Ritz-Carlton Sarasota events: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is offering a wide array of wine dinners, beer tastings, cocktail classes and other special appearances. Upcoming events include:
A Summer's Evening Wine Tasting and Dinner with Michael Honig, 6 p.m. July 23 at Jack Dusty. Michael Honig, president of Honig Vineyard & Winery, joins the crew at Jack Dusty to offer a fun and interactive wine pairings dinner. A reception of bubbles and bay views leads to a special four-course dinner highlighting Honig's award-winning wines and finished with an indulgent housemade dessert. Enjoy fine coastal cuisine in a beautiful waterfront setting while Michael will be available to answer questions and help all to understand the biology of the Honig Wines. Cost: $125 per person.
Not-even Oktoberfest German Beer & Wine Dinner, 6 p.m. July 27 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. Born and raised in Hamburg, Chef Gerard Jesse of The Golf Club Grille will host an inappropriately-timed, Oktoberfest-themed dinner with an authentic German menu featuring cuisine prepared in true German tradition, ensuring a cultural and tasty experience. Each course is paired with a German wine or beer. Dinner includes classic dishes such as sauerbraten, schweinshaxe, jagerschnitzel and bratwurst. Cost: Members $95; nonmembers $120.
7 for 7 after 7 Wednesdays at BayView, 7-10 p.m. Wednesdays in July at BayView Burger Bar. Hosted and organized by Full Moon Promotions, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is proud to host a most-buzzed about weekly gathering of a tremendous social scale. Locals love the live entertainment, spectacular summer sunsets and drink and food specials; specifically, seven signature cocktails and seven appetizers each for $7 after 7 p.m. And or those who wish to "take the elevator home," a special-priced overnight package is available for Wednesday evenings for $177 including room rate, overnight parking and coffee the next morning.
Prices above do not include tax and gratuities unless otherwise stated. Reservations are required to some events. For more information, call The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota at 941-309-2000.
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New 'Polo Fit' menu: In response to local demand, chef, Ironman competitor and local tri-athlete Tommy Klauber, announced the release of Polo Fit -- a new menu at Polo Grill and Bar featuring fresh, healthy and delicious clean eating options. Polo Fit was created by Klauber and developed by Executive Chef Andrew Thompson along with Stacy Koski, a registered nurse and holistic nutritionist. "Polo Fit" is a term used by polo players as they physically prepare for a season. "Clean eating" is generally defined as consuming food as close as possible to its natural state, free from added sugars, fats and un-natural additives. The Polo Fit menu embraces this principle, along with minimizing or eliminating use of allergens like dairy, peanuts, gluten and corn. A preview of Polo Fit was offered during Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week. Menu items include crisp and raw kale salad made with goji berries, orange wedges and curried almonds; golden flax and chia seed cedar shake salmon served with daikon and watermelon radishes; and grilled asparagus summer rolls filled with herbed quinoa and orange chili dipping sauce. To view the full menu, visit: http://bit.ly/11KtVed. Polo Grill and Bar is on Lakewood Main Street. Information: 941-782-0899, www.pologrillandbar.com.
Libby's summer menu: Libby, 1917 Osprey Ave., Sarasota, has created a comprehensive and creative update for its new summer menu. Diners will find new ways to enjoy grains, greens and entrees from the land and sea, including new crispy taco plates filled with crispy gulf grouper, chicken fried chicken, cheesesteak or cheddar farro-mushroom and rainbow chard, among others. Continuing its ever popular early dining prix fixe, available daily from 4 to 6 p.m., diners get new three-course menu options that include six first course, 10 second course and three dessert choices, and a glass of house wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage, for $15 per person. Reservations are recommended and parking is always free and ample in the private Morton's/Libby's lot across the street. For more information on specials and to preview menus, visit www.libbyscafebar.com or call 941-487-7300.
Michael's on East: Michael's On East's three-course Hawaiian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday evenings for $29.95 per person, through July 31. The two-course Power Lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Each wine pairing is $10 during dinner or $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael's Epicurean Adventures present culinary journeys to a new destination each month. For more information or to make restaurant reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com.
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: 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 www.cafeleurope.net. 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 www.publix.com 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 www.winestyles.net/lakewoodranch.
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