People’s Platelist: ABC’s “Nightline” has chosen Euphemia Haye Restaurant chef/proprietor Raymond Arpke as a finalist in its annual People’s Platelist Contest, which recognizes outstanding chefs whose cuisine is exceptionally creative and authentic. Chef Arpke is one of only 20 finalists chosen from over 1,000 entries from across America and is the sole finalist in Florida. The overall winner will be determined by popular vote by logging on to the “Nightline” page at ABCNews.com beginning Aug. 26. In keeping with contest rules, Euphemia Haye has prepared a special video promoting Chef Arpke; it will be posted on the “Nightline” site Aug. 26. The chef receiving the most online votes by Sept. 26 will be declared the winner and will be the topic of a special “Nightline” segment.
Cooking classes: Casa Italia — Italian Market & Deli, 2080 Constitution Blvd, Sarasota, is hosting the following classes:
n Indian cooking class and dinner with Nita Mathur, 3:30 p.m. Aug. 29; $75.
n Italian cooking class and food tasting with Susan Filson, 11 a.m. Sept. 17; $40.
Call for reservations at 924-1179 or visit www.casaitalia.com.
Craft beer-pairing dinner: Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, will prepare a Craft Beer-Pairing Dinner 6 p.m. Sept. 2. This five-course beer-pairing dinner presented by Chef Greg Campbell includes brewed onion soup; iceberg wedge with five spice bacon, tomato, red onion, cheddar cheese, and butter ranch dressing; kobe beef sliders with maytag blue cheese, spicy pepper relish, and beer-battered vidalia onions; and mandarin orange New York-style cheesecake. Each menu item is paired with a hand-picked beer from a carefully selected list of both imported and American craft beers. Cost: $49.95 per person (plus tax and tip). Seating is limited. Reservations are required and can be made online at www.mattisons.com or by calling 748-8087.
History and cooking: The Tampa Bay History Center and Columbia Cafe are partnering for A Taste of History, a hands-on culinary workshop series exploring classic recipes from Florida’s oldest restaurant. Beginning Sept. 8, three culinary workshops will explore the origins and stories behind several of the Columbia Restaurant’s signature dishes. Sept. 8 is 1905 salad, Sept. 15 is the Cuban sandwich and Sept. 22 is red sangria and bread pudding. Sessions are at 6 p.m. in TECO Hall. Cost for each session is $35 for History Center members and $40 for nonmembers. Registration for the three-workshop series is $95 for members and $110 for nonmembers. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Information: (813) 228-0097, ext. 0.
Anthony Bourdain: “Bad boy” chef, author of “Kitchen Confidential” and host of The Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” Anthony Bourdain will speak at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg; (727) 892-5798. Tickets: $40-$125 (VIP). Mahaffey box office: (727) 892-5767.
ON THE MENU
Sunday brunch: Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a Sunday brunch menu served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Entrees range from $7 to $12; $3 for additional sides; create your own breakfast with any three sides for $8. Information: www.mattisons.com. Reservations: 748-8087.
Prime rib: Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, offers English prime rib with roasted potatoes and green beans, house salad and dessert of the day 5:30-10 p.m. Sundays. Cost: $25, plus tax and gratuity. Information: 782-0899 or pologrillandbar.com.
Lobsterfest: Harry’s Continental Kitchen, 525 St. Jude’s Drive, Longboat Key, is holding a Lobster fest through Aug. 28 with a three-course prix fixe menu and an a la carte menu filled with a variety of lobster dishes. Dinner is served 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Cost: $29.95. Reservations recommended. Information and reservations: Call 383-0777.
Tasting: WineStyles Lakewood Ranch, 8225 Nature’s Way, offers a free tasting 5-7 p.m. Aug. 26, led by Nick Vizzi of Ameriprise Financial. WineStyles will be pouring wines from One Hope Winery which gives 50 percent of profits to charity. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information, call 306-5804 or visit www.winestyles.net/lakewoodranch.
Culinary Calendar: E-mail information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
or mail to Taste, P.O. Box 921, Bradenton, FL 34206.