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SRQ DAILY Jul 4, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We wanted to create something that would leave you thrilled, whether you are a New Yorker from a Jewish family or a sixteen year old who has never visited the city."

- Hart Lowry, Culinary Director of Hi Hospitality Group

[The Dish]  Deli Delights on Palm Avenue
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Sarasota doesn’t boast a food hall, but the city doesn't need one thanks to Hi Hospitality Group, the creative minds behind Kojo and Bar Hana on Palm Avenue. With the opening of its newest restaurant, Palm Avenue Deli, the team is building out a block chock full of culinary experiences that draw on traditions from across the globe, from the sun-drenched shores of Hawaii to the bustling delis that define New York City.

“This concept is a tip of the hat to the classic New York delis, pulling from institutions like 2nd Ave Deli, Carnegie Deli and Katz’s Delicatessen. For decades, they have been staples of the Jewish community there,” says Robert Castellon, the group’s director of operations. “The food has Eastern European, Russian, Ukrainian and Polish influences that come from the Jewish immigrants in that in the 1940s to 1960s, opened delis serving up dishes reminiscent of the food with which they grew up.” While Sarasotans could experience these restaurants by visiting The Big Apple or viewing them in television shows and movies like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel or When Harry Met Sally, Palm Avenue Deli represents an opportunity to experience this slice of Americana in our hometown. According to Culinary Director Hart Lowry, “The majority of the deli’s menu is comprised of our team’s family recipes, which pay tribute to the generations who have passed them down.” Guests can enjoy stuffed cabbage, as well as corned beef, pastrami and other iconic sandwiches. They will delight in Natalia’s Syrniki, pancakes made with sweetened farmer's cheese. This comfort food hails from Russia, and the deli serves it with condensed milk and raspberry preserves, making it an ideal breakfast option. The team puts a few twists on the menu, like the dill pickle fried chicken and chilled beet and watermelon gazpacho, a play on borscht, but keeps their focus on tradition.

Emulating its big city cousins, Palm Avenue Deli offers convenient grab-and-go prepared meal options that can be enjoyed at home or on the run. While the team wanted to create a casual environment in which guests can be in and out within one hour, they sprinkled in higher-end touches, like a caviar selection. A Staten Island native bakes the desserts, including New York cheesecake and rugelach cookies, a favorite at Zabar’s, giving the menu’s sweet offerings an authentic touch. The restaurant will be open for breakfast and lunch, with the goal of expanding to 24/7 service.

“This type of cooking is greater than the sum of its parts,” adds Lowry, who hopes that the simple pleasure of classic favorites served in a nostalgic setting complete with black and white tiles, mid-century modern touches and a wall dedicated to celebrity photos will appeal to all visitors. “We wanted to create something that would leave you thrilled,” he says “whether you’re a New Yorker from a Jewish family or a sixteen-year-old who’s never visited the city.”

Palm Avenue Deli, 1297 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, palmavenuedeli.com. 

New York deli staples will be featured at Palm Avenue Deli. Photo by Mae Mu and courtesy of Unsplash.

[The Dish]  Chiles Hospitality Names On Ideas As Agency of Record

On Ideas, a full-service branding, advertising and PR agency with offices in Sarasota and Jacksonville, Fla., and Charleston, S.C., has been selected by Chiles Hospitality as its agency of record. The agency is responsible for brand strategy, media planning and buying, public relations, digital and social strategy for Chiles Hospitality and its related brands. Founded by Ed Chiles, Chiles Hospitality owns and operates three waterfront restaurants, an organic farm, an in-house bakery and a special events department based in Manatee County: Mar Vista, Longboat Key, Fla., The Sandbar, Anna Maria, Fla., Beach House, Bradenton Beach, Fla., Gamble Creek Farms, Parrish, Fla., Anna Maria Bake House, Anna Maria, Fla., Chiles Hospitality Events, across all locations. Chiles Hospitality began in 1979 with the purchase of the Sandbar and the goal of preserving the local restaurant’s history. Over the last 44 years, Chiles Hospitality expanded its portfolio to include all its existing brands, fostering collaboration between the individual businesses. Each restaurant features a unique coastal experience while serving quality, organic ingredients sourced from sustainable practices, representing an environmental commitment shared by the brands. Chiles Hospitality works closely with All Clams on Deck and several community programs that support environmental initiatives focused on water quality, restoring estuaries and fueling the local ecosystem. On Ideas works with regional and national brands across various industries, including hospitality, healthcare, home goods and lifestyle. In addition to Chiles Hospitality, the agency recently expanded its client roster to include BenefitHub and OGX Beauty. On Ideas was recently recognized with a district-level award from the American Advertising Federation (AAF) for a campaign implementing augmented reality and event activation for Suerte Tequila. For the third consecutive year, the agency received an Amy Award from AAF’s Suncoast Chapter for distinctive innovation applied to 9-round’s 30-day Challenge campaign, as well as awards for digital marketing and integrated branded content. For more information about On Ideas, please visit onideas.com. 

[Holiday Event]  Red, White and Boom at The Bishop

Tired of trudging your family through crowds to find a spot to watch the 4th of July fireworks? Make it easy – come to Red, White, and BOOM! at The Bishop! Grab a front-row seat or bring your blanket to our Riverside Plaza for a safe contained area to enjoy the fireworks over the Manatee River. Local food truck, Willy-Yums, will be vending delicious bites while the family can cool off with a sweet treat from Kona Ice. Thirsty? There will be a cash/card bar for adult beverages, soda, and water while you sit back and relax for the show. We’ll even have activities to keep your kids entertained! Tuesday, July 4 | 5pm. $25 Admission / Children 4 and under FREE. 

To register click here

[Community Safety]  KOPS Summer Fun Night Brings Community and Law Enforcement Together

The City of Sarasota Parks and Recreation Department and the Sarasota Police Department (SPD) are partnering for a free, after-hours program for kids ages 8-15 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex (1845 John Rivers St.) on Wednesday, July 26. Called Kids and Officers Promoting Solidarity (KOPS), participants play sports including basketball and soccer, kickball, indoor games and more with SPD officers in a fun and safe environment. Food and refreshments are also provided free of charge. For Tara Green, the program is great for kids to build a positive relationship with law enforcement. Green says these are the officers her daughter Aja will see in their community, and the KOPS program can help her feel comfortable asking for help if she needs it. “There’s a lot the city is doing that’s helping to build our sense of family. I grew up here, and I want my kids to be members of this community, be safe, and feel good about it,” Tara Green added. Aja, 11, also attends summer camp at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. She loves playing sports. hanging out in the game room and making new friends. She attended a recent KOPS program at the Bay, but it was impacted by bad weather so she’s looking forward to all the fun activities at this new session. “It sounds like there’s going to be so much to do. I think the sports will be the best. I really like playing soccer because I’m very fast,” Aja said. The program will be offered in two sessions: 5-7 p.m. for ages 8-11; 7-9 p.m. for ages 12-15. Space is limited to 25 kids per age group. Registration is required and available by visiting this link. Registration can also be completed in person at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex. For more information, call (941) 263-6562.about us at www.SarasotaFL.Gov. 

[City News]  Program incentivizing residents to plant mature trees resumes

City of Sarasota single family homeowners have the chance to purchase a mature tree for their property at a significantly reduced price through Phase 3 of the City’s Mature Tree Program. The City will fund up to $500 of the cost of purchasing and planting an approved mature tree when a homeowner meets a $100 minimum deposit requirement for the program. Homeowners can select from five approved tree species: live oak, silver buttonwood, mahogany, red maple, gumbo limbo. Palm trees are not included in the program. Depending upon the species, prices range from $545 to $725. Homeowners are responsible for a $100 deposit plus any balance beyond the City’s $500 contribution. Program participants will purchase the tree through the City’s vendor, Tree Biotics, whose team will work with City staff to determine the best placement of the tree between the front plane of the house and right-of-way. In most cases, planting under utility lines will not be allowed. The homeowner will own the tree and be responsible for care and maintenance. Approximately 25 trees will be funded and planted on a first come, first serve basis during Phase 3 of the Mature Tree Program. In Fall 2023, Phase 4 will be announced and an additional 75 mature trees will be funded. The program is limited to one tree per resident per calendar year. Program details and Frequently Asked Questions are available in the Mature Tree Program guidelines at www.SarasotaFL.gov. Since its launch in February 2021, the Mature Tree Program has funded the planting of 100 mature trees throughout the city. The program is funded through the City’s Tree Mitigation Fund, which collects a portion of tree removal permit dollars to be used specifically for urban canopy programs. $50,000 is allocated for Phase 3. In addition to beautifying the community, trees provide significant benefits including saving energy, cleaning stormwater runoff, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, cleaning the air, lowering the urban heat island effect, providing wildlife habitat, and improving overall health and well-being for people.



[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: Sculputure Anatomy Classes with Stephen Perkins , July 3 – July 17, 2 to 5 pm

Solid anatomy study should be the foundation for all figurative art. But have you ever studied anatomy from a round or 3-D perspective? This way of learning is a game-changer for bringing your understanding of anatomy back into your drawing and painting. Whether you choose to explore this class in charcoal or clay, you’ll benefit from Stephen’s in-depth guidance of the subtleties of the beautiful and suggestive gestures and anatomy of the hands and feet. Stephen Perkins is recommended by some of the top sculpture organizations in the world including the National Sculpture Society, The Posey Foundation, and the American Numismatic Society. To learn more and enroll, visit mianoacademy.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mantle , July 7 – July 9, Various times

The Players Centre is happy to produce the 2020 winner of The Players New Play Festival, The Mantle by Jalex Scott. Directed by Amanda Schlachter, this production will take place in The Players new black box theatre in the Rosemary District, Space is limited, and there will be a talkback after each performance led by Artistic Director Steven Butler. On the anniversary of the most traumatic experience of his life, Benny Craft records a suicide note and sets it up to post on social media at midnight. Armed with a to-do list and pursued by a handsome, pushy stranger, he sets off on his last day to visit his therapist and the two most important women in his life. But is Benny really looking to say goodbye or desperately searching for a reason to not have to? 1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200 (Second Floor), Sarasota, theplayers.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Creative Collaboration , July 1 – July 28, Various times

The newest artists at Art Uptown Gallery will be featured in the July exhibit, Creative Collaboration, showcasing their original paintings. Meet the artists, Donna Grossman, Christine Hales, Debbie Kadagian, Maureen Riesco and Kathryn Adele Schumacher at the First Friday public reception on July 7 from 6-9 p.m. All five award-winning artists are local, full-time residents of Sarasota. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 1 and runs through Friday, July 28. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. Telephone 941-955-5409 or visit www.artuptown.com for hours and further information.

[SOON]  THEATER: Off The Charts , July 2 – July 9, 10 am

Journey with us from the jukebox to the iPhone as we celebrate the universal language of music. This energetic music revue features family-friendly versions of some pop greatest hits, from Hound Dog and I Want to Hold Your Hand to Shake it Off. With over a dozen chart-topping songs from the past eight decades, Off the Charts explores music’s ability to make us think, feel, and connect across generations. Florida Studio Theatre, Bownes Lab, 1265 First St., Sarasota.

[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]  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]  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.

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