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Junior League of Sarasota brings the roar at Junior Jamboree 2020

Forks & Corks food and wine festival had a successful Grand Tasting, Junior League hosted a feline fundraiser and more this week.

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Big Cats and Charity

There’s a few constants in life — life, death, taxes, schizophrenic Florida weather — and that includes kids liking big animals. So it’s a smart thing that the Junior League of Sarasota hosted its Jamboree 2020 fundraiser Jan. 25 at the Big Cat Habitat Gulf Coast Sanctuary, which has a menagerie of great felines and other wildlife. The family event, which benefits the group’s hunger outreach and nonprofit grants, had parents and children playing games and marveling at the sanctuary’s lions.

Period Appropriate

 When the New College Foundation was hosting Andrew Prince, a jewelry designer who crafted BBC television show “Downton Abbey,” staff hoped Michael’s On East could provide food that matched the theme. They were in luck.

“I’ve seen all of 'Downtown Abbey' except the last season,” Michael’s On East co-proprietor Phil Mancini said. “I watch the food on the trays during the show …  I said ‘I can do this, I’m watching the food anyways!'"

A self-professed fan of the show, which concerns a aristocratic family in early 20th century Great Britain, came up with a menu that included deviled eggs, sausage pinwheels, potato dishes and more. 

The menu alone makes me want to watch the show.  

Forks & Corks & Numbers

It was a good year for the Forks & Corks food and wine festival, held Jan. 26 in The Ringling's courtyard. Forty-six restaurants served up 90,000 food portions by the end of the event, and it raised more than $25,000 from the silent auction. 


Clara Reynardus de Villanueva had a relaxing birthday weekend before her birthday on Monday that included a dinner at Libby’s restuarant. 




Harry Sayer

Harry Sayer is the Black Tie editor for the Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and previously worked Black Tie for the Observer newspaper in Winter Park and Maitland. You can catch him at one of Sarasota's fundraisers and shindigs.

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