Food & Drink

Culinary calendar: June 22

Ninth annual Spyder Broussard Low Country, East County, Fish Fry & Shrimp Boil

For one night only, Polo Grill and Bar transforms into a Cajun celebration of fresh seafood, live music and New Orleans excitement. The Ninth annual Spyder Broussard Low Country, East County, Fish Fry and Shrimp Boil begins at 6:30 p.m. July 16. Broussard, a Louisiana native, and Chef Tommy Klauber will join forces to create a sensational buffet featuring Cajun and Creole favorites such as Zatarain’s boiled shrimp with sweet corn and andouille sausage, Central Grocery-style muffulettas, barbecue brisket sliders and crawfish corn dogs with honey mustard. Buckets of cold beer will be sold for $10 and Hurricane cocktails will be available for $5. To view the full menu, visit: Patrons will sit tavern style at long community tables covered in newspapers. Casual attire is expected. Reservations are required for this event, and due to limited seating, it is expected to sell-out. Cost is $34.95 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call: 941-782-0899, ext. 2 or at Polo Grill and Bar is on Lakewood Main Street.

“Thailand” culinary presentation

The Asian Women’s Club of Lakewood Ranch is hosting a culinary presentation on the flavors and foods of Thailand at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Learn how to prepare stir-fried vegetarian coconut noodles followed by a tasting of the classic Thai dish. Seating is limited to 50 people. RSVP to or 941-730-4030.

Walking progressive dinner

Taste Dining & Travel Magazine is hosting a walking progressive dinner beginning at 6:15 p.m. June 29 at the Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. Meet at 6:15 p.m. at Brio for appetizers with a two glasses of wine or Mojito tasting. A salad and entree course with two glasses of wine will be at Seasons 52 featuring salad of organic field greens and entrée tastings including a taste of cedar plank roasted salmon, grilled flat iron steak or all-natural roasted half-chicken. Lastly, desserts and coffee at the Cheesecake Factory. Reservations are a must. Cost is $75 per person which includes the full meal, tax, gratuity and charity donation. To reserve your space, call Taste at 941-366-7950,

On the menu

Arts & Eats Jazz Dinner will resume for the off-season on the second and fourth Mondays until the end of August from 6-9 p.m. featuring Studio Kitchen with Chef Jim on bass. The $30 price-fixed menu will include soup or salad and a choice of four entrees. including a Mexican Bowl with refried black beans, rice, pulled pork, guacamole, tomato salsa, and fish and chips. A selection of a la carte appetizers and desserts will be available. The restaurant is at 1114 12th St. W., Bradenton, in the Village of the Arts. 941-201-6647,

Blue Mondays at Yo! Sushi

Beat the Monday blues with Blue Monday at YO! Sushi. Every Monday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., all plates off the sushi belt are only $3.50 each. Guests can choose from more than 40 dishes. The restaurant is in The Mall At University Town Center. 941-313-7091,

Polo Grill Bistro

This summer, Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch is transforming the bar/lounge into a bustling bistro during lunch time, where one can have a leisurely lunch catching up with a friend, have a quick business meeting or for any reason in between. Enjoy lower-priced casual fare including the famous half-pound pretzel-bun burgers, honey-chipotle chicken lollipops, savory sandwiches, and salads made to order. Try any one of our sandwiches for only $10 during lunch time. New summer hours: 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. lunch, 5:30-9 p.m. dinner Monday-Saturday. To view the full menu, visit pologrill<code_dp>

Painter’s Palate AYCE Sushi

Painter’s Palate, 2801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, offers all-you-can-eat sushi for $20 every Thursday night (8 p.m.-midnight) in June. Guests can select from a variety of rolls from California to Crispy Chicken, to Mega Crab and Thai to Sweet Potato, Tofu and Avocado rolls for the vegetarian. 941-355-4620.

Clancy’s weekly specials

Clancy’s Irish Sports Pub is offering new weekly daily specials. Monday is pasta night with dinner for two and a bottle of wine for $19.99. Tuesday is taco night. Wednesday features Irish dishes. Thursday is comfort food and Friday features seafood specials. 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton 941-794-2489 or

Cooking classes

Apron’s classes: Apron’s Cooking School at Publix At University Walk,. 2875 University Parkway; register for all classes online at or call 941-358-7829.

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