News & Updates

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..  

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!

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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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

Introducing: Married with Michael's

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


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! 

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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