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Recipe: Blueberry Crostata

We shared this Savor Sarasota dish with Sarasota's Abc7  News on June 8, 2020.  Here's the complete recipe so you can try it at home!


Blueberry Crostata

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CRUST Ingredients:
  • 2 c Flour

  • 2 Sticks of Butter

  • ¼ c Sugar

  • ¼ c Ice water

  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Cheese filling Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz pkg  Cream cheese

  • 1 c  Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • ½ teaspoon Lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla

bLUEBERRY filling Ingredients:
  • 2 pints Blueberries

  • ¼ c  Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Flour

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice

Crust Method: 
  • Add flour, salt, sugar, and cold butter cut into cubes into a food processor and pulse 15 times add water all at once blend until a ball forms wrap in plastic and chill 1 hour.

Cheese filling Method:
  • In a stand mixer beat cream cheese add sugar and beat until smooth, fold in egg, lemon zest, and salt. Set aside
Blueberry Filling Method:
  • In a large bowl toss blueberries, sugar, flour, and lemon juice.

FINAL STEPS:

  • Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
  • Divide dough into 4 equal parts roll each into a 5” circle place on a sheet pan
  • Top with ¼ of the cheese mixture in the center of the pastry then top with ¼ of the blueberry mixture, making sure the filling remains in the center of the dough.
  • Now fold the edges of the pastry over to the center leaving a space open.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar and additional blueberries, to garnish. 

Enhanced Safety Measures for Reopening

The health and well-being of our guests and Michael’s On East staff is - and has always been - our company’s top priority. We have always prided ourselves on going the “extra mile” in following all sanitation guidelines. While our dining rooms and event spaces were closed, it was important that we go to great lengths to educate ourselves and our staff on the latest procedures provided by the CDC and National Restaurant Association to ensure your safety whenever you are with us.  We decided to take extra time developing and instituting the additional safety procedures our loyal guests expect. 

We are delighted to continue serving our signature brand of Legendary Hospitality to our community, whether in our Restaurant or via Michael’s At Home. We look forward to welcoming you back home to Be Our Guest at Michael’s On East!

While You Were Gone, Here’s What We Have Done:

Implemented publicly accessible anti-viral hand sanitizer stations

santizer- We have installed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the restaurant and we have also placed an individual hand sanitizer on each table to ensure guests and staff have easy access to keep themselves safe.

 

Hired a Professional Sanitation Service - Gorilla Kleen

gorilla kleen- The team at Gorilla Kleen provided a complete sanitization of our Restaurant, Wine Cellar, and Ballrooms using their ULV fogging equipment.

- This equipment sprays CDC-recommended sanitizers that are listed by the EPA as being effective against a broad range of viruses and bacteria, including the COVID-19 virus.

- The sanitizer also leaves a coating on the surfaces that can kill a new virus for up to a month or more and this process will be continued on a regular basis.

 

Deep Cleaning of Restaurant's Dining & Kitchen Areas 

2- Our Restaurant has been thoroughly deep-cleaned and we will continue to sanitize all shared and high-touch surfaces on a daily basis.

- We have allocated additional time for staff to deep clean the Restaurant's dining and kitchen areas each night after guests have left the building.

- Our kitchen and floors have always received a nightly high-temperature steam cleaning. Steam cleaners can rapidly go over every surface in a kitchen, getting into even the tiniest crevices or porous surfaces and swiftly lift and remove dirt, grease, bacteria, and more.

 

Worked to Keep Our MOE Family Healthy & Prepared

4- ALL staff have received elevated sanitation training and are all certified by the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe program. 

- Prior to returning to work, ALL staff passed 2 rounds of COVID-19 testing. These tests are provided by Michael’s On East, at no cost to the staff.

- We will be closely monitoring our staff’s health with our new infrared contactless thermometers. All have their temperatures checked and logged before starting their shift.

- We have provided our staff with flexible call-out and time-off guidelines and will continue reinforcing our strict policy prohibiting employees from working while ill.

 

Spaced Out Dining Tables 

1We have removed 50% of our Restaurant seating capacity to create additional spacing between tables and comply with the CDC’s safety recommendation of 6 feet.

 


 

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An Update from Michael's On East

Trust Through Transparency: Michael’s On East Announces Final Phase of Reopening Preparations

Since COVID-19 first emerged in the Sarasota area, Michael’s On East has taken every possible precaution in the playbook to ensure the safety of its staff and guests, far exceeding CDC recommended guidelines and State of Florida requirements. We made a promise to our community to do everything within our power to earn your trust despite the world’s present uncertainty.

To date, while not mandated by the State, more than 80 team members were recently tested for COVID-19 by Passport Health. All employees are required to be tested prior to returning to work. All team members have undergone ServSafe training. The Restaurant has been sanitized professionally through ULV fogging using CDC-recommended & EPA-approved disinfectants. On a nightly basis, the kitchen areas and all floors are steam-cleaned. The in-house dishwashing machines have always been high-temperature, exceeding the industry standard chemical low-temperature wash.  We have always felt it is our obligation to lead the hospitality industry by exceeding all minimum standards of guest and team safety.

We can confirm that out of more than 80 employees tested, only one result was positive for COVID-19. This individual is an asymptomatic carrier whose role does not involve public contact. Early estimates show that more than 10% of the population may be asymptomatic with the possibility of transmitting the virus. There is no evidence that COVID-19 is foodborne and those who have dined via Michael’s At Home should not feel concern. 

Out of an extreme abundance of caution and a commitment to earning your trust through transparency, we have decided that immediately ceasing all food service operations for the next fourteen days is the right course of action.  Our mission at Michael’s On East is to treat every guest “the way we would expect to be treated.” In this case, as heartbreaking as it’s been to make this decision, we know we’re doing the right thing and that you, our guests, deserve to know.

We consider this step the final phase of our reopening preparations.  At this time, Michael’s On East plans to reopen its flagship Restaurant for dining, carry-out, and delivery on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  In appreciation for 33 years of overwhelming community support for our family’s business, we give you our personal word that we will not reopen Michael’s On East until we are 100% certain that we can safely invite you to be our guest.

Our team has worked diligently to offer curbside takeout and delivery, helping families maintain weekly rituals and important Passover, Easter Sunday and Mother’s Day traditions.  We are proud of the dedication that they have shown as well as the wonderful meals our team prepared and delivered during this time.

More information about our commitment to serving you safely the Legendary Hospitality you deserve (and need) in these turbulent times and updates as we expect to reopen will soon become available on BestFood.com.  Thank you, Sarasota, for your understanding, trust, and continued loyalty.  Our community, including you, is what makes Michael’s On East so special. 

We miss you and we can’t wait to invite you back to be our guest!

  • Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We understand you may have questions.  While this situation continues to evolve, here's what we want you, our guest, to know. 

 

ARE YOU OPEN?

No. Through our intensive process for reopening, more than 80 team members were tested for COVID-19 and one result was positive in an asymptomatic carrier.  Out of an extreme abundance of caution as we plan the final phase of our Reopening Protocol, we have decided that ceasing operations is the right course of action. At this time, we expect to reopen safely on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your support during this time.

 

WHY WAS MY ORDER CANCELLED?

We apologize for the inconvenience, but Michael’s On East has decided to voluntarily cease all foodservice operations for two weeks following a staff member testing positive for COVID-19 with asymptomatic during a company-mandated test of 80+ staff members.

 

DID SOMEONE AT MICHAEL’S TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19?

Yes, we can confirm that a member of our team tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual has been an asymptomatic carrier in a non-public-facing role.

 

WHO WAS THE EMPLOYEE?

For privacy reasons, Michael’s On East can not disclose that information.  We can assure you that this individual’s role at Michael’s On East does not involve interaction with the public. 

 

CAN I STILL ORDER FROM MICHAEL’S WINE CELLAR?

Michael’s Wine Cellar is continuing operations online and by phone only, and is fulfilling orders through curbside pickup, delivery and shipping. In-store shopping is not available at this time. www.michaelswinecellar.com / 941-955-2675

 

I RECENTLY ORDERED MICHAEL’S AT HOME. SHOULD I BE CONCERNED? 

While we are not medical experts, we have consulted with infectious disease specialists and our trusted advisors in the healthcare industry.  There is no evidence that COVID-19 is foodborne, and those who have dined via Michael’s At Home should not feel concern.  Please consult a medical professional with further questions.

 

WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

We encourage all members of the Michael’s On East family and greater Sarasota community to do everything you can to keep yourself safe.  This includes but is not limited to observing all social distancing guidelines, wearing a mask when in public, and thoroughly washing your hands regularly.

If our commitment to trust through transparency resonates with you, we sincerely appreciate your support of our business by purchasing gift cards online that may be redeemed once we reopen.

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!

Local Restaurants Need You & Deserve Your Trust

Original post appeared in Herald Tribune as a Guest Editorial by Michael Klauber on March 17, 2020. View the article here. 

Hundreds of thousands of people dine in restaurants all across the Gulf Coast every day. Our region has an international reputation as a world-class dining destination. Our well-traveled residents have helped by supporting and nurturing our vibrant restaurant scene. Restaurants are a driving force in our region’s economy and play a vital role in our community.

Especially in a tourism-driven economy like ours, restaurants are considered “second responders” in times of disaster or crisis. Whether the crisis we’re facing is a hurricane or a pandemic, restaurants are an important part of the support needed for communities to recover, as we are places to celebrate and share together in the human experience. Our local history of restaurateurs and chefs working together to help organizations in need is a longstanding tradition in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

The COVID-19 concern is real, and it’s important to know that our local restaurants respect the risks associated with the public spaces we provide for our guests. Our first emails of the day are now the updates from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Restaurant Association.

As most people know, our local restaurateurs’ generosity provides gift certificates, food, and staff for fundraising events and more. That ongoing commitment to our region enables schools, arts organizations, and hundreds of local nonprofits to continue their important work.

Money earned by hard-working hourly staff members in the restaurant industry enables them to support themselves and their families, and fund their countless dreams for the future. Our restaurants are as culturally diverse, in the broad international cross-section of our employees, as we are in the cuisine that we offer.

Our regional independent restaurants are a strong community of professionals who work together, not just in times of need, but in the individual challenges that we all face daily.

These local restaurants strive for clean health inspection reports because it’s the right thing to do. Strict sanitation practices ensure that guests keep coming back to gather around tables, enjoy wonderful meals and make special memories.

Restaurant employees depend on income from tips and shifts, which they especially count on in peak season. Higher sales from March and April are what help local business owners and employees weather the slower summer months.

Our local independent restaurants need your support now, more than ever. Your favorite local eatery does not have the security blanket of a corporate infrastructure.

We are all working together, staying calm and working smart. Even our valets are now sanitizing the touchable surfaces in the cars they park!

No matter how many cases arise in our region, we know that many businesses will be affected. The restaurant business is the business of making people happy — and that means offering a safe place for small groups to continue gathering, celebrating, and retaining as much sense of normalcy as possible.

As we look at an immediate future with very few visitors to our area, I encourage you — even if you do not feel up to dining in a restaurant — to take advantage of the creative ways that the hospitality industry can continue to serve you and your family. Support your independent restaurateurs by purchasing gift certificates now for future dining, ordering curbside pick-up or delivery, or trusting them to provide a safe experience when you do walk in their doors.

We all know that eventually, this situation will subside and, God willing, with minimal impact on human life. Everyone in the hospitality industry appreciates your cooperation and patience.

Thank you for your ongoing loyalty and support. We all look forward to showing you our proud and smiling faces as you return to our establishments!

Michael Klauber is co-proprietor of Michael’s On East and co-founder of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of over 60 locally-owned restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee County.

Monday Happy Hour Supports The Child Protection Center!

We are pleased to announce the Child Protection Center as our Charity Happy Hour Partner during the months of March and April!  

Child Protection Center is the only DeSoto and Sarasota service provider with a multifaceted approach to the prevention, intervention, and treatment, of child abuse. This program works together with the Department of Children and Families and Law Enforcement in the investigation of child abuse cases and also coordinates community-wide services for affected children. 

Every Monday, March through April, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to The Child Protection Center. 

Great cause, fantastic food & cocktails… and, as 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 Child Protection Center. 
  • “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!

Monday Happy Hour Supports Make-A-Wish Southern Florida!

We are pleased to announce Make-A-Wish Southern Florida as our Charity Happy Hour Partner during the months of January and February!  

Make-A-Wish is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in the United States that creates life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness who have reached the age of 2½ and are younger than 18 at the time of referral. 

Every Monday, January through February, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. 

Great cause, fantastic food & cocktails… and, as 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 Easterseals SWFL. 
  • “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!

Recipe: Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Our Head Pastry Chef, Ray Lajoie, shared this recipe with Sarasota's Abc7  News on December 19, 2019.  Here's the complete recipe in case you missed the cooking segment!


Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients:
  • 2 2/3 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F 

  2. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, beat in eggs and molasses.

  3. In a separate bowl whisk all dry ingredients together. 

  4. Add to the egg and sugar mixture mix well then slowly add the hot water mix until smooth fold in the cranberries. 

  5. Pour batter into a prepared springform pan bake at 350 for approximately 35 minutes or until the cake is firm to the touch.

  6. Cool on a wire rack and dust with powdered sugar.

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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Recipe: Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi Plaki Style

Our Executive Chef, Jamil Pineda, shared this recipe with Sarasota's Abc7  News on November 21, 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 Greek Epicurean Menu through December 2019. 


Pan-Seared Mahi Mahi Plaki Style

The term plaki (plah-KEE) in Greek is used to describe a dish that is usually cooked with olive oil, tomatoes, and vegetables in the oven.

Ingredients for Plaki Sauce:
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2-bulb fennel large sliced
  • 1/2-cup olive oil
  • 3 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1-tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2-teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium lemons, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-cup soft breadcrumbs
Method:

Sauté the sliced onion & olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and stir constantly until tender. Add tomato and next 5 ingredients; cook and stir constantly, until the liquid evaporates. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Ingredients for Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes:
  • 2.5lb Idaho Medium Potatoes 
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock broth, low sodium
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • Lemon wedges
  • Fresh oregano leaves
 Steps for Greek Lemon Roasted Potatoes:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F 

  2. Peel potatoes and cut into thick wedges - about 3cm / 1.2" thick. Place in a roasting pan with all the other ingredients. Toss well.

  3. Roast for 20 minutes. Turn potatoes, roast for a further 25 to 30 minutes until the liquid is mostly absorbed by potatoes/evaporated and you're left with mostly oil in the pan. Drizzle over the potatoes.

  4. Transfer potatoes to oven and roast for 10 minutes, turning once or twice until potatoes are golden and a bit crispy. Transfer potatoes for plate up.

Ingredients for Mahi Mahi Fish:
  • 4- 7 to 8 oz Mahi-Mahi filets or any other Flaky Fish
  • 4 Cups of Plaki sauce
  • 16 caperberries cut in half 
  • 12 each lemon wheels
  • 3oz olive oil
  • 2 cups lemon Greek potatoes
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives
  • Salt and Black pepper for seasoning
  • 2 cups Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
 Steps for Mahi Mahi:
  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Heat a sauté pan on medium-high, add the oil and sear the fish on both sides to medium-rare.
  2. Add a cup of the Plaki sauce on top of the fish fallow with 6 halves of caperberries, some kalamata olives and 3 each lemon wheels and bake on a 450-degree oven for about 8 minutes.
  3. On 4 plates add one piece of fish topped with Plaki sauce then divide the potatoes and Spinach. Serve & enjoy! 

Monday Happy Hour Supports Easterseals SWFL!

We are pleased to announce the Easterseals SWFL as our Charity Happy Hour Partner during the months of November and December!  

Easterseals Southwest Florida, also known as Happiness House, has been part of our community since 1946. We offer the highest quality of care and services to children, youth and adults with special needs so that they can enjoy access, opportunities, and increased life choices. Easterseals Southwest Florida is committed to remaining a leader in special needs services – an organization to which individuals and their families can turn for resources and support with a continuum of care throughout their lives

Every Monday, November 1st through December 31st, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to Easterseals Southwest Florida. 

Great cause, fantastic food & cocktails… and, as 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 Easterseals SWFL. 
  • “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!

Michael's On East Surprises Sarasota Police Department

Watch the full video here >>

“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.”

 

                                   

                               

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

Method:
  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

Method:

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.

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.

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!

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.

Recipe: 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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Steps:

  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!

SAVE THE DATE - Safari Sarasota 2019

SAVE THE DATE

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:

1283 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
1212 East Ave. S.
Sarasota, FL 34239
1259 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239