Culinary Calendar: June 12

June 12, 2013 

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Father's Day at Pier 22: Pier 22 Restaurant, Patio, Ballroom & Catering, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, will offer dads who dine on Father's Day their choice of a complimentary draft beer or Bloody Mary. The restaurant will also serve a Father's Day brunch buffet and offer dinner specials. The buffet includes a ham and prime rib carving station, sausage, bacon, oysters on the half shell, scrambled eggs, home-fried potatoes, assorted sushi, an omelet station, peel and eat shrimp, chicken Marsala, mixed vegetables, 1976 and Pier 22 house salad, cheddar grits, breakfast pastries and mini desserts. Cost: $29.95 for adults and $14.95 for children younger than 12. Seating is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner specials include grouper Oscar with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, or an 8-, 10- or 12-ounce prime rib dinner slow-cooked and hand-carved to order, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus available from 4 p.m. to closing. The full dinner menu is also available from 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087.

Father's Day at Mattison's: Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, is open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Father's Day offering dad a complimentary beer or soft drink with his meal. The à la carte Sunday brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. features a steak and cheese omelette and a crab and asparagus quiche. Dinner specials from 4 to 10 p.m. include a 12-ounce carved-to-order prime rib with mashed potatoes and fresh sautéed vegetables; seafood paella with scallops, prawns, calamari, mussels, and clams on a saffron-infused rice with chorizo; and chocolate lava cake with a raspberry brandy coulis. Current lunch, dinner and kids menus available as well. Live music from noon to 3 p.m. and jazz by Debbie Keeton beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at or by calling 941-330-0440.

Trip to Tuscany: Chef Ray and D'Arcy Arpkewill host "Tasting Tuscany," a weeklong culinary trip through the beautiful hill towns of Tuscany, Sept. 22-29. The trip will include cooking lessons and demonstrations, market visits, wine tastings, a chocolate factory visit and tasting, truffle hunting and more. For the full itinerary, go to To book the trip or for pricing information, contact Lisa Silvestri from Silvestri Travel at 866-966-6535. The trip deposit is due by June 15 and there are only 12 spots remaining.

Sixth annual Spyder Broussard Low Country, East County, Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil: The Sixth Annual Spyder Broussard Low Country, East County, Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil is 6:30-9 p.m. June 29 at Polo Grill and Bar on Lakewood Main Street. Broussard, a Louisiana native, and Chef Tommy Klauber will join forces to create a sensational buffet featuring Cajun and Creole favorites such as:Zatarain's Boiled Shrimp with Sweet Corn and Andouille Sausage, Central Grocery-style Muffulettas, Barbecue Brisket Sliders and Crawfish Corn Dogs with Honey Mustard. Buckets of cold beer will be sold for $10 and Hurricane cocktails will be available for $5. To view the full menu, visit: Reservations are required for this event, and due to limited seating, it is expected to sell-out. Cost is $34.50 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call 941-782-0899 or online at

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Fleming's Small Plates, Big Pours: The Small Plates, Big Pours special returns to Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, through June 30. Guests can match any of their seven Small Plates with an oversized wine pour for $24.95. Select any of the seven small plates including the New Zealand petite lamb chops, Fleming's lobster tempura, colossal shrimp skewers, New Bedford scallops, sliced filet mignon, braised short ribs or ahi tuna matched with a premium Big Pours, each carefully selected by Director of Wine, Maeve Pesquera, to guarantee the perfect pairings. Reservations: 941-358-9463.

Café L'Europe dining series: Café L'Europe, one of the community's longstanding restaurants, will take guests on a five-month trip through Europe, without leaving Sarasota. Beginning this month and running through September, Café L'Europe's Passport Series -- Tour de L'Europe -- will offer diners a bon vivant vacation to five different countries featuring a savory three-course, prix-fixe dinner. Cost for this culinary journey is $35 a person. The passport series is available daily. Itinerary: June -- Italy, July -- France, August -- Greece and September -- Germany. Each menu offers a choice of two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts. Select one from each category and let your palate explore the flavors of the country. Café L'Europe's wine experts will select wine pairings to complement each course. View the menu at Call for reservations: 941-388-4415.


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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