The Sandbar Celebrates 31 Years of Fireworks, Family Fun and Great Food

On Tuesday, July 4th the Sandbar will once again host its Annual Fireworks Spectacular under their wedding pavilion located next to the restaurant. This year marks the 31st year the iconic restaurant has held the event. The fireworks will begin shortly after dusk.

VIP Party Packages are available with prime seating set up on the beach for the show. Packages are available now and include an array of delicious food prepared by the restaurants culinary team, open bar, party favors, valet parking and a private area to view the fireworks.

The menu will feature delectable appetizers and mouth watering dinner items featuring fresh-from-the-gulf seafood, Florida heritage foods, and farm-to-fork items from the restaurant’s own Gamble Creek farm. Not to mention decadent desserts, beer, wine and specialty cocktails!

Tickets are $140 for adults and $50 for kids. Reservations for the VIP Party are required and seating is limited. Seating in the restaurant is available on a first come, first serve basis. Firework shows are weather permitting. There are no refunds for inclement weather.

To purchase a party package ticket, contact Jamie Kissell, Special Events Director at (941) 778-8709 or Or, for more information call (941) 778-8705 or visit

“Collectively, the Chiles Group has been hosting fireworks shows for 52 years, and we are thrilled to welcome our customers and the community to celebrate on this, our 31st year,” said Sandbar General Manager Doug Sullivan. “We hope those planning to come out purchase their tickets early, as we are sure to sell out!”


Appetizers – Gulf Shrimp Cocktail, Oysters Rockefeller and Cajun Oysters, King Crab Skewer, Deviled Eggs, Watermelon Gazpacho Shooters and Sweet Potato Soup Shooters

Entrees – Gulf Shrimp Boil, Grilled Lobster Tail, Roast Beef Carving Station, Korean Wild Boar, Baby Back Ribs, Lake Meadow Naturals Chicken Quarters, Carolina BBQ Chicken Breasts, Kids Chicken Fingers, Kids Hot Dogs

Side Dishes – Twice Baked Bob Woods Potatoes, Corn and Vegetable Salad, Gamble Creek Farm Salad, Kids Tater Tots

Desserts – Sandbar’s Cornbread Bread Pudding, Flag Cake, Pecan Pie, Homemade Ice Cream with Seasonal Fruits



Benziger Wine Dinner!

April 27, 2017

TWG-WebSlider-BZimage016_0003Save the date and get tickets now for an exclusive wine dinner featuring Benziger Wines. The dinner will take place June 22nd, 6:30 pm-9:00 pm at The Studio at Gulf and Pine on Anna Maria Island. Benziger Family Winery produces a distinctive portfolio of Biodynamic, certified-sustainable, organic wines that will be perfectly paired with an innovative menu created by the Culinary Director and team of chefs from all three Chiles Group restaurants – the Sandbar, Beach House and Mar Vista. Chris Benziger, a 3rd generation winemaker will be making a special trip to our area for this dinner to showcase his Demeter-certified Biodynamic wines. The dinner will include a bottle signing and attendees will have an opportunity to win a special VIP tour of the Benziger Winery in Sonoma, California. The philosophy and the sustainable initiatives upon which Benziger basis their wine production fits perfectly with the commitment the Chiles Group has with its many sustainable efforts.

Tickets can be purchased by calling
Caryn Hodge at 941-713-3105 or via email to

Tickets for this event are $100 all inclusive. Tables are also available for purchases.

Benziger Wine Dinner Menu

Benziger, North Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2015: Beautiful citrus and apple flavors introduce our Sauvignon Blanc, followed closely by its delicious minerality.
Florida Octopus & ramp salad, with citrus & fennel, and foraged Pistou

Benziger, Sonoma County, Chardonnay 2014: Flavors of apple, pear, citrus and ripe apricot engage the palate, while subtle, creamy hints of butter and meringue unfold
Kaffir cured Lionfish with coconut sabayon & chilled Silver Queen chowder

Benziger, Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir 2014: Freshly picked tart cherry, raspberry, and strawberry launch from this delectable Pinot Noir
Braised Florida wild boar with Jubilee blueberry BBQ, & local collard greens

Benziger, Tribute, Estate Blend 2013: This Bio-Dynamic Red blend celebrates the complexity and individuality of the Benziger family estate.
Center cut filet mignon with a port wine reduction and seasonal micro vegetables

Benziger Sonoma Coast Rose 2016: This Rosé has airy aromas of persimmon and watermelon, with a hue reminiscent of bougainvillea.
Homemade ice cream with King’s farm plums & cornbread crumble


BeachHouse Wedding SetupBeachHouse Wedding Bride and GroomBeach House Weddings Offer New Bridal Suite and Dedicated Event Area

Beach House Restaurant owner, Ed Chiles states, “Weddings and special events are such a significant part of what we offer at the Beach House. So when discussing the plans to renovate the Beach House deck and outside seating area, we knew we wanted to create a special place where the brides and the bridal party would feel comfortable as they get ready for the big day.”

The Beach House hosts approximately 150 weddings a year. Beach House General Manager, Dave Gallagher says, “Having a dedicated space on site was one we were very excited about providing to our brides. The new Bridal Suite is an amazing amenity to have on our property for our Weddings and Events.” The Bridal Suite is directly adjacent to the wedding pavilion providing an accessible, private location for the bride and her attendants to get ready and not be seen by the groom prior to walking down the aisle. Its close proximity to the reception pavilion also makes it convenient for the bride to discretely slip away for a moment during the reception if she needs to make any adjustments to her hair or makeup, bustle her dress or just freshen up throughout the evening.

The architect for all four stages of the Beach House renovations is the Schimberg Group headed up by Barron Schimberg. According to Patty Schimberg, the Schimberg Group’s interior designer, “Interestingly, although we were striving for the vintage beach house look our client sought, the furniture and most accessories are all contemporary pieces from widely available sources. We anchored the room with our custom designed vanity in a deep nautical blue with a classic Carrera marble top and chunky hardware to give it an industrial feel.  The over sized round mirror in a rose gold finish is by West Elm. Flanking the mirror are sconces with exposed Edison bulbs in an industrial/vintage style and above we mixed a more delicate decorative glass pendant light; both light sources providing the ideal lighting, soft but highly efficient. The telescoping camel leather bar stool serves as a perfect make-up and coiffing seat for a bride…yet the club chair shape is in keeping with the room’s feel.”

Patty continues, “The one true vintage piece is a charming Turkish Oushak area rug, a last minute substitute for the discontinued rug we originally proposed. We held our breath as the rug vendor, found on Etsy, informed us a week prior to our deadline, the rug had just left their village in Turkey! Well worth the anxious wait, the rug completes the room with its earthy pastel palette and unmistakable authenticity. We definitely obsessed about this special space…and it was one of those small, unexpected interior projects which also turned out to be a most challenging and rewarding one.”

The bridal suite is air conditioned with optimum lighting for wedding make up and hair preparations. It boasts large mirrors, a wash basin and bathroom, and comfortable seating as well as a private entrance from the restaurant’s dining room through which the bride has access to the Beach House wedding coordinator. It is a secure place that brides and bridesmaids can store their personal belongings and treasured momentous. The space is large enough to accommodate the bride, her attendants and a photographer to capture those special moments while preparing for her big day.

According to Beach House wedding and event coordinator Shawn Rhoton, “I find being able to offer the brides a private bridal suite not only provides a place for the bride and her bridesmaids to get ready but also keeps the bride close to her guests and offers a beautiful background for any photos taken of the bride getting ready. I am proud to offer such a stunning and comfortable environment to our brides. It is the highlight of the tours I give to prospective brides.”

In addition to the new Bridal Suite, the newly renovated Beach House deck offers a completely private space for weddings, special events and corporate meetings. Large sliding partitions provide privacy for the area that can accommodate up to 80 people while still providing a view of the Gulf and spectacular sunsets. For more information on weddings or special events contact Beach House Wedding and Events coordinator Shawn Rhoton at or visit

fried green toms patrick5-30-17Fried Green Tomatoes with Crab & Chipotle Mayo
Makes approximately 4 tomato slices.


1 green tomato, sliced 1/8 inch thick
Olive Oil
2 oz. blue crab meat
Mixed greens


Dredge tomato slices in flour, then buttermilk and coat with Panko bread crumbs
Fry in enough olive oil to barely cover the tomato.
Fry at 350 degrees or over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Do not flip.
Layer on a bed of mixed greens
Add blue crab meat to top of tomatoes
Drizzle chipotle mayo on top
Garnish with heirloom tomatoes if desired

Chipotle mayo:

1 cup Mayo
1 oz. Chipotle peppers
1 tsp. lemon juice
Blend until smooth


Free Beach House Appetizer!

May 30, 2017

Lunchtime is a perfect time to relax and enjoy the beautiful views from our newly renovated Deck, Beachfront Bar and Sunken Lounge Area. And now you can enjoy it even more with a complimentary appetizer of your choice. Join us from the beach, from your office or from near and far away! Just show this […]

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From the Sandbar Garden!

May 1, 2017

A couple of months ago we introduced you to Zachary Rasmussen, our friendly valet guy with blond dreadlocks and a smile that will make your day. Zach is not only one of our valet superstars but he is also a proficient gardener and budding expert in the field of permaculture. He has taken an interest […]

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Wet and Wild Kid’s Art Camp!

May 1, 2017

Let your kids get WET and WILD with WATERCOLORS this summer!  Sign your 7-11 year old up for art camp with Cory Wright at the Studio at Gulf and Pine. They will explore fun, new techniques for drawing and mixing colors that will tap into and enhance their natural creativity! Projects include fun and engaging […]

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