Coronavirus

Will I Get Coronavirus From Ordering Takeout?

The lowdown on safety and ethics in our new takeout-only restaurant reality.

03/25/2020 By Benjamin Tepler

Coronavirus

Vendors Switch Up Sales Strategies in Wake of Farmers' Market Closures

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many farmers' markets to shut down during what is usually their busiest season of the year.

03/24/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Coronavirus

How to Still Enjoy Wine Despite COVID-19 Restrictions

One way to reduce stress? Spend a few minutes with a glass of wine.

03/23/2020 By Bob McGinn

Coronavirus

Restaurants Get Creative in Response to COVID-19 Shutdowns

Just because you have a stocked pantry and refrigerator, that doesn’t mean you actually want to cook a meal, or do those dishes.

03/23/2020 By Lauren Jackson

Coronavirus

Many in the Food and Beverage Industry Are Facing an Uncertain Future

"We'll make it through somehow," says restaurateur Paul Caragiulo. "I mean, what choice do you have?"

03/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Breaking News

DeSantis Directs Restaurants, Fitness Centers to Close

Restaurants are able to keep kitchens open to provide take-out and delivery.

03/20/2020 By Megan McDonald

Comfort food

Five Tasty Takeout Options for When You're Stuck at Home

In uncertain times, Chef Judi is craving food from her favorite restaurants. Here are some of her top takeout destinations.

03/20/2020 By Judi Gallagher

Hunger

Meals on Wheels Services Confront Rising Needs Caused By COVID-19

"We are seeing a huge increase in needs," says Amy Towery, the vice president of development at Meals on Wheels PLUS of Manatee.

03/20/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Hand Up

Local Distilleries Produce Hand Sanitizer in Response to Shortage

Loaded Cannon and Drum Circle Distilling are producing and distributing free hand sanitizer to hospitals, nursing homes and first responders.

03/19/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Eat Green

Worden Farm Extends Organic Veggie Box Deliveries Through April 15

While the Sarasota Farmers Market is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Worden Farm is offering an opportunity to stock up on locally grown, organic produce.

03/19/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Breaking News

DeSantis Orders Bars and Night Clubs to Close; Restricts Restaurants to Half Capacity

Several local restaurants had already started to adopt new ways of operating before the governor's order this morning.

03/17/2020 By Megan McDonald

That's The Way the Cookie Crumbles

Girl Scout Cookie Sales Will Continue...Kind Of

In addition to neighborhood walkabouts, Girl Scouts have been permitted to sell through Facebook and Nextdoor due to coronavirus.

03/16/2020 By Megan McDonald

Weekly planner

Ten Fun Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Looking for ways to party like the Irish? Check out these St. Patrick's Day events happening in and around Sarasota.

03/11/2020 By Allison Forsyth

Party Planning

Florida Winefest Returns for 30th Year Next Month

Over the past three decades, the multi-day wine bash has raised $8.6 million for 87 charities.

03/11/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Plant party

Vegan Food Festival Comes to Bradenton This Weekend

The organizers promise that "eating a plant-based diet doesn’t have to boring or bland."

03/09/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Going pro

Café Evergreen Wants You to Eat Like a Superstar Athlete

With its new Food Is Fuel program, the Nokomis restaurant is offering discounts to students to help them boost their athletic and academic performance.

03/09/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Small but mighty

Five Amazing Appetizers

Chef Judi often likes appetizers more than her main entrée. Here are five of her favorites.

03/09/2020 By Judi Gallagher

Sweet story

Kona Ice Trucks Are Helping Local Schools Raise Money, One Shaved Ice at a Time

"We simply care about our kids, and if there's a need, we go after it," says Elizabeth Boyers, one of the local franchise's owners.

03/05/2020 By Allison Forsyth

The Ballpark Food Hall of Fame

What to Eat at Ed Smith Stadium, LECOM Park and CoolToday Park

These days, going to a spring training game means indulging in gourmet cuisine.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Freshening Up

Zota Beach Resort Restaurant Updates Menus

Viento Kitchen + Bar has added new options to its breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner menus, all of them overseen by executive chef Jeremy White.

03/04/2020 By Cooper Levey-Baker