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SRQ DAILY Aug 1, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"As Italians, the restaurant is a home away from home for us, but it is also a place for people who love Italy or who have traveled there and want to feel like they are on vacation again. "

- Carmine Ussano, Co-Owner of Osteria 500

[The Dish]  Live La Dolce Vita at Osteria 500
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Imagine the perfect Italian vacation. Colorful Vespas whiz down cobblestone streets, lemon groves dot the landscape and the scent of homemade pasta sauce dances through the air. With the opening of Osteria 500, Sarasota’s newest Italian restaurant at Waterside Place, locals can experience la dolce vita in their own backyard. Carmine Ussano, Giuseppe (nicknamed Pepe, who also owns Napule) Del Sole, Andrea De Dominicis and Executive Chef Salvatore Scaccino own Osteria 500, which opened this past weekend. “Pepe and I share a passion for authentic ideas, and we wanted to do something unique and original that created a fusion of our different visions for the restaurant,” says Ussano.

Elements like Ussano’s childhood memories of walking through the lemon groves of the Amalfi Coast came to life in the finished restaurant. The team brought nearly everything in the space, from the furniture, pizza oven, vintage Vespa, decorative floor tiles and painted plates, from Italy to Sarasota to create an atmosphere that calls to mind rustic Italian eateries. “As Italians, the restaurant is a home away from home for us, but it’s also a place for people who love Italy or who have traveled there and want to feel like they’re on vacation again,” he adds.

Osteria’s little decorative details, like an upstairs loft filled with hanging lemons and vines designed to replicate the lemon groves of Ussano’s youth, charm diners as much as the food. The establishment offers lunch and dinner menus and a lounge menu, which features small bites called aperitivos, borrowing from the Italian custom of having a drink with small portions of food before the main meal. Many of the meals, like the Pasta Patate e Provola, are elevated takes on classic favorites or peasant dishes. Osteria’s version features a black truffle pate, adding an upscale touch. Simple recipes, such as the Spaghetti Osteria with cherry tomato sauce, basil and lemon zest are pure comfort in a bowl. Desserts, including homemade gelato served out of a vintage gelato cart, as well as classic favorites like the Tiramisu, will satisfy any sweet tooth. There’s even a well-stocked wine room and an outdoor bar hidden inside an old Citroen van on the lakeside terrace dining area, from which patrons can enjoy a beverage while strolling through Waterside. To further transport guests to Italy, two large projectors play footage of the country’s stunning scenery or black and white-Italian films. Starting in September, Osteria will offer Italian conversation classes as well. “We thought about every detail,” says Ussano, “and we are really happy with how it turned out.”

Osteria 500, 1580 Lakefront Dr. Unit 101, Sarasota, osteria500.com. 

Pictured: Fettuccine wtih slow cooked white veal ragu with porcini mushrooms and Parmesan cheese. Photo Courtesty of Osteria 500.

Osteria 500

[The Dish]  Happy Summer for Friends of Ka Papa Cuisine

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[The Dish]  Michael's On East Announces 2023 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

Michael’s On East Restaurant has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2023 Restaurant Awards, which celebrate the world’s best restaurants for wine. Launched in 1981, the Restaurant Awards represent the world’s only program focused exclusively on restaurant wine service. They are assigned on three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award. Michael Klauber is no stranger to the Wine Spectator awards as he received the Grand Award in 1982 from Marvin Shanken when he was managing the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key! Michael’s On East Restaurant has won the Best of Award of Excellence! Best of Award of Excellence recipients display excellent breadth across multiple winegrowing regions and/or significant vertical depth of top producers, along with superior presentation. Wine Spectator’s special Restaurant Awards issue is available now. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Instagram (@wsrestaurantawards), with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward, and at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where all winners can be searched by location and sorted by attributes including name, proximity, award level, cuisine and pricing. Winners are also profiled in the free Restaurant Awards app, available for iPhone and iPad users. 

[Water Sports]  American Canoe Association to Host 2023 Sprint Canoe National Championships at Nathan Benderson Park, Aug. 1-4

Get ready to witness the adrenaline-pumping action of canoe sprint racing as the 2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships take center stage at the incredible Nathan Benderson Park, August 1-4. This highly anticipated event, hosted by Visit Sarasota County, promises a captivating showcase of talent, teamwork, and determination from some of the nation's finest canoe and kayak athletes. The 2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships will feature some standout athletes, and among them, the dynamic duo of Jonas Ecker and Aaron Small stands tall. As 2024 Olympic Hopefuls, their performance in the Men's Doubles 500m race (K2M) is expected to be nothing short of extraordinary. These talented athletes also compete individually, adding to the anticipation of their performances. Each athlete in attendance will compete in 6-9 races throughout the entirety of the event. Nathan Benderson Park (NBP) is renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and picturesque setting, making it the perfect host for the 2023 ACA Sprint Canoe National Championships. The ACA hosted their Olympic Team Trials at NBP back in 2021, which led to their decision to host this year’s national championship at the venue. And the excitement doesn't end there - later this year, the venue will host the International Canoe Federation (ICF) Stand Up Paddling World Cup, setting the stage for even more thrilling water sports action. Looking ahead to 2024, NBP will be hosting the ICF Stand Up Paddling World Championships and the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships. Spectators are invited to attend this event free of charge, with the only cost being parking charges at the venue. The ACA invites everyone to come out and witness the thrilling races, experience the excitement of canoe sprint, and cheer on their favorite athletes. It's an excellent opportunity for anyone curious about the sport to get inspired and engaged. For more information about the event, schedule, and other details, please visit https://americancanoe.org/2023-aca-sprint-canoe-national-championships/. 

[New Park]  Parrish Community Park Groundbreaking Set for August 11

The highly anticipated Parrish Community Park will take another step closer to reality as County leaders gather to break ground on Friday, August 11 at 10 a.m. The Manatee Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) recently approved $15.39 million in funding for the park—which will feature picnic shelters, a performance pavilion, shade structure, splash pad, playgrounds and other amenities. It is set to be built along the newly extended Ft. Hamer Road near the Parrish Community High School.  For more information about Manatee County Government, visit mymanatee.org or call (941) 748-4501. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ManateeGov. 

[Board Members]  Sarasota's Meals on Wheels Appoints Shumaker Lawyer to Board

Shumaker lawyer Justin P. Senior has been appointed to the Board ofDirectors for Meals on Wheels Sarasota, where he will serve a three-year term. Meals on Wheels Sarasota is a renowned nonprofit organization dedicated to delivering nutritious meals and fellowship to individuals who are unable to plan, shop, or prepare meals for themselves in the Sarasota community. Upon accepting his Board position, Justin expressed his enthusiasm and commitment tohelping the community: "Serving on this Board is a profound opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of our community's homebound and elderly population,” Justin said. “I am committed to contributing my knowledge and passion to advance the organization's mission of ensuring that no one is left behind or forgotten." As a Board member, Justin will join a like-minded group of community leaders, advocating for those who are in need of assistance. Their strategic vision and insights are expected to play a pivotal role in driving Meals on Wheels Sarasota forward, ensuring that the organization continues to positively impact the lives of its beneficiaries. As a lawyer, Justin counsels and represents small and large financial institutions, as well as high-net-worth individuals in the financial services industry, on a variety of employment law matters. He has a national practice litigating complex issues that arise in the financial services industry before state and federal courts, as well as the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). 

[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]  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]  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]  THEATER: Divas Three , July 11 – September 17, Various times

Florida Studio Theatre presents Divas Three, a dynamic music revue featuring four decades of hits by some of the most influential women of music. With songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carole King, and more, this original revue pays tribute to the artists whose musical impact has earned them the coveted title of diva. Created by Nancy Allen Productions, Divas Three begins playing on July 11 in the FST Court Cabaret. Tickets are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or at 941.366.9000. Florida Studio Theatre, 1265 1st St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Wellen Park Summer Music Series , July 19 – September 30, Various times

Wellen Park invites the community to come out and enjoy music from local bands and artists during the Summer Music Series every Wednesday through Sunday in Downtown Wellen. Now through September, Wellen Park is hosting different musicians throughout the week. Every week, Wind Down Wednesdays, Thursday Tunes and Saturday Sounds will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Night Live, the first Friday of the month, will feature a band on the Solis Hall stage overlooking the Great Lawn from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday Groove, the second, third and fourth Friday of the month, will feature music under the Heritage Tree from 5 to 9 p.m. On Unplugged Sunday, every Sunday, there will be music under the Heritage Tree from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m. The series is open to the public. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating on the Great Lawn and around the Heritage Tree. For more information, visit wellenpark.com/events/summer-music-series.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Flora at Art Uptown Gallery , July 29 – August 25, Various times

From July 29 to August 25, Art Uptown Gallery will display their artists creative interpretations on the theme Flora. The gallery will offer paintings and flower filled collages, plein air landscapes, abstract and traditional florals, decorative glass, ceramics, whimsical garden sculptures, bronze and glass mosaics to enchant visitors with a variety of plant based fine art. The First Friday Flora opening public reception will be on Friday, August 4 from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibit opens on Saturday, July 29 and runs through Friday, August 25. Art Uptown Gallery welcomes patrons and friends at 1367 Main Street where the diverse work of regional award-winning artists is exhibited. Visit www.artuptown.com for further information.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: How to Scale Your Business Without Investors , August 2, 12 to 1 pm

In this workshop, Alexander Nouveau from nouveaustartups.com will teach you the secrets of how to scale your business without having to give up precious equity to investors. Discover winning strategies to attract a stampede of customers who pay, stay, and refer to fuel rapid growth. Learn how to run a lean operation and build a rockstar team. This webinar is free. Visit www.score.org/manasota to register.

[SOON]  GALA: Toast Local , August 19, 1-5 pm

On Saturday, August 19th from 1-5pm, at Robarts Arena in Sarasota join us for Toast Local, and raise a glass to local charities. Benefiting The Rotary Club of Sarasota Foundation, enjoy a craft cocktail and beer tasting with delicious bites, plus special musical guest Kettle of Fish. The fun begins with a free family-friendly car show from 9am to 1pm. The Rotary Club of Sarasota is a network of active and retired business, professional, and community leaders dedicated to helping make Sarasota and the world a better place. Each year, the club receives requests from a number of local not-for-profit agencies seeking support. Toast Local will bring the local community together for an afternoon this summer to taste local beers, cocktails, and food. All proceeds will then be donated back to the local community. Information and tickets at rotaryclubofsarasota.com/toast-local, 21 and older.

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