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22nd Annual Community Harvest

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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Columbia Restaurant Gives Back Community Harvest Support Suncoast Charities for Children (SCC) when dining at Columbia Restaurant by mentioning Community Harvest and selecting SCC as the recipient of your donation during the month of September. Through this annual September program, Community Harvest, the Columbia Restaurant donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks in the form of gift certificates to charitable organizations chosen by the guests. Columbia Restaurant donated more than $227,000 to more than 100 local non-profit organizations throughout Florida with the 2018 Community Harvest. Since the program began in 1998, the Columbia has given more than $2.4 […]

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Cover – Poonam Maini Tandoor Indian Cuisine & Share Care Global

Friday, October 12, 2018

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Poonam Maini Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine & Share Care Global Create Your Own Destiny By Kim Burns Photography By James Corwin Johnson We are born into this world under our parents or guardians experiences and rules. They care, educate and provide for us the best they can with the knowledge they have earned. The world is full of traditions and rituals, commandments or lessons on the way you’re supposed to live. We may feel bound to follow the teachings of our elders, yet their guidance may not be what’s best for us. When that is the case, it takes a […]

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REAL cares – All Faiths Food Bank

Sunday, August 19, 2018

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All Faiths Food Bank “Addressing hunger through assistance to those in need throughout our community” All Faiths Food Bank is the hub of hunger relief in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and serves more than 66,000 neighbors in need through our member network. Since 1989, we are the only food bank serving Sarasota and DeSoto counties and have been a member of Feeding America since 1990. Our number one priority has always been to serve the most needy and vulnerable, including children, seniors, veterans, and those in crisis. In 2016, the Food Bank changed its mission representing a shift in how […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – Tandoor With Kim & Sandra

Saturday, August 18, 2018

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REAL La Dolce Vita Tandoor A Sacred Communion Nourishing Body And Soul By Sandra Halliday Photography by Sally Ullman If you have that sudden craving for authentic and healthy Northern Indian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly setting where the dining experience is both an exotic journey and a feast fit for a king, then you’ve come to the right place at Tandoor. Named after a type of clay oven used in Northern India, the word immediately conjures up images of delectable slow-roasted meats and flat breads. Head chef and owner Poonam Maini believes that it is her destiny to […]

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REAL health – Position Yourself With Positivity

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Position Yourself with Positivity By Crystal DaCorta Realtors, are you feeling tired and stressed out? It may be that you could use a boost of positivity to get you back on the right track. Although harder than it may sound, incorporating positivity into your life should be part of your daily routine. With busy work schedules, family lives, and social activities, it may be easy to lose sight of attending every day to a positive mind-frame. It is our belief that when you attend to the body’s position of the spine and joints, you will allow for the best circulation […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – MÉLANGE With Kim & Sandra

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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REAL La Dolce Vita MÉLANGE Exploration of Food, Art & Drink; A Brunch Experience By Sandra Halliday Photography by James Corwin Johnson To step into Mélange is like entering into a world of wonderment and magic. Owner Chef Lan Bradeen inherited a deep love for cooking from her Vietnamese mother and an appreciation of wine and whiskey from her Scottish father. After graduating from college with degrees in Religion and Chinese Medicine, she honed her craft in restaurants that specialized in international cuisines. Her culinary style can best be described as an exploration of food, art, and drink. Our journey […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – Sonny’s BBQ Catering With Kim & Sandra

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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REAL La Dolce Vita Sonny’s BBQ Catering Let’s Get This Party Started! By Sandra Halliday Photography by James Corwin Johnson The evening of Kim Burns’ birthday party saw cool weather that quickly warmed up when a convivial group of friends and family gathered at iHeart Media’s studio in Sarasota to celebrate another milestone in her journey of life, her love of food, and Southern-style cuisine catered by Sonny’s BBQ. Sonny’s BBQ was founded by Floyd “Sonny” Tillman in Gainesville, Florida, in 1968. Its humble beginnings as a local BBQ joint grew quickly, thanks in part to the passion that the […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – Kona Grill With Kim & Sandra

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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REAL La Dolce Vita Kona Grill East Meets West By Kim Burns & Sandra Halliday Photography by James Corwin Johnson This Pacific inspired cuisine compels you to stay in the present moment and to meditate on the goodness of eating a healthy meal. Aloha! Like the welcoming state that inspired their name, Kona Grill offers global food. Originating in Scottsdale, Arizona, their Hawaiian and Japanese style menu features contemporary American favorites, sushi, and specialty cocktails. Josh Tolmach, our host and restaurant general manager, started our food adventure with 2 delectable cocktails to awaken our digestive juices. Kim had the Bee’s […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – With Kim & Sandra

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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REAL La Dolce Vita Café Amici Cheers To Friendship And Love! By Kim Burns & Sandra Halliday Photography by Chuck Carroll Amici means friends in Italian. Café Amici is the brainchild of two brothers, Massimo and Achille Nigri. The vibe at the Café is fueled by their love for bringing people together in a convivial atmosphere where friendships, and perhaps romance, could be forged and by their passion for regional cuisine that is inspired by their home town of Martina Franca in Puglia, Italy. Massimiliano and Achille Nigri are two brothers from Puglia that run Café Amici. Our dinner was […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – With Kim & Sandra

Monday, July 31, 2017

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REAL La Dolce Vita Taverna Grill A Tale of 2 Andreas By Kim Burns & Sandra Halliday Photography by James Corwin Johnson Taverna Grill is owned and operated by two chefs–Andrea Joly and Andrea Baroni. At an early age they developed their deep love for food while cooking. The sweet aroma and sounds from nonna’s cucina inspired them to venture into the culinary world. The love for travel brought them to hone their skills in many famous kitchens around the world leading to a delicious culinary partnership. Upon entering we were warmly greeted by the soothing strains of New Age […]

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REAL La Dolce Vita – With Kim & Sandra

Monday, July 24, 2017

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REAL La Dolce Vita The Bodhi Tree Café Cultivate your senses By Kim Burns & Sandra Halliday Photography by James Corwin Johnson If cultivating your senses and awakening your love of the real taste of food is what you are looking for, then you have found it at the Bodhi Tree Café. Situated in the quaint section of Towles Court Artist District, you will find lush vegetation and an abundance of inner peace as you enter into Bodhi food paradise. It is one of the few cafes with a garden oasis in downtown Sarasota. Envisioned and brought to life by […]

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REAL Adventure | American Harvest Workshop

Friday, October 23, 2015

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Chef Paul Mattison Represents Southeast At American Harvest Workshop By Cindy Cockburn Photography by Terence McCarthy “Chef Paul Mattison was one of five chefs in the nation invited to the American Harvest Workshop this past September 12-16 at the prestigious Cakebread Cellars in California. He was the only Chef representing Florida and in fact, named as the only Chef in the Southeast asked to participate in this annual event. The American Harvest Workshop is a celebration of wine and food located in the heart of the Napa Valley. Now in its 29th year, this is an intense “hands on” program […]

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