Vol 7 No. 32 - May 2, 2007

A Feast for the palate

A Moveable Feast
Executive Chef and part owner Chris Dale with a white pizza with spinach, roasted red peppers and mushrooms and a Caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and mozarella topped with basil and balsamic vinaigrette.

By Laurie Krosney
sun staff writer

The residents of Longboat Key, Cortez and the very southern end of Anna Maria Island already know the pleasures of calling A Moveable Feast for delivery of great food. Whether it’s a perfect pizza from the classic ovens or pasta, fish or meat, all Island residents can now pick up the phone and call for delivery.

"We’re ready to expand and include Anna Maria," said Executive Chef Chris Dale, a partner in the restaurant which he owns with Jason and Leah Suzor. The Suzors also own and operate The Waterfront restaurant on South Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria.

"We’ve been very well received by the Longboat community, and we know from our Waterfront customers that everyone would like us to deliver up there as well." Dale said. "Now that the rush of the season is over, we’re ready for this next step. We do a good job here, and we hope to fill the gap on the Island for exceptional, quality food delivery."

A Moveable Feast (named for the Hemmingway novel of the same name) is housed in Whitney Plaza, just over the bridge to Longboat Key. While there are a few tables inside and a few outside in the courtyard, the restaurant is known for takeout, delivery and catering.

"We’ve chosen only foods that travel well," Suzor said. And the restaurant packages the food to travel in quality takeout containers so the items stay warm, attractive and delicious when they arrive at your door.

The menu includes appetizers ranging from gourmet potato chips and garlic breadsticks to seared ahi tuna. The price ranges from $5 to $11 for appetizers.

The same lobster bisque so popular at Waterfront is available from A Moveable Feast along with a soup du jour. A cup is $4 and a bowl $5.

A nice list of salads include tossed, Caesar, Greek, tropical and Caprese, which is comprised of fresh tomatoes layered with fresh mozzarella and basil leaves and then drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette, is available. You can add chicken, shrimp, scallops, tuna or grouper to your salad.

The sandwich menu includes a great backyard-style burger, a California veggie burger, homemade crab cake and meatloaf, among others.

Fresh pastas are offered every day with Alfredo, carbonara, Provencal or pesto. You choose. There are also some seafood pasta dishes like the scallops Milan — delicate, jumbo sea scallops sautéed with artichoke hearts, capers, kalamata olives and garlic in a white wine sauce for $16. It becomes difficult not to drool.

Entrees range from grouper to crab cakes to veal Madeira. There’s a wasabi encrusted ahi tuna for $17 that’s drizzled with Polynesian fish sauce and served with ginger, wasabi and seaweed salad. It arrives at your door seared rare and perfect.

There are chef’s specials each day. One recent evening saw a special of Florida lobster tail stuffed with a homemade crab cake stuffing and a sautéed snapper stuffed with scallops in a Thai sweet chili sauce.

Standard desserts are Key lime pie, Ben and Jerry’s ice cream by the pint, chocolate peanut butter brownie pie and a daily special or two which might be cappuccino hazelnut cheesecake, praline cheese cake and Italian rum cake.

A nice list of beer and wine is also available for delivery or takeout.

There’s a $2 charge for delivery and the minimum order is $15. It’s customary to tip your delivery driver 15 percent or more as well.

You can check the menu online at www.islandfooddelivery.com and you can call for daily specials. They will also cater any event you wish.

A Moveable Feast
6830 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key
(941) 387-8678
Hours: 4 to 9:30 p.m. daily

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