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Sustainable Summer!

August 2, 2016

Ed Chiles - SandbarIt’s been a busy summer. The long awaited major renovation of the Mar Vista is beginning this week. We will build our new state of the art kitchen in the next four to five months and then we will take a deep breath and pause for the rush of season. We will pick the construction of the new dining room back up in May. The design reflects the old Florida feel that is such an important part of this classic location. Our staff is super excited about the things that the new kitchen will allow us to do. It will definitely take our food up another notch.MarVista-MasterPlan_15-12.01_Proposed_Perspectives-07-Int-Opt-1-1

MarVista-MasterPlan_15-12.01_Proposed_Perspectives-04-SouthEastI just returned from three days in New York at the United Nations where I was invited to participate in their high-level political forum on Sustainable Development Goals. It was a very interesting experience. I attended with Dr. Dave Randle, the director of the University of South Florida’s Patel College of Global Sustainability and Sustainable Tourism in Tampa.
At the restaurants, we celebrated National Caviar day last week on July 18. We held a great tasting event for local food writers and media to promote Healthy Earth Caviar. We are fortunate to be partners with Healthy Earth in this enterprise developed here locally by Mote Marine Research Laboratory. We now produce what is arguably the world’s finest sustainably raised Siberian sturgeon caviar. The best part is that we now feature it at all three of our restaurants as well as sell it online along with our bottarga through the Healthy Earth website. www.healthyearthcaviar.com.
Laura Reiley, the Tampa Bay Times food critic did a great story on the caviar tasting that you can read here. Tampa Bay Times caviar article

I would also encourage you to look at the major journalistic piece Laura did recently showing who is really telling the truth about using local food products. Farm to Fable by Laura Reiley. Laura’s in-depth story stirred me to write and talk about the challenges with sourcing local products in my most recent column in the Bradenton Herald. Going Local by Ed Chiles

Last but not least I want everyone to know that grey striped mullet are nice and fat right now and we have them fresh at all three restaurants. For a fresh look at mullet- More on Mullet by Ed Chiles.

We hope you enjoy the rest of the summer!

Caviar Craze!

August 1, 2016

caviar1IMG_0514lobstersaladwcaviar IMG_0518Caviar, a delicacy normally perceived as being reserved for the rich and famous, is now on our menus and is available for anyone to try at a reasonable price.

If you have always wanted to try this delicious and highly sustainable treat now is your chance.

To aficionados, black sturgeon caviar is undoubtedly the single best food on earth. The glistening beads, silky and opulent to the pallet, embody a sublime flavor that speak to the mysteries of the sea. Historically known as ‘food for the gods’, wild sturgeon caviar has been revered throughout the world as an umami rich delicacy for centuries. (sic blackopalcaviar.com)

Here are some of the dishes we are preparing made with caviar. If you would like to purchase caviar by the ounce visit www.blackopalcaviar.com for more information.

Our chefs are always creating new dishes incorporating caviar so check visit our website often to check our features list to see the newest way we are serving this local delicacy.

To order Healthy Earth Caviar for your next party or function visit www.blackopalcaviar.com.

 

 

 

logoJoin us at the 9th Annual Great Bay Scallop Search!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

BOATERS….we need you!
Non-boaters will be placed on boats as space permits.

Sign Up Today!
Why: To annually monitor our bay scallop populations and to support the scientific study of scallops.
Where: **Sarasota Sailing Squadron, 1717 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
(Boaters interested in searching the northern bay can pick up equipment at Coquina Beach, 1800 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach, FL prior to the event, we will announce date.
When: Captains meeting at 8:30 am. Scallop search begins at 9:00 am sharp and ends around 12:30 pm with a complimentary lunch.
***This is a NO HARVEST event***
What To Bring: Able bodied swimmers with sunscreen, hat, dive gloves, mask, snorkel, fins, and water. Weight belt, optional but recommended.
*We will attempt to get those without boats onto vessels, space permitting.
Registration: Required. This event fills to capacity every year.

Register here!

Chiles Group Partners with Lodge Cast Iron!

July 28, 2016

The Chiles Restaurant Group has entered into a partnership with century old manufacturer of world-class cast-iron skillet and cookware, Lodge Cast Iron, which now provides the restaurants with Lodge cast iron pots and enamel serving pieces. In the production of its products, the Lodge Co. remains focused on reduced energy consumption, hazardous waste reduction (especially […]

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History and Importance of Grey Striped Mullet

July 28, 2016

Located an hour south of Tampa, the coastal village of Cortez is the oldest continual fishing village in Florida. The waters surrounding the fishing village are known for having the finest Grey Striped Mullet in the world. For centuries fisherman here have harvested mullet, a fish typically smoked or deep-fried. When the roe of the […]

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Love Is Ageless!

July 27, 2016

Love is Ageless written by Sandbar Wedding and Special Events Coordinator, Patti McKee I love when we have weddings for couples in their 70’s and 80’s. One such couple that really stands out for me is a couple who got married here last November. They actually met online on a dating site. He lied about […]

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