Archive for April, 2011

04/1/2011

Grill Crazy

  Chef and restaurant consultant Judi Gallagher and her husband, Paul, head of Riverview High’s International Baccalaureate program, love the outdoor Florida lifestyle. “We float around the pool all summer and usually eat outside,” she says. But for foodie Judi, a regular on ABC 7 and a contributing editor for Sarasota Magazine, their outdoor space […]

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04/1/2011

Modern Masterpiece

  Designed late in Ralph Twitchell’s career, this Sarasota School of Architecture gem shows the modern master at his best. Twitchell got it perfect this time, with strong horizontal lines and beautiful proportions. Add a historic location—the Ringling Museum area—and sheltered sailboat water, and you have a house that will bring out the modernist in […]

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04/1/2011

Plausible Reality

  Artist Jake Fernandez’s paintings and pastels evoking local and regional landscapes are obviously beautiful, but there’s much more to them than meets the eye. Although Fernandez has done plein air painting in the past, that’s not how his current works reach the canvas. Instead, he says, he actually starts with “geometric, almost architectural drawings,” […]

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04/1/2011

Garden Party

1 Fresh from Pottery Provence, hand-painted dinnerware (salad plates, $38) is microwave- and dishwasher-safe at Décor de France, 24 N. Boulevard of Presidents, (941) 388-1599; U.S. 41 and Bay Street, Osprey, (941) 966-7788. 2 Delicate herbs look good enough to eat on Villeroy & Boch’s Althea Nova country porcelain (dinner plate $40; salad $27). Dinnerware […]

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04/1/2011

The Art of Reinvention

"I needed a new challenge,” says Sigrid Olsen of her new lifestyle store and gallery on South Pineapple Avenue. Beloved by fans for her eponymous apparel brand, the former fashion designer has been lauded in national press as an inspiration to baby boomers who’ve lost jobs during the recession. Liz Claiborne, which purchased her clothing […]

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04/1/2011

Shop: Great Finds for Foodies

Shopping for food and gourmet products in Sarasota is an epicurean odyssey, from big name stores like Whole Foods and Fresh Market to local favorite Morton’s Gourmet Market. Foodies’ haunts are scattered from St. Armands Circle (Spice & Tea Exchange) to Main Street in Lakewood Ranch (Katie Rose Oilery). Taste-testing the culinary treasures of Gulf […]

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04/1/2011

Arts Capital

Day and Night Music The La Musica Festival will open on April 4 with the same program that kicked off the first festival 25 years ago: Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Schubert’s Trout Quintet and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Minor. Even more notable, several musicians who performed  in the inaugural concert—violist Bruno Giuranna, pianist Derek […]

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04/1/2011

Hot Dish

The new Brasserie Belge excels at sophisticated Continental dishes, but don’t overlook the simple hanger steak with frites. Chefs love this cut of beef for its flavor, andchef Karl Deneubourg (a Belgian native) grills it to perfection, then bathes it in shallot and red wine reduction. It’s served with a side of authentic Belgian French […]

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04/1/2011

Top Tickets

Movie Madness You probably won’t need 3-D goggles at the Sarasota Film Festival, April 7-17, but don’t count anything out, as programming was still being set at press time. We do know that actor Christopher Plummer is the Cinema Master Award honoree (see page 80) and that the sultry Cinema Tropicale party at Sarasota Yacht […]

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04/1/2011

Lady Jazz

  Sarasota now has its own uptown supper club, with Lady Jazz (she won’t divulge her real name) performing Friday and Saturday nights at downtown’s Divino Restaurant. Even when the restaurant is busiest, the New Orleans-born vocalist can deliver a song that seizes everybody’s attention. “It’s like you can hear a pin drop,” she says. […]

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