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Apr 1, 2024 | by Laura Paquette | SRQ Magazine
Origin Story - Discover the origin story of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, which champions local restaurants across the community
In the early 2000s, Sarasota began attracting the attention of national chain restaurants looking to open up in the area, and local establishments worried they would soon be competing with large companies. In search of solutions, Michael Klauber, the co-proprietor of Michael’s On East, attended an event in Tucson, Arizona, hosted by a group called the Tucson Originals... [READ MORE]

Mar 28, 2024 | by Laura Paquette | SRQ Magazine
Set The Bar to Shake up April
On April 14, the Set the Bar Cocktail Competition returns to Sarasota for its sixth year. This exciting event, run by the Sarasota-Manatee Originals and hosted at Ed Smith Stadium, is a must-attend if you love the art of making, or drinking, creative cocktails... [READ MORE]

Feb 16, 2024 | by Alexis Mueller | Tampa Bay Business Journal
Independent restaurants in Sarasota-Manatee innovate in the face of challenges 

Staff shortages, cost of goods and post-Covid competition keep the pressure on Sarasota independent restaurateurs... [READ MORE]

date | by Tom Reese | Sarasota Scene Magazine
Opening Bottles & Doors: Sarasota-Manatee Originals Celebrates 20 Years and its 17th Annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival
Imagine having an all-access pass to taste over 350 award-winning wines from all over the world and pairing them with a wide variety of mouth-watering foods from over 40 local independently owned restaurants. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, it’s not... [READ MORE] 

Jan 30, 2024 | by Laura Paquette | SRQ Magazine
A Refill of Forks and Corks 2024 
This weekend, food and wine lovers descended upon Sarasota for the 2024 Forks and Corks Food and Wine Festival. Put on by a group of local restaurants known as the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, Forks and Corks celebrates dining in our region and allows visitors to sample wines from across the globe... [READ MORE]

Jan 28, 2024 | by Bob Wells | ABC7 WWSB-TV 
17th annual Forks & Corks draws thousands of supporters
The Ringling Museum Of Art became a mecca of the best culinary delights from along the Suncoast combined with the finest wines from around the globe Sunday. It was all part of the 17th annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival Grand Tasting... [READ MORE]

Jan 24, 2024 | ABC7 WWSB-TV
Forks & Corks Winning Wines
Our favorite wine expert Michael Klauber is here to celebrate the winning wines from the Forks & Corks Wine Judging, a behind-the-scenes, predecessor event to the Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival... [SEE MORE]

(date) “Bordeaux Wines Are Getting Stronger and MaturingMore Quickly. Here’s Why.”
by Bob McGinn | Sarasota Magazine

(date) The Perfect Day of Dining and Wine-ing
by Larry Hoffman |

(date) Attendees Toast to Successful Forks & Corks by Lori Sax | Observer Group

(date) Bradenton Magazine | Kelly Stilwell | Feature Story