Join Our Team: Catering Administrative Assistant

Our legendary Michael's Events & Catering operation is seeking the ideal candidate to join the dynamic and fast-paced environment. This key position will work closely with Co-Proprietor Philip Mancini as his right hand, in a role which serves a variety of private client events and corporate functions while also supporting dozens of nonprofit causes each year through the organization of fundraising galas, luncheons and special events.  A Catering Administrative Assistant is responsible for providing management with administrative support including, typing, filing, answering telephones, taking messages, maintaining appointment calendar, updating banquet event orders and other general office duties. The ideal candidate is service oriented, self-motivated, even tempered, approachable and flexible. Interested in Joining Our Team?   The hiring timeframe will be swift for this key position at Michael’s On East. Be sure to submit your application materials now. Please submit your resume for consideration to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Qualified applicants will be contacted for interviews.  JOB DESCRIPTION Specifically, you would be responsible for the following:
  • Partners with the Catering sales staff to ensure clients’ needs are met, completes assigned tasks.
  • Updates banquet event orders and calls in changes.
  • Gathers all pertinent information for meetings.
  • Ensures calendars/schedules are accurate, up to date.
  • Monitors deadlines and follows-up to ensure guarantees & payments are timely.
  • Distributes all information gathered on meetings, banquets and special events to staff.
  • Completes & issues required correspondence thank you notes, notices, memos, etc.
  • Checks-in linen orders.
  • Ensures each Catering file is complete/accurate and submits to Accounting accurate final billings the day following an event.
  • Strong telephone etiquette and shows genuine care and concern for customer’s needs.
  • Attends and participates in all required meetings.
  • Completes assigned special projects.
  • Reports to work on time and in professional business attire.
  • Coordinates tastings for prospective clients & show table mock-ups.
  • Inputs BEOs for tastings and amenities.
  • Organizes sales collateral, menus and office supplies; ensuring adequate inventories
  • Orders and maintains office supplies and equipment. Maintains files and equipment in an orderly and professional manner.
  • Uses the property’s email system and maintains their email box, as is policy. Additionally, this position may or may not have access and/or control over the email box of Phil Mancini.
  • Greets internal and external customers in a friendly and professional manner. Announces visitors and/or handles requests, as appropriate.
  • Ensure load sheets are copied.
  • Keep linen orders up-to-date.
  • Keeps catering menus current and in File Maker Pro.
  • Looks up the availability of spaces on and off property so there are no conflicts.
  • Posts function sheets downstairs one day prior to events.
  • Workday is 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (30 minutes for lunch).
EDUCATION High school graduate or equivalent preferred. Additional training and education is highly desirable.   EXPERIENCE
  • Requires 1 year administrative support experience.
  • Experience with Apple IOS.
  • Previous File Maker Pro experience preferred
  • Previous work experience should include working in a high-volume environment
  SPECIFIC JOB KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • Ability to read, listen and communicates effectively in English and in writing, using correct grammar, spelling and sentence structure.
  • Prepare official correspondence on behalf of management for both external and internal communications verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time and continuously perform the essential job functions.
  • Ability to effectively deal with internal and external customers, some of whom will require high levels of patience, tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to type 45 wpm.
  • Ability to effectively transcribe information from handwritten memos and recordings.
  Michael's On East is a contemporary fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Founded on April 27, 1987, Michael's On East is 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 26th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2015. 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.

Time to Book Holiday Parties

It's hard to believe, but it's time to finalize your holiday event plans! Our Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Philip Mancini wanted to offer a few photos for party inspiration. Contact our catering offices to check date availability for the Ballroom, Wine Cellar, Restaurant, Bay Preserve at Osprey and Selby Gardens as the calendar is starting to fill up quickly. It will be our team's honor to cater your personal or corporate holiday party this year!  White event in Ballroom with Christmas lights Wine Cellar Night Club Party White event in ballroom Ballroom event with red lanterns

Recipe: Butter-Roasted Flounder

FlounderButter-Roasted Flounder Grain Mustard Beurre Blanc, Brown Butter Sage, Toasted Almonds,  Sautéed Brussels Sprouts & Potato Allumettes Created by Michael’s On East Executive Chef Jamil Pineda and featured on the award-winning Restaurant’s lunch menu.  Serves 4 For the Flounder 4 7oz pieces of Flounder filets  3 Tablespoons Olive Oil Salt and Black Pepper to taste  Method In a non-stick sauté pan over high heat, add the oil. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Sear the fish until golden brown on both sides. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.  For the Brussels Sprouts  24 each Brussels Sprouts (Shaved)  2 tablespoons Olive Oil  Salt and Black Pepper  Method  In a non-stick sauté pan over medium high heat, sauté the sprouts with oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Beurre Blanc  2 cups White Wine  1 Shallots, minced ¾ cup Champagne Vinegar  1 lb Butter ½ quarts Heavy Cream Pinch of Sugar 1 Tablespoon Grain Mustard  Salt and Pepper to taste Method Reduce the wine with the shallots, sugar, and vinegar 3/4 of the way. Add cream and reduce again until you see heavy bubbles. Whisk the butter slowly until all the butter is emulsified. Add the mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Brown Butter ½ lb Unsalted Butter 2 Tablespoons Toasted Almonds  1 Teaspoon Fresh Sage, chopped Method In a small sauce pan, add the butter and cook over high heat until it starts to turn brown. Add the sage and almonds. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated. For the Allumettes    2 Baking Potatoes  1 qt Frying Oil Salt to taste  Method Wash potatoes. Slice into 1/4-inch thick slices, then into 1/4-inch sticks. Wash thoroughly in cold water. Drain well. Deep fry in batches at 350 degrees until potatoes are cooked, but not brown. At serving time, increase the oil temperature to 375 degrees. Fry potatoes in batches, until golden brown. Sprinkle with salt. To Plate On four large plates, spoon the Brussels Sprouts in the middle of the plate. Top with fish, spoon the brown butter mix on top of the fish, then the beurre blanc across the fish. On the middle of the fish garnish with the fried potato allumettes and serve! 

Thai Epicurean Adventure

AUGUST 2017: THAI 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 August will present a culinary experience inspired by Thailand.  The Michael’s On East three-course Thai Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, August 1-September 2, 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
Bleu-Crab Curry Laksa Soup Fresh Cilantro & Coconut Tomato Sambal Chicken Satay Cucumber-Mint Yogurt & Spicy Peanut Sauce
DINNER ENTREES
Hot & Sour Shrimp Noodles Kaffir Lime Leaf, Ginger-Mushroom Broth, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Vermicelli Noodles & Crispy Taro Ribbons Curry-Braised Lamb Shanks Roasted Creamer Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Fennel, Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Thai Basil and Roasted Peanuts Spicy Sambal Matah Grilled Chicken Cilantro-Cashew Jasmine Rice, Garlic-Scented Steamed Baby Bok Choy, Fresh Cucumber & Beefsteak Tomatoes
DESSERTS
Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice Mangoes, Black Sesame Tuiles & Mango Sorbet Cinnamon-Sugared Pastry Lime-Zested Pastry Bowl, Toasted Coconut Ice Cream & Carmelized Bananas
LUNCH MENU
LUNCH ENTREES
Thai Basil Chicken & Toasted Cashews Bird Eye Chilis, Oyster Sauce, Light Sweet-Soy Reduction, Yellow & Red Peppers, Fresh Tomato, Jasmine Rice & Fried Duck Egg Sauteéd Shrimp in Coconut Curry & Peanut Sauce Shallots, Bell Peppers, Dried Chili, Kaffir Lime Leaf, Lemon-Grass & Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Tossed with Vermicelli Noodles
DESSERTS
Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice Mangoes, Black Sesame Tuiles & Mango Sorbet Cinnamon-Sugared Pastry Lime-Zested Pastry Bowl, Toasted Coconut Ice Cream & Carmelized Bananas
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 Earns its First-Ever Wine Spectator “Best of Award of Excellence”

After 25 Consecutive Years in “Award of Excellence” Category, the Restaurant is Honored with an Upgrade in Award Level during 30th Anniversary Year Michael’s On East Among 3,592 Winners Worldwide; Full 2017 Dining Guide Revealed in Wine Spectator’s August Issue  Wine Spectator - Best of Award of Excellence - 2017[Sarasota, Fla.] (July 27, 2017) — Michael’s On East has been honored for its outstanding wine program in Wine Spectator’s 2017 Restaurant Awards. The Restaurant is recognized among other winners from all over the globe as a top destination for wine lovers. After 25 consecutive years being recognized with the “Award of Excellence,” Michael’s On East won its first-ever “Best of Award of Excellence” honor this year. “Our unique wine program is a true prize of the Michael’s operation, boasting 12,700 bottles on property. It’s certainly an outstanding time to be honored with this upgraded award as we marked our Restaurant’s 30th anniversary this past spring,” said Michael Klauber, Co-Proprietor of Michael’s On East. Klauber’s personal experience with the Wine Spectator restaurant award program dates back decades as he accepted the “Grand Award” in 1982 for the wine program he created on Longboat Key at The Colony. “Every detail at Michael’s On East is designed with our discerning guests in mind as they enjoy inventive cuisine with fine wines–often from winemakers we have enjoyed personal relationships with for many years! Our guests also have the unique benefit of purchasing wines they discover on the Restaurant’s wine list from our adjacent retail store, Michael’s Wine Cellar. We take tremendous pride in providing remarkable wine experiences for true wine lovers, and couldn’t be more excited to receive the ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ distinction this year,” Klauber added. “Restaurants continue to raise their game when it comes to wine, and we are particularly proud to present this year’s winners,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor & Publisher, Wine Spectator. “As wine becomes more important to diners, the Awards program is thriving—with an increasing number of entries, as well as growing print, digital and social audiences. Wine Spectator congratulates each and every award winner.” Wine Spectator began its program to recognize the world’s best wine lists in 1981. There are three levels: the Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence and the Grand Award—with 2,335; 1,168; and 89 winners this year in each respective category. The Award of Excellence recognizes restaurants whose wine lists feature a well-chosen assortment of quality producers along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Best of Award of Excellence recipients offer more extensive selections with significant vintage depth and excellent breadth across multiple regions. The Grand Award is the program’s highest honor. The complete list of award winners is available in print in Wine Spectator’s August issue, currently on newsstands and online at Restaurants.WineSpectator.com, where visitors can search and access exclusive content on the more than 3,500 restaurants. The full list is also available for free on iOS via the Restaurant Awards app, which allows users to look for dining spots in any location with maps, choosing by wine strengths, cuisine type, pricing and more. Follow the Restaurant Awards on Twitter and Instagram, with hashtag #WSRestaurantAward. About Wine Spectator Wine Spectator is the world’s leading authority on wine. Anchored by Wine Spectator magazine, a print publication that reaches more than 3 million readers worldwide, the brand also encompasses the Web’s most comprehensive wine site (WineSpectator.com), mobile platforms and a series of signature events. Wine Spectator examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and delivering expert reviews of more than 18,000 wines each year. Parent company M. Shanken Communications, Inc., also publishes Cigar AficionadoWhisky Advocate, Market WatchShanken News Daily and Shanken’s Impact Newsletter. About Michael’s On East Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame and received their 28th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award as well as the Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence 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 Events & 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 Contacts: Jacob Streiter: This email address is being protected from spambots. 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Kosher Catering On-Premise

This past weekend our team hosted a men's tisch in the Restaurant, women's tisch in the Wine Cellar, ceremony in the Ballroom, cocktails back in the Restaurant, followed by dinner back in the Ballroom. What an honor it was to produce all of these wedding festivities all under the supervision of Rabbi Steinmetz. Kosher Catering - Wedding Ceremony Setup in Ballroom If you're interested in hosting a private function at Michael's or catering for a special event off-premise, please click here to request a proposal. 

Caribbean Epicurean Adventure

JULY 2017: CARIBBEAN EPICUREAN ADVENTURE Caribbean CuisineThe Michael’s On East three-course Caribbean Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, July 5-31, 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. (Michael’s On East will be closed on the 4th of July. Please note this featured menu will begin on Wednesday, July 5.) DINNER MENU STARTERS
Sugar Cane Skewered Citrus BBQ Shrimp Jicama Slaw & Toasted Coconut Jerked Pork Belly Slider Pickled Red Onions, Fresh Cilantro, Spicy Adobo Mayo & Angel Hair Onion Rings
DINNER ENTREES
Pan-Seared Hog Snapper Roasted Plum Tomatoes, Fingerling Potato Chips, Jamaican Curry-Coconut Broth & Baby Arugula Salad Roasted Adobo Cornish Hen Crispy Yucca, Grilled Pineapple, Coconut Salsa & Spiced Roasted Root Vegetables Jerked Pork Tenderloin Grilled Zucchini, Sweet Plantains, Red Bean & Rice Timbale with Sangria Gastric
DESSERTS
Myers’s Rum Chocolate Mousse Mango Purée, Cashew & Candied Ginger Bark Caramelized Pineapple & Coconut Milk Bread Pudding Demerara Brown Sugar Sauce & Coconut Lime Sorbet
LUNCH MENU
LUNCH ENTREES Jamaican Zucchini & Shrimp Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice, Bell Peppers, Garlic, Fresh Cilantro, Ginger & Light Curry-Coconut Broth
Grilled Adobo Skirt Steak Crispy Yucca, Roasted Plum Tomato, Mango-Ginger Mojo Baby Arugula Salad & Tempura Asparagus
DESSERTS Myers’s Rum Chocolate Mousse Mango Purée, Cashew & Candied Ginger Bark Caramelized Pineapple & Coconut Milk Bread Pudding Demerara Brown Sugar Sauce & Coconut Lime Sorbet
Click here for details about this month's wine pairings from Michael's Wine Cellar.  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. 

Monday Happy Hour Support Designing Daughters

Designing DaughtersWe continue our All-Night Happy Hour on Mondays, now in support of Designing Daughters each Monday through July and August!  Please join us to take advantage of $6 beverage specials (Michael's Private Label Wines, Well Cocktails and Draft Beers) from 5-9 pm each Monday in the Michael's On East Lounge. Click here to learn more about Designing Daughters.

Mighty Murf Burger on ABC 7's Suncoast View

Blended Mushroom Burger - Chef JamilChef Jamil stepped back into the kitchen at ABC 7 today to share a special recipe with our friends at Suncoast View! Tune in at 4 pm today, 9 amtomorrow (Wednesday), or watch online at mysuncoast.com for the full segment as Chef Jamil discusses The James Beard Foundation's Blended Burger Project and our Mighty Murf Burger.  We also invite you to vote for Michael's On East as part of this James Beard Contest daily through July 31. Please click here to vote now!

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!