About Original Eats

    Original Eats is an epicurean adventure providing insight into the area’s unique culinary culture!

    The inaugural Original Eats took place Friday, January 15 to Sunday, January 31, 2021 to support the local restaurant industry. During this limited time, participating Sarasota-Manatee Originals Member Restaurants, located from the northern tip of Anna Maria Island to the southern beaches of Venice, offered their guests a special signature dish. Each “Original Dish” was unique in its representation of the character of the people and establishment preparing and serving it. Ranging from appetizers to entrees, all offerings were priced at $20 and under.

    For those who are local, new in town or were just passing through, Original Eats provided an excellent opportunity to experience the diverse and inspired food culture embodied by our local, independent restaurants. Foodies raised their forks in support of our area’s food and beverage professionals that are an integral part of Sarasota and Manatee County’s local economies and communities.

    Boar’s Head is the official title sponsor of the 2021 Original Eats culinary collaborative. For over five generations, Boar’s Head Brand® has been a family-owned business with the belief that consumers deserve superior quality products. Boar's Head prides themselves on being master craftsmen in their industry, skilled artisans in meat and cheese preparation methods. Boar's Head uses time honored recipes that call for hand-trimming their meats and applying many of their spices by hand. Boar's Head knows there are easier, faster, even cheaper ways to make their products—but cutting corners doesn’t cut it for them.

    Original Eats was designed to not only showcase the global gastronomy of Florida’s Suncoast, but also to remind the community why “Eating Like A Local” is critical as we proceed into the new year. As an organization, the Originals continue to look for inventive and engaging ways for people to enjoy the spirit and talents of our local, independent restaurants while prioritizing health and safety. Local is so much more than a place. It’s the people, businesses, cultures and flavors. It’s a collective of voices and ideas. That’s what makes supporting local so special.

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    Boar’s Head is the official title sponsor of the 2021 Original Eats culinary collaborative. 

    Founded in 1905, Boar's Head Brand has upheld a commitment to unwavering standards for quality for over 110 years, refusing to take shortcuts that compromise the integrity of its products for the sake of convenience or economy. What started with just a few products has grown to over 500, ranging from premium delicatessen meats, cheeses and condiments to an array of Italian and Old World specialties, hummus and foodservice items. All Boar's Head meats, cheeses, spreads and condiments contain no gluten¹, artificial colors or flavors, MSG added, fillers or by-products, or trans fat².

    1. All Boar’s Head meats, cheeses, spreads and condiments are gluten free.
    2. No trans-fat from partially hydrogenated oils.

      Get Social

      Original Eats diners are encouraged to use hashtags #EatLikeALocal941 and #OriginalEats2021 and to further support Suncoast independent restaurants by posting a picture of their dining experience to social media. By tagging the restaurant by location and tagging the Sarasota-Manatee Originals (@dineoriginal on Facebook and/or @941originals on Instagram) diners will be entered into a drawing to win one of many prize packages including "Eat like a Local" Tervis Tumbler wine glasses, coasters, cutting boards, key chains and more!


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      Sarasota, FL 34239

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