Chef Talk with Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe

Catherine Tighe Pastry ChefIt's true. She's back, and we couldn't be happier! Chef Catherine returned to the Michael's Pastry Shop at the start of high season this year after a brief sabbatical (traveling from Oregon to Europe and back to Florida!). Thanks to the Herald-Tribune Media Group for profiling our own Catherine Tighe in this week's Chef Talk. Click here to read the complete article. 

VIDEO: Michael's on the Bay

Michael's is proud to serve as the exclusive culinary partner for all functions celebrated at Selby Gardens. We look forward to catering your next special event at Michael's on the Bay!  Allow us to introduce you to Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens:  Michael's on the Bay Candles NYEMichael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens is Sarasota’s premiere indoor event facility which was remodeled in the summer of 2016. The 4,800 square-foot venue has 80 feet of glass windows that provide unobstructed bay and sunset views. This comfortable space has a contemporary feel with organic, neutral tones to enhance the garden’s natural beauty. This venue features an outdoor balcony, theatrical lighting and modern interior design features, with the contemporary indoor space complimented by 5,000 sq/ft outdoor pre-function space on the bayfront.  (Capacity - 250 Seated / 350 Theater / 450 Cocktail Reception)

Whiskey Obsession Festival 2017

Whiskey Obsession FestivalHere's the full update from the festival producer about this year's Whiskey Obsession Festival: Classes, Panel, Live Music Schedule The Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival (WOF) will be held from March 29 to April 1, 2017 in Sarasota, Florida. Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, panel discussion, cigars, VIP pours, live music street party, and grand tasting with 250 whiskies to sample. Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors are present to share their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits. Wednesday, March 29, 2017 The Glenmorangie Experience Grain vs. Grape Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The first toast of the Fifth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be Moët & Chandon champagne at the The Glenmorangie Experience Grain vs. Grape Dinner. Brand Ambassador Dan Crowell will lead guests through a five course meal starring Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whiskies paired deconstruction style with fortified and dessert wines including sherry, port, Madeira, and Sauternes. Each course is paired with a special menu created by SYC Executive Chef Anthony Puccio. Tickets are $125 per person. Thursday, March 30, 2017 Bartender Academy @ The Francis, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bartenders and spirits industry professionals are invited to the trade-exclusive Bartender Academy at The Francis. Distinguished distillers, ambassadors, and mixologists from Brown Forman, Louis Vitton Moët Hennesy , Glengoyne, Michter’s, Tap Whisky, and Breakthru Beverage will demonstrate of range of skills related to molecular mixology, ice cutting, sous-vide infusions, reinventing traditional cocktails with a whiskey focus, and more. Tickets are $20 per person. Super VIP Dinner with Chris Morris @ The Francis, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - SOLD OUT Super VIP Dinner with Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller and President of the Kentucky Distiller’s Association. The dinner with guest of honor Chris Morris will be held at The Francis on Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Tickets are $125 per person. The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting and Discussion @ The Francis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Join eight distillers and brand ambassadors for this unique interactive panel and tasting as they share their favorite spirits. Guests will sample a broad range of sixteen world whiskies, accompanied by light bites and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 100 guests. Panelists are: Dan Crowell, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Ambassador Rob Dietrich, Stranahan’s Distiller Gardner Dunn, Yamazaki Ambassador Chris Leggat, Douglas Laing Ambassador Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller & the Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers Association Philip Pepperdine, Bowmore Ambassador Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator - Diageo Reserve Portfolio Malcolm Waring, Old Pulteney Distillery Manager
Friday, March 31, 2017 Lunch Master Classes, 12:00 p.m, to 2:00 p.m.
  • State Street Eatery. $35 per person includes lunch and whiskies. Glenfiddich Family Spirits Single Malt Scotch with Tracie Franklin, Brand Ambassador.
  • The Bijou Cafe. $35 per person includes lunch and whiskies. East Meets West: Beam Suntory Japanese & American Whiskey Showcase with Gardner Dunn and Philip Pepperdine, Brand Ambassadors.
  • Super VIP Master Class with the Balvenie, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Michael’s Wine Cellar. Limited to 30 guests. Join Balvenie Ambassador Gemma Paterson for a flight of the Single Barrel range and other premium single malt Scotch. $60 per person includes light bites and premium whiskies.
Grand Tasting and Master Classes, Michael’s On East (See times below) With over 250 whiskies available to sample, the Grand Tasting features dozens of the world’s premium global brands as well as many emerging craft distillers. Taught by industry professionals, our six seminar-style master classes present an opportunity for in-depth learning at these interactive tastings with distillers and professional brand ambassadors. VIP guests enjoy early class reservations beginning February 15.
  • 5:00 p.m. Super VIP Master Class with the Balvenie Single Malt Scotch
  • 6:30 p.m. VIP Admission
  • 7:30 p.m. General Admission
  • 8:00 p.m. Class I, II, and III
  • 9:15 p.m. Class IV, V, VI
  • 10:30 p.m. Last Pour
  • 10:45 p.m. After Party at Made RestaurantMaster Class Session 1, 8:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Class I Class IV Class V Class VI
Exploring Trends in American Craft Whiskey with Michael Ring, Brown Forman Brand Champion The Future of Smooth Ambler with John Foster, Distiller Glenmorangie: Wood Finishes and More with Dan Crowell, Brand Ambassador Master Class Session 2, 9:15 pm to 10:00 pm
Class II Class III
Scottish Brogues and Spanish Bodegas: The Love Story of Scotch and Sherry with Todd Richman, National Whiskey Educator - Diageo Reserve Portfolio The Patriotic Rise of Rye with Whistle Pig Master Distiller Dave Pickerell Cigar and Whisky Pairing with Dan Crowell, Glenmorangie and Ardbeg Brand Ambassador
Three ticket levels are available: VIP $195:
  • VIP admission is limited to 150 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and one hour early entrance at 6:30 pm.
  • VIP hour pours of ultra-premium, fine, expensive, and rare spirits (details will be available on the event website).
  • One $50 retail voucher for purchases and special orders placed on Friday, March 31, 2017 during the Whiskey Obsession Festival grand tasting.
  • Greater opportunity to interact with distillery ambassadors and industry professionals.
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Priority seating at small group seminar classes (first come first served).
  • Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d' oeuvres.
General Admission $95:
  • General admission is limited to 500 guests and includes one commemorative Glencairn glass and entrance at 7:30 pm
  • Unlimited tasting of over 200 spirits.
  • Seating as available at small group seminar classes (first come first served).
  • Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d' oeuvres
Companion $45:
  • Companion admission is limited to 75 guests and includes entrance with VIP or general admission ticket holders.
  • Wine, soft drinks, buffet and hors d' oeuvres.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 Bourbon Rock & Blues Bash Powered by Woodford Reserve, 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Whiskey Obsession Festival partners with Gator Club and the Harvey Milk Festival to conclude its series of events with the Bourbon Rock and Blues Bash, powered by Woodford Reserve. This free downtown Sarasota street party (between Lemon and State) will feature Brown Forman cocktails, craft beer, local food vendors and five local, regional and national rock and blues acts. This year’s lineup includes headliner Lower Dens, the praised indie pop-rock band from Baltimore, Maryland whose latest LP ‘Escape from Evil’ got a ‘Best New Music’ nod from Pitchfork and made the year-end ‘best of’ list on Gorilla vs. Bear. Florida southern rock and blues favorite Thomas Wynn and The Believers (Orlando) and Americana-flavored rock band Have Gun Will Travel (Bradenton) will also join, along with psych-rockers Luxury Mane (St. Petersburg) and local favorite RJ Howson (Sarasota) keeping the party alive until 1 a.m. Sarasota is a beautiful resort community on the Gulf of Mexico, an hour south of Tampa and two hours from Orlando. Sarasota boasts award winning beaches like Siesta Key as well as activities like golf, fishing, shopping, sports, polo, and fine dining. Cultural assets and performing arts abound, including opera, ballet, theatre, symphony, and live music. Tickets and information are available at whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

La Boîte à Pain Food Truck at Selby Gardens

LaBoite a Pain Food Truck at Selby GardensOfficially called La Boîte à Pain ("The Bread Box", the Michael's On East culinary team is thrilled to offer "French street food" from our brand-new food truck at Selby Gardens during the special exhibition, Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams (through July 2017). Michael's is the exclusive culinary partner for the Gardens, so you can bet remarkable French delicacies will be featured in the Selby House Café by Michael's On East as well.  Located within the historic Selby House on-premise at Selby Gardens, the Cafe (as well as the new food truck) is open to Gardens visitors and members.  Food Truck with Ellen, Jamil, Michael

Baltimore Menu Honors the Orioles

Orioles Bird for Baltimore MenuThe culinary team at Michael’s On East provides you a new reason to join us each and every month – at least once! – as we design new Epicurean Adventures at our fine dining restaurant. These unique monthly menus often feature the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations, but this March, Chef Jamil Pineda and his team will be offering a “crackerjack” menu in celebration of the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training season in Sarasota. Stay tuned as we are set to unveil the two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95) Baltimore Epicurean Adventure menu next week!  Click here to make online reservations at Michael's On East. 

Holiday Brunches 2017: Easter & Mother's Day

Each spring, Michael’s On East opens its Restaurant's doors on two extra-special Sundays for luscious brunch buffets.  Please join us for a holiday brunch on Easter Sunday or Mother's Day this year!   Easter Sunday Brunch Sunday, April 16, 2017 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 14, 2017 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Holiday Brunch Buffets: Adults: $54.95 Children ages 3-10: $19.95 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 click here or call for reservations: 941-366-0007, ext. 224. Reservations are required and space is limited for these popular holiday brunches. (Menu is subject to change and a credit card is required to confirm your reservation for these special holidays.) 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 magnificent brunch offerings for guests of Selby Gardens' holiday brunches. Please click here for details about brunch reservations at Selby Gardens.

Valentine's Day Menu

Valentines Day Heart Wine BottleThe restaurant has very limited lunch and dinner reservations remaining available on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. for reservation and waiting list details. If you are lucky enough to have a Valentine who made an early reservation, click here to view the special menu you'll be enjoying for dinner on Valentine's Day this year at Michael's On East.  Happy Valentine's Day! 

Celebrating Provence & Chagall!

Michael’s Culinary Team has been inspired by Provence, France, and a special exhibition at Selby Gardens: “Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams.” Beginning today and continuing into the summer, the culinary team at Michael’s On East will celebrate the romance, cuisine and art of the south of France and the French Rivera. Goat cheese cake from Provence dessert menuIn the Restaurant this month at Michael's On East, guests are invited to enjoy lunch and dinner menus inspired by a special exhibition at Selby Gardens, Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams which opens to the public on Feb. 12. When planning February’s “Epicurean Adventure” theme, the Michael’s culinary team derived inspiration—and even specific recipes—from the esteemed La Colombe d’Or restaurant in St. Paul de Vence, where world-renowned artists, including Chagall, would dine and display their works of art. Michael’s On East guests are invited to enjoy a two-course lunch ($18.95) or three-course dinner ($34.95) as part of the Provence Epicurean Adventure, today, Feb. 1 through Feb. 28, 2017, at the fine dining restaurant. Click here to view the complete menu. Michael's On East serves as Selby Gardens’ exclusive culinary partner, so remarkable French delicacies will also be featured at the Selby House Café by Michael's On East and throughout many community events through this special six-month exhibition. A limited-time menu will debut on Feb. 12 featuring a Spinach & Gruyère Quiche, Potato & Leek Soup, Croque Monsieur Panini and Tarte Aux Pommes. Located within the historic Selby House on-premise at Selby Gardens, the café is open to Gardens visitors and members. “We know how hard the Selby Gardens team worked to bring this exhibition to Sarasota, so we wanted to join in the ‘Chagall’ celebration,” said Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber who has personally spent considerable time in France, including Provence and the French Riviera. His personal experiences at La Colombe d’Or in St. Paul de Vence were the genesis of the concepts the Michael’s team is creating this month to honor their partnership with Selby Gardens. “In the Restaurant, we’ll be offering sophisticated Provencal cuisine in addition to the classic dishes from the south of France at our café at Selby Gardens. You can bet our Michael’s Wine Cellar team will continue offering some remarkable French wines as well!” Michael’s Wine Cellar will feature more than a dozen French wines as part of its February Open House Wine Tasting, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Admission is $10 per person. Guests are invited to register online in advance at www.michaelswinecellar.com or simply pay at the door. Prendre plaisir! (Enjoy!)

Provence Epicurean Adventure

February 2017 EPICUREAN ADVENTURE: PROVENCE Provence FranceThis February at Michael's On East, enjoy special menus inspired by a special exhibition at Selby Gardens: Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams. Michael's On East serves as the exclusive culinary partner for all events at the gardens, so you can bet remarkable French delicacies will be featured in the Selby House Cafe by Michael's On East and throughout many special events through this special six-month exhibition! Michael’s Epicurean Adventure to Provence, France, will be available February 1 – February 28, 2017, at Michael's On East. Two-Course Lunch: $18.95 Monday-Friday Three-Course Dinner: $34.95 Monday-Saturday DINNER MENU STARTERS Brandade Potato & Gruyére Cheese Tartlet Mixed Greens Salad, Beet Frites, Goat Cheese  & Provencal Vinaigrette  Tomato & Basil Bisque Parmesan Crisp, Sundried Tomato Pistou & Basil ENTREES Grilled Mustard-Glazed Scottish Salmon Potato Fondants, Braised Red Cabbage, Wild Mushroom Broth & Carrot Curls Pan-Seared Maple Leaf Farm Duck Breast Turnip & Pear Purée, Black Mission Figs,  Honey & Thyme Emulsion Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak Rosemary-Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Port-Braised Shallots, Demi-Glace, Watermelon-Radish Salad & Toasted Cauliflower DESSERTS Gateau Victoire (Flourless Chocolate Cake) Fresh Berries & Raspberry Sauce Goat Cheese Cake Black Currant Coulis LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES St. Paul de Vence Croque Madame Topped with Mornay Sauce & Sunny-Side Up Egg Served Truffled Pommes Frites La Colombre d’Or Savory Crepe Creamy Mushroom Pastis, White Balsamic-Glazed Grilled Asparagus, Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese, Mixed Greens, Concasse Tomato, Hearts of Palm Petite Salad & Champagne Vinaigrette DESSERTS Gateau Victoire (Flourless Chocolate Cake) Fresh Berries & Raspberry Sauce Goat Cheese Cake Black Currant Coulis WINE PAIRINGS 8.00 each during Lunch 15.00 for the pair during Dinner White Rhone ”Les Cimels”, Chateau d'Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, FR, 2015 Rhone Blend ”Les Cimels", Chateau d'Or et de Gueules, Costieres de Nimes, FR, 2014 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, click here or call 941-366-0007.

All Things French this February

Walkway Stairs in France St Paul de VenceMichael's On East this February: All Things French
They say "Paris is for lovers," but our teams at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar will be celebrating the romance, cuisine and art of the South of France and the French Rivera throughout February 2017.
 
French Epicurean Adventure 
In the restaurant, you're invited to enjoy a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95), inspired by a special exhibition at Selby Gardens: Marc Chagall, Flowers, and the French Riviera: The Color of Dreams. Michael's On East serves as the exclusive culinary partner for all events at Selby Gardens, so you can bet remarkable French delicacies will be featured in the Selby House Cafe by Michael's On East and throughout many special events through this special six-month exhibition. 
 
Sparkling Tasting
If you love a true Champagne from Champagne, France, but are ready to broaden your sparkling wine horizons, Michael's Wine Cellar invites you to a wine glass featuring six international sparkling wines on Tuesday, February 7. Visit www.michaeslwinecellar.com for details and advanced reservations, which are required as space is limited. 
 
Open House Wine Tasting
Michael's monthly casual, walk-about wine tasting features dozens of international wines. No RSVP is required for the February Open House Wine Tasting, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. Admission is $10 per person. 
 
Valentine's Day
The restaurant also has limited lunch and dinner reservations available on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, February 14. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. for reservation and waiting list details. 

Korean Epicurean Adventure

JANUARY 2017 EPICUREAN ADVENTURE: KOREA Korean LanternsThe culinary team at Michael’s On East provides you a new reason to join us each and every month – at least once! – as they design new Epicurean Adventures in the Restaurant. Chef Jamil and his talented culinary team create these special menus inspired by the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations. Michael’s Korean Epicurean Adventure will be available January 3 – January 31, 2017. Two-Course Lunch: $18.95 Monday-Friday Three-Course Dinner: $34.95 Monday-Saturday DINNER MENU STARTERS Steamed Bao Bun Korean Barbeque Duck, Daikon Radish Slaw, Kimchi, & Yuzu Vinaigrette Charred Octopus Salad Mixed Greens with Shishito Peppers, Baby Heirloom Tomato & Lemon Citron Tea Vinaigrette ENTREES Slow-Braised Korean Short Rib Bulgur Wheat, Vegetables & Daikon Radish Salad Roasted Snapper Japchae Glass Noodles & Sweet Korean Chili Sauce Sweet & Spicy Range-Free Breast of Chicken Stir-Fried Vegetables & Multi-Grain Rice DESSERTS Green Tea Ice Cream Sesame Seed Cookies (Gage Gwa Ja) Sticky Rice Pudding Goji Berries LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Korean Dosirak Box (Beef) Gochujang, Kimchi, Braised Lotus Root & Fried Egg over Fried Rice Chili & Sesame-Glazed Mahi Mahi Wok-Seared Scallions, Shitake Mushrooms & Crispy Lotus Chips Over Fried Rice DESSERTS Green Tea Ice Cream Sesame Seed Cookies (Gage Gwa Ja) Sticky Rice Pudding Goji Berries WINE PAIRINGS 8.00 each during Lunch 15.00 for the pair during Dinner Mas Carlot Blanc “La Terre Natale”, FR, 2014 Domaine St. Eugenie Le Clos”, FR, 2015 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, click here or call 941-366-0007.

Michael's South African Wines

Wines from South Africa
Michael's Private Label Wines - South Africa VarietalsThe roots of the South African wine industry can be traced to the mid-1600s, when Dutch settlers brought cuttings from some of France’s most famous growing regions to Cape Town to plant in South Africa’s Mediterranean climate with its intense sunlight and dry heat. The temperate climate is similar to the cooler areas of Napa Valley and Sonoma in California and of the Tuscany region in Italy.
For much of the 20th century, South Africa’s wines received minimal international attention due to the worldwide protest against the country’s system of Apartheid. In the early 1990s when Apartheid ended and the world's export market opened-up, South African wines began to experience a renaissance. Many producers quickly adopted new viticultural and winemaking techniques. The influx and investments of world-famous wine producers has brought international acclaim and focus on well-known varieties such as Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, which produce exceptional wines in this region.
Michael’s Private Label Wines Klaubers in South Africa for Wine TripsSince 2005, Michael and Terri Klauber have been leading clients on exclusive food, wine and safari experiences to South Africa. They have been fortunate to connect with some of the region’s most-famous wine producers. Michael’s celebrates South Africa’s renaissance and the brilliance of the new generation of winemaking in this magical country by partnering with one of South Africa’s most famous wine producing families. MAN Family Wines is a dynamic young winery producing modern-styled varietal wines. MAN is the brainchild of world-class winemakers and wine growers – José Conde of Stark-Condé and brothers Tyrrel and Philip Myburgh of Joostenberg Wines. The winery is named after the three partners’ wives: Marie, Anette and Nicky. Their wines consistently rank at the top of their class and are regularly awarded 90+ ratings by the world’s most renowned wine writers. In a recent issue of The Wine Advocate, Robert Parker commented: “I was very impressed by the selection of wines from MAN Family. They know how to fashion well-crafted wines... they come highly recommended.” VARIETALS: Sauvignon Blanc, Michael’s, Coastal Region, ZA, 2015 This is a palate-pleasing wine, delicately balancing cool-climate herbaceous flavors with richer, passion fruit and pineapple flavors – all tied together with fresh, lively acidity. Chardonnay, Michael’s, Coastal Region, ZA, 2015 This elegant Chardonnay has a delicate balance of fruit and oak. Orange blossom, green apple and butterscotch aromas are complemented by citrus, lime and stonefruit flavors. Shiraz, Michael’s, Coastal Region, ZA, 2014 This medium-bodied Shiraz (Syrah) has a complex aroma of licorice and peppery spice. The palate is a mouth- filling blast of blackcurrant, plum and spice with fine tannins and a long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon, Michael’s, Coastal Region, ZA, 2014 Garnet and deep purple with a ruby-red rim, this is a bold and juicy wine. Aromas of mint and pencil-shavings, cigar box and dark cherries, followed by cassis and red current fruit flavors on the palate.
 

Southern Comforts Epicurean Adventure

"SOUTHERN COMFORTS" EPICUREAN ADVENTURE December 2016 Two-Course Lunch: $18.95 Three-Course Dinner: $34.95 Featured-Items-Map-Wine-Glass-Grapes-TopThe culinary team at Michael's On East provides you a new reason to join us each and every month - at least once! - as they design new Epicurean Adventures in the Restaurant. These unique monthly menus often feature the world's most exotic food and wine destinations, but this December, Chef Jamil and his team will be offering true comfort food. (Note: Epicurean Adventure menus are not available on holidays.) DINNER MENU STARTERS Crispy Fried Chicken Livers Traditional Hush Puppies, Smoked Sweet Corn Coulis, Garnished with Micro Greens Barbeque Pulled Pork Belly Slider Topped with a Carrot, Okra & English Cucumber Slaw, Garnished with Tobacco Onion on a Toasted Brioche Bun ENTREES Pan-Seared Pompano Smoked Cajun Andouille, Roasted Pepper & Fingerling Potato Hash, Drizzled with a Housemade Pepper Melange Sauce Beer-Braised Beef Short Rib White Cheddar Grits Casserole, Slow-Cooked Collard Greens, Roasted Root Vegetable & Natural Pan Au Jus Manchester Grilled Quails Honey Crisp Apple & Farro Pilaf, Amarena Wild Fabbri Cherry & Thyme Demi Glaze DESSERTS Down South Red Velvet Cake Cream Cheese Icing & Candied Pecans Banana Pot De Crème Poached Meringue & Vanilla Shortbread Cookies   LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Black Eyed Pea & Tasso Casserole, Roasted Tomatoes, Ham Bone Broth, Garnished with Crispy Leeks Sweet Onion, Baby Kale & Sausage Stuffed Chicken Roll Accompanied by Roasted Garlic Fingerling Potato, Baby Carrots & Grilled Red Bell Peppers DESSERTS Down South Red Velvet Cake Cream Cheese Icing & Candied Pecans Banana Pot De Crème Poached Meringue & Vanilla Shortbread Cookies   WINE PAIRINGS 5.00 Each Sauvignon Blanc Uppercut, North Coast, CA 2015 Red Blend “Double Decker Red”, Tamas, CA 2012   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, click here or call 941-366-0007.

Assistant General Manager Position

-JoinOurTeam-RestaurantSarasotaMichael’s On East has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Assistant General Manager for Sarasota’s only AAA 4-Diamond award-winning restaurant. Our independently owned and operated restaurant enjoys a 30-year history of fine dining excellence and the premier reputation in the region! We welcome your application if you are prepared to join the bustling Michael's empire! This is a full-time position which includes the responsibility of managing all daily operations of the restaurant. We'd like for you to have:
  • Associates degree in Hospitality Management or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a high volume, fine-dining restaurant environment.
  • Strong food knowledge with a variety of menus .
  • Strong managerial skills required.
  • Strong Commitment to customer and client service.
  • Demonstrate initiative, leadership and team building skills.
  • Ability to manage frequent change.
  • Ability to manage their own time as well as the time of others.
We are pleased to offer a competitive compensation and benefits package to include the following: Medical, Dental Benefits & Paid Vacation Interested in Joining Our Team?   The hiring timeframe will be swift for this key management 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. 

Holiday Hours & Offerings 2016

Holiday OrnamentIN THE RESTAURANT Offering contemporary fine dining for 30 years, Michael’s On East is Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant. The Restaurant takes great pride in offering guests a special menu featuring signature Michael’s On East favorites a la carte on the following holidays: Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 24, 2016, 2-8 pm (In addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner is also available for $29.95 per person) Christmas Eve: Saturday, December 24, 2016, 5-8 pm Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25, 2-8 pm New Year’s Eve: Saturday, December 31, 5-7 pm or 9-10 pm (A $50 cover charge applies for the later seating on New Year’s Eve, which includes live music and dancing.) Advanced reservations are required for all holidays. The Restaurant will be closed on New Year’s Day. divider IN THE WINE CELLAR Michael’s Wine Cellar is a boutique wine and spirits store located in Midtown Plaza, near downtown Sarasota. Normal store hours are 10 am – 6 pm, Monday – Saturday. The store will be open normal business hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. From wine accessories, boutique spirits and craft beers to more than 200 wines under $20, Michael’s Wine Cellar is a perfect source for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and all your holiday shopping. Online shopping is available at www.michaelswinecellar.com. Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive Saturday, December 10, 2-4 pm Guests must donate an unwrapped toy as admission. Simply join us at the door! Holiday Champagne Tasting Wednesday, December 14, 6-8 pm $75 per person (includes a $25 retail voucher for purchases of $50+). Advanced reservations are required. divider AT SELBY GARDENS: SELBY HOUSE CAFE BY MICHAEL'S ON EAST Located within the historic Selby House and open exclusively to guests and members of Selby Gardens, this Café offers paninis, salads, grain bowls and pastries by Michael's On East. Normal hours are 10 am – 5 pm daily. This holiday season, the Café will be closing at 3 pm on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Selby House Café and Selby Gardens will be closed on Christmas Day. The Café will also be open 6-9 pm during Selby Gardens’ Lights in Bloom. For details about Selby Gardens, visit www.selby.org.

Beef Gulasch Recipe

Michael's Hungarian Epicurean Adventure will feature an exact gulasch recipe provided by AmaSerena Executive Chef Sascha Buchmann, the chef onboard the 164-passenger AmaWaterways ship. Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travelers, hosted by Michael & Terri Klauber of Michael's On East and Malaka & Ryan Hilton of Admiral Travel International, cruised upon the AmaSerena from Prague to Budapest in September 2016. Buchmann personally shared his generations-old family recipe with Klauber and Pineda to be featured at Michael's On East this November! BEEF GULCH RECIPE Ingredients VEGETABLES OIL AS NEED 1 KG BEEF NECK CUT IN CUBES 1 KG ONION 1 PC HEAD CHOP GARLIC 5 TS TOMATO PASTE 100 GR PAPRIKA MILD POWDER 3 LT WATER 10 GR MAJORAN 5 GR CHILLI European, not so spicy WRAP IN A NAPKIN BAY LEAVE, PEPPER CORN, JUIPER BERRIES AND CARAWAY SEED SEASONING AS NEED STARCH AS NEED 2 SP WHITE VINAGER 2 PC BELL PEPPER CUT IN DICE  AT LAST METHOD: SAUTÉ THE ONION WITH THE GARLIC WITH A NICE GOLD COLOR THEN ADD THE TOMATO PASTE AND ROAST IT FOR A WHILE AFTER ADD THE PAPRIKA POWDER AND ROAST IT VERY FAST, AFTER ADD THE WATER WITH THE REST OF THE INGREDIENTS AND COOK THE GOULASH UNTIL IS READY AT LAST ADD THE STARCH AND SEASONING AS NEED FINALY ADD THE SAUTÉ BELL PEPPER

Hungarian Menu Inspired by GCCC Trip

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

Hungarian Epicurean Adventure

HUNGARIAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE November 2016 Two-Course Lunch: $18.95 Three-Course Dinner: $35.95 Featured-Items-Map-Wine-Glass-Grapes-TopEach month, the culinary team at Michael's On East is challenged to create a new "Epicurean Adventure" inspired by the world's most exotic food and wine destinations. Having recently traveled along Europe's Danube River hosting a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey with his wife Terri and Admiral Travel proprietors Malaka & Ryan Hilton, Michael's On East co-proprietor Michael Klauber knew precisely what type of cuisine to offer Sarasota residents and visitors this November at Michael's On East. And at the risk of soundly extremely cliché, we hope you are hungry for inspired Hungarian cuisine! DINNER MENU   STARTERS Traditional Gulasch with Beef   Budapest Pork-Stuffed Cabbage Sweet Paprika Tomato Sauce, Topped with Sour Cream   DINNER ENTREES   Pan-Seared Red Snapper Traditional Sauerkraut Gulasch & Crispy Potato Allumettes   Wienerschnitzel Bread-Crusted Veal Cutlets, Braised Red Cabbage & Green Apples Parsley Roasted Creamer Potatoes   Chicken Paprikás with Dumplings Chicken Breast with Paprika Casserole, Sweet Bell Peppers & Mini Dumplings DESSERTS   Meggyes Pite Hungarian Cherry Pie with Black Pepper Vanilla Bean Ice Cream   Gerbeaud Slices Walnut & Apricot Jam Layered Cake, Dark Chocolate Ganache & Brandied Caramel Sauce     LUNCH MENU   LUNCH ENTREES Fisherman’s Bastion Seafood Soup Shrimp, Red Snapper, Mussels & Boiled Creamer Potatoes with Tomato Paprika Broth & Jasmine Rice   Danube Spiced Pork Casserole Sweet Onions, Crushed Garlic, Bird Peppers, Tomato Purée & Egg Barley Pasta DESSERTS   Meggyes Pite Hungarian Cherry Pie with Black Pepper Vanilla Bean Ice Cream   Gerbeaud Slices Walnut & Apricot Jam Layered Cake, Dark Chocolate Ganache & Brandied Caramel Sauce WINE PAIRINGS (Available for $5 each.) Gruner Veltliner "Lois", Loimer, Nieder, AT Red Blend “R Collection - Field Blend”, Raymond Vineyards, CA     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 visit www.bestfood.com.

Italian Epicurean Adventure

Map of Italy ITALIAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE OCTOBER 2016 Two-Course Lunch: $18.95 Three-Course Dinner: $35.95 DINNER MENU STARTERS Polpette di Pesce Spada con Salsa Pescatore e Venetian Maionese Piccante Swordfish Meatballs with Fisherman’s Sauce & Venetian Spicy Mayonnaise Pasta Fagiole Soup Crispy Pancetta, Toasted Goat Cheese & Basil Pistou  DINNER ENTREES Cacciucco alla Livornese Seafood Stew with Octopus, Snapper, Little Neck Clams, Black Mussels, Shrimp, Fresh Garlic & Vernaccia Wine-Pomodoro Sauce Served with Toasted Tuscan Bread Crostini Osso Bucco di Maiale Braised Pork Shanks with Roasted Garlic Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions, Celery Stew & Basil Risotto Quaglia Sopra i Ravioli del Fungo Sage-Grilled Manchester Farm Quail over Wild Mushroom Ravioli, Scampi Butter, Roasted Butternut Squash & Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano DESSERTS Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake Spiced Apple Compote Profiterole Puffs filled with Espresso Gelato, Smothered in Dark Chocolate Sauce & Toasted Hazelnuts LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Pasta Capelli D'Angelo con Calamari e Gamberi al Bambino Angel Hair Pasta with Squid and Baby Shrimp with Wilted Swiss-Chard, Roasted Red Pepper, Green Olives, Sundried Tomatoes & Scampi Butter Pollo Farcito con Prosciutto e Salvia Pan-Roasted Chicken Stuffed with Prosciutto & Sage, Roasted Plum Tomatoes & Grilled Zucchini with Lemon Butter DESSERTS Sicilian Ricotta Cheesecake Spiced Apple Compote Profiterole Puffs filled with Espresso Gelato, Smothered in Dark Chocolate Sauce & Toasted Hazelnuts 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 visit www.bestfood.com.

Apply Now to be Michael's "Right Hand"

  Executive Assistant/Project Manager Position: Over the past 30 years, Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini have been privileged to work with some of the absolute “best in the biz” at Michael’s On East. They’ve discovered that adaptive professionals with a dedication to excellence in every aspect of the guest experience thrive in our successful business. -JoinOurTeam-RestaurantSarasotaCurrently, we are seeking applicants for a key position within the company. This individual will serve as Michael Klauber's “right hand,” functioning as Executive Assistant and focusing on project management and helping Michael prioritize and accomplish diverse projects in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. Given the nature of our business as well as our commitment to community and industry partnerships, strong administrative and marketing experience will help add to the success of this position. Please forward resumes to our HR Director: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.)