City of Sarasota Proclamation for 30th Anniversary

Michael's On East Receives Proclamation from City of Sarasota Honoring the Restaurant’s 30th Anniversary City of Sarasota Proclamation Michael Klauber Phil Mancini 30thMichael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini accepted a proclamation from Mayor Willie Shaw on behalf of the City of Sarasota on Monday (4-17-17) evening, during a City Commission meeting held at City Hall. The proclamation commemorated the restaurateurs’ three decades of success in the culinary world and commitment to the Sarasota community through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and prominent catering division. The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.  The proclamation conclusion read: “Now, therefore, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota, Florida, and on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recognizing April 17, 2017 as ‘Michael’s On East Day,’ a day of special importance and worthy of the recognition of the citizens of the city of Sarasota.” “Together with our team of 100+ service industry and culinary professionals, Philip and I were thrilled to receive this acknowledgement from the charming City we have the privilege of calling home,” said Klauber. “We love being a part of the vibrant independent restaurant scene which helps to support and contribute to our local economy, while also serving hundreds of nonprofit and community organizations, businesses and private clients each year. We’d like to thank all our guests and colleagues for their ongoing partnership, confidence and trust in our team. It continues to be our pleasure to work with and serve each of you.” The Restaurant’s 30th anniversary is honored throughout the month of April at Michael’s On East with special menus. The three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April 28, 2017. The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Klauber and Mancini have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, their popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. 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 its 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award 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 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. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recipe: Michael's Birthday Cake

Last week Michael enjoyed a sharing an anniversary toast with the hosts and viewers of Suncoast View on ABC 7, plus TWO birthday cakes since we have "Phil's Birthday Cake" as well as Michael's Birthday Cake" on this month's featured menu in the Restaurant, of course. Michael's Birthday CakeOur Executive Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe was kind enough to share the recipe below if you'd like to try one of these dessert creations at home! Michael’s Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings Created by Michael’s On East Executive Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe as part of the “World’s Best” Epicurean Adventure (April 2017) in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East. (Named after Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber, who loves Banana Cream Pie!) For the Pastry Crust 9 ounces Flour, sifted 2 ounces Powered Sugar  4.5 ounces Cold Butter  1 Egg  A splash of Milk  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients together. Rub butter into flour mixture with your fingers. Add the beaten egg and milk. Form into dough. Place dough into a flat round shape in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Roll dough out between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.  Fit into tart pan, pick with fork and bake in oven until golden brown. Cool tart shell and brush with melted dark chocolate. For the White Chocolate Mousse 4 ½ cups Heavy Cream 8 ounces Belgian White Chocolate 8 Bananas  Dark Chocolate Shavings Powdered Sugar to Garnish Chocolate Sauce (Optional) Bring ½ cup heavy cream to simmer. Chop Belgian white chocolate and place in bowl. Pour hot cream over and stir gently to make ganache, cool for 30 minutes. Whip the remaining 4 cups of heavy cream until firm (to a stiff consistency). Gently fold into the cooled ganache.  Slice the bananas into 3 ¼ inch thick slices. Fold into the mousse. Fill the tart shell with the banana white chocolate mousse. Top with an abundance of shaved dark chocolate.  Dust lightly with powdered sugar. Chill, slice and enjoy with chocolate sauce.

"World's Best" Epicurean Adventure

APRIL 2017: WORLD’S BEST EPICUREAN ADVENTURE 30th AnniversaryMichael Klauber, Philip Mancini and their team toast a new decade of culinary excellence with special offerings throughout the month of April. In the Restaurant beginning on Monday, April 3, a "World's Best" Epicurean Adventure will feature a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95). The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Michael and Phil have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, the popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. The Michael’s On East three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. DINNER MENU STARTERS Spain - Basque Tapas Marinated Spanish Olives, Grilled Longaniza Sausage, Calamari Salad, Peppadews & White Anchovies Served with Olive Oil Crostini New Orleans - Crayfish Beignet Creole Remoulade, Red Onion Relish & Pickled Okra DINNER ENTREES California - Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel & Lemon Beurre Blanc Thailand - Thai Sweet and Savory Ginger Breast of Duck Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprout Hash, Honey & Craisin Butter Italy - Pork Osso Bucco Braised Pork Shanks with Roasted Garlic Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions & Celery Served with Pecorino Basil Polenta DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Argentina - Churrasco de Entraña con Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Red Onions, Roasted Roma Tomatoes & Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes Portugal - Snapper Portimão Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Mussels, Clams, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings   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 Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Menu Beginning April 3

Michael's On East Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Menu Beginning April 3 Together with their team of 100+ service industry professionals, Michael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini are poised to celebrate 30 years of service to the Sarasota community and surrounding region through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and award-winning catering division this April. The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.  Klauber, Mancini and their team will toast a new decade of culinary excellence with special offerings throughout the month of April. In the Restaurant beginning on Monday, April 3, a "World's Best" Epicurean Adventure will feature a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95). The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Michael and Phil have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, the popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. “Quite a lot has changed in Sarasota since 1987 and we’ve been proud and privileged to be a part of so many evolutions in the culinary scene, festivals and community events,” said Klauber. “Phil and I both enjoy traveling the world and bringing back the very best from around the globe to Sarasota residents and visitors through our Restaurant. It seemed only appropriate to offer our guests the ‘World’s Best’ as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East.” The Michael’s On East three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. APRIL 2017: WORLD’S BEST EPICUREAN ADVENTURE DINNER MENU STARTERS Spain - Basque Tapas Marinated Spanish Olives, Grilled Longaniza Sausage, Calamari Salad, Peppadews & White Anchovies Served with Olive Oil Crostini New Orleans - Crayfish Beignet Creole Remoulade, Red Onion Relish & Pickled Okra DINNER ENTREES California - Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel & Lemon Beurre Blanc Thailand - Thai Sweet and Savory Ginger Breast of Duck Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprout Hash, Honey & Craisin Butter Italy - Pork Osso Bucco Braised Pork Shanks with Roasted Garlic Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions & Celery Served with Pecorino Basil Polenta DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Argentina - Churrasco de Entraña con Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Red Onions, Roasted Roma Tomatoes & Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes Portugal - Snapper Portimão Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Mussels, Clams, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings 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 its 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award 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 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. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

Seeking Your Photos for #MOE30

Michael and Phil in Construction Hats from SheilaCan you remember what Michael and Phil were preparing to announce with this photo from our archives? Michael's On East officially celebrates its 30th birthday on April 27, 1987. If Michael's hosted or catered your wedding, anniversary party, bat/bar mitzvah or prom, we'd love to include your personal photos in our anniversary celebrations next month!  Please reference #MOE30 in the subject link when emailing your favorite "throwback" images with a brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also encourage you to start sharing the images personally on social media with #MOE30.

AAA Four Diamond Award: 28 Years Straight

It is our team's honor to host many special announcements and award ceremonies for clients on property, but it's especially humbling when we receive continued top honors from our industry! Michael’s On East Presented with 28th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award as its Leadership Prepares for 30th Anniversary One of Two Restaurants in Florida to Receive Honor for More Than 25 Years [caption id="attachment_9233" align="alignright" width="400"]AAA Four Diamond Award 2017 Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini accept the restaurant’s 28th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award from Don Schwartz, Sarasota field manager for AAA, on Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Left to Right: Philip Mancini, Don Schwartz, Michael Klauber)[/caption] Michael’s On East has been awarded its 28th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA. Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini accepted the award during a brief presentation the morning of Thursday, March 2, 2017. Michael’s On East is the only Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. “It’s hard to believe our staff has been recommending Michael’s On East for 30 years!” said Don Schwartz, Sarasota-Manatee field manager for AAA. As we present this 28th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award, it’s important to recognize that Michael’s On East is one of only two restaurants in the entire state of Florida to maintain the AAA Four Diamond status for 25+ years.” Schwartz added that only 24 restaurants have held the Four Diamond status for more than 25 years across the United States and Canada The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America’s premier restaurant rating program, performed each year by professionally-trained evaluators from AAA’s national headquarters. Only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 restaurants rated are approved by the AAA Four Diamond list. “We value this important distinction from AAA and our entire team views it as a point of pride in the restaurant,” said Michael Klauber. “As we officially mark the restaurant’s 30th anniversary next month—April 27, 2017—we continue to be incredibly thankful to continue offering Sarasota residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and visitors ‘Four Diamond’ service and cuisine.” AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as being geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Often orchestrated by an executive chef and an accomplished staff, menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The equally proficient service staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression. There are no payments or membership dues associated with the AAA rating system to ensure objective and trusted reviews. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

Lighthouse of Manasota's Secret Ingredient: Jasper's Love

Jasper and Chef JamilAllow us to introduce you to one special kid: Jasper.  Jasper is a bit of a legend in the kitchen at the Lighthouse of Manasota where he's known to craft a very special sauce. We understand it's a complex blend of ketchup, mustard and mayo, but the most important (secret) ingredient is love. As a participant in programs at the Lighthouse of Manasota, Jasper and his family were kind enough to stop by the Michael's On East kitchen last week to show our Executive Chef Jamil Pineda a few tricks to delicious sauce making. (Chef Jamil reports it was the highlight of his week, and Jasper will make a fine "saucier" when he grows up.) We hope you'll be joining us (plus Jasper and family!) at Art in the Dark supporting the Lighthouse of Manasota on March 24. Click here for details about the special fundraising event. About the Lighthouse of Manasota Lighthouse of Manasota is the only nationally accredited, private, non-profit agency providing rehabilitation training to blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages residing in a five county region that includes Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte and Highlands. Its programs offer a holistic approach by providing training and rehabilitation to foster independence, productivity, and improved quality of life. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the Lighthouse provides free, professionally taught classes and sponsors support groups across five counties. Through interview and assessment, classes and resources are carefully chosen to provide each client with skills to live independently and with confidence to undertake activities. The Lighthouse offers education, support and motivation within an environment that is enriching for individuals with vision loss.

Glamour & Grace: Romantic Destination Weddings

Glamour & Grace"On the hunt for the perfect destination wedding spot, Sarasota, Florida is the ultimate location! No where else can you get the perfect combination of glam, vintage, and romance, all right by the ocean! With beautiful beaches and a rich history, Sarasota is a one of a kind gem on the Gulf Coast that makes it a must for destination wedding couples! I had the privilege of visiting last fall and was blown away by the talented vendors and stunning venues. There really is something for everyone!!" We couldn't agree more! Click here to view the complete "Romantic Destinationn Weddings in Sarasota, Florida" article on Glamour and Grace Weddings.

The Gourmand: VODA Magazine

VODA MagazineThanks to Nicole Carbon of VODA Magazine for spending some time to get to know our Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber and gain insight about all that makes Michael's On East so special.  Click here to read the complete article: "Sarasota restaurateur brings global inspiration to an area staple." “It’s my responsibility to bring new concepts back to Sarasota, to introduce the community to great wines by the glass–great wines paired with great food.” ... Inspired by Klauber’s world travels, the menu continues to reinvent itself. “My travels are epicurean adventures and result in new menu items, these new ideas keep the chefs engaged.” Recent travels where inspiration was stirred was in South Africa. “I fell in love with South African cuisine because it is a melting pot of spices.”

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.