Culinary Calendar: June 18

June 18, 2014 

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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 Broussard 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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