Wine tasting at Harry's: Harry's Continental Kitchens on Longboat Key will kick off their 35th year with a special wine tasting 5-7 p.m. Oct. 23. Admission is $20. Reservations suggested. 941-383-0777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattison's Forty-One Chateau Ste Michelle Wine-Pairing Dinner: Mattison's Forty-One will hold a five-course wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from Chateau Ste Michelle at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Mattison's Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made online at mattisons.com or by calling 941-921-3400.
Edelweiss' beer garden grand opening: Edelweiss, 611 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, will celebrate the grand opening of its new beer garden Oct. 24-25. The celebration includes one free draft beer per person with a dinner purchase, live music and dinner specials. At 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday night Edelweiss presents live music with Klement Kackovic in his lederhosen. From 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. every Sunday, Edelweiss has an ala cart brunch, starting as low as $5 including a free mimosa and live piano music. The restaurant, open daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,.
Mattison's Halloween Costume Party: Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, is hosting a costume party Oct. 26. Come dressed in costume for a frighteningly fun time and enter the costume contest. First prize wins a $100 Mattison's gift card, second prize wins a $50 Mattison's gift card and third prize wins a $25 Mattison's gift card (one costume contest for the men, one for the women). Live music by TC and the Trouble Makers from 7:30 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at mattisons.com or by calling 941-330-0440.
Mattison's Forty-One Collier Falls Wine Pairing Dinner: Mattison's Forty-One will hold a five-course wine-pairing dinner featuring wines from Collier Falls Vineyard at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11. The dinner is $75 plus tax and gratuity. Barry Collier, founder of Collier Falls, attends the evening to guide guests through the wines served at the wine-pairing dinner. Reservations are required and can be made online at mattisons.com or by calling 941-921-3400. Mattison's 41 at 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.
Euphemia Haye adds cooking class: Chef Ray's fall cooking classes were sold-out almost instantly, so because of the great response, they are adding an additional class from 10:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Nov. 12. This class will be an "overflow" class for the "Something Old, Something New and Everything Delectable" class. Don't miss your chance to learn how to make Chef Raymond's chilled borscht, chicken Florentine with creamed spinach and cherries jubilee served with Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream. Classes are a prepaid $60 per person. Reserve your seat at www.EuphemiaHaye.com or call Amy 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday -Friday at 941-383-3633.
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).
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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 www.leeroyselmons.com.
Harry's news: Harry's Restaurant, Deli & Wine Shop, and Catering is offering a Sensational Seafood Extravaganza Prix Fixe for $24.99. Boasting three courses inspired by the international travels the Harry's team enjoyed during their vacation. 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 desserts made in house daily. Add sommelier selected wine pairings for only $12. 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 www.harryskitchen.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 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 www.bestfood.com.
Holiday cooking class: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, will hold a "Festive Holiday Cooking" class at 6 p.m. Oct. 24. Led by Chef Greg Campbell, the class will teach participants how to create easy and delicious hors d'oeuvres for a holiday party. This class includes a five-course tasting for $29.95 per person or $39.95 to include two cocktails during the class. Tax and gratuity not included.
The menu includes sugared cranberry and brie crackers, bagel chips with apricot, ricotta, chive puree and prosciutto; turkey satays and blackened cauliflower; fire-roasted Brussels sprouts and dill crème fraiche; maple pecans and pumpkin cheesecake. Information: 941-748-8087 or www.pier22dining.com.
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.
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