Archive for February, 2013

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

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 is sipping those first cocktails and chattering […]

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02/1/2013

Only In Sarasota

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 (and Love Me Tender […]

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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

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 Tampa to get 16,000 pounds of bananas, and we have to turn […]

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02/1/2013

Insider: Home of the Month

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 of late architect Harry “Bo” MacEwen, one of […]

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02/1/2013

Mr. Chatterbox

                    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 twice. But the endless preparation—the […]

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02/1/2013

Who’s in Store: Douglas Gourley

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, Africa—and most importantly in Europe,” […]

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02/1/2013

Foodologists: Pop Craft Pops

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 treats on a stick. They make a good team. To Market: Tortorice […]

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02/1/2013

The New Traditional

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 says, but with a modern twist. “Finishes and details […]

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