Culinary Calendar: April 17

April 17, 2013 

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Wine and song event: Marking the 20th anniversary season of Manatee County's premiere orchestra and chorus, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra is presenting a "taste-full" program of specially selected Wine & Song pairings with two seatings at 4 and 6:30 p.m. April 27 at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. Join us as we tour the "Old World" through music presented by AMICCO songstress Joy Leitner and PRP Wines expert Carol Prokap. Tickets are $25, which includes a taste of eight to 10 exclusive wines, light appetizers and concert. Tickets can purchased online at or contact Joy Leitner, 941-587-3584 or Carol Prokap, 239-410-8261.

Mattison's Mother's Day specials: Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, is offering a Mother's Day à la carte Sunday Brunch Menu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12 featuring a smoked salmon omelette with green onions and cream cheese served with home fries and toast; Quiche de la Mère with zucchini, mushrooms, and goat cheese served with fresh fruit; the lunch menu is served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and features Tuscan Minestrone Soup; Mama Mia Pizza with blackened shrimp, salsa, basil, and a sun-dried tomato spread topped with mozzarella; veggie pizza with ratatouille, ricotta cheese, tomatoes and mozzarella. All Mother's Day specials are served from 4 to 10 p.m. Mom receives a complimentary glass of Champagne with her entrée. Dine al fresco in the heart of downtown Sarasota with live music by Debbie Keeton starting at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at or by calling 941-330-0440.


Elegant Plates cooking class: Chef Greg presents a new class at 6 p.m. April 25 at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. When cooking is not enough and you want to really impress your family, friends or that lucky someone Chef Greg will show you a few of the tastiest "design" secrets in food preparation. The class includes a five-course small plate menu incorporating all the recipes: beef scaloppini, roasted poblano peppers, deconstructed Caesar salad, crab stuffed prawns, blackberry pork tournedos and peanut buttered french toast. Cost: $29.95 per person (plus tax, tip and beverages). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 941-748-8087.

Apron's classes: Apron's Cooking School at Publix At University Walk, 2875 University Parkway; students may register for all classes online at or by calling 941-358-7829.


Tasting: WineStyles Lakewood Ranch, 8225 Nature's Way, offers a free tasting 6-8 p.m. Fridays. Complimentary light hors d'oeuvres are served. Information: 941-306-5804 or

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