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Eat Like a Local During Savor Sarasota!

#SavorSarasota from Visit Sarasota is here! The 16th Annual Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week continues through June 14, 2021!

Summer never tasted so good! Enjoy #SavorSarasota Restaurant Week June 1-14 when dozens of restaurants feature prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus for just $16 and $32 per person!

Home to award-winning and legendary restaurants, there’s no better time to explore all the culinary experiences Sarasota County has to offer. From Peruvian palates and French cuisine to American classics and fresh seafood, you’ll feel like a local foodie in no time.

Siesta Key 
 
5104 Ocean Blvd
941.349.1423
 
6631 Midnight Pass Road
941.349.4024
 
Venice
 
101 West Venice Ave
941.484.1855
 
1968 Tarpon Center Drive
941.484.9551
 
1600 Harbor Drive South
941.999.3467
 
Sarasota
 
1592 Main Street
941.365.2234
 
180 North Lime Ave
941.383.1111
 
23 N Lemon Ave
941.365.1020
 
1435 Main Street
941.312.4001
 
1413 Main Street
941.724.8585
 
1766 Main Street
941.960.2305
 
1 N Lemon Ave
941.330.0440
 
7275 S Tamiami Trail 
941.921.3400
 
1212 East Ave S
941.366.0007
 
1255 N Palm Ave
941.316.0808
 
 

SARASOTA-MANATEE ORIGINALS UNCORK PLANS FOR 2021 FORKS & CORKS FESTIVAL

Week-long Event Raises Awareness and Monies to Support Local Independent Restaurants

Representatives of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals have announced details for the 2021 Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival taking place April 26 through May 2, 2021. This year’s 14th annual event has been reimagined to offer guests a menu of specially-curated and controlled experiences designed to showcase the talents of the area’s brilliant and resilient, independent food & beverage operators. In addition to wine seminars and a food stroll, a world-class Online Auction is planned as well as a schedule of “food & wine experiences” taking place at restaurants throughout Sarasota and Manatee’s Gulf-coastal communities.

With guidelines for safely gathering changing every day and COVID-19 vaccine administration underway, we made the decision to organize a very different kind of Forks & Corks experience for 2021, one that is based on the safest precautions and procedures. While we will miss gathering with convivial crowds of our Members, friends and Winemakers from around the world, and bustling from table to table in the courtyard of the Ringling Museum for the massive Grand Tasting event, we’re very excited to leverage our platform to drive people back into our local eateries at a time when they are very much in need.

The 2021 festival schedule has increased to a week to allow for expanded events and offerings:

University Master Classes
Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2
Led by world-renowned wine industry professionals, the University Master Classes are a highlight of the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival each year. For 2021, six wine seminars will be offered at three locations: GROVE Restaurant Patio Ballroom in Lakewood Ranch and Michael’s Wine Cellar and Michael’s On East Ballroom in Sarasota. (Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. Advanced ticketing is required.)
 
The Blend Sarasota: A Forks & Corks Strolling Dinner Party - SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 29
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT
Take part in a strolling dinner party with some of Downtown Sarasota’s culinary gems. At each stop on the tasting tour, guests will enjoy a specialty dish paired with a selected wine tasting. 
 
Food and Wine Experiences
Monday, April 26 - Sunday, May 2
A week-long offering of limited-time Food & Wine Experiences are offered by members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals including unique food & wine pairings, special menus, bottle discounts, wine dinners, tasting experiences and more – available for dine in or take out. 
 
Online Auction
Opens for Preview - Thursady, April 22
Bidding Starts Monday, April 26 - Sunday, May 2
Virtual paddles can be raised at a robust Online Auction featuring rare and exquisite wines, international and domestic travel, special dining and party experiences, lodging, entertainment, and one-of-a-kind experiences. All funds raised by the Forks & Corks Online Food and Wine Auction are dedicated to promoting and sustaining the over 60 local independent area restaurants that are members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals. 

Presented by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, Forks & Corks is the organization’s primary annual fundraiser, bringing critical marketing dollars to the Sarasota-Manatee Originals to promote dining in local, independently-owned restaurants and encouraging locals and visitors to our area to always “Eat Like A Local.

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Celebrate 2021 With An Original!

From historic downtown Venice to the beaches of Anna Maria Island, your best New Year's Eve dining-out options include these locally-owned, independent restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Open and welcoming guests on December 31, some will be serving holiday "specials" while some will have the traditional dishes. Some will serve a la...

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Christmas Day Dining!

(Siesta Key) Cafe Gabbiano | 941.349.1423 | cafegabbiano.com  (Venice) Café Venice Restaurant & Bar | 941.484.1855 | cafevenicerestaurantandbar.com - Delivery and Limited Pick Up (Longboat Key) Euphemia Haye | 941.383.3633 | euphemiahaye.com   (Lakewood Ranch) GROVE Restaurant.Patio.Ballroom | 941.893.4321 | grovel...

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EAT OUT OR TAKE OUT WITH AN ORIGINAL THIS CHRISTMAS EVE

From historic downtown Venice to the beaches of Anna Maria Island, your best holiday dining-out options include these locally-owned, independent restaurants in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. Open and welcoming guests on Thursday, December 24, some will be serving holiday "specials" while some will have the traditional dishes and all the f...

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Stone Crab Season is Here!

Considered to be one of the most delicious crustaceans of the world, the anticipation of the opening of stone crab season on October 15 and thoughts of their sweet succulence and rich, snowy white meat has our mouths watering!From October through May, Florida's recreational and commercial stone crab claw season is on. Local commercial fishermen sta...

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Thanksgiving with The Originals!

This Thanksgiving you might not want to take on the cooking and cleanup of a multi-course meal and would rather spend the time with the family. Well, you're in luck. This year, stellar restaurants across Florida's Suncoast will be serving meals for all those who would rather quite literally leave the holiday cooking to the pros. EAT OUT OR TAKE OUT...

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Waterfront Dining in Venice, Sarasota & Bradenton

Written by Tara Caguiat for The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Fiery sunsets, lapping waves, the occasional dolphin spotting—dining by the ocean is understandably desirable. Fortunately, Sarasota and Manatee Counties have more waterfront restaurants than most areas, with options directly on the sand and situated on the water. Sink your toes in the sand...

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Must-Try Italian Restaurants in Bradenton, Sarasota and Venice

 Written by Tara Caguiat for The Sarasota-Manatee Originals Herb-filled aromas wafting through the air. Welcoming hosts ready to show you true hospitality. Renaissance decor and Italian opera setting the mood—these details are what make Italian dining experiences second to none. Italian food is as varied as the colorful country itself, and res...

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