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SRQ DAILY Dec 20, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We are using high-quality local ingredients with global influence."

- Eddie Yzieri, Owner, Post Kitchen and Bar.

[The Dish]  Post Kitchen & Bar Is Upscale, Accessible
Kevin Allen, kevin.allen@srqme.com

It’s been a little over a month since Post Kitchen & Bar opened, and already it’s creating buzz around the Shoppes at University Center. In one of the year’s most anticipated openings, the group behind two successful Apollonia locations (including one across the parking lot from Post Kitchen) is making a big betting that Sarasota’s tried-and-true date-night destinations can use a refresh.

My family stopped in for some quick bites recently, and were seated in Post Kitchen’s elegant dining room. You forget that you’re in a shopping center immediately as the interior carries more of a cosmopolitan super club vibe.

In the lead-up to its opening, owner Eddie Yzieri told SRQ Magazine, “We’re using high-quality local ingredients with global influence.” He continued, “It’s a huge challenge for me. I’m definitely stepping outside of my comfort zone here.”

If that was the case then, it would appear he’s confidently located that comfort zone rather quickly.

The menu focuses on seafood and steaks with an impressive raw bar that features fresh oysters, crudo, salmon, shrimp cocktail and sushi/sashimi selections. There are also a couple of grilled pizzas from which to choose, including the burrata with the tomatoes, basil and balsamic, which can make an entire table happy as an appetizer. Or, if you’re a burrata fanboy like me, it’s your entree and you guard it like an angry badger in the corner of your booth.

There’s an extensive whiskey and bourbon selection behind the sleek bar area, comfy outdoor seating, and pops of modern design throughout.

If you’re looking for your next special occasion spot — and let’s face it, the holidays are full of special occasions — then Post Kitchen & Bar should make your to-do list.

Post Kitchen & Bar, 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, (941) 259-4850, postkitchenandbar.com 

Pictured: Post Kitchen & Bar opened last month with an impressive lineup of steaks, seafood, and an extensive raw bar. Photo courtesy of Post Kitchen & Bar.

[Recognition]  Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom® Wins National Recognition from USA TODAY for Second Year in a Row

Lights in Bloom® is a repeat winner in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice contest for Best Botanical Garden Holiday Lights. USA TODAY announced that Selby Gardens’ annual holiday light show earned sixth place this year out of the 20 botanical garden light displays across the country that were nominated. The national nominations were selected by an expert editorial panel in November, and the public then voted to produce the top 10 list of winners. This is the second year in a row and the third time in four years that Lights in Bloom has received this recognition. Last year, it earned the number eight spot on the list. During Lights in Bloom, the gardens and walkways at Selby Gardens’ 15-acre Downtown Sarasota campus are set aglow by more than two million lights and adorned with other holiday and tropical decorations. Highlights of this year’s show include an array of colorful string-light trees along the Great Lawn, the gingerbread house-themed display on the façade of the historic Selby House, and a pair of illuminated butterfly wings ideal for photo ops in the Butterfly Garden. Returning favorites include the “Wishing Tree” on which visitors tie colored ribbons representing their personal hopes for 2023 and the Gardens’ signature bromeliad tree (constructed of nearly 800 live bromeliad plants) and “Florida reindeer” (larger-than-life pink flamingos with whimsical lighted antlers). In addition to the colorful lights, guests may enjoy a range of family-friendly activities plus food and beverages available for purchase, all in Selby Gardens’ world-class bayfront setting. Tickets for this year’s Lights in Bloom show are selling quickly, so anyone interested in seeing the award-winning display should purchase tickets soon. The event continues select nights through January 5, though some upcoming nights are sold out. Tickets start at $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers for general admission, with added-value options available. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended and can be made online at www.selby.org.




[Recognition]  Longboat Key Fire Station #92 Earns Two National Design Awards

Firehouse Magazine—the nation’s leading firefighting publication—and The Architect’s Newspaper—a renowned design publication—recently announced Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors as the recipient of two annual awards for Longboat Key Fire Station #92. Firehouse Magazine awarded Sweet Sparkman its Career Stations 2 Bronze award, while The Architect’s Newspaper awarded the design firm the Editor’s Pick commendation in its 2022 Best of Design Awards for the Civic category. Headed by Todd M. Sweet, AIA, LEED AP, Sweet Sparkman co-founder and partner, and Jenna Albers, AIA, NCARB, Project Manager and lead architect, the team behind the Longboat Key Fire Station #92 incorporated the latest in fire station design while achieving a stylistically stunning structure. “This project represents the pursuit of architecture’s highest ideals,” says Sweet, “it’s functional, resilient, and a visual landmark. ”Also involved in the project design were Elizabeth Lee, Associate AIA, Project Designer; and Shirley Quinlan, Interior Designer. Together, the team at Sweet Sparkman Architecture and Interiors collaborated closely with the Town of Longboat Key’s Fire Chief, Paul Dezzi, to ensure the final product met the emergency operation standards of the vulnerable barrier island. “Todd and his team came in early on in the process and did a thorough site assessment,” says Dezzi, “and when he gave a very compelling, honest presentation on their findings, it was an easy decision for our board and commission.” The early assessment yielded actionable design parameters for the firm, including site challenges like elevation. “Elevation is a critical component when you’re trying to design a building on a barrier island that’s only 3 feet above sea level,” says Sweet, “and it’s even more important to research the site considering the Fire Station serves as the base of operations for rescue and relief efforts following natural disasters like Hurricane Ian.” Other notable functional characteristics of the Fire Station are its cancer prevention strategies, which are focused on reducing a firefighter’s exposure to carcinogenic chemicals found in diesel exhaust and active fires. Diesel fumes are captured inside the apparatus bays, while firefighter equipment and PPE are corralled and cleaned in specialized rooms that are separate from the station’s living quarters. “Even as project costs fluctuated, Todd and his team found great solutions to keep these vital cancer prevention elements,” says Dezzi. Both inside and outside the station, the design team also found opportunities to make striking statements. “It was a real challenge keeping some of the bolder design elements incorporated while navigating the budget,” says Albers. But those challenges yielded the structure’s signature staggered aluminum-clad façade. The facade also reduces cooling costs while allowing natural light to filter into the main entrance. The visually appealing exterior complements the station’s public services, including a walk-in wound care facility and frequent community-wide health events. 

[Holidays]  SeaSucker Offers Holiday Cheer to Local Groups

SeaSucker, a Bradenton, Florida-based manufacturer of vacuum-mounted accessories and racks for boats, RVs and automobiles, lit up the streets of Sarasota at the city's recent 26th annual holiday parade. To keep the holiday magic glowing, SeaSucker is offering schools, retirement homes and charitable organizations within Manatee and Sarasota Counties individual visits with its bedazzled '66 Volkswagen Bus and '72 Volkswagen Beetle. The classic vehicles are adorned with hundreds of lights and whimsical decorations. The request form is at www.bit.ly/SeaSucker2023Holiday. Made in the USA, SeaSucker accessories secure a multitude of gear and equipment to any clean, non-porous surface. Its latest no-drill product is Ridge Ready Monkey Bars, crossbars whose mounts boast 990 pounds of holding power and fit vehicles with roof ridges. The innovative device won two prestigious Best New Product awards at the 2022 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show. Contact SeaSucker, LLC, 1912 44th Ave. E, Bradenton, FL 34203. 941-900-1850. info@seasucker.com; www.seasucker.com; www.facebook.com/SeaSucker; www.instagram.com/seasucker.marine; www.youtube.com/user/SeaSuckerVideos. If you have questions about this press release or client, please contact us: Martin Flory Group, PO Box 360, Gurnee IL 60031, 847-662-9070; Fax: 847-336-7126, news@martinflory.com; www.martinflory.com. 

[Hurricane]  EDC of Sarasota County Board Meeting Focuses on Collaboration, Continued Expansion of North Port

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC) held its board meeting and an economic development tour at North Port’s Wellen Park on Friday. Dignitaries and officials from North Port, Venice, Nokomis and Englewood were joined by local business leaders and members of the EDC to highlight efforts around regional collaboration, south county’s economic growth and the pressing need for continued recovery and resiliency following the devastation of Hurricane Ian. North Port City Manager Jerome Fletcher gave remarks at the meeting, noting that the up-and-coming master-planned community of Wellen Park serves as a gateway for people entering the City of North Port on U.S. 41. The board meeting concluded with an economic development tour of Downtown Wellen Park, where 55,000 square feet of commercial, retail and restaurant space is nearly built out in the fully leased Phase One that will begin opening in early 2023. Businesses opening in Downtown Wellen include its flagship waterfront restaurant The Banyan House, Villani & Co., Foxtail Coffee Co., Oak & Stone, Bright Ice Scoop Shop, Breakwater Home Fashions, Paint Nail Bar, Naples Soap Company, Kind Vibes Outfitters, Agility Physical Therapy, Florida Lakes Vein Center, Florida Lakes Spa, and Capstan Financial Consulting Group. The Yard, a food park and entertainment hub within downtown, will feature outdoor eateries Agapi, Atlanta Braves-affiliated Pop Dawgs, and Claw & Co., and a playground and splashpad area. An additional 300,000 square feet of commercial space is being developed along the US 41 corridor within Wellen Park for businesses including Costco, Bayside Pet Resort, Millennium Physician Group, and Casto Medical Office Building, with more to be announced. Wellen Park is also home to CoolToday Park, where the Atlanta Braves have their spring training facility and events are held year-round. 

[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]  FOOD: Make Your Christmas Feast Easy and Delicious! , December 6 – December 25

Holiday roast pre orders are now open! You can now order everything you need for your holiday feast! Tenderloin, Wagyu and Rib Roasts, Tomahawks, Turkeys, six home made take and bake side items, sauces and Der Dutchman Pies! Also featuring our Warface Marinated Tenderloin Roast!

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Festive Food and Drink at the Ritz Carlton , December 31 – January 1

Festive Food & Drink This year, the resort will be bringing back its lavish Grand Ballroom festive dining experiences – a guest and local favorite. The experiences will kick off with a Christmas Day Brunch featuring a traditional feast curated by the resort’s master chefs. Followed by an exquisite Christmas Grand Ballroom Brunch featuring chef-attended action stations. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners are also available for guest reservations at Jack Dusty and Ridley’s Porch, both serving seasonally themed menus. In the lobby, overnight guests can indulge in daily surprise and delight experiences including culinary creations from the resort’s talented chefs, après-sun hand-shaved ice-cold snow cones, decadent holiday-inspired shooters, morning fresh squeezed juices, and more. Club Lounge guests will enjoy exclusive culinary programming and offerings like Autumn Sangria, cookie decorating and hot cocoa, twelve-days of Christmas champagne pairings, and more.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Ring In the New Year At the Waterside Place Plaza , December 31 – January 1, 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM

Join us at the Waterside Place Plaza on December 31st from 6pm – midnight to ring in the New Year! DJ Truth will be spinning tunes and food will be available to purchase at Good Liquid Brewing Co., KORE, and participating food trucks. Beverages will be available to purchase and enjoy from participating BITS program merchants.

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Birds of North America , January 6 – February 12, Varied

"Birds of North America" runs January 6th-February 12th, 2023 at Urbanite Theatre. As birders, John and his daughter Caitlyn adore spending tender autumn days attempting to catch glimpses of elusive birds. But as seasons, the climate, and global politics change, the two find their connection as rare as a red-headed Woodpecker.  In a lyrical and endearing family portrait, Birds of North America unfolds in delicate, detailed layers like the scattered leaves of each passing year. For tickets and information contact Ph. (941) 321-1397, Email info@urbanitetheatre.com, Website www.urbanitetheatre.com

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 2nd Street Sarasota FL, 34236

[SOON]  BUSINESS: This Lakewood Ranch Expo Will Help You Keep Your Health and Wellness New Year's Resolution , January 7, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Join us on January 7th to kick off the new year with the "New Year, New You" Health and Wellness Expo, presented by Lakewood Ranch Medical Center! Visit vendors from Sarasota and Manatee counties and enjoy the speaker series at center court, complete with various doctors and wellness professionals from a wide range of specialties, kicking off every hour from 10am-3pm. This event is free to the public!

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Domestic and Sexual Violence Survivors , January 16 – February 7, 11:00 AM

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its annual golf tournament, Scramble for SPARCC, at the Laurel Oak Country Club on Monday, January 16, 2023. With the support of sponsors, community donations and golfers, this tournament raises funds to help provide life-saving, free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Entry fee is $185.00 per person and includes green fees, individual carts, happy hour light bites, beverages (cash bar available) and player awards. Registration opens at 11:00 AM with a shotgun start at 12:30 PM to kick off the 18-hole scramble. In addition to the golf tournament, there is also a closet to the pin contest, closest to the line contest, golf ball launcher, 50/50 chance drawing, and awards celebration. Co-Chairs for this event are Sandy Fulkerson and Bonnie VanOverbeke.

[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: Ken Ludwigs The Three Musketeers , January 11 – March 26, Varied

Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. Directed by Peter Amster. Harrowing adventure, bravery, and friendship take center stage in Ken Ludwig's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a thrilling adaptation of the popular novel by Alexandre Dumas. One of the world’s most enduring comedies, this classic tells the tale of a daring young man who finds himself in the company of the world’s greatest swordsmen, as well as some of the world’s most dangerous men and women. Directed by Peter Amster, who most recently directed Asolo Rep’s smash hit Murder on the Orient Express in 2020, this play promises to be a fast-paced, witty, swashbuckling good time. All for one, and one for all! 

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]  PERFORMANCE: FST - A Place in the Sun - A Tribute to Stevie Wonder , November 16 – April 16, Varied

A Place in the Sun – A Tribute to Stevie Wonder, will begin playing in FST’s Goldstein Cabaret on November 16, 2022. The new music revue celebrates the legendary musician whose catalogue spans six decades and multiple musical genres, taking audiences through the beloved songbook of musical pioneer, Stevie Wonder. Created by Jason Cannon, Richard Hopkins, and Sarah Durham, this all-new Cabaret features such timeless hits as “I Just Called to Say I Love You,” “Isn’t She Lovely?,” and “Superstition.” Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

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