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SRQ DAILY Jun 27, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"Namo, in the Buddhist religion, means to pray before doing anything else, like eating, and I feel blessed and grateful to provide great food to everyone."

- Bank Tansiri, Owner and Chef of Namo Izakaya

[The Dish]  Sit Back and Relax at Japanese Pub Namo Izakaya
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Dining at Namo Izakaya is like stepping through a portal to Japan’s popular pubs. Colorful signs written in Japanese line the restaurant’s brick walls, beckoning guests to whip out their phones and translate their hidden meanings. Bank Tansiri, the owner and chef of Namo Izakaya, modeled the establishment after eateries he visited while traveling through the country. “In Japan, I went to a couple of places like this. They were comfortable and relaxing places to hang out,” he says. Drawing upon Japan’s rich traditions, Tansiri incorporated them into the business, inviting patrons to experience the nation’s culinary culture in a manner that stands out from other local restaurants. As is customary in Japan, an oshibori, or hot towel, is presented to diners so they can clean their hands during the meal.

“We serve tapas-style Japanese food in small portions that guests can share with friends or family,” adds Tansiri. “Here, you can try different items without spending a lot of money on large portions.” The menu features something to please every palate, from scrumptious starters to Thai-Japanese fusion dishes. Crowd-favorite starters include the Gyoza Pork Dumplings and Sweet Corn Cheese. Certain starters, like Spicy Edamame and the Namo Fried Chicken, pack a subtle layer of spice. Classic flavors abound in the Tonkotsu ramen, with sun noodles, creamy broth, egg and vegetables. Tansiri blended his Thai background with his passion for Japanese cuisine to create Tomyummen, a spicy lemongrass ramen dish. Entrees, like Chicken Teriyaki and Shrimp and Veg Tempura, round out the menu, along with a selection of sake, Japanese beer and soda as well as other beverages. For dessert, don’t miss the Green Tea Ice Cream, a delightful way to finish off the meal.

Tansiri hopes that diners find the restaurant to be a welcoming space reminiscent of Japanese izakaya, or pubs. “Namo, in the Buddhist religion, means to pray before doing anything else, like eating,” he says, “and I feel blessed and grateful to provide great food to everyone.”

Namo Izakaya, 1439 Main St., Sarasota, namoizakay.com. 

Pictured: The Tomyummen Ramen at Namo Izakaya blends Thai and Japanese flavors. Photo courtesy of Namo Izakaya.

[Wine Offerings]  Michael's Wine Cellar Announces Exciting Offerings of 2022 Bordeaux Futures

Michael's Wine Cellar is proud to be home to a portfolio of over 1,000 international estate-bottled wines. However, the star of the show this season is undoubtedly the 2022 Bordeaux futures. Recognized as one of the world's finest wine-producing regions, Bordeaux's 2022 vintage is anticipated to be one of the most exceptional in recent decades. Bordeaux Futures, or "en primeur," as it's known in France, provides a sneak peek into the future of these legendary wines. Wine critics taste barrel samples and release their “scores” for the wines each April. In May, the Chateaux begin to set prices and offer their wines to the world market. Consumers can purchase the wines through selected retailers while they are still in the barrel, before they are bottled, and before they are released to the general market. This method allows wine enthusiasts and investors to secure potentially highly sought-after wines at a lower price than upon arrival. James Suckling, the esteemed wine critic, named nine potential 100-pointers in the process and has been quoted saying "the quality of the wines in 2022 is exceptional" while gushing about the vintage, saying it is “a new benchmark” that produced “astonishing wines.” His words capture the excitement and anticipation surrounding this release. Wine enthusiasts are captivated by the promise these Bordeaux futures hold – before these wines arrive in 2025. For many consumers, the wines can commemorate significant dates in people’s lives such as a child’s birth or a special anniversary. The Michael's Wine Cellar staff’s expertise can guide consumers through their 2022 Bordeaux futures purchases, as Bordeaux wines are a particular focus of the store. Proprietor Michael Klauber has spent decades visiting Bordeaux and purchasing futures. “We are able to offer "premier tranche" (first prices), because of our history in Bordeaux and we have the ability to purchase the wines at the very first and best prices!” quoted Michael Klauber. Michael is always available to answer any questions. 

To learn more, visit

[Arts & Entertainment]  Tickets on Sale Now for the Sarasota Opera Food and Wine Festival

On Saturday, September 23, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. the Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival will take place at Sarasota Opera House. Local restaurants will gather to serve tasty bites, wine, and other treats as a benefit for Sarasota Youth Opera. Throughout the event, there will be performances from the Youth Opera chorus and Sarasota Opera artists, as well as raffles and other activities. Tickets are now available for $75 per person and can be purchased online at www.sarasotaopera.org/foodandwinefest, or at the Box Office located at 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236, or by calling the Box Office at (941) 328-1300. All proceeds go to support the Youth Opera & Education programming. This season, Sarasota Opera’s events are produced by Mary Kenealy Events. Restaurants interested in participating in this event can find registration information at www.sarasotaopera.org/foodandwinefest-registration.

Sarasota Opera Food & Wine Festival, Saturday, September 23, 2023, Sarasota Opera House, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Tickets: $75 purchased in advance, $85 purchased on the day of the event. 

To learn more, visit

[Holiday Dining]  Celebrate July 4 th at Mattisons

All three Mattison’s will be open on Tuesday, July 4th and ready to help you celebrate Independence Day with family fun, great food, cold drinks, and live music. Enjoy Happy Hour or Dinner before or after the fireworks celebrations at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Bradenton, Mattison’s City Grille in Downtown Sarasota, or Mattison’s Forty-One in South Sarasota. Happy Hour is 3-7 at the Grilles and 4-7 at Forty-One. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Downtown Bradenton is the perfect spot to watch the fireworks from the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk right on the Manatee River. Mattison’s has covered, outdoor seating and live music from Mark Unbanded, 5-9. There are plenty of menu items perfect for the July 4th holiday - the FreeBird Farms Firecracker Chicken, Niman Ranch Baby Back Ribs with Knob Creek bourbon BBQ sauce, the Herb Buttered Filet Mignon, 5-spice slow cooked Brisket, Burgers, Brick Oven Pizzas, Chicken Wings, and an array of salads and appetizers. Mattison’s Riverwalk is your July 4th party spot in Bradenton. Mattison’s City Grille, in the heart of downtown Sarasota, is party central for July 4th in Sarasota. Fireworks will be at Bayfront Park just a short walk from Mattison’s City Grille. Start the party with Happy Hour or Dinner with pre-fireworks chef specials like the Wagyu Cowboy Burger, BBQ Trio of Knob Creek BBQ brisket sliders, Carolina Gold BBQ tossed chicken wings and street corn salad. Don’t forget about the drink specials like house made Hard Lemonade with choices of puree mango, strawberry or coconut. The Island Hoppers will get things fired up at 7:30 and keep it going until 10:30. Mattison’s Forty-One is the perfect low-key spot to dine before the festivities begin. Newly renovated, Forty-One offers inside and outside seating. Dine in casual elegance on menu items such as the Rosemary Honey Glazed Salmon, the Bertha Palmer Filet Mignon, Ribeye Steak with truffle mashed potatoes, the Mojo Marinated Brick Seared Chicken, the Pot Roast Reconstructed or Pork Tenderloin just to name a few. Call your favorite Mattison’s for reservations. For more information and to view complete menus visit mattisons.com. We wish everyone a safe and happy July 4th. Mattison’s is chef-owned and operated by Chef Paul Mattison. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  New Sights and Sounds Arts Program at Lakewood Ranch

LWR Communities is proud to announce the formation of the “Sights and Sounds at Waterside Place” performing and fine arts series. The program is meant to introduce arts and culture into the rich array of lifestyle offerings at The Ranch, which will help expand the relationships between these organizations and the residents, and the arts’ patrons and contributors. The series is part of Lakewood Ranch’s signature programming, led by Nicole Hackel, events and resident experience manager for LWR Communities. “With performances to be held at the pavilion at Waterside Place, Sights and Sounds will bring arts and organizations that are part of our Cultural Coast to Lakewood Ranch,” Hackel said, “which will be a mutually beneficial partnership for our community and the local arts organizations.” It began as individual events, which were successful with both audiences and the performing arts groups, and morphed into a permanent series, with events scheduled into next year. Upcoming performances include Easterseals “Rock the Spectrum” in July, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe in September; the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company in October, Asolo Repertory Theatre in November, Out-of-Door Academy’s group concert featuring sounds of the season from chorus, band and orchestra students in December; and Jazz Under the Stars in February of next year … with more to be announced. The events are free and open to the public; there is limited seating at the Plaza, but attendees are welcome to bring their own seats. Food and beverages will be available from numerous Waterside Place merchants.  

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[Arts & Entertainment]  Single Tickets for the 13th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival Now On Sale

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces that single tickets for the 13th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival are now on sale. The premier Festival of its kind in the southeastern United States, the Sarasota Improv Festival will feature over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the country and as far as Canada and the United Kingdom. Taking place July 20, 21, and 22, the 13th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival features more than 29 performances, 80 artists, and 16 workshops. Single tickets for this year’s Festival range from $5-25 and are now on sale at SarasotaImprovFestival.com or 941.366.9000. A full Festival schedule and pricing breakdown follows the end of this release. “Helping put this Festival together has been a real highlight of 2023 for me,” said Will Luera, FST’s Director of Improv. “Over the years, the Sarasota Improv Festival has become a destination event, introducing the community to some of the best improvisers in the art form. I’m eager to see audiences new and old experience the limitless creativity and impressive talent of these groups.“ 

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[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]  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]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate 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. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: How Writing a Book Will Boost Your Business , June 28, 12 pm

In this online workshop, publishing expert Meghan Stevenson will discuss the intersection of entrepreneurship and book publishing. Specifically, she will explain three main ways that entrepreneurs and experts publish their books. She will explain what methods have proven to be the best fit depending on the author and subject matter of the book. She will also explain some do's and don'ts of writing, publishing and promoting a book and answer questions. https://www.score.org/manasota/event/how-writing-a-book-will-boost-your-business

[SOON]  THEATER: Black Pearl Sings , June 28 – August 6, Various times

In 1935 Depression-era Texas, two women from very different backgrounds discover the other holds the key to everything they have each been searching for. Susannah is an ambitious Library of Congress musicologist, determined to record undocumented slave songs. Pearl is an African American woman with a soulful voice, a steely spirit, and a sentence in a high-security female prison. Pearls memory is a treasure-trove of unrecorded slave era music, but can she hand over her ancestors’ songs without giving up something of herself? Black Pearl Sings tells the evocative story of an unlikely bond, preservation of musical heritage, and the human need for hope and healing. Florida Studio Theatre, Keating Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota, floridastudiotheatre.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: 55 Frida Project , June 18 – August 18, Various times

Maverick, Mexican painter Frida Kahlo painted 55 self-portraits in her short and tragic life. View the commemorative exhibit by artist Beck Lane of her work at UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, her artwork merges extraordinary creative vision and innovative technique and has been collected and shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, galleries, and private collections in Boston, California, New York City, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Miami, Brussels, Switzerland, South America, and Israel. On her YouTube Channel, Catalyst and Co., Beck records herself painting live, while offering encouragement to fellow artists, and sharing her experiences as an artist and her painting process and techniques. These mixed medium works pulsate with powerful, vibrant energy, fluid color and rare style. On Sunday, July 16, Lane will be painting live from 12-2 pm at the Lexow Gallery. UUCS Lexow Wing Gallery, 3975 Fruitville Rd., www.uucsarasota.com, www.becklaneartist.com.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Surfer Boys at Florida Studio Theatre , June 13 – August 13, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre kicks off its Summer Cabaret Series with The Surfer Boys,an energetic tribute to the music of The Beach Boys. Featuring such hits as California Girls, Good Vibrations, Barbara Ann, and Surfin USA, The Surfer Boys is filled with the honey-tinged harmonies and unforgettable melodies that defined 1960s California and pop music. The Surfer Boys begins playing June 13 in the FST Goldstein Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000.

[SOON]  DANCE: Saltare Mortis In Studio Series at Sarasota Contemporary Dance , June 9 – July 17, 7pm
At the Saltare Mortis In-Studio Series, come take a glimpse into our lives as detectives as we attempt to solve a mystery in a town where crime is next to none. Though detectives in training, we have many tools up our sleeve to help us solve the mystery. But we could use your help. Put your detective skills to the test to help us unmask the criminal. You never know what surprises we will run into along the way. Shows will run in person on June 9 and 10 and July 14 with virtual options on June 19 and July 17. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sarasotacontemporarydance.org.
[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]  GRAB BAG: Sarasota Cars and Coffee at University Town Center , March 11 – December 9, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

This monthly gathering of car enthusiasts brings together automobile lovers from every walk of life, not to mention a wide array of spectacular cars. Bring your own vehicle (all makes and models are welcome) to show off, or check out the hundreds of cars on display. Each month, the event sponsors a different charity, and attendees are encouraged to donate $10 to benefit the charity. The event, occuring on the second Sunday of each month, will feature live music, complimentary coffee and more. To learn more, visit facebook.com/carsandcoffee941. Sarasota Cars and Coffee, The West District at University Town Center near Ford’s Garage, 295 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota.

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