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Culinary Calendar: March 11

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Royal tea service: Simply Gourmet is hosting a traditional Royal English tea service at 2 p.m. March 12, 19 at the Powel Crosley Estate, 8374 N. Tamiami Trail, in Manatee County. Tea will be served in the exclusive upstairs living area of the mansion overlooking the bay. Tickets are $32. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Crosley Foundation. To reserve, call 941-225-9122.

St. Patrick's Day: On March 17, Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, will feature traditional Irish food and drink specials such as a corned beef sandwich 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 3-7 p.m. For more information, visit

Roy's Restaurant Grgich Hills Estate Wine Dinner: Roy's Restaurant has teamed up with Grgich Hills Estate for a Pacific Rim-inspired wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 18. For one night only, guests can experience five courses of Roy's unique cuisine along with exceptional wine pairings courtesy of Grgich Hills Estate. The cost per person is $95 plus tax and service charge. This one-night-only dinner event will take place in the private dining room at Roy's Restaurant locations nationwide. To make reservations at your nearest location, please visit as seating will be limited.

Easter brunch buffet: Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, offers an Easter brunch buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 5. The buffet includes a ham and prime rib carving station, sushi display, omelet station, shrimp and grits, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, oysters, fresh fruit, breakfast potatoes, danishes, pastries, desserts and more for $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children under 12. Easter dinner specials begin at 4 p.m. featuring hand-carved prime rib. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087. For more information, visit

Table Creekside Easter Brunch: The Table Creekside, 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, will offer Easter Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5 with the dinner menu offered from open through 9 p.m. The brunch is served a la carte. Some of the selections on the menu include: Land Benedict, 6 ounce filet mignon, wild mushrooms strudel, poached eggs, peppercorn hollandaise, $23.95; Sea Benedict, butter-poached lobster, Caribbean polenta cake, poached egg, thyme Hollandaise, $24.95; stuffed french toast panini, candied Washington apples, triple cream brie, caramel Nutella, grilled sausage, $17.95; King crab biscuits and gravy -- Alaskan king crab, tasso gravy, poached egg, Nueske's potato hash, $24.96. For more information, call 941-921-9465 or visit to see the entire food and bar menus.

Field to Fork dinner: A field to fork dinner with Chef Darwin Santa Maria of Darwin's on 4th is 5-9 p.m. April 12 at Geraldson Community Farm, 1401 99th St. NW, Bradenton. The five-course dinner will be paired with a timeline and stories of how Geraldson Community Farm came to be. The evolution of the farm will be told through those who lived and farmed this land from the 1950s to now. Darwin Brewing Company's beer will also be served. Tickets: $75 for non-members $65 for members available online at


Apertivo: Ortygia Restaurant, 1418 13th St. W., Bradenton, is hosting a Sicilian-style Apertivo 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays. For reservations call 941-741-8646.

Amore by Andrea adds lunch: Amore by Andrea, 555 Bay Isles Parkway, just off Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, is now open for lunch 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch will be served in the new outdoor palm garden and in the elegant fireside lounge. The menu consists of an array of soups and salads for the season, five pasta dishes, (including Andrea's famous penne Bolognese) and four hearty sandwiches that are served with homemade steak fries. The Angus burger can be embellished with cheese and/or bacon. Prices for lunch range from $9-$15. Beer, wine and full bar. Information: 941- 383-1111 or

Beach Bistro casual menu: The Beach Bistro, 6600 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will be offering a new, more casual "Beach and Bar" menu and service featuring on-the-sand tables. The new Beach and Bar menu will feature shrimp po-boys, bourbon-grilled gulf jumbos, the real grouper sandwich, crab cakes, Bistro charcuterie and more. The Bistro's Bar and Beach area will begin seating from 5 p.m. The Gulf front dining room commences seating at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are always a good idea to 941-778-6444.

Brunch at MacAllisters: MacAllister's, 8110 Lakewood Ranch Main St., offers a brunch buffet 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month. Menu items include strawberry stuffed French toast, pineapple bourbon ham, shrimp gorgonzola pasta, maple glazed pork roast, frittatas, salads, desserts as well a Bloody Mary bar. Buffet price is $15.99 per person, drinks not included. Information: 941-359-2424.

"Crackerjack" Epicurean Adventure: Each month, Michael's On East offers new "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus inspired by exotic culinary destinations. In March, the culinary team will present a "Crackerjack" Epicurean Adventure in celebration of the Baltimore Orioles' sixth spring training season in Sarasota. 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 for reservations.

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.

Sunday brunch: Polo Grill and Bar, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, is offering Sunday Brunch, a brand new menu every Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. featuring a variety of hot and cold selections for breakfast and lunch that changes weekly with a mimosa, Bloody Mary and organic raw juice bar. Brunch is $25 per person plus tax, gratuity, and alcoholic beverages. Information: 941-782-0899 or


Cooking classes: Chef Ray Arpke from Euphemia Haye restaurant has announced the spring line up for his popular demonstration-style cooking classes. Each class includes a three-course lunch with wine pairings plus a take-home booklet of the featured recipes. On March 25, the class is "Spring Into Spring" where Chef Ray will start with an onion and cheese savory tart, then progress to a main course of spring rack of grilled lamb with a tarragon sauce and a side of asparagus risotto. For dessert, he will finish with a delicious blood orange panna cotta (this class is $75). On May 6, come to the cooking class and "Mix It Up" with an antipasto platter with bruschetta for an appetizer, his grandma maenza's meaty italian gravy for the entree and a rhubarb pie for dessert (this class is $65). Classes begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. To sign up for the classes, you can register online at or call 941-383-3633.

Italian cooking: Giuliano Hazan, chef, teacher, cookbook author and son of Italian culinary legend Marcella Hazan, has launched a new series of intimate Italian cooking classes. 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. Classes are March 17, 20, 25 and April 2. 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

Apron's classes: Apron's Cooking School at Publix At University Walk, 2875 University Parkway; students may register for all classes online at or by calling 941-358-7829.

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