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SRQ DAILY Aug 22, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We source local ingredients like honey, tea, coffee, cage-free eggs and all-natural chicken. Like in France, we try to eliminate corn syrup and do the best for the health of our customers."

- Jean Dandeonneau, coowner of Mademoiselle Paris French Restaurant and Bakery

[The Dish]  Get Your French Fix at Mademoiselle Paris
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

We’ll always have Paris in Sarasota, thanks to Myriam and Jean Dandonneau, the husband and wife team behind Mademoiselle Paris French Restaurant and Bakery. While they worked in engineering and computer science fields in their native France, Myriam and Jean shared a passion for gastronomy. After visiting Florida, the pair decided to sell everything in France and opened Mademoiselle Paris in Sarasota in 2016.

The concept has grown into three restaurants located at University Town Center, Anna Maria Island and Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. “Each location is completely different,” says Jean. “Anna Maria is decorated in an island style, Main Street is like a little bakery in France and UTC is more modern and airy.” Inspired by France’s strict laws banning substances such as high fructose corn syrup, the couple strives to use natural and local products that make for healthier dishes. “We source local ingredients like honey, tea, coffee, cage-free eggs and all-natural chicken,” he adds. “Like in France, we try to eliminate corn syrup and do the best for our customers’ health.” The chefs make everything, such as buttery, flaky croissants and delectable desserts, from scratch.

Don’t miss the Croissant Breakfast, a hot croissant sandwich with Swiss cheese, bacon and two scrambled eggs with diced fried potatoes and optional add-ons like spinach and avocado. For dinner, dine on the Beef Burgundy, beef slow-cooked in a red wine sauce with carrots and onions served with fettucini. Indulge your sweet tooth with a Napoleon cake, chocolate eclair or a jarred dessert like the chocolate mouse, a portable delight perfect for a seaside stroll. For a more immersive meal, the restaurant hosts wine-tasting dinners showcasing products from small French vineyards and teaching diners about the region from which each wine hails.

In the future, Myriam and Jean aspire to open a culinary school, where students will cook delicious and affordable French cuisine for guests. They also plan to expand their bakery offerings with the addition of an up-and-coming pastry chef. They keep up with industry trends, inspired by a television show called The Best Bakery in France, allowing patrons to experience new flavors. 

Mademoiselle Paris French Restaurant and Bakery, locations at University Town Center, Anna Maria Island and Main Street in Downtown Sarasota. Dining options and hours vary by location. Visit mademoiselleparis.com for more information. 

Pictured: Scrumptious scratch-made baked goods tempt diners at Mademoiselle Paris. Photo courtesy of Mademoiselle Paris French Restaurant and Bakery.

Mademoiselle Paris French Restaurant and Bakery

[The Dish]  First Watch Gets Spicy with Mike's Hot Honey Menu Collaboration

Move over pumpkin spice, First Watch is reigniting its partnership with Mike’s Hot Honey to bring sweet heat to its new seasonally inspired menu, available now through October 29. Headlining the fall menu is the Million Dollar Harvest Hash, created in collaboration between the two brands to combine the fan-favorite honey with First Watch’s signature Million Dollar Bacon and house-roasted sweet potatoes. This is the leading Daytime Dining restaurant’s second time bringing Chef Shane Schaibly and Mike’s Hot Honey founder Mike Kurtz together for a custom recipe. “Mike’s Hot Honey completes the Million Dollar Harvest Hash with a little heat and fresh ingredients that scream fall,” said First Watch head chef Shane Schaibly. “When we were in the kitchen creating this hash, we were immediately pleased with how well the hot honey complements the cayenne and black pepper spice in our Million Dollar Bacon and the creaminess of the goat cheese to balance the entire dish. This is something you have to try.” Schaibly is a longtime fan of Mike’s Hot Honey and introduced the Million Dollar Breakfast Sandwich during the brands’ first collaboration in late 2021. The culinary-minded duo have built a friendship and a desire to push their innovations and pairings to the next level. First Watch’s Million Dollar Harvest Hash and other seasonal menu offerings include: Million Dollar Harvest Hash - Freshly seasoned potatoes with Million Dollar Bacon, house-roasted sweet potatoes and Crimini mushrooms, kale and Monterey Jack topped with two cage-free eggs, herbed Goat cheese, lemon-dressed arugula and drizzled with Mike's Hot Honey, Barbacoa Quesadilla Benedict - Two barbacoa quesadillas prepared quesabirria-style, topped with poached cage-free eggs and covered with our Vera Cruz hollandaise, ranchero sauce and scallions, Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast - Two cage-free eggs plus one of our signature spiced Pumpkin Pancakes and a Jones Dairy Farm grilled all-natural savory chicken sausage patty, Cinnamon Spice Churros - Cinnamon sugar-dusted churros served with sea salt caramel toffee and Mexican mocha dipping sauces. From the Juice Bar: Pomegranate Pear Punch - Pomegranate, pear, cane sugar and lime. First Watch’s new specialties are the latest in its revolving seasonal menu, which follows the sun to source the highest quality ingredients, wherever and whenever they are in season, five times a year. First Watch is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for pickup, delivery and dine-in service. For more information about First Watch, its seasonal menu offerings or to find the nearest location, visit firstwatch.com. 

[The Dish]  Daiquiri Deck to Launch Seasonal Brunch Menu

Daiquiri Deck, an iconic bar and casual restaurant that delivers a quality experience, great times, good vibes and the best frozen daiquiris around, is launching a seasonal brunch menu on Aug. 26 that will run through Dec. 17. Available Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at all five of its locations, the brunch menu will focus on traditional breakfast items, lunch fare and specialty beverages. Earlier this year, Daiquiri Deck hired Jeremy Thayer as its culinary director and corporate chef. Thayer has been revitalizing the menu to offer over 20 new items with vibrant ingredients and healthier options. The complete seasonal brunch menu will include a breakfast omelet, fried chicken and waffles, a breakfast burrito, coconut shrimp and waffles, biscuits and gravy, avocado toast, and fish and chips. Specialty items include the Double D Griddle, containing two pancakes sandwiching a hash brown, a sunny-side-up fried egg, American cheese and choice of homemade breakfast sausage patty, bacon or ham, and This SH*# is Bananas, featuring bananas sauteed in butter and brown sugar and flambeed with dark rum and banana liquor, then served over Belgian-style waffles with a dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar. The seasonal brunch cocktail list includes the Decked Out Bloody Mary, served with a loaded breakfast skewer made of celery, pickle, peel-and-eat shrimp, olive, lemon, deviled egg, candied bacon, chicken tender and hush puppy, as well as a Champaiquiri, which is house champagne mixed with one of the traditional daiquiri flavors. 

Pictured: Daiquiri Deck Avocado Toast paired with a Decked Out Bloody Mary.

[The Dish]  Tzeva To Host A Four-Course Wine Dinner Showcasing Castello Banfi Wines

Nestled inside the Art Ovation Hotel Autograph Collection, Tzeva features modern Mediterranean cuisine with Israeli influences that shine in beautifully plated dishes full of bright colors, unique flavors and global spices. Gather with friends and family at Tzeva on Thursday, August 31 for A Journey of Flavors, a four-course wine dinner accompanied by the storied wines of Castello Banfi. Created by Executive Chef Ken Shiro Lumpkin, the menu will feature Mediterranean dishes packed with flavor starting with Court Bouillon Poached Flounder paired with La Pettegola Vermentino 2022 and rounding out the evening with a decadent Chocolate Torte paired with Excelsus 2018. Guests will also be delighted to taste Coriander Duck Breast while sipping Magna Cum Laude 2019 as well as savor Stuffed Lamb Saddle with Brunello di Montalcino 2018. A Journey of Flavors will begin at 6:30 PM, and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Tickets are $75 per person, or upgrade to include a room package and enjoy a stay at Art Ovation Hotel after the delicious evening for $175.

Thursday, August 31 · 6:30 - 9:30pm, 1255 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. 

[Recognition]  SRQ Together We Roar 8th Annual Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon

On October 27, 2023, SRQ MEDIA will host its 8th Annual Together We Roar Leadership & Awards Luncheon at Michael’s on East in Sarasota to recognize exceptional women in the region, celebrate its Women Who Roar competition leaders and welcome the 2023 Trailblazer Award Honoree.

SRQ Magazine formed the Women Who Roar Initiative as a year-round program engaging the participants in the annual Women Who Roar Competition to create highly-dynamic personal networking that catalyzes community leadership through the science and art of mentorship. Every year, SRQ MEDIA hosts the Together We Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon recognizing the past years’ Women Who Roar Leadership Circle Class and announcing the honorees of the current year's Women Who Roar Competition.

SRQ MEDIA will present the 2023 Trailblazer Award to Paulina Porizkova, model and author of No Filter: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful, and an advocate for celebrating women of every age. Born in Cold War Czechoslovakia, Porizkova’s first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover was in 1984. As the face of Estée Lauder in 1989, she was one of the highest-paid models in the world, and when she was nineteen, she fell in love with The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The decades to come would bring marriage, motherhood, a budding writing career; and later sadness, loneliness, and eventually divorce. Following her ex-husband’s death—and the revelation of a deep betrayal—Paulina stunned fans with her fierce vulnerability and disarming honesty as she let the whole world share in her experience of being a woman who must start over. Now, she has discovered her voice – and it is astute, wise, and vulnerable. After a lifetime of being looked at, Paulina is ready to be heard.

The luncheon celebration will also include a Pop Up Boutique Salon featuring fabulous gifts from Camilyn Beth, PAINT Nail Bar, Saks Fifth Avenue, Discover Sarasota Tours Gift Shop and BookStore1 among others. Blair Bloomston of Game On Nation will present an energizing, interactive motivational leadership session followed by the highly anticipated announcement of the 2023 SRQ Women Who Roar Competition Honorees.

Special thanks to Champion Sponsor, Seaside Bank and Trust and Supporting Partners, Ritz Carlton Sarasota, Diamond Vault Jewelers, Michael’s On East, Dolphin Transportation, Tropical Interiors Florist, Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota, Sarasota Trophy & Awards and Bookstore 1 Sarasota.

To purchase your online tickets to the SRQ Women Who Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit: https://www.srqmagazine.com/2023/TogetherWeRoar

For information regarding sponsorship contact Ashley Grant, SVP Strategic Partnerships & Engagement at ashley.grant@srqme.com. 

[Leadership]  New General Manager Takes the Lead at The Pickleball Club in Lakewood Ranch

The Pickleball Club, the leading developer and operator of private, membership-based high-amenity indoor pickleball facilities throughout Florida, recently welcomed Scott Brynski as its new general manager for the Lakewood Ranch location. Brynski brings over 10 years of experience in the food and beverage industry to the organization. Most recently, he served as the food and beverage director for Park Club of Buffalo. During his time there, he served as a liaison between members, clients and employees in order to effectively coordinate private functions, including wedding receptions, corporate meetings, cigar dinners, golf tournaments and more. Prior to that, Brynski acted as general manager and food and beverage director at Bird Key Yacht Club in Sarasota. During his five-year tenure, he oversaw the chef and restaurant managing staff of four restaurant supervisors, purchased beverage operations, generated revenue reports for daily sales, and established a wine list of over 2,200 bottles with outside wine sales of $200,000 to members at their homes. As the new general manager for The Pickleball Club at Lakewood Ranch, Brynski will oversee all staff, budgets and operations for the Lakewood Ranch club. Detailed responsibilities include formulating overall strategy, managing the club’s team and following established policies, among other duties. In addition to working at a number of high-end country clubs and restaurants, Brynski also completed a number of courses at State University of New York, including business, hotel and restaurant management. The Pickleball Club at Lakewood Ranch opened in May, marking the opening of the first dedicated indoor pickleball facility in the state. The club has six additional facilities underway, with a goal of opening at least 15 over the next five years. The 33,393-square-foot club is located at 1300 Sarasota Center Blvd. and features championship-grade courts with permanent nets, an outdoor players’ courtyard, Pickles Café, Dink’s Pro Shop, an indoor players’ lounge observation deck, locker rooms and a HEPA filtered air-conditioned environment. 

[Elections]  Supervisor of Elections Calls for More poll Workers on National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, Wednesday, Aug. 23

On National Poll Worker Recruitment Day, Aug. 23, Sarasota County Supervisor of Elections Ron Turner is asking Sarasota County residents to sign up to be a poll worker in advance of 2024’s busy election calendar. Having an adequate number of poll workers to staff polling places on and before election day can ensure voters receive the assistance they need at the polls and can help provide a positive and trouble-free voting experience for all. Visit SarasotaVotes.gov/poll-workers or call 941-861-8640 to learn more and apply. Poll workers must be registered voters of the county where they apply to work. Students who are at least 16 years old may apply to become student poll workers. National Poll Worker Recruitment Day is a day established by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to address the critical shortage of poll workers by encouraging people to help America vote by signing up to be a poll worker.  

[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.

[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]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: August Lunch and Learn at the Conservation Foundation , August 22, 11:30am-1pm

Join Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast for an in depth look at the role we play in protecting the places that make a difference in our community, giving us clean water to drink, protected habitat for plants and animals, beautiful natural places to enjoy, great spots to hike and fish, and a world class shoreline. During this one hour presentation, we will discuss the history of our organization, programs, past and present initiatives, and ways for you to become a part of our conservation community. As a special bonus, after lunch, we will take you on a guided tour of Bay Preserve. Registration for this free event is required and space is limited. Register at conservationfoundation.com. Bay Preserve at Osprey, 400 Palmetto Ave., Osprey.

[SOON]  FOOD: South France Wine Tasting Dinner at Mademoiselle Paris , August 24 – August 25, 6:30 pm

Mademoiselle Paris will host the South France Wine Dinner at their University Town Center and Anna Maria Island locations. As wine lovers, we organize every month a wine tasting, on a specific region of France. The menu is designed by our chef Arnaud Wallet and related to the region. During this wine tastings we introduce the specific region or grape, talk about tourism and the vineyard. We introduce each domain, trying to pick family businesses, and every wine. Each time we also introduce a restaurant we recommend in France and we share a little bit of France Culture and history. We use a PowerPoint support to illustrate with pictures and graphics and to give more interest in our presentation. As the cherry on the cake, we have a quiz and we offer bottles of the wine tasting to the best participants. Reservations required. Reserve your spot at mademoiselleparis.com/winetasting.

[SOON]  FOOD: Amore Restaurant Wine Dinner , August 29, Restaurant dinner hours

Amore Restaurant, which specializes in delectable Portuguese and Italian cuisine, will host a five course wine dinner. A specific wine will accompany each course. Dishes will include salted cod, beef Wellington and vanilla creme brulee. $130.00 per person all inclusive with drinks, and $100.00 per person all inclusive without drinks. Visit amorelbk.com to learn more.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Journey of Flavors at Tzeva , August 31, 6:30 pm

Gather with friends and family at Tzeva on Thursday, August 31 for A Journey of Flavors, a four course wine dinner accompanied by the storied wines of Castello Banfi. Created by Executive Chef Ken Shiro Lumpkin, the menu will feature Mediterranean dishes packed with flavor starting with Court Bouillon Poached Flounder paired with La Pettegola Vermentino 2022 and rounding out the evening with a decadent Chocolate Torte paired with Excelsus 2018. Guests will also be delighted to taste Coriander Duck Breast while sipping Magna Cum Laude 2019 as well as savor Stuffed Lamb Saddle with Brunello di Montalcino 2018. A Journey of Flavors will begin at 6:30 PM, and tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Tickets are $75 per person, or upgrade to include a room package and enjoy a stay at Art Ovation Hotel after the delicious evening for $175. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-journey-of-flavors-tickets-699278339337?aff=oddtdtcreator

[SOON]  GALA: Whip, Sip and Mingle! , September 16, 7pm

Get ready for a night of fun, laughter, and mingling at the exciting event, Whip, Sip and Mingle with Truly Valued on September, 16! Whip, Sip and Mingle is all about bringing people together in a relaxed and informal setting. This event offers a great chance to connect with like-minded individuals, and make new friends. Do not miss out on this exciting event! The event will start at 7pm and will be located at 6127 26th Street W, Bradenton. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whip-sip-and-mingle-tickets-687507101247.

[SOON]  FOOD: Taste of New Orleans at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens , October 28, 5:30-7:30pm

Taste of New Orleans will take place on Saturday, October 28th at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This event has developed an exceptional reputation, providing guests with hors doeuvres, live entertainment, and an unforgettable bayfront setting. Taste of New Orleans sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. Proceeds support Truly Valued programs, that increase confidence and better decision making skills through changed behaviors of the youth and families that we serve. Visit https://trulyvalued.org/taste-of-new-orleans to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  GALA: Brunch on the Bay at USF Sarasota Manatee , November 5, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Tickets are on sale for Brunch on the Bay, the annual marquee fundraiser for the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, which returns on Nov. 5. Attendees will enjoy culinary delights from local restaurants and caterers, and get a sneak peek at a major campus expansion project, a new student center and residence hall set to open in the fall of 2024. Proceeds from the 2023 Brunch on the Bay will support student scholarships and campus initiatives. Brunch on the Bay will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, on the USF Sarasota Manatee campus, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Visit sarasotamanatee.usf.edu/brunch for ticket and sponsorship information.

[SOON]  FOOD: Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival , January 25 – January 29, Various times
The 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival, hosted by the Sarasota Manatee Originals, will take place January 25 to 29. Grand Tasting tickets go on sale in October. A full five day slate of food and wine themed fun is planned, including the University Master Classes, wine dinners at area restaurants, wine shop tasting events, a trade tasting and the much anticipated Grand Tasting at The Ringling Museum of Art. Due to the unprecedented demand for tickets, ticket sales for The Grand Tasting launch on two consecutive Tuesdays: On October 10 at 9 a.m. there is a presale of the VIP and Early Access tickets and on October 17 at 7 p.m. General Admission tickets will be available and historically have sold out in a matter of minutes. All Forks and Corks Grand Tasting tickets will be available online only. For more information, please visit www.eatlikealocal.com.

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