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BUDDING EVENT Sara Bagley planted a bulb that’s grown into Ringling in Bloom, which is in its third year.


t took Sara Bagley and friends some cajoling to convince John and Mable Ringing Museum’s Associate Curator of Education Maureen Zaremba to create the first Ringing in Bloom event three years ago. The event that brings large-scale floral designs inspired by works of fine art in the museum isn’t the only one in the country. In fact, in 1976, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts hosted the first event of its kind. As the saying goes, the third time is a charm, and the planners have gotten the annual event down to a science. Bagley collected the designers, stemming from the entire Gulf Coast of Florida, as she met them from area garden clubs, Sarasota Garden Club and Founders Garden Club, as well as floral-designing group Floralia 16, national conventions and flower shows. And many who participate return for the next year’s event. Aside from encouragement to buy local flowers and the museum’s reasonable strictness about no dripping pots, there aren’t any parameters that the designers must follow. “That’s what’s fun about it!” Bagley says. “If you’re in a flower show that’s judged, you have to follow the rules. We decided not to have this judged so we could give them freedom.” Late last summer each of the 30 designers was given a list of possible paintings and sculptures they could choose as their muse. Bagley finds it funny that some paintings are se-

lected every year, such as “Harlequin Series” and “The Sisters.” The muse selection process is different for every designer. “Some people research the story; the colors may stand out or other components or elements; or an architectural or emotional reaction can stimulate you and direct you in deciding what and how you’re going to create,” says Betty Call, a participant since the first year. Once the piece is selected, the designers have about seven months to conceptualize their ideas, and when it’s time to begin arranging, there are many different approaches. “I start with the flowers, and when they’re all gone, I’m finished,” says Josie Northrup, also a participant since the first year. Like Josie Northrup, Becca McFadden has a similar play-it-by-ear approach. She suggests that most designers plan their works: “Everyone I know, especially in my garden club, practices ahead of time. They know down to a tee what they are doing. They take pictures of it — and I’m like the whirling dervish that ends up however it lands.” Regardless of approach, floral design is as much fine art as the paintings that inspire them. “It’s creative,” Chris Dermody says. This is her third year as a participant. “It has to have line, depth, form, (color, composition, scale, balance) — things you’d look for in any other artform.”

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Years participated: Three Selected work: “Salome” by Robert Henri Why this one? She just looked rather exotic to me, and I found that challenging and interesting. Competitive edge: About 40 flowers, sago palms and a little bling in a handmade container that will reach 4 to 5 feet tall. Floral-design background: A little more than a decade ago, I was working too much (at a manufacturing company of a coin-operated amusement games) and needed an outlet. I’ve learned it all through Garden Club classes. Favorite flower: Gardenia; I love the smell of them.

“Salome” by Robert Henri

 Emily Yaffe displays the handmade ceramic pot she will be using in her design.


 Betty Call plans to use homegrown flowers and foliage in her design similar to the display she’s holding.

Years participated: Two at Ringling Museum (20 at similar events) Selected work: “Tobias Leaving his Parents” by Nicolas Tournier Why this one? The emotion of the four people in the painting is what I’m, hopefully, going to capture. Competitive edge: Home-grown flowers and additional flowers in four separate containers, each with different flowers and a secret element tying them all together. Floral-design background: (I did it) as a child. And I ran a floral studio (“The Floral Touch”) in Massachusetts for more than 20 years. I’m also a national flower show judge. Favorite flower: Anything that “Tobias Leaving His Parents” by Nicolas Tournier smells good.

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Years participated: Two Selected work: “Engelberta van Brienen” by Nicolaes Maes Why this one? I liked the angle of her dress. There’s a lot you can do with that burgundy color. Competitive edge: A pot that matches the frame of the work. Floral-design background: My mother used to do floral design. I worked in a florist shop for six or seven years in Rochester, N.Y. Favorite flower: Lilies and peonies Chris Dermody holds the base “Engelberta van Brienen” she will use for her design by Nicolaes Maes

Years participated: Three Selected work: “Plowing in Nivernais” by Rosa Bonheur Why this one? I liked the upturned earth; I liked the dirt. Competitive edge: I found a large rusting piece of a construction auger; taking as much time as they give to make a funky design. I’ll bring the kitchen sink with me, literally. I will take buckets and buckets of flowers that maybe I’ll use and maybe I won’t. Floral-designing background: I bought my (plant leasing and fresh floral design) business 15 years ago, “Quality Foliage,” and prior to that I had no floral-design experience, so I had to hit the ground running. And my mother-in-law, Sally McFadden, who does floral design, got me involved with Founders Garden Club. Favorite flower: Anthurium


CLARE MILLIGAN Years participated: Two Selected work: “Walking Woman” by Alexander Archipenko Why this one? The simplicity. I had seen her two years Clare Milligan holds the ago, and I knew then what bronze-painted palm spathe I would put in it, and that’s she will use in her design what I’m using. Competitive edge: Palm spathe painted bronze and seven protea spanning about 36 inches tall Floral-design background: I’ve been in the Sarasota Garden Club since 1982, and before that I worked in my late sister Margaret Broom’s florist shop, “The Green Tree Garden Center,” in St. Albans, W. Va. And, before that, cutting flowers from the garden as a child. Favorite flower: Orchid  “Walking Woman” by Alexander Archipenko

IF YOU GO: Ringing in Bloom A four-day celebration of flowers and fine art. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 3 Where: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota Cost: $25 for adults; $25 for seniors; $5 for students 18 and older and children 6 to 17; $10 for teachers and active duty military; free for members and children under 6. Info: Call 359-5700, or see for full schedule of programs.



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 Alice LaFollette and Josie Northrup hold the base they will use in Gallery 1.

 Becca McFadden stands by the heavy auger from which she will create her design.


Years participated: Three Selected work: One floral arrangement inspired by all of Gallery 1 Why this one? We decided to do it together. Josie has done it before, so when they asked me to do it, I said we would. It’s a big arrangement! Competitive edge: Twenty different varieties of flowers  The Gallery spanning 1 floral display 4 feet in difrom 2012 ameter Floral-design background: LaFollette: “I’m a retired judge in the Garden Club of America. My mother was a floral judge.” Northrup: “I can’t really say, but it was sometime in the ’90s when I joined Founders Garden Club.” Favorite flower: LaFollette says roses and liles; Northrup says roses.








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‘Hello, Dolly!’: See Kim Kollar star as Dolly Levi at 7:30 p.m. at Venice Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice. It runs through March 17. Tickets are $13 to $28. Call 488-1115. ‘Masterworks: Beethoven’s Ninth’: This is the fifth Masterworks program and fifth guest conductor working with Sarasota Orchestra this season. It starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Courtesy photo Tamiami Trail. Tickets range from $30 to Kim Kollar as Dolly Levi $84. Call 953-3434 for more information. in “Hello, Dolly!”


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A group of rebels with a cause, armed with knitting needles and colorful yarn, took over Sapphire Shores Park, located at 5100 Sun Circle Drive, Feb. 22, when it went on a guerrilla-knitting rampage and gave 10 trees new sweaters. The act was in celebration of the upcoming Sun Circle Art Show 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2. It will feature juried fine art and craftwork by artists and artisans of Indian Beach and Sapphire Shores; live performances; readings; a bonsai exhibit; and sale and silent auction.

Artist Nat Krate, of Sarasota, died Feb. 17. In a Diversions interview this past December, Krate said he was known for two things: nudes and florals. And, although his art was a major part of his life, the best part about him was the passion he held for living. And, if passion for life has any outward effect on art, it’s no wonder that his work is so remarkable. Krate let readers in on the secret of life: “Love is the best medicine that you could possibly obtain — for health and mental purposes,” he said. His wife, Helen, sat in on the

interview, and both of them kept gazing at each other with the kind of look young lovers give to each other. During the interview, Krate mentioned his wife every few minutes. Krate was put in hospice care in May, but rallied and left hospice in August. And, Dec. 5 he led fellow residents of The Fountains to Art Center Sarasota to see one of his featured pieces. It was then that he said he’s done everything he could ever dream of in life. He had a few tips to share: “Be curious. Follow your instincts. Make mistakes. Learn from them. Try to laugh at yourself now and then.”

Truth or dare? Diversions dares you to donate $20 or more to a benefactor of this year’s 36-Hour Giving Challenge. The online giving challenge takes place from 6 a.m. March 27 through 6 p.m. March 28, and the goal is to raise $1 million for 300 local nonprofits (see a list of participants at The Patterson Foundation will match funds up to $430,000. There are lots of A&E groups participating. You can search them if you click on the “find” tab at the topleft of the page, enter “Arts, Culture and Humanities” in the “major area” tab, then click “submit request.” The Players, Florida Studio Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre and the Van Wezel Foundation have already sent out Press Releases. And some groups are really getting into it. For instance, PLATO is planning a live-music and food event at Patrick’s, 1481 on Main Street from 4 to 8 p.m. March 5, featuring pianists Michael Sebastian and Gary

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Actor Sam Rockwell charms Sarasota with more than looks Ringling College of Art and Design hosts the film actor. So, you always play the offbeat character. Yeah, I play a lot of anti-heros or villains ... Is there a different type of character you’d like to play, or are you happy with where you are now? I’m always looking to do different things. I’m always trying to shake it up a little bit. I’m working on “Hamlet.” I’m working on this play called “Mr. Roberts,” and I’m going to do a reading of “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern (are Dead)” with my friend Billy Crudup, who’s a really good actor, and this guy Denis O’Hare ... so those are things to shake it up and get the knife sharp. How do you tap into the character? It’s like a stew: You take all these elements and ingredients and it has to cook. The sauce is better if it cooks longer — it gets richer ... It’s digesting the material in an emotional and personal way. What makes you say yes to a script? That’s a very personal thing. You respond to the part, the role. And then there are all the other elements: Is it a good script in its entirety? Does it have good caches? Is the director good?; the cinema-

tographer good? So, sometimes, you’ll show up for something that might be a supporting role, but Roger Deakins might be the cinematographer or Ron Howard is the director. So, you’re willing to take a supporting role because the elements are suggesting that there is a pretty good chance that it’s going to be a good movie. This comment is circulating the Internet: ‘White people were born without rhythm because God was saving it all for Sam Rockwell.’ Oh, so I got all the rhythm of all the white people? (He laughs.) That’s a wonderful thing to say. But, what about Justin Timberlake? Fred Astaire? What’s your history with bustin’ moves? You dance quite a bit in your films. I used to hang out with a different crowd in middle school and I used to break-dance, or, you know, at least try to break-dance ... (I have) no formal training as a dancer; I just kind of picked it up.

Actor Sam Rockwell answers audience members’ questions.

And you worked with Christopher Walken a few times? He’s a trained dancer. You ever see the Fatboy Slim video (featuring Walken)?

He’s a friend of mine. I talk to him at least once a month, I’d say. We talked about doing something else together, but we’re looking for the right thing.

You and Walken did a play ‘Behanding in Spokane’ and the movie ‘Seven Psychopaths’ — is he on your speed dial yet?

And no Oscar yet? I always read ‘underated’ in regard to your talent. Does it ever get frustrating when you totally nail a role?

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I used to get frustrated with that stuff, but it is what it is. It’s silly stuff because it’s mainly about if the movie was a popular movie, and sometimes there are a lot of good movies that weren’t popular at the get go, like “The Big Lebowski”... and a lot of my career has been afterlife in a way that’s kind of cool. Movies live on.



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Ringling Museum hosts new photo op: ‘Herb Ritts: L.A. Style’ Exhibit offers a sophisticated look into the ’80s and ’90s.

IF YOU GO ‘Herb Ritts: L.A. Style’ When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays through May 19 Where: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road

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Cost: Prices of museum admission; $25 for adults; $25 for seniors; $5 for students 18 and older and children 6 to 17; $10 for teachers and active duty military; free for members and children under 6. Info: Call 359-5700 “Tony in White” ral elements,” says Paul Martinaeu, curator of photography for J. Paul Getty Museum in L.A. and the man responsible for curating the photos in the exhibit. The simple, mostly blackand-white photography exhibit “Herb Ritts: L.A. Style” opened at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Saturday, Feb. 23, and will run through May 19 as part of the Art of Our Time initiative that brings modern art to the museum. Martineau suggests that Ritts made L.A. look glamorous and sophisticated. These photographs aren’t your average fashion magazine ad. “He conveyed (the 1980s and 1990s) in a way that no one else had,” Martineau says. “But it’s

classic enough that it doesn’t look dated now.” The Ritts exhibit is the result of Martineau’s 14 trips to the archive center to narrow down 1,100 boxes of photos to 80 images featured in the exhibit at Ringling Museum. He explains that the exhibit is a retrospective of Ritts’ fashion and nude photography, more so than his celebrity photography, as a way to emphasize the elegance and fine-art influence Ritts had, and continues to have, on commercial photography. “They are so well composed that they look simple or easy, but minute details of light, shadow and pose (suggest otherwise),” says Martineau.

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The new film, “Barbara,” delves into life behind the Iron Curtain and the perverse paranoia that permeated a society. It centers around one mysterious woman who endeavors to navigate through her existence under constant scrutiny. Barbara (Nina Hoss) is a physician who has been banished in 1980 from Berlin to the provinces. It’s not precisely clear why she’s being punished, but the authorities keep a close eye on her. Periodically, they ransack her apartment and conduct humiliating body cavity seaches. At the hospital to which she’s been assigned, Barbara trusts no one. One of her new colleagues, Andre (Ronald Zehrfeld), is captivated by her aloof and, yet, highly efficacious professionalism. When Barbara compassionately tends to a young girl who has tried to escape from a detention camp, Andre gets a rare glimpse into her caring nature. He’s smitten, but it’s not reciprocal on her part. Or is it? Barbara is expert at suppressing her emotions. And up until we discover she has a lover,


Jorg (Mark Waschke), with whom she’s deeply passionate, it’s as though Barbara is impervious to interaction with anyone except patients. She has a plan to escape to be with Jorg that is extremely covert. But, as her relationship with Andre becomes less guarded, her life takes unexpected turns fraught with difficult life-and-death choices. The film’s title is apt because director Christian Petzold’s (“Yella”) camera is constantly focused on Hoss’ (“Wolfsburg”) amazing face. She is the movie. Her range of emotions is exquisitely executed in a perfectly restrained performance. There’s a noticeable lack of scoring in the film, which further enhances Hoss’ powerful presence. This is her fifth collaboration with Petzold, and the pairing pays off big time. “Barbara” is a stark reminder of how oppressive the police state of East Germany actually was. It’s almost unimaginable how poeple could be compassionate about fellow human beings when there was no level of trust among them. It was a hopeless society. “Barbara” has all the elements of a great film ... a superb cast, stunning cinematography, astute direction and an intriguing storyline. It also serves to remind all of us in this country how precious our freedom truly is. — Pam Nadon

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The Great Performer Series, formerly known as the Sarasota Concert Association, presented the Vienna Boys Choir recently at the Van Wezel, and the evening showed us how when art becomes frozen in time, standards and quality can slip. The Hapsburgs created this illustrious group as a private choir until 1918, when it went, so to speak, public. Since then, these talented young boys have been touring the world, and these days the 100 members of the group give about 300 concerts a year in four different touring ensembles. Unfortunately, the group that arrived in Sarasota was either the fourth in ascendance or this formerly grand ensemble has let its standards slide. This is not to say the boys aren’t talented. They seem to be excellent musicians with fine young voices, and I’m sure their school gives them some excellent training. The kids are not to be blamed. They didn’t do the programming — which spoke down to our audience — and, although I’m sure they fairly ooze talent on their own, they can do just so much without inspired leadership. Throughout the program, from Buxtehude to insipid arrangements of Broadway and movie Americana, they looked positively bored, scratching, swaying and looking as if they wanted to be anywhere but where they were. Their mood was infectious, and more than a third of the audience left at intermission. In the first half, the music was more of what we expected, although it was sung sloppily with little attention paid to pitch, entrances or diction. We heard a trio of early church works by Buxtehude, Gallus and Caldara that was pleasantly but blandly performed. Their “Simply Classical/Choral Classics” section was probably the best on the program, featuring a lovely setting by Heinrich Werner of Goethe’s “Heidenroeslein.” Made famous

The Vienna Boys Choir recently performed in Sarasota. in the Schubert setting, this was a fetching change of pace. Also in this group was the German setting of “Lift Thine Eyes” from Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” which had some intonation problems but was more together than some of the other pieces. The first half ended with the youngsters singing the opening measures from Orff’s “Carmina burana.” Written for adults, “O Fortuna” actually worked well with the kids (who usually don’t make an appearance until much later in the score) and was clean and crisp. From then on, it was all downhill, as if the choirmaster, Oliver Stech (or whoever did the programming), thought Floridians wouldn’t know the difference. From the group of international folk songs through the film music (including a sloppy, in rhythm and pitch, performance of a piece from “Sister Act” that was so unstylistic it was almost laughable), the program was interminable. Even the three Johann Strauss Jr. pieces were spiritless and dreary. Perhaps the kids were worn out by then. Adolescent lackluster ran amok, but I still don’t blame the youngsters. I blame the leaders of this once-inspiring ensemble for turning them from angels to automatons. Talented kids cannot be humdrum on their own. It takes dreary teachers. It takes a lack of discipline and an attitude of “phoning it in” and underestimating their audiences to turn talented youngsters into robots. How disappointing and what a shame! — June LeBell


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1. GOLF AND GLAMOUR 380 Bunker Hill, Osprey

In Sarasota’s gated golf-course communities, a $1 million house usually means a superior product with lots of space, a view and all the amenities. Here’s a home in The Oaks that fits the bill nicely. With more than 5,500 square feet, there are four bedrooms, threeand-a-half baths, a fireplace and a master bedroom that measures 20 feet by 26 feet. The style is “Spanish hacienda� with Saltillo tile floors and a pool set in a courtyard reminiscent of lazy days in Cuernavaca, Morelos. You look out on a lake and a view of the golf course. With 36 holes and 18 tennis courts, The Oaks is one of the more prestigious golf communities in the area, famed for its architecture and elegant clubhouse. (Property owners must also buy an equity share in the club.) The house is priced at $1.09 million. For information call Betty Mullinnix, of Michael Saunders and Co., 928-3441.


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After years of working in kitchens, opening new restaurants and starting a family, Darwin Santa Maria is finally fulfilling his dream of having a brewery and restaurant. Upon entering Darwin’s on 4th, the first distinct feature is the wooden door that looks as though it came out of a storybook. Exposed brick and paintings by area artists and artisans adorn the walls; small-tile mosaics engulf the archways; and cheerful customers sit on tasteful lounge furniture. Darwin’s offers a chef’s table, where customers sip on craft beers and watch chefs prepare a variety of exotic Peruvian dishes. Santa Maria grew up in the jungle area of Tarapoto, Peru. His family moved to the U.S. when he was 13 years old, and Santa Maria later received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University, in Miami. The restaurant’s location was once the Florida Citrus Exchange and there was a rail station nearby. He fell in love with the energy and history the building brought. “I was like, ‘This is it, this is home for me now,’” says Santa Maria. The restaurant serves a modern Peruvian cuisine and incorporates Peruvian ingredients into its beers. Their Aji Charapita beer contains cocoa and is infused with an aji yellow pepper. It is a dark, smooth



Location: 1525 Fourth St., Sarasota Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday Info: 343-2165, Recommended dish: Wahoo tiradito, $13 Recommended drink: Aji Charapita beer, $7

Location: 5769 Beneva Road, Sarasota Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sunday Info: 923-8902, Recommended dish: House corvina, $19 Recommended drink: Cusquena beer, $3.99

beer with a little bit of a kick at the end. The wahoo tiradito is a sashimistyle wahoo, layered with cucumbers and fresh mangos. The appetizer is adorned with ginger aioli, seaweed salad and ponzu sauce. “The food I serve is my story of being brought up here and Peru,” Santa Maria said. “I take prehistoric recipes and put my own twist into the dishes.”

to Miami and then seven years ago to Sarasota for a change of pace. Corzo owns the Peruvian Grill with his wife, Jessica, and his sister, Maria Gracia. The family brings their hometown taste to Sarasota. Corzo brings out a plate of their house corvina. Corvina is fish typically eaten on the coast in Peru. Corzo says the white fish is often compared to sea bass. Due of to proximity to the Pacific, Peruvian coastal cuisine consists mainly of seafood. The house corvina is marinated with chimichurri sauce, which is made of garlic, parsley, red bell pepper, oregano and olive oil. It is then grilled to a flaky perfection and topped with the chimichurri sauce. The dish also includes grilled shrimp. Corzo urges customers to try


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Smooth modern music floats through Selva Grill, as customers sip on Pisco sours and indulge in modern Peruvian cuisine. The decor is contemporary, and swirls of paint encompass the wall. Professors at Ringling College painted the large piece of art that stretch the length of one of the restaurant’s wall. The modern cuisine at Selva Grill matches the contemporary decor and atmosphere of the restaurant. A dish called causa tropical is layered with a panca-infused potato, lime-infused purple potato, mango salsa, avocado and a tempura-fried prawn. Panca is a smoky, pepper-flavored spice that grows in South America and some parts of the Southwest United States. One of Peru’s main staples is the potato. They have more than 3,000 variations of the vegetable. And, because seafood is a predominant part of Pervian coastal cuisine, the causa tropical is both contemporary and true to its roots. The Pisco sour looks like a drink straight out of “Sex and the City.” It is smooth with a bite of citrus and foam on top.

The spices of Peruvian food are more flavorful than hot. The allure of smooth music, dim lights, tasteful decor and flavorful food has been drawing people to Selva since it opened in 2004. “Peruvian food is exciting, especially to American people,” said general manager Jeremy Osment. “I’ve been eating this food a long time and I still find it enticing.”

SELVA GRILL Location: 1345 Main St. Hours: 5 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday; 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday Info: 362-4427, Recommended dish: Causa tropical, $13 Recommended drink: Pisco sour, $10


Canta Rana, or the “singing frog,” opened its doors in 2012. Peru native Diana Durand owns the bright yellow building that sits off Fruitville Road. She didn’t always think she was going to have her own restaurant. Durand worked for the Peruvian government eight years ago after getting her law degree. After she moved seven years ago to Sarasota, with her husband, Arturo, she said the transition wasn’t difficult. “It was an easy transition because I love to cook, and when you love to do something, it’s pretty simple,” Durand says. Durand both cooks and manages her restaurant. She says

Peruvian food is growing in popularity because people are discovering the mix of flavors and variety of foods it offers. “You can try a different dish every day for at least three years,” she says. “Peruvian is a very sexy and unique cuisine that people need to try.” The cuisine has Chinese, Japanese and African influence. Spaniards once brought these races of people over as slaves and their own cultures mixed with that of the indigenous population. Durand brings out a typical ceviche dish. Ceviche is made of corvina. It is marinated in cilantro, limes, salt and onions to slighty cook it. The dish is simple, yet popular. She pairs the ceviche with an organic Medanos Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina.

CANTA RANA Location: 1813 Fruitville Road Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday Info: 343-2280, Recommended dish: Ceviche, $13 Recommended drink: Medanos Chardonnay, $8.50


El Patio Latino is unassuming from the outside, but inside the restaurant is marvelous. Artisans in Peru made everything from the leather menus to the leather


ALSO ON OUR RADAR: Mayta’s Peruvian Restaurant Location: 4854 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sunday Info: 444-7245 Maemi Location: 1535 Main St., Sarasota Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday Info: 954-0454, Inkanto Location: 4141 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Hours: 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday Info: 924-6410

chairs and the hand-woven wool tapestries and handmade glass lamps. “You can’t find this stuff in the U.S.,” says co-owner Manuel Maravi. Manuel and his wife, Chany, are not new to the restaurant industry. They have operated restaurants for 22 years all over the world, including in Lima, Peru and Barcelona, Spain. Manuel Maravi’s brother still operates El Patio Latino, in Barcelona. His mother, Marina Samaniego, oversees the family operation. Both the restaurant in Barcelona and in Sarasota has El Marca Peru. The Maravis moved in 1989 from Lima, Peru to Barcelona, Spain, for better economic and cultural opportunities. After the couple visited their daughters who lived in Sarasota, they fell in love with the city. They moved in 2003 to Sarasota and opened an Italian restaurant before opening El Patio Latino. Manual and Chaney Maravis both cook and operate the restaurant. They

bring out their sample platter, delicias criollas. The plate has a tamale that is made out of Peruvian corn and stuffed with shredded chicken. Peru grows 300 variations of corn so the ingredient is found in many dishes. The second item on the platter is ceviche. The third item is potato topped with a creamy cheese and egg sauce. The appetizer is accompanied with Chicha morada, a juice made from purple corn.

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Made is the sparkling new restaurant at 1990 Main Street. Moving into the space that was occupied for a while by Brasserie Belge, Made — which stands for Modern American Delicious Eats — has changed both the look and the menu. No mere appetizers for Made. The restaurant makes them into a more contemporary “apps” with small plates of grilled corn dogs, wings, ribs, crispy duck empanadas, fried tomatoes and mussels in a spicy chorizo broth with grilled bread. There are soups and salads, heartier entrées from short ribs to burgers, and some ingenious sandwiches including a “BLFT” — that features the usual BLT plus a fried heirloom tomato, for an extra lilt. Made is a family owned and operated restaurant by Mark D. Woodruff and Michael Ripatranzone. Mark used to work at Two Senoritas but, in 2007, he graduated from the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) and now he’s back in Sarasota. With that kind of training and Michael behind the bar, American-inspired Made should make a lot of people happy.


The corner of Palm and Main has struggled with its identity. It’s gone from bookstore to cafe; and bookstore to Apple computer outlet and cafe; to, well, your guess is as good as mine. Finally, a classic restaurant has moved into the space and, according to owner Pablo Castro, “We named it Clasico because it is a classic corner space, where Palm and Main converge, where friends meet to discuss love and life and politics and watch people go by.


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“It’s like a Spanish Tasca,” he explains. “It’s your hangout where you disconnect from life and reconnect with friends. Our service philosophy is casual, no stress.” Pablo’s hometown is Buenos Aires, but Clasico’s cuisine, prepared by Chef Geoff Reyes, is contemporary American. Locally, you’ll remember Pablo from Uva Rara, the beautiful restaurant that used to be in Burns Court, and the great Selva Grill (right down the street from Clasico), where Pablo was a co-founder and co-owner for four years. Eventually, Clasico will serve its meals “city-style,” where customers order at the counter and their food is delivered to them. They’ll be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with a late-night menu after 10 p.m.  EAT AT HOME WITH ELEGANT FARE AND LITTLE FUSS

Another pretty new face downtown is As Good As It Gets, an elegant gourmet shop at 49 South Palm. Douglas Gourley opened this charming food boutique on Sept. 7, and he’s rightfully proud of the 40 different European

cheeses they carry. “We have cheese from France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, England, Holland and Spain,” he told us, rattling off the countries like a travel agent touting a high-end European tour. There’s also a magnificent array of Scottish smoked salmon, four kinds of prosciutto, luscious foie Gras, and a white balsamic vinegar so sweet and smooth you might drink it for dessert. If you’re a tea drinker, you’ll go crazy with their varieties from the great Tea Forte company and their beautiful pyramid-shaped silken tea bags or, if you prefer, canisters of loose leaf teas. There are rum cakes and champagnes and caviars, including the one from Sarasota’s own Mote Marine. (We had some the other night with iced vodka and were thrilled with its texture and taste.) Douglas has a wonderful story to tell about his transition from work at 3M and living abroad to coming to Sarasota and becoming a “purveyor of extraordinary delicacies.” Ask him the next time you drop by.  LOOKING BACK AT THE SIXTH ANNUAL FORKS & CORKS

The recent four-day culinary and wine celebration that brought celebrated chefs and vintners together with the public and, in the process, raised funds for the Ringling Museum and other non-profits, has some fun facts to share with us. Ready? During the festival ... 18 visiting winemakers were guest panelists on three different educational seminars. 680 guests attended the winemaker events and dinners.

38 different winemakers from around the world were guests of honor at these events. More than 700 people attended the public tastings and more than 1400 bottles of wine were sold. At the “Grand Tasting,” 400 tickets were sold in the first 10 minutes of ticket sales. All tickets were sold out in under four hours, and all VIP tickets went within an hour. More than 48,000 samples of food were prepared and served at the Grand Tasting. More than $100,000 in wine sales were recorded over the Forks & Corks weekend. $12,000 was raised at the silent auction for the American Red Cross. 72.5% of ticket purchasers reside in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  LOOKING AHEAD TO A WINE WALK

You’ll have a chance to stroll the grounds of the Ringling Museum 6 to 11 p.m. March 15 and enjoy pairings of wines, food and entertainment from around the world. You can taste your way from Argentina to California to Italy, while enjoying Mabel’s Rose Garden and the glorious and elegant Ca’ D’Zan while sipping wines and tasting foods prepared by Treviso Restaurant. There’s even a VIP area with special cuisine, distinctive blends and dedicated service staff on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace overlooking Sarasota Bay. Tickets range from $110 (for Museum members) and $125 to $185 for the VIP section. For more information, call 941-360-7399 or go online to ring- Wine Walk to the Ca’ d’Zan

Live Musical performances that Entertain, Engage, and Inspire


Sat/Sun–March 2 & 3–7:30 p.m.

In the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum of Art

CAVATINA DUO Denis Azabagic, guitar Eugenia Moliner, flute BACH, PIAZZOLLA, DEBUSSY, BIZET 103777


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“...this pair is generally considered to be the best of them (flute-and-guitar duos).” The New Yorker


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Two women share the savage consequences of a kiss.

In the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ringling Museum of Art

DELPHI TRIO Liana Berube,

FEBRUARY 19 — MARCH 10 FSU Center for the Performing Arts

Michelle Kwon, Jeffrey LaDeur violin, cello, piano


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Pay what you can: Feb. 19 • Evening: $29 • Matinees: $28 • Students: $1450

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Alene Fowler with Chairwomen Terri Klauber and Denise Mei

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Susie Pelton and Johanna Gustafsson

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by Rachel S. O’Hara black Tie Photographer The third annual Cooking for Wishes interactive luncheon was a sold-out success Friday, Feb. 22, at Michael’s On East. The lively event was spearheaded by dynamic duo Terri Klauber and Denise Mei once again. Guests chatted with friends, sipped wine and took turns cooking one of four dishes. Michael Klauber acted as auctioneer, encouraging

Holly Walterson and Jackie Weber

people to give money for wishes and bid on impressive auction items. Klauber explained that one wish costs $7,000 and immediately, Susan Jones, raised her hand, followed by a wild applause. This year’s Make-A-Wish story was told by Christine Sepulveda, events manager and formerly the wish coordinator out of the Orlando office. Sepulveda’s MakeA-Wish roots span back to high school, when she was diagnosed

with Stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This year, she is celebrating 10 years of being cancer free. Although the final numbers have not be calculated, Alene Fowler, regional director, reported that between the wish auction, live auction and the spatulas that were sold at the tables, the organization raised $65,000. The proceeds will be used for MakeA-Wish candidates in Sarasota, Manatee, Hardee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

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Susan Jones and Christine Sepulveda

Steve Hall and Nick Feathers

Bruce Saba, Bri Oliva and Terri Saba

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with morgan stanley. With wife, Patty and tennis-loving, almost-as-tall-as-dad son Vaughn, 15, at his side, Garcia welcomed more than 130 guests Feb. 22, to the Laurel oak country club. Among them were several of his original clients, including Bob and Aynne Manning, Derek and Patti Nelson, and Bill and Marge Thoennissen. Bill McMahon, morgan stanley divisional manager, came in from Purchase, n.Y., for the event.

First step hosted its 10th annual caring hearts luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 20, at michael’s on east. the packed ballroom gave its full attention to the women who spoke about successfully completing the mothers and infants program at First step. in the days after the event, the 300th baby born under the watch of this program was expected to arrive. honored at the event were mothers helping mothers’ Madeline Brogan and Terry Stottlemyer, who have served strictly as volunteers for their organization, which has helped 6,700 families in the community.

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in Dick Vitale show-stopping fashion, another kick-off party for the Dick Vitale Gala (scheduled for may 17) was thrown Feb. 21, at mercedes-Benz. more than 300 guests, including Pam Valvano Strasser, mingled at the beautiful dealership and checked out the 2013 e350A mercedes up for grabs for a $100 raffle ticket (only 1,500 chances were sold). Also seen at the kick-off: Bob Delaney, Nick Bollettieri, Beth Cannata, Sean Grosso, basketball player Jerod Ward, Judy Landers, Bob and Kathryn Carr and John and Denise Saputo. For more information on the gala, call mary Kenealy events at 350-0580.

‘Out to Lunch’ Benefiting: Designing Women Boutique When: 11:30 a.m. March 5 Where: The Francis, 1289 N. Palm Ave. Tickets: $95 Contact: 366-5293 Join Designing Women Boutique’s Ambassadors’ Guild for a special fundraising luncheon with keynote speaker Clint Hill, author of the current best-seller, “mrs. Kennedy & me.” hill was Jackie Kennedy’s secret service agent during her White house years. hill and co-author Lisa McCubbin will share extraordinary insights into Kennedy’s charm, culture, passion and international appeal that turned her into an iconic legend. honorary chairs are Mary Ann Robinson, Jean Weidner Goldstein and Alfred Goldstein. she might not necessarily ask someone over a drink … Wedding bells … Photographer Kathryn Brass has been busy planning her november wedding to Todd Piper. the couple, who got engaged in october on Lido Beach, was inspired by King Family Farms’ Farm to table dinners, and plan to host their wedding at the Bradenton locale. the big question is: Who will be photographing the photographer’s wedding? “Cat Pennenga — i trust her as a professional and a friend,” says Brass. “We have the same aesthetic, and i will feel comfortable with her by my side all day.” … Little digs at a big dig … Glasser-schoenbaum human services center held a non-official groundbreaking for the Sally & Sam Shapiro Babies & children’s medical center Feb. 23. it was timed to coincide with the assembly of the shapiro family who were present, 25 strong. the youngest were 1-yearold twin great-granddaughters, gifted with pink shovels by center executive director Phil King, who is widely known for his flair. sam shapiro often mentions King’s wardrobe. his gentle tease on this occasion was: “Phil King’s clothing allowance is larger than his salary.” King wants it known that he shops at the outlet malls …

Can You Name These Landmark Events of 1973? Henry Kissinger won the Nobel Peace Prize, Billie Jean King won over Bobby Riggs and Sarasota seniors won when Brother William Geenen came to town and founded Senior Friendship Centers. At the start, Brother had little more than a suitcase and a bungalow borrowed from St. Martha’s church. But he had a powerful vision: that “People Helping People” – volunteerism -- could combat,“the loneliness and isolation that are the malnutrition of the elderly.” And he succeeded in transforming the “Me Generation” into the “We Generation” for Sarasota elders. Today, the Centers are an international model for serving older adults, with seven locations in six counties plus numerous satellites. Since our founding, volunteers have contributed 1,319,684 hours of service with and in-kind value of $34,355,889. We invite you to “Celebrate 40 Years of Friendship” with us at our “Madcap Evening.” It includes a lively cocktail hour with open bar, hors d’oeuvres, and assorted 70s amusements.There’s a seated dinner-of-the-decade by Phil Mancini of Michael’s on East, a “Swinging 70s Revue” featuring the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and more – all for only $150/person. For sponsorship information or to reserve, call Cheryl Pilch at 556-3205. Peace, people!

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Ernie Garcia threw a party for clients, family and friends to celebrate his 25th anniversary

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Moving on up … in career news, Christina Elias has joined Brides Against Breast cancer as national event coordinator, and Heather Dunhill has been promoted to Fashion editor at i Want to Be An Alt, which was a pleasant surprise to the writer. “i Want to Be An Alt is an international website dedicated to following one of the highest-ranking women in the fashion industry, Emmanuelle Alt, the editrix of Vogue Paris — essentially the Anna Wintour of France,” says Dunhill. “she’s chic, stylish and she’s influencing the world of fashion.” … Expert interviewer … When it comes to interviewing musicians live, June LeBell says it’s old hat. “i’ve done this for 40 years,” said LeBell at sarasota opera Guild’s Prologue reception Feb. 18. When asked if she had a list of questions for Samuel Ramey, she laughed and said, “oh no! i never have a list.” LeBell compares her interview style to having a drink with, someone: “You wouldn’t bring a list of questions for someone you were having a drink with would you?” she did note, however, that she can get away with asking some more cat Pennenga Photography probing questions in this type of Todd Piper and Kathryn Brass environment that


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Pam Valvano Strasser and Dick Vitale show off the mercedes to be raffled.


the YmcA Foundation of sarasota held its first of three dinners in the “Wind Beneath our Wings” series Feb. 22, at the suncoast Porsche showroom. hosted by Vance and Jackie Dickinson and Donna Simmons, the dinner, limited to only 40 guests, celebrated Pinot noir wines and the uniquely flavorful culinary delights of italy’s beautiful Piemonte region with a special menu prepared by café Baci. Guests included Foundation Board chairman Paul Bowman and his wife, Carina, Dan and Debbie Dannheisser, Ric and Kathy Coffey, Ken and Jan Kravec and special guest Ashley, who has participated in the Y’s schoolhouse Link program and had just been accepted to st. Leo University that day. next up is “An evening with Kurt & charlotte,” at the home of Caleb and Michele Grimes on march 19.





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Sarasota High School’s Alexis Donson, Madison Baum, Kale Votour and Kali Karcher with their art teacher, Debra Markley

// Evening of Excellence //

Katie Hayes with Mike and Evelyn Bryant

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Anastasia Sacali with her piece, “Croyance”

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// Star of the Opera ‘Two dates with the devil’ //

Benefiting Sarasota Opera Guild monday, Feb. 18, at Louie’s modern | Tuesday, Feb. 19, at michael’s On East

Chairmen Bert Fivelson and John Halstead

Wendy and Jerry Feinstein

Eleanor Williams, Clair Zak and June LeBell

Mary Cook and Barbara O’Connor

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Vivian Blake and Paul Caragiulo

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Benefiting Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy Friday, Feb. 22, at Fete Ballroom

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Honorees Madeline Brogan and Terry Stottlemyer

Photos by Pam Eubanks

Bobbi Larson with Todd and Cyndi Pokrywa

Moyra McCormack and Doris Cooley

// 10th annual Caring Hearts Luncheon //

Benefiting First Step | Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Michael’s On East

Jenny and Brian Glassmoyer

Carol and Frank O’Brien

Marybeth Home and Donna Lerman

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Scott Anderson and Susan Morin

Wendy Norman, Rebecca Lockwood and Meredith Piazza

Ryan Zipperer and Amanda Vercheski with Melissa and Michael Andersen


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// Sarasota Exotic Car Fest Jet Port Reception //

Benefiting United Cerebral Palsy of Southwest Florida Inc. Friday, Feb. 22, at Rectrix Aerodrome

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// Sarasota Exotic Car Fest ‘Casino Royale’ //

The Golden Girls pose with “James Bond” by the 007 car. Chairs Marilee and Gary Roberts

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James Buchanan and Lea Mei

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