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"But as they say in Portugal, o que nao mata, engorda-what doesn't kill you, makes you fatter."

- Andrew Fabian, Contributing Writer SRQ Magazine

-Inside the Scoop, as seen in SRQ's March 2021 edition. Click the photo for the full article.
[Seafood]  Test Your Sea Legs with a Portuguese Fish Stew
Andrew Fabian, andrew.fabian@srqme.com

For almost 300 years, Portugal’s seafarers and explorers dominated the high seas. The exploits of titans like Magellan, though tainted with the horrors of colonialism and its accompanying slave trade, gave the country a stranglehold on the trade of goods around the world. Naturally, Portuguese sailors developed a love and familiarity with the most abundant food source available while sailing the globe: seafood. Cod, particularly salted cod, became a highly nutritious staple of the seaman’s diet, but other types of seafood also saw themselves refined into preparations both decadent and simple.

At Amore Restaurant, who’s owners Liana and Tito Vitorino hale from Portugal, a selection of cataplanas offer a deep dive into authentic Portuguese fish stews called cataplanas. A cataplana is both the name of the dish and of the spherical copper pot in which the dish cooks. The pot has a locking mechanism that seals the ingredients inside and speeds up the cooking process, sort of like a Dutch oven or an analog pressure cooker. Amore’s cataplana de marisco comes with lobster tail, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, bell peppers and boiled potatoes stewed for around 10 minutes in a rich seafood broth. This seafood sampler stew is not for the faint of heart. Stacked high with protein, its brininess is enough to test your sea legs.

But as they say in Portugal, o que nao mata, engorda—what doesn’t kill you, makes you fatter. 

Amore Restaurant, 180 North Lime Avenue

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[Performance Update]  Dave Matthews Band Guitarist to Perform at My Hometown Jam

Bring your chair or blanket and join guitarist Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band and TR3) along with five other bands for an intimate evening of music, food and fun under the stars at the 1st Annual My Hometown Jam, taking place at Nathan Benderson Park on Friday, March 26, 2021, from 6-10pm. Limited tickets are available for this open air concert benefitting Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota and Sertoma Kids, Inc., local 501(C)(3) nonprofits that provide services and equipment for children and adults with speech, communication and hearing challenges. Tickets are $40. 

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[COVID-19]  Manatee County to Schedule 16,400 Appointments Next Week for Adults 50+ and Expand Registration to 18 and Over

 Manatee County is expanding pre-registration for its vaccine standby pool to those 18 and over. The County will begin to schedule 16,400 first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for this week for adults 50 and older at Tom Bennett Park and the Public Safety Center. Anyone ages 18 and over can enroll in the County’s new online registration system by going to vax.mymanatee.org or by calling Manatee County’s call center at 311. 

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[Blood Drive]  Goodwill Hosting Monthly Blood Drives at Multiple Locations

Goodwill has offered three locations – two in Bradenton and one in North Port – for SunCoast Blood Centers to park its bloodmobiles one Sunday per month through the end of the year. The first of the upcoming collection events takes place on Sunday, March 28 from 9:30am-3:30pmThe three locations are Goodwill’s Corporate Campus (2705 51st Ave. E., Bradenton), Ranch Lake (8750 E. State Rd. 70, Bradenton) and North Port (14879 Tamiami Tr.). 

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[Marine Science]  Mote Marine Laboratory and the City of Anna Maria Come Together for Marine Science Education

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and the City of Anna Maria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pursue the construction of a marine science education and public outreach center at the famous City of Anna Maria Pier. "The two core pillars of what we do at Mote are research and enhancing ocean literacy by sharing our research with the public, especially the next generation. Mote has always engaged our community through informal science education in our Aquarium and in the classroom,” said Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby. “Likewise, the community of Anna Maria has a great connection to the marine environment, especially apparent in the 100+ year history of the City Pier." 

Pictured: Rendering of the proposed marine science education and public outreach center to be located at the Anna Maria City Pier. Photo credit Mote Marine Laboratory.

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[Recognition]  Leading Real Estate Agent Recognized with Platinum Service Award

Maureen Horn of Michael Saunders & Company in Longboat Key, Fla has repeated the previous year’s achievement of being granted the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified® Platinum. The award is in recognition of earning 100% client service satisfaction in 2020 as measured by Leading Research Corporation (LRC). 

[Home Sales]  Veronica Murphy of Keller Williams Sells Waterfront, Ritz-Carlton Home for $3.9 Million

 Keller Williams on the Water Sarasota is pleased to announce the sale of 401 Quay Commons, #1001, Sarasota, FL, by Veronica Murphy for $4.05 million.  

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[New Technology ]  First Hospitals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to Offer HeartFlow FFRCT Analysis for Cardiac Patients

 Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Manatee Memorial Hospital, members of the Manatee Healthcare System, are the first hospitals in Manatee and Sarasota Counties to offer cardiac patients the HeartFlow Analysis, a first-of-its kind non-invasive, diagnostic technology that aids physicians in the diagnoses of coronary artery disease (CAD), the most common form of heart disease. 

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[Construction Update]  GATES Nearing Completion at The Venice Golf and Country Club

Leading clubhouse builder GATES Construction has made substantial progress on the  renovations and expansion at  The Venice Golf and Country Club, one of Southwest Florida’s finest private golf and fitness communities. The project involves improvements to both the clubhouse and wellness center. Clubhouse improvements include a new bar, covered outdoor dining with retractable screening, fire pit and re-positioned parking.  

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[Recognition]  Carey Beychok Earns Five Star and Chairman's Club Awards

Broker-Associate Carey Beychok of RE/MAX Alliance Group has earned the Five Star Real Estate Agent Award recognizing excellence in client satisfaction. Based on an independent survey of recent home buyers, the award was presented to approximately 2 percent of real estate agents in the Sarasota market.  

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[New Hire]  Lisa Bender Joins RE/MAX Alliance Group

Realtor Lisa Bender has joined RE/MAX Alliance Group as a Sales Associate in the Venice, Florida office. A resident of downtown Sarasota as well as Newport, Rhode Island, she is also a licensed Realtor with Lila Delman Real Estate in Newport and William Raveis Real Estate in Connecticut.    

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[In This Issue]  Idyll as The Ideal

The paintings of Bill Farnsworth glow with true-to-life idyll. 

Click here to read the full article in SRQ's March 2021 edition.

[COVID-19]  Citywide Public Health Emergency Extended through March 26

 The City of Sarasota has extended its declaration of a local citywide public health emergency through March 26 following a weekly review, as required by the City Charter, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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[SOON]  DANCE: Virtual: Sarasota Contemporary Dance: In-Studio Performance Series: Karim Manning , March 26 – March 27, 7pm

In-Studio Performance Series Featuring Karim Manning With Accompanying Collaborator, Monessa Salley will take place through a live stream at 7pm on March 26 and broadcast recording at 7pm on March 27. This performance will be the showcasing of some unreleased tracks that will include rapping and singing for vocals as well as improvisational song creations collaborated with the audience. The members of the audience will be asked to contribute ideas and phrases for Karim to create whole songs with on the spot to create a one-time unique musical experience for all those involved. Accompanying Karim will be SCD member Monessa Salley who will be interpreting some of his produced music through movement. Virtual stream tickets are choose what you pay, $5, $10, $15. Each ticket purchases close 30 minutes before the show. 

[SOON]  FOOD: Jazz Brunch with The Housecats , March 28, 10am-1:45pm

Join Hamlet’s Eatery for a Jazz Brunch on Sunday, March 28 from 10am to 1:45pm. Located in the outdoor courtyard of The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime at 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota. Plenty of room to social distance and seating under a covered patio. Rain or shine. Starting at 10:30am until 1:30pm, enjoy live jazz music from The House Cats. The House Cats are an up-and-coming Jazz Duo bringing authentic bebop and swing in a refreshing and exciting way. With a guitarist and vocalist, The House Cats bring a big sound, with chord melodies, walking baselines, and inspired improvisation. Travis and Stephanie's genuine chemistry shines through in every performance, and their unique sound brings a huge amount of romance and class. The House Cats play classic Jazz Standards by many of the greatest composers in history. Menu options will include both traditional and vegan dishes from building your own omelets with fresh organic eggs to tofu scrambles. Bloody Marys and Mimosa available.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce: 21st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament , May 24, 7:30am

The Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce proudly announces the 21st Annual Chamber Golf Tournament, which will be held Monday, May 24, 2021, at TPC Prestancia, located at 4409 Tournament Players Club Drive, Sarasota. This private outing presents a unique opportunity for Chamber members and guests to play a round at the TCP Prestancia – Stadium Course.  Onsite check-in begins at 7:30am with a 9am shotgun start. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your business with select sponsorship opportunities.  Also, take advantage of the limited early bird discount which includes $100 discount per foursome.  Registration is also available for individual players and award luncheon only guests.  Golf registration includes: light breakfast, golf cart, golf balls & tees, swag bag, team photo, hole prizes and awards luncheon.  Awards will be given to the following winners: First, Second, and Third Place Foursomes, Longest Drive- Ladies, Longest Drive- Men, Closest to the Pen- Ladies, Closest to the Pen- Men, and Putting Contest Winner. Registration and sponsorship information is available online at siestakeychamber.com, or contact Rachel Dixon, at the Chamber at 941-349-3800. Proceeds support the programs and services of the Chamber.

[SOON]  MUSIC: 1st Annual My Hometown Jam , March 26, 6pm-10pm

Bring your chair or blanket and join guitarist Tim Reynolds (Dave Matthews Band and TR3) along with five other bands for an intimate evening of music, food and fun under the stars at the 1st Annual My Hometown Jam, taking place at Nathan Benderson Park on Friday, March 26, 2021, from 6pm to 10pm. Limited tickets are available for this open-air concert benefitting Sertoma Club of Greater Sarasota and Sertoma Kids, Inc., local 501(C)(3) nonprofits that provide services and equipment for children and adults with speech, communication and hearing challenges. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at https://myhometownjam.com/. Food from area food trucks, as well as beer, wine, seltzers and water, will be available for purchase at the event, which is open to all ages.

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Virtual: SRQ Strong: Parents Have the Power to Change the World , April 26, 6pm-7:30pm

The first 1000 days of a child’s life are a critical period of development. At least one nurturing adult relationship builds resilience and helps children grow and flourish, even when exposed to stressful experiences. Supportive parents are also key to raising new generations of children who are accepting and compassionate. Parents have the power to change our community and ultimately the world. First 1,000 Days Sarasota fosters positive parent-child relationships, builds community resources to help families, and supports parents as community leaders. This presentation will highlight two-parent stories of resilience, review the impacts of childhood trauma, and offer suggestions for getting involved. This event will be held on Zoom and streamed on the SRQ Strong Facebook LIVE on Monday, April 26 from 6pm to 7:30pm. Details will be sent upon registration.

[SOON]  FOOD: Easter at Mattison's , April 4, Varied.

Celebrate Easter at Mattison’s Restaurants for delicious, chef-inspired menus and fun, family atmospheres. All three Mattison’s locations will be open serving special Easter menus featuring delicious, all-natural, sustainably sourced seafood and antibiotic, and hormone-free beef, lamb, and chicken. Start with a bottomless mimosa, a glass of wine or your favorite libation. Indulge in house-made desserts to finish the perfect Easter Celebration. No matter which location you choose, Paul Mattison, along with his executive chefs and expert culinary team, have created Easter menus you and your family and friends will love. Curbside Pick Up and To-Go options are also available. Add a bottle of bubbly or your favorite wine to your to-go order. Choose Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Bradenton on the beautiful Riverwalk with open-air dining and cool breezes from the Manatee River, Mattison’s City Grille in Sarasota on the corner of Lemon and Main in the heart of downtown Sarasota which also offers open-air, al fresco dining with a lively atmosphere or Mattison’s Forty-One in South Sarasota on Tamiami Trail inside the newly renovated dining room or outside on your choice of two bistro style terraces. Call the restaurant of your choice for reservations or visit https://mattisons.com/easter-sunday-at-mattisons-2/ to view the menus.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: Mote Marine: March Teen Science Cafe , March 24, 4pm-5pm

Join us for this virtual, webinar style Teen Science Cafe hosted by Mote’s High School Interns on March 24 from 4pm to 5pm. Speaker will be Raquel Martinez, Youth Organizer, Alliance for Climate Education Presentation. Raquel will be speaking about the organization’s work in climate justice and sharing resources to engage the teens in climate action. In this Cafe, Raquel will bring climate change solutions to life and inspire the next generation to lead the charge against climate change. This program is for teens and pre-registration is required. This is a free program, but space is limited so register today.

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Virtual: The Bishop: Stelliferous , March 24, 7pm-9pm

The stars are the "stars" during this live guided tour of the upcoming month’s skies with a staff astronomer, who will talk about where our stars, planets and constellations are headed in our night skies on Wednesday, March 24 from 7pm to 9pm. We’ll also share the most current events in the world of astronomy and open the floor for an always-fun question and answer session. Stelliferous is great for curious adults and inquisitive kids alike. Stelliferous Live is $3 for members of the Discovery Society, $5 All Others. Please note this program will be hosted via Zoom. Registration confirmation with Zoom meeting details will be sent to the email address provided at check out.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Art Center Sarasota: Plein Air Painting Class , February 17 – March 24, 1pm-4pm

Plein Air Painting Class with Joseph Melancon will take place offsite at outdoor locations on Wednesdays from February 17 through March 24 from 1pm to 4pm. Join Joseph in painting outdoors at various locations around Sarasota. Among other things, you’ll paint trees, water and beaches as well as structures and boats with distant and close up views. Learn methods and techniques to produce exciting paintings. You can eliminate unnecessary detail while being more spontaneous and painterly! He will emphasize keeping everything simple including brushes, limited colors, and easels. Joseph will be available to give you each individual guidance as your paintings develop. You will see how you can alter the composition of the scene to create a better relationship of the parts. He encourages risk taking and boldness in painting. With opaque paints you can easily make changes if things don’t work out as planned. Each outing will start with a demonstration of how to choose a view and block in the scene. This will establish the basic composition of shapes and values without thinking in terms of final colors. He’ll show you how you can mix color and apply it in a loose bold style with various types of brushes. You can get to the next level using your own style. Joseph will supply maps for the various locations around town, all easy to get to. We’ll have big fun and stay as safe as possible by being outdoors, masking up and socially distancing.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Virtual: Art Center Sarasota: Exploring Watercolor Class , February 19 – March 26, 9:30am-12:30pm

Exploring Watercolor Class with Gail White on Fridays February 19 through March 26 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. This class is friendly and supportive, and offers guided instruction and demonstrations. The lessons include: design aspects of planning a composition, use of photo references and live setups, watercolor techniques and discussion of color usage and properties of various pigments. This is an online course. When you register (and are paid in full), a Zoom link will be emailed to you. If your teacher has additional handouts, those will also be emailed to you.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Virtual: Sarasota Concert Association: Musically Speaking , February 25 – March 25, 7pm

The Sarasota Concert Association (SCA) today announced “Musically Speaking,” a free, three-concert virtual series featuring preeminent classical musicians in unique performances, highlighted by informal conversations with the artists. World-acclaimed pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Kirill Gerstein launch the series with a duo piano performance and conversation on Thursday, February 25, at 7pm. Violinist Samantha Bennett and percussionist George Nickson will share their unique artistry on Thursday, March 11, at 7pm. The world-renowned chamber orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, concludes the series on Thursday, March 25, at 7pm. Conducting the conversations with the artists is Charles Turon, a musician, educator, and SCA board member. The series is free, but registration is required. Each link will be viewable for seven days.

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