Epicurean Adventure - February 2013

February 2013: France

Enjoy Michael's newest limited-time menu, inspired by Parisian gastronomic grandeur as well as simple 'la petit' dishes of the Provence and Burgundy countryside. Throughout February 2013*, we invite you to take an Epicurean Adventure to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. (Click here to view the special Valentine's Day evening menu.)

DINNER MENU

STARTERS Cuisses de Grenouilles Sautéed Frog Legs in Garlic & Parsley, Saffron Rouille & Parmesan Puff Pastry Poivre Noir en Croûte de Maison-Cured Saumon Black Pepper Crusted House-Cured Salmon, Artichoke Purée, Radish Salad, Baby Arugula, Citrus Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette ENTREES Morue a la Bourgogne Pan-Seared Cod, Escargots Herb Butter, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Braised Baby Carrots & Haricot Verts Confit de Canard Duck Leg Confit,Flageolets in a Thyme Jus, Roasted Pearl Onions & Braised Savoy Cabbage Filet de Porc avec Fleur de Sel Free-Range Pork Tenderloin, Corn Cake, Sautéed Crimini Mushrooms & Sage Tomato Purée DESSERTS Parisian Chocolate Éclair Milk Chocolate Pastry Cream, Silky Chocolate Fondant Glaze Tarte Exotique Almond Pastry Cream Base, Brilliantly Glittering Fruit

LUNCH MENU

 LUNCH ENTREES  Hanger Steak au Poivre Bleu Cheese Sauce, Truffle Potato Allumettes, Roasted Asparagus Saumon Poché à l'Aneth Fettuccini Poached Salmon Fettuccini with Dill, Champagne Vinegar Cream Sauce, Parmesan Puff Pastry DESSERTS Parisian Chocolate Éclair Milk Chocolate Pastry Cream, Silky Chocolate Fondant Glaze Tarte Exotique Almond Pastry Cream Base, Brilliantly Glittering Fruit

WINE PAIRINGS

"Le Clos", Domaine St. Eugenie, Languedoc, FR, 2009 Chardonnay, Domaine Tariquet, Gascogne, FR, 2011 The three-course Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. The carefully-selected red and white wine pairing will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. *The French Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday evenings, February 1 - 28, excluding the Valentine's Day holiday on Feb. 14. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online through Open Table.

Michael's On East: For Sweethearts and Valentines

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! We have been privileged to host so many special occasions at our place over the years. Lovers with Eiffel TowerIt is my goal to "take you away" to another place during your experiences at Michael's On East, and we certainly love doing so on Valentine's Day each year. As you may already know, our main dining room is not a buzzing, busy setting. With our relaxed atmosphere and elegant decor, you and your sweetheart can disconnect and truly spend precious time together. Our seasoned service and culinary teams will ensure your romantic night out is absolutely perfect. As of February 1, we do have reservations available for Valentine's Day, Thursday, February 14, 2013, which will feature a special holiday menu. However, we've also given you an extra excuse to treat your significant other throughout the month. The restaurant features a French Epicurean Adventure speciality menu, inspired by Parisian gastronomic grandeur as well as simple 'la petite' dishes of the Provence and Burgundy countryside. So if you can't join us on Valentine's Day, join us any other day throughout February 2013, as we take you on a culinary journey to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. Click here to make online reservations or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 for reservations. Happy Valentine's Day!

Lovers of French Cuisine & Wines Welcome Throughout February at Michael’s On East

French CodEach month, Michael Klauber works with his experienced culinary team to prepare a multi-course lunch and dinner menu paying tribute to the world’s most exciting culinary destinations. Throughout February 2013, Klauber’s celebrated Michael’s On East restaurant invites guests to take an Epicurean Adventure to one of the most romantic countries on the globe: France. “Some may be aware of my long-time love affair with French wines,” said Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. “It’s with true pleasure that we feature these French menus, inspired by Parisian gastronomic grandeur as well as simple ‘la petit’ dishes of the Provence and Burgundy countryside, paired with exceptional wines in February.” The three-course Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. The carefully-selected red and white wine pairing will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The French Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, February 1 - 28, excluding the Valentine’s Day holiday on Feb. 14. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to make restaurant reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com. WINE PAIRINGS "Le Clos", Domaine St. Eugenie, Languedoc, FR, 2009 Chardonnay, Domaine Tariquet, Gascogne, FR, 2011 DINNER MENU Starters Grenouilles: Sautéed Frog Legs in Garlic & Parsley Saffron Rouille & Parmesan Puff Pastry Black Pepper Crusted House-Cured Salmon Artichoke Purée, Radish Salad, Baby Arugula Citrus Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette   Dinner Entrées  Morue a la Bourgogne Pan-Seared Cod, Escargots Herb Butter, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Braised Baby Carrots, Haricot Verts Confit de Canard Duck Leg Confit, Flageolets in a Thyme Jus, Roasted Pearl Onions & Braised Savoy Cabbage Filet de Porc avec Fleur de Sel Free-Range Pork Tenderloin, Corn Cake, Sautéed Crimini Mushrooms & Sage Tomato Purée   Dessert   Parisian Chocolate Éclair Milk Chocolate Pastry Cream & Silky Chocolate Fondant Glaze Tarte Exotique Almond Pastry Cream Base with Brilliantly Glittering Fruit   LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Hanger Steak au Poivre Blue Cheese Sauce, Truffle Potato Allumettes & Roasted Asparagus Poached Salmon with Dill & Fettuccini Champagne Vinegar Cream Sauce with Parmesan Puff Pastry Dessert   Parisian Chocolate Éclair Milk Chocolate Pastry Cream & Silky Chocolate Fondant Glaze Tarte Exotique Almond Pastry Cream Base with Brilliantly Glittering Fruit 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 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Extra Happy Hours Support Mote

Last summer, we started a fabulous new opportunity in the Michael's On East Lounge. Of course, our "Secret Word Mondays" have been popular for some time, but we found that not everyone can squeeze in enough "happy hours" before 7 p.m. The solution? Extended Happy Hours! And what could make Extended Happy Hours even better? Sipping for a great community cause each Monday. Duck Spring Roll: A Perfect Michael's On East Lounge Bar to Enjoy During Extended Happy Hour We started by supporting Designing Daughters, and next contributing to Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County by donating a percentage of sales every Monday night. Now, the restaurant will partner with Mote Marine Laboratory, home to world-class marine research, outreach, education and marine animal care. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. each Monday, January 14 through March 11, 2013, Michael's On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the restaurant's Lounge to this Sarasota-based marine research laboratory and public aquarium. Yes, that's right - enjoy Michael's special Happy Hour prices until 10 p.m. each Monday while also supporting Mote! During this promotion, Mote supporters dining in the Lounge can also receive complimentary membership in the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. The GCCC loyalty rewards both individual members as well as a nonprofit of their choosing. If you select Mote as your designated nonprofit, you'll receive points toward rewards when dining or shopping at participating venues, and 5 percent of proceeds from all Mote supporters' purchases will go to Mote. Register for the Connoisseur Club online and learn more details at www.florida-hospitality.com/mote. Or, simply tell Michael’s mixologists you’d like to support Mote with your new Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club membership during your next visit. Cheers!  

Epicurean Adventure - January 2013

January 2013: Greek

Presenting a specialty menu crafted with traditional flavors and spices of the Mediterranean, Michael’s On East will showcase Greek cuisine through its first Epicurean Adventure of the New Year.

DINNER MENU

Starters

Avgolemono Soupa

Pulled Chicken, Rice, Rich Egg & Lemon Broth

Mezze Tapas

Dolmades, Octopus, Calamari Salad Tzatziki Sauce and Grilled Pita

Dinner Entrées 

Lamb Shanks Plaki-Style

Plum Tomatoes, Roasted Zucchini, Fennel, Fresh Oregano & Rice Pilaf

Stuffed Roasted Chicken Lemonato

Feta, Spinach, Dill and Ricotta Orzo, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Eggplant, Capers, Cherry Tomato and Lemon Butter

North Atlantic Cod

Pan Seared with Black Olive Oil Red Pepper Confit Salad and Watercress Sauce

Dessert  

Baklava

Chef Catherine’s Housemade Tribute to this Traditional Greek Sweet

Galacktoboureko

Semolina Pudding Wrapped in Phyllo Soaked in Luscious Lemony Syrup  

LUNCH MENU

 

Lunch Entrées

Lamb Burger with Spicy Olive Salsa

Baby Arugula Balsamic Onion Chutney, Barrel Feta, Tomato on Brioche Lemon Spear Potatoes

Pan-Seared North Atlantic Cod Plaki-Style

Plum Tomato, Red Pepper, Fennel, Oregano Sauce Served with Orzo Pilaf

Dessert  

Baklava

Chef Catherine’s Housemade Tribute to this Traditional Greek Sweet

Galacktoboureko

Semolina Pudding Wrapped in Phyllo Soaked in Luscious Lemony Syrup

WINE PAIRINGS

Elios, Mediterranean White, Peloponnese, Greece, 2010 Elios, Mediterranean Red, Peloponnese, Greece, 2009 The Elios wines, a Mediterranean Red and Mediterrean White, will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael's Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Greek Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday, Jan. 2 - 31, 2013. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on New Year's Day and the evening of Monday, January 7. For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online through Open Table.

Michael’s On East Celebrates Greek Cuisine in the New Year

Greek CodPresenting a specialty menu crafted with traditional flavors and spices of the Mediterranean, Michael’s On East will showcase Greek cuisine through its first Epicurean Adventure of the New Year. The three-course Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. A carefully-selected red and white wine pairing will also be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Greek Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, Jan. 2 – 31, 2013. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on Jan. 1 for the New Year’s Day holiday. For more information or reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com.     DINNER MENU Starters Avgolemono Soupa Pulled Chicken, Rice, Rich Egg & Lemon Broth Mezze Tapas Dolmades, Octopus, Calamari Salad Tzatziki Sauce and Grilled Pita   Entrées Lamb Shanks Plaki-Style Plum Tomatoes, Roasted Zucchini, Fennel, Fresh Oregano & Rice Pilaf Stuffed Roasted Chicken Lemonato Feta, Spinach, Dill and Ricotta Orzo, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Eggplant, Capers, Cherry Tomato and Lemon Butter North Atlantic Cod Pan Seared with Black Olive Oil, Red Pepper Confit Salad and Watercress Sauce   Desserts Baklava Chef Catherine’s Housemade Tribute to this Traditional Greek Sweet Galacktoboureko Semolina Pudding Wrapped in Phyllo Soaked in Luscious Lemony Syrup LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Lamb Burger with Spicy Olive Salsa Baby Arugula Balsamic Onion Chutney, Barrel Feta, Tomato on Brioche Lemon Spear Potatoes Pan-Seared North Atlantic Cod Plaki-Style Plum Tomato, Red Pepper, Fennel, Oregano Sauce  Served with Orzo Pilaf Desserts Baklava Chef Catherine’s Housemade Tribute to this Traditional Greek Sweet Galacktoboureko Semolina Pudding Wrapped in Phyllo Soaked in Luscious Lemony Syrup   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 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Toasting with Bubbly into the New Year

My daughter Molly is the true Champagne lover in our family. Today, she also happens to work with Jeffrey Hymel in the management of our restaurant, Michael's On East. As you can imagine we had some fun recently as we planned to bring in more bubbly! Now, just in time for the New Year, but carrying through into the spring, we invite you to continue with bubbly toasts - by the glass or by the bottle - at Michael’s On East. Champagne PoppingFive Champagnes, including Moet & Chandon "Imperial" and Veuve Clicquot "Yellow Label," are now available by the glass ranging in price from $8.50 to $20 a glass. There are also more than 20 Champagnes and other international sparklings available by the bottle on the 350+ bottle wine list, my true labor of love which is ever-changing! Molly said it well recently: ”Whether you enjoy a toasty, traditional French Champagne; a crisp, dry California sparkling or want to splurge on Dom Perignon, our guests will be delighted with this wide selection. A glass or bottle of bubbly in Michael’s Lounge is a great way to extend the holiday spirit and make every day a special occasion. Our diverse offerings include the best prices on inexpensive sparklers and surprising values on the highest-end Champagnes.” I'm so proud to feature the expanded list on the restaurant’s interactive iPad wine list that was launched in October 2012. The dynamic format allows you the opportunity to browse expansion pairings with each beverage selection, including the offering of caviar from Siberian sturgeon raised locally and sustainably by Mote Marine Laboratory. We are even featuring a sparkling wine for $5 during "happy hour" in the Lounge, Monday - Saturday, 5-7 p.m. With so many options, there's no excuse to let the bubbles fade out at New Year's Eve. Join us soon for Champagnes and a host of other international sparklings at my place. Champagne isn't just for special occasions, Champagne makes every occasion special.   

Expanded Champagne Offerings Bubble Over into the New Year

Champagne Popping

Champagne and Mote Caviar Pairing Featured Sparkling Wine Now Available by the Glass during Happy Hour

Continue with bubbly toasts, by the glass or by the bottle, into the New Year at Michael’s On East. The iconic Sarasota restaurant is unveiling an expanded Champagne and sparking wine program tonight which will continue through March 31, 2013. Five Champagnes, including Moet & Chandon “Imperial” and Veuve Clicquot “Yellow Label,” are now available by the glass ranging in price from $8.50 to $20 a glass. Amongst the 350+ bottle wine list available in the restaurant, more than 20 are Champagnes and other international sparklings. Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East who is consistently recognized for his vast knowledge and access to great values amongst fine French wines, has collaborated with his daughter Molly Klauber, known as the Champagne lover of the family and also Assistant General Manager of the restaurant, on the new offerings. ”Whether you enjoy a toasty, traditional French Champagne; a crisp, dry California sparkling or want to splurge on Dom Perignon, our guests will be delighted with this wide selection,” said Ms. Klauber. “A glass or bottle of bubbly in Michael’s Lounge is a great way to extend the holiday spirit and make every day a special occasion. Our diverse offerings include the best prices on inexpensive sparklers and surprising values on the highest-end Champagnes.” The expanded list is featured on the restaurant’s interactive iPad wine list that was launched in October 2012. The dynamic format allows guests the opportunity to browse expansion pairings with each beverage selection, including the offering of caviar from Siberian sturgeon raised locally and sustainably by Mote Marine Laboratory. The New Year will also bring new happiness to the popular happy hour program in Michael’s Lounge. In addition to $5 well cocktails and glasses of Michael’s private label wines, a sparkling wine is now available during happy hour for $5 per glass. Plus, an expanded selection of craft beers is featured for $5 as well as new specialty cocktails incorporating current mixology trends by Michael’s “bar chefs.” The specialty cocktails featured during happy hour will rotate monthly. Michael’s happy hour is featured Monday through Saturday, 5-7 p.m. in the Lounge. For more information or to make reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. The boutique wine and spirits shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All wines featured on the Restaurant’s wine list are available for purchase in the store. For more information and holiday hours, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. ### Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Extra Rewards to Share Your Great Taste!

Co-Proprietors Phil Mancini and Michael Klauber This holiday season give the very best of Sarasota: Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar gift cards to share the gift of great food, fine wines and culinary culture. Gift Card Graphic In celebration of a great holiday tradition in the restaurant industry, 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. Click here to purchase gift cards online, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or stop in the restaurant to purchase gift cards. Please note: Purchases made before January 15, 2013, qualify for the $20 bonus certificate. When purchasing a $100 gift certificate or more online, there is no need to select an extra checkout option for the bonus certificate. All orders placed on or before January 15, 2013 will automatically include the $20 bonus certificate.

Epicurean Adventure - December 2012

December 2012: Americana

Michael’s On East is known for embracing inspired cuisine from around the globe. However, throughout the month of December 2012, the celebrated restaurant will embrace favorite dishes from across the United States with an “Americana” Epicurean Adventure available only for a limited time. The three-course Americana Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Carefully selected wine pairings, a 2010 Red Tree Chardonnay and 2011 "Old Vines" Zinfandel will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. As a limited time holiday feature, Molly’s Cranberry Crush will also be available as a specialty beverage pairing for the same featured price. SPECIALTY DRINK & WINE PAIRINGS Chardonnay, Red Tree, California, 2010 Zinfandel, "Old Vines", Zin 91, California, 2011 Molly’s Cranberry Crush Death’s Door Gin, Muddled Cranberries, Ginger and Cranberry Syrup with Cinnamon Cranberry & Orange Bitters, Amaro, Fresh Lime Juice and a Splash of Tonic DINNER MENU Starters   Smoked Trout  Fennel Slaw, Pickle Okra, Horseradish Sauce, Confit Teardrop Tomatoes and Crostinis   Grilled Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage Wild Mushrooms, Crispy Pancetta and White Bean Stew Drizzled with Basil Pesto and Crispy Shallots   Dinner Entrées    Magnolia Grilled Cornish Hen Apricot-Mustard Glacé, Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Stew, Braised Swiss Chard   North Carolina-Style Salmon Roasted Salmon with Horseradish Butter Fried Green Tomatoes, Butternut Squash Succotash and Watercress   Snake River Farms Pork Tenderloin Pan-Seared with Currant & Mushroom Ragù, Stone Ground Grits and Garlic-Parsley Green Beans   Dessert     Chocolate, Caramel and Coffee Bûche de Noël Sponge Rolled with Silky Chocolate Mousse & Crunchy Caramel Bits Wrapped in Coffee Butter Cream with Meringue Mushrooms  Christmas Trifle with Raspberry and Mango Purees Ladyfingers, Light-Creamy Custard Cream and Fresh Fruit   LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Crispy Chicken Confit & Leeks Served with Stone Ground Grits, Corn-Edamame Succotash and Grain Mustard Sauce   Southern Bison Burger  Caramelized Onions, Fried Pickles, House Ketchup, Lettuce & Beef Steak Tomato on a Grilled Croissant Bun with Housemade Steak Fries    Dessert     Chocolate, Caramel and Coffee Bûche de Noël Sponge Rolled with Silky Chocolate Mousse & Crunchy Caramel Bits Wrapped in Coffee Butter Cream with Meringue Mushrooms  Christmas Trifle with Raspberry and Mango Purees Ladyfingers, Light-Creamy Custard Cream and Fresh Fruit Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Americana Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, beginning on Dec. 3 through the month of December 2012, excluding Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 31. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online through Open Table.

Michael’s “Americana” Epicurean Adventure Begins December 3

Americana DishMichael’s On East is known for embracing inspired cuisine from around the globe. However, throughout the month of December 2012, the celebrated restaurant will embrace favorite dishes from across the United States with an “Americana” Epicurean Adventure available only for a limited time. The three-course Americana Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Carefully selected wine pairings, a 2010 Red Tree Chardonnay and 2011 "Old Vines" Zinfandel will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. As a limited time holiday feature, Molly’s Cranberry Crush will also be available as a specialty beverage pairing for the same featured price. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Americana Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, beginning on Dec. 3 through the month of December 2012, excluding Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Dec. 31. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to make restaurant reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com. SPECIALTY DRINK & WINE PAIRINGS Chardonnay, Red Tree, California, 2010 Zinfandel, "Old Vines", Zin 91, California, 2011 Molly’s Cranberry Crush Death’s Door Gin, Muddled Cranberries, Ginger and Cranberry Syrup with Cinnamon Orange Bitters, Fresh Lime Juice and a Splash of Tonic DINNER MENU Starters Smoked Trout Fennel Slaw, Pickle Okra, Horseradish Sauce, Confit Teardrop Tomatoes and Crostini   Grilled Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage Wild Mushrooms, Crispy Pancetta and White Bean Stew Drizzled with Basil Pesto and Crispy Shallots   Dinner Entrées  Magnolia Grilled Cornish Hen Apricot-Mustard Glacé, Spicy Eggplant and Sausage Stew, Braised Swiss Chard North Carolina-Style Salmon Roasted Salmon with Horseradish Butter Fried Green Tomatoes, Butternut Squash Succotash and Watercress Snake River Farms Pork Tenderloin Pan-Seared with Currant & Mushroom Ragù, Stone Ground Grits and Garlic-Parsley Green Beans   Dessert   Chocolate, Caramel and Coffee Bûche de Noël Sponge Rolled with Silky Chocolate Mousse & Crunchy Caramel Bits Wrapped in Coffee Butter Cream with Meringue Mushrooms Christmas Trifle with Raspberry and Mango Purees Ladyfingers, Light-Creamy Custard Cream and Fresh Fruit   LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrées Crispy Chicken Confit & Leeks Served with Stone Ground Grits, Corn-Edamame Succotash and Grain Mustard Sauce   Southern Bison Burger Caramelized Onions, Fried Pickles, House Ketchup, Lettuce & Beef Steak Tomato on a Grilled Croissant Bun with Housemade SteakFries    Dessert   Chocolate, Caramel and Coffee Bûche de Noël Sponge Rolled with Silky Chocolate Mousse & Crunchy Caramel Bits Wrapped in Coffee Butter Cream with Meringue Mushrooms Christmas Trifle with Raspberry and Mango Purees Ladyfingers, Light-Creamy Custard Cream and Fresh Fruit 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 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Epicurean Adventure - November 2012

November 2012: California

The Michael’s On East culinary team, lead by Executive Chef Jamil Pineda, has embraced California’s eclectic love for fusion cuisine with multi-course menu offerings available only for a limited time. The three-course Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Carefully-selected wine pairings, Chardonnay, Leese-Fitch, California, 2010 and Cabernet Sauvignon, McManis, California, 2011 will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. DINNER MENU Starters La Jolla Crispy Oyster Cocktail Watercress, Avocado, Teardrop Tomatoes and Horseradish Citrus Vinaigrette Kalbi Kui Grilled Short Ribs Topped with Scallions and Asian Slaw Entrees Herbed Salmon Roulade with Corn-Lobster Broth Sautéed Mussels and Roasted Fingerling Potatoes Asian Barbeque Grilled Quail Figs, Baby Arugula, Roasted Red Pepper and Parsnip Salad Marinated Skirt Steak Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Spicy Napa Steak Sauce Crispy Sweet Potato Logs and Grilled Asparagus Desserts Mission Fig and Frangipane Galette Candied Fennel Ice Cream White Chocolate Panna Cotta Tangerine Gelée LUNCH MENU Lunch Entrees Napa Valley Grilled Salmon Club California Avocado, Watercress, Beef Steak Tomato, Three-Pepper Cured Sweet Bacon, Whole Grain Mustard-Mayo, Served on Seven-Grain Bread with Oven-Roasted Olive Oil Chips Cracked Black Pepper Pan-Seared Hanger Steak Candy Shallots, Asian Barbeque Sauce, Sautéed Spinach and Roasted Parsnips Desserts Mission Fig and Frangipane Galette Candied Fennel Ice Cream White Chocolate Panna Cotta Tangerine Gelée WINE PAIRINGS Chardonnay, Leese-Fitch, California, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, McManis, California, 2011 Michael's Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The California Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, November 1 -  December 1, 2012. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online through Open Table.

Extravagant “Coastal Chic Wine Dinner"

This fall, Visit Sarasota County has invited travelers nationwide to celebrate and experience the Sarasota area’s relaxed, casual lifestyle and year-round warm weather through the “Sarasota in Shorts” promotional campaign and “Find Your Shorts Style Sweepstakes” which is accepting entries through Dec. 5. Now, an iconic fine-dining restaurant is embracing the concept with a special one-time event in February 2013. “Although our professional culinary team enjoys hosting residents and visitors on many formal occasions—when we all dress to impress—we are excited to focus on the spirit of 'Sarasota in Shorts' at this special wine dinner,'" said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar. Guests of a newly announced Michael’s Wine Dinner are encouraged to sport their favorite resort wear and dress in "coastal chic" attire. John Ireland, of Pali Wine Co. and Tower 15 Winery, will host the “Coastal Chic” Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, Fla. A professional with more than 20 years in the wine industry, Ireland’s good humor, relaxed nature and broad knowledge of wine will be evident throughout the dinner. Pali Wine Co. was established in 2005 by co-founders Tim Perr and Scott Knight who shared a passion to produce small lots of artisan Pinot Noir they loved to drink. The state-of-the-art winery in Lompoc, Calif. was named “Pali,” after their hometown Pacific Palisades, located west of Los Angeles. Pali Wine Co. produces a Cuvee series of wines defined by their appellation of origin and named for different neighborhoods in the Pacific Palisades. It’s sister winery, Tower 15 is inspired by an area along the beach in Pacific Palisades, where the lifeguard tower number 15 stands as a local beacon to families and friends. The coastal inspiration of the wineries makes their wines a perfect fit for this special event, which will feature a five-course feast designed to complement eight selected wines. Michael's wine dinners are held monthly with unique themes for each event. This is the first event planned with a slightly casual theme; however, the featured wines and specially-designed menu remain equally extravagant. This event is open to the public for $95 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224, for more information and reservations. 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 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

New Technology: iPad Wine Menus & Responsive Design Website

Michael’s On East Invests in Apple-Based Technology with a Continued Focus on the Guest Experience iPad Wine Menu Now Available for Guests; New Responsive Design Website Launched; iPad Terminals Provide Service Team with High-Efficiency Tool Behind-the-Scenes

Michael’s On East guests now benefit from a variety of new technological advances aimed to best serve guests of the restaurant and catering operation as well the adjacent Michael’s Wine Cellar’s online store.  The enhancements include the unveiling of an Apple iPad wine menu in the restaurant, launch of a new responsive design website and installation of new Apple iPad terminals behind the scenes to maximize the efficiency of the experienced service team. “Over the past several months, we have worked with multiple partners to research and invest in new technology to allow our talented team to do what they do best: focus on the ultimate guest experience,” said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. “Whether you are discovering a new bottle of wine in the restaurant, making an online reservation or shopping our online wine store, always know that every aspect of our operation focuses on our guests’ needs as we continually strive to exceed their expectations.” Klauber, who has personally utilized Apple computers since opening Michael’s On East in 1987 and is a self-proclaimed digital addict, lead the charge to integrate all of the organization’s hardware and a majority of its software to Mac-based products. The availability of Michael’s extensive wine list is now easily organized within an interactive iPad program. Using an innovative application called Tastevin, the 350-bottle list can be explored by varietal, price and region. The digital wine list will complement Michael’s team of wine specialists, simply acting as an additional resource for guests who wish to explore information about winemakers, ratings and perfectly-paired appetizers, entrees and desert suggestions while browsing elaborate descriptions of the ever-evolving wine list.  Michael’s On East is the first restaurant in Florida to use Tastevin. The new www.bestfood.com website, which encompasses Michaels on East, Michael’s Wine Cellar, and Michael’s Events & Catering, was designed and developed by True Green Studios, a boutique creative studio in Sarasota. With simplicity as its trademark, True Green Studios created the site to unify online the new visual identity for all extensions of the Michaels on East brand that was unveiled offline earlier this year. A responsive design was utilized to provide an enjoyable user experience on both traditional online and the ever-growing mobile and tablet platforms. Responsive design is an approach to web page creation based on flexible layouts and flexible images that results in the layout changing according to the viewing environment. Finally, the installation of iPad service terminals in the restaurant provides servers with a high-end tool many are already familiar with, allowing them to spend more time directly interacting with guests. This transition incorporates trusted software, Digital Dining, with leading-edge hardware, Apple iPads. “Michael’s On East has always been an early adaptor of leading-edge technology designed to create with the customer in mind,” reported Kay Branson, Director of Marketing for Digital Dining. “It seems only fitting the restaurant is the first in the greater Sarasota region to make the complete transition to iPad terminals.” 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 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Epicurean Adventure - October 2012

October 2012: Spain

Having recently returned from Spain's wine regions where Michael Klauber and his wife Terri hosted a trip for Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members, Klauber is pleased to bring Sarasota residents and visitors the freshest ideas and newest inspiration from Spain to his award-winning Sarasota restaurant in October. “We returned so inspired by the tapas and brilliant cuisine, my culinary team decided to celebrate the best of Basque and Cataluña by featuring an entire three-course feast,” said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East. A three-course Spanish Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. Wine pairings were selected from an array of standout wines from Klauber’s recent tours and tastings throughout Spain’s La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions. Verdejo, Marques de Riscal, Rueda, 2011 and Monastrell, “Honoro Vera”, Juan Gil, Jumilla, 2011 will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch.     DINNER MENU Aperitivos (Starters) Aubergines con Queso Crispy Eggplant with Spanish Tomato Sauce, Camembert Cheese with Fresh Oregano and Sage Pimiento de Piquillo Rellenos Con Gambas Stuffed Piquillo Pepper with Shrimp and Sauce Cataluña Entrantes de la Cena (Dinner Entrees) Rape Envuelto en Jamón Serrano Serrano Ham wrapped Monkfish in a Tomato Clam Stew with Valencia Grilled Bread Paella a la Galicia Baby Shrimp, Chorizo, Chicken, Fresh Mussels and Saffron Rice Puerco Relleno Con Alcachofas Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Baby Artichokes, Scallions, Piquillo Pepper and Manchego Cheese Served in a Sofrito Sacue, Topped with Crispy Sweet Potato Allumettes   Postres (Desserts) Bizcocho Borracho & Pumpkin Flan A Light Cinnamon and Brandy Sponge Cake Atop Sweet Pumpkin Flan Tarta de Cappuccino and Marcona Almond Brittle A Rich and Dense Flourless Cake and Coffee Crema Entradas Almuerzo (Lunch Entrees) Biquine de Rucula Olive Oil Pan-Seared Serrano Ham Sandwich with Fresh Tomatoes, Baby Arugula, Manchego Cheese and Onion Jam, Served with Paprika-Spiced Potato Chips Bacalao al Ajillo Pan-Seared Cod with Garlic, Spicy Pepper, Vegetable Paella and Marinated Piquillo Pepper Michael's Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Spanish Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, Oct. 1 - 31, 2012. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here to make reservations online through Open Table.

Epicurean Adventure - September 2012

September 2012: Italy

Michael's On East celebrates a country recognized for its history, art, architecture and fashion, but above all, its cuisine, in September 2012. Our Italian Epicurean Adventure will be packed with fresh spices and innovative twists of rich dishes from Northern Italy. A three-course dinner menu is featured for $25 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $15 per person. Italian wine pairings, Esperto Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie, 2010 and Querceto, Chianti Classico, Greve, 2009, will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch.   DINNER MENU ANTIPASTI (STARTERS) Crispy Shrimp and Sweet Pea Risotto Pomodoro Drizzled with Truffle Oil, Shaved Pecorino & Crispy Shoestring Sweet Potatoes Roasted Stuffed Pepper Housemade Red Wine Garlic Sausage, Pignoli & Golden Raisins Pasta Fagiole Soup With Crispy Pancetta, Toasted Goat Cheese & Basil Oil Drizzle CORSO DE CARNE (DINNER ENTREES) Wild Boar Bolognaise Chianti, Italian Sausage, Fresh Tomatoes and Scallions Tossed with Rigatoni Pasta, Shaved Reggiano Parmesan Cheese and Fresh Oregano Brodetto Seafood Stew Swordfish, Mussels and Calamari in a Light Thyme-Tomato Broth Served with a Garlic Crouton and Saffron Rouille Veal Rollatini Sliced Provimi Veal with Proscuitto di Parma, Eggplant, Spinach and Fontina Cheese Served with Wild Mushroom Vodka Sauce Angel Hair Pasta with Squid and Baby Shrimp Wilted Swiss Chard, Roasted Red Peppers, Green Olives, Sundried Tomatoes and Scampi Butter DOLCI (DESSERTS)  Chocolate Almond Cake Layers of Chocolate Cake, Mousse & Almond Crunch with a Burnt Orange Sauce Torta Della Nonna Fresh Ricotta, Lemon Zest and Pinenuts Baked in a Buttery Crust with a Marsala Reduction PRANZO (LUNCH ENTREES) Seared Spiced Pork Tenderloin Medallions Roasted Red Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, Baby Artichokes, Scallions and Italian Cheese Served with Arugula, Fennel & Charred Tomato Salad Rosemary Tomato Foccacia Sandwich Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, Seasonal Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Reduction & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Served With Truffle Parmesan Potato Fries Bucatini Pasta and Italian Sweet Sausage Chips Broccoli Rabe, Crimini Mushrooms, Grape Tomato Confit, Aged Fontina Cheese, Fresh Cracked Black Pepper and Sage Butter

Michael's Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. Beginning in September 2012, these special menus will be available for dinner Monday through Saturday.  The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Michael’s Epicurean Adventure to Italy Featured in September

Michael’s Epicurean Adventure to Italy Special Menu Now Featured Monday – Saturday Michael’s On East will celebrate a country recognized for its history, art, architecture and fashion, but above all, its cuisine, in September. The fine dining restaurant will offer guests an Italian Epicurean Adventure packed with fresh spices and innovative twists of rich dishes from Northern Italy. A three-course dinner menu is featured for $25 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $15 per person. Italian wine pairings, Esperto Pinot Grigio, Delle Venezie, 2010 and Querceto, Chianti Classico, Greve, 2009, will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Italian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday, Sept. 1 – 30, 2012. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. For more information or to make restaurant reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com. Dinner Menu Antipasti (Starters)   Crispy Shrimp and Sweet Pea Risotto Pomodoro Drizzled with Truffle Oil, Shaved Pecorino & Crispy Shoestring Sweet Potatoes   Roasted Stuffed Pepper Housemade Red Wine Garlic Sausage, Pignoli & Golden Raisins   Pasta Fagiole Soup With Crispy Pancetta, Toasted Goat Cheese & Basil Oil Drizzle   Corso de Carne (Dinner Entrees)    Wild Boar Bolognaise Chianti, Italian Sausage, Fresh Tomatoes and Scallions Tossed with Rigatoni Pasta, Shaved Reggiano Parmesan Cheese and Fresh Oregano   Brodetto Seafood Stew Swordfish, Mussels and Calamari in a light Thyme-Tomato Broth Served with a Garlic Crouton and Saffron Rouille   Veal Rollatini Sliced Provimi Veal with Proscuitto di Parma, Eggplant, Spinach and Fontina Cheese Served with Wild Mushroom Vodka Sauce Angel Hair Pasta with Squid and Baby Shrimp Wilted Swiss Chard, Roasted Red Peppers, Green Olives, Sundried Tomatoes and Scampi Butter   Dolci (Desserts)   Chocolate Almond Cake Layers of Chocolate Cake, Mousse & Almond Crunch with a Burnt Orange Sauce Torta Della Nonna Fresh Ricotta, Lemon Zest and Pinenuts Baked in a Buttery Crust with a Marsala Reduction Pranzo (Lunch Entrees) Seared Spiced Pork Tenderloin Medallions Roasted Red Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, Baby Artichokes, Scallions and Italian Cheese Served with Arugula, Fennel & Charred Tomato Salad   Rosemary Tomato Foccacia Sandwich Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella, Prosciutto di Parma, Seasonal Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, Balsamic Reduction & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Served With Truffle Parmesan Potato Fries   Bucatini Pasta and Italian Sweet Sausage Chips Broccoli Rabe, Crimini Mushrooms, Grape Tomato Confit, Aged Fontina Cheese, Fresh Cracked Black Pepper and Sage Butter   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 recently received their 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       #   Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael’s On East Catering Expands with Addition of Cloe Drapkin

Michael’s On East is pleased to announce that Cloe Drapkin has joined the Events & Catering division in the position of Catering Sales Manager.
Catering is a key aspect of Michael’s On East, an array of business concepts owned and operated by co-proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini. Mancini, who manages the catering operations, looks forward to Cloe’s touch on the experienced team. “Cloe is a true professional who knows our community well—and event production like the back of her hand,” said Mancini. “I know this is a great opportunity for her, our team and, most importantly, our clients and guests.” Ms. Drapkin will collaborate with many team members who have worked with Michael’s On East for more than 20 years. Her responsibilities will focus on functions in the Restaurant’s Private Dining Room, Ballroom and Wine Cellar venues, plus a variety of off-premise events as the catering services expand. With well over 10 years of experience and a degree in sociology, she has learned how to decipher and deliver everything a client wants and needs. “Catering, to me, is so much more than serving fabulous food. Working with a very savvy clientele these days, we must provide not only amazing dishes that delight the palette, but essentially please all of the senses,” said Drapkin. “I revel in the idea of being the conduit for people to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Creating the quintessential blend of taste, sights and sounds which translate to the perfect party is my goal for each event, whether we are hosting 2 or 2,000 guests.” A native New Yorker, Cloe started her hospitality career with The Hunt Club in Chicago and Pappardella Restaurant in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She found her true calling for event production working with renowned celebrity Chef Charlie Palmer in New York City where she organized, detailed and executed large corporate events for an impressive list of clients. She relocated to Sarasota in 2004 and has lead the planning and execution of destination and local weddings, member social events and corporate functions for the Longboat Key Club & Resort’s catering team since 2005. Drapkin holds a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York at Oneonta and is a proud mom to her witty, spunky 5 year old daughter.   Cloe Drapkin can be reached at 941-366-0007, ext. 246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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 recently received their 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       # Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Epicurean Adventure - August 2012

August 2012: Southwestern

As we all enjoy summer in Sarasota, Michael's On East has turned up the heat. A specially-crafted, multi-course lunch and dinner menu offer rustic favorites, a fusion of Southwestern cuisine and spices plus decadent desserts, August 1-31, 2012. A three-course dinner menu is featured for $25 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $15 per person. Hand-picked wine pairings are also featured, for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. DINNER MENU APPETIZERS Alamo-Style Chili Ground Sirloin Chili with Corn, Black Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes Served with Chopped Red Onion, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream and Crispy Tortillas Four Corners Shrimp Flautas Crispy Stuffed Tortillas with Fresh Guacamole, Lime-Sour Cream and Cotija Cheese ENTREES Cornmeal-Crusted Mahi Mahi & Chili Relleno Poblano Pepper Stuffed with Roasted Corn & Mexican Cheeses, Fire-Roasted Chipotle-Tomato Sauce, Cilantro Rice and Fresh Pico de Gallo Carne Asada Citrus-Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sweet Onion Parsley Relish, Grilled Scallions & Corn Cheese Tamale Chili-Braised Lamb Shanks Red Mole Sauce, Creamy Red Pepper Polenta, Sautéed Swiss Chard & Ancho Caramelized Apples DESSERTS   Tequila-Glazed Pound Cake Orange Sorbet and a Grenadine Drizzle Crema de Ciocolata Sopapilla Crisps WINE PAIRINGS Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc, California North Coast, 2010 Domaine André Brunel, Côte du Rhône, 2009 LUNCH ENTREES   Texas-Style Pulled Pork Sandwich Smoked Shredded Pork with Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Cotija Cheese on Texas Toast served with Jalapeno-Cilantro Citrus Organic Green Salad Seared Mahi Mahi with Charred Yellow Tomato, Roasted Corn-Avocado Salsa, Lime Butter and Sautéed Spinach

Michael’s Southwestern Epicurean Adventure in August

As area residents and visitors enjoy summer in Sarasota, Michael’s On East turns up the heat next month. A specially-crafted, multi-course lunch and dinner menu offer rustic favorites, a fusion of Southwestern cuisine, spices and decadent desserts, August 1-31, 2012. A three-course dinner menu is featured for $25 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $15 per person. Michael’s On East will offer selected wines paired with the Southwestern Epicurean Adventure menu in August; Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc, California North Coast, 2010 and Perrin Reserve, Cote du Rhone, 2009 will be featured for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael’s Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. The Southwestern Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Tuesday through Saturday, August 1 – 31, 2012. The two-course lunch offering is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information or to make restaurant reservations, please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com.   Southwestern Epicurean Adventure, August 2012 Dinner Menu  Appetizers Alamo-Style Chili Ground Sirloin Chili with Corn, Black Beans, Peppers and Tomatoes Served with Chopped Red Onion, Cheddar Cheese, Sour Cream and Crispy Tortillas Four Corners Shrimp Flautas Crispy Stuffed Tortillas with Fresh Guacamole, Lime-Sour Cream and Cotija Cheese   Entrées Cornmeal-Crusted Mahi Mahi & Chili Relleno Poblano Pepper Stuffed with Roasted Corn & Mexican Cheeses, Fire-Roasted Chipotle-Tomato Sauce, Cilantro Rice and Fresh Pico de Gallo   Carne Asada Citrus-Marinated Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sweet Onion Parsley Relish, Grilled Scallions & Corn Cheese Tamale   Chili-Braised Lamb Shanks Red Mole Sauce, Creamy Red Pepper Polenta, Sautéed Swiss Chard & Ancho Caramelized Apples Desserts Crema de Ciocolata Sopapilla Crisps   Tequila-Glazed Pound Cake Orange Sorbet and a Grenadine Drizzle Lunch Entrées Texas-Style Pulled Pork Sandwich Smoked Shredded Pork with Chipotle BBQ Sauce, Cotija Cheese on Texas Toast served with Jalapeno-Cilantro Citrus Organic Green Salad   Seared Mahi Mahi with Charred Yellow Tomato, Roasted Corn-Avocado Salsa, Lime Butter and Sautéed Spinach   Wine Pairings Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc, California North Coast, 2010 Domaine André Brunel, Côte du Rhône, 2009 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 recently received their 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award. Michael’s On East is a 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, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com. #      #       #   Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 229 941-504-6162 (cell) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.