OCTOBER 2019: South African Epicurean Adventure

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Inspired by the biennial Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys to Londolozi Game Reserve and celebrating this October's Safari Sarasota festivities, Michael's On East is featuring South African "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus throughout October and November. Our culinary team is proud present authentic recipes from Londolozi's Chef Anna Ridgewell - all the way from South Africa!

So much about a country and culture is expressed through its cuisine, and South Africa is no different. The cultures that historically developed South Africa help to create a unique fusion unlike anywhere else in the world. The main influences include Dutch, French, Indian and Malaysian flavors and techniques.

The phrase, “South African cuisine” may spark intrigue or curiosity regarding its look, smell, or taste. If you’re unclear about what to expect, don’t worry because you’re not alone. The flavors and aromas of South Africa will lead you on your own amazing "culinary safari" - time and time again!

The culinary team at Michael’s On East is challenged to create new dishes inspired by the world’s most exotic destinations each month. Join us to experience ever-changing, palate-pleasing global cuisine with Michael's Epicurean Adventures. 

A two-course power lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The three-course dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person.

We invite you to enjoy special wine pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing. Available during Lunch and Dinner.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Spain menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

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Lunch
CAPE MALAY PRAWN TACOS

Seared Malay-Spiced Tiger Prawns, Char-Grilled Tortilla, Fresh Avocado, Radishes, Charred Corn, Coriander & Malay Aioli

MIDDLE EASTERN CHICKEN SKEWER

Marinated Chicken Breast, Baby Spinach, Pickled Red Onion & Cherry Tomato Salad With Citrus Labneh, Pita Bread & Fresh Lime

Dinner
Appetizers
LONDOLOZI GORGONZOLA GNOCCHI

Tomato Concasse & Deep-Fried Basil

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER, CUMIN & DILL SOUP

Entrees

FENNEL-BRAISED PORK BELLY

Black Cherry Glaze, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Baby Vegetables

CHICKEN MAKANI

Morel Basmati Rice, Tomato, Coriander & Red Onion Salsa, Raita & Roti Bread

DURBAN LAMB & YOGURT CURRY

Pine Nut & Herb Cous-Cous, Fresh Lime & Roti Bread

SEARED BLACK COD

Caper, Lemon & Fennel Hollandaise, Vanilla-Tossed Fresh Asparagus & Crispy Calamari

Desserts

LONDOLOZI MALVA PUDDING

Mango Crème Anglaise, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

WHITE CHOCOLATE, YOGURT, HONEY & THYME CHEESECAKE

With Londolozi “Crunchies” Crust

Wine

SAUVIGNON BLANC, BOUCHARD FINLAYSON, WALKER BAY, ZA 2017
PINOTAGE, MAN FAMILY WINES, COASTAL REGION, ZA 2017
 
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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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SEPTEMBER 2019: Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure

SEPTEMBER 2019: Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure

You won’t want to miss our September Epicurean Menu featuring the delightful food & wine from Napa Valley! 

The phrase “Napa Valley” invokes images of endless vineyards and delicious wines. Although Napa Valley may be best known as one of the world’s premier wine regions, the gastronomy in the valley should not be overlooked.

Whether you’re looking for a Michelin-starred restaurant, French bistro, casual farm-to-table restaurant, or taqueria food truck, there is something for every palate and budget in Napa Valley. A special characteristic of the cuisine in this region is the shared reverence for local ingredients, which help support the area’s agricultural large industry.

Experience the Unforgettable Food & Wine of Napa Valley

This month’s Epicurean menu is handcrafted to offer guests the experience of traditional Napa Valley meals with a Michael’s On East twist. Whether you are looking for something familiar or want to venture into the delicious unknown, this menu will give you an experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 2pm.

Did you know...? There are more than 420 physical wineries in Napa County, California with over 800 different wine brands. 

You won’t want to miss the hand-selected wine-pairings for only $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Spain menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

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Lunch

Grilled Oakville Culotte Steak

Pommes Frites, House-made Ketchup, Lemon-Onion & Parsley Relish, Chili-Roasted Plum Tomatoes & Heirloom Roasted Baby Carrots.    

Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel, & Lemon Beurre Blanc.

Dinner
Appetizers

Blue Crab Beignets

Black Bean Salsa, Asian BBQ Sauce, & Baby Arugula 

Ahi Tuna Poke Mini Tacos 

Shallots, Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Avocado, Wakame Salad & Jicama Slaw on Wonton Shells

Entrees

Seared Golden Tilefish

Little Neck Clam Chowder, Confit Fennel, Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Sweet Peas & Crispy Pancetta 

Sous Vide Free-Range Chicken Breast 

Edamame, Shaved-Brussels Sprouts, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon, Red & Yellow Pepper Hash, Yukon Potato Gratin & Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc

Coriander-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Sweet Corn Flan, Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Mole Sauce, Toasted-Almonds, Haricots Vert & Watercress Salad with Sweet Mirin Vinaigrette

Desserts

Fig & Honey Tart

Goat Cheese, Fresh Thyme & Orange Zest

Napa Cabernet Chocolate Molten Cake

Black Currant Coulis

Wine

Chardonnay, Pine Ridge, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA, 2015

Red Blend “The Shepherd”, Carneros, Napa Valley, CA, 2014

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Recipe: Rape Envuelto en Jamón Serrano

Rape-Envuelto

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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AUGUST 2019: Spain Epicurean Adventure

AUGUST 2019: Spain Epicurean Adventure

Our August Epicurean menu is a culinary exploration through all of the major regions of Spain! 

Spanish food is often recognized as one of the top cuisines in the world. We love it for its unbeatable combination of fresh ingredients and culinary traditions dating back hundreds of years. 

The food in Spain is as unique as it’s geography. From the countryside to the sprawling cities and coastal villages, Spanish food is about making the most of the best local produce. Each region and city boasts its own unique cuisine and flavors. 

However, no matter the region, Spaniards are proud of their Mediterranean diet and believe they have the healthiest foods in the world. A staple in any Spanish kitchen is an extra-virgin olive oil. It is widely used in almost every meal and not surprisingly, about 44% of all of the world’s olive oil is produced in Spain. 

Experience Spanish food full of flavor & character!

Our Spain Epicurean menu is handcrafted to give our guests the experience of traditional meals with a Michael’s On East twist. Whether you are looking for something familiar or want to venture into the delicious unknown, this menu will give you an experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Spain Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Spain is the most widely planted wine-producing nation and the third-largest producer of wine in the world. You won’t want to miss the hand-selected wine-pairings for only $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Spain menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

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Lunch

Churrasco a la Palomia

Spiced Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Piquillo Pepper, Pickled Hearts of Palm & Tomato-Infused Fava Bean Salad, Paprika Potato Hash & Jicama Slaw

Bocadillo de Bacalao

Crispy Flounder Sandwich with Serrano Ham, Bacon Onion Jam, Tomato, Marinated Olives, White Anchovy Salad, Baby Arugula, & Truffled Manchego Fries 

Dinner
Appetizers

Citrus Shrimp & Calamari Salad
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho & Watercress

Croquetas de Pez Con Escalivada

Swordfish & Seabass Croquettes, Roasted Eggplant, Piquillo Peppers, Red Onion Relish & Saffron Aioli

Entrees

Rape Envuelto en Jamón Serrano

Serrano Ham Wrapped Monkfish, Tomato Clam Sofrito & Roasted Creamer Potatoes

Arroz Con Pollo

Seared Chicken Breast, Roasted Piquillo Peppers, Pickled Hearts of Palm, Tomato- Infused Fava Bean Salad & Sweet Pea Risotto

Grilled Paprika-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Fingerling Potatoes, Chorizo, Edamame, Pearl Onion Hash, Catalan Sauce, Yucca Frita & Grilled Red Onions

Desserts

Tarta de Santiago

Traditional Spanish Almond Torte  

Chef Ray’s Homemade Churros

Bittersweet Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Wine

Albarino, Columna, ES, 2016

(White Spanish Wine)

Monastrell, Casa Castillo, Jumilla, ES, 2015

(Red Spanish Wine) 

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JULY 2019: Singapore Epicurean Adventure

JULY 2019: Singapore Epicurean Adventure

If you're itching for your next Epicurean Adventure, visit Michael’s On East this July! We've created inspired island dishes from Singapore that you won't want to miss. 

Food is undoubtedly an important aspect of life in Singapore. In fact, asking “Have you eaten?” is a common greeting. The food culture of Singapore speaks to the fusion of cultures from all over the world. Singapore is a melting pot of cuisines, incorporating a rich heritage of dishes with Chinese, Indian, Malaysian and Indonesian influences. Noodles, rice, and seafood are said to be the three pillars of this fusion cuisine and our limited-time Epicurean menu reflects them. 

Explore Singapore's diverse and decletable dishes!

Our Epicurean "Singapore" menu is handcrafted to give our guests the experience of traditional meals with a Michael’s On East twist. Whether you are looking for something familiar or want to venture into the delicious unknown, this menu will give you an exotic culinary experience you won’t forget.

The three-course Singapore Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2pm.

Indulge in hand-selected wine-pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn DOUBLE POINTS on the Singapore menu on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays!

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Lunch

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

With Tofu, Soft-Boiled Egg, Fresh Coriander, Tomatoes & Bean Sprouts in a Light Coconut Broth with Rice Noodles

Roti John Flounder Sandwich

 With Over-Hard Chicken Egg, European Cucumbers, Spicy Tomato Ketchup & Sautéed Onions on a French Baguette

Dinner
Appetizers

Curry Chicken Satay
With Spicy Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Pickled Carrots

Baby Shrimp Steamed Bun
With Shiitake Mushrooms, Red Onion, Fresh Coriander & Chopped Cashews
Topped with Lime, Soy & Chili Sauce

Entrees

Singapore Poached Cobia

With Garlic Scented Baby Bok Choy, Sweet & Sour Fish Lime Sauce, Julienned Peppers & Scallions

Sous-Vide Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast

With Honey Soy Ginger Glaze, Sesame Forbidden Rice, Crispy Shallots & Pickled Napa Cabbage

Hoisin BBQ Pork Noodle Bowl

Poached Egg, Bean Sprouts, Caramelized Leeks, Scallions, Soba Noodles, Bird Chili, & Shiitake Mushrooms

Desserts

Squid Ink Chocolate Torte

With Caramelito Nougat, Cocoa Nib Brittle & Guava Caviar 

Creamy Coconut Rice Pudding

With Tropical Fruit Relish & Kaya Toast

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Recipe: Pan-Seared Swordfish

Recipe: Pan-Seared Swordfish
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JUNE 2019: Savor Sarasota - World Epicurean Tour

JUNE 2019: Savor Sarasota - World Epicurean Tour

Travel around the world without leaving your table this June! (No passport necessary.)

We all love traveling. There’s sight-seeing, meeting new people, endless amounts of photos, but the best part of all (in our humble opinion) is the opportunity to explore new foods. Traveling somewhere new opens your eyes and taste buds to a whole new range of flavor profiles and ingredients that you would have otherwise missed out on.

If you’re itching for your next international adventure, visit Michael’s On East this June. We’re bringing dishes from around the world together on one menu. Discover new foods from exotic destinations such as France, Thailand, and Brazil.

Our Epicurean World Tour menu is handcrafted to give our guests the experience of traditional meals with a Michael’s on East twist. Whether you are looking for something familiar or want to venture into the delicious unknown, this menu will give you an international culinary experience you won’t forget.

Savor Sarasota with globally-inspired cuisine!

We are excited to be participating in Savor Sarasota again this year! It is a wonderful time to visit (or live in) the Sarasota area, especially if you love great dining. This annual culinary event offers many reasons to visit a massive roster of participating restaurants, each offering something delicious, including prix-fixe, multi-course menus.

Each month we offer a new destination for our prix-fixe Epicurean menu. This month, we are bringing the best flavors together during Savor Sarasota for what we like to call our  “Epicurean World Tour”.

The three-course Epicurean World Tour dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $32 per person, June 1 - 14, 2019. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $16 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2 pm.

Our international adventure doesn’t stop at cuisine. Indulge in hand-selected wine-pairings with Epicurean World Tour for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

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Lunch

Pan-Seared Swordfish - France

Meyer Lemon Couscous, Basil Pistou, Vegetable Broth & Salad Provencal

Spice-Grilled Skirt Steak - Brazil

Crispy Yucca & Rosemary Heirloom Tomatoes

Topped with Fried Egg & Brazilian Shallot & Parsley Relish

Dinner
Appetizers

Marseille White Onion Bisque - France

Crispy Onion Straws & White Truffle Oil

Shrimp Sahanaki - Greece

Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Gremolata Butter & Feta Cheese

Flambéed with Ouzo

Entrees

Sweet & Sour Crispy Yellowtail Snapper - Thailand

Baby Bok Choy, Toasted Cashews & Soy Ginger Sweet Chili Sauce with Jasmine Rice, Tempura Egg, Soy & Fresh Coriander

Thyme & Garlic Confit Leg of Duck - France

Flageolets in Thyme Jus, Roasted Pearl Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Butternut Squash & Rainbow Swiss ChardSpicy Green Beans with Toasted Almonds & Fresh Cilantro    

Pork Two Ways - Deep South

Braised Pork Belly & Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Black Eyed Pea & Black Bean Hash, Criolla Salsa & Tostones

Desserts

White Chocolate Grand Marnier Bread Pudding

Pineapple Tart Tatin

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MAY 2019: Mexican Epicurean Adventure

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During the month of May, Michael’s on East is bringing the vibrant flavors from south of the border to Sarasota!

Mexican food has some of the most well-known and beloved dishes in the world. Traditional Mexican cuisine is much more than authentic dishes and spices; it’s a vibrant, lovingly preserved, cultural heritage.

The history of Mexican food began about 9,000 years ago and many of the foods we find in the Mexican pantry carry ancient pedigrees. Beans, tomatoes, corn, and chile peppers rank among the world's first cultivated foods and were staples of ancient Aztecs and Mayans. In addition to the staples, native ingredients include tomatoes, squashes, avocados, cocoa, and vanilla. Similar to most other countries, traditional Mexican food varies regionally but blends to create the flavors what we know and love.

Experience the vibrant & festive flavors of Mexico this month!

Our Mexican Epicurean menu is handcrafted to give our guests the experience of traditional meals with a Michael’s on East twist. Whether you are looking for something familiar or want to venture into the delicious unknown, this menu will give you a culinary experience you won’t forget.

The Michael’s On East three-course Mexican Epicurean Experience dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, May 1 - 30, 2019.                  The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Savor our Mexican Epicurean Adventure with exclusive drink pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

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 Lunch

Pan-Seared Chipotle BBQ Mahi Mahi

Tomato Arbol Chili Salsa, Housemade Guacamole,

& Red Bean Pozole with Crispy Corn Tortilla

Yucatan Carne Asada

Achiote-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak, Guacamole, Tomatillo Salsa,

Coriander-Spiced Ketchup, Mexican Corn Salad, Yucca & Fresh Lime

Dinner
Appetizers

Mayan Tortilla Soup

Roasted Tomato Chipotle Broth, Crispy Corn Tortillas,
Avocados, Black Bean Salsa & Crema Fresca

Slow-Roasted Pork Tacos al Pastor

Shredded Pickled Cabbage, Grilled Pineapple, Añejo Cheese

and Tomato Arbol Chili Salsa & Fresh Cilantro

Entrees

Pescado a la Veracruzana

Pan-Roasted Red Snapper, Traditional Veracruz Sauce
Roasted Red & Yellow Peppers, Tomato & Green Olive Stew

Crispy Tortillas, Avocado & Mexican Yellow Rice

Puerco Manchamanteles  

Braised Pork Belly, Oaxacan Red Mole, Spiced Butternut Squash Flan,

Spicy Green Beans with Toasted Almonds & Fresh Cilantro    

Oaxacan Style dos Pollo

Ancho BBQ Chicken Breast with Spicy Tomatillo & Avocado Sauce,

Chicken Enchilada, Yellow Rice & Pickled Onion with Crema & Queso Fresco 

Desserts

Tres Leche

With Strawberry Sauce, Dulce de Leche Drizzle & Fresh Berries

Mexican Chocolate Flan

Mexican Chocolate-Baked Custard with a Burnt Sugar Caramel Sauce

Speciality Drinks

Champagne Margarita

Fresh Lime Juice, Tequila, Cointreau, Sparkling Wine

Red Sangria

Xioloca Grenache, Fresh Sliced Fruit, Brandy, Maple Syrup

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Recipe: Pan-Seared Salmon

Milan Epicurean Salmon Pan-Seared Salmon
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Dessert Recipe: Balsamic & Port Pear Frangipane Tart

IMG_4360-copy Balsamic & Port Pear Frangipane Tart

As prepared by Michael’s On East Pastry Chef Ray Lajoie and featured on the Restaurant’s Epicurean Adventure to Milan, available during lunch and dinner through April 2019. (Not available on holidays including Easter.)

For the Pastry
½ cup Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 ½ cup Flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour and mix until just combined. Wrap in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Roll the chilled dough slightly larger than the tart pan. Lightly press into the pan trim edges then place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Poached Pears
Fresh Pears, peeled and cored 
1½ cup Port
1 cup Sugar
¼ cup Balsamic Vinegar

Place port, vinegar and sugar into a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then add the pears and simmer until tender. (i.e. When a knife inserts easily into the pears.) Remove from heat and chill.

Frangipane
1 ¼ cup Butter (at room temperature)
1 ¼ cup Sugar
2 cups Almond Flour
2 Eggs 
¼ cup Flour

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix well, spread batter into the cooled tart shell. Drain the pears reserving liquid. Arrange on top of the frangipane and bake for about 30 minutes, until firm and golden brown. While warm, brush top with apricot jam and top with chopped pistachios.

Port Glaze
Reduce the reserved poaching liquid in sauce pan over medium-high heat until reduced by ¾. Chill and drizzle over tart before serving. Enjoy! 

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APRIL 2019: Milan Epicurean Adventure

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Milan might be best known as one of Europe's four fashion capitals but it is also famous for its opera, churches, da Vinci's Last Supper fresco, and of course its cuisine.

For Italians, food is for more than just nourishment, it’s an important part of life. Even though you will be able to find Italian specialties all over Italy, each of the 20 regions within Italy has their own spin on “Italian food.” The geographical location of the region influences the ingredients used, such as the choices of fat, cheese, and meat.

Milan is located within the Lombardy region in the north of Italy. Northern Italian cuisine is characterized by a lesser use of olive oil, pasta, and tomato sauce and a heavier reliance on butter, rice, corn, and cheeses for cream sauces. Instead of tomato, northern cooks employ wine or broth as the liquid and chopped herbs for flavor, resulting in elegant and rich flavors. Common ingredients used include local vegetables and fruit, beef, pork, and a variety of seafood.

Immerse yourself in a true Milano experience this month!

The Michael’s On East three-course Milan Epicurean Experience dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, April 1 - 30, 2019. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For a true Italiano experience, take advantage of hand-selected wine pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.

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LUNCH ENTRÉES__________________________________________________  

Tagliolini with Baby Shrimp & Littleneck Clams

Crispy Pancetta, Roasted Garlic, Sweet Onion, Sliced Baby Zucchini, Blistered Tomatoes,Chili Flakes & Basil/White Wine Butter

Pollo Milanese

Heirloom Tomatoes, Baby Arugula, Shaved Pecorino, Fresh Lemon & Balsamic Reduction

STARTERS______________________________________________________

Basil Arancini

Dulce Gorgonzola Aioli

Sous Vide Octopus Salad

Yukon Potatoes, Mixed Olives, Baby Arugula and Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette

DINNER ENTRÉES_____________________________________________________

Pan-Seared Salmon

Blistered Tomato Ragoût, Ricotta Gnudi, Wild Mushrooms, Balsamic-Scented Watercress

Oxtail Agnolotti

Browned Butter, Sage, Sweet Peas, Shaved Pecorino, Crispy Prosciutto & Scallions

Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin

Butternut Squash Risotto, Hot and Sweet Cherry Peppers, Roasted Garlic & Fresh Thyme-Infused Virgin Olive Oil

DESSERTS______________________________________________________

Port & Balsamic Glazed Pear Frangipane Tart

Chocolate Hazelnut Torte

WINE___________________________________________________________

Anthilia, Donna Fugata, Sicily, IT, 2017

Barbera d’Alba, Silvio Grasso, Piedmont, IT 2015

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