Recipe: Spanish Hog Snapper

Pan-Seared Hog Snapper Saffron Sofrito, PEI Mussels & Grilled Longaniza Sausage

Created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda as part of the Spanish Epicurean Adventure in September 2017. This dish will be featured on the dinner menu through September 30th at Michael’s On East. This recipe will be featured on ABC 7's noon news broadcast as part of Chef Judi's Dish on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

RECIPE: Spanish Hog Snapper - Serves 6 

For the Sofrito Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano, crushed
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped(optional)
  • 3/4 cup Canned Tomato Sauce

Method:

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the bell pepper and sauté until tender. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and bay leaves. Continue cooking until the mixture looks like a green paste with oil around it. Stir in the (optional) tomatoes and continue cooking, stirring until all of the liquid is released. Gradually stir in the tomato sauce. Simmer until the sauce becomes a vibrant red color. Taste, and adjust with additional seasonings if desired. Remove bay leaves and set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.

For the Hog Snapper:

  • 6 7 oz Hog Snapper fillets
  • 2 oz Olive Oil
  • 18 oz Grilled Smocked Longaniza (cut on a bias) Tip: This angled cut creates elongated, oval-shaped sections which result in an elegant presentation.
  • 24 each Black Mussels
  • 1 cup Clam Juice 
  • Salt and Fresh Black Pepper

Method:

In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add the oil. Season both sides of the fish fillets with salt and pepper. Sear the fish on both sides, add the mussels, Sofrito sauce and clam juice and let simmer until the mussels are open. Add the sausage pieces.

To Plate:

Using six pasta bowls, evenly portion one fish fillet, 4 mussels and sausage slices into each bowl.  Ladle the sauce on top of the fish and serve!

(If you’re interested in adding a starch, Chef Jamil suggests serving with grilled garlic bread or rice. This month at Michael’s On East, he’ll be offering this dish with potato Allumettes.)

Restaurant, Wine Cellar & Catering Reopening after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Radar over SarasotaOur team continues to report in safely with minimal damage to personal property. We are so thankful Irma weakened before reaching our local area, and we continue to think of all those less fortunate down south and in the islands. A few notices about our expected operations this week:

We are hopeful the restaurant will be able to open for Thursday evening. The wine cellar and catering operations will follow suit. Of course, the situation is fluid and subject.

We will also keep you informed as our cafe at Selby Gardens is able to return to normal operations.

Safari Sarasota 2017 Events

Safari Sarasota

Klaubers with Anna Ridgewell

Klaubers with Anna Ridgewell at Londolozi Game Reserve

Inspired by the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travels, the passion to support digital learning in rural areas of South Africa, and to honor an important legacy, our very own Safari Sarasota was created! Please join us for SAFARI SARASOTA events with Chef Anna Ridgewell from South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve! Michael and Terri Klauber invite you to join them for a series of exciting events this fall.

Held bi-annually in Sarasota since 2013, a series of "Safari Sarasota" events benefit the All Heart Fund, which was created in honor of Leanna Knopik, a 16-year-old Sarasota native who passed away almost a year after visiting some of South Africa’s most remote communities. It had been Leanna’s dream to support children and education in South Africa and, over the last two years, the All Heart Fund, in partnership with South African not-for-profit organization, Good Work Foundation, has provided digital literacy access to over 1,500 South African schoolchildren per week.

Kate Terri Beth AnnaKate Groch, Terri Klauber, Beth Knopik & Anna Ridgewell

Joining us from out of town? We are pleased to share our host properties offering special accommodations rates through the weekend of Safari Sarasota 2017:

Please secure your room reservation now for SAFARI SARASOTA with Chef Anna Ridgewell from South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve!
Interactive Cooking Dinner: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6 pm
Sponsorships: $1,000-10,000 ~Patron Tickets: $300
General Admission Tickets: $200 
Reservations Required ~ Limited Availability for Sponsorships & Tickets
This is a not-to-miss dining experience which will electrify the Michael’s On East Ballroom!
Safari Sarasota 2015 Interactive Dinner at Michael’s On East Ballroom

Safari Sarasota Guests Cooking

Join us for an evening of African gourmet food and friends featuring award-winning South African wines, an interactive safari-inspired dining experience with one of Africa’s top safari lodge chefs, and a celebration of the All Heart Fund, a Sarasota-based initiative that is helping to deliver education technology to rural, low-income South African schoolchildren.

Be prepared to COOK table-side as each guest becomes a"chef" and takes turns cooking at your table! Guests follow along with Chef Anna's simple recipe instructions and prepare each course with pre-measured ingredients for their table. Fabulous South African wines will be served alongside each of the four courses too! 

Happy Chefs at Safari Sarasota 2015!

Bush Wine Dinner: Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 pm

A magical evening awaits under the Banyan Trees & African Sky at Selby Gardens as Chef Anna presents a traditional “bush dinner” perfectly paired with South African wines.

SOLD OUT!

Wine Dinner at Selby Gardens Selby Gardens Special Event 2016 (non-safari event)

South African Wine Tasting: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2-4 pm

A casual, walk-about tasting with prized wines from the Cape Winelands will be the perfect finish to Safari Sarasota festivities.

Individual tickets: $10 2-4 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar

Click here to register now for the South African Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 4. 

Reservations for all events will be opening in the coming weeks. Contact Michael’s On East Event Staff to express your interest or secure sponsorship details: 941-366-0007, ext. 230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safari Sarasota 2017 is presented as a series of events in support of the All Heart Fund established in honor of Leanna Knopik at South Africa’s Good Work Foundation.

Safari Sarasota Events Benefit the All Heart Fund

Leanna All Heart FundLeanna Knopik

A fundraiser for the All Heart Fund of the Good Work Foundation, a nonprofit in South Africa which delivers digital-era literacy education and career-training to children and adults living in rural communities.  Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell and Kate Groch, CEO and Co-Founder of the Good Work Foundation and curator of the All Heart Fund, will journey from South Africa to host an interactive dining experience in the Michael’s On East Ballroom.

Michael’s On East is thrilled to host this special opportunity for guests to enjoy the flavors of the historic Spice Route paired with some of South Africa's finest wines.

Special Friendships in South Africa

Michael and Terri Klauber have become close with Chef Anna and the entire Good Work Foundation team in South African through a shared passion for this important cause and enthusiasm for the magical land of South Africa explored bi-annually on Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys.

Klaubers with Anna RidgewellAnna Ridgewell, Terri Klauber, Michael Klauber and Linky Nkuna at the new GWF school

GWF USA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports a mission to deliver digital literacy education and career training to people living in rural, often neglected areas of southern Africa. 

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Happy Hour for the Roskamp Institute

The Restaurant will be closed this Monday on Labor Day, but we look forward to serving you throughout the month of September 2017 - including a special happy hour opportunity each Wednesday evening in support of the Roskamp Institute​. Roskamp Institute Happy Hour

Spanish Epicurean Adventure Begins After Labor Day

SEPTEMBER 2017: SPANISH EPICUREAN ADVENTURE

The Michael's On East culinary team met their monthly challenge yet again! Offering monthly menus inspired by the world's most exotic food and wine meccas, the Restaurant's Epicurean Adventure this September will present a culinary experience inspired by Spain. 

The Michael’s On East three-course Spanish Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, September 5-30, 2017. 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 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

DINNER MENU

Starters

Oxtail Empanadas de Matorca
Piquillo Pepper Crema
 
Citrus Shrimp & Calamari Salad
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho & Watercress
 
Dinner Entrees

Pan-Seared Hog Snapper
Saffron Sofrito, PEI Mussels,Grilled Longaniza Sausage & Potato Allumettes
 
Fennel-Braised Pork Belly
Spanish Caldo de Fava Beans & Escarole with Crispy Baby Artichokes
 
Grilled Paprika-Crusted Skirt Steak
Fingerling Potatoes, Chorizo, Edamame, Pearl Onion Hash, Catalan Sauce, Yucca Frita & Grilled Red Onions
 
Desserts

Tarta de Santiago Almond Cake with Zest of Orange & Lemon
Candied Orange Peel & Cardamom Panna Cotta
 
Dark Chocolate Flan
Flaky Hazelnut Twists
 

LUNCH MENU

Lunch Entrees

Paella de Barcelona
Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken & Chorizo in Light Citrus-Saffron Rice
 
Pan-Seared Black Cod Sandwich
Serrano Ham, Piquillo Peppers, White Anchovies, Baby Arugula, Tomato & Spanish Olive Tapenade on Sourdough Bread Served with Paprika Potato Chips
 
Desserts

Tarta de Santiago Almond Cake with Zest of Orange & Lemon
Candied Orange Peel & Cardamom Panna Cotta
 
Dark Chocolate Flan
Flaky Hazelnut Twists
 
 
Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. To make online reservations, click here, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224. 

Join Our Team: Catering Administrative Assistant

Our legendary Michael's Events & Catering operation is seeking the ideal candidate to join the dynamic and fast-paced environment. This key position will work closely with Co-Proprietor Philip Mancini as his right hand, in a role which serves a variety of private client events and corporate functions while also supporting dozens of nonprofit causes each year through the organization of fundraising galas, luncheons and special events.  A Catering Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing management with administrative support including, typing, filing, answering telephones, taking messages, maintaining appointment calendar, updating banquet event orders and other general office duties. The ideal candidate is service oriented, self-motivated, even tempered, approachable and flexible. Interested in Joining Our Team?   The hiring timeframe will be swift for this key position at Michael’s On East. Be sure to submit your application materials now. Please submit your resume for consideration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.  JOB DESCRIPTION Specifically, you would be responsible for the following:
  • Partners with the Catering sales staff to ensure clients’ needs are met, completes assigned tasks.
  • Updates banquet event orders and calls in changes.
  • Gathers all pertinent information for meetings.
  • Ensures calendars/schedules are accurate, up to date.
  • Monitors deadlines and follows-up to ensure guarantees & payments are timely.
  • Distributes all information gathered on meetings, banquets and special events to staff.
  • Completes & issues required correspondence thank you notes, notices, memos, etc.
  • Checks-in linen orders.
  • Ensures each Catering file is complete/accurate and submits to Accounting accurate final billings the day following an event.
  • Strong telephone etiquette and shows genuine care and concern for customer’s needs.
  • Attends and participates in all required meetings.
  • Completes assigned special projects.
  • Reports to work on time and in professional business attire.
  • Coordinates tastings for prospective clients & show table mock-ups.
  • Inputs BEOs for tastings and amenities.
  • Organizes sales collateral, menus and office supplies; ensuring adequate inventories
  • Orders and maintains office supplies and equipment. Maintains files and equipment in an orderly and professional manner.
  • Uses the property’s email system and maintains their email box, as is policy. Additionally, this position may or may not have access and/or control over the email box of Phil Mancini.
  • Greets internal and external customers in a friendly and professional manner. Announces visitors and/or handles requests, as appropriate.
  • Ensure load sheets are copied.
  • Keep linen orders up-to-date.
  • Keeps catering menus current and in File Maker Pro.
  • Looks up the availability of spaces on and off property so there are no conflicts.
  • Posts function sheets downstairs one day prior to events.
  • Workday is 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (30 minutes for lunch).
EDUCATION High school graduate or equivalent preferred. Additional training and education is highly desirable.   EXPERIENCE
  • Requires 1 year administrative support experience.
  • Experience with Apple IOS.
  • Previous File Maker Pro experience preferred
  • Previous work experience should include working in a high-volume environment
  SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to read, listen and communicates effectively in English and in writing, using correct grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
  • Prepare official correspondence on behalf of management for both external and internal communications verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time and continuously perform the essential job functions.
  • Ability to effectively deal with internal and external customers, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to type 45 wpm.
  • Ability to effectively transcribe information from handwritten memos and recordings.
  Michael's On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Founded on April 27, 1987, Michael's On East is 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 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.

Time to Book Holiday Parties

It's hard to believe, but it's time to finalize your holiday event plans! Our Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini wanted to offer a few photos for party inspiration. Contact our catering offices to check date availability for the Ballroom, Wine Cellar, Restaurant, Bay Preserve at Osprey and Selby Gardens as the calendar is starting to fill up quickly. It will be our team's honor to cater your personal or corporate holiday party this year!  White event in Ballroom with Christmas lights Wine Cellar Night Club Party White event in ballroom Ballroom event with red lanterns

Recipe: Butter-Roasted Flounder

FlounderButter-Roasted Flounder Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc, Brown Butter Sage, Toasted Almonds,  Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Potato Allumettes Created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and featured on the award-winning Restaurant’s lunch menu.  Serves 4 For the Flounder 4 7oz pieces of Flounder filets  3 Tablespoons Olive Oil Salt and Black Pepper to taste  Method In a non-stick sauté pan over high heat, add the oil. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Sear the fish until golden brown on both sides. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.  For the Brussels Sprouts  24 each Brussels Sprouts (Shaved)  2 tablespoons Olive Oil  Salt and Black Pepper  Method  In a non-stick sauté pan over medium high heat, sauté the sprouts with oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Beurre Blanc  2 cups White Wine  1 Shallots, minced ¾ cup Champagne Vinegar  1 lb Butter ½ quarts Heavy Cream Pinch of Sugar 1 Tablespoon Grain Mustard  Salt and Pepper to taste Method Reduce the wine with the shallots, sugar, and vinegar 3/4 of the way. Add cream and reduce again until you see heavy bubbles. Whisk the butter slowly until all the butter is emulsified. Add the mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Brown Butter ½ lb Unsalted Butter 2 Tablespoons Toasted Almonds  1 Teaspoon Fresh Sage, chopped Method In a small sauce pan, add the butter and cook over high heat until it starts to turn brown. Add the sage and almonds. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Allumettes    2 Baking Potatoes  1 qt Frying Oil Salt to taste  Method Wash potatoes. Slice into 1/4-inch thick slices, then into 1/4-inch sticks. Wash thoroughly in cold water. Drain well. Deep fry in batches at 350 degrees until potatoes are cooked, but not brown. At serving time, increase the oil temperature to 375 degrees. Fry potatoes in batches, until golden brown. Sprinkle with salt. To Plate On four large plates, spoon the Brussels Sprouts in the middle of the plate. Top with fish, spoon the brown butter mix on top of the fish, then the beurre blanc across the fish. On the middle of the fish garnish with the fried potato allumettes and serve! 

Thai Epicurean Adventure

AUGUST 2017: THAI EPICUREAN ADVENTURE The Michael's On East culinary team met their monthly challenge yet again! Offering monthly menus inspired by the world's most exotic food and wine meccas, the Restaurant's Epicurean Adventure this August will present a culinary experience inspired by Thailand.  The Michael’s On East three-course Thai Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, August 1-September 2, 2017. 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. DINNER MENU STARTERS
Bleu-Crab Curry Laksa Soup Fresh Cilantro & Coconut Tomato Sambal Chicken Satay Cucumber-Mint Yogurt & Spicy Peanut Sauce
DINNER ENTREES
Hot & Sour Shrimp Noodles Kaffir Lime Leaf, Ginger-Mushroom Broth, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Vermicelli Noodles & Crispy Taro Ribbons Curry-Braised Lamb Shanks Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Fennel, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Thai Basil and Roasted Peanuts Spicy Sambal Matah Grilled Chicken Cilantro-Cashew Jasmine Rice, Garlic-Scented Steamed Baby Bok Choy, Fresh Cucumber & Beefsteak Tomatoes
DESSERTS
Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice Mangoes, Black Sesame Tuiles & Mango Sorbet Cinnamon-Sugared Pastry Lime-Zested Pastry Bowl, Toasted Coconut Ice Cream & Carmelized Bananas
LUNCH MENU
LUNCH ENTREES
Thai Basil Chicken & Toasted Cashews Bird Eye Chilis, Oyster Sauce, Light Sweet-Soy Reduction, Yellow & Red Peppers, Fresh Tomato, Jasmine Rice & Fried Duck Egg Sauteéd Shrimp in Coconut Curry & Peanut Sauce Shallots, Bell Peppers, Dried Chili, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Lemon-Grass & Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Tossed with Vermicelli Noodles
DESSERTS
Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice Mangoes, Black Sesame Tuiles & Mango Sorbet Cinnamon-Sugared Pastry Lime-Zested Pastry Bowl, Toasted Coconut Ice Cream & Carmelized Bananas
Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. To make online reservations, click here, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224. 

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

Kosher Catering On-Premise

This past weekend our team hosted a men's tisch in the Restaurant, women's tisch in the Wine Cellar, ceremony in the Ballroom, cocktails back in the Restaurant, followed by dinner back in the Ballroom. What an honor it was to produce all of these wedding festivities all under the supervision of Rabbi Steinmetz. Kosher Catering - Wedding Ceremony Setup in Ballroom If you're interested in hosting a private function at Michael's or catering for a special event off-premise, please click here to request a proposal. 

Caribbean Epicurean Adventure

JULY 2017: CARIBBEAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE Caribbean CuisineThe Michael’s On East three-course Caribbean Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, July 5-31, 2017. 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 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Michael’s On East will be closed on the 4th of July. Please note this featured menu will begin on Wednesday, July 5.) DINNER MENU STARTERS
Sugar Cane Skewered Citrus BBQ Shrimp Jicama Slaw & Toasted Coconut Jerked Pork Belly Slider Pickled Red Onions, Fresh Cilantro, Spicy Adobo Mayo & Angel Hair Onion Rings
DINNER ENTREES
Pan-Seared Hog Snapper Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Fingerling Potato Chips, Jamaican Curry-Coconut Broth & Baby Arugula Salad Roasted Adobo Cornish Hen Crispy Yucca, Grilled Pineapple, Coconut Salsa & Spiced Roasted Root Vegetables Jerked Pork Tenderloin Grilled Zucchini, Sweet Plantains, Red Bean & Rice Timbale with Sangria Gastric
DESSERTS
Myers’s Rum Chocolate Mousse Mango Purée, Cashew & Candied Ginger Bark Caramelized Pineapple & Coconut Milk Bread Pudding Demerara Brown Sugar Sauce & Coconut Lime Sorbet
LUNCH MENU
LUNCH ENTREES Jamaican Zucchini & Shrimp Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice, Bell Peppers, Garlic, Fresh Cilantro, Ginger & Light Curry-Coconut Broth
Grilled Adobo Skirt Steak Crispy Yucca, Roasted Plum Tomato, Mango-Ginger Mojo Baby Arugula Salad & Tempura Asparagus
DESSERTS Myers’s Rum Chocolate Mousse Mango Purée, Cashew & Candied Ginger Bark Caramelized Pineapple & Coconut Milk Bread Pudding Demerara Brown Sugar Sauce & Coconut Lime Sorbet
Click here for details about this month's wine pairings from Michael's Wine Cellar.  Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. To make online reservations, click here, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224. 

Monday Happy Hour Support Designing Daughters

Designing DaughtersWe continue our All-Night Happy Hour on Mondays, now in support of Designing Daughters each Monday through July and August!  Please join us to take advantage of $6 beverage specials (Michael's Private Label Wines, Well Cocktails and Draft Beers) from 5-9 pm each Monday in the Michael's On East Lounge. Click here to learn more about Designing Daughters.

Mighty Murf Burger on ABC 7's Suncoast View

Blended Mushroom Burger - Chef JamilChef Jamil stepped back into the kitchen at ABC 7 today to share a special recipe with our friends at Suncoast View! Tune in at 4 pm today, 9 amtomorrow (Wednesday), or watch online at mysuncoast.com for the full segment as Chef Jamil discusses The James Beard Foundation's Blended Burger Project and our Mighty Murf Burger.  We also invite you to vote for Michael's On East as part of this James Beard Contest daily through July 31. Please click here to vote now!

GCCC TRIP: Experiencing the Wilds of Tanzania & Cape Winelands

GCCC Africa Group PhotoThe first stage of this summer's Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey has concluded and our GCCC travelers were indeed fortunate enough to witness The Great Migration in Tanzania. Michael & Terri Klauber are leading 65 GCCC members, together with our partners at Admiral Travel International, on this amazing food and wine journey! We hope you'll enjoy a few photo highlights by Michael and Terri Klauber.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more photos as the group(s) continue through the Cape Winelands in South Africa. In fact, the group recently arrived at Londolozi Game Reserve and have been reunited with the Klaubers' good friend Londolozi's Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell! If you are ready to join the GCCC's next culinary journey around the world, take a look at the special 2018 itineraries now available: Sip & Savor Europe& Taste of the British IslesGCCC Africa Lion Safari Vehicles Animals Running GCCC Africa Group Photo Elephants GCCC Africa - Room in Tanzania

Weddings at Selby Gardens: Photos by Jordan Weiland Photography

Bride at Cafe - Selby WeddingSpecial thanks to Jordan Weiland Photography for sharing a few gorgeous images from another gorgeous wedding at Selby Gardens. Congratulations again to the happy couple, Elizabeth and Terry! Contact Amy Donnellan (via 941-366-0007, ext. 238 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to arrange for a tour of the Gardens' venues or click here to request a proposal for a wedding or private function at Selby Gardens.  The Michael's On East team is proud to serve as the Gardens' exclusive culinary partner.  Selby Wedding - Jordan Weiland Photography - Elizabeth and Terry Great Lawn Wedding at Selby Gardens - Jordan Weiland Photography Selby Wedding - Jordan Weiland Photography - Elizabeth and Terry

Sarasota Epicurean Adventure 2017

Sarasota Cod - June 2017You'll enjoy a few bonus days to try our current Sarasota Epicurean Adventure, continuing through July 3 in the Restaurant!  DINNER MENU STARTERS Crawfish Fritters Red Onion Relish, Tobiko Caviar and Lime Soy-Sweet Chili Sauce Blue Crab, Roasted Tomato & Jalapeño Bisque  Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa DINNER ENTREES Pan-Seared Black Grouper Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potato Chips, Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Thyme-Scented Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Pancetta & Clam Chowder Manchester Farm Grilled Quail Roasted Pearl Onions, Edamame, Sweet Potato & Parsnip Hash, Baby Arugula Salad & Burgundy au Jus Fig & Espresso-Braised Kobe Short Ribs Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard, Parsnip Purée & Chive au Jus DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers LUNCH MENU  LUNCH ENTREES Grilled Spiced Skirt Steak Piquillo Pepper Romesco Sauce, Creamer Potato and Pancetta Hash, & Caramelized Pearl Onions, topped with Duck Egg Pan-Roasted Black Cod Crawfish Broth, Chorizo, Fingerling Potato Chips, Garlic Scented Broccolini & Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers WINE PAIRINGS 8.00 each during Lunch 15.00 for the pair during Dinner   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 July 3, Michael’s On East will extend the featured multi-course menus for $38.95 during dinner and $19.95 during lunch. Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239. For reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations

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.

Double Point Days & Wine Lovers Thursdays

  SnapperSummer 2017: Double Points Days Begin Today in the Restaurant Plus This Thursday in the Wine Cellar Michael's summertime offerings* (exclusive to Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members) begin today, Monday, May 15 and continue through October! Michael's On East Earn Double Points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner in the Restaurant. Plus GCCC members enjoy half-priced bottles of wine during lunch or dinner on "Wine Lovers Thursdays" in the Restaurant beginning this Thursday, May 18. As an independently-owned and operated restaurant, Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini are proud to showcase dozens of family-owned and operated wineries through the wine program at Michael's On East.  In fact, a majority of our wines are sourced from individuals Michael has had the privilege of knowing personally for decades. We encourage you to take advantage of this special offer every Thursday - and discover a few new favorite wines from our award-winning wine list! Michael's Wine Cellar Shop in-store and earn Double Points on Thursdays, 10 am - 6 pm. Michael's Wine Cellar offers premium & boutique spirits, imported & craft beers and more than 200 boutique wines under $20. Shop for great South African values, cult cabs from California and classics of the Old World including collectible and highly-rated Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône wines. *Not valid with any other offers or discounts.  Click here to make online reservations at Michael's On East. We look forward to seeing you soon as you continue to make the most of your membership in the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. We love rewarding you for your good taste! Click here to visit the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club website.  

Savor Sarasota 2017 Menu

Sarasota Sarasota 2017In celebration of “Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week,” Michael’s On East will offer specialty lunch ($16) and dinner ($32) menus, June 1-14, 2017. To learn more about participating restaurants in the 2017 Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week(s!) organized by Visit Sarasota County, click here. DINNER MENU STARTERS Crawfish Fritters Red Onion Relish, Tobiko Caviar and Lime Soy-Sweet Chili Sauce Blue Crab, Roasted Tomato & Jalapeño Bisque  Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa DINNER ENTREES Pan-Seared Black Grouper Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potato Chips, Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Thyme-Scented Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Pancetta & Clam Chowder Manchester Farm Grilled Quail Roasted Pearl Onions, Edamame, Sweet Potato & Parsnip Hash, Baby Arugula Salad & Burgundy au Jus Fig & Espresso-Braised Kobe Short Ribs Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard, Parsnip Purée & Chive au Jus DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers LUNCH MENU  LUNCH ENTREES Grilled Spiced Skirt Steak Piquillo Pepper Romesco Sauce, Creamer Potato and Pancetta Hash, & Caramelized Pearl Onions, topped with Duck Egg Pan-Roasted Black Cod Crawfish Broth, Chorizo, Fingerling Potato Chips, Garlic Scented Broccolini & Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers WINE PAIRINGS 8.00 each during Lunch 15.00 for the pair during Dinner   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. Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant located at  1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239. For reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations