Culinary Calendar

September 25, 2013 

culinary calendar

SPECIAL EVENTS

Culinaria restaurant weeks: The Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced Culinaria, restaurant weeks in the Bradenton, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key area, through Sept. 28. 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; pricing starts at $15 for lunch, $25 for dinner. Restaurants participating in Culinaria 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, Pier 22, Polo Grill & Bar, Tarpon Point Grill and V's Grill at Riviera Dunes. The BACVB 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. In addition to tastings from special menus at participating restaurants, diners will have the opportunity to have their official "Culinaria Bradenton Area Restaurant Week Passports" stamped at each restaurant in which they dine; 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, compliments of Chefs Choice, Edible Sarasota/Bradenton and JetBlue. Complete contest rules can be found on www.bradentongulfislands.com/culinaria.

St. Petersburg & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts: Tickets for the St. Petersburg & the Bay Area Festival of Food, Wine and the Arts are now on sale at www.enjoyartsandtastes.com. The festival is Nov. 15-17 in and around St. Petersburg. Renowned regional chefs, restaurants and artists, nationally celebrated chefs Donatella Arpaia, Duff Goldman, Ingrid Hoffmann, Curtis Stone, Masaharu Morimoto, Ming Tsai, Scott Conant, Todd English and Lorena Garcia, as well as artist Duncan McClellan and food journalist and author Allen Salkin, will come together to celebrate the culinary and arts community of St. Petersburg and the bay area. Scheduled events include:

• Nov. 15: Sense Immersion Dinner hosted by Todd English and Duncan Mcclellan, 7-10 p.m. A kick-off to the festival weekend, this dinner will combine culinary arts with fine arts through teams of celebrated chefs and artists. Teams will present a one-of-a-kind menu inspired by the sensibility and style of each artist, accompanied by fine wines and spirits. Seated dinner. Location: Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Dr. N.E., St. Petersburg. Time: 7-10 p.m. Tickets: $200 (includes all food and beverage)

• Nov. 15: Nocturnal Cravings hosted by Duff Goldman, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. A late-night dessert tasting party that celebrates Salvador Dali's art, and plays on his delicious lithograph, Les Pios Nonoches. The evening will feature notable regional pastry chefs and chocolatiers offering an array of desserts inspired by the artist's work. A selection of fine wines and spirits will be served. Walk-around tasting. Location: The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $85 (includes all food & beverage)

• Nov. 16: Grand Tasting, noon-5 p.m. The centerpiece of the festival, the Grand Tasting will feature top regional culinary talent who will present tasty portions of their signature dishes, both savory and sweet. To top off this gourmet experience, fine wine and spirits will be poured. VIP tickets grant access to HSN's VIP tent, where guests get a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs who will stop by throughout the day. Location: Tented area at The Mahaffey Theater Plaza and Albert Whitted Park, Bay Shore Drive SE, St. Petersburg. Tickets: $95 general admission/$125 VIP access (includes all food and beverage)

• Nov. 16: Culinary demonstrations by guest celebrity chefs and personalities, 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. An exciting array of interactive culinary demonstrations led by guest celebrity chefs and personalities who will reveal their tricks of the trade. Demonstration-only, no tasting. Location: Mahaffey Theater at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Demonstration schedule will be available on the festival website. Tickets: $50 per demo.

• Nov. 16: Sip, Savor & Swing hosted by Ingrid Hoffmann, 6:30-10 p.m. A Latin-inspired celebration featuring tastings from regional and guest celebrity chefs. Fine wines and spirits are not the only accompaniment -- lively music will set the mood at the Vinoy Renaissance's grand Palm Court Ballroom. Featured chefs will be on hand to present their dishes and interact with guests. Walk-around tasting. Location: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $225 (includes all food and beverage)

• Nov. 17: Battle Of The 'Burg hosted by Donatella Arpaia, 1-4 p.m. Enjoy burgers at this afternoon poolside party, featuring St. Pete and the Bay Area's most popular chefs and restaurants. Celebrity judges, including HSN, Inc. CEO Mindy Grossman and host Donatella Arpaia, will crown the Best 'Burger, and attendees can cast their vote for a People's Choice award winner. Music will make this a lively finale to a great weekend. Walk-around tasting. Location: The Club at Treasure Island, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Tickets: $75 (includes all food and beverage).

on the menu

Lee Roy Selmon's: Celebrate NFL season every Thursday after 4 p.m for $5 nachos. Happy hour is 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and features an expanded menu of $3 appetizers and drinks. Lee Roy Selmon's is at 6510 Cortez Road, Bradenton. Information: 941-798-3287 or www.leeroyselmons.com.

Gluten-free menus: The Sandbar, BeachHouse and Mar Vista restaurants are now offering gluten-free menus. They include a variety of items such as Greek, spinach and chicken salad as well as steaks and fresh seafood dishes. To view the menus visit www.groupersandwich.com/menus.

Fleming's menu special: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, pairs sun and sea introducing a filet mignon matched with crab-stuffed shrimp. This two-course prix-fixe menu for $32.95 is available when guests make online reservations through Sept. 30. To make reservations, visit Fleming's website at

www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

Café L'Europe 40th anniversary celebration: Café L'Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle, continues its 40th anniversary celebration with a special lunchtime prix-fixe menu, L'Anniversarie $19.73. The three-course menu highlights some of the more popular dishes Sarasota's oldest fine dining restaurant has served over the past four decades. This menu is available 11 a.m to 2:30 p.m. daily. The menu: Starters -- cup of Café L'Europe lobster bisque or small L'Europe house salad (baby greens, artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, olives, tomatoes, egg and house dressing); entrees -- classic chicken salad on pineapple, apple pancake, crêpes du jour, maple-teriyaki salmon or liver and onions; dessert -- house-made sorbet du jour or profiteroles. For more information, call 941-388-4415, or visit www.cafeleurope.net.

Jazz Brunch on the Beach: The Sandbar, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, is now serving Brunch on the Beach 10 a.m.-1 p.m. every Sunday. Jazz music is provided by the Lou Harris Quartet featuring Koko Ray. Brunch at the Sandbar is available inside the dining room or on the covered open air deck with toes-in-the-sand tables available. Reservations are not required, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The lunch menu is also available starting at 10 a.m. For more information, call 941-778-0444 or visit www.groupersandwich.com/events.

Michael's on East: Michael's On East's three-course Indian Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday evenings for $29.95 per person through Sept. 28. 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 ftrip through Germany in September, without leaving Sarasota. Café L'Europe's Passport Series -- Tour de L'Europe -- offers diners a bon vivant vacation featuring a savory three-course, prix-fixe dinner. Cost for this culinary journey is $35 a person. The passport series is available daily. 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.

COOKING CLASSES

Pier 22 cooking class: Pier 22 will host a cooking class on "The Basics of Sauce Preparation for Fish, Poultry, Beef and Game" with executive Chef Greg Campbell at 6 p.m. Sept. 26. This cooking class is 2- 1/2 hours and includes a five-course tasting. The price is $29.95 per person or $39.95 to include two beverages (plus tax, tip and beverages). Reservations are required and can be made by calling 941-748-8087. Pier 22 is at 1200 First Ave. W., in downtown Bradenton.

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.

Culinary Calendar: Email information to calendar@bradenton.com.

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