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SRQ DAILY May 23, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"I want to create a safe and comfortable space that lets the dogs do their magic."

- Mindy Kaufman, Co-owner of Boos Ice House and Dog Bar

[The Dish]  The First Dog Bar in Sarasota Offers Delights for Everyone
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Man’s best friend can enjoy kicking back at the neighborhood bar in Sarasota’s Rosemary District. Boo’s Ice House and Dog Bar, owned by Mindy Kaufman and her husband Bobby Boivin, opened on May 22 for humans and their four-legged friends.

Kaufman and Boivin frequented a dog bar out of town and felt that concept would be a great addition to Sarasota. “Having a drink and watching all the dogs play made us smile,” Kaufman says. The couple spent a few years looking for the perfect property and landed on the current location near dog-friendly condos and apartments. They loved the homey feel of the space, enhanced by the special touches the pair added. Most of Boo’s is a spacious indoor play area for dogs, complete with wooden obstacle courses and vintage dog-themed posters. A dining section sits adjacent to the play area, separating the dogs from the food-laden tables with a fence, ensuring that guests can watch them play without worrying that a furry snout might gobble up their slice of pizza. Another dining space, walled in by glass, offers a more traditional dining experience and an excellent view of the kitchen. Outside, a patio with picnic tables flanks another play area. Boivin constructed the bar, light fixtures and adorable wood and epoxy tables embedded with wooden paw prints, incorporating detail into every facet of the space.

Boo’s beverage and restaurant menu displays the same intentional planning. The names of the meals and drinks, like the Mastiff Burger and Best in Show Pizza, round out the experience. The team recommends the Rings on a Tail, crispy onion rings served on a metal dog’s extended tail as well as the Dream Dog Pizza, featuring basil pesto, mozzarella cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and fresh basil. Restaurant Manager Dave Grammer, of Goodfella Cafe and Winery fame, helped develop the menu of elevated offerings tasty enough to warrant a visit for the food alone. The innovative cocktail program offers fun twists on classic cocktails, all with a canine flair sure to delight guests. “I want to create a safe and comfortable space that lets the dogs do their magic and put a smile on everyone’s face when they come in,” says Kaufman. “People can forget what’s going on in their lives and watch the dogs have fun.”

All humans are welcome at Boo’s, but visiting dogs must have a membership plan, offered as annual and monthly memberships or daily passes. To learn more about membership programs, visit boosdogbar.com. Boo’s Ice House and Dog Bar, 1314 10th St., Sarasota, boosdogbar.com. 

Pictured: Dogs can enjoy the play areas while their owners relax. Photo by Laura Paquette.

[Brunch]  May Live Blues Brunch Featuring Kat Crosby and the Rhythm Gators

Experience the best in blues and a delicious chef-crafted brunch at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Downtown Bradenton Sunday, May 28th, 11:00 am –4:00 pm. Mattison’s offers brunch daily with a special live Blues Brunch every 4 th Sunday of the month. This month features Kat Crosby & the Rhythm Gators. Brunch is served daily from open– 4pm. Music is from 11:00-2 pm. Sophisticated blues, a hint of jazz and hot guitar defines the 20 year blues veteran, Kat Crosby and the Rhythm Gators. Described by Bob Burns of The Mesilla Valley Jazz and Blues Society as, “One of the blues treasures of New Mexico and Texas,” Kat Crosby focuses on delivering a show filled with the emotional vocals of Kat supported by the powerful and expressive guitar work of her husband, John Peterson. Together they prove just how much fun playing live music can be. As a singer/songwriter, Kat Crosby's play list is a combination of original music and carefully chosen cover songs intent on drawing the audience into the music. The music is a mix of fresh, modern blues, a dash of jazz, and always with the attitude of LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL! In addition to hosting authentic blues, Mattison’s offers a Brunch Menu guaranteed to make your Sunday Brunch experience complete. Choices of brunch items include Stuffed French Toast with Cinnamon Whipped Cream, Steak and Eggs Bowl, Mediterranean Frittata, Smokehouse
Omelet, Shakshuka, and a Farmhouse Flatbread. Signature Bloody Mary’s and Bottomless Mimosas make it a perfect way to spend your Sunday! Call 941-896-9660 today to make reservations to experience delicious chef-created brunch menu items and authentic blues. To view the entire brunch menu, visit mattisons.com under Riverwalk Menus. 

[Restaurants]  Experience Tzeva During Restaurant Week

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week is back! From June 1-14 and Tzeva will feature prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus for just $25 and $40 per person respectively. On the lunch menu, the first course will feature a choice of one of Tzeva’s craveable hummuses, such as white bean, chicken, classic or vegetarian. For the main course, guests can choose from fan favorite shashliks from chicken, to lamb to grouper. Each course comes with a wine pairing for an additional $10 each. The dinner menu features three courses of Tzeva’s popular dishes. For the first course, guests can enjoy Toasted Feta Cheese, Shakshuka, or Falafel with an optional wine pairing for $10. Moving into the second course, Tzeva will offer fresh, crisp salads like the Israeli salad featuring tomato, cucumber, lemon, mint, oregano, bell pepper, and feta, or the Leafy Greens featuring mesclun, cucumber, curly endive, quinoa, radish, and parmesan. For the third course, savor one of the shashliks you couldn’t try at lunch and a wine pairing for $10.  

To learn more, visit

[Celebration]  Passport to The Bazaar

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime is celebrating their 5th birthday on May 25th from 5-7pm. This fun and free event will be filled with surprises. As you travel through the different shops inside The Bazaar, get your “passport” stamped. The winning passport receives a Sarasota Staycation prize. The prize package is over a $1,000 value and includes a night at Home 2 Suites by Hilton, tickets to Cine Bistro, The Players Centre, McCurdy’s Comedy Club, a tour with Discover Sarasota Tours, $50 from Sun King Brewery, $100 from First Watch, gift certificate to Salty Jim’s (with a bunch of booze), two weeks unlimited yoga at Bhavana Yoga, a 45 minute Biomat Bliss Session with Adeline’s Mystic Earth, and a massage from Nikki Thompson LMT. Geri Blunt will be performing live. This singer, songwriter, guitarist covers an eclectic mix of genres from her musical roots in classic country and rock to soulful blues. She’s a favorite of The Bazaar. Hamlet’s Eatery will remain open for dinner. This is a yearly celebration you won’t want to miss!

The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. For more information call 941-445-1938 or visit www.bazaaronapricoandlime.com. 

[Tourism]  Visit Sarasota County Sports Commission Launches Virtual Center to Expand on Sports Tourism Marketing Efforts

Visit Sarasota County (VSC), the official tourism marketing entity and primary provider of visitor information for the community, launched a new website landing page to highlight the numerous sporting venues available for organizations across the nation to consider for events. The online hub, created through VSC’s Sports Commission, allows users to virtually explore different facilities in the county, view upcoming events, and begin the process of hosting their own tournament in Sarasota County through the click of a button. The page will also serve as a resource for residents interested in attending some of the community’s events. VSC’s new landing page is part of a major marketing push to attract new sports organizations to the community and host events at some of its leading venues. In recent years, Sarasota County made the national map as a destination for professional, amateur and recreational sports due to its year-round, warm weather and wide array of community amenities. With over 40 parks, sports complexes, courts, trails, and arenas in the region, the county fosters and supports an active sports community, which is complemented by its robust arts, culture, and dining scenes. Well-known sporting facilities currently include the MLB’s spring training complexes for the Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves, and internationally acclaimed multi-sport rowing venue Nathan Benderson Park.More information on VSC’s new website page can be viewed here: sports.visitsarasota.com/ 

To learn more, visit

[LGBTQ+]  Project Pride SRQ Host 2nd Annual Grand Carnival

Project Pride SRQ will host the 2 nd annual Grand Carnival, themed “Diamonds are Forever” June 3 rd at the Circus Arts Conservatory. This unique event will knock you off your feet showcasing Honorary Chair Donna Koffman and Family and featuring exciting visuals by Botanica Design Studio and live performances on the main stage by Ada Vox of American Idol and Queen of the Universe, and upcoming season of Americas Got Talent and Zee Machine, nominated for Breakout Musical Artist at The Queerties Award, plus surprises you must see to believe! “Grand Carnival is time to show up and celebrate the strong and vibrant LGBTQ+ community of Sarasota“ saïd Jason Champion, President of Project Pride. The 21+ ticketed event will feature live music, delicious lite bites from Sage, Tsunami Sushi, 1592 Wood Fire Kitchen and Florence and the Spice Boys and more local community partners. All are welcome. 

[Holiday ]  City Administrative Offices Close for Memorial Day on May 29

City of Sarasota administrative offices will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Residential garbage, recycling and yard waste collection and commercial garbage collection schedules will be unaffected by the holiday. Hours of operation at recreation and cultural arts facilities are as follows: Arlington Park and Aquatic Complex, 2650 Waldemere St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m; Lido Pool, 400 Benjamin Franklin Drive, will be closed; Payne Park Tennis Center, 2050 Adams Lane, will be open 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m; Robert L. Taylor Community Complex, 1845 34th St., will be open 6-10 a.m; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail - The Box Office will be closed; The city, in conjunction with the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee, will host the annual Memorial Day parade at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, in downtown Sarasota, to be followed by a ceremony at approximately 11 a.m. at Chaplain J.D. Hamel Park. Due to the parade, the Bay Runner will operate a modified route from South Lido at Ted Sperling Park to the Ringling Boulevard-Palm Avenue intersection from 8 a.m. until the conclusion of the parade and ceremony at about noon Monday. For more information about garbage, recycling, and yard waste collection, contact the Solid Waste Division at 941-365-7651. 

[Forage]  Lebanese Culinary Magic
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Lebanese Culinary Magic | At this authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean eatery, a blend of exceptional dishes, attentive customer service and Middle Eastern spices wows diners, May/June 2023. 

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[SOON]  FOOD: Japanese Whiskey Tasting at JPAN , May 23, 6:30 to 8:30pm

JPAN SUSHI AND GRILL presents a Japanese whiskey tasting featuring the world-famous distillery Suntory. Special guest speaker Richard Auwaerter will educate you on the unique flavors of Legent bourbon, Yamazaki 12 and Hibiki Harmony, perfectly paired with Asian-inspired bites. Tickets are $100. JPAN Sushi and Grill, 229 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, https://www.exploretock.com/kore-steakhouse-sarasota/event/411332/japanese-whiskey-tasting.

[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge 2023 , May 15 – June 18, Restaurant Hours

Join the Geckos Hospitality Group family of restaurants to celebrate the culinary creativity of your favorite Geckos Grill and Pub Chefs during the annual Iron Chef Challenge. From May 15th to June 11th and June 12th to 18th each of our six Geckos will participate in a weekly special Iron Chef Menu, with several of our Chefs designing delectable and inventive fare, plus some tried and true favorites with a creative twist. The contest is a weekly competition between Geckos Kitchen Creatives and guests may sample what the GHG kitchen pros have up their Chef Jacket sleeves. Whichever Iron Chef Special Menu is the favorite of our GHG guests for the week wins the Iron Chef title for that week and a cash prize with seven Iron Chefs named after the competition knives have been cleaned and put away in June. There will be a Championship Final the week of June 12-18th, with the winning GHG location being crowned the Iron Chef 2023 Champ. All Geckos Hospitality locations, geckosgrill.com.

[SOON]  FILM: Vermeer, The Greatest Exhibition at Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , May 19 – May 25, Various times
This Exhibition On Screen film invites audiences to a private view of the exhibition, accompanied by the director of the Rijksmuseum and the curators of the show. A truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As well as bringing together the works of Vermeers, both the Rijksmuseum and the Mauritshuis in the Hague have conducted research into Vermeer's artistry, his artistic choices and motivations for his compositions, as well as the creative process behind his paintings. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Dr. 8, Lakewood Ranch, filmsociety.org.
[SOON]  MUSEUM: Lorna Bieber, Natural World at The Ringling , May 20 – October 15, Museum hours

The Ringling presents a solo exhibition of works by Lorna Bieber in May that includes two new pieces making their debut in the Keith D. and Linda L. Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art. Her artwork first and foremost encourages us to indulge in the pleasures of looking and discovering anew the details of the visual world. Her artistic practice is grounded in appropriating, recycling, and manipulating imagery. The work reminds us of the image world that inundates our daily existence. Our experience of reality is mediated through a barrage of photographic digital images that supplants our connection to the natural world. Yet, Bieber is less interested in a critique of this condition than she is in offering her work as an antidote, a way to inspire viewers and reconnect with our shared sense of wonder. Included with museum admission. The Ringling Museum, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

[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: 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: She Engineers at the Bishop , January 24 – July 30, During museum hours

SHE ENGINEERS is a bilingual (English and Spanish) poster exhibition highlighting eight women in various engineering fields. In their own words, the women share their passion and what inspired them to become engineers. If we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world.

[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]  MUSEUM: Joseph's Coat, Skyspace by James Turrell , April 13 – May 26, Various times

Joseph’s Coat: Skyspace by James Turrell (2011) is a triumph of technology, engineering, and aesthetics. The Skyspace, created by internationally-renowned artist James Turrell, is a gathering place for contemplation and offers a unique experience. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. In doing so, the artist changes the context in which we view the sky through the 24-foot aperture in the ceiling, affecting our perception of the natural environment and the surroundings. As we gaze up at the sky we are invited to contemplate light, perception, and experience. Tickets are $10 and are free for members. Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, ringling.org.

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