St. Patrick's Day
Pier 22: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 17 with traditional Irish food and drink specials such as a corned beef sandwich with swiss cheese on wheat for lunch and corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and vegetables for lunch and dinner. Green beer and other drink specials will be flowing. Happy Hour is from 3-7 p.m. Information: www.pier22dining.com. 1200 First Ave. W. downtown Bradenton.
Blu Mangrove: Traditional Irish favorites on March 17 including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, chicken pot pie, fish and chips. There will be drink specials. Bagpipers, 6-7 p.m. The restaurant is at 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto. Information: 941-479--7827.
Polo Grill: St. Paddy's Day food and spirits will be on the specials for dinner March 17 at the Polo Grill. Featuring Irish specialties like house made corned beef and cabbage, "green" drink specials and much more all evening in the Polo Grill dining room. Be sure to come decked out in green attire for some awesome prizes. "Irish" dining begins at 5:30 p.m. Regular menu available as well. Reservations: 941-782-0899 or pologrillandbar.com. The resaurant is at 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch.
Powel Crosley Estate: Two seatings, at 10 am and 12:30 p.m., either inside the mansion or next to the bay with private tables. Breakfast and brunch menu items including chef omlette station, Belgian waffles and fresh fruit, shrimp and smoked salmon trio, mac and cheese station (for kids of all ages), Easter ham and selection of chicken, an abundant assortment of fresh salads, vegan quinoa selection and desserts. Adults, $42; children ages 3 to 10, $24; toddlers and infants are complimentary. Make reservations at crosleysupperclub.com/reservations.html.
Pier 22: Features an Easter brunch buffet and dinner specials on the patio and in the ballroom, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. March 27. The buffet includes a ham and prime rib carving station, eggs Benedict, sushi display, omelet station, shrimp and grits, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, oysters, fresh fruit, breakfast potatoes, danishes, pastries, desserts and more. Adults, $32.95; children under 12, $14.95. Easter dinner specials, from 4 p.m., feature a prime rib dinner slowly cooked and hand-carved to order, served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus plus the full dinner menu. Reservations recommended; call 941-748-8087. Information: www.pier22dining.com. 1200 First Ave. W. downtown Bradenton.
Captial Grille: This Easter
Sunday, The Capital Grille will offer a prix-fixe Easter brunch menu for children and adults in addition to their full dinner menu. Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 27. For the appetizer course, guests can choose between menu items such as a cup of spring artichoke bisque, or bibb stack salad. Guests can then select from a range of items for their main course, including bone-in dry aged New York strip with fried egg, pan-seared salmon, 8-ounce filet mignon, or lobster frittata. Brunch concludes with dessert choices, such as classic crème brûlée, or flourless chocolate espresso cake. Cost is $49 per person and $15 for children. The restaurant is at 180 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota. Reservations: 941-256-3647 or opentable.com.
Polo Grill: Easter Sunday Brunch is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 27. Chef Jason Stevens and his culinary team will be featuring an assortment of chef manned stations, a chilled seafood display, assorted salads and fruits, artisan cheeses and breads, delicious hot entrées, and more. Cost: $39.95 for adults, $17.95 for children 12 and younger, and children under 2 eat free. To view the full menu visit: pologrillandbar.com/calendar/easter-day-buffet-2016. Reservations: 941-782-0899 or pologrillandbar.com. The restaurant is at 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch.
Brunch On The Bay: Easter Sunday at the Ca d'Zan on Ringling Museum grounds is a well-known event destination, providing a perfect backdrop for a delicious brunch. Seatings at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. March 27. The menu includes Alaskan king crab legs to glazed Kentucky spiral ham, as well as morning staples, classic brunch items, a full seafood display, a carving station, grazing items, fresh salads and sweets. Cost: $60 Ringling members, $75 adults, $25 children 12 and younger. Reservations: 941-360-7390.
Louies Modern: Easter brunch is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 27. Menu items include classic eggs Benedict, Nutella waffles, poached salmon, kale caesar, tomato basil pasta salad, sesame steamed red quinoa, edamame potstickers, roasted rack of lamb, creole chicken egg rolls, a slew of sides, and, of course, dessert. Cost: $55 adults, $25 children 12 and younger. Reservations: www.opentable.com/louies-modern or call 941-552-9688. The restaurant is at 1289 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota.
Libby's Cafe + Bar: Easter brunch is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 27. The menu includes chef crafted cage free omelettes, hash brown potatoes, cheesy grits, shrimp cocktail, blue crab fritters, barley amandine, mini mozzarella caprese, Hillview chicken salad, veal meatballs, kimchi fried rice, roasted prime rib, heirloom peas and carrots, to a scrumptious selection of desserts. Cost: $45 adults, $25 children 12 and younger. Reservations: http://www.opentable.com/libbys-cafe-and-bar or call 941-487-7300. The restaurant is at 1917 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota.
ON THE MENU
Clancy's weekly specials: Clancy's Irish Sports Pub, 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton, is offering new daily specials. Monday is pasta night with dinner for two and a bottle of wine for $19.99. Tuesday is taco night. Wednesday features Irish dishes. Thursday is comfort food night and Friday features seafood specials. For more information: 941-794-2489 or clancysirishsportspub.com.
Risotto special: A "Tale of Two Risottos" brings two dishes to guests of BRIO Tuscan Grille at International Plaza in Tampa & The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, through March 27, for only $19.95 each. Dishes include a broiled Maine lobster tail served over risotto with shrimp, mushrooms, asparagus, roasted red peppers, basil and Parmesan cheese or five large sea scallops will served over a roasted vegetable ratatouille risotto.
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. 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.
Italian dishes: Giuliano Hazan, chef, teacher, cookbook author and son of Italian culinary legend Marcella Hazan, continues his series of intimate Italian cooking classes. 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 info March 23 and 31 and April 8.For more information on Hazan, his cookbooks, Italy cooking/tour excursions and cooking demonstrations, go to 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.
Culinary Calendar: Email information to email@example.com.