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August 2011 | Sarasota, FL

In 1837, the original Delmonico�s in New York City set a stratospheric standard for luxury dining. Although the physicists are still working the bugs out of time travel, chef Larry Barrett of Simply Gourmet Caterers offers the next best thing with his �Meal of a Lifetime.� A fan of edible historical recreations, Barrett will replicate Delmonico�s menu from the early 1920s�think Boardwalk Empire�at Sarasota�s historic Powel Crosley Estate, built in 1929.

Guests dine in the circular Ship Room, overlooking Sarasota Bay. A pianist tinkles tunes of the era, and Dom Perignon Rose 2000 is the first of a host of wines and spirits. Civilized conversation ensues while you taste a dozen or more appetizers passed butler-style. They include Russian Malossol Osetra Caviar, Mimosa Parfait with citrus-marinated blue crab, and Oysters Jim Brady. The entr�e is Lobster Wenberg, Lobster Newberg�s original name before Chef Wenberg got on the bad side of Mr. Delmonico. Baked Alaska Flamb� follows, along with artisanal American cheeses. �If you had one meal left on earth before the aliens abducted you, this should be it,� says Barrett. $10,200 for party of 12, $850 per guest. 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 929-0066,


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Perfect food is our passion. We cater weddings, small parties, business luncheons, brunches, corporate retreats, birthdays, receptions and private affairs. Our award-winning catering is enjoyed at many locations including Selby Gardens, Phillippe Mansion, Ringling Museum, Powell Crosley Estate, Crosley Museum, Chelsea Center, College Hall and The Garden Club. We're extremely familiar with most venues from Sarasota, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key, Bradenton and Ellenton to Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Brandon. Delicious food and extreme attention to detail - that's what sets our catering apart.

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