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

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!

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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

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