Business briefs: Culinaria set for September

August 21, 2013 

Area restaurants are set to celebrate food next month as part of "Culinaria" restaurant weeks in September.

The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau partnered with the Southern Living Test Kitchen to offer Southern Living-created recipes each of the participating chefs may offer on their Culinaria menus during the restaurant weeks.

"Culinaria is a celebration of all of the food found right here in our area, as well as the farmers, fisherman and chefs who bring it to our tables," said Debbie Meihls, executive manager, Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We have a vibrant food and dining scene, and we're excited to showcase it during Culinaria."

In addition to their regular menus, specially-designed prix fixe lunch and dinner menus will be featured at each of the 16 participating Culinaria restaurants.

Participating restaurants are Alamo Steak House, Anna Maria Oyster Bar, Cedar Reef Fish Camp, Eat Here on Anna Maria Island, Gulf Drive Café, IMG Academy Grille Room, Island Gourmet Grill, J's Bistro, Lazy Lobster, Michael Johns, O'Bricks, Peridia Golf & Country Club, Pier22, Polo Grill & Bar, Tarpon Point Grill and V's Grill at Riviera Dunes.

Diners will have the opportunity to have their official "Culinaria Bradenton Area Restaurant Week Passports" stamped at each restaurant; passports are available at participating restaurants. Once diners have 12 stamps in their passports, they can enter a drawing to win a trip to "Edible Escapes" in Manhattan in October 2013, compliments of Chefs Choice, Edible Sarasota/Bradenton and JetBlue. Contest rules can be found at bradentongulfislands.com/culinaria.

Lee Wetherington Homes expands building team

Lee Wetherington Homes has hired building superintendent Jan Carl Hansen, to assist with home building projects in Sarasota and Manatee counties.

"The need to expand our team shows how strong Lee Wetherington Homes is in this area, and how we are continuing to grow," said Peter Mason, vice-president of sales and marketing for Lee Wetherington Homes. "We are excited to see a market that keeps improving. The need for an experienced building superintendent reflects increasing sales."

Hansen brings 20 years of experience as a superintendent and has worked for other construction and home building companies.

Allegiant adds flights from St. Pete-Clearwater

Allegiant has added nonstop jet service from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) to six cities, beginning Oct. 31.

The newest routes include Syracuse, N.Y., Columbus, Ohio, Elmira N.Y., Stewart, N.Y., Fargo N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Flight days and times can be found at allegiant.com.

The company began ser

vice out of St. Petersburg nearly seven years ago with 12 destinations. The announcement this week adds six new cities.

"We are pleased to bring more convenient, low-cost vacation options to more communities," Andrew C. Levy, Allegiant Travel Company President, said. "Allegiant is dedicated to making vacations more affordable for more people, offering our customers the lowest possible base fare and nonstop service to the most popular vacation destinations."

The Company's sole focus is on low-cost, nonstop leisure travel.

Allegiant's innovative business model has allowed it to grow from one plane and one route just over a decade ago, to offering access to low-cost, nonstop travel to 14 vacation destinations in 99 communities nationwide.

- Herald staff reports

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