Visionary, entrepreneur “Murf” Klauber dies at 91

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Visionary, entrepreneur “Murf” Klauber dies at 91
By Gayle Guynup - Herald Tribune

They are still there — footprints up and down Longboat Key’s beach, where every morning, Dr. Murray Klauber (better known as “Murf” or “Doc”) began his day at The Colony Beach & Tennis Resort with a walk on those famous sands.

While the waves may have washed the actual footprints away, the visions of the man remain — part of the history of Longboat Key — as pertinent today as they were when he arrived more than 50 years ago.

Klauber died Thursday at his home on Longboat — just a few steps from his beloved Colony Beach & Tennis Resort — surrounded by his wife Sue Bassett-Klauber and four generations of family members. He was 92.

Until very recently, he was as active as his age would allow, even traveling with his wife Susie, son, Michael, and daughter-in-law, Terri, on a photographic safari to Africa last year. Whenever he would appear at local events, he would almost always be dressed in his trademark shorts, a colorful, tropical shirt, with loafers and no socks — the epitome of the Longboat Key lifestyle. And while he acknowledged in a recent conversation that he was slowing down, just a bit, he still loved walking that same beach every morning, “though not as early as I used to,” he said.

Murf Klauber was a Renaissance man — originally an orthodontist by trade, entrepreneur, developer, visionary and founder and chief executive officer of Longboat Key’s famed Colony Beach & Tennis Resort, which, ironically, was demolished on Wednesday, the day before he died. Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations

It's time to secure your holiday reservation for Thanksgiving at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant! 

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As a proudly independent restaurant with a strong focus on family for more than three decades, the entire Michael’s On East team takes special pride in offering holiday celebrations for our guests to enjoy with family and friends. A holiday menu—offering favorite signature dishes and inspired global fare a la carte—is offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

On Thanksgiving, in addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner is available which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing for $32 per person. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations.

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Introducing Michael’s Irish Whiskey Flight

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The luck of the Irish is truly taking FLIGHT at Michael’s On East this month. 

A tasting “flight,” a term used to describe a selection of wines, beers or spirits presented together for the purpose of sampling and comparison, is a great opportunity to broaden your experience with specialty beverages.

Michael Klauber was among the first to offer wine flights in the Restaurant years ago, and in recent times, we’ve been exploring small batch and boutique spirits to add to our popular beverage menu in the Michael’s On East Lounge and Restaurant.

On Michael & Terri’s recent exploration of Ireland they selected some new favorite Irish Whiskeys! This month, as we prepare for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Michael’s new Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight debuts!

Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight

  • Jameson
  • Redbreast, 12 Yr
  • "Single Pot Still", Green Spot
  • Yellow Spot, 12 Yr

Price: $18. The flight consists of four ½-ounce samplings of featured whiskey.  No substitutions, please.

Please read on for more information about each featured Irish Whiskey, and stop in the Restaurant soon to try the new Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight!

NEXT DOOR AT MICHAEL’S WINE CELLAR231443 P2GI72 333 Fans of Irish Whiskey are also invited to stop into our adjacent wine and spirits store, Michael's Wine Cellar, for a special offer. Save 10% off these four featured Irish Whiskeys, March 12-17 (St. Patrick's Day), 2018. The retail store is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday. Can’t make it into the store? Michael's Wine Cellar is also offering 15% of ALL WINE when you shop online on March 17, 2018! Simply use this code when checking out online: StPats15

ABOUT IRISH WHISKEY
Only in the last ten years has Irish Whiskey regained its preeminence as the world’s finest. Like its cousin Scotch, Irish Whiskey is initially aged in used oak bourbon casks for at least three years. What sets Irish Whiskey apart is the fact that the malt grains are dried in ovens rather than over peat fires, and it is distilled three times, unlike any other Whiskey. The result is a Whiskey that is pure, clean, and smooth. Likewise, Irish Whiskey is often aged in multiple barrels, lending it an unmatched smoothness and complexity.

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Jameson
Jameson is the world’s largest-selling brand of Irish Whiskey. It is distilled three times for maximum smoothness and purity. Triple distilled and carefully blended for spice and flavor makes for one smooth final Whiskey.

Nose: Mellow pot still whiskey with toasted wood and sherry undertones 
Palate: Smooth and sweet with woody and nutty tones
Finish: Incredibly smooth

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Redbreast 12 Yr

Sean Muldoon, cofounder of the world’s best bar, New York’s Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, was quoted in a Forbes article last year: “Best Irish Whiskey: 13 Superb Bottles To Try This St. Patrick's Day:”

“This Irish pot still Whiskey has received a cult following in recent years. Another favorite amongst bartenders, this is a blend of pot still whiskeys that have been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry-filled barrels for 12–15 years,” Muldoon says. “On the palate it has a warm ginger spice—and (due to the heavy sherry influence) a rich dried dark fruit character, namely prunes and raisins.”

Nose: Nutty, rich and oily. There are notes of dried peels, ginger, linseed and cut fruits including a touch of melon.
Palate: Spicy with great body. Nuts and citrus (peel and juice) with hints of marzipan, dried fruits and a hint of Sherry. You turn it over in your mouth forever.
Finish: Long and creamy with custard and spice

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"Single Pot Still", Green Spot

“Green Spot was first produced by a Dublin wine merchant called Mitchell & Son back in the 1800s. Mitchell & Son purchased single pot still whiskey from the Jameson Bow Street distillery and sold it as their own. (This was a common practice back in those days). They marked the barrels with a spot of paint and the colors of the paint were used as indicators of maturation period. The old Green Spot was at least a 10-Year-Old whiskey,” Sean Muldoon explained in the Forbes article. “However, from the 1970s onwards (ever since the whiskey has been distilled at the Middleton Distillery) it has generally been around seven to nine years old. These days the whiskey has been matured in a combination of new bourbon refill barrels and around 10 percent of it is whiskey that has been aged in Oloroso sherry butts. It’s a great introductory single pot still whiskey: very light and floral on the palate with notes of green apples and pears.”

Nose: Hints of peppermint, malt, sweet barley, sugary porridge, creamy vanilla, papaya and citrus.
Palate: Spicy and soft, gentle bourbon oak, green woods, menthol, potpourri.
Finish: Creamy, long finish, vanilla.

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Yellow Spot 12 Yr
This is the second addition to the 'Spot' range of Irish whiskies, which contains the famous Green Spot Pot Still Whiskey. The Yellow Spot is a single pot still Irish Whiskey, which has been matured in three types of cask: American Bourbon cask, Spanish Sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks for a sweeter flavor.

Nose: There are masses of fleshy stone fruit on the nose, especially peach and apricot with hints of sherried dried fruit and Bourbon cask vanilla.
Palate: The palate is equally fruity with a substantial body and a velvety texture.
Finish: The finish is long and sweet with notes of marzipan and dried apricots.

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Michael’s On East Honored with 2017 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award

Golden Spoon Hall of Fame AwardMichael’s On East in Sarasota was recently recognized as one of Florida’s best places to dine as a member of Florida Trend’s 2017 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame members appear in the 50th Anniversary Golden Spoon special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. 

“As we celebrated three decades of fine dining excellence this year with the Restaurant’s 30th anniversary, it’s humbling to receive this annual recognition from Florida Trend,” said Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “While we truly value the ‘Hall of Fame’ distinction, our daily focus remains every individual dining experience our guests enjoy day-to-day. It’s the dedication to the details and consistent excellence by our service and culinary teams which makes this type of award possible.”

For the past 50 years, Florida Trend has provided readers with a guide to the state’s finest restaurants, celebrating the diversity of dining opportunities from coast to coast.  These offerings range from the treasured institutions in the Hall of Fame to trendy newcomers making their debuts.  The Golden Spoon awards recognize individual achievement and distinctive contributions to the Florida restaurant scene.   “Dining out is a major activity for Florida citizens and our 110 million annual visitors,” says Florida Trend Publisher, Andy Corty.  “We are pleased to recognize the leaders.”

For a complete searchable list of the Golden Spoon award winners organized by region, go to www.FloridaTrend.com/Golden-Spoons. For more information about the restaurant and to secure reservations at Michael’s On East, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

About Florida Trend

Florida Trend is an award-winning business magazine read by 250,000 senior business executives, civic leaders and government officials each month. Delivered via print, tablet, mobile and e-mail newsletter, Florida Trend covers business news, executives, industry analysis, regional news round-ups and executive lifestyle. Special features focus on travel, restaurants, innovation, research and technology, personal finance, law and small business. FloridaTrend.com attracts 110,000 unique visitors. Daily e-newsletter reaches 47,000 subscribers.  For more information, please visit www.FloridaTrend.com

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Michael’s On East Earns its First-Ever Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence”

After 25 Consecutive Years in “Award of Excellence” Category, the Restaurant is Honored with an Upgrade in Award Level during 30th Anniversary Year Michael’s On East Among 3,592 Winners Worldwide; Full 2017 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue  Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence - 2017[Sarasota, Fla.] (July 27, 2017) — Michael’s On East has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards. The Restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers. After 25 consecutive years being recognized with the “Award of Excellence,” Michael’s On East won its first-ever “Best of Award of Excellence” honor this year. “Our unique wine program is a true prize of the Michael’s operation, boasting 12,700 bottles on property. It’s certainly an outstanding time to be honored with this upgraded award as we marked our Restaurant’s 30th anniversary this past spring,” said Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East. Klauber’s personal experience with the Wine Spectator restaurant award program dates back decades as he accepted the “Grand Award” in 1982 for the wine program he created on Longboat Key at The Colony. “Every detail at Michael’s On East is designed with our discerning guests in mind as they enjoy inventive cuisine with fine wines–often from winemakers we have enjoyed personal relationships with for many years! Our guests also have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant’s wine list from our adjacent retail store, Michael’s Wine Cellar. We take tremendous pride in providing remarkable wine experiences for true wine lovers, and couldn’t be more excited to receive the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ distinction this year,” Klauber added. “Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving—with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.” Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category. The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, currently on newsstands and online at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward. About Wine Spectator Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame and received their 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award as well as the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s Events & Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. # # # Media Contacts: Jacob Streiter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 646-695-7047 Jamie Jalwan, Michael’s On East: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 941-366-0007, ext. 244
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Michael’s On East Kicks Off the Summer Season

Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar offer residents and visitors of Sarasota a variety of culinary experiences and special events to celebrate the start of summer this year. The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project™ Michael’s On East  will be participating in The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a “blended burger” by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has chosen to feature the Mighty Murf Burger, to showcase a healthier burger, from May 30 through July 31, 2017. Guests will have the opportunity to try the Mighty Murf Burger during lunch, Monday – Friday, as well as in the Michael’s On East Lounge, Monday – Saturday evenings, and are encouraged to vote online in the James Beard Foundation’s challenge. Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week The Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week celebration showcasing special-priced lunch and dinner menus at more than 75 participating restaurants returns June 1-14, 2017. Coordinated by Visit Sarasota County, Michael’s On East has been a proud participating restaurant annually since this community-wide culinary celebration began in 2005. The Michael’s On East three-course “Savor Sarasota” dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $32 per person, June 1-14, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $16 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning on June 15 and continuing through June 30, Michael’s On East will extend the featured multi-course menus for $38.95 during dinner and $19.95 during lunch. For more information regarding Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week including chef profiles, a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.savorsarasota.com.  Click here to view the complete 2017 Savor Sarasota menu from Michael’s On East. June Events at Michael’s Wine Cellar Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the retail store. The June Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this casual, walk-about tasting. Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required and guests may register online in advance or simply pay at the door. Continuing a popular series of educational wine classes, an Australian Wine Tasting will be offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Guest presenters will offer wines from some of Australia’s finest wineries including: Silkman from Hunter Valley, Holm Oak from Tasmania, Balnaves from Coonawarra, Brash Higgins from McLaren Vale. Admission is $40 per person, with each guest receiving a $20 retail voucher for purchases of $40 or more to be utilized the evening of the tasting. Advanced reservations are required. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, Michael’s Wine Cellar will host a Glenlivet Tasting featuring six Scotch whiskeys: The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet 18 Yr, The Glenlivet 21 Yr, Aberlour Abundah, Longmorn 16 Yr and Scapa Glansa. Admission is $49 per person, with each guest receiving a bottle of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve as part of their registration. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. Summer Offerings: Double Points Days & Wine Lovers Thursdays Michael's summer offerings, exclusive to members of its Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club loyalty program, continue weekly through October 2017. Members will earn double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner at Michael's On East, plus double points on all retail purchases at Michael’s Wine Cellar on Thursdays. (Dine-in and in-store only. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.) Guests are also invited to enjoy half-priced bottles of wine on Thursdays in the Restaurant at Michael’s On East during lunch or dinner. All are invited to join the loyalty program which “rewards guests for their good taste” in the Restaurant, Wine Cellar or online at www.gulfcoastconnoisseurclub.com. For more information about Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar offerings, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or continue to explore our website at www.bestfood.com.
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City of Sarasota Proclamation for 30th Anniversary

Michael's On East Receives Proclamation from City of Sarasota Honoring the Restaurant’s 30th Anniversary City of Sarasota Proclamation Michael Klauber Phil Mancini 30thMichael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini accepted a proclamation from Mayor Willie Shaw on behalf of the City of Sarasota on Monday (4-17-17) evening, during a City Commission meeting held at City Hall. The proclamation commemorated the restaurateurs’ three decades of success in the culinary world and commitment to the Sarasota community through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and prominent catering division. The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.  The proclamation conclusion read: “Now, therefore, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota, Florida, and on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recognizing April 17, 2017 as ‘Michael’s On East Day,’ a day of special importance and worthy of the recognition of the citizens of the city of Sarasota.” “Together with our team of 100+ service industry and culinary professionals, Philip and I were thrilled to receive this acknowledgement from the charming City we have the privilege of calling home,” said Klauber. “We love being a part of the vibrant independent restaurant scene which helps to support and contribute to our local economy, while also serving hundreds of nonprofit and community organizations, businesses and private clients each year. We’d like to thank all our guests and colleagues for their ongoing partnership, confidence and trust in our team. It continues to be our pleasure to work with and serve each of you.” The Restaurant’s 30th anniversary is honored throughout the month of April at Michael’s On East with special menus. The three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April 28, 2017. The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Klauber and Mancini have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, their popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received its 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Michael's On East Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Menu Beginning April 3

Michael's On East Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Menu Beginning April 3 Together with their team of 100+ service industry professionals, Michael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini are poised to celebrate 30 years of service to the Sarasota community and surrounding region through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and award-winning catering division this April. The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.  Klauber, Mancini and their team will toast a new decade of culinary excellence with special offerings throughout the month of April. In the Restaurant beginning on Monday, April 3, a "World's Best" Epicurean Adventure will feature a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95). The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Michael and Phil have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, the popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. “Quite a lot has changed in Sarasota since 1987 and we’ve been proud and privileged to be a part of so many evolutions in the culinary scene, festivals and community events,” said Klauber. “Phil and I both enjoy traveling the world and bringing back the very best from around the globe to Sarasota residents and visitors through our Restaurant. It seemed only appropriate to offer our guests the ‘World’s Best’ as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East.” The Michael’s On East three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. APRIL 2017: WORLD’S BEST EPICUREAN ADVENTURE DINNER MENU STARTERS Spain - Basque Tapas Marinated Spanish Olives, Grilled Longaniza Sausage, Calamari Salad, Peppadews & White Anchovies Served with Olive Oil Crostini New Orleans - Crayfish Beignet Creole Remoulade, Red Onion Relish & Pickled Okra DINNER ENTREES California - Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel & Lemon Beurre Blanc Thailand - Thai Sweet and Savory Ginger Breast of Duck Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprout Hash, Honey & Craisin Butter Italy - Pork Osso Bucco Braised Pork Shanks with Roasted Garlic Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions & Celery Served with Pecorino Basil Polenta DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Argentina - Churrasco de Entraña con Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Red Onions, Roasted Roma Tomatoes & Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes Portugal - Snapper Portimão Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Mussels, Clams, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received its 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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Hungarian Menu Inspired by GCCC Trip

Michael’s On East Offers Hungarian Menu this November Inspired by Recent Connoisseur Club Trip Each month, the culinary team at Michael's On East is challenged to create a new "Epicurean Adventure," special lunch and dinner menus inspired by the world's most exotic food and wine destinations. Having recently traveled along Europe's Danube River hosting a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey with his wife Terri and partners from Admiral Travel International, Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber knew precisely what type of cuisine to offer Sarasota residents and visitors this November at Michael’s On East. Guests are invited to enjoy a two-course lunch ($18.95) or three-course dinner ($34.95) as part of Michael’s Hungarian Epicurean Adventure, today, Nov. 1 through Nov. 30, 2016. Klauber explains that while the descriptions of these classic Hungarian dishes may sound somewhat ordinary, he promises his guests will discover the combined flavors to be extraordinary. Michael collaborated with Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda in designing the special menus based on specific meals enjoyed during the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip which hosted 29 guests who traveled with the Klaubers, Sept. 4-13, 2016. “The traditional cuisine we enjoyed in Hungary this fall was remarkable. And while these menus may be easier to pronounce than some of our Epicurean Adventures, with lots of paprika, peppers, potatoes and meats, Chef Jamil—inspired by our chefs abroad—has perfectly interpreted classic cooking traditions with a Michael’s On East twist,” said Klauber. Klauber also looks forward to sharing the story behind many recipes with Michael’s On East guests. For instance, the “Hungarian Classics by Chef Parade Cooking School” cookbook explains goulash or gulasch: “It originates from a dish cooked by the “gulyas” – meaning cattleman, keeper of herds – in the Great Hungarian Plains. These cowboys would camp out with their cattle for days and weeks away from populated areas, so they had to make their food over fire from ingredients they could carry.” The Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip itinerary included a cooking experience at the Chef Parade Cooking School in Budapest. The Hungarian Epicurean Adventure at Michael’s On East will feature an exact gulasch recipe provided by AmaSerena Executive Chef Sascha Buchmann, the chef onboard the 164-passenger AmaWaterways ship. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers cruised upon the AmaSerena from Prague to Budapest. Buchmann personally shared his generations-old family recipe with Klauber and Pineda to be featured at Michael’s On East this November. For reservations and more information about Michael’s On East offerings, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com.   NOVEMBER 2016: HUNGARIAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE DINNER MENU STARTERS Traditional Gulasch with Beef   Budapest Pork-Stuffed Cabbage Sweet Paprika Tomato Sauce, Topped with Sour Cream   DINNER ENTREES   Pan-Seared Red Snapper Traditional Sauerkraut Gulasch & Crispy Potato Allumettes   Wienerschnitzel Bread-Crusted Veal Cutlets, Braised Red Cabbage & Green Apples Parsley Roasted Creamer Potatoes   Chicken Paprikás with Dumplings Chicken Breast with Paprika Casserole, Sweet Bell Peppers & Mini Dumplings DESSERTS   Meggyes Pite Hungarian Cherry Pie with Black Pepper Vanilla Bean Ice Cream   Gerbeaud Slices Walnut & Apricot Jam Layered Cake, Dark Chocolate Ganache & Brandied Caramel Sauce     LUNCH MENU   LUNCH ENTREES Fisherman’s Bastion Seafood Soup Shrimp, Red Snapper, Mussels & Boiled Creamer Potatoes with Tomato Paprika Broth & Jasmine Rice   Danube Spiced Pork Casserole Sweet Onions, Crushed Garlic, Bird Peppers, Tomato Purée & Egg Barley Pasta DESSERTS   Meggyes Pite Hungarian Cherry Pie with Black Pepper Vanilla Bean Ice Cream   Gerbeaud Slices Walnut & Apricot Jam Layered Cake, Dark Chocolate Ganache & Brandied Caramel Sauce WINE PAIRINGS (Available for $5 each.) Gruner Veltliner "Lois", Loimer, Nieder, AT Red Blend “R Collection - Field Blend”, Raymond Vineyards, CA   About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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PREVIEW: Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens

 
New Details Unveiled for Transformation of “Great Room by the Bay” to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens  
Enhancements to the Special Events Facilities by Exclusive Caterer Michael’s On East are Underway!
 
Rendering Michael's on the Bay at Selby GardensSARASOTA, FLA. – August 11, 2016: Design concept drawings demonstrating the much anticipated improvements to the special events facilities at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens have been released by the institution and its culinary partner, the premier restaurant and caterer, Michael’s On East. Since Michael’s was named as the exclusive food service provider at Selby Gardens in late 2015, plans have been underway for enhancing and expanding the Gardens’ event space that overlooks Sarasota Bay and the picturesque Ringling Causeway. Now to be known as “Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens,” expansion and improvement of the space is now underway and will be completed by October 1. “We could not be more excited about the plans Phil and Michael have put forth. The transformation will complete a versatile set of indoor and outdoor event spaces, solidifying Selby Gardens as the premier waterfront event and dining destination in the region,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. Restaurant owners and business partners Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini have reimagined the room drawing from 40 years of catering experience. The 4,800-square-foot space will incorporate theatrical lighting and audio/visual systems, allowing for indoor seating for up to 350 seated guests. The floor plan of the building and grounds will be reoriented to take best advantage of panoramic bayfront views. A new catering kitchen and restroom facilities will also be added. “We have enjoyed the great privilege of working closely with the Selby Gardens team for nearly three decades on a variety of events,” Phil Mancini said. “But this transformed space is a game changer, offering a contemporary feeling with natural tones within a beautiful garden setting. There is no doubt that this event facility will revolutionize luncheons, galas, weddings and corporate events in Sarasota.” The design and site work was created and will be completed by Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design and DL Porter Constructors. In December 2015, Michael’s On East assumed daily service of lunch and light snacks at Selby House Café, which is set in the historic home of Marie Selby on property at the Gardens and is available as a guest amenity for members and visitors enjoying the attraction by day. At that time Michael’s was also named exclusive caterer for all private and public events. “Our multi-faceted and award-winning large-scale operation is uniquely positioned to reinvigorate the Gardens’ event operations and taking it to new heights,” said Michael Klauber. “Philip and I have been dreaming about developing a unique waterfront venue in downtown Sarasota for years and can’t imagine a more perfect partner than Selby Gardens.” These dynamic changes are made possible thanks to a generous charitable contribution by Michael's On East, Michael Klauber and Phillip Mancini. SPECIAL NOTE: Selby Gardens and Michael’s On East are thrilled to unveil the concept drawings of “Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens.” These renderings are artist drawings and subject to change. 
 
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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
 
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.
 
About Michael’s On East
 
Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame as one of the top ten restaurants in America, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s Events & Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.For more information, call 941-366- 0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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Celebrate with Michael’s this August

For Immediate Release: 7-19-16 Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan, 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner & Blind Tasting of Sauvignon Blanc Complement Monthly Offerings The Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s Events & Catering teams continue to offer fine wines, boutique spirits and inspired cuisine on property and throughout the community year-round. This August, Michael’s offers a variety of special menus, events and tastings: WINE CELLAR EVENTS Michael’s Wine Cellar will host its first-ever five-course whisky dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4. Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer, this Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner will feature chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. Glenmorangie is a well-recognized Single Malt Scotch brand founded in 1843 in the Highland town of Tain in Scotland. Space is limited and reservations are required. Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the store. The August Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines. Admission is $10 per person. “A Blind Sauvignon Blanc Tasting” has been announced for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. This specialty event will offer tastes of six Sauvignon Blanc wines from different wine regions around the world as guests examine each wine’s aromas and flavors, trying to determine the wine’s origin, before an educational discussion of each Sauvignon Blanc is presented. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Michael’s Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza, in Sarasota. RESTAURANT OFFERINGS Michael’s On East has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team American Cocktail Society in hosting weekly happy hour fundraisers. Each Monday through August 29, Michael’s On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the restaurant’s lounge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Extended Happy Hour specials will be offered all night during this special partnership, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of Michael’s Private Label Wines, well cocktails and select beers for $5 until close each Monday in support of this important nonprofit organization. Beginning on Monday, August 1, Michael’s On East will present a specialty menu delivering the vibrant and complex flavors of Indonesia. A three-course Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be featured for $34.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, August 1-31. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each Friday evening the Restaurant offers a “Lobster Pot” with two 1 1/4 lb. live Maine lobsters, mussels, clams, new potatoes and corn on the cob. The Lobster Pot Friday feature is available for $38.95 per person after 5:30 p.m. every Friday. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Ave South in Sarasota. For complete menus, event details and reservations for the restaurant or upcoming events, call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or visit www.bestfood.com.   About Michael’s On East Founded on April 27, 1987, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. The adjacent Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. The Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All venues are available for private parties. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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Amy Donnellan Joins Michael’s Events & Catering

For Immediate Release: 7-8-16 Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan, 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Amy Donnellan Joins Michael’s Events & Catering in New Position Dedicated to Weddings & Events at Selby Gardens; Potential Clients Invited for Tour each Saturday Morning Amy Donnellan has joined the experienced team at Michael’s Events & Catering in a new position dedicated to weddings and private events at Selby Gardens. Michael’s Events & Catering became the Exclusive Culinary Partner for all events held at the Gardens in December 2015. The new Event Sales Director position has been created to further evaluate private events at this premier waterfront venue in downtown Sarasota and collaborate with the Gardens’ in-house event department. “We’re thrilled to expand our catering division with the addition of Amy on our team,” said Phil Mancini, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East and manager of all catering operations. “Amy is already providing our clients with impeccable guidance as we now deliver the ‘Michael’s On East’ level of service our clientele is accustomed to during each and every event at Selby Gardens.” A native of Nantucket Island, Mass., Donnellan’s passion for event planning and design began in 2005 when she began working as a freelance event planner and interior designer.  Donnellan planned and executed dozens of weddings, socials and corporate events prior to serving as food and beverage director for an elite private club on Nantucket. For the past four years, she has worked as the events director, and most recently, marketing director, for the Sarasota Film Festival. “I’m honored to join the talented team at Michael's On East and look forward to serving all client events at Selby Gardens. This new role combines my passion for creative design with my keen attention to detail. But what I find most fulfilling is the ability to help a client express their creativity and individual design aesthetic while incorporating personal touches to truly make the event their own,” said Donnellan on her new position as Event Sales Director at Michael’s Events & Catering. “With the transformed indoor venue at the Gardens opening this fall, it’s a perfect time for our clients to elevate any event within the new setting and enjoy the natural beauty along the bayfront.” Donnellan is an active member of the National Association of Professional Women and the Event Planners Association and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance with a minor in Dance and Theater performance from Radford University, Va. Amy Donnellan can be reached through the Michael’s Events & Catering office via phone 941-366-0007, ext. 238 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tour the Gardens’ Venues & Meet Amy Donnellan Brides-to-be as well as event organizers seeking a space for luncheons, fundraisers or corporate functions are invited to meet Donnellan at Selby Gardens for a self-guided tour of the property’s beautiful venues, to gain a general knowledge of the multiple event spaces and schedule personal consultations this summer. The causal meet-and-greet opportunity and self-guided tour is available each Saturday morning, 8-10 a.m., prior to the Gardens opening to the public. The tour schedule is subject to change and is available online at www.bestfood.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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Michael’s Mighty Mushroom Burger in James Beard's #BlendedBurgerProject Contest

For Immediate Release 5-31-16 Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan 941-504-6162 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Michael’s Mighty Mushroom Burger Unveiled as Part of the #BlendedBurgerProject; Michael’s On East is the Only Sarasota Restaurant Participating in the James Beard Foundation Contest this Summer Blended Burger - James Beard FoundationThe James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project™ is a movement that strives to make burgers better by blending ground meat with chopped mushrooms, creating a delicious patty that’s healthier for restaurant guests and more sustainable for the planet. Michael’s On East is the only Sarasota restaurant participating in the 2016 Blended Burger Project™ which launched on Memorial Day continues through July 31, 2016. Michael’s On East executive chef Jamil Pineda designed the Michael’s blended burger for the summertime campaign: The Mighty Mushroom Burger High Plains Ranch Bison, Chorizo & Beech Mushroom Burger Porcini-Rubbed & Topped with Pan-Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms, Monterey Pepper Jack Cheese, Tomato & Sweet Onion Relish, Baby Romaine, Creole Mayo on Tom Cat Brioche Bun Served with Truffle Fries & Housemade Ketchup "Our culinary team is constantly reinventing our restaurant menu - 30 years in the making! We pride ourselves on catering to our clientele’s sophisticated and ever-changing palates as well as introducing emerging food trends to our community. Our participation in the James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project™ is another opportunity offer guests health-conscious dishes with bold flavor, " said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. The “Mighty Mushroom Burger” will be available on the Lunch & Lounge menus at Michael’s On East through July 31, 2016. Guests are invited to vote online at www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/vote based on creative use of mushrooms, flavor profile, and appetizing appearance. Members of the public can vote once a day for their favorite burger through July. Diners are also encouraged to use the hashtag #BlendedBurgerProject and #MichaelsOnEast when sharing photos of their burgers on social media. For more information regarding the Blended Burger Project, visit www.jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject. For more information about Michael’s On East or to make restaurant reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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29th Anniversary & Cristal by the Glass

Michael’s On East Celebrates 29th Anniversary Today;
 Toasts the Beginning of the 30th Year with Cristal Champagne Offering by the Glass SARASOTA, FLA - Today, April 27, 2016, marks the 29th anniversary of Michael’s On East. Co-proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini are inviting guests to toast the beginning of the restaurant’s 30th year with a featured Champagne toast. For a limited time, guests are invited to purchase Louis Roederer Cristal by the glass at Michael’s On East for $50 per glass. The sparkling wine famously known as “The Champagne for Tsars & Stars” was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. “I’ve often been quoted as saying ‘Champagne isn’t just for special occasions. Champagne makes any occasion special,’” said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. “But it’s always exciting to toast any occasion with an extra-special glass of bubbly – truly fit for a king! Philip and I invite our guests to join us soon to indulge with this legendary Champagne.” Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. About Cristal Louis Roederer Since Champagne Louis Roederer’s founding in 1776, the Champagne House has been synonymous with the world’s greatest Champagnes. Cristal, the most famous wine produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, was created in 1876 to satisfy the demanding tastes of Tsar Alexander II. The emperor asked Louis Roederer to reserve the Champagne House’s best cuvée for him every year. To distinguish this cuvée, this exceptional champagne came in a flat-bottomed, transparent lead-crystal bottle. The new brand was named after this precious material, which is particularly transparent and luminous. Produced uniquely during the best years, Cristal is a remarkably balanced and refined champagne whose length is inimitable. It has a silky texture and fruity aromas, complemented by a powerful mineral quality with white fruit and citrus notes. Cristal is a wine that keeps well: it can be conserved for over twenty years without losing its freshness and character. For more information, visit www.louis-roederer.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-504-6162, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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27th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award

For Immediate Release: 2-24-16 Michael’s On East Honored with 27th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award;
 One of Two Restaurants in Florida to Receive Honor for More Than 25 Years Michael’s On East has been awarded its 27th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA. Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini accepted the award during a brief presentation the morning of Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Michael’s On East is the only Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. “Today we celebrated another milestone distinction as we honored Michael’s On East with yet another AAA Four Diamond Award. In fact, Michael’s On East is one of only two restaurants in the entire state of Florida to maintain the AAA Four Diamond status for 25+ years,” said Don Schwartz, Sarasota-Manatee field manager for AAA. Schwartz added that only 24 restaurants have held the Four Diamond status for 25+ years across the United States and Canada. The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America’s premier restaurant rating program, performed each year by professionally-trained evaluators from AAA’s national headquarters. Only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 restaurants rated are approved by the AAA Four Diamond list. “It’s hard to believe we are accepting this prestigious award for the 27th consecutive year! We truly value this important distinction from AAA,” said Michael Klauber. “We’re incredibly thankful for the opportunity to continue delivering culinary and service excellence to Sarasota residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and visitors for nearly three decades. It is the enthusiastic support of our clients, community and internal team which makes leading our organization such a pleasure and motivates us to strive for even greater excellence each year.” AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as being geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Often orchestrated by an executive chef and an accomplished staff, menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The equally proficient service staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression. There are no payments or membership dues associated with the AAA rating system to ensure objective and trusted reviews. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. AAA-Award-Michael-DonSchwartz-PhilPhoto Attached:  Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini accept the restaurant’s 27th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award from Don Schwartz, Sarasota field manager for AAA, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. (Left to Right: Michael Klauber, Don Schwartz, Phil Mancini) About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-504-6162 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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New Partnership with Selby Gardens

 

New Partnership Announced between Selby Gardens and Michael’s On East

Agreement Encompasses Catering and Enhancements to Special Events Facilities and On-Premises Café Offerings        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SARASOTA, FLA. – November 19, 2015: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has announced a new partnership with premier restaurateur and caterer, Michael’s On East. The partnership names Michael’s as the exclusive food service provider at Selby Gardens and is also the foundation for enhanced banquet and dining facilities at the Gardens to be anchored by the restaurant group. “We feel we’ve found the right partner to work with to establish Selby Gardens as a premier waterfront event and dining destination,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. “This arrangement also creates a sustainable – and enhanced – revenue stream for the organization, which our trustees agree is a strategic priority.” Beginning December 1, the Michael’s On East restaurant team will reinvent daily service of lunch and light snacks, including wine and beer service at Selby Café, which is set in the historic home of Marie Selby that overlooks the Gardens’ Great Lawn. (Please Note: The café will be closed December 1-10 and reopen on December 11, 2015.) Also effective December 1, Michael’s Events & Catering will be the exclusive caterer for all events, including weddings and corporate retreats, hosted at Selby Gardens. Finally, beginning in summer 2016, the restaurant group owned by business partners Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini will begin a substantial expansion of the Garden’s Great Room, which overlooks Sarasota Bay. “Our multi-faceted and award-winning large-scale operation is uniquely positioned to welcome the challenge of reinvigorating the Gardens’ food service and catering operations and taking it to new heights,” said Michael Klauber. “Philip and I have been dreaming about developing a unique waterfront venue for years and can’t imagine a more perfect partner than Selby Gardens.” The expansion of the building will double the indoor seating, with room for up to 400 guests. The renovation includes growing the outdoor patio from 880 square feet to 2,400 square feet and covering it with an awning to create a new entertaining space. A total remodel of the current kitchen is also called for, along with new restrooms. Concept details for this reinvented banquet facility are expected to be released by the summer of 2016. Wedding at Selby Gardens “Thanks to Michael’s, Selby Gardens will be able to offer the best food and best service to everyone who visits, from day trippers to wedding parties,” Rominiecki said. “This is just the beginning of many opportunities we see.” Klauber and Mancini look forward to establishing the new on-premise operations and exploring additional ways to utilize the 15-acre property on Palm Avenue, such as pop-up table service dining events, in the future. “We have enjoyed the great privilege of working closely with the Selby Gardens team for nearly three decades on a variety of events,” Mancini said. “Through this newly-established formal partnership, our leadership is prepared to take Selby Gardens to the next level and ensure the property becomes the region’s premier waterfront event destination. Stay tuned as future events at Selby Gardens are going to be—even more—amazing.”   About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens.   About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame as one of the top ten restaurants in America, and received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s Events & Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. #      #       # Media Contacts: Mischa Kirby, APR | Selby Gardens (941) 366-5731 ext. 225, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Michael’s Holiday Happenings 2015

 

Michael’s Holiday Reservations, Gift Baskets, Wine Tastings & Toy Drives 

The holiday season is in full swing and the experienced teams at Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s Events & Catering are prepared to provide area residents and visitors alike memorable dining experiences as well as no-hassle holiday gifts. Holiday Restaurant Reservations Michael’s On East Restaurant is currently accepting holiday reservations for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Michael’s On East will offer a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for $28.95 per person, 2-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. In addition to the turkey feature which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing, a special holiday menu is available offering signature Michael’s On East favorites a la carte. Holiday reservations are available on Christmas Eve, 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 24 and Christmas Day, 2-8 p.m. on Friday, December 25, 2015. On New Years Eve, 5-7 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015. A $50 cover charge applies for the later seating, which includes live music and dancing. To secure restaurant reservations, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. Holiday Open House Wine Tastings & Toy Drives Members of the public are invited to stroll from station to station tasting 50+ reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines while talking with visiting wine specialists at Michael’s monthly Open House Wine Tastings. This season, Michael’s Wine Cellar will host two Holiday Open House events held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 21 and Saturday, December 12, 2015. Admission to these special wine tastings is $10 per person; however, all guests are also asked to bring an unwrapped toy as a donation. Toy donations will be collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Gourmet Gift Baskets A wide selection of Michael’s gourmet gift baskets are readily available from Michael’s Wine Cellar throughout the holiday season; however, customized baskets for the true Scotch aficionado, Champagne lover or Bordeaux collector are also available through advanced orders. To place an order for customized baskets, call Michael’s retail specialists at 941-366-0007, ext. 249. The retail wine and spirits shop offers more than 1,000 international wines, craft beers, boutique spirits and wine accessories which are readily available to add to gourmet gift baskets, or purchase individually as hostess presents or “Secret Santa” gifts. Holiday Parties 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 dinnertime holiday celebrations for corporate groups, families or groups of friends. Limited dates remain available for catered and on-premise holiday celebrations. Contact Michael’s Events & Catering Division at 941-366-0007, ext. 226 for more information. Gift Cards Guests interested in sharing the gift of great food, fine wines and culinary culture 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. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com for complete details about the holiday gift card offer or to purchase cards. Some restrictions apply. Michael’s Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza in Sarasota, 34239. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all holiday offerings from the Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.   #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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Chef & Winery Owner Travel from South Africa to Sarasota to
 Host Interactive Cooking Dinner & Wine Tasting Events at Michael’s On East

Chef Anna to host interactive dinner in Sarasota

Chef & Winery Owner Travel from South Africa to Sarasota to
 Host Interactive Cooking Dinner & Wine Tasting Events at Michael’s On East

Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell and Stark-Conde Winery Owner Hans Schroeder will journey from South Africa to Sarasota this November to host multiple events in partnership with Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar. Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of the restaurant and adjacent wine store, and his wife Terri traveled to Londolozi Game Reserve in 2011, 2013 and 2015 while leading exclusive journeys for the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club in partnership with Admiral Travel International. “South Africa has held a special place in our hearts since the moment we first arrived with our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club clients back in 2005,” said Michael Klauber. “This fall, we are so delighted to invite several friends from South Africa back to Florida to deliver an authentic ‘taste of South Africa’ to Sarasota residents and visitors.” Members of the public are invited to attend two special functions hosted by the visiting chef and winemaker in Sarasota: Safari Sarasota: An Interactive Cooking Dinner 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015 in the Michael’s On East Ballroom Chef Anna Ridgewell will be joined by Kate Groch, CEO and Co-Founder of the Good Work Foundation and curator of the All Heart Fund in South Africa as well as Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda as they lead 200 guests in preparing four courses at individual tables throughout the Michael’s On East Ballroom. Londolozi’s original Cape Malay recipes will be paired with top South African wines during this interactive cooking dinner. Individual tickets are $175 per person and sponsorships are available. Tickets can be purchased online through www.bestfood.com or via phone at 941-366-0007, ext. 229. Advanced reservations are required and space is limited. Beth Knopik and Terri Klauber are co-chairs of this highly-anticipated second-time event, a fundraiser for the
All Heart Fund of the Good Work Foundation, a nonprofit established in South Africa in 2006 which delivers 
digital-era literacy education and career-training to children and adults living in rural communities. The special 
“All Heart” program creates opportunities for students to travel to larger communities and cities for unique 
educational and leadership experiences and to connect with real-life businesses. The All Heart Fund was established in honor of Leanna Knopik, a teenage resident of Sarasota, who passed away from a rare heart disease. Her dream was to provide support to schools in rural parts of South Africa. . (The first Safari Sarasota Interactive Dinner was held in 2013.) South African Wine Tasting 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Michael’s Wine Cellar Guests will taste dozens of South African wines including great values and top selections from Boekenhoutskloof, Ernie Els, Guardian Peak, Graham Beck Wines, Groot Constantia, Hamilton Russell, Neil Ellis, Rustenberg, Rust en Vrede and Stark-Conde. Stark-Conde’s Hans Schroeder will showcase his prized wines from Stellenbosch and personally talk with guests about South African wines. During the tasting, Chef Anna Ridgewell will welcome guests with a selection of hors d’oeuvres from Londolozi as she prepares signature dishes for the wine tasting. Admission to the tasting is $10 per person. Advanced reservations are available through www.michaelswinecellar.com, but not required for the Saturday afternoon tasting. These South African-themed events also mark the opening of reservations for a 2017 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club Journey which will allow members of the public the opportunity to experience the exceptional hospitality of South Africa’s finest five-star resorts, dine at some of the most celebrated restaurants in the world, tour historic wine farms and explore luxury safari experiences, including game drives at Londolozi Game Reserve. The 2017 departure will also showcase the wilds of Tanzania. Those interested in participating in the 2017 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip are invited to contact Admiral Travel International via phone at 941-951-1801 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For reservations or to secure an event sponsorship, contact Samantha Schulman at Michael’s On East: 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit www.AllHeartFund.org for more information about the Good Work Foundation and the All Heart Fund. About Londolozi Game Reserve & Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell Londolozi is one of the original pioneering Private Game Reserves of the ecotourism industry in South Africa. World renowned as one of Africa’s finest game lodges, the family-run operation was the first game reserve in the world to be accorded Relais & Chateaux status, reinforcing its commitment to luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and exceptional service. The root of the word Londolozi is the Zulu word for protect and means “protector of all living things” – an ambitious conservation ethic that Londolozi embraces in its sensitivity to the natural world. The reserve is internationally recognized for its far-sighted and progressive management of land and wildlife rehabilitation as well as productive community involvement. Anna Ridgewell grew up in Zimbabwe before training at Silwood Kitchen in Cape Town.  After gaining her Grande Diploma in Cordons Bleus Cooking, she spent the next decade working at several of Southern Africa’s top luxury lodges and restaurants.  Ridgewell owned Cafe Max restaurant in Cape Town for a number of years, before being spellbound by the magic of the bush.  In 2012, she left Cape Town to join the Londolozi family and began creating exceptional African cuisine for local and international guests visiting the lodge. For more information, visit www.londolozi.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
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September Wine Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar

For Immediate Release: 9-9-15 Two Wine Tastings in Coming Week at Michael’s Wine Cellar: Sept. 12 Open House Wine Tasting & Sept. 15. Broadbent Selections Tasting with Guest Host Michael’s Wine Cellar is host to a variety of wine dinners and tasting events throughout the year. This September, the popular venue offers two tasting events in the coming week, including one hosted by internationally-acclaimed wine industry expert Bartholomew Broadbent. Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the retail wine and spirits store. The September Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines. Admission is $10 per person. The Broadbent Selections Wine Tasting hosted by company founder and renowned wine importer Bartholomew Broadbent will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. The tasting will feature 20 wines from the Broadbent portfolio including selections from the following wineries: Elderton Wines, Australia; Weingut Markus Huber Vineyard, Austria; Dr. Hermann Wines, Germany; Chateau Musar. Lebanon; Spy Valley Wine, New Zealand; Casa Ferreirinha, Portugal; Broadbent Madeira. Portugal; Badenhorst Family Wines, South Africa; De Wetshof, South Africa; Warwick Wine Estate, South Africa; Beaumont Wines, South Africa; Delaire Graff Estate, South Africa and Inman Family Wines, California. Admission is $25 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required. Inspired by his famous father, world-renowned Christies auctioneer and author Michael Broadbent, Bartholomew Broadbent is known as a lively, witty and informative wine lecturer, and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Port and Madeira. He is credited for being responsible for the growth of Port consumption in North America during the mid 1980s and was responsible for the re-introduction of Madeira to America in 1989, instrumental in its growth since then. His company, Broadbent Selections, Inc., founded in 1996, is now one of America's leading wine importers. Bartholomew was named one of the “fifty most influential people in the wine world” by Decanter Magazine (June 1997). In 2013, IntoWine.com ranked him 48th in the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the U.S Wine Industry.” Admission to each wine tasting event includes tastes of the featured wines as well as light hors d'oeuvres. For reservations to these tastings to view additional upcoming events and programs, call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or visit www.michaelswinecellar.com.

About Michael’s On East Founded on April 27, 1987, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. The adjacent Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. The Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All venues are available for private parties. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

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Michael’s Offers the “Best of the Best” Menu for Savor Sarasota

For Immediate Release: 5-14-15 Michael’s Offers the “Best of the Best” Menu for Savor Sarasota 10th Anniversary The Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week celebration showcasing special-priced lunch and dinner menus at nearly 50 participating restaurants returns June 1-14, 2015. Coordinated by Visit Sarasota County (VSC), this much-anticipated culinary celebration began in 2005. Michael’s On East was one of the original restaurants to join the inaugural “Restaurant Week” and will honor its 10th consecutive year participating with a featured menu. “Our team is proud to be one of the original Savor Sarasota restaurants and we love welcoming more and more colleagues each year as the offerings continue to expand. This year, our culinary team has developed an exceptional menu spotlighting many of our best-selling dishes from past years’ menus. It’s our way of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Savor Sarasota,” said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. “With such a dynamic group of independent restaurants in our community, including Florida’s highest concentration of Zagat-rated restaurants, it’s a great time to dine out in Sarasota!” The Michael’s On East three-course Sarasota Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $29 per person, June 1-14, 2015. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $15 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning on June 14 and continuing through June 30, Michael’s On East will extend the featured multi-course menus for $34.95 during dinner and $18.95 during lunch. Specialty cocktail and themed wine pairings are also available through the entire month. For more information regarding Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week including chef profiles, a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.savorsarasota.com. For more information about Michael’s On East or to make restaurant reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com. JUNE 2015: SARASOTA EPICUREAN ADVENTURE         Celebrating the “Best of the Best” of Savor Sarasota’s 10 Years! DINNER MENU STARTERS Key West Shrimp Wonton Tacos
 Fresh Avocado, Roasted Red Peppers, Shredded Romaine, Cortez Fisherman’s Salsa & Spicy Mayonnaise The historic fishing village of Cortez, located just north of Sarasota, is a National Register of Historic Places community that has worked hard to preserve its unique Florida Gulf Coast Heritage. Sunset Watermelon & Burrata Salad Fried Baby Artichokes, Burrata, Watermelon, Toasted Pistachios, Fresh Micro Mint & Pomegranate Reduction Centrally located on Florida’s West Coast, Sarasota is known for dramatic, colorful sunsets enjoyed along its popular beaches and coastal areas. DINNER ENTREES Longboat Key Snapper
 Lump Crabmeat, Basil & Sundried Tomato Beurre Blanc, Sweet Potato Planks & Sautéed Haricot Verts Michael Klauber originally created this dish during his tenure at his family’s historic Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key. John Ringling’s Pork Tenderloin Wrapped in Prosciutto di Parma
 Roasted Baby Carrots, Red Beets, Braised Cipollini Onions, Yukon Potato Gratin & Currant Demi-Glace A leader of the Ringling Brothers Circus who helped shape the famous circus heritage we celebrate today in Sarasota, John Ringling also left a lasting legacy to the local community through the development of St. Armands Circle, his famous winter home, the Ca' d'Zan, and The Ringling Museum. Selby Breast of Duck Marie Served Medium Rare with a Blueberry‐Infused Port Wine Sauce & Marinated Blueberries A tropical, urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticulture displays and a Sarasota bayfront setting, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a world-class center for education, research and conservation. DESSERTS Siesta Key Croissant Pudding Spiced Rum, Fresh Pineapple & Toasted Coconut Lime & Coconut Milk Sorbet Siesta Key has been recognized as “America's Best Beach!”  Big Top Chocolate Icebox Pie Cool Mint and Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse “The Greatest Show on Earth” began wintering in Sarasota in 1927. Sarasota has evolved with its circus heritage ever since. LUNCH ENTREES Selby Coffee-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Salad
 Organic Greens, Florida Orange Segments, Oven-Dried Plum Tomatoes, Green Apples, Toasted Peanuts & Citrus Ginger Mojo Vinaigrette A tropical, urban oasis featuring unparalleled horticulture displays and a Sarasota bayfront setting, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a world-class center for education, research and conservation. Oyster “Po-Boy” Jalapeno Remoulade Sauce, Crispy Lettuce, Steak Tomatoes, On French Bread & Pomme Frites Michael Klauber fell in love with food with bold flavors during his studies and management training programs in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Enjoy classic Arnaud’s sauce with this dish! SPECIALTY COCKTAILS Featured for $10 per cocktail during lunch and dinner Drum Circle Kiwi Mojito Featuring Siesta Key Rum and Muddled Kiwi Siesta Key Rum is handcrafted in small batches at an artisan distillery in Sarasota. Michael’s Garden Tito’s Vodka, Fresh Lemon Juice, Honey, Rosemary & Basil This refreshing cocktail honors its award-winning home, Michael’s On East, while also featuring herbs and honey from area growers and farms.  

About Michael’s On East Founded on April 27, 1987, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. The adjacent Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. The Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All venues are available for private parties. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

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