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Half-off sale for Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants

Half-off sale for Sarasota-Manatee Originals restaurants

Sarasota, FL -- The Sarasota-Manatee Originals is offering a weeklong, half-off sale beginning Jan. 16 with thousands of dollars in discounted dining certificates to a limited selection of member restaurants.

All $50 certificates will sell for $25; $25 certificates will sell for $12.50, and $15 certificates will sell for $7.50, exclusively online at: www.freshoriginals.com. Once purchased, the certificates can be printed and used immediately.

'A Taste of Culture' tour returns to Venice's Cultural Campus

'A Taste of Culture' tour returns to Venice's Cultural Campus

Sarasota, Florida -- Residents and visitors to downtown Venice can sample the area's best cuisine, visit the finest cultural attractions and dance the night away, all in one night during "A Taste of Culture" tour, 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012.

"A Taste of Culture" is a progressive dinner that gives guests a chance to tour each campus facility, talk with the great staff, learn about the exciting programs offered for the upcoming season and enjoy a delicious meal along the way.

Sarasota-Manatee Originals welcomes two new members

Sarasota-Manatee Originals welcomes two new members

The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), a trade organization comprised of more than 50 independent restaurants from Anna Maria to Venice, Fla., announced its two newest member restaurants, Salute! and Mi Pueblo.

Salute! offers inspired Italian cuisine and an extensive wine cellar. Family-owned and operated, the restaurant is located in downtown Sarasota.

7th Annual Thanks-4-Giving blood drive

7th Annual Thanks-4-Giving blood drive

Sarasota, FL -- Bright House Networks have teamed up with Florida Blood Services and Chili’s restaurants to host their 7th Annual "Thanks-4-Giving" blood drive on Tuesday, Nov. 22 to build our community's blood supply before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 

Florida Blood Services bloodmobiles will be on site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at these participating Chili’s restaurants:

Siesta Key Village welcomes Village Gourmet

Siesta Key Village welcomes Village Gourmet

Siesta Key, Florida -- Siesta Key Village has a new dining destination. Village Gourmet has opened at 5263 Ocean Boulevard.

The owners are Fran and Mara Daidone, a brother and sister team originally from Long Island, New York.

Patrons of Village Gourmet can buy fully-prepared meals for takeout or they can enjoy meals on the patio.

Phone: 941-349-7651

Restaurant review: The Bearded Clam

Restaurant review: The Bearded Clam

Sarasota, Florida (Danielle Palli for Metromix) -- I know. I had the same reaction. "The Bearded wha...? A family restaurant?" It did not compute. So, before I ventured out to the Bearded Clam Waterfront Restaurant & Tiki Bar (located adjacent to the Ramada Waterfront Hotel ), I made a phone call to owner Terri Pulaski.   

Turns out, she's a former competitive surfer turned restaurateur. Back in the day, when she would travel back and forth between California and Hawaii, surfboard in tow, she, her friends, bikers and other adventurers would stop in to what people referred to as "Bearded Clam" surf shacks for a bowl of fried noodles en route to wherever they were going, or wherever they were coming back from. Pulaski wanted to create the same vibe for her Bearded Clam restaurant - the place where people can come to relax, listen to music, go for a swim and have lunch.

Venice’s cultural campus to feature ‘A Taste of Culture’ food tour

Venice’s cultural campus to feature ‘A Taste of Culture’ food tour

Venice, Florida -- In most communities, if you wanted to experience history, art, great reading, limitless research opportunities and a multi-course dinner in one night, you would have to drive all over town, unless you are in Venice. At 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, the Venice Community Center will team up with its next-door neighbors -- the Venice Art Center, the Venice Archives and the Venice Library -- to host “A Taste of Culture,” a walking educational tour of their facilities.

“There aren’t many communities that offer what we like to call the cultural campus,” said Dorian Mattox, manager of Venice Community Center. “Everything you need to enjoy a nice evening is right here in one place.”

Each stop on the walking tour will feature a preview of programs and events offered at the cultural campus as well as a different course of a multi-course dinner.