Golden Palate Jack Dusty at the Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida and Recipe: Cornmeal Blinis with Lemon Crème Fraiche


Jack Dusty is known for its raw bar featuring fresh oysters, clams and shellfish.


Jack Dusty has been awarded the Fred Bollaci Enterprises Golden Palate Certificate of Excellence.




Jack Dusty is the cool, contemporary, new seafood focused restaurant in the five diamond Ritz Carlton Sarasota, overlooking Sarasota Bay. The focus of Jack Dusty is fresh, local, organic, and authentic, emphasizing Southern and Coastal Florida cuisine. One of their signature dishes, a personal favorite are Jack Dusty’s Cornmeal Blinis with Lemon Crème Fraiche and local Mote Martine Stugeon Caviar. Mote Marine Lab, Sarasota’s acclaimed aquarium and aquatic research center is a top tourist destination, and has been sustainably raising sturgeon and producing luscious local caviar for years at a fraction of the cost of imported caviar, delicious, local, sustainable, and affordable. In Sarasota, be sure to check out Jack Dusty for great crafted cocktails, Florida-style seafood, and enjoy all the amenities the Ritz Carlton Sarasota, a Fred Bollaci Preferred Destination has to offer, including beach club on the Gulf of Mexico, excellent spa, and golf club, not to mention luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. Chef Caleb Taylor is showcasing his signature fresh, local, organic, sustainable Florida Coastal Cuisine at this local hotspot. Below, please enjoy the recipe for Jack Dusty’s signature appetizer!






Ritz Carlton Sarasota

Jack Dusty Restaurant

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
Sarasota, Fl 34236


Jack Dusty Restaurant Signature Cornmeal Blini’s with local Mote Marine Caviar and Lemon Crème Fraiche

Ingredients for Blinis:
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp local wild flower honey
1 large free-range egg, beaten
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp organic milk
1 tbsp whole melted butter


Combine cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt.
Mix egg, milk, and honey then stir into dry ingredients.
Slowly add whole butter
Cook in non-stick pan

Ingredients for lemon crème fraiche:
1 cup crème fraiche
Zest of 1 lemon

Caviar of your choice but we use Mote Marine Sturgeon Caviar (1/4 ounce per blini)

Recipe provided by:
Caleb Taylor
Chef De Cuisine, Jack Dusty
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota


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Dine in the contemporary, chic dining room, the lounge, or overlooking the inlet and Sarasota Bay.

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Grilled Big Eye Tuna with Garlic Hummus and Local Mizuna Salad with Pickled Tomatoes & Orange Oil


Pumpkin Swordfish with Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Spinach & Chèvre- Cured Tomato Chutney.


A recent special Grouper Piccata we enjoyed.


Pan Seared Scallops with Apple & Parsnip Silk and Black Plum Reduction.


The Signature Cioppino, Gulf Coast style seafood broth with orange zest.


Blackened Grouper atop house coleslaw and side of fresh fruit, perfect light lunch for summer.


Jack Dusty is known for creative cocktails and an extensive wine list.

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10390395_530630877048798_2384301534470447450_nSunset overlooking the pool and Sarasota Bay.


Adhering to Jack Dusty’s Nautical Theme is the dessert menu “in a bottle.”


Jack Dusty’s menu is replete with anecdotes of maritime history.


Chef Caleb Taylor instructing local youth how to prepare Jack Dusty signature cuisine.




Sarasota is a casual and chic cultural hub on Florida’s West Coast with great white sand beaches (not to mention spectacular sunsets), shopping, dining, recreational, and cultural opportunities! The Ritz Carlton Sarasota features a five diamond hotel overlooking Sarasota Bay, a world-class spa and salon, a luxurious beach club on nearby Lido Key, and a pristine golf club east of town in Lakewood Ranch.

See you in Sarasota!

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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