Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mark Your Calendars! Modern Home Symposium is March 10th

SRQMAG_MOHO_EVITEAs the March edition of SRQ | The Magazine is hitting newsstands, we can’t think of a better way to ring in our annual homes edition than the Modern Home Symposium. Held on Thursday, March 10th at SRQ Studios from 5:30-7 PM, this event is a chance to hear from some of our community’s most notable forces in the design and construction of modern residences.

Structured as a conversation addressing the inspiration behind Sarasota’s modern residences, the symposium will allow for each participant to elaborate on their creative and structural process. Learn from the greats on their key choices in materials, special projects of note and ways they incorporate technology and sustainable materials for homes that awe.

Meet the Speakers
The inaugural edition of Modern Home Magazine featured profiles by talented architectural forces and builders of fine homes in the area. Each with a distinctive focus, these profiles sparked our imagination so much that an event is in order to glean knowledge, perspective and learn of the inspiration that leads to magnificent structures. A selection of profile participants will present at the symposium:

Mark SultanaDSDG Architects
Jonathan ParksSolstice Architects
Nick Ferguson, NC Ferguson Construction
Javier Suarez, Apex Design Studio
Steve Murray, Murray Homes

The 2015 cover of Modern Home Magazine

The 2015 cover of Modern Home Magazine

The Modern Home Symposium is free to the public and will take place from 5:30 to 7 PM. The Modern Home Symposium is sponsored by Tempus Pro Services, a premier home automation company in Southwest Florida. A representative from their great team will be on hand to share about the amazing services they provide for residential properties.

See you there!


Wow! We Loved SkillSHARING Last Week

On Thursday, February 18th participants and mentors gathered for the very first SRQ SkillSHARE event.

On Thursday, February 18th participants and mentors gathered for the very first SRQ SkillSHARE event. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Last week, the team at SRQ Media experienced greatness in the form of SRQ SkillSHARE, our brand new speed mentor summit. If you know a little bit about our brand, you know that one of our biggest and most exciting programs is the Women in Business Initiative, which has grown from very humble roots into a multi-outlet platform that includes a competition, annual awards luncheon, private monthly gatherings of the WIB Leadership Circle and now SRQ SkillSHARE. We can’t contain our excitement about how the very first SkillSHARE played out.

“As a community catalyst, SRQMEDIA continues to break new ground in the art and science of local engagement,” says CEO and President Lisl Liang. “I love that SkillSHARE starts where small talk ends. We’re thrilled the SRQ Women in Business Initiative has created such a special place for dynamic women to take the deep dive! We invite you to SkillSHARE with us.”


Alicia King asks questions to Mary Dougherty-Slapp of Gulfcoast Builders Exchange and the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

On Thursday, February 18th, an experienced panel of mentors (comprised of members of the Leadership Circle and two guests) showed up to SRQ Studios bearing questions from participants that were hungry for answers, guidance, suggestions and general knowledge on how to work, live and lead in Sarasota. A week before, we poured over applications and were genuinely moved by the heartfelt questions sent in by applicants. Those questions are exactly what we used to determine the right fit for each participant.

Event co-chairs Angela Massaro-Fain (left) and Sandra Rios of the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Event co-chairs Angela Massaro-Fain (left) and Sandra Rios of the SRQ Women in Business Leadership Circle. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Upon arrival, mentors and participants received packets containing a schedule of mini-sessions and eagerly awaited the chance to meet. For five rounds of mini-sessions, participants asked their questions, got great advice and networked with likeminded professionals of all ages. The SRQ Studios conference room was transformed into an area for participant conversation in between rounds.

Mentor Gabriele Vest (left) with participants Brittany Guertin and Deva O'Donnell. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Mentor Gabriele Vest (left) with participants Brittany Guertin and Deva O’Donnell. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We couldn’t help but notice a spark in the room, which was undoubtedly the spirit of connection, appreciation and witnessing growth in action. “This was by far the most efficient and effective networking event I’ve ever been to,” said Dr. Cynthia Clark of Longevity Wellness.

Dr. Cynthia absorbs great information from a mentor during the SRQ SkillSHARE mini-sessions. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Dr. Cynthia Clark absorbs great information from a mentor during the SRQ SkillSHARE mini-sessions. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Participant Barbara Shore made a comment that stuck with us. “I was glad to see that you are never too old or too young to learn from others.” As our participants represented a cross-section of the workforce, we were thrilled that our mentors were able to lead and guide young women early in their career pursuits, those looking to make major changes in their lives and even women envisioning life after retirement. From balancing busy careers and young families to tactics on making the most impact with a multi-generational workforce, the mentors shared their wisdom and advice on how to make it work and how to make the best of the current situation.

SRQ Media would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the incredible mentors at the event. Leadership Circle members Angela Massaro-Fain, Grapevine Communications and Sandra Rios of The Resort at Longboat Key Club served as co-chairs for SRQ SkillSHARE. If you’d like to learn more about the incredible women that offered their guidance, visit the SRQ Women in Business website.

Participants Kelly Davis Strausbaugh (left) and Gina White participated in SRQ SkillSHARE. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Participants Kelly Davis Strausbaugh (left) and Gina White participated in SRQ SkillSHARE. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

To all of our great participants, thanks for coming and letting us play a role in your growth and job experience. Your questions were as thought provoking as they were courageous. Thank you for making this great event happen through your enthusiasm. You officially inspired us.

Stay tuned for announcements of future SRQ SkillSHARE installments as this program grows. For a gallery of images from SRQ SkillSHARE, click here.

PS: If you want to learn more and get engaged with the SRQ Women in Business initiative, consider joining us for the 2nd Annual Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon! We’ve got an amazing guest Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award winner. Get the details and purchase your tickets at SRQHEARMEROAR.COM before they’re all sold out!

This Weekend! Taste Art on a Dish – LUX LIFE Magazine’s DishART 5×5

SRQDAILY_MAR16_DISHART 5X5This weekend, cancel your plans. We’ve got something very exciting happening at a selection of local restaurants called DishART 5×5! In the 2016 edition of LUX LIFE Magazine, a gorgeous feature story was dedicated to two fields of the arts: fine art and the culinary arts. Local restaurants selected a work of art by notable arts Dolores Coe, Eleanor Merritt, Susan Zukowsky, James Griffin and Barbara Krupp and used their gorgeous canvases to imagine a plate captivating the sensory feeling of the artwork.

Beet carpaccio, beef tartare and black truffle by Chef Fran Casciato of Muse. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Beet carpaccio, beef tartare and black truffle by Chef Fran Casciato of Muse. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Chef Fran Casciato of Muse Restaurant developed a stunning beet carpaccio, beef tartare and black truffle dish that paid homage to the vibrant colors of Gee Wizz by Dolores Coe.

F_SRQ_0216 Dolores Coe - Gee Wizz

Gee Wizz by Dolores Coe. Used with permission of the artist.

A stunning representation of minimalist yet impactful plating of sushi is as much a work of art as any other form of culinary discipline. In creating the Harmony Roll, chef Daniel Dokko of JPan Sushi looked to a mixed media work by Eleanor Merritt. “When I first saw Harmony, I found the name of the artwork very special, because harmony is considered an important virtue in Asian culture in philosophy.” The Harmony Roll boasts a delicate balance of shrimp, asparagus, avocado and cream cheese topped with salmon and kanikama salad, garlic chips and eel sauce.

Chef Don Schoenberg of Beulah on Main Street selected a charming and evocative mixed media creation by Susan Zukowsky that invites the viewer into a scene that is as real and tangible as the dish it inspired. Chef Don Schoenberg was transported to the French and English countryside and developed a pan roasted pheasant brea with long grain rice, delicate chanterelles and a chasseur sauce.

The bright blue sky of James Griffin’s Sentinel harkens to that of the expansive blue above the beach at Siesta Key. Chef Isaac Johnson of Pomona Bistro envisioned himself on the beach and crafted a dish that captivates the feeling of blissful days along the shoreline. Working with organic, local products, he developed an herbed smoked white fish over quinoa and puffed rice, butterfly pea flower “roe” with dehydrated mushroom, roasted French breakfast radish and parsnips. While this exact dish will not be available as a special this weekend, Chef Johnson will produce a similarly stunning inspired dish.

F_SRQ_0216 Barbara Krupp - The Desert Of Forbidden Love

The Desert of Forbidden Love by Barbara Krupp. Used with permission by the artist.


The powerful punch of color in the form of bright red anchors the abstract painting The Desert of Forbidden Love by Barbara Krupp is very clearly represented in the visual plating of Trio Tiradito Ceviche by Chef Isaac Sanchez and Jose Luis Chavez of Selva Grill.

Trio Tiradito Ceviche at Selva Grill. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Trio Tiradito Ceviche at Selva Grill. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan


Set aside time this weekend! To sample these incredible flavors, plan your trip to Pomona Bistro, Jpan Sushi, Muse, Selva Grill and Beulah over the weekend of February 26th. For reservations, please contact the restaurants directly.

Get Excited: 2016 Home of the Year Will Be Amazing


Every March, we have a lot of fun preparing for one of the most beloved competitions, SRQ Home of the Year. As the submission period has officially closed, we’ve spent the last few weeks preparing packets for our talented judges. Though the team at SRQ doesn’t have a say in which incredible projects are dubbed finalists and winners, we can say with certainty that we were proud to send off these fine projects. As residents and representatives of this great region, SRQ | The Magazine recognizes the power of beautiful homes and talented architects, builders and designers. As cultivators of beauty, they have a major influence on the eclectic style and personality of our homes. Collectively, these residences add up and serve as a reflection of the style our region, defining the quality of life and appreciation for beauty that our community stands for. Through the annual Home of the Year competition, we love to inspire a love for home unlike any other.

This year, the Home of the Year competition will be judged by three highly talented, out of market architects.

Meet the Judges

  • Stephanie Gaines of Curts Gaines Hall Jones, Tampa
    Stephanie December Gaines joined Curts Gaines Hall Jones in 1984 and has been a principal of the firm since 1992. Prior to joining CGHJ, her professional experience included historic preservation of national landmark buildings, luxury custom residences, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-financed housing and state government agency projections in Louisiana. Gaines’ special interest in urban renewal and historic preservation has led to an extensive personal commitment to the preservation and revitalization of historic urban communities, as well as the design of historic adaptive reuse and new urban in-fill projects for mixed uses including retail, business, restaurant and residential.  She has a particular fondness for providing architectural services for single home owners because of the personal relationships fostered and the process of creating for the unique owners of the home.
  • Hugo Mijares of ONEDB Architecture, Miami
    Hugo Mijares established his Miami studio in 2007 and his Milan studio in 2012 to pursue a broad design practice. Mijares is a graduate of the UJMV in Caracas with a Masters Degree from the University of South Florida and post-professional studies at Harvard University. He holds a Florida Honors Fellowship and numerous design and architecture awards. Trained as an architect and industrial designer, he has sought to integrate client based design services with speculative making. Regardless of the project scope, scale or type, the studio is careful to develop the experiential as well as the programmatic requirements of a project, with a goal to produce work that transcends function and exceeds expectations, while considering the economical and environmental costs. Mijares has done projects for Technomarine, Max Mara, Alessi, Sonesta, W Resorts, Addison House and Kartell, just to name a few.
  • David Poorman of David Poorman Architect, Naples
    David is a “near” native of Florida who arrived here 1972. After receiving a Bachelor of Design at University of Florida, Poorman earned his Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. He lived for 10 years in Downtown Chicago, working and travelling for Perkins and Will and then for David Woodhouse Architects. A design project for an internationally-known Illinois arboretum convinced him that the Florida landscape was personally more inspiring, and he returned to his Florida roots in 2001. In 2010, Poorman established David Poorman Architect LLC, an award-winning firm specializing in small scale residential and commercial projects. His work continues to be inspired and informed by Florida’s natural resources and immemorial beauty.

Sponsored by Tempus Pro Services

The 2016 Home of the Year competition is sponsored by the innovative team at Tempus Pro Servicesa premier system integrator. Radically automating homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast, Tempus Pro Services specializes in making our homes as smart and safe as they are beautiful. Special thanks to Tempus Pro Services for their support of Home of the Year.

Be on the lookout for the Home of the Year edition of SRQ | The Magazine, on newsstands March 1, 2016.

February is Here. And It Is Delicious.

The February 2016 edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now!

The February 2016 edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now!

The new edition of SRQ | The Magazine is here! And if you’re hungry for stories on some of the hottest food trends along the Gulf Coast, get your copy of February while it’s hot. Gracing the cover is a a plate of golden, Double Dipped Fried Chicken from Made, setting the table and mood for an edition that is devoted to the culinary arts and eats in Sarasota and Bradenton. From local kimchi to kombucho to a story of desserts that will induce very sweet dreams, we’re pretty sure that every single flavor discernible by the human palate is covered in the February edition. The very best part is that all of it is local. The fine foods and purveyors of delicious meals you’ll read about in the February edition of SRQ don’t require use of frequent flyer miles and a trip across the country (or a year long wait list) to enjoy every bite. Partaking in one of these fine meals only requires that you choose to eat local and explore your own city. What’s not to love about that?

Of course, every edition of SRQ | The Magazine has something for every appetite, not just by way of dreamy food. In the February edition, we’re proud to produce the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce Annual Report, which sheds light on the ways our chamber serves as an active voice for attracting and sustaining business and cultivating a strong community of leaders along the Gulf Coast. Our Senior Editor (and resident political guru), Jacob Ogles looks into the redistricting of Florida’s Congressional lines and its impact here within those lines. We’ve got an in-depth interview with Connie E.W. Smith of Wells Fargo and Company of Florida on how major gifts are distributed on a local level. Staff Writer Phil Lederer explores avant garde art in Sarasota. And if you’re planning to read the February edition of SRQ as the clock strikes cocktail hour, turn to our story about Troy Roberts and how Siesta Key Rum began as a dream and is now one of the top rum distilleries in America. If you prefer to sip bourbon neat, you’ll want to pay close attention to the feature story on this brown spirit’s beginnings, resurgence and time honored traditions around its gleaming bottles.

We hope that the February edition of SRQ leaves hungry for new ways to savor, explore and live local.

Cheers and bon appetit,

The SRQ Team