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Asolo Repertory Theatre 6th Annual Men Who Cook and Brew

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Asolo Repertory Theatre 6th Annual Men Who Cook and Brew was held at Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel on Sunday, May 15, 2016. 

Men Who Cook & Brew is back with craft beer and brews from local vendors, along with Sarasota and Bradenton’s finest guest chefs who will share their culinary talents and prepare a dinner filled with their favorite recipes.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS 

Chef appetizer and entrée stations
Craft beer tasting garden
Raffle for gourmet cooking classes
Awards for best table décor and “People’s Choice” best chef
Live music
Parade of chefs
Merchandise for sale including: t-shirts, aprons, cookbooks

2016 CHEF PROFILES
As of March 29, 2016

SCOTT ATKINS
Managing Director/Market Investment Director of Southwest Florida, U.S. Trust

DEREK BLACKBURN
Food Lovers Catering

TREVOR BORN
Sports Medicine Physician, Sarasota Orthopedic Associates

ROBERT GAGLIO
Chef and Owner, Italian Culinary Tours

CHRISTIAN HERSHMAN
Catering and Chef Consultant

PAUL MATTISON
Executive Chef & Proprietor, Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering

TERRENCE “TERRY” MCKEE
President & CEO, NUOVO Salon Group

MICHAEL PLEAS
Bartender, Jack Dusty at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

STEVE SABATO
Director of Community Engagement, ABC 7

DOUG SALTHOUSE

STEVE SEIDENSTICKER
Owner, Tableseide Restaurant Group

GARY W. SWEETMAN
President, Gary W. Sweetman Photography & Digital Imaging, Inc.

JON THAXTON
Director of Community Investment, Gulf Coast Community Foundation

LEE WILLIAMS
Investigative Reporter, Gun Columnist and “The Rum Writer”, Herald-Tribune Media Group

 

 

ABOUT US

We know who we are. By that we mean our values are set, our ideas about the world concrete. When we face a great challenge to these fundamental assumptions, it often seems that there are two clear options. We harden ourselves and defend, or we risk accepting the most daunting prospect of all: change.

Change is always happening – in microscopic, evolutionary ways and in profound, global, social, economic, political, and religious ways. The essence of life is change, and it goes to the heart of being human that we are always assessing the nature of change. Whether it moves us forward or holds us back.

The fourth season of our American Character Project captures diverse groups of people, as well as the country itself, in moments of deep, fundamental change. We’re telling stories about forbidden love arising amidst the rivalry of two culturally divided street gangs, monumental social changes driven by firebrand politicians and African-American civil rights leaders, feuding artists whose talents are matched only by their egos, a young man whose coming of age tests his entire family, parents coming to terms with their children’s unexpected engagement, two multicultural couples whose dinner party disintegrates into a highly charged confrontation, and a young African-American woman who exiles herself to Paris where she becomes an international celebrity and war hero.

The plays illustrate the challenges inherent in forging the American character. But more than outlining our differences, these works repeatedly drive home the fact that at the core, we are all the same – all human – and our differences are, in actuality, incredibly slight.

As our audience, you are being asked for a brief moment in time to walk in someone else’s shoes and broaden your understanding of what it is to be human, and American. We are rarely offered opportunities to truly empathize with a different point of view, but theatre demands it. It demands an empathetic expansion of your spirit and mind.

Change can be difficult, but it can also be thrilling, electric, and invigorating. It is vital to life.

Come to Asolo Rep this season, and be open. Be changed..

Michael Donald Edwards
Producing Artistic Director

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