Savor Sarasota 2014

    Summer never tasted so good!

    Savor Sarasota 2014

    We're known for having the #1 beach in the USA but we also have the highest concentrations of Zagat®-rated restaurants in Florida. You knew that already? Well, did you know you can plan a culinary adventure around our award-winning eateries without breaking the bank? That's right, during Savor Sarasota—you can enjoy 3-course meals from our famed eateries for just $15 per person for lunch and $29 per person for dinner. And with a spread from Peruvian to French and every flavor in between, you'll taste your way around the world in no time.

    Foodies, start your appetites!

    For a complete list of restaurants participating, visit: http://restaurantweek.savorsarasota.com/

    Did you know there are only 5 oyster species farmed in the US

    Oysters have once again become the bivalve of the hour, the defining protein of the age, expressing everything we want life and food to be right now. Luxurious but unpretentious, decadent but healthful, oysters are the must-order—from the basis of le grand plateau de fruits de mer at a New York institution like Balthazar to seafood-centric newbies like The Ordinary in Charleston, South Carolina. Oysters are even quasi-wild and sustainable, not to mention downright good for the oceans. There’s something sweetly deceptive about their simplicity, too.

    Five oyster species are farmed in the U.S. That’s all.

    A handful of oyster farms still have the clean, shallow, brackish waters required for local species to spawn wild without human help, accounting for about 5 percent of all market oysters. But the vast majority of American growers buy seed from one of dozens of hatcheries on both coasts. Some are tiny, like the hatchery Jones operates out of an old shipping container, and some are much bigger, like Bay Shellfish Company in Florida.

    All hatchery workers start the process like Jones does, bringing male and female oysters together in tanks, under conditions that induce them to spawn, and then nursing millions, or even billions, of larvae to a viable size that set to become “seed.” That seed—microscopic but adult-looking oysters—gets shipped to farmers who raise and brand it either with a geographical designation like Bluepoint or Wellfleet, or with a farm-specific trade name like Sweetwater, from California’s Hog Island Oyster Company.

     

    Oysters on the half shell

    The one-of-a-kind Totten Inlet C. virginica oyster is an East Coast species raised in Puget Sound.

     

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    The science behind oysters: 4th-gen shellfish farmer Paul Taylor and daughter Brittany inspect the Taylor Shellfish oysterseed nursery in Shelton, WA.how oysters are harvested

    Nick Jones,  Jones Family Farms, harvesting shellfish in Shoal Bay on Lopez Island.

     After “aging” for two years, the shells are used to give oyster larvae a place to set and beome seed. Farmers plant this seed in their own waters and then mostly leave it alone, allowing it to feed on natural phytoplankton. Most of the oyster half shells that we slurp down with cold Sancerre—or iced vodka shots, as the case may be—were harvested between one and two years of age, having acquired a taste and texture unique to where they matured.

     

    This is the so-called merroir effect, analogous to terroir in winemaking: Local maritime conditions, including salinity, local phytoplankton species, and tidal flow, give oysters from

    each and every farm and region a distinctive character. After all, East Coast oysters like Malpeque (Prince Edward Island), Bluepoint (Connecticut and Long Island, New York), Wellfleet (Massachusetts), Rappahannock (Virginia), and Apalachicola (Florida) are all the same C. virginica species, only raised in different taste-defining localeThere was a time, of course—and not so long ago—when oystermen simply waded into the vast, clean tidal flats of great waters like the Long Island Sound and the Chesapeake and San Francisco bays, plucking up millions of wild oysters. The estuary of the lower Hudson River alone once had 350 square miles of wild-spawning C. virginica oyster beds, making preindustrial New York City the greatest oyster-consuming city of all time. But pollution, landfill, and overharvesting killed New York’s last wild beds by 1927. Out West, oyster-loving Gold Rush prospectors did the same, devouring all the native Olympia oysters first in San Francisco Bay and then clear up the coast to Washington, thanks to schooners that raked coves and then sailed quickly south. Inside Puget Sound, pulp mill pollution killed off almost all of the Olympia oysters until 1957, when the mills closed, and local waters rebounded. 

    -excerpt from article "Oysterland: A Journey to the Heart of Bivalve Country" by Daniel Duane 2/18/14. See link for full article : How oysters are farmed and processed

     

     

    SKOB Supports the Local Community

    SKOB underwent another major milestone this year! We took down all the $1 bills from the famous SKOB walls, windows, rafters, ceiling fans, gutters, and every other nook and cranny where there were $1 bills hung by our amazing guests. We here at Siesta Key Oyster Bar are very thankful for the opportunities we have been given to help the local community and hope that you are as proud as we are!  20140129 183552

    In total, we counted over $9,000!!  We took down and donated $7600 of these $1 bills to 4 very special charities which the 4 managers at SKOB were given the opportunity to choose. Here is a little snippet from each manager telling why they chose each charity and a little bit about these charities.

     

    Mychael chose The Cat Depot-  Because it's a local, nonprofit, no kill, free roaming cat rescue, adoption, education and resource center. It was started by 5 Sarasota residents in 2003 and has grown in the last 10 years with at least 125 cats residing at the Depot per day. They have worked with local animal welfare groups to increase adoptions and decrease euthanasia.
    Last year Cat Depot rescued over 900 homeless cats and placed 846 cats and kittens into loving homes. 550 cats and kittens were sterilized in-house.
     They're goal in 2014 is to find homes for 1,000 homeless cats and kittens. 20140129 183504

    I find cats to be amazing creatures with the capacity for love, compassion and loyalty, Cats are purrfect friends for children with autism, helping to connect with them on a level that sometimes even their family members can't. Cats help reduce stress and increase healing.
     I have been a cat lover all my life and I love what the Cat Depot does for our community.

     

    Chef Douglas chose the Sarasota High Swim Team, because they're a small section of the athletics department that is in need of equipment upgrades and transportation help. I feel athletics and  20140129 183702team activities are character building for young adults. 

     

    Justin chose the The YMCA Foundation of Sarasota is a 501 (3) (c) non profit direct service organization (DSO) and operates as the fundraising and endowment manager for the Sarasota Family YMCA. The organization solicits gifts that will be used to create a brighter future for individuals and families in our community. 

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    Fundraising activities include an annual campaign, capital campaigns, major gifts, bequests and estate sales. Donations may be made in liquid (cash, securities, etc.) or non-liquid (real estate, life insurance, etc.) form. They may be made for today or for tomorrow.

     

     

    Angela chose SPARCC  which stands for 'safe place and rape crisis center' I chose it because it's local to our area rather than a huge corporation, their overhead is only 7-8%, 20140129 183620and they use the funds for education to prevent rape/abuse, not just to put a band-aid on a bleeding wound. They grow continually and are expanding every year, even to the point ofstarting a kennel to house pets so they don't have to be left behind when a person escapes a bad situation. They are in downtown Sarasota and also operate a thrift shop.

     

     

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    Sarasota, FL is named #1 on the list of 10 Places you'll want to visit right now!

     

    10 Places In The U.S. You’ll Want To Visit Right Now

    From amber waves of grain to purple mountains majesty, if you haven’t seen these 10 U.S. gems, you’re missing out. Although, with so many daily nonstop flights out of NYC, you’ll see the fruited plains quicker than you’ll catch a cab on a rainy day.

     

    Sarasota, FL was named #1 on this list by JetBlue on Buzzfeed in 2013! Just another accolade to add to the list of incredible honors that Sarasota and Siesta Key have received in the past years. Come and see what all the buzz is about!

    Sarasota has a surprising art scene. There are tons of art galleries as well as an opera house. You can also rent a boat to go parasailing and scuba diving cheaply, something that is obviously rare for most vacationers.

    See the full list at: ten placesin the us you'll want to visit right now

    siesta key beach lifeguard stand

    Small Business Saturday Nov 30th

    Shop Small SaturdaySmall Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country.
    Founded by American Express in 2010, this day is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
    This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 30th.

     

    As a consumer, you are a key part in hel
    ping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at a small
    business throughout the year, you’re showing your support for all the small businesses in your
    neighborhood and reinvesting in the community you call home.
    Small Businesses Saturday is the day that consumers like you go out and celebrate small businesses in
    force. This helps local entrepreneurs offer more jobs, which in turn invigorates the economy. Go out and
    support your favorite small business and search for savings on unique merchandise while experiencing
    spectacular service–a cornerstone of many small businesses.

     

    SKOB is a participant in Small Business Saturday and we encourage you to shop small and support local! Siesta Key has the local, smalltown feel and we hope to keep it that way!

    Siesta Key Oyster Bar

    5238 Ocean Blvd

    Siesta Key, FL 34242

    941-346-5443

    SKOB Cares

    gladiatorSKOB has now raised over $23,000 in the 9 years we have been having "Beer Garden's" during Siesta Fiesta's Closed Street Event. We take the best of an event that shuts us off from the world and invite others to experience more of SKOB as we move the tables outside, and have an activities to support a heartwarming cause.

    We have donated to Venice High School Football, Easter Seals, A liver transplant victim, East Bay Little League, A 6 month old baby girl who needed a heart value operation, and this years Cancer event for David Rizzo. We take philanthropy very passionately and are honored to help our friends.


    Big G's Crustacean
    Happy Hour
    3 - 6 pm EVERYDAY!
    Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell
    or
    Lousiana Crawfish
    $7
     

    SKOB's Hours

    Monday - Thursday
    11am - 12 Midnight

    Friday & Saturday
    11am - 2am

    Sunday
    9am - 12 Noon Breakfast
    11:30am - 12 Midnight

    Excellence Badge 2013