Private_Edibles_GardenThe first two Pine Avenue Edible Garden Tour and Sandbar Tasting Lunch events were extremely popular. The next one is scheduled for January 24. The tour begins at The Studio at Gulf and Pine at 9:30 am and finishes up at the Sandbar at approximately 1:00 pm. Tickets are $30.00 per person. Proceeds benefit the Roser Community Church All Island Food Pantry.

The walking tour will proceed from the Studio down Pine Avenue to visit several of the gardens as resident native plant expert Mike Miller describes the project and invites tour attendees to sample the produce right out of the boxes. After the leisurely stroll down “The Greenest Little Mainstreet in America” is complete the tour will proceed to the Sandbar Restaurant where everyone will be treated to a tasting lunch, sampling up to 5 courses specially prepared by Sandbar Chef Ian Fairweather. At least one of the dishes will include the greens from the garden boxes. Talk about fresh!

Tickets are limited and expected to sell out quickly so call today to reserve your spot. Tickets may only be purchased by contacting Caryn Hodge at 941-778-8705 or The lunch is not completely vegetarian and anyone with special dietary needs should make them known at the time of ticket purchase. Substitutions will be made by the chef.

What’s Fresh from our Farms?

December 31, 2014

STRAWBERRIES12-14 (7)December in Florida is the envy of pretty much everyone across the country and it’s no wonder! With 70-80 degree weather and getting away with wearing short sleeved shirts, shorts and flip flops we feel for all our northern friends and say, “Hurry back down, the weathers great!” The warm weather is also perfect for our crops growing at Gamble Creek, the farm we own. What other restaurant do you know that owns their own farm? We love the fact that we can serve our produce to you the same day it is picked. Talk about fresh!!!

We are really excited about all the great things we are getting right now. A variety of fresh, crisp lettuces are making their way to your table – Romaine, Russian Kale, Spring Mix, Spinach, Red Leaf and Arugula. They taste amazing! Peppers are coming in too – a great variety of green bell peppers and delicious sweet yellow bells. We use these in our stir fry, as well as in side dishes and as our vegetable du jour. Multiple varieties of heirloom tomatoes are gracing our salads and side dishes as well- the Sungold and Black Cherry varieties are particularly amazing, so tasty and juicy. Try our heirloom tomato salad to savor their sweet flavor. Chef Will’s version of the heirloom tomatoes is served with herbed goat cheese, olive tapenade, arugula and the Beachhouse’s balsamic vinaigrette.

Our cabbage is worth crowing about. It continues to grow abundantly. Remember to stop by Whole Foods and pick up any of the Beagle Bay Organics sauerkrauts. Keith Pratt owns Beagle Bay and makes his sauerkraut products with Gamble Creek cabbage. Chef Ian’s dish of Bob Wood’s Tennessee chipotle sausage over the Beagle Bay Kraut with country Dijon is seriously addicting. Chef Ian is also making a southern staple – fried Gamble Creek green tomatoes with a creamy crab sauce. Chef George at the Mar Vista is featuring a Pineapple Tomato Appetizer – sliced Geraldson Farms pineapple tomatoes, capers, fresh basil, shaved purple onions, olive oil, rice vinegar and cracked black pepper. Or try his Mullet Banh Mi- Cortez Mullet crispy fried on a hoagie roll with sriachi mayonnaise and pickled Gamble Creek cabbage. For all you fruit lovers out there, you must try our dishes that incorporate the beautiful, succulent strawberries we are harvesting right now. At the Sandbar try the Strawberry Cheesecake. The Beachhouse is featuring a delicious Strawberry Shortcake topped with homemade whipped cream or try the Very Berry Salad. And what would a farm be without flowers…we have those too. Sunflowers are in our table centerpieces to welcome our guests to warm weather, blue skies and What’s Fresh From Our Farms!

Shrimp, Crab and Avocado Pasta

December 30, 2014

Shrimp, Crab and Avocado by Beachhouse Chef Will Manson 12/31/14   Large Gulf Shrimp, Lump Crab meat sautéed in Olive Oil with fresh garlic, pesto and locally grown Avocado folded into Cappelini pasta.   Ingredients: 4 large shrimp 1 oz. Lump crab 1/2  Avocado 3 oz. angel hair pasta 2 oz. olive oil 1 oz. […]

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Mar Vista Treehouse Plans Approved!

December 30, 2014

Mar Vista Goes Vertical with New Treehouse! The Swiss Family Robinson would love what we are planning for the Mar Vista and we think our customers will too. Guests at the Mar Vista will soon be able to dine among the trees in the new Treehouse! It all started in 2009 when owner, Ed Chiles, renovated the outside […]

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Mar Vista and Longboat Key Art Center Present Concert Series

December 30, 2014

LONGBOAT KEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS & MAR VISTA DOCKSIDE RESTAURANT AND PUB PRESENT THE 2015 OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES This year the Longboat Key Center for the Arts is pulling out the stops to bring you the best concert series on Longboat Key. Come and enjoy fantastic live musical entertainment that covers all of your favorite music genres. They […]

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Anna Maria Holiday Walk About

December 2, 2014

Anna Maria Holiday of Treasures…a city-wide yuletide….snow… in Anna Maria?!?!?!?! The businesses and merchants of Anna Maria invite you to their Holiday Open House on Friday, December 12th from 5:00-8:00pm.  Ride the free Anna Maria Island Trolley or catch the free hay ride from CrossPointe Fellowship Church to this family fun event! Come stroll along Gulf […]

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