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|Knowing where the food we serve you comes from and having that food come from local sources is an important part of what we do here at the Sandbar, BeacHhouse and Mar Vista Restaurants. We hope you will take a look at our brand new Menu Boards right outside the Sandbar entrance. These boards list many of the items we are sourcing from local farmers, fishermen and produce purveyors. We take great pride in providing our guests with the freshest ingredients available. If you haven’t heard, restaurant owner, Ed Chiles is so invested in providing his guests with fresh, local ingredients, he went out and bought two farms, Gamble Creek and 3 Boys Farm. He is now part owner and plans to bring the harvest from these farms right to your table.
Some of the items we are getting from local sources include heirloom tomatoes from Gamble Creek Farms in Parrish, Florida, organic greens from 3 Boys Farms in Ruskin, Florida and micro greens from Central Market in Deland, Florida. Captain Anthony Manali, who has been providing fish and crabs to all three of our restaurants for more than 30 years, is bringing in Day Boat Grouper, American Red Snapper and Amberjack and of course Florida Stone Crabs now that the season has started. In addition to these delicious fish and crabs, Captain Anthony is providing us with a local treasure – Cortez Sandy Bottom Gray Striped Mullet. Mullet is one of the healthiest fish available, high in Omega 3, delicious and at its peak of flavor from September to December when they are fat in preparation for the roe season. Mullet is a tender fish with a sweet taste that is great grilled, blackened, fried, in a fish dip or the traditional way – smoked. With Captain Anthony’s help we do it all when it comes to Mullet. We hope you will take advantage of Mullet season and try some for yourself.
Other items that are locally sourced include our heritage course ground grits from the Bradley Store in Tallahassee. Look for these in the popular Shrimp and Grits. Bottarga comes out of Cortez just over the bridge from the BeacHhouse and comes our way via the Anna Maria Fish Company, owned by our owner Ed Chiles and Lola winemaker, Seth Cripe. Siberian Sturgeon Caviar is from Mote Marine right down the road in Sarasota. Try this local delicacy in our Salmon Tartare, one of our new menu items. We couldn’t forget drinks and desserts when it comes to sourcing all things local. Lola Wine is produced by local guy done good, Seth Cripe. Ed is happy to partner with Seth in Lola Wines. With four different varietals you will have plenty of chances to play with pairings. The dry Riesling and the Chardonnay are excellent with our fresh seafood, as is the Pinot Noir. Our bartenders will be happy to let you sample any of the Lola Wines so you can find your favorite. Some of our decadent desserts like our Coconut Cake and Peanut Butter Pie come from Hometown Desserts on Pine Avenue.
By providing our guests with locally sourced produce and seafood, we can provide them with a real Florida dining experience. We hope you enjoy the new additions to our menu. Don’t forget to check out our menu boards next time you are in for lunch or dinner!
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