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Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival
April 10th to 13th 2019

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is a proud partner of the 7th Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival.

Schedule of Events, Panelists, and Masterclasses

Spirit Guide, Inc. presents the Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival, April 10 to 13, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida, in partnership with Whiskey and Barrel Nite and Dave Sweet. Whiskey Obsession presents four days of classes, tastings, lunch and dinner pairings, interactive panel discussions, VIP pours, a fabulous grand tasting with hundreds of whiskies and cocktails, plus free closing night party with live music. Last year, Whiskey Obsession attracted 3,500 attendees from 20 states and Canada and is one of the nation’s largest festivals. Take your friends and take a cab! Whiskeyobsessionfestival.com
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
 

Whiskey Obsession Kickoff Dinner @ Sarasota Yacht Club (SYC), 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Deconstruction of the Balcones Texas Single Malt with Winston Edwards

The Seventh Annual Whiskey Obsession Festival kicks off with an elegant dinner pairing hosted by Winston Edwards, Balcones National Distillery Ambassador featuring a special four course menu from executive chef Anthony Puccio. Experience the three wood finished whiskies that make up the Texas Single Malt, bottled exclusively by Barrel and Bottle, along with the official Texas Single Malt from Balcones. Tickets are $125 per person. Open to the public; SYC membership not required.
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Two Panelist Small Group Dinners @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $125 per person for either dinner and include meal, whiskies and commemorative Tervis custom tumbler. 
Limited to 20 guests each.

World Whiskey Dinner

Join Ashok Chokalingam, Global Ambassador and Assistant Distiller at Amrut Distillery for an intimate three course dinner featuring four award winning whiskies from Bengaluru, India: Amrut Single Malt, Amrut Fusion Single Malt, Amrut Peated Single Malt, and Amrut Naarangi Single Malt.

Single Malt Scotch Dinner

Join Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Jura Single Malt for an intimate dinner paired with
four Scotch whiskies: Jura 10 Year, Jura 12 Year, Jura Seven Wood and a surprise.

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The Panel of Whiskey Experts Interactive Tasting @ The Hyatt Sarasota, 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. 

This unique panel of distillers and ambassadors share their award winning whiskies from Colorado, Scotland, and India in an interactive tasting. The panel is co-moderated by Samara Rivers and Turner C. Moore

Tickets are $75 and seating is limited to 130 guests.

Panelists and whiskies:

-Jenny Bartels, Brand Ambassador at Breckenridge (Breckenridge PX Sherry Cask Bourbon)

-Rob Dietrich, Master Distiller at Stranahan’s (Stranahan’s Snowflake)

-Ashok Chokalingam, Assistant to Master Distiller at Amrut (Amrut Madeira Cask)

-Nicholas Pollacchi, Single Malt Director at Whyte and Mackay (Jura 18 Year)

-Stephanie Ridgway, Manager of Brand Education at International Beverage (Speyburn 15 Year)

-Raj Sabarwahl, Founder at Glass Revolution Imports (Murray McDavid Ordha Meas 13 Year)

-Corky Taylor, Chairman at Peerless (3 Year Small Batch Rye)

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52283820 10158193989223272 531613541317214208 o  Fall in love all over again with "Date Night" - exclusively at the Lounge @ 15 South! 
  Enjoy an intimate setting filled with exquisite menu options,
the perfect drink selections and very best in live music.
Join 15 South Ristorante every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Reservations strongly suggested. (941) 388-1555
15 South Ristorante
15 South Boulevard of The Presidents | St. Armands Circle, FL 34236 | 941-388-1555 | www.15southristorante.com
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The newest addition to Main Street Lakewood Ranch, GROVE, Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom, has also recently been recognized as one of the best in the area! In a special edition of the Herald-Tribune, Readers' Choice winners were made public and included a number of outstanding businesses serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties. GROVE took first place in the Best New Restaurant category.

Best New Restaurant

Members of GROVE leadership accept Best New Restaurant award at a Herald Tribune gathering held in the GROVE ballroom. Banquet chef Felipe Silva (left), general Manager Austin Harlow, executive chef Greg Campbell, sous chef Juan Sarmiento (right).

Members of the restaurant's leadership team accepted the award at a Herald-Tribune gathering that took place in no other than the Ballroom space at GROVE.

A fine-casual restaurant and venue space, GROVE specializes in a wide-ranging selection of house-made meals served in several distinct dining areas, which were thoughtfully curated to give guests an abundance of choice in terms of both cuisine and scene.

There's no shortage of options for diners and event goers alike. Restaurateur Hugh Miller and Executive Chef/ Director Of Operations Greg Campbell have carved out an entirely new space distinct from the Polo Bar & Grill, which once occupied the building.

"It doesn't even have the same bone structure," Campbell said as he described the multi-million dollar renovation.

After months of "non-stop construction" what's emerged is stylish environs and a stunning interior that's focused on the details: handsome metal components in the lounge and throughout parts of the dining areas, a modern quartz bar top, reclaimed wood pieces including a brilliantly colored river table and a matching white cypress statement piece which naturally fell during Hurricane Irma.

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GROVE Provided Photo: Bar area that opens to the outdoors.

GROVE Takes Root As Areas Best New Restaurant

Known for his devout scratch-kitchen approach, Campbell cooks his house-made creations on a plancha grill and allows his guests to choose from traditional and sophisticated dressings such as bleu cheese and horseradish crusts or beef demi and béarnaise sauces. Typical selections include seared diver scallops, grouper gnocchi, bone-in Angus beef tenderloin, vegetable pasta, roasted Brussels sprouts and lobster mashed potatoes.

 

The bar scene is unlike any other in the Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch area, with an extensive menu and extended weekend hours Fridays and Saturdays when the restaurant offers their late night menu until midnight.

Already a crowd favorite, the Main Street Margarita made with El Mayor Añejo tequila, peach liqueur, peach purée, house-made sour, and house inferno bitters is the kind of craft cocktail that rises to art.

The menu like the ambiance is elevated yet approachable, and from time to time you'll find Campbell himself supervising dining room operations, putting into practice his experience at PIER 22 in Bradenton and other restaurants from around the country. The buzz leading up to opening helped him attract an all-star team of talent both in the kitchen and dining room.

Main Street Margarita

GROVE Provided Photo: Signature Main Street Margarita $8 during happy hour.

Campbell said that the

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PIER 22 Best Caterer

Local restaurant and venue PIER 22 Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom received an unprecedented number of first place and finalist wins in the 2019 Readers' Choice poll organized by the Herald-Tribune.

PIER 22 dominated the polls as fans voted the restaurant an 18-time Readers' Choice winner according to results from the Herald-Tribune's 2019 contest.

At a gathering held last week, members of PIER 22 leadership accepted several honors. Their first-place awards consisted of Best Caterer, Best Waterfront Restaurant, Best Restaurant With A View, Best Wedding Venue, Best Wine Tasting, Best Sushi, Best Martini, Best Specialty Cocktail and Most Romantic Restaurant. Finalist awards included Best Happy Hour, Best Wedding Planner, Best Bakery, Best Brunch, Best Early Bird Dinner, Best All Around Restaurant, Best Lunch, Best Outdoor Restaurant, Best Seafood, and Best Margarita.
The number and variety of awards collected by the team help draw attention to the impressiveness of the brand's offering. It's clear that PIER 22 is more than simply a restaurant as its notoriety as a historical wedding space and full-service catering company continue to grow.

Executive Chef Greg Campbell said that "We couldn't have done it without our amazing fans and we can't thank them enough for their tremendous support!"

The Manatee Readers’ Choice Contest organized by the Herald-Tribune is an annual survey of its readership to determine the county’s best businesses. The complete results for winners and finalists can be viewed online on the publisher's website.

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 online at https://pier22dining.com.


 

Pier 22 Restaurant
1200 First Avenue West | Downtown Bradenton, FL 34205 | 941-748-8087 | www.pier22dining.com
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MOE March NL 2019
Ever since Sarasota began hosting the Orioles' spring training games, Michael's On East has honored the O's with special menus each March at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award Restaurant. This year, our culinary team is venturing beyond Baltimore's borders for inspiration and a "Bases Loaded" Epicurean Adventure inspired by baseball's finest traditions. 
 
The Michael’s On East three-course Bases Loaded Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $38.95 per person, March 1-31, 2019. The two-course lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $19.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For a “Grand Slam” culinary adventure, we encourage you to add perfectly-paired wines for $8 per glass or $15 for the pairing.
 
Make reservations now to try Chef Jamil's Soft Shell Crab Po Boys, Blue Crab Chowder, Beer-Braised Bratwurst and Cracker Jack Caramel Bars at Michael's On East this March! Visit www.bestfood.com for details about all upcoming events, menus and reservations. 

Michael’s On East
1212 East Avenue South | Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-366-0007 | www.bestfood.com
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