Kitchen Chat and more…
Kitchen Chat and more…
With the passing of our close friend, Bill Hard, we will be holding a Celebration of Life in our Courtyard on Wednesday May 24th from 5 to 6pm for a toast of champagne. All who would like to honor Bill’s memory please stop by.
With Much Appreciation and Love,
Obviously we would love it if you could dine with us every day. Heck, we’d be excited if you had lunch with us and then came back for dinner. But as much as we love our customers, we know sometimes you need to explore other culinary horizons. If you’ve been feeling the epicurean wanderlust, right now is the perfect time to shake things up thanks to the return of Savor Sarasota. Image source: Savorsarasota.com Every year right around this time, Visit Sarasota County works with some of the top-rated local restaurants to present specially-curated prix-fixe menus to incentivize people to check out some of the truly wonderful eateries in the area. This year, an impressive 42 restaurants are joining the festivities. Maybe that’s why this year Savor Sarasota’s Restaurant Week is actually running a full two weeks. The event kicked off on June 1st and will continue through June 14th. Many of the participating restaurants are open for both lunch and dinner, while others are open in the evening only. Restaurants serving lunch will have a three-course $15 prix-fixe menu in the afternoon, and all restaurants will offer a $29 prix-fixe menu at dinner. It’s a great opportunity to sample a variety of things at some of the best new and longstanding restaurants in Sarasota. Image source: Savorsarasota.com Ticket Sarasota has compiled a handy list of the 42 participating restaurants. Many of the restaurants are part of the excellent Sarasota-Manatee Originals organization, including Café L’Europe, Euphemia Haye, and Michael’s On East. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find something exciting and new to try out. And when you’re done with your culinary adventures, don’t worry: we’ll be right here awaiting your return.
In the state of Florida, stone crab is wildly popular and it’s easy to see why. If you were wondering where do you get stone crab, you’re in luck—it’s relatively easy to start fishing for them. There are plenty of recreational stone crab hunters, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will allow any individual possessing a recreational fishing license to possess up to one gallon of stone crab claws. If there are a group of stone crab hunters on a fishing vessel, that number is two gallons per vessel. While the claws can be harvested, the crabs themselves cannot be harmed, and must be released by law. Stone crabs are typically found in West and South Florida, in locations such as Sawyer Key, Harbor Keys Bank, Oxfoot Bank, Pavilion Key, Tampa Bay, Homosassa, Cedar Key, and Steinhatchee. Florida law allows for stone crab hunters to set at many as five traps, which must be labeled and retrieved manually by law. Stone crab traps must be retrieved during the daylight hours. Those looking to get started on recreational stone crab hunting should set tracks on rock or sand bottoms, using bait such as fish heads. Traps should be recorded with GPS coordinates so that hunters can check back every 2 to 5 days. Stone crabs are called so because they live among stones, and that’s why rocky sea beds are a great place to start. Some experienced recreational hunters even scuba dive and catch stone crab by hand. Stone crabs typically live in rocky areas where they create holes to live in. Broken shells around the opening of one of these holes is a giveaway that there could be a stone crab living inside. Once the stone crab claws have been harvested, they must be stored properly. That means setting them in a cooler without ice. Ice can damage harvested claws, causing the claw meat to stick to the inner shell.