Get your tickets now for the event of the year! The Grand Affaire is the Center of Anna Maria Island’s main event! The Chiles Group is catering the event with a menu of locally sourced and sustainable gulf to table, farm to fork items. Online bidding is open now for fabulous auction items.


The Grand Affaire 8 5_ x 11_ Poster with Sponsors copy

2016.PC.WINNER.fc (1)The votes are tallied and the results are in. The Bradenton Herald Reader’s Choice Awards have been announced! It is like the Oscar equivalent for all the local businesses waiting with bated breath to see who readers picked as their favorites. We are happy to have been recognized in several categories. First of all, congratulations to our Sandbar Wedding and Event staff led by Wedding Coordinator, Patti McKee for receiving the award for #1 Favorite Wedding Venue. The Sandbar Wedding and Event Pavilion is the perfect place for a wedding or special event situated directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico, toes in the sand, delicious custom menus to choose from and an expert, experienced staff that will make your event seem, well, seamless and one that will be remembered by you and your guests for years to come.

To put the icing on the cake, Sandbar Wedding and Event Coordinator, Patti McKee, was recognized as the #2 Favorite Wedding Planner in all of Manatee County. She was surprised but we weren’t and from what we understand it was a close race. With more than 1000 weddings to her credit throughout the 16 years she has been helping create lifetime memories, Patti has been the consummate professional and stress reducer when it comes to helping brides and grooms create the wedding of their dreams. She sends a big thank you to everyone who voted for her!

The Sandbar and Beach House took first place and second place respectively in the #1 Favorite Place to Watch the Sunset category! If you have ever been here for a sunset you know why…spectacular is an understatement!

Another one of our affiliated business was also recognized by the Bradenton Herald readers. The Studio at Gulf and Pine, Anna Maria Island’s cultural art gallery and event facility was recognized as the #1 Favorite Art Studio. The Studio offers an eclectic array of exhibits, instructional classes, lectures with the Einstein Circle and serves as a salon where artists and art aficionados interact. Founded in 2011 by former First Lady of Florida, Rhea Chiles, part of the Studio’s permanent collection consists of the Chiles family collection of paintings which hung in the governor’s office. Equipped with a theater film projection room, and spanning nearly 4,000 square feet, The Studio welcomes artists, poets, musicians, performers and writers to exhibit their talents and exchange ideas as well as serving as the perfect indoor event space for weddings, receptions, meetings or gathering space for friends or family. If you haven’t been to the Studio you should visit this unique art gallery. A new exhibit is shown every three weeks. For info visit

Thanks to everyone who voted for us!


sblovehatbhlovehatlovehatmvWe have some amazing new retail items that we think you are going to love. Check out the hats we are featuring this month. Do you love you some Sandbar, Beach House or Mar Vista? Show it with our new top notch and quality rich head covers.

These hats are made with the quality that put Legacy Athletic on the map and set the standard for everyone else. Featuring premium 100% cotton twill for durability with just the right wash and Legacy’s renowned perfect fit.

Some other cool features include:

• Unstructured low profile fit
• Full top-stitching, self-fabric sweatband and taping, and a premium, hi-density visor board
• Adjustable fabric strap with antique brass slide buckle

Come in to get yours today or call the restaurants to order them. We will ship them to you!

Banh Mi Veggie Sandwich

April 1, 2016

bahn mi sand 3-16(2)mattBanh Mi Veggie Sandwich


1 Ciabatta bun
2 oz. grilled purple onion
2 oz. grilled Portobello
2 oz. goat cheese
2 slices of pickled pears
1 oz. of arugula
1 oz. roasted red pepper
1 oz. basil pesto

Slice each of the vegetables into pieces big enough to grill.
Season with salt and pepper.
Grill the vegetables until desired tenderness.
Grill the ciabatta bread.
Spread with pesto and goat cheese.
Top with the vegetables and arugula.
Serve with sweet pickles or fries.


Sandbar Restaurant and Beach House Server Voted #1!

March 31, 2016

The Sandbar received some major recognition this year from the readers of the Anna Maria Island Sun newspaper. We are thrilled to announce that they voted us #1 in four major categories. The poll recognized the Sandbar as the readers #1 favorite in the following four categories: #1 Favorite Overall Restaurant #1 Favorite Seafood Restaurant […]

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New Partnerships for Chiles Group!

March 31, 2016

The Chiles Group has added to their growing list of partners by teaming up with two new companies! Living up to its commitment to serve locally produced Florida heritage items using best-in-class sustainable products, the Chiles Restaurant Group is excited to announce partnerships with Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka City, Florida and Lodge Cast Iron, […]

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