Monday, May 4, 2009

It's a FUNKY week...join us for Arts Alive 2009

At least eight years ago Anna D'Aste (talented clay artist, teacher, resident of The Village, current VP of The Artist's Guild of Manatee, massage therapist and my friend ) and I started talking about creating a Village of the Arts sponsored event that could enable personal expression through art for the public. We wanted it to be FREE and reach beyond artificial classifications (financial, age, religion, politics or social standing). We continued to talk, but it took a few more years for the Village of the Arts to mature to a point where we could actually pull this off.

Now there are close to 40 artists/artisans living and/or working in this previously blighted neighborhood. It truly took "a village" to commit heart, soul & wallet to re-hab houses into colorful tantalizing studios filled with unique, honest artistic work and build a strong supportive community out of a group of strangers. Learn about it all at

It's been a roller coaster ride over the past ten years but the wheels of the cars never jumped the track. Sometimes it takes a lifetime to achieve a dream. We're lucky, it only took eight years, give or take. And you're invited to be part of the first interactive arts festival in The Village of the Arts...Arts Alive 2009. It happens this Saturday from 10-4 throughout The Village. The concept was to raise money from the public, produce as many blank 5' styrofoam sculptures as possible, give them at NO COST to studenst in art classes throughout Manatee schools, to be completed using their creative spirit. This Saturday 150 uniquely embellished Funky Men will be displayed, along with over 22 FREE DIFFERENT ART EXPERIENCES for you to participate in, as we gather for this uplifting community-wide celebration. I don't think it could have come at a better time!

A dedicated group organized in the fall of 2008 and took up the mantle of making the dream happen. It meant using Mark Piers' drawings of Funky Men; lots of Bradenton & beyond folks donating money so we could have them cut out of styrofoam; Anna overseeing the production of raw materials into recognizable Men; Kim's endless quest for supporters to make a few more available; Miche's long reach connecting styrofoam figures with art teachers in Manatee County; and a ton of others who fleshed it out and will be on the street bringing it to life this Saturday. Enjoy an outdoor stroll & participate in the art playground that awaits you. Bring the whole family, look for free parking around the perimeter of The Village (9th-17th Ave and 10th-13th St) or at the City Parking Garage on 12th St W north of 8th Ave.

Of course, if you get hungry there will be street vendors and BONNI BAKES will have unique vegetarian platters to go of Falafel/Pita/Sauce or Grilled Beef or Chicken Skewers/Couscous Salad for just $5 each. Alas no pizza on Saturday, but we'll also have a great array of cookies, muffins, brownies & pastries to make you smile. But that's Saturday...what's cooking at Bonni Bakes at lunch before then? I thought you'd never ask...

Amy has decided that this will be her last month cooking at Bonni Bakes, so make sure you don't miss out on her delicious will be your loss.

Amy’s Southern Comfort Cuisine Tues May 5, 2009 (lunch served 11-2)

Cinco de Mayo Specials

Black Bean Soup $3
Served over Saffron Rice and topped with chopped onions and a dollop of sour cream

Mexican Combo Plate $8
One Hard Shell Corn Taco & One Meat & Bean Burrito with your choice of shredded Pork or Chicken. Served with Black Beans and Yellow Rice.

Spanish Eye of Round Steak $8
Slow cooked in a Spicy Tomato Salsa Sauce and served with Black Beans, Yellow Rice & Jalapeno Corn Bread

Shrimp n' Grits $9
Large Gulf Shrimp swimmin' in a kicked up garlic cream sauce and ladled over hot
Cheese Grit Casserole + choice of side dish

Bradentucky Boil $7
Collard greens, cabbage, onions, spicy smoked sausage, carrots, red potatoes and cob corn.
Slow cooked in a hearty chicken and ham hock broth + choice of side dish

Roasted Broccoli n' Swamp Cabbage Salad $8
Garlic Roasted Broccoli, Heart of Palm & Artichoke served on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, w/ fresh tomato, sugar roasted pecans, maple bacon & sweet Valdalia onion vinaigrette

Roast Pork Po' Boy $8
Served on a toasted hoagie roll topped with caramelized sweet oniBoldons and smoked provolone cheese served with apple cider au jus for dippin' + choice of side dish

Cracker Mac n' Cheese Combo $8
A generous portion of soul soothin' oven baked 3 cheese elbow macaroni served with your choice of 2 side dishes

Side Dishes $3
Bradentucky Boil, Cheese Grit Casserole, Cracker Mac n' Cheese, Swamp Apple Slaw

Key Lime Pie Squares $3
Take a slice with you.....'cause you know you'll crave it later!

Cans of Soda or Bottled Spring Water $1
Sweet (or not) Louisiana Iced Tea or Pink Lemonade (Free Refills) $2


Wed May 6 Steph’s BRITISH Menu served 11-2

Irish Potato Soup: V Potatoes, my home grown organic Florida sweet onions, in smooth hearty soup topped with Cheddar cheese and served with Brown Bread. $4

Suffolk Waldorf Salad: V Apples, dried cranberries and walnuts tossed with mayo, peanut butter, lemon dressing on a bed of my home grown organic greens served with Brown Bread. $4

Cheddar and Hot Mustard Sandwich: V Shredded Cheddar cheese mixed with hot mustard, onion and mayo spread between two slices of Brown bread. $4

Choose Two: pick 2 items from above, served with Brown bread. $7.50

Beef Pasties: Beef, potatoes and my own home grown organic Florida sweet onions encased in a pastry turnover. $5

Brown bread: V Whole wheat, oats hearty bread. $3.50/loaf Take some home!

V indicates vegetarian.

Coffee or Hot Tea $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, Bottled Water $1.00

Bread Pudding with Caramel-Whiskey Sauce $3.50
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Fresh Florida Peach Pie $3.50
Florida Blueberry Cobbler $3.50

Thur May 7
Steph’s GREEK Menu served 11-2

Chick Pea Soup V A hearty soup of chick peas with lemon, parsley and onions; served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Greek Salad V Tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, red onion, Kalamata olives, feta cheese with my own Greek dressing on the side; served with Farmer’s bread. $4

Spinach pie V Layers of filo pastry filled with spinach combined with feta cheese baked to a golden brown. $4

Stuffed Grape Leaves V Grape leaves stuffed with rice, currants and herbs from our garden served with yogurt. $4

Bread & Cheese V Slices of Farmer’s bread, served with Feta cheese and Kalamata olives on the side with a slice of cantaloupe. $4

Choose two: pick 2 items from above. $7.50

Farmer’s Bread V A rustic, crusty bread baked right here. Take some home! $3.50/loaf

Coffee $1.50
Iced Tea $1.50
Coke, Sprite, Diet Coke, bottled water $1

Baklava A traditional walnut filo pastry spiced with cinnamon, lemon zest and soaked in a honey /lemon syrup. $3.50
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting $3.50
Bread Pudding with Carmel-Whiskey Sauce $3.50
Blueberry Cobbler $3.50
(V) means Vegetarian


Fri MAY 8 Bonni’s NYC Menu served 11-2

Cheddar Corn Chowder
Fresh Florida sweet corn, Cabot Sharp Cheddar (I used to live in VT and our neighbors were part of the Cabot Coop) & crisp bacon wrap those nibblets into nirvana. Served with fresh homemade bread $4

Ses Salinas Salad (V)
Mixed organic greens, cucumber, tomato, red onion, Spanish olives & Feta cheese, served with Bonni’s Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $4

Dorothy's Big Salad (V)
Organic mixed baby greens, grilled veggies (zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper), red onion, Feta cheese, roasted nuts, Parmesan and Bonni's Honey Dijon Vinaigrette $7

Chicken added to your salad $2

Pick Two: Bowl of Soup, House Salad OR A Stromboli* $7.50
*Florentine (spinach/tomato) Roast Veggies or NEW Mexican Chicken

HANDMADE 8” INDIVIDUAL PIZZA (vegan available on request)
Naked Cheese mozzarella, red sauce, parmesan, fresh oregano (V) $6
New York mozzarella, pepperoni, red sauce, parmesan, fresh oregano $6
Mahon mozzarella, spinach, tomato, red onion, red sauce, oregano (V) $7
Margherita mozzarella, red sauce, tomato, parmesan, basil, olive oil (V) $7
Chinese Chicken hoisin, roast garlic, chicken, broccoli, mozzarella, scallions $7
Roast Veggie pesto, assorted vegetables, goat cheese, mozzarella, parmesan $7

Large crunchy cookie (ask for today’s flavors) (V) $1.25
Chocolate Orgasm Cookies, an ecstatic chocolate experience (V) $4.50/pkg
Homemade Muffins (V) $1.75

Bottled Spring Water, cans of soda $1
Brewed Raspberry Iced Tea or Hot Tea (assorted bags) $1.50
Our House Blend of Half/Caff Flavored Coffee $1.50
(V) = Vegetarian


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