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SRQ DAILY Mar 21, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"The idea is to bring some of our trips home for our local guests, and we really want to honor the original experience that we had."

- Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael's On East.

-IN THIS ISSUE: 2023 Home of the Year Competition
[The Dish]  Explore Argentina at Michael's On East
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Spend spring break in Argentina with the Micheal’s On East March epicurean adventure menu. Each month, the restaurant highlights a different region or country, and the March menu will offer guests a three-course menu with appetizers, entrees and desserts as well as wine pairings. The menu will feature flavors from across Argentina, from the vineyards of Mendoza to the city streets of Buenos Aires. Empanadas, steak and dulce de leche provide a great introduction to the country’s cuisine. “The menus take inspiration from our travels,” says co-proprietor Michael Klauber. As part of the Gulf Coast Connossiour Club, Michael and his wife Terri lead food tour groups across the world. “Several years ago, we visited Argentina and fell in love with it,” he adds.

The country’s vast landscape proved to be an exciting culinary playground. “We were particularly inspired by the wine country in Mendoza and the restaurants we visited in Buenos Aires,” he adds. Owning to Argentina’s strong wine industry, the menu puts the spotlight on several wines from vineyards visited by Klauber and his club. “I’m fortunate to have chef Jamil Pineda who is an amazing translator of the dishes and recipes that inspire us,” says Klauber. “Many times, we bring back ideas or a photograph of a dish or a menu description,” he adds, “and he will translate those into a menu which, almost every time, tastes exactly like what we had when we were there.”

The grilled flat iron steak with red chimichurri, the most popular item, represents this translation process. While at Cabana Las Lilas, Klauber tasted the red chimichurri sauce used in their dishes and brought the recipe back to Sarasota along with a picture of the dish. Using a different variety of steak, his team recreated the dish. “With these epicurean menus, our kitchen isn’t doing the same thing all the time, but they’re creating new menus every month, and sometimes a dish on the epicurean menus will become so popular that it bumps one off our regular menu,” Klauber says. From savory steak to traditional desserts, the menu has even impressed diners from Buenos Aires. “The idea is to bring some of our trips home for our local guests,” adds Klauber, “and we really want to honor the original experience that we had.”

The Argentina Epicurean Adventure Menu is available during March at Michael’s On East. 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, bestfood.com. 

Pictured: Croquetas de Bacalao or Atlantic Cod Croquettes with Chimichurri Aioli and Roasted Red Pepper and Raisin Salad Photo Courtesy of Micheal's On East

[Grant]  Feeding Empty Little Tummies Receives $25,000 Grant from BofA

Feeding Empty Little Tummies (F.E.L.T.) announced today it has received a $25,000 grant from Bank of America as part of the bank’s nearly $19 million donation to hunger relief organizations nationwide from its employee booster campaign. The funds will go toward supporting Manatee County’s homeless and food insecure students by providing food to those most in need. F.E.L.T. provides nutritious meals to homeless students through a dedicated board, volunteers, and community leaders who service 59 schools and over 1,500 homeless and food-insecure children. These youth have faced a loss of housing due to economic hardship, awaiting foster care, or similar reasons, often living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, public spaces, cars, abandoned buildings, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative accommodations. The grant will allow F.E.L.T. to provide meals to all the students it serves for two weekends. Bank of America has a longstanding commitment to address hunger relief and strengthen local communities, and F.E.L.T. has been a partner of the bank for over five years. Through its second employee booster campaign, the bank donated $50 for each employee who registered a new coronavirus vaccine, coronavirus booster, or flu shot to further address hunger relief in local communities it serves. 



[Ribbon Cutting]  Manatee Memorial Hospital Celebrates Ribbon Cutting at the New Manatee ER at Bayshore Gardens

On Thursday, March 16, 2023, over 100 people witnessed the ribbon cutting of the ER at Bayshore Gardens, an extension of Manatee Memorial Hospital. The ER at Bayshore Gardens is the first Freestanding Emergency Department in Manatee County. Attendees enjoyed firsthand tours of the new facility. On hand to commemorate the occasion was United States Congressman Vern Buchanan, who spoke about the importance of access to healthcare services. When minutes matter, area residents and EMS will have the benefit of accessing quality emergency care that is embedded in their community. Adding to the Congressman’s remarks were UHS group Vice President Kevin DiLallo, Vice Chairman of the Manatee Memorial Board of Governors Mark Goodson, Chairman of the Board of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce Jeff Podobnik, and Manatee Memorial Hospital CEO Tom McDougal. Featuring nearly 11,000 square feet of brand-new medical equipment, The ER at Bayshore Gardens will officially open to patients on Monday, March 27, and will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide care for all ages. The facility includes six exam rooms, three rapid medical spaces, full-service laboratory, x-ray, and ultrasound areas. 

Pictured: Manatee ER at Bayshore Gardens Ribbon Cutting featuring Congressman Vern Buchanan.

[Arts & Entertainment]  FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents Love's Labour's Lost

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, with the generous support of Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, will close its 2022-23 season with William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, directed and adapted by Jonathan Epstein. The production will be performed at The Ringling Museum of Art’s Bayfront Gardens under the banyan trees April 4 – 23. The performances April 4 – 6 are previews. Love's Labour's Lost is one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies featuring a witty and hilarious plot filled with mistaken identities, mischievous pranks, and romantic entanglements. The play follows the King of Navarre and his three companions as they swear to devote themselves to study and abstinence for three years. However, their plans are quickly derailed when they fall in love with the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting. Love’s Labour’s Lost plays April 4 – 23 on The Ringling Museum of Art’s Bayfront Gardens beneath the banyan trees. Tickets are $35 and are available online at asolorep.org/conservatory/season, by phone at 941.351.8000 or in person at Asolo Rep’s Box Office at 5555 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Student prices are also available. The performances April 4 – 6 are previews and are $25. 

For more information click here.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Forty Musicians Will Perform a Double Bill of Contemporary Classics Composed in 1976.

For the first time in its eight-year history, ensembleNewSRQ will take to the Sarasota Opera House stage to present its concluding concert of the season. “1976” features 40 musicians, who will perform a double bill of contemporary classics, both composed in 1976. “Frankenstein,” by HK Gruber is a “pan-demonium” that sets Viennese children’s rhymes in a setting with a “chansonnier” (or narrator), who pushes his delivery toward the realm of performance art and an orchestra that plays instruments outside their job descriptions. The world-renowned percussionist Mike Truesdell will serve as the chansonnier. The second piece, Louis Andriessen’s iconic and groundbreaking “De Staat” uses passages from Plato to illustrate the connection between music, politics, and social class. The concert is Monday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., at Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Single tickets are $25. For more information on ticket packages and single tickets, including student ticket pricing, visit www.ensrq.org.  

[Arts & Entertainment]  Selby Gardens Enchanted Garden Family Festival

The Selby Gardens Enchanted Garden Family Festival transforms Selby Gardens’ Historic Spanish Point campus into a fantastical wonderland! The family-friendly event features “unicorn rides” for young ones, fairy houses, storytelling, and arts and crafts. Happening this Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, the festival is free for Selby Gardens members and included with general admission.  Enchanted Garden Family Festival is part of the Ann Winslow Donelly and Norbert P. Donelly Family and Community Engagement Series. This event is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Beverly Koski and the Koski Family Foundation. 

Enchanted Garden Family Festival is an annual tradition features fantastical elements as well as arts and crafts. Photos by Cliff Roles.

To learn more click here.

[]  2023 Home of The Year

HOME OF THE YEAR | The annual competition invites local architects, builders, interior designers and landscape artists to present us with new notions of home environments by submitting their recent residential projects, March 2023. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ranch Nite Wednesdays at Waterside Place , February 8 – May 31, 6 to 9 p.m.

Enjoy a night of fun at Waterside Place during Ranch Nite Wednesdays. The event features food trucks, live music, a night market, a vintage mobile bar and cornhole. Visit lakewoodranch.com to learn more. Waterside Place, 1561 Lakefront Drive, Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature , February 12 – June 26, During garden hours

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens’ 2023 Jean and Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature showcases the creativity and innovation of American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). The first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, the exhibition highlights the inspiring connection between Tiffany Studios and the natural world through unique horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and the Gardens, accompanied by seminal examples of Tiffany’s work on view in the Museum of Botany and the Arts. To learn more, visit selby.org. Selby Gardens Downtown Sarasota campus, 1534 Mound St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience by Compass Rose History Experiences , February 25 – April 22, 3:30 p.m.

Compass Rose History Experiences announces the launch of Resilience: A Guided Walking Tour Experience. Guides Mimi Cirbusova and Andrea Knies will navigate attendees on a journey back in time down Main Street as we explore the resilience of the Sarasota community during the Great Depression and World War II. Locals and visitors alike will find inspiration from the stories of the people and places of Sarasota's past. Tours meet at Five Points Park in Downtown Sarasota and cover a distance of less than one mile over the 75-90 minute tour. All tours begin at 3:30 pm. Tickets cost $20.00 and must be purchased in advance. Guests purchasing both tours can receive a $10 discount by selecting the ticket package. Visit CompassRoseHistory.com to purchase your tickets or to learn more about Compass Rose History Experiences.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Celebration at the Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota , March 23, 7:30 p.m.

The program includes music by five Jewish composers in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. Felix Mendelssohn's powerful Sinfonia in B Minor opens the program. George Gershwin's Lullaby for Strings adds a jazzy touch. Boris Levenberg's Hassidic Scene features concertmaster Christina Adams in a heartfelt violin solo which evokes the world of Fiddler on the Roof. Noubar Aslanyan's Trumpet Concertino features Robert Smith in a brilliant work for trumpet and strings. The program concludes with Ernest Bloch's exhilarating Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra and Piano Obbligato with Ann Stephenson-Moe, pianist. General seating. First Presbyterian Church, 2050 Oak St, Sarasota. chamberorchestrasarasota.org. 

[SOON]  DANCE: Sarasota Ballet: Program 6 - La Sylphide , March 24 – March 25

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 6 - La Sylphide. March 24-25, 2023. At the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. La Sylphide (Company Premiere) Choreography by Johan Kobborg after August Bournonville, Music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold. For more information visit www.sarasotaballet.org, Box office 941.359.0099

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall , 777 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  THEATER: Urbanite Theatre: Backwards Forwards Back , March 24 – April 23, Varied

BACKWARDS FORWARDS BACK by Jacqueline Goldfinger. A World Premiere. March 24 - April 23, 2023. Urbanite Theatre. When a soldier returns from war carrying the ghosts of his tour, he’s faced with a sobering decision: address his alarming PTSD with Virtual Reality therapy, or risk losing access to his family forever. Can this new technology recalibrate the brains and bodies of wounded soldiers? This electric, vivid, one-man drama studies the power of healing and finding strength in vulnerability. 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]  PERFORMANCE: Stories of Florida Con Sabor , March 24, 7:30 p.m.

Our stories have never been the same since Ponce De Leon first arrived on our shores in 1513. Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, the personal, historical, and traditional Florida tales that storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells in Stories of Florida Con Sabor connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino, with a little bit of Latino flavor. This bilingual presentation, designed for audiences 13 years and older, is funded by the Florida Humanities’ Florida Talks program and runs Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., at CreArte Latino Theatre, 8251 15th St. E. Suite I, Sarasota. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at www.creartelatino.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: History Day in the Park at Phillippi Estate Park , March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phillippi Estate Park, as the home of the Edson Keith Mansion and the historic Keith Farmhouse, is holding History Day in the Park on Saturday March 25 2023. We’re helping preserve the fascinating history of the greater Sarasota area by presenting local history to residents and visitors. The event will feature live music, kids' activities, historical fun and more. Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. historydayinthepark.com.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bradenton Spring Festival , March 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Humane Society of Manatee County is proud to present the first Bradenton Spring Festival Fundraiser. Located at Caddy’s of Bradenton, 801 Riverside Drive East, this family, and pet-friendly festival will allow guests to enjoy an abundance of activities such as a dog lure course, photo booth, DJ, games, raffle prizes, local vendors, adoptable dogs and more. Individuals and fundraising teams can buy tickets now by visiting the events page at www.humanemanatee.org. 

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Relocating and Reconstituting Modern Structures , March 28, 5:30 p.m.

Does a Modern building’s design significance stand independent from its original site, as does a work of art or sculpture? This talk will explore the concept, the recent trend, the future implications, and the possible preservation opportunities of treating Modern architecture as "moveable" heritage. In addition to moving buildings to preserve them, the presentation will also feature the emerging phenomena of treating significant Modern architecture as works of art that can be acquired by collectors including their sale and auction followed by being disassembled, packed up, transported, and reassembled on a new site. McCulloch Pavilion 265 S Orange Ave., Sarasota, architecturesarasota.org. 

[SOON]  FOOD: 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , April 20 – April 24, Various times

The 2023 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival will return for its 16th year. The Festival is scheduled for April 20-24, 2023 and offers a world-class weekend of winemaker dinners, interactive wine seminars and wine tastings that culminates with the alfresco Grand Tasting event at The Ringling Museum of Art Courtyard. Guests will savor delicious dishes presented by over 40 members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurant group and sample from a collection of more than 300 unique wines from across the globe. There will be live musical entertainment and an expansive silent auction of rare and collectible wines and experiences. Due to the unprecedented demand this year, there are three available ticket levels: VIP, early access and general admission. For more information on Forks and Corks and to purchase tickets, visit EatLikeALocal.com. Follow Forks and Corks on Facebook and Instagram.

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