The search for the perfect place to eat is over. PIER 22 earns the title of Best Lakewood Ranch Restaurant from Sarasota Magazine readers.

As reported in the May 2018 issue of Sarasota Magazine, PIER 22 has been recognized as the best restaurant in the Lakewood Ranch area. PIER 22 also earned a finalist award in the Best Restaurant For Kids category.

PIER 22 is known as a foodies riverside paradise. Executive Chef Greg Campbell said his restaurant team is determined to offer guests a one-of-a-kind experience. What's not to love about the restaurant? From the scratch-cooked menu to the magical river views and the welcoming ambiance, it is easy to understand why so many people choose PIER 22.

It's been a winning start to the year for Campbell and his team; they've also received multiple first-place awards from the Bradenton Herald and the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Campbell stated that "Our guests continue to show up for us and we continue to show up for them! Their ongoing support for our business blows me away; I don't think that we could ever thank them enough!"

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As a special seasonal offer, gift givers will receive a $10 bonus card for every $50 purchased in PIER 22 gift cards from April 23 through June 22, 2018. With blue skies and warmer temperatures approaching, so are beloved springtime celebrations like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and graduation.

This year, the gift of a PIER 22 dining experience makes recognizing your loved ones a breeze.

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Local dining spot PIER 22 Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom takes the lead once again in this year's Readers' Choice poll organized by the Herald-Tribune. 

PIER 22 leadership accepts Herald Tribune Awards

PIER 22, downtown Bradenton's landmark restaurant and venue, keeps up the winning streak as fans overwhelmingly vote the eatery as one of the best in Manatee County according to results from the Herald-Tribune's latest Readers' Choice contest. PIER 22 recently took home a total of 11 awards. Their eight first-place honors included Best Caterer, Best Brunch, Best Happy Hour, Best Outdoor Dining, Best Restaurant With A View, Best Sushi, Best Waterfront Restaurant and Most Romantic Restaurant.

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PIER 22 also earned finalist spots in the following three categories: Best Buffet, Best Martini and Best Seafood Restaurant. Members of the restaurant's leadership team, including restaurant owner Hugh Miller and Executive Chef Greg Campbell, accepted the awards at a Herald-Tribune gathering held last week. 

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After dominating the polls in past years, including achieving the title for winningest restaurant in 2017,  PIER 22 doesn't show any signs of slowing down! In a post on the PIER 22 website, executive chef Greg Campbell stated that "Our success is built on a commitment to quality and service that just won't quit." He was also sure to thank restaurant guests for supporting PIER 22 with both their votes and their dining reservations. 

The Manatee Readers’ Choice Contest organized by the Herald-Tribune is an annual polling of its readership to determine Manatee County’s best businesses. The complete results for winners and finalists are available in the Herald-Tribune’s 2018 Readers’ Choice publication

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About PIER 22 

PIER 22 Restaurant, Patio & Catering is genuine Bradenton and sits directly on the beautiful Manatee River surrounded by the Twin Dolphin Marina. PIER 22 provides guests with scratch-cooked meals and authentic waterfront dining experiences 365 days per year. From casual meals on the patio to upscale dining, PIER 22 offers a welcoming ambiance for all guests to enjoy. With rooms for every occasion, PIER 22 can accommodate your party or event with up to 300 guests. Learn more at

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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

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