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Michael’s On East Earns Wine Spectator's 2020 “Best of Award of Excellence”

Michael's On East has been honored with the "Best of Award of Excellence" designation for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator's 2020 Restaurant Awards. Recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers, the restaurant is the only honoree in the Best Of Award of Excellence category in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Michael's On East was first recognized by the Wine Spectator in 1989. The Best of Award of Excellence award in 2020 represents an upgraded level of recognition for Michael's On East in the annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.

 
 

"This coveted 'Best of Award of Excellence' distinction is a very gratifying recognition for our Wine division! As our region hopes to welcome domestic tourists to our beautiful area this summer, the international recognition offered by this distinction helps us introduce Michael's On East and Sarasota to oenophiles across the country," said Michael's On East Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber.

With more than 350 estate and domaine-bottled wines on the Michael's On East wine menu, this expansive list is just a curated selection from the more than 1,200 estate- and Domaine-bottled wines available through Michael's. Patrons have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant's wine list from the adjacent retail store, Michael's Wine Cellar.

Guests at Michael's On East are invited to share in the celebration of wine all summer long with the return of its popular wine-focused summer promotions. The Restaurant is offering half-priced bottles of wine each Thursday as part of its weekly Wine Lovers Thursdays summer special. Also, as part of Michael's "Double Points Days", members will earn double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during dinner at Michael's On East, plus double points on all retail purchases at Michael's Wine Cellar on Thursdays.

Michael's On East achieved the Best of Award of Excellence for more expansive lists that show a greater commitment to wine with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. This restaurants' team invests time in extensive staff training, carefully designed presentations, innovative menu pairings, and showpiece wine cellars. Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world's best wine lists in 198

With thirteen staff members holding Court of Master Sommelier certifications, this accomplishment reinforces Michael's On East's commitment to providing exceptional service with the guest's experience in mind. Additionally, the entire staff is trained to guide each guest through the restaurant's comprehensive wine list. Inventory for the restaurant's wine list is sourced from Michael's Wine Cellar, the adjacent retail wine store, which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy 1,200 additional boutique wines on top of the 350 wines listed on the iPad menu in the restaurant.

 

"Boasting 12,700 bottles on the property, our wine program is one of my personal passions—and a crown jewel of the Michael's operation," said Mr. Klauber

Since opening in 1987, the iconic midtown restaurant has remained a prominent Sarasota dining destination receiving regional and national recognition. Michael's On East was one of only ten restaurants in the nation to be inducted into the 2009 Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame, considered the Oscars of the restaurant industry. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world's leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web's most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms, and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine's role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken's Impact Newsletter.

Recipe: Blueberry Crostata

We shared this Savor Sarasota dish with Sarasota's Abc7  News on June 8, 2020.  Here's the complete recipe so you can try it at home!


Blueberry Crostata

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CRUST Ingredients:
  • 2 c Flour

  • 2 Sticks of Butter

  • ¼ c Sugar

  • ¼ c Ice water

  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Cheese filling Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz pkg  Cream cheese

  • 1 c  Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • ½ teaspoon Lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla

bLUEBERRY filling Ingredients:
  • 2 pints Blueberries

  • ¼ c  Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Flour

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice

Crust Method: 
  • Add flour, salt, sugar, and cold butter cut into cubes into a food processor and pulse 15 times add water all at once blend until a ball forms wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour.

Cheese filling Method:
  • In a stand mixer beat cream cheese add sugar and beat until smooth, fold in egg, lemon zest, and salt. Set aside
Blueberry Filling Method:
  • In a large bowl toss blueberries, sugar, flour, and lemon juice.

FINAL STEPS:

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • Divide dough into 4 equal parts roll each into a 5” circle place on a sheet pan
  • Top with ¼ of the cheese mixture in the center of the pastry then top with ¼ of the blueberry mixture, making sure the filling remains in the center of the dough.
  • Now fold the edges of the pastry over to the center leaving a space open.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and additional blueberries, to garnish. 

Enhanced Safety Measures for Reopening

The health and well-being of our guests and Michael’s On East staff is - and has always been - our company’s top priority. We have always prided ourselves on going the “extra mile” in following all sanitation guidelines. While our dining rooms and event spaces were closed, it was important that we go to great lengths to educate ourselves and our staff on the latest procedures provided by the CDC and National Restaurant Association to ensure your safety whenever you are with us.  We decided to take extra time developing and instituting the additional safety procedures our loyal guests expect. 

We are delighted to continue serving our signature brand of Legendary Hospitality to our community, whether in our Restaurant or via Michael’s At Home. We look forward to welcoming you back home to Be Our Guest at Michael’s On East!

While You Were Gone, Here’s What We Have Done:

Implemented publicly accessible anti-viral hand sanitizer stations

santizer- We have installed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the restaurant and we have also placed an individual hand sanitizer on each table to ensure guests and staff have easy access to keep themselves safe.

 

Hired a Professional Sanitation Service - Gorilla Kleen

gorilla kleen- The team at Gorilla Kleen provided a complete sanitization of our Restaurant, Wine Cellar, and Ballrooms using their ULV fogging equipment.

- This equipment sprays CDC-recommended sanitizers that are listed by the EPA as being effective against a broad range of viruses and bacteria, including the COVID-19 virus.

- The sanitizer also leaves a coating on the surfaces that can kill a new virus for up to a month or more and this process will be continued on a regular basis.

 

Deep Cleaning of Restaurant's Dining & Kitchen Areas 

2- Our Restaurant has been thoroughly deep-cleaned and we will continue to sanitize all shared and high-touch surfaces on a daily basis.

- We have allocated additional time for staff to deep clean the Restaurant's dining and kitchen areas each night after guests have left the building.

- Our kitchen and floors have always received a nightly high-temperature steam cleaning. Steam cleaners can rapidly go over every surface in a kitchen, getting into even the tiniest crevices or porous surfaces and swiftly lift and remove dirt, grease, bacteria, and more.

 

Worked to Keep Our MOE Family Healthy & Prepared

4- ALL staff have received elevated sanitation training and are all certified by the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe program. 

- Prior to returning to work, ALL staff passed 2 rounds of COVID-19 testing. These tests are provided by Michael’s On East, at no cost to the staff.

- We will be closely monitoring our staff’s health with our new infrared contactless thermometers. All have their temperatures checked and logged before starting their shift.

- We have provided our staff with flexible call-out and time-off guidelines and will continue reinforcing our strict policy prohibiting employees from working while ill.

 

Spaced Out Dining Tables 

1We have removed 50% of our Restaurant seating capacity to create additional spacing between tables and comply with the CDC’s safety recommendation of 6 feet.

 


 

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An Update from Michael's On East

Trust Through Transparency: Michael’s On East Announces Final Phase of Reopening Preparations

Since COVID-19 first emerged in the Sarasota area, Michael’s On East has taken every possible precaution in the playbook to ensure the safety of its staff and guests, far exceeding CDC recommended guidelines and State of Florida requirements. We made a promise to our community to do everything within our power to earn your trust despite the world’s present uncertainty.

To date, while not mandated by the State, more than 80 team members were recently tested for COVID-19 by Passport Health. All employees are required to be tested prior to returning to work. All team members have undergone ServSafe training. The Restaurant has been sanitized professionally through ULV fogging using CDC-recommended & EPA-approved disinfectants. On a nightly basis, the kitchen areas and all floors are steam-cleaned. The in-house dishwashing machines have always been high-temperature, exceeding the industry standard chemical low-temperature wash.  We have always felt it is our obligation to lead the hospitality industry by exceeding all minimum standards of guest and team safety.

We can confirm that out of more than 80 employees tested, only one result was positive for COVID-19. This individual is an asymptomatic carrier whose role does not involve public contact. Early estimates show that more than 10% of the population may be asymptomatic with the possibility of transmitting the virus. There is no evidence that COVID-19 is foodborne and those who have dined via Michael’s At Home should not feel concern. 

Out of an extreme abundance of caution and a commitment to earning your trust through transparency, we have decided that immediately ceasing all food service operations for the next fourteen days is the right course of action.  Our mission at Michael’s On East is to treat every guest “the way we would expect to be treated.” In this case, as heartbreaking as it’s been to make this decision, we know we’re doing the right thing and that you, our guests, deserve to know.

We consider this step the final phase of our reopening preparations.  At this time, Michael’s On East plans to reopen its flagship Restaurant for dining, carry-out, and delivery on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  In appreciation for 33 years of overwhelming community support for our family’s business, we give you our personal word that we will not reopen Michael’s On East until we are 100% certain that we can safely invite you to be our guest.

Our team has worked diligently to offer curbside takeout and delivery, helping families maintain weekly rituals and important Passover, Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day traditions.  We are proud of the dedication that they have shown as well as the wonderful meals our team prepared and delivered during this time.

More information about our commitment to serving you safely the Legendary Hospitality you deserve (and need) in these turbulent times and updates as we expect to reopen will soon become available on BestFood.com.  Thank you, Sarasota, for your understanding, trust, and continued loyalty.  Our community, including you, is what makes Michael’s On East so special. 

We miss you and we can’t wait to invite you back to be our guest!

  • Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We understand you may have questions.  While this situation continues to evolve, here's what we want you, our guest, to know. 

 

ARE YOU OPEN?

No. Through our intensive process for reopening, more than 80 team members were tested for COVID-19 and one result was positive in an asymptomatic carrier.  Out of an extreme abundance of caution as we plan the final phase of our Reopening Protocol, we have decided that ceasing operations is the right course of action. At this time, we expect to reopen safely on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your support during this time.

 

WHY WAS MY ORDER CANCELLED?

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Michael’s On East has decided to voluntarily cease all foodservice operations for two weeks following a staff member testing positive for COVID-19 with asymptomatic during a company-mandated test of 80+ staff members.

 

DID SOMEONE AT MICHAEL’S TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

Yes, we can confirm that a member of our team tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual has been an asymptomatic carrier in a non-public-facing role.

 

WHO WAS THE EMPLOYEE?

For privacy reasons, Michael’s On East can not disclose that information.  We can assure you that this individual’s role at Michael’s On East does not involve interaction with the public. 

 

CAN I STILL ORDER FROM MICHAEL’S WINE CELLAR?

Michael’s Wine Cellar is continuing operations online and by phone only, and is fulfilling orders through curbside pickup, delivery and shipping. In-store shopping is not available at this time. www.michaelswinecellar.com / 941-955-2675

 

I RECENTLY ORDERED MICHAEL’S AT HOME. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? 

While we are not medical experts, we have consulted with infectious disease specialists and our trusted advisors in the healthcare industry.  There is no evidence that COVID-19 is foodborne, and those who have dined via Michael’s At Home should not feel concern.  Please consult a medical professional with further questions.

 

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

We encourage all members of the Michael’s On East family and greater Sarasota community to do everything you can to keep yourself safe.  This includes but is not limited to observing all social distancing guidelines, wearing a mask when in public, and thoroughly washing your hands regularly.

If our commitment to trust through transparency resonates with you, we sincerely appreciate your support of our business by purchasing gift cards online that may be redeemed once we reopen.

Join Us & #FeedTheFrontline!

During this time, it is important that we all support one another. We've heard from friends & clients of Michael's Events & Catering interested in supporting the #FeedTheFrontline initiative by delivering food to local hospitals.

Phil, Michael and the catering team are working directly with Sarasota Memorial Hospital to serve frontline workers with delicious, convenient, individually-packaged boxed meals.

Please contact him directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (941) 366-0007 x227 to learn how you or your organization can help!

Celebrate Easter with Michael's At Home!

Michael’s On East historically has opened its doors only two Sundays each year, Easter and Mother’s Day. These celebrations have become traditions for many families around the Suncoast, including the Michael’s On East family.  When it’s needed most, we are proud to provide a sense of normalcy for our guests - and work for our team. We are committed to continue Serving Sarasota with Legendary Hospitality through these unprecedented times.

Michael’s On East is offering a 3-Course Easter Dinner for $49.95 per person, plus tax. Diners may choose from three entrees (menu listed below).  Each meal includes five signature side dishes, along with freshly-baked bread and an assortment of desserts from Pastry Chef Ray Lajoie’s Easter Favorites. 

All meals must be preordered by Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12pm. Diners may pick up their meals at Michael’s On East between 12pm-5pm on Easter Sunday. Orders can be placed online at www.michaelsathome.com.  Beginning at 5pm on Easter Sunday, the Michael’s At Home full menu will also be available to diners from 5pm-8pm. 

For information about the Michael’s At Home limited-time offers, please click here > 


Michael’s On East | Easter At Home Menu  ($49.95 per person, plus tax)

Choice of Entree: 

1. Slow-Roasted Honey & Pineapple-Glazed Boneless Virginia Ham 

2. Braised Lamb Shank with Cabernet Pan Jus and Tuscan Gremolata

3. Miso-Glazed Atlantic Salmon with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Chopped Tomatoes and Scallions

Included Side Dishes: 

Phil’s Chopped Salad, Michael’s Famous Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Balsamic-Grilled Root Vegetables, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Truffle-Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, Italian Loaf and Raisin & Walnut Breads.

Chef Ray’s Housemade Easter Pastries (included in each order): 

Macadamia Nut & White Tartlet, Phil’s Rhode Island Lemon Bar; Dark Chocolate, Coconut & Cashew Cluster; French Almond Macaron Sandwich; Chocolate-Dipped Tuxedo Strawberry.

CLICK HERE TO PREORDER YOUR EASTER MEALS

Local Restaurants Need You & Deserve Your Trust

Original post appeared in Herald Tribune as a Guest Editorial by Michael Klauber on March 17, 2020. View the article here. 

Hundreds of thousands of people dine in restaurants all across the Gulf Coast every day. Our region has an international reputation as a world-class dining destination. Our well-traveled residents have helped by supporting and nurturing our vibrant restaurant scene. Restaurants are a driving force in our region’s economy and play a vital role in our community.

Especially in a tourism-driven economy like ours, restaurants are considered “second responders” in times of disaster or crisis. Whether the crisis we’re facing is a hurricane or a pandemic, restaurants are an important part of the support needed for communities to recover, as we are places to celebrate and share together in the human experience. Our local history of restaurateurs and chefs working together to help organizations in need is a longstanding tradition in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

The COVID-19 concern is real, and it’s important to know that our local restaurants respect the risks associated with the public spaces we provide for our guests. Our first emails of the day are now the updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Restaurant Association.

As most people know, our local restaurateurs’ generosity provides gift certificates, food, and staff for fundraising events and more. That ongoing commitment to our region enables schools, arts organizations, and hundreds of local nonprofits to continue their important work.

Money earned by hard-working hourly staff members in the restaurant industry enables them to support themselves and their families, and fund their countless dreams for the future. Our restaurants are as culturally diverse, in the broad international cross-section of our employees, as we are in the cuisine that we offer.

Our regional independent restaurants are a strong community of professionals who work together, not just in times of need, but in the individual challenges that we all face daily.

These local restaurants strive for clean health inspection reports because it’s the right thing to do. Strict sanitation practices ensure that guests keep coming back to gather around tables, enjoy wonderful meals and make special memories.

Restaurant employees depend on income from tips and shifts, which they especially count on in peak season. Higher sales from March and April are what help local business owners and employees weather the slower summer months.

Our local independent restaurants need your support now, more than ever. Your favorite local eatery does not have the security blanket of a corporate infrastructure.

We are all working together, staying calm and working smart. Even our valets are now sanitizing the touchable surfaces in the cars they park!

No matter how many cases arise in our region, we know that many businesses will be affected. The restaurant business is the business of making people happy — and that means offering a safe place for small groups to continue gathering, celebrating, and retaining as much sense of normalcy as possible.

As we look at an immediate future with very few visitors to our area, I encourage you — even if you do not feel up to dining in a restaurant — to take advantage of the creative ways that the hospitality industry can continue to serve you and your family. Support your independent restaurateurs by purchasing gift certificates now for future dining, ordering curbside pick-up or delivery, or trusting them to provide a safe experience when you do walk in their doors.

We all know that eventually, this situation will subside and, God willing, with minimal impact on human life. Everyone in the hospitality industry appreciates your cooperation and patience.

Thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support. We all look forward to showing you our proud and smiling faces as you return to our establishments!

Michael Klauber is co-proprietor of Michael’s On East and co-founder of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of over 60 locally-owned restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee County.

An Update Regarding COVID-19

We all share a responsibility to protect our families and communities, and Michael’s On East has implemented the following procedures in response to COVID-19. 

What Our Team Is Doing: 

  • Removing 50% of our Restaurant seating capacity to create additional spacing between tables and comply with the CDC’s safety recommendation of 6 feet.
  • In addition to our current rigorous cleaning procedures, we have dedicated additional resources to make our routines even more stringent. 
  • Adding extra staff hours and additional training to ensure that we significantly exceed the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe guidelines for handwashing.
  • Implementing publicly accessible anti-viral hand sanitizer stations for guests & staff. 
  • Sanitizing surfaces using “hospital-grade” disinfecting products and nightly disinfecting of all touchable surfaces in the public areas of our Restaurant and Ballroom.
  • Sanitizing all menus between uses and offering guests disposable menus.
  • Providing our staff with even more flexible call-out and time-off guidelines, and reinforcing our strict policy prohibiting employees from working while ill.
  • Valets are sanitizing steering wheel, gear knob and door handles when returning the vehicle.

New Convenient Options: 

  • Order Take-out: An online menu & curbside pick up is now available. Enjoy 15% OFF & FREE delivery on your first order of $100 or more! (Limited delivery zone - call for details!)
  • Michael's Wine Cellar: Enjoy 15% off wines & spirits and FREE delivery on your ALL online orders of $100 or more. Curbside pick-up is now available. (Limited delivery zone - call for details!)
  • Gift Certificates: Receive a $25 bonus certificate with a purchase of a $100 gift certificate!
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Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini

Our community’s health is on all of our minds now, and just like you, Michael’s On East is closely monitoring new developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our management team is committed to staying in contact with local health officials for the latest advisories, as well as following the guidance from the U.S Center for Disease Control and National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe platform. 

Our vision for Michael’s On East has never faltered since Day One – all the way back in 1987: “Each guest should be treated the way we would expect to be treated in a restaurant of this caliber.” Every guest has the highest expectations for their experience in our restaurant or at a catered event, and it’s our version of the “golden rule.” The need to keep our team members and guests safe has guided the decisions we make, as we strive to offer the best possible guest experience every day, and it is no different now. 

We remain committed to delivering Legendary Hospitality to our guests and providing a safe work environment for our team. Our hearts go out to those across the country directly affected and we wish them well. Thank you again for your ongoing love and support for our Michael’s On East team!

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Monday Happy Hour Supports The Child Protection Center!

We are pleased to announce the Child Protection Center as our Charity Happy Hour Partner during the months of March and April!  

Child Protection Center is the only DeSoto and Sarasota service provider with a multifaceted approach to the prevention, intervention, and treatment, of child abuse. This program works together with the Department of Children and Families and Law Enforcement in the investigation of child abuse cases and also coordinates community-wide services for affected children. 

Every Monday, March through April, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to The Child Protection Center. 

Great cause, fantastic food & cocktails… and, as if you needed another reason to come to the Lounge on Mondays, here are a few: 

Monday Night Lounge Offerings:
  • “All-Night” Happy Hour - This extended happy hour will feature happy hour specials from 5 pm - 9 pm, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of Michael’s Private Label Wines, select hand-crafted cocktails, domestic beers for $7 each Monday in support of The Child Protection Center. 
  • “Secret Word” Special - The worst-kept “secret” in Sarasota. Enjoy a free small plate of a lounge bite when you tell your server the secret word of the week. Follow us on Facebook to learn the secret word!

Michael’s On East Debuts New Food Truck at Selby Gardens

Michael’s On East is hitting the road to serve Selby Gardens visitors with its NEW restaurant-on-wheels, Michael’s Food Truck. The mobile cuisine food truck has debuted with a menu inspired by the Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind exhibition on display in the botanical gardens. Guests can enjoy Michael’s Food Truck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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While the Selby House Cafe will continue to offer guests healthy “grab & go” options for lunch and snacks, the new food truck will provide delicious, convenient, made-to-order meals during their explorations throughout the gardens. Visitors can find Michael’s Food Truck on the lawn in front of the Cafe, near the iconic banyan tree. 

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Executive Chef of Michael’s On East, Jamil Pineda, created a special menu for the food truck, influenced by Salvador Dali’s life in Catalonia, Spain. “This is an exciting opportunity to immerse guests in the world of Dali through international cuisine. We’re bringing high-quality meals without compromising the taste and value,” said Pineda. “Michael’s food truck allows us to bring a mobile kitchen to Selby, so we can now serve a wider range of items to guests.”

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The menu features the same creative cuisine you expect from Michael’s On East with a few Dali-inspired twists including a Spanish Bocadillo Sandwich, Costa Brava Chorizo Omelette, and Spanish Churros with Chocolate Sauce. Michael’s Food Truck also offers favorites such as the Jumbo Blue Crab & Maine Lobster Roll served with Parmesan Fries. 

dali food truck menu

The truck offers a variety of delicious menu items with prices ranging from $5.00 to $15.00. A portion of the proceeds from each food purchase will help to support Selby Gardens’ mission and programs. Admission to Selby Gardens is required. Michael’s Food Truck will also be available for catering events at Selby Gardens. 

For more details on Michael’s Food Truck, as well as the Selby House Cafe, follow @SelbyHouseCafe on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SelbyHouseCafe.

 

Michael’s On East Hosts Dick Vitale Wine Dinner to Benefit the V Foundation 

You’re invited! 

Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini personally invite you to join them for a dazzling evening in Michael’s Wine Cellar with Dick and Lorraine Vitale on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  

The Dick Vitale Wine Dinner is being underwritten by Michael’s on East with all funds from the evening going directly to the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer. This nationwide program has made enormous strides in helping families and communities around the world since 1993 and contributes 100% of donations entirely to the programs and research of finding a cure for children suffering from a diagnosis of pediatric cancer. 

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The evening will feature an exquisite five-course dining experience, including world-class wines perfectly paired with each course. Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has designed a sumptuous, five-course menu honoring the exquisite flavors of Tuscany, Italy for just for this event.  Highlights include Chianti-Braised Short Rib Osso Bucco and Pan-Roasted Mediterranean Branzino. And we’re already looking forward to dessert, a Tuscan Lemon & Olive Oil Cake that’s sure to end the evening on a sweet note. View entire menu below.

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This Wine Dinner will be showcasing the award-winning Italian wines of Castello Banfi - The Jewel of Tuscany.  The Mariani Family (Banfi proprietors) is underwriting the special wines for the event. The wines of Banfi are born of a passion and love for unique terroirs, from continuous research, and from the intimate knowledge of different territories and the ability to marry time tested and respected techniques with innovative solutions in both the vineyard and the winery. The splendid vineyards of Montalcino and Chianti, of Piedmont and the Tuscan coast, are the ideal cradle for wines of great character and outstanding quality.

“We are selling not just wine, but a way of life. It’s about something slower, calmer, more in touch with family.” — Cristina Mariani-May, CEO & President - Banfi Vintners

Dick Vitale, college basketball’s most well-known analyst and ambassador, is a Sarasota local with quite the heart for philanthropy. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer in children.  This Wine Dinner in Michael’s Wine Cellar is one of his annual Sarasota-based events benefiting the V Foundation and its efforts to save lives both within our community and across America. Join us to experience the enthusiasm and passion of the legend himself!

Purchase Tickets Here

Individual Ticket: $175, Couples Ticket: $350. 

Net proceeds from this event will benefit the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research. 

Dick Vitale Gala Dinner Menu

Reception Hors d’Oeuvres 

Port-Braised Mission Figs

Truffle Goat Cheese, Panzanella Crumbs and Pomegranate Gastrique    

Basil, Mushroom & Pistachio Arancini 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Gulf Shrimp 

Fisherman’s Sauce & Sicilian Spicy Mayonnaise  

Wine: Cuvée Aurora Rosé, Alta Langa DOCG 2013

First Course

Tuscan Seafood Salad 

Diver Scallops, Octopus, Tiger Shrimp, Prince Edward Island Mussels & Squid 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Lemon & Chive Vinaigrette 

Wine: Vermentino, “La Pettegola”, Toscana IGT 2018

Second Course 

Pan-Roasted Mediterranean Branzino 

Maine Lobster, Fennel, and Yellow Tomato Essence, Acini di Pepe Risotto, 

Sweet Green Peas, & Crispy Leeks 

Wine: Chardonnay “Fontanelle”, Toscana 2017

Third Course 

Chianti-Braised Short Rib Osso Bucco  

Roasted Garlic, Eggplant, Oven-Dried Roma Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions & Natural Jus served with Creamer Polenta and Gremolata 

Wine: Brunello di Montalcino, Toscana DOCG 2015

Dessert

Tuscan Lemon & Olive Oil Cake

Layered with Whipped Mascarpone, Lemon Curd & Blackberries 

Wine: “FloruS”, Late Harvest Moscadello di Montalcino DOC 2011


Purchase Tickets Here

 

Forks & Corks 2020 Events

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About Forks & Corks

Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are a collaborative of independently owned restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle. Forks & Corks is the organization’s largest annual community event and fundraiser.

Forks & Corks Events at Michael's On East

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SOLD OUT - On Friday, January 24, Proprietor, Paul Cluver, of Paul Cluver Wines & Cellarmaster, Charl Coetzee, of Babylonstoren will come together to host a South African Wine Dinner in partnership with Michael's On East. Enjoy dining within the hip, urban Michael’s Wine Cellar under the candlelit gaze of more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines.

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TICKETS AVAILABLE - Join us as we take a tour throughout the world of wine. We'll hear from some of the wine world's leading women winemakers and estate owners and be inspired by discussions on collective contributions and experiences from pioneers of the wine industry.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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SOLD OUT - The seminar will give wine lovers a chance to taste California’s diverse wines and learn the winemakers’ philosophies on California terroir and the direction California wine is heading. You'll be cruisin' through California...Buckle up!

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SOLD OUT - This tasting seminar is devoted to native Italian grape varieties and the wines made from them. Led by some of Italy’s top producers, our panel takes you on a journey through Italia, tasting various whites and reds from some of the country’s most prestigious regions.

Forks Corks Wine Tasting

TICKETS AVAILABLE - On Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, visit Michael's Wine Cellar for a Forks & Corks exclusive tasting experience. Guests will have the opportunity to meet & greet with international winemakers while sampling their prized wines. Come try dozens of international wines, enjoy light bites, and discover a new favorite! No reservations are required for this casual, walk-about wine event. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

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Monthly Happenings: January 2020

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Explore exotic food and wine destinations at a great value every month! Enjoy $38.95 three-course themed dinners, Monday-Saturday, and $19.95 two-course lunches, Monday-Friday.

NEW! Monday Happy Hour Charity Partner - Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Enjoy $7 featured wines, beers, and cocktails from 5-7 pm Tuesday-Saturday, plus extended hours until 9 pm on Mondays benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness.

NEW! Vegan & Vegetarian Menu Options 

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We’re constantly looking for ways to bring more flavor, innovation, and creativity to the Michael’s On East dining experience. We are proud to announce NEW vegetarian and vegan menu options are NOW available during lunch and dinner! From comfort-foods to exciting new dishes for the adventurous foodie, everyone will find something to delight their tastebuds. Michael’s favorite: Sweet & Sour Tempura Cauliflower Bowl 

NEW! Creative Cocktail Menu

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We’re excited to present our new creative cocktail menu! From new twists on old favorites to handcrafted libations, there are enticing options for any palate. 

Lobster Pot Fridays

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Enjoy a 1 ¼ lb. Maine lobster with mussels, clams, potatoes, and corn on the cob. Only $38.95 per person. Available every Friday night.

City Lite Lunches

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Globally-inspired healthy lunch options to deLITE your palate and spirit, all under 600 calories! Perfect for the mid-week business power lunch, or those who crave something LITE and fresh. Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm.

Upcoming Events

Paul Cluver Wines & Babylonstoren Wine Dinner | Friday, Jan. 24, 2019, 7 p.m.

On Friday, January 24, Proprietor, Paul Cluver, of Paul Cluver Wines & Cellarmaster, Charl Coetzee, of Babylonstoren will come together to host a South African Wine Dinner in Michael's Wine Cellar. Individual Price: $120 + tax + gratuity

Forks & Corks Retail Tasting | Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 2-4 p.m.

Enjoy a casual, relaxing Saturday afternoon and discover 30+ fabulous wines at Michael’s Wine Cellar, a wine tasting experience with light bites offered.  $10 per person 

Forks & Corks University: Women in the Global Wine Industry | Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us in our Ballroom as we take a tour throughout the world of wine. We’ll hear from some of the wine world’s leading women winemakers/estate owners and be inspired by discussions on collective contributions and experiences from pioneers of the wine industry. Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. Individual Price: $55 

Forks & Corks University: Vines of Italy | Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

This tasting seminar in Michael’s Wine Cellar devoted to native Italian grape varieties and the wine made from them. Led by some of Italy’s top producers, our panel takes you on a journey through Italia, tasting various reds and whites from some of the country’s most prestigious regions. Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. Individual Price: $55 

Forks & Corks University: A California Perspective | Sat. Jan. 25, 2019, 12:30-2 p.m. 

This seminar in our Ballroom will give wine lovers a chance to taste California’s diverse wines and learn the winemakers’ philosophies on California terroir and the direction California wine is heading. You’ll be crusin’ through California...Buckle up! Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. Individual Price: $55 

Recipe: Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Our Head Pastry Chef, Ray Lajoie, shared this recipe with Sarasota's Abc7  News on December 19, 2019.  Here's the complete recipe in case you missed the cooking segment!


Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients:
  • 2 2/3 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F 

  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, beat in eggs and molasses.

  3. In a separate bowl whisk all dry ingredients together. 

  4. Add to the egg and sugar mixture mix well then slowly add the hot water mix until smooth fold in the cranberries. 

  5. Pour batter into a prepared springform pan bake at 350 for approximately 35 minutes or until the cake is firm to the touch.

  6. Cool on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.

Selby House Café is Officially Reopened with a NEW Menu

 Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (Selby Gardens) announces a new Selby House Café menu to coincide with reopening after months of restoration work. Michael’s On East is the exclusive food service provider of Selby Gardens and manages event catering, daily dining at Selby House Café and developed the newest menu for Selby House Café. The restoration work on the Selby House is the first step in plans to preserve and safeguard the institution of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. 

The Selby House, which was built in the early 1920s, was Marie and William Selby’s original home on their property. Restorations have made the historic Selby House building more resilient to hazardous wind and extreme weather conditions. Inside of the house, an exhibition about Marie Selby and her family was re-installed after expanding it to include those who worked for the family as well. 

“A critical component of Selby Garden’s vision for the future is to preserve our history. And we can think of no better example of that than to preserve Marie Selby’s original home and restore it to its original integrity both with the exterior and interior,” said Jennifer Romininecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Gardens 

The interim closing of the Café was an added opportunity for Michael’s On East to improve its kitchen facilities and menu, resulting in an even better dining experience for Selby Gardens visitors. The updated menu introduces new healthy lunch options, freshly prepared baked goods, along with a selection of local coffee, tea, and beer. Additionally, the Selby House Café will feature a few popular entrees from the lunch menu at its flagship location. Guests can expect to see the Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl, MOE Cuban Sandwich, and Chinese Ginger Chicken & Noodle Salad. 

“We are thrilled to see the completion of restoration efforts to the Selby House,” said Michael Klauber, Co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. “It’s an important piece of our community’s history and we’re grateful to play a role in its future legacy.”

Selby House Café is open from 10:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. daily within Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

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Cheers to Our NEW Craft Cocktail Menu!

We're shaking things up behind the bar here at Michael's On East. Our team of mixologists has worked hard to develop innovative new craft cocktails with inspiration from available local ingredients and the restaurant’s international relationships.

The Cape Town Sundowner cocktail is inspired by Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber’s experience enjoying a classic safari ‘sundowner’ cocktail while leading the biennial Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip to South Africa. “I’ll never forget our first sip of a sundowner with Inverroche while visiting Londolozi Game Reserve. We knew immediately it was a special part of Africa we’d like to offer our friends back at home!” explained Klauber.

Whether a guest prefers sweet, rich, or fresh drinks, there are enticing options for any palate. 

These Insta-worthy creations own their intriguing names such as Fu Lang Chang, Hola Santo, and Green with Envy. There's something for everyone from modern twists on old favorites to new handcrafted creations.

The NEW Craft Cocktails Menu

Designed to offer a variety of tastes to suit happy hour, lunch or dinner, the new cocktail creations include:

 

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Ingredients: 

  • Stoli Blueberry Vodka
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Blueberry Basil Oleo Saccharum
  • Garnish with Lemon Twist, Basil and Blueberry

 

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Ingredients:

  • Cucumber infused Banyan Reserve Vodka
  • Jalapeno Cilantro Syrup
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with Cucumber Wheel

 

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Ingredients:

  • Santo Mezquila
  • Cocchi Rosa
  • Velvet Falernum
  • Garnish with Orange Twist and Cherry

 

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Ingredients:

  • Inverroche Verdant Gin 
  • Yellow Chartreuse 
  • Pink Peppercorn Syrup
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Garnish with Lime Twist

 

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Ingredients:

  • Cardhu “12 Year”
  • Cherry Heering Liqueur
  • Antica Rosso Vermouth
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Garnished with Orange Twist

 

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Ingredients:

  • Santo Blanco Tequila
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  • Joffrey’s Espresso
  • Chocolate Bitters

 

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Ingredients:

  • Banyan Reserve Vodka
  • St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur 
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh Lemon Juice

 

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Ingredients:

  • Makers Mark Bourbon
  • Vanilla Liqueur
  • Muddled Orange & Cherry

 

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Ingredients:

  • Inverroche Amber Gin
  • Pink Tonic
  • Orange Twist

 "This time of year there's a lot to celebrate," said Klauber. "Whether it's holiday fun with friends and family, some well-deserved time off from work, or looking forward to the New Year, Michael’s On East has the perfect way to ‘toast’ to the season. 

You can enjoy the new cocktails while enjoying lunch or dinner, and weekly during Happy Hour, Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. At the  “All-Night” Happy Hour on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Michael’s On East selects a local nonprofit to support each month by donating 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge on Mondays. 

Recipe: Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi Plaki Style

Our Executive Chef, Jamil Pineda, shared this recipe with Sarasota's Abc7  News on November 21, 2019. Here's the complete recipe in case you missed the cooking segment, or simply join us at Michael's On East to enjoy this delicious dish available on the Restaurant’s Greek Epicurean Menu through December 2019. 


Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi Plaki Style

The term plaki (plah-KEE) in Greek is used to describe a dish that is usually cooked with olive oil, tomatoes, and vegetables in the oven.

Ingredients for Plaki Sauce:
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2-bulb fennel large sliced
  • 1/2-cup olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1-tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-cup soft breadcrumbs
Method:

Sauté the sliced onion & olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and stir constantly until tender. Add tomato and next 5 ingredients; cook and stir constantly, until the liquid evaporates. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Ingredients for Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes:
  • 2.5lb Idaho Medium Potatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock broth, low sodium
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh oregano leaves
 Steps for Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F 

  2. Peel potatoes and cut into thick wedges - about 3cm / 1.2" thick. Place in a roasting pan with all the other ingredients. Toss well.

  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Turn potatoes, roast for a further 25 to 30 minutes until the liquid is mostly absorbed by potatoes/evaporated and you're left with mostly oil in the pan. Drizzle over the potatoes.

  4. Transfer potatoes to oven and roast for 10 minutes, turning once or twice until potatoes are golden and a bit crispy. Transfer potatoes for plate up.

Ingredients for Mahi Mahi Fish:
  • 4- 7 to 8 oz Mahi-Mahi filets or any other Flaky Fish
  • 4 Cups of Plaki sauce
  • 16 caperberries cut in half 
  • 12 each lemon wheels
  • 3oz olive oil
  • 2 cups lemon Greek potatoes
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • Salt and Black pepper for seasoning
  • 2 cups Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
 Steps for Mahi Mahi:
  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Heat a sauté pan on medium-high, add the oil and sear the fish on both sides to medium-rare.
  2. Add a cup of the Plaki sauce on top of the fish fallow with 6 halves of caperberries, some kalamata olives and 3 each lemon wheels and bake on a 450-degree oven for about 8 minutes.
  3. On 4 plates add one piece of fish topped with Plaki sauce then divide the potatoes and Spinach. Serve & enjoy! 

An Open Letter To The Michael’s On East Family, by Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini

We’re deeply disappointed that the need exists to write this letter. 

You may have heard that last night during a televised Sarasota City Commission meeting, one City Commissioner chose to call out our Michael’s On East family to claim that “Michael's on East has not one black person working there.” As we all know, and can see by looking around, that statement is patently false. 

We are proud that our Michael’s On East family is full of dedicated individuals whose ages, races and cultures vary widely.  A diverse workforce brings different perspectives - and unique flavors - to our team. Michael’s On East has been successful for more than 32 years because we hire incredible people who are qualified for their job, show up to work, and are committed to excellence in hospitality, regardless of race. 

This business wasn’t created around fulfilling diversity quotas, or categorizing our staff as statistics.  We think of you as our lifelong friends and family -- much more than just a “number.” But if we were made to lean on data to back up the facts, out of about 175 team members, roughly 30% of you are non-white. 

On the other hand, our business was built around people and the stories we all share over food - whether cooking it, serving it, or eating it. There are so many special Michael’s moments that come to mind when we think about what has shaped our team into who we are today. Senior Catering Captain, Tracey McCammack, whom many of you may know as “The Catering Queen,” spoke on Facebook today about how much our culture of inclusivity means to her, and we couldn’t say it any better ourselves. 

From Tracey: 

“I am so grateful for the diversity in the guests we serve, and more than that, I am ever grateful for the people I have worked with through the years - from every single imaginable race and religion.

Addiction issue? No problem — our team has helped people recover and get clean.

Hungry families? I have witnessed our team give food to families until they were able to provide for themselves.

Mental illness? Not an issue — I have witnessed firsthand how help has been provided.

Special needs? No problem — There have been several members of the team who fit right in because they are simply on the team.

Gay, straight, bisexual, trans? Not a single bit of judgment has ever been handed out. Everyone is always welcomed. 

Maybe you made a bad choice and have a criminal record? Absolutely no judgment is given.

Whether someone joins our team as their first job and is young, or seasoned and of a certain age when it can become hard to find a job... they have always fit right in. 

I am filled with an overwhelming gratitude for the amazing mix of people I have been lucky enough to be able to work alongside.  No matter what color we are or language we speak, we are all the same . I enjoy walking through my job with you. 

My bossmen, Philip Mancini and Michael Klauber have always centered this company around the people who work for them and the community they serve. Without us there is no Michael’s On East.” 

It is our hope that you all take this unfortunate incident in stride and continue to share with others what makes our Michael’s On East family unique. Thank you all for making Michael’s On East such a special place - our company would not be what it is without each of you.  You are appreciated and loved.

Michael & Phil

Celebrate the Season with Michael's On East!

Life gets really busy this time of the year. But some things just can't wait!  It's time to pause for a moment to plan your holiday celebrations with Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar. 

We’ll handle all of the preparations, cooking, and service so you can relax and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. You can be sure to expect high-quality ingredients, superior service and memories your guests won’t forget.

Make lasting memories this holiday season at Michael’s On East.

HOLIDAY RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS

  • Thanksgiving Day | Thursday, November 28, 2019, 2-8 p.m. 
    • Celebrate Thanksgiving at Michael’s on East with full plates & full smiles. In addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner will be available which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry, and cornbread stuffing for only $34.95 per person.
  • Christmas Eve | Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 4-8 p.m.
    • Bring your loved ones together to celebrate at Michael's On East. Our holiday menu will feature signature dishes à la carte.
  • Christmas Day  | Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 2-8 p.m.
    • Have a holly-jolly Christmas with your family at Michael's On East. Our special holiday menu will feature signature dishes à la carte.
  • New Year's Eve | Monday, December 31, 2018, 5-7 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. 
    • Ring in the new decade in style at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant. A $50 cover charge applies to the later seating, which includes live music & dancing. Michael's holiday menu will feature signature dishes à la carte.

View Holiday Menu 

FOR RESERVATIONS: Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations.


HOLIDAY EVENTS AT MICHAEL'S WINE CELLAR

  • Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive | Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2-4 p.m.
    • Please bring an unwrapped toy donation for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program as "admission" for this annual tasting during the holiday season.
  • Holiday Champagne Tasting | Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
    • It’s The Most Wonderful – And Sparkling – Time Of The Year! Put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. Be sure to reserve your spot as this event always sells out early. Click here for details.

GIFT CARDS 

Guests interested in sharing the gift of great food and fine wines are invited to purchase Michael’s On East & Michael’s Wine Cellar gift cards. For a limited time, guests will receive a $20 bonus gift certificate with every $100 gift card purchased. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 249 or click here to purchase a gift card online. Some restrictions apply.


PRIVATE PARTIES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

In addition to holiday parties catered on-premise and off-property by Michael’s Events & Catering, the Private Dining Room at Michael’s On East provides an elegant backdrop for breakfast, luncheon or dinner holiday celebrations for corporate groups, families, and friends. Michael’s also serves as the exclusive caterer for all private parties held at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota and Bay Preserve in Osprey.

On select dates during the month of December, Selby Gardens hosts Lights In Bloom, an annual holiday light exhibit with more than one million lights illuminating the Gardens! Book your holiday party on one of these special nights and offer your guests an exclusive, interactive holiday experience to complement your event! Guests will have private access to the Michael's on the Bay Ballroom, catered privately for your event, and complimentary access to enjoy an evening stroll through the Gardens to enjoy Lights in Bloom. Book now as limited dates remain available for holiday parties. Contact Michael’s Events & Catering Division at 941-366-0007, ext. 238 for more information or click here to request a proposal.

Recipe: Londolozi Seared Garlic & Herb Lobster Salad

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Our Guest, Londolozi's Executive Chef, Anna Ridgewell, shared this recipe on Sarasota's Suncoast View on October 23, 2019.  (Click here to watch full segment) Here's the complete South African recipe in case you missed the cooking segment! 

Londolozi seared garlic and herb lobster salad with roasted grapes, radish, and a fennel & Dijon citrus splash (serves 4) 

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-size lobster tails
  • 250g  butter
  • Bunch of herbs - fennel, basil, coriander
  • 5 cloves Garlic, grated 
  • 1 large bunch Red or black seedless grapes
  • 1 tsp  fennel seeds
  • Selection of village grown greens - spinach, cos, rocket, fennel leaves, basil, flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 baby fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
  • 4 red radishes, thinly sliced 

Method

  • Clean the lobster well, slice the tail in half And butter poach for 2 minutes
  • Remove from the poaching liquid 
  • Melt the garlic and herb butter in a pan
  • Sauté the lobster tails until golden brown 
  • For the grapes - place on a tray and sprinkle with the fennel seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and roast until the skins just start to shrink. Approximately 8-10 minutes - keep the juice that will come from the grapes.

For the Splash 

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Mix all together in a jar and give it a good shake

To Serve 

  • Pick over the leaves and rip them to bite-size pieces
  • Toss gently in a little of the splash until they’re just glistening 
  • Arrange in a bowl and place the lobster tails, fennel bulbs, grapes, and radish
  • Drizzle with the dressing and a little of the roasted grape juice 
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