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With Rhyme and Reason Georgia Court, owner of Bookstore1Sarasota, initiated a visit from U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin and poet Naomi Shihab Nye for a new weekend event called PoetryLife.

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U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky created the Favorite Poem Project during his tenure. He brought the project to Florida Studio Theatre in 2012. The event returns May 4 to FST. go above and beyond will receive a complimentary dinner and entertainment from visiting poets May 3, at the Above and Beyond Dinner. “Its primary purpose is to really encourage teachers in middle and high schools to teach poetry,” Court says about the weekend. The idea for the weekend started with a visit from former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky last May. Pinsky visited Sarasota with his Favorite Poem Project, during which community members read aloud their favorite poems and explained their reasons for liking the poems. It’s a project that’s taken place more than 1,000 times around the nation with the goal to encourage poetry’s role in people’s lives. This year, a Favorite Poem Reading is the centerpiece event of PoetryLife. It will be held Saturday, May 4, at Florida Studio Theatre. Like last year, community members and leaders, such as Mayor Suzanne Atwell, will read their favorite poems. But, instead of Pinsky introducing this year’s event, former Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin will take over the job. And one of Court’s favorite poets, Naomi Shihab Nye, will close the event. These two poets will attend the four events that make up PoetryLife. (See box for event list.) Last year, Court was the first reader in the Favorite Poem Project. She read, then sat back in her chair and watched the audience. She says they weren’t wiggling or twitching. She demonstrates the audience members’ faces by widening her eyes and dropping her jaw. “You could almost hear them think out loud, ‘Who knew?’ And that was the most fascinating part; they were fully engaged,” she says. Court fills her bookstore’s shelves with more poetry books than is typical of other bookstores — a decision she made when first opening in March 2011. Court had frequented the beloved independent downtown book retailer, Sarasota News and Books, before it closed in August 2009, and because she desper-

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ately wanted a downtown bookstore, she opened one. She hired the former manager of Sarasota News and Books, David Chaplain, to manage her store. When they were ordering their first shipment of books, Chaplain called a California distributor to order a lengthy list of poetry books, many of which lesser-known poets penned. “The next day, the distributor called David and asked, ‘Are you sure?’” Court says with a laugh. “He couldn’t believe that a bookstore would order that many poetry books.” Court considers Bookstore1Sarasota a “proper” bookstore. “We’re not some old big box with a big coffee shop and walls and walls of toys and tchotchkes,” she says. Since opening Bookstore1Sarasota, Court has doubled her inventory, sales and events. It’s an indication that reading — and poetry — are alive and well in Sarasota, she says. “It’s (poetry) an artform that enhances our lives, just the way beautiful paintings enhance our lives, or music enhances our lives,” she says.

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The THrill of the grill

There is something almost primal about putting food to fire. And with the most frantic part of the year behind us, there is more time to do it these days. So, we sought out a cross section of grilling enthusiasts and asked them to share their treats, tales and tips. Our grillers range in age from 3 to the 70s, and their specialties include ribs, chicken, chicken wings and salmon.

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Phil Mancini, co-proprietor of Michael’s On East, says he used to cook chicken on the grill so often that when his nieces visited, they would ask, “Are we having barbecued chicken again?” It’s not the only thing he grills, though — it’s just his favorite. Mancini’s method is to marinate the quarters in sauce (he uses Sweet Baby Ray’s) for about an hour, then cook them over a low fire with the lid down. “I just have a knack of bringing it up slowly for 45 minutes and basting every five or 10 minutes so it caramelizes beautifully,” he says. Phil loves grilling — it’s that simple. He cites a fond memory of growing up in North Providence, R.I. “As soon as it warmed up, everybody in my little Italian neighborhood was always out there every night,” he says. He has done the cooking for the New College Clambake and cooked burgers for hundreds of people at Van Wezel’s Friday Fests, and he says if he had the time he would be doing “one of those barbecue teams.” These days, Phil does his grilling at home almost every night and mostly on an 8-foot-long Big John cooker. His wife, Kim, preps and marinates; Phil cooks — pork tenderloin, swordfish, a lot of shrimp, Maine lobster and, yes, chicken. He and Kim shop together at Fresh Market on Sundays, and Phil says, “Everything I buy is to grill. If it’s raining, if it’s freezing, I’m grilling.” In addition to the Big John, Phil has a charcoal grill in which he uses mesquite wood and two 5-foot “tow behinds” — the type barbecue vendors use. His favorite tools are a fish rack and a vegetable rack (the kind that looks like a screen).

Meet Jaxon Cail, age 3, and already the master of his own Little Tykes barbecue. When his father, Tom, heads outside, Jaxon grabs his tongs and cooks right alongside him, warning dad to be careful because the grill is hot. It runs in the family; Jaxon’s dad recalls his father, Tom Cail Jr. (the dentist), “probably grilled steaks for dinner four nights a week.” Tom Cail III, an agent with RE/MAX Alliance, cooks “a little bit of everything, two or three times a week on average.” A favorite is mojo chicken wings. He soaks the wings for a good four hours in Goya mojo marinade then cooks them for about 15 minutes on medium heat, basting continually. At home, Cail cooks on a “little old Brinkmann gas grill.” He also has a small portable that goes with the family on their Friday late afternoon boat trips to south Lido beach. For both, Tom says he rarely uses a spatula, “just real long tongs.” His advice: “A lot of people grill with the lid open. Close it to keep the food juicier and cook it faster.” On the cover: Tom Cail and his son Jaxon, age 3, at their grills

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Steve Wilberding Grilling here, there and everywhere

Over the course of his career as an investment banker, Steve Wilberding, now retired, worked on every continent except A n t a rc t i c a . He lived in Steve Japan, Saudi Wilberding Arabia, England and India — and grilled almost everywhere. These days, Steve grills at home on Casey Key. His favorite is a cedar-planked salmon that he has made a dozen times and about which he says, “Cooking on the cedar plank gives it a deep, smoky kind of taste, and the ginger gives it a real bite.” Check out the recipe he uses online at http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ Cedar-Planked-Salmon-withMaple-Glaze-and-MustardMashed-Potatoes-14473. Steve uses a Weber gas grill for the salmon; he is also the owner of a teppanyaki grill with a flat steel plate. His favorite tool is a big spatula that he bought at American Grill and Hearth, which has locations on Clark Road, in Sarasota, and on Laurel Road East, in Nokomis. Steve’s observation about cooking is that, for a lot of people, the first time they make a recipe is the best they ever make it because they actually follow the instructions or, as he puts it, “When all else fails, follow the directions.”

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Knickole Barger Ribs to die for A young working mom, Knickole Barger started grilling “when I was a kid.” Her Ducane gas grill sits on the terrace just outside her home, but the ribs that have won her a couple of awards are pre-cooked inside before they hit the fire. She parboils them for a couple of hours in a mixture of Guinness and pineapple juice. Then, she grills them “until the sauce caramelizes and sticks

to the meat — usually about 10 minutes.” If you don’t have the patience to perform her method yourself, you can enjoy a close approximation at her restaurant, Knick’s Tavern, in Southside Village. Knickole’s favorite tool is an “amazing pair of tongs” that she purchased from a commercial restaurant supply company. And her advice to rib grillers is: “parboil. Otherwise they will be too crispy on the outside and not cooked enough inside. Take your time, take your time.”

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Instructions: • Before I do anything, I cut the slabs in thirds. This makes it easier to serve when they are coming off the grill. It seems that it is a perfect portion for a backyard party with a crowd. They are so good, I have a hard enough time keeping them on the actual grill. So, the less you have to do after they are finished cooking, the better. Keep those sticky fingers at bay. • Cut raw baby back slabs in thirds. Place pieces in a large stockpot. Arrange as best you can; you will want the liquid to completely cover your ribs. • Usually, a four-pack of Guinness is enough for four slabs of ribs. • Add beer and pineapple juice to the pot, ensuring that the meat is completely submerged. • Turn heat on high; bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium; and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes. • Cover and place the heat on the lowest possible setting. • Let those “babys” hang out for two to three hours.  If you can’t get them on the grill right after, you can refrigerate overnight.   Grilling time ... • Place ribs on grill over medium heat and sauce them up, turning occasionally until the sauce caramelizes and sticks to the meat (usually 10 minutes). Grill until desired charring is accomplished and serve. • If you have an older grill or have sticking issues, use a high-heat gill spray to ensure you don’t loose any yummy meat!

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It is, as Co-Chairwoman Margaret Wise said in her comments, “a fun evening close to the end of a long season.” This year’s third annual party at (and sponsored by) the Longboat Key Club and Resort was that and more. Ron Giarrusso won for the “best decorated” table with a Moroccan theme, including a 4-foot-tall centerpiece of orchids, calla lilies and ranunculus; fez hats, the ladies’ veiled and bejeweled; handblown votives and punched Photo by Rachel S. O’H ara tin lanterns. A Towering centerpi ece and personal favor- Moroccan decor cre ated by ite was Terry Ron Giarrusso McKee’s panoply in pink, created by James Amato, with a pink flamingo as tall as Giarrusso’s centerpiece surrounded by smaller ones standing in pink sand — and all the guests wearing pink shirts and white pants or skirts. Jerry and Wendy Feinstein had three tables identified with mustaches on tall stanchions and adorned with tango dancers, flags, fans and belts all acquired on the recent trip to Argentina that inspired the spectacular empanadas that Jerry cooked by the hundreds. Nikki Sedacca shrugged and said, “You know me … ” about the ice sculpture of a fish she ordered for husband Jeff’s table. As glorious as it was, the three-and-a-half

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Combine women with bubbles, treats and spa services, and you have yourself a party. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota’s spa held a spring open house, themed “Bubbles, Brows and Blow Outs,” Thursday, April 25, during which guests were able to learn more about the spa and receive free services. In September, the Ritz-Carlton spa will celebrate its 10th anniversary, so be on the look out for another

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Benefiting ABWA Sunrise Saturday, April 27, at Michael’s On East What is your joy? Give confidently to causes you care about when you partner with the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Whether your passion is the arts, senior care, education, animal care, or the environment, our expert staff connects you with reputable, responsible organizations that need your support. With our assistance, you can know your gift is well stewarded. The community knows the impact of your generosity for years to come.

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How they met: Both being at a point in their lives in which they were ready to meet “Mr. or Mrs. Right,” Dan and Courtney are happy to admit they met through eHarmony. At the time, Dan was living in Apollo Beach, so the two emailed back and forth for quite some time before they met in person. The couple’s first date was Feb. 13, 2010, at Mediterraneo.

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