First Annual Sangria Showdown: 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21, Hampton Inn & Suites, 309 10th St. W., Bradenton. Selected local restaurants will bring their best sangria to compete in this unique challenge. A panel of local celebrity judges will select the best red, white and custom sangria. There will also be a peoples' choice winner. Tickets: $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit Family Partnership Center, 941-756-3007, Info@Familypartnership.org.
Sample Sarasota Evening Foodie Market: Sample Sarasota, an evening foodie market presented by the Central Sarasota Farmer's Market, Geraldson Community Farm and Edible Sarasota, Sample Sarasota will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at Mandeville Beer Garden, 428 N. Lemon Ave. Enjoy free samples, locally crafted beer, and locally produced food from a variety of vendors, including restaurants, bakeries, farms, food producers and other local businesses. For information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Christopher Austin at 941-726-4391or marketinfo@CentralSarasotaFarmersMarket.com.
Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Specials extended: Select Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week participants will extend their special priced meals. The following restaurants will extend through July 30: Mattison's City Grille, Mattison's Forty-One, Sardinia, Savory Street (lunch only). Through Aug. 30: Café Gabbiano, Giuseppe Ristorante, Lolita Tartine, Louies Modern, Salute! Through Sept. 30: 62 Bistro, Blue Rooster, Crow's Nest, Fins at Sharkey's, Ophelia's On The Bay, Roast and The Table Creekside. Guests can enjoy $29 pre-fixe three-course dinner menus and multi-course lunch menus for just $15. Information: www.savorsarasota.com.
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Red Hot Blues & BBQ: Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton, will host a Red Hot Blues & BBQ event Aug. 7. Garden patio seating dinner reservations 5-9 p.m. Musical entertainment by Steve Arvey and friends 6-9 p.m. Price-fixed three-course dinner is $38.50 (excluding tax and tip). Reservations: 941-741-8646.
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Generous Pour at Capital Grille: The Capital Grille recently announced that seven of California's great female winemakers and collaborators, including award-winning actress Drew Barrymore, will come together to celebrate women and wine as part of the restaurant's seventh annual The Generous Pour event. The Generous Pour celebrates the unique role women play in winemaking with this year's offerings. Through August 30, for $28 per person with dinner, The Capital Grille will offer eight remarkable wines crafted, designed or owned by women from some of California's most acclaimed vineyards. Guests are invited to explore and enjoy as many of these remarkable wines and varietals as they like. The restaurant is at The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. Information: 941-256-3647 or thecapitalgrille.com.
Summer menu at Andrea's, Sarasota: Annual fixed-price menu, $25 per person, includes three courses: First, soup of the day, Parma ham and cantaloupe, eggplant timballo or organic spinach salad; second course, ravioli of the day, gnocchi, salmon taglioline, veal Francese, chicken Milanese or grilled pork ribeye; dessert, tiramisu, cannoli or chocolate. Available through summer from 5-7 p. m. only. Andrea's is located at 2085 Siesta Drive in Sarasota. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; closed Sunday. Information: 941-951-9200; andreasrestaurantsrq.com.
Polo Fit Menu returns: Chef and proprietor, Tommy Klauber, is bringing back Polo Grill's Polo Fit menu which features fresh, healthy and delicious clean eating options for lunch and dinner. The full menu includes fresh entrees such as chopped Thai salad with sesame garlic dressing made with edamame, baby kale, tricolor peppers, cilantro, green onions; golden flax and chia seed salmon on a bed of arugula and grape tomatoes; and grilled asparagus summer rolls filled with herbed quinoa and orange chili dipping sauce. Information: pologrillandbar.com. or reservations, call: 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or OpenTable.com.
Greek Epicurean Adventure: Each month, Michael's On East offers new "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus inspired by exotic culinary destinations. In July, the culinary team will present a Greek Epicurean Adventure. The three-course dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person. The two-course Power Lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com for reservations.
Jazz brunch: The Sandbar's Sunday Jazz Brunch features nationally recognized, top local jazz musicians. The menu, served from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., includes items made with farm-to-fork produce along with fresh gulf seafood, breads made on site and drinks made with fresh fruits. Lunch menu is also available. The restaurant is at 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0444.
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.
Culinary Calendar: Email information to email@example.com.