Meet the Mixologist: Jonathan McPherson 

Jonathan McPherson joined the team at Michael's On East last year having worked in the hospitality industry for 15+ years. And what a fabulous addition he has been to the team!

With CMS Level 1 credentials, he helped wine collectors navigate our massive inventory at Michael's Wine Cellar before settling into a permanent position behind the bar in the Restaurant. He's lived in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida, more specifically calling AAA Four Diamond Restaurants Zoes Steak and Seafood (Virginia Beach, VA), Kimball's Kitchen (Duck, NC) and Michael's On East (Sarasota, FL) home over the past five years.

Mixologist Jonathan McPherson

Jonathan loves what he does. "I couldn't ask for a better profession. I bring smiles to people's faces by getting what they want in their glass," he says.

At Michael's On East, we appreciate Jonathan's creativity and commitment as a mixologist who brings smiles to our guests' faces in the Lounge whether they are craving a classic martini or ready to experience one of his unique craft cocktails. 

If you'd like to cheer Jonathan on in a fablous cocktail competition, you're invited to purchase tickets to "Set the Bar" presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals on Thursday, October 4 at Aloft Sarasota. 

Set the Bar is back for another round, this year featuring the finest whiskey cocktails on the Suncoast crafted with Four Roses Bourbon! Join the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and the Child Protection Center for the 2nd Annual Set the Bar Cocktail Competition featuring 13 local bartenders from Original member restaurants who will compete for the exclusive title of Top Bartender on the Bay. Click here for full details and tickets.

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