Fleming's 10-year anniversary wine dinner: Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, is holding a 10-year anniversary four-course wine dinner at 7 p.m. April 18. Cost is $85 per person. Reservations: 941-358-9463.
Pier 22: Pier 22 Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom, 1200 First Ave. W., serves Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20. Thebuffet includes a ham and prime rib carving station, sushi display, omelet station, shrimp and grits, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, oysters, fresh fruit, breakfast potatoes, danishes, pastries, desserts and more. Cost: $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children younger than 12. Easter dinner specials begin at 4 p.m. featuring prime rib hand-carved to order. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087. For more information, visit www.pier22dining.com.
MacAllister's: Meet the Easter Bunny on April 20 at MacAllister's, 8110 Lakewood Ranch Main St. Specials include traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings and rack of lamb. Meet the Easter bunny as he walks round the restaurant with candy for the kids. Reservations: 941-359-2424.
Harry's Continental Kitchen: Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key, offers Easter Sunday brunch or lunch on April 20. Specials include roast leg of lamb Boulangère with potatoes and fresh vegetables for $22 and baked ham with rum raisin sauce served with scalloped potatoes and fresh vegetables for $19. Information and reservations: Call 941-383-0777 or visit www.harryskitchen.com.
Libby's Cafe + Bar: Libby's Café + Bar, 1917 Osprey (and Hillview), Sarasota, is offering a la carte brunch 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19. Easter brunch buffet is offered 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 20 for $35/person (13 and older); and $14/child. A la carte dinner service 3 p.m. to close both days. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made online or by phone at www.libbyscafebar.com or 941-487-7300. Menus can also be viewed online.
Louies Modern: Louies Modern, 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, is offering a la carte weekend brunch including biscuit and waffle bar and Bloody Mary carte, is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 19-20. A la carte dinner service is 5 p.m. to close. Menus can be viewed at www.louiesmodern.com. Reservations: 941-552-9688.
Mattison's: Mattison's City Grille, 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, offers Chef Paul Mattison's Easter Sunday Brunch à la carte menu from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 20 and includes Easter treats for the kids. A prime rib special is available from 4 p.m. Live music is from 7-10 p.m. There will be a coloring contest for children and winners receive a special house made carrot cupcake. Reservations are recommended and can be made online at www.mattisons.com or by calling 941-330-0440.
Ritz-Carlton: The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota will host its annual Easter brunch 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20 in the hotel's ballroom. Children attending the brunch will be able to meet and take photos with the Easter Bunny himself, participate in interactive activities and enjoy a kid-friendly buffet. The menu for the brunch is diverse and includes a variety of salads; a seafood station featuring shrimp, oysters, mussels, clams and craw claws; a ceviche bar; a caviar station; a carpaccio presentation; cheese and cold cut station; a carving station; a grill station with chicken and lamb chops; entrees including short ribs and jerk chicken; a variety of sides; soups; sushi and more. Cost: $119 per person, and $49 for children younger than 12. To make reservations call 941-309-2000.
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Michael's on East Epicurean Adventure: Throughout April, Michael's On East restaurant, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota, invites guests to take a "Greek Epicurean Adventure" featuring traditional flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean through April 30. 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.
Online reservations: Stonewood Grill & Tavern is now offering customers the added convenience of online reservations at any of its 14 locations throughout Florida. Parties of 12 guests or less can now make dinner reservations online at www.stonewoodgrill.com. Stonewood's online reservation system allows parties to include special requests and important information for the restaurant, such as special celebrations or notes to the staff. Once a reservation is completed online, guests receive an automated email confirming the date, time and location.
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
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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