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August Newsletter 2013

Volume 16

Dear Readers,

As summer wraps up, we point you in the direction of new restaurant openings, food truck soirees and wine tastings, and there is still time to sign up for a September triathlon (which should make up for the gorging you’ll be doing this month). It’s all about balance!


Culinaria! Bradenton’s Restaurant Week



Here’s an excuse to explore Manatee County’s restaurants from September 14 to 28: “Culinaria!” Co-sponsored by Southern Living, Edible Sarasota and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the event will allow patrons to dine for $15 at lunch and $25 at dinner. There are also chances to win trips to New York City!



-Abby Weingarten


Farmers Market Manager’s Field trip

sarasota Farmers Market


Trek to the backwoods (virtually, of course) during the fifth YouTube episode of the “Managers Field Trip” video series from the Sarasota Farmers’ Market crew. Rare fruit trees, edible plants, antique roses and bamboo are among the treasures in this natural wilderness, nestled way out east. Watch here:


Sarasota's Farmer Market Managers Field Trip: Crowley's Nursery
Sarasota’s Farmer Market Managers Field Trip: Crowley’s Nursery

Video Courtesy of Stephen McFadden

Crowley Nursery and Gardens: 16423 Jomar Road, Sarasota, 941-322-0315;
Sarasota Farmers’ Market, 1420 State Street, Sarasota, 941-225-9256;
-Abby Weingarten

“Taste on Main” rocks downtown Bradenton

Taste on Main 2013
Find out how delectable downtown Bradenton can be at the inaugural “Taste on Main” at 6:30 p.m. Thurs. Oct. 24 along Main Street (from Manatee Avenue North to Fourth Avenue). Chefs from six downtown restaurants, assisted by students in local culinary arts programs, will offer gourmet food and wine pairings. Eateries include Tarpon Pointe Grill, OBricks, Fav’s, Renaissance on 9th, Pier 22 and Seabreeze Coffee and Tea.Co-hosted by Edible Sarasota, Chefs Choice, the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority and Realize Bradenton, the event will donate a portion of its proceeds to helping future chefs acquire cooking tools.


Info.: Robert DeMino, business development coordinator, Chefs Choice, 941-224-1252;

-Abby Weingarten

Chocolate-Avocado Dip is Hip!


Best New Dip Contest 2013
Best New Dip Contest 2013


Hooray, Whole Foods Market Florida! The Tampa team’s creamy chocolate-avocado dip recently won a company-wide competition for “best new dip,” and the product will now be sold nationwide. The dip is part of Whole Foods Market’s “Health Starts Here” program, so it is as nutritious as it is lip-smacking


-Abby Weingarten


Prime Rib at Fleming’s, Please




Fleming’s ribs will easily trump the ones you cooked on the home grill this summer, so let the pros do the work. Drop by on a Sunday for a specially priced three-course prime rib dinner (including salad and dessert) for $29.95, from now until September 1.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:2001 Siesta Dr, Sarasota, 941-358-9463;

-Abby Weingarten



Fried Okra and Pimento Cheese Burgers


okra burgers

Makes 4 burgers


For the okra:

Vegetable oil

½ pound fresh okra, cut into ½-inch-thick slices

½ cup buttermilk

1 cup cornmeal

¼ cup all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon sugar

Freshly ground pepper


For the burgers:

1 ½ pounds ground beef

1 cup pimento cheese

4 hamburger buns




Fill a large, straight-sided skillet with 1-inch of oil. Heat over medium heat to 375˚ or until a wooden spoon bubbles when inserted into oil. While oil is heating, combine okra and buttermilk in a large bowl. Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and pepper to taste in a separate large bowl. Working in batches, remove okra from buttermilk and dredge in cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Fry okra, in batches, until golden. Drain on paper towels.

Heat grill to high. Lightly form hamburger into 4 patties, season both sides generously with salt and pepper. Make sure hamburger meat is at room temperature before grilling, this prevents shrinkage and helps maintain juiciness. Oil grill grates. Grill burgers, without pressing or flipping more than once, until cooked to you likeness; about 4 minutes per side for medium.

Top each burger with pimento cheese and fried okra and serve on a bun with mayonnaise and lettuce.



NOTE: Fried okra and pimento cheese are two Southern staples. When piled on a perfectly grilled and juicy burger, they turn a backyard classic into the ultimate summer comfort food. Pimento cheese is easy to find at the grocery store, but it’s also a cinch to make-just blitz together cheddar cheese, mayo, pimento, and whatever spices you fancy and there you have it.



Recipe courtesy of Edible Sarasota recipe editor Charlotte Abrams


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Pinterest 2013


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-Abby Weingarten


Calling all Florida Crackers


AM Oyster2013
Did you know there was a Florida Cracker Week? Yep, from Mon. Aug. 19 to Sun. Aug. 25 at the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, celebrate with fried catfish, cheesy grits and hush puppies, as well as Florida Cracker White Ale from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.

Locations and


-Abby Weingarten


Antoine’s Restaurant Opens its Doors



Restaurateur Christian Zebier, former owner of Brasserie Belge, introduces Antoine’s Restaurant: a new Sarasota dinner destination with a continental, gourmet menu by chef Karl Deneubourg. Think handmade pastas, ahi tuna steak, steak tartare, mussels, profiteroles, and imported wines and beers. Doors open at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


Antoine’s Restaurant: 5020 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, 941-377-2020 ;


-Abby Weingarten



Free Wine Tastings on the Key
Cafe Gabbiano
Experience complimentary wine tastings from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month at Cafe Gabbiano.

Sample two reds and two white wines while wine experts share insights. Because it is during happy hour, appetizers are $5.

Café Gabbiano: 5104 Ocean Boulevard, Sarasota, 941-349-1423;


-Abby Weingarten


South Africa Travels

africa 2013 moes

Michael and Terri Klauber of Michael’s On East teamed up with Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International to offer three groups of Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers the safari experience of a lifetime, complete with exotic wine and food excursions through South Africa this summer. To follow their amazing journeys, learn about the wineries and view breathtaking safari photos of cheetahs, lions, elephants, hippos and rhinos, visit the Michael’s On East and Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Facebook pages as well as Michael’s blog


Michael’s On East: 1212 East Ave S, Sarasota, 941-366-0007, ext. 224;



Congratz to Javier’s and Global Organics




cordon d'or


Javier’s Restaurant & Wine Bar was presented the Cordon d’ Or (Gold Ribbon) award for Casual Dining by the Florida Culinary Academy. The fifth Florida Culinary Academy Awards ceremony took place at the annual Small Farms Conference at the Heritage Center in Kissimmee, Florida on August 2nd.
Javier’s was nominated for the award by Mitch Blumenthal of Global Organics. An award for Lifetime Achievement was presented to Global Organics at the conference.


Javier’s Restaurant and Wine Bar: 6621 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, 941-349-1792;

Global Organic Specialty Source: 6284 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, 941-358-6555;


Wine and Dine at Chianti

chianti is teaming up with Chianti restaurant for a wine and food pairing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thurs. Aug. 22. Savor pan-roasted striped bass with grilled baby octopus, marinated pork sirloin with wild mushroom stuffed zucchini packets, and chocolate fettuccini with basil mascarpone, along with high-quality vino and other delights. Limited to 12 people.

Contact Mitch for reservations at: The wine to buy: 2140 Gulf gate dr, Sarasota,941-926-9463;


Chianti Restaurant;3900 Clark Road, Sarasota, 941-952-3186;


-Abby Weingarten


Life’s a Beach is still Within Reach

lifes a beach 2013
It’s not too late to test your competitive skills, reclaim your bod and bond with your pals at the Life’s a Beach Triathlon on Sat. Sept. 14 in Sarasota. Run two miles, bike five miles on Lido Beach, swim 200 yards and maneuver in the sand under a net during the Turtle Crawl. Earn a race T-shirt, a cooler bag, a wristband and a goody bag. And don’t forget to sport your bikinis, board shorts and Hawaiian shirts.


-Abby Weingarten


Welcome to Circus City!


circus city
Photo courtesy of Cat Pennenga
If you haven’t visited Circus City Architectural Salvage yet (it opened softly in mid-May), stop by the creative wonderland and say hi to our good friends! We are talking gorgeous wine racks made from recycled pallet wood, original chalkboards from 390 Design (see the winter issue of Edible), bistro tables, funky antiques and anything else a restaurateur or homeowner might crave. Need one-of-a-kind décor for your eatery or home kitchen? Check.
Circus City Architectural Salvage: 1001 Central Ave, Sarasota, 941-866-2500;
-Abby Weingarten


Good tidings from Midnight Moon


midnight moonshine
Earlier this month, a crate of moonshine arrived at our doorstep thanks to Becky, the rep for Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon! She reached out to Edible and offered us a sample of this premium, small-batch, triple-distilled craft spirit from North Carolina. She must have picked up on our interest in the suddenly trendy liquor, which is slowly but surely finding its way onto Sarasota-Bradenton’s bar shelves (check the website for the updated list of local purveyors). Now we are in love with the blackberry, cranberry, blueberry and cherry flavors. No synthetics. No fillers. Just infused fruits and home-style goodness. “Dear Abby” seal of approval, for sure.



-Abby Weingarten




Gulf Gate transforms into a “Neon Circus”


neon circus
Revive Productions and Drematik Statik present “Neon Circus,” a three-day extravaganza in Gulf Gate from Fri. Sept. 27 to Sun. Sept. 29 with five stages, 25-plus DJs, graffiti artists and circus acts. Friday is the 9 p.m. kick-off party at Evie’s Tavern on Ringling. Saturday is the main event along Gateway Avenue, with stages outside Piatti, Sarasota Gone Ugly and Chester’s Reef. Sunday is a rehab party (specifics to be announced). Find full details on the website and get ready to rally.


-Abby Weingarten



Food Truck Rally Pulls into Tampa

Food Truck Ralley


Help break a Guinness World Record by attending the world’s largest food truck rally from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat. Aug. 31 in Tampa. Presented by 98 Rock and Generation Food Truck, the blowout will feature more than 100 gourmet food trucks, and 20-plus bands on two stages (including national headliner Escape Tonight).

Florida State Fairgrounds: 4800 US 301, Tampa, 813-562-9599;

-Abby Weingarten
Edible Sarasota





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