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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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! 

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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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You Made Everything Easy

Hi, Ngoc, Our luncheon was perfect!  After months of planning, gathering together people to help execute the plan, and seeing it all come together was a beautiful thing!  You made everything easy in the planning stage, and your lovely staff made the execution flawless.  Douglas welcomed us and guided me through the set-up, making the process uncomplicated.  He gave a stamp of approval on the centerpieces, agreed with me that the cream napkins rather than the red ones that we had looked at were just fine, opened doors, and even reminded me to leave my purse inside while I schlepped stuff.  He was definitely part of “the team.”  And, beautiful Evelyn provided a soothing note, making sure that I got iced tea from the bar initially, and refilling my glass.  The other two waiters whose names I did not get (so sorry) were professional, helpful, and fun.  Before the crowd arrived I took a picture of them behind the bar which I will send to you to give to them.  We agreed that it reflected their personalities. What can I say about the food except that one woman at my table said, “This is the best lunch we’ve ever had.”  We meet monthly at clubs in the area, and she is a long-time member who is not one to toss out too many positive comments.  Everyone at my table had the crab cakes…amazing!  From all sides I heard, “That’s  a lot of lump crab meat!”  The salad ladies seemed equally happy.  Then there was the dessert.  Oh, my.  Fortunately, it came as the harpsichordist began to  play and stayed on the table throughout the drawing of prizes so people could continue to take small bites until their plates were clean.  I went to the gym when I got home and rode my bike around the neighborhood. I can’t think of anything that I would change.  Thank you for providing the venue, help with planning, and a delicious lunch.  Our treasurer is eager to close out her books, so I would appreciate your sending me the bill as soon as possible.  We have the “changing of the guard” on Wednesday, so she and I would like to receive it by then.  You can email it to me, and I will forward to her. Thanks again, Ngoc and the entire Michael’s team, for making Encore’s end of year luncheon so special.  We look forward to working with you in the future.   My best, Becky Rives
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Every Detail...Down to the Special Napkin Fold

Good morning Phil & Ngoc, It been a week since our Greenfield Prize dinner and I am just catching my breathe! I wanted to thank you both for all your patience and professional knowledge in making this years event very successful. You and your staff paid attention to every detail we requested (right down to the special napkin fold) and helped us create a beautiful room and an outstandingly delicious meal.  Our event captains, Doug & Wendy were very professional in fulfilling all our needs and expectations. Many thanks from The Hermitage and from me, personally. Sincerely, Joy P. Rogers
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Everything Went Perfectly

Hi Phil, I just want to let you know that everything went perfectly at our Seder Friday night.  Tracy and her crew could not be better.    They assured that our congregants and their guests had a wonderful Seder. Tracy and her crew were efficient and professional from setup, through service and cleanup.  They were always available to meet every request.  The chicken drew compliments -- moist and well seasoned.  The flourless chocolate cake was as good as everyone remembered.  And not a single complaint. Thank you for a successful event. Ron Benice, Temple Sinai Seder
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My Compliments to All

Philip, Please pass on my thanks to your team from Tuesday night for the great service and outstanding menu...nothing but positive feedback from guests and my compliments to all from me on the behind the scenes side.   Michael, Truly you made the dinner program special - between your commentary, education & wine selections, on behalf of Center for Sight and me, we can't thank you enough.  Please also pass my thanks on to Jamil as well.   Jennifer Grondahl, Maestro
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True "Concierge" Service

Phil, it is pure pleasure to work with your staff! They make every detail appear effortless and problem free. Tracy (Catering Captain) is a consummate professional and a very special "hostess" who epitomizes the true "concierge" service that is so necessary and so welcomed by our many donors, patrons and staff. Nothing is a challenge for your staff! They are always so friendly and willing to help. You are fortunate to have people like Tracy and her team representing you....it is perfection...Plus....it is joyful! We always have such a good time with your crew. - Barbara Simon, Sarasota Orchestra
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Top Notch & Comforting

Phil, I wanted to make sure that I connected with you post-birthday bash on March 10th. The party was better than we could have imagined. Your staff, presentation and employee attitude was top notch and comforting. Thanks so very much for making this the kind of day that my mother is still talking about. It was so important to us to get everything right for her. All of the guests were also struck by the mood, feeling and appearance of the party- how well everything went and how attractively everything was done and presented. Just wanted to make sure you knew how I feel and how appreciative I am for all of your efforts on my mother's behalf. Best, (Daughter of the Birthday Girl)
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Exceeded All Expectations

From the beginning till the end you exceeded all expectations we had for Melissa's wedding reception.  The menu choices, linens, family style table set up etc. and  your guidance and choices were so perfect for the occasion.  Staff members from your office, the Wine Cellar, and the crew that prepared and served the reception food were all generous, professional, helpful and delightful to deal with.  Thank you so much for going to Chelsea and overseeing the setup. You made our celebration an event we truly enjoyed without worry!  Your patience with me all along the way helped me to enjoy a sometimes stressful project.  We have had so many compliments on the dinner from our family and friends...And of course Melissa and Ben were so pleased. Again, Thank you so much (Mother of the Bride)
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My guests gave many compliments on the food and the servers were wonderful. Everything they set up looked beautiful, and they did their job in such a professional manner that I barely knew they were in my kitchen! S.B.
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Popular Reception Spot

Known as much for its award-winning cuisine as its grand ballroom, Michael's is one of Sarasota's most popular reception spots. Guests can linger in the adjoining tropical courtyard or stroll down for martinis at the East Side piano bar. Most of the staff has been here for years, and the service shows it.
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Worry-Free Events

When I use Phil Mancini, I never have to worry before the party, and I'm always happy after the party. G.G.
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It was unreal! Everyone is still talking about it.

I can't thank you enough for everything you did to make our wedding a success. It was unreal! Everyone is still talking about it. The food was superb, the service excellent and my goodness - was is goregous!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! - J.L & S.L
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