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Lotsa Lobster - July 4th Takeout Special

Every year on the 4th of July, friends and families across the country gather to celebrate America's birthday with beautiful fireworks, outdoor activities, and of course great food. This year, your celebration might be on a smaller scale than usual, but hopefully, you can find some time to relax and enjoy the day. If you're ready to sit back and relax, our team will handle all of the prepping & cooking to give your family a memorable meal celebrate Independence Day. 

We're bringing the summertime flavors of New England to Sarasota!

July 4th Takeout Special

 
 

4th of July "Lotsa Lobster!" Takeout Special 🇺🇸 🦞

 $49.95 per person | Curbside Pick-Up & Delivery Only

Starter 

New England Clam Chowder

Entree & Sides 
  • 2 Whole Fresh 1 ÂĽ LB Maine Lobsters with Little Neck Clams, and Prince Edward Island Mussels. 
  • Corn on the Cob, Red Bliss Potatoes, Drawn Butter and Lemon Wedges, and a side of Cornbread
Dessert 

Classic Boston Cream Pie

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Bring Michael's Food Truck to Your Next Event!

During this time gathering in large groups is discouraged, but that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating life’s milestones. Whether it’s a small family gathering or showing appreciation to essential employees, Michael’s On East is prepared to offer full-service catering for every micro-event and intimate celebration. 

The micro-event trend — a celebration planned for 50 guests or less — has gained popularity in recent years and continues to increase as people become cautious of possible gathering restrictions in the future. 

“Although weekends this season may not be filled with events serving 150 guests or more, we are proud to offer safe ways for families to continue celebrating life’s special moments with the help of our Michael’s Events & Catering team,” said Phil Mancini, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East. “My crew is committed to the health and safety of our guests, and will continue to exceed industry best practices as we uphold our characteristically high standards and rigorous cleaning procedures.” 

One way we continue to serve Legendary Hospitality is through our new restaurant-on-wheels, Michael’s Food Truck.  We’re now taking Michael’s Food Truck on the road to offer full-service catering to the Sarasota community for any occasion, regardless of venue choice or event size.  Our Food Truck allows for a unique opportunity to bring a mobile kitchen with made-to-order meals directly to guests. This decision was made to adapt to the current climate of the events industry. 

Hospitality experts at Michael’s On East work with every event host from start to finish to ensure their event runs as seamlessly - and safely - as possible. 

Each event receives an individually designed menu with the option to add a customized beverage package including beer, wine, and spirits. Service staff and bartenders are also available to provide safe, high-quality service to guests. For more information on Michael’s Food Truck reservations, please contact Phil Mancini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Mother's Day with Michael's at Home!

Make this Mother's Day as special as she is by celebrating with three courses at home. Just set the table and we'll take care of the rest! Choose from our Mother's Day Specials or order favorites from our Michael's At Home menu. 

Pre-order your selections by Friday, May 8th at 12pm. We will have your dinner ready for curbside pickup on Mother's Day between 12pm - 8pm with simple instructions for warming before serving.

As a proudly independent, family-owned and operated restaurant, the entire Michael’s On East team takes special pride in offering holiday celebrations for our guests. 

Michael's At Home Mother's Day Specials 

1. Mother's Day Special 3-Course Dinner for 2 - $49.95 per person
 â€˘ 3-Course Dinner for Two (See menu below)
 
2. Mother's Day Special 3-Course Dinner for 2 WITH ROSES - $139.95
 â€˘ 3-Course Dinner for Two (See menu below) AND a beautiful bouquet of 6 long stem vibrant red roses with greenery in a glass vase. 
 
**Full MOE menu is also available from Michael's at Home for curbside pickup or delivery on Sunday, May 10th until 8pm.
 
 

Michael’s On East Mother’s Day Special Menu

Choice of Two EntrĂ©es 
Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon: Forbidden Black Rice Hash with a Side of Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette

Asian-Braised Boneless Short Ribs: Garlic, Soy, and Sesame  

Deep Dish Spanish Frittata: Spanish Chorizo, Baby Spinach, Piquillo Red Peppers, Onions & Manchego Cheese

INCLUDED Side Dishes:

SautĂ©ed Wild Mushroom Raviolis with Browned-Butter, Sage & Parmesan Cheese.

Roasted Creamer Potatoes tossed with Lime, Chili & Cilantro Chimichurri 

Insalata di Mare: Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Calamari, Green Lip Mussels, Diced Carrots, Celery, Red Onions, Garlic and Parsley & Lemon Zest Vinaigrette. 

Caprese Salad: Shingled Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil  & Sweet Balsamic Reduction.

Michael’s Baby Romaine Wedge: Crispy Pancetta, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Julienne Red Onions & Blue Cheese Crumbles with Champagne & Blue Cheese Dressing 

Chocolate Cherry Cinnamon Rolls

Dessert
Decadent Chocolate Dome: Rich Chocolate Mousse, Sponge Chocolate Cake & Layer of with Semi-Sweet Ganache with Florida Strawberries 

Best Brunch in Town: Easter & Mother's Day 2020

Spring has sprung and it’s time to finalize your holiday plans for Easter Sunday and Mother's Day! Each spring, Michael’s On East opens its Restaurant's doors on two extra-special Sundays to provide Sarasota residents and visitors with luscious brunch buffets on these special holidays. Please join us for a holiday brunch on Easter Sunday or Mother's Day this year at Michael's On East! 

Be prepared to savor Michael's Famous Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller and Veal Osso Bucco and enjoy Eggs Benedict along with memorable dishes, salads, and sides including Smoked Salmon, Seafood Salads and Coffee-Rubbed Seared Tuna with Sesame Cabbage. Carving stations, complete with Slow-Roasted Honey Pineapple Glazed Bone-In Ham, plus omelet and pancake stations will top the bevy of hot and cold buffet items, plus legendary dessert creations.  (Menu is subject to change as our culinary team works until the very last moment to perfect each featured recipe!)

Easter Sunday Brunch 
Sunday, April 12, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Holiday Brunch Buffets: 
Adults: $64.95 
Children ages 3-10: $32.95
Children under 2 years old: Free 

We recommend you secure your reservation as early as possible. These popular brunches sell-out each year (with good reason!). Please call for reservations: 941-366-0007, ext. 224. 

As a proudly independent, family-owned and operated restaurant, the entire Michael’s On East team takes special pride in offering holiday celebrations for our guests. 

It is also our pleasure to provide a magnificent spread for guests of Selby Gardens' holiday brunches. Please click here for details about brunch reservations at Selby Gardens.

January 2020: Southern Comforts Epicurean Adventure

We’re kicking off our 2020 Epicurean Adventures by bringing “Southern Comforts” to Sarasota. No matter where you’re from, comfort food almost always resembles the delicious foods from states below the Mason-Dixie Line. The southern foods that we know and love,  provide just the right amount of nostalgia & comfort. Fried, stewed, boiled, or smoked these foods wrap us all in a warm big hug - it’s called soul food for a reason. 

Traditional “Southern” cuisine can look very different from state to state due to the variation of ingredients used. Many elements of Southern cooking—squash, tomatoes, corn, and deep-pit barbecuing—are adopted from Southeast American Indian tribes. Sugar, flour, milk, and eggs come from Europe; and the appreciation for fried foods is a favorite from Scotland. 

Food that's good for your soul

This month’s Epicurean menu is handcrafted to offer guests the experience of traditional southern cuisine 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 an experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Southern Comforts Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. 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 am to 2 pm.

You won’t want to miss the hand-selected wine-pairings for only $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Click here to make a reservation


Lunch
  • PAN-SEARED SCOTTISH SALMON
    •     Spicy Smoked Sausage, Succotash, Sweet Corn Coulis, and Tabasco Onion Rings
  • CAROLINA MUSTARD BBQ PORK TENDERLOIN
    • Roasted Baby Carrots and Cauliflower, White Bean Stew & Fried Green Tomatoes
Dinner

Appetizers

  • BLUE CRAB, ROASTED CORN-TOMATO & JALAPEĂ‘O CHOWDER 
  • FRIED GREEN TOMATOES
    • Fried Green Tomatoes, Remoulade, Pickled Sweet Okra Relish

Entrees

  • PAN-SEARED HERB RAINBOW TROUT
    • Black-Eyed Pea & Tasso Casserole, Roasted Tomato, Green Apple Beurre Blanc, Garnished with Crispy Leeks
  • STOUT BEER-BRAISED BEEF SHORT RIB
    • White Cheddar Stone Ground Grits, Slow-Cooked Collard Greens, Roasted Root Vegetable & Natural Pan Au Jus
  • CAROLINA CRISPY CORNISH HEN
    • Spicy Tasso Ham, Einkorn Wheat Berries Hash, Roasted Chateau Potatoes, Curried Apples & Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce

 Desserts

  • BANANA FOSTER BREAD PUDDING
  • SOUTHERN PECAN BOURBON TART

Wine

  • SPARKLING, BLANC DE BLANCS, JP CHENET, FR, NV
  • RED BLEND “THE SHEPHERD”, CARNEROS, NAPA VALLEY, CA, 2014  

DECEMBER 2019: Greek Epicurean Adventure

In Greek culture, food is so much more than simply sustenance – it’s about carrying on traditions of culture, family, and life itself. Greeks don’t eat to live but rather live to eat, and a meal is almost always a social occasion. Greece's culinary tradition dates back thousands of years and has evolved over time to incorporate many diverse influences. 

The typical Greek cuisine is derived from a general Mediterranean palette and consists of what is known as the “Mediterranean Triad”. This term refers to wheat, wine, and of course, olive oil. Other pillars of a Greek diet include organically produced cheeses, honey, fruits, nuts, vegetables, fish, and lamb. In fact, Greece is home to one of the healthiest diets in the world.

Vineyards cover much of Greece's terrain and the country has become known for its assortment of fine wines and spirits, most notably ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur that is the national spirit. 

Savor the Flavors of Greek Cuisine

This month’s Epicurean menu is handcrafted to offer guests the experience of traditional Greek 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 an experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Greek Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. 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 am to 2 pm.

Did you know..? Greek wine dates back to as early as 4000 BC when the first vines were domesticated in northern Greece. 

We invite you to enjoy special wine pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing. Available during Lunch and Dinner.

Click here to make a reservation


Lunch
Arni "Souvlaki"

Marinated Grilled Lamb Kabob with Lemon-Roasted Potatoes, Oven-Dried Plum Tomato, Grilled Garlic Pita Bread and Tzatziki

Shrimp "Sahanaki"

Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Spinach, Capers, Gremolata Butter, Orzo Pasta, Feta Cheese and a Shot of Ouzo

Dinner
Appetizers
Dolmades

Stuffed Grape Leaves with Dill Risotto & Pine Nuts served with Avgolemono Sauce

Dolmades

Spinach, Leeks & Feta Cheese in a Crispy Phyllo Pastry served with Tzatziki

Entrees

Pan-Seared Mahi-Mahi Plaki Style 

Braised Fennel, Roasted Red Pepper, Caper Berries, Leeks, Spinach and Kalamata Olives with Lemon-Roasted Potatoes

Braised Baby Lamb Shank

Greek-style Shanks with Green Peas, Toasted Goat Cheese and Mint, Served Over Orzo

Moussaka

Cassolette of Slow Cooked Lamb and Beef, Eggplant, Zucchini, Yukon Gold Potatoes & BĂ©chamel Cream with Roasted Garlic Marinara 

Desserts

Baklava

Layers of Crispy Phyllo & Walnuts Soaked in Spiced Honey Syrup

Milopita

Greek Apple Cake Flavored with Brandy & Cinnamon with Raisins & Dried Cranberries Served with Vanilla Custard Sauce

Wine

WHITE BLEND, SANTORINI, ASSYRTIKO, GR, 2017

RED BLEND, BROUSKO, CRETE, GR
 
 

NOVEMBER 2019: South African Epicurean Adventure

Inspired by the biennial Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys to Londolozi Game Reserve and celebrating this October's Safari Sarasota festivities, Michael's On East is featuring South African "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus throughout October and November. Our culinary team is proud present authentic recipes from Londolozi's Chef Anna Ridgewell - all the way from South Africa!

So much about a country and culture is expressed through its cuisine, and South Africa is no different. The cultures that historically developed South Africa help to create a unique fusion unlike anywhere else in the world. The main influences include Dutch, French, Indian and Malaysian flavors and techniques.

The phrase, “South African cuisine” may spark intrigue or curiosity regarding its look, smell, or taste. If you’re unclear about what to expect, don’t worry because you’re not alone. The flavors and aromas of South Africa will lead you on your own amazing "culinary safari" - time and time again!

The culinary team at Michael’s On East is challenged to create new dishes inspired by the world’s most exotic destinations each month. Join us to experience ever-changing, palate-pleasing global cuisine with Michael's Epicurean Adventures. 

A two-course power 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. The three-course dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person.

We invite you to enjoy special wine pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing. Available during Lunch and Dinner.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Spain menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

Click here to make a reservation


Lunch
CAPE MALAY PRAWN TACOS

Seared Malay-Spiced Tiger Prawns, Char-Grilled Tortilla, Fresh Avocado, Radishes, Charred Corn, Coriander & Malay Aioli

MIDDLE EASTERN CHICKEN SKEWER

Marinated Chicken Breast, Baby Spinach, Pickled Red Onion & Cherry Tomato Salad With Citrus Labneh, Pita Bread & Fresh Lime

Dinner
Appetizers
LONDOLOZI GORGONZOLA GNOCCHI

Tomato Concasse & Deep-Fried Basil

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, CUMIN & DILL SOUP

Entrees

FENNEL-BRAISED PORK BELLY

Black Cherry Glaze, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Baby Vegetables

CHICKEN MAKANI

Morel Basmati Rice, Tomato, Coriander & Red Onion Salsa, Raita & Roti Bread

DURBAN LAMB & YOGURT CURRY

Pine Nut & Herb Cous-Cous, Fresh Lime & Roti Bread

SEARED BLACK COD

Caper, Lemon & Fennel Hollandaise, Vanilla-Tossed Fresh Asparagus & Crispy Calamari

Desserts

LONDOLOZI MALVA PUDDING

Mango Crème Anglaise, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

WHITE CHOCOLATE, YOGURT, HONEY & THYME CHEESECAKE

With Londolozi “Crunchies” Crust

Wine

SAUVIGNON BLANC, BOUCHARD FINLAYSON, WALKER BAY, ZA 2017
PINOTAGE, MAN FAMILY WINES, COASTAL REGION, ZA 2017
 

Michael's On East Surprises Sarasota Police Department

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“My dad taught me it’s good to know this job’s about self-satisfaction. You have to be able to look in the mirror every day and know you’ve done a good job, he said. But every once in awhile, you’ll get a thank you and he said and then it makes all the more difference,” said Sarasota Police Chief, Bernadette DiPino.

At Michael’s on East, we love and appreciate our men and women in blue and decided to team up with Sarasota Ford’s 1 Community 1 Team project to take our “thank you” to the next level.

Last month, our Michael’s On East team had the pleasure of providing catering to the entire Sarasota Police Department. Michael’s On East Executive Chef, Jamil Pineda and his team prepared a delicious meal for the hardworking officers to enjoy. Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini, co-proprietors of Michaels on East, greeted and served the officers as they arrived. Our team prepared a 1 ½  pound Maine Lobster and a 14-ounce New York Strip Steak for each officer with an entire buffet of side dishes to choose from including potatoes, fresh vegetables, salad, cornbread, and more. The meal had a sweet ending with homemade ice cream sandwiches from Michael’s On East and a stunning cake from Cakes by Ron. Michael and Phil made sure to walk from table to table to let the officers know how they are appreciated and thanked them for putting their lives on the line for our Sarasota community.

From 1980 to 2018, 132 officers were killed in Sarasota County while fearlessly protecting our community. Michaels on East is an organization dedicated to supporting our community whenever possible. Our team was honored to support this event to celebrate the past and current officers who serve our community.

Sarasota Police Chief, Bernadette DiPino said, “Somebody in our community recognized the hard work that our officers do every single day and gave us a really special celebration in honor of us, and that was the thank you that my dad was talking about all those years ago.”

 

                                   

                               

AUGUST 2019: Spain Epicurean Adventure

Our August Epicurean menu is a culinary exploration through all of the major regions of Spain! 

Spanish food is often recognized as one of the top cuisines in the world. We love it for its unbeatable combination of fresh ingredients and culinary traditions dating back hundreds of years. 

The food in Spain is as unique as it’s geography. From the countryside to the sprawling cities and coastal villages, Spanish food is about making the most of the best local produce. Each region and city boasts its own unique cuisine and flavors. 

However, no matter the region, Spaniards are proud of their Mediterranean diet and believe they have the healthiest foods in the world. A staple in any Spanish kitchen is an extra-virgin olive oil. It is widely used in almost every meal and not surprisingly, about 44% of all of the world’s olive oil is produced in Spain. 

Experience Spanish food full of flavor & character!

Our Spain 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 an experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Spain Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. 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 am to 2 pm.

Spain is the most widely planted wine-producing nation and the third-largest producer of wine in the world. You won’t want to miss the hand-selected wine-pairings for only $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Spain menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

Click here to make a reservation


Lunch

Churrasco a la Palomia

Spiced Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Piquillo Pepper, Pickled Hearts of Palm & Tomato-Infused Fava Bean Salad, Paprika Potato Hash & Jicama Slaw

Bocadillo de Bacalao

Crispy Flounder Sandwich with Serrano Ham, Bacon Onion Jam, Tomato, Marinated Olives, White Anchovy Salad, Baby Arugula, & Truffled Manchego Fries 

Dinner
Appetizers

Citrus Shrimp & Calamari Salad
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho & Watercress

Croquetas de Pez Con Escalivada

Swordfish & Seabass Croquettes, Roasted Eggplant, Piquillo Peppers, Red Onion Relish & Saffron Aioli

Entrees

Rape Envuelto en JamĂłn Serrano

Serrano Ham Wrapped Monkfish, Tomato Clam Sofrito & Roasted Creamer Potatoes

Arroz Con Pollo

Seared Chicken Breast, Roasted Piquillo Peppers, Pickled Hearts of Palm, Tomato- Infused Fava Bean Salad & Sweet Pea Risotto

Grilled Paprika-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Fingerling Potatoes, Chorizo, Edamame, Pearl Onion Hash, Catalan Sauce, Yucca Frita & Grilled Red Onions

Desserts

Tarta de Santiago

Traditional Spanish Almond Torte  

Chef Ray’s Homemade Churros

Bittersweet Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Wine

Albarino, Columna, ES, 2016

(White Spanish Wine)

Monastrell, Casa Castillo, Jumilla, ES, 2015

(Red Spanish Wine) 

SEPTEMBER 2019: Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure

You won’t want to miss our September Epicurean Menu featuring the delightful food & wine from Napa Valley! 

The phrase “Napa Valley” invokes images of endless vineyards and delicious wines. Although Napa Valley may be best known as one of the world’s premier wine regions, the gastronomy in the valley should not be overlooked.

Whether you’re looking for a Michelin-starred restaurant, French bistro, casual farm-to-table restaurant, or taqueria food truck, there is something for every palate and budget in Napa Valley. A special characteristic of the cuisine in this region is the shared reverence for local ingredients, which help support the area’s agricultural large industry.

Experience the Unforgettable Food & Wine of Napa Valley

This month’s Epicurean menu is handcrafted to offer guests the experience of traditional Napa Valley 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 an experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 2pm.

Did you know...? There are more than 420 physical wineries in Napa County, California with over 800 different wine brands. 

You won’t want to miss the hand-selected wine-pairings for only $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Spain menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

Click here to make a reservation


Lunch

Grilled Oakville Culotte Steak

Pommes Frites, House-made Ketchup, Lemon-Onion & Parsley Relish, Chili-Roasted Plum Tomatoes & Heirloom Roasted Baby Carrots.    

Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel, & Lemon Beurre Blanc.

Dinner
Appetizers

Blue Crab Beignets

Black Bean Salsa, Asian BBQ Sauce, & Baby Arugula 

Ahi Tuna Poke Mini Tacos 

Shallots, Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Avocado, Wakame Salad & Jicama Slaw on Wonton Shells

Entrees

Seared Golden Tilefish

Little Neck Clam Chowder, Confit Fennel, Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Sweet Peas & Crispy Pancetta 

Sous Vide Free-Range Chicken Breast 

Edamame, Shaved-Brussels Sprouts, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, Red & Yellow Pepper Hash, Yukon Potato Gratin & Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc

Coriander-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Sweet Corn Flan, Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Mole Sauce, Toasted-Almonds, Haricots Vert & Watercress Salad with Sweet Mirin Vinaigrette

Desserts

Fig & Honey Tart

Goat Cheese, Fresh Thyme & Orange Zest

Napa Cabernet Chocolate Molten Cake

Black Currant Coulis

Wine

Chardonnay, Pine Ridge, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA, 2015

Red Blend “The Shepherd”, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA, 2014

Introducing: Married with Michael's

We're unveiling our new Married with Michael's social media account on Instagram! 

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This new Instagram account is our way of sharing some of the wonderful #MichaelsMoments brides and grooms have experienced at their weddings, through the lens of our network of preferred vendors and wedding planners. 

Michael's On East’s years of experience and a talented team of hospitality experts ensure your wedding is as stress-free as possible, so you can relax and enjoy your special day. When you're married with Michael's On East, it's a wedding experience you won't forget.

Michael’s On East offers:

  • Elevated catering services that bring together handcrafted cuisine and superior service for your special day. 
  • Elegant venues that can be transformed for any occasion, including Sarasota’s premier waterfront venues.
  • Personalized Wine Concierge services to help you pick the perfect wines for your special day… that you can also enjoy for years to come! 

Being #MarriedwithMichaels is not a new idea... Michael’s On East has been the premier wedding and event caterer in the Sarasota area 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.  

You see, we’ve learned over the years that becoming Married with Michael’s usually doesn’t end after the wedding. Couples often visit the Restaurant to celebrate their anniversaries, order their wedding wine again and again from the Wine Cellar to toast special moments and continue to build a lifelong relationship with our entire Michael’s On East family.

Follow @married.with.michaels for a glimpse into the special moments experienced by Michael’s On East couples!

If you were #MarriedwithMichaels and would like to share your photos & story, please fill out this form! 

JUNE 2019: Savor Sarasota - World Epicurean Tour

Travel around the world without leaving your table this June! (No passport necessary.)

We all love traveling. There’s sight-seeing, meeting new people, endless amounts of photos, but the best part of all (in our humble opinion) is the opportunity to explore new foods. Traveling somewhere new opens your eyes and taste buds to a whole new range of flavor profiles and ingredients that you would have otherwise missed out on.

If you’re itching for your next international adventure, visit Michael’s On East this June. We’re bringing dishes from around the world together on one menu. Discover new foods from exotic destinations such as France, Thailand, and Brazil.

Our Epicurean World Tour 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 an international culinary experience you won’t forget.

Savor Sarasota with globally-inspired cuisine!

We are excited to be participating in Savor Sarasota again this year! It is a wonderful time to visit (or live in) the Sarasota area, especially if you love great dining. This annual culinary event offers many reasons to visit a massive roster of participating restaurants, each offering something delicious, including prix-fixe, multi-course menus.

Each month we offer a new destination for our prix-fixe Epicurean menu. This month, we are bringing the best flavors together during Savor Sarasota for what we like to call our  â€śEpicurean World Tour”.

The three-course Epicurean World Tour dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $32 per person, June 1 - 14, 2019. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $16 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Our international adventure doesn’t stop at cuisine. Indulge in hand-selected wine-pairings with Epicurean World Tour for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Click here to make a reservation


Lunch

Pan-Seared Swordfish - France

Meyer Lemon Couscous, Basil Pistou, Vegetable Broth & Salad Provencal

Spice-Grilled Skirt Steak - Brazil

Crispy Yucca & Rosemary Heirloom Tomatoes

Topped with Fried Egg & Brazilian Shallot & Parsley Relish

Dinner
Appetizers

Marseille White Onion Bisque - France

Crispy Onion Straws & White Truffle Oil

Shrimp Sahanaki - Greece

Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Gremolata Butter & Feta Cheese

Flambéed with Ouzo

Entrees

Sweet & Sour Crispy Yellowtail Snapper - Thailand

Baby Bok Choy, Toasted Cashews & Soy Ginger Sweet Chili Sauce with Jasmine Rice, Tempura Egg, Soy & Fresh Coriander

Thyme & Garlic Confit Leg of Duck - France

Flageolets in Thyme Jus, Roasted Pearl Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Butternut Squash & Rainbow Swiss ChardSpicy Green Beans with Toasted Almonds & Fresh Cilantro    

Pork Two Ways - Deep South

Braised Pork Belly & Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Black Eyed Pea & Black Bean Hash, Criolla Salsa & Tostones

Desserts

White Chocolate Grand Marnier Bread Pudding

Pineapple Tart Tatin

JULY 2019: Singapore Epicurean Adventure

If you're itching for your next Epicurean Adventure, visit Michael’s On East this July! We've created inspired island dishes from Singapore that you won't want to miss. 

Food is undoubtedly an important aspect of life in Singapore. In fact, asking “Have you eaten?” is a common greeting. The food culture of Singapore speaks to the fusion of cultures from all over the world. Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines, incorporating a rich heritage of dishes with Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. Noodles, rice, and seafood are said to be the three pillars of this fusion cuisine and our limited-time Epicurean menu reflects them. 

Explore Singapore's diverse and decletable dishes!

Our Epicurean "Singapore" 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 an exotic culinary experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Singapore Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. 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 am to 2pm.

Indulge in hand-selected wine-pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Singapore menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

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Lunch

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

With Tofu, Soft-Boiled Egg, Fresh Coriander, Tomatoes & Bean Sprouts in a Light Coconut Broth with Rice Noodles

Roti John Flounder Sandwich

 With Over-Hard Chicken Egg, European Cucumbers, Spicy Tomato Ketchup & SautĂ©ed Onions on a French Baguette

Dinner
Appetizers

Curry Chicken Satay
With Spicy Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Pickled Carrots

Baby Shrimp Steamed Bun
With Shiitake Mushrooms, Red Onion, Fresh Coriander & Chopped Cashews
Topped with Lime, Soy & Chili Sauce

Entrees

Singapore Poached Cobia

With Garlic Scented Baby Bok Choy, Sweet & Sour Fish Lime Sauce, Julienned Peppers & Scallions

Sous-Vide Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast

With Honey Soy Ginger Glaze, Sesame Forbidden Rice, Crispy Shallots & Pickled Napa Cabbage

Hoisin BBQ Pork Noodle Bowl

Poached Egg, Bean Sprouts, Caramelized Leeks, Scallions, Soba Noodles, Bird Chili, & Shiitake Mushrooms

Desserts

Squid Ink Chocolate Torte

With Caramelito Nougat, Cocoa Nib Brittle & Guava Caviar 

Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

With Tropical Fruit Relish & Kaya Toast

Dessert Recipe: Balsamic & Port Pear Frangipane Tart

As prepared by Michael’s On East Pastry Chef Ray Lajoie and featured on the Restaurant’s Epicurean Adventure to Milan, available during lunch and dinner through April 2019. (Not available on holidays including Easter.)

For the Pastry
½ cup Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 ½ cup Flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Wrap in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Roll the chilled dough slightly larger than the tart pan. Lightly press into the pan trim edges then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Poached Pears
Fresh Pears, peeled and cored 
1½ cup Port
1 cup Sugar
ÂĽ cup Balsamic Vinegar

Place port, vinegar and sugar into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then add the pears and simmer until tender. (i.e. When a knife inserts easily into the pears.) Remove from heat and chill.

Frangipane
1 ÂĽ cup Butter (at room temperature)
1 ÂĽ cup Sugar
2 cups Almond Flour
2 Eggs 
ÂĽ cup Flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix well, spread batter into the cooled tart shell. Drain the pears reserving liquid. Arrange on top of the frangipane and bake for about 30 minutes, until firm and golden brown. While warm, brush top with apricot jam and top with chopped pistachios.

Port Glaze
Reduce the reserved poaching liquid in sauce pan over medium-high heat until reduced by Âľ. Chill and drizzle over tart before serving. Enjoy! 

Best Brunch in Town: Easter & Mother's Day

Spring has sprung and it’s time to finalize your holiday plans for Easter Sunday and Mother's Day! Each spring, Michael’s On East opens its Restaurant's doors on two extra-special Sundays to provide Sarasota residents and visitors with luscious brunch buffets on these special holidays. Please join us for a holiday brunch on Easter Sunday or Mother's Day this year at Michael's On East! 

Easter Sunday Brunch 
Sunday, April 21, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 12, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Holiday Brunch Buffets: 
Adults: $62.95 
Children ages 3-10: $31.95
Children under 2 years old: Free 

We recommend you secure your reservation as early as possible. These popular brunches sell-out each year (with good reason!). Please click here or call for reservations: 941-366-0007, ext. 224. 

As a proudly independent, family owned and operated restaurant, the entire Michael’s On East team takes special pride in offering holiday celebrations for our guests. 

It is also our pleasure to provide a magnificent spread for guests of Selby Gardens' holiday brunches. Please click here for details about brunch reservations at Selby Gardens.

Recipe: Salmon with Forbidden Black Rice & Brussels Sprouts Hash

Michael’s On East Sous Chef Kory Minor shared this recipe on Sarasota's ABC 7's noon show on March 21, 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.

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Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon
Forbidden Black Rice Hash with Brussels Sprouts, Bourbon Candy Apples, Crispy Pancetta & Roasted Creamer Potatoes with Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette

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Garden to Plate Wine Dinner: 2019 Menu

As the exclusive culinary partner of Selby Gardens, our team loves designing and catering all special events at the Gardens. Over the past few years, Michael, Phil and Michael's On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and Wine Director Sean King have been particularly excited to coordinate details for Selby Gardens' annual Garden to Plate Wine Dinner on March 8, 2019. 
 
When choosing wines for this dinner, Michael and Sean worked diligently with Wilson Daniels to select special wines that they've personally tasted and loved from their incredible portfolio of estate and family-owned wineries. Most of the wines are organic or bio-dynamic and some very limited in availability. Craig Leslie (from Wilson Daniels) and Sean will be on hand to discuss and present the wines. 
 
"We can’t wait for the guests to throw away pre-conceived ideas about wines like Chablis and Beaujolais (and even reds from the Loire!) when they experience these beauties!" ~ Michael Klauber
For the menu, we invite you to join us as we take a culinary journey to France, infused with influences of the French Polynesian spirit inspired by Paul Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise. Please scroll down to view the complete menu. Click here for full details and online reservations. Space is limited and reservations are required. 
 

Garden to Plate 
Wine Dinner at Selby Gardens
March 8, 2019
Le Tour de France

Les Hors d’Oeuvres

House-Cured Scottish Salmon Roll
Che vre, Fresh Dill & Caper Coulis

Filet of Wagyu Beef Tartare
Mustard Foam, Toasted Garlic, Popcorn Capers & Black Pepper Oil

Yellow Fin Tuna Crudo
Lemongrass Oil, Green Olive Schiacciate Relish & Micro Greens

Champagne “Grand Reserve Brut”, Gosset, NV
Chablis “Saint Martin”, Domaine Laroche, Burgundy, 2017
Château Clarke, Listrac-Medoc, Bordeaux, 2015

Premier

Lavender-Glazed Maple Leaf Farms Breast of Duck Salad
Candied Baby Fennel, Confit Fava Beans, Kumquat Demi,
Polynesian Papaya Slaw & Crispy Leeks
Moulin-à-Vent, Château du Moulin-à-Vent, Beaujolais, 2014

Deuxieme

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass
Hugh Branch Farms Sweet Corn Bisque, West Coast Farms Trumpet Mushrooms,
Sliced Baby Zucchinis, & Thyme Roasted Creamer Potatoes,
Garnished with Tomato Fondue and Micro Greens
Pouilly-Fuissé, Domaine du Roc des Boutries, Burgundy, 2016

Troisieme

Herb-Crusted Château of Beef Tenderloin
Braised Snake River Farms Pork Belly
Anise-Scented Butternut Squash Purée, Roasted Heirloom Carrots,
Pomegranate-Braised Figs, Cauliflower Gratin & Black Truffle Au Jus
Cabernet Franc “Cuvée Violette”, Clau de Nell, Loire Valley, 2014

Le Dessert

Pineapple Tarte Tatin
French Vanilla Crème Anglaise & Housemade Coconut Ice Cream
GewĂĽrztraminer "Mambourg" Grand Cru, Pierre Sparr, Alsace, 2016

Bases Loaded Epicurean Adventure

Ever since Sarasota began hosting the Orioles' spring training games, Michael's On East has honored the O's with special menus each March in the Restaurant. This year, our culinary team is venturing beyond Baltimore's borders for inspiration and a "Bases Loaded" Epicurean Adventure inspired by baseball's finest traditions. 

The Michael’s On East three-course Bases Loaded Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, March 1-31, 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 “Grand Slam” culinary adventure, we encourage you to add perfectly-paired wines for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

LUNCH MENU 

Ballpark Soft Shell Crab Po Boy
Pickled Okra, Shredded Baby Romaine, Beefsteak Tomatoes & Creole Remoulade 
Served on a Mini French Baguette with Truffle Parmesan Fries   

Fennel-Glazed Maple Leaf Farms Breast of Duck Salad 
Baby Arugula, Edamame, Green Mango & Jicama Slaw, Chorizo Chips 
& Kumquat-Honey Vinaigrette with Crispy Leeks

DINNER MENU 

Starters 

Lady Baltimore Blue Crab Chowder 
Tomato Broth, Blue Crab, Root Vegetables &Sweet Corn 

Camden Yards Beer-Braised Bratwurst 
Grilled with Caramelized Onions & Bell Peppers, 
Grain Mustard Aioli & Crispy Allumettes  

Dinner EntrĂ©es 

Out-of-the-Park Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout
Sweet Corn Bisque, Chorizo Chips,Sliced Baby Zucchini & Rosemary-Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Garnished with Tomato Fondue & Micro Greens 

MLB Home Run Crispy Cornish Hen
Spicy Tasso Ham, Einkorn Wheat Berries, Forbidden Black Rice, Scallions,
& Curried Apple Hash with Pomegranate Citrus Gastrique

Base Hit! Braised Kobe Short Rib 
Anise-Scented Butternut Squash PurĂ©e, Roasted Heirloom Carrots, 
Pomegranate-Braised Figs, Toasted Cauliflower & Thyme-Scented Au Jus

DESSERTS

Cracker Jack Caramel Bars

Spiced Apple Tacos with Vanilla Bean Cream

Recipe: Bowtie Chicken Pasta

Michael's On East Sous Chef Kory Minor was back at ABC 7's in-studio kitchen this Thursday, February 21, to share an "original" recipe. Michael's Bowtie Pasta - with Grilled Chicken, Pancetta, Snow Peas, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Light Parmesan Cream - has been a favorite on our lunch and dinner menu ever since the Restaurant opened in 1987!

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Michael’s Bowtie Chicken Pasta 

Ingredients: 

½ oz Blended Oil
ÂĽ Tbsp Chopped Garlic
Âľ oz Rendered Pancetta
1 oz Shiitake Mushrooms
4 oz Diced Marinated Roasted Chicken (recipe follows)
Âľ oz Sundried Tomatoes
1 oz White Wine
6 oz Heavy Cream
8 oz Bowtie Pasta
1½ oz Grated Parmesan Cheese for Dish, 1/2 oz for Garnish
½ oz Julienne Snow Peas
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions: 

  1. Cook pasta until al dente, reserve
  2. Heat blended oil in sautĂ© pan over medium heat. Add pancetta, then garlic and sautĂ© until garlic is golden brown. 
  3. Add mushrooms, chicken and sundried tomatoes.  Cook for 30 seconds then deglaze with white wine. 
  4. Add cream, then cheese and cook until thickened. As sauce thickens, immerse pasta in boiling water for 15 seconds to heat, strain, then add to sauté pan. Add Parmesan cheese and sauté until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper then place in a pasta serving bowl. Garnish with julienne snow peas and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Marinade

Ingredients:

ÂĽ tsp Powdered Ginger
1 cup Teriyaki Sauce
½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
Âľ Tbsp Dark Mushroom Soy
½ Tbsp Chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Instructions:

  1. Marinate 8 oz chicken breast in chicken marinade for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.  
  2. Mark on grill, roast in 350 degree oven until moist and tender, about ten minutes.
  3. Cut chicken into medium diced sections for pasta.

Special Menus Inspired by Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise at Selby Gardens

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As the exclusive culinary partner of Selby Gardens, the Michael's team is thrilled with this season's new Paul Gauguin-focused exhibition highlighting the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the exotic.

Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise features ten of the artist’s original dramatic woodcut prints and wood engravings, photographs showcasing Tahiti during the time of his travels, historic maps as well as visual materials that shaped his work. The special exhibition is scheduled for February 10 - June 30, 2019, and you can be sure the program has inspired new tropical dishes at the Selby House Cafe by Michael's On East! 

Enjoy new recipes inspired by the South Pacific for a limited time at the historic Selby House Cafe as well as our gourmet food truck also located on-premise in front of the Payne Mansion at the Gardens. Both dining experiences are open exclusively for members and visitors of  Selby Gardens

While Michael's On East typically offers a traditional French Epicurean Adventure each February, this year Chef Jamil and his team decided to seek inspiration from Selby Gardens' Gauguin exhibition, creating French Polynesian-themed $19.95 two-course lunch and $38.95 three-course dinner menus available at the fine dining restaurant located just a few minutes from Selby Gardens. 

Click here to view the French Polynesian Epicurean Adventure menus offered through February 2019 at Michael's On East. (Not available on holidays including Valentine's Day.)

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