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SRQ DAILY Oct 25, 2022

Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

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Tuesday Dining and Food Edition

"I found myself obsessing over the leftovers in my fridge at home. They did not make it to the morning after."

- Kevin Allen. SRQ Magazine Contributing Writer.
 

[The Dish]  El Melvin Is a Tex-Mex Celebration

El Melvin sets the bar for elevated Tex-Mex cuisine in Sarasota, and it’s a high one.

The three-year-old downtown hotspot has been on my list of restaurants to write about for quite some time, so I met my friend, Sal Piccolo, a local content creator and marketing ace for a lazy Sunday lunch. We sat at the beautifully fashioned, 100-foot bar, NFL pregame on the TV in the background, and feasted as we caught up.

The bellwether for any great Tex-Mex spot is the queso. It’s an appetizer staple, and the El Melvin version is straight up delightful. It’s rich and smoky, bringing just the right ping of heat that pairs perfectly with the fresh-and-crispy chips.

For more than 25 years, Two Señoritas occupied the location where El Melvin is now delighting downtown diners, and it’s clearly in great hands. Owners Mitch Good and Matt Hess opened El Melvin in November 2019, naming it after Good’s grandfather. The restaurant survived through the worst of the pandemic, and El Melvin now boasts a steady, loyal following.

The interior is festive, the bar is well stocked with one of Sarasota’s largest tequila selections, and the outdoor seating area puts you in the middle of the high-foot-traffic heart of downtown. It’s all part of a recipe that El Melvin loyalists love, but the star of the show — and what you’ll likely remember most — is the traditional Tex-Mex cuisine that’s created with just enough signature takes to set it apart.

Where some Tex-Mex spots create a chimichanga that is so given over to the deep fry that it turns out heavy and filling after a few bites, El Melvin’s is light and manageable, creating a flaky-yet-robust outside stuffed with a variety of flavorful ingredients (there’s a chicken or birria option). The savory and dreamy poblano sauce that binds it all together hits just right, too.

The Mexican street corn was a delightful surprise as well. They eat like ribs, and they’re doused in a chipotle mayo and sprinkled with with queso fresco and cilantro. We didn’t finish all the corn riblets, and I found myself obsessing over the leftovers in my fridge at home. They did not make it to the morning after.

With Día de Muertos around the corner and Sarasota’s downtown Halloween celebration kicking off this weekend, now is the perfect time for the uninitiated to give El Melvin a try. They’ll be out front serving up some grab-and-go tacos during the block party.

And if you can’t make it for the block party, don’t sweat it. Rest assured at El Melvin, it’s always a party.

El Melvin, 1355 Main St, Sarasota, (941) 366-1618, elmelvin.com. 

Pictured: El Melvin offers a bevy of traditional Tex-Mex options with a host of sauces and signature modifications. Photo by Sal Piccolo.

[Thanksgiving]  Mattison’s Offering Thanksgiving Feasts To-Go and Dine-In Options

Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering offers multiple options for Thanksgiving this year and Holiday Feasts to make all your holidays merry and bright. All three Mattison’s Restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day offering traditional Thanksgiving meals plus regular menus and chef specials. Mattison’s Forty-One, in South Sarasota will, once again, offer their fabulous Thanksgiving Day Buffet complete with multiple stations featuring a chef carving station with oven turkey and slow roasted prime rib plus a variety of delicious, house made starters, sides, specialty salads, fresh seafood, and pastries and desserts. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Downtown Bradenton and City Grille, Downtown Sarasota will offer a la carte menus with traditional Thanksgiving dishes plus chef specials. If you opt to stay home but don’t want to spend your day cooking, Mattison’s offers complete family style feasts to go available for pick-up on Thanksgiving Day! The feasts include a Fresh All-Natural Antibiotic and Hormone Free 18lb Whole Oven Roasted Turkey, Apple Walnut Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Maple Ginger Roasted Vegetable Medley (green beans, baby carrots, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts), Giblet Gravy, Fresh Cranberries, and Rolls with Boursin Butter. Apple, Pecan or Pumpkin pies can be added. The turkey, side dishes and desserts can also be ordered a la carte. The Feasts are $195 and feed up to 6 people. For dining reservations call the individual restaurant where you wish to dine. All feast orders must be made by Friday, November 18 th. Pick up locations are Mattison’s Forty-One and Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille. For more info call 941-921-3400. For Dine-In Reservations: Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 941-921-3400. Open Thanksgiving 11:00 am–8:00 pm. 

[Thanksgiving]  Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar Open For Waterfront Dining On Thanksgiving Day

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar Open For Waterfront Dining On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2022, 11a.m.-8:00 p.m. Phillippi Creek is the perfect waterfront destination for gathering with family and friends. The award-winning Phillippi Creek restaurant will feature the regular menu with additional specials like fresh Stone Crabs, baked stuffed seafood, fresh steamed oysters, and oysters on the half shell and Seafood boats for two along with a traditional Turkey Dinner for those craving the flavors of the holiday. For over 37 years, the “Creek” as locals like to call it, has been a favorite to gather for the freshest seafood, cocktails and daily specials for lunch and dinner. Large parties without reservations are welcome for al fresco dining or can enjoy one of the larger tables indoors. Whether early lunch, late afternoon family meal, or a cozy dinner for two, Phillippi Creek is your destination to enjoy the holiday. Prefer to dine at home? The Creek also offers Family-style packages available for 4, 8 or 12 people. Pick up is Weds. Nov. 23 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Pre-order minimum of 48 hours in advance.

Phillippi Creek Village Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5353 Tamiami Trail South, Sarasota, 941-925-4444 www.creekseafood.com. 

[Food Donations]  Sandwiches for Neighbors

Lindsey Leech Strickland along with many team members from Duncan Real Estate worked together to make over 1350 sandwiches for our neighbors in Arcadia. Hurricane Ian devastated many friends near and far and Lindsey gave of her time to help prepare lunches for those in need. We have a beautiful community and she is proud to be a part of it! What a blessing to have so many willing to help! Thank you to the Anna Maria Oyster Bar for organizing this day! 

[Task Force]  Sarasota Performing Arts Center Architect Selection Task Force Announcement

Van Wezel Foundation and the City of Sarasota are pleased to announce the community members who will serve on the architect selection task force for the Sarasota Performing Arts Center. The five distinguished members of the task force bring a breadth of experience, passion, and a commitment to realizing the promise of this transformative project for Sarasota and the region. The task force will be chaired by Dr. Jenne K. Britell, Vice Chair Van Wezel Foundation Board of Directors. Dr. Britell has been an acclaimed director and trustee of public companies and private organizations for over 20 years, following an international career as a senior officer of several financial institutions, including GE Capital, and Chairman of United Rentals. The task force includes Mary Bensel, Executive Director of The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and member of the Broadway League and Florida Presenters; Mark Famiglio, co-founder of Sarasota Film Festival, a 50-year Sarasotan, and investor in the development and growth of many of Sarasota’s neighborhoods; Michele Hooper, CEO of the Directors Council and highly regarded governance expert and business leader recently named to Forbes 50/50 Women Making an Impact; and Dr. Larry R. Thompson, long-time President of Ringling College of Art and Design who successfully led the creation of the Sarasota Art Museum and served as the founding executive director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. The RFP will be issued by the City through their BidSync public system to attract national interest from a broad and diverse number of respondents. The architect selection process is estimated to take six months and will be funded through an appropriation from the State of Florida. The meetings of the task force will be open to the public and the selection process will culminate in a short list of finalists who will come to Sarasota to present their qualifications.  The orientation meeting of the architect selection task force will take place on October 31, 2022. 

[Grant awarded]  Local Credit Union Awarded Grant to Expand Efforts to Support Local Businesses and Help their Workers Improve Financial Health

Founded in 1958, Financial Access Federal Credit Union is a Treasury Certified Community Development Financial Institution and the only Credit Union chartered in Manatee County. This month, the Credit Union has been awarded a second grant to support their newly launched Employee Financial Empowerment platform. In September, the Credit Union received a $50,000 grant and this week it was announced the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund awarded the credit union a $125,000 Technical Assistance grant. The funding from these grants will support the launching of an Employee Empowerment Platform providing credit challenged employees access to low cost loans along with credit building and financial improvement resources. The grant will also allow the credit union to provide loan below market interest rate loans for financially stable employees as well. The program will be an incentive for local businesses to use for recruitment and retention and the outcome of this work will broaden the economic capabilities of our local residents. 

[New Homes]  Pulte Homes Launches First Boutique Community in Ellenton

Homeowners looking for a new construction home and a convenient commute will find all that and more at Marwood by Pulte Homes, the homebuilder’s first boutique community in Manatee County. Pre-sale appointments for this 70-homesite community are now available, with the first homeowners expected to begin moving into their new homes in early 2023. Marwood by Pulte is ideally located in Ellenton, just one mile from U.S. Highway 301 and Interstate 75, making for quick access to employment centers, medical facilities, and other entertainment centers in Sarasota, Tampa, and St. Petersburg, not to mention the Gulf Coast’s award-winning beaches, waterfront dining, and outstanding recreational sites. Many popular shopping and dining options are nearby, some within walking distance, including Ellenton Premium Outlets, located just a ½ mile from the site. Prospective homeowners can choose from five versatile, brand-new construction home designs featuring one- and two-story single-family homes with three to five bedrooms, two to three-and-a-half baths, covered lanais, and two-car garages. There are no CDD fees at Marwood by Pulte, and homeowners will enjoy a high-speed TV and internet package included in their cost-effective homeowner’s association (HOA) fee. Pre-sale appointments are available by calling (941) 265-2192. A model home and sales center will soon open at 6102 29th Street East, Ellenton. Homes at Marwood by Pulte will be priced starting in the upper $300s. For more information, visit www.pulte.comand check us out on Facebook. 



[Season Preview]  The Secret Marriage Opens the Season
Dylan Campbell, dylan@srqme.com

THE SECRET MARRIAGE OPENS THE SEASON | Dominico Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage (Il Matrimonio Segreto) kicks off the Sarasota Opera Season.

Learn more about how you can kick off your time at the Opera this season through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[Season Preview]  Sugar Plum Fairy
Abby Weingarten

SUGAR PLUM FAIRY | The Nutcracker commands the winter stage.

Check out The Sarasota Cuban Ballet School’s The Nutcracker through this link, on our social media, or in the October edition of SRQ Magazine! 

Read Here!

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Players Centre - The Legend of Sleepy Hollow , October 27 – October 29, Varied

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW October 27th-29th. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 6th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, no seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately/protect yourself from the sun. For Tickets:  https://www.theplayers.org/events-calendar/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/ The Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240">

THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW October 27th-29th. The Players Centre for Performing Arts is proud to present the 6th annual Legend of Sleepy Hollow at The Sarasota Polo Club. This family-friendly, spooky, festive play about Ichabod Crane, the object of his affection Katrina, his rival Brom Bones, and of course, one of the most famous ghosts in America, the Headless Horseman has become a Halloween Favorite in Sarasota. Please bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, no seating will be provided. This is an outdoor event so please dress appropriately/protect yourself from the sun. For Tickets:  https://www.theplayers.org/events-calendar/the-legend-of-sleepy-hollow-2/ The Sarasota Polo Club 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

The Sarasota Polo Club, 8201 Polo Club Ln, Sarasota, FL 34240

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Secret Marriage , October 28 – November 12, Varied

The Secret Marriage (Il matrimonio segreto) An opera in two acts. Sung in Italian with translations in English. Music by Domenico Cimarosa and Libretto by Givovanni Bertati. Tells the story of a social-climbing father who wants his eldest daughter to marry an aristocrat and is prepared to buy his way in. When the would-be suitor arrives, his eye falls on the younger daughter instead. But she has secretly married her father’s clerk. Although not often performed, this delightful comic opera was such a hit at its premiere, that the audience insisted on an encore, of the entire opera! (61 N. Pineapple Ave. Sarasota, FL 34236 Ph. 941-328-1300 Email boxoffice@sarasotaopera.org) October 28th-November 12th

Sarasota Opera

[SOON]  FILM: Sarasota Film Society: The Rocky Horror Picture Show , October 28, 10:00pm

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas will be screening "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" on October 28th. The Evening kicks off at 10:00pm with A Costume Contest with the Winner receiving a $50 Gift Card to Sarasota Film Society.  Come Dressed in your Ghoulish Best. The Screening of the film starts at 10:30pm.  Enjoy the film with BOGO Beer & Wine Specials. Tickets for this event are $30 each which inclues Ticket to the Film, Popcorn, Soft Drink & Choice of Candy. Tickets must be purchased in advanced online.  Last Day for sales will be October 25th at 5pm. For more info Ph. (941) 955-3456, filmsociety.org.

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas , 10715 Rodeo Drive #8 Sarasota, FL 34202

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Ringling - An Untitled Love by A.I.M. - Kyle Abraham , October 28 – October 29, 7:30pm

An Untitled Love by A.I.M. - Kyle Abraham October 28th and 29th at 7:30PM $25-$35 at The Ringling Historic Asolo Theater. A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is a Black-led contemporary dance company that provides multifaceted performances, educational programming, and community-based workshops. The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art. For information and tickets https://www.ringling.org/events/untitled-love-aim-kyle-abraham Contact 941-360-7399

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Manatee Performing Art Center: Pets! , November 2 – November 20, Varied

Pets! November 2 – 20, 2022. This critically-acclaimed musical revue consists of 22 musical scenes dealing with the very special relationship between people and their pets. It’s clever, user-friendly and suits audiences of all ages. Cats, dogs, mice, turtles, iguanas, parakeets and other species are having the times of their lives. The scenes range from a dog hungrily eyeing his owner’s bagel in “There’s a Bagel on the Piano'' to the hilarious, harried Rumanian dog walker in “I Walk Ze Dogs.” For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra - November Concert , November 4 – November 6, Varied

Sarasota Orchestra Presents Acclaimed Guest Artists in November Concerts. Masterworks 1: Symphonie Fantastique runs November 4th-6th at the Van Wezel. Sarasota Orchestra’s first Masterworks program of the 2022-2023 season features works written by three composers at the beginning of their careers. Prizewinning composer Quinn Mason describes A Joyous Trilogy, written in 2019, as “the very embodiment of happiness and cheerfulness.” Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang shines in Grieg’s Piano Concerto, completed when the composer was just 24. The program concludes with Berlioz’s evocative Symphonie fantastique. Tickets from $37, available at www.SarasotaOrchestra.org or (941) 953-3434

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: The Secret World of Og , November 5 – November 6, 11/05 at 5:00PM, 11/06 at 12:00PM

Sarasota Youth Opera will perform the operatic adaptation of the well-known children’s book by Canadian icon Pierre Berton.  Discover the classic story of a group of siblings who venture into the dark subterranean world of the Ogs to rescue their baby brother and cat.  This story has been a favorite with Canadian children since its publication in the 1960s. For tickets visit sarasotaopera.org or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. For tickets visit www.sarasotaopera.org/tickets-events or call +1 941 328 1300 61 N Pineapple Ave.Sarasota.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Manatee Performing Arts Center: Night of R&B and Jazz with Nu Jazz , November 5, 7:30pm

NuJazz is a contemporary jazz band from the Sarasota/Bradenton area. They play hits from many artists in the genre such as The Rippingtons, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Spyro Gyra, Boney James and many more. NuJazz is led by Dr. Melvin Price, a local Foot & Ankle Surgeon with MCR Health. Along with accomplished musicians Eric Enfield, Ron Ross, Corey Ross, Gregg Jordan, Keith Allenand Veola Drain. NuJazz brings your favorite R&B tunes to a new level with a jazz twist. For more information visit www.manateeperformingartscenter.com, Ticket Office 941-748-5875

Manatee Performing Arts Center , 502 Third Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Friendsgiving - Dessert and Wine Auction , November 5, 6:30pm-9:30pm

Save the date for Friendsgiving, a Dessert and Wine Auction to benefit local shelter animals on November 5th from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Elks Lodge #1511, 2511 75th St. West Bradenton. Delectable desserts made by professional bakeries and gift baskets will be available by live and silent auction. There will be a wine raffle, lite bites and a cash bar. Free to attend. Proceeds benefit: Grace and Friends Medical Fund, Heal My Heart treating heartworm positive dogs, Slumber Fund for dog beds, Traveling Paws transporting dogs to northern forever homes, Enrichment and Food for Ferals. 

Elks Lodge

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Amore Restaurant Extends Savor Sarasota Promotion to December , June 1 – December 18

Amore Restaurant has decided to extend Savor Sarasota Menu through December 18th (not combined with any other offer and, not available on special occasions). Savor Sarasota is a 3 course menu dinner for $35.00 per person. The restaurant offers a Portuguese and an Italian menu. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 9PM. Fridays and Sundays 5 to 9:30pm. With indoor and outdoor seating available. Easy and free parking. Menu can be viewed here:https://www.amorelbk.com/savor-sarasota/

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