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Lotsa Lobster - July 4th Takeout Special

Every year on the 4th of July, friends and families across the country gather to celebrate America's birthday with beautiful fireworks, outdoor activities, and of course great food. This year, your celebration might be on a smaller scale than usual, but hopefully, you can find some time to relax and enjoy the day. If you're ready to sit back and relax, our team will handle all of the prepping & cooking to give your family a memorable meal celebrate Independence Day. 

We're bringing the summertime flavors of New England to Sarasota!

July 4th Takeout Special

 
 

4th of July "Lotsa Lobster!" Takeout Special 🇺🇸 🦞

 $49.95 per person | Curbside Pick-Up & Delivery Only

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New England Clam Chowder

Entree & Sides 
  • 2 Whole Fresh 1 ÂĽ LB Maine Lobsters with Little Neck Clams, and Prince Edward Island Mussels. 
  • Corn on the Cob, Red Bliss Potatoes, Drawn Butter and Lemon Wedges, and a side of Cornbread
Dessert 

Classic Boston Cream Pie

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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!

Best Brunch in Town: Easter & Mother's Day 2020

Spring has sprung and it’s time to finalize your holiday plans for Easter Sunday and Mother's Day! Each spring, Michael’s On East opens its Restaurant's doors on two extra-special Sundays to provide Sarasota residents and visitors with luscious brunch buffets on these special holidays. Please join us for a holiday brunch on Easter Sunday or Mother's Day this year at Michael's On East! 

Be prepared to savor Michael's Famous Crab Cakes, Oysters Rockefeller and Veal Osso Bucco and enjoy Eggs Benedict along with memorable dishes, salads, and sides including Smoked Salmon, Seafood Salads and Coffee-Rubbed Seared Tuna with Sesame Cabbage. Carving stations, complete with Slow-Roasted Honey Pineapple Glazed Bone-In Ham, plus omelet and pancake stations will top the bevy of hot and cold buffet items, plus legendary dessert creations.  (Menu is subject to change as our culinary team works until the very last moment to perfect each featured recipe!)

Easter Sunday Brunch 
Sunday, April 12, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Mother’s Day Brunch
Sunday, May 10, 2020
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Holiday Brunch Buffets: 
Adults: $64.95 
Children ages 3-10: $32.95
Children under 2 years old: Free 

We recommend you secure your reservation as early as possible. These popular brunches sell-out each year (with good reason!). Please call for reservations: 941-366-0007, ext. 224. 

As a proudly independent, family-owned and operated restaurant, the entire Michael’s On East team takes special pride in offering holiday celebrations for our guests. 

It is also our pleasure to provide a magnificent spread for guests of Selby Gardens' holiday brunches. Please click here for details about brunch reservations at Selby Gardens.

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!

Forks & Corks 2020 Events

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About Forks & Corks

Savor local flavor during the SunCoast’s premier Food and Wine and Festival. Forks & Corks will showcase the palate-pleasing products of an international cast of visiting winery owners and winemakers alongside the deliciously diverse cuisine of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are a collaborative of independently owned restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle. Forks & Corks is the organization’s largest annual community event and fundraiser.

Forks & Corks Events at Michael's On East

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SOLD OUT - On Friday, January 24, Proprietor, Paul Cluver, of Paul Cluver Wines & Cellarmaster, Charl Coetzee, of Babylonstoren will come together to host a South African Wine Dinner in partnership with Michael's On East. Enjoy dining within the hip, urban Michael’s Wine Cellar under the candlelit gaze of more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines.

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TICKETS AVAILABLE - Join us as we take a tour throughout the world of wine. We'll hear from some of the wine world's leading women winemakers and estate owners and be inspired by discussions on collective contributions and experiences from pioneers of the wine industry.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

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SOLD OUT - The seminar will give wine lovers a chance to taste California’s diverse wines and learn the winemakers’ philosophies on California terroir and the direction California wine is heading. You'll be cruisin' through California...Buckle up!

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SOLD OUT - This tasting seminar is devoted to native Italian grape varieties and the wines made from them. Led by some of Italy’s top producers, our panel takes you on a journey through Italia, tasting various whites and reds from some of the country’s most prestigious regions.

Forks Corks Wine Tasting

TICKETS AVAILABLE - On Saturday, January 25, 2020, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, visit Michael's Wine Cellar for a Forks & Corks exclusive tasting experience. Guests will have the opportunity to meet & greet with international winemakers while sampling their prized wines. Come try dozens of international wines, enjoy light bites, and discover a new favorite! No reservations are required for this casual, walk-about wine event. Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE 

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!

Celebrate the Season with Michael's On East!

Life gets really busy this time of the year. But some things just can't wait!  It's time to pause for a moment to plan your holiday celebrations with Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar. 

We’ll handle all of the preparations, cooking, and service so you can relax and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. You can be sure to expect high-quality ingredients, superior service and memories your guests won’t forget.

Make lasting memories this holiday season at Michael’s On East.

HOLIDAY RESTAURANT RESERVATIONS

  • Thanksgiving Day | Thursday, November 28, 2019, 2-8 p.m. 
    • Celebrate Thanksgiving at Michael’s on East with full plates & full smiles. In addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner will be available which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry, and cornbread stuffing for only $34.95 per person.
  • Christmas Eve | Tuesday, December 24, 2019, 4-8 p.m.
    • Bring your loved ones together to celebrate at Michael's On East. Our holiday menu will feature signature dishes Ă  la carte.
  • Christmas Day  | Wednesday, December 25, 2019, 2-8 p.m.
    • Have a holly-jolly Christmas with your family at Michael's On East. Our special holiday menu will feature signature dishes Ă  la carte.
  • New Year's Eve | Monday, December 31, 2018, 5-7 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. 
    • Ring in the new decade in style at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant. A $50 cover charge applies to the later seating, which includes live music & dancing. Michael's holiday menu will feature signature dishes Ă  la carte.

View Holiday Menu 

FOR RESERVATIONS: Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations.


HOLIDAY EVENTS AT MICHAEL'S WINE CELLAR

  • Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive | Saturday, December 7, 2019, 2-4 p.m.
    • Please bring an unwrapped toy donation for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program as "admission" for this annual tasting during the holiday season.
  • Holiday Champagne Tasting | Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
    • It’s The Most Wonderful – And Sparkling – Time Of The Year! Put a little effervescence into your holiday cheer as you taste more than 20 fabulous Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world. Be sure to reserve your spot as this event always sells out early. Click here for details.

GIFT CARDS 

Guests interested in sharing the gift of great food and fine wines are invited to purchase Michael’s On East & Michael’s Wine Cellar gift cards. For a limited time, guests will receive a $20 bonus gift certificate with every $100 gift card purchased. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 249 or click here to purchase a gift card online. Some restrictions apply.


PRIVATE PARTIES DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON

In addition to holiday parties catered on-premise and off-property by Michael’s Events & Catering, the Private Dining Room at Michael’s On East provides an elegant backdrop for breakfast, luncheon or dinner holiday celebrations for corporate groups, families, and friends. Michael’s also serves as the exclusive caterer for all private parties held at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota and Bay Preserve in Osprey.

On select dates during the month of December, Selby Gardens hosts Lights In Bloom, an annual holiday light exhibit with more than one million lights illuminating the Gardens! Book your holiday party on one of these special nights and offer your guests an exclusive, interactive holiday experience to complement your event! Guests will have private access to the Michael's on the Bay Ballroom, catered privately for your event, and complimentary access to enjoy an evening stroll through the Gardens to enjoy Lights in Bloom. Book now as limited dates remain available for holiday parties. Contact Michael’s Events & Catering Division at 941-366-0007, ext. 238 for more information or click here to request a proposal.

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

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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.”

 

                                   

                               

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!

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 dĂ©cor 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

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:

Introducing: Married with Michael's

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

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This new Instagram account is our way of sharing some of the wonderful #MichaelsMoments brides and grooms have experienced at their weddings, through the lens of our network of preferred vendors and wedding planners. 

Michael's On East’s years of experience and a talented team of hospitality experts ensure your wedding is as stress-free as possible, so you can relax and enjoy your special day. When you're married with Michael's On East, it's a wedding experience you won't forget.

Michael’s On East offers:

  • Elevated catering services that bring together handcrafted cuisine and superior service for your special day. 
  • Elegant venues that can be transformed for any occasion, including Sarasota’s premier waterfront venues.
  • Personalized Wine Concierge services to help you pick the perfect wines for your special day… that you can also enjoy for years to come! 

Being #MarriedwithMichaels is not a new idea... Michael’s On East has been the premier wedding and event caterer in the Sarasota area for more than 30 years. Over that time, thousands of couples have included our Michael’s family in their rehearsals, weddings, and other special celebrations.  

You see, we’ve learned over the years that becoming Married with Michael’s usually doesn’t end after the wedding. Couples often visit the Restaurant to celebrate their anniversaries, order their wedding wine again and again from the Wine Cellar to toast special moments and continue to build a lifelong relationship with our entire Michael’s On East family.

Follow @married.with.michaels for a glimpse into the special moments experienced by Michael’s On East couples!

If you were #MarriedwithMichaels and would like to share your photos & story, please fill out this form! 

All-American Cookout: A July 4th Celebration!

July 4, 2019 · 6:00pm - 9:30pm · Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Selby Gardens is the ultimate family-friendly 4th of July destination!

If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day, then you’re in the right place.

The night includes something special for all ages:

  • Enjoy a dance party with DJ Karolina Lira
  • Feast on “All-American” favorites from Michael’s On East’s Grill (available for purchase)
  • Take part in a variety of family and children’s activities and games
  • Watch the best fireworks over Sarasota Bay

Don’t worry about parking!

 A trolley will be available from 5-10 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way
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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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