Culinary Calendar: Feb. 12

February 12, 2014 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Valentine's Day: Woo your sweetheart with a romantic three-course lunch or dinner this Valentine's at Café L'Europe on St. Armands Circle. The restaurant is extending Cupid's menus to five days and nights, Feb. 12-16. Valentine's three-course lunch for two is $69.95 per couple. Dinner is $159.95 per couple. View the menus at www.cafeleurope.net. Sarah Combs will serenade guests with romantic love songs 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 12-13. A la carte menu also available, reservations are strongly recommended, call 941-388-4415.

Royal Tea Service: Simply Gourmet features a traditional Royal English tea service at 2 p.m. Feb.18 and 25 and March 4 and 11 at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $32. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. To reserve, call 941-225-9122.

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Michael's on East Epicurean Adventure: Throughout February, Michael's On East restaurant, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, invites guests to take an "Epicurean Adventure" to France. The three-course Epicurean Adventure dinner menu is featured for $29.95 per person as well as a two-course lunch menu for $18.95 per person. The carefully selected red and white wine pairing will be available for $10 per pairing during dinner and $5 per pairing during lunch. Michael's French Epicurean Adventure is not available on Valentine's Day and very limited reservations remain available on the Valentine's Day holiday at Michael's On East. For more information or to make restaurant reservations, call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com.

Libby's offering Saturday brunch: Libby's is now offering Saturday Brunch every week, including its award-winning 60+ ingredient Bloody Mary and mimosa bar ($9 first visit with $4 refills.) Guests will also be entertained by DJ Russ Deep, who will be spinning funk, Motown, pop and soul music to complement Libby's contemporary twists on the classic brunch fare. Brunch menu highlights include the Libbypalooza, "everything breakfast on a plate," blueberry pancakes, baked eggs, lamb shank hash, Chicken N' Waffle slider plate and much more. The restaurant is at 1917 Osprey Ave. off Hillview in Southside Village. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.libbyscafebar.com where diners can preview all current menus or by phone at 941-487-7300.

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.

wine & COOKING CLASSES

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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