Royal Tea Service: Simply Gourmet features a traditional Royal English tea service at 2 p.m. 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.
St. Patrick's Day: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day (March 17) at Mattison's City Grille in Sarasota. The restaurant will feature traditional Irish fare, including potato leek soup, Reuben sandwiches, corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and more. Great Irish beer and drink specials include Guinness, green beer on demand, Irish Whiskey, and Irish Cider. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. The current menu is also available. Live music by The Venturas is from 6-10 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.mattisons.com or by calling 941-330-0440. Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota.
on the menu
Russian dinner: Charisma Cafe Tea House, 1004 10th Ave. W., Bradenton, will host a Russian dinner event at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28. The four-course meal is $40 per person. Seating is limited, reservations are required to 941-748-8203.
Michael's on East Epicurean Adventure: Throughout March, Michael's On East restaurant, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, invites guests to take an "Baltimore Epicurean Adventure" in celebration of the Baltimore Orioles' fifth spring training season. The three-course dinner menu is featured for $34.95 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. 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-plus 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
Pier 22 cooking class: Pier 22 announces a Southern-style cooking class with Executive Chef Greg Campbell, 6 p.m. Feb. 27. The class includes a five-course tasting and non-alcoholic beverages. The price is $29.95 per person or $39.95 to include two drink tickets for the bar, tax and gratuity are additional. Reservations are required for this special event and can be made by calling 941.748.8087. Pier 22 is at 1200 First Ave. W., downtown Bradenton. For future events and more information, visit www.pier22dining.com.
Euphemia Haye: Chef Ray Arpke will hold an Italian-themed demonstration-style cooking class at 10:30 a.m. March 26 at Euphemia Haye Restaurant. The menu is inspired by Chef Ray's decadent trip to Italy last September. The first course will include an Italian salad with grilled radicchio, tomato and burrata, garnished with EVOO, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar. The second course will include homemade baked potato gnocchi with pistachio pesto. For dessert, it's pistachio cake with a chocolate topping and ice cream. Wine pairings will be served with each course and bottles of the wine will be available for purchase at a discounted price. Each guest will receive class booklet which features the recipes from the class. The class is $60. Reservations must be made ahead of time at www.EuphemiaHaye.com or by calling 941-383-3633. The restaurant is at 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
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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