Culinary Calendar

October 2, 2013 

culinary calendar


Harry's reopens: Harry's Restaurant, Deli & Wine Shop, and Catering will reopen for their 35th season on Oct. 3. Harry's Restaurant debuts with the Sensational Seafood Extravaganza Prix Fixe for $24.99. Boasting three courses inspired by the international travels the Harry's team enjoyed during their vacation, some menu highlights include the Crispy Yellow Fin Tuna Roll, Stock Island Squid, Bacon Wrapped Gulf Shrimp with a Twist, Seared Sea Scallops, Macadamia Nut Crusted Snapper, Key West Florida Lobster Risotto, and delectable desserts made in house daily. Add sommelier selected wine pairings for only $12. If you're in the mood to taste wine and enjoy hors d'oeuvres, Harry's first Wine Tasting of the season is 5-7 p.m. Oct. 23 on the Patio at Harry's Restaurant. Cost is $20 per person, call for reservations. Harry's Continental Kitchen is at 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key; 941-383-0777. Information and reservations: Call or visit

Hooters 30th birthday events: Hooters turns 30 on Oct. 4, and at each restaurant the iconic brand is celebrating with a "delightfully tacky, yet unrefined" party, food and merchandise specials, and the gift of free wings for a year. Oct. 2 is Wednesday Wingsday: Guests may purchase 10 boneless wings and fries or tater tots for $6.99. Oct. 3 is Traditional Wing Thursday: Guests receive 30 percent off Hooters World Famous Traditional Bone-in Wings all day. Dine in only. Oct. 4 is Birthday Party: Celebrate at any Hooters with the nation's largest birthday party starting at 6 p.m. Hooters Girls from the past 30 years will return to the locations where they worked for the event. Each guest who enters Hooters that night for the party will be given a numbered ticket. One winner in each restaurant receive a birthday present from Hooters -- free Hooters Wings for a year ($500 value). The winning number (same for all stores) will be announced at 8 p.m., during a Hooters TV commercial with Jon Gruden on Fox Sports 1. The now internationally famous Hooters brand got its start in Clearwater at the 2800 Gulf to Bay Blvd. location is the restaurant that in 1983 launched the brand that now boasts more than 452 locations in 44 states and 28 countries.

Chop Shop anniversary: The Chop Shop has been a Bradenton staple for 42 years. To show their appreciation, they are having a 42nd anniversary sale Oct. 9-22. There will be multiple wine tastings, new product samples from deli to spices and fine imported olive oils straight from Italy. During these two weeks, prices will be reduced on meats and groceries. You can also get a free Boar's Head mustard with a Boar's Head deli purchase. The Chop Shop is at 5906 Manatee Ave. W. Bradenton. Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays. Information: 941-794-1389.

Pumpkin cooking class: Learn to make pie dough and the puree from fresh pumpkins, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Palmetto Art Center, 907 Fifth St. W, Palmetto. Ms. Barbara will also share other great ideas for fall treats just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Each participant will be taking home a 6-inch pie. Cost is $20 per participant, plus $4 for materials. RSVP to 941-730-3318.

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 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.

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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

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. For more information, call 941-388-4415, or visit

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

Michael's on East: Michael's On East's three-course Tuscan Epicurean Adventure dinner menu will be available Monday through Saturday evenings for $29.95 per person through Oct. 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

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