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Michael’s On East, Sarasota, was recently recognized as one of Florida’s best places to dine as a member of Florida Trend’s 2018 Golden Spoon Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame members appear in the Golden Spoon special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. “The ‘Golden Spoon’ is such an honor for our team receive each year,” explained Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber. “We truly value this Florida Trend award and remain focused on ensuring every single guest’s dining experience is worthy of the ‘Hall of Fame’ distinction. We believe our commitment to consistency, the dedication of our professional team and basic guiding principle to run the entire operation from our guests’ perspective have been the secrets to earning this type of special distinction within the competitive restaurant industry.”

For over 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 more than 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.


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 Sarasota’s only AAA Four-Diamond Award, having received its 29th consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2018. 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 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.


About Florida Trend 

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A Season of Giving


Each year, the Anna Maria Oyster Bar family recognizes a special group or organization with an annual Christmas Dinner party. This holiday season, they have invited the 30 foster children currently living at the nearby Manatee Children’s Services shelter as well as MCF volunteers. Manatee Children’s Services seeks to advocate for and provide the resources, skills, and shelter to alleviate abuse through prevention and intervention for all children and their families.

This special holiday dinner is always a great and memorable time for all who join them… in the past AMOB has hosted their Dive Into Reading children and families, PACE Center For Girls students, and other community organizations who work tirelessly to ensure that the Manatee County area becomes a better place to live.

In 2018, their holiday party will take place at the Landside Anna Maria Oyster Bar (closest to the MCF facility) on December 10, with a delicious and festive dinner, yummy desserts, and a few fun surprises for the kids. After all, it isn’t the holiday season without a little gift giving!

Speaking of which, they have chosen MCF as the recipient organization of our annual Holiday Gift Drive, as well. If you would like to donate a gift for a child in need, please visit your nearest AMOB and select an ornament from our Giving Trees in each store. Gifts are due back on December 12 so they can deliver them to MCF in plenty of time for Santa to work his magic.

Thank you to the amazing AMOB Family and guests for generously contributing to help them create a happy holiday for all.


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Starting their 3rd year as a progressive American & Hungarian restaurant in Sarasota, The Coolinary is pleased to have recently joined The Sarasota-Manatee Originals as a member.
Their monthly Wine Dinners are a great success with a 10 person maximum seating enabling an interactive wine dining event to be enjoyed by the guests. Sommelier and owner Istvan Bottyan is very well schooled in wines and presents the wines with his knowledge and love of poetry that all the guests enjoy very much. Look for their upcoming five course Champagne Wine Dinner on December 13.

New here is their new vegan and vegetarian Superfood specialties made from clean, healthy ingredients and are available with a choice of protein. For The Coolinary it is important that their guests receive the highest quality food - the management personally checks the local businesses from whom the raw foods will be purchased further ensuring that our standards are kept high. Furthermore, an important part of The Coolinary's mission is to support local small farmers. With this, they can also reduce the ecological footprint - as the local producers have much less pollution from fuel and packaging materials - just to mention the two most important ones.

Happy Hours are a great way to relax after work or before dinner. Enjoy their special Craft Cocktails and special priced dishes from 5 to 6PM daily. Live music Thursday through Saturday and The Cool Lounge every Saturday with great dance music staring at 9:30PM. The Coolinary will be open Christmas Eve and for New Year's Eve with a special evening planned.

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