Arts & Eats reopens: Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery in the Village of the Arts, 1114 12th St. W., is now open for dinner at 5 p.m. To celebrate re-opening, enjoy a complimentary glass of Pinot Grigio or Merlot on Tuesday, Wednesday,and Thursday dinner with the purchase of an entree. Specials this week include a main dish of Shellfish Supreme with Maine lobster tail, langostine, head on gulf shrimp, mushrooms, truffle buttered ribbon noodles and asparagus. Appetizer specials include Kumamoto oysters with white sturgeon caviar from the Mote Aquarium and purslane arancini, fried risotto balls with marinara sauce and pesto and more. Reservations: 941-201-6647 or on Open Table.
Manatee chefs join author for fundraiser: Regional chefs will bring their cuisine to The Seafood Shack on Sept. 2 for a fundraiser featuring author Vanessa Lafaye. Proceeds will benefit the Coastal Conservation Association Florida. Florida native Vanessa Lafaye's debut novel "Under a Dark Summer Sky" is a love story and a dramatic depiction of a major natural disaster in the Florida Keys in 1935.
Manatee County chefs will create a menu based on foods depicted in the book. Serving the dishes family-style will provide a relaxed atmosphere encouraging rich conversation and social interactions. Joining The Seafood Shack's chef for this event are chefs Dave Shiplett, SOMA Creek Side; Derek Barnes, Derek's; and Dana Johnson, Sugar Cubed bakery. Guests are asked to RSVP to The Seafood Shack by Aug. 26. Call 941-794-1235 or email email@example.com to RSVP.
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Yacht Sea Grille's Sunday Fun Day: The restaurant at 101 Riverfront Drive, Bradenton, will hold a Sunday Fun Day event noon-6 p.m. Sept. 6 featuring a buffet, live music, bouncy house, corn hole, giant Jenga, a Polynesian dance group and more. Cost is $25 adults/$12 for children ages 11 and younger for the all-you-can-eat buffet. Buffet items include baby back ribs, Angus beef hamburgers, grilled chicken breast, hot dogs, corn on the cob, apple coleslaw, baked beans, salad bar and more.
Blu Mangrove Labor Day celebration: Blu Mangrove, 102 Rivera Dunes Way, Palmetto, is offering food and drink specials for Labor Day, Sept. 7, including James River oysters and Cape Cod certified cherry stone clams for $1 each. There will be live music in the day and evening as well. Information: (941) 479-7827 or bluemangrove.com.
Maison Blanche wine dinner: Join Chef Matsu ( Vizen) and Chef Jose for a Franco-Japanese unique culinary journey at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Maison Blanche, 2605 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. The
seven-course degustation wine pairing is $150. Information: 941-383-8088.
Edelweiss Oktoberfest: Restaurant Edelweiss, 611 Manatee Ave. E., Bradenton, will celebrate Oktoberfest Sept. 24-27 with live music, tent party, dancers, giveaways, several contests and dinner specials. The dinner menu is truly authentic German cuisine, and the restaurant serves typical lunch dishes along with German lunches. Beer and wine is served as well as soft drinks. Every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Edelweiss has an ala cart brunch, starting as low as $5, which includes a free mimosa and live piano music. Every Wednesday and Thursday night from 5:30 p.m. there is live music with Klement Kackovic in his lederhosen. The restaurant is open noon- 9 p.m. daily 12pm -9 p.m. Information: 941-748-3838 or edelweissbradenton.com.
Lobster party: The Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, is holding a lobster party Sept. 18. Guests will dine on 1.5 pound Maine lobster (one per person, per ticket) and a buffet which includes New England clam chowder, steamer clams, corn on the cob, clam cakes, baked scallops, several salads, desserts and more. Reservations begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $29.95 per person. Entertainment by Kara Nally Band begins at 9 p.m. Information: 941-782-0899 or pologrillandbar.com.
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 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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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 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.
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.
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