The Pork Belly Rice Bowl tells the story of Mattison’s commitment to serve all-natural, high-quality, healthy ingredients. Providing healthy menu options is something the owner and executive chef, Paul Mattison, looks for when sourcing from small family farms, local vendors, and sustainable suppliers. Chef Paul states, “I believe people want to eat healthy and know what they are putting into their bodies. They also want to know how the food they are consuming is being produced and by whom. As more and more people move towards eating clean, the healthier our population becomes, helping us, as a whole, avoid illnesses and even major viruses.”

One partnership that supports this philosophy is between Niman Ranch and Mattison’s. Niman Ranch is a network of more than 740 independently owned, small family farms dedicated to authentic, sustainable farming, and respect for the land and the animals under their care. The animals are never, ever given antibiotics or added hormones, are treated uber humanely and are fed a high quality, 100% vegetarian diet. As stated on their website, the Niman mission is earnest: To raise livestock traditionally, humanely, and sustainably to produce the finest tasting meat in the world.

The Niman business model checked all the boxes for Chef Paul including their strong sense of community and neighborhood. Mattison’s Forty-One is centrally located on 41 in South Sarasota within a short drive for local residents and families from the neighboring areas of Siesta Key, Palmer Ranch, Casey Key and Venice.

Supporting small family farms and community suppliers is as much a key element for Mattison’s as it is for Niman. Mattison’s sources ingredients from suppliers who adhere to sustainable practices and the utmost care for the land and animals. Ingredients from many of these family farms can be found on all Mattison’s menus in dishes like the dish we are featuring – the Pork Belly Rice Bowl – a perfect blend of Ginger Beer braised Teriyaki Pork Belly, Jasmine Rice and Granny Smith slaw.

In addition to new menu items using fresh, all-natural ingredients, Mattison’s Forty-One has recently renovated the inside dining room and expanded the outdoor dining areas, Mattison’s Forty-One offers inside, outside and curbside dining for lunch and dinner, live entertainment, and happy hour specials as well as special event space and full-service catering.

Downtown Sarasota is home to many iconic and historic businesses and buildings. Mattison’s City Grille is one such icon. Where Mattison’s City Grille sits today was part of the original Seaboard Air Line Railway, the first railway with tracks in Sarasota and an accompanying passenger station that brought thousands of sun-seekers to our area from 1925 to the late 1960’s. They were most likely looking for a great meal and to sit outside where they could enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Who knew that in 2002, when Chef Paul Mattison opened the restaurant, that they and their descendants would be able to do just that. Like Mattison’s, the railway station was considered the city center. Being in the heart of downtown, Mattison’s is a perfect spot for locals and visitors to enjoy a delicious meal and a cold beverage while listening to live music and watching all the activity on the corner of Main Street and Lemon Avenue. And what represents American cuisine better than a good old-fashioned burger? Mattison’s starts with the best beef, which is all natural, antibiotic and hormone free, from small family farms and adds their own cherry wood smoked bacon with your choice of cheese all on a brioche bun. Grilled to perfection, juicy and flavorful, you can’t go wrong with the Mattison’s Main Street Burger. The train station might be gone but if you look close enough and listen hard enough you may still be able to experience the remnants of days gone by as friends gather to enjoy great food and good times in the Heart of Downtown Sarasota at Mattison’s City Grille.

The River Roll pays homage to Chef Paul opening his latest Mattison’s on the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk in December 2016. This popular sushi roll also highlights how Chef Paul has incorporated a variety of cuisines into his menus. Chef Paul has an Italian heritage and grew up cooking alongside his Italian grandmother, Esther. So, naturally you will find many Mediterranean and Italian influenced items on the menus. When he decided to offer Asian influenced dishes, and specifically Sushi, at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille he relied on his extensive culinary travel experiences but also enlisted local sushi experts to consult on authentic menu items and proper technique. Chef Paul states, “We love this location in Bradenton. The businesses and residents welcomed us so warmly when we located here. We truly feel a part of this wonderful community. The River Roll exemplifies the diversity and variety of all Downtown Bradenton offers”

Mattison’s Catering Company was announced as a winner of the 2021 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards, an accolade representing the top wedding professionals across the board in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism reviewed by couples on WeddingWire, a leader in the $200 billion global wedding planning industry.

Mattison’s Owner and Executive Chef, Paul Mattison states, “We are so excited and humbled to have won this award. What makes is extra special is that it was determined by reviews from couples we have had the pleasure of working with, making their dream wedding a reality. Our team goes above and beyond to take care of every little detail and we are happy to be recognized for our excellence in food and service.”

In 2020, the rise and spread of COVID-19 unfortunately impacted the wedding industry and the hundreds of thousands of small businesses who bring weddings to life every day. However, wedding vendors worldwide, like Mattison’s, continued to guide their couples through wedding planning and the challenges of the global pandemic. In celebration of local wedding vendors nationwide and overseas, the 2021 WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards recognizes the wedding professionals who excelled in supporting to-be-weds despite unprecedented challenges resulting from COVID-19.

To determine these distinguished wedding professionals, WeddingWire analyzed reviews across more than 20 service categories-from venues and caterers to florists and photographers- to find the most and highest-rated vendors of the year. The winners exhibit superior professionalism, responsiveness, service, and quality when interaction with the millions of couples who turn to WeddingWire to help with their wedding planning process each month.

Wedding professionals who win WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards are members of WeddingPro, the leading B2B wedding brand. Mattison’s Catering Company is honored to be named the winner in the Catering category for 2021.

For more information about Mattison’s Catering, please visit us on WeddingWire or or call 941-315-8590.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice Awards, visit


Mattison’s Restaurants Achieve Top Sanitation and Safety Award from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association

On October 1, 2020, all three Mattison’s Restaurants were awarded the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) Seal of Commitment – a promise that our establishments achieved enhanced safety and sanitation standards as designated by FRLA to ensure the safety of guests and employees. In a post COVID-19 atmosphere, our goal is that guests have confidence that our business is sanitary and safe, and staff are well trained when they see an FRLA Seal of Commitment on the door.

According to Chef Paul Mattison, Executive Chef and Owner of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering Company, “Throughout the last few months our standard has always been to go above and beyond to ensure the safety of our guests and staff. We appreciate the effort by the FRLA to recognize us and other restaurants that have implemented and are maintaining proper protocols during these unprecedented times. The Seal of Commitment will give our guests the confidence to dine with us knowing they will be safe.”

“FRLA is proud to designate Mattison’s City Grille, Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille and Mattison’s Forty-One with our Seal of Commitment for their commitment to sanitation excellence,” said Carol Dover, President and CEO of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Through this achievement, they are demonstrating their serious pledge to ensure the safety and health of their employees and guests, and we commend them.”

For Mattison’s to earn the Seal of Commitment, we have dedicated time and invested resources to ensure our establishment, staff, and guests remain safe and healthy while patronizing our business. Our establishment has completed management, food safety, and COVID-19 safety and sanitation trainings. We have also developed and maintained standard operating procedures with intensive safety and sanitation standards.

Restaurants and hotels can learn more about the FRLA Seal of Commitment and apply for certification online: Learn more about our establishment’s safety and sanitation guidelines here: or call 941-921-3400.

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Mattison’s City Grille and Mattison’s Forty-One were all Recognized as Best Restaurants in Bradenton and Sarasota Based on Outstanding 2019 Diner Reviews.

Mattison’s announced that all three of its locations have been recognized as 2020 Travelers’ Choice award-winners for Best Restaurant. Based on a full year of Tripadvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, Mattison’s is known for consistently receiving great diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe.

According to Owner and Executive Chef, Paul Mattison, “We are honored to receive this award and want to thank our guests who have given us high marks for our food and customer service. We strive every day to make each guest experience unique and wonderful. We are thankful that our hard work is being recognized. I also want to thank our entire staff who go above and beyond daily to make sure our guests are happy.”
“Winners of the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards should be proud of this distinguished recognition,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “Although it’s been a challenging year for travel and hospitality, we want to celebrate our partners’ achievements. Award winners are beloved for their exceptional service and quality. Not only are these winners well deserving, they are also a great source of inspiration for diners as the world begins to venture out again.”
To see diner reviews and popular dishes and features of Mattison’s, visit:

Mattison’s City Grille, 1 Lemon Avenue, Downtown Sarasota
City Grille Reviews

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverview Blvd., Downtown Bradenton
Riverwalk Grille Reviews

Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Sarasota
Forty-One Reviews

Mattison’s is a chef-owned restaurant and catering company with three restaurants and an award winning catering company throughout Sarasota and Bradenton that focus on presenting menus using fresh, sustainable ingredients, innovative cuisine, and exceptional service while supporting small family farmers, culinary suppliers, and the community on Florida’s Gulf Coast. All three restaurants offer live music, happy hour and lunch and dinner service. Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille and Mattison’s City Grille offer weekend brunch. Mattison’s caters in all the premier locations throughout Central Florida.
For more information on Mattison’s, to make a reservation, book a catered event or see menus visit

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Summertime is usually the time we get together with friends and family to enjoy the outdoors or maybe your tribe tends to stay inside the AC where it’s cool. Whatever the case, you need food to make the good times great! Why not let Mattison’s Catering Company do all the work for your shindig, family reunion or friend gathering. Mattison’s Catering is Sarasota and Bradenton’s premier, award-winning caterer, recognized for it’s superb service, customized menus and delicious menu options using quality, healthy ingredients.

Mattison’s suggests keeping your menu fresh, seasonal, and less filling. Summer is the best time to showcase some delicious fruits on your menu. Mango, Papaya, Watermelon and pineapple are just a few thriving options.

Focus on small portions such as skewers or “lollipops” – a fruit sauce or salsa for your proteins is a great way to add that summer flare. Buffet style of service would have food sitting out in the summertime heat.  Keeping the menu as butler passed (butler meaning spouse or kids) or with action stations is ideal, this ensures that cold food stays cool and the hot food remains hot as food is only brought out as it is prepared.

Check out this delicious summer party menu that will leave your guests raving for weeks!

Summer Menu

Mattison’s Catering Company offers a wide range of catering services, price options and even rentals and planning services to ensure your next event is “stress-less and worry free”.
We handle every little detail for you.

Make your summer soiree perfect with Mattison’s Catering Company.

Call Kourtney at 941-351-8590 today.

We are excited to announce that all three Mattison’s locations are reopening May 4th.


Hours of Operation:

 Our hours of operation may change in the near future so please check our website for current information.

Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Monday – Saturday 4:00 pm-8:00 pm. 941-921-3400

Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Avenue, Downtown Sarasota. Monday – Sunday, 11:00 am-10:00 pm. 941-330-0440

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverfront Blvd., Downtown Bradenton. Monday – Sunday 11:00 am- 10:00 pm. 941-896-9660


Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille

Mattison’s City Grille

Mattison’s Forty-One


The safety and comfort of our guests and staff is our top priority so we will be following all guidelines and safety protocols put forth by Governor DeSantis and the CDC.

We will be continuing with Curbside Pick Up and To-Go services. Delivery is available through Door Dash, Uber Eats and Bite Squad.

In addition to cleaning and sanitizing all equipment and surfaces, we have pressure washed all outside areas and will have hand sanitizer available for our guests placed throughout the restaurant.  Our staff will be taking the necessary recommended safety precautions.

We understand that this is still an uncertain time and we continue to take it seriously. If any of our staff are not feeling well, we will not allow them on property or will require that they leave immediately. We ask the same of our guests, if you are not feeling well, please stay home or use one of the delivery services.

We hope everyone stays safe and healthy.
We look forward to seeing
and serving you again!


Mattison’s has partnered with local businesses to provide meals for local healthcare workers and first responders who are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 30th, Mattison’s has prepared and delivered 700 meals to those helping keep everyone healthy and safe.

Chef Paul Mattison’s states, “This is a very trying time for many businesses but no one has it more difficult than the healthcare workers and first responders who are dealing with this unimaginable situation daily and often in close proximity to those who have the virus or may be contagious. We want to help in any way we can to show them how much we support and appreciate what they are doing. Feeding people is what we know how to do and what we do well so when we asked ourselves, what can we do to help, it was a no-brainer.”

Partnering with local businesses to sponsor the meals seemed like a good way to allow them to be involved, making it as simple as saying yes to be a sponsor. Mattison explains, “We knew there were businesses expressing interest in wanting to help but just didn’t know how. Many businesses are helping in other ways and we applaud everyone’s efforts to help our community deal with this terrible situation.”

Mattison’s will continue providing meals as long as they have the product to share. In addition to providing meals for hospitals, fire stations, police departments and healthcare facilities, Mattison’s is also planning on donating meals to nonprofits that help the underserved in our community. Nonprofits like the homeless community through the City of Sarasota and Mothers Helping Mothers that assists mothers and families with basic life necessities are among those Mattison’s is reaching out to.

Mattison’s is looking for more businesses who would like to partner. If any business would like to partner with Mattison’s to sponsor meals for our healthcare and front line heroes email [email protected] or call 941-713-3105.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We look forward to when we can all be together again.


Below is a list of the partnerships and facilities that received the meals:

  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital – Scene Magazine, 50 meals
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital – All Wire Electric, 50 meals
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital – NDC Construction, 50 meals
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital – Your CBD Store Manatee, 50 meals
  • Blake Medical Center – Remax Alliance, 50 meals
  • Blake Hospital – All Wire Electric, 50 meals
  • Lakewood Ranch Medical Center – The Hub, 50 meals
  • Sarasota Fire Department– Mindful Medicinals Sarasota, 20 meals
  • Venice Hospital – All Wire Electric, 50 meals
  • Bradenton Police Department – Johnson Printing, 50 meals
  • Sarasota Police Department – All Wire Electric, 50 meals
  • Doctor’s Hospital of Sarasota – All Wire Electric, 50 meals
  • Homeless Community through City of Sarasota – Delicato Family Wines
  • Mothers Helping Mothers – Boars Head and Performance Food Group

Mattison’s serves Good Food!

We are excited to announce that we have been recognized by Good Food 100 as one of only two restaurants in the area and one of only five in the entire state of Florida, to receive this recognition denoting Mattison’s as a leader in the area of sustainably sourced menu items.

According to the Good Food 100 website, “As ingredient transparency increasingly becomes the most important item on any menu, the Good Food 100 program seeks to redefine how chefs and restaurants are viewed and valued. Good Food 100 Restaurants™ is a badge of trust that educates eaters and recognizes chefs and restaurants that are transparent with their purchasing and sustainable business practices. Founded by food industry veteran Sara Brito, Good Food 100 moves the restaurant industry forward by underscoring how chefs and restaurants are building a better food system and supporting state, regional, and national good food economies.”

Brito adds, “Good food is more than just taste. Truly good food is beneficial for every link in the food chain. We want eaters to appreciate that and learn to evaluate chefs and restaurants for their commitment to transparency, sustainability and their overall impact on good food economies,” said Brito. “Eaters look to ratings, lists and awards to help navigate the proliferation of food choices. Good Food 100 Restaurants is a game changer, shifting away from recognition based on opaque standards and subjective criteria to recognition based on objective standards and transparent criteria defined by economic impact.”

Chef Paul Mattison states, “We are honored to be featured on the 2019 Good Food 100 list. Being included on this prestigious and exclusive list justifies our daily committment to sustainable business practices that include working with small family farms that grow and produce all natural, antibiotic and hormone free products, using environmentally friendly materials, and seeking out partnerships and collaborations with like minded regional and local culinary suppliers.”

For more information on Mattison’s and how we are a leader in the area of sustainabile business practices contact Caryn Hodge [email protected], 941-921-3400 ext. 110.

Let the wedding planning begin with Mattison’s! More than x number of couples can’t be wrong! Wedding Wire couples have voted Mattison’s as their favorite wedding caterer. We are the premier wedding caterer in the Sarasota and Bradenton area but we cater anywhere and everywhere. We also can help with other aspects of your special day. We can connect you with amazing vendors, help the day of and ultimately, take care of every little detail so you can enjoy the most important day of your life! Our chefs can create customized menus incorporating your favorite flavors, family treasured recipes, and Mattison’s signature dishes using all natural, environmenally sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. Do what so many Wedding Wire couples did, contact Mattison’s Catering to make your wedding a day you, and your guests, will never forget. Contact Kourtney Culler, Mattison’s Catering Sales Director. [email protected] 941-921-3400  ext. x.

The Braille Blues Daddy, Bryan Lee, Returns to Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille for their February Blues Brunch

Known as the Braille Blues Daddy, Bryan Lee has been gracing blues clubs throughout the country and frequently on Bourbon Street since the 1950’s. He will return to play one show only at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille on Sunday, February 23rd during their monthly Blues Brunch 11-3. Reservations are encouraged. or call 941-896-9660.

Though legally blind, Bryan has been creating masterful blues sounds since a very young age learning by sound and touch. A 2010 Grammy nominee, and 2011 BMA recipient, he is a living legend.

Don’t miss an opportunity to hear this blues legend at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Downtown Bradenton. General Manager Liz Fridenberg states, “We are lucky to have Bryan Lee join us for our monthly Blues Brunch. Everyone on our staff has requested to work that day and we expect a good guest turnout.” Make your reservations early for this great opportunity to hear a Blues Legend.

Mattison’s Blues Brunch is held every 4th Sunday of the month from 11 am – 3 pm with live entertainment and a variety of made from scratch, prepared to order, menu choices.

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Downtown Bradenton is located at 101 Riverfront Blvd., next to the Courtyard Marriott on the beautiful Manatee River. Mattison’s is owned by Chef Paul Mattison and features live entertainment nightly, lunch, dinner and brunch, an award-winning locals’ favorite happy hour and menus featuring locally sourced, antibiotic, hormone, additive free items such as Niman Ranch Beef and FreeBird Farms Chicken. The menu offers a variety of cuisines including American, European, Asian and Caribbean. Hours vary by day. For more information and to make reservations visit or call 941-896-9660.

Every December, the team at The Sarasota Post awards a “Person of the Year.” This year, the honor goes to Chef Paul Mattison, owner of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering.

The award was presented to Paul last night at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille Downtown Bradenton by Laura Bell Adams of The Sarasota Post. Mattison’s Marketing Director, Caryn Hodge, Mattison’s Bradenton Restaurant Manager, Liz Fridenberg and Sande Caplin of The Sarasota Post were there for the presentation.

Sarasota Post Photo

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille is known for its delicious food and live music.

The fourth Sunday of the month has been designated as Blues Brunch Sunday in partnership with the Bradenton Blues Festival, a Realize Bradenton production. But move over Beethoven there is some Jazz coming through. Now the 2nd Sunday of every month will be dedicated to bringing Live Jazz to the popular outside eatery situated on the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk.

The next two months are already booked with the Dick Cunico Band playing on Sunday, October 13th and November 10th from 11-2. And now that the weather is cooling off, it is the perfect time to dine alfresco.

Dick has performed at many prestigious festivals and has been featured on an episode of the hit T.V. program Northern Exposure. Concert experience includes performance in over 900 cities in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Europe and The Philippines. His Motion Picture experience includes The Beverly Hillbillies Movie performing with Dolly Parton, River Phoenix, Debbie Allen and Jimmy Dale Gilmore, When A Man Loves A Woman.

Mattison’s Weekend Brunch menu, served on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 11:00 am- 3:00 pm, offers a wide variety of made from scratch, prepared to order, chef created menu choices like the Niman Ranch Steak and Eggs, Breakfast Sundae, Smoked Corned Beef Hash, Riverwalk Breakfast, Stuffed French Toast or the Vegetable Frittata. Start off with a mimosa made with local Tropicana Orange Juice or get creative and spice it up with our new build your own Bloody Mary bar!

Reservations are encouraged. Call 896-9660 to reserve your brunch spot and to listen to live Jazz or Blues.

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, Downtown Bradenton, is owned and operated by Chef Paul Mattison and serves a variety of menu options with a focus on all-natural, antibiotic and hormone free beef, pork, lamb and chicken as well as sustainable and organic items, brick oven pizza, sushi and more. Situated on the beautiful Bradenton Riverwalk the open-air restaurant offers live music, an award-winning happy hour and a comfortable dining experience for families, date night, business lunches and small or large group get togethers. Serving lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch, Mattison’s continues to be a place guests enjoy great food, good times and excellent customer service.

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Chef Paul Mattison recently visited the campus of Manatee Technical College to share his culinary knowledge and skills with the students in the college’s culinary program. The program curriculum for that week was focused on beef and game. This was a perfect fit for Chef Paul primarily because of his knowledge and support of the subject.

It was important to Chef Paul to share his passion for supporting small family farms like Niman Ranch, that provide all natural, antibiotic and hormone free products.

Chef Paul has served Niman Ranch beef, pork and lamb at all three of his local restaurants for many years, as well as at numerous catering events and at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, where Mattison’s is the in-house caterer. So, it was a perfect opportunity to introduce the students to Niman and get them cooking with products from this industry leader.

The group of 25 students and program instructors started in the classroom hearing how Chef Paul was first introduced to the culinary world, how he became a chef and anecdotal stories about being a restaurant owner. Students were able to ask questions before heading into the kitchen. Once in the state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, the students gathered around the prep tables making sure they could see all that he had to show them. The students were focused and engaged as he explained the difference in the cuts of meat, showed knife cutting skills and talked about how to apply a variety of cooking methods to one cut of beef to create multiple dishes.

Then the students got busy. Students enthusiastically volunteered to marinate, cut, braise, chop and keep a watchful eye on their respective dish as it cooked in the pan, oven or stove top. The students made Schnitzel, pounding it out, coating it and getting the pan at just the right temperature to make the Schnitzel sizzle. Next up was a tenderloin which the students marinated and covered in fresh herbs. While that student was intensely keeping an eye on the tenderloin, another had the responsibility of making a mustard sauce that would be paired with the cut tenderloin. The students got inventive and spontaneous using fresh fruits they had in the pantry to make a Granny Smith apple and dried fig chutney as an alternative topping for the tenderloin. Chef Paul showed the students how to utilize as much of the product as possible to cut down on waste.

The kitchen was a beehive of activity, but everyone had a job to do and contributed to making two delicious dishes and two sauces. When all the cooking was done everyone took their turn trying a little of each dish. Chef Paul pointed out what a great job the students did and how impressed he was by their level of knowledge and natural abilities. The session ended back in the classroom where students were able to ask some final questions. Chef Paul said that he would be proud to have any of them come to work for him and be a part of his restaurant or catering team.

Caterers and restaurant owners look for people who take the industry seriously and consider working in hospitality a career rather than a stepping stone or just a job. Many catering companies and restaurants find it challenging to find staff who have an adequate level of knowledge and professionalism to be an asset to their teams. It was refreshing to see that MTC is cultivating staff that will provide local businesses with quality employees and leaders in the hospitality industry.

MTC’s Culinary Program, led by instructors Matt Schole, Mark Keckstein, and Melinda Benson, is comprised of two programs – an accelerated 6-month program and a full year, 12-month program. Students include dual enrolled high school students that are as young as 17 years old to adults up to 50+. Most have no experience in the field, a few have under one year of experience. Upon graduation, many plan to work in restaurants, hotels, catering, food trucks, or continue their education.

Roland Wilhelm, one of the students commented, “Chef Paul emphasized going back to basics, and to not overthink things that are simpler than you think they are.”

Mattison’s is a chef-owned restaurant and catering company with three restaurants throughout Sarasota and Bradenton that focus on presenting fresh, sustainable ingredients, innovative cuisine, and exceptional service while supporting local farmers, culinary suppliers, and the community on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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My name is Kourtney Culler and I am the Catering Sales Manager for Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering. I am so excited to work for, not only an amazing Chef, but an outstanding company. Mattison’s takes pride in utilizing the highest quality meats and products sourced from sustainable family farms and local purveyors – a concept that I didn’t fully grasp until I witnessed and tasted the difference for myself.

I have been hands on in the Weddings and Events industry since 2015, climbing the industry totem pole. I started as an assistant to the owner of one of Sarasota’s top wedding planning companies. By her side, I learned the steps needed to successfully execute amazing events of all sizes, from beginning to end. I was soon promoted to Assistant Coordinator and then to Lead Planner, where I had full reign of my own events. This position included organizing and ordering rentals, communicating clearly with vendors and overseeing set up and executing the timeline on the day of the event. This allowed me to work side by side with some of the best vendors in the region. I have experience planning Corporate Events, Galas, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners and Private Parties ranging from 10 guests to 600 guests – each event is different and unique.  I think the reason my clients like working with me is because I treat their event like it is unique and not just another client getting married or having a corporate party.

My personal life also blossomed alongside my career as I became a mom and a married woman. Being the mom to a three-year-old is one of the best “jobs” I could ask for – and it shifted my life goals. As much as I loved being so hands on in the event industry, it called for late nights and inconsistent schedules. I was yearning to be home with my son more and that is when the opportunity to work with Chef Paul arose.

Being able to work behind the scenes to customize delicious menus and make sure all the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed is what drives me to be successful. I love making sure all the details are taken care of, even ones my clients may not think of.  This truly is my passion. I have been with Mattison’s since June of 2019 and have already learned so much. I know that I will continue to grow both personally and professionally in my career here at Mattison’s. I look forward to working with brides and their families, corporations and business owners and event planners to provide them with globally inspired cuisine, quality staffing and a stress-free planning process. Working for an award-winning chef and catering team is exciting and I enjoy sharing what Mattison’s has to offer with my clients.


Mattison’s Annual Outstanding Community Service Award Reception was a great event recently hosted at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille. The award honors a member of the Manatee County community who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help others. The event was held at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Downtown Bradenton and you can read all about it at the link below.

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photos by Rod Millington

Mattison’s Brunch was recently highlighted in the Observer! Check out what they had to say.

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“Mattison is cognizant of the fact that each order could be someone’s first impression of the brand.”

Delivery Services for restaurants are popping up more and more. How popular are they and how do they affect restaurant sales and the dining experience? Grier Ferguson explores those questions and more in this interview with Chef Paul Mattison.

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Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille has rolled out a program that will benefit twelve local charities and thousands of individuals and families in need. Each month, over the next year, Mattison’s will designate a local charitable organization to benefit from their ROUND UP FOR CHARITY program where guests can round up their lunch or dinner check to the nearest dollar or donate any amount they wish. The chosen charities will cover organizations that assist children, animals, veterans, the homeless, the terminally ill, the hungry and small family farmers.

Chef Paul Mattison is not just a restaurateur but a philanthropist and believes in supporting the local community. Chef Paul states, “Manatee County residents and business owners have been very welcoming to us since we began Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, in 2016. I believe that it is our duty as business owners to support organizations that help the underserved populations and those in need. We are honored to give back to the community that has given us so much!”

Don’t forget to ask to Round Up your check when dining at Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille in Downtown Bradenton.


We were excited to get the news that Mattison’s has reached a milestone on the most visited wedding website worldwide – Wedding Wire!

Mattison’s has received 50, 5-Star reviews.

Five Stars is the highest rating available on the review site which joined forces with the Knot recently to be the go to reference for all things wedding related. To be recognized by the brides themselves is confirmation that we are a leader in the wedding and event industry in our region. Thank you to all of our brides and their families and friends for reviewing us in such high esteem.

Our motto is Once in a Lifetime…Every Time and we are glad to know that the brides felt this commitment to personalized service on one of the most important days of their lives.

We were excited to be featured in the Scene Magazine as one of the best places for “Foot Stompin’ Good Eats.” Glad to be recognized for our awesome live music and supporting local musicians in addition to our delicious menu items and drinks.

Lisa Ridings Band

Mattison’s City Grille
1 North Lemon Ave, Sarasota • 941.330.0440

  • Sunday and Monday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Tues to Thursday: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Does anyone else remember The Depot? A literal hole in the wall with a liquor license and a sad little stage-like platform. No roof, no real seating, no food. Just a booze hole and some place a band might play. Mattison’s City Grille, still al fresco, built out a huge bar, a large roof, and installed plenty of fans. The result is a downtown landmark—an open-air stage with great sound and great acts.

Every Saturday, the Lisa Ridings band takes the stage and delivers their high-energy set-list of rock, blues, Motown, and soul hits. Thursdays are just a little more chill (just a little), with The Venturas bringing their jazz, blues, rock, and country. Mattison’s menu is full of mildly upscale crowd pleasers, including a Cucumber & Avocado Gazpacho soup that will keep things cool if you’re rocking out on a summer’s eve. Along with a tasty variety of brick oven pizzas, seafood, and salads, there’s a lot of meat on the menu: lamb, meatloaf, ribeye, filet, pork ribeye, half chicken, burgers, and bolognese—all from humanely raised sources like Niman Ranch.

By Rick Dakan

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Iowa hog farmer Aaron Williams (right) and his father, Bruce Williams

By Cooper Levey-Baker 7/19/2019

Next month’s Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Dinner highlights the benefits of humanely and sustainably raised livestock.

Founded in northern California in the late 1970s, Niman Ranch has, in the decades since, become synonymous with livestock raised in humane, sustainable conditions and high-quality beef, pork and lamb. The company works with a network of more than 720 family farmers and ranchers in 22 states—all of whom are required to meet Niman’s stringent husbandry standards. And while you may not know the name Niman, if you dine out frequently in Sarasota, you’ve likely tasted the company’s meat. Niman has become a major provider for some of the area’s best chefs.

But the relationship goes deeper than just buyer-seller. For proof of that, book a reservation for the third annual Niman Ranch Next Generation Scholarship Dinner at Mattison’s Forty-One on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Mattison’s chef and owner Paul Mattison has been a Niman devotee for years, and the company’s products are all over the menus of each of his three restaurants. The scholarship fundraiser next month will feature six courses, four of them blessed with Niman meats, plus wine pairings from Chris Benziger of California’s Benziger Family Winery.
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Can Doing the Right Thing Really Make for Better Tasting Meat?

The growing demand for food to be free-range, cage-free and humane-certified demonstrates the consumer’s concern for the welfare of animals that are raised for food. That begs the question…Can doing the right thing still make it possible for restaurants to provide quality products and great tasting food?

In a word, Yes!

One such product is Niman Ranch, which is the only provider Mattison’s Restaurants uses for their beef, pork or lamb.

As stated on the Niman Ranch website, “In the early 1970’s, Niman Ranch was started in a small town just north of San Francisco with the purpose of raising cattle with care using traditional, humane methods with wholesome, all-natural feeds. It just seemed like the right way to do things and it caught on.

Today Niman Ranch supports the nations largest network of family farmers and ranchers – 725 and growing. All Niman Ranch livestock within their network of farms are humanely raised according to the strictest animal handling protocols.
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Mattison’s is inviting it’s guests to Savor Sarasota and Summer a Little Longer.

Mattison’s has extended the Savor Sarasota menus through the end of August at all three Mattison’s Restaurants. Diners can enjoy 3 course lunches for $16 and 3 course dinners for $32. For more information read this story from SRQ Daily: The More the Merrier at Mattisons. To view the menus visit our blog Savor Sarasota is Back

You found the perfect soulmate. You found the perfect dress. Now if you could just find the perfect wedding vendors.

Having a professional team is the key to making your dream wedding a reality. Here are a few guidelines to help get your vendor search started off on the right foot.

Mattison’s understands how important your wedding is and will go above and beyond to make it all come together just like you have always dreamed. As a full service caterer we’ll take care of every detail and make sure there are no surprises on your special day.

5 Signs a Wedding Vendor Is Legit
By Tia Albright, Martha Stewart Weddings
It’s wedding planning time! Once you’ve put some thought into what you want for your dream day, it’s time to build the dream team. With so many florists, DJs, caterers, and other vendors to choose from, it’s your job to weed through the masses and find the winners. Here are five signs that a vendor is going to meet your expectations.
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It’s a Mattison’s Trifecta Award!
All three Mattison’s have been awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor – the #1 online review site. This high honor is not awarded to everyone or given out lightly. Obtaining the recognition means the majority of the businesses’ reviews are 5 stars and that they engage with the reviewers on a regular basis.

Chef Paul states, “We are thrilled to be awarded the Certificate of Excellence for each of our restaurants. We thank our staff and management who work hard every day to provide our guests with the highest quality food, service and atmosphere. We would also like to thank everyone who reviewed us and helped us receive this recognition!”

According to Chef Paul, “Mattison’s continues to strive to provide 5-star dining experiences to all of their guests in the restaurants and at the events they cater throughout the area.”

Edible Sarasota showcases culinary leaders who apply forward thinking practices in the areas of locally sourcing, sustainability and environmental stewardship as well as restaurateurs who create unique dining experiences.

The feature article in the spring Edition of Edible Sarasota describes Chef Paul as someone who, “embodies the role of the consummate locally minded restaurateur and chef.” Whether it is designing a menu for a wine dinner, overseeing the creation of a catered event or wedding or creating a menu for the annual Chef Camp for Kids, Chef Paul is not only knowledgeable but passionate and particular when it comes to the details.

(photo by Kathryn Brass-Piper)

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