Week-long Event Raises Awareness and Monies to Support Local Independent Restaurants
This year’s 14th annual event has been reimagined to offer guests a menu of specially-curated and controlled experiences designed to showcase the talents of the area’s brilliant and resilient, independent food & beverage operators. In addition to wine seminars and a food stroll, a world-class Online Auction is planned as well as a week-long schedule of “food & wine experiences” taking place at restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee’s Gulf-coastal communities.
It was 15 years ago that the Sarasota-Manatee Originals was founded: a collaborative of independently owned and operated restaurants and culinary innovators committed to uniting the energies of local restaurants and celebrating the food and friendship that’s indigenous to our Gulf-coastal lifestyle.
Today the “Originals” are nearly 60 restaurants strong and provide diners with unique local flavor from the north shore of Anna Maria Island down to the southern beaches of Venice and every neighborhood in between.
By choosing to dine at an Originals restaurant you support the extraordinary efforts of these local restaurateurs who share a passion for dining excellence and commitment to the communities in which they work and live. We thank you and encourage you to always “Eat Like a Local.”