Guest Host on Suncoast View!

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Our own Michael Klauber was honored to guest host Suncoast View this morning. Click here to view the complete video segment

He was excited to share South African craft gins he's worked for three years to bring to our guests in Sarasota. (And it seems like Linda, Stephanie and Joey appreciated Michael's determination to bring Inverroche Gin all the way back home!)

Also inspired by our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travels around the globe, Chef Jamil was back in the studio kitchen today sharing his recipe for Bacalhau a Portuguese, Black Cod from our Portugal Epicurean Adventure dinner menu, available through October 31 in the Restaurant.

If you find the Inverroche Gin story intriguing, you're invited to taste and purchase the Classic, Amber and Verdant Gins at Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar. (The only restaurant and retailer in Florida to have access to these exclusive spirits!)

Inverroche: South African Craft Gin Debuts in Florida

South African Craft Gin Debuts in Florida via Special Request by Michael Klauber 

Michael’s On East & Michael’s Wine Cellar Become the First Restaurant & Retailer to Offer Inverroche Gins Made with Fynbos Botanicals from the Southern Tip of Africa

Click here to view Michael's recent TV segment about Inverroche Gin on ABC 7's Suncoast View.

Gin Trilogy

Michael’s Wine Cellar has become the first spirits retailer in Florida to feature all three Inverroche Gins from South Africa. The company’s adjoining restaurant Michael’s On East is also the first restaurant in the state to debut the artisanal spirit with a new cocktail three years in the making. 

Michael’s Wine Cellar & Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber first tasted Inverroche Gin with his wife Terri while leading a wine-focused luxury safari journey for clients in South Africa in the summer of 2015. 

“Gin & Tonic is known as the cocktail of choice when on safari and we’ve been known to enjoy a classic ‘sundowner’ cocktail with friends while leading our bi-annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trips,” explained Klauber. “But I’ll never forget our first sip of a sundowner with Inverroche while visiting Londolozi Game Reserve. We knew immediately it was a special part of Africa we’d like to offer our friends back at home!” 

Ever since the Klaubers tasted the craft gin, Michael Klauber has been working closely with distributors and importers for three years to bring Inverroche to the local market. He added, “The popularity of Gin is well-known and gaining momentum around the globe, but it’s the stories – in addition to these unique flavor profiles – behind a specialty spirit like Inverroche which gives our guests so many reasons to shop and dine with us at Michael’s.”

Each Inverroche Gin has a distinctive profile, created using recipes blending between 20 to 30 different varieties of Fynbos, a distinctive flora kingdom - found only in the southern tip of Africa, which are then complimented by various other more traditional gin botanicals.“Fynbos” is the Dutch word for “fine-leaved plants.” The brand currently has three distinct Gins (Classic, Verdant and Amber), crafted using only a handful of the more than 9,000 Fynbos botanicals. The first Inverroche Gins were released in 2012 and are now available in 15 countries. All three of the South African craft gin are now available for purchase at Michael’s Wine Cellar.

INVERROCHE GIN: AMBER (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Infused with fragrant and aromatic fynbos scattered along the dunes of the southern African coastal region, Inverroche Gin Amber showcases the diversity of the bountiful Cape Floral Kingdom.
Aromas: Fresh citrus, slight juniper, red bush, sweet toffee apples and delicate floral notes
Taste: Dry, woody finish with delicate florals and bright citrus.

INVERROCHE GIN: VERDANT (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Inverroche Gin Verdant is infused with a bouquet of fynbos, hand-selected from the mountainous, rocky terrain along the southern African coast.
Aroma: Delicate floral aromas reminiscent of elderflower and chamomile
Taste: Fragrant summer blooms, a touch of spice, subtle juniper, zesty lemon rind and alluring liquorice.

INVERROCHE GIN: CLASSIC (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Beautifully balanced and complex, Inverroche Classic is infused with fynbos harvested from the southern African coastal, Limestone-rich hills and cliffs.
Aromas: Upfront green juniper notes blend seamlessly with a bouquet of soft flowers on the nose.
Taste: The taste is exotic and intriguing with aromas of citrus, rose petals and assertive florals delivering a crisp, dry and spicy finish.

Our team has been having fun experimenting with the craft spirit created with Fynbos botanicals, indigenous flora from the Cape. Here's the newest recipe crafted by Michael's Mixologists in the Lounge:
Cape Town Fig Bramble
1 oz Poire Williams Liqueur 
2.5 oz Inverroche Amber Gin
2 Dashes of Bitters
Allspice-Soaked Figs (Our team uses St Elizabeth Allspice Dram)
Muddle two Allspice-soaked Figs. Add the above liquors. Stir and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with the Allspice figs and an orange twist. 

“Our friends at Inverroche claim that it’s ‘A special product, made by special people in a very special place.’” commented Klauber. “This statement couldn’t ring truer for us, and we think our patrons will agree!”

Recipe: Salmon Toast

Salmon Toast

This dish is one of the most popular new entrees which recently debuted on our lunch menu in the Restaurant. Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda is pleased to share his latest recipe with you to also try at home!

Seared Scottish Salmon Toast
Piquillo Red Peppers, Greek Marinated Fava Beans, 
Guacamole, Hearts of Palm, Crispy Capers, 
Cilantro, Edamame & Lime Juice
Served on Grilled Country French Bread 

Serves 4

For the Salmon
2 8 oz Scottish Salmon Fillets
2 oz Olive Oil 
Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium high. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, add the oil to the sauté pan and sear the salmon for 2 minutes on each side (medium rare). If you would like to reach a higher temperature, place the (oven-safe) pan in the oven and cook the salmon for 6 additional minutes to reach medium well. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. 

For the Grilled French Bread 
4 slices French Country Bread (We always love supporting local bakeries, but Costco also has a great one)
6 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Set the grill on high heat. Drench the bread with oil and grill on both sides until crispy, not burnt. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated 

For the Guacamole
3 Whole Ripe Avocados, diced
½ Red Onion, finely minced
2 Plum Tomatoes deseeded and diced
½ bunch Cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 5 Limes
3 Jalapenos, deseeded and diced
Salt to taste  

In a small bowl, gently mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon. (Avoid over-stirring; mixture should be a little chunky.)

To Plate
2 8 oz Seared Salmon Fillets
1 cup Sliced Pickled Hearts of Palms
1 cup Large Piquillo Pepper, julienne
½ cup Crispy Capers
2 tablespoons Cilantro, chopped
3 Limes (To squeeze/juice as you assemble the dish)
1 cup Greek-Marinated Fava Beans (Available at Whole Foods)
Micro Greens to garnish (Available at Whole Foods)
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Spread the guacamole on all 4 slices of grilled bread. Top with the Greek beans, cut salmon into 6 slices and distribute evenly on top of the beans. In a small mixing bowl, add the hearts of palms, cilantro, half the capers, peppers, oil and squeeze the limes. Season with salt and black pepper and mix well. Top salmon with the mix, sprinkle the rest of the capers and garnish with micro greens. If liquid remains from the mix, top the dish and serve immediately. 

Celebrate the 2018 Holiday Season with Michael's


The "social season" is now in full-swing in Sarasota, so we know you're busy! But some things just can't wait! It's time to pause for just a moment to plan your family's holiday celebrations with Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar. 


Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, November, 22, 2018, 2-8 p.m.
In addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner is available which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing for $32 per person.

Christmas Eve
Monday, December 24, 2018, 4-8 p.m.

Michael's holiday menu will feature signature dishes a la carte.

Christmas Day 
Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 2-8 p.m.
Michael's holiday menu will feature signature dishes a la carte.

New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018, 5-7 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. 
Ring in 2019 in style at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant. A $50 cover charge applies for the later seating, which includes live music & dancing. Michael's holiday menu will feature signature dishes a la carte.

Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations. 


Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive 
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 2-4 p.m.
Please bring an unwrapped toy donation for the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program as "admission" for this annual tasting during the holiday season. Click here for details

Holiday Champagne Tasting
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6-8 p.m.
We can always come up with an excuse to pop the bubbly, but this popular event is the most effervescent of the year! Be sure to reserve early as Michael's Holiday Champagne Tasting always sells out early. Click here for details.  


In addition to holiday parties catered on-premise and off-property by Michael’s Events & Catering, the Private Dining Room at Michael’s On East provides an elegant backdrop for breakfast, luncheon or dinnertime holiday celebrations for corporate groups, families and friends. Michael’s also serves as the exclusive caterer for all private parties held at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota and Bay Preserve in Osprey.

On select dates during the month of December, Selby Gardens hosts Lights In Bloom, an annual holiday light exhibit with more than one million lights illuminating the Gardens! Book your holiday party on one of these special nights and offer your guests an exclusive, interactive holiday experience to complement your event! Guests will have private access to the Michael's on the Bay Ballroom, catered privately for your event, and complimentary access to enjoy an evening stroll through the Gardens to enjoy Lights in Bloom. Book now as limited dates remain available for holiday parties. Contact Michael’s Events & Catering Division at 941-366-0007, ext. 238 for more information or click here to request a proposal. 


From Michael's gift cards and gourmet gift baskets to a fabulous bottle of Bordeaux or Scotch and gift memberships to Michael's Wine Club, Michael's Wine Cellar is your go-to stop for holiday shopping. Click here to learn more about holiday gifts for wine lovers

Thanksgiving Restaurant Reservations

It's time to secure your holiday reservation for Thanksgiving at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant! 

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As a proudly independent restaurant with a strong focus on family for more than three decades, the entire Michael’s On East team takes special pride in offering holiday celebrations for our guests to enjoy with family and friends. A holiday menu—offering favorite signature dishes and inspired global fare a la carte—is offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

On Thanksgiving, in addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner is available which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing for $32 per person. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations.

October Offerings at Michael’s On East

It’s your final chance to take advantage of Wine Lovers Thursdays at Michael’s On East. Toast the “occasion” – any occasion really! – by enjoying half-priced bottles of wine during lunch and dinner in the Restaurant as you explore the 350+ bottle wine list recently recognized with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. Wine Lovers Thursdays continue through October 2018 for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members. Click here to browse the current wine list.

(Don’t worry, if you’re not yet being rewarded for your good taste, sign up as a Connoisseur Club member for free during your next dining experience at Michael’s On East, or click here to join online.

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Photo by Michael Klauber during the 2018 Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey in Portugal

Also for a limited time, enjoy an Epicurean Adventure to Portugal by indulging with a two-course lunch or three-course dinner, beginning on October 1 as part of Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week and continuing through October 31 at Michael's On East.

Season is in full season in the RestaurantWine Cellar and newly-renovated Michael’s On East Ballroom! Click here to browse our full calendar.

New Lunch Favorites Debut at Michael's On East

The Michael's On East culinary team is constantly challenged to create modern dishes with a global accents. This fall, the Restaurant's Executive Chef Jamil Pineda delivered in a big way with Michael's new blockbuster lunch menu. Click here to browse all the Restaurant's full lunch menu, including these fabulous new dishes which debuted this month! 

Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl 
Edamame, Cucumber Rolls, Pineapple, Jasmine Rice, Avocado, Shredded Napa Cabbage & Soy Ginger Vinaigrette 

Chilled Scottish Salmon and Baby Spinach
Pickled European Cucumber & Dill Salad, Lemon Gold Potatoes, Mixed Spanish Olives, Radishes, Crispy Capers & Lime Vinaigrette 

Asian Ginger-Chicken and Noodle Salad 
Shredded Red & Napa Cabbage, Baby Arugula, Carrots, Scallions, Avocado, Julienne Snow Peas, Toasted Cashews, Fresh Cilantro, Mango, Rice Noodles, Honey & Ginger-Lime Soy Vinaigrette

Herb Chicken Paillard & Heirloom Tomato Salad 
Boston Greens, Crispy Baby Artichokes, Balsamic Reduction, Red Onions & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Turducken Burger 
Spiced Turkey Patty, Crispy Duck Confit, Fried Chicken Egg, Boston Lettuce, Beefsteak Tomato & Honey Mayonnaise on Brioche Bun, Served with Truffle Fries 

Maialino Porchetta Panini 
Roasted Porchetta, Broccoli Rabe, Aged Provolone, Served on Ciabatta with Truffle Fries 

Grilled Shrimp and Pork Belly Tacos 
Smashed Avocado, Roasted Corn Salsa, Baby Romaine, Radishes, Chipotle Cream & Chimichurri Sauce with Fresh Cilantro on Yellow Corn Tortilla

Baby Kale, Sundried Tomato & Ricotta Salata Agnolotti 
Red Tomato Nage, Spring Vegetables, Sugar Snap Peas & Micro Greens

Snake River Farms Wagyu Skirt Steak 
Roasted Lemon Potatoes, Red & Green Chimichurri, Criolla Salsa, Grilled Onions, Roasted Red & Yellow Peppers

Seared Scottish Salmon Toast
Piquillo Red Peppers, Greek Marinated Fava Beans, Guacamole, Hearts of Palm, Crispy Capers, Cilantro, Edamame & Lime Juice

Ballroom Transformation at Michael’s On East

Given Sarasota’s thriving social scene paired with gorgeous weddings, client parties, corporate meetings and creative fundraising events which keep the Michael’s On East Ballroom packed throughout the year, it was difficult for Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini to find a time to get a transformation of our timeless Ballroom scheduled!

This month, after careful planning with a focus on functional design, Michael and Phil’s vision for the popular space has become a reality, thanks to expertise of Anne Folsom Smith Interior Design. Anne Folsom Smith and her team have been our trusted partners for more than three decades, during the creation as well as renovation of all Michael’s venues over the years! We asked Anne to share her account of the new Michael’s On East Ballroom:

The Michael’s On East Ballroom presents ‘sophisticated elegance’ at its best. Perhaps the most dramatic update to the space has been the addition of the mocha molding which now frames the windows and extends around the entire room. The deep earthy color continues to the ceiling above each window with roman shades in wood grain, a fiddlesticks type of look in very warm colors.

Our design is ‘smart chic’ in earth tones. The columns have been covered with chocolate and vanilla crystallized tile which gives them a slight sparkle. The carpet is gorgeous and adds additional depth to the design. It’s reminiscent of a riverbed, invoking a wonderful movement of water.

As guests enter through Michael’s Parisian scene in the Atrium Courtyard with its romantic feel from the twinkle lights, the energy transitions seamlessly into the elegant indoor Ballroom. The updated lighting provides a soft halo effect around the room. 

The artistic painting detail on the walls also take on a new depth in the Ballroom, serving as a counter-balance to the new molding. Our colors are so neutral that any event theme or color scheme will be complimented and enhanced when celebrated in the Michael’s On East Ballroom. 

Special thanks to Anne and her fabulous team for their ongoing partnership and yet another wonderful design! We hope you’re as excited as Michael and Phil with the before and after photos: 

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“We strive to always be the place locals love to gather. As Michael and I look ahead for the next 10 years, we remain committed to providing our guests the best event spaces,” said Phil. “The Wine Cellar remains so popular; we loved having the opportunity to transform the waterfront venue now known as Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens several years ago and are thrilled with this year’s transformation of the Ballroom.” 

As for the restaurant? Phil laughed, but added, “Stay tuned for next summer.”

Meet the Mixologist: Jonathan McPherson 

Jonathan McPherson joined the team at Michael's On East last year having worked in the hospitality industry for 15+ years. And what a fabulous addition he has been to the team!

With CMS Level 1 credentials, he helped wine collectors navigate our massive inventory at Michael's Wine Cellar before settling into a permanent position behind the bar in the Restaurant. He's lived in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida, more specifically calling AAA Four Diamond Restaurants Zoes Steak and Seafood (Virginia Beach, VA), Kimball's Kitchen (Duck, NC) and Michael's On East (Sarasota, FL) home over the past five years.

Mixologist Jonathan McPherson

Jonathan loves what he does. "I couldn't ask for a better profession. I bring smiles to people's faces by getting what they want in their glass," he says.

At Michael's On East, we appreciate Jonathan's creativity and commitment as a mixologist who brings smiles to our guests' faces in the Lounge whether they are craving a classic martini or ready to experience one of his unique craft cocktails. 

If you'd like to cheer Jonathan on in a fablous cocktail competition, you're invited to purchase tickets to "Set the Bar" presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals on Thursday, October 4 at Aloft Sarasota. 

Set the Bar is back for another round, this year featuring the finest whiskey cocktails on the Suncoast crafted with Four Roses Bourbon! Join the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and the Child Protection Center for the 2nd Annual Set the Bar Cocktail Competition featuring 13 local bartenders from Original member restaurants who will compete for the exclusive title of Top Bartender on the Bay. Click here for full details and tickets.

Four Team Members Complete Sommelier Program

You've come to appreciate the Michael's On East team's collective wine knowledge for years - even decades for several on the team - as servers carefully guide your wine selections in the Restaurant. Michael's On East was also recently awarded the 2018 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator, so you really can't go wrong with a wine selection in the Restaurant, of course. However, the knowledgeable team is prepared, now more than ever, to expertly guide your next wine experience.

Last week, four members of the Michael's On East team earned Sommelier certification, completing the first stage of the formal educational program of the Court of Master Sommeliers, Americas.

Congratulations to Mark Fishburn, Joe Loria, Andrew Podhola and Kelly Taylor! We're so proud to have the "new" sommeliers on the team, especially since you'll already recognize a few of these faces quite well as long-time Michael's On East veterans.

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Click here to browse the current wine list at Michael's On East. (Also remember to take advantage of the award-winning wine program by enjoying half-priced bottles of wine every "Wine Lovers Thursday" in the Restaurant for a limited time. The half-priced bottles of wine offering is available during lunch, happy hour and dinner each Thursday at Michael's On East through October 2018.)

Michael’s On East Earns Wine Spectator's 2018 “Best of Award of Excellence”

BAE18colorMichael’s On East has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2018 Restaurant Awards. The restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers.

“This year’s class of restaurants is one of the most impressive and innovative ever,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, Wine Spectator. “Their wine lists keep improving, because wine lovers are eager to explore and learn. The goal of our Restaurant Awards is to support restaurant wine programs and bring them to diners’ attention through our outreach through print, digital and social media. Wine Spectator salutes every restaurant honored in the 2018 Restaurant Awards.” 

“Boasting 12,700 bottles on property, our wine program is one of my personal passions—and a true prize of the Michael’s operation,” said Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “We remain focused on providing our discerning guests wine selections and experiences which earn their individual top honors, in addition to this coveted ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ distinction!”

Michael’s patrons also have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant’s wine list from the adjacent retail store, Michael’s Wine Cellar.

Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,453; 1,215; and 91 winners this year in each respective category. 

Michael’s On East has won the Best of Award of Excellence for the second consecutive year, after 25 years being recognized with the Award of Excellence. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions.

The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue and online at, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,700 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. 

Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward.

About Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches around 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (, mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 16,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter.

Recipe: Shrimp Saganaki

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Please enjoy another recipe from the Michael's On East kitchen!

Michael’s On East Greek Shrimp "Saganaki"
Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Capers, Gremolata Butter & Feta Cheese
Flambé with Ouzo

Created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda as part of the Greek Epicurean Adventure in August 2018.

Serves 4

For Gremolata Butter:

1 lb Unsalted Butter, Softened
2 Lemons, Zested
1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
½ Bunch of Flat Parsley, Chopped
1 teaspoon Red Crushed Red Pepper
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of 2 Lemons
Pinch of Salt and Black Pepper

Combine all ingredients into the softened butter. Mix thoroughly and set for 2 hours.

For the Shrimp:

12 each U-12 Shrimp, De-shelled and Deveined
1 Medium Tomato, Diced
1 Tablespoon Capers
2 Tablespoon Kalamata Olives
4 oz Gremolata Butter
4 oz Crumble Feta Cheese
3 oz Ouzo Liquor
2 oz Olive Oil
Salt and Black Pepper to Taste

Season the shrimp with salt and black pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the shrimp and sear on both sides, add the tomatoes, capers, olives and cook until the tomatoes are softened. Add the butter and Ouzo, then emulsify together. (Be careful as the Ouzo will ignite liked a flambé.) Take off the heat once the butter is totally melted and combine with the Ouzo.

To Plate
Place three shrimp on the middle of a pasta bowl and add sauce on top. Finish with feta cheese and serve.

Trust Michael’s for the Perfect Holiday Party!

For three decades, Michael’s On East has been celebrated as Sarasota’s “Best Caterer.” Whether celebrating on-site at Michael’s venues or around town at the magical Selby Gardens and Bay Preserve, you can trust our professional team to produce a special experience for all your guests!

Ballroom • Wine Cellar • Restaurant • Waterfront Venues

Whether you are planning your company’s annual holiday party, a family celebration during Hanukkah, “Secret Santa” luncheon with your girlfriends or even a New Year’s brunch, the Michael’s team will make party planning painless! 

Allow our experienced team in the Restaurant, Wine Cellar, Ballroom and Catering to help coordinate and produce your holiday party on premise, or book through our Catering office to celebrate the most festive season of the year at Sarasota’s gorgeous waterfront venues! (Michael’s Events & Catering is proud to serve as the exclusive caterer for all functions at Bay Preserve in Osprey and Selby Gardens in Downtown Sarasota.)

We’re pleased to share a few ideas to help inspire your holiday event planning:

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Michael’s Wine Cellar
No “Christmas lights” needed in this romantic space! Votive candles throughout walls of wine make Michael’s Wine Cellar a festive party space for personal gatherings or corporate functions. This flexible event space can be split to accommodate seated groups of 15-80 guests as well as hors d’oeuvre receptions for up to 150. Who wouldn’t want to be surrounded by hundreds of bottles of “holiday cheer?”

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The Ballroom’s timeless style has been known for decades as the perfect location for holiday parties! The versatile space offers a perfect backdrop for imaginative and themed events. The stunning glass-covered garden Atrium is a unique space for a pre-meal reception. Whether for a luncheon or evening event, the Ballroom is easily partitioned for smaller, more intimate gatherings.  The space can accommodate seated groups of 50 -400 guests for standing indoor receptions . Up to 1,000 guests can be welcomed for events spanning the indoor Ballroom and adjoining Atrium courtyard. The stunning glass-covered garden Atrium is a unique space for a pre-dinner reception. If your business or association is ready to host a holiday bash in the Ballroom, several Saturdays are available in December 2018.

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Host a gathering at Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant! The holiday season provides the perfect excuse to enjoy fine dining at its best! In addition to functions during regular business hours, private brunches or luncheons on Saturdays & Sundays are available. Award-winning cuisine and outstanding service are presented in an exceptional 1940s supper club atmosphere. The unique architectural design and swirling spaces throughout the Lounge and multiple dining rooms will take you away to another place and time. The Restaurant’s intimate Private Dining Room accommodates up to 40 seated guests and Restaurant venue in its entirety accommodates up to 150 guests for a seated event or to up 300 guests for a reception.

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Michael’s proudly serves as the exclusive culinary partner at Selby Gardens, catering all special events and private functions on the property and at the all-new, waterfront Michael’s on the Bay at Selby Gardens. Michael’s on the Bay is available for luncheons and evening celebrations and, having opened in the fall of 2016, is one of Sarasota’s newest event facilities. The 4,800 square-foot venue has 80 feet of glass windows that provide unobstructed bay and sunset views. This unique space features an outdoor balcony, theatrical lighting and modern interior design features. The interior can seat up to 300 guests and host up to 500 for receptions.

Here’s some great news for you and your guests! Book a holiday party during Selby Gardens' annual Lights in Bloom and your guests will also be able to enjoy an evening stroll through the Gardens’ magical holiday light display as well! Contact Amy Allen to host your event at Selby Gardens: 941-366-0007 x238 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Bay Preserve is a waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay protected by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. Michael’s On East is the exclusive caterer for this historic waterfront venue. The preserve features a performance pavilion, a large dock, a historic boathouse with a wildlife observation platform, and the 1931 Burrows-Matson House. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This tranquil waterfront mansion and beautiful grounds serve as an ideal holiday party venue for special events. It’s a true oasis in Osprey, just minutes south of Sarasota. Contact Sam Valentin for more information about hosting your corporate event, dinner or wedding at Bay Preserve: 941-918-2100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please Note: Limited dates remain available for the 2018 holiday season.

Be sure to contact Michael’s Events & Catering now: 941-366-0007, ext. 226.

Click here to request a proposal online.

Michael's On East Competes in REEF’s 2018 Lionfish Derby Series

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Photo Credit: Madi O'Neill/Mote Marine Laboratory

The Michael's culinary team was delighted to join this year's competition at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, alongside several area chefs and colleagues who care about the marine environment - and appreciate great food!

Special thanks to Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, Whole Foods Market, REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) and all participating organizations who helped raise awareness about invasive species as part of the 2018 Lionfish Derby which concluded on Sunday, July 8.

One highlight to note in Mote’s full recap of the special event are the restaurant awards:

First Place: Chef Jamil Pineda of Michael’s On East, serving pan-roasted lionfish with date and roasted pine nut chutney, with curried shrimp bisque, beech mushrooms and garlic Swiss chard 

Way to go, Jamil, and kudos to Philip’s brother John Mancini of the Deep Sea Diner who took second place!  

The biggest winner of the weekend? The Gulf of Mexico! Thanks to six teams of divers who removed 545 invasion lionfish from the Gulf. 

According to REEF, lionfish are: 
1) Voracious predators being shown to eat native fish and crustaceans in large quantities, including both ecologically and economically important species like grunts, snapper, nassau grouper, and cleaner shrimp
2) Not known to have any native predators
3) Equipped with venomous dorsal, ventral and anal spines, which deter predators and can cause painful wounds to humans
4) Capable of reproducing year-round with unique reproduction mechanisms not commonly found in native fishes (females can reproduce every 2-4 days!)
5) Relatively resistant to parasites, giving them another advantage over native species
6) Fast in their growth, able to outgrow native species with whom they compete for food and space

Non-native marine fishes can pose a major threat to marine fisheries, habitats, and eco-system function. Click here to learn more. 

July 2018: New Orleans Menu

Michael's On East features a New Orleans Epicurean Adventure, beginning July 2 and continuing through July 31. Enjoy this specialty three-course dinner menu featuring dishes inspired by the French Quarter, also known as the Vieux Carré, for only $38.95 per person. A two-course lunch offering includes a choice of entrée and dessert for only $19.95 per person.

We also invite you to enjoy special wine pairings for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.


Rick’s Soft-Shell Crab Po’ Boy Sandwich
Spiced Remoulade, Shredded Lettuce & Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad on French Baguette, Served with Crispy Fried Okra & Hushpuppies

Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout
Black-Eyed Pea Stew, Tasso Ham & Crispy Onion Straws

Lunch Dessert

Bananas Foster Brioche Pudding
Rum Anglaise & Vanilla Ice Cream

Red Velvet & Strawberry Cheesecake
Berry Compote

Dinner Starters

French Quarter Spiced Crawfish & Corn Chowder
Crispy Okra

Bourbon Street Short Rib Slider
Onion Straws, Grain Mustard & Green Mango Slaw

Dinner Entrée

Pan-Roasted Red Snapper
Ham Hock-Red Wine Sauce, Sweet Pearl Onions, Braised Leeks & Carrots, Roasted Candied Garlic & Creamer Potatoes

Manchester Farms Stuffed Quail
Cornbread & Fig Stuffing, Tasso-Corn Maque Choux, Three Cheese Stone Ground Grits, Tomato Fondue & Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard

Mama’s Lamb Shank Cassoulet
White Beans, Smoked Bacon & Andouille Sausage Stew, Haricot Verts & Caramelized Cipollini Onions

Dinner Dessert

Bananas Foster Brioche Pudding
Rum Anglaise & Vanilla Ice Cream

Red Velvet & Strawberry Cheesecake
Berry Compote

Wine Selection

Sauvignon Blanc, Ponga, New Zealand, 2017

Rhone Blend “Cuvee Tradition”, Mas des Bressades, Costieres de Nimes, FR, 2015

Indulge with New Desserts

We’d never suggest that one course could ever be better than another at Michael’s On East, but we know some loyal guests are true lovers of dessert. While it may be difficult to “save room,” you’ll never regret indulging when it comes to the decadent desserts created by our in-house Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe and her talented team in the Pastry Shop! 

This summer, we invite you to enjoy the season’s freshest fruits with Chef Catherine’s Peach & Summer Berry Almond Cobbler. If you only have eyes for chocolate, we suggest trying the all-new Amarena Cherry & Chocolate OREO Ice Cream Bombe. Of course, it's the "bomb!"

Michael’s On East Dessert Menu
Summer 2018

Peach & Summer Berry Almond Cobbler
Amaretto Raspberry Ripple Gelato

Amarena Cherry & Chocolate OREO Ice Cream Bombe

Topped with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Michael’s Famous Cookie Jar

An Assortment of Cookies to Share!

Crème Brûlée

Traditional Tahitian Vanilla Bean, Topped with Seasonal Berries

Housemade Ice Cream & Sorbets

Chocolate Blackout Cake

Layers of Dense Chocolate Custard Cake, Covered with Chocolate Jimmies

Brownie Ice Cream Stack
Layers of Dark Chocolate Brownie, Heath Bar Crunches, Espresso Crunch Ice Cream, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Drizzled with Chocolate Sauce

Key Lime Tart

Pecan-Graham Crust, Tangy Filling, Cloud of Baked Meringue, Balsamic-Black Pepper & Strawberry Salsa

S’mores In A Jar

Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake, Dark Chocolate Mousse, Graham Cracker Crust with Housemade Marshmallows

Monday Happy Hour Supports Circus Arts Conservatory


"Happy" and "Monday:" Two words which don't always seem to go well together, except when you consider a special Monday happy hour program at Michael's On East!  

Every single Monday* at the Michael's On East Lounge, you have all night long to celebrate happy hour, beginning at 5 p.m. until the Restaurant closes! Michael's popular happy hour beverage specials ($6 Michael's Private Label Wines, Draft Beers or Well Cocktails) are offered all evening each Monday. So what could make this fun start to the work week even better? How about enjoying a cocktail, beer or glass of wine while helping to support local nonprofit organizations at the same time!

Every Monday, July 2 through August 27, 2018, Michael’s On East will donate 10% of beverage sales on Mondays in the Restaurant’s Lounge to The Circus Arts Conservatory.

The Circus Arts Conservatory’s mission is to engage and educate students using unique and innovative learning programs; to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals in care facilities; and to advance the extraordinary legacy and heritage of the circus. The Circus Arts Conservatory’s extraordinary mission underscores its commitment to sharing the entertainment, education, and enrichment that Circus Arts provide. To learn more about this unique cultural organization, visit

Please join us Mondays this summer in support of The Circus Arts Conservatory. 

*Hours may vary on holidays. 

Inverroche Amber Gin Makes its Debut in Florida at Michael's On East & Michael's Wine Cellar

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Sip the South African Craft Gin in Michael’s Cape Town Cooler 

Allow us to introduce you to a cocktail three years in the making! It’s true, for years Michael and Terri Klauber have been working to make Inverroche Gin available to Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar guests in Sarasota.

The Klaubers first tasted the gin crafted with Fynbos botanicals, indigenous flora from the Cape, while leading a Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey through South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Although they are known for their expertise and love of wine, the Klaubers quickly came to appreciate the distinct flavors of this refined spirit, in a refreshing cocktail or on the rocks. 

This month, at last, our team is pleased to be the first retailer and restaurant in Florida to offer Inverroche Amber Gin. (In fact, we have exclusivity in all the Southeast!) When you personally taste this South African craft gin, you will learn it was well worth the wait!

Making its debut in the restaurant, the Inverroche Amber Gin is featured in a new handcrafted cocktail created by Michael’s talented team of mixologists. 

Cape Town Cooler
Inverroche Amber Gin, Housemade Rosemary, Orange & Pink Peppercorn Syrup and Strawberry & White Balsamic Shrub, Topped with Soda Water and Garnished with a Strawberry 

The Cape Town Cooler is available during lunch, happy hour or dinner at the Michael’s On East Lounge or in the Restaurant’s dining rooms. 

A 750 mL bottle of Inverroche Amber Gin is also available for purchase for $39.95 from Michael’s Wine Cellar, our adjacent wine and spirits retail store.

Each Inverroche Gin has a distinctive profile, created using recipes blending between 20 to 30 different varieties of Fynbos, a distinctive flora kingdom found only in the southern tip of Africa, which are then complimented by various other more traditional gin botanicals.

The Inverroche website claims it’s “A special product, made by special people in a very special place.” 

This statement couldn’t ring truer for the Klaubers, and we think you will agree!

Please continue reading to learn more about the Inverroche Distillery and its craft gins, or simply stop by Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar to taste for yourself and allow our team to share the rest of the story about these artisanal spirits!

About Inverroche Gin
As the pioneers of South African craft gin, Inverroche Distillery was founded by Lorna Scott and her family. Growing from strength to strength in the local community of Still Bay in the Western Cape of Southern Africa. In just six years, the distillery has grown from a small home industry to a flourishing and pioneering craft distillery. A distillery that is invested in its community and producing world class gins and spirits.

Inverroche takes its name from the combination of two words that pay homage to the Scott ancestry, referencing both their Celtic and Gaelic backgrounds.

The Scottish word “Inver” meaning ‘a confluence of water’ and the French word “Roche” meaning ‘rock or stone’ are the very elements that have come together in Still Bay to create the conditions necessary to make these world class, one-of-a-kind craft gins.

Today, the brand has three distinct gins (Classic, Verdant and Amber), crafted using only a handful of the more than 9,000 Fynbos botanicals. The craft gins are currently being sold in 15 countries globally. Click here to learn more about Inverroche Gin.

Michael’s On East Receives 29th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award

One of Two Restaurants in Florida to Receive Honor for More Than 25 Years

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Michael’s On East has been awarded its 29th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA. Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini accepted the award during a brief presentation the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018. Michael’s On East is the only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, Fla.

“As we present this 29th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award, I’m reminded about the significance of this level of award,” said Don Schwartz, Sarasota-Manatee field manager for AAA. “Only two restaurants in the entire state of Florida have maintained the AAA Four Diamond status for 25+ years!”

“Locally, we love to see fellow restaurateurs succeed as Sarasota’s dining scene continues to evolve with fabulous, often casual, local eateries. We see our place in the culinary community as more important than ever, offering guests a sophisticated, refined fine dining experience which is increasingly rare,” said Klauber. “We’re grateful to our guests for allowing us the great honor of offering ‘Four Diamond’ service and cuisine for more than 30 years.”

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 2.2 percent of the more than 31,000 restaurants rated qualify for the AAA Four Diamond Award.

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.

Summer Restaurant Offers: Wine Lovers & Double Points

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School's out for the summer. Travel schedules are in full swing. Hopefully many in the local business and philantrophic community can breath just a bit in our slightly "sleepier" summer season.

Michael's summer offerings, exclusive to members of our Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club loyalty program, continue weekly through October 2018. As part of Michael's Double Points Days, members will earn double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner at Michael's On East, plus double points on all retail purchases at Michael's Wine Cellar on Thursdays. (Dine-in and in-store only. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.)

Guests are also invited to enjoy half-priced bottles of wine on Thursdays in the Restaurant at Michael's On East during lunch or dinner. Wine Lovers Thursdayspresent an opportunity to explore the 350-bottle wine program in the Restaurant which has been recognized with the a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

All are invited to join the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club loyalty program which rewards guests for their good taste in the Restaurant, Wine Cellar or online at