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.
SOMA Creek Side Fourth of July Bash: SOMA Creek Side, 1401 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will hold a Baja-style buffet with hors d'oeuvres and dessert bar, view the fireworks from the rooftop and enjoy live music by Muphin Chuckrs 6-10:30 p.m. July 4. Tickets: $25. Information: 941-567-4001 or somacreekside.com.
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. 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 atpologrillandbar.com
Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week Specials extended: Select Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week participants will extend their special priced meals. The following restaurants will extend through July 30: Mattison's City Grille, Mattison's Forty-One, Sardinia, Savory Street (lunch only). Through Aug. 30: Café Gabbiano, Giuseppe Ristorante, Lolita Tartine, Louies Modern, Salute! Through Sept. 30: 62 Bistro, Blue Rooster, Crow's Nest, Fins at Sharkey's, Ophelia's On The Bay, Roast and The Table Creekside. Guests can enjoy $29 pre-fixe three-course dinner menus and multi-course lunch menus for just $15. Information: www.savorsarasota.com.
19th annual tropical fruit tasting: Jene's Tropicals, 6831 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, will hold a tropical fruit tasting 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-19. Try jackfruit, canistel, mamey sapote, longan and lychee nut, durian, red Mexican papayas, Spanish
lime, more 20 specialty mango varieties, dragon fruit, ruby guavas, manzana, red
Jamaican bananas and more. Try homemade tropical fruit desserts and drinks, along with sauces and spices by Hey Mon Caribbean Sauce and Spice Company. Information: 727-344-1668 or tropicalfruit.com.
ON THE MENU
Polo Fit Menu returns: Chef and proprietor, Tommy Klauber, is bringing back Polo Grill's Polo Fit menu which features fresh, healthy and delicious clean eating options for lunch and dinner. The full menu includes fresh entrees such as chopped Thai salad with sesame garlic dressing made with edamame, baby kale, tricolor peppers, cilantro, green onions; golden flax and chia seed salmon on a bed of arugula and grape tomatoes; and grilled asparagus summer rolls filled with herbed quinoa and orange chili dipping sauce. Information: pologrillandbar.com. or reservations, call: 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or OpenTable.com.
Greek Epicurean Adventure: Each month, Michael's On East offers new "Epicurean Adventure" lunch and dinner menus inspired by exotic culinary destinations. In July, the culinary team will present a Greek 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 www.bestfood.com 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.
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.
Culinary Calendar: Email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.