Bring Your Special Valentine To
An Originals Restaurant!
St. Armands Circle
GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is the newest offshoot of PIER 22, the award-winning waterfront destination headed by restaurateurs Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell. A fine-casual restaurant, GROVE specializes in a wide-ranging selection of house-made meals served in several distinct dining areas giving guests a choice of cuisine and scene.
The restaurant draws its name from the sown acres of great evergreen that have long provided an idyllic existence for those living and visiting the Lakewood Ranch area. The pine found in our logo embodies elements of our values including heart, balance and spirit. GROVE is reimagining an immersive dining experience, and “We’re committed to using quality fresh ingredients along with innovative cooking methods to inspire, nourish and wholly satisfy our guests,” notes chef Greg Campbell.
RESTAURATEUR, GROVE & PIER 22
|Introducing Greg Campbell, winner Best Chefs America (2013) and recently designated Manatee Tourism Ambassador (Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: 2017). Campbell’s menus draw inspiration from several types of international cuisines and his French grandmother’s kitchen. Emphasis is on quality ingredients and hands-on cooking. His passion and intrigue with the culinary arts remain just as strong today as when he was a teenager first starting out in the industry as a line cook at a fine dining Italian restaurant in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia.|
| HUGH MILLER
RESTAURATEUR, GROVE & PIER 22
|Introducing, Hugh Miller, a longtime resident of Southwest Florida and entrepreneur. One of Miller’s newest additions to his restaurant and hospitality portfolio, GROVE, offers a fresh take on casual fine dining and once again puts people at its focus—as the GROVE team works to provide service excellence to each and every guest that walks through its doors.|
|While Michael's On East typically offers a traditional French Epicurean Adventure each February, this year Chef Jamil and his team decided to seek inspiration from Selby Garden's new exhibition, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise. That means you're in for a tropical treat at Sarasota's only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant! Take advantage of French Polynesian-themed $19.95 two-course lunch and $38.95 three-course dinner menus available through February. (Epicurean Adventures are not available on holidays including Valentine's Day. Speaking of Valentine's Day, it's time to finalize your reservation; availability is limited.)|
|As the exclusive culinary partner of Selby Gardens, the Michael's team can't wait for the opening of the new Gauguin exhibition highlighting the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, Gauguin: Voyage to Paradise features ten of the artist’s original dramatic woodcut prints and wood engravings, photographs showcasing Tahiti during the time of his travels, historic maps as well as visual materials that shaped his work. The special exhibition is scheduled for February 10 - June 30, 2019, and you can be sure the program has inspired new tropical dishes at the Selby House Cafe by Michael's On East!|
Michael’s On East
1212 East Avenue South | Sarasota, FL 34239 | 941-366-0007 | www.bestfood.com
If you’ve been to a party catered by Michael’s On East in the past 25 years, you’ve met catering captain Tracey McCammack. With a black apron, a broad smile and her hair pulled up in a saucy topknot, McCammack estimates she’s worked some 5,000 parties for Michael’s—from cozy family gatherings to black-tie galas for 500. Planning is paramount, and she resolutely recommends hiring a professional party planner for those larger-than-life events. But for the intimate home dinner parties and milestone celebrations—anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and more (her favorites, by the way, because they’re often filled with “magic moments”)—she offers us some hard-earned advice on how to make your party magic.
IT STARTS AT THE FRONT DOOR. “How you’re welcomed into a party is important,” says McCammack. “It’s that old standard: how people greet their guests sets a gracious tone.”
BREAK IT UP. “Seating arrangements is a huge issue, who is going to be sitting next to whom. It can make for a great night, or a boring one. Split up that younger generation hooked to their phones. If you seat them next to people in their 40s and 50s you can get them engaged.”
SET THE STAGE. “Make sure the party space is not too crowded by removing the right things from the room. The table settings are extremely important. Dress your table with your finest things. I catered a party where someone put Versace china on the table and I thought I was going to faint; it was so cool the guests didn’t even pay attention to what they were eating. And you just have to have gorgeous flowers. It’s the final touch that sets the table off. Choose flowers that complement what you’re having for dinner.”
PLAN THE MENU CAREFULLY. “Food is love; it’s the biggest gift you can give someone. Share a time-honored recipe; think through your guests’ [dietary] needs.”
BE THOUGHTFUL. “Some of the coolest recent things I’ve seen are hostesses who offer a beautifully wrapped gift for people to take home—boxes of a favorite chocolate or nice candles. Sometimes at a small party, instead of asking for a gift they have a jar and collect donations for a favorite charity.”
KEEP THE PARTY ENERGY GOING. “Pouring the right amount of drinks keeps the party going, of course, but so does the hostess who stays engaged and comfortable. When your guests finish dinner, that’s the time for the hostess to circulate. It’s nice, too, to have a friend as a back-up person to keep the conversation going—a lot of husbands are quiet, but if you go up and engage them, they will talk.”
MY WORST FEAR? “Micromanagers. Once the guests arrive, go with the flow. If you’re worrying about all the nitpicking details, everyone picks up on your vibe.”
Visit Café Venice’s New Location
A local favorite for more than 20 years, Café Venice Restaurant & Bar has a new address for 2019! Right across the street from their former location, they moved to 101 West Venice Avenue. The new space can accommodate parties of up to 24 in a private room. Plus, Café Venice has expanded their schedule to include Sunday evenings, offering diners more opportunities to enjoy the quality food and service.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Café Venice
Dine with your love at Café Venice Restaurant & Bar this Valentine’s Day. The beautiful new restaurant, just across the street from the former location, has all your favorites on the menu and offers you the same outstanding service you know and expect. Make your reservations today for a romantic dinner on Thursday, February 14th.