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.
 
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

Holiday Reservations: Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Eve

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

Plus:

Thanksgiving: In addition to the featured holiday menu, a traditional turkey dinner is available which includes mashed potatoes, pan gravy, candied sweet potatoes, green beans, dried cranberry and cornbread stuffing. $29.95 per person

New Year’s Eve: Two dinner seatings are available on New Year’s Eve at Michael’s On East each year, 5-7 p.m. or 9-10 p.m. A $50 cover charge applies for the later seating, which includes live music and dancing.

DiRoNA Award: Distinguished Restaurants of North America

DiRoNA-AwardThis fall Michael and Phil were delighted to receive an annual letter of recognition from DiRoNA, Distinguished Restaurants of North America.

Since we celebrated our official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant this past April, it’s been fun to reminisce about so many important milestones this past year at Michael’s On East It’s remarkable to reflect about so many special occasions, and humbling to look back at many industry awards. Our friends at Distinguished Restaurants of North America reminded us recently how Michael’s On East has been honored by the DiRoNA every year since 1993!

DiRōNA is North America’s most prestigious restaurant award. The award hangs on the wall of over 680 distinctive restaurants. A DiRōNA awarded restaurant represents the finest dining experience.

Recipe: South African Seared Scallops

Londolozi LogoAnother recipe from the Michael's On East kitchen - practically!

This recipe has been shared by Chef Anna Ridgewell from South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve. Chef Anna will be hosting a series of special events in partnership with Michael’s On East this November: www.safarisarasota.com

Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda recently prepared this recipe for ABC 7 viewers to offer a preview of the “Safari Sarasota” events and the South African Epicurean Adventure menu which will be offered throughout November 2017 in the Restaurant. 

South African Seared Scallops Ruby Grapefruit & Rocket (Arugula) Salad 

Ingredients

  • 900g / 2 lbs Scallops
  • 2 Large Ruby Grapefruit
  • 1 Tsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Freshly squeezed Lime Juice
  • ½ Piece Fresh ginger, grated
  • 5 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 30g Pine Nuts
  • Bunch Fresh Rocket (Arugula)
  • Salt & Pepper

Method

  1. Remove the peel and pith from the grapefruit. Segment the grapefruits over a bowl, so you can keep the grapefruit juice. Squeeze the remaining juice out the grapefruits.
  2. In a bowl – place the honey, lime juice, fresh ginger & grapefruit juice and whisk together with the olive oil. Keep on the side to infuse the flavors.
  3. Clean and pat dry the scallops.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan and melt some butter. When hot, pan sear the scallops until golden brown on each side. Be gentle with them and don’t overcook as they will become tough! This will take about 4 minutes on each side.
  5. Place the rocket in a bowl and drizzle a little of the dressing over. Gently toss together, then place the rocket on the plate.
  6. Arrange the warm scallops (3 per person) on top of the rocket, sprinkle with pine nuts and the grapefruit segments. Drizzle a little of the dressing over and serve.

New Orleans Epicurean Adventure: October 2017

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From October 2–15, 2017, dozens of the best independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee County will be featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu selections – inviting you to “Dine to the Nines!” A three-course dinner featuring original New Orleans fare will be available for $39 per person as well as a two-course lunch for $19 per person, in conjunction with the Sarasota-Manatee Originals' Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week, October 2-15.
 
The featured New Orleans-themed menus will continue featured as Michael's Epicurean Adventure ($18.95 two-course lunch or $38.95 three-course dinner) offered October 15-31, 2017.
Why New Orleans?
It was in New Orleans where Michael's On East Founder and Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber gained his original love for food with bold flavor. Following studies at Cornell University, Klauber began a management training program at the famed Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans where he worked directly with hotel General Manager Archie Casbarian. In 1978, Casbarian purchased the historic Arnaud's site and began restoration of the property, inviting Klauber to join him in transition and re-opening of the restaurant. Klauber worked with the Casbarian family from 1977 to 1980.

"Having recently celebrated 30 years, it's a nostalgic time to reflect and celebrate our history, and New Orleans is certainly an influential part of my history," said Klauber. "Count Arnaud (Cazenave) believed that 'the pursuit of the pleasures of the table is as worthy as anything else one chooses to pursue in life,' and I take great pride in serving our community and our guests. What I learned from my mentor Archie Casbarian is the philosophy of running the business from the guest's point of view. A philosophy we continue to live by today at Michael's On East."
 

LUNCH MENU

Lunch Entrées

French Market BBQ Gulf Shrimp
Sweet Corn Stone Ground Grits, Cipollini Onions, Plum Tomatoes, Thumbelina Carrots, Green Onions & Grilled French Baguette 
 
Central Grocery Pulled Roast Beef Po-Boy
Spicy-Pepper Jack Cheese, Onion-Red Pepper Jam, Kosher Pickle, Creole Mustard, & Fried Green Tomatoes on Sourdough Bread, Served with Cajun Spiced Potato Chips 
 
Desserts Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Tarte
Orange Grove Ice Cream
 
Garden District Bananas Foster Crêpe
Praline Ice Cream

DINNER MENU

Appetizers

Starters Baked Oysters Arnaud Bienville
Shrimp, Mushrooms, Green Onions and Herbs with White Wine
 
Kathryn
Artichoke Hearts, Garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
 
Ohan
The Essence of Creole Eggplant and Andouille Sausage  
 
Vieux Carré Seafood Gumbo
Popcorn Rice, Green Onions & Crispy Okra
 
Dinner Entrées

Chef Paul’s Blackened Diver Scallops
Crawfish and Tasso-Corn Maque Choux, Grilled Cajun Smoke Sausage, Sautéed Baby Kale & Crispy Onion Straws
 
Iberville Maple Leaf Farm Breast of Duck
Fragrant Garlic-Lime Basmati Rice, Braised Collard Greens, Tomato Concassé, Cilantro & Cajun Lemon-Caper Sauce
 
Bourbon Street Short Ribs
Black Eyed Pea Stew, Roasted Parsnips, Caramelized Pearl Onions, Broccoli Rabe & Bienville Au Jus
 
Dessert Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Tarte
Orange Grove Ice Cream
 
Garden District Bananas Foster Crêpe
Praline Ice Cream

Michael Klauber Named SCOPE's 2017 Boundary Crosser

Michael Klauber Named SCOPE Boundary Crosser Michael's On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber is extremely humbled to named as SCOPE's 2017 Boundary Crosser. The nonprofit organization constantly "Inspiring and Connecting Citizens to Make a Better Community" will honor Michael at their Annual Celebration at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, October 11 at the Michael's On East Ballroom. Click here for event details and tickets. 

As we prepare for the upcoming special event, our friends at SCOPE wanted to share the following message with our readers: 

Here at SCOPE, we are looking forward to honoring Michael Klauber as the 2017 Boundary Crosser at our Annual Celebration and Boundary Crosser Award – at Michael’s On East, of course!

Michael has been a leader in his industry but we are especially proud to honor him for his work on Sarasota Bayfront 20:20. A Boundary Crosser is a leader who “connects people across lines that traditionally divide community.”  Michael’s efforts brought neighborhoods, leaders, business, nonprofits and government to the table to envision what a restored and revitalized downtown Bayfront could look like.

Community leaders say they have never seen anything like the group of citizens who assembled together as stakeholders on this project. You’ll hear them talking about this and more on the award video made in honor of Michael Klauber.

SCOPE’s Annual Celebration and Boundary Crosser award is open to the community and seats are still available. We’ve again, designed the menu with Phil Mancini and his team. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and beer will be served. Tickets start at $50.00 for individual seats. RSVP to Kim Noyes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchase seats online at SCOPE website.

  *** Kudos to the "MOE" staff: During the making of the award video, Phil Mancini told filmmakers that the dedication of the MOE staff enabled Michael to dedicate himself to Bayfront 20:20, now known as The Bay.

Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week Menu

Originals Restaurant WeekFrom October 2–15, 2017, dozens of the best independent restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee County will be featuring specially priced breakfast, lunch and dinner prix fixe menu selections - inviting you to “Dine to the Nines!” It’s the Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ very own “Restaurant Week” complete with a $19 two-course lunch and $39 three-course dinner at Michael's On East. (Also save the date as tickets to the Forks & Corks Grand Tasting go on sale November 6, 2017.The 2018 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival is set for January, 26-29, 2018.)
 
Michael’s On East: October 2017 New Orleans Epicurean Adventure
 

LUNCH MENU

Two-Course Lunch: $19 during Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week
 
Lunch Entrées

French Market BBQ Gulf Shrimp
Sweet Corn Stone Ground Grits, Cipollini Onions, Plum Tomatoes, Thumbelina Carrots, Green Onions & Grilled French Baguette 
 
Central Grocery Pulled Roast Beef Po-Boy
Spicy-Pepper Jack Cheese, Onion-Red Pepper Jam, Kosher Pickle, Creole Mustard, & Fried Green Tomatoes on Sourdough Bread, Served with Cajun Spiced Potato Chips 
 
Desserts

Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Tarte
Orange Grove Ice Cream
 
Garden District Bananas Foster Crêpe
Praline Ice Cream

DINNER MENU

Three-Course Dinner: $39 as part of Eat Like a Local Restaurant Week
Starters

Baked Oysters Arnaud Bienville
Shrimp, Mushrooms, Green Onions and Herbs with White Wine
 
Kathryn
Artichoke Hearts, Garlic, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
 
Ohan
The Essence of Creole Eggplant and Andouille Sausage  
 
Vieux Carré Seafood Gumbo
Popcorn Rice, Green Onions & Crispy Okra
 
Dinner Entrées

Chef Paul’s Blackened Diver Scallops
Crawfish and Tasso-Corn Maque Choux, Grilled Cajun Smoke Sausage, Sautéed Baby Kale & Crispy Onion Straws
 
Iberville Maple Leaf Farm Breast of Duck
'Fragrant Garlic-Lime Basmati Rice, Braised Collard Greens, Tomato Concassé, Cilantro & Cajun Lemon-Caper Sauce
 
Bourbon Street Short Ribs
Black Eyed Pea Stew, Roasted Parsnips, Caramelized Pearl Onions, Broccoli Rabe & Bienville Au Jus
 
Dessert Black Bottom Bourbon Pecan Tarte
Orange Grove Ice Cream
 
Garden District Bananas Foster Crêpe
Praline Ice Cream

Recipe: Spanish Hog Snapper

Pan-Seared Hog Snapper Saffron Sofrito, PEI Mussels & Grilled Longaniza Sausage

Created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda as part of the Spanish Epicurean Adventure in September 2017. This dish will be featured on the dinner menu through September 30th at Michael’s On East. This recipe will be featured on ABC 7's noon news broadcast as part of Chef Judi's Dish on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

RECIPE: Spanish Hog Snapper - Serves 6 

For the Sofrito Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 1 medium Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 5 Cloves of Garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano, crushed
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Tomatoes, chopped(optional)
  • 3/4 cup Canned Tomato Sauce

Method:

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic, and cook until the onions are translucent. Add the bell pepper and sauté until tender. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, oregano and bay leaves. Continue cooking until the mixture looks like a green paste with oil around it. Stir in the (optional) tomatoes and continue cooking, stirring until all of the liquid is released. Gradually stir in the tomato sauce. Simmer until the sauce becomes a vibrant red color. Taste, and adjust with additional seasonings if desired. Remove bay leaves and set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.

For the Hog Snapper:

  • 6 7 oz Hog Snapper fillets
  • 2 oz Olive Oil
  • 18 oz Grilled Smocked Longaniza (cut on a bias) Tip: This angled cut creates elongated, oval-shaped sections which result in an elegant presentation.
  • 24 each Black Mussels
  • 1 cup Clam Juice 
  • Salt and Fresh Black Pepper

Method:

In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add the oil. Season both sides of the fish fillets with salt and pepper. Sear the fish on both sides, add the mussels, Sofrito sauce and clam juice and let simmer until the mussels are open. Add the sausage pieces.

To Plate:

Using six pasta bowls, evenly portion one fish fillet, 4 mussels and sausage slices into each bowl.  Ladle the sauce on top of the fish and serve!

(If you’re interested in adding a starch, Chef Jamil suggests serving with grilled garlic bread or rice. This month at Michael’s On East, he’ll be offering this dish with potato Allumettes.)

Restaurant, Wine Cellar & Catering Reopening after Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma Radar over SarasotaOur team continues to report in safely with minimal damage to personal property. We are so thankful Irma weakened before reaching our local area, and we continue to think of all those less fortunate down south and in the islands. A few notices about our expected operations this week:

We are hopeful the restaurant will be able to open for Thursday evening. The wine cellar and catering operations will follow suit. Of course, the situation is fluid and subject.

We will also keep you informed as our cafe at Selby Gardens is able to return to normal operations.

Safari Sarasota 2017 Events

Safari Sarasota

Klaubers with Anna Ridgewell

Klaubers with Anna Ridgewell at Londolozi Game Reserve

Inspired by the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travels, the passion to support digital learning in rural areas of South Africa, and to honor an important legacy, our very own Safari Sarasota was created! Please join us for SAFARI SARASOTA events with Chef Anna Ridgewell from South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve! Michael and Terri Klauber invite you to join them for a series of exciting events this fall.

Held bi-annually in Sarasota since 2013, a series of "Safari Sarasota" events benefit the All Heart Fund, which was created in honor of Leanna Knopik, a 16-year-old Sarasota native who passed away almost a year after visiting some of South Africa’s most remote communities. It had been Leanna’s dream to support children and education in South Africa and, over the last two years, the All Heart Fund, in partnership with South African not-for-profit organization, Good Work Foundation, has provided digital literacy access to over 1,500 South African schoolchildren per week.

Kate Terri Beth AnnaKate Groch, Terri Klauber, Beth Knopik & Anna Ridgewell

Joining us from out of town? We are pleased to share our host properties offering special accommodations rates through the weekend of Safari Sarasota 2017:

Please secure your room reservation now for SAFARI SARASOTA with Chef Anna Ridgewell from South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve!
Interactive Cooking Dinner: Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6 pm
Sponsorships: $1,000-10,000 ~Patron Tickets: $300
General Admission Tickets: $200 
Reservations Required ~ Limited Availability for Sponsorships & Tickets
This is a not-to-miss dining experience which will electrify the Michael’s On East Ballroom!
Safari Sarasota 2015 Interactive Dinner at Michael’s On East Ballroom

Safari Sarasota Guests Cooking

Join us for an evening of African gourmet food and friends featuring award-winning South African wines, an interactive safari-inspired dining experience with one of Africa’s top safari lodge chefs, and a celebration of the All Heart Fund, a Sarasota-based initiative that is helping to deliver education technology to rural, low-income South African schoolchildren.

Be prepared to COOK table-side as each guest becomes a"chef" and takes turns cooking at your table! Guests follow along with Chef Anna's simple recipe instructions and prepare each course with pre-measured ingredients for their table. Fabulous South African wines will be served alongside each of the four courses too! 

Happy Chefs at Safari Sarasota 2015!

Bush Wine Dinner: Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 pm

A magical evening awaits under the Banyan Trees & African Sky at Selby Gardens as Chef Anna presents a traditional “bush dinner” perfectly paired with South African wines.

SOLD OUT!

Wine Dinner at Selby Gardens Selby Gardens Special Event 2016 (non-safari event)

South African Wine Tasting: Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2-4 pm

A casual, walk-about tasting with prized wines from the Cape Winelands will be the perfect finish to Safari Sarasota festivities.

Individual tickets: $10 2-4 pm at Michael’s Wine Cellar

Click here to register now for the South African Wine Tasting on Saturday, November 4. 

Reservations for all events will be opening in the coming weeks. Contact Michael’s On East Event Staff to express your interest or secure sponsorship details: 941-366-0007, ext. 230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safari Sarasota 2017 is presented as a series of events in support of the All Heart Fund established in honor of Leanna Knopik at South Africa’s Good Work Foundation.

Safari Sarasota Events Benefit the All Heart Fund

Leanna All Heart FundLeanna Knopik

A fundraiser for the All Heart Fund of the Good Work Foundation, a nonprofit in South Africa which delivers digital-era literacy education and career-training to children and adults living in rural communities.  Londolozi Game Reserve Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell and Kate Groch, CEO and Co-Founder of the Good Work Foundation and curator of the All Heart Fund, will journey from South Africa to host an interactive dining experience in the Michael’s On East Ballroom.

Michael’s On East is thrilled to host this special opportunity for guests to enjoy the flavors of the historic Spice Route paired with some of South Africa's finest wines.

Special Friendships in South Africa

Michael and Terri Klauber have become close with Chef Anna and the entire Good Work Foundation team in South African through a shared passion for this important cause and enthusiasm for the magical land of South Africa explored bi-annually on Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys.

Klaubers with Anna RidgewellAnna Ridgewell, Terri Klauber, Michael Klauber and Linky Nkuna at the new GWF school

GWF USA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports a mission to deliver digital literacy education and career training to people living in rural, often neglected areas of southern Africa. 

A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 1-800 HELP FLA (800 435-7352) TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA OR BY VISITING WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

www.goodworkfoundation.org | www.allheartfund.org | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Happy Hour for the Roskamp Institute

The Restaurant will be closed this Monday on Labor Day, but we look forward to serving you throughout the month of September 2017 - including a special happy hour opportunity each Wednesday evening in support of the Roskamp Institute​. Roskamp Institute Happy Hour

Spanish Epicurean Adventure Begins After Labor Day

SEPTEMBER 2017: SPANISH EPICUREAN ADVENTURE

The Michael's On East culinary team met their monthly challenge yet again! Offering monthly menus inspired by the world's most exotic food and wine meccas, the Restaurant's Epicurean Adventure this September will present a culinary experience inspired by Spain. 

The Michael’s On East three-course Spanish Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, September 5-30, 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.

 

DINNER MENU

Starters

Oxtail Empanadas de Matorca
Piquillo Pepper Crema
 
Citrus Shrimp & Calamari Salad
Yellow Tomato Gazpacho & Watercress
 
Dinner Entrees

Pan-Seared Hog Snapper
Saffron Sofrito, PEI Mussels,Grilled Longaniza Sausage & Potato Allumettes
 
Fennel-Braised Pork Belly
Spanish Caldo de Fava Beans & Escarole with Crispy Baby Artichokes
 
Grilled Paprika-Crusted Skirt Steak
Fingerling Potatoes, Chorizo, Edamame, Pearl Onion Hash, Catalan Sauce, Yucca Frita & Grilled Red Onions
 
Desserts

Tarta de Santiago Almond Cake with Zest of Orange & Lemon
Candied Orange Peel & Cardamom Panna Cotta
 
Dark Chocolate Flan
Flaky Hazelnut Twists
 

LUNCH MENU

Lunch Entrees

Paella de Barcelona
Shrimp, Mussels, Chicken & Chorizo in Light Citrus-Saffron Rice
 
Pan-Seared Black Cod Sandwich
Serrano Ham, Piquillo Peppers, White Anchovies, Baby Arugula, Tomato & Spanish Olive Tapenade on Sourdough Bread Served with Paprika Potato Chips
 
Desserts

Tarta de Santiago Almond Cake with Zest of Orange & Lemon
Candied Orange Peel & Cardamom Panna Cotta
 
Dark Chocolate Flan
Flaky Hazelnut Twists
 
 
Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. To make online reservations, click here, or call 941-366-0007, ext. 224.