The highly anticipated VENU Magazine Winter 2015-2016 Edition has arrived, and opening the package feels just like Christmas morning! In this issue, Fred Bollaci’s Quarterly Appetite column is dedicated exclusively to showcasing several of the nation’s leading Florida healthy gourmet destinations, including three new Charter Members and 50 new Golden Palate Partners.
“Florida has been home for the past 25 years and is the #1 winter destination for people from the Northeast, where VENU Magazine is based. To me it’s important to give our discerning readers some quality ‘food for thought’ as they make their winter getaway plans,” Bollaci said. “There are several travel guides and websites, yet for me it is all about seeking out the very best quality, and owners, chefs, and their staff that deliver a consistently exceptional experience.”
Three new Charter Members have been named including: Beach Bistro, celebrating its 30th anniversary and considered the top restaurant in Florida (directly on the beach on Anna Maria Island, 30 minutes north of Sarasota), Get Loose Tea & Art, which recently opened at 136 S. Pineapple Avenue in downtown Sarasota, featuring the highest quality organic and loose leaf teas available, and Villa Bellini, an exceptional authentic Italian restaurant situated in a beautifully-restored circa 1927 Mediterranean-style villa in Clearwater. “The products and experiences at these establishments are exceptional, yet it is the owners that take each to the next level,” Bollaci said.
Beach Bistro’s owner, Sean Murphy is “passionate about procuring the absolute best ingredients and using classic, French, and New Orleans-inspired preparations, and is frequently on-hand to socialize with guests and enjoys pairing excellent wines with his exquisite cuisine.”
Lisa Feistel and Doreen Birdsell, owners of Get Loose Tea & Art, “exemplify the kind of passion and dedication that I look for in choosing Golden Palate Partners and those select few I invite to consider Charter membership. Lisa’s passion for tea is something anyone of good taste needs to experience, and 10 percent of her profits benefit orphaned elephants whose mothers are killed by poachers in areas where many of Lisa’s teas are responsibly sourced. Doreen is a professional fine art photographer whose works are displayed for sale in their new retail store.
Ciro Mancini, who hails from sunny Napoli, Italy exemplifies the kind of dedicated, passionate chef, whose love for what he does is evident in everything he does which translates into freshness, quality, excellence, and authenticity in every bite.”
In addition to the new Charter Members, the column features some 50 new Golden Palate Partners from four key Florida markets, representing the very best in quality cuisine, dedicated owners, and commitment to “healthy gourmet” options for savvy diners, “I want my audience to feel totally comfortable visiting Florida and now they have the definitive reference to the very best that Sarasota, Tampa Bay, Naples, and Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale have to offer! These establishments represent a variety of cuisines, and we will be showcasing recipes and special events on my website and blog in the coming months www.fredbollacienterprises.com from the new Golden Palate Partner destinations.
For the best of Florida, and other top destinations across the country and abroad, please subscribe to my blog for up-to-the-minute news, special offers, recipes and showcases on my expanding family of exceptional healthy gourmet destination restaurants, hotels, spas, wineries, and artisan and organic products that are part of my La Dolce Vita healthy gourmet lifestyle.
Read the column (pdf)
# # #