Why Choose Michael's On East Catering?

4 Reasons to Choose Michael’s On East Catering 

Care & Detail 

Michael’s On East offers full-service catering that is not limited to simply dropping off the food at your event. We work with you to ensure that your event has a touch of care and detail, from set-up to break-down. You can expect beautifully designed buffet stations and plates that help bring your vision to life. Your guests will be amazed at the level of detail and dedication our team invests in every event.  

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Handcrafted Cuisine 

Michael’s On East is the only AAA 4-star restaurant in the area, an award honoring our commitment to culinary excellence that is reflected in our elevated catering services. Each menu is individually designed to fit your event and budget with excellence. Your guests will indulge in food that is prepared specifically for your event using quality ingredients. Beyond the taste of the food, our team will work with you to ensure the meal presentation blends perfectly with the overall style and décor of your event. You can count on impressing your guests with delicious food and exquisite presentation. 


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Avoid Stress & Enjoy Your Event!

Years and years of experience for Michael's On East and a talented team of hospitality experts (also possessing years and years of experience) together ensure your event is as stress-free as possible. From decorations and invitations to food and beverages – there are a lot of things that go into making an event complete and memorable. You will feel at ease knowing a team you trust is handling the preparation and presentation of meals for you and your guests. In addition to food preparation, Michael’s On East provides set up and clean up for your event so you can relax and enjoy your day without worrying about the little things. 


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Superior Service

Michael’s On East has been the premier wedding and event caterer in the Sarasota area, creating #michaelsmoments for more than 30 years. Over that time, thousands of couples have included our Michael’s family in their rehearsals, weddings, and other special celebrations. From start to finish, we work with you to ensure your event runs seamlessly. Our staff is professional, attentive, and friendly. So, you can be sure to expect high-quality service and memories your guests won’t forget. Regardless of your venue choice or event size, Michael’s On East is prepared to take care of you and your guests.

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Michael’s On East provides exceptional catering for every event and celebration. For more information about Michael’s On East Catering & Events call (941) 214-9010, visit our website, or request a proposal online today!

Want to see for photos of catering and events by Michael’s On East?

Check out our NEW Catering & Events Instagram: @Married.With.Michaels

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SAVE THE DATE - Safari Sarasota 2019


2019 Safari Sarasota Events (October 24 - 26, 2019)

  • NEW! Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019 - A Conversation with Boyd Varty
    • Gifted storyteller, life coach, wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, author of soon-to-be-released The Lion Trackers Guide To Life, will share lessons learned from the South African bush in an engaging and educational presentation. (Daytime event)


Watch Boyd Varty’s Ted Talk: “What I learned from Nelson Mandela” 

Watch Boyd Varty’s Talks at Google: “Cathedral of the Wild” 

  • Thursday, Oct. 24 - Interactive Cooking Dinner
    • Join us for an evening of South African food and friends featuring award-winning South African wines, an interactive safari-inspired dining experience with Africa’s top safari lodge chef, and a celebration of the All Heart Fund, a Sarasota-based initiative that is delivering education technology to rural, low-income South African school children.



  • Friday, Oct. 25 - Bush Wine Dinner 
    • A magical evening under the banyans awaits you at Marie Selby Gardens, as Chef Anna presents a traditional South African bush dinner perfectly paired with South African wines. 


  • Saturday, Oct. 26 - South African Wine Tasting
    • A casual, walk-about tasting with prized wines from Cape Winelands. The perfect finish to Safari Sarasota. 


Safari Sarasota 2019 - FAQ’s

Q: What is Safari Sarasota? 

A: Safari Sarasota is a series of events inspired by the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travels through South Africa and a passion to support digital learning in rural areas of South Africa. 

These events are unlike any other in the county. Safari Sarasota brings people from all over the world together to learn about South African culture while supporting digital literacy in rural South Africa. Special guests Chef Anna Ridgewell from South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve and Wildlife/Literacy Activist, Boyd Varty will be traveling to Sarasota to support Safari Sarasota and the All Heart Fund. 

Q: When is Safari Sarasota? 

A: Safari Sarasota is a series of events that run the weekend of October 24th through October 26th.

Q: Who does Safari Sarasota Support? 

A: Safari Sarasota events benefit the All Heart Fund, which was created in honor of Leanna Knopik, a 16-year-old Sarasota native who passed away almost a year after visiting some of South Africa’s most remote communities. It was Leanna’s dream to support children and education in South Africa and over the last two years, the All Heart Fund, in partnership with the Good Work Foundation, has provided digital literacy access to over 1,500 South African school children per week.

Q: Where should I stay when visiting?

A: We are pleased to share our host properties offering special accommodations rates through the weekend of Safari Sarasota 2019. 

Mention “Safari Sarasota” and secure your room reservation now:

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Blended Burger Project 2019

Mighty Murph Burger


We’re excited to announce our participation in The James Beard Foundation and Mushroom Council’s 5th Annual Blended Burger Project

The Blended Burger Project™ is a nationwide contest from the James Beard Foundation challenging restaurant chefs to create a delicious burger using a meat patty cut with at least 25% finely-chopped fresh mushrooms.

Chef Jamil Pineda and his team created the "Mighty Murf Burger" to enter this contest.

MM Burger

   Mighty Murf Burger: Bison, Chorizo, & Beech Mushrooms with Porcini Rub, Monterey Pepper-Jack Cheese, Plum Tomatoes, Sweet Onion & Bacon Jam on a Brioche Bun.


  Why a Blended Burger? 

 The Blended Burger Project is an initiative to encourage chefs to create a healthier, more sustainable burger without sacrificing taste. This movement educates diners about the benefits of “The Blend” and the future of food. We wanted to challenge our wonderful team to develop a burger that makes a sustainable difference for our menu.


How you can vote and support the Blended Burger Project™:

  • Join us anytime through July 31st and try our blended creation.
  • Visit jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject to view the gallery of blended burger photos, and cast your vote for the blended burger that best represents the most creative use of mushrooms, best flavor profile, and most appetizing appearance.
  • Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #blended burger project to spread the word!                                                                             (Tag @michaels.on.east too!)


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All-American Cookout: A July 4th Celebration!

July 4, 2019 · 6:00pm - 9:30pm · Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Selby Gardens is the ultimate family-friendly 4th of July destination!

If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day, then you’re in the right place.

The night includes something special for all ages:

  • Enjoy a dance party with DJ Karolina Lira
  • Feast on “All-American” favorites from Michael’s On East’s Grill (available for purchase)
  • Take part in a variety of family and children’s activities and games
  • Watch the best fireworks over Sarasota Bay

Don’t worry about parking!

 A trolley will be available from 5-10 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way

Pack your blankets or chairs, but please leave your coolers at home.

Ticket Options:

General Admission                                                             

General Public: $35 /Members: $25                           

12 years and younger: $10

0 – 3 years Free​

Selby Experience Pass

Selby Experience Pass: $150

Ticket includes valet parking, open bar, food and prime viewing for the fireworks from Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens.

View “Selby Experience” Menu

Click here to purchase tickets from Selby Gardens


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Recipe: Pompano Cabarian

Pompano Cabarian

Our Sous Chef, Kory Minor, shared this recipe on Sarasota's ABC 7's noon show on May 16, 2019. Here's the complete recipe in case you missed the cooking segment, or simply join us in the evening at Michael's On East to enjoy this seafood specialty available on the Restaurant’s dinner menu.


Pompano Cabarian


  • 6 oz Pompano Fillet
  • 1 oz Blended oil for searing
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 3 Shrimp
  • 1/2 tbsp Fresh basil, thyme, parsley and spicy pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Chopped Garlic and Leeks
  • ½ Cup Oven-Roasted Grape Tomatoes
  • Heirloom Cherry Tomato Confit
  • 4 oz Green beans
  • 3 oz Butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup White Wine
  • Fresh Flat Leaf Parsley Sprig
  • 2 Lemon Cog Wheels
  • Salt and Pepper to taste for seasoning


Add the oil on sauté pan over medium heat, season and sear both sides of pompano fillet skin last, add herbs and finish on the 350-degree oven for 4 minutes and set aside.

Heat the Garlic, Butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.

Add the shrimps and cook until they turn pink (Approximately 2 minutes)

Sauté green beans with garlic salt and pepper

SPlace pompano on a dinner place and top with shrimp. Garnish with parsley sprig and lemon wheel. Serve immediately.

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Recipe: Pineapple Tart Tartin


Our Pastry Chef, Ray Lajoie, shared this recipe on Sarasota's Suncoast View on June 3, 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 perfect summer dessert available on the Restaurant’s Epicurean World Tour menu.

Click here to watch the full segment

 Pineapple Tart Tatin


  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 ripe pineapple


Peel the pineapple slice into 1-inch rings and remove the core.

Mix butter and brown sugar, spoon 2 tablespoons into each mold and top with a pineapple slice

Bake at 350 for 30 to 40 minutes until soft and caramelized.

Remove from the oven top with rounds of puff pastry return to the oven and bake until the pastry is golden brown.

Let cool serve with coconut lime sorbet.

Coconut Lime Sorbet 


  • 2 cups simple syrup (bring equal parts of sugar and water to a boil let cool)

  • 4 cups unsweetened coconut milk

  • Zest of 1 fresh lime 


Mix all together, chill and pour into ice cream machine.

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Recipe: Rape Envuelto en Jamón Serrano


Our Sous Chef, Kory Minor, shared this recipe on Sarasota's Suncoast View on August 15, 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 Spanish dish available on the Restaurant’s Spain Epicurean Adventure menu.

Rape Envuelto en Jamón Serrano

Ingredients for Fish:
  • 6-7oz portions of Fresh Monkfish

  • 12 thin sliced of Serrano ham

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps for Fish:
  1. Season the fish and sear to medium-rare.

  2. Let cool, then wrapped with ham.

  3. Bake for 5 minutes in a standard oven at 500-degrees or 5 minutes in a convection oven at 350-degrees.

Ingredients for Clams:
  • 30 littleneck clams (rinse very well)

  • 2 jalapenos seeded and julienne

  • 8 garlic cloves roughly chopped

  • 2 cups of chardonnay 

  • 2 yellow tomatoes

  • 2 red tomatoes

  • 2 fresh limes

  • ½ cup of virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup blended oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

 Steps for Clams:
  1.  Chop the tomatoes roughly and set aside.
  2. Heat up medium-sized sauté pan, then add the blended oil, garlic, clams, and tomatoes.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes then add the wine and cover the pan until the clams open. (about 3 minutes)
To Plate:

In a small bowl place, 5 clams with sauce then place the fish on top. You can serve the dish with vegetables, rice, roasted potatoes or sautéd spinach.

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Recipe: Tarta de Santiago

Tarta de Santiago

Our Pastry Chef, Ray Lajoie, shared this recipe on Sarasota's Suncoast View on August 8, 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 Spanish dessert available on the Restaurant’s Spain Epicurean Adventure menu.

Tarta de Santiago


  • 2 1/3 cups almond flour, or finely ground almonds

  • 6 eggs separated 

  • Zest 1 orange

  • 2 tablespoons almond liquor

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Cream yolks and sugar until smooth then add all other ingredients to the yolks and sugar mixture, set aside.
  2. In another bowl, whip the egg whites until they form stiff peaks, fold into the yolk mixture in 1/3 at a time.
  3. Pour into a prepared 8-inch cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Let cool remove from pan dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!
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Monday Happy Hour Supports The Women's Resource Center!

Monday Happy Hour Supports The Women's Resource Center!

We are pleased to announce the Women’s Resource Center as our Charity Happy Hour Partner during the months of May and June!  

The Women's Resource Center is dedicated to providing direction to women of all generations by inspiring, educating and supporting them through life's transitions. The core of their mission is to provide counseling, education, and training which leads to emotional and financial fulfillment. WRC serves women and families at three Centers in both Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Every Monday, July 1st through August 31st, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to the Women's Resource 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 Women's Resource 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!
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MAY 2019: Mexican Epicurean Adventure


During the month of May, Michael’s on East is bringing the vibrant flavors from south of the border to Sarasota!

Mexican food has some of the most well-known and beloved dishes in the world. Traditional Mexican cuisine is much more than authentic dishes and spices; it’s a vibrant, lovingly preserved, cultural heritage.

The history of Mexican food began about 9,000 years ago and many of the foods we find in the Mexican pantry carry ancient pedigrees. Beans, tomatoes, corn, and chile peppers rank among the world's first cultivated foods and were staples of ancient Aztecs and Mayans. In addition to the staples, native ingredients include tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa, and vanilla. Similar to most other countries, traditional Mexican food varies regionally but blends to create the flavors what we know and love.

Experience the vibrant & festive flavors of Mexico this month!

Our Mexican Epicurean menu is handcrafted to give our guests the experience of traditional meals with a Michael’s on East twist. Whether you are looking for something familiar or want to venture into the delicious unknown, this menu will give you a culinary experience you won’t forget.

The Michael’s On East three-course Mexican Epicurean Experience dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, May 1 - 30, 2019.                  The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Savor our Mexican Epicurean Adventure with exclusive drink pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Click here to make a reservation.


Pan-Seared Chipotle BBQ Mahi Mahi

Tomato Arbol Chili Salsa, Housemade Guacamole,

& Red Bean Pozole with Crispy Corn Tortilla

Yucatan Carne Asada

Achiote-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak, Guacamole, Tomatillo Salsa,

Coriander-Spiced Ketchup, Mexican Corn Salad, Yucca & Fresh Lime


Mayan Tortilla Soup

Roasted Tomato Chipotle Broth, Crispy Corn Tortillas,
Avocados, Black Bean Salsa & Crema Fresca

Slow-Roasted Pork Tacos al Pastor

Shredded Pickled Cabbage, Grilled Pineapple, Añejo Cheese

and Tomato Arbol Chili Salsa & Fresh Cilantro


Pescado a la Veracruzana

Pan-Roasted Red Snapper, Traditional Veracruz Sauce
Roasted Red & Yellow Peppers, Tomato & Green Olive Stew

Crispy Tortillas, Avocado & Mexican Yellow Rice

Puerco Manchamanteles  

Braised Pork Belly, Oaxacan Red Mole, Spiced Butternut Squash Flan,

Spicy Green Beans with Toasted Almonds & Fresh Cilantro    

Oaxacan Style dos Pollo

Ancho BBQ Chicken Breast with Spicy Tomatillo & Avocado Sauce,

Chicken Enchilada, Yellow Rice & Pickled Onion with Crema & Queso Fresco 


Tres Leche

With Strawberry Sauce, Dulce de Leche Drizzle & Fresh Berries

Mexican Chocolate Flan

Mexican Chocolate-Baked Custard with a Burnt Sugar Caramel Sauce

Speciality Drinks

Champagne Margarita

Fresh Lime Juice, Tequila, Cointreau, Sparkling Wine

Red Sangria

Xioloca Grenache, Fresh Sliced Fruit, Brandy, Maple Syrup

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Recipe: Pan-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass

IMG_509_20190423-183152_1 Pan-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass

Our Sous Chef, Kory Minor, shared this recipe on Sarasota's ABC 7's noon show on April 15, 2019. Here's the complete recipe in case you missed the cooking segment, or simply join us in the evening at Michael's On East to enjoy this seafood specialty available on the Restaurant’s dinner menu.


Pan-Roasted Chilean Sea Bass

Artisanal Sardinian Fregola with Maine Lobster, Fire-Roasted Corn, Herb-Roasted Tomatoes, Spiced Lobster Broth


  • 4- 7 oz Chilean Sea Bass
  • 8 oz Fregola, cooked al dente (as for pasta)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Kale (raw)
  • 1 Tablespoon Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 Tablespoon Fire-roasted Corn
  • 1 Teaspoon Chopped Garlic and Leeks
  • ½ Cup Oven-Roasted Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Chiffonade Basil
  • 1 oz Micro Licorice
  • 2 oz Blended Cooking Oil
  • 12 oz Spiced Lobster Broth
  • 2 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Scampi Butter
  • 12 oz Lobster Meat (chopped into bite-size pieces)


Season sea bass with salt and pepper, sear and finish in the oven until it reaches a medium temperature (warm center).

Sauté garlic and leeks over medium heat until soft, about 1 minute, then add corn and grape tomatoes and cook until tomatoes start to soften about 2 minutes. Add basil, green onions and fregola,  mix in your pot. Add spiced lobster broth and bring to a boil. Stir in kale and lobster. Remove from heat. Emulsify butter. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To Serve:

Place fregola mixture in the center of the bowl, pour broth around fregola mixture, place the sea bass on fregola and garnish with micro licorice.

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Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon

Milan Epicurean Salmon Pan-Seared Salmon
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Recipe: Pan-Seared Swordfish

Recipe: Pan-Seared Swordfish
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Recipe: Flight Hors d’Oeuvres

Recipe: Flight Hors d’Oeuvres
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APRIL 2019: Milan Epicurean Adventure


Milan might be best known as one of Europe's four fashion capitals but it is also famous for its opera, churches, da Vinci's Last Supper fresco, and of course its cuisine.

For Italians, food is for more than just nourishment, it’s an important part of life. Even though you will be able to find Italian specialties all over Italy, each of the 20 regions within Italy has their own spin on “Italian food.” The geographical location of the region influences the ingredients used, such as the choices of fat, cheese, and meat.

Milan is located within the Lombardy region in the north of Italy. Northern Italian cuisine is characterized by a lesser use of olive oil, pasta, and tomato sauce and a heavier reliance on butter, rice, corn, and cheeses for cream sauces. Instead of tomato, northern cooks employ wine or broth as the liquid and chopped herbs for flavor, resulting in elegant and rich flavors. Common ingredients used include local vegetables and fruit, beef, pork, and a variety of seafood.

Immerse yourself in a true Milano experience this month!

The Michael’s On East three-course Milan Epicurean Experience dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, April 1 - 30, 2019. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a true Italiano experience, take advantage of hand-selected wine pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Click here to make a reservation

LUNCH ENTRÉES__________________________________________________  

Tagliolini with Baby Shrimp & Littleneck Clams

Crispy Pancetta, Roasted Garlic, Sweet Onion, Sliced Baby Zucchini, Blistered Tomatoes,Chili Flakes & Basil/White Wine Butter

Pollo Milanese

Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Arugula, Shaved Pecorino, Fresh Lemon & Balsamic Reduction


Basil Arancini

Dulce Gorgonzola Aioli

Sous Vide Octopus Salad

Yukon Potatoes, Mixed Olives, Baby Arugula and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

DINNER ENTRÉES_____________________________________________________

Pan-Seared Salmon

Blistered Tomato Ragoût, Ricotta Gnudi, Wild Mushrooms, Balsamic-Scented Watercress

Oxtail Agnolotti

Browned Butter, Sage, Sweet Peas, Shaved Pecorino, Crispy Prosciutto & Scallions

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin

Butternut Squash Risotto, Hot and Sweet Cherry Peppers, Roasted Garlic & Fresh Thyme-Infused Virgin Olive Oil


Port & Balsamic Glazed Pear Frangipane Tart

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte


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Barbera d’Alba, Silvio Grasso, Piedmont, IT 2015

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