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.

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.

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Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering Celebrated on Inaugural Good Food 100 Restaurants List

Sarasota, Florida, June 15, 2017 – Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering has been recognized for its role in promoting good food and sustainable food systems on the first annual Good Food 100 Restaurants List from the Good Food Media Network.

The list is based on annual food purchasing data, independently verified by NSF Responsible Sourcing. Restaurants are rated with two to six links on the percent of total food costs spent to support state, regional and national ‘good food’ producers and purveyors. A corresponding economic assessment conducted by the Business Research Division, Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder measuring the dollar impact locally, regionally and nationally by these restaurants, will be available this summer.

“It is not only important for us to provide delicious quality food to our guests, it is vital that we can answer their questions about where their food comes from with clarity and pride. It is my responsibility as a chef to take the worry from our guests, and ensure them they are eating only the highest quality sustainable products. It is the essence of the meaning of good food” said Chef Paul Mattison, Owner and Executive Chef of Mattison’s.

“Consumers are making a concerted effort to be aware of where their food is coming from. Now diners can select where they want to eat not solely based on a critic’s pick, Yelp review or best-of lists, but by which restaurants are actively contributing to the betterment of our food system through sustainable purchasing practices. The Good Food 100 is not only a compilation of these restaurants, it’s a celebration of them,” said Sara Brito, co-founder and president, Good Food Media Network. “Congratulations to all of this year’s participants. We look forward to expanding this list even more and honoring the many wonderful restaurants and food service businesses that are positively impacting every link in the food chain.”

Nearly 90 restaurants from 25 states participated in the national pilot survey. To learn more about the Good Food 100 and all the restaurants, visit the Good Food 100 website.

Methodology: Restaurants were segmented into five groups based on their respective level of good food purchases as a percentage of overall food purchases.
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About Mattison’s

Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s, operates a successful culinary group on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Located in Sarasota, each Mattison’s restaurant location is unique to its neighborhood, offering Chef Paul Mattison’s signature menu items, outstanding service, and quality ingredients, while supporting the community, regional farmers, and culinary suppliers. Mattison’s Catering is a chef-owned and operated company procuring fresh, natural, and local ingredients. Catering In-house and Off-site, Mattison’s Catering Company offers certified wedding and event planners, experienced professionals, and custom menus.

Chef Paul Mattison Announces New Mattison’s City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk

Sarasota, FL – (Dec. 19, 2016) – Sarasota Chef Paul Mattison has announced a new Mattison’s City Grille has opened offering visitors to Bradenton’s Riverwalk European-style, al fresco dining. Year-round, live entertainment each evening on an expansive patio seating 150 guests will appeal to all.

Friends and visitors who know and enjoy award-winning Chef Paul Mattison’s culinary destination in downtown Sarasota called Mattison’s City Grille will enjoy the same concept in Bradenton with warm (ala Tuscany) surroundings. A Mediterranean-themed menu also includes eclectic offerings including a sushi station and brick oven pizza. Unique wine selections are offered on “tap” daily from a newly created wine bar inside with 12 individual wine casks. Craft beers are also available.

Follow the Tiki torches and dine outside on the large patio around two fire pit tables or the expansive bar seating 24 guests, located just steps from the water (previously known as the YachtSea Grille). Chef Mattison’s Bean Bag Toss will complete the scenic culinary destination. Mattison’s City Grille Riverside Bradenton will feature both inside and outside dining. Private events are welcome. The casual riverside venue is located at 101 Riverfront Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34205.

Chef Paul Mattison is executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s, the award-winning culinary group in Sarasota. Guests will find outstanding service and quality ingredients while supporting the community, regional farmers and culinary suppliers. His cookbook CHEF: The Story and Recipes of Chef Paul Mattison, features over 100 recipes with a Mediterranean flair.

In September 2001, Chef Paul Mattison and Tampa-based Jason Sango created the Mattison’s concept which includes: 1) Mattison’s Catering Company 2) Mattison’s City Grille, an award-winning al fresco restaurant in downtown Sarasota 3) Mattison’s Forty-One, a highly acclaimed local restaurant in South Sarasota 4) Mattison’s Bayside at the Van Wezel, the official in-house caterer for the Performing Arts Hall and 5) Mattison’s Culinary Adventure Travel, a personalized tour operator.

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