April 19, 2024

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Sarasota-Manatee restaurants offer signature dishes for Original Eats

Sarasota-Manatee Originals will present Original Eats from Friday to Jan. 31, with more than 30 local restaurants showcasing signature dishes such as Bijou Cafe's shrimp piri piri, pictured here.

After spotlighting local restaurants and their cocktails for a Set the Bar week in October, the Sarasota-Manatee Originals will soon hold a similar days-long celebration for their food dishes.

The organization comprising more than 60 independently owned area restaurants will hold the inaugural Original Eats from Friday to Jan. 31, with Sarasota-based, national deli company Boar’s Head serving as sponsor. The event is set to feature more than 30 restaurants highlighting signature dishes, with several offering discounts and/or dish pairings.

Sarasota-Manatee Originals shifted Set the Bar from a cocktail competition night to a weeklong event at several restaurants last year due to the pandemic. The organization also presents the annual Forks & Corks Food and Wine Festival, which was moved to April and May this year as it determines the best way to hold events.