GCCC TRIP: Experiencing the Wilds of Tanzania & Cape Winelands

GCCC Africa Group PhotoThe first stage of this summer's Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journey has concluded and our GCCC travelers were indeed fortunate enough to witness The Great Migration in Tanzania. Michael & Terri Klauber are leading 65 GCCC members, together with our partners at Admiral Travel International, on this amazing food and wine journey! We hope you'll enjoy a few photo highlights by Michael and Terri Klauber.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more photos as the group(s) continue through the Cape Winelands in South Africa. In fact, the group recently arrived at Londolozi Game Reserve and have been reunited with the Klaubers' good friend Londolozi's Executive Chef Anna Ridgewell! If you are ready to join the GCCC's next culinary journey around the world, take a look at the special 2018 itineraries now available: Sip & Savor Europe& Taste of the British IslesGCCC Africa Lion Safari Vehicles Animals Running GCCC Africa Group Photo Elephants GCCC Africa - Room in Tanzania

Weddings at Selby Gardens: Photos by Jordan Weiland Photography

Bride at Cafe - Selby WeddingSpecial thanks to Jordan Weiland Photography for sharing a few gorgeous images from another gorgeous wedding at Selby Gardens. Congratulations again to the happy couple, Elizabeth and Terry! Contact Amy Donnellan (via 941-366-0007, ext. 238 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to arrange for a tour of the Gardens' venues or click here to request a proposal for a wedding or private function at Selby Gardens.  The Michael's On East team is proud to serve as the Gardens' exclusive culinary partner.  Selby Wedding - Jordan Weiland Photography - Elizabeth and Terry Great Lawn Wedding at Selby Gardens - Jordan Weiland Photography Selby Wedding - Jordan Weiland Photography - Elizabeth and Terry

Sarasota Epicurean Adventure 2017

Sarasota Cod - June 2017You'll enjoy a few bonus days to try our current Sarasota Epicurean Adventure, continuing through July 3 in the Restaurant!  DINNER MENU STARTERS Crawfish Fritters Red Onion Relish, Tobiko Caviar and Lime Soy-Sweet Chili Sauce Blue Crab, Roasted Tomato & Jalapeño Bisque  Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa DINNER ENTREES Pan-Seared Black Grouper Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potato Chips, Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Thyme-Scented Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Pancetta & Clam Chowder Manchester Farm Grilled Quail Roasted Pearl Onions, Edamame, Sweet Potato & Parsnip Hash, Baby Arugula Salad & Burgundy au Jus Fig & Espresso-Braised Kobe Short Ribs Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard, Parsnip Purée & Chive au Jus DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers LUNCH MENU  LUNCH ENTREES Grilled Spiced Skirt Steak Piquillo Pepper Romesco Sauce, Creamer Potato and Pancetta Hash, & Caramelized Pearl Onions, topped with Duck Egg Pan-Roasted Black Cod Crawfish Broth, Chorizo, Fingerling Potato Chips, Garlic Scented Broccolini & Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers WINE PAIRINGS 8.00 each during Lunch 15.00 for the pair during Dinner   The Michael’s On East three-course “Savor Sarasota” dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $32 per person, June 1-14, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $16 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning on June 15 and continuing through July 3, Michael’s On East will extend the featured multi-course menus for $38.95 during dinner and $19.95 during lunch. Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239. For reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations

Michael’s On East Kicks Off the Summer Season

Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar offer residents and visitors of Sarasota a variety of culinary experiences and special events to celebrate the start of summer this year. The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project™ Michael’s On East  will be participating in The James Beard Foundation’s Blended Burger Project, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a “blended burger” by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has chosen to feature the Mighty Murf Burger, to showcase a healthier burger, from May 30 through July 31, 2017. Guests will have the opportunity to try the Mighty Murf Burger during lunch, Monday – Friday, as well as in the Michael’s On East Lounge, Monday – Saturday evenings, and are encouraged to vote online in the James Beard Foundation’s challenge. Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week The Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week celebration showcasing special-priced lunch and dinner menus at more than 75 participating restaurants returns June 1-14, 2017. Coordinated by Visit Sarasota County, Michael’s On East has been a proud participating restaurant annually since this community-wide culinary celebration began in 2005. The Michael’s On East three-course “Savor Sarasota” dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $32 per person, June 1-14, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $16 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning on June 15 and continuing through June 30, Michael’s On East will extend the featured multi-course menus for $38.95 during dinner and $19.95 during lunch. For more information regarding Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week including chef profiles, a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, visit www.savorsarasota.com.  Click here to view the complete 2017 Savor Sarasota menu from Michael’s On East. June Events at Michael’s Wine Cellar Each month, Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts a casual, walk-about tasting in the retail store. The June Open House Wine Tasting will be offered 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Guests have an opportunity to taste dozens of international wines at this casual, walk-about tasting. Admission is $10 per person. No RSVP is required and guests may register online in advance or simply pay at the door. Continuing a popular series of educational wine classes, an Australian Wine Tasting will be offered at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14 at Michael’s Wine Cellar. Guest presenters will offer wines from some of Australia’s finest wineries including: Silkman from Hunter Valley, Holm Oak from Tasmania, Balnaves from Coonawarra, Brash Higgins from McLaren Vale. Admission is $40 per person, with each guest receiving a $20 retail voucher for purchases of $40 or more to be utilized the evening of the tasting. Advanced reservations are required. At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22, Michael’s Wine Cellar will host a Glenlivet Tasting featuring six Scotch whiskeys: The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, The Glenlivet 18 Yr, The Glenlivet 21 Yr, Aberlour Abundah, Longmorn 16 Yr and Scapa Glansa. Admission is $49 per person, with each guest receiving a bottle of The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve as part of their registration. Space is extremely limited and reservations are required. Summer Offerings: Double Points Days & Wine Lovers Thursdays Michael's summer offerings, exclusive to members of its Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club loyalty program, continue weekly through October 2017. Members will earn double Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner at Michael's On East, plus double points on all retail purchases at Michael’s Wine Cellar on Thursdays. (Dine-in and in-store only. Not valid with any other offers or discounts.) Guests are also invited to enjoy half-priced bottles of wine on Thursdays in the Restaurant at Michael’s On East during lunch or dinner. All are invited to join the loyalty program which “rewards guests for their good taste” in the Restaurant, Wine Cellar or online at www.gulfcoastconnoisseurclub.com. For more information about Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar offerings, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or continue to explore our website at www.bestfood.com.

Double Point Days & Wine Lovers Thursdays

  SnapperSummer 2017: Double Points Days Begin Today in the Restaurant Plus This Thursday in the Wine Cellar Michael's summertime offerings* (exclusive to Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members) begin today, Monday, May 15 and continue through October! Michael's On East Earn Double Points on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays during lunch and dinner in the Restaurant. Plus GCCC members enjoy half-priced bottles of wine during lunch or dinner on "Wine Lovers Thursdays" in the Restaurant beginning this Thursday, May 18. As an independently-owned and operated restaurant, Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini are proud to showcase dozens of family-owned and operated wineries through the wine program at Michael's On East.  In fact, a majority of our wines are sourced from individuals Michael has had the privilege of knowing personally for decades. We encourage you to take advantage of this special offer every Thursday - and discover a few new favorite wines from our award-winning wine list! Michael's Wine Cellar Shop in-store and earn Double Points on Thursdays, 10 am - 6 pm. Michael's Wine Cellar offers premium & boutique spirits, imported & craft beers and more than 200 boutique wines under $20. Shop for great South African values, cult cabs from California and classics of the Old World including collectible and highly-rated Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône wines. *Not valid with any other offers or discounts.  Click here to make online reservations at Michael's On East. We look forward to seeing you soon as you continue to make the most of your membership in the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club. We love rewarding you for your good taste! Click here to visit the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club website.  

Savor Sarasota 2017 Menu

Sarasota Sarasota 2017In celebration of “Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week,” Michael’s On East will offer specialty lunch ($16) and dinner ($32) menus, June 1-14, 2017. To learn more about participating restaurants in the 2017 Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week(s!) organized by Visit Sarasota County, click here. DINNER MENU STARTERS Crawfish Fritters Red Onion Relish, Tobiko Caviar and Lime Soy-Sweet Chili Sauce Blue Crab, Roasted Tomato & Jalapeño Bisque  Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa DINNER ENTREES Pan-Seared Black Grouper Fennel-Onion Confit, Roasted Fingerling Potato Chips, Caramelized Cipollini Onions, Thyme-Scented Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Crispy Pancetta & Clam Chowder Manchester Farm Grilled Quail Roasted Pearl Onions, Edamame, Sweet Potato & Parsnip Hash, Baby Arugula Salad & Burgundy au Jus Fig & Espresso-Braised Kobe Short Ribs Roasted Heirloom Carrots, Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard, Parsnip Purée & Chive au Jus DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers LUNCH MENU  LUNCH ENTREES Grilled Spiced Skirt Steak Piquillo Pepper Romesco Sauce, Creamer Potato and Pancetta Hash, & Caramelized Pearl Onions, topped with Duck Egg Pan-Roasted Black Cod Crawfish Broth, Chorizo, Fingerling Potato Chips, Garlic Scented Broccolini & Roasted Heirloom Baby Carrots DESSERTS  Grand Marnier Panna Cotta & Summer Berry Sauce Gateau Opera Almond Jocund, Coffee Buttercream & Dark Chocolate Ganache Layers WINE PAIRINGS 8.00 each during Lunch 15.00 for the pair during Dinner   The Michael’s On East three-course “Savor Sarasota” dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $32 per person, June 1-14, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $16 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning on June 15 and continuing through June 30, Michael’s On East will extend the featured multi-course menus for $38.95 during dinner and $19.95 during lunch. Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant, Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant located at  1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239. For reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or click here for online reservations

Blended Burger Contest 2017

Mighty Murf BurgerClick here to vote now for Michael's On East in the 2017 Blended Burger Project. Michael’s On East has announced today that it will be participating in The James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a "blended burger" by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. Executive Chef Jamil Pineda has chosen to feature the Mighty Murf Burger, to showcase a healthier burger, from May 30 through July 31, 2017.
Mighty Murf Burger High Plains Ranch Bison, Chorizo & Beech Mushroom Burger, Porcini-Rubbed & Topped with Pan-Roasted Trumpet Mushrooms, Monterey Pepper Jack Cheese, Tomato & Sweet Onion Relish,  Baby Romaine, Creole Mayo on Tom Cat Brioche Bun,  Served with Truffle Fries & Housemade Ketchup
 
(Photo by Mark Sickles Photography)
Blending meat with mushrooms reduces calories, fat, and sodium while adding important nutrients like vitamin D, potassium, and B vitamins. A blended burger also brings more sustainable, plant-based items to menus allowing Americans to enjoy the taste and flavor of the burgers they love, knowing it’s a healthier and more sustainable preparation. Diners can vote and support the Blended Burger Project:
  • Visit jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject to view the gallery of blended burger photos, and cast your vote for the blended burger that best represents the most creative use of mushrooms, best flavor profile, and most appetizing appearance
  • You can also visit a participating restaurant from Memorial Day, May 29 – July 31, 2017 (view the entire list at jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject/participants) and ask for the “blended burger." Note: Michael's On East will be closed on Memorial Day; please join us beginning on May 30! 
  • Post your burger photos to social media with the hashtag #blendedburgerproject to spread the word!
When the promotion concludes at 11:59pm EST on July 31st, 2017, the five (5) chefs with the most online votes will win a trip to the historic James Beard House in New York City where they will showcase their blended burgers at an exclusive event in 2018. New this year, customers who vote for their favorite blended burger online will also be entered to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2018 Blended Burger event at the James Beard House. Visit jamesbeard.org/blendedburgerproject for a list of participating restaurants and follow #blendedburgerproject on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Australian Epicurean Adventure

MAY 2017: AUSTRALIAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE AustraliaThis month, take a culinary journey with an Australian Epicurean Adventure in the award-winning Restaurant which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary! The Michael’s On East three-course Australian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, May 1-31, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Michael’s On East will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.) DINNER MENU STARTERS Cauliflower Fritters Harissa Mayo & Picked Red Onions
Spiced Beef Puffs Curry Sauce & Coriander Yogurt
DINNER ENTREES Pan-Seared Black Cod Israeli Couscous, Baby Kale, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Meyer Lemon, Micro Greens & Fish Fumet
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Lentil Ragu, Green Apple and Parsnip Purée, Sautéed Rainbow Swiss Chard & Crispy Shallots Braised Australian Lamb Shanks White Bean, Shitake Mushroom & Butternut Squash Stew & Red Wine Au Jus
DESSERTS Chocolate Raspberry Lamington Glazed with Chocolate & Rolled in Coconut Seasonal Red Fruit Compote
Passion Fruit, Strawberry & Kiwi Pavlova Mascarpone Cream LUNCH MENU
LUNCH ENTREES Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Baby Arugula, Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes, Yellow Tomato Au Jus & Basil Pistou
Coriander-Crusted Grilled Hanger Steak Braised Red Beets, Roasted Baby Carrots, Toasted Pistachios, Rosemary Aioli & Baby Watercress
DESSERTS Chocolate Raspberry Lamington Glazed with Chocolate & Rolled in Coconut Seasonal Red Fruit Compote
Passion Fruit, Strawberry & Kiwi Pavlova Mascarpone Cream 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. 

Happy Hour for Save Our Seabirds

Save Our SeabirdsThrough June, Michael's On East will donate a percentage of beverage sales in the Restaurant's Lounge, 5-9 pm on Monday nights, to Save Our Seabirds! Michael's popular “Happy Hour” specials will be extended all night during this special promotion, allowing you to enjoy a glass of Michael's Private Label Wines, Draft Beers or Well Cocktails for $6 all evening while supporting this local nonprofit organization. About Save Our Seabirds The mission of Save Our Seabirds is to rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick and injured wild birds while educating the community about preventing injuries and preserving habitats. Each year, they respond to over 4,000 calls about birds in distress. Birds that have been treated but are unable to be returned to the wild are given permanent homes in their Wild Bird Learning Center. Located on the former site of "The Pelican Man Bird Sanctuary," across from Mote Marine Laboratory, the Wild Bird Learning Center is open to the public every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Save Our Seabirds provides a home to more than 120 birds (60+ species), with educational signage, fully accredited field trips, and training programs throughout the year. To learn more, call 941.388.3010 or visit www.saveourseabirds.org.  

Celebrating 30 Years

30th AnniversaryThe official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017, but we hope you'll continue to celebrate with us throughout this special year!  Through April 29, the Restaurant features Michael's "World's Best" Epicurean Adventure offering a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95). The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Michael and Phil have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, the popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. Please join us for upcoming events at Michael's Wine Cellar. Click here to view our calendar of wine tastings and more special events.  Click here to request a proposal from the talented Michael's Events & Catering team.  Together with our seasoned team (100 service industry professionals strong!), we are thrilled to celebrate 30 years of service to the Sarasota community and surrounding region through our fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and award-winning catering division. Please join us as we toast a new decade of culinary excellence. Cheers to 30 years! Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini Co-Proprietors Celebrating 30 Years: Major Milestones from the Michael's Brand  1987 - 2017 Michael's On East Timeline - 30 Years

Recipe: Snapper Portimão

Chef Jamil is back in the ABC 7 kitchen today sharing another recipe as part of Chef Judi's Dish. (In fact, Chef Judi Gallagher personally requested this dish earlier this month after sampling our current World's Best Epicurean Adventure!) Snapper Portimão Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Mussels, Clams,Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce Dish inspired by past Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club travels to Portugal; Recipe created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda as part of the “World’s Best” Epicurean Adventure (April 2017) in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East Serves 4 4 6oz Yellowtail Snapper filets (another light fish could be substituted) 12 Black Mussels 12 Little Neck Clams  ½ Green Pepper, julienne  ½ Red Onion, julienne  1 Tomato, julienne  4 Garlic Cloves, sliced  1 Lemon, cut in wheels  1 cup Dry White Wine  4 ounces Unsalted Butter  3 ounces Olive Oil ½ cup Italian Parsley, Chopped Kosher Salt & Fresh Black Pepper to Taste  Method  In a sauté pan over medium high heat, add ½ the oil, season the fish with salt and pepper and place on the pan. Sear the fish on both sides until golden brown. Take the fish out of the pan and set aside. Return the pan to the stove and add the rest of the oil, onion, peppers, clams, lemon wheels, garlic, mussels and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the fish back to the pan with the wine and butter and cook until all the mussels and clams are opened. (If it begins to get too dry, simply add more wine and butter.) Separate the fish into 4 pasta bowls. Place 3 clams and 3 mussels on each dish and spoon the sauce on top of the fish, sprinkle parsley on each dish and serve!  

City of Sarasota Proclamation for 30th Anniversary

Michael's On East Receives Proclamation from City of Sarasota Honoring the Restaurant’s 30th Anniversary City of Sarasota Proclamation Michael Klauber Phil Mancini 30thMichael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini accepted a proclamation from Mayor Willie Shaw on behalf of the City of Sarasota on Monday (4-17-17) evening, during a City Commission meeting held at City Hall. The proclamation commemorated the restaurateurs’ three decades of success in the culinary world and commitment to the Sarasota community through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and prominent catering division. The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.  The proclamation conclusion read: “Now, therefore, the City Commission of the City of Sarasota, Florida, and on behalf of the citizens of our community, takes great pride in recognizing April 17, 2017 as ‘Michael’s On East Day,’ a day of special importance and worthy of the recognition of the citizens of the city of Sarasota.” “Together with our team of 100+ service industry and culinary professionals, Philip and I were thrilled to receive this acknowledgement from the charming City we have the privilege of calling home,” said Klauber. “We love being a part of the vibrant independent restaurant scene which helps to support and contribute to our local economy, while also serving hundreds of nonprofit and community organizations, businesses and private clients each year. We’d like to thank all our guests and colleagues for their ongoing partnership, confidence and trust in our team. It continues to be our pleasure to work with and serve each of you.” The Restaurant’s 30th anniversary is honored throughout the month of April at Michael’s On East with special menus. The three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., through April 28, 2017. The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Klauber and Mancini have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, their popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. 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 its 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. Media Contact: Jamie Jalwan | Michael’s On East 941-366-0007, ext. 244, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Recipe: Michael's Birthday Cake

Last week Michael enjoyed a sharing an anniversary toast with the hosts and viewers of Suncoast View on ABC 7, plus TWO birthday cakes since we have "Phil's Birthday Cake" as well as Michael's Birthday Cake" on this month's featured menu in the Restaurant, of course. Michael's Birthday CakeOur Executive Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe was kind enough to share the recipe below if you'd like to try one of these dessert creations at home! Michael’s Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings Created by Michael’s On East Executive Pastry Chef Catherine Tighe as part of the “World’s Best” Epicurean Adventure (April 2017) in honor of the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East. (Named after Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber, who loves Banana Cream Pie!) For the Pastry Crust 9 ounces Flour, sifted 2 ounces Powered Sugar  4.5 ounces Cold Butter  1 Egg  A splash of Milk  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift the dry ingredients together. Rub butter into flour mixture with your fingers. Add the beaten egg and milk. Form into dough. Place dough into a flat round shape in plastic wrap and refrigerate. Roll dough out between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.  Fit into tart pan, pick with fork and bake in oven until golden brown. Cool tart shell and brush with melted dark chocolate. For the White Chocolate Mousse 4 ½ cups Heavy Cream 8 ounces Belgian White Chocolate 8 Bananas  Dark Chocolate Shavings Powdered Sugar to Garnish Chocolate Sauce (Optional) Bring ½ cup heavy cream to simmer. Chop Belgian white chocolate and place in bowl. Pour hot cream over and stir gently to make ganache, cool for 30 minutes. Whip the remaining 4 cups of heavy cream until firm (to a stiff consistency). Gently fold into the cooled ganache.  Slice the bananas into 3 ¼ inch thick slices. Fold into the mousse. Fill the tart shell with the banana white chocolate mousse. Top with an abundance of shaved dark chocolate.  Dust lightly with powdered sugar. Chill, slice and enjoy with chocolate sauce.

"World's Best" Epicurean Adventure

APRIL 2017: WORLD’S BEST EPICUREAN ADVENTURE 30th AnniversaryMichael Klauber, Philip Mancini and their team toast a new decade of culinary excellence with special offerings throughout the month of April. In the Restaurant beginning on Monday, April 3, a "World's Best" Epicurean Adventure will feature a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95). The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Michael and Phil have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, the popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. The Michael’s On East three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. DINNER MENU STARTERS Spain - Basque Tapas Marinated Spanish Olives, Grilled Longaniza Sausage, Calamari Salad, Peppadews & White Anchovies Served with Olive Oil Crostini New Orleans - Crayfish Beignet Creole Remoulade, Red Onion Relish & Pickled Okra DINNER ENTREES California - Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel & Lemon Beurre Blanc Thailand - Thai Sweet and Savory Ginger Breast of Duck Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprout Hash, Honey & Craisin Butter Italy - Pork Osso Bucco Braised Pork Shanks with Roasted Garlic Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions & Celery Served with Pecorino Basil Polenta DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Argentina - Churrasco de Entraña con Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Red Onions, Roasted Roma Tomatoes & Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes Portugal - Snapper Portimão Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Mussels, Clams, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings   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. 

Michael's On East Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Menu Beginning April 3

Michael's On East Celebrates 30th Anniversary with Special Menu Beginning April 3 Together with their team of 100+ service industry professionals, Michael's On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber & Philip Mancini are poised to celebrate 30 years of service to the Sarasota community and surrounding region through their fine dining restaurant, boutique wine cellar and award-winning catering division this April. The official 30th anniversary of the Restaurant’s founding is April 27, 2017.  Klauber, Mancini and their team will toast a new decade of culinary excellence with special offerings throughout the month of April. In the Restaurant beginning on Monday, April 3, a "World's Best" Epicurean Adventure will feature a two-course lunch ($18.95) and three-course dinner ($34.95). The special dishes have been inspired by exotic journeys Michael and Phil have led over the years with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club, the popular loyalty program which also hosts food and wine-focused luxury trips annually. “Quite a lot has changed in Sarasota since 1987 and we’ve been proud and privileged to be a part of so many evolutions in the culinary scene, festivals and community events,” said Klauber. “Phil and I both enjoy traveling the world and bringing back the very best from around the globe to Sarasota residents and visitors through our Restaurant. It seemed only appropriate to offer our guests the ‘World’s Best’ as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Michael’s On East.” The Michael’s On East three-course World’s Best Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person, April 3 – April 29, 2017. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. APRIL 2017: WORLD’S BEST EPICUREAN ADVENTURE DINNER MENU STARTERS Spain - Basque Tapas Marinated Spanish Olives, Grilled Longaniza Sausage, Calamari Salad, Peppadews & White Anchovies Served with Olive Oil Crostini New Orleans - Crayfish Beignet Creole Remoulade, Red Onion Relish & Pickled Okra DINNER ENTREES California - Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Thyme Confit Heirloom Tomatoes, Candied Fennel & Lemon Beurre Blanc Thailand - Thai Sweet and Savory Ginger Breast of Duck Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprout Hash, Honey & Craisin Butter Italy - Pork Osso Bucco Braised Pork Shanks with Roasted Garlic Eggplant, Roma Tomatoes, Carrots, Onions & Celery Served with Pecorino Basil Polenta DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings LUNCH MENU LUNCH ENTREES Argentina - Churrasco de Entraña con Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri, Grilled Red Onions, Roasted Roma Tomatoes & Crispy Red Bliss Potatoes Portugal - Snapper Portimão Pan-Seared Red Snapper, Mussels, Clams, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Peppers & Lemon Garlic White Wine Sauce DESSERTS Phil's Birthday Cake Orange Liqueur-Sprinkled Sponge Cake, Pastry Cream, Swiss Meringue Buttercream & Fresh Berries Michael's Birthday Cake Dark Chocolate-Coated Cookie Crust, Bananas & White Chocolate Mousse Finished with Chocolate Shavings 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 its 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2017. Michael’s On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines including more than 200 domaine wines under $20, boutique spirits and craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

Seeking Your Photos for #MOE30

Michael and Phil in Construction Hats from SheilaCan you remember what Michael and Phil were preparing to announce with this photo from our archives? Michael's On East officially celebrates its 30th birthday on April 27, 1987. If Michael's hosted or catered your wedding, anniversary party, bat/bar mitzvah or prom, we'd love to include your personal photos in our anniversary celebrations next month!  Please reference #MOE30 in the subject link when emailing your favorite "throwback" images with a brief description to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We also encourage you to start sharing the images personally on social media with #MOE30.

AAA Four Diamond Award: 28 Years Straight

It is our team's honor to host many special announcements and award ceremonies for clients on property, but it's especially humbling when we receive continued top honors from our industry! Michael’s On East Presented with 28th Consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award as its Leadership Prepares for 30th Anniversary One of Two Restaurants in Florida to Receive Honor for More Than 25 Years [caption id="attachment_9233" align="alignright" width="400"]AAA Four Diamond Award 2017 Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini accept the restaurant’s 28th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award from Don Schwartz, Sarasota field manager for AAA, on Thursday, March 2, 2017. (Left to Right: Philip Mancini, Don Schwartz, Michael Klauber)[/caption] Michael’s On East has been awarded its 28th consecutive Four Diamond Rating by AAA. Michael’s On East Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini accepted the award during a brief presentation the morning of Thursday, March 2, 2017. Michael’s On East is the only Four Diamond Award restaurant in Sarasota, Fla. “It’s hard to believe our staff has been recommending Michael’s On East for 30 years!” said Don Schwartz, Sarasota-Manatee field manager for AAA. As we present this 28th consecutive AAA Four Diamond Award, it’s important to recognize that Michael’s On East is one of only two restaurants in the entire state of Florida to maintain the AAA Four Diamond status for 25+ years.” Schwartz added that only 24 restaurants have held the Four Diamond status for more than 25 years across the United States and Canada The AAA Diamond Rating Process is North America’s premier restaurant rating program, performed each year by professionally-trained evaluators from AAA’s national headquarters. Only 2.5 percent of the nearly 30,000 restaurants rated are approved by the AAA Four Diamond list. “We value this important distinction from AAA and our entire team views it as a point of pride in the restaurant,” said Michael Klauber. “As we officially mark the restaurant’s 30th anniversary next month—April 27, 2017—we continue to be incredibly thankful to continue offering Sarasota residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations and visitors ‘Four Diamond’ service and cuisine.” AAA defines a Four Diamond restaurant as being geared to individuals in search of a distinctive fine-dining experience. Often orchestrated by an executive chef and an accomplished staff, menus reflect a high degree of creativity and complexity, using imaginative presentations to enhance high quality, market-fresh ingredients. The equally proficient service staff demonstrates a strong desire to meet or exceed guest expectations. A wine steward is typically available to provide menu-specific knowledge on wine selection. The ambiance is highly refined, comfortable and well-coordinated, incorporating quality materials and a variety of upscale design enhancements to give a first-class impression. There are no payments or membership dues associated with the AAA rating system to ensure objective and trusted reviews. Michael’s On East is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. For more information about all offerings from Michael’s On East Restaurant, Wine Cellar and Catering Division, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

Lighthouse of Manasota's Secret Ingredient: Jasper's Love

Jasper and Chef JamilAllow us to introduce you to one special kid: Jasper.  Jasper is a bit of a legend in the kitchen at the Lighthouse of Manasota where he's known to craft a very special sauce. We understand it's a complex blend of ketchup, mustard and mayo, but the most important (secret) ingredient is love. As a participant in programs at the Lighthouse of Manasota, Jasper and his family were kind enough to stop by the Michael's On East kitchen last week to show our Executive Chef Jamil Pineda a few tricks to delicious sauce making. (Chef Jamil reports it was the highlight of his week, and Jasper will make a fine "saucier" when he grows up.) We hope you'll be joining us (plus Jasper and family!) at Art in the Dark supporting the Lighthouse of Manasota on March 24. Click here for details about the special fundraising event. About the Lighthouse of Manasota Lighthouse of Manasota is the only nationally accredited, private, non-profit agency providing rehabilitation training to blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages residing in a five county region that includes Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Charlotte and Highlands. Its programs offer a holistic approach by providing training and rehabilitation to foster independence, productivity, and improved quality of life. Based in Sarasota, Florida, the Lighthouse provides free, professionally taught classes and sponsors support groups across five counties. Through interview and assessment, classes and resources are carefully chosen to provide each client with skills to live independently and with confidence to undertake activities. The Lighthouse offers education, support and motivation within an environment that is enriching for individuals with vision loss.

Glamour & Grace: Romantic Destination Weddings

Glamour & Grace"On the hunt for the perfect destination wedding spot, Sarasota, Florida is the ultimate location! No where else can you get the perfect combination of glam, vintage, and romance, all right by the ocean! With beautiful beaches and a rich history, Sarasota is a one of a kind gem on the Gulf Coast that makes it a must for destination wedding couples! I had the privilege of visiting last fall and was blown away by the talented vendors and stunning venues. There really is something for everyone!!" We couldn't agree more! Click here to view the complete "Romantic Destinationn Weddings in Sarasota, Florida" article on Glamour and Grace Weddings.

The Gourmand: VODA Magazine

VODA MagazineThanks to Nicole Carbon of VODA Magazine for spending some time to get to know our Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber and gain insight about all that makes Michael's On East so special.  Click here to read the complete article: "Sarasota restaurateur brings global inspiration to an area staple." “It’s my responsibility to bring new concepts back to Sarasota, to introduce the community to great wines by the glass–great wines paired with great food.” ... Inspired by Klauber’s world travels, the menu continues to reinvent itself. “My travels are epicurean adventures and result in new menu items, these new ideas keep the chefs engaged.” Recent travels where inspiration was stirred was in South Africa. “I fell in love with South African cuisine because it is a melting pot of spices.”