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By staff April 1, 2008

No fooling—this is going to be a great food month.


By Judi Gallagher



 I thought of posting an April Fool’s blog to trip up you savvy readers—you know, a little tease. Maybe it would be something like…”REAL Chinese food comes to Sarasota” or “Carnegie Deli insists on opening store on Main Street with pastrami, latkes and cheesecakes free every Tuesday,”or (wishing it were true as I struggle with dropping a few pounds) “Scientists have breakthrough, adding globs of mayonnaise to your cheeseburger and fries helps lower cholesterol and could add years of younger-looking skin.” Alas, I thought it would be too cruel to tantalize you like that.


Mak Chins on Shepard Street in Houston is well worth the flight!


Better to use this blog space to welcome the flavors of spring and check out what is coming up on the culinary scene. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is now hosting monthly wine classes, maybe just the ticket to polish up on your Meritage blending skills before this year’s Florida Winefest & Auction, which begins April 24. 

The Florida Winefest & Auction is fast approaching. 


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar has an incredible three-course prix fixe seasonal menu under $35 per person) until June 24, certainly worth checking out. Harry’s Continental Kitchen offers wine dinners throughout the year; but by the end of this month, the traffic won’t be half as bad and it will be a good time to take a drive over to this Longboat Key staple. Polo Grill is offering a special Passover menu, and if I weren’t already holding the coveted invite to dinner at Jake and Emma Joel’s house, it would certainly be on my list.


Paul Mattison is hosting cooking classes as well as a progressive dinner at all three venues of his, while Taste Dining and Travel magazine has another one of their creative walking progressive dinners in the works. And of course, heading out to the farmer’s market on Saturdays or Overholt’s produce stand on Bahia Vista, before they close for the season is a must. And don’t forget that you can now catch my cooking segments on Fridays at noon on ABC7 or log on to and click on recipes and you can watch my cooking video whenever you want.


No fooling—April is going to be a tasteful month!
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