Archive for April, 2006

04/1/2006

Da-Vine Madness

Beginning on April 27, Florida Winefest & Auction will celebrate its 16th year with four intoxicating days of connoisseurs and casual drinkers mixing at The Ritz-Carlton in search of the next great grape-and the cuisine to go with it. At the end of the festivities, Winefest will have added a considerable amount to the $5 […]

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04/1/2006

Where has all the vision gone?

It is "the vision thing," isn’t it? Looking around our city, after the years that have passed since we first began to formulate a new downtown master plan, I can’t discern any strong vision at work. Instead, we see construction everywhere, surging upward and outward, often devoid of any obvious commitment to urban context or […]

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04/1/2006

A Reel Home Run

If horse racing is the sport of kings, and football (except for certain college games) is for Joe Six Pack, then baseball is the sport of writers. Particularly the intellectuals. Remember Marianne Moore, that little old lady poet, sitting in the stands at all the old Brooklyn Dodgers games? Or all the various famous essays […]

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04/1/2006

Great Scotch!

The item: The Macallan limited-edition 50-year-old single-malt Scotch whisky, distilled in the Speyside region of the Scottish Highlands and bottled in a Lalique crystal decanter. This semi-centennial vintage, just released in January, boasts rich, complex flavors-dark prunes, chocolate, maraschino cherries, cumin, cardamom-and a lingering finish of sherry, oak and a hint of peat smoke. It’s […]

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04/1/2006

Street Talk

NOISEMAKER TWEEN THE LINES Jennifer Monda kidcasts on Radio Disney. Sarasota Middle School eighth-grader Jennifer Monda got her big break when Radio Disney stopped at the Sarasota Film Festival last year to audition more than 50 youngsters for a coveted role as a kidcaster on the tween-themed radio station. Jennifer, now 14, stood out from […]

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04/1/2006

Before & After

Some rooms are made beautiful by adding fine fabrics and furnishings. Others become lovely by what is taken away. In the case of husband-and-wife interior designers Jeff and Joyce Hart’s 1926 Ringling-era home on St. Armands, good bones and distinguished features were there all along. The Harts’ task was how best to reveal them. "We […]

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04/1/2006

Designing Mind

Design experience: 22 years. Trained at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Perla Lichi Design in Tamarac, Fla., opened in 1992. I got so many calls from Sarasota, now I go there regularly for special appointments. My home is: Renaissance Venetian. My dinner parties: I cater. My kitchen is beautiful, but I don’t use it. […]

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04/1/2006

Food for Thought

GREAT SPIRITS Go ahead, try to stump Peter Whitely, bartender extraordinaire for the Cà d’Zan Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Algonquin? No problem. Caribbean Cowboy? Coming right up. The affable 45-year-old has been tending bar since his college days, and when he ran out of cocktails to memorize, he started concocting his own. An avid […]

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04/1/2006

Made in Sarasota

Hang one of Nancy Sabattini’s one-of-a-kind vintage chandeliers from your ceiling, and guests won’t be able to stop craning their necks upward for a glance. Sabattini finds classic 1930s-era Spanish and Italian chandeliers at antique shops and estate sales and gives them modern new twists with crystal and Plexiglas. She also designs her own chandeliers […]

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04/1/2006

Big Night

For years, Sarasotans have been making the trek out to Sean Murphy’s tiny Beach Bistro, perched in the sand of Holmes Beach by the Gulf of Mexico; the culinary thrills and Murphy’s high-spirited hospitality make even the long, dark drive home worthwhile. The restaurant has won statewide recognition, too, racking up eight of Florida Trend‘s […]

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04/1/2006

Up & Coming

April 1. Orchid Ball. Go back in time to when Bill and Marie Selby were starting their lives together at Selby Gardens’ silver anniversary Orchid Ball, celebrating "The Age of Elegance." Starting at 6:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn of the Selby Estate at the gardens; tickets $250. 366-5731 ext. 236. April 1-9. Sarasota Film […]

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