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The Blend

The Blend is breaking the mold of the traditional wine dinner to bring you a progressive culinary excursion! During this exclusive, limited attendance event, guests will embark together via trolley on a guided dining experience to locally-owned eateries that are members of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals.

At each restaurant, you will enjoy a specialty dish carefully curated with a paired wine. The Chef and a local wine expert will guide you through the tasting experience before venturing to the next location. Each tour is a new adventure highlighting the restaurants that make our community so unique. 

Tickets are sold (online only) for $125 per person. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase each wine sampled during the event.

Schedule

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The next edition of The Blend will take place in Venice and Nokomis on Tuesday, June 29! Guests will be transported between restaurants by Trolley. Guests will park at Casey Key Wine Collector where check in will take place and guests will enjoy charcuterie and Champagne. Please arrive between 5 and 5:15PM. Promptly at 5:15PM, Welcome Remarks will be given and guests will begin boarding the trolley. Guests arriving late will not be permitted to join the tour. After the tour, guests will return to Casey Key Wine Collector where the wine that was sampled during the event will be available to purchase.

June Participating Restaurants
Paradise Grill
Pop's Sunset Grill
Café Venice
Fins at Sharky's

Menu

Lobster & Crab Cocktail with Avocado Crema

Shrimp Rangoon Deconstructed

Veal Cutlets stuffed with Spinach and Fontina topped with homemade San Marzano Tomato Sauce, served with Broccoli and Parsnip Puree

Smoked Hudson Valley Farms Duck Breast served over Stir Fry Vegetables with Korean BBQ Sauce, Sticky Rice & Sesame

Special Thanks To Casey Key Collector Wine for partnering with the Originals to host the Venice/Nokomis edition of The Blend!

Tickets for the June edition can be purchased below! Tickets are available for purchase online only for $125 each + ticketing fees. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. The ticket price includes all food and beverage provided during the tour (including the wine pairings!) It also includes any parking fees, transportation (trolley), a tip for the servers and all entertainment provided during the tour. Please note that we are unable to accommodate specific dietary requests. No substitutions to the menu will be made, due to the nature of the event.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The July edition of The Blend will take place in Bradenton on Tuesday, July 27! Guests will be transported between restaurants by Trolley. More details will be revealed soon regarding the starting location, menu, parking, etc.

July Participating Restaurants
Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant
Birdrock Taco Shack
Ortgyia
Mattison's

Tickets for the July edition can be purchased below! Tickets are available for purchase online only for $125 each + ticketing fees. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. The ticket price includes all food and beverage provided during the tour (including the wine pairings!) It also includes any parking fees, transportation (trolley), a tip for the servers and all entertainment provided during the tour. Please note that we are unable to accommodate specific dietary requests. No substitutions to the menu will be made, due to the nature of the event.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The August edition of The Blend will take place on Siesta Key on Tuesday, August 31! Guests will be transported between restaurants by Trolley. More details will be revealed soon!

August Participating Restaurants
Cafe Gabbiano

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

The September edition of The Blend will take place on Tuesday, September 28! Guests will be transported between restaurants by Trolley. More details will be revealed soon!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The October edition of The Blend will take place in Downtown Sarasota on Tuesday, October 19 during Set the Bar Cocktail Week! This edition of The Blend will feature cocktails paired with signature dishes. More details will be revealed soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

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How often will The Blend take place?

The Blend will take place on the last Tuesday of each month. Please see the schedule above.

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 eachother, guests will either walk or will be transported via trolley. For example, the June edition includes restaurants that are several miles apart, so guests will be transported via trolley. For the April edition, guests were able to walk as the restaurants were all located within .5 miles of eachother.

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?

Yes! The wine will be available to purchase at the conclusion of the event.

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.”

What safety measures will be in place?

The Blend Sarasota will follow the current CDC Guidance for social distancing. Tickets and capacity are reduced to help limit social interaction. Guests will be required to wear masks until seated at each restaurant.

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!

Past Event Editions

On Thursday, April 29, 2021 a group of 50 foodies gathered at Art Ovation Hotel to toast the inaugural event, The Blend: Forks & Corks edition. Overture Restaurant & Gallery Lounge, Clasico Italian Chophouse, element: Steak. Seafood. Pasta. and Sage SRQ delivered a culinary experience that highlighted their talent and creativity. The wines were carefully selected by each Chef to enhance the flavors of their dish. Guests sipped and strolled their way through Downtown Sarasota as onlookers watched with envy. At each stop on the journey, guests were regaled with with stories of each wine's origin and evolution.

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