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SRQ DAILY Dec 5, 2023

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"Almost everything we make here is homemade, and nothing is frozen out of a box. We do everything fresh ourselves"

- Eddie Faicco, Owner of Faiccos

[Education]  New College of Florida Thanks Gov. Desantis for Continued Support

The 2024-2025 Budget proposed today by Governor Ron DeSantis demonstrates continued support for New College of Florida’s mission. New College has made tremendous strides in 2023 toward reestablishing its premier positioning among America’s elite higher education institutions. “Governor DeSantis has demonstrated his commitment to New College’s growth and improvement in this budget and we sincerely appreciate his continued support,” said New College President Richard Corcoran. “This is an important first step in structuring next year’s budget, and we look forward to working with the Legislature over the next several months to secure funds to serve our students and a bright future for New College.” The Governor’s proposed budget provides an increased appropriation from 2023-2024, which if approved by the Legislature will allow the flexibility to hire and retain elite faculty, provide a student experience that is second to none, and improve facilities campuswide. 

[The Dish]  Splendid Sandwiches
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

Sandwiches are deceptively simple. All you need to make them is some bread and fillings, right? Or maybe there’s something else at play when it comes to crafting a great sandwich. At Faicco’s, dedication to freshness and homemade ingredients make for out-of-this-world sandwiches that have been delighting guests for over 120 years.

In 1900, Edward Faicco opened the original Faicco’s restaurant in Manhattan. The Faicco family passed down the business through different generations, and it’s now owned by Eddie Faicco, the founder’s great-grandson. After visiting the Gulf Coast and seeing his daughters attend college in Tampa, Eddie decided to make the move to Florida, where he opened Faicco’s Sarasota location in October of 2022.

Faicco’s specializes in heroes, the New York term for a sub sandwich. “All of our heroes are kind of unique. I don’t do what everybody else does,” Eddie says. The Italian hero, which comes in a spicy version as well, is the most popular, featuring prosciutto, ham cappy, hot soppressata, mozzarella, lettuce, tomato, roasted peppers, olive oil and vinegar. “We do a roast beef Italiano hero with shaved parmesan, balsamic glaze and sundried tomatoes, which is very popular,” he adds. While meats are a primary focus at Faicco’s, vegetarians and vegans can enjoy the vegetarian hero, with spicy broccoli rabe, roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes and arugula. Another tasty option is the Muffuletta, which is filled with Toscana salami, Genoa salami, hot soppressata, provolone cheese, an olive spread and pepperoncini.

Aside from heroes, the eatery serves a burger with meat which is ground in-house, as are its sausages. “We make our sausage on the premises. That we’re very famous for from New York. When we originally started the business back in 1900, that’s what my grandfather was known for. They used to call it a ‘pork store,’” Eddie says. Guests can sample Faicco’s sweet sausage, hot sausage and cheese and parsley sausage, made with the same recipe used by Eddie’s great-grandfather. During the weekend, the restaurant also makes fresh mozzarella. For dessert, don’t miss the cannolis with homemade filling and shells imported from Sicily. Patrons hosting larger gatherings can order catering sandwich platters and appetizer platters, which are a great choice for upcoming holiday festivities. “Almost everything we make here is homemade. Nothing is frozen out of a box. We do everything fresh ourselves,” he adds. “A lot of people don’t do it that way anymore. They do what’s easy. But over here, I feel like we still do things the old-fashioned way.”

Faicco’s, 3590 Webber St., Sarasota, 941-960-1395, faiccossarasota.com. 

Pictured: The Chicken Cutlet Prosciutto Mozzarella Hero at Faiccos. Photo Courtesy of Faiccos.


[The Dish]  15 South Ristorante Set to Return in Spirit and Name

In early 2024, longtime Sarasotans will see a familiar name return to St. Armands Circle as a successful restaurateur revives the spirit and name of 15 South Ristorante. Called 15 South by Napule, the concept is led by Alessandro Di Ferdinando, best known for his success on South Tamiami Trail with Napule, founded in 2017. With 15 South by Napule, Di Ferdinando aims to pay homage to the original 15 South that was a beloved mainstay of Sarasota’s dining and nightlife for almost 20 years. While Di Fredinando will handle the front of house operations, the food operations will be helmed by two of his longtime friends and collaborators. Antonio Mancini, a former Napule pizzaiolo and owner of Vesuvio Wood Fired Pizza, will man the authentic, gold-tiled Neapolitan pizza oven located near the first-floor bar. Meanwhile, Chef Giancarlo Di Cosmo, who worked alongside Di Ferdinando at a Soho House concept in London, will handle the kitchen. “And of course, we’ll have a lively atmosphere with a good martini and cocktail list and a dance floor upstairs,” says Di Ferdinando. “You’ve heard of eat, pray, love. We’re going for eat, dance, love. And then maybe we eat again.” The refreshed concept will open early next year with an authentic Italian menu that includes scratch-made pasta dishes, Neapolitan-style woodfired pizza, and a full bar on both floors. 15 South by Napule will eventually offer its own delivery service to Lido Key, Longboat Key, and St. Armands Circle. 

[Annual Event]  LWRBA to Continue Hob Nob Tradition and Host 34th Annual Event Wednesday Over 400 business professionals planned to attend

The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Is excited to continue the longstanding tradition of bringing together the business community at the 34th Annual Hob Nob BBQ on December 6th at Premier Sports Campus. Previously hosted by the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, this event originated in Lakewood Ranch and is now coming back home! Hob Nob is a premier networking event that brings together the business community from the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch region. Featuring grill teams of local businesses and restaurants, you'll enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun! “We are excited to continue the legacy of Hob Nob from our friends at the Bradenton Area EDC. This is a pillar event that brings together the regional business community to network and celebrate the year!” Said LWRBA President & CEO, Brittany Lamont. Tickets are now available at: https://members.lwrba.org/event-calendar/Details/34th-annual-hob-nob-944096?sourceTypeId=Website. Those in attendance will enjoy unlimited food and drinks from the best restaurants in the Lakewood Ranch Region. Participating restaurants include: Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Frosted Pink, Gecko’s Hospitality Group, Loaded Cannon Distillery, Mission BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes, PDQ, Pier 22/GROVE, Sonny’s Bar-B-Q, Storii Coffee and Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine. The 34th Annual hob Nob BBQ is presented by Seacoast Bank. Additional sponsors include: Career Source Suncoast, HBK CPA’s & Consultants, Willis Smith Construction, Mauldin & Jenkins, Leech Tishman, Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Aloha Party Experts and Jessica Guadagno Photography. 

[New Construction]  Sam Rodgers Homes Begins Infrastructure Work At Arbour Lake Preserve Sam

Sam Rodgers Homes, one of Florida’s most respected family-owned homebuilding companies, announced it has started working on the infrastructure for its newest single-family community, Arbour Lake Preserve. The nearly 50-acre private, gated conservation community is located in Sarasota East, between Fruitville and Bee Ridge roads and consists of just 37 homesites.  “Nearly 75 percent of the property will consist of lakes, wetlands, nature trails and easements, a clear demonstration of our commitment to the preservation of the environment,” remarked company founder Sam Rodgers. “It also reinforces our tagline which states, ‘Where Nature Meets Elegance!’” According to Rodgers, the curbing in the community has already been completed, along with other various infrastructure needs. Provided that infrastructure work continues on its current schedule, the construction of the models in Arbour Lake Preserve should begin sometime early next year. For more information on Sam Rodgers Homes and Arbour Lake Preserve, visit SamRodgersHomes.com or call 941-747-4131. The company’s corporate office is located at 7381 Professional Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34240. 

[Arts & Entertainment]  Sarasota Rising Sets the Stage for The Living Arts Festival News

Sarasota Rising, a dynamic arts organization dedicated to fostering creativity and cultural engagement, proudly announces its inaugural event, "An Evening With...," held at the Art Ovation Hotel in the heart of Sarasota. The evening was graced by the presence of Broadway's first Annie, the incomparable Andrea McArdle. This exclusive event showcased the timeless talent of Andrea McArdle, captivating the audience with her iconic performances and sharing behind-the-scenes stories from her illustrious Broadway career. Joining Andrea on stage making her debut was Bridgette who played the part of Andrea’s sidekick dog, Sandy. Bridgette is from Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue who has been a close partner of Sarasota Rising. Attendees were treated to an intimate experience with one of the industry's true luminaries, leaving a lasting impression on the Sarasota arts community. The highlight of the evening was the unveiling of the official poster for Sarasota Rising's upcoming Living Arts Festival. The stunning artwork, a visual testament to the organization's commitment to artistic excellence, added an exciting layer of anticipation for what promises to be a groundbreaking celebration of the arts. Sarasota Rising Executive Director Jeffery Kin expressed enthusiasm about the event, stating, "'An Evening With...' marked a significant milestone for Sarasota Rising, bringing together patrons of the arts to celebrate creativity and showcase the incredible talents that define our community." As the evening concluded, attendees were treated to a thrilling countdown, building anticipation for the forthcoming Living Arts Festival—an immersive celebration set to showcase the diversity and vibrancy of Sarasota's artistic landscape. Sarasota Rising continues to raise money towards producing the best festival possible. For those interested in contributing to their mission, be it monetarily or through volunteerism, please visit their site at https://www.sarasotarising.org/. 

[HOTY]  2024 Home of the Year is Live!

SRQ Magazine is calling home builders, architects, landscape architects and interior designers to submit their projects from the past year. The winning entries are awarded Home of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver Awards and the winning entries are published in the March 2024 awards edition of SRQ Magazine. 

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[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]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[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]  GALA: Celebrate 75 Gala and Concert , February 15, 6pm
Celebrate 75 years of inspiring music all season long, and our Celebrate 75 special concert and gala experience will be the party to top them all. We invite you to support 75 more years, and beyond, of enriching lives through music by purchasing tickets to Celebrate 75. For access to the best seats and the full celebration, opt for a Gala ticket, which includes pre-concert cocktails and a gourmet dinner after the performance. Concert-only tickets are also available for purchase. The concert program, led by Creative Partner Peter Oundjian, captures all the euphoria of reaching this milestone in our history as Florida’s oldest continuously operating orchestra. After two stirring fanfares written by Aaron Copland and Joan Tower, legendary pianist Garrick Ohlsson joins Sarasota Orchestra for the monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 by Rachmaninoff. Paired with An American in Paris by Gershwin, a rhapsodic portrait of a stroll through the City of Lights, this one-night-only program promises to thrill. Gala begins at 6:00 pm, and concert begins at 7:00 pm. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, sarasotaorchestra.org.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Under the Sea ALSO Youth Annual Prom , February 3, 6-10pm
The ALSO Youth Annual Prom is the most highly anticipated event for our LGBTQ youth each year. Youth from Sarasota County, Manatee County and beyond attend this unique celebration where they are free to come as they are, with whoever they wish, without fear of judgment or needing to mask who they are. We anticipate between 250-300 youth sending their RSVP to attend the ALSO Youth Prom on Saturday, February 3, 2024. Attendees will enjoy fun music, dancing, games, themed crafts, an awesome photo booth, and so much more. alsoyouth.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]  GALA: New Year's Eve Gala , December 31, 7pm-1am

Kick-off 2024 at Selby Gardens. Enjoy private access to Lights in Bloom, passed hors doeuvres, a seated four-course dinner, as well as a performance by The Sarasota Ballet and dancing to DJ Karim. The countdown to the new year culminates with a champagne toast and an excellent view of the fireworks overlooking Sarasota Bay. selby.org.

[SOON]  MUSIC: IL DIVO , December 20, 7:3opm

The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is excited to welcome IL DIVO A New Day Holiday Tour to Sarasota on Wednesday, December 20, at 7:30pm. The tour will feature the group performing holiday classics that include It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, Its The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, and more, in addition to songs from their vast catalog. Tickets start at $59.50 and can be purchased at www.VanWezel.org, by calling the box office at 941-263-6799 or by visiting the box office Monday through Friday between 10am to 4pm. Groups of 10 or more should contact 941-263-6726. Pre-show dining is available through Mattison’s at the Van Wezel which is located inside the theater. Reservations can be made on VanWezel.org or through the box office.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Holiday Gems at The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota , December 5, 7:30pm

The Chamber Orchestra of Sarasota will open its 2023-2024 season with Holiday Gems on December 5, 2023 at 7:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota located at 2050 Oak Street. The annual holiday program, conducted by music director Robert Vodnoy, includes music by Debussy, Vivaldi, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky, plus holiday favorites. Featured soloists include harpist Giuseppina Ciarla and mandolinist Rafael Ramirez. Tickets are $39 for adults and $5 for students. A series ticket for all three orchestral concerts is priced at $105, and includes an invitation to a pre-concert reception. More information and tickets are available online at www.chamberorchestrasarasota.org, or call 219-928-8665.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: 2023 ECOSummit , December 5 – December 6

Get inspired by two days of Big Ideas and Solutions at the ECOSummit as experts share insights and innovations for recharging our environment and reducing our impacts-crucial to sustaining our coastal community’s quality of life. Community storytellers will explore our environmental heritage as a touchstone for a resilient future. It’s a lively and entertaining two-day solutions-oriented experience with lectures, panel discussions, storytelling, and music. Award-winning Americana songwriter Karen Jonas and her band will weave dazzling threads of their dreamy Alt-Country music through the tapestry of stories over two days. Networking coffee breaks, lunches, lunchtime wellness and guided walks, and professional continuing education credits all included. The summit will take place from December 5-6 at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. For more information, visit scienceandenvironment.org.

[SOON]  FOOD: Late Night Happy Hour at Geckos on Hillview Street , November 29 – May 31, 10pm-Midnight
Join your friends, after-work buddies and the team at Geckos for our new Late Night Happy Hours. Every Friday and Saturday from 10 pm to Midnight, we will offer food, wine, cocktails and beer specials sure to prolong your weekend fun. Join us and ask your friendly barkeep or server about our Late Night Happy Hours. ONLY at Geckos on Hillview Street in Southside Village. GeckosGrill.com.
[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.

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