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    About "The Blend"

    NOT YOUR TYPICAL WINE DINNER

    Craving a unique culinary experience on Florida's Gulf Coast? Look no further than "The Blend" dining series, presented by Sarasota-Manatee Originals.

    This isn't your typical wine dinner. The Blend is a culinary excursion, taking guests on a guided trolley tour to different member restaurants and showcasing the region's diverse flavors.

    Each stop features a specially curated dish paired with a wine. A chef and a local wine expert will guide the tasting experience at each location. This is a great chance to explore new restaurants and hidden gems in the Sarasota and Manatee area, all while enjoying delicious food and drinks.

    The Blend runs monthly and visits different areas throughout the season, including Siesta Key, Venice & Nokomis, Bradenton and Anna Maria Island. Tickets are $135 and include all food, wine, gratuity, and transportation. This is a great way to support local restaurants during a slower time of year.

    This series isn't just about the food and drink; it's about celebrating the local community. The Blend aims to introduce you to hidden gems and spread the love to restaurants that support the area year-round. It's a chance to discover new favorites and savor the essence of Sarasota and Manatee counties.

    The journey begins on July 23rd with a delicious adventure on and around Siesta Key, featuring culinary delights from JPAN Sushi & Grill, Cafe Gabbiano, Miguel's Restaurant, Kolucan Mexican Bar & Grill, and the renowned Mattison's Forty-One. Don't miss this chance to discover new favorites, savor the essence of the region, and celebrate the local community that makes Sarasota and Manatee counties so special.

    TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE
    Please note: the restaurants and route may be subject to change but no ticket refunds are allowed.

    Schedule

    Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 5-8:30PM

    The July edition of The Blend will take place guests on and around sparkling Siesta Key including:

    JPAN
    Cafe Gabbiano
    MIguel's
    Kolucan
    Mattison's Forty One

    Menu:

    JPAN SUSHI & GRILL
    4pc Sample Plate
    Salmon Karashi (Japanese mustard) | Wagyu Nigiri
    Korean Mandu (beef dumpling) | Scallops Hand Roll
    Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier White Blend, California

    CAFE GABBIANO
    Ossobuco Ravioli
    ravioli stuffed with braised veal, in bolognese sauce made of filet tips, veal and ground beef
    Masi Campofiorin Ripasso, Italy 

    MIGUEL'S
    Short Rib Wellington
    beaujolais red wine reduction, roasted red bliss potatoes, gourmet carrots
    Panicaut Côtes du Rhône Rouge, Rhone Valley, France

    KOLUCAN
    Cochinita Pibil Sope
    handcrafted corn patty loaded with Yucatan-style roasted pork shoulder (cooked with sour orange, annatto seeds, and cinnamon) refried beans, pickled onions, queso fresco, and crema
    El Coto Rioja Crianza, Spain

    MATTISON'S FORTY-ONE
    Strawberry Mousse Bomb
    white chocolate, short bread crust, strawberry coulis
    Bertani "Bertarose" Rose

    Due to the nature of this event and the quantity of guests attending, we are unable to accommodate specific dietary restrictions and meal requests. We are unable to change the menu for specific preferences. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding!

    Your ticket includes parking at Mattison's Forty-One where Event Registration will take place and guests will board the trolley. The trolley tour departs promptly at 5PM for the first stop on the culinry tour, JPAN Sushi & Grill. Welcome Remarks will be given in transit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Guests arriving late (after 5 PM) will not be permitted to join the tour. The tour will end with our final stop back at Mattison’s 41.

    Tickets are available for purchase online only. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. The ticket price includes all food and beverage provided during the tour. It also includes any parking fees, a tip for the servers and all entertainment provided during the tour. 

    This event is rain-or-shine. Please see FAQs below to answer additional questions.


    Tuesday, August 20, 2024 | 5-8:30PM

    The August edition of The Blend will take place in and around South Sarasota County and include stellar establishments in Venice and Nokomis. More details will be revealed soon!

    Pop's Sunset Grill
    Fins at Sharky's
    Cafe Venice
    Paradise Grill
    Chaz 51 Steakhouse

    Menu

    POP'S SUNSET GRILL
    Tuna Crudo Salad
    Yellowfin Saku Tuna with shaved carrot, sweet pepper, cucumber, heirloom tomato,
    grated ginger, red onion, radish, baby arugula and pistachio dressed with citrus caper vinaigrette

    CHAZ 51 STEAKHOUSE
    Lamb Lollipop
    Over peppercorn brandy cream, garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach

    CAFE VENICE
    Mini Salmon Wellington
    Mini pastry filled with salmon, artichokes, spinach and cream cheese with dill aioli

    FINS AT SHARKY'S
    Duck Tostada
    Crispy blue corn tortilla, orange spice braised duck, mole rojo, habanero papaya sauce,
    tequila pickled jicama, queso fresco

    PARADISE GRILL
    Mixed Berries and Biscuit
    Fresh strawberries and raspberries over a brown sugar butter biscuit 

    Due to the nature of this event and the quantity of guests attending, we are unable to accommodate specific dietary restrictions and meal requests. We are unable to change the menu for specific preferences. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding!

    Your ticket includes parking at Paradise Grill where Event Registration will take place and guests will board the trolley. The trolley tour departs promptly at 5PM for the first stop on the culinry tour, Pop's Sunset Grill. Welcome  remarks will be given in transit.

    PLEASE NOTE: Guests arriving late (after 5 PM) will not be permitted to join the tour. The tour will end with our final stop back at Paradise Grill.

    Tickets are available for purchase online only. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. The ticket price includes all food and beverage provided during the tour. It also includes any parking fees, a tip for the servers and all entertainment provided during the tour. 

    This event is rain-or-shine. Please see FAQs below to answer additional questions.


    Details for THE SEPTEMBER BLEND are currently being finalized

    Tuesday, September 24, 2024 | 5-8:30PM

    Get ready to be dazzled! The September edition explores the charm of Bradenton and Palmetto.

    Mean Deans
    Birdrock
    Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant
    Ortygia
    and more...

    Menu

    DETAILS FOR THIS MENU ARE CURRENTLY BEING FINALIZED

    ... AND MORE!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have a question regarding The Blend that is not answered below, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

    Can I attend more than once?

    Absolutely! Tickets for each edition will be sold separately and you may attend as many as you would like.

    Will all editions require walking between restaurants?

    No - depending on the location and the restaurants proximity to each other, guests will either walk or will be transported via trolley. 

    What is included in the ticket price?

    The ticket price includes all food and beverage provided during the tour (including the wine pairings!) It also includes any parking fees, transportion (trolley), a tip for the servers and all entertainment provided during the tour.

    What is the ticket sales policy?

    You should treat your tickets like cash. Tickets are non-refundable and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. All events, prices, performances, venues, dates and times are subject to change without notice. All sales are final. Your tickets will not be replaced, refunded or exchanged for any reason whatsoever. To have 100% confidence in the validity of your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets through our ticketing system (Squad Up.) The validity of tickets purchased through other websites or resellers cannot be verified by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals prior to event day.

    Will I be able to purchase the wine sampled during the event?

    Each edition will be different. You may have the opportunity to purchase the wine tasted during the event or you may have the opportunity to purchase the wine after the event (by returning to the restaurant.)

    What is the suggested attire?

    Casual. We suggest comfortable shoes (for walking or boarding the trolley.)

    How were the participating restaurants selected?

    All restaurants visited during The Blend are members of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals. The Sarasota-Manatee Originals are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the local independent area restaurants, and providing diners with unique local flavor. Our 60+ Member restaurants help define our Suncoast, give it character and make it a memorable town to visit and live. We urge you to support our local independent restaurants here and across the country and encourage you to always “Eat Like A Local.”

    Can you accommodate dietary restrictions?

    Due to the nature of this event and the quantity of guests attending, we are unable to accommodate specific dietary restrictions and meal requests. We are unable to change the menu for specific preferences. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your understanding!

    Is the event rain or shine?

    The event is rain or shine!

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