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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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The Ultimate Pickup Pick-Me-Up!

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Craving a meal from Venice Florida's favorite breakfast café, Blu' Island Bistro, but don't have time to stop? Want to share the magic of Chef Alan's delectable culinary creations with someone who can't make the trip to our restaurant? Not a problem! Blu' Island Bistro offers online ordering to go! It's fast, it's easy, and you won't find more mouth-watering choices from any other carryout! Simply place your order here during business hours: http://www.leapset.com/order/restaurant/bluisland34285/session/7e6b223d-59dc-4ac5-9254-44d22add861d Select the items you're craving and pickup time and hit the green checkout button. It could not be simpler! Take an amazing picnic to the beach. Take some over to a loved one in the Venice Hospital. Bring some back to the office...just remember to bring enough to share with your coworker. Treat your family to a nice surprise. You can't go wrong with Blu' Island online ordering. Place your order today for the ultimate pickup pick-me-up! We look forward to feeding you!

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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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Love In The Air

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When you bring your valentine to Blu' Island Bistro, (Venice, FL) love is in the air in more ways than one! All the delicious scents wafting from our kitchen are sure to bring more love for Chef Alan's delectable culinary creations! What better way to treat your sweetheart than with a fresh, delicious breakfast at Blu' Island Bistro? Try a delicious omelet or frittata, fruit sundae, or signature French toast. Or sleep in and join us for lunch. The choice is yours! Whichever you choose, we look forward to treating you and your special someone to a memorable feast at Blu' Island Bistro! We will see you on Valentine's Day!

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Blu' On Facebook!

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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

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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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Father’s Day Freebie at Blu’ Island Bistro

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We love dads at Blu’ Island Bistro! If you are looking for somewhere to take your dad this Father’s Day, Blu’ Island Bistro is sure to have something he’ll love!

This Father’s Day bring your dad to Blu’ Island Bistro (Venice, FL) and he can choose between a side of our pecan smoked bacon, or a beer! You’ll look like the best kid ever, and he will enjoy his Father’s Day meal.

Blu’ Island Bistro offers local, unique dining on the Island of Venice. Open Father’s Day from 7:30am - 3:00pm, plan to take your dad out for a meal and make some memories you’ll both remember for years to come!

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A Cheap Eats Tour Stops at Blu' for Fish Tacos

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Read this review (Source: Herald-Tribune) from a Cheap Eats Tour for the delicious grilled Fish Tacos at Blu' Island Bistro in Venice, FL. From the house-made cilantro-lime slaw to the really zingy remoulade you'll be heading to Blu' Island Bistro (625 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice) immediately. Click Here to read the article.
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Blu' Island Bistro Video - Venice Magazine



Take a look at this video (Source: Venice Magazine) to catch a glimpse of Chef Alan and the unique menu at Blu' Island Bistro. Get a rare look into the kitchen (where the magic happens) and hear from the chef himself on how Blu' prepares the food. Be ready to make reservations, with daily specials you just never know what culinary surprise you'll experience at Blu' Island Bistro in Venice, FL.
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