Culinary calendar

Cooking with herbs: Extension Agent Samantha Kennedy will present “Cooking with Herbs” at the Agricultural Museum at 10 a.m. March 25. This program will teach you how to use herbs in your cooking to add flavor and zing to your dishes. The program is free, but reservations are needed. Call 721-2034. The Ag Museum is at 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto.

Amy’s Southern Comfort Supper Club: Bonnie Bakes in the Village of the Arts, 930 12th St. W., Bradenton, hosts an evening of Southern cooking with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. March 26. The menu includes Drunken Cajun Shrimp and Bubblin’ Hot Veggie Cheese Dip followed by Chopped House Salad, Blushin’ Citrus Boubon Glazed Pork Tenderloin served with garlic roasted potatoes and vegetables or Old School Chicken Pot Pie filled with roasted chicken, seasonal veggies and egg noodles baked in a sherry cream sauce and topped with a flakey golden crust. Cost is $19.95 plus tax and gratuity. It’s BYOB. There will be live music on the patio with Matt Brown. Make your reservation early, seating is limited at 746-6647.

Bronson Arroyo Wine-Pairing Dinner: Chef Paul Mattison, executive chef and proprietor of Mattison’s has partnered with Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo to announce a very special wine-pairing evening featuring a five-course dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 25 at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. The price is $75 plus tax and tip. Proceeds from the evening benefit Homes For Our Troops, a national non-profit organization providing specially adapted homes for our severely injured service members. This evening features wines from Bronson Arroyo’s 2006 Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend and each course is paired with a fantastic varietal from Hill Family Estate. Attendance is limited and reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling 748-8087.

PASSOVER AND Easter events

Harry’s Passover take-out: Harry’s Continental Kitchens, 525 St. Jude’s Drive, Longboat Key, will over a Passover dinner to pick up for $19.95 per person on April 8. Dinner includes Matzoh ball soup, roast chicken or beef brisket with potato kugel and braised carrots and macaroons. Order by April 6 at (941) 383-0777 or

Amy’s Southern Comfort Cuisine: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays at Bonnie Bakes in the Village of the Arts, 930 12th St. W., Bradenton, featuring shrimp and grits, roast pork po’ boy, Bradentucky Boil, Cracker mac & cheese, sweet tater corn bread and more. Cash only. Information: 746-6647.

Harry’s Continental Kitchens: 525 St. Jude’s Drive, Longboat Key, will serve Easter dinner to go on April 12; order by April 10. Menu includes Leg of Lamb Boulangère with potatoes or baked ham with scalloped potatoes, biscuits, whole wheat rolls or French bread. Cost: $13.95 per person. Harry’s also will serve breakfast 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Easter Sunday, lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and a three-course prix fixe dinner 5-9 p.m. Information and reservations: 383-3633.

Easter Dinner at Mattison’s: Easter menu features leg of lamb served with roasted Tuscan rosemary potatoes and sautéed fresh vegetables and traditional Easter ham with sweet potato gratin, fresh market vegetables, a pineapple chutney and spicy mustard sauce. Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, is open 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Easter Sunday. Reservations are requested and can be made online at or by calling 748.8087.

Treviso Restaurant: Cà d’Zan Terrace at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, will serve Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 12, and Mother’s Day, May 10. The buffet brunch will include choices of made-to-order omelets, waffles, carved roasted prime rib, imported and domestic cheeses, fresh fruit and salads, assorted desserts and much more. Cost: $35 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger (plus tax and tip). A museum admission ticket is not required to take part. Reservations are highly recommended and may be made by calling 360-7390. In the event of inclement weather, Sunday Brunch will be canceled. For more information, visit

Cooking classes

Apron’s Cooking School: Publix holds classes and demonstrations at 2875 University Pkwy., Sarasota. Classes in March include intermediate techniques, basics of culinary, winter comfort foods, Torres wines, couples cooking, sauces demystified, classic chicken recipes, northern Italian dinner party, shellfish exposed and Girls’ Night Out: Italian Classics. Reservations are required and classes fill up quickly. Information and reservations: 358-7829. A complete schedule, menus for each class and a reservation form can be found at

Euphemia Haye: Chef Raymond and D’Arcy Arpke, owner-proprietors of Euphemia Haye Restaurant on Longboat Key, will offer their Famous Lesson Luncheon Series through May 6. Topics include From Russia with Love, Sunday Brunch, San Francisco cuisine, Via Duck, spring lamb, birthday treats and Little Italy. Space is limited and reservations are required. Classes will be held from 10:30 a.m. to around 1:30 p.m. Call Euphemia Haye at 383-3633.

Wine events

WineStyles: 8225 Natures Way Suite 111, Lakewood Ranch, will host these free wine tastings:

n Selected wines presented by Tom Hannon of Selected Brands, 5-7 p.m. March 27.

n “Taste the Difference of Kosher” featuring Passover wines 3-6 p.m. April 4.

n Wines perfect to pair with an Easter meal, 5-7 p.m. April 10.

n “Sip and Shop,” 5-7 p.m. April 11. Renowned published artist Deborah Haeffele will exhibit her impressionistic oil paintings including vivid Tuscan vineyards and villas, and old world architecture, cafés, and canals of Italy and France.

n South African wines, 5-7 p.m. April 17.

Information: 306-5804.

Mattison’s Riverside: 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, hosts Tuesday Tasting 5-7 p.m., offering the opportunity to sample a variety of wines from a featured vineyard, varietals or regional. This is a free event with light appetizers offered. For reservations, call 748-8087.