Monthly Archives: September 2014

Bal Masque Beneficiaries Dedicated to Serving Children

Leaders the four Bal Masqué Gala beneficiaries gathered at the Sarasota Opera House for a photo shoot celebrating the mission behind the magic of this Saturday’s event. Dressed in elegant finery and donning ornate masks, executives from the Child Protection Center, Circus Arts Conservatory, Suncoast Charities for Children and Suncoast Science Center shared their thoughts about how each organization works in its own way to support the mission of supporting and improving the lives of children in our community.



Doug Staley, Executive Director of Child Protection Center said, “We are committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse through prevention, intervention and education. Through CPC’s five core programs, it serves over 30,000 children per year.  Children are our future and we provide resources to protect and serve children so they can survive and thrive. “

Ping Faulhaber, Executive Director of the Suncoast Science Center said, “We provide a brighter future for our children through science, technology, engineering and math. We open doors to opportunity by providing our children with practical skills, strategic thinking and is a gateway for them to develop their potential, creativity, and provide them with invaluable tools that will lead to success on their career path and in life. “

Lucy Nicandri, Executive Director of Suncoast Charities for Children, said “Through partnerships with 5 various nonprofits, we serve and support approximately 8,000 special needs children and provides them with the services they need to thrive in our community.”

Jennifer Mitchell, Managing Director of the Circus Arts Conservatory said, “In fostering and stewarding the nation’s longest running youth circus with over 10,000 local graduates, we inspire, nurture and develop children’s skills and abilities through circus arts. Through the classroom education and training in the big top, Circus Arts Conservatory melds performance and athletics teaches leadership, team building and self-confidence.”

Buy Tickets: Every ticket purchased online will provide our guests with the opportunity to support one of these great organizations. Join us this Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the Sarasota Opera House for SRQ’s Bal Masqué Gala.


Fête Crafts Bal Masqué Twist on Venetian Cuisine


Bal Masqué Burratini Shooters


A sneak peek at the Bal Masqué culinary creations from the dynamic Fête team led by Tommy and Jaymie Klauber. In the spirit of Carnivale, guests will enjoy delicacies such as Fête’s Lobster Pizza, Rosemary Rubbed Baby Lamb Chops, Sambucca-Fired Prosciutto Shrimp Skewers and Burratini Shooters and much more.

“Venice has always been a global port city,” says Tommy Klauber. “The Venetians themselves are passionate about their city and its culinary heritage.  It was the spice gateway to the west introducing the Europeans to the exotic flavors from far off ports.  For Bal Masqué, Fete Catering is bringing the flavors modern venetian cuisine to SRQ with a playful mix of dishes that will delight!”


Bal Masqué Baby Lamb Chops.


For the après performance sweets, how about Galani Fried Carnival Pastries and the mysterious Chocolate Covered Bacon? Tommy and Jaymie, you’ve outdone yourselves! We can’t wait to taste Venice this Saturday.


Bal Masqué Galani Fried Carnival Pastries.


The Annual SRQ Bal Masqué Gala takes place this Saturday, October, 4 2014 at the Sarasota Opera House from 8pm to midnight. Featuring performances by Circus Sarasota, Fuzion Dance Artists, Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Cuban Ballet. Tickets and VIP Harlequin Packages online at SRQBALMASQUE.COM. Beneficiaries include Child Protection Center, Circus Arts Conservatory, Suncoast Charities for Children and Suncoast Science Center.



As the Official Wine Sponsor for the SRQ Bal Masqué event, Bijou Café’s master mixologists will be celebrating with the creation of a special signature cocktail, the “The Bijou Bal Masqué Bellini,” for sale in the Gossip’s Bar on October 4 alongside delicious fare from Bijou’s extensive menu. SRQ’s “A-Team” of Ashley Grant and Ashley Ryan, along with Kyle Battie and Ivet Atriano worked with photographer Evan Sigmund to illustrate the fashion and ambiance of the upcoming benefit gala and to introduce the signature Bijou cocktail. 

Bijou’s creation will be a twist on the classic Italian Bellini cocktail – a sparkling concoction of pureed peaches and bubbly created in the 1930’s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Named for it’s unique pink color, The Bellini reminded Cipriani of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. This traditional Italian creation is the perfect way to kick off the Venetian infused evening.



Showcasing gowns from the collections of Theia Couture, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aidan Mattox, BCBGMAXAZRIA  graciously provided by Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota and Venetian artisan-crafted masks provided by I-Tesori, the European atmosphere of Bijou’s Gossips Bar adds an air of mystery and enchantment that will be a hallmark of the event. Bal Masque will be a magical evening filled with mystery, elegant eccentricity, a touch of magic and of course fabulous, food, fashion and performance.  The Bijou Café with its elegant European charm and location right across the street from the Opera House is the perfect fit for guests to gather and start the evening on a festive note.”


So on October 4, before Bal Masqué starts at 8pm, head over to The Bijou Café across from the Sarasota Opera House for a festive happy hour starting at 5pm to enjoy a swill of sparkling peachy bubbly and a menu of delights. Bal Masque benefits SRQ Gives Back Partner charities including the Child Protection Center, Circus Arts Conservatory, Suncoast Charities for Children, Suncoast Science Center. “We are thrilled that Bal Masque will support organizations that help children in our community,” enthuses Grant. “What better way to kick off the social season in Sarasota than to don a festive mask, revel with fiends and help the future generation of our area.”

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Strident Voices at the SB2 Elected Mayor Breakfast Symposium


Leaders from Southwest Florida tackled the issue of “Elected Mayor” this morning at the most recent installment of SRQ Media Group’s SB2 series. Bradenton Mayor Wayne Poston boasted successes he experienced over 14 years bearing the mantle of mayor in The Friendly City, but former Sarasota Mayor Mollie Cardamone noted Sarasota accomplished great strides in tourism and economic development with a mayor that changed each year.


Del Borgsdorf, a former city manager in California, said you can change how to elect leaders without tossing professional management, while Main Street Connection President Peter Fanning called for change in the system. “There is an ache in people that we could be doing this better,” said Chris Gallagher, incoming chair for The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. The transcript from the event this morning will be available for download from SRQMAG.COM/DigData early next week.


This next SB2 symposium on “Connecting the World: SRQ Airport and Port Manatee” takes place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 11:30am-1pm at the IMG Academy Golf Club. Symposium tickets are $35/person and include a plated lunch. Thank you to our Sarasota series sponsor CS&L CPAs and Bradenton series sponsor IMG Academy.  SB2 is produced by SRQ | Magazine.

Senior Editor Jacob Ogles Attracts Sarasota Political Players


The SRQ Studios was packed yesterday morning for our “Where the Votes Are” presentation by Jacob Ogles, the Senior Editor of SRQ | The Magazine and SRQ Daily. The event attracted many of Sarasota County’s top political players to discuss the results of the August 26, 2014 primary election.

A few of his key findings included:

  1. Democratic turnout nearly matched Republican turnout, but GOP voters still significantly outnumber Democrats.
  2. The partisan divide is widening. Sarasota city voters are increasingly Democratic, but South County Republicans keep a firm hold.
  3. Geographic divides extend beyond parties. Englewood voters behaved differently in the State House than in county school board races.
  4. Younger voters are starting to register in higher numbers, but participation in primary election remains extremely low.

Download the presentation containing his in-depth analysis here.

SRQ Event: Where The Votes Are


Join Jacob Ogles, the Senior Editor of SRQ | The Magazine and SRQ Daily for an in-depth analysis of the August 26 Primary Election on Wednesday, September 10. Jacob is pouring through official polling data to present you with the highlights and key findings. Who turned out to vote? How old were they? Which neighborhoods had the worst turnout? How did the winners emerge victorious? As you participate in this discussion of democracy with many of Sarasota’s most influential political players and enjoy coffee and breakfast in SRQ’s newly renovated studios, you’ll learn the details of our precinct-by precinct analysis of the Primary and find out what to look for in the upcoming November election.

We hope you can join us! Seating is limited. RSVP to to reserve your space.