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April Newsletter 2013

Volume 12

Dear Readers,

It’s April already! Do you know what that means? As of this week, you can get your hands on a copy of our much-anticipated spring issue, which is filled with delectable features about creative mixology, farmers’ markets and local heroes. Take the mag with you to a culinary event or peruse it while dining around town. Its eye-catching cover makes a lovely accessory. Enjoy!


Eat Local Week Table to Farm Dinner  


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Photo courtesy of Kathryn Brass Photography


Thank you to everyone who came out to our Eat Local Week event “Table to Farm Dinner” at King Family Farm. This gathering in the field was a rare chance to sit and eat with the people who grow your food. We would like to thank The Loft 5 and King Family Farm for re{defining} the way we eat.
Eating out will never be the same. But if you missed your chance to attend this event we have some good news.

Every Wednesday 5:30-8:30 { til daylight time change in March }
Location: King Family Farm
Price : $65/person & $100 for two. Tax and Tip included.
Payment: M/C- Visa
Reservation: required and must be confirmed by credit card
Come rain or shine, Table to Farm will be ready to dine.
Covered areas are available if raining. We will work with the weather to make your dinning experience unforgettable.

It is BYOB
Includes: Welcome beverage & starter/tour of the farm/live music/ 3 course meal along with table staples and extra tasty fresh farm items and infused water

The Loft 5: 9801 Gulf Dr, Anna Maria Island; 941-779-9801;


A.J’s Tomato Water 



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Serves 18-24


3 Pounds Very Ripe Tomatoes

Kosher Salt




Line a large strainer or colander with layers of cheese cloth and set over a large bowl, coarsely chop tomatoes and transfer to a food processor

add a Pinch of Salt and Process Until Pureed, pour the puree into strainer and let drain slowly overnight in refrigerator.

Pour into chilled shot glass and serve


Recipe provided by the Loft 5




Drum Roll…Introducing Louies Modern 

and the Francis

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Louies, Louies, oh baby, you gotta go…to downtown Sarasota’s new, chic eatery on Palm Avenue! The contemporary hotspot opened to the public at the beginning of the month, featuring farm-fresh produce, handmade pastas, steaks, seafood and craft cocktails. Owned by Libby’s Café + Bar partners Steve, Joe and Pat Seidensticker and Jeff Greco, Louies Modern pays homage to Steve Seidensticker’s culinary-minded father, Louie. Menu highlights includebeetroot and Camembert Arancine, spoonbread Johnnycakes and short rib Bourguignon. Inside, too, is the Francis, a boutique special events venue that is available year-round for groups of 10 to 250 people. 


Louies Modern and the Francis: 1289 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, 941-552-9688; 

 -Abby Weingarten  


Good for You, Lolablue!


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From North Port to Los Angeles, Lolablue is red hot. The local, eco-friendly company-with its line of natural soaps, organic soy botanical wax candles, lip balms, sugar scrubs and aromatherapy products-got some of its goodies into the swag bags for the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. The ceremony was held on April 14 in California, putting the Southwest Florida brand on the star-studded map. Congrats!


Lolablue: 1090 Innovation Ave, A-112, North Port, 941-564-9207;



 -Abby Weingarten  


Mattison’s Farm-to-Fork Brunch 

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Locavores, lick your chops. Mattison’s City Grille and the Suncoast Food Alliance are co-presenting a farm-to-fork brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sun. April 21. The four-course meal, with ingredients sourced from area farms, costs $35 per person, plus tax and gratuity. On the menu are such delights as Main Street bacon and eggs (crispy pork belly, grilled asparagus, sunny-side-up egg and smoked fingerling potatoes); and chicken and waffles with maple gravy. Reservations are recommended.   

Mattison’s City Grille: 1 N Lemon Ave, Sarasota, 941-330-0440;



 -Abby Weingarten   



Whiskey Tastings

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Kick off the inaugural Sarasota whiskey festival, Whiskey Obsession, with The Panel of Whiskey Experts on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm.
The cost includes eight premium whiskies, Michael’s fabulous hors d’oeuvres and a Panel of Whiskey Experts. Join three Master Distillers and five professional Brand Ambassadors as they present and discuss their favorites spirits, including three bourbons, one rye, three single malts Scotches, and one blended malt Scotch whisky.
Tickets to this special Thursday night event are $45 per person, which includes eight premium whiskies and hors d’oeuvres. For tickets to this Thursday (4/18) night tasting and as well as the Friday (4/19) night festival, visit

Michael’s Wine Cellar: 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-366-0007;



You Pick ‘Em: Blueberries and Peaches  



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You know them for their elegant, sit-down, table-to-farm dinners, but did you know can also get down in the dirt at King Family Farm and Market? From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through the month of May, pick your own blueberries, peaches and some fresh vegetables from King Farm and other local growers. Fresh and fruitful.  


King Family Farm and Market: 4360 60th St E, Bradenton, 941-773-1624;


-Abby Weingarten  


Charlotte’s Blueberry and Buttermilk Fool


A fool is a simple dessert perfect for spring-delicate, bright, and very little cooking required. Florida blueberries are prime for picking this month. This recipe gives you a healthy dose with a quick-cooked sauce bursting with fresh blueberry flavor.


Blueberry and Buttermilk Fool

Serves 4-6


1 ½ cups fresh blueberries

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, divided, plus 1 teaspoon zest for garnish

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise

1 cup heavy cream

⅓ cup buttermilk

¼ cup confectioners’ sugar


Combine blueberries, sugar, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until berries breakdown and juices thicken, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool. Reserve ¼ cup sauce for topping. Scrape vanilla seeds into a large bowl, add remaining 1 teaspoon lemon juice, cream, buttermilk, and confectioners’ sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on high until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Fold in cooled blueberry sauce. Serve chilled topped with remaining sauce and lemon zest.




Recipe courtesy of Edible Sarasota recipe editor Charlotte Abrams




Get Fit and Fuel Up

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 Healthy meals, snacks and desserts for pickup and delivery…talk about easy nutrition! That’s Fit Fuel for you. The local company, with its certified trainers and customized menu, opened its first store at the end of last month on Sarasota’s Siesta Drive. The monthly-rotating menu features hundreds of items made with hormone-free, antibiotic-free proteins, as well as the highest-quality fruits and vegetables. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available, too. Order by Friday for Tuesday pickup, or by Tuesday for Friday pickup. Inquire about pricing and delivery options.


Fit Fuel: 2063 Siesta Dr, Sarasota, 941-554-4567;



-Abby Weingarten


Pop Goes the Sicle




Artisan treats by Pop Craft Pops keep getting cooler, and just in time for the balmy season. Think southern sweet corn and bacon varieties, and watermelon-lime and spicy mango flavors. In August, the company opened its stationary store on Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota, but pops are also available at the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion, the Seabreeze Concession at Lido Beach, the Sarasota Farmers’ Market, the Bradenton Beach Historical Bridge Street Market, the Englewood Farmers’ Market and the Venice Farmers’ Market.Drop by and indulge.


Pop Craft Pops: 2245A Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota, 941-706-3231;


-Abby Weingarten  



Food and Wine on Pine


Munch, sip, look and listen at the Third Annual Food and Wine on Pine on Anna Maria Island from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat. May 4. Historic Pine Avenue will be filled with food from more than 25 local restaurants, as well as 30 musical performances, 40 juried artists, 30 wineries, craft beers, minstrels, character shows and children’s activities. Travel with the park-and-ride free trolley. Proceeds benefit local art and children’s charities.

Food and Wine on Pine: 941-778-8705;  


-Abby Weingarten

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Post-Flick Food at Coyne’s





Catch a new release at AMC Sarasota 12 and fill up afterward at Coyne’s Pier 28. Both the movie theater and the eatery are located at Westfield Sarasota Square mall, so if you bring your film ticket stub (the day of), get a 15 percent discount on your entire check. You’ll want a craft martini with that crab cake while you dish with friends about the latest blockbuster.


Coyne’s Pier 28: 8201 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-921-0028;



-Abby Weingarten 

Siesta Shuttle Gets You There


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Give your feet a siesta the next time you’re in the village and hop on the Siesta Shuttle. Parking is no easy feat near the beach, so save the hassle and travel from Westfield Southgate mall (the starting station) straight to the shops, restaurants and sands of the Key. While shuttling, you’ll get a wristband that will earn you discounts at Siesta businesses. Shuttle hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The service is $5 per person and free for children ages 12 and younger.   


Siesta Shuttle: 5910 Post Blvd #110484, Lakewood Ranch, 1-888-536-0030 ; .  

-Abby Weingarten



Mac N’ Cheese, Please

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Chili cook-offs and chocolate chip bake-offs have lured drooling regulars to Mr. Beery’s. Now it’s time for some macaroni and cheese. Are you a master? Bring a crockpot full of your recipe and get judged on Sat. May 11. Registration begins at 3 p.m. Tasting is at 4 p.m. A panel of local celebrity judges will award prizes at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $5 and the tasting cost is $5.  


Mr. Beery’s: 2645 Mall Dr, Sarasota, 941-343-2854;



-Abby Weingarten



Learn to Grow Your Own Fruit!




Have you ever wanted to plant your own exotic tree and savor its fruit? Visit the Community Orchard Project at Colonial Oaks Park, 5300 Colonial Oaks Blvd., Sarasota, and check out the crop. The staff members at Sarasota County Parks and Recreation and Sarasota County Extension have been using this space to teach families about growing and nurturing fruit. The public has been invited to adopt such trees as pomegranate and lychee varieties, and incomers are welcome to participate in classes about the proper care and maintenance of trees. For more information about upcoming courses and opportunities, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit

-Abby Weingarten



Al Fresco Dining Menu

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Polo Grill proudly announces an Al Fresco Dining Menu filled with cocktail specials, tempting appetizers and enticing entrees — all for your outdoor dining pleasure.  The menu is offered daily from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and patio dining is available with weather permitting.  

We look forward to toasting many sunsets with you!

Polo Grill and Bar:10670 Boardwalk Loop,Lakewood Ranch; 941-782-0899;



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