Supermarket Sweep

A Roundup of Alternative Grocery Stores and Best Buys

Our selection of food stores has exploded in recent years. Here are some of our favorite finds at six of our go-to grocery stops.

02/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Restaurant Review

Grove Serves Up Good Food and Good Times in Lakewood Ranch

After Polo Grill closed last April, Hugh Miller and Greg Campbell, the partners behind Bradenton’s Pier 22, took over the space and gutted the building.

02/28/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

So Here's a Story from A to Z

New 'Modern Israeli' Food Truck Debuts

Owners Steven Schmitt and Carl Kolber call their cuisine "modern Israeli," citing restaurants like Shaya in New Orleans and The Palomar Restaurant in London and chefs like Yotam Ottolenghi as inspirations.

02/27/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

WEEKLY PLANNER

Afternoon Tea, Berry Festivals and other Local Dining Events

Including Brunch for the Bay, a workshop on baking breads and a social hosted by the Home brewers Association of Manatee Sarasota.

02/27/2019 Photography by Giulia Heyward

Coffee Klatch

Varietal, a New Coffee Shop, Opens in the Rosemary District

The atmosphere is minimal and elegant and the coffee comes from L.A.'s Counter Culture roaster, which has an East Coast hub in Raleigh.

02/27/2019 By Isaac Eger

Grape Dispenser

A New Wine Shop Offers Unusual Finds and Personalized Guidance

Buying a bottle of wine can be stressful. Thomas Morgan of Seagrape Wine Company wants to put you at ease.

02/26/2019 By Cooper Levey-Baker

40th Anniversary

Our First Restaurant Review Reminds Us That This Town Has Always Loved Italian Food

In November 1991, Sally Fine reviewed Bella Roma, Cafe Baci and Cafe Beneva—and discussed the "pleasures and perils" of Sarasota dining.

02/26/2019 By Sally Fine

Nonprofits

Food Bank to Kick Off Summer Anti-Hunger Campaign on March 31

All Faiths Food Bank will launch its annual Campaign Against Summer Hunger with its first ever walk across Sarasota's Ringling Bridge.

02/25/2019 By Staff

40th Anniversary

A Look Back at 40 Years of Sarasota Magazine Covers

From our early days as Clubhouse Magazine to now, here's a retrospective of our favorite covers. (That hair! That fashion!)

02/25/2019 By Staff

WEEKLY PLANNER

Clambakes, the Venice Italian Feast and Carnival, and More Local Dining Events

Including a South Indian cooking class and a Latin American Shabbat.

02/20/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Sarasota Romance

For Valentine’s Day, a Love Stories Trolley Tour

Just in time for Valentine's Day, trolley tours reveal Sarasota's hidden romantic history.

02/13/2019 By Mana Gale

WEEKLY PLANNER

Greek Festivals, Farmers Markets and More Local Dining Events

Including a chocolate tasting and workshops on garden to kitchen food safety and dehydrating vegetables!

02/06/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Eat This Now

Summer House Named No. 9 Most Romantic Restaurant in the Country by TripAdvisor

Just in time for Valentine's Day.

02/06/2019 By Staff

V-DAY

Here's Everything You Can Do This Valentine's Day in Sarasota

From heart-shaped pizza and upscale dinner dates to wedding renewals and orchid shows, we've got a list chock-full of romantic ideas this Valentine's day. This list will be regularly updated.

02/05/2019 By Giulia Heyward

Public relations

First Watch CEO to Discuss Career at Upcoming Luncheon

Chris Tomasso will be the featured speaker at the next luncheon of the Central West Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

02/05/2019 By Staff

Nonprofits

Dairy Co-Op Serves Lunch at Human Services Center

Representatives from Cabot Creamery last week set up at The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center to feed 175 volunteers and staffers.

02/04/2019 By Staff

Food

Downtown Restaurant Rebrands

The downtown Sarasota restaurant Salute! Ristorante & Enoteca was recently given a new name and logo.

02/04/2019 By Staff

The Vegan Way

Nine Great Vegan Lunches

Local restaurants where eating vegan is a treat.

02/04/2019 By Isaac Eger

Food

New Downtown Restaurant Opens

The new downtown Sarasota restaurant Sage opened Tuesday at 1216 First St., Sarasota.

01/29/2019 By Staff

Trendspotting

I Tried It: Celery Juice

Our digital editor jumped onboard the celery juice craze.

01/28/2019 By Megan McDonald