Guava flan will be offered at The Lounge at Element this month as part of its new Culinary Culture food series.

Some months ago, the downtown Sarasota steakhouse Element added a luxurious bar area that it's calling The Lounge at Element. In addition to its drinks menu, The Lounge is kicking off a new food series this week. Dubbed Culinary Culture, the ongoing event is intended to showcase the talents of different members of the restaurant's staff.

Element sous chef Alexa Diaz.

The first installment in the new series will cover the food of Puerto Rico, and the menu is being designed by sous chef Alexa Diaz, who is originally from the island. Dishes include plantain soup, octopus ceviche, rice with pigeon peas and fried pork skin, and more. Prices run from $7 to $14, with a full tasting menu available for $60.

The new menu items will be offered Thursday, Aug. 5, through Saturday, Aug. 28.

The Lounge at Element is located at 1409 Main St., Sarasota, and is open 4-10 p.m. Thursday and 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more info, call (941) 724-8585 or visit the bar's website.

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