Michael's On East Surprises Sarasota Police Department

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.”




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Recipe: Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Risotto


Our Executive Chef, Jamil Pineda, shared this recipe on Sarasota's Suncoast View on September 30, 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 dish available on the Restaurant’s NEW Vegetarian Menu.

Vegetarian Wild Mushroom Risotto

Ingredients for Vegetable Stock:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion

  • 2 stalks celery, including some leaves

  • 2 large carrots

  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley

  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme

  • 2 bay leaves 

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 2 quarts water

  1. Chop vegetables into 1-inch chunks. (Remember, the greater the surface area, the more quickly vegetables will yield their flavor.)

  2. Heat oil in a soup pot. Add onion, celery, carrots, scallions, garlic, parsley, thyme, and bay leaves.

  3. Cook over high heat for 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

  4. Add salt and water and bring to a boil.

  5. Lower heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

  6. Strain then discard vegetables. Set the stock on the side for the risotto.
Ingredients for Porcini Mushroom Broth:
  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms

  • 5 cups warm water, divided

  • 11/2 cups coarsely chopped red onion

  • 1 cup dry red wine

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped celery

  • 1/2 cup chopped shallots

  • 1/3 cup chopped carrot

  • 1 whole garlic head, halves 

  • 2 thyme sprigs

  • 1 flat-leaf parsley sprig 

  • 1 sage sprig 

 Steps for Porcini Mushroom Broth:
  1. Combine mushrooms and 2 cups water in a bowl; cover and let stand 20 minutes.

  2. Drain mushrooms in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Rinse mushrooms.

  3. Place in a 3-quart saucepan; strain reserved liquid into the pan.

  4. Add 3 cups of water, red onion, and remaining ingredients.

  5. Bring to a boil over medium heat; reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, 1 hour. Strain.

Ingredients for Garlic Butter:
  • ½ lb butter room temperature

  • 1 oz chop garlic 

  • 2 teaspoon cup chop parsley 

  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire  

  • 1 oz shallot minced

  • ½ teaspoon key lime juice


Mixed all ingredients and store in a plastic container.

Ingredients for Risotto:
  • 24oz vegetable Stock

  • 8oz Porcini Mushroom Broth

  • 1cup Grated

  • 4oz tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 shallots, chopped

  • 1½ cup Arborio

  • 1/2 cup Pinot Grigio

  • 1-pound assorted wild mushrooms (Oyster, Shiitake, and Trumpet), sliced

  • 2 oz garlic butter

  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Steps for Risotto:
  1. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat and add the oil and mushrooms.(cook for about 2 minutes), then add the white wine and scampi butter and cook until wine is gone season with salt and pepper and set aside.

  2. Bring vegetable broth to simmer in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to low; cover and keep broth hot.

  3. Add olive oil in a heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped shallots; sauté 1 minute. Then add rice and stir to coat.

  4. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high. Add 3/4 cup hot vegetable broth and simmer until absorbed, stirring frequently.

  5. Add remaining of both hot broth 3/4 cup at a time, allowing broth to be absorbed before adding more and stirring frequently until rice is just tender and the mixture is creamy. (about 20 minutes).

  6. Stir in parmesan cheese, mushrooms, divide the risotto among 4 pasta bowls, drizzle with aged Balsamic Vinegar then serve.

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Recipe: Pan-Seared Golden Tile Fish

Recipe: Pan-Seared Golden Tile Fish

Our Sous Chef, Kory Minor, shared this recipe on Sarasota's Suncoast View on September 19, 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 dish available on the Restaurant’s Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure Menu.

Pan-Seared Golden Tile Fish

Ingredients for Fish:
  • 4-7oz portions of Golden Tile Fish

  • 3oz Olive Oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps for Fish:
  1. Het up a sauté pan on medium-high, add the oil.

  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper and let it sear until golden brown

  3. Flip the fish and place in a 400-degree oven for 6 minutes

Ingredients for Confit Fennel:
  • 1 Bulb of Fresh Fennel Cut in Wedges

  • 2 Cups of Olive Oil

  • 2 Cloves Garlic Peeled

  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme (per serving)

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

 Steps for Confit Fennel:
  1. On a small sauté pan add all the ingredients
  2. Cook on medium for 3 minutes with cover
  3. Place in a 300-degree oven and cook for 20 minutes or until the fennel is tender. Set aside for plate up
Ingredients for Creamer Potatoes:
  • 8 Creamer Potatoes (per serving)

  • 4oz Olive Oil

  • Salt and pepper to taste 

 Steps for Creamer Potatoes:
  1. Cut potatoes in half
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and place on a sheet pan.
  3. Place pan in the oven at 450-degree until they are soft. 
Ingredients for Crispy Pancetta:
  • 1lb Pancetta Diced Medium

  • 1 oz Olive Oil

 Steps for Crispy Pancetta:

Place ingredients in a sauté pan on medium-low then add the oil and pancetta and cook until pancetta is golden brown and crispy.  

Ingredients for the Clam Chowder::
  • 2,  8-ounce bottles clam juice

  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter

  • 1 cup chopped onions

  • 1 cup chopped celery (about 2 large stalks)

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 1/4 cups Heavy Cream

  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

  • 1 cup sweet peas


Steps for Clam Chowder:

  1. Melt butter in a heavy large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add onions, celery and bay leaf and sauté until vegetables softened (about 6 minutes).
  3. Add the clam juice, cream, and hot pepper sauce.
  4. Simmer chowder 5 minutes to blend flavors, stirring frequently.
  5. Add the peas simmer 1 minute.
  6. Season with salt and pepper 
To Plate:

Ladle 4 oz of chowder on 4 pasta bowls then place the potatoes in the middle and top with fish. Garnish with pancetta and Confit Fennel.

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Monday Happy Hour Supports All Heart Fund & Good Work Foundation!

Monday Happy Hour Supports All Heart Fund & Good Work Foundation!

We are pleased to announce the All Heart Fund & Good Work Foundation as our Charity Happy Hour Partner during the months of September and October.

The All Heart Fund was created by a local Sarasota family, in honor of their daughter to provide the resources and education necessary to enhance the lives of rural African families. It is a fundraising arm that supports the award-winning South African-based nonprofit, Good Work Foundation (GWF). Its purpose is to raise funds that create high-impact digital learning experiences for Africans living in rural areas, delivering skills that enable them to interact meaningfully with a digital world.

Since 2013,  the All Heart Fund in partnership with the Good Work Foundation has been able to help build five new schools that currently provide digital literacy access to over 7,000 South Africa school children and young adults each week!

Every Monday in September and October, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to the All Heart Fund.

Rumor has it, the Lounge at Michael’s is the place to be on Monday nights.Great cause, fantastic food, creative cocktails… and 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 All Heart Fund & Good Work Foundation.
  • “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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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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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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