Forks & Corks 2018 Grand Tasting Event Location Change

LOCATION CHANGE: Feld Entertainment Studios

800 Feld Way, Palmetto, FL 34221

WHO:               The Sarasota-Manatee Originals and its annual Forks & Corks Grand Tasting event

WHAT:              The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is announcing a location change for the 2018 Forks & Corks Grand Tasting Event on Sunday, Jan. 28. The event will now be held at the beautiful Feld Entertainment Studios at 800 Feld Way in Palmetto, Florida. The location change was prompted by inclement weather conditions forecast for the day of the event.

                         “This last-minute change of venue is unfortunate, but out of concern for guest safety, security and the enjoyment of our guests, our board voted unanimously to relocate the event to our back-up venue,” said Beth Owen-Cipielewski, board president of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals. “We would like to thank the Feld family and their staff for their kind hospitality and open arms in helping us make this event a success. In addition, the Ringling Museum staff has offered to have “all hands on deck” to help make this move as smooth as possible. We’re grateful for the support of such great local leaders and our community.”

“We are excited to make the Feld Entertainment Studios space an amazing and unique experience for all of our food and wine-loving guests. Our Originals restaurants are pulling out all the stops to impress our guests and we have one of the most celebrated groups of international winemakers ever.” said Michael Klauber, Forks & Corks Co-Chair.

The Grand Tasting Event features more than 350 wines from across the globe – all hand-selected and professionally tasted, judged and recognized as medal winners – and savor culinary creations from members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.  A retail tent is also available, where patrons can purchase various varietals, making Forks & Corks one of only a few festivals in the Southeast to provide the opportunity to purchase the showcased wines on-site during the event.

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Board of Directors includes:

Beth Owen-Cipielewski, CMP - Board President & Owner, Siesta Key Oyster Bar

Michael Klauber - Event Co-Chair - Founding Board President & Co-Proprietor, Michael’s On East

Mike Harb – Event Co-Chair - Board Treasurer & Owner, Fast N Fresh

Emma Kate Silvestri - Board Secretary & Marketing Director, Venice Pier Group

Darcy Arpke - Board Member & Co-Owner, Euphemia Haye Restaurant

Greg Campbell - Board Member & Chef/Manager, Pier 22 Restaurant

Steve Harner - Board Member

Liza Kubik - Board Member & Marketing Director, Seafood Shack


WHEN:             Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018 
                         VIP admission: Early entrance (11:00 a.m.) to 4:00 p.m.
                         General admission: Noon to 4:00 p.m.
WHERE:            New location: Feld Entertainment Studios
                          800 Feld Way, Palmetto, FL 34221

For more information and updates on the event please visit

About Sarasota-Manatee Originals:

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Seafood Shack Named Anna Maria Island Chamber Large Business of the Year


Seafood Shack Named Anna Maria Island Chamber Large Business of the Year

CORTEZ, FL (December 10, 2017) – Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill is honored to have received the Large Business of the Year Award for 2018 from the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce at their annual Installation Banquet held on November 6. Since 2011, the prestigious award has recognized Anna Maria Island Chamber businesses that exemplify growth, productivity, customer service, job creation and overall contribution to the community.

“The Shack,” as it is known to the locals, has been in business for 45 years. Liza Kubik, Director of Marketing and Jed Lippincott, COO accepted the award on behalf of the property’s staff of 48 and ownership, Vandyk Group of Properties, which purchased the iconic property just 3 years ago and began its restoration. Other winners of the evening included Allegra Printing and Signs for the medium-sized business award and Jen and Mark Bowman of Keller Williams on the Water accepted the award for the best small-sized business.

“Good food is such a small piece of the puzzle to what makes a profitable, successful restaurant,” said Liza Kubik. “Our thanks go to out to the wonderful guests and staff who keep us going so we can focus on continued business growth and community stewardship.”

About The Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill Built in the early 1970s, The Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill in historic Cortez is a landmark on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The Shack, as it known by locals, occupies 6 acres of waterfront property and includes a 68-slip marina and 180-seat restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the sparkling intracoastal waters of Anna Maria Sound and beyond. 7000 square feet of meeting space occupy the Shack’s second-floor offering venues for weddings, business meetings and other social gatherings and celebrations. There are also many businesses that call The Shack property home, offering paddle-boarding, dolphin-watching and sunset cruises, fishing excursions, boat and jet ski rentals, charters and eco-tours. Enhancements to the iconic property continue under new management with the addition of a deep-sea fishing vessel King Triton scheduled to launch this winter. For more information, please visit or 4110 127th St. W. in Cortez, Florida.


Image caption: It was reported that squeals of joy erupted from the table when the Shack staff heard they had won. Pictured here (left to right) are Seafood Shack employees Event Manager Brandy Hudson, Office Manager Cassandra Rush,
COO Jed Lippincott and Director of Marketing Liza Kubik.

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