Trust Michael’s for the Perfect Holiday Party!

For three decades, Michael’s On East has been celebrated as Sarasota’s “Best Caterer.” Whether celebrating on-site at Michael’s venues or around town at the magical Selby Gardens and Bay Preserve, you can trust our professional team to produce a special experience for all your guests!

Ballroom • Wine Cellar • Restaurant • Waterfront Venues

Whether you are planning your company’s annual holiday party, a family celebration during Hanukkah, “Secret Santa” luncheon with your girlfriends or even a New Year’s brunch, the Michael’s team will make party planning painless! 

Allow our experienced team in the Restaurant, Wine Cellar, Ballroom and Catering to help coordinate and produce your holiday party on premise, or book through our Catering office to celebrate the most festive season of the year at Sarasota’s gorgeous waterfront venues! (Michael’s Events & Catering is proud to serve as the exclusive caterer for all functions at Bay Preserve in Osprey and Selby Gardens in Downtown Sarasota.)

We’re pleased to share a few ideas to help inspire your holiday event planning:

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Michael’s Wine Cellar
No “Christmas lights” needed in this romantic space! Votive candles throughout walls of wine make Michael’s Wine Cellar a festive party space for personal gatherings or corporate functions. This flexible event space can be split to accommodate seated groups of 15-80 guests as well as hors d’oeuvre receptions for up to 150. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by hundreds of bottles of “holiday cheer?”

with red BallroomMichael’s On East Ballroom 
The Ballroom’s timeless style has been known for decades as the perfect location for holiday parties! The versatile space offers a perfect backdrop for imaginative and themed events. The stunning glass-covered garden Atrium is a unique space for a pre-meal reception. Whether for a luncheon or evening event, the Ballroom is easily partitioned for smaller, more intimate gatherings.  The space can accommodate seated groups of 50 -400 guests for standing indoor receptions . Up to 1,000 guests can be welcomed for events spanning the indoor Ballroom and adjoining Atrium courtyard. The stunning glass-covered garden Atrium is a unique space for a pre-dinner reception. If your business or association is ready to host a holiday bash in the Ballroom, several Saturdays are available in December 2018.

PDR 2Restaurant and Private Dining Room
Host a gathering at Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant! The holiday season provides the perfect excuse to enjoy fine dining at its best! In addition to functions during regular business hours, private brunches or luncheons on Saturdays & Sundays are available. Award-winning cuisine and outstanding service are presented in an exceptional 1940s supper club atmosphere. The unique architectural design and swirling spaces throughout the Lounge and multiple dining rooms will take you away to another place and time. The Restaurant’s intimate Private Dining Room accommodates up to 40 seated guests and Restaurant venue in its entirety accommodates up to 150 guests for a seated event or to up 300 guests for a reception.

MOTB 2Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens
Michael’s proudly serves as the exclusive culinary partner at Selby Gardens, catering all special events and private functions on the property and at the all-new, waterfront Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. Michael’s on the Bay is available for luncheons and evening celebrations and, having opened in the fall of 2016, is one of Sarasota’s newest event facilities. The 4,800 square-foot venue has 80 feet of glass windows that provide unobstructed bay and sunset views. This unique space features an outdoor balcony, theatrical lighting and modern interior design features. The interior can seat up to 300 guests and host up to 500 for receptions.

Here’s some great news for you and your guests! Book a holiday party during Selby Gardens' annual Lights in Bloom and your guests will also be able to enjoy an evening stroll through the Gardens’ magical holiday light display as well! Contact Amy Allen to host your event at Selby Gardens: 941-366-0007 x238 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
preserve 2Bay Preserve in Osprey
Bay Preserve is a waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay protected by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Michael’s On East is the exclusive caterer for this historic waterfront venue. The preserve features a performance pavilion, a large dock, a historic boathouse with a wildlife observation platform, and the 1931 Burrows-Matson House. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This tranquil waterfront mansion and beautiful grounds serve as an ideal holiday party venue for special events. It’s a true oasis in Osprey, just minutes south of Sarasota. Contact Sam Valentin for more information about hosting your corporate event, dinner or wedding at Bay Preserve: 941-918-2100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please Note: Limited dates remain available for the 2018 holiday season.

Be sure to contact Michael’s Events & Catering now: 941-366-0007, ext. 226.

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