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Culinary Calendar

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Sunday gospel brunch: The Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, will hold a special Sunday gospel brunch featuring Shantel Norman with Truality, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 17. Brunch includes a buffet, Bloody Mary bar, mimosa bar and great music. Cost: $25 per person plux tax, gratuity, and alcoholic beverages. For reservations, call 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or visit for more information.


Pier 22 Mother's Day buffet: Pier 22 Restaurant, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton, is offering a Mother's Day brunch buffet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10. The buffet includes a ham and prime rib carving station, sushi display, omelet station, shrimp and grits, sausage, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy, breakfast potatoes, Belgian waffles, salad, fruit, Danishes and pastries, fish, chicken Florentine, cheese tortellini alfredo, garden vegetables and more. The buffet is $29.95 for adults and $12.95 for children 12 and younger. Pier 22 also offers Mother's Day dinner specials from 4 p.m. featuring prime rib, Filet Oscar or filet and scallops. The full dinner menu is also available from 4 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087. For more information,

Amore Mother's Day: Amore by Andrea, 555 Bay Isles Parkway, Longboat Key, will have a Mother's Day brunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 10. Dinner is 5-10 p.m. Moms will receive a $10 gift card for a future visit. Reservations: 941-383-1111. Information:

Polo Grill Mother's Day buffet: The Polo Grill, 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, offers at Mother's Day buffet 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10. The buffet will feature eggs Benedict, farm fresh omelets made to order, Belgian waffles, fresh salads, carving stations, seafood displays, and an endless selection of sweet and savory pastries and desserts. Cost: $39.95 per person, children 14 and under $17.95, children under age 4 eat free, price excludes beverages, taxes and gratuity. For reservations, call 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or visit for more information.

The Table Creekside Mother's Day Brunch: The restaurant will offer a Mother's Day brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10. The restaurant is at 5365 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The regular dinner menu will be served 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Reservations: 941-921-9465


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.

Cuban Epicurean Adventure: Each month, Michael's On East offers new "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus inspired by exotic culinary destinations. In April, the culinary team will present a Cuban Epicurean 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 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 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.

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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