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.)  

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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Mischa Kirby, APR, Selby Gardens
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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.