Culinary Calendar: June 11

June 11, 2014 

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Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week: Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week runs through June 14. Hosted by Visit Sarasota County, this culinary celebration is in its ninth year. Special-priced lunch and dinner menus at more than 50 participating restaurants, from fine dining to casual beach cafés and eclectic urban eateries await food-lovers. Guests can enjoy $29 pre-fixe dinner menus from the destination's acclaimed restaurants. Three-course lunch menus are also offered for just $15, allowing visitors to sample eclectic offerings for every palate. A list of restaurants, menus and chef profiles will be available at

Father's Day brunch: Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, announces that all dads dining at Pier 22 on Father's Day will receive their choice of a complimentary draft beer or Bloody Mary. The restaurant will also offer a brunch menu from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4 p.m. June 15. A prime rib dinner Special featuring an 8-, 10- or 12-ounce prime rib hand-carved to order, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus available from 4 p.m. to close. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087 or online

Father's Day and National Lobster Day: For Father's Day, The Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, is offering a three-course dinner 5:30-9:30 p.m. June 15. The menu includes a salad, followed by two 1.25-pound Maine lobsters, clams and mussels for the main course along with sides of corn on the cob and new potatoes, then finished with dessert. Cost: $32.50 per person. Reservations recommended to 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or

Father's Day brunch buffet: Mattison's Forty-One, 7275 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. is offering a buffet that includes a prime rib carving station, 10 a.m.-2p.m. June 15. Brunch buffet cost: $34.95 for adults and $15.95 for children 12 and under. Dinner special is a 12-ounce prime rib served with roasted potatoes and sautéed fresh vegetables. Select à la carte dinner menu, children's menu and specials are available from 4 p.m. Live music by Joe Thayer in the Piano Bar is from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made online or by phone. Information: 941-921-3400 or

Father's Day à la carte Sunday brunch: Mattison's City Grille, 1 North Lemon Ave., Sarasota, presents brunch specials from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. featuring a steak and cheese omelette and a crab and asparagus quiche. Severals Father's Day lunch specials available. Dinner specials served from 4-10 p.m., featuring a 12-ounce carved-to-order prime rib with mashed potatoes and fresh sautéed vegetables; seafood paella with scallops, shrimp, calamari, mussels and clams on a saffron-infused rice with chorizo. Live music by Brian Spainhower from noon-3 p.m. and by the Debbie Keeton Jazz Trio from 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made online or by phone. Information: 941-330-0440 or

Waterfront Father's Day brunch and dinner buffet: Mattison's Bayside at the Van Wezel, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, June 15. Both dining specials are open to the public,in addition to ticket holders for the two performances of "Julianne Hough and Derek Hough Move Live On Tour." Brunch buffet is from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (showtime is 2 p.m.) and is $45 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. Dinner buffet is from 5 p.m. (showime is 7 p.m.) and includes a prime rib carving station, fresh fish catch, chicken entrées, vegetarian pasta and an array of house-made desserts for $45. Reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling 941-921-3400.

YachtSea Grille wine pairing dinner: YachtSea Grille, 101 Riverfront Drive, Suite 120, Bradenton, is hosting a series of wine tastings through the summer. The next one begins at 6:30 p.m. June 24. The six-course menu will include dishes such as sofrito braised pork served with coconut rice and beans paired Ed Meades Zinfandel and balsamic glazed shrimp over bruschetta rustica paired with Cambria Viegnier. Cost: $45 for six wines and six courses. Reservations are required as the event is limited to 35 guests. Call 941-896-9660.

Seventh annual Spyder Broussrad Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil: The Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, will meld the music of the Gumbo Boogie Band and New Orleans excitement with oysters, shrimp, spicy andouille sausages gumbo and fried catfish, on at 6:30 p.m. June 28. The Gumbo Boogie Band will perform starting at 6:30 p.m. Information: 941-782-0899 or

on the menu

Longhorn Steakhouse summer menu: LongHorn Steakhouse is celebrating summer with more than 15 new menu items. The Prime Time menu which features a variety of $3, $4 and $5 drinks and $5 appetizers is available 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Peak Season menu items include tastes of summer such as fried green tomatoes, grilled watermelon wedge and fire-grilled corn of the cob. The Chef's Showcase menu includes grilled lobster chops, fire-grilled Hawaiian rib-eye and brown butter lemon tilapia and grilled shrimp. The restaurant has a location at 4502 14th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-758-8571.

Harry's prix fixe: Harry's Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Jude's Drive, Longboat Key, offers a four course prix fixe for $29.99. From soups, salads and small plates to scrumptious entrées and sinful desserts, the prix fixe is the perfect way to please the entire family. Cost is $43.99 with sommelier-selected wine pairings. Information and reservations: Call 941-383-0777 or visit


Mattison's Forty-One Chef Camp: The fourth annual Chef Camp at Mattison's Forty-One, 7275 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, is offering several one-week sessions: Advanced Skills Camp (July 7-11), Pastry Chef Camp (July 21-25) and Partner Chef Camp (Aug. 11-15). The camp is organized through Sarasota County's Summer Camp Program. Registration is now open and registration can be done online at or call 941-861-7275. The camp booklet is available online at During Mattison's Chef Camp, children learn a variety of cooking techniques from the chefs at Mattison's Forty-One including how to sauté and grill; make pasta, salads, sauces, and dressings; and create delicious, simple desserts. More advanced specialty camps are also offered. Campers put their new skills to work at week's end for a graduation lunch for family and friends.

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.

Brewers discussion: Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, will hold a weekly brewers discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. One or more of our brewers will be give an hour-long discussion on beer styles and brewing. A different Motorworks Brewing beer will be on spotlight with the option to enjoy a snack paired perfectly for it. This educational discussion will include Q&A at the end. This is a free event, open to the public. Everyone from beginning craft beer drinkers to craft beer connoisseurs can learn. Information: 941-567-6218.

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