Southwest Epicurean Adventure

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APRIL 2018: Southwest Epicurean Adventure

Michael’s On East features a Southwest Epicurean Adventure this month with creative dishes featuring dishes inspired by Southwest USA!

The Michael’s On East three-course Southwest Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, April 2-30, 2018. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a “kick off your boots” culinary adventure, we encourage you to add wine perfectly-paired wines for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing. 

LUNCH MENU

LUNCH ENTRÉES

Tres Tacos en Tortillas de Maíz
- Pescado Negro: Blackened Snapper, Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Spicy Mayo & Citrus Slaw
- Pollo Con Mole: Marinated Grilled Chicken, Chipotle Crema, Smashed Avocado, Cilantro-Onion Relish & Shredded Baby Romaine
- Puerco: Braised Pork Belly, Chimichurri, Ancho Guajillo Aioli, Crispy Onions & Queso Fresco on Fresh Corn Tortillas

Pan-Seared Coriander-Crusted Mahi-Mahi
Salsa Verde, Cumin-Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Corn-Cilantro Rice, Toasted Pepitas Seeds & Jicama Slaw

DESSERTS

Ibarra Chocolate Pots de Crème

Sweet Corn Skillet Cake 
Roasted Peaches, Fresh Sugared Blueberries & Chantilly Cream

DINNER MENU 

STARTERS

Flautas de Camarones
Crispy Corn Tortillas stuffed with Baby Shrimp & Cheese with Sour Cream, Cilantro-Onion Relish & Queso Fresco

Ahi Tuna Tostadas
Crispy Wonton, Avocado Crema, Watermelon Radish, Fresh Cilantro, Heirloom Tomato Salsa & Citrus Slaw

DINNER

DINNER ENTRÉES

Mahi-Mahi Veracruz
Pan-Seared Mahi-Mahi with Tomatoes, Onions, Green Olives, Capers, Saffron Rice & Fresh Cilantro

Pollo Asado
Grilled Ancho-Spiced Free Range Chicken Breast with Black Bean & Corn Salsa, Chimichurri, Fingerling Crispy Potatoes & Roasted Plum Tomatoes

Puerco con Mole Rojo
Pork Tenderloin in Red Mole with Corn Flan, Cumin-Roasted Acorn Squash, Rosemary, Confit Cherry Tomatoes & Crispy Onions

DESSERTS

Ibarra Chocolate Pots de Crème

Sweet Corn Skillet Cake 
Roasted Peaches, Fresh Sugared Blueberries & Chantilly Cream

WINE PAIRINGS
15.00 for Pairing or 8.00 per Glass
 

Albarino, Burgans, Rias Baixas, ES, 2016 - Decanter 91
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow with notes of lemon, peach and tropical fruit aromas.

- Burgáns, a Celtic name, is the name of the slope where the winery is located, in the middle of Salnés Valley. From there, you can see amazing sightseeing's region and the Arousa Ría.  A custom cuvée made for European Cellars by Martin Codax.  Burgans is a cuvée made from a small selection of vineyard plots in the Salnes sub-zone of Rias-Baixas which have a characteristic pit-fruit quality and richness in addition to the bracing minerality for which the sub-zone is famous.

Malbec "Crios" Susana Balbo, Mendoza, AR, 2015 - Wine Advocate: 90
Tasting Notes: A beautiful, deep, vibrant rose color. Has a surprising amount of body for a rose wine, and beautiful aromas of fresh, ripe wild strawberries. On the palate, the flavors of strawberries and young cherries come rushing in, accompanied by some spice notes and a clean, dry finish.

The grapes for the 2015 Críos Malbec are sourced exclusively in the Valle de Uco, from Los Chacayes, Vista Flores, Los Árboles and Gualtallary Sur to be precise. This cold and wet vintage helped achieve the drinkability and freshness they aim for in this wine. It fermented in stainless steel and part of the wine matured in well-seasoned, neutral French oak barrels for nine months. There are some toasty notes and a core of perfectly ripe berries. The palate is fresh and balanced, quite tasty.”

- After 22 years of winemaking, Susana Balbo has a strong sense of what she wants from her wines. From every harvest, she creates the grandest possible wines under her Susana Balbo label. To achieve this, she makes a rigorous selection of the finest barrels prior to making her final blends, dividing them into the parents (reserve level wines) and offspring or "crios.

Michael’s Whiskey Programs Taking “Flight” this Spring

Michael’s On East, and our adjacent retail store Michael’s Wine Cellar and Ballroom will be host to multiple spirits programs focused on Whiskey this spring.

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IN THE RESTAURANT

In advance of St. Patrick’s Day, Michael’s On East has debuted a new Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight. 

“A tasting ‘flight’ is a term used to describe a selection of wines, beers or spirits presented together for the purpose of sampling and comparison,” Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber explained. “Flights present is a great opportunity to broaden your experience with specialty beverages.”

Michael’s new Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight showcases Jameson, Redbreast 12 Yr, "Single Pot Still" Green Spot and Yellow Spot 12 Yr Irish Whiskeys. The $18 flight consists of four ½-ounce samplings of each featured whiskey.  

Klauber was among the first restaurateurs to offer wine flights in the Restaurant years ago. Today, his team continues to explore small batch and boutique spirits flights as part of the ever-changing beverage program in the Michael’s On East Lounge and Restaurant. In the fall of 2016, Klauber and his wife Terri visited Ireland and brought back a renewed focus on Irish Whiskey offerings for the Restaurant.

Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, Fla. For reservations and more information, visit www.bestfood.com.

IN THE WINE CELLAR 

Over the past decade Irish Whiskey has regained its preeminence as the world’s finest. Fans of Irish Whiskey are invited to stop into Michael’s adjacent wine and spirits store, Michael's Wine Cellar, for a special offer this week. Guests are invited to save 10% off featured Irish Whiskeys, March 12-17, 2018. The retail store is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Saturday. 

Those unable to visit the retail store who prefer to take advantage of wine offerings are invited save 15% of all wine when shopping online with the promotional code “StPats15” through michaelswinecellar.com on March 17, 2018. 

Michael’s Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla. The online store is available at www.michaelswinecellar.com.  

IN THE BALLROOM

The Sixth Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival will be held April 11 to 14, 2018 at multiple venues throughout Sarasota. Produced by Turner C. Moore, Whiskey Obsession is the largest world whiskey festival in the U.S., with four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, expanded bartender academy, interactive panel discussions, cigars, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies to sample, and live music street party in the heart of downtown. Dozens of distillers and professional brand ambassadors from around the world travel to Sarasota to share their knowledge and passion for these fine spirits. Since the event’s inception, the Michael’s On East Ballroom has been host to the Whiskey Obsession Festival Grand Tasting, set for Saturday, April 14, 2018. Three ticket levels are available for the Grand Tasting, from $45 to $195 per person. To learn more about the Whiskey Obsession Festival and make reservations for all tastings and classes, visit www.whiskeyobsessionfestival.com.

Introducing Michael’s Irish Whiskey Flight

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The luck of the Irish is truly taking FLIGHT at Michael’s On East this month. 

A tasting “flight,” a term used to describe a selection of wines, beers or spirits presented together for the purpose of sampling and comparison, is a great opportunity to broaden your experience with specialty beverages.

Michael Klauber was among the first to offer wine flights in the Restaurant years ago, and in recent times, we’ve been exploring small batch and boutique spirits to add to our popular beverage menu in the Michael’s On East Lounge and Restaurant.

On Michael & Terri’s recent exploration of Ireland they selected some new favorite Irish Whiskeys! This month, as we prepare for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, Michael’s new Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight debuts!

Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight

  • Jameson
  • Redbreast, 12 Yr
  • "Single Pot Still", Green Spot
  • Yellow Spot, 12 Yr

Price: $18. The flight consists of four ½-ounce samplings of featured whiskey.  No substitutions, please.

Please read on for more information about each featured Irish Whiskey, and stop in the Restaurant soon to try the new Taste of Ireland Irish Whiskey Flight!

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ABOUT IRISH WHISKEY
Only in the last ten years has Irish Whiskey regained its preeminence as the world’s finest. Like its cousin Scotch, Irish Whiskey is initially aged in used oak bourbon casks for at least three years. What sets Irish Whiskey apart is the fact that the malt grains are dried in ovens rather than over peat fires, and it is distilled three times, unlike any other Whiskey. The result is a Whiskey that is pure, clean, and smooth. Likewise, Irish Whiskey is often aged in multiple barrels, lending it an unmatched smoothness and complexity.

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Jameson
Jameson is the world’s largest-selling brand of Irish Whiskey. It is distilled three times for maximum smoothness and purity. Triple distilled and carefully blended for spice and flavor makes for one smooth final Whiskey.

Nose: Mellow pot still whiskey with toasted wood and sherry undertones 
Palate: Smooth and sweet with woody and nutty tones
Finish: Incredibly smooth

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Redbreast 12 Yr

Sean Muldoon, cofounder of the world’s best bar, New York’s Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, was quoted in a Forbes article last year: “Best Irish Whiskey: 13 Superb Bottles To Try This St. Patrick's Day:”

“This Irish pot still Whiskey has received a cult following in recent years. Another favorite amongst bartenders, this is a blend of pot still whiskeys that have been aged in a combination of ex-bourbon and sherry-filled barrels for 12–15 years,” Muldoon says. “On the palate it has a warm ginger spice—and (due to the heavy sherry influence) a rich dried dark fruit character, namely prunes and raisins.”

Nose: Nutty, rich and oily. There are notes of dried peels, ginger, linseed and cut fruits including a touch of melon.
Palate: Spicy with great body. Nuts and citrus (peel and juice) with hints of marzipan, dried fruits and a hint of Sherry. You turn it over in your mouth forever.
Finish: Long and creamy with custard and spice

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"Single Pot Still", Green Spot

“Green Spot was first produced by a Dublin wine merchant called Mitchell & Son back in the 1800s. Mitchell & Son purchased single pot still whiskey from the Jameson Bow Street distillery and sold it as their own. (This was a common practice back in those days). They marked the barrels with a spot of paint and the colors of the paint were used as indicators of maturation period. The old Green Spot was at least a 10-Year-Old whiskey,” Sean Muldoon explained in the Forbes article. “However, from the 1970s onwards (ever since the whiskey has been distilled at the Middleton Distillery) it has generally been around seven to nine years old. These days the whiskey has been matured in a combination of new bourbon refill barrels and around 10 percent of it is whiskey that has been aged in Oloroso sherry butts. It’s a great introductory single pot still whiskey: very light and floral on the palate with notes of green apples and pears.”

Nose: Hints of peppermint, malt, sweet barley, sugary porridge, creamy vanilla, papaya and citrus.
Palate: Spicy and soft, gentle bourbon oak, green woods, menthol, potpourri.
Finish: Creamy, long finish, vanilla.

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Yellow Spot 12 Yr
This is the second addition to the 'Spot' range of Irish whiskies, which contains the famous Green Spot Pot Still Whiskey. The Yellow Spot is a single pot still Irish Whiskey, which has been matured in three types of cask: American Bourbon cask, Spanish Sherry butts and Spanish Malaga casks for a sweeter flavor.

Nose: There are masses of fleshy stone fruit on the nose, especially peach and apricot with hints of sherried dried fruit and Bourbon cask vanilla.
Palate: The palate is equally fruity with a substantial body and a velvety texture.
Finish: The finish is long and sweet with notes of marzipan and dried apricots.

Baltimore Epicurean Adventure

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MARCH 2018: Baltimore Epicurean Adventure

Honoring the Orioles’ spring training season in Sarasota, Michael’s On East features a Baltimore Epicurean Adventure with creative dishes inspired by the “Charm City!”

The Michael’s On East three-course Baltimore Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, March 1-31, 2018. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a “Grand Slam” culinary adventure, we encourage you to add wine perfectly-paired wines for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing. 

LUNCH MENU

LUNCH ENTREES

Crispy Maryland Soft Shell Crab Salad
Edamame, Heirloom Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Pickled Red Onions, Baby Arugula & Watercress with Wasabi & Mango Vinaigrette

Home Run Free-Range Chicken Breast
Sautéed Tasso Ham, Farro Piccolo, Black Rice & Scallions, Curried Apples & Pomegranate Citrus Gastrique

DESSERTS

Pretzel, Peanut Butter & Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake
with Housemade Strawberry Jam

Blackberry Shortbread Crumble Bar
with Vanilla Porter Ice Cream

DINNER MENU 

STARTERS

Blue Crab-Stuffed Red Potato Skins
Chive-Sour Cream & Spicy Strawberry Gastrique

Espresso-Stout Braised Brisket Slider
Crispy Onions, Housemade Buttermilk Biscuit & Apple-Jicama Slaw

DINNER ENTREES

Herb-Crusted Pan-Seared Maryland Cod
Saffron-Citrus Seafood Fumet, Sugar Snap Peas,Tasso, Scallions, Toasted Farro & Roasted Pistachios

Short Stop Grilled Prime Skirt Steak
Pickled Red Onions, Mustard-Spätzle, Honey-Roasted Cauliflower & Housemade Spicy Ketchup

Ancho-Barbecued Maple Leaf Duck Breast
Lemon-Whipped Goat Cheese, Crispy Pancetta, Thyme & Garlic Confit Heirloom Tomatoes with Baby Arugula & Smoked Tomato Vinaigrette

DESSERTS

Pretzel, Peanut Butter & Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake
with Housemade Strawberry Jam

Blackberry Shortbread Crumble Bar
with Vanilla Porter Ice Cream

WINE PAIRINGS
15.00 for Pairing or 8.00 per Glass
 
Sauvignon Blanc, Uppercut, North Coast, CA, 2015
Red Blend “C.M.S” Hedges Family Estate, Columbia Valley, WA, 2014

So Much To Do in March!

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Celebrate with Michael’s in March 2018: Baltimore Menu Honors the Orioles in the Restaurant; Alexander Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner & Tasting Events Announced in Wine Cellar & “Food Factory” Warhol-Inspired Food Truck at Selby Gardens

The Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s Events & Catering teams continue to offer fine wines and inspired cuisine on property and throughout the community year-round. This March, Michael’s offers a variety of special menus, events and tastings:

IN THE WINE CELLAR

Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the retail store. The March Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this casual, walk-about tasting. Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required and guests are encouraged to simply pay at the door.

Continuing a popular series of educational wine tastings, an Argentina Wine Class will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Admission is $20 per person and advanced reservations are required.
 
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, Michael’s Wine Cellar will host an Alexander Valley Vineyards Wine Dinner. Alexander Valley Vineyards Head of Operations, Family Partner and Assistant Winemaker Harry Wetzel, IV, will lead guests in a vertical tasting through 2007-2012 Cyrus wines, paired with an extravagant five-course menu. Admission is $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.

Michael’s Wine Cellar is located at 1283 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Fla.

IN THE RESTAURANT

Honoring the Orioles’ spring training season in Sarasota, Michael’s On East features a Baltimore Epicurean Adventure, March 1-31. Enjoy this specialty three-course dinner menu featuring dishes inspired by the “Charm City” for only $38.95 per person. A two-course lunch offering includes a choice of entrée and dessert for only $19.95 per person. For a “Grand Slam” culinary adventure, guests are encouraged to add wine pairings for $15 during dinner or $8 per glass during lunch.

Each Monday, March 5 – April 30, Michael’s On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the restaurant’s lounge from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to the All Star Children’s Foundation. Happy Hour benefiting All Star Children’s Foundation will feature extended happy hour specials all night, allowing guests to enjoy a glass of Michael’s Private Label Wines, well cocktails and draft beers for $6 until close each Monday in support of this nonprofit organization.

Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, Fla.

AT SELBY GARDENS

Michael’s is the exclusive culinary partner for Selby Gardens, so the culinary team has designed special menus to feature throughout the Gardens’ current exhibition: Warhol: Flowers in the Factory.  Andy Warhol, the groundbreaking artist known for his Pop Art multiples of celebrities and soup cans, created more than 10,000 images of flowers over the course of his career. Warhol: Flowers in the Factory showcases the surprising, and little examined, role of nature in Warhol’s art and life through the limited-time exhibition which opened in February continues through June 30. In addition to a new themed menu at the Selby House Café by Michael’s On East, the Michael’s team has reinvented its gourmet food truck, now nicknamed Food Factory, located in front of the Payne Mansion within Selby Gardens. Open 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, members and visitors of attraction are invited to enjoy sandwiches, Nathan’s hot dogs, soups, pastries, cookies and other snacks from the Food Factory.

Selby Gardens is located at 900 S. Palm Ave, Sarasota, Fla. ­

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 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 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.

2018 OpenTable Diners’ Choice

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Foodies, tourists and restaurant regulars alike know the benefits and ease of OpenTable. It’s become known as the industry standard of online reservation systems, and it’s our pleasure to offer Michael’s On East guests convenient online reservations powered by OpenTable. (Simply click here to secure a reservation for the restaurant now!)  

We also value OpenTable for the tremendous feedback our guests provide when sharing reviews about their dining experiences during lunch, happy hour and dinner at Michael’s On East. This week, were were thrilled to reach another achievement based on YOUR choices and reviews. 

Michael’s On East has been recognized with the 2018 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award! 

OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award lists are designed to celebrate top-rated restaurants and winners are selected according to real feedback from diners who booked through OpenTable and dined with participating restaurant.

Thank you to all guests who continue to share about your experiences at Michael’s On East. Ensuring your next dining experience is deserving of your 5-star rating remains our consistent focus throughout the year. 

New Orleans Recipe: Bananas Foster

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Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil was pleased to share a little history lesson about Bananas Foster with the hosts and viewers of ABC 7’s Suncoast View on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Click here to view the complete video segment online.

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It seemed like the perfect dish for Chef Jamil to share this week, as we celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras with New Orleans cuisine, and our team prepares to host Goodwill Manasota’s Mardi Gras Gala! (Another bonus? Banana desserts just happen to some of our Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber’s favorite sweet treats. We catch him celebrating his birthday on Monday with a Banana Creme Pie!)

RECIPE: Bananas Foster

(Serves 4)

Ingredients
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter 
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 
1/4 cup banana liqueur
1/4 cup dark rum 
4 scoops vanilla ice cream 
4 bananas, cut in half, lengthwise, then halved 

Method
Combine the butter, sugar and cinnamon in a flambé pan or skillet. Place the pan over low heat on an alcohol burner or on top of the stove and cook, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soften and begin to brown, carefully add the rum. Continue to cook the sauce until the rum is hot, then tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. When the flames subside, lift the bananas out of the pan and place four pieces over each portion of ice cream. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of the ice cream and serve immediately.

Wish Wednesdays

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Please join us for All-Night Happy Hour, 5-9 pm on Wednesdays* this month as Michael’s On East donates 10% of beverage sales in the Restaurant’s Lounge to Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida
*Valid on February 7, 21 and 28, 2018 (Excluding Valentine’s Day) 

Enjoy $6 Specials in the Lounge: Michael’s Private Label Wines, Draft Beers & Well Cocktails

About Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida

A wish experience can be a game-changer for a child with a critical illness.

This one belief guides us in everything we do at Make-A-Wish®. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.

Most of all, it’s the founding principle of our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved – wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Whatever the odds, whatever the obstacles … wishes find a way to make the world better.

“Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.”

Valentine’s Day Reservations & Gift Ideas

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We suggest securing your Valentine’s Day reservation now at Michael’s On East as seating is limited for lunch and dinner on this special holiday set for Wednesday, February 14. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 for reservation and waiting list details. 

Of course, what Valentine wouldn’t love a special bottle from Michael’s Wine Cellar, or even a membership in Michael’s Wine Club! We also offer e-gift cards for Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar online, perfect for procrastinating sweethearts!

The Michael’s team has plenty of sweet excuses to treat your Valentine this year, and everyday through the year. 

French Epicurean Adventure

FEBRUARY 2018: French Epicurean Adventure

We celebrate the romance of France throughout February at Michael’s On East! Offering monthly menus inspired by the world’s most exotic food and wine meccas, the Restaurant’s Epicurean Adventure this February will give you an opportunity to treat your sweetheart through the month! (Not valid on Valentine’s Day.)

The Michael’s On East three-course French Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, February 1-28, 2018. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Epicurean Adventure menus are not available on holidays including Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14. 

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LUNCH MENU

LUNCH ENTREES

Fleur de Sel-Seared Hanger Steak
Steak Frites, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms & Au Poivre Sauce

Poached Salmon with Fettuccini & Dill
Champagne Vinegar Cream with Parmesan Puff Pastry

DESSERTS

Rose and Raspberry Gateau Saint Honore
Crème Pâtissière Profiteroles & Raspberry Chantilly

Chocolate Mousse Macarons
Grand Marnier Strawberries

DINNER MENU 

STARTERS

Blue Crab Beignets
Tarragon Remoulade, Red Onion & Roasted Bell Pepper Relish

White Onion Bisque Marseille
Crispy Onion Straws & White Truffle Oil

DINNER ENTREES

Pan-Seared Black Grouper
Meyer Lemon Couscous, Pistou Vegetable Broth & Salade Provençale

Porcini-Rubbed Grilled Flat Iron Steak
Oven-Dried Plum Tomatoes, Thyme Demi-Reduction, Cauliflower Purée, Haricot Verts & Cipollini Onions

Thyme & Garlic Confit Leg of Duck
Flageolet Beans in Thyme Jus, Roasted Pearl Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, Butternut Squash & Rainbow Swiss-Chard

DESSERTS

Rose and Raspberry Gateau Saint Honore
Crème Pâtissière Profiteroles & Raspberry Chantilly

Chocolate Mousse Macarons
Grand Marnier Strawberries

WINE PAIRINGS
15.00 for Pairing or 8.00 per Glass

Domaine de Pouy, Cotes du Gascogne, FR, 2016
Pinot Noir “La Chevaliere”, Laroche, Pays d’Oc, FR, 2015

Monday Happy Hour Supports Girls Inc

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Michael’s On East continues our All-Night Happy Hour on Mondays, now in support of Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County (Girls Inc) through February 2018!

Please join us to take advantage of $6 beverage specials (Michael’s Private Label Wines, Well Cocktails and Draft Beers) from 5-9 pm each Monday in the Michael’s On East Lounge.

About Girls Inc
The Girls Inc. educational experience focuses on the development of the whole girl, and equips girls in grades K-12 with the skills they need to successfully navigate gender, economic and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and economically independent adults, prepared employees, and strong and ethical leaders. Girls Inc programs bolster their emotional, physical, and mental health and give them the support to achieve their goals boldly and confidently. 

As early as age 5, girls who attend Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County are exposed to life-changing education about entrepreneurship, technology, finances, engineering and science through national Girls Inc. curriculum and experiential learning through a girl-run city called “Dream Harbor.” Eighty percent of those who participate move on to attend higher education and have successful careers. 

By investing in these programs you’re giving the girls of Sarasota County the chance for a sustainable future. A donation today to Girls Inc. can make these future opportunities into a girl’s reality. 

City Lite Lunch: Perfect for New Year's Resolutions

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It’s that time again. As we welcome the New Year, we often resolve to lose weight, limit our screen time or modify/quit other unhealthy habits. New Year’s resolutions are made with the best of intentions, yet so often we find ourselves slipping back into old habits, including lifestyle/diet decisions. 
 
But isn't it great when you can make a delicious decision which allows you to stick to a healthy dietary program?!
 
If your annual promise to yourself has anything to do with your waistline or simply eating cleaner, we’d like to offer some fabulous lunch dishes which will revolutionize the way you feel about “eating healthy.” Michael’s "City Lite" lunch menu will help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution in 2018, without skimping on any flavor.
 
Michael’s creative approach to healthy eating delights your palate, body and soul with six globally-inspired, modern lunches under 600 calories. These high protein dishes, packed with fresh fruits and veggies, will make your diet meal plan delectable!
 

Tuscany Epicurean Adventure

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JANUARY 2018: Tuscany Epicurean Adventure

The Michael’s On East culinary team has met their monthly challenge yet again as we welcome 2018 with an Epicurean Adventure to Tuscany! Offering monthly menus inspired by the world’s most exotic food and wine meccas, the Restaurant’s Epicurean Adventure this January will present a culinary experience inspired by one of Italy's favorite famed regions: Tuscany. 

The Michael’s On East three-course Tuscany Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, January 2 - January 31, 2018. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LUNCH MENU

ENTRATA (Lunch)

Capelli d'Angelo con Calamari e Gamberi
Angel Hair Pasta with Squid and Baby Shrimp with Roasted Red Peppers, Green Olives, Broccoli Rabe, Fontanini Sausage Chips and Scampi Butter
 
Coscia di Pollo
Baked Chicken Thigh with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Artichokes, Roasted Creamer Potatoes & Grilled Italian Bread
 
DOLCI (Dessert)

Zuccotto
Amaretto-Brushed Cake Dome-filled with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Pistachios and Cherries
 
Crostata di Pera
Pear Frangipane Tart and Chestnut Ice Cream

DINNER MENU 

ANTIPASTI (Appetizers)

Maine Lobster Arancini
Basil Tomato Purée and Toasted Goat Cheese
 
Tuscan Crostini
Crispy Baby Artichokes, Pine Nuts, Baby Arugula, Vin Santo-Braised Currants, Prosciutto di Parma & Mint Pesto
 
ENTRATA (Dinner)

Pan-Seared Mahi-Mahi
Butternut Squash Bisque, Green Pea Risotto, Caramelized Pearl Onions & Baby Watercress Salad
 
Anatra Conservata Timo e Aglio
Thyme and Garlic-Scented Maple Leaf Duck Leg Confit, Oven-Dried Plum Tomatoes, Chive & Parmesan Gnocchi & Sweet Onion Glaze
 
Tuscan Braised Sirloin Braciole
Flat Iron Steak with Olive Oil-Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Baby Carrots & Chianti Tomato Sauce
 
DOLCI (Dessert) 

Zuccotto
Amaretto-Brushed Cake Dome-filled with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Chips, Pistachios and Cherries
 
Crostata di Pera
Pear Frangipane Tart and Chestnut Ice Cream

WINE PAIRINGS

Gavi di Gavi, La Caplana, Piedmont, IT, 2015
Light yellow in color and has notes of green apple.   Very crisp with some minerality.  Perfect with chicken and fish!
 
Chianti Classico "Riserva", Banfi, IT, 2013
Deep ruby in color. Rich bouquet of cherries, plums, and iris.  Deep cherry and leather flavors with subtle wood notes and supple tannins.

Michael’s On East Honored with 2017 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award

Golden Spoon Hall of Fame AwardMichael’s On East in Sarasota was recently recognized as one of Florida’s best places to dine as a member of Florida Trend’s 2017 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame members appear in the 50th Anniversary Golden Spoon special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. 

“As we celebrated three decades of fine dining excellence this year with the Restaurant’s 30th anniversary, it’s humbling to receive this annual recognition from Florida Trend,” said Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “While we truly value the ‘Hall of Fame’ distinction, our daily focus remains every individual dining experience our guests enjoy day-to-day. It’s the dedication to the details and consistent excellence by our service and culinary teams which makes this type of award possible.”

For the past 50 years, Florida Trend has provided readers with a guide to the state’s finest restaurants, celebrating the diversity of dining opportunities from coast to coast.  These offerings range from the treasured institutions in the Hall of Fame to trendy newcomers making their debuts.  The Golden Spoon awards recognize individual achievement and distinctive contributions to the Florida restaurant scene.   “Dining out is a major activity for Florida citizens and our 110 million annual visitors,” says Florida Trend Publisher, Andy Corty.  “We are pleased to recognize the leaders.”

For a complete searchable list of the Golden Spoon award winners organized by region, go to www.FloridaTrend.com/Golden-Spoons. For more information about the restaurant and to secure reservations at Michael’s On East, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

About Florida Trend

Florida Trend is an award-winning business magazine read by 250,000 senior business executives, civic leaders and government officials each month. Delivered via print, tablet, mobile and e-mail newsletter, Florida Trend covers business news, executives, industry analysis, regional news round-ups and executive lifestyle. Special features focus on travel, restaurants, innovation, research and technology, personal finance, law and small business. FloridaTrend.com attracts 110,000 unique visitors. Daily e-newsletter reaches 47,000 subscribers.  For more information, please visit www.FloridaTrend.com

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December 2017: South African Epicurean Adventure

South Africa Wine FlagThe Michael’s On East culinary team loves the challenge of creating brand-new Epicurean Adventure lunch and dinner menus each month. This season, we have decided to EXTEND our South African Epicurean Adventure through December!

Our culinary team will continue to present special recipes all the way from Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa! The Klaubers have fallen in love with Londolozi and South African cuisine as part of the bi-annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys they lead in conjunction with Admiral Travel International every other year. Now, Sarasota residents and visitors can enjoy an authentic taste of Africa from the comfort of their favorite table in the Restaurant at Michael's On East! 

Special thanks to Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell for sharing her Cape Malay recipes with our own Executive Restaurant Chef Jamil Pineda and Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe.

The Michael’s On East three-course South African Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, through December 30, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Not available on holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.)

LUNCH MENU

Lunch Entrees

Traditional Lamb Bunny Chow with Sambals
A South African spicy dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with “Rogan Josh” curry
 
Wild Salmon Poke Bowl
Brown Rice, Edamame, Pickled Ginger, Cucumber Spaghetti, Avocado, Pineapple, Black & White Sesame
 
Dessert

Chocolate & Amarula Cremeaux
In Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Sable Pastry Cases with Salted Caramel
 
Londolozi Pistachio Ice Cream
White Chocolate Crescent Dish with Fresh Berries & Pistachio Tuile
 

DINNER MENU

Starters

Harissa-Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
Chickpeas & Coconut
 
Chef Anna’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi
Tomato Concassé, Deep Fried Basil & Micro Greens 
 
Main Courses

Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak
African Hollandaise, Rosemary Fingerling Chips & Chargrilled Asparagus 
 
Mozambican Peri-Peri Chicken
Roasted Dill Potatoes & Root Vegetables
 
Grilled South African Kingklip
Parmesan Risotto, Crispy Pancetta & Sweet Pea Purée
 
Dessert

Chocolate & Amarula Cremeaux
In Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Sable Pastry Cases with Salted Caramel 
 
Londolozi Pistachio Ice Cream
White Chocolate Crescent Dish with Fresh Berries & Pistachio Tuile

Recipe: Scallops with Gnocchi, Lobster & Sage Brown Butter

Michael's On East RecipePlease enjoy another recipe created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda! This dish is regularly featured on the award-winning Restaurant’s dinner menu and will be offered on the 2017 holiday menu for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve at Michael's On East!

Pan-Seared Jumbo Diver Scallops Gnocchi, Lobster & Sage Brown Butter - Serves 1

For the Scallops:

  • 3 U-10 dry-packed sea scallops
  • 1 oz blended oil
  • 2 tablespoon roasted butternut squash
  • ½ lobster tail and one claw, tail chopped into 3 pieces
  • 4 tablespoon butter
  • ½ tablespoon diced shallots
  • 1 crumbled amaretti cookie (we suggest simply purchasing this ingredient)
  • ½ tablespoon chiffonade fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon julienne snow peas
  • ½ cup gnocchi
  1. In a medium saute pan over medium high heat, sear scallops until golden brown.
  2. Flip and continue cooking until just translucent inside.
  3. At the same time, in another sauté pan, heat the butter until it begins to turn brown, add shallots, roasted squash, and then sage.
  4. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.

For the Roasted Butternut Squash

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, and diced
  • 2 tablespoon blended oil.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Toss squash in a bowl with the oil, and salt and pepper.
  2. Place on roasting pan and roast in 350-degree oven till soft. Cool and reserve.
  3. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.
For the Gnocchi
  • 1 ½ pounds russet potatoes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch salt
  • ¼ cup canola
  1. Boil the whole potatoes until they are soft (about 45 minutes). While still warm, peel and pass through vegetable mill onto clean pasta board.
  2. Set three quarts of water to boil in a large pot.
  3. Setup an ice bath with three cups ice in a bowl and three cups water near boiling water.
  4. Make well in center of potatoes and sprinkle all over with flour, using all the flour.
  5. Place egg and salt in center of well and using a fork, stir into flour and potatoes, just like making regular pasta.
  6. Once the egg is mixed in, bring dough together, kneading gently until a ball is formed.
  7. Knead gently another four minutes until the ball is dry to touch.
  8. Roll baseball-sized ball of dough into 3/4-inch diameter dowels and cut dowels into 1-inch long pieces.
  9. Flick pieces off of fork until dowel is finished.
  10. Drop these pieces into boiling water and cook until they float (about 1 minute). Meanwhile, continue with remaining dough, forming dowels, cutting into 1-inch pieces and flicking off of fork.
  11. As gnocchi float to top of boiling water, move them to ice bath. Continue until all the gnocchi has been cooled off.
  12. Allow to sit several minutes in bath and drain from ice and water.
  13. Toss with canola oil and set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.
To Finish and Plate
  1. Drop gnocchi into boiling water to heat for 15 seconds, add to sauté pan, add lobster and toss in pan to heat through.
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Place gnocchi and lobster mixture in center of plate, arrange the scallops in a tri-star around gnocchi and sprinkle on the crumbled amaretti.
  4. Garnish with the snow peas and serve!

Michael’s Holiday Reservations, New Wine Club, Gift Baskets, Tastings & Toy Drive

The holiday season is in full swing and the experienced teams at Michael’s On East, Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s Events & Catering are prepared to provide area residents and visitors alike memorable dining experiences as well as no-hassle holiday gifts. New for 2017, a three-month wine club featuring hand-picked wines from boutique properties from around the globe is debuting just in time for the gift-giving season.

Holiday Restaurant Reservations
Michael’s On East Restaurant is currently accepting holiday reservations for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Michael’s On East will offer a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings for $29.95 per person, 2-8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. In addition to the turkey feature which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing, a special menu is available offering signature Michael’s On East favorites a la carte. Holiday reservations are also available on Christmas Eve, 4-8 p.m. on Sunday, December 24 and Christmas Day, 2-8 p.m. on Monday, December 25, 2017 and New Years Eve, 5-7 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017. A $50 cover charge applies for the later seating, which includes live music and dancing.
 
Michael’s holiday dinner menu featuring favorite signature dishes and inspired global fare is offered on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. Click here to secure restaurant reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224.
Michael's Wine Club
 
Michael’s Wine Club
Known for his 35+ years of experience as a wine buyer and wine judge, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar Michael Klauber is responding to guests’ frequent requests with a new, already-packed and ready-to-ship gift this year. Michael’s Wine Club is debuting this holiday season, offering three-bottle monthly themed packages featuring boutique wines. Klauber has a personal relationship with the wineries represented in each package and guarantees that he has personally tasted and recommends all featured wines. Michael’s Wine Club is $60 a month plus tax and shipping.
 
 
Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive
Members of the public are invited to stroll from station to station tasting 50+ reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines while talking with visiting wine specialists at Michael’s monthly Open House Wine Tastings. This December, Michael’s Wine Cellar will host a Holiday Open House Wine Tasting & Toy Drive event, 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017. An unwrapped toy donation will serve as admission for this special event. Toy donations will be collected for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.
 
Gourmet Gift Baskets
A wide selection of Michael’s gourmet gift baskets are readily available from Michael’s Wine Cellar throughout the holiday season; however, customized baskets for the true Scotch aficionado, Champagne lover or Bordeaux collector are also available through advanced orders. To place an order for customized baskets, call Michael’s retail specialists at 941-366-0007, ext. 249. The retail wine and spirits shop offers more than 1,000 international wines, craft beers, boutique spirits and wine accessories available to purchase individually as hostess presents or “Secret Santa” gifts.
 
Holiday Parties
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. Limited dates remain available for catered and on-premise holiday celebrations this season. Contact Michael’s Events & Catering Division at 941-366-0007, ext. 226 for more information.
 
Gift Cards
Guests interested in sharing the gift of great food, fine wines and culinary culture are invited to purchase Michael’s On East & Michael’s Wine Cellar gift cards. For a limited time, guests will receive a $20 bonus gift certificate with every $100 gift card purchased. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 249 or click here for complete details about the holiday gift card offer or to purchase cards. Some restrictions apply.

Holiday Gift Card Bonus

Michael's On East Gift CardIt seems the holiday shopping season debuts earlier and earlier each year! To ensure we are ready whenever you decide to start stocking your family's stockings or shopping for that Secret Santa, the Michael's team is announcing our holiday gift certificate offering just a bit earlier this year as well!

In addition to fine wines which make perfect hostess gifts and gourmet gift baskets which are great for those difficult-to-shop for friends and family members on your gift list, a Michael’s On East & Michael’s Wine Cellar gift card is sure to please.

For a limited time, we are pleased to offer a special gift to you: Receive a $20 bonus gift certificate with every $100 gift card purchase! For a limited time only, so be sure to purchase your holiday gifts for clients, family, friends and neighbors today.

Call 941-366-0007, ext. 249 or stop in the Restaurant or Wine Cellar to purchase gift cards.

Please note: Purchases made in the Restaurant or Wine Cellar before January 1, 2018, qualify for the $20 bonus certificate. The $20 bonus certificate is valid through May 31, 2018. Some restrictions apply.

eGift Option

Perfect for procrastinators or those who enjoy shopping exclusively online, Michael and Phil are also pleased to offer a “eGift Card” option, allowing you the opportunity to print or email your gift card immediately!

Click here to purchase a new “eGift Card,” redeemable at Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar.

If you wish to receive a $20 bonus dining certificate to accompany your eGift Card, please email your order number and mailing address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the bonus certificate which will be mailed to a physical address.

Snapshots: Michael Klauber Named SCOPE Boundary Crosser

On October 11, 2017, it was with great honor that Michael Klauber accepted the 2017 Boundary Crosser Award on Sarasota County Openly Plans for Excellence (SCOPE) in the Michael’s On East Ballroom. Click here to learn more about the award and event from The Observer's coverageMichael Klauber Scope Award Michael's On East Ballroom Phil in arm sling with guest Michael's On East Ballroom Klauber Family at SCOPE Award for Michael Klauber SCOPE Award Winners

November 2017: South African Epicurean Adventure

Londolozi LogoThe Michael’s On East culinary team loves the challenge of creating brand-new Epicurean Adventure lunch and dinner menus each month. However, this November, our chefs look forward to presenting special recipes all the way from Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa! The Klaubers have fallen in love with Londolozi and South African cuisine as part of the bi-annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys they lead in conjunction with Admiral Travel International every other year. Now, Sarasota residents and visitors can enjoy an authentic taste of Africa from the comfort of their favorite table in the Restaurant at Michael's On East! 

Special thanks to Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell for sharing her Cape Malay recipes with our own Executive Restaurant Chef Jamil Pineda and Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe.

The Michael’s On East three-course South African Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, November 1-30, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LUNCH MENU

Lunch Entrees

Traditional Lamb Bunny Chow with Sambals
A South African spicy dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with “Rogan Josh” curry
 
Wild Salmon Poke Bowl
Brown Rice, Edamame, Pickled Ginger, Cucumber Spaghetti, Avocado, Pineapple, Black & White Sesame
 
Dessert

Chocolate & Amarula Cremeaux
In Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Sable Pastry Cases with Salted Caramel 
 
Londolozi Pistachio Ice Cream
White Chocolate Crescent Dish with Fresh Berries & Pistachio Tuile

DINNER MENU

Starters

Harissa-Roasted Sweet Potato Soup
Chickpeas & Coconut
 
Chef Anna’s Gorgonzola Gnocchi
Tomato Concassé, Deep Fried Basil & Micro Greens 
 
Main Courses

Chimichurri Flat Iron Steak
African Hollandaise, Rosemary Fingerling Chips & Chargrilled Asparagus 
 
Mozambican Peri-Peri Chicken
Roasted Dill Potatoes & Root Vegetables
 
Grilled South African Kingklip
Parmesan Risotto, Crispy Pancetta & Sweet Pea Purée
 
Dessert

Chocolate & Amarula Cremeaux
In Chocolate & Macadamia Nut Sable Pastry Cases with Salted Caramel 
 
Londolozi Pistachio Ice Cream
White Chocolate Crescent Dish with Fresh Berries & Pistachio Tuile