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September Newsletter 2013

Volume 17

Dear Readers,

 “Season” is around the corner, so let the calendar packing begin! Art festivals, farm dinners, cooking demos, plant sales and volunteer opportunities are bountiful. How will you ring in the harvest? Stay tuned for more ideas in our October issue. 


Dear Abby


Dear Abby: Quick, name three (mini-ish) desserts you’ve tried recently that blew your mind! -Sugar Fix    


Dear Sugar Fix: I like your style! Each one of these quenchers
can be consumed in about five bites. All are adorable, sweet
and comforting. Indulge and report back.


The Chocolate Budino at Eat Here. This rich, dense, Italian mousse-like recipe comes
in a glass dish with a tiny spoon and a mint sprig. Cute enough for two but realistically
too delicious to share.

A Paleo Cupcake at Heavenly Cupcakes. Get it in chocolate cake or vanilla with coconut flour, topped the most insane chocolate ganache-style icing. No gluten or dairy and it still tastes celestial.  


The Key Lime Lollicake at the Lollicake Queen. A moist, bite-sized cake on a stick, with
a zesty tropical zing and a green-and-white shell. Match it up with a green iced matcha
from the coffee bar next 


Crave more tips? Write to: 


-Abby Weingarten

Chowdown for Charity 


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Join us for a Fabulous and Fun Evening with your favorite restaurants vying for the coveted Chowdown for Charity Trophy – Judged by Celebrity Judges and YOU!

Thursday Oct 10th from 6-8:30pm at Riverhouse Banquets and Weddings facility in Palmetto, FL. Tickets are $50 and includes admission and open bar. They are
available online at

Come rub elbows with the community’s exceptional chefs, sample their finest restaurant fare, and be tantalized by the dishes prepared by the area’s top restaurants. 10 of Manatee’s best restaurants will show down to compete in the area most exiting chef’s competition. Participating restaurants will present their best dish to the judges and will be judged on appearance, creativity and taste in order to be qualified for the coveted “Best in Show” award. Most tastefully -attendees will be able to sample these delectable dishes!

Even more exciting and impressive is the student culinary competition during the event.  Guests will be treated to mouthwatering desserts prepared by the culinary students from Manatee Technical Institute, Manatee High School, Southeast High School and the Hospitality Program at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Local favorite celebrity chefs, Tommy Klauber (Pattigeorge’s and Polo Grill) and Ray Arpke (Euphemia Haye) will be judging the student entries category of the event and will award gold, silver and bronze recognitions to the winning school’s entry.

Funds raised will help support the culinary education in Manatee County schools and a percent of the funds will be donated to the Food Bank of Manatee


Farmers Market Manager’s Field trip

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Keep up the virtual journey with the Sarasota Farmers’ Market manager’s video field trip series. Episode No. 5 showcases the Old Heidelberg Pastry Shop. Find out what’s baking here, and the next time you head to the market, pay these unique vendors a visit.Watch here:

Sarasota's Farmers Market Managers Field Trip: Old Heidelberg Pastry Shop
Sarasota’s Farmers Market Managers Field Trip: Old Heidelberg Pastry Shop

Video courtsey of Stephen McFadden

Old Heidelberg Pastry Shop: 2121 Whitfield Park Dr, Sarasota, 941-807-0016;  
Sarasota Farmers’ Market, 1420 State Street, Sarasota, 941-225-9256;
-Abby Weingarten

Table-to-farm phenomenal: A “Culinaria!” event


Idyllic and decadent, the Loft 5’s table-to-farm dinners at King Family Farm give patrons an inside look at homegrown cuisine. At 6:30 p.m. Wed. Sept. 25, a three-course menu of local food includes sweet peppers stuffed with quinoa and wild rice, Florenca lasagna with garden tomatoes and shaved Parmesan cheese, and Southern Living-inspired lemon drop squares, among other delights. Cost is $25 per person, not including tax and tip.

Reservations are required.

King Family Farm: 4630 60th St E, Bradenton, 941-779-9801;,

The Loft 5 is one of the many restaurants participating in the amazing “Culinaria!”event-an opportunity from now until September 28 to explore the diverse culinary landscape of Manatee County. Co-sponsored by the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor Bureau, Southern Living, Edible Sarasota and Chefs Choice, “Culinaria!” will allow patrons to dine for $15 at lunch and $25 at dinner. There are also chances to win trips to New York City.



Village de Chefs brings global flavors to 

Southwest Florida


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An international gastronomic extravaganza, the annual “Village de Chefs” will unite chefs from across the globe on October 8 and 9. Spearheaded by chef Jose Martinez of Longboat Key’s Maison Blanche Restaurant, the event will bring together 25 of the world’s top French chefs from Australia, Bali, Belgium, Vietnam and beyond. The chefs will introduce locals to French cuisine and wine, and teach techniques to culinary students and professionals. This is also the first time the gathering has been hosted outside of Paris, France. What a coup!  


  Maison Blanche Restaurant: Chef Jose Martinez;2605 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key; 941-383-8088;;  

-Abby Weingarten 

Dakin Dairy Farm Festival and
Mac & Cheese Cook Off


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Myakka City-based Dakin Dairy Farms – a multigenerational dairy farm and center for agriculturally based attractions – proudly celebrates its fifth successful year of agritourism with a fun-filled Farm Festival. Held on Saturday, October 5th from 10am-5pm, the family-friendly event will feature a Mac & Cheese Cook-Off and a Five-Mile Ranch & Kids Run, plus an assortment of games, food, artists, prizes for all ages, live music featuring Kim Betts & Gamble Creek Band, and demonstrations on Himalayan Salt Cooking, care for plants and fruits, and goat soap making. Admission is just $15 for all attendees. The Mac & Cheese contest is open to the public, enter to win a cash prize or a gallon of milk a week for a year! 


Dakin Dairy Farms: 30771 Betts Rd, Myakka City,941-322-2802;  


Barefoot Beach Revelry


Kick off your heels for Anna Maria Oyster Bar’s “Shoeless Shindig” from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sat. Oct. 19 at 102 48th St. on Holmes Beach. Savor food and wine pairings, bourbon tastings, craft beer, a Patron tent, cigar rolling, live music, midway games and a raffle. The event will raise funds for the Manatee Education Foundation, PACE Center for Girls, and the University of South Florida College of Hospitality and Technology. Tickets are $100 per person and sponsorships are available.

Contact Elise at 941-761-7797 or, and visit  


-Abby Weingarten  



To Market!

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                   Photo’s courtsey of Jenny Acheson


Wednesday shoppers can rejoice as the Phillippi Farmhouse Market reopens for the season. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning on October 2, the area’s only midweek market will feature 45 vendors, the music of the Ted Stevens Trio, free sweet treats from Sift Bakehouse, and puppet storytelling by Connie Manson of the Waldorf School (at 9:30 a.m.) At 10 a.m., take a free, guided tour of the historic Edson Keith Mansion, followed by an hour-long gardening class at noon inside the mansion.  
Phillippi Farmhouse Market: 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-861-5000;

-Abby Weingarten  



Skillet Eggplant Lasagna


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Serves 6-8


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 medium eggplants, sliced crosswise into ½-inch rounds

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

4 tablespoons butter

1 small onion, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup all purpose or white spelt flour

3 cups milk

1¼ cups finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

¼ cup chopped parsley, plus more for serving

1 tablespoon minced sage

Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

12 dried lasagna noodles, cooked


Heat oven to 400˚. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add eggplant and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side, adding additional oil as necessary. Transfer eggplant to plate and season generously with salt and pepper. Melt butter in now empty skillet over medium-low heat. Add onions, garlic, and season with salt and pepper. Cook until soft and golden, about 5 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Slowly stir in milk, using spoon to break up any lumps, and cook until just thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in ¾ cup cheese, parsley, sage, nutmeg, and season with salt and pepper.


Transfer sauce to bowl leaving ⅓ cup on bottom of pan. Cover sauce with 4 noodles, top with ⅓ cup sauce, and a layer of eggplant. Repeat layering of sauce, noodles, sauce, eggplant. Top with remaining noodles, sauce, and cheese. Bake until browned, 30-45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving topped with parsley.


NOTE: To jazz up the leftovers, try serving it with your favorite tomato sauce.

Recipe courtesy of Edible Sarasota recipe editor Charlotte Abrams


Countdown to the RIAF


Star-studded and culturally rich, the Ringling International Arts Festival (RIAF) brings a little bit of New York City to Sarasota every October. Prep for the upcoming four-day fest with the “Ringling Underground” event from 8 to 11 p.m. every first Thursday of the month in the Ringling Museum courtyard (the next one is October 3). Enjoy interactive art, live music and pop culture in a “block party atmosphere,” and enter to win tickets to RIAF performances and the festival’s lavish closing night party. Under the artistic direction of New York’s Baryshnikov Arts Center, the RIAF runs from October 9 to 12 and showcases dance, music and theater performances in intimate venues. “Underground” gatherings will continue in November, February, March and April.

Ringling International Arts Festival: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 941-360-7399;


-Abby Weingarten 


Paleo and a hungry chef 

Well, it happened- I finally realized that I weighed more than I did when I was 9 months pregnant (27 years ago).  So, with the support of Kori at Cutting Loose Salon and fellow foodies that are looking to lighten their load, eat unprocessed food and let go of gluten, I joined the Paleo lifestyle.
With a few modifications since I am a professional chef and food critic-I gave up dairy, soy, gluten, sugar and legumes and all grains. Yes, the first month is a challenge but here is the thing, I already noticed I was becoming lactose sensitive, I really don’t like sugar and I don’t want to weigh things and portion out all my meals. I love grilled duck breast and organic roasted chicken with parsnips.
Welcome to the cavewoman world! trust me the weight melts off, you feel better and yet, you can still be a food critic! At least in your own home.

Want to give it a try- check out the video’s for what to buy.

Judi Gallagher: Culinary Director ABC 7;


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Gardening at Gocio


Gocio school garden


Volunteer to dig in the dirt for a good cause during the Green Apple Day of Service at the Gocio Edible School Garden. At 9 a.m. Sat. Sept. 28, bring a hat, gloves, water bottle and garden tool (shovel, trowel, garden fork) to help set up raised beds and plant trees.


Gocio Elementary School: 3450 Gocio Road, Sarasota, 941-361-6405;,



-Abby Weingarten  


Buy, learn and get green   

plant sale

 Want to brush up on your sustainable gardening skills or just buy new plants for the backyard? Visit the UF/IFAS Extension Master Gardeners’

9th Annual Plant Sale and EdFest from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sat. Oct. 12 at Twin Lakes Park.
The family-friendly event offers educational demonstrations, thousands of plants for purchase, and
presentations and workshops by UF/IFAS Extension faculty members and volunteers.


UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County: Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Road, Sarasota, 941-861-9900;


-Abby Weingarten   



Get saucy with chef Greg Campbell




 Learn the basics of sauce preparation with chef Greg Campbell of Pier 22 Restaurant. This month’s 2.5-hour class will be held at 6 p.m. Thurs. Sept. 26 and include a five-course tasting for $29.95 per person plus tax, tip and beverages. How do you sauce your fish, poultry, beef and game? Find out Campbell’s secrets. Reservations are required.

Pier 22: 1200 First Ave W, Bradenton, 941-748-8087;


 -Abby Weingarten 


Wine down on first Fridays

bijou cafe

 Spend the first eve of the weekend at the Bijou Café for a sampling of 18 wines. From 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 4, partake of hors d’oeuvre, finger foods and a massive artisanal cheese board. Bonus: Buy a case of any wine for 10 percent off. Cost for the wine tasting is $18 per person.  


The Bijou Café, 1287 First St, Sarasota, 941-366-8111;

-Abby Weingarten



Southwest Florida Tour de Cure


We don’t want  you to miss the Ride of your Life!
Join our Team TODAY to ride in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure Southwest Florida on March 30, 2014. Registration is regularly $15 (will go up to $25 on 1/14) but we would like to offer you this DISCOUNT!
Yes it is early to register, BUT the Tour has a special announcement about a Fall Promotion – you won’t want to miss!

Visit the homepage at: Select ” Join a Team” select our team: Edible Sarasota. Enter Registration CODE: Edible$Reg (this code will expire on 9/22)
Fill out your information and away we go!

Join in the fun, excitement and best of all knowing you are helping
change the future of diabetes!



Cooking with Chef Craig 

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Vom Fass: 1469 Main St, Sarasota; 941-365-2137;


Family Style at Cosimo’s     




Cosimo’s now offers a convenient and affordable three-course meal for takeout, the perfect solution for families on the go! For only $29.99*, you get large portions of salad, penne pasta, and pizza…enough to feed a family of four (additional servings can be added at $7.50 per person). Salad choice is house or Caesar; pasta choice is pomodoro with meatballs or bolognese; pizza choice is classic Margherita or NY-style cheese (topping can be added for additional cost).  Cosimo’s business partners get 5% donated back to their school when they order Family Style To Go and mention school name.  Call Cosimo’s at 941-922-7999 to place your order — available 7 days/week, takeout only, all plates and utensils are provided.

Cosimo’s: 5501 Palmer Crossing Cr, Sarasota, 941-922-7999;  



 Carmel Café’s gourmet bargain



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You had us at three courses for $12.99. What?! Yes, for the entire year, every Sunday and Monday, get stuffed on gourmet fare at the Cooper Creek hotspot. Start with edamame hummus, or chickpea fries with tomato jam and curry aioli. Move onto a black olive Caesar salad with romaine hearts and Parmesan cheese. Finish with steak frites with Meyer Natural Angus beef, béarnaise aioli and Carmel fries. And mix it up the next time with different starters, salads and entrées. Wallet friendly and belly filling. 


Carmel Café & Wine Bar: 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd, Sarasota, 941-893-5955;


– Abby Weingarten



Fight hunger with Café L’Europe   


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Throughout September, Café L’Europe is donating 100 percent of all dessert sales to the national No Kid Hungry campaign to fight child hunger in America. In 2012, restaurants raised $5.9 million for the effort, so satisfy your humanitarian cravings as well as your sweet tooth this month.

Café L’Europe: 431 St Armands Circle, Sarasota, 941-388-4415;,

 -Abby Weingarten 


A “pARTy” at Café Gabbiano   


Cafe Gabbiano  

Please your palate and your palette at Café Gabbiano during an afternoon of wine, food and art. The Siesta Key locale is teaming up with Painting with a Twist from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sun. Oct. 6 to host a creative class for artists of all levels. Wine, food and art supplies provided. “Uncork your inner artist!”



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


 -Abby Weingarten 



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