The rescheduled Forks & Corks Grand Tasting will take place on
Sunday, May 5th at the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

We look forward to welcoming back an incredible cast of wineries to Sarasota in May to showcase their unique wines alongside the top local restaurants on the SunCoast.

You can view the list of participating wineries here.

Important Event Details:

Event Location -
John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL 34243

Gates will open at
11:00AM for VIP Ticket Holders
12:00PM for General Admission Ticket Holders

Event Tickets -
Your original January event tickets are still valid and will be accepted at the gate.
If you wish to reprint your ticket with the new event date,
you can find detailed instructions here.

Hotel Partners -
Traveling to Sarasota in May for Forks & Corks? Several local hotels and resorts are offering discounted room rates for Forks & Corks patrons. Please view the available rates here.

Events -
Enhance your experience with top-of-class wines, celebrity winemakers, and cuisine from the finest independently owned local restaurants and retailers. From the ultimate upscale dinners to casual tastings and samplings, there is something for every palate. Events will take place May 2nd - 4th, 2019 at locations across Sarasota, Manatee and Venice.
More information will be posted at in the coming months.

Originals Restaurants Participating in the 2019 Grand Tasting:

1812 Osprey A Neighborhood Bistro
Anna Maria Oyster Bar
Beach House
Bevardi's Salute! Restaurant
The Bijou Café
Birdrock Taco Shack
Brick's Smoked Meats
Café Gabbiano
Café Venice
The Coolinary
The Crow's Nest
Drunken Poet Café
Duval's Fresh. Local. Seafood.
Element: Modern Mediterranean Grill
enRich Bistro
Fins at Sharky's
GROVE Restaurant • Patio • Ballroom
JPAN Sushi & Grill
Mar Vista
mi Pueblo
Michael's On East
Miguel's Restaurant
Ortygia Restaurant
Overture Restaurant & Gallery Lounge
Pacific Rim
Paradise Grill
PIER 22 Restaurant • Patio • Catering
Pop's Sunset Grill
Riverhouse Reef & Grill
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Stottlemyer's Smokehouse
The Waterfront Restaurant
& more to be announced soon

For more information and updates on the event, visit
Follow Forks & Corks on Facebook and Instagram and the following hashtags
#ForksandCorks941 and #EatLikeaLocal941.

Thank you for supporting the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, a group of locally owned restaurants who share a passion
for dining excellence and commitment to our community.
We can't wait to see you at Forks & Corks in May!

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding your ticket purchase,
please contact the Sarasota-Manatee Originals office by calling (941) 365-2800.

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Women Should Go Out With Friends Twice A Week For Better Health

Women have now found the perfect excuse to go out with the “girls” twice a week.
According to a new study, Women Should Go Out With Girlfriends Twice A Week To Improve Their Health.

    Women Should Go Out With Girlfriends Twice A Week To Improve Their Health

Do you enjoy going out with your best friends? You should do it more often! This will definitely make you happier and healthier! Wine, anyone?

Sex and the City Sounds like a plan

The study was done by a group of researchers from the University of Oxford. The investigation revealed the necessary steps that a woman needs to take to achieve happiness in all aspects of her life. The study discovered the basis would be in women feeling free to go out with their girlfriends at least twice a week.

   About the study:

Robin Dunbar, a psychologist and head of this study, was interviewed by “The Vancouver Sun” . He reported that women’s overall health and wellbeing is improved when they get together with four best friends twice a week in meetings where they “do things”.

According to the study, the list of “things” included: drinking beer, gossiping, and talking about their rivals (preferred topic). Doing these “things” make women socialize, drink and laugh together.

Health benefits also included faster recovery time from illness, a stronger immune system, a decrease in anxiety levels, and increased generosity levels which makes women feel better overall.

   Most women don’t go out with their friends often

Nonetheless, the researchers also noted that only 2 out of 5 women can actually go out with their girlfriends once a week, and even less often if they have family to care for.

The investigation also looked at the quality of interactions with friends, according to the number of people and time spent.  Women on average reserve a little less than half their time nurturing close friendships.

    Laughter is the best medicine                    Sex and the City Laughing

The study found that women interact best by making funny comments, joking, and talking about things that make them laugh, but the size of the group is also a big factor.

Laughter in small groups is feasible.  But when the group is bigger than 5 people, funny situations that generate the necessary endorphins for happiness and wellbeing are less probable. For this reason, it is recommended to meet in a group of maximum four friends.

Women have very stressful lives, and feel sometimes guilty about leaving the family at home. Most of the time I do, but deep inside I know it shouldn’t be that way. Reality is, we should have some time for ourselves. It is not only about going out and having a few drinks. It is more about getting away from the daily routine, relaxing, and meeting close friends face to face. I think we all need a little bit of that every week to feel

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Harrys Continental Kitchens Lynn Harry Christensen Chef Owner  
In February 1979, Harry's Continental Kitchens started its takeout business. Forty years later, that service has expanded to including a deli, bakery and restaurant.
~A YourObserver Article~ 
By: Katie Johns | Community Editor

Harry and Lynn Christensen were on their way to Naples when they discovered Longboat Key.

They stopped to visit a friend in Sarasota and took a detour to the island.

They never made it to Naples.

Instead, they rented a cottage on the north end of Longboat Key, and Harry Christensen went out the next day and got a job in the kitchen at Sarasota Yacht Club.

After stints with Far Horizons and Cafe L’Europe, Harry Christensen decided he would open his own business.

All they had was $500, a TV and a car.

“That was all we owned at the time,” he said. “We stuck our necks out and did it.”

Christensen leased 5440 Gulf of Mexico Drive in 1978. It took him two months to fix the place up, though he did cater a couple Christmas parties. During the second week of January 1979, they started the take-out service.

In February 1979, they made their first bank deposit.

From roast duck to beef Wellington, customers could come in for gourmet food without having to wait at a restaurant.

Christensen began making desserts, salads and sandwiches, or as he calls them, party specialties. It started with customers ordering a dozen meatballs or vegetable platters for their events.

Then they started asking Christensen to send a bartender. Then they asked for servers, and all of a sudden he was doing dinners for 500 people for the likes of The Out-of-Door Academy and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.

In 1982, the business moved to its current location on St. Jude’s Drive. The Christensens later bought the building across the street and opened it as the deli. In 1985, the restaurant opened.

The restaurant and deli shared a building until 1992. And in 2000, the business became even more of a family affair when their son, Hal, joined as catering manager. Now, he is the general manager.

Hal worked at Harry’s as a kid busing tables and running food. But once he graduated college and had experience he joined his parents full time.

“You get kind of like an instant gratification,” Hal said of the business.

Since the beginning, Harry’s Continental Kitchens has become a staple on the island, but before planting roots here, the Christensens honed their skills in Wisconsin.

Harry and Lynn Christensen met in sixth grade in De Pierre, Wis., and started dating. They married in 1973.

But it was his mother who led Harry Christensen into the kitchen and cooking.

Harry Christensen would help his mother, who was a dishwasher at St. Norbert College, during the Green Bay Packers’ summer training camp. He washed dishes, helped the cooks, served food and bused tables. The Packers had chefs come in from Chicago and Milwaukee who taught Christensen some tricks.

“Since sixth grade, it was all

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SMO Happy Valentines Day
  Bring Your Special Valentine To
An Originals Restaurant!
Anna Maria
Bradenton Beach
Lakewood Ranch
Longboat Key
Downtown Sarasota
Siesta Key
St. Armands Circle
University Park
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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.


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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. 

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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.

GROVE Restaurant – Patio – Ballroom
10670 Boardwalk Loop | Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 | 941-893-4321 |
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