New Restaurant Partners for 2014-2015 Season!

We are thrilled to welcome Owen's Fish Camp and Caragiulos as restaurant partners for the 2014-2015 season!  Sarasota residents already know these are 2 of Sarasota's essential restaurants and they should be on the dining agenda for any visitor!

Located in the heart of Burns Court in Downtown Sarasota (516 Burns Court), Owen’s Fish Camp is an ode to old Florida living. From the looming Banyan tree out front, given to Sarasota developer Owen Burns by Thomas Edison, to the tire swing out back, it is a restaurant full of history and Southern Hospitality. The casual atmosphere allows guests to relax and enjoy what makes Florida so special.

It wouldn’t be called a fish camp if Owen's wasn't bringing in the Bay’s local fish every day. Not only does Owen's have fresh seafood but accompanying southern classics with a great craft beer and wine selection. The friendly staff strives to match the delicious food with exceptional service to assure your visit to Owen’s Fish Camp is second to none.

Caragiulos (69 South Palm Ave.) has been a Sarasota favorite since 1989.  From his bakery in Brooklyn, Tony Caragiulo and his five sons came to Florida in pursuit of an agreeable location to open a simple Italian restaurant. After an exhausting, two week long car trek around Florida with no prospects and tempers flaring, Tony signaled for the car to pull over; “Stoppa the*#!*#!!!!car!,… This is it,” he declared, pointing to the vacant stucco location… And it was.

At Caragiulos, the food speaks for itself. Using the finest ingredients, Caragiulos has served easy- going, inventive Italian-American comfort food since 1989. The bread is baked on the premises each morning. The mozzarella is made fresh. The biscotti is still baked by Mrs. Caragiulo herself. Eating here is more like a gathering in the home of a good friend… comfortable… & memorable.

For more updates as we prepare for the 2014-2015 season, keep posted!

Chef Darwin Santa Maria in the News!

Check our the Sarasota Herald Tribune's interview with Chef Darwin Santa Maria of Darwin's on 4th (one of our Sarasota Culinary Tour partners) here!

Interested in learning more about Darwin's?  Check out their website.  

Can't make it to Darwin's to try some of his Peruvian "urban street food" right away?  Try this recipe from the article at home:

3 cups mashed potatoes
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup Aji Amarillo puree (found in local Latin markets)
½ cup canola oil
For shrimp mix:
12 ounces shrimp, cooked and diced
¾ cup mayonnaise
½ cup celery, finely chopped
½ cup red onion, finely chopped
2 ounces lime juice

Place shrimp in a large bowl and mix in the mayonnaise, celery, red onions, salt, pepper and lime juice. Set aside to chill. Place mashed potatoes in another large bowl, and add Aji Amarillo puree, lime juice, salt and pepper. Add canola oil and mix the ingredients by hand. Garnish with micro greens and ripe avocados.


Gift Certificates!

We just switched to a new online ticket provider and are very pleased to now offer electronic gift certificates!  Simply click on the "Buy Gift Certificates" link and go from there.  The Gift Certificates can be e-mailed or printed out.  To redeem, click on our "Buy Tickets" link, pick a tour date and enter your gift certificate code.  How easy and convenient!  Makes a great holiday gift...