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SRQ DAILY Jun 11, 2024

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"Anytime there is some kind of emergency with our staff we really like to come together as a community and make sure we are supporting our team"

- Dylan Pike, COO, Daiquiri Deck.
 

[The Dish]  Cocktails and Cuisine for a Cause at the Daiquiri Deck
Kate Wight, kate.wight@srqme.com

In 1993, the first Daiquiri Deck location opened in Siesta Key. Locals and visitors alike loved the casual beachy vibes and the flavorful fruity frozen drinks and over thirty years later, the Daiquiri Deck team has grown in leaps and bounds. The eatery now has five locations throughout the Sarasota area with a sixth one in the works. They’ve also opened a location at Tropicana Field and are proud partners of the Tampa Bay Rays. But despite the brand’s unprecedented growth, the team behind it remains as close-knit as ever.

“Anytime there’s some kind of emergency with our staff we really like to come together as a community and make sure we’re supporting our team,” says Dylan Pike, the COO of Daiquiri Deck. Sadly, one of their team members has found themselves in a time of crisis. Paige Wellman is a server at the St. Armands location. Recently, she and her family lost their home, belongings, and beloved cat in a devastating house fire.

“This home had been in her family for generations, so they lost absolutely everything,” Pike explains. “As soon as this happened, all of us wanted to make sure we pulled together to support her. People here have been able to pull together clothes and personal items already, but we really wanted to be able to get money into their hands as quickly as possible because when you lose everything, you do need immediate support. And so that’s what we really wanted to provide for her.”

To address that immediate need, the Daiquiri Deck on St. Armands Circle is hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, June 11th from 6pm to 9pm in the upstairs bar. Ten percent of the sales generated from the event will go directly to Wellman and her family to help them begin to rebuild from this tragedy. People who can’t attend the event are invited to donate to a GoFundMe that has been organized for the family.

While the Daiquiri Deck may be most well-known for their creamy, juicy frozen drinks that utilize natural ingredients like fruit purees instead of high-fructose corn syrup, they also have an impressive food menu. A year and a half ago, they brought Chef Jeremy Theyer on board and he has totally revamped their menu with a focus on natural flavors and fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Seafood lovers can enjoy delightful dishes like the Crab Cake BLT, Tropical Glazed Mahi Sandwich, or Parmesan Crusted Cod, while landlubbers might gravitate towards the classic Deck Burger or the Mojo Cuban Sandwich.

One thing is for certain: the food and drinks at the Daiquiri Deck are as good as the people who make it all happen. And that says a lot.

Daiquiri Deck on St. Armands, 325 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, 941-388-3325.  

Pictured: The Big Deck Energy Challenge, launched earlier this year, features 1.2 lbs. of ground beef, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion and house sauce on a toasted roll. Those that finish will have their photo taken and put on the Big Deck E

[The Dish]  Summer Delights Await at Taste of Spain

Summer has arrived, and at Taste of Spain, we are excited to share some of our best seasonal offerings with you! Indulge in our best-seller, Traditional Gazpacho, or try something new with our refreshing Beet Gazpacho. We also have our delightful Potato Salad (Russian Salad) and delicious EVOO Tuna Stuffed Eggs, perfect for a light and refreshing summer meal. This summer, we’re updating our Daily Special Paella Days! Enjoy our daily specials for Paella now only on Fridays and Saturdays. However, don't forget that you can still order any of our paellas any day of the week for pick-up with a minimum order of 4 people. Whether it's a family dinner, day on a boat or a special gathering, our authentic paellas are perfect. Don't miss out on our upcoming "Flamenco Classes" starting in July! Join us on Wednesdays for three weeks of learning and practicing Sevillanas, culminating in a recital with Paella and Sangria on the fourth Wednesday. Bring guests to enjoy the evening and showcase what you've learned. We understand that summer is a quieter season, but we invite you to stop by the shop and experience the vibrant flavors of Spain. From our gourmet market stocked with Spanish products to our delicious tapas and paellas, there's always something new to discover. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you at Taste of Spain this summer! 

[The Dish]  Clasico Chophouse and Taproom Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Ribbon-Cutting and Great Music

Great food was the theme of the one-year anniversary celebration for Clasico Chophouse and Taproom. A delighted crowd of area business owners, employees and government dignitaries were treated to a variety of dishes from Chef David Locke at the event held on Wednesday, Dec. 6 in the Brandon Town Center location. Guests enjoyed slow smoked beef ribs that were prepared for six hours, house made meatballs, bruschetta clasico, and more. Clasico’s mixologists also served up various signature drinks as guests were treated to the musical stylings of Blake Guyre. Clasico Chophouse and Taproom is located at 775 Brandon Town Center Drive, Brandon. It is open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. until the last customer leaves. Discounts for military personnel are available. For more information on Clasico Chophouse and Taproom, please visit clasicobrandon.com or call 813-444-5188. 

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[Arts & Entertainment]  July Events at Creative Liberties

Creative Liberties Artist Studios and Gallery continues its season’s offerings with an all-packed July starting with the exhibit, “True Colors: Celebrating Pride,” through July 6. Local artists will exhibit works in a color scheme that represents one of the colors on the LGBTQ+ Progress flag. 

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[Real Estate]  Neal Signature Homes Opens Two Models at EVERLY in Wellen Park

Southwest Florida luxury home builder Neal Signature Homes will officially open two model homes in EVERLY, a new luxury home neighborhood located in the master-planned Wellen Park, on June 15. Catered food and drinks will be served by Morton’s from 11am-2pm and an RSVP is required by visiting https://bit.ly/3VvhPtW. EVERLY is Wellen Park’s first luxury and custom home neighborhood, as well as its first multi-homebuilder neighborhood. EVERLY offers spacious, lakefront and wetland-view private homesites that are close to Downtown Wellen that features restaurants, shopping, entertainment venues, a splash pad, the Grand Lake and trail, featuring 2.8 miles of pedestrian paths. The eight available floor plans for EVERLY range from 2,562 to 4,189 square feet with pricing starting in the $900s. Floor plans are bright, airy and spacious with an abundance of natural light and the builder’s characteristic blend of indoor and outdoor living. Customizable options allow homeowners to personalize their homes. Homesites span 75-feet or 85-feet with select lots fronting along a 50-acre lake for prime sunset views. Neal Signature Homes began selling in EVERLY last June and 11 homes have already sold. Neal Signature Homes is introducing a 70’ product at EVERLY, with the community featuring both 60’ and 70’ products. The Palm Bay 2 model is a 70’ product, featuring 3,138 square feet of air-conditioned living space, including 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and a three-car garage with a modern farmhouse look. This model includes an optional casita, showing how this flexible additional space can be used for multi-generational family living, a live-in nanny or accommodate guests. The Ravenna model, with 3,004 square feet of air-conditioned living space, features 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and a three-car garage with a British West Indies look. Luxury living in EVERLY will be complemented by extensive amenities, offering unique gathering areas for socializing and relaxing inside and out. The clubhouse and separate state-of-the-art fitness center will enhance an active lifestyle and feature modern farmhouse architecture – with a covered poolside veranda and steep sloping roofs adding to the openness of inside spaces, including a social hall with a kitchen and reception area. The outdoor area features a relaxing dining area with a fire pit to enjoy with neighbors. Additional amenities include a resort pool and spa with private cabanas, beach area, pickleball courts, a chip-and-putt golf facility, and more. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts will enjoy access to the future Oakheart Nature Trail, which will wind alongside EVERLY’s featured 50-acre lake. Wellen Park is one of the best-selling communities in the nation, according to national real estate consulting firms RCLCO and John Burns. EVERLY is located near the brand-new College Preparatory Academy, which is currently under construction and accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year. The EVERLY neighborhood is also walkable to the future Sarasota County School District high school and K-8 school site delivering Fall 2025. Learn more about Neal Signature Homes in EVERLY at Wellen Park by visiting www.nealsignaturehomes.com/everly. 

Pictured: Two new models, including the Palm Bay 2 (pictured here) will officially open June 15 at Neal Signature Homes’ EVERLY at Wellen Park.

[Home Design]  Stock Custom Homes Unveils State-of-the-Art Design Center

Stock Custom Homes, Florida’s premier custom home builder, proudly announces the completion of its cutting-edge Home Design Center in Naples. This state-of-the-art facility marks a significant milestone in Stock Custom Homes' unwavering dedication to providing an unmatched home customization experience. The Home Design Center within the Stock Custom Homes corporate office serves as an authentic reflection of the quality and end results the company provides discerning buyers. Showcasing design elements that impact the construction process, this design center meticulously incorporates features such as integrated shades, roof sections, wall assemblies, ceiling beams, window sections, panelized lighting, and hidden switches for media rooms. Homebuyers can also explore featured textures, designs, materials, and colors. The Home Design Center affords clients a tangible and personalized experience, enabling them to select customizable details of their potential homes. It is also an inviting space for one-on-one consultations with Stock Custom Homes staff throughout the build process. This personalized support and service underscore Stock Custom Homes' distinctive approach, building not only dream homes but lasting relationships with their clients, setting them apart in a competitive market. Stock Custom Homes welcomes homeowners to explore the new Home Design Center and envision their spaces, showcasing the company's commitment to seamless customization aligned with each client's unique vision. For more information about Stock Custom Homes, their unparalleled home customization experiences, or to tour their new design center, visit StockCustomHomes.com. 



[Forage]  From Garden to Plate
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

FROM GARDEN TO PLATE | Soon to become the world's first net-positive restaurant, The Green Orchid at the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens honors nature's bounty, May/June 2024. 

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[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Hot Dog Day at Hamlets Eatery , July 6, 11am

Enjoy Hot Dog Day at Hamlet's Eatery. All the toppings you could want, live music and free beer samples from Big Top and Sun King!

Hamlet's Eatery, 821 Apricot Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Grill and Pubs Trivia and Bar BINGO , April 26 – April 30, 7:30pm
If you love a made-to-order meal, cocktail specials and prizes while you play Trivia and Bar Bingo, join the fun at Geckos all year round. We will have prizes, giveaways and specials plus the Geckos hospitality you love. Monday TRIVIA will be held at the Clark Road location in Palmer Crossing with BAR BINGO on Hillview Street in Southside Village. Tuesdays is BAR BINGO at SR 70 and TRIVIA at Geckos on SR 64 and Stickney Point. On Wednesdays, TRIVIA will take place at the Hillview Street location in Southside Village. We will keep the good time flowing and make your week more fun. www.GeckosGrill.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]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge , May 13 – June 16, Various times

Join the Geckos Hospitality Group family of restaurants to celebrate the culinary creativity of your favorite Geckos Grill and Pub Chefs during the annual Geckos Hospitality Group Iron Chef Challenge. From May 13th to June 9th and June 10th to 16th each of our six Geckos will participate in a weekly special Iron Chef Menu, with several of our Chefs designing delectable and inventive fare, plus some tried and true favorites with a creative twist. The contest is a weekly competition between Geckos Kitchen Creatives, and guests may sample what the GHG kitchen pros have up their Chef Jacket sleeves. Whichever Iron Chef Special Menu is the favorite of our GHG guests for the week wins the Iron Chef title for that week and a cash prize with the Iron Chefs named after the competition knives have been cleaned and put away in June. There will be a Championship Final the week of June 10-16th, with the winning GHG location being crowned the Geckos Hospitality Group’ Iron Chef 2024 Champ. www.GeckosGrill.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]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  FOOD: A Taste of Art , February 1 – January 31, 5:30-8pm
Longtime friends Chef Charles Amherst of Chaz 51 Steakhouse in Venice and Barbara Gerdeman, co-founder of Creative Liberties Artist Studios in Sarasota, have joined forces to create a series of interactive live art dinner showcases called A Taste of Art. The first of these events takes place Thursday, February 1, 5:30-8 p.m., at Chaz 51 Steakhouse, 549 US 41 Bypass N, Venice. The events will continue on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Guests who visit Chaz 51 on these evenings will be able to witness the creation of captivating works of art in real-time. To make a reservation, call Chaz 51 Steakhouse at 941-484-6200. To find out which artists are scheduled for February, check out the calendar at CreativeLiberties.net.
[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Wildlife Trivia Edition at Hamlets Eatery , June 19, 6pm

Join our special guest hosts Stacey, Mike, Greg and Kate for a special edition of Not Your Typical Trivia. They will test your knowledge on all sorts of wildlife questions. A portion of sales will benefit the Wild Horse Rescue and Sanctuary. Prizes for 1st 2nd and last (because losing is still fun)! Doors open at 6pm and trivia starts at 6:30pm. 

Hamlet's Eatery, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FOOD: Geckos Grill and Pubs New Summer Menu , May 13 – July 31, 11am

NEW!! Gecko’s Grill & Pub’s have launched a special Summer Lunch Menu at all of our six locations.  With specials from our menu sure to delight you, including our award-winning ½ lb. USDA Choice Angus Gecko’s Burger, Sandwiches, our Signature 1992 Salad and more…for $8 you can enjoy our favorite time of the year with some of your fav Gecko’s dishes when you dine in with us for Lunch.  Always fresh, always made-to-order, join us to kickstart your Summer with our Summer Lunch specials from 11-3 Monday-Friday.  Dine In only. 

Gecko's, 1900 Hillview St, Sarasota, F

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