Archive for April, 2007

04/1/2007

Our Man at Sundance

When the Sarasota Film Festival opens on April 13, executive director Jody Kielbasa will have a lot on his mind. Will the audience love the opening-night movie? Are the visiting Hollywood stars happy withter their accommodations? Will the corporate sponsors whine about their table locations at the parties? But there’s one thing Kielbasa won’t have […]

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04/1/2007

The Latest Sensations

Go to any Sarasota party, and what’s the hottest topic of conversation—art? Real estate? World peace? Maybe, but it’s much likelier that the biggest buzz will be about what hot new restaurant is providing our latest culinary thrills. This is a restaurant-crazy town, where serial dining out is the norm and where a popular chef’s […]

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04/1/2007

Stars of Sushi

It’s hard to imagine that not that long ago, most of us would have shuddered at the idea of eating raw fish. Now you can find sushi even in supermarkets, and as Americans have embraced this Japanese tradition, we’ve made it our own, creating variations like the foie gras and tenderloin sushi that’s the rage […]

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04/1/2007

The Bordeaux Birthday Bash

Spring 1982. Across the Atlantic Ocean, in the historic vineyards of the Mouton-Rothschild chateau in the Medoc peninsula of Bordeaux, that precious stretch of France between the ocean and the Girdone River, a momentous convergence of conditions is preparing to produce what will become the vintage of the century. Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, braving […]

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04/1/2007

Pure & Simple

From Hollywood to local farmers’ markets, the organic food movement is flourishing—witness the recent growth of stores like Whole Foods and the introduction of entire organic food sections in supermarkets like Publix. And now there’s something else for organic aficionados—and chefs of all persuasions—to take note of: grass-fed beef. Just a few hours from Sarasota, […]

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04/1/2007

Sarasota’s 10 Best

Nick Bergbauer, an eighth-generation Bavarian baker and owner of Bavarian Bread, satisfies bread devotees (and top food stores and restaurants) with daily offerings of whole-grain artesian breads made from all-natural ingredients and unbleached flours. His Tuscan-style loaves spiked with fresh rosemary are a favorite. Get there early, though; he shuts his doors at noon. 5900 […]

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04/1/2007

The Social Detective

I haven’t been in my kayak in absolute ages for fear of dead zones and creepy algal blooms in the water. So this year I resolved to pay a lot more attention to marine biology so I could learn more about red tide. (Actually, I had always intended to give my son, Alex, to the […]

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04/1/2007

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A black bustier-style dress with ruching detail by Arden B., ankle-wrap Gucci sandals, a gold and black python Versace bag and a Simon G. necklace. How did you choose your clothes tonight? I brought the dress with me from California—we just moved here a few months ago—and I wore it because […]

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04/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

Well, here it is. Another social season. Parties every night, sometimes two or three. It’s gotten so bad that a new term is entering the vocabulary of socialites and party planners: "event fatigue." Some of us, it seems, are so exhausted by party going that we are actually staying home and watching CSI or American […]

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04/1/2007

Sarasota Gets a Spanking

Is it possible for a city to be masochistic? If it is, Sarasota certainly qualifies. Every few years, someone invites the uber-guru of New Urbanist city planning and author of our Downtown Master Plan, Andres Duany, back to town to give us a report card and a spanking. We seem to enjoy it, cringing as […]

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04/1/2007

Shopping

Exploring the Rosemary District. Hip new life for a historic downtown hub. Though it’s touted as Sarasota’s up-and-coming neighborhood, the Rosemary District has actually arrived. Reborn as a chic shopping mecca, the historically designated area is reminiscent of warehouse districts around the country that have been infused with new life by artists, adventurous chefs and […]

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04/1/2007

From the Editor

Like any self-respecting business, we love to see our name pop up all over the place, whether it’s on an advertising billboard or in an article in the national press. But we never thought we’d have a namesake cow—yet thanks to a story in this Food and Wine Annual, now we do. Our little Sara […]

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