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Three New Restaurants Join Sarasota-Manatee Originals

Jun 01, 2011 02:05PM

Sarasota-Manatee Originals “We warmly welcome our newest member restaurants,” says Kate Atkin, SMO’s executive director. “These owners and chefs strive to preserve our community’s unique culinary heritage while offering inspired cuisine and exemplary service. Their work is a celebration of Southwest Florida’s culinary distinctiveness.”

Giorgio Oldano, chef/owner of the newly opened Aria European (941-870-0665; in downtown Sarasota, agrees. “This community has sophisticated diners who desire culinary creativity. We joined the Originals because it’s an honor to be associated with the best in dining that this area has to offer.”

David Arnold, chef/owner at First Street Chop House (041-554-4375;, says that Original members “represent the best restaurants in southwest Florida. I definitely want to be associated with a group like that.”

Dave Shiplett, chef/owner of SoMa Diner (941-748-0002;, noted that he’s proud to be part of a movement of chefs and owners who take a locavore approach. “I’m passionate about using local sustainable produce and meats. So many of my fellow Originals share the same passion.”

For more information about The Sarasota-Manatee Originals, visit or call 941-955-3663.

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