Sarasota Magazine May 2014: Best of Sarasota

By staff May 1, 2014

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Best of Sarasota 2014

Our editors salute 35 of the best new shopping, dining, cultural and fun experiences of the year. Plus, the winners of our readers’ poll.

My Sarasota Story

For our 35th anniversary, an honor roll of contributors—including bestselling novelists John Jakes and Clifford Irving, Tony-award-winning director Frank Galati, former U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris and a host of other local luminaries and neighbors, recall moments that inspired their love for Sarasota; and Chip Litherland showcases the city’s beauty in a stunning portfolio of photos.

Home on the Trail

Sarasota Magazine founder Dan Denton recalls the lessons he learned growing up along U.S. 41.


From the Editor

Thirty-five for our 35th —the story behind our Sarasota stories. By Pam Daniel

The Heat Index

People, issues and events on our radar, including how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Sarasota's best margaritas, top tickets, Carol Tisch’s shopping finds, chef Judi Gallagher’s dish, Heather Dunhill’s Fashion IQ, Party Girl at the Asolo Rep Annual Gala—and more.

 Mr. Chatterbox

Time-travel with Mr. C back to the Sarasota of 35 years ago.

Luxury Home

The latest news in real estate and design.

Health Report

Words from Dr. Ruth, NFL fitness and more. By Hannah Wallace

Food and Wine

John Bancroft enjoys two very different Italian experiences at Mediterraneo and Flavio’s. Plus: Victoria and Michael Calore of Mozzarella Fella, and a good deal at Sax Burgers & Sandwiches in Bradenton.

Only in Sarasota

Illustrator John Pirman on the airstream trailers at the Sarasota Fairgrounds.