Archive for February, 2013

02/11/2013

Web Extra: More Parties to Die For

More pictures from the events of Atlanta-based party-planning queens Tricky Wolfes and Kathy Rainer.[easyrotator]erc_77_1360612074[/easyrotator] Looking for even more parties to die for? Here are some more behind-the-scenes photos from just a few of Kathy Rainer and Tricky Wolfes’ over-the-top events. Rainer and Wolfes will be speaking at this year’s Ringling in Bloom; to read their […]

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02/1/2013

Restaurant Review: Yummy House

Yummy House opens to much fanfare in Sarasota.By John Bancroft The marvelously well-named Yummy House on the North Trail is first and foremost an excellent restaurant serving delicious dishes, both familiar and exotic, in a pleasant, upbeat dining room done in understated earth colors and with tables dressed in white cloths. That its primary fare […]

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02/1/2013

Silver Stars: The Best Silver Serveware From Local Shops

By Carol Tisch 1 Fresh catch from the January gift fairs: just-introduced Mariposa serving bowls in recycled aluminum like Sea Border ($144) or Oceanus Starfish with aqua porcelain glaze ($159). White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-3782. 2 Super bowls by superstar designers for Alessi include the stri-kingly simple stainless steel Ovale […]

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02/1/2013

Good Deal: Nancy’s Bar-B-Q

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q serves up good food at a good price.By John Bancroft The place: Nancy’s Bar-B-Q, 301 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-2271. The goods: Nancy Krohngold describes her cozy Florida retro restaurant—the one with the red tractor out front at the corner of Ringling and Pineapple—as “a fast casual barbecue joint.” The drill: Regular […]

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02/1/2013

The Best Happy Hours in Sarasota

Great food, drink and prices make the early hours at some top restaurants the best. John Bancroft sips, tastes—and tells.

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02/1/2013

What I’m Drinking

This month: Six Grapes Reserve. By John Bancroft Time flies like Cupid’s arrow, doesn’t it? Already it’s February again, the short month with the great good fortune to host the best of all holidays, St. Valentine’s Day. We’ve enthused before about the pairing of big red wines and dark chocolate as an eminently correct holiday […]

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02/1/2013

February Highlights

By Kay Kipling Nick Wallenda appears with Circus Sarasota, through Feb. 15.   Art Venice Art Center. A portrait and figure open show continues through Feb. 15, with a special fine arts show also set for Feb. 23 and 24. 485-7136. Selby Gallery. Remaining on view through Feb. 16: Phases of Identity, a collaborative installation […]

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02/1/2013

Party Girl

Veronica Pastore finds friendship as well as fashion at the Designing Women Boutique 10th anniversary gala. What impressed me most, in an extremely impressive evening, was that the attendees at the Designing Women Boutique 10th anniversary gala genuinely enjoy each other’s company. So often at such events, if the people in the room even know […]

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02/1/2013

WEB EXTRA: Wine and Cheese Pairings

Sommelier Julie Pepi on how to choose the best wine for your cheese plate. “There are so many [wine-pairing] options because there are so many wonderful cheeses out there,” says sommelier Julie Pepi, who also shares her favorite wines to go with bar-food favorites in our February issue. “This is only a snapshot of what […]

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02/1/2013

Heritage on the Half Shell

I ate my first raw oyster while on vacation in Sarasota just to please my father. More than 20 years later, I’m so glad I did.By Tony D’Souza I first came to Florida the way I imagine many Midwesterners did: as a kid, uncomfortably strapped into the back seat of my parents’ car. We traveled […]

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02/1/2013

Hot Dish: The Table Creekside’s Shrimp Surinam

By Judi Gallagher Just saying “saffron cream sauce” sounds sensual. Now imagine that sauce puddled beneath a log of four-cheese baked macaroni (Gruyere, fontina, manchego and aged cheddar, with a splash of premium stout and heavy cream) and dressed with sautéed sweet jumbo shrimp. Those are the sensational elements that make up The Table Creekside‘s […]

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02/1/2013

From the Editor: Pam Daniel’s Party Planning Tips

Pam Daniel’s party don’ts—gleaned from bitter experience. Unless you’re a far, far better person than I am—a definite possibility, I admit—you’ve probably also thought, in the frantic moments right before your guests arrive for a party, “Who are these dreadful people and why am I doing all this for them?” Fortunately, by the time everyone […]

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02/1/2013

Only In Sarasota

This month: The Waffle Stop.Illustration by John Pirman Sarasota has become known for its many fine restaurants, but only the Waffle Stop can boast it served Elvis Presley. The King stopped by in 1956, and ever since, the cozy diner has celebrated that fact. Artist John Pirman was charmed not only by the Elvis memorabilia […]

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02/1/2013

Shopping: Food Heaven

By Carol Tisch Sarasota is flush with new havens for foodies. Townies and tourists alike are sampling delights at a Main Street fromagerie, an olive oil emporium and a gem of a gourmet shop and charcuterie on stately Palm Avenue. The long-awaited Trader Joe’s has arrived, and fare at longtime treasure Morton’s is more tantalizing […]

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02/1/2013

Insider: My World: All Faiths Food Bank’s Sandra Frank

All Faiths Food Bank executive director Sandra Frank on feeding the region’s hungry.By Beau Denton How would you describe your job? Exciting, stimulating, unpredictable. You have to be comfortable wearing a lot of hats. How is it unpredictable? One day I get a call from our operations director, who said, “I’ve got to go to […]

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02/1/2013

Insider: Home of the Month

Famed architect “Bo” MacEwen’s private residence in The Oaks.By Bob Plunket The Oaks may well be at the pinnacle of Sarasota’s gated communities. It’s got the pedigree, the location, the amenities, and—most of all—the cachet. Its distinctive look, a sort of tropical Georgian that suggests the plantation homes of the West Indies, is the work […]

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02/1/2013

Mr. Chatterbox

This month: My guide to“lonely-bachelor” dining.                    Like many people in Sarasota, I don’t cook. I assemble things, like tuna salad and cereal with milk, but I have not once turned on my stove. Somebody gave me a George Foreman grill and I made delicious hamburgers exactly […]

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02/1/2013

Who’s in Store: Douglas Gourley

Douglas Gourley feeds his inner gourmand.By Carol Tisch A former exec with Pitney Bowes and Imation, Douglas Gourley developed the taste of a gourmand while working overseas. “I was exclusively international from the age of 25 to 50, and with that came the opportunity to dine with boards of directors in Latin America, the Pacific, […]

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02/1/2013

Foodologists: Pop Craft Pops

This month’s foodologists: Pop Craft Pops’ mother-and-son team, Donna Tortorice and Martin Scott.By John Bancroft Donna Tortorice, co-owner of Pop Craft Pops at 2245-A Bee Ridge Road, calls her partner and son, Martin Scott, “the popologist.” She handles sales and marketing while he dreams up and crafts their unique and seductive line of artisanal frozen […]

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02/1/2013

The New Traditional

A Harbor Acres kitchen combines old-fashioned elegance with clean design.By Ilene Denton The owners of a brand-new custom residence in Harbor Acres wanted a kitchen that hints at traditionalism without hitting you over the head with a frying pan. They’re right on trend, says David Asher of Eurotech Cabinetry. Traditional design is still popular, he […]

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