Archive for April, 2008

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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
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 […]

Read More >>
04/1/2008

Noisemaker—Bleu Book

In 2003, Kathleen Flinn lost her executive-level job and decided to spend her life savings attending Paris’ famed culinary school, Le Cordon Bleu. A part-time Anna Maria Island resident, Flinn, now 41, wrote a book about the life-changing experience, The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry. (The title was inspired by a French chef’s […]

Read More >>









Limelight People & Parties

Limelight People & Parties

Limelight Gallery 1 Limelight Gallery 2 Limelight Gallery 3 Limelight Gallery 4