culinary calendar: JAN. 27
SUPER BOWL PARTY
Super Bowl party: 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.
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In Village of the Arts: Ortygia: 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton. Enjoy a "romantic aphrodisiac" dinner 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Feb. 14 featuring exceptional food with ingredients that are known to have romantic powers, plus delectable wines and entertainment by Skip Eaton. Cost: $80 per couple, excludes tax and tip. Reservations: 941-741-8646 or ortygiarestaurant.com.
In Village of the Arts: Arts & Eats Restaurant and Gallery, 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton. Experience a charming, romantic place for your Valentine's Day dinner 4-8 p.m. Feb. 14 featuring a menu with a variety of choices. Cost: $50 per person, includes a glass of champagne. Reservations: 941-201-6647 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
ON THE MENU
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 dinner: Hot Jazz At Arts & Eats! Beat the start of the week blues with Arts & Eats' Monday Jazz Dinner from 6-9 p.m. Enjoy the music of Studio Kitchen Jazz Quintet with Chef Jim Copening on bass (when he can get out of the kitchen), Jim Martin on piano, Mark Mitchell on flute and sax, Jerry York on drums, and Nick Haas on guitar. Space limited. Reservations: 941-201-6647 or on Open Table.
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.
Giuliano Hazan, chef, teacher, cookbook author and son of Italian culinary legend Marcella Hazan, continues his series of intimate Italian cooking classes in 2016.
Recipient of the coveted "Cooking Teacher of the Year" award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Hazan is the author of five cookbooks. 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. To make reservations, call 941-363-1258 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is Hazan's class schedule for early 2016: Jan. 7, Jan. 15, Feb. 4, Feb. 10, Feb. 18, Feb. 26 and additional dates in March and April.For more information on Hazan, his cookbooks, Italy cooking/tour excursions and cooking demonstrations, go to www.giulianohazan.com.
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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