SUPER BOWL PARTY
Buffet, drink specials: The Patio at Pier 22 will host a 2016 Super Bowl Party Feb. 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m. with 13 large high-definition LED TVs and surround sound in the Lounge and enclosed Patio. Enjoy a buffet, happy hour pricing all night beginning at 3 p.m. and a contest with prizes each quarter. Menu includes a popcorn machine, beef chili, fiesta nacho bar, pulled pork, bratwurst, wings, fried alligator, peel and eat shrimp, vegetable crudité and much more for $24.95 per person. The Super Bowl is scheduled to kickoff at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087. Pier 22 is located at 1200 First Avenue West in downtown Bradenton on the Manatee River.
In Palmetto: Spend Valentine's Day on the Manatee River at Palmetto's Riverhouse Reef & Grill's Annual Sweethearts Night Event on Feb. 14. This special event for couples features a bottle of wine, music, dancing, flowers, chocolates, and a very special menu including an appetizer, salad, dessert, and spectacular entrees. Cost: $100 per couple. Seating is limited. Reservations: 941-729-0616.
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In Lakewood Ranch: This Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, the Polo Grill and Bar on Lakewood Ranch Main Street offers an evening
of irresistible food, spirits and entertainment. The pre fixe dinner menu features local, culinary specialties. Strolling violinist Laurie Vodnoy-Wright will be here to pair your romantic evening with a relaxing and elegant atmosphere. The four-course menu is $65++ per person and includes amuse bouche, starter, main course and dessert. To view the complete Valentine's Day menu, visit pologrillandbar.com/valentines-day. Reservations are recommended. Call (941) 782-0899 ext. 2 to reserve your spot today.
At Mall at UTC: A "Tale of Two Risottos" brings two bellissimo dishes to guests of BRIO Tuscan Grille at International Plaza in Tampa & The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, Jan. 19-March 27, for only $19.95 each. Storied dishes include a broiled Maine lobster tail served over risotto with shrimp, mushrooms, asparagus, roasted red peppers, basil and Parmesan cheese. Five large sea scallops will served over a roasted vegetable ratatouille risotto.
In Sarasota: The Table Creekside, 5365 Tamiami Trail, South Sarasota, will offer a special Valentine's Day menu that will have guests enjoying fine culinary cuisine with a romantic waterfront view. They can enjoy one of the Chef's special creations or dine from the regular dinner menu from 4-10 p.m. Feb. 14. Menu: Oven-roasted Chilean seabass, Napa stir fry, rock shrimp, Albariño grapes, fingerling potatoes, oyster mushrooms, Pacific oyster crisp, osetra caviar; Duck confit ravioli, wild mushroom reduction, mascarpone cream, Colorado lamb, fig jam, goat cheese, Jerusalem artichoke puree Crusted Kobe NY strip, yukon truffled croquette; Deconstructed Maine lobster, Vermont butter poached lobster tail, manchego lobster brûlée, organic spinach, Wisconsin cheddar cheese corn bread croutons. Reservations: 941-921-9465.
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Downton Abbey dinner: Taste Dining and Travel is sponsoring The Final Downton Abbey Dinner Party at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 at Mattison's 41, 7275 South Tamiaimi Trail, Sarasota. Enjoy a four-course wine dinner in the English style of the "Downton years" with entertainment and dancing. Dress is formal (black tie or white tie preferred and period dress). Reservations are a must. Cost is $90 per person which includes the full meal, tax, gratuity and charity donation. A portion of the proceeds benefits Mayors' Feed the Hungry. To reserve your space send a check (or phone in credit card) to: Taste Dining and Travel, 1343 Main St., Suite 306, Sarasota, FL 34236. For more information and reservations, call Taste at 941-366-7950. www.tasteweb.net
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.