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  • Michael's On East

    Founded on April 27, 1987, the celebrated Michael’s On East restaurant takes contemporary fine dining to another level, offering award-winning cuisine and outstanding service, in an exceptional 1940s supper club atmosphere. Whether you are seeking a three-course Epicurean Adventure, “City Lite” power lunch or the area’s finest hand-cut, hand-picked USDA certified prime steak in the Main Dining Room, a hand-crafted Connoisseur Club cocktail in the Lounge, or a special gathering in the Private Dining Room, Michael’s On East is the perfect destination for any occasion.

    Now a part of Sarasota’s history, Co-Proprietors Michael Klauber and Phil Mancini have built their unmatched reputation for exceptional service and inspired cuisine on the principle that "each guest should be treated the way they expect to be treated," every moment of each and every visit. 

    Although the culinary duo is most proud of their dedication in helping more than 500 nonprofit organizations throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, contributing millions of dollars through in-kind donations, contributions and partnerships over the years, they have been recognized locally, regionally and internationally with many industry accolades including:

    • Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame
    • AAA Four-Diamond Award
    • Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame
    • Zagat Survey
    • Wine Spectator Award of Excellenc

    Located minutes from Downtown Sarasota in Midtown Plaza, the iconic fine dining restaurant is open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, open for dinner 6 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to close on Friday and Saturday.

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    Michael’s popular Happy Hour menu featuring Hand-Crafted Cocktails and Private Label Wines is available in the Lounge beginning at 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The incomparable Joe Micals delights Michael’s Lounge guests with timeless favorites at Michael’s Piano Bar with live music, Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, with the exception of Easter and Mother's Day each year.

    The Michael’s On East Private Dining Room accommodates up to 48 guests for meetings, luncheons, rehearsals dinners or birthday parties.

    Reservations for the restaurant are accepted online or can be made via phone from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

    For more information about Michael’s On East, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.bestfood.com.

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    Michael’s On East
    1212 East Avenue South
    Sarasota, FL 34239

  • Michael's Wine Cellar

    l9Michael’s Wine Cellar hosts more than 1,000 international estate and domaine-bottled wines with specialized selections from France, South Africa, Italy, Spain, California, Oregon, Chile, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Amongst the hundreds of wines from all major wine regions around the world, of note are 200 estate and domaine-bottled wines under $20 as well as collectable vintages and rare Bordeaux wines.

    An international wine merchant for more than 30 years, Michael Klauber is Co-Proprietor of Michael’s Wine Cellar. His expertise as a wine judge, unique relationships with winemakers from around the world and personal touch create a truly boutique experience as you shop for South African values, cult cabs from California and classics of the Old World including collectable and highly-rated Bordeaux and Côtes du Rhône wines. The wide array of wine offerings is featured through the Sarasota bottle shop as well as Michael’s online wine store at www.MichaelsWineCellar.com.

    Together with his wife Terri, Michael hosts exclusive Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys to the world’s most exotic food and wine destinations each year. These journeys, produced in partnership with Admiral Travel International, lead to new-found gems from established as well as emerging wine growing regions.

    Whether you are a seasoned collector or budding wine “connoisseur,” we hope you’ll enjoy Michael’s recommendations and access to some of the best wines in the world.

    Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club members earn points on all retail purchases from the retail store, including premium & boutique spirits and imported & craft beers. Michael’s Wine Cellar is conveniently located just minutes from Downtown Sarasota in Midtown Plaza, adjacent to the Michael’s On East Restaurant and Ballroom. The hip, urban bottle shop is a unique, modern venue for wine dinners, tastings and special events.

    For more information about Michael’s Wine Cellar, call 941-955-CORK (2675) or visit www.MichaelsWineCellar.com.

    Michael’s Wine Cellar
    1283 S. Tamiami Trail, Midtown Plaza
    Sarasota, FL  34239

    Shop Online Anytime: www.MichaelsWineCellar.com
    Store Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Michael's On East Catering

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    Sarasota’s premier caterer, the Michael’s On East team has been creating memorable culinary experiences for nearly 30 years, from candlelit dinners for two to dazzling receptions for hundreds held at any venue. Your wedding guests will be impressed by the fine cuisine and unsurpassed service offered in Sarasota’s only AAA Four Diamond Award restaurant, candlelight wine cellar and timeless ballroom with its adjacent glass-covered atrium on- premise in Midtown Plaza.

    Michael’s Events & Catering is also proud to serve as the exclusive caterer for the area’s premier waterfront wedding venues, Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota and Bay Preserve in Osprey.

    The Michael’s On East catering philosophy is simple: be consistently consistent. The perfectly seasoned cuisine, paired with a veteran “seasoned” staff—many with more than 30 years of experience at Michael’s On East—results in a polished event, each and every time.

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    The Michael’s On East organization is privileged to feature several of the area’s most popular event venues and meeting spaces:

    Michael’s On East Restaurant & Private Dining Room

    Founded on April 27, 1987, the celebrated Michael’s On East restaurant invites you to indulge in fun fine dining. Award-winning cuisine and outstanding service are presented in an exceptional 1940s supper club atmosphere. The unique architectural design and swirling spaces throughout the Lounge and multiple dining rooms will take you away to another place and time.
    The restaurant venue in its entirety accommodates up to 150 guests for a seated event or to up 300 guests for a reception. The restaurant’s intimate Private Dining Room accommodates up to 46 seated guests.

    Michael’s On East Ballroom & Atrium

    The Ballroom’s timeless style is the ideal setting for professional functions and formal occasions. The versatile space offers a neutral, blank canvas for imaginative and themed events. The flexibility of the venue makes it the perfect location for a complete day or series of scheduled functions, seminars, workshops, events and celebrations. The stunning glass-covered garden Atrium is a popular, favorite local hot spot for photo shoots and unique receptions.
    The Michael’s On East Ballroom hosts up to 550 guests for a seated event or 1,000 guests for a reception. The Ballroom is easily partitioned for smaller, more intimate gatherings.

    Michael’s Wine Cellar & Tasting Room

    This hip, urban wine store is Michael’s newest venue. Event planners embrace the Wine Cellar’s unique design inspired by a Soho loft shell and interior reminiscent of a Parisian street scene. Votive candles glitter throughout thousands of wines displayed floor to ceiling in custom-designed steel cases. The modern space converts easily for rehearsal dinners or any evening affair.
    Michael’s Wine Cellar accommodates up to 100 guests for seated events and up to 200 guests for receptions. Adjacent to the Wine Cellar is a charming covered outdoor patio with wrought iron tables & chairs where guests are welcomed to enjoy themselves al fresco.

    Selby Michaels on the BayResize1Michael's On The Bay at Selby Gardens

    (This transformed space opened in October 2016)
    Michael’s on the Bay is Sarasota’s premier indoor event facility which was remodeled in the summer of 2016. The 4,800 square-foot venue has 80 feet of glass windows that provide unobstructed bay and sunset views. This comfortable space has a contemporary feel with organic, neutral tones to enhance the garden’s natural beauty. This venue features an outdoor balcony, theatrical lighting and modern interior design features. 

    (Capacity - 250 Seated / 350 Theater)

    Marie Selby Botanical Gardens venues provide a beautiful and serene waterfront setting for your perfect wedding day, corporate event, fundraising gala or luncheon. Located in downtown Sarasota, Selby Gardens provides both historical charm and natural elegance. Whether you seek a simple garden wedding, or a modern affair under the stars, the gardens provide you with your ideal one-of-a-kind oasis. Beautifully landscaped with native foliage including live oaks, banyans, and palms, the gardens are a sight to behold year-round.

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    Bay Preserve is a waterfront oasis on Little Sarasota Bay protected by Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast. The preserve features a performance pavilion, a dock, a historic boathouse with a wildlife observation platform, the 1931 Burrows-Matson House and carriage house. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well as the Sarasota County Historic Register.

    This extraordinary historic property may be used for weddings, private parties, board meetings and retreats, corporate and community events. Plus arrangements may be made to arrive or depart by boat!

    For more information about Michael’s Events & Catering, call 941-366-0007 or visit www.BestFood.com/Catering.

  • Admiral Travel

    Admiral Travel International is a full service agency that offers expert planning services for ocean, river and expedition cruising, custom or escorted safari, villa vacations, escorted and independent land tours and bespoke hotel packages in your favorite destinations.

    ATI’s preferred status with the world’s leading travel brands, and personal relationships with GM’s at the most desirable hotels across the globe, result in VIP amenities and a choice of Virtuoso or American Express perks, in addition to earning Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club points that may be redeemed toward future travel, fine dining at Connoisseur Club venues or purchases at Michael’s Wine Cellar.  Please visit AdmiralTravel.com/TravelConnoisseur for details.

    Located in the heart of downtown Sarasota’s arts and entertainment district, ATI was founded in 1997 by Travel + Leisure-recommended “A-List” advisor and Egypt specialist Malaka Hilton.  Later that year, Malaka met her husband, Ryan Hilton, while he was her guide on safari at South Africa’s Londolozi Game Reserve.

    Together, the Hilton’s and ATI rapidly established a niche in the luxury travel market by offering escorted group departures to Egypt and South Africa. Today, ATI is recognized as an industry leader for the expertise, creativity and exceptional experiences their consultants create for individuals and groups.  



    Since 2005, ATI’s specialists have worked closely with the Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club to plan a variety of over-the-top, escorted culinary-focused and wine-themed journeys in Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Italy, Napa Valley, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.



    The synergy of wine and culinary connections and behind-the-scenes, VIP access creates one-of-a-kind departures with memories and friendships that last a lifetime.  In September 2014, the Connoisseur Club will explore Tuscany and Northern Italy with Michael & Terri Klauber.   In July and August 2015, they return to South Africa for two unique safari experiences that celebrate South Africa’s extraordinary wines and wildlife: The Bush & Beyond and A Taste of South Africa.

    tra3Guests who travel independently or in a private group with family and friends will also benefit from the added value, insider access and VIP connections that Admiral Travel offers.  Please view ATI’s Partner Offers for a snapshot of current deals from our top luxury operators, which combine exclusively with added perks and Connoisseur Club points.

    For more information about Admiral Travel International, call 941-951.1801 or visit www.AdmiralTravel.com.

    Admiral Travel International
    1284 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236

    ATI is open Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EST and Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  
    Evening and weekend appointments are available by request.

    Admiral Travel International is pleased to launch 2014 by introducing our preferred partners who extend exclusive offers with Virtuoso or American Express platinum perks, in addition to earning or redeeming Gulf Coast Connoisseur Points when you book with Admiral Travel International.
     
    ATI’s preferred partners include And Beyond Safaris, AmaWaterways, AuthentEscapes, Avalon Waterways, Azamara Club Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Compagnie du Ponant, Crystal Cruises, explora, Globus, Holland America Line, Londolozi Game Reserve, Oceania Cruises, One&Only Resorts, Orient-Express, Red Carnation Hotels, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Sanctuary Retreats, Seabourn, Silversea Cruises, Singita Game Reserves, Travelex Insurance, Viking Cruises, Wilderness Safaris and Windstar Cruises.

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