Culinary Calendar: March 19

March 19, 2014 

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"Taste" Spring Progressive Dinner: Dine at three favorite restaurants with transportation by the Sarasota Trolley starting at 6:30 p.m. March 26 at Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W. Bradenton. Enjoy appetizers and sparkling wine at Ortygia restaurant, wine, salad and an entree at El Warike, and dessert and coffee at the Blu Mangrove Grill. Cost: $65, includes tax, gratuity and a charity donation. Reservations are required. Information: 941-366-7950 or

Wine Walk: The Wine Walk to Ca' d'Zan offers the opportunity for guests to participate in a John and Mable Ringling-style celebration 6-11 p.m. March 28. Guests at the second annual Wine Walk will take a self-guided tour of the grounds of The Ringling, while stopping to sample wine and food pairings along the way. Wine stops will be grouped by regions including: the United States (California, Oregon and Washington), Chile/Argentina, Australia/New Zealand, Italy and Japan. Admission to the Wine Walk also includes a commemorative wine glass, a swag bag and the chance to participate in a silent auction. Items up for bid include a five-day trip for two to a two to a 15th century castle in Tuscany. The package includes airfare and lodging. Tickets for the Wine Walk cost $125 with a discounted price of $110 for museum members. VIP Tickets are available for a price of $185. VIP tickets include parking and access to the Ca'd'Zan Terrace Lounge with a carving station and open bar. VIPs also receive special gifts from Treviso and The Ringling. The Ringling Museum is at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. You can purchase tickets at

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Harry's March Prix Fixe: Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key, is offering a March prix fixe for $39.99 per person/$53.99 with wine pairings. First course: vichyssoise or gazpacho. Second course: baked Apalachicola oysters in chorizo sausage-chipotle pepper cream sauce or seared tuna tataki with sesame-edamame soba noodle salad or warm chevre salad with toasted almond crusted goat cheese, strawberry's, sun-dried tomato, bibb lettuce, balsamic vinaigrette. Third course: seared red grouper with red curry-cilantro-cashew-coconut milk sauce, coconut jasmine rice, fresh vegetables or three of the sea manicotti with lobster, shrimp, crab, ricotta, spinach, garlic, fresh pasta topped with lobster-sherry-tomato-cream sauce or barbeque-style braised pork belly with mixed berries barbecue sauce, bacon-cheddar-PBR risotto, roast bacon brussels sprout hash. Fourth course: dessert of the day. Information and reservations: Call or visit

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 through March 31. 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

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 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


Apron's classes: Apron's Cooking School at Publix At University Walk, 2875 University Parkway; students may register for all classes online at or by calling 941-358-7829.

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