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.

    Please note: the restaurants and route may be subject to change but no ticket refunds are allowed.


    Tuesday, October 12, 2021
    Cocktail Edition

    The October edition of The Blend will take place in Downtown Sarasota on Tuesday, October 12 during Set the Bar Cocktail Week! Guests will sip and stroll between restaurants, while enjoying a unique dish carefully paired with a craft cocktail reflecting the flavor of each local establishment. The Chef will guide you through the tasting experience before venturing to the next location.

    October Participating Restaurants
    el Melvin
    State Street
    Overture Restaurant
    Overture Restaurant


    Red Snapper Ceviche with Fried Green Plantain Cup with Onion, Tomato, Cilantro, Cucumber, Grapefruit and Lime topped with Fresh Avocado
    Paired with the "Cucumber Rosemary Margarita"
    House Infused Cucumber Tequila | Fresh Grapefruit

    Lebanese Ricotta with Fried Pita, Falafel & Zucchini Beignet
    Paired with "Not Without My Zaatar" Cocktail
    El Jimador Silver Tequila | Zaatar Syrup | Pineapple Juice | Lime Juice | Firewater Bitters

    Farm House Salad with Market Vegetables, Tomato, Cucumber, Kalamata Olive, Sheep Feta, Red Wine Vinegar and Garlic Yogurt
    Paired with State Street’s version of a “Bees Knees” Cocktail
    Gin | Honey Syrup | Barenjager Honey Liqueur | Lemon Juice

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pan Seared Gnudi with Apples, Kale, & Sage Sautéed in Butter
    Paired with "Apple Side Car" Cocktail | Cognac | Triple Sec | Red Apple Syrup | Orange Blossom Water

    Bruleed Cheesecake
    Paired with Overture's "Honey" Cocktail
    Honeysuckle | Elderflower | Strawberry Martini

    There are 2 ticket types:

    General Admission (Group 1) - Start time of 5:00PM

    General Admission (Group 2) - Start time of 5:30PM

    If you wish to be in the same group as other guests, we suggest purchasing your tickets together in the same transaction.

    Your ticket includes complementary Valet Parking at Art Ovation Hotel, where Event Registration will take place and the culinary tour begins! This event requires walking between restaurant stops.

    Tickets are available for purchase online only. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. The ticket price includes all food and beverage provided during the tour (including the cocktail tastings!) It also includes any parking fees, a tip for the servers and all entertainment provided during the tour. Event attendees must be able to walk for the full duration of the event (approximately 1 mile in total distance.) In the event of inclement weather, the rain date for The Blend: Cocktail Edition will be Tuesday, October 19.

    Safety Measures: 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 on the trolley and until seated at each restaurant.


    Tuesday, November 16, 2021

    The November edition of The Blend will take place in University Town Center (UTC) on Tuesday, November 16! More details will be revealed soon!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    If you have a question regarding The Blend that is not answered below, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

    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?

    Each edition will be different. You may have the opportunity to purchase the wine tasted during the event or you may have the opportunity to purchase the wine after the event (by returning to the restaurant.)

    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

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

    The August edition of The Blend took place throughout Siesta Key & Sarasota.

    August Participating Restaurants
    The Oasis Café
    Cafe Gabbiano
    Mattison's Forty-One
    JPAN Sushi & Grill


    Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Poke’ with Black Rice, Macadamia Nut Gremolata and Micro Greens paired with Bourgogne Blanc, Lamblin & Fils, Burgundy, France, 2020

    Homemade Truffle and Cheese Stuffed Pasta in a Butter, Sage Sauce with Truffle Oil paired with Trebbiano di Lugana, Zenato, Veneto, Italy, 2018

    Grilled Duck Breast with Cherries and Maraschino Liqueur, Wild Mushroom Barley, and Gourmet Carrots paired with Syrah "Cuvée Vincent," Domaine De Chateaumar, Côtes Du Rhône, France

    Pot Roast Deconstructed with Truffle Mashed Potatoes, Local Vegetable Medley, Cipollini Onion Cream and Demi-Glace paired with Zinfandel, Seghesio, Sonoma, California, 2019

    Braised Short Ribs in Sweet Soy paired with Cabernet Sauvignon "The Prisoner," Napa Valley, California

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021

    The July edition of The Blend took place in Bradenton.

    July Restaurant Participants
    Birdrock Taco Shack
    Mean Deans Local Kitchen
    Riverhouse Waterfront Restaurant


    Beet & Goat Cheese Taco with Pecans, Pineapple Honey Sriracha and Cabbage on a Flour Tortilla Paired with Sauvignon Blanc, The Little Sheep of New Zealand, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2020

    Monkfish Agrodolce with Lemon Orzo Salad Paired with Vermentino di Sardegna DOC, Cherchi, Italy, 2017

    Cedar Plank Salmon with Balsamic Glazed Brussels and Candied Bacon Paired with Pinot Noir, Ken Wright Cellars, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2019

    All Natural, Antibiotic and Hormone Free Niman Ranch Pork Ribeye served with a Honey Mustard Glaze and Roasted Onions, accompanied by Sweet Pea Pancetta Risotto and Seasonal Vegetables Paired with Red Blend "GSM," Hahn, Central Coast, California, 2018

    Hanger Steak with Bacon Jam and Blue Cheese Fondue Over Yukon Mashed Potatoes Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon, Fortress, Sonoma County, California, 2017

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021

    The June edition of The Blend took place in Venice and Nokomis on Tuesday, June 29! Guests were transported between restaurants by Trolley. Guests started and ended their tour at Casey Key Wine Collector, the wine retail partner of the event.

    June Restaurant Participants
    Paradise Grill
    Pop's Sunset Grill
    Café Venice
    Fins at Sharky's
    The Crow's Nest


    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

    Chocolate Orange Mousse served in a Wine Glass

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

    We would also like to thank our generous Wine Partners for The Blend Venice/Nokomis: Winebow Fine Wines + Spirits, Terrior Selections, Amici Cellars and Jackson Family Wines.

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    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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