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SRQ DAILY May 2, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"A lot of customers come for Italian food because that is what they are comfortable with, but 70 percent of them turn the page and get hooked on a Portuguese item."

- Tito Vitorino, Chef and Owner of Amore Restaurant

[The Dish]  Amore Restaurant Channels Culinary Traditions from Portugal
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

As travelers gear up for summer, Portugal occupies a prominent place on their trip itinerary. Renowned for its intricate and colorful mosaics, stunning coastal cliffs and turquoise waters, Portugal boasts an impressive culinary scene. At Amore Restaurant in Sarasota, Portuguese chef and owner Tito Vitorino shares his passion for his native homeland’s food with guests.

Vitorino grew up in the Alto Douro region from which port wine hails. He learned to cook around age seven or eight by observing his mother and grandmother and creating new recipes with his brother, to varying degrees of success. He spent his adolescence tending the vineyards with his grandfather. “I was always curious and playing around with recipes,” he says. Moving to the Algarve region in the south of the country, Vitorino furthered his skills while familiarizing himself with that area’s cuisine.

Following a friend he met in the Algarve, he moved to the United States, working in the Miami-based cruise industry before settling in Sarasota, where he collaborated with various restauranteurs and took on a leadership role at Amore. The restaurant’s current iteration, located on Lime Ave., represents the third stage of the business’s evolution. Half of the menu offers Portuguese delights; the other half features Italian staples. “A lot of customers come for Italian food because that’s what they’re comfortable with, but 70 percent of them turn the page and get hooked on a Portuguese item.”

Vitorino recommends that guests sample the best-loved and most traditional dishes the country has to offer, like salted cod fritters, or bolinhos de bacalhau in Portuguese. “Salted cod for us Portuguese is like pasta for the Italians. We eat more salted cod than the rest of the world combined. There’s a saying in Portugal that says we have 365 salted cod recipes, one for each day of the year, but believe me, that number is higher.” Amore sources its salted cod from Portugal, ensuring that the product is of the highest quality and authenticity. From the Algarve region, Amore serves cataplana dishes. The meal takes its name from the spherical pot used to cook a variety of ingredients using steam and pressure. The cataplana de marisco, or seafood cataplana, is a fan favorite. For dessert, Vitorino insists on sampling the scrumptious pastel de nata, an egg custard tart ubiquitous across the country, from fine dining establishments to the local corner cafe.

With a cozy interior and kitchen with an open glass window, Amore recreates the experience that many foodies dream of, stumbling upon a cozy and inviting spot with a dedicated team preparing tasty food. As part of the Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week, Amore offers guests a three-course menu to sample popular dishes, which will be available through November. If you can’t make it to Portugal this summer, Amore is the perfect culinary staycation.

Amore Restaurant, 180 North Lime Ave., Sarasota, amorelbk.com. 

Pictured: The cataplana de marisco, or seafood cataplana at Amore Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Amore Restaurant.

[Celebration ]  Chart House to Host Women Behind The Wine Celebration Dinner

Join Chart House for a celebration showcasing the Women Behind The Wine. The evening will commemorate these remarkable women and their wines, expertly paired with a delectable 5-course meal curated by Chart House’s renowned executive chefs. The wine dinner will be held on Thursday, May 4th at 7 p.m. for $135 per person. The full menu is as follows: First Course- Burrata Cheese Bruschetta- Oven Roasted Tomato Bacon Jam, Roasted Garlic & Olive Oil Toasted Baguette, Poggio Al Tesoro Vermentino, Bolgheri- Marlisa Allegrini, Head Winemaker. Second Course - Spiced Pacific Shrimp Ceviche-Panko Fried Avocado, Jicama & mango Salad, Lotus & Taro Chips, Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough- Sue Whitehaven, Proprietor. Third Course- Lobster Tail Milanese- Roasted Asparagus, Basil Citrus Gremolata Roasted Shallot Beurre Blanc, Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Chardonnay, Monterey- Kamee Kruston, Winemaker. Fourth Course - Calotte Ribeye- Shrimp & Mushroom Fondue, Truffle Brown Butter, J Vineyards & Winery Pinot Noir, Sonoma/Monterey/ Napa- Nicole Hitchcock, Winemaker. Fifth Course - Chocolate Kuchen- Toasted Meringue, Macerated Berries, William Hill Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast- Christine Benz, Senior Quality Manager. 

For reservations click here.

[Holiday Event]  Duval's Offers Mother's Day Specials for Dine-in and Takeout

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. is offering Mother’s Day specials on Sunday, May 14 th from 11am-10pm. The entrée selections on the menu include brunch-style selections as well as traditional lunch and dinner options. The entrée specials include Steak and Eggs, Chicken and Waffles, Seafood Linguine, and Croque Madame. The chef-curated menu will be available all day for lunch and dinner in conjunction with the
regular menus. Duval’s also offers the Mother’s Day menu for takeout and free delivery! To view Duval’s delivery zone, visit https://www.duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com/free-delivery. Pre-orders are recommended for takeout and delivery to guarantee your desired timeframe. To pre-order, call 941-312-4001 or visit https://www.duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com/mothersday23. Limited reservations remain for dine-in. Please call the restaurant to reserve your spot. Duval’s also offers a free shuttle to transport guests to and from the restaurant. For more information about the shuttle, visit www.duvalsfls.com/shuttle.
Duval’s is located at 1435 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236. 

[Farmers Market]  Wellen Park Debuts Fresh Harvest Weekly Farmers Market

Wellen Park has announced Fresh Harvest, its new weekly farmers market coming to Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest Farmers Market begins Sunday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will offer a selection of local goods from local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday as part of Downtown Wellen’s event schedule. Attendees can peruse over 30 different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer produce, herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk, specialty cheeses, and prepared food and beverages. Starting in the fall, cooking demonstrations will be offered at Fresh Harvest. Local chefs will lead the demonstrations and provide tips on food preservation and other kitchen skills. As a producer-only farmers market, Fresh Harvest will feature locally grown and prepared foods with limited exceptions, such as tea and seasonings. A limited selection of craft vendors are also participating in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Applications are also available online for interested vendors. 

Pictured: Wild at Heart Flower Truck, a Fresh Harvest participating vendor, is a mobile flower bar that offers fresh cut flowers for patrons to make their own bouquets. Photo courtesy of Wellen Park.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Summer Movies at Sarasota Opera House to begin Friday, May 12, 2023

Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2023 Summer Classic Movies at the Opera House. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series featuring many beloved movies will open on Friday, May 12th at 7:30 pm with 2001: A Space Odyssey. Throughout the summer and into the fall, featured movies will include films ranging from the 1930’s to the 1990’s. Tickets will be $12 and will go on sale starting on Wednesday, May 3.  “We are happy to once again present a series of Classic Movies at the Sarasota Opera House this season,” said General Director Richard Russell. “The Sarasota Opera House was originally a movie and vaudeville theater, so this is a perfect way to celebrate that tradition. Unfortunately, we are not able to present performing arts films as we have in past years because there is a lack of available content. We will monitor that situation and if performances become available for us to screen, we will add it to our series.” All seats are general admission. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater. Information and tickets can be found online at SarasotaOpera.org or by calling (941)328-1300. Sarasota Opera subscribers who wish to receive discount Classic Movie tickets must contact the Sarasota Opera box office directly. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Orchestra Returns to Ed Smith Stadium for Outdoor Pops

Ed Smith Stadium will once again host the Sarasota Orchestra for its annual Outdoor Pops concert on Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6. This year’s theme is “Dancing in the Streets: Music of Motown,” giving fans the chance to hear funky sounds from the height of the Motown era transformed into a symphonic experience. The program will feature hits made famous by artists such as Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder. Songs include “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Heard it Through The Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition,” and more. The concert will conclude with a fireworks display, weather permitting. Tickets, starting as low as $15, are still available and can be purchased at Orioles.com/Spring or by calling (941) 893-6312. In partnership with the Sarasota Orchestra, the Orioles have donated tickets to members of Girls Inc. to experience and gain further education on arts and music. Girls Inc. is focused on the development of the whole girl, using long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming to equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. The organization was one of the 2023 beneficiaries of the clubs annual “Athletes & Artists Play For Kids” charity weekend which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities through the Orioles Charitable Foundation’s Music & Arts Education Scholarship. Since 2013, the Orioles “Arts in the Ballpark” series has brought 25 free and low-cost, family-friendly arts and entertainment events to the Sarasota community, reaching more than 48,000 fans. Since moving their Spring Training Operations to Sarasota, more than 1.3 million fans have enjoyed Orioles baseball at Ed Smith Stadium, helping to generate more than $600 million in economic impact in the state of Florida since 2015. Beyond economic impact, the Orioles have provided more than $3.9 million to local Sarasota organizations through cash donations and in-kind contributions. Over the past 13 years, the team has made it a priority to help combat food insecurity, empower the youth of the community, provide arts and educational resources for local children, and be able to help when the community needs them the most. This past September when Hurricane Ian hit, the Orioles acted quickly to step in and help. Players and staff helped compile cases of water, gas tanks, ice, and other supplies, while Ed Smith Stadium parking lots were used to house emergency response providers. The Orioles also partnered with All Faiths Food Bank to provide local families in need with necessary food prior to the holidays. For details, visit Orioles.com/Sarasota. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Cinco de Mayo Block Party at Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar , May 5, Block party runs through 2 pm to 2 am, restaurant opens at 11 am

Rocco's Tacos and Tequila Bar will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a block party at the University Town Center location, along with pop-up food and drink vendors, door prizes and live entertainment all weekend long. On Friday, May 5, guests are invited to party all day and into the night with free shots of Santo Tequila and live music while indulging in authentic Mexican cuisine, handcrafted cocktails, and over 300 tequila varieties. Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar, 243 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, roccostacos.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Walking Progressive Dinner , May 10, 6:30 pm

Taste Dining and Travel Magazine is celebrating spring with a Walking Progressive Dinner in Downtown Sarasota on Wednesday, May 10. Enjoy a course at three fabulous downtown Sarasota restaurants, Bevardi’s Salute, Azul and Tzeva, and a short walk to them for an evening to remember. Part of the event’s proceeds will benefit All Faiths Food Bank. Tickets are $125. Reserve your spot at tasteweb.net or call 941-366-7950. Meet at Bevardi's Salute, 23 North Lemon Ave., Sarasota. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Hound Happy Hour at Hamlet's Eatery ON PAUSE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE , February 24 – December 29, 5 to 8 p.m.

It’s a paw-ty at Hamlet's Eatery! Ready to win rockin' prizes? Join us for a Cinco de Mayo Celebration and MUSIC Bingo on Friday, May 5th at Hamlet's Eatery. Come for dinner and drinks and stay for four rounds of Music Bingo. Hamlet's opens at 5pm. No charge to play. Kid and dog friendly.This is a great way to kick off your weekend. 821 Apricot Ave in Sarasota. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938.

[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]  DANCE: Images of Dance , May 2, 7:30 pm

The Sarasota Ballet is excited to announce the return of Images of Dance. This special one-off performance features inspiring new choreography and extracts from beloved classical works. Showcasing the future of The Sarasota Ballet, dancers of The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company join students of The Margaret Barbieri Conservatory at the beautiful Sarasota Opera House. The Sarasota Ballet is thrilled to collaborate with several of Sarasota's most prominent arts organizations: Sarasota Music Conservatory, the Sarasota Youth Opera, and Key Chorale who will provide live music for the performance. Images of Dance offers a unique opportunity to bring together young artists from different genres and allows audience members to be introduced to some of the best of what Sarasota’s arts community has to offer. Individual tickets for Images of Dance, starting at $30, are on sale now at www.SarasotaBallet.org or by calling 941-359-0099. Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show , May 2 – May 26, During gallery hours

Madeby Gallery invites you to the Disney Artist and Ringling College Alumnus Tim Rogerson Show now through May 26. Over 50 of Tim’s original paintings, giclee on canvas, and lithograph prints are for sale. Many have been personalized on the back by Tim, which brings added value to the Disney piece. Don't miss this rare opportunity to add to your Disney collection. Tim Rogerson is a Disney Fine Artist and Ringling College Alumnus. He is one of only a select group of artists allowed to recreate iconic Disney characters and scenes. Visit madebygallery.com to learn more. Madeby Gallery, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSEUM: Gallery Talks, Connecting with Contemporary Native American Art , May 2, 10:30 am

In this talk we’ll explore works by contemporary Native American artists who are making connections between tradition and life today. Tickets are $30 for non-members and $5 for members. Museum admission is included. Visit ringling.org for more information and to purchase tickets. Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Ringling College Senior Thesis Exhibitions , May 2 – May 5, Various times
Senior thesis exhibitions are on view through May 5, all on-campus galleries. These exhibitions feature design projects created by Ringling College seniors from every major. Visit ringling.edu to learn more. Ringling College Galleries and Exhibition, 2700 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
[SOON]  GALLERY: Unique Differences at Art Uptown Gallery , May 2 – May 26, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the May exhibit, Unique Differences showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Ian Begg, Lynn Armstrong Coffin, and Tammy Keller, at the First Friday public reception on May 5 from 6-9 p.m. All four award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, April 29 and runs through Friday, May 26. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of award-winning regional artists is exhibited daily. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: The Hats and Heels and Bow Ties Luncheon , May 3, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

The Hats and Heels and Bow Ties Luncheon supports programs at Turning Points. Hats and Heels and Bow Ties centers around a friendly interactive competition between guests. Celebrity judges score the guests on several categories regarding the guests’ hats or fascinators, and/or heels or flats and or bow ties. Exceptional prizes are awarded to the winners. Tickets are $75 and there are several sponsorship opportunities available. Included in the ticket cost is a glass of champagne, a sit down lunch, dessert and photo booth pictures. Visit tpmanatee.org/events/ for more information and to purchase tickets. Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy, 5450 Bollettieri Blvd., Bradenton.

[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]  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: 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]  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.

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