Londolozi Celebrates 90 Years

LondoloziFrom the very first moment Michael & Terri Klauber stepped foot upon Londolozi Game Reserve, they fell in love with the land, the animals and the people of one of South Africa's most prized safari lodges. The year was 2011. The Klaubers were leading the annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trip, and thanks to the exclusive access and expertise of Ryan Hilton, former Londolozi guide and Co-Proprietor of Admiral Travel International, the group first experienced Londolozi's special magic. That year, Michael provided a detailed account of their first visit in a guest blog. Flash forward a few years, and the Klaubers and Hilton have led Connoisseur Club trips every other year since, with each topping the last! So this week we are delighted to wish our friends at Londolozi a special congratulations as the property celebrates a milestone 90 years! Click here to view a remarkable video produced by their talented team. If you are ready to join the Michael, Terri, Ryan and the Varty family of Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa, we invite you to join us as the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club returns in 2017. Click here for details about the 2017 departure [caption id="attachment_3286" align="alignright" width="584"]Terri Klauber, Dave, Varty, Michael Klauber Terri Klauber, Dave Varty & Michael Klauber at Londolozi Game Reserve[/caption]   From miles away I called to you……as a longing for wildness. I called in the way the heart calls for freedom… I called you with the roar of a lion and like all true pioneers you answered by walking silently into the midst of my empty vastness. I gave you the shade of a tree to call home and a river to sing to. Here I grew you with sunlight and silence. I began to teach what it means to belong to a landscape. Even as you hunted I was watched you awaken to a deep truth of our oneness. Every year in the winter you came. I watched you grow. Those mud huts rose and the seasons welcomed you. I knew your grandfather and your father, your children and their children. I know all who have been drawn here before they arrive and long after they are gone. My resonance makes you the way you are. A steward of all things natural, a servant of trees and a custodian of wildness. I put in you the spirit of what we now stand for. As you partnered with me and worked on where cattle had stripped me bare I thanked you with plains of grass to welcome animals. What made you special was how deeply you could listen. In quiet moments I asked you to share me. Under my guidance the camps grew and the people came. You took the fences down and I thanked you with herds of elephants The mother leopard came from me to serve the vision. And she drew wonder from all corners of the world. I taught you to feel the unseen frequency of my love. And you made each safari a tribute to the depth of that feeling. Like a tide I flowed out through you and returned with a new vision. In sharing me with such authentic heart you have brought my essence to form…and as is co-creation my form has made your essence. You say we have been together for 90 years…. Yet in the faint dreamscape of the infinite everywhen I know us as……timeless. A place to inspire, A place to share a new vision for the earth A place for people and animals to be in harmony. I am a platform for advocacy and a level of consciousness. I am the restoration I am….. Londolozi. Written by Boyd Varty

27th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award

For Immediate Release: 2-24-16 Michael’s On East Honored with 27th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award;
 One of Two Restaurants in Florida to Receive Honor for More Than 25 Years Michael’s On East has been awarded its 27th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA. Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini accepted the award during a brief presentation the morning of Wednesday, February 24, 2016. Michael’s On East is the only Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. “Today we celebrated another milestone distinction as we honored Michael’s On East with yet another AAA Four Diamond Award. In fact, 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,” said Don Schwartz, Sarasota-Manatee field manager for AAA. Schwartz added that only 24 restaurants have held the Four Diamond status for 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. “It’s hard to believe we are accepting this prestigious award for the 27th consecutive year! We truly value this important distinction from AAA,” said Michael Klauber. “We’re incredibly thankful for the opportunity to continue delivering culinary and service excellence to Sarasota residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and visitors for nearly three decades. It is the enthusiastic support of our clients, community and internal team which makes leading our organization such a pleasure and motivates us to strive for even greater excellence each year.” 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. AAA-Award-Michael-DonSchwartz-PhilPhoto Attached:  Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini accept the restaurant’s 27th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award from Don Schwartz, Sarasota field manager for AAA, on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. (Left to Right: Michael Klauber, Don Schwartz, Phil Mancini) 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 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 941-504-6162 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

27th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award!

Michael's On East wins AAA Four Diamond Restaurant Award What an honor to be recognized as the "best restaurant in Sarasota" - again! Michael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini accepted the restaurant's 27th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award from AAA's Don Schwartz yesterday morning. “It’s hard to believe we are accepting this prestigious award for the 27th consecutive year! We truly value this important distinction from AAA,” said Michael. “We’re incredibly thankful for the opportunity to continue delivering culinary and service excellence to Sarasota residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and visitors for nearly three decades. It is the enthusiastic support of our clients, community and internal team which makes leading our organization such a pleasure and motivates us to strive for even greater excellence each year.” AAA-Award-Michael-DonSchwartz-PhilMichael’s On East is the only Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, and one of only 24 restaurants across the United States and Canada that have held the Four Diamond status for 25+ years! We snapped another photo yesterday morning when Don Schwartz of AAA stopped by the Restaurant to present Michael and Phil their newest accolade! 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. 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.      

Garden to Plate Wine Dinner - POSTPONED

UPDATE (2/22/16): Please note the "Garden to Plate" Wine Dinner at Selby Gardens has been postponed due to weather. Please visit www.selby.org for more information about additional events.

Garden to Plate Wine Dinner Menu Garden to Plate Wine Dinner at Selby Gardens HORS D’OEUVRES Key West Pink Shrimp Tomato, Roasted Onion, Goat Cheese Open Faced on Sliced French Bread Conch Fritters FIRST COURSE Roasted Golden & Chioggia Beet Salad Gorgonzola Dolce Spuma & Pistachio Vinaigrette SECOND COURSE Porcini-Rubbed Adena Ranch Carved New York Strip Grilled Shiitake Mushrooms, Roasted Baby Peppers & Chimichurri & Lemon-Oregano Fingerling Potatoes DESSERT Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart & Grand Marnier Anglaise Click here for tickets. $150 per person (includes full bar and wine pairings) Be sure to make your reservation now as space is limited.

Recipe: Salmon with Citrus Beurre Blanc

French-SalmonBlack Pepper Corn-Crusted Scottish Salmon Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Citrus Beurre Blanc

As prepared by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and featured on the French Epicurean Adventure lunch menu at Michael’s On East throughout February 2016. Serves 4 For the Salmon 4 7oz Scottish Salmon 2 Tablespoon of Freshly Ground Black Pepper Kosher Salt 3 oz Olive Oil Method Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a sauté pan over medium high, add the oil and heat until it begins to smoke. Season the salmon with salt and crust the top with black pepper. Place the salmon with crust 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 plate. For the Roasted Fingerling Potatoes 1 lb. Fingerling Potatoes, Thinly Sliced Lengthwise (about 1/8-inch thick) 3 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 1/4 Teaspoon Kosher Salt 1/2 Teaspoon 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, salt and black pepper; then spread the potatoes flat on the baking sheet. Bake the potatoes, turning after 10 minutes, until they brown and start to crisp, approximately 25 to 30 minutes. Set aside the potatoes until the dish is ready to plate. For the Citrus 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 Key Lime Juice Salt and Pepper to taste Method In a sauté pan, simmer the shallots, wine and vinegar, until reduced. Add cream and cook until thickened. Incorporate the butter with a whisk until fully emulsified. Season with salt and pepper to taste, add the key lime juice, stir and simmer for 2 minutes. Set aside until the dish is ready to plate. For the Fennel-Onion Confit 2 Medium Fennel Bulbs 1 Medium Spanish Onion ½ Cup Olive Oil ¼ Teaspoon Fresh Crack Black Pepper ¼ Cup Vegetable Stock Kosher Salt to Taste Method Slice the fennel and onion vertically into long strips, approximately 1/2 -inch thick. In a large heavy pan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté‚ over medium-high heat until it begins to brown, approximately 5 minutes. Reduce 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 plate. 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. Top with the fennel-onion confit and garnish with micro greens, if desired. Serve and enjoy!        

Reviews of Michael's On East

Reviews of Michael's On East, Catering, Wine Cellar in Sarasota Thanks to each of you who took the time to share some "love" with our team by sending a personal note or posting an online review this past month. Do you have information you'd like to share regarding a recent experience with the Michael's team? Please take a moment to contact our management team, or submit a review on Open TableYelpTrip AdvisorGoogle Reviews, or your preferred network of choice. Here's a selection of guest comments about Michael's On East, Michael's Wine Cellar and Michael's Events & Catering in January 2016:
“Don't miss the lobster pot” Dined on January 1, 2016 / OpenTable Review The lobster pot dinner on Fridays is well prepared and an excellent value. “Great Find” Dined on January 7, 2016 Very good menu selection, excellent food quality and taste. Our server Jason was very knowledgeable and attentive James the sommelier gave us excellent wine advice and finally Michael, the owner makes sure he shares few minutes at every table. "Excellent food, superb wine list." Dined on January 9, 2016 / OpenTable Review I took my husband to Michael's for his birthday.We had the best meal we've eaten in many years.We shared Hoisin duck and vegetable rolls and a Michael's salad as appetizers. Delicious. For entrees: my husband had the prime rib - and proclaimed it the best he'd ever had. I had the lemon-grass grilled tuna, which was also delicious. The restaurant surprised us with chocolate cake for dessert - I thought I was too full to eat anything else - but managed to 'force down' a few mouthfuls of a very tasty dessert! Michael's wine list is incredible - by far the most extensive we've seen since we moved from London. It took several minutes just to examine the various varieties of wine on offer - and the inclusion of wines from South Africa and Argentina, as well as an excellent selection of French and US labels, was most impressive.We had a glass of Roederer champagne to begin, then I had a glass of Ramey chardonnay and my husband had Franciscan cabernet. The bill was pricey - but we had expected that, and felt that we definitely received value for money. The service, Kevin was our waiter, aided by Devin, was also excellent - efficient but not overly obtrusive. We will most definitely be back!! (as soon as our credit card recovers!). “Wonderful special occasion dining experience” Dined on January 15, 2016 / OpenTable Review We planned this for a special birthday and it was.We dined on a Friday evening and were able to enjoy a lovely Lobster Pot dinner. My husband ordered the duck which was done to perfection. He said it was prepared exactly as duck should be. Overall a lovely evening made memorable by the attentive staff and exceptional dining. “5-Star Excellence” Dined on January 16, 2016 / OpenTable Review Never disappoints! The food is always exceptional and the staff knowledgeable and ready to please. We ordered their monthly "epicurean" special and it was outstanding. If you've never been, what are you waiting for?!
THANK YOU NOTES FROM CATERING CLIENTS Dear Ngoc and Phil,Thank you so much for all you did to help make Judy’s 75th birthday party such a success. She had so much fun and so did everyone that attended. It was wonderful working with you guys again - I definitely miss you and hope we will be working together a lot more in the future. Ngoc, a special thank you to you for all of the preliminary work you did and for making the process so easy on everyone. Please extend my thanks to Tracey as well - she was as usual great and on point.Always such a pleasure to work with.Thanks again and I hope to see you again soon. - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 3, 2016 Dear Ngoc and Phil, Everything was fabulous, delicious, and terrific. We did have a lot left over- still munching. We hope your holiday was wonderful. - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 4, 2016 The After Concert Party was wonderful. Tina and the MOE crew were great— they made our guest’s evening. They were so professional and helpful and it is making my job easier. - Thank You Note from Sarasota Orchestra, January 11, 2016
We were delighted with the rehearsal dinner. The food was great and the staff helpful and accommodating. Of course, everyone was amazed by the desserts! We all had a wonderful time. Thanks for everything! - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 11, 2016
Hello Ngoc, Thank you so much for your note! Michael's is awesome and Yetti is the best!! P.S. Cloe makes my job so enjoyable! It is a pleasure to work with her.What an asset! - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 20, 2016 The Wedding Shower was excellent. Cloe, James and his colleague did an outstanding job. Melissa and I appreciate the quality of food and service. - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 25, 2016 The event was wonderful. Tina and her staff did a great job, and were quick to offer a place setting to me and my assistant after deciding to eat at the registration table.Thank you! - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 28, 2016
As always, the food and service was perfect. I wish we could do everything there with you. - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 28, 2016
Everything was wonderful last night. Henry and the MOE crew did a fabulous job-- the evening was flawless (event wise). My compliments to the professionals (who kept our guests) happy. Double kudos to the kitchen staff as well. We received many compliments on the meal. - Thank You Note from Sarasota Orchestra, January 28, 2016
Everything was perfect as usual; Jimmy and Antoine did a superb job. Thank you. - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 29, 2016 The event last night was wonderful – your venue is beautiful and the staff was very attentive and helpful.We will be sure to be in touch for our next event! - Dow Wealth Management, January 29, 2016 It was an exceptional day, Ngoc! Everything was perfection! I even really enjoyed the dessert tray, which I did not expect. Every morsel of the lunch was delish and the staff was outstanding, as usual! - Catering Client Thank You Note, January 31, 2016
 

French Epicurean Adventure - February 2016

 

February 2016: French Epicurean Adventure

FrenchMenu French Cuisine in February Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. Throughout February 2016, the culinary team at Michael’s On East invites guests to take an “Epicurean Adventure” to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. Note: Epicurean Adventure menus are NOT available on holidays including Valentine's Day.
LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Pan-Seared Prosciutto de Parma Sandwich Fresh Tomatoes, Baby Arugula, Gruyere Cheese & Onion Jam Served with Truffled Allumettes Black Pepper Corn-Crusted Scottish Salmon Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Citrus Beurre Blanc LUNCH DESSERTS
Rose & Raspberry St. Honore Vanilla Cream Pastry with Rose-Scented Chantilly & Fresh Raspberries Milk Chocolate & Chestnut Cream Macaron Candied Orange Peel & Grand Marnier Anglaise
DINNER MENU  STARTERS  Shrimp and Sweet Corn Beignets Tarragon Remoulade, Carrot Reduction, Roasted Red Pepper Relish & Micro Greens Marseille White Onion Bisque With Crispy Onion Straw & White Truffle Oil DINNER ENTREES Pan-Seared Yellow Tail Snapper Little Neck Clam Chowder, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, French Peas, Watercress Sprigs, & Crispy Taro Roots Manchester Farm Grilled Quail Pearl Onions, Edamame, Sweet Potatoes, and Parsnip Hash, Baby Arugula Salad & Burgundy Au Jus Roasted Kurobuta Pork Tenderloin Turmeric Yukon-Sweet Potato Pave, Buttered Salsify Root, Red Beets, Roasted Turnip & Peppercorn Reduction DESSERTS
Rose & Raspberry St. Honore Vanilla Cream Pastry with Rose-Scented Chantilly & Fresh Raspberries Milk Chocolate & Chestnut Cream Macaron Candied Orange Peel & Grand Marnier Anglaise
WINE PAIRINGS Chardonnay, Domaine Tariquet, Gascogne, FR, 2014 Cotes du Rhone, Andre Brunel, Rhone Valley, FR, 2012
For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online.

French Menu in February

 

February 2016: French Epicurean Adventure

FrenchMenu French Cuisine in February Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. Throughout February 2016, the culinary team at Michael’s On East invites guests to take an “Epicurean Adventure” to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. “We’ve helped guests enjoy delectable journeys ‘to’ South Africa, India, Peru, Asia and beyond. For years now we’ve been featuring monthly special menus which challenge our culinary team to create and deliver all types of cuisine from around the world through our Epicurean Adventure menus. However, each February we focus on France,” said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. “It’s a natural choice for this romance-inspired month and I personally enjoy bringing together several of my personal loves: old world wines from Bordeaux, Rhone Valley and Languedoc paired with classic French cooking techniques.” Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine will be releasing this special menu in the coming days! Check back soon to view the complete French Epicurean Adventure menus available this February. Note: Epicurean Adventure menus are NOT available on holidays including Valentine's Day. For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online.

3 Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day Weekend

ValentinesDay-Roses-WineMichael's On East offers you three ways to celebrate with your special someone over Valentine's Day Weekend this year. Please be sure to make your reservation now at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant. Your sweetheart desires it! Friday, February 12, 2016 Celebrate a little early on Lobster Pot Friday!! Saturday, February 13, 2016 Enjoy Michael's French Epicurean Adventure dinner menu, offering a three-course dinner for $34.95 per person. (Please note Michael's On East is not open for lunch on Saturdays. Join us anytime after 5 p.m. in the Lounge and all evening for dinner service.) Sunday, February 14, 2016 Be sure to secure your reservation to enjoy Chef Jamil's special holiday menu on Valentine's Day! (Epicurean Adventure menus are not available on holidays.)

Sarasota's Best Kale Salad

Recently, a group of well-known "foodie" judges sampled unique kale salads from several of the Sarasota area's best restaurants. The panel of expert tasters set out on a mission to find Sarasota's best kale salad and report back to readers of Sarasota Magazine. Click here to read the article and complete results. The highlight: Michael's On East took home the top honors!

Best-Kale-SaladBest Overall: Michael’s On East’s Baby Kale and Brussels Sprouts

Talk about a power flavor combo: Kale and Brussels sprouts are tossed with toasted walnuts, pecorino cheese, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds and Granny Smith apples, then coated in a flavorful but not overpowering lemon-mustard vinaigrette. Despite an afternoon of eating kale, our judges asked for seconds. The unanimous favorite.

Planning An Orioles Spring Training Trip

Orioles Bird MichaelPlanning An Orioles Spring Training Trip? Join us at Michael’s On East as our culinary team salutes Baseball in Sarasota with Baltimore Epicurean Adventure honoring the Orioles' Spring Training Season in the Sunshine State. 

In celebration of the Baltimore Orioles’ spring training season in Sarasota, Michael's On East is once again bringing back a “Crackerjack” Epicurean Adventure in March 2016. Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine are currently working to perfect their Baltimore-inspired dishes, but we hope baseball fans are marking their calendar now and planning to join us for lunch and dinner during your spring training vacations. The celebrated restaurant will offer a three-course dinner menu featuring dishes inspired by the “Charm City” for only $34.95 per person as well as two-course Power Lunch version which includes a choice of entrée and dessert for only $18.95 per person. For a “Grand Slam” culinary adventure, guests are encouraged to add wine pairings for only $10 during dinner or $5 during lunch. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Baltimore Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, March 1-31. 2016. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Baseball fans are invited to make restaurant reservations, by calling 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or clicking here for online reservations.  

American Cancer Society's Big Top Gala

Big Top CircusLadies and Gentlemen! Please step right up for an evening of exquisite circus-themed dining from Michael's On East, live music, Feld Entertainment productions and so much more! Join the American Cancer Society "under the big top!" on Saturday, February 27. Click here for more details about this spectacular Big Top Gala. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well and get well by finding cures and by fighting back. Click here to learn more about the American Cancer Society. Click here to view more events in Sarasota, from monthly Open House Wine Tastings, Wine Dinners and Whiskey Tastings at Michael's Wine Cellar, to the community's best galas and festivals.

Dining for a Difference

Dining for a Difference - Sarasota Designing Daughters Dine out for a great cause at participating locally-owned Sarasota and Manatee restaurants TONIGHT as part of Designing Daughters' Dining for a Difference! A portion of all proceeds from your food and beverage purchases will help fund grants to local charities. Gather all of your friends, select a restaurant of your choice (Michael's On East, of course!), and make a reservation - It's that simple! Click here to learn more about Dining for a Difference. Click here to make a restaurant reservation at Michael's On East. Designing Daughters of Sarasota enhances our community and cultivates the next generation of philanthropists through strategic granting. 

Recipe: Chimichurri Skirt Steak

 

Argentine-SkirtSteak-ChimichurriChurrasco de Entraña con Chimichurri (Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Red Onions, Roasted Roma Tomatoes & Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes)

As prepared by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda & Featured on the Restaurant’s Argentine Epicurean Adventure Lunch Menu, January 2016 Serves 4 For the Skirt Steak 4 6oz Skirt Steaks 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper Method Coat each skirt steak with salt and pepper, then brush with olive oil. Over high heat, grill steaks to desired temperature. Immediately upon removing from grill, slice and then allow to rest.   For the Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes 12 Red Bliss Potatoes 1 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme 2 oz of Olive Oil Salt and Black Pepper to Taste Method Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice red bliss potatoes in half lengthwise, then into thirds. Place in bowl, season with salt and pepper, dried thyme and olive oil.  Lay the potatoes out on a roasting pan and cook in oven until golden brown, approximately 12 minutes.   For the Chimichurri ½ Yellow Onion, finely diced ½ Bunch Flat Parsley, chopped finely ½ Bunch Curly Parsley, chopped finely ½ Bunch Cilantro, chopped finely ¾ Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Tomato, crushed ½ Jalapeno, seeded 4 Cloves Garlic 2 Bay Leaves 2 Limes, juiced ¼ Cup Rice Wine Vinegar ¼ Cup Distilled Vinegar Method Place the first six ingredients (Onion, Flat Parsley, Curly Parsley, Cilantro, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Tomato) in a bowl and mix well. In a blender, place all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  Add blended ingredients to the ingredients in bowl and mix well.   For the Roasted Tomatoes 6 Plum Tomatoes, halved 2 oz Olive Oil ½ Teaspoon Chopped Garlic Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper Method Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, add the tomatoes halves, oil and the garlic season with salt and pepper. Place on a sheet pan and roast for approximately 6 minutes.   For the Grilled Onions 2 Medium Red Onions, peeled and cut in 4 slices 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper Method In a small bowl, mix the onions with oil and salt and pepper. Over high heat, grill the onions on both sides. To Plate In a small mixing bowl, add the onions, tomato, potatoes and 1 tablespoon of Chimichurri and mix well. Place a spoonful of the mixture in the middle of dinner plate, slice the skirt steak against the grain and place on top of the mixture. Top the steak with a generous portion of Chimichurri and serve!      

Mark Your Calendar Now!

Event Calendar SarasotaThe New Year will bring plenty of community events and festivals as we enjoy the height of Sarasota's "season!" Here's just a quick preview of a few featured events scheduled for early 2016, as it's time to mark your calendar and make reservations for the following tastings, dinners and galas! Social Calendar Highlights: Dining for a Difference, January 12 South African Wine Dinner, January 29 Napa Valley Wine Dinner, January 30 Forks & Corks Wine Tasting, January 30 Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast's Palm Ball, February 6 South County YMCA's Black Tie 2016: Great Gatsby, February 6 Selby Gardens' Orchid Ball: Gowns in the Garden, February 13 Temple Beth Israel's Hearts & Flowers Ball, February 14 Cooking for Wishes Interactive Luncheon Supporting Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, Sarasota Region, February 25 Grapes for Humanity: Tasting of the MMD Legends at Michael's Wine Cellar, March 10 Whiskey Obsession Festival, March 31 & April 1

Ring in the New Year with Lobster Pot

Featured-Items-LobsterPotRING IN THE NEW YEAR THIS FRIDAY NIGHT WITH LOBSTER! Due to popular demand, Michael's On East will be OPEN in the evening on New Year's Day, this Friday, January 1. First, stop into the Lounge for Happy Hour beginning at 5 p.m., then join us for the first Lobster Pot Friday of the New Year! LOBSTER remains king on Friday nights in the Restaurant as our culinary team offers seafood lovers a “Lobster Pot” special every Friday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. for $38.95 per person. We’ll even provide you the signature bib to wear as you enjoy two 1 1/4 lb. live Maine lobsters, mussels, clams, new potatoes and corn on the cob. (No sharing please.) Please note: The Restaurant will be closed for lunch on New Year's Day and closed for dinner on Monday, January 4. Michael's Wine Cellar will also be closed on New Year's Day. If you'd like to make reservations, simply call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations.

Career Inspiration with USF Students

https://youtu.be/xFW9KNaWZt0 To help inspire students to make sound career choices, USF Sarasota-Manatee checks in with local CEO’s to share their stories of success. This week, students from the highly-acclaimed university sat down with our own Michael Klauber to learn about his career inspirations. We hope each of you will be inspired as well by Michael's video interview about his career in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Click here to view the complete video produced by USF Sarasota-Manatee students. (Go Bulls!)

Argentina Epicurean Adventure - January 2016

 

January 2016: Argentina

Argentina-MenuMichael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month at Michael’s On East. A three-course Argentine Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person throughout January 2016. The two-course Power 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. Please note: The Restaurant will be closed on Friday, January 1 in observance of New Year's Day and closed the evening of Monday, January 4 for a special event. Stay tuned for the complete menu! Chef Jamil and Chef Catherine are currently designing new dishes inspired by the flavors and culture of Argentina!  For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online through Open Table.

Christmas Cocktail Recipe

On yesterday's Suncoast View (shown locally on Sarasota's ABC 7/WWSB 40 at 4 pm, Monday - Friday), Michael enjoyed spreading a little extra holiday cheer! ChristmasCocktail-SuncoastView Stephanie Roberts, Bobeth Yates and Joey Panek opened up the Suncoast View Christmas episode in true holiday spirit, wearing Santa, Elf and Chewbacca pajamas for the special show! A little bribery was required for a few of the hosts to go along with the festive attire, so our own Michael Klauber was ready to help - with a Christmas Cocktail! The good news for you: It's an easy one to try at home as well!

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1.5 oz Stoli Vanilla 1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps Shake, strain and garnish in a martini glass with crushed peppermint flakes. Happy holidays!

Michael's Favorite Holiday Dishes

ChristmasShow-SuncoastView-Kitchen On today's Suncoast View (shown locally on Sarasota's ABC 7/WWSB 40 at 4 pm), Michael enjoyed spreading a little holiday cheer as he shared a few of his personal favorite dishes for the holidays. Here's the video segment with Michael and Chef Jamil in case you missed Suncoast View's Christmas episode! Favorite Holiday Dishes: Terri's Baby Kale & Brussels Sprout Salad Toasted Walnuts, Pecorino, Dried Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, Green Apples, Crispy Bacon, & Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette Duck Two-Ways Crispy Thyme Leg Confit, Honey Fennel-Lacquer Breast, Yellow Beet & Fingerling Potato Hash, Garlic -Scented Swiss Chard & Pomegranate Demi-Glace Porcini-Rubbed Colorado Rack Lamb Thyme Demi-Reduction, Parsnip Puree, Caramelized Cipollini Onion & Oven-Dried Tomatoes Molly’s Truffled Macaroni and Cheese Manchego, Gruyere, Parmesan, Truffled Bechamel Chocolate Blackout Cake Layers of Dense Chocolate Custard Cake Covered with Chocolate Jimmies Londolozi Malva Pudding Vanilla Ice Cream & Anglaise