SAGE SRQ: Stylish, Sophisticated Sarasota Landmark is Totally Renovated & Transformed into Culinary Destination by Renowned Chef Christopher Covelli

 

Fred Bollaci with Chef Christopher Covelli at Sage SRQ

 

One of the most anticipated restaurant openings in Sarasota the past few years, Chef Christopher Covelli is Uber talented, with a degree from the French Culinary Institute in New York, years with his own acclaimed restaurant on Cape Cod, and two decades as guest instructor and right hand to Sandra Lotti at the renowned Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany. Sage SRQ has totally transformed the historic Sarasota Times building which used to house Ceviche into an Old World-styled contemporary oasis. Dramatic interiors, soaring ceilings, and a cool rooftop bar and fire pit set the stage in the newest incarnation of the landmark building.

 

The menu is a voyage around the world–flavors from Thailand, Morocco, Spain, Italy, France, and India–among others–will delight guests. Think of the Epcot World Showcase, all cooked by a culinary professional and served by a doting staff, while you relax and enjoy, without leaving your seat.

 

If you’re debating about two totally different ethnic cuisines for dinner, Sage can easily settle any argument. The presentation is beautiful, quality excellent, flavors and techniques spot on. We started with the beet and house smoked Salmon salad and a plate of hand cut Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms and truffle, IMHO the best pasta dish in Sarasota at the moment. For entrees we went with Tandoori Rack of Lamb, perfectly cooked and seasoned, three giant chops to boot! We also enjoyed the Thai Bouillabaisse, which was a well executed take on the classic with the addition of coconut and curry. For dessert, we enjoyed a Moroccan style baked apple. The wine list is very approachable with many great selections by the bottle for under $40. There are also a number of creative craft cocktails. Service is attentive and knowledgeable. I will definitely be back!

 

Sage SRQ has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!

 

Sage SRQ
1216 1st St.
Sarasota, FL 34236
941.445.5660

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Union Twenty-Seven: The Newest Addition to Downtown Boca’s Gourmet Dining Scene by Tim & Cinzia Gaglio of Osteria Salina in Boca Raton, Florida

 

Photos by the restaurant.

 

Union Twenty-Seven. Named for the 27th State in the Union, Florida. The new upscale-casual, beach-chic restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown East Boca Raton. In an area full of great restaurants, Union wants to stand out and be your “go-to” place for gourmet Italian-influenced cuisine, in a chic, yet homey atmosphere.

The Vibe – Union Twenty-Seven is approachable yet distinguished. It is comfortable yet sumptuous. Whether for a quiet dinner rendezvous or a lively gathering; this East Boca restaurant is fast-becoming the place to be for memorable cuisine and inspired libations. The moment you enter you know your experience is going to be special. And each time you return, it will be an epicurean adventure.

The Cuisine Regional. Seasonal. Artisanal. Not just words but the vision we parlay into menus that are ever-evolving with the seasons. Our menu is locally sourced and prepared through creative interpretations of traditional area dishes and techniques. Visit our menus to explore our currently featured seasonal bounty.

The Drink – Our always evolving wine list showcases global wines expertly curated to complement and define your culinary experience. A designer bar menu awaits the connoisseur in you; our libations are a spirited compilation premium liquors and specialty cocktails. Monthly and seasonal wine tastings along with private events for our Social Dining Membership guests enhance Union Twenty-Seven’s celebrated place in Boca’s upscale dining scene.

Union Twenty-Seven has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence!

Union Twenty-Seven
451 E. Palmetto Park Rd.
Boca Raton, FL 33432
561.338.8606

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Tyler’s at Night by Chef Tyler Kirby at Simon’s Coffee House in Sarasota, Florida, Featured in “The Restaurant Diet”

Photos by Soulo Visual.

Simon’s Coffee House is a Sarasota institution, a favorite spot for locals in the know for freshly-prepared food from scratch, with an emphasis on healthy, raw, vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, flavorful, and creative.

Recently, we had the pleasure of enjoying Chef Tyler Kirby’s newest extension of Simon’s, a family affair (parents are Simon and Michelle Kirby), who has opened the restaurant to evening dining, showcasing his culinary acumen and creativity with a nightly dinner menu, wines, and craft beers.

Chef Tyler Kirby with his dad, Simon Kirby.

Simon’s Coffee House/Tyler’s at Night is featured in “The Restaurant Diet” by Fred Bollaci.

5900 S. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34231
941.926.7151

 

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RECIPE: Seared Scottish Salmon Toast Piquillo Red Peppers, Greek Marinated Fava Beans,  Guacamole, Hearts of Palm, Crispy Capers,  Cilantro, Edamame & Lime Juice Served on Grilled Country French Bread by Michael’s on East in Sarasota, Florida–Perfect Dish for Brunch or Entertaining

Recipe and photo by Michael’s on East, Sarasota, Florida, featured in “The Restaurant Diet” by Fred Bollaci.

 

Seared Scottish Salmon Toast
Piquillo Red Peppers, Greek Marinated Fava Beans,
Guacamole, Hearts of Palm, Crispy Capers,
Cilantro, Edamame & Lime Juice
Served on Grilled Country French Bread

Serves 4

This is a great dish for brunch, entertaining, or as passed hors d’oeuvres at a party.

For the Salmon
2 8 oz Scottish Salmon Fillets
2 oz Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat a medium sauté pan over medium high. Season the salmon with salt and pepper, add the oil to the sauté pan and sear the salmon for 2 minutes on each side (medium rare). If you would like to reach a higher temperature, place the (oven-safe) pan in the oven and cook the salmon for 6 additional minutes to reach medium well. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated.

For the Grilled French Bread
4 slices French Country Bread (We always love supporting local bakeries, but Costco also has a great one)
6 oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method
Set the grill on high heat. Drench the bread with oil and grill on both sides until crispy, not burnt. Set aside until the dish is ready to be plated

For the Guacamole
3 Whole Ripe Avocados, diced
½ Red Onion, finely minced
2 Plum Tomatoes deseeded and diced
½ bunch Cilantro, finely chopped
Juice of 5 Limes
3 Jalapenos, deseeded and diced
Salt to taste

In a small bowl, gently mix all ingredients with a wooden spoon. (Avoid over-stirring; mixture should be a little chunky.)

To Plate
2 8 oz Seared Salmon Fillets
1 cup Sliced Pickled Hearts of Palms
1 cup Large Piquillo Pepper, julienne
½ cup Crispy Capers
2 tablespoons Cilantro, chopped
3 Limes (To squeeze/juice as you assemble the dish)
1 cup Greek-Marinated Fava Beans (Available at Whole Foods)
Micro Greens to garnish (Available at Whole Foods)
4 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Spread the guacamole on all 4 slices of grilled bread. Top with the Greek beans, cut salmon into 6 slices and distribute evenly on top of the beans. In a small mixing bowl, add the hearts of palms, cilantro, half the capers, peppers, oil and squeeze the limes. Season with salt and black pepper and mix well. Top salmon with the mix, sprinkle the rest of the capers and garnish with micro greens. If liquid remains from the mix, top the dish and serve immediately.

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COCKTAIL RECIPE: Cape Town Fig Bramble by Michael’s on East, AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant in Sarasota, Florida,

 

Michael’s Wine Cellar has become the first spirits retailer in Florida to feature all three Inverroche Gins from South Africa. The company’s adjoining restaurant Michael’s On East is also the first restaurant in the state to debut the artisanal spirit with a new cocktail three years in the making.

Recipe and photos by Michael’s on East.

Michael’s Wine Cellar & Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber first tasted Inverroche Gin with his wife Terri while leading a wine-focused luxury safari journey for clients in South Africa in the summer of 2015.

“Gin & Tonic is known as the cocktail of choice when on safari and we’ve been known to enjoy a classic ‘sundowner’ cocktail with friends while leading our bi-annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trips,” explained Klauber. “But I’ll never forget our first sip of a sundowner with Inverroche while visiting Londolozi Game Reserve. We knew immediately it was a special part of Africa we’d like to offer our friends back at home!”

Ever since the Klaubers tasted the craft gin, Michael Klauber has been working closely with distributors and importers for three years to bring Inverroche to the local market. He added, “The popularity of Gin is well-known and gaining momentum around the globe, but it’s the stories – in addition to these unique flavor profiles – behind a specialty spirit like Inverroche which gives our guests so many reasons to shop and dine with us at Michael’s.”

Each Inverroche Gin has a distinctive profile, created using recipes blending between 20 to 30 different varieties of Fynbos, a distinctive flora kingdom – found only in the southern tip of Africa, which are then complimented by various other more traditional gin botanicals.“Fynbos” is the Dutch word for “fine-leaved plants.” The brand currently has three distinct Gins (Classic, Verdant and Amber), crafted using only a handful of the more than 9,000 Fynbos botanicals. The first Inverroche Gins were released in 2012 and are now available in 15 countries. All three of the South African craft gin are now available for purchase at Michael’s Wine Cellar.

INVERROCHE GIN: AMBER (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Infused with fragrant and aromatic fynbos scattered along the dunes of the southern African coastal region, Inverroche Gin Amber showcases the diversity of the bountiful Cape Floral Kingdom.
Aromas: Fresh citrus, slight juniper, red bush, sweet toffee apples and delicate floral notes
Taste: Dry, woody finish with delicate florals and bright citrus.

INVERROCHE GIN: VERDANT (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Inverroche Gin Verdant is infused with a bouquet of fynbos, hand-selected from the mountainous, rocky terrain along the southern African coast.
Aroma: Delicate floral aromas reminiscent of elderflower and chamomile
Taste: Fragrant summer blooms, a touch of spice, subtle juniper, zesty lemon rind and alluring liquorice.

INVERROCHE GIN: CLASSIC (Retail: $39.95 (750ML) at Michael’s Wine Cellar)
Beautifully balanced and complex, Inverroche Classic is infused with fynbos harvested from the southern African coastal, Limestone-rich hills and cliffs.
Aromas: Upfront green juniper notes blend seamlessly with a bouquet of soft flowers on the nose.
Taste: The taste is exotic and intriguing with aromas of citrus, rose petals and assertive florals delivering a crisp, dry and spicy finish.

Our team has been having fun experimenting with the craft spirit created with Fynbos botanicals, indigenous flora from the Cape. Here’s the newest recipe crafted by Michael’s Mixologists in the Lounge:
Cape Town Fig Bramble
1 oz Poire Williams Liqueur
2.5 oz Inverroche Amber Gin
2 Dashes of Bitters
Allspice-Soaked Figs (Our team uses St Elizabeth Allspice Dram)
Muddle two Allspice-soaked Figs. Add the above liquors. Stir and strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with the Allspice figs and an orange twist.

“Our friends at Inverroche claim that it’s ‘A special product, made by special people in a very special place.’” commented Klauber. “This statement couldn’t ring truer for us, and we think our patrons will agree!”

Michael’s Wine Cellar has become the first spirits retailer in Florida to feature all three Inverroche Gins from South Africa. The company’s adjoining restaurant Michael’s On East is also the first restaurant in the state to debut the artisanal spirit with a new cocktail three years in the making.

Michael’s Wine Cellar & Michael’s On East Co-Proprietor Michael Klauber first tasted Inverroche Gin with his wife Terri while leading a wine-focused luxury safari journey for clients in South Africa in the summer of 2015.

“Gin & Tonic is known as the cocktail of choice when on safari and we’ve been known to enjoy a classic ‘sundowner’ cocktail with friends while leading our bi-annual Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club trips,” explained Klauber. “But I’ll never forget our first sip of a sundowner with Inverroche while visiting Londolozi Game Reserve. We knew immediately it was a special part of Africa we’d like to offer our friends back at home!”

Ever since the Klaubers tasted the craft gin, Michael Klauber has been working closely with distributors and importers for three years to bring Inverroche to the local market. He added, “The popularity of Gin is well-known and gaining momentum around the globe, but it’s the stories – in addition to these unique flavor profiles – behind a specialty spirit like Inverroche which gives our guests so many reasons to shop and dine with us at Michael’s.”

Each Inverroche Gin has a distinctive profile, created using recipes blending between 20 to 30 different varieties of Fynbos, a distinctive flora kingdom found only in the southern tip of Africa, which are then complemented by additional more traditional gin botanicals.“Fynbos” is the Dutch word for “fine-leaved plants.” The brand currently has three distinct Gins (Classic, Verdant and Amber), crafted using only a handful of the more than 9,000 Fynbos botanicals. The first Inverroche Gins were released in 2011 and are now available in 15 countries. All three of the South African craft gin are now available for purchase at Michael’s Wine Cellar.Making its debut in the Restaurant, the Inverroche Amber Gin is featured in a new handcrafted cocktail created by Michael’s mixologists, the “Cape Town Fig Bramble.” The cocktail recipe includes Inverroche Amber Gin, Poire Williams Liqueur and bitters, garnished with Allspice-soaked figs and an orange twist. The Cape Town Fig Bramble is available during lunch, happy hour or dinner at the Michael’s On East Lounge or in the Restaurant’s dining rooms for $14. Each variety of Inverroche Gin is also available on the rocks or in other cocktails.

“Our friends at Inverroche claim that it’s ‘A special product, made by special people in a very special place.’” commented Klauber. “This statement couldn’t ring truer for us, and we think our patrons will agree!”

Michael’s On East, Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant, is located at 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, 34239. Michael’s Wine Cellar, the adjacent retail wine and spirits shop is located at 1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, 34239.

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