Each year the Sarasota-Manatee Originals host the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival at the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida to celebrate and support our local restaurant community. Approaching the 14th year of Forks & Corks festival events, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals have been confronted with the decision to alter or cancel our event plans in light of the pandemic. Forks & Corks is our organization’s largest annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing dollars to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals to promote dining in local, independently owned restaurants.
The pandemic has had a profound impact on the hospitality industry on a global scale. Our Member Restaurants have emerged as leaders, setting the standard for safety protocols, providing food and other resources to their community in need and pivoting continuously to best meet customer demand. Our regional independent restaurants are a strong community of professionals who work together, not just in times of need, but in the individual challenges that we all face daily.
In lieu of the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals will host an Online Auction beginning Monday, April 26 through Sunday, May 2. The funds raised from the Forks & Corks Online Auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the over 60 local independent area restaurants that are members of our organization.
We ask that you join hands with us to shine a light on the challenges our industry is facing. We would like to ask for your support by donating a special item or experience for our Forks & Corks Online Auction.
Our local independent restaurants need your support now, more than ever. The hospitality industry’s national chain restaurants have the security blanket of corporate infrastructure to provide additional security for their workers. Our regional dining destinations do not have that luxury.
Your donation provides an exclusive opportunity to participate in a high-profile online auction promoted through The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Website, Online Auction Platform/Mobile Bidding and Printed/Digital Marketing Materials for the event.
Auction contributors will be acknowledged in the following ways:
Please use the link below to provide information to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals regarding your donation.
The deadline to submit your donation is Thursday, April 15.
We ask that all items are shipped or personally delivered to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals office at 1215 S. Tamiami Trail Sarasota FL 34239