New this year, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Forks and Corks, a three-day event that featured an opening night party at Ca’ D’Zan, a “university” with seminars at USF and a Sunday tasting in the Ringling Museum courtyard with so many restaurants and wineries it was impossible to enjoy more than a sampling of their offerings. Among the standout treats, especially on such a hot day: tuna tacos from the Colony, a shrimp and coconut and pineapple soup from The Crow’s Nest and sabayon and fresh berries from Cosimo’s. At $35, this was an amazing deal in every way.
Forks and Corks was a big success.
Billy Gamble exudes confidence at the wine blending table
Attendees flocked to watch Chef Ray Arpke prepare a scrumptious blueberry pie with whole-wheat crust which was beyond delicious when served it with a glass of port.
I did manage to sneak over to Siesta Key on Friday night and enjoy a flavorful dinner at Bella Roma, (across from Siesta Key Oyster Bar), thanks to Blab TV buddy Don G.’s suggestion. The Pesce di Mare was magnificent and the orechiette pasta with rapini, garlic and Italian sausage was the best in town. Just goes to show, sometimes the best little spots that we need to be reminded of are the old classics.
Pasta perfect: orechiette with rapini, garlic and Italian sausage from Bella Roma.