Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival tickets: Tickets for the Forks & Corks Food & Wine Festival go on sale at 7 p.m. Nov. 10. Presented by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), this four-day culinary celebration (Jan. 23-26) brings together celebrated regional chefs and world-renowned vintners. While the festival features many events, The Grand Tasting (Jan. 25) remains the favorite. Held in the grand courtyard of The Ringling Museum, the event features signature dishes from the area's top chefs, along with a vast array of wines and beers presented by guest vintners and breweries. Grand Tasting general admission tickets are $95 (plus service charges). VIP tickets are $250 (VIP tickets include a $100 wine voucher, VIP parking, early admission, a Champagne reception, a guided tour of the art museum, covered seating, and an invitation to the kick-off party.) Last year, 1,500 tickets sold out within the first eight minutes of the online sale. To purchase tickets, log on to dineoriginal.com/forksandcorks.
Pine Avenue Edible Garden Tour: On Nov. 13, the Sandbar will host the Pine Avenue Edible Garden Tour and Sandbar Tasting Lunch which will begin with a walking tour of the community gardens located on Pine Avenue, the "Greenest Little Main Street" in America. The hour tour, which beings at 10:30 a.m. will be led by renowned native plant expert and designer, Mike Miller, who will educate attendees about the gardens and encourage on-site tastings of produce contained in the gardens. Next, attendees will join Ed Chiles at the Sandbar Restaurant for a multiple course tasting lunch showcasing produce freshly picked from the Pine Avenue gardens and company owned, Gamble Creek Farm, as well as fresh, local seafood from the Gulf waters. Tickets are $30 and proceeds benefit the All Island Denominations Roser Food Pantry. For more information on this event and to purchase tickets visit groupersandwich.com/news.
Pier 22 Restaurant: Pier 22, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, offers a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 27. The dinner includes fresh roasted turkey, stuffing, garlic mashed potatoes, gravy, sweet potato casserole, broccoli casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and homemade pumpkin pie. The cost is $27.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and under. The current dinner menu is also available. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 941-748-8087.
Seasons 52: Seasons 52, the fresh grill and wine bar at the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota, will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year. The restaurant will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, including Plainville Farms roasted turkey, traditional herb stuffing, Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, maple-glazed butternut squash, French green beans, house-made cranberry relish and a signature pumpkin pie mini indulgence dessert for $26.95 per adult. A children's portion, as well as the full dinner menu, will also be available. Reservations are recommended. Information: 941-702-9652 or Seasons52.com.
ON THE MENU
Michael's Indian Epicurean Adventure: Each month, Michael's On East offers new "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus inspired by exotic culinary destinations. In November, the culinary team is presenting an Indian adventure. The three-course dinner menu is available Monday through Saturday evenings for $34.95 per person. The two-course Power Lunch offering features a choice of entrée and dessert for $18.95 per person and is available Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 941-366-0007, ext. 224 or visit www.bestfood.com for reservations.
Prime Rib Saturdays: The Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, offers a prime rib special exclusively available on Saturdays evenings in October. It's "wet aged" in-house for 20 days in olive oil and gently scented with a blend of hand-picked whole and coarse ground spices. It's intentionally light and floral, so it acts as an aromatic rather than a heavy seasoning. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., choose from a Queen Cut for $18.99, King Cut for $22.99, or a Royal Cut for 27.99 complimented with au jus, creamy horseradish, buttery popovers, curry roasted root vegetables and garlic mashers. Reservations: 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or pologrillandbar.com.
wine & COOKING CLASSES
Pickle making: Learn how to make pickles 4-6 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum, 1015 Sixth St. W., Palmetto. The class, held outside near the Victory Garden, will be led by Lisa Bosner from Sunshine Canning. The focus of the workshop will be safety, equipment, and science. Other topics will include brine, sweet and dill recipes, and ingredients needed for a successful product. Students will also participate in the hands-on portion of the class when a seasonal vegetable is pickled. Students will go home with a jar made in class. All supply costs are included in the registration fee. Cost for this workshop is $25 for Ag Museum members/$30 for nonmembers. Contact Melissa Dagenais at Melissa.Dagenais@manateeclerk.com or call the museum at 721-2034 for more information and registration. The class is limited to 15 people, pre-registration is required.
Italian cooking: Giuliano Hazan, chef, teacher, cookbook author and son of Italian culinary legend Marcella Hazan, will launch a new series of intimate Italian cooking classes Nov. 18. Recipient of the "Cooking Teacher of the Year" award from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Hazan is the author of five cookbooks. His most recent is "Hazan Family Favorites," a collection of 85 recipes, taste memories and family stories based on a 56-year-old family notebook. 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. For a full schedule and to make reservations, call 941-363-1258 or email at email@example.com. For more information on Hazan, his cookbooks, Italy cooking/tour excursions and cooking demonstrations, go to www.giulianohazan.com.
"Farm to Table Wines" discussion: Bunker Hill Vineyard & Winery, 8905 Bunker Hill Road, Duette, is hosting a free "Farm to Table Wines" discussion 3-6 p.m. Nov. 22. Included will be a complimentary wine tasting and behind-the-scenes tour. Reservations are required as space is limited. For reservations, call 941-776-0418.
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.
Brewers discussion: Motorworks Brewing, 1014 Ninth St. W., Bradenton, will hold a weekly brewers discussion at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. One or more of our brewers will be give an hour-long discussion on beer styles and brewing. A different Motorworks Brewing beer will be on spotlight with the option to enjoy a snack paired perfectly for it. This educational discussion will include Q&A at the end. This is a free event, open to the public. Everyone from beginning craft beer drinkers to craft beer connoisseurs can learn. Information: 941-567-6218.
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