Archive for April, 2008

04/1/2008

Homefront

PALATABLE PALETTES Eco-friendly may be the name of the interior design game in 2008, but that doesn’t mean everything has to be green when it comes to your home’s palette. Kris Kolar, vice president of interior design for Robb & Stucky Interiors, says refreshing colors and bold patterns are making a splash this season. When […]

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04/1/2008

Second Life

The original Fred’s, its nameplate now retooled to read Fred’s Restaurant & Bar, has returned to Sarasota’s Southside Village. It’s not the same old Fred’s we knew and loved for years, but its return under new ownership and management still is cause for celebration. The adjacent Tasting Room, with which Fred’s paired so harmoniously, is […]

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04/1/2008

Lifetime Love

Everyone knows that sex and romance are only for the young. Once we hit 50, the party’s over, right? Wrong. Come closer and we’ll whisper a naughty little secret: Older people still do it—in cars, boats, beds, and wherever else they can. Seriously. That adorable white-haired couple browsing the Metamucil aisle at the drugstore? According […]

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04/1/2008

April Events

On Exhibit Lodovico David is the 17th-century Swiss painter behind this masterpiece at the Ringling Museum of Art. The patron who commissioned it (probably Italian, since David worked in Rome and Venice) would have known Greek mythology and the story of the “Judgment of Paris” depicted. Here, David presented himself with a compositional challenge in […]

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04/1/2008

Curves Ahead

When it comes to impeccably crafted designer furniture, Sarasota may be the new Milan. That’s the goal of industrial designer Jan Gross and marine accessories manufacturer G.G. Schmitt, who are beginning to create a stir in the international design community with their curvy new collection of seating called the Orion Group. We previewed the line […]

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04/1/2008

One Great Room

When Ronda and Don Gallehue purchased their two-bedroom condo in the new Rivo at Ringling in downtown Sarasota, they knew their decorator, Alison Levin Bishop, would be tackling more than a few challenges. “It’s a cool building, but the floor plan was an interesting dilemma,” Ronda Gallehue says. “There is nothing square about those rooms.” […]

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04/1/2008

California Green

Picture this: a house epitomizing California contemporary style that is perfectly at home on a canal overlooking Sarasota Bay. Though the new, 4,000-square-foot home stands unique among its neighbors, it’s surprisingly in synch with the Gulf Coast landscape. An architectural nod to the homeowners’ West Coast roots, it is also slightly Polynesian in influence: low-slung, […]

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04/1/2008

Nancy and the Real Thing

For Nancy Oliver, who won an Oscar nomination this year for her debut screenplay, Lars and the Real Girl, Sarasota was a long stop on the journey to Hollywood fame. In fact, Oliver lived and worked in Sarasota for nearly 20 years in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, performing a wide variety of jobs, from […]

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04/1/2008

The Bounty of Pinecraft

Imagine having Thanksgiving dinner every day of the year—hearty, nourishing food that assures you that life is safe, nurturing and rooted in generations of family memories. Right in the heart of stylish Sarasota, such a culinary tradition has been flourishing for nearly a century. Amish and Mennonite visitors from Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and other Midwestern […]

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04/1/2008

Pizza with Panache

Pizza is unpretentious. In its simplest form, a doughy crust is layered with seasoned tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and baked in an oven at a high temperature. It is perfectly comfortable on a paper plate and can be washed down with anything from water to wine. But when you dress it up with fancy […]

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04/1/2008

The Deal Behind The Deal

Every time actor William H. Macy comes to the Sarasota Film Festival, a few local residents tell him to contact them if he’s looking for investors for a movie. “Well, the joke was on them; we kept their (business) cards,” Macy said to laughter in a jammed, 1,300-seat theater at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival […]

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04/1/2008

Rise and Shine

1. Fresh fruit and the SheepHerder at the Broken Egg are the perfect pairing. The juicy fruit medley makes a refreshing contrast to a dish hearty enough for a high-energy shepherd fixing to spend the next 10 hours herding his flock and fighting off Wile E. Coyote. The base is a glorious mesa of hash […]

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04/1/2008

The Social Detective

Can you believe it’s taken me six years as a full-time Sarasota resident to calm down enough to sit on the dock and actually watch the fish, dolphins, pelicans and dozens of other birds on the waterfront? I’m out there every day now, even when it rains. And I pick the gardenias and roses in […]

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04/1/2008

Fashion Statement—Leslie Lauritano

What are you wearing? A dress by Nicole Miller from MetroMix, a handbag by Beau Monde, jewelry by Nikki Sedacca and shoes from Nine West. How did you choose your dress? I used a stylist, Jackie Rogers from [local image consulting company] Style Matters. I wanted to fit the Moroccan theme of the event, and […]

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04/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

It’s not often that a novelist as good as Stephen King gets his claws into Sarasota. In fact, it hasn’t happened since John D. MacDonald wrote Condominium back in 1977. But King’s new book, Duma Key, is so crammed with local lore and dark Sarasota themes that it goes right to the top of our […]

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04/1/2008

A Visit to Ave Maria

“Where am I? I must have missed it! What a crazy idea, anyway, to build a new city in the middle of the tomato fields…have I missed the turn-off? What is Oil Well Road, anyway?” Such thoughts raced through my head on my first trip to Ave Maria, the brand-new time that is rising northeast […]

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04/1/2008

Street Smarts—Nicole Kaney

As marketing director for several prominent culinary corporations, Nicole Kaney threw opening parties for three Mattison’s restaurants as well as downtown Sarasota’s Whole Foods Market. In May 2007, she opened NK Productions, a boutique wedding- and party-planning company that has so far organized more than a dozen Sarasota weddings. In most cases, it’s about your […]

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04/1/2008

Hot Seat—Mary Bensel

Mary Bensel drove to Sarasota from Maryland with her Yorkie, Tinkerbell, found a Lakewood Ranch house to rent, and plunged into her new position as Van Wezel executive director at the height of season in December. She’d been on the job for about a month when we put her in the hot seat. Your first […]

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04/1/2008

Art Buzz

Jean Blackburn drew a crowd of hundreds for her recent opening featuring paintings and photographs of the Myakka River at Rhea Chiles’ studio at Gulf and Pine on Anna Maria Island. Guests enjoyed Jean’s grandmother’s fish chowder recipe along with the art. Chiles shared fond remembrances of her life with the late Gov. Chiles and […]

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04/1/2008

Shopping—Food Network

Whether you’re into culinary adventure or top-quality basics or trendy ingredients, Sarasota can satisfy your taste. We scoured the town from top to bottom, discovering everything from small gastronomic miracles to ethnic staples and comfort food. Some local emporiums cater to professional chefs and foodies; others to retirees and immigrants craving an authentic taste of […]

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