Summer is here and Mar Vista's Summer Wine Special is back! We are excited to offer our locals and summer visitors a complimentary bottle of Manager's Select wine. Just come by boat or car to this gem of a real Florida dining spot and receive a bottle of wine when you purchase two lunch or dinner entrees.
What better to compliment a beautiful view of Sarasota Bay while you sit inside the quaint dining room, outside on the covered deck or under the canopy of ancient Buttonwood trees than a bottle of wine and a delicious meal made from locally sourced and sustainable seafood, produce and land fare.
Come experience Florida dining the way it was meant to be.
Mar Vista can't be beat!
To receive offer, just print or show this coupon to one of our Mar Vista team members.
We introduced you to Lion Fish in last month's newsletter. We are happy to see many of our Beach House guests trying it and loving it!
We were recently invited to appear on Channel 7 ABC's The Suncoast View where we featured it. The ladies of the View loved it too! We are serving it at the Beach House Restaurant on our daily features menu. Because the Lionfish lurks towards the bottom of the ocean, it’s tricky to catch and is most often caught in lobster traps or by spear only. So it is best to call ahead for availability. Call 941-779-2222.
We are in the process of getting the link to the show so check back soon to view the footage...
Guess what percentage of the world’s aquaculture the U.S. is currently producing. 40%, 30%, 15%, 8%, 1%? If you guessed 1% - you are right. By now most people have heard the figures for the major imbalances in our U.S. fish consumption. Talk about a trade deficit. Ninety plus percent of the seafood we eat in the United States is imported and well over half of that is aquaculture, the majority of which is imported from Asia. China is 30 years ahead of us in the aquaculture business. It’s way past time for the U.S. to use its skills for innovation to get in the game.
The powers that be are finally starting to pay attention to these sobering facts. We cannot continue to over fish the world’s oceans. We must develop our domestic aquaculture business. The major species currently being grown in Florida is hard shell clams, (Mercenaria mercenaria
). The majority of the farming for this species occurs around Cedar Key. Hard shell clams, and bivalves in general, are an excellent area for development in Florida generally and our area in particular. After all, we live in the only area in the country that has three national estuaries on its borders, Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor. We are currently growing a healthy amount of hard shell clams locally. You will find them on the menu in all three of our restaurants. Now here’s the exciting part. We have one of the foremost bivalve experts in the country in our area. Curt Hemmel cultures the vast majority of the hard shell clam seed for the Florida market and also much of the clam seed used up and down the eastern seaboard. Curt has pioneered the commercial propagation of our native Sunray Venus clam. We are really excited to be partnering with Curt in this regard. Sunray clams are fabulous table fare. Sweet, almost like conch, with a high meat to shell ratio, 3 to 1 and they have a beautiful light weight shell. Not only are they great to eat but the sunrays can be frozen. If you freeze hard shell clams they have a high default rate in which they fail to open when cooked. The high open rate for the Sunrays gives us an opportunity to ship them around the country for our domestic market as well as ship them overseas to begin to address the huge imbalances in our seafood balance of trade.
We are serving sunrays in all three restaurants. We invite you all to come in and try this exciting new, native seafood product.
Summertime is wine time at Mar Vista! We invite you to visit anytime this month to enjoy a free bottle of wine when you purchase two lunch or dinner entrees.
And coming in September....ALL wines will be half price, no exceptions and no voucher needed. Just come in and order any wine off our wine list!