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Culinary Calendar: June 17

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Harry's Continental Kitchens: The restaurant will celebrate Father's Day June 16-21 with a four-course prix fixe dinner for $33 per person. First course -- vichyssoise or gazpacho; second course -- Asian pulled duck cups, lamb meatballs or baked escargot; third course -- seared gulf grouper, spiny lobster risotto or grilled prime New York strip topped; fourth course -- Key lime pie, chocolate mousse cake or desserts of the day. Harry's restaurant, open 5 to 9 p.m. daily, is at 5600 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Call to make your reservation at 941-383-0777.

Mattison's City Grille: The restaurant will have a Father's Day à la carte Sunday brunch menu 11 a.m.-2 p.m. June 21 featuring brunch specials steak and cheese omelette and a crab and asparagus quiche. They will also offer lunch and dinner specials. The restaurant is at 1 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-330-0440 or

MacAllister's: The restaurant at 8110 Lakewood Ranch Main St. is celebrating Father's Days with an apple and sausage stuffed pork chop, prime rib, salmon Oscar and lobster rolls. Their new food and cocktail menus will be available all day as well. Information: 941-359-2424

Pier 22: All dads dining at Pier 22 on Father's Day will receive their choice of a complimentary draft beer or Bloody Mary. The restaurant offers a traditional brunch menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., a prime rib special all day and the full dinner menu from 4 p.m. June 21. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 941-748-8087 or online at Pier 22 is at 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton.


Rum tasing with AMI Privateers: The Anne Maria Island Privateers will host a rum-tasting event at Lynches Pub & Grub, 19B N. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota 6-10 p.m. June 27. A donation of $20 or more will allow for 15 samples of a dozen or more varieties of rum, with mixers available. (Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol.) Plenty of pirates and wenches for photo ops, and the newly refurbished pirate ship, the 63-foot long Skullywag. Tasters are invited to come in costume as well. Snacks will be provided and heartier fare will be available for purchase.

students. Tickets available in advance or at the door. Information:; 407-403-1068.

Eighth Annual Spyder Broussard Low Country, East County, Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil: On July 11, the Polo Grill and Bar in Lakewood Ranch transforms into a Cajun celebration of fresh seafood, live music by the Gumbo Boogie Band and New Orleans excitement. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. View the full menu at Patrons will sit tavern style at long community tables. Cost:$34.95 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations required: 941-782-0899 ext. 2 or online at

Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Specials extended: Select Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week participants will extend their special priced meals through either June 27, June 30, Aug. 30 or Sept. 30. Guests can enjoy $29 pre-fixe three-course dinner menus and multi-course lunch menus for just $15. Information:

PIER 22's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Pig Roast: Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy exclusive VIP seating along the Manatee River, under the fireworks, while dining on PIER 22's waterfront terrace, in the dining room or casual dining in The Patio. Buffet includes a pig roast, prime rib carving station, fish and chips, fajita bar, assorted sushi, mussels and bleu, peel and eat shrimp, and much more. Cost: is $69.95 for adults and $19.95 for children under 12. Tax, gratuity and beverages not included. Reservations required: 941-748-8087.

Seafood recipes wanted: The Florida Maritime museum is planning a new, Cortez-themed calendar for 2015. When released, the calendar will feature fun, Florida seafood recipes and 12 sketches by talented artist John Miller. The Florida Maritime Museum is accepting recipe submissions. The top 12 entries will be featured in the calendar, and winners will each receive a free copy. Email recipes to Halee Turner at by June 12 to be considered.


Polo Grill weekly specials: Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch is offering new daily specials. Kick off the week with a complimentary glass of house wine with a $10 food purchase during lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays. Tuesday you can get a burger and beer for $6 during lunch. Wednesday features all-you-can-eat apps for $10 per person from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in lounge only. Thursday is pizza and piano night in the lounge. Enjoy complimentary handcrafted pizza while listening to the talented Jordan Bush from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. End the business week with a $1 ice cold Bud Light draft during happy hour from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday's in the lounge. Then stick around for live entertainment which begins at 9 p.m. Polo Grill and Bar is on Lakewood Ranch Main Street. To read our menu and learn more about our events and activities, visit

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


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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