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New Restaurant Alert: Puccini’s and Inkanto

We used to say there was an Italian restaurant at almost every major intersection in Sarasota. Then along came Dunkin Donuts–and now there are a number of Peruvian restaurants. Many of us remember chef Darwin Santa Maria’s restaurant when it was on Swift and had about eight tables. We whispered how good it was to […]


Your Thanksgiving Eating Schedule

By Judi Gallagher By now you’ve probably decided whether you’re stuffing, roasting, frying or smoking your own bird or dining out on Thursday. Chances are, either way turkey overload and mass consumption gravy will hit its peak. My family had a tradition of going to Shady Glen in Manchester, Ct. (where I grew up) for […]


A Tour of Food and Wine at Epcot

I am not a true fan of theme parks with rides (or at least I wasn’t until I played Nana Judi to our dear granddaughter Sophie at the Magic Kingdom—more on that experience later). I have, however, always enjoyed the educational side of Epcot. Visiting the countries and exploring the future of agriculture has always […]


It’s That Time of Year

Our Thanksgiving begins with a cheese course.  Ah…November is here. The days are shorter, the nights are cooler and the turkey brining is beginning–well, at least on ABC’s Chef Judi’s Dish. By the time November 22 comes around, I will have already prepared 5 turkeys, four different types of stuffing and numerous carbohydrate-laced dishes…not to mention the […]