JBEvents on Selby Gardens

The team from Janice Blackmon Events recently met with our Catering team and touring one of our favorite wedding venues: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. (Of course, Michael's is proud to serve as the exclusive culinary partner and caterer for this picturesque waterfront venue.) Click here to view the entire venue spotlight from JBEvents. Blog Excerpt: "One of the gorgeous venues that we love is Selby Gardens. For historical information on Selby Gardens click here. The stunning beauty of the gardens coupled with the view of Sarasota Bay, creates a magical setting for an unforgettable event. Weddings may be held anywhere throughout the Gardens. The most popular locations are the Schimmel Wedding Lawn and Pavilion, the Gazebo, the Banyan Grove, and The Wedding Oak adjacent to the Christy Payne Mansion. Additional areas that lend themselves to nuptial celebrations are the Great Room by the Bay indoors or outdoors at the Christy Payne Mansion. Renovations have been underway at the Gardens, but are estimated to be complete by the first part of October which will also include an option for wedding party’s to arrive by boat on the south lawn side." Are you interested in hosting an event at Selby Gardens? Please click here to request more details.

Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin is the Bee’s Knees

Barr Hill Barrel Aged GinA classic cocktail which dates back to the days of prohibition, a “Bee’s Knees” typically includes gin, lemon and honey. But not all gin is created equal!

In fact, our Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber would claim that the Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin is the absolute best, or “Bee’s Knees” we might say! Michael and his wife Terri originally discovered the gin while visiting friends in Maine in the summer of 2016. Now Michael’s mixologists are thrilled to debut the Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin in the Lounge at Michael’s On East this month. In fact, this exclusive product was just become available in the state of Florida - with Michael helping to make it happen so that his guests in the Restaurant and Wine Cellar will be able to enjoy this unique barrel aged gin. Please join us to enjoy a Bee's Knees in the Michael's On East Lounge or Dining Room soon. (We'll also be sure to let you know when the Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin is available for retail purchase at Michael's Wine Cellar!.)

Bee’s Knees
Barr Hill Tom Cat Gin, Lemon, Honey & Simple Syrup
Inspired by the Camden Harbor Inn!

About Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin (86 proof)
Barrel aged 4-6 months in new, charred American White Oak, Tom Cat is a completely unique gin with whiskey-like notes of oak, spice and a finish of juniper and raw honey. Tom Cat is the modern day adaption of 18th century England’s most revered spirit, Old Tom gin. After gin was outlawed by the Spirits Act of 1750, rebellious pub owners would hang a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat to inform the passerby of their defiance of the ban. Deposit a few pennies through the cat’s mouth and a bartender would pour a ration of Old Tom to be sipped through a tube between the cat’s paws.

A Note from Todd D. Hardie of Caledonia Spirits
Caledonia Spirits craft distills Barr Hill Gin, Barr Hill Vodka, and Barr Hill Reserve Tom Cat Barrel Aged Gin. The history of distilling is rooted in agriculture, and how to give value to a crop. When crops are used in distilling, they are also preserved and less expensive to transport. Our family made whiskey in Edinburgh for over 100 years, and J.W. Hardie continues to produce fine whiskey. Through my 49 years with the honey bees, I have a long relationship with the land, honey bees, and the crops that we are using at Caledonia Spirits, elderberries, corn, barley, and rye. Thank you for your interest in and support of our work with our people, families, and farms. - Todd D. Hardie

Pastry Chef Position

Chef Catherine and Mike in Pastry ShopIt's going to be bittersweet... After so many years serving as our in-house Pastry Chef, Chef Catherine and her fellow master of sweet creations husband Mike will be moving out west later this fall. We can't thank them enough for the thousands upon thousands of decadent desserts we've indulged upon during Chef Catherine's tenure! In related news, qualified pastry chefs are invited to apply by emailing your resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Key Lime Pie Tart

Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week

Eat Like a Local Restaurant WeekEat Like a Local Restaurant Week is your opportunity to try as many great locally owned restaurants in Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice as your schedule allows! From October 3 – 9, 2016, the best area restaurants will be featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu selections. Organized by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity for food lovers to celebrate a special occasion, try out a new establishment, or simply enjoy a meal with friends and family all while supporting locally owned restaurants. The first week of October, we invite you to “Dine to the Nines” at dozens of local independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Michael’s On East will feature a two-course lunch for $19 and three-course dinner for $29 per person Monday, October 3 – Saturday, October 8, 2016. (Michael’s On East is closed on Sundays including October 9, 2016.) dinetothe9s-smorestaurantweek2016 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.

Florida's Favorite Dessert: Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie TartDid you know that key lime pie is the official Florida state pie? Our friends at Visit Sarasota County are here to educate visitors and residents alike, plus provide a few tips about where to find an extra-special key lime pie - including Michael's On East, of course! Click here to read the entire article on Visit Sarasota County's website.  Excerpt about Michael’s On East: Sarasota’s restaurant of choice for special occasions, Michael’s serves this popular key lime pie made from scratch with a praline pecan graham cracker crust, matched with a sweet rich pie filling topped with a “cloud” of baked meringue, strawberries and white chocolate. Michael’s veteran server Joe Loria, describes it as a “classic” that is “refreshingly cool and light.”

Michael Klauber: One of Sarasota's Most Influential People

The September 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine was truly influential. We find the monthly lifestyle magazine about our charming city is always influential issue after issue, but this September the magazine featured "The 25 Most Influential Men and Women in Sarasota Today." It was humbling for Michael's On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber to find himself among many community leaders and colleagues! As Featured in Sarasota Magazine Meet the 25 Most Influential Men and Women in Sarasota Today They build empires, in fields from shopping center development to restaurants. They run political campaigns, educational institutions and local government. They preach the gospel of arts and creativity, champion tech entrepreneurs and immigrants, fight to preserve the environment and women’s reproductive rights and sue for civil rights and open government. Some have amassed millions of dollars of their own, and others have given millions of dollars of other people’s money away. Their backgrounds and achievements vary widely, but each of the 25 power players on our list wields major clout in our community. Their calls get answered, their agendas turn into action and their networks spread far and wide. Most of all, they’re people whose influence is local; some prominent names aren’t on our list, because they work mainly at a state or national level.... Michael KlauberMichael Klauber The co-owner of Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s Wine Cellar, 61, paid his dues at his family’s now shuttered Colony Resort on Longboat Key. He and partner Phil Mancini have created a catering empire in this very social city, and lately Klauber has been channeling his nonstop enthusiasm and energy into serving as auctioneer at fund raisers, too. A driving force in creating the Florida Winefest and Forks & Corks events, he’s now volunteer chairman of Bayfront 20:20, seeking to create a long-term master plan for 42 acres of prime Sarasota bayfront. A global connoisseur—ask him to show you his travel photography. Click here to read the entire article.     

Recipe: Black Pepper Corn-Crusted Salmon

Black Pepper Corn-Crusted SalmonAnother new Michael's On East recipe! As prepared by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and featured on the Restaurant’s Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure lunch menu through September 2016.  Black Pepper Corn-Crusted Salmon Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Lemon Beurre Blanc Serves 4 For the Salmon 4 Salmon filets (7oz) 3 oz Olive Oil Kosher Salt & Black Pepper for Seasoning Method Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a sauté pan to medium high, add the oil and heat until it begins to smoke. Season the salmon with salt and black pepper. Place the salmon top down on the pan and cook for 1 minute. Turn the salmon and finish cooking in the oven for 4 minutes for a medium temperature. Set aside the salmon until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Roasted Fingerling Potatoes 1 lb Fingerling Potatoes, Thinly Sliced Lengthwise (about 1/8-inch thick) 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil Kosher Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper Method Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. In a large bowl, toss the potato slices with the oil, 1 1/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, and then spread the chips flat on the baking sheet. Bake the potatoes, turning after 10 minutes, until they brown and start to crisp, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. They should be tender and browned. Set aside the potatoes until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Lemon Beurre Blanc 1 Shallot, Minced 1 cup White Wine 3 oz Champagne Vinegar 1 cup Heavy Cream 1 lb Unsalted Butter, cut into cubes 4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice Salt and Pepper to taste Method In a sauté pan over medium heat, simmer the shallots, wine and vinegar, until reduced. Add the cream and let cook until thickened. Then incorporate the butter with a whisk until fully emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, add the lemon juice, stir and simmer for 2 minutes. Set the Beurre blanc aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Fennel-Onion Confit 2 medium Fennel Bulbs 1 medium Spanish Onion ½ cup of Olive Oil ¼ teaspoon Freshly Cracked Black Pepper ¼ cup Vegetable Stock Kosher Salt to Taste Method Slice the fennel and onion vertically into long strips 1/2-inch thick. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy pan. Add the onion and sauté‚ over medium-high heat until it begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low. Add the fennel, salt and pepper. Partially cover the pan with a lid. Stir once or twice, adding the stock and cook until the fennel is soft and brown, and the onion slightly caramelized, approximately 15 minutes. Remove the fennel-onion mixture from the heat and set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.   To Plate On a plate of your choosing, place a small ladle of Beurre Blanc and spread all around the plate covering the inside the rim. Place a portion of the fingerling potatoes in the middle of the plate, add the salmon on top of the potatoes and top with fennel-onion confit. Garnish with micro greens and serve!  

Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure - September 2016

California Map Wine Glass with GrapesEach month, the culinary team at Michael's On East challenges itself to create new dishes inspired by the world's most exotic destinations. This September, Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe are thrilled to present a "domestic" Epicurean Adventure. While our monthly featured menus are often inspired by the world's most exotic destinations, this month we'll be venturing to one of the most delicious states in the USA. Take a culinary journey to Napa Valley in California, from the comfort of your favorite table at Michael's On East! NAPA VALLEY EPICUREAN ADVENTURE - SEPTEMBER 2016  DINNER MENU Starters Blue Crab Beignets Black Bean Salsa, Asian BBQ Sauce & Baby Arugula Ahi Tuna Poke Mini Tacos Shallots, Sesame Seeds, Soy Sauce, Avocado Wakame Salad & Jicama Slaw on Wonton Shells Dinner Entrées Seared Golden Tile Fish Little Neck Clam Chowder, Confit Fennel, Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach & Crispy Applewood Bacon Pan-Roasted Yountville Chicken Breast Pearl Onions, Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta, Red & Yellow Pepper Hash, Sweet Potato Purée & Roasted Garlic Herb Butter Pepper-Crusted Calistoga Hanger Steak Sweet Corn Flan, Grilled Trumpet Mushrooms, Red Mole Sauce, Roasted Parsnips & Watercress Salad with Sweet Mirin Vinaigrette Desserts Black Mission Fig & Walnut Streusel Bar & Honey Chèvre Ice Cream Roasted Peaches & Mascarpone Cream Drizzle of Reduced Port, Pecan Biscotti LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Grilled Oakville Hanger Steak Pommes Frites, Housemade Ketchup, Lemon-Onion & Parsley Relish Heirloom Roasted Baby Carrots Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme-Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel & Lemon Beurre Blanc Desserts Black Mission Fig & Walnut Streusel Bar & Honey Chèvre Ice Cream Roasted Peaches & Mascarpone Cream Drizzle of Reduced Port, Pecan Biscotti WINE PAIRINGS (Available for $5 each during lunch or dinner.) Sauvignon Blanc, Uppercut, North Coast, CA, 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Grayson Cellars, St. Helena, CA, 2014 The Michael’s On East three-course Napa Valley Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, September 1-30, 2016. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $15 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to make online reservations.    

This Fall: Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens

This Fall: Embrace an Expanded View & Transformed Venue with Elegant Events at the Highly-Anticipated Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens Philip and Michael have been dreaming about developing a unique waterfront venue for years... This fall, their dream will become a reality at Selby Gardens! Daytime view of Michael's on the Bay at Selby GardensA complete transformation of the Garden's "Great Room on the Bay" overlooking Sarasota Bay has commenced with the reinvented space scheduled to open October 1, 2016. The versatile venue has been purposefully designed with your next event in mind... *Allow us to introduce to you to Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens! Sunset at Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens rendering JUST IMAGINE: - A contemporary feeling with organic, natural tones and a garden setting - A comfortable 4,800 square foot space - Theatrical lighting and design features incorporating details which easily accommodate any event request - The perfect venue for your next event with panoramic views of Sarasota Bay! (Indoor seating will available for up to 300 guests, or 450 guests for standing receptions) As Philip said recently, "This room has been designed with 40 years of catering experience in mind." The opening of the transformed space will certainly revolutionize luncheons, galas, weddings and corporate events in Sarasota. Click here to check date availability and request an event proposal for your next function at Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens. Sunset view from Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens QUESTIONS? Michael's Events & Catering became the Exclusive Culinary Partner for all events held at the Gardens in December 2015. This spring, we were thrilled to welcome Amy Donnellan to our experienced team at Michael's Events & Catering in a new position dedicated to weddings and private events at Selby Gardens. With the Gardens' transformed indoor venue opening this fall, it's a perfect time for you to elevate any event within the new setting and enjoy the natural beauty along the bayfront. Amy Donnellan can be reached through the Michael's Events & Catering office via phone 941-366-0007, ext. 238 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or simply meet her on Saturday mornings (9-11 a.m.) at the Gardens!   *Selby Gardens and Michael's On East are thrilled to unveil the concept drawings of "Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens." These renderings are artist drawings and subject to change.

PREVIEW: Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens

 
New Details Unveiled for Transformation of “Great Room by the Bay” to Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens  
Enhancements to the Special Events Facilities by Exclusive Caterer Michael’s On East are Underway!
 
Rendering Michael's on the Bay at Selby GardensSARASOTA, FLA. – August 11, 2016: Design concept drawings demonstrating the much anticipated improvements to the special events facilities at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens have been released by the institution and its culinary partner, the premier restaurant and caterer, Michael’s On East. Since Michael’s was named as the exclusive food service provider at Selby Gardens in late 2015, plans have been underway for enhancing and expanding the Gardens’ event space that overlooks Sarasota Bay and the picturesque Ringling Causeway. Now to be known as “Michael's on the Bay at Selby Gardens,” expansion and improvement of the space is now underway and will be completed by October 1. “We could not be more excited about the plans Phil and Michael have put forth. The transformation will complete a versatile set of indoor and outdoor event spaces, solidifying Selby Gardens as the premier waterfront event and dining destination in the region,” said Jennifer O. Rominiecki, president and CEO of Selby Gardens. Restaurant owners and business partners Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini have reimagined the room drawing from 40 years of catering experience. The 4,800-square-foot space will incorporate theatrical lighting and audio/visual systems, allowing for indoor seating for up to 350 seated guests. The floor plan of the building and grounds will be reoriented to take best advantage of panoramic bayfront views. A new catering kitchen and restroom facilities will also be added. “We have enjoyed the great privilege of working closely with the Selby Gardens team for nearly three decades on a variety of events,” Phil Mancini said. “But this transformed space is a game changer, offering a contemporary feeling with natural tones within a beautiful garden setting. There is no doubt that this event facility will revolutionize luncheons, galas, weddings and corporate events in Sarasota.” The design and site work was created and will be completed by Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design and DL Porter Constructors. In December 2015, Michael’s On East assumed daily service of lunch and light snacks at Selby House Café, which is set in the historic home of Marie Selby on property at the Gardens and is available as a guest amenity for members and visitors enjoying the attraction by day. At that time Michael’s was also named exclusive caterer for all private and public events. “Our multi-faceted and award-winning large-scale operation is uniquely positioned to reinvigorate the Gardens’ event operations and taking it to new heights,” said Michael Klauber. “Philip and I have been dreaming about developing a unique waterfront venue in downtown Sarasota for years and can’t imagine a more perfect partner than Selby Gardens.” These dynamic changes are made possible thanks to a generous charitable contribution by Michael's On East, Michael Klauber and Phillip Mancini. SPECIAL NOTE: Selby Gardens and Michael’s On East are thrilled to unveil the concept drawings of “Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens.” These renderings are artist drawings and subject to change. 
 
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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
 
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social with us on Facebook, Instagram and more by searching @selbygardens.
 
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 as one of the top ten restaurants in America, 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 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 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.
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Padang-Style Snapper Curry

ChefJamil-SnapperCurryHere's another new recipe created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and featured as part of the Restaurant's Indonesian Epicurean Adventure through August 2016. Gulai Nasin Kepala Ikan Padang-Style Snapper Curry with Lemongrass, Jasmine Rice & Fresh Cilantro SERVES 4 For the Paste 5 small Asian shallots or 2 regular shallots, peeled 6 fresh red Thai chilies, stemmed 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 1 oz fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced ½ tsp ground turmeric ¾ tsp ground coriander ½ cup macadamia nuts Method Purée shallots, chilies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, coriander, macadamia nuts, salt, and 2 tbsp water in a small food processor into a smooth paste. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Fish and Curry 4 each pieces of 7 to 8 oz Red Snapper 2 tsp fresh lime juice 3 tbsp canola oil 3 fresh or frozen Kaffir lime leaves 2 fresh or dried red Thai chilies, stemmed and halved lengthwise 2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed, crushed, and tied into knots 1 bay leaf 1½ cup coconut milk, 1½ tbsp tamarind concentrate 3 tbsp coconut cream, 1 tbsp grated sugar Kosher salt, to taste Cooked jasmine rice, for serving Chopped Cilantro for garnish Method Rub snapper with lime juice and season with salt; let sit 10 minutes. In a 12” skillet over medium-high heat, add the oil. Add reserved paste, Kaffir lime leaves, chilies, lemongrass and bay leaf. Cook, stirring constantly, until golden and aromatic, approximately 3–4 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and 1¼ cups water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add snapper and tamarind; cook until fish is done but not falling apart, 4–6 minutes. Stir in coconut cream, sugar, and salt. Serve with jasmine rice and fresh cilantro on the side.

VIDEO: Cocktail Recipe: Watermelon Mojito

We're thrilled to share the first of many videos offering a glimpse into our mixologists' work behind the bar.
NEW VIDEO! This video was produced by Dan Irias of Skyfie Productions. Craft Cocktail Recipe: Watermelon Mojito 4 Mint Leaves 1 packet Sugar in the Raw 1 oz Fresh Pressed Lime Juice 2 oz Siesta Key White Rum (Macerated with Watermelon for 5 days!) 1 oz Fresh Pressed Watermelon Juice
Muddle mint with sugar and lime juice. Add ice, rum, and watermelon juice. Shake vigorously and pour into a Collins glass. Garnish with mint sprig and enjoy!

Indonesian Epicurean Adventure - August 2016

Each month, the culinary team at Michael's On East challenges itself to create new dishes inspired by the world's most exotic destinations. The featured monthly menus are presented as "Epicurean Adventures," available as a two-course lunch for $18.95 (Monday-Friday) or three-course dinner for $34.95 (Monday-Saturday). This August, Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe are prepared to take Michael's On East guests away to the South Pacific. Inspired by the country's thousands of tropical islands, an Indonesian Epicurean Adventure will deliver the vibrant and complex flavors of Indonesia, August 1-31, 2016. INDONESIAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE - AUGUST 2016  DINNER MENU Starters Bakwan Jagung Spiced Corn Fritters with Kecap Manis & Fermented Black Bean Sauce Jakarta Lettuce Wrap Coconut Milk-Spiced Ground Bison with Carrot Slaw Dinner Entrées Ikan Bawal Kecap Pan-Fried Pompano Sweet Soy with Roasted Plum Tomatoes & Red Chilies with Turmeric Potatoes & Parsley Gulai Ayam Spicy Padang Style Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice & Cilantro Macassar Konro Bakar Spiced Short Ribs with Star Anise Sweet Potato Purée, Ginger & Garlic Green Beans & Bird Peppers Desserts Pandan Crêpes with Caramelized Coconut Forbidden Rice & Sweet Coconut Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Mangoes & Berries LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Gulai Masin Kepala Ikan Padang-Style Red Snapper Curry Lemongrass Jasmine Rice & Cilantro Beef Rendang Sandwich Spiced Green Mango Slaw, Beefsteak Tomatoes & Shredded Lettuce on Ciabatta Bread Served with Cucumber Salad Desserts Pandan Crêpes with Caramelized Coconut Forbidden Rice & Sweet Coconut Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Mangoes & Berries WINE PAIRINGS (Available for $5 each during lunch or dinner.) Viognier/Chenin Blanc/Grenache Blanc, The Wolftrap, ZA, 2012 Pinot Noir "Light Horse", Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, CA, 2013   The Michael’s On East three-course Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, August 1-31, 2016. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $15 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click here to make online reservations.    

VIDEO: Mighty Mushroom Burger

Chef Jamil's unique "mushroom burger" recipe has created quite the buzz this summer at Michael's On East, so we knew it was time to offer you a glimpse into the Mighty Mushroom Burger's extra special blend. This video was produced by Dan Irias of Skyfie Productions. Mighty Mushroom Burger High Plains Ranch Bison, Chorizo Sausage & Beech Mushroom Burger, Porcini-Rubbed & Topped with Pan-Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms, Monterey Pepper Jack Cheese, Tomato & Sweet Onion Relish, Baby Romaine, Creole Mayo on Tom Cat Brioche Bun, Served with Truffle Fries & Housemade Ketchup Our team is honored to be the only Sarasota restaurant participating in this summer's Blended Burger Project™ organized by the James Beard Foundation. Vote-Now (Please help us put Sarasota on the map and vote once a day through July 31, 2016!)            

So Much To Do This August!

Featured-Items-Glenmorangie-Original-BottleThere's plenty of action this August in the world Michael's! Our team is thrilled to add a Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner & Blind Tasting of Sauvignon Blanc as complement to our standing monthly offerings. The Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s Events & Catering teams continue to offer fine wines, boutique spirits and inspired cuisine on property and throughout the community year-round. Here's a look at our line-up this August: WINE CELLAR EVENTS Michael’s Wine Cellar will host its first-ever five-course whisky dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4. Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer, this Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner will feature chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. Glenmorangie is a well-recognized Single Malt Scotch brand founded in 1843 in the Highland town of Tain in Scotland. Space is limited and reservations are required. Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the store. The August Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines. Admission is $10 per person. A Blind Sauvignon Blanc Tastinghas been announced for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. This specialty event will offer tastes of six Sauvignon Blanc wines from different wine regions around the world as guests examine each wine’s aromas and flavors, trying to determine the wine’s origin, before an educational discussion of each Sauvignon Blanc is presented. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are required as space is limited. RESTAURANT OFFERINGS Michael’s On East has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team American Cocktail Society in hosting weekly happy hour fundraisers. Each Monday through August 29, Michael’s On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the restaurant’s lounge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Extended Happy Hour specials will be offered all night during this special partnership, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of Michael’s Private Label Wines, well cocktails and select beers for $5 until close each Monday in support of this important nonprofit organization. Beginning on Monday, August 1, Michael’s On East will present a specialty menu delivering the vibrant and complex flavors of Indonesia. A three-course Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be featured for $34.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, August 1-31. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each Friday evening the Restaurant offers a “Lobster Pot” with two 1 1/4 lb. live Maine lobsters, mussels, clams, new potatoes and corn on the cob. The Lobster Pot Friday feature is available for $38.95 per person after 5:30 p.m. every Friday.  

Celebrate with Michael’s this August

For Immediate Release: 7-19-16 Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan, 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner & Blind Tasting of Sauvignon Blanc Complement Monthly Offerings The Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s Events & Catering teams continue to offer fine wines, boutique spirits and inspired cuisine on property and throughout the community year-round. This August, Michael’s offers a variety of special menus, events and tastings: WINE CELLAR EVENTS Michael’s Wine Cellar will host its first-ever five-course whisky dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 4. Hosted by Glenmorangie Ambassador Clarke Boyer, this Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky Dinner will feature chef-inspired food pairings accompanying Glenmorangie products including: Original, Extra Matured Range, Signet and 18 Year. Admission is $125 per person and each attendee will receive a bottle of Glenmorangie 18 Year to take home. Glenmorangie is a well-recognized Single Malt Scotch brand founded in 1843 in the Highland town of Tain in Scotland. Space is limited and reservations are required. Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the store. The August Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 6. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines. Admission is $10 per person. “A Blind Sauvignon Blanc Tasting” has been announced for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. This specialty event will offer tastes of six Sauvignon Blanc wines from different wine regions around the world as guests examine each wine’s aromas and flavors, trying to determine the wine’s origin, before an educational discussion of each Sauvignon Blanc is presented. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are required as space is limited. Michael’s Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza, in Sarasota. RESTAURANT OFFERINGS Michael’s On East has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Team American Cocktail Society in hosting weekly happy hour fundraisers. Each Monday through August 29, Michael’s On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the restaurant’s lounge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Extended Happy Hour specials will be offered all night during this special partnership, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of Michael’s Private Label Wines, well cocktails and select beers for $5 until close each Monday in support of this important nonprofit organization. Beginning on Monday, August 1, Michael’s On East will present a specialty menu delivering the vibrant and complex flavors of Indonesia. A three-course Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be featured for $34.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Indonesian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, August 1-31. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each Friday evening the Restaurant offers a “Lobster Pot” with two 1 1/4 lb. live Maine lobsters, mussels, clams, new potatoes and corn on the cob. The Lobster Pot Friday feature is available for $38.95 per person after 5:30 p.m. every Friday. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Ave South in Sarasota. For complete menus, event details and reservations for the restaurant or upcoming events, call 941-366-0007, ext. 229 or visit www.bestfood.com.   About Michael’s On East Founded on April 27, 1987, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 27th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2016. 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. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. The adjacent Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. The Michael’s Wine Cellar retail store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All venues are available for private parties. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

Extended Happy Hour

Happy Hour for Making Strides Against Breast CancerMichael’s On East has partnered with the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Team American Cocktail Society in hosting weekly happy hour fundraisers. Each Monday through August 29, Michael’s On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the restaurant’s lounge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Extended Happy Hour specials will be offered all night during this special partnership, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of Michael’s Private Label Wines, well cocktails and select beers for $5 until close each Monday in support of this important nonprofit organization. Please join us to raise a glass for the cause!

Chef Jam: Over the Coals with Chef Jamil

Summer Chef Jam Fired Up Event Each summer, culinary titans and SRQ legends assemble at The Shamrock's patio for a unique Summer "Chef Jam" series! SHAMROCK PUB AND EDIBLE SARASOTA PRESENT THE 6TH ANNUAL SUMMER CHEF JAM SERIES: OVER THE COALS! It's time to get fired up! Local chefs will prepare three small plates to be paired with Florida craft beers in the eight-week summer series, Tuesdays through August 9, 2016. Each event runs 7-9 p.m. at The Shamrock Pub and admission is $25 per person. This series is all about the hustle of a charcoal grill, so please join us on Tuesday, August 9 as Chef Jamil fires up the grill in the series finale!  Click here for more details from The Shamrock Pub's Facebook page. Due to the cozy confines of The Shamrock, each event is limited to 50 guests. Tickets can be bought in advance in person at the Shamrock Pub. All admission is available on a first come, first served basis.

Amy Donnellan Joins Michael’s Events & Catering

For Immediate Release: 7-8-16 Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan, 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Amy Donnellan Joins Michael’s Events & Catering in New Position Dedicated to Weddings & Events at Selby Gardens; Potential Clients Invited for Tour each Saturday Morning Amy Donnellan has joined the experienced team at Michael’s Events & Catering in a new position dedicated to weddings and private events at Selby Gardens. Michael’s Events & Catering became the Exclusive Culinary Partner for all events held at the Gardens in December 2015. The new Event Sales Director position has been created to further evaluate private events at this premier waterfront venue in downtown Sarasota and collaborate with the Gardens’ in-house event department. “We’re thrilled to expand our catering division with the addition of Amy on our team,” said Phil Mancini, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East and manager of all catering operations. “Amy is already providing our clients with impeccable guidance as we now deliver the ‘Michael’s On East’ level of service our clientele is accustomed to during each and every event at Selby Gardens.” A native of Nantucket Island, Mass., Donnellan’s passion for event planning and design began in 2005 when she began working as a freelance event planner and interior designer.  Donnellan planned and executed dozens of weddings, socials and corporate events prior to serving as food and beverage director for an elite private club on Nantucket. For the past four years, she has worked as the events director, and most recently, marketing director, for the Sarasota Film Festival. “I’m honored to join the talented team at Michael's On East and look forward to serving all client events at Selby Gardens. This new role combines my passion for creative design with my keen attention to detail. But what I find most fulfilling is the ability to help a client express their creativity and individual design aesthetic while incorporating personal touches to truly make the event their own,” said Donnellan on her new position as Event Sales Director at Michael’s Events & Catering. “With the transformed indoor venue at the Gardens opening this fall, it’s a perfect time for our clients to elevate any event within the new setting and enjoy the natural beauty along the bayfront.” Donnellan is an active member of the National Association of Professional Women and the Event Planners Association and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance with a minor in Dance and Theater performance from Radford University, Va. Amy Donnellan can be reached through the Michael’s Events & Catering office via phone 941-366-0007, ext. 238 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Tour the Gardens’ Venues & Meet Amy Donnellan Brides-to-be as well as event organizers seeking a space for luncheons, fundraisers or corporate functions are invited to meet Donnellan at Selby Gardens for a self-guided tour of the property’s beautiful venues, to gain a general knowledge of the multiple event spaces and schedule personal consultations this summer. The causal meet-and-greet opportunity and self-guided tour is available each Saturday morning, 8-10 a.m., prior to the Gardens opening to the public. The tour schedule is subject to change and is available online at 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 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.

Caribbean Epicurean Adventure - July 2016

Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine have created new dishes inspired by the tropics this July! Join us for lunch or dinner to try multi-course options as part of Michael's Caribbean Epicurean Adventure. The Michael’s On East three-course Caribbean Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, July 5-30, 2016. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $15 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Specialty wine pairings are also available through the entire month. CARIBBEAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE - JULY 2016  DINNER MENU Starters Jerk Chicken Satay Mango & Pineapple Salsa & Jalapeño-Cilantro Oil Shrimp Fritters Spiced Tomato Jam & Coconut Curry Coulis Dinner Entrées Pan-Seared Jerked Mahi-Mahi Fresh Tomato, Island Green Sauce, Sliced Garlic, Roasted Red Peppers & Onions Served with Allspice Rice & Red Bean Timbale Coriander-Crusted Duck Breast Pineapple, Mango & Curry Salsa, Sweet Plantains, Spiced Potato Spears & Grilled Baby Zucchini Adobo Braised Pork Belly Parsnip, Edamame, & Pearl Onion Hash, Crispy Baby Artichokes & Roasted Heirloom Carrots Desserts St Maarten Coconut Cream Pie & Pink Guava Purée Tortuga Rum Cake Rum Raisin & Coconut Sorbet LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Jamaican Shellfish Stew Sautéed Shrimp, Green Lip Mussels, Calamari with Spiced Clam Broth & Grilled Artisan Bread Grilled Flat Iron Steak Island Curry: Coconut, Green Peppers, Thyme, Onions, Tomatoes Crushed Garlic Sauce & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Desserts St Maarten Coconut Cream Pie & Pink Guava Purée Tortuga Rum Cake Rum Raisin & Coconut Sorbet WINE PAIRINGS (Available for $5 each during lunch or dinner.)