstanding one-of-a-kind holiday decorations while helping the survivors and children SPARCC serves. Event Co-Chairs are SPARCC Auxiliary Members, Andrea Andrus and Maggie Shaw. All proceeds from the event help to support SPARCC’s free and confidential programs and services.

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: Movies For Heroes , September 13 – December 13, Varied

Sarasota Film Society is proud to present "Movies For Heroes", a year long Salute to our Military. Active, Non-Active, Retired Personnel & their family are welcomed to join us once a month at 11am at Burns Court & Lakewood Ranch Cinemas starting in January of 2022 for a year of free movie screenings. 10% of the concession sales from these screenings will go to Wounded Warrior Project. Space is limited, reserve your tickets today. Location Burns Court Cinemas 506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236.

506 Burns Court Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  : The Ringling - A Decade of Collecting , October 22 – January 22, Varied

A Decade of Collecting brings together a survey of artworks acquired for the permanent collection over the past eleven years. As the State Art Museum of Florida and a division of Florida State University, The Ringling’s collections are constantly expanding to provide our state and local community with access to current contemporary works in all media and thoughtful additions to our historic collections. Though the core of the collection has always been the works acquired by John and Mable Ringling, the museum’s holdings have been expanding ever since the State of Florida took full possession of the bequest in 1946. In the early years, these additions were mainly in pre-1800 European art and circus-related material, but over the second half of the 20th century, directors and curators also began acquiring works by modern and contemporary artists. A Decade of Collecting presents a unique snapshot of how The Ringling’s collection continues to evolve, allowing us to tell new stories of the past, present, and future. Visit ringling.org to plan your visit.

Museum of Art Searing Galleries

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Cabaret , November 16 – December 31, Varied

Willkommen to Kander and Ebb’s iconic CABARET, which transports us to 1939 Berlin and the dynamic and pleasure-filled Kit Kat Klub. As a dark shadow falls over the city and the power of the Third Reich begins to mount, the Klub’s performers and patrons must decide if they’ll wake up to the evil on their doorsteps or continue to escape to the alluring fantasy world of the cabaret. Since its debut in 1967, this classic musical has won countless awards, including the Tony Awards® for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Revival of a Musical. Packed with vibrant and beloved songs like “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Money,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, “Cabaret,” this timely masterwork will burst to life on stage under the direction of Broadway and Asolo Rep favorite Josh Rhodes. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Silent Sky , January 19 – March 5, Varied

At the turn of the 20th century, years before women had the right to vote, one woman’s breakthrough changed our perception of the stars. Full of wonder, humor, and heart, SILENT SKY is the remarkable true story of Henrietta Leavitt, one of the pioneering women astronomers working at Harvard Observatory in the early 1900s. You will be enthralled by the story of this extraordinary woman who took on the astronomy establishment in order to discover the mysteries embedded in the sky. Henrietta transcended the odds while navigating love, family, and the universe, going on to make a world-altering advancement to the field of astronomy that forever changed our view of the cosmos.  Written by one of today’s leading playwrights, Lauren Gunderson, this mesmerizing drama is directed by Seema Sueko, who recently brought this work to life at Washington D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 4 - In Rep , January 27 – January 30

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the Companys 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 4  In Rep. January 27-30, 2023 at FSU Center for the Performing Arts. Featuring World Premiere,  Choreography by Arcadian Broad,
 Music to be announced. New Jessica Lang Ballet (Sarasota Premiere) Choreography by Jessica Lang, Music to be announced. Facade - Choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton, Music by Sir William Walton. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Elements by Cheryl Moody to be Featured at Art Uptown Gallery in February , January 27 – February 23

From January 27, 2023 to February 23, Art Uptown Gallery will exhibit Elements by Cheryl Moody. Cheryl loves being outdoors and painting subjects in oils that spark her interest, whether it's the way light filters through leaves, reflects on water, creates patterns of color in the landscape, or how palm fronds twist in the wind. Cheryl enjoys hearing from people saying they could “ feel the wind blowing” or “smell the salt air,” and knowing that they have been transported to her special places. Meet the artist at the gallery on Saturday, January 28 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the monthly First Friday, 6 p.m. public reception on February 3. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street daily where the diverse art works of regional, award-winning artists are exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

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