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The Inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival

Source: http://www.mysuncoast.com/dining/the-inaugural-venice-seafood-music-festival/article_66cce040-1ec7-11e7-8a9e-df58e37b85a4.html

WWSB MySuncoast, Apr 11, 2017

"Dates: May 6-7, 2017 Location: Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285 Host: Venice MainStreet Hours: Saturday 11 am – 8 pm and Sunday 11 am – 8 pm Admission: FREE

Venice Seafood & Music Festival in Centennial Park in Venice, FL on May 6-7, 2017 Join Venice MainStreet as we host the first inaugural Venice Seafood & Music Festival, a Lovin’ Our Locals event held in Centennial Park on May 6 and 7, 2017.

Hours are both Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm. Admission is free. Grab family and friends and treat yourselves! Experience downtown Venice as you enjoy superlative foods, refreshing drinks and relax to live musical performances on stage!

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Catch The Wave

Venice's favorite Blu' Island Bistro invites you to catch the wave! Here's to all things seafood! We are approaching the 1st Annual Venice Seafood Festival in a few weeks, and are proud to be participating. Chef Alan will craft some delectable seafood dishes you won't soon forget! The Venice Seafood & Music Festival will be taking place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 6-7 in Centennial Park. Come for the excellent food, stay for the music, crafts, and drinks! This will be a fun one, so mark your calendars and don't miss out! Join Blu' Island Bistro for some delicious celebration at the Venice Seafood & Music Festival!

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No Party Like A Blu' Bistro Party!

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If you've ever had breakfast or lunch with us, you know what makes Blu' Island Bistro a Venice favorite! What could be better than planning your next big party with us, and treating all your guests as well? Blu' Island Bistro offers full-service catering offsite, but for smaller groups, you can rent our space for onsite catering as well! You pick the theme, and leave the decorations and delicious food to us! We love to add those special touches to make your day extra memorable. Chef Alan will craft the perfect custom menu for you and your guests, including any special dietary requests. Here is what a recent client had to say:

"What a fabulous party! Many thanks to Chef Alan for a great menu and presentation...All in all, it was an amazing evening that all guests enjoyed, and Kim's efforts made it a great affair."

Kick your next special occasion up a notch with in-house catering from Blu' Island Bistro. You'll be so glad you did!

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Blu' Island Exclusive!

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Take a break from the headlines and enjoy this Blu' Island exclusive! What makes our little café the jewel of Venice, Florida? Our own Chef Alan, of course! Chef Alan Laskowski is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. For 7 years he owned and operated his own café in Philadelphia, winning "Best of Philly" awards for several of his dishes. He has also been featured on the Food Network Channel for a Valentine's Cuisine Special. Luckily for us, he now makes his home here in Venice and crafts his culinary magic at Blu' Island Bistro! Chef Alan specializes in fresh global cuisine with a Northern/Philly flare. His dishes aren't simply tasted, they are an experience for all the senses! He even recently kickstarted his own product line, starting with his signature hot sauce. Stop into Blu' Island Bistro today and treat yourself to some Chef Alan exclusive flavors!

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What Delicious Luck!

What Delicious Luck!

Venice, Florida's favorite Blu' Island Bistro is offering St. Patrick's day food to go! What delicious luck! Our very own Chef Alan is preparing a portable feast for you and your crew. This traditional Irish fare includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and rolls. Just $12 per person plus tax and this Blu' Island St. Patrick's Day catering-to-go is all yours! Try something new and mouth-watering this year with Blu' Island festive food to go. Simply order by March 13th and pick up your order on Friday, March 17th. Make this St. Patrick's Day your most memorable yet with Blu' Island Bistro catering-to-go! Call (941) 485-8400 to place your order. We look forward to feeding you!

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The Ultimate Catering

The Ultimate Catering Venice

Venice, Florida favorite, Blu' Island Bistro, offers sublime breakfast and lunch fare for our dine-in and takeout customers, but what if you're thinking bigger? You're in luck! Blu' Island Bistro offers unique catering options for everything from private parties, weddings, and community events, to office parties, and corporate catering. Bring us your event, we'll do the rest! Chef Alan loves to design creative menus that perfectly fit your chosen theme, adding special touches to make your event extra special! Blu' Island Bistro offers many levels of catering, from pick-up to on or offsite options, complete with full-service staff if needed! We will take care of setup to cleanup and everything in between. You will not find a more tempting menu with the freshest ingredients for your next special occasion! Special diet requests are happily accommodated, just let us know. Experience the ultimate catering that will be talked about for years to come with Blu' Island Bistro!

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Unique Catering

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Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) prides itself on superior catering that uniquely fits every individual need! Whether you are looking for on or offsite catering, Blu' Island Bistro can accommodate you with everything from catering-to-go to full-service catering including setup and takedown. We love adding special touches to make your event extra memorable! One recent event we catered had a comfort food station all to order, a slider station, Boar's head gourmet hot dog station, tacos, fresh seafood, and doughnuts to order...even a photo booth and acoustic guitar entertainment! Another recent Blu' Island catering event offered omelets and pancakes to order, as well as Bloody Mary and mimosa bars! If you can dream it, we can do it. Keep us in mind for your next catering event! Blu' Island Bistro catering is as fun as it is delicious!

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Blu' Loves You Back!

Blu' Loves You Back!

Venice, Florida's gem, Blu' Island Bistro, wants you to know that as much as you love visiting us, we love you back!

That's why we are having a special promotion from February 12th through the 18th - double Blu' Rewards points! That's right, any time you come in the 12th - 18th of February, you will earn double points for each visit. Come early and come often! Points accrue and can be traded in for discounts. Members are also eligible for exclusive deals, so make sure you're signed up today!

Blu' Island Bistro is the gift that keeps on giving. Delicious, fresh meals for now and reward points for later. What could be better? Hurry in for double points while offer lasts!

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Blu' On Facebook!

Blu' On Facebook!

Blu' Island Bistro, one of the best restaurants in Venice, Florida, can also be found on Facebook! Blu' is on there, are you? Of course you are! Come visit us and like our page. If you know Blu' Island Bistro, you know we are always trying to change things up, and our Facebook page is a great way to keep up with our daily specials, upcoming events, and new services! You'll also find photos of our staff and mouthwatering selections, healthy tips, and more! Click "like" on our Blu' Island page and make us Facebook official! Don’t miss out on our Facebook exclusive specials! Like us on Facebook today, and stop in for one of our famous signature dishes at your favorite restaurant in and around Venice....Blu' Island Bistro!

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Taste of Venice

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Blu' Island Bistro invites you to come experience some fresh new taste sensations with us this Tuesday, August 30th, at the Taste of Venice! This festival always draws a big crowd, and for good reason. Your taste buds deserve a treat to celebrate the end of summer, and visiting Blu' Island Bistro's site will be sure to please! Chef Alan's mushroom ravioli with goat cheese sauce has to be tasted to be believed, and you won't want to miss this! Join us Tuesday for the Taste of Venice with Blu' Island Bistro. We can't wait to see you there!

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Father's Day Favorite

Father's Day Favorite

Father's Day is right around the corner on June 19th! Make this one extra special by treating Dad to a gourmet feast at Blu' Island Bistro! Venice, Florida's own Blu' Island Bistro offers only the freshest, best-tasting dishes whipped up by our very own Chef Alan. We offer unique flavors you won't find anywhere else! Bring Dad in for a special treat this Father's Day at Blu' Island Bistro. We will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come in for a fantastic breakfast or unforgettable lunch. We look forward to seeing you!

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Chef Talk: Alan Laskowski of Blu Island Bistro

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Chef/owner Alan Laskowski of Blu Island Bistro (625 Tamiami Trail S., Venice. 485-8200; bluislandbistro.com) in Venice has been a culinary pro since high school, gradually working his way up the industry ladder from dishwasher to restaurateur. Today, his eatery is a breakfast-and-lunch mainstay, serving BLTs and banana French toast dishes with fresh, unique flavor twists.

Q: How did your culinary career begin and evolve?

A: I have always been interested in both food preparation and eating food. It started early in high school, when I worked in nearby Philadelphia restaurants as a dishwasher, busboy and at the historic Jersey Shore Chalfonte Hotel. As I got older, my interest in food got stronger. I enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America and graduated, and it was a significant experience in my life. I went on to manage and ultimately own a restaurant in Philadelphia, where I received a number of awards. This all led to me opening Blu Island Bistro.

Q: What was your initial vision for Blu Island Bistro?

A: We opened in 2011. My vision for Blu was that it would be a unique restaurant that would capture the community feeling of Venice yet offer a big city menu with a Philadelphia influence. I wanted to provide excellent cuisine and a joyful dining experience.

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Blu' Island BESTro

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We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) specializes in delectable breakfast dishes that are as fresh as they are unique. Don't just take our word for it, Blu' Island's fantastic feasts are award-winning customer favorites time and time again. In fact, Blu' Island's Fried Green Tomato BLT was recently named a favorite great breakfast dish in Venice Magazine online! Blu' Island's signature dishes and trademark "flavorites" have to be experienced to be believed. At Blu' Island Bistro, you're always one of the family. Treat yourself to the Blu' Island BESTro today!

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Office Hero

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It's that time of year again, and holiday office parties are upon us. Don't panic! No matter what your budget or theme, Blu' Island Bistro (Venice, FL) is the catering expert guaranteed to make you the hero of the office! Whether planning a formal party, an informal gathering, or anywhere in between, Blu' Island Bistro has a unique, fresh, mouth-watering menu that will be talked about for weeks to yum! Pickup is available or have us bring the party to you. Blu' Island Bistro can take care of everything from idea planning, to decorating, to serving, to cleanup. Take the worry out of your holiday party planning and make the heroic choice....Blu' Island Bistro catering! Call 941-485-8400 or fill out our online form and tell us more about your upcoming event. Chef Alan loves nothing more than coming up with new and unique dishes to cater to your particular wishes. Let Blu' Island Bistro cater to your every need!

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Working It

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Want to be the coworker with all the accolades? Blu' Island Bistro is here to help! Chef Alan is on hand to work his magic into your next office party menu. Believe it or not, there may be a few people out there who have not yet experienced the taste sensation of Venice--Blu Island Bistro! You can remedy that--bring Blu' Island Bistro to them! Our catering menu accommodates parties and events of all sizes, using only the freshest ingredients and most delectable combinations for a taste explosion you and your coworkers won't soon forget! Call or book online today for your next office party with Blu' Island Bistro catering. Your taste buds and colleagues will thank you!

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Catering to Your Every Need

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Summer is the time for parties. Whether you are a local in Venice, FL or planning a vacation or private party in the Venice area this summer, Blu Island Bistro has got you covered! We cater it all, from graduation parties to weddings. Having an outdoor party? Corporate event? Family reunion? You bring the crowd, our off-site catering will take care of the food!

Our mouth-watering menu has something for everyone-- from lighter fare with our delectable salads and ahi tuna, to hearty paninis, burgers, and reuben sandwiches. Whatever your party craves, Blu Island Bistro's culinary expert, Chef Alan, will cater to your every need. We will create a custom menu you and your guests will be raving about!

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Venice Island Catering - We’ve Got You Covered

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Outdoor entertaining has never tasted so good. Blu’ Island Bistro caters graduation parties, summer parties, outdoor events, corporate employee events/picnics, anniversaries, weddings, and so much more. Each menu is custom created to perfectly meet the needs of the guests and allows the host to enjoy the event while serving unique, local food that tastes fantastic.

On or off site - Blu’ Island Bistro is sure to exceed your expectations with unique catering options that are just as delicious as they are beautiful. Give us a call (941-485-8400) at Blu’ Island Bistro and tell us a little about your event. Chef Alan creates custom menus/dishes that will leave your guests raving about the food! We looking forward to catering your next event!

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Unique Catering Options Make Your Event Great


Your next event can be better with the help of Blu’ Island Bistro Venice FL. What does everyone look for in a great event? What does everyone leave talking about? The amazing food of course!

Blu’ Island Bistro provides unique catering options for corporate events, office lunches, private parties, weddings, community events, special events and so much more!

If you have an event on the horizon, give us a call (941-485-8400) and let’s talk! We support you in any and every way we can - even beyond the menu/food!

Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) offers catering for any and every event. On or off site - we are here to support you and make you look fabulous! We look forward to working with you to make your event spectacular! http://bluislandbistro.com/index.php/catering

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Catering Options Galore with Blu Island Bistro!

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Catering options galore! Our place or yours! Fine dining or Casual!Are you having a party? Is your business/organization looking for custom catering options to meet the needs of your event? Save the mess and trouble and have Blu Island Bistro take care of you! From custom designed menus, to exceptional service, to decorating - Blu Island Bistro, Venice FL takes care of every detail! And...Catering with Blu Island Bistro is affordable! If you are looking for an affordable catering option that will leave your guests talking about the food, call Blu Island Bistro in Venice, FL for details (941) 485-8200.(Photo: Right) Zesty fresh fruit salsa and perfectly grilled chicken! 
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