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Cafe Venice Voted Number 1 in Five Different Categories!!

 Congratulations to Cafe Venice for being voted number 1 in five different categories from the Venice Gondolier!! In an article written by Abby Weingarten, Cafe Venice owner, Kay Kropac said "my vision for the restaurant was creating a friendly place where anyone could come to get great food, good wine and service, I love knowing all...

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Private Room and Catering Available

Did you know that we have a private room that can hold up to 50 people? Book it to host your clients or employees for a dinner or lunch meeting, as well as a personal celebration. We can also cater any event off-site – from a bridal shower to a corporate meeting. Give us a call today at 941.484.1855 to get started.  

Win the Big Game with Big Red

Be the League MVP with our game-winning deals! Call (941)-993-1435 to order ☎ 🏈 $10 bonus Brick's bucks for every $100 spent on Catering 🏈 Bone-In + Buns-Out package combo dealPulling up to the party with Brick's 🏆✨ Receive a free small nacho when you call ahead for a dinner reservation (after 5pm) this Sunday, February 2nd! ✨PS- we have one of the...

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They’re Originals Meet the Leaders of a Thriving Local Restaurant Collective | featured in Edible Sarasota Magazine | Winter 2020


Clockwise from left to right: Mark Tuchman, Liza Kubik, Michael Klauber, Joe Farrell, Nikki Logan-Curran, Mike Harb, D'Arcy Arpke, Marc Grimaud, and Emma Kate Silvestri | Location: Pop’s Sunset Grill;

From breakfast to midnight snack--fresh seafood to smoked ribs-- taco stand to white tablecloth--our locally-owned eateries form an endlessly explorable dining scene that’s now as big an attraction as our beaches.

It’s no accidental phenomenon. For 16 years, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ growing collective of independently-operated restaurants has championed their “stronger together” vision. Around 60 members proudly claim Original status, sharing purchasing power, marketing clout, and most importantly, the free exchange of experience and knowledge in their highly-demanding industry. When you see an Originals decal in a restaurant window, you may enter knowing the people behind each establishment hold themselves to a standard of excellence that continually lifts all ships in our foodie harbor. Furthermore, the Originals’ strength as an organization supports local philanthropy as members donate the meals that feed generosity at hundreds of benefits, galas, and fundraisers each season.

Uniting such a diverse community around a vision takes unflagging passion for the Suncoast’s famous brand of hospitality. The Originals’ operations are spearheaded by a mighty two-member staff team, Executive Director Sarah Firstenberger and Event and Program Coordinator Veronica Clinton, and shepherded by a devoted Board of Directors. Meet nine visionaries who currently serve on the Sarasota-Manatee Originals’ Board, collaborating on the Originals’ shared mission to sustain our restaurant community’s vibrancy.

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From new twists on old favorites to handcrafted libations, there are enticing options for any palate at Michael's on East

We're shaking things up behind the bar here at Michael's On East. Our team of mixologists has worked hard to develop innovative new craft cocktails with inspiration from available local ingredients and the restaurant's international relationships. The Cape Town Sundowner cocktail is inspired by Co-Proprietor, Michael Klauber's experience enjoying a...

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Cafe Venice Catering

Hire our staff to cater your next event. Business lunches, birthday dinners, wedding receptions – you name it, and we can cater it! We'll deliver the food to your location or you can hold your small event up to 50 people in our private room. Call us at 941.484.1855 to start planning.  

Siam Gulf sushi and Thai restaurant offers taste of tradition by Niki Kottmann for The Observer: Eat and Drink

Kathy and Gwang Hansapiromchok are bringing Thailand to Sarasota with their latest business Niki Kottmann Managing Editor of Arts and Entertainment Family traditions aren't easy to maintain when half the family moves across the ocean. But one way to ensure a tradition will never die is through food. Kathy and Gwang Hansapiromchok are th...

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Cooking on ABC 7 With Reyna's!

 Monday, October 14 • 9am Chef Gino Calleja appeared live on ABC 7's Suncoast View and prepared a Reyna's Taqueria favorite Chicken Tinga. View the Full Video HERE! Chicken Tinga Recipe 2 lb chicken breast2 cups Spanish onions sliced to ½ inch wide1 lb ripe roma tomatoes sliced into ½ inch wide2 oz canola oil4 cloves garlic sliced thin each ch...

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Holiday Parties at Cassariano

Cassariano is pleased to announce 10% off all Holiday Party bookings before December 1st! Large or small groups welcome. Make the holidays extra special at Cassariano! Available at UTC only! ​Cover Image Credit: Creator: Beata Becla - Information extracted from IPTC Photo Metadata

Bring Big Red Home for the Holidays!

Brick's Smoked Meats know how much fun - and how stressful - the holiday season can be. That's why they're welcoming in the holiday season with a special catering menu featuring all your Brick's Smoked Meats favorites, plus festive classics with a special Brick's spin. Delicious, made-from-scratch, and convenient… consider your holiday to...

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If you are making a list and checking it twice let Mattison’s make your holiday shopping easy and nice!

Every year for the holidays, Mattison's has a Holiday Gift Card Sale. From November 1st to January 5th for every $100 purchased in Gift Cards you will receive a free $25 Bonus Card. Cards can be purchased at the restaurants or online with e-gift cards available for immediate delivery via your email inbox or sent directly to your family, friends, co...

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'Tis the Season at Bijou Cafe

​HOLIDAY PARTIES Since 1986, the Bijou Café has been delighting guests at private events, Our experienced and friendly team includes award-winning chefs, a highly trained service staff and a dedicated events manager who will work with you every step of the way. Whether you're hosting the company Holiday party, cocktail party, luncheon/ dinner meeti...

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Sarasota-Manatee Originals Member Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving you might not want to take on the cooking and cleanup of a multi-course meal and would rather spend the time with the family. Well, you're in luck. This year, stellar restaurants across Florida's Suncoast will be serving meals for all those who would rather quite literally leave the holiday cooking to the pros. EAT OUT From histor...

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Plan Your Holiday Events with enRich Bistro

Book the Private Dining room at enRich Bistro for any upcoming event or Holiday Party! Plan your Holiday Party now! Offsite Catering Available Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2020 Forks & Corks Tickets On Sale Monday November 4, 2019 at 7:00PM

It's that time of year again - the most coveted and anticipated tickets for Forks & Corks Grand Tasting and University Master Class Sessions go on sale on Monday, November 4, 2019 at 7:00pm. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are very excited for Forks & Corks 2020 and are thankful that you are interested in sharing the experience wit...

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Interview with Executive Chef Will Manson of the Beach House

 October 15, 2019 Written and Published by The Chiles Group Learn more about The Beach House Waterfront Restaurant and plan your visit today by visiting  Q. What, where, and how did you get into the business of being an Executive Chef? Like most chefs, I started working as a dishwasher. It was quite a few years ago tha...

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Sarasota-Manatee Originals Brings Back 'Set the Bar' Cocktail Competition

Featured in SRQ Daily By Brittany Mattie | Photo courtesy of Cocktails by Spence Consulting | Sept. 24, 2019 issue Representatives of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals organization recently released details on its 3rd annual signature cocktail contest Set The Bar on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Universal Flight Training Hangar at the Sarasota-Braden...

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