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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