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Van Wezel: Now and the Future

  • Thu, November 09, 2023
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Michael's on East 1212 S. East Ave Sarasota FL 34239


  • For a couple, both must be current CCSM members. You may add your spouse/partner as guest, just enter their name and meal choice. Add additional non-member guest(s) with a separate Non-Members ticket.
  • Special price for members, with option to add up to 6 NON-member guest(s).
  • Non-CCSM Member Ticket or guest of member couples.

Luncheon with Mary Bensel, Executive Director at Van Wezel

It’s Van Wezel’s biggest and best season to date!  Learn more about the upcoming season of shows and hear about the future of entertainment in Sarasota.

Known as the "Crown Jewel of Sarasota Bay," the Van Wezel, (pronounced Van Wayzull), presents a broad spectrum of the world's finest performers representing the diverse tastes of Southwest Florida residents and visitors. The Van Wezel has carried on the long tradition of presenting spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians, world-class symphony orchestras and a compelling mix of classical, modern and ethnic dance.

Members who attended the walking tour of Sarasota Bayfront may remember it was built over fifty years ago designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s firm, Taliesin Associates Architects.

Menu Choices:

Hot:  Chicken Picatta with Lemon, White Wine, Parsley, Caper & Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Cold/Salad: Classic Tuna Niçoise: Tuna with Hard Cooked Eggs, Haricot Verts, Red Skin Potatoes, Pitted Kalamata Olives, Vine Ripe Pear Tomatoes & Slivered Red Onions Drizzled with Classic French Dijon Vinaigrette

Vegan: Eggplant Puttanesca over Spaghetti Squash

Dessert: Pumpkin-Gingersnap Tiramisu Martini; Layers of Rich Pumpkin Mascarpone Custard & Gingersnaps Brushed with Calvados Syrup OR Fruit Plate (selected at meal) with Coffee or Selection of Teas

A cash bar is available for the enjoyment of our members and guests.

Please note:

  • Gratuity is included in price of meal
  • Valet Parking is NOT available. Please do not park in 30 minute only spaces. There is ample free parking at the shopping center.
  • Cancellation with refund allowed until 5 days prior to the event. We are unable to offer a refund after that time.  
  • You may request a change in menu choice 5 days prior by emailing

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