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SRQ DAILY Nov 7, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"We are looking to educate the public and our patrons that this is a viable, delicious form of fish that they may not have thought of."

- Anand Pallegar, Co-Founder of Pigfish

[The Dish]  Dive Beneath the Surface of Sustainable Aquaculture at Pigfish
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

In Florida, seafood is sacred. From juicy shrimp to a mouthwatering fish sandwich, both locals and tourists alike enjoy the bounties of the sea. With a focus on celebrating iconic dishes made using sustainable ingredients, entrepreneur Anand Pallegar and chef Steve Phelps co-founded Pigfish, the eatery concept inside of Calusa Brewing Taproom. Pallegar and Phelps met years ago as neighbors living in Towles Court, bonding over their Midwestern backgrounds and similar values. Together, they pondered how to create a sustainable seafood-centered business in the midst of climate change, and Pigfish was born.

“We often talked about how you couldn’t get a great fish sandwich in Sarasota, meaning you had confidence in where it was sourced from and that it was sourced in a sustainable and ecological way,” Pallegar says. “This opportunity was emerging when we first conceived of the idea, and the concept has been years in the making.” For diners, choosing a dish from a list of tasty-sounding options is easy, but reading between the lines of that menu and deciphering the story behind what’s on the plate is mystifying. Like swimmers bobbing at the surface of the ocean with no knowledge of what’s in the water beneath them, most diners don’t know what lies under the surface of the menu. “That’s the nature of this, the idea of how do we build a transparent relationship with our patrons in educating and advancing their understanding of what sustainable aquaculture looks like and what sustainable product sourcing looks like so that you know where your food sources originate from and can make more conscious decisions related to what you’re putting into your body,” he adds. “All of our purveyors related to fish come from sustainable aquaculture sources. We’re looking to educate the public and our patrons that this is a viable, delicious form of fish that they may not have thought of.

Curious guests can enjoy a menu developed by Phelps, who brought his experience from Indigenous to the Pigfish concept. The Pigfish sandwich, which features kanpachi, crispy pork belly, green tomato relish, bacon tartar sauce, shaved cabbage and red onion on a hoagie roll highlights sustainably sourced kanpachi fish, from Forever Oceans. This company farms the kanpachi in deepwater enclosures where clean water flows in order to raise healthy, tasty and protein-rich fish ideal for a variety of dishes like sushi or pasta. The sandwich pairs well with the house hushpuppies, for which diners can choose from four tartar sauces for dipping. “It’s the whole theory behind reinventing what everyone remembers as a fish sandwich around here. Ever since I moved here I thought that even being so close to the water, we really couldn’t get a great fish sandwich,” says Phelps, “but now I’ve learned that there are better ways to do it.”

Pigfish, 5377 McIntosh Rd., Sarasota, 941-777-5220, pig.fish. 

Pictured: One of the sustainably sourced fish sandwiches at Pigfish. Photo Courtesy of Pigfish.


[The Dish]  Sage Introduces a New Culinary Adventure: Elevated Gourmet Street Food on the Rooftop

Sage Restaurant, a culinary destination offering worldly cuisine and crafted cocktails in downtown Sarasota, is elevating its rooftop experience by introducing a brand-new gourmet street food menu available exclusively on the 4th-floor open-air rooftop. Set against the backdrop of an elegant ambiance and mesmerizing city views, this gastronomic journey kicks off on Friday, Nov. 10 and will be available every Thursday through Saturday evening. Highlights from the rooftop menu include Cod and Baby Shrimp Ceviche with Assorted Chips; Guacamole with House Made Chips; Confit of Patatas Bravas; Smoked Beef Empanadas; House Blend Smash Burger with Kimchi and Garlic Mayo; Pulled Chicken Sandwich with Tomato-Bacon Jam and Cabbage Slaw; and Panino with Eggplant Confit, Capicola, Porchetta and White Truffle Aioli. While the food promises to tantalize your tastebuds, the rooftop continues to offer a full-service bar, open table seating and, in line with Sage's commitment to providing unparalleled experiences, guests can enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening. While reservations are encouraged for the main dining area, the rooftop does not require reservations. However, given the excitement around this launch, early arrival is recommended for the best seats under the stars. Sage is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. To make a reservation, visit SageSRQ.com or call 941-445-5660. 

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[Veterans]  Ford's Garage Offers Veteran's Day Discount

This Veterans Day, Ford’s Garage, your neighborhood burger and brew joint inspired by the heritage of the Ford Motor Company, is honoring veterans by giving them 25% off their meal! Veterans who dine on Nov. 11 will receive the 25% discount with up to three guests per table (alcohol excluded). 

[Veterans]  Veterans Receive Free Meal at Hooters on Veterans Day

In honor of Veterans Day, participating Hooters locations are offering Veterans a free meal on Saturday, November 11. Veterans and all active military can choose from a buffalo chicken sandwich, buffalo wrap (chicken or shrimp), cheeseburger, 10 boneless wings or grilled chicken sandwich. Military I.D or other proof of service is required. Special is for dine in only. One offer per person and not valid with any other discounts. In addition, Veterans currently working at these Hooters Restaurants will receive a $100 bonus on Veterans Day.  In an effort to recruit more of their best employees, Veterans, South Florida Hooters restaurants in South Florida, Southwest Florida, Bradenton and Sarasota areas are offering special incentives.  Current and future employees who are Military Veterans will receive a $250 sign on bonus after 30 days, a Memorial Day bonus of $100, Veteran’s Day bonus of $100, 2 pairs of non-slip shoes and exclusive “Proud United States Veterans” merchandise and uniforms that pay tribute to their service. “We love our Veterans! We want to honor them.  We thank them for their service in the military and their dedication and hard work,” said LTP Management Director of Marketing Kristi Quarles.  Currently there are 12 Veterans including Managing Partners, General Managers and Managers that work at the 15 South Florida Hooters locations including Joseph Truglio (Pembroke Pines), Ortice Robinson (Beach Place), Neil Swanson  (Fort Lauderdale), Larry Willis (Fort Myers), Kevin Hyde (Fort Myers) and John Ocampo (Doral). LTP Management, a Franchisee of Hooters of America, owns and operates 15 locations in South Florida.  For more information about South Florida Hooters please visit www.HootersFlorida.com or follow us at Twitter @HootersFlorida, Instagram @SouthFLHooters, TikTok @SouthFLHooters and Facebook @HootersFlorida.  

[Recognition]  Local Business Owner Recognized for her Literary Achievements

The Royal Palm Book Awards recently awarded Marisa Mangani, owner and president of local commercial kitchen design firm, Mise en Place Design, a gold medal award for her memoir, Mise en Place: Memoir of a Girl Chef. A writing competition hosted annually by the Florida Writers Association (FWA), RPLA is a highly regarded writing competition that celebrates excellence in writing across more than 20 genre categories. Marisa Mangani’s work, Mise en Place: Memoir of a Girl Chef, was an entry in the Biography and Memoir category and scored the most points from judges amongst several other prestigious and
esteemed writers. Mise en Place: Memoir of a Girl Chef is the rollicking memoir of a talented chef who takes readers on her journey through the mostly men’s club of restaurant kitchens as she travels from
Hawaii to Oregon, New Orleans, Canada, Australia, and Florida. Her memoir was published in 2022 and is also a 2023 Global Book Awards gold medal winner for Women’s Biographies. Marisa Mangani, who years ago traded her chef’s hat for a kitchen design hat, says about her achievement, "It is exhilarating to have so many years of living then so many years of writing about living, to be recognized by RPLA!” 

[The Dish]  Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood. Celebrates 12 Years

Duval’s Fresh. Local. Seafood. is celebrating their 12th anniversary! They invite their valued guests and community members to join them in celebration of this milestone throughout November 8th – 11th. A special chef-curated menu will be available all weekend with new items including Mushroom Arancini, Fennel Beet Salad, Surf & Turf, and Cashew-Crusted Grouper. A $12 lunch menu will also be available November 8th – 10th only from 11am-4pm. This menu features several of their most popular lunch items for only $12 each, inspired by some of their guests’ favorites over the last twelve years. Throughout the celebration, guests who dine in will have the opportunity to enter to win one of twelve prizes including gift cards and experiences. One grand prize winner will win a chef-curated 3-course dinner for 4 and a bottle of wine. Duval’s has been voted Best All-Around Restaurant by Herald Tribune Readers’ Choice Awards since 2019, and Best Seafood Restaurant since 2016. They are located at 1435 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236. Duval’s offers a free downtown shuttle to guests dining at the restaurant. To make a reservation with the shuttle, call 941.312.4001 For more information regarding Duval’s free local shuttle, visit https://www.duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com/shuttle The full anniversary menu and details can be viewed here: https://www.duvalsfreshlocalseafood.com/12th-anniversary. 

[The Dish]  Indulge an All-You-Can-Eat Thanksgiving Buffet at Tzeva

It's the perfect time to start making Thanksgiving plans. Family and friends can gather at Tzeva, a lively, modern Mediterranean restaurant offering a special buffet on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Chef Ken Shiro Lumpkin has thoughtfully planned out the perfect menu for Thanksgiving, featuring Butcher Block Herb Roasted Turkey and a bourbon-molasses ham, an epic salad bar, and all the sides to satisfy heart memories. Priced at $75.00 per person, diners can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet that includes House made gravy, Sour dough stuffing, Southern-style green bean casserole with crispy onions, Baked yams with toasted marshmallows, Roasted herb Japanese pumpkin with sage-brown butter, Creamy mashed potatoes and so much more. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. 

[The Dish]  Sloppy Joe's on Treasure Island Wins Best Taste at 2023 Taste of the Beaches

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce that Sloppy Joe's on Treasure Island has been awarded "Best Taste" at the 2023 Taste of the Beaches Annual Taste Tour. The Surf N' Turf Burger served at Sloppy Joe's captured the attention of Tasters all along the beaches, making it this year's flavor sensation. The Taste of the Beaches Annual Taste Tour, which took place from October 7th to October 15th, celebrated the rich and diverse culinary scene of our coastal community. Participating restaurants wowed food enthusiasts with their creative dishes, and Sloppy Joe's standout creation left a lasting impression. "We are delighted to congratulate Sloppy Joe's on this well-deserved win," said Robin Miller, CEO of the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber. "Their Surf N' Turf Burger really displayed the unique culinary scene in our community that makes it so special." Sloppy Joe's and the Taste of the Beaches event have shown that great food and community support go hand in hand. The Chamber is looking forward to seeing what culinary delights they and other restaurants have in store for next year. For more information on the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, please visit TampaBayBeaches.com, or email info@tampabaybeaches.com.  

Pictured: The Surf N' Turf Burger served at Sloppy Joe's.

[The Dish]  Music Bingo at Hamlet's Eatery

She’s baaaack! That’s right, the hostesss with the mostess Myra Mains is headed to Hamlet’s Eatery for a festive night of fun on Friday, Nov 10.  The beloved hotspot for foodies and music enthusiasts, combines the best of both worlds with Music Bingo! Join them every 2nd Friday of the month for an evening filled with delicious food, and toe-tapping tunes. Doors open at 5pm and the first round starts at 5:30. Play one or play all four - no fee to play! Music Bingo is an innovative twist on the classic game, combining the thrill of bingo with the joy of listening to your favorite songs. Myra Mains plays an eclectic mix of music from various genres and eras as players mark off the corresponding song titles on their bingo cards. It's a guaranteed recipe for a night of non-stop fun!  But that's not all - Hamlets Eatery is renowned for its great food, and this event promises to be no exception. Whether you're a meat lover or vegan, Hamlets Eatery has something for everyone! As the excitement builds throughout the night, be prepared to win prizes. The winners of each round will be rewarded for their bingo prowess.  Whether you're a music aficionado, a food lover, or simply someone looking for a fun night out, Music Bingo at Hamlets Eatery is for you! No reservations needed. For more information visit www.hamletseatery.com or call 941-445-1938. 

[Holiday Donations]  All Faiths Food Bank to Distribute Thousands of Turkeys

All Faiths Food Bank has, for many years, worked to brighten the holidays for our neighbors struggling to put food on the table. For Sarasota and DeSoto County residents and people who are already clients of the food bank, All Faiths will offer numerous distributions of frozen turkeys and sides in an effort to turn empty plates into “ThankFULL tummies and hearts” this holiday season. The immense challenges of the past few years – runaway costs of essentials such as rent, food and gas, Covid and hurricanes – have hit those who were already struggling hard, especially children, families and seniors on fixed incomes, while new families have learned what it’s like to experience hunger. Since its founding in 1989, All Faiths Food Bank has provided food during the holidays, steadily expanding its efforts through the ThankFULL campaign. Funds from this year’s campaign will enable All Faiths to distribute more than 13,000 turkeys and sides ahead of Thanksgiving, and a total of 3.6 million holiday meals. All turkey distributions will be held as long as supplies last. On Saturday, November 11, starting at 9 a.m., frozen turkeys and side dishes will be distributed at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (777 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota); this effort is being held in partnership with Van Wezel and The Bay Sarasota. Veterans are welcome to pick up turkeys and sides during the Veterans Pantry at Church of the Palms (3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota) on Tuesday, November 14, starting at 9 a.m. Another large-scale turkey distribution will take place at Ed Smith Stadium (2700 12th St., Sarasota) on Wednesday, November 15, starting at 4 p.m. All distributions last until supplies run out. There will also be several locations for turkey distributions in DeSoto County, including at All Faiths Food Bank’s DeSoto Food and Resource Center (1021 E. Oak St., Arcadia) on Friday, November 17, starting at 11 a.m. Through Thanksgiving, additional turkey distributions will take place at several of All Faiths Food Bank’s mobile pantry sites, as well as through numerous partner agency locations, including school pantries and youth-serving nonprofits. Proof of Sarasota or DeSoto County residency is required. For more information about the turkey distributions, visit the “Food Finder” page at allfaithsfoodbank.org. The funds for the turkey distributions are being raised through generous individual, foundation and corporate gifts to the ThankFULL campaign, as well as through the support of the Kathleen K. Catlin Foundation of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which granted $75,000 this year and has supported the effort generously for nine years. To donate to the ThankFULL campaign or to learn where and when to find upcoming food distributions, please visit allfaithsfoodbank.org. 

Pictured: All Faiths Food Bank expects to distribute 13,000 turkeys (plus sides) and a total of 3.6 million holiday meals this year through the ThankFULL campaign Photo by Cliff Roles

[Holiday Event]  SCFs 26 West Center to Host One-Day Pop-Up Holiday Mark-It to Celebrate National Entrepreneurship Month

Entrepreneurship and the holidays will be in full swing on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4-7 p.m. at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s 26 West Center, 5840 26th St. W., Building 8, Bradenton. In celebration of National Entrepreneurship Month, the building will transform into a Holiday Mark-It, a one-day pop-up shopping experience open to the public. The marketplace will feature more than 26 local businesses that will sell holiday entertainment ideas, unique gifts and seasonal treats. The free event will include giveaways, demonstrations and a visit from Santa. Free parking is available in Lot H. “State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota’s 26 West Center supports entrepreneurs and small business owners every day with workshops and coaching, office space and a digital marketing agency. We wanted to go one step further this holiday season and provide an environment for local businesses to sell holiday products and services. We also wanted to create a way for the local community to support these businesses and, at the same time, experience our innovative 26 West Center,” said Dr. Todd G. Fritch, executive vice president and provost. April Caldwell, founder and CEO of fayVen, an online app that matches vendors with venues, managed the recruiting and vetting of small businesses to participate in the Holiday Mark-It. Caldwell, winner of the 26 West Center Pitch Competition, graduate of the 26 West Entrepreneurship Academy and Air Force veteran, founded fayVen in 2019 because she and her husband had problems finding locations to sell their gourmet popcorn and identified the opportunity to make pop-up events easy for small businesses and venues. “The 26 West Center provided me with a strong foundation to start and grow fayVen. The classes, mentorship and other resources have played a major role in the success of my business. I’m thrilled to support other entrepreneurs and create a very special event for the Bradenton-Sarasota community,” remarked Caldwell. For more information about the 26 West Center, visit 26West.SCF.edu. For more details about the Holiday Mark-It, contact Lis Begin at 727-243-6965 or Lis@BeginProductions.com. 

[SOON]  FOOD: 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ Event , December 6, 5:30-8:30pm

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is excited to announce they will be the new home for the 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ event on December 6th, previously put on by Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation. This event has been the premier networking event in the region for decades, which brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Region to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun. The event will be held at the Premiere Sports Campus from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.For more information, visit members.lwrba.org.

[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.
[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]  GRAB BAG: The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program , November 6 – November 9, 7:30am-7pm

The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program is reaching out to those in need providing turkeys for Thanksgiving. Those who donate a turkey, a food gift card, or $10 will receive a free T-shirt as part of the T-shirts for Turkeys campaign sponsored by The Joy FM radio station. The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program will be collecting donations of food and funds at the following locations:

● Chick-Fil-A, 5384 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 6
● Chick-Fil-A, 4573 14th St W, Bradenton, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6
● Chick-Fil-A, 8420 S. Tamiami Tr, Sarasota 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8
● Woodland Church, 9607 E State Road 70, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9

For more information, visit mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cocktails at the Cottage at the Historic Spanish Point campus , November 8, 5-8pm

Enjoy a casual evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres overlooking Little Sarasota Bay at Selby Gardens' Historic Spanish Point Campus! Watch the sunset and be the first to preview our new exhibition Clyde Butcher: Nature Through the Lens, featuring the iconic artist's large-scale landscape prints on aluminum set amid the native nature of this beautiful and beloved campus. The event will be held at the Historic 19th Century White Cottage, Sunken Garden, and Pergola on Wednesday, November 8th from 5-8pm. For more information, visit selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration! , November 11, 11:30am-2pm

The Hermitage Artist Retreat announces that world-renowned and Grammy Award-winning string quartet ETHEL will headline the Hermitage’s signature fall fundraising event, “The Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration!” on Saturday, November 11th from 11:30am to 2pm at the Hermitage campus on Manasota Key. This is the first time in many years that all four members of ETHEL – Ralph Farris, Kip Jones, Dorothy Lawson, and Corin Lee – will be reuniting at the Hermitage to celebrate this milestone anniversary of the event. This year’s Artful Lobster will also feature a performance by new Hermitage Fellow Emi Ferguson, a celebrated flutist and performer. For more information about the Hermitage and upcoming programs, visit HermitagArtistRetreat.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Free Dentistry Day at Creekwood Dental , November 17, 7am-12pm

Residents in the Bradenton community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Creekwood Dental on Friday, November 17. Drs. Jennifer Pfeiffer, Brian Harrington and team at Creekwood Dental will be improving the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day, a day dedicated to providing free dental care to the growing number of Americans without dental insurance. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 108 million Americans are living without dental insurance. During Free Dentistry Day, cleanings, fillings and extractions will be provided to patients on Friday, November 17, between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. at 5210 Creekwood Boulevard in Bradenton. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call 941-755-1488 or visit www.FreeDentistryDay.org.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Feast Upon the Fields , December 3, 12:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable afternoon at the beautiful and conserved Myakka Headwaters Preserve. Located where seven creeks converge to form the mighty Myakka River, our Myakka Headwaters Preserve is a breathtaking slice of natural Florida. The property contains numerous diverse landscapes, including floodplain forests, marshland, longleaf pine flatwoods, and oak hammocks. Fields of wildflowers host pollinators of all shapes and sizes, and fern-lined streambanks rise just a foot or two above the clear-flowing water, which supports submerged aquatic vegetation unable to grow in the sunlight-blocked blackwaters found elsewhere in the Myakka River. Experience this stunning landscape firsthand at our eighth annual farm-to-table luncheon, Feast Upon the Fields. Featuring a one-of-a-kind menu by Chef Paul Mattison, this ticketed event will sell out quickly. Early reservations are strongly recommended. conservationfoundation.com.
[SOON]  SPORTS: All-American Women's Baseball Classic Tournament , November 17 – November 19

Get ready for an unforgettable three-day baseball extravaganza as the second annual All-American Women's Baseball Classic tournament descends upon Ed Smith Stadium, spring training home of the 2023 AL East Champion Baltimore Orioles. Hosted by American Girls Baseball, an affiliate organization of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Players Association, and Visit Sarasota County, this event promises to deliver non-stop action, fierce competition, and unforgettable moments on the diamond. From November 17th to 19th, witness the nation's top women's baseball players as they showcase their skills, athleticism, and determination in a series of thrilling games. The All-American Womens Baseball Classic is the epitome of sheer joy and excitement that only women's baseball can provide. To purchase tickets, visit mlb.com/orioles/spring-training/all-american-womens-baseball-classic.

[SOON]  FOOD: Suncoast Food and Wine Fest , November 11, 1-4pm
Suncoast Food and Wine Fest offers an afternoon of samplings and tastings from a large selection of fine restaurants as well as a variety of fine wines and other beverages in a beautiful outdoor setting. Your participation by purchasing a ticket provides financial assistance to many charitable organizations within Sarasota and Manatee counties, and other Rotary projects. Premier Sports Campus, 5895 Post Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.
[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Laugh on the Green , November 9, 8pm

Get ready to laugh it up at UTC! Join for Laugh on the Green, an outdoor series featuring clean comedy acts by top stand-up comedians. Taking the stage on Thursday, November 9 is Richy Leis, a seasoned comic known for his hilarious anecdotes inspired by growing up in a big family. As seen on MTV, VH1, TMZ and more, Richy has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Dana Carvey, Jeff Garlin and Craig Robinson. Laugh on the Green starts at 8:00 pm on The Green at UTC, located near Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar. The outdoor comedy show is open to the public, and no advance registration is required. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get here early to grab dinner and drinks from more than 80 eateries and bars at UTC. For more information, visit utcsarasota.com.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Embracing Our Differences at Sarasota Art Museum , October 21 – November 26, n/a

Sarah Wertheimer, the executive director of Embracing Our Differences, recently announced that the organization will be staging its final exhibit of EOD’s 20th anniversary season at Sarasota Art Museum of Ringling College of Art and Design, October 21-November 26. “Embracing Kindness” will showcase 14 artworks and accompanying quotations selected from exhibits from the past 20 years. This free exhibit will be located on the Museum’s Great Lawn at 1001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit EmbracingOurDifferences.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management All-Inclusive Dining Event , October 17 – November 14, 6-8pm

The public is invited to enjoy an elegant night out at the Powel Crosley Estate, where Sarasota-Manatee students will deliver an unforgettable hospitality experience from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 17. The event promises to delight guests with a gourmet spread, including risotto, salmon, steak, dessert and an opportunity to customize their own “potato martini” with sautéed Spanish onions, roasted garlic confit, apple smoked bacon and other savory toppings. A second dinner will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the same location. The semi-annual dinner series is an opportunity for students in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain hands-on experience in designing, preparing and executing an all-inclusive dining event. “This will be a dynamic learning experience for all of them,” said Joe Askren, a professor of instruction in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, who, along with his colleague Angad Dang, will assist the students throughout the night. “We look forward to showcasing our students’ skills at these events.” Visit usf.to/taste to purchase tickets.

[SOON]  FOOD: Sarasota Hooters Jeep Nights , September 16 – December 21, 6pm

Calling all Jeep Enthusiasts! The Sarasota Hooters location is hosting Jeep Night on the third Thursday of the month starting at 6pm. Hooters is giving away raffle prizes during the monthly events. The September 21 raffle prize is a Flashcal For Jeep Superchips Calibration Tool. Congratulations to Shawn Miller who won a Jeep Tow Kit during the August 17 Jeep Night. Upcoming Jeep Nights will take place on December 21. Hooters of Sarasota is located at 6507 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Visit Hooters during Jeep Night and present your Jeep key for 15% off food and non-alcoholic beverages and an entry for the giveaway. Jeep Night has become a favorite thing to do for the Sarasota community. From regular customers to Hooters Girls who own Jeeps and Jeep lovers everyone is enjoying this opportunity. For more information, visit www.HootersFlorida.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: UF/IFAS Farm City Week Agricultural Tour , November 9, n/a

Join UF/IFAS Extension Manatee County for the 32nd annual Farm City Week Agricultural Tour in Manatee County. The event is a day-long, chartered bus tour taking place Thursday, November 9. Each year, Farm City Week explores a new theme prevalent in agriculture. This year, attendees have the privilege of seeing first-hand how Manatee County agricultural productions are leading Innovations in Agriculture. Each tour stop explores different facets of the agriculture industry that have their own unique perspective on what innovation means for their operation. Learn more about how local Manatee County agricultural operations are using the latest innovations from technology to ideology, to improve their business, the local economy, and our environment on the 32nd annual Farm City Week Agricultural Tour. The tour is $75 per person plus Eventbrite fees and includes transportation, lunch, water and snacks, and entry to each location. Register at 2023fcwagriculturaltour.eventbrite.com.

[SOON]  GALA: Junior League of Sarasota Jamboree , November 11, 2-5pm

Join Junior League of Sarasota on November 11 from 2-5pm for a Fla-mazing, family-friendly afternoon at Sarasota Jungle Gardens! The annual Jamboree event is Junior League of Sarasota’s family friendly event of the league year. This year’s event will be full of family, flamingos and fun. Proceeds from this event will support the Junior League of Sarasota’s signature focus, providing assistance to individuals who are aging out of the foster care system. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, but you must buy your ticket in advance! This will sell out! The event will feature flamingo feeding, a petting zoo, DJ, silent auction and much more! For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JLSarasota.org.

[SOON]  THEATER: Deck the Halls Returns to Florida Studio Theatre , November 25 – December 24, 10am and 12pm

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is excited to bring children and their families the magic of the holiday season with the latest iteration of Deck the Halls. This interactive family-friendly, music-filled show celebrates everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. Since Deck the Halls was first produced in 2016, the show has become a holiday tradition for many families on the Suncoast. This year, the festivities return with all-new sketches, all-new songs, and all-new memories ready for the making. Created by Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham with additional material by Dellan Short and Jeremy Weinstein, Deck the Halls plays select Saturdays and Sundays with showtimes starting at 10am and 12pm in FST’s Keating Theatre. For more information, visit 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.

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