The Shamrock Is Ready To Jam On

by Larry on June 12, 2014

Talk about a great backyard summer party!

BBQ Chicken

Summer is here! The calendar might not say June 21st yet. But, summer is most definitely here. Along with the heat, humidity and frequent downpours comes a recent Sarasota summer tradition. The Shamrock’s Summer Chef Jam.

For the uninitiated amongst you, here’s the recipe. One bottomless pint of Florida craft beer, plus three small plates prepared by some of Sarasota’s best chefs, stir in musical accompaniment by DJ Andy Viohl and serve! That is a summertime recipe you can really get onboard with.

This year, as in years past, The Shamrock will be hosting some of our cities most accomplished chefs. The lineup includes recent James Beard nominee, Steve Phelps of Indigenous. All of the chefs will be cooking out of the Ri Quisimo food truck. Taking a chef out of his usual habitat and dropping him into a food truck can yield pretty creative and delicious results.

Things get started on Monday June 16th with Chef Kyle Harrington from Libby’s Cafe + Bar. Are you thinking, “Hey a sneak peek at the menu would be nice”. Done! Here’s what Chef Kyle will be cooking up. Korean Food Truck Sticky Ribs, Bulgogi Tacos and Karubi Pork Gyoza. Not bad for an opening act.

Here’s the schedule for the remainder of the summer. Get your pencil and calendar ready. You won’t want to miss a week.


The Shamrock’s Summer Chef Jam – 2014 Edition

June 16: Libby’s Cafe + Bar
June 23: Mattison’s 41
June 30: Duval’s New World Cafe
July 7: Louies Modern
July 14: Michael’s On East
July 21: BREAK (no event)
July 28: Indigenous
Aug 4: Cafe Americano
Aug 11: Darwin’s on 4th


Guests may purchase their wristband one hour before the event starts. $20 includes bottomless pints of at least four different Florida beers and three small plate dishes. And, all of the unbridled fun that goes along with it. Things get rolling at 8pm and run through 10pm.

If you go (and I’m certain you will). Please report back on your favorite dishes of the summer.

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THE SHAMROCK PUB
2257 Ringling Boulevard
Sarasota, FL 34236
941-952-1730

OF INTEREST.

Official news for the Shamrock Pub
Edible Sarasota is a sponsor of this years event
Chef’s Choice USA
The folks at Swamp Head Brewery know their stuff

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Savor Sarasota Rolls On!

by Larry on June 9, 2014

Part two should be just as delicious as the opening act.

Euphemia Haye

Hope you have been smart and saved some room for week two. I would completely understand if you haven’t. Being disciplined in the face of extreme temptation is difficult at best and impossible at worst. Sometimes its not even worth trying.

As week two of Sarasota’s citywide food celebration gets rolling, we thought we might tempt you with a couple of sample menus. Just to to keep you thinking.

So, this post has a dual purpose. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of one of the best opportunities to check out some local Sarasota restaurants here’s what you’ve been missing. If you’ve already been out there sampling, here are a couple of suggestions to consider.


EUPHEMIA HAYE RESTAURANT

Appetizer: (Choose One)

Soup Du Jour

Fancy Mixed Greens
tossed in grain mustard vinaigrette

Our Famous Caesar Salad
Crisp romaine lettuce, in a creamy lemon and anchovy dressing with garlic, parmesan and croutons

Entree: (Choose One)

A New Zealand Lamb Shank
braised in a red wine garlic sauce, enhanced with fresh rosemary and authentic Greek seasonings

Our Famous crisp Roasted Duck
partially boned, filled with bread stuffing and the served with tangy, sweet seasonal sauce of the day

Gamberetti e Capellini
Jumbo shrimp, split and poached in a white wine, garlic, fresh basil and olive oil sauce, tossed with thin egg pasta

Eggplant Parmesan
Thick pan-fried eggplant layered with home-made marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses, and fresh basil, baked to golden perfection

Dessert: (Choose One)
Chocolate Mousse
a fluffy chocolaty delight with whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings.

Traditional Southern Pecan Pie

New York Cheesecake


It’s hard to miss when you’ve got a shot at Euphemia’s fantastic roast duck at a nice discount. I’m always willing to pay full price. So, at $29 PP (for three courses) it’s a bargain. Did I mentioned that it is one of my favorite dishes around town?

Libby's Cafe + Bar | Cedar Wrapped Sustainable Salmon

That went well. How about another…


THE TABLE CREEKSIDE

First Course (Choice of one)
Portuguese Grilled Octopus Risotto
Roasted pumpkin pesto, crispy pea leaves

Peruvian Roasted Duck Carpaccio
California peach slaw, tamarind gastrique, buttermilk leeks crisp

Watermelon Heirloom Tomato Antipasto
Hearts of palm, olives, roasted peppers, candied pecans

Second Course (Choice of one)
Japanese-styled Roasted Chilean Sea Bass
Roasted orzo rock shrimp succotash, California radish gremolata

Veal Skirt Steak Escardini
Polenta lasagna, charred broccolini spears, heirloom tomato fondue

Lamb Meatloaf
Heirloom tomato jam, Spanish Manchego, creamy orzo, crispy spinach leaves

Dinner Third Course (Choice of one)
Gorgonzola Baked Italian Custard
Grand Marnier caramel

Peach Cobbler, French vanilla bean ice cream


Comments, questions, ideas?

OK, I’ll just go out on a limb and say that the Lamb Meatloaf is a knockout. I love lamb AND I love meatloaf, period. For me, combining the two puts it into a class by itself. Crispy spinach is a great go along. Creamy orzo is fine, but just think for a minute if it had horseradish mashed… Whoa.

By now you may be sitting back saying, “WOW, I sure didn’t realize that you could get THAT kind of a menu for Savor Sarasota”. If that’s the case maybe you haven’t been paying attention. Great food and great value is all around you. All you have to do is your part, EAT!

Take this as your last opportunity. Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week has one more week to run. So, get out there and go for it!

OF INTEREST…

The Official Savor Sarasota website
Mozaic Restaurant – Savor Sarasota Menu
Harry’s Continental Kitchens – Savor Sarasota Menu
Michael’s on East – Savor Sarasota Menu

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Ready, Set, Eat…

It’s here. The two weeks that Sarasota residents and visitors alike drool over. Savor Sarasota Restaurant week is upon us once again. To be fair, “restaurant weeks” is a more accurate description. This local food lovers dream stretches for fourteen days. And, in some cases even beyond that. Some of our favorite places extend their meal deals well into the summer.

We’re once again happy to bring you our “Unofficial” guide to all of the delicious happenings. First off and maybe mostly importantly, who’s participating? Well, here’s the full list:

62 Bistrot
Barnacle Bill’s SeafoodBijou Cafe
Cafe Americano
Café Amici
Cafe Gabbiano
Café L’Europe
Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar
Caragiulos Italian-American
Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar
Chart House
Crow’s Nest
Currents Restaurant
Darwin’s on 4th
Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
Duval’s New World Cafe
eat here
Euphemia Haye Restaurant
Fins at Sharky’s
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Giuseppe Ristorante
H20 Bistro
Harry’s Continental Kitchens
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
Inkanto
Jalea
Lavanda
Libby’s Cafe & Bar
Lolita Tartine
Louies Modern
MADE
Mattison’s City Grille
Mattison’s Forty-One
Michael’s On East
Miguel’s
Mozaic
Off The Hook Seafood Company
Oh Mamma Mia
Pattigeorge’s
Polo Grill and Bar
Pomona Bistro & Wine Bar
Roast
Roessler’s Restaurant
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion
Saltwater Cafe
Salute!
Sam Snead’s American Grill
Savory Street
Selva Grill
Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Table Restaurant Creekside
The Melting Pot
Wave Grill
Ziti

No need to count. That’s a whopping 54 Sarasota area restaurants. I think you would agree that’s quite a lineup. All major food groups covered very nicely.

For those of you who haven’t been fortunate enough to enjoy some great Savor Sarasota meals in the past here’s the low down. For a mere $15 for lunch or $29 for dinner you can delight in a specially conceived three course meal. These menus have been designed especially for our restaurant week and are fashioned to showcase each restaurants style and cuisine.

Curious as to what one of these unique menus looks like? Here’s a look at what Eat Here is serving up.


Dinner First Course (Choice of one)

Hickory House-Smoked Fish Dip
Local fish, Chef’s pick

Better Bruschetta
Roasted tomato, pesto and tapenade

Kaled Caesar Salad
Romaine with a chiffonade of kale, classic Caesar dressing, smoked cheddar, panzanella cubes and a little fruit

Dinner Second Course (Choice of one)

Gulf Coast Seafood Stew
Fresh market fish, shrimp, clams, mussels and Andouille sausage in zuppa broth, with fingerlings

Marvelous Veal Meat Loaf
With farmed mushrooms, pan gravy and mashed (Voted best in town)

Not Mama’s Pot Roast
Port braised, roasted shallots, sweet carrots and roasted fingerlings

Fire Roasted Half Chicken
Free range yardbird with root veggies

Wild Atlantic Salmon
Oven roasted with horseradish cream

Dinner Third Course (Choice of one)

Polynesian Pineapple Cake
With ginger glaze

Key Lime Cheesecake
Magnum-packed flavor

and….one glass of house wine. Tax & Gratuity not included.

 


Interested yet? This is one of the best opportunites of the year to see and taste what some of our best local chefs are dishing up. It’s a great way to give a new place a test drive or revisit an old favorite at a great price.

Check back often. We’ll be featuring more special menus from Savor Sarasota throughout the two week celebration of Sarasota food and restaurants.

OF INTEREST…

The Official Savor Sarasota website
Meet the Savor Sarasota Chefs!
dineSarasota Top 20 restaurants | THE LIST
Check out what Libby’s Cafe + Bar served last year

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