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SRQ DAILY Mar 28, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"People love seeing a big tuna getting cut up and tasting it."

- Daniel Dokko, Owner and Chef at JPAN Sushi Bar and Grill

-IN THIS ISSUE: A Slice of Heaven - Jim Angus of Atria Cafe dishes on putting together the perfect pizza, March 2023.
[The Dish]  JPAN Amazes Guests With Bluefin Tuna Cutting and Tasting Menu
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Diners looking to taste the ocean enjoyed an evening of inventive Japanese cuisine on March 22 and 23 at JPAN Sushi Bar and Grill’s University Town Center location. The night kicked off with the cutting of a 170 lb bluefin tuna. “That fish is actually pretty small,” says Daniel Dokko, the owner and chef at JPAN, “and the average size tuna we use is about 250 lb.” Curious guests crowded around the chefs’ station to watch them carve up the fish, known for its ability to speed through the ocean. According to Dokko, the bluefin tuna can hit maximum speeds of about 45 miles per hour.

Attendees rushed to their tables at a similar speed to sample the eight-course tasting menu prepared by Dokko and his team. The community-style seating arrangement encouraged everyone to engage in discussions about the fish and the meal. Many diners anticipated the sashimi course, which featured three different cuts of raw tuna. For the first course, Dokko served beef tartar with caviar and toast presented on a bed of ice. Guests challenged themselves to spread the caviar and beef onto the toast using chopsticks, the night’s star utensil. The second course refreshed the palette with a shrimp salad topped with shiso, a Japanese herb. Dish number three, a sushi handroll, incorporated the toro, a fatty section of tuna. The seaweed that enclosed the roll was thin and had a pleasant crispiness, making it easy to gobble down without being too chewy. In the fourth and fifth courses, the presentation wowed the diners. A plate of tuna noodles and edamame puree sat atop a bowl of smoked and seared tuna cured in soy sauce. The smoke pouring out of the bowl and the edible flower atop the tuna created a beautiful visual contrast. A spicy tuna and warm crab salad hand roll followed as the sixth course and a grilled seabass with ginger scallion sauce for the seventh course ushered in the main event, the sashimi cuts of tuna. Guests devoured the sashimi, then tasted a bite of sushi with wagyu beef and a brilliant orange sea urchin nigiri. Fresh cantaloupe cleansed diners’ palettes at the end of the night.

“We want to be fun for the community and increase our events throughout the year,” says Dokko, “and people love seeing a big tuna getting cut up and tasting it.” Anyone who missed the tuna cutting should fear not, as JPAN has plenty more fish in the sea for hungry patrons. In April, the restaurant will host a similar event featuring nine different fish. From longtime sushi enthusiasts to newbies to Japanese cuisine, JPAN welcomes everyone to sample the rich bounty of the sea.

JPAN Sushi Bar and Grill, 229 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, jpanrestaurant.com. 

Pictured: The bluefin tuna cutting at JPAN. Photo by: Wyatt Kostygan

[Restaurant News]  Gather at Tzeva this Easter for a Celebratory Brunch Buffet

This Easter, gather at Sarasota’s newest go-to restaurant, Tzeva, for a celebratory brunch buffet. The modern Mediterranean restaurant will serve an extraordinary spread, featuring a Chef’s Carving Board with options such as Tenderloin of Beef, Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, and Aleppo & Fig Glazed Ham. Plus, there will be a build-your-own salad bar, an omelet station, seafood options like Shrimp Cocktail and Marinated Atlantic Salmon, and breakfast staples such as Avocado Toast and Mediterranean Frittata. And don’t forget to save room for dessert and assorted pastries! Seatings for Easter Brunch will begin at 11 AM with the final seating taking place at 5 PM. The buffet is $55 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 to 12. Alcoholic beverages like mimosas, blood marys and champagne can be enjoyed with the meal for an additional charge. There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than being surrounded with great food, great ambiance and great people! Book your reservation via OpenTable. Please note, Tzeva will be offering its standard breakfast from 7 - 10:30 AM and will be closed for standard dinner service. 

To learn more click here.

[The Sarasota Modern]  Explore Your Urban Oasis at The Sarasota Modern

"Enjoy The High Life, The Real Life, But Never Medium Life." 

If you're looking for a luxury experience in the heart of downtown Sarasota, look no further than The Sarasota Modern.

This gorgeous 89-room boutique hotel is located in the Rosemary District, in the heart of the arts district, downtown attractions, and some of Sarasota's most popular restaurants - including its own, Wink Wink Modern Lounge. Its expansive pool deck is equipped with a cold plunge, hot tub, and resort-style pool so you can relax while enjoying plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

The Modern also offers a variety of fantastic venues for creatives, entrepreneurs and groups seeking an authentic, inspiring setting for all events and meeting desires.

Whether you're staying here with your family, joining us for business or as part of a romantic getaway with your significant other, there are plenty of ways to customize your trip. Whether you want to stay in the exclusive 1800 square-foot Rosemary Suite or add some extra amenities like a romantic dinner at Wink Wink Modern Lounge—The Sarasota Modern has got you covered!

The Sarasota Modern Website: https://www.thesarasotamodern.com

Wink Wink Modern Lounge Website: https://www.winkwinklounge.com

Link to Resort Pass for Sunday Funday Tickets https://www.resortpass.com/hotels/the-sarasota-modern  

[Tournament]  Sarasota County to Host 100+ Girls Softball Teams March 31-April 2

The Miss Florida Mid-Season Softball Tournament, hosted in partnership by Miss Sarasota Softball, Visit Sarasota County and Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources returns to Sarasota March 31 through April 2, 2023 for the first time since 2016. More than 100 girls’ recreational softball league teams from around the state, ages 4 through 17, will compete at Sarasota’s Miss Sarasota Softball Complex, 17th Street Park and Fruitville Park, with admission free for spectators. The annual, mid-season tournament serves to generate excitement and support for recreational softball, which empowers young women in communities all around Florida. All participating teams fall under the umbrella of the Miss Florida Softball organization; local leagues include Miss Sarasota Softball, Miss Venice, Miss North Port, Miss Englewood, Miss Palma Sola and Miss Manatee. Funds raised over the weekend will go toward preserving and expanding recreational softball programs both locally and throughout the state for young women. This year marks the first time Sarasota has hosted Miss Florida’s annual statewide, mid-season tournament since 2016, and it comes as the county moves forward with plans to expand the 17th Street Park, the area’s first softball facility, built over 40 years ago. Phase I of the expansion, which broke ground late last year, will feature eight new youth and women’s softball fields and four artificial turf multipurpose fields for soccer, lacrosse and football. The first phase, valued at $46 million, is expected be completed in 2025. Future phases will include three adult softball fields, a community event lawn, a destination playground and a destination playground.For more information, visit www.misssarasotasoftball.org. 

[Lecture]  Temple Sinai presents Antisemitism Lecture

Temple Sinai’s Social Action and Social Justice Committee presents “Antisemitism in the 21 st  Century” on April 13, 2023 at 7:00pm. Lindsey Mintz, Director of Community Engagement at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota- Manatee, will discuss the current state of antisemitism today, how to confront the world’s longest hatred, its history, various manifestations and impact, and what each of us can do to help combat the spread of hate. Lindsey has multiple degrees in Jewish history and has been a Jewish communal professional for nearly 20 years working to combat antisemitism and anti-Zionism through relationship building and education.  After Lindsey’s presentation, participants will break into small groups for discussion and role playing with time for reflection and Q&A at the end. This event is free and open to the community. Register at templesinai-sarasota.org. Temple Sinai is located at 4631 South Lockwood Ridge Road (enter only from Proctor Road). For more information, call 941-924-1802. 

[Event]  March for Meals Event with Local Diginitaries

Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee is hosting their annual “March for Meals” celebration starting March 28 to raise awareness of the needs of homebound and food-insecure individuals in Manatee County. The annual March for Meals event commemorates the historic day in March 1972 when President Nixon signed into law a measure that amended the Older Americans Act of 1965 and established a national nutrition program for seniors 60 years and older. This March, Meals on Wheels programs from across the country are joining forces to celebrate more than 50 years of success and garner the support needed to ensure these critical programs can continue to address food insecurity and malnutrition, combat social isolation, enable independence, and improve health for years to come. “Having our Community Leaders join us this week to deliver meals will showcase the importance of our program and how much it means to seniors in need. The March for Meals event enables us to put the spotlight on how Meals on Wheels PLUS is much more than a meal; it is a friendly face, a safety check, and comfort to our older adults,” said Maribeth Phillips, President & CEO of Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee. “All of our PLUS programs are critical, life-saving efforts benefiting thousands in Manatee County,” she added. Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee operates four main programs in Manatee County which include: Home-delivered Meals, The Food Bank of Manatee, Daybreak Adult Day Center, and Friendship Dining Center locations.  

[Forage]  A Slice of Heaven
Kate Wight

A SLICE OF HEAVEN | Jim Angus of Atria Cafe dishes on putting together the perfect pizza, March 2023. 

Read Here!

[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.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Walking Tours at The Ringling's Arboretum Available Now Through May 2023 , November 26 – May 29, 12:00 PM

This walking tour led by volunteer guides will introduce you to interesting botanical specimens on the estate while providing a historic overview of the development of the estate. The Ringling Arboretum has been accredited at Level II through ArbNet and there are over 2350 trees within the arboretum representing native, exotic, historical, and culturally significant trees. Garden Tours are available Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and take place entirely outdoors. It is 90 minutes in length and covers approximately 1 mile. We encourage visitors to bring bottled water, and wear appropriate footwear, preferably closed-toe, sunblock, and hats. There will be a maximum of 10 participants per tour. Tours are subject to weather conditions. Please check it at the Visitors Pavilion prior to your tour. Tickets will be available 30 days prior to each tour.

[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]  THEATER: Asolo Repertory Theatre: Chicken & Biscuits , February 15 – April 13, Varied

The hilarious new play CHICKEN & BISCUITS introduces us to the Jenkins family, as they gather to celebrate the life of their beloved and recently deceased father and grandfather, the Revered Bernard Jenkins. When an unexpected guest reveals a secret, they all discover that nothing brings a family together like a big side of drama. This side-splitting new Broadway comedy explores the tenderness of family, the joy of reconciliation, and the nourishing power of love. Written by Broadway newcomer Douglas Lyons and directed by the talented Bianca LaVerne Jones, who was associate director of the 2021 Broadway production, CHICKEN & BISCUITS proves that while family may drive us crazy, we’re lucky to have each other. 

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[SOON]  MUSIC: Reel Music at the Florida Studio Theatre , February 15 – June 25, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents the original music revue, Reel Music, celebrating the movies that helped create the soundtrack to the last century. Featuring classics like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Circle of Life,” and “My Heart Will Go On,” this new Cabaret traces how films—and the music highlighted in them—have evolved over the past one hundred years. Created by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Sarah Durham with musical arrangements by Jim Prosser, Reel Music begins playing February 15, 2023, in FST’s Court Cabaret. Single tickets for Reel Music
range between $18-39 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  THEATER: Asolo Rep: Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help , March 15 – April 22, Varied

Take a trip back to 1973 with the Irish Catholic OShea family in the uproarious INCIDENT AT OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP. This boisterous and moving new memory play introduces us to young Linda, as she recalls a week she’ll never forget. When Linda’s mother instructs her to tell her sister about the birds and the bees, things quickly snowball into a potential crisis after the conversation is overheard by the parish priest. Secrets are unintentionally revealed, and a quick-witted group of women realize what really matters as they work to protect their family reputation and each other. This wild and tender comedy directed by Asolo Rep Associate Artistic Director Celine Rosenthal explores the foolishness of first love, the pains of Catholic guilt, and ultimately, the power of family.  

Asolo Repertory Theatre

[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]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC Runway Fashion Show - Timeless Treasures , March 31, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its signature, annual fashion show on Friday, March 31, 2023 at The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota. The 2023 event, SPARCC Runway: Timeless Treasures will be filled with nostalgia and fashion-forward styles as we showcase trends that have come full-circle. Guests will enjoy valet parking, a champagne toast, shopping in the event’s premiere, pop-up fashion boutique (featuring great deals on high-end fashion pieces from SPARCC Treasure Chest), a delicious luncheon complete with wine service, and an unforgettable and fantastic runway fashion show. This year guests can also join in on our inaugural Fashion Show After-Party, and avoid the valet rush, with musical entertainment, for purchase beverage options and additional opportunities to shop the boutique. Registration and shopping begin at 10 AM, followed by the seated luncheon and fashion show at noon and the after-party immediately following. All festivities wrap-up by 2:30 PM. This year’s Fashion Show Chairs are: Vickie Smith, Event Chair; Darci Jacob, Fashion Chair; Coral Pleas (Cutting Loose Hair Salons) and Terry McKee (Nuovo Salon Group) as Honorary Chairs. As the owners of Sarasota’s most beloved hair salons the event’s Honorary Chairs are coming together to show their support of SPARCC, take a stand for survivors and help make Timeless Treasures an event to remember! All proceeds from the event support SPARCC’s free and confidential programs and services for
survivors of domestic and sexual violence. For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.sparcc.net/events or call 941-365-0208 ext. 110.

[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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