This fall, Visit Sarasota County has invited travelers nationwide to celebrate and experience the Sarasota area’s relaxed, casual lifestyle and year-round warm weather through the “Sarasota in Shorts” promotional campaign and “Find Your Shorts Style Sweepstakes” which is accepting entries through Dec. 5. Now, an iconic fine-dining restaurant is embracing the concept with a special one-time event in February 2013.
“Although our professional culinary team enjoys hosting residents and visitors on many formal occasions—when we all dress to impress—we are excited to focus on the spirit of ‘Sarasota in Shorts’ at this special wine dinner,'” said Michael Klauber, co-proprietor Michael’s On East and Michael’s Wine Cellar.
Guests of a newly announced Michael’s Wine Dinner are encouraged to sport their favorite resort wear and dress in “coastal chic” attire. John Ireland, of Pali Wine Co. and Tower 15 Winery, will host the “Coastal Chic” Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Michael’s Wine Cellar, 1283 S. Tamiami Trail in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota, Fla.
A professional with more than 20 years in the wine industry, Ireland’s good humor, relaxed nature and broad knowledge of wine will be evident throughout the dinner.
Pali Wine Co. was established in 2005 by co-founders Tim Perr and Scott Knight who shared a passion to produce small lots of artisan Pinot Noir they loved to drink. The state-of-the-art winery in Lompoc, Calif. was named “Pali,” after their hometown Pacific Palisades, located west of Los Angeles. Pali Wine Co. produces a Cuvee series of wines defined by their appellation of origin and named for different neighborhoods in the Pacific Palisades. It’s sister winery, Tower 15 is inspired by an area along the beach in Pacific Palisades, where the lifeguard tower number 15 stands as a local beacon to families and friends. The coastal inspiration of the wineries makes their wines a perfect fit for this special event, which will feature a five-course feast designed to complement eight selected wines.
Michael’s wine dinners are held monthly with unique themes for each event. This is the first event planned with a slightly casual theme; however, the featured wines and specially-designed menu remain equally extravagant.
This event is open to the public for $95 per person plus tax and tip. Reservations are required and space is limited. Please call 941-366-0007, ext. 224, for more information and reservations.
About Michael’s On East
Michael’s On East was founded on April 27, 1987. Located at 1212 East Avenue South in Midtown Plaza, the iconic restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother’s Day each year. The establishment is the winner of the 2009 Fine Dining Hall of Fame, and received their 23rd consecutive AAA Four-Diamond Award in 2012. Michael’s On East is a fine dining restaurant featuring an extraordinary supper club atmosphere, inspired cuisine and an intimate piano bar. Michael’s On East Catering is Sarasota’s premiere caterer creating memorable events from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling galas for 1,000. Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 International estate-bottled wines, national brand spirits and craft beers including more than 200 domaine wines under $20. Michael’s Wine Cellar is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information about Michael’s On East Restaurant and Michael’s On East Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com. For information about Michael’s Wine Cellar or to shop online, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.mfw.com.