Archive for April, 2009

04/1/2009

What I’m Drinking

This year’s Florida Winefest and Auction, which over the past 18 years has raised $6.6 million for charity, takes the town by storm April 23 for four days of winemaker dinners, tastings, parties, seminars and an auction to haunt a collector’s dreams. More than 50 winemakers and chefs will be on hand to lead the […]

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04/1/2009

Good Deal

  Crêperie Suzette, at 23 N. Lemon Ave. in downtown Sarasota, is the informal café-style sibling of the full-blown Restaurant Suzette (see page 119). While the restaurant serves only dinner and only traditional French production numbers like tatin of foie gras and steak Rossini, the crêperie offers a great variety of less formal dishes at […]

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04/1/2009

In Season

You probably believe that pink grapefruits are sweeter than white. Actually, there is no difference. But grapefruits run sweeter in late winter and early spring, so this can be the optimum time to enjoy them.  While grapefruit was first introduced to Florida in the early 1800s, it was sold chiefly to tourists as a curiosity […]

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04/1/2009

Food & Wine

Another fresh new face has appeared on the lively downtown Sarasota dining scene, and this one speaks French beautifully. Suzette, the name evoking the sweet and liquorous dessert pancake, says a lot about the new enterprise’s ambitions. The operation is split into a café-style crêperie serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and beverages until 10 p.m. in […]

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04/1/2009

Sense of Place

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04/1/2009

The Par Side

It’s not like anybody important ever won a golf tournament at Bent Tree Country Club. Just a bunch of nobodies like Kathy Whitworth, Judy Rankin, Jo Ann Carner, Amy Alcott, Beth Daniel, Patty Sheehan and some upstart by the name of Nancy Lopez, who bookended her career with wins at Bent Tree in 1978 and […]

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04/1/2009

Good Medicine

Heal Thyself Dr. Bryan M. Beebe is a man of action. At 50-something (he doesn’t like to talk about his age), Beebe is tall and lanky with an athletic build. Because his work as a Sarasota endodontic surgeon requires long hours of standing and superior manual dexterity, he’s diligent about staying in tip-top shape. His […]

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04/1/2009

One Great Room

Green Cuisine    When they purchased a dated, 1950s Forest Lake ranch house two years ago, Patricia and Barron Schimberg decided they would transform the place into a dramatic testimonial to contemporary green design. They whipped up a handsome kitchen that lives up to that vision. Patricia, an interior designer and owner of Morrison Design, […]

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04/1/2009

Designing Mind

Lisa Helphenstine grew up in Sarasota in the 1950s and ’60s. In high school she moved to Indiana, where she earned a design degree at Purdue University, then she returned here in 1979 to launch her interior design career during the height of the condo remodeling boom.  Once upon a time: Sarasota was much more […]

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04/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

Top of the Market An 11th-floor apartment in the posh Ritz Beach Residences on Lido Beach sold for $3.05 million after an original list price of $3,495,000, making it the highest residential sale for January. With almost 4,000 square feet of living space, the elegantly appointed apartment has two master suites and a third guest […]

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04/1/2009

Architecture

Stand by for incoming missiles! Modern architecture purists all over town won’t want to hear what’s coming next: Citrus Square, a retro, faux-European mixed-use building on North Orange Avenue, is a graceful and valid addition to our cityscape. So there—fire away. Sited on Orange a block north of Fruitville Road, Citrus Square is a welcome […]

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04/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

Here at Sarasota Magazine, where we are the arbiters of all that is glamorous and expensive, I am not, naturally, encouraged to write about garage sales. Which is a shame because they are the New Retail. They’re everywhere—have you ever seen so many? Many blocks around town now have two or three on the same […]

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04/1/2009

Naturally Good

Sharecropper?  You don’t have to work the land to be a member of a community-supported agriculture organization like Geraldson’s Community Farm, where for $450 you’ll get a bushel of organic veggies each week during Florida’s 28-week growing season. geraldsoncommunityfarm.org Spice Island Even spices go au naturel with 150 choices (all preservative- and additive-free) sold by […]

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04/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

Barbara Portanova and Amie Swan are the dynamic duo behind The Paper Tree, a sophisticated mélange of unique gifts, chic stationery and paper goods. Barbara’s love affair with all things paper began at age 10, when she accompanied her grandparents on a tour promoting their book, Miss You: The World War II Letters of Barbara […]

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04/1/2009

Boutique

palm avenue The economy may rise or fall, but Palm Avenue remains Sarasota’s bastion of arts and luxury. The owners of the galleries and boutiques lining the historic avenue have created their own stimulus packages with plenty of affordable jewelry, art, and home décor rounding out high-end collections. Just one day of shopping these beautiful […]

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04/1/2009

Noisemaker

  Take-Home Chef In December, Blake Ellis became one of only 16 chefs nationwide named “personal certified chefs” by the American Culinary Federation—the only organization the government recognizes for certifying individual chefs. And while the 20-something’s resumé also includes a degree from the American Culinary Institute and stints at Tampa’s Bern’s Steakhouse and The Ritz-Carlton, […]

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04/1/2009

From The Editor

YES, TIMES ARE TOUGH, but so are folks here in Sarasota. We can survive without double-digit annual real estate appreciation, and we can manage without all that money we once had in the stock market. We can even cut back on power shopping. But there’s something this city will never give up—dining out in our […]

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04/1/2009

Purely Delicious

Saturdays at the downtown Sarasota farmer’s market are a treat for the senses. People bustle down Lemon Avenue, clutching bouquets of fresh flowers, bags of vegetables, and Styrofoam cups filled with hot coffee. Neighbors stop each other in the street to say hello and compare purchases, and dogs—which, some Saturdays, almost outnumber people—go nose to […]

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04/1/2009

Fanta-sea

Knockout wraparound views of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico provide the inspiration for a playful, yet totally sophisticated apartment that was recently completed in the Ritz Beach Club Residences. How playful? How about a powder room that, upon entering, launches a display of illuminated, multicolored sea turtles and plays the reggae-toned tune “Under […]

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04/1/2009

A Fiesta of Flavors

In our ever-expanding world of global flavors, every region seems to have its day. French, Italian, Asian and fusion—each has dazzled diners and lit up the foodie firmament for a while. But what about South American food? Close as that continent is to us, many Americans know next to nothing about the cuisine. The popular […]

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