+ Crosby, Chiles, Cripe attend NOAA fish fry
The 38th annual National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fish Fry, held June 5, in Washington, D.C., featured Mote Marine Laboratory’s farm-raised caviar and Siberian sturgeon produced at Mote’s 200-acre Aquaculture Park in eastern Sarasota County.
Mote partnered with the Chiles Restaurant Group, Anna Maria Fish Co. and Lola Wines for the event. The group’s booth also featured bottarga, a delicacy made from locally caught striped mullet and wine varietals from Lola Wines.
Dr. Michael Crosby, president and CEO of Mote; Ed Chiles, owner of the Chiles Restaurant Group; and Ed Cripe, majority owner of Lola Wines, in which Chiles is also a partner, attended the event. Both Chiles and Cripe own and operate the Anna Maria Fish Co.
By serving sustainable seafood produced in Mote’s Aquaculture Park, Mote demonstrated that unlimited water access isn’t needed, nor environmentally sustainable or desirable, for large-scale production of food or growing marine fish species to replenish depleted wild stocks.
+ Arpke ‘Tasting Tuscany’ in September
As of June 3, six spots remained for a “Tasting Tuscany” trip that Euphemia Haye co-owners chef Ray and D’Arcy Arpke will host from Sept. 22 through Sept. 29. The trip will include cooking lessons and demonstrations, market visits, wine tastings, a chocolate factory visit and tasting, truffle hunting and more.
Ray Arpke will offer his insights on food and wine; Elizabeth Namack, a native Floridian who lives in Florence, will act as the tour guide, providing her commentary on sights, art history, architecture and more.
For the full itinerary, visit EuphemiaHaye.com. For booking and pricing information, call Lisa Silvestri, of Silvestri Travel, at 866-966-6535.
+ Maison Blanche to close for summer
Maison Blanche, 2605 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will close for the summer from June 16 through Aug. 13. The restaurant is owned by Jose and Victoria Martinez. For information, call 383-8088.
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A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.