Wondering where to dine out during Eat Local Week? Search the interactive map below for detailed listings of more than 50 restaurants in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and Desoto counties with a strong commitment to sourcing locally.
You are especially encouraged to support our Eat Local Week 2015 Culinary Partners (above, in green): Mattison's Restaurants, Gecko's Grill & Pub, and Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services. Here's a bit about what you can expect to find at these fine establishments throughout the week:
Mattison's purchases a wide variety of local produce. While they cannot guarantee that these ingredients are always in the same dishes, here is a small sample of what they carry and the farms they source from:
Kale from Sweetgrass Farms.
Bison from Three Suns Ranch.
Purslane from Mote Aquaculture.
Potatoes from Jones Potato Farm.
Various products from Dakin Dairy Farms.
Gecko's Grill & Pub
Salads: seasonal greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other produce sourced from Honeyside Farms in Sarasota.
Weekly Chef’s Specials: as seasonal produce is harvested, they offer zucchini fries and other fresh sides, such as broccoli, kale, eggplant, and various desserts with local strawberries.
Bison Burger: 100% steroid and hormone-free, sourced from Three Suns Ranch in Punta Gorda.
Gator Bites: parmesan breaded and seasoned bites, fried and served with cocktail sauce. Locally-sourced from 4F Gator Farm in Arcadia.
Sarasota County Schools
During Eat Local Week, their Florida farm-to-school items will include cucumbers, grapefruits, oranges, tomatoes, and green beans.