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SRQ DAILY Jun 13, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"The cod is quick or snap frozen. On the boat, fishermen fillet the fish, then freeze it within a few seconds. This means that all the nutrients are still in there, and when you defrost the fish, it tastes like it has just come out of the ocean."

- Wayne Tagelagi, Owner of Kiwi Style Fish and Chips

[The Dish]  Experience New Zealand Hospitality at Kiwi Style Fish and Chips
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

On the other side of the world, New Zealand boasts culinary wonders influenced by England and the surrounding Polynesian countries. At Kiwi Style Fish and Chips on Holmes Beach, residents of the Gulf Coast can sample tasty New Zealand favorites in a laidback atmosphere representative of the nation’s welcoming spirit.

Husband and wife Wayne and Nicole Tagelagi own Kiwi Style, which has other locations in Nicole’s home country of Australia as well as Hawaii. The couple had intended to open up their next restaurant in New York but settled on the Sarasota area. According to Wayne, a New Zealander or “Kiwi,” a nickname given to citizens of the country, the restaurant’s name says it all. “The British brought fish and chips to New Zealand,” he says, adding that the food is as ubiquitous there as pizza is in the United States. Cod and haddock are used for the fish and chips, which are made with a secret recipe and are served beer battered, crumbed or grilled. “The batter isn’t a tempura batter, but it’s still crispy and not thick.” Sandwiches, or burgers, as Kiwis call them, are also a popular menu choice.

The fish burgers, made using cod, are topped with lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and tartar sauce. While Kiwi Style uses frozen cod, the freezing process is different from traditional methods. “The cod is quick or snap frozen. On the boat, fishermen fillet the fish, then freeze it within a few seconds. This means that all the nutrients are still in there, and when you defrost the fish, it tastes like it’s just come out of the ocean.” Other crowd-pleasers include tacos, hamburgers with homemade meat patties and calamari, as well as a selection of desserts such as cheesecake.

The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, but patrons are invited to bring their own beverages. On the wall, a mural featuring Kiwi slang and people chowing down on a meal. Hawaiian and Polynesian music often play in the background. “We like the family vibe,” says Wayne, “and I love seeing a little kid enjoying a burger at the bar.”

Kiwi Style Fish and Chips, Anna Maria Island, 3608 East Bay Dr., Holmes Beach, https://www.kiwistylefishandchips.com/. 

Pictured: Fish and chips at Kiwi Style Fish and Chips. Photo Courtesy of Kiwi Style Fish and Chips.

[The Dish]  Oak and Stone Inviting Guests to Celebrate Independence Day in VIP Style at Bradenton Rooftop Deck

In a salute to the red, white, and blue, Oak & Stone Bradenton is inviting guests to purchase tickets for a private VIP party experience on Monday, July 4th, 2023 to celebrate Independence Day with a direct view of the Manatee River fireworks show. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and are required to gain access to the rooftop deck after 5:00 p.m. on July 4th. With each ticket purchase, guests will receive several perks including a $50 food and beverage credit, reserved seats guaranteed during the entirety of the event, and a direct view of the Manatee River fireworks show. Pricing: Tickets are $100 per person plus tax and gratuity. Guests who purchase tickets will receive access to the deck on July 4th beginning at 5:00p.m. The firework display is set to begin around 9:30p.m. Reservations are not required for the restaurant dining room which will maintain normal hours of operation on the day of the event. For more details on the event and to purchase tickets, visit www.oakandstone.com. About Oak & Stone Restaurants: Oak & Stone 

[The Dish]  Broadway Night at The Bijou Garden Cafe

Bijou Garden Café, an iconic downtown restaurant offering fine dining with an intimate and inviting ambiance in the heart of Sarasota’s theatre and arts district since 1986, is proud to announce a new monthly offering, Broadway Night at the Bijou. This enchanting event celebrates the magic of Broadway through captivating performances by renowned local singers and musicians. The first event will take place on Wednesday, June 21st, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Bijou Garden Café and will feature Dr. Joseph Holt at the piano. Holt will be joined by an impressive lineup of singers, including Kevin Steele, Joey Panek, Justin Gomlak Greer, and the Bijou’s very own Chef Christopher Covelli. Dr. Holt is known to the local arts community having served as artistic director for both Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota and Choral Artists of Sarasota. Steele spent 14 years as a professional actor working in productions in New York City, at regional theaters and on national and international tours. Before Panek started working in local media and television, he was a professional stage actor who performed in regional theaters and on national tours. Gomlak is a veteran of nine Broadway shows, including the original casts of Suessical the Musical and Urban Cowboy. He is currently the Director of Education and Community Engagement at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Covelli’s culinary career has brought him around the world, but few know that Covelli has sung at popular piano bars and lounges in New York, Provincetown, Key West and Europe. Guests will be able to order from the restaurant’s current dinner menu. There is no charge to attend but reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, visit BijouGardenCafe.com or call 941-366-8111. 

Pictured: Chef Christopher Covelli Photo by Matthew Holler.

[Food vendors]  This Saturday Limelight Market

Saturday, June 17 from 10-3 the spotlight is on Limelight Market! This fun, opop up market happens in the courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime with dogs from Tender Heart Charities looking for their fur-ever home, unique guest vendors, food, and live music with Sabrina. Check out the 40+ local creators and curators inside. Great way to support local! Free, until you buy something amazing! This month the guest vendors include Myakka’s Gold Apiary, Siesta Key Rum, The Tie Dye Nerds, Caitlin Bauer, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, Bread Bandits, I Am So Not Cool Vintage, Butterflies & Blossoms, Mystic Blooms, Wordier Than Thou, and A Branch of All My Twigs. For more information visit www.BazaaronApricotandlime.com Located at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. 

[Board of Directors]  Selby Gardens CEO Elected Board Chair of Visit Florida

VISIT FLORIDA’s Board of Directors has elected Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, as Chair for the 2023-24 fiscal year. Rominiecki, who is currently Vice Chair of the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, will begin her one-year term as Chair on July 1. Rominiecki has served on the VISIT FLORIDA Board since July 2020. During the 2022-23 fiscal year, she has chaired the organization’s Industry Services, Small Business and Rural Development Council, in addition to serving as Vice Chair. VISIT FLORIDA’s Board of Directors consists of tourism-industry experts from across the state who, along with the members of its committees and councils, provide guidance, input, and insight into the evolution of VISIT FLORIDA programs, processes, and messaging. The organization’s 2023-24 Board of Directors will serve from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. Rominiecki has served as Selby Gardens’ chief executive since 2015. After arriving, she repositioned the institution as The Living Museum®, enacting a new operating model that has yielded increases of 75% in membership and 74% in overall earned revenues. Rominiecki also has overseen the creation and Phase-One construction of an innovative, three-phase Master Site Plan for the Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus. Phase One of the project is expected to open this November, resulting in the first net-positive energy botanical garden complex in the world. In 2020, under Rominiecki’s leadership, Selby Gardens adopted Historic Spanish Point in the Osprey area of Sarasota County as a companion campus to its flagship Sarasota location. Together, Selby Gardens’ two campuses provide 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and regional history. Prior to joining Selby Gardens, Rominiecki gained 20 years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions. 

[Food Program]  Public Invited to Pre-Juneteenth Celebration

Local African-American service organizations are partnering with the Mayor’s Feed The Hungry Program to host a Juneteenth Celebration and Food Give-Away on June 17. The public is encouraged to come out to enjoy a meal, pick up food and participate in a non-partisan voter registration. Juneteenth is a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of Slaves in the United States and also celebrates African-American culture. The holiday falls on a Monday this year, so organizers are inviting the public to come celebrate on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Mount Raymond Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2410 4th Ave. E., Palmetto. The media is welcome to arrive at noon when local leaders will deliver remarks. Pi Beta Beta Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., and The Links, Incorporated, will be working in concert with The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program, to provide food donations at the Mount Raymond church food pantry. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Savor Sarasota , June 1 – June 14, Various times
Mark your calendars for the most delicious time of the year in Sarasota, the 18th annual Visit Sarasota County’s Savor Sarasota. Beginning Thursday, June 1st through Wednesday, June 14th, visitors and residents alike will be able to wine and dine their way around Sarasota area restaurants relishing multi-course meals. Savor Sarasota restaurant week is a two-week dining program that offers artfully crafted prix-fixe menus for both lunch and dinner. Lunch menus feature a two-course menu for $25 per person, and dinner menu features three courses for $40 per person. Many restaurants will also offer menu upgrades and wine and spirit pairings to elevate the experience. Visit https://www.visitsarasota.com/savor-sarasota/restaurants for an up-to-date restaurant list.
[SOON]  FOOD: Cheese 101 at Artisan Cheese Co. , June 15, 6pm
In Cheese 101, we take you through over eight cheeses and two wines. There will be a little bit of milk science, cheesemaker stories, and a lot of fun. From fresh to blue, we will introduce you to our most favorite pairings and wine to complement the cheese. Space is limited to 16 people, reserved in advance either by phone, or at the shop. The cheese classes are taught by our trained and enthusiastic cheese mongers. Visit artisancheesecompany.com to purchase tickets. Artisan Cheese Co., 550 Central Ave., Sarasota.
[SOON]  FOOD: SIN Nights at Geckos on Hillview , May 12 – August 31, 10 pm to midnight

Enjoy SIN Nights for Geckos Hospitality and Service Industry Colleagues. Join Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village and let us serve you late at night after your shift on Friday and Saturday nights. We will keep the light on late for you and offer Geckos food and drink specials just for you from 10-Midnight. Come in wearing your uniform or bring in your schedule and enjoy the camaraderie of friends at Geckos on Hillview. 1900 Hillview Street, Sarasota, www.GeckosGrill.com.

[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: Exhibition on Screen, Tokyo Stories , June 9 – June 15, Various times

Based on a major exhibition at the Ashmolean in Oxford, Tokyo Stories spans 400 years of incredibly dynamic art, ranging from the delicate woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige, to Pop Art posters, contemporary photography, Manga, film, and brand-new artworks that were created on the streets. The exhibition was a smash-hit five-star success and brought a younger and more diverse audience to the museum. The film uses the exhibition as a launchpad to travel to Tokyo itself, and explore the art and artists of the city more fully. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Lakewood Ranch Cinemas, 10715 Rodeo Drive 8, Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Sarasota Music Festival , June 5 – June 24, Various times

The Sarasota Music Festival returns for the 2023 Festival season, centering around a special theme that ties together the 12 concerts highlighting the power of storytelling through music. Student fellows, who come from top conservatories and music schools, are afforded the opportunity to perform alongside world-renowned faculty artists on Friday and Saturday evening concert programs. The three-week Festival runs from June 5 to 24 and features a schedule of 12 different concerts, as well as a wide range of masterclasses, coaching sessions, and rehearsals. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.sarasotaorchestra.org/festival.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Bishop After Dark, Love and Lights, a Celebration of Inclusion , June 15, 6 to 10 pm
This month join The Bishop as Bishop After Dark features Love and Lights, A Celebration of Inclusion. Come spread the love with us on Thursday, June 15th. Join us for delicious bites from local LGBTQ-owned businesses while sipping local craft beer and wine for purchase with cash or card. You will be welcomed with a fabulous specialty cocktail before enjoying not one, but two Laser Light shows featuring music artists Lady Gaga and Lizzo. Bring the one you love and your singing voice, as it is time to show our pride. Tickets are $40. The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, bishopscience.org.
[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Kettle of Fish , June 16, 5-9pm
Friday Fest, the free, outdoor summertime concert series at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall returns this year with an exciting lineup of bands who will bring the audience to their feet! The events run from 5-9 p.m. and are located on the lawn of the Van Wezel. Opening the Friday Fest series on June 16 is returning favorite, Kettle of Fish. Kettle of Fish plays festival music that features blues, soul, and funk with the energy of rock n roll. They make old songs new again, and their originals sound like classics. Kettle of Fish is one of the hottest live acts in southwest Florida, headlining to thousands, and opening for such acts as Eddie Money, Marshall Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Dickey Betts, and many more. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, take in the music and the sunset, and enjoy food and beverage from local vendors. Bringing in food, beverages and coolers from outside Friday Fest is prohibited. For additional information, visit VanWezel.org.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Gothic Library, Three Classic Tales of Terror Brought to Life by Live Radio Theatre , June 16 – June 17, 8 to 9pm
Join us for an evening of classical gothic storytelling. By way of live radio theatre performed in the loft, watch and listen as a professional cast, with the help of a sound effects operator, dramatizes three stories by the likes of Edgar Allen Poe, Charles Dickens, and M.R. James. Tickets for this live performance are $15. The Gothic Library is an immersive audio experience designed to ignite the dark side of the imagination. This performance features moments that may prove too intense for younger guests or those with a sensitive disposition.Registration can be found here, https://www.sarasotabooks.com/events, or call 941-365-7900. Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota.
[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Juneteenth Arts Festival , June 18, 1 to 9pm

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe is proud to host its first-ever Juneteenth Arts Festival. On Sunday, June 18, from 1-9 p.m., WBTT will host numerous businesses, organizations and food trucks, screen films and film shorts from local filmmakers as well as students from Ringling College of Art and Design, and present spoken word and live music on an outdoor stage. Takes place at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe,1012 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota. Entry to all events is free. For more information, call 941-366-1505 or contact Perterly Baptiste at pbaptiste@westcoastblacktheatre.org.

[SOON]  FILM: Summer Movies at CoolToday Park featuring Top Gun Maverick , June 18, 5pm

Summer movie nights are back at CoolToday Park. Top Gun Maverick will be shown on the scoreboard and will begin at 5pm each night. Children ages 3 and under will receive free admission, while tickets for ages 4-9 are only $3, and ages 10 and up are $7. Tickets are available now at the CoolToday Park box office, online at cooltodaypark.com/movies or by calling 941-413-5004. Parking is free, seats will be available in the seating bowl. No outside food or beverages are chairs are allowed inside the stadium. The Superior Pools Tomahawk Tiki Bar and Grill will be open for full dinner service. For more information on the 2023 Movie Nights, or CoolToday Park, visit www.cooltodaypark.com , email springtraining@braves.com, or call 941-413-5000.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Summer Circus Spectacular , June 9 – August 12, Various times

Circus fans of all ages, from near and far, can beat the heat this summer at reasonable prices while experiencing the best of the circus arts, thanks to the continued partnership of The Circus Arts Academy and The Ringling. The Summer Circus Spectacular returns this year, with exciting acts signed on for the one-hour, action-packed show. The 2023 Summer Circus Spectacular, which has become a seasonal highlight for locals, visitors, families and groups alike, takes place from June 9 through August 12. Tickets are $20 for adults, $13 for children 12 and under, and tickets for the 7 p.m. opening night performance and celebration on Friday, June 9, which includes a gala reception with the artists, are $50. To complete their circus experience, Summer Circus Spectacular patrons can enjoy access to the Circus Museum on the day they attend a show for an additional $5. Visit Ringling.org or call the Box Office at 941-360-7399 to purchase tickets and learn more. The Historic Asolo Theater at The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Shear Madness , May 31 – July 16, Various times

There has been a murder in a local hair salon, and it is up to the audience to solve the crime. Everyone is a suspect when the old lady living above Shear Madness salon is mysteriously offed. Join two police officers to piece together the clues behind this strange, scissor-stabbing homicide. Chock full of up-to-the minute spontaneous humor, Shear Madness has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world. Now it is up to Sarasota audiences to outwit the suspects and catch the killer in this interactive comedy whodunit. FST Gompertz Theatre, 1265 First St.
Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[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.

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