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Michael’s On East Earns Wine Spectator's 2020 “Best of Award of Excellence”

Michael's On East has been honored with the "Best of Award of Excellence" designation for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator's 2020 Restaurant Awards. Recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers, the restaurant is the only honoree in the Best Of Award of Excellence category in the Sarasota-Manatee region. Michael's On East was first recognized by the Wine Spectator in 1989. The Best of Award of Excellence award in 2020 represents an upgraded level of recognition for Michael's On East in the annual Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards.


"This coveted 'Best of Award of Excellence' distinction is a very gratifying recognition for our Wine division! As our region hopes to welcome domestic tourists to our beautiful area this summer, the international recognition offered by this distinction helps us introduce Michael's On East and Sarasota to oenophiles across the country," said Michael's On East Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber.

With more than 350 estate and domaine-bottled wines on the Michael's On East wine menu, this expansive list is just a curated selection from the more than 1,200 estate- and Domaine-bottled wines available through Michael's. Patrons have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant's wine list from the adjacent retail store, Michael's Wine Cellar.

Guests at Michael's On East are invited to share in the celebration of wine all summer long with the return of its popular wine-focused summer promotions. The Restaurant is offering half-priced bottles of wine each Thursday as part of its weekly Wine Lovers Thursdays summer special. Also, as part of Michael's "Double Points Days", members will earn double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays during dinner at Michael's On East, plus double points on all retail purchases at Michael's Wine Cellar on Thursdays.

Michael's On East achieved the Best of Award of Excellence for more expansive lists that show a greater commitment to wine with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. This restaurants' team invests time in extensive staff training, carefully designed presentations, innovative menu pairings, and showpiece wine cellars. Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world's best wine lists in 198

With thirteen staff members holding Court of Master Sommelier certifications, this accomplishment reinforces Michael's On East's commitment to providing exceptional service with the guest's experience in mind. Additionally, the entire staff is trained to guide each guest through the restaurant's comprehensive wine list. Inventory for the restaurant's wine list is sourced from Michael's Wine Cellar, the adjacent retail wine store, which gives guests the opportunity to enjoy 1,200 additional boutique wines on top of the 350 wines listed on the iPad menu in the restaurant.


"Boasting 12,700 bottles on the property, our wine program is one of my personal passions—and a crown jewel of the Michael's operation," said Mr. Klauber

Since opening in 1987, the iconic midtown restaurant has remained a prominent Sarasota dining destination receiving regional and national recognition. Michael's On East was one of only ten restaurants in the nation to be inducted into the 2009 Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame, considered the Oscars of the restaurant industry. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

About Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator is the world's leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web's most comprehensive wine site (, 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 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar Aficionado, Whisky Advocate, Market Watch, Shanken News Daily and Shanken's Impact Newsletter.

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


New England Clam Chowder

Entree & Sides 
  • 2 Whole Fresh 1 ¼ 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

Classic Boston Cream Pie

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Recipe: Blueberry Crostata

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

Blueberry Crostata

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CRUST Ingredients:
  • 2 c Flour

  • 2 Sticks of Butter

  • ¼ c Sugar

  • ¼ c Ice water

  • ½ teaspoon Salt

Cheese filling Ingredients:
  • 1 8oz pkg  Cream cheese

  • 1 c  Powdered Sugar

  • 1 Egg

  • ½ teaspoon Lemon zest

  • ½ teaspoon Vanilla

bLUEBERRY filling Ingredients:
  • 2 pints Blueberries

  • ¼ c  Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons Flour

  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice

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

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


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

Enhanced Safety Measures for Reopening

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

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

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

Implemented publicly accessible anti-viral hand sanitizer stations

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


Hired a Professional Sanitation Service - Gorilla Kleen

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

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

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


Deep Cleaning of Restaurant's Dining & Kitchen Areas 

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

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

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


Worked to Keep Our MOE Family Healthy & Prepared

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

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

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

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


Spaced Out Dining Tables 

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



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Bring Michael's Food Truck to Your Next Event!

During this time gathering in large groups is discouraged, but that shouldn’t stop us from celebrating life’s milestones. Whether it’s a small family gathering or showing appreciation to essential employees, Michael’s On East is prepared to offer full-service catering for every micro-event and intimate celebration. 

The micro-event trend — a celebration planned for 50 guests or less — has gained popularity in recent years and continues to increase as people become cautious of possible gathering restrictions in the future. 

“Although weekends this season may not be filled with events serving 150 guests or more, we are proud to offer safe ways for families to continue celebrating life’s special moments with the help of our Michael’s Events & Catering team,” said Phil Mancini, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East. “My crew is committed to the health and safety of our guests, and will continue to exceed industry best practices as we uphold our characteristically high standards and rigorous cleaning procedures.” 

One way we continue to serve Legendary Hospitality is through our new restaurant-on-wheels, Michael’s Food Truck.  We’re now taking Michael’s Food Truck on the road to offer full-service catering to the Sarasota community for any occasion, regardless of venue choice or event size.  Our Food Truck allows for a unique opportunity to bring a mobile kitchen with made-to-order meals directly to guests. This decision was made to adapt to the current climate of the events industry. 

Hospitality experts at Michael’s On East work with every event host from start to finish to ensure their event runs as seamlessly - and safely - as possible. 

Each event receives an individually designed menu with the option to add a customized beverage package including beer, wine, and spirits. Service staff and bartenders are also available to provide safe, high-quality service to guests. For more information on Michael’s Food Truck reservations, please contact Phil Mancini at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Recipe: Bowtie Chicken Pasta

Michael's On East Sous Chef Kory Minor was back at ABC 7's in-studio kitchen this Thursday, February 21, to share an "original" recipe. Michael's Bowtie Pasta - with Grilled Chicken, Pancetta, Snow Peas, Shiitake Mushrooms, Sun-Dried Tomatoes in a Light Parmesan Cream - has been a favorite on our lunch and dinner menu ever since the Restaurant opened in 1987!

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Michael’s Bowtie Chicken Pasta 


½ oz Blended Oil
¼ Tbsp Chopped Garlic
¾ oz Rendered Pancetta
1 oz Shiitake Mushrooms
4 oz Diced Marinated Roasted Chicken (recipe follows)
¾ oz Sundried Tomatoes
1 oz White Wine
6 oz Heavy Cream
8 oz Bowtie Pasta
1½ oz Grated Parmesan Cheese for Dish, 1/2 oz for Garnish
½ oz Julienne Snow Peas
Salt and Pepper to Taste


  1. Cook pasta until al dente, reserve
  2. Heat blended oil in sauté pan over medium heat. Add pancetta, then garlic and sauté until garlic is golden brown. 
  3. Add mushrooms, chicken and sundried tomatoes.  Cook for 30 seconds then deglaze with white wine. 
  4. Add cream, then cheese and cook until thickened. As sauce thickens, immerse pasta in boiling water for 15 seconds to heat, strain, then add to sauté pan. Add Parmesan cheese and sauté until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper then place in a pasta serving bowl. Garnish with julienne snow peas and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Marinade


¼ tsp Powdered Ginger
1 cup Teriyaki Sauce
½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
¾ Tbsp Dark Mushroom Soy
½ Tbsp Chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar


  1. Marinate 8 oz chicken breast in chicken marinade for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.  
  2. Mark on grill, roast in 350 degree oven until moist and tender, about ten minutes.
  3. Cut chicken into medium diced sections for pasta.

An Update from Michael's On East

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini 



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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

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

Mother's Day with Michael's at Home!

Make this Mother's Day as special as she is by celebrating with three courses at home. Just set the table and we'll take care of the rest! Choose from our Mother's Day Specials or order favorites from our Michael's At Home menu. 

Pre-order your selections by Friday, May 8th at 12pm. We will have your dinner ready for curbside pickup on Mother's Day between 12pm - 8pm with simple instructions for warming before serving.

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. 

Michael's At Home Mother's Day Specials 

1. Mother's Day Special 3-Course Dinner for 2 - $49.95 per person
 • 3-Course Dinner for Two (See menu below)
2. Mother's Day Special 3-Course Dinner for 2 WITH ROSES - $139.95
 • 3-Course Dinner for Two (See menu below) AND a beautiful bouquet of 6 long stem vibrant red roses with greenery in a glass vase. 
**Full MOE menu is also available from Michael's at Home for curbside pickup or delivery on Sunday, May 10th until 8pm.

Michael’s On East Mother’s Day Special Menu

Choice of Two Entrées 
Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon: Forbidden Black Rice Hash with a Side of Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette

Asian-Braised Boneless Short Ribs: Garlic, Soy, and Sesame  

Deep Dish Spanish Frittata: Spanish Chorizo, Baby Spinach, Piquillo Red Peppers, Onions & Manchego Cheese

INCLUDED Side Dishes:

Sautéed Wild Mushroom Raviolis with Browned-Butter, Sage & Parmesan Cheese.

Roasted Creamer Potatoes tossed with Lime, Chili & Cilantro Chimichurri 

Insalata di Mare: Seafood Salad with Shrimp, Calamari, Green Lip Mussels, Diced Carrots, Celery, Red Onions, Garlic and Parsley & Lemon Zest Vinaigrette. 

Caprese Salad: Shingled Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil with Extra Virgin Olive Oil  & Sweet Balsamic Reduction.

Michael’s Baby Romaine Wedge: Crispy Pancetta, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Julienne Red Onions & Blue Cheese Crumbles with Champagne & Blue Cheese Dressing 

Chocolate Cherry Cinnamon Rolls

Decadent Chocolate Dome: Rich Chocolate Mousse, Sponge Chocolate Cake & Layer of with Semi-Sweet Ganache with Florida Strawberries 

An Update Regarding COVID-19

We all share a responsibility to protect our families and communities, and Michael’s On East has implemented the following procedures in response to COVID-19. 

What Our Team Is Doing: 

  • Removing 50% of our Restaurant seating capacity to create additional spacing between tables and comply with the CDC’s safety recommendation of 6 feet.
  • In addition to our current rigorous cleaning procedures, we have dedicated additional resources to make our routines even more stringent. 
  • Adding extra staff hours and additional training to ensure that we significantly exceed the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe guidelines for handwashing.
  • Implementing publicly accessible anti-viral hand sanitizer stations for guests & staff. 
  • Sanitizing surfaces using “hospital-grade” disinfecting products and nightly disinfecting of all touchable surfaces in the public areas of our Restaurant and Ballroom.
  • Sanitizing all menus between uses and offering guests disposable menus.
  • Providing our staff with even more flexible call-out and time-off guidelines, and reinforcing our strict policy prohibiting employees from working while ill.
  • Valets are sanitizing steering wheel, gear knob and door handles when returning the vehicle.

New Convenient Options: 

  • Order Take-out: An online menu & curbside pick up is now available. Enjoy 15% OFF & FREE delivery on your first order of $100 or more! (Limited delivery zone - call for details!)
  • Michael's Wine Cellar: Enjoy 15% off wines & spirits and FREE delivery on your ALL online orders of $100 or more. Curbside pick-up is now available. (Limited delivery zone - call for details!)
  • Gift Certificates: Receive a $25 bonus certificate with a purchase of a $100 gift certificate!
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Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini

Our community’s health is on all of our minds now, and just like you, Michael’s On East is closely monitoring new developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Our management team is committed to staying in contact with local health officials for the latest advisories, as well as following the guidance from the U.S Center for Disease Control and National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe platform. 

Our vision for Michael’s On East has never faltered since Day One – all the way back in 1987: “Each guest should be treated the way we would expect to be treated in a restaurant of this caliber.” Every guest has the highest expectations for their experience in our restaurant or at a catered event, and it’s our version of the “golden rule.” The need to keep our team members and guests safe has guided the decisions we make, as we strive to offer the best possible guest experience every day, and it is no different now. 

We remain committed to delivering Legendary Hospitality to our guests and providing a safe work environment for our team. Our hearts go out to those across the country directly affected and we wish them well. Thank you again for your ongoing love and support for our Michael’s On East team!

If you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Celebrate Easter with Michael's At Home!

Michael’s On East historically has opened its doors only two Sundays each year, Easter and Mother’s Day. These celebrations have become traditions for many families around the Suncoast, including the Michael’s On East family.  When it’s needed most, we are proud to provide a sense of normalcy for our guests - and work for our team. We are committed to continue Serving Sarasota with Legendary Hospitality through these unprecedented times.

Michael’s On East is offering a 3-Course Easter Dinner for $49.95 per person, plus tax. Diners may choose from three entrees (menu listed below).  Each meal includes five signature side dishes, along with freshly-baked bread and an assortment of desserts from Pastry Chef Ray Lajoie’s Easter Favorites. 

All meals must be preordered by Friday, April 10, 2020 at 12pm. Diners may pick up their meals at Michael’s On East between 12pm-5pm on Easter Sunday. Orders can be placed online at  Beginning at 5pm on Easter Sunday, the Michael’s At Home full menu will also be available to diners from 5pm-8pm. 

For information about the Michael’s At Home limited-time offers, please click here > 

Michael’s On East | Easter At Home Menu  ($49.95 per person, plus tax)

Choice of Entree: 

1. Slow-Roasted Honey & Pineapple-Glazed Boneless Virginia Ham 

2. Braised Lamb Shank with Cabernet Pan Jus and Tuscan Gremolata

3. Miso-Glazed Atlantic Salmon with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Chopped Tomatoes and Scallions

Included Side Dishes: 

Phil’s Chopped Salad, Michael’s Famous Caramelized Sweet Potatoes, Balsamic-Grilled Root Vegetables, Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Truffle-Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes, Italian Loaf and Raisin & Walnut Breads.

Chef Ray’s Housemade Easter Pastries (included in each order): 

Macadamia Nut & White Tartlet, Phil’s Rhode Island Lemon Bar; Dark Chocolate, Coconut & Cashew Cluster; French Almond Macaron Sandwich; Chocolate-Dipped Tuxedo Strawberry.


Local Restaurants Need You & Deserve Your Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael’s On East Debuts New Food Truck at Selby Gardens

Michael’s On East is hitting the road to serve Selby Gardens visitors with its NEW restaurant-on-wheels, Michael’s Food Truck. The mobile cuisine food truck has debuted with a menu inspired by the Salvador Dalí: Gardens of the Mind exhibition on display in the botanical gardens. Guests can enjoy Michael’s Food Truck from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.


While the Selby House Cafe will continue to offer guests healthy “grab & go” options for lunch and snacks, the new food truck will provide delicious, convenient, made-to-order meals during their explorations throughout the gardens. Visitors can find Michael’s Food Truck on the lawn in front of the Cafe, near the iconic banyan tree. 


Executive Chef of Michael’s On East, Jamil Pineda, created a special menu for the food truck, influenced by Salvador Dali’s life in Catalonia, Spain. “This is an exciting opportunity to immerse guests in the world of Dali through international cuisine. We’re bringing high-quality meals without compromising the taste and value,” said Pineda. “Michael’s food truck allows us to bring a mobile kitchen to Selby, so we can now serve a wider range of items to guests.”


The menu features the same creative cuisine you expect from Michael’s On East with a few Dali-inspired twists including a Spanish Bocadillo Sandwich, Costa Brava Chorizo Omelette, and Spanish Churros with Chocolate Sauce. Michael’s Food Truck also offers favorites such as the Jumbo Blue Crab & Maine Lobster Roll served with Parmesan Fries. 

dali food truck menu

The truck offers a variety of delicious menu items with prices ranging from $5.00 to $15.00. A portion of the proceeds from each food purchase will help to support Selby Gardens’ mission and programs. Admission to Selby Gardens is required. Michael’s Food Truck will also be available for catering events at Selby Gardens. 

For more details on Michael’s Food Truck, as well as the Selby House Cafe, follow @SelbyHouseCafe on Facebook at


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!

Michael’s On East Hosts Dick Vitale Wine Dinner to Benefit the V Foundation 

You’re invited! 

Michael Klauber & Phil Mancini personally invite you to join them for a dazzling evening in Michael’s Wine Cellar with Dick and Lorraine Vitale on Wednesday, February 12, 2020.  

The Dick Vitale Wine Dinner is being underwritten by Michael’s on East with all funds from the evening going directly to the Dick Vitale Fund for Pediatric Cancer. This nationwide program has made enormous strides in helping families and communities around the world since 1993 and contributes 100% of donations entirely to the programs and research of finding a cure for children suffering from a diagnosis of pediatric cancer. 

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The evening will feature an exquisite five-course dining experience, including world-class wines perfectly paired with each course. Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has designed a sumptuous, five-course menu honoring the exquisite flavors of Tuscany, Italy for just for this event.  Highlights include Chianti-Braised Short Rib Osso Bucco and Pan-Roasted Mediterranean Branzino. And we’re already looking forward to dessert, a Tuscan Lemon & Olive Oil Cake that’s sure to end the evening on a sweet note. View entire menu below.

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This Wine Dinner will be showcasing the award-winning Italian wines of Castello Banfi - The Jewel of Tuscany.  The Mariani Family (Banfi proprietors) is underwriting the special wines for the event. The wines of Banfi are born of a passion and love for unique terroirs, from continuous research, and from the intimate knowledge of different territories and the ability to marry time tested and respected techniques with innovative solutions in both the vineyard and the winery. The splendid vineyards of Montalcino and Chianti, of Piedmont and the Tuscan coast, are the ideal cradle for wines of great character and outstanding quality.

“We are selling not just wine, but a way of life. It’s about something slower, calmer, more in touch with family.” — Cristina Mariani-May, CEO & President - Banfi Vintners

Dick Vitale, college basketball’s most well-known analyst and ambassador, is a Sarasota local with quite the heart for philanthropy. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the V Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for cancer in children.  This Wine Dinner in Michael’s Wine Cellar is one of his annual Sarasota-based events benefiting the V Foundation and its efforts to save lives both within our community and across America. Join us to experience the enthusiasm and passion of the legend himself!

Purchase Tickets Here

Individual Ticket: $175, Couples Ticket: $350. 

Net proceeds from this event will benefit the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research. 

Dick Vitale Gala Dinner Menu

Reception Hors d’Oeuvres 

Port-Braised Mission Figs

Truffle Goat Cheese, Panzanella Crumbs and Pomegranate Gastrique    

Basil, Mushroom & Pistachio Arancini 

Prosciutto-Wrapped Gulf Shrimp 

Fisherman’s Sauce & Sicilian Spicy Mayonnaise  

Wine: Cuvée Aurora Rosé, Alta Langa DOCG 2013

First Course

Tuscan Seafood Salad 

Diver Scallops, Octopus, Tiger Shrimp, Prince Edward Island Mussels & Squid 

Extra Virgin Olive Oil with Lemon & Chive Vinaigrette 

Wine: Vermentino, “La Pettegola”, Toscana IGT 2018

Second Course 

Pan-Roasted Mediterranean Branzino 

Maine Lobster, Fennel, and Yellow Tomato Essence, Acini di Pepe Risotto, 

Sweet Green Peas, & Crispy Leeks 

Wine: Chardonnay “Fontanelle”, Toscana 2017

Third Course 

Chianti-Braised Short Rib Osso Bucco  

Roasted Garlic, Eggplant, Oven-Dried Roma Tomatoes, Baby Carrots, Pearl Onions & Natural Jus served with Creamer Polenta and Gremolata 

Wine: Brunello di Montalcino, Toscana DOCG 2015


Tuscan Lemon & Olive Oil Cake

Layered with Whipped Mascarpone, Lemon Curd & Blackberries 

Wine: “FloruS”, Late Harvest Moscadello di Montalcino DOC 2011

Purchase Tickets Here


Monthly Happenings: January 2020

Month-Long Promotions

Epicurean Adventure - Southern Comfort

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Explore exotic food and wine destinations at a great value every month! Enjoy $38.95 three-course themed dinners, Monday-Saturday, and $19.95 two-course lunches, Monday-Friday.

NEW! Monday Happy Hour Charity Partner - Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Enjoy $7 featured wines, beers, and cocktails from 5-7 pm Tuesday-Saturday, plus extended hours until 9 pm on Mondays benefiting Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with a critical illness.

NEW! Vegan & Vegetarian Menu Options 

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We’re constantly looking for ways to bring more flavor, innovation, and creativity to the Michael’s On East dining experience. We are proud to announce NEW vegetarian and vegan menu options are NOW available during lunch and dinner! From comfort-foods to exciting new dishes for the adventurous foodie, everyone will find something to delight their tastebuds. Michael’s favorite: Sweet & Sour Tempura Cauliflower Bowl 

NEW! Creative Cocktail Menu

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We’re excited to present our new creative cocktail menu! From new twists on old favorites to handcrafted libations, there are enticing options for any palate. 

Lobster Pot Fridays

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Enjoy a 1 ¼ lb. Maine lobster with mussels, clams, potatoes, and corn on the cob. Only $38.95 per person. Available every Friday night.

City Lite Lunches

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Globally-inspired healthy lunch options to deLITE your palate and spirit, all under 600 calories! Perfect for the mid-week business power lunch, or those who crave something LITE and fresh. Monday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm.

Upcoming Events

Paul Cluver Wines & Babylonstoren Wine Dinner | Friday, Jan. 24, 2019, 7 p.m.

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 Michael's Wine Cellar. Individual Price: $120 + tax + gratuity

Forks & Corks Retail Tasting | Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 2-4 p.m.

Enjoy a casual, relaxing Saturday afternoon and discover 30+ fabulous wines at Michael’s Wine Cellar, a wine tasting experience with light bites offered.  $10 per person 

Forks & Corks University: Women in the Global Wine Industry | Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us in our Ballroom as we take a tour throughout the world of wine. We’ll hear from some of the wine world’s leading women winemakers/estate owners and be inspired by discussions on collective contributions and experiences from pioneers of the wine industry. Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. Individual Price: $55 

Forks & Corks University: Vines of Italy | Sat. Jan. 25, 2020, 10-11:30 a.m.

This tasting seminar in Michael’s Wine Cellar devoted to native Italian grape varieties and the wine made from them. Led by some of Italy’s top producers, our panel takes you on a journey through Italia, tasting various reds and whites from some of the country’s most prestigious regions. Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. Individual Price: $55 

Forks & Corks University: A California Perspective | Sat. Jan. 25, 2019, 12:30-2 p.m. 

This seminar in our Ballroom 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 crusin’ through California...Buckle up! Each ticket will include a welcome glass of sparkling wine, all wine tastings, and a pairing plate of bites curated specifically to enhance the varietals presented by the panelists. Individual Price: $55 

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!

January 2020: Southern Comforts Epicurean Adventure

We’re kicking off our 2020 Epicurean Adventures by bringing “Southern Comforts” to Sarasota. No matter where you’re from, comfort food almost always resembles the delicious foods from states below the Mason-Dixie Line. The southern foods that we know and love,  provide just the right amount of nostalgia & comfort. Fried, stewed, boiled, or smoked these foods wrap us all in a warm big hug - it’s called soul food for a reason. 

Traditional “Southern” cuisine can look very different from state to state due to the variation of ingredients used. Many elements of Southern cooking—squash, tomatoes, corn, and deep-pit barbecuing—are adopted from Southeast American Indian tribes. Sugar, flour, milk, and eggs come from Europe; and the appreciation for fried foods is a favorite from Scotland. 

Food that's good for your soul

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

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

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

Click here to make a reservation

    •     Spicy Smoked Sausage, Succotash, Sweet Corn Coulis, and Tabasco Onion Rings
    • Roasted Baby Carrots and Cauliflower, White Bean Stew & Fried Green Tomatoes


    • Fried Green Tomatoes, Remoulade, Pickled Sweet Okra Relish


    • Black-Eyed Pea & Tasso Casserole, Roasted Tomato, Green Apple Beurre Blanc, Garnished with Crispy Leeks
    • White Cheddar Stone Ground Grits, Slow-Cooked Collard Greens, Roasted Root Vegetable & Natural Pan Au Jus
    • Spicy Tasso Ham, Einkorn Wheat Berries Hash, Roasted Chateau Potatoes, Curried Apples & Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce





Recipe: Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

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

Cranberry Gingerbread Cake

  • 2 2/3 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup butter

  • 1 cup boiling water

  • 1 cup molasses

  • 1 ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350F 

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers to Our NEW Craft Cocktail Menu!

We're shaking things up behind the bar here at Michael's On East. Our team of mixologists has worked hard to develop innovative new craft cocktails with inspiration from available local ingredients and the restaurant’s international relationships.

The Cape Town Sundowner cocktail is inspired by Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber’s experience enjoying a classic safari ‘sundowner’ cocktail while leading the biennial Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip to South Africa. “I’ll never forget our first sip of a sundowner with Inverroche while visiting Londolozi Game Reserve. We knew immediately it was a special part of Africa we’d like to offer our friends back at home!” explained Klauber.

Whether a guest prefers sweet, rich, or fresh drinks, there are enticing options for any palate. 

These Insta-worthy creations own their intriguing names such as Fu Lang Chang, Hola Santo, and Green with Envy. There's something for everyone from modern twists on old favorites to new handcrafted creations.

The NEW Craft Cocktails Menu

Designed to offer a variety of tastes to suit happy hour, lunch or dinner, the new cocktail creations include:




  • Stoli Blueberry Vodka
  • Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Blueberry Basil Oleo Saccharum
  • Garnish with Lemon Twist, Basil and Blueberry




  • Cucumber infused Banyan Reserve Vodka
  • Jalapeno Cilantro Syrup
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with Cucumber Wheel




  • Santo Mezquila
  • Cocchi Rosa
  • Velvet Falernum
  • Garnish with Orange Twist and Cherry




  • Inverroche Verdant Gin 
  • Yellow Chartreuse 
  • Pink Peppercorn Syrup
  • Fresh Lime Juice
  • Garnish with Lime Twist




  • Cardhu “12 Year”
  • Cherry Heering Liqueur
  • Antica Rosso Vermouth
  • Fresh Orange Juice
  • Garnished with Orange Twist




  • Santo Blanco Tequila
  • Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  • Joffrey’s Espresso
  • Chocolate Bitters


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  • Banyan Reserve Vodka
  • St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur 
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh Lemon Juice




  • Makers Mark Bourbon
  • Vanilla Liqueur
  • Muddled Orange & Cherry




  • Inverroche Amber Gin
  • Pink Tonic
  • Orange Twist

 "This time of year there's a lot to celebrate," said Klauber. "Whether it's holiday fun with friends and family, some well-deserved time off from work, or looking forward to the New Year, Michael’s On East has the perfect way to ‘toast’ to the season. 

You can enjoy the new cocktails while enjoying lunch or dinner, and weekly during Happy Hour, Tuesday through Saturday from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. At the  “All-Night” Happy Hour on Mondays from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Michael’s On East selects a local nonprofit to support each month by donating 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge on Mondays. 

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