Progressive dinner: Join Taste Dining & Travel for a Fall Progressive Dinner 6:30-9:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Dine at three great restaurants with transportation by the Sarasota Trolley. Start at the Savory Street Cafe, 411 N. Orange Ave., downtown Sarasota, for a selection of appetizers with two glasses of Champagne. Then to Cafe Gabbiano on Siesta Key for two glasses of wine, salad and entree. Desserts and coffee will be served at Ophelia's on the Bay. Cost: $75 includes meal, tax, gratuity and charity donation. Reservations: 941-366-7950.
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Pier 22 Restaurant: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 27. The dinner includes fresh roasted turkey, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and homemade pumpkin pie. The cost is $27.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. The current dinner menu is also available. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 941-748-8087.
Seasons 52: Seasons 52, the fresh grill and wine bar at the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. The restaurant will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including Plainville Farms roasted turkey, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish and a signature pumpkin pie mini indulgence dessert for $26.95 per adult. A children's portion, as well as the full dinner menu, will also be available. Reservations are recommended. Information: 941-702-9652 or Seasons52.com.
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Apertivo: Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton, is hosting a Sicilian-style Apertivo 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. For reservations call 941-741-8646.
wine & COOKING CLASSES
Italian cooking: Giuliano Hazan, chef, teacher, cookbook author and son of Italian culinary legend Marcella Hazan, will launch a new series of intimate Italian cooking classes Nov. 18. Recipient of the "Cooking Teacher of the Year" award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Hazan is the author of five cookbooks. His most recent is "Hazan Family Favorites," a collection of 85 recipes, taste memories and family stories based on a 56-year-old family notebook. Hazan and his wife, Lael Hazan, a food historian, will open their Sarasota riverside home to a maximum of nine participants per class. Guided by Hazan, attendees will prepare a four-course Italian meal, which will be enjoyed at the table and paired with select Italian wines. All classes are from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Cost is $150 per person per class. For a full schedule and to make reservations, call 941-363-1258 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on Hazan, his cookbooks, Italy cooking/tour excursions and cooking demonstrations, go to www.giulianohazan.com.
"Farm to Table Wines" discussion: Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette, is hosting a free "Farm to Table Wines" discussion 3-6 p.m. Nov. 22. Included will be a complimentary wine tasting and behind-the-scenes tour. Reservations are required as space is limited. For reservations, call 941-776-0418.
How to mull wine: Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette, will open its doors to a holiday event, "How to Mull Farm to Table Wines," 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 13. Each night is limited to 16 couples. Must be age 21 or older. Casual dress. Cost: $15 per couple. Reservations: 941-776-0418.
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.