This week, Chef Dylan Elhajoui begins a new culinary "tour" at his MoZaiC restaurant, featuring eight two-week journeys and focusing on great artists and their connection to food. This week's artist was Claude Monet; to see what's up next and make reservations, visit www.mozaicsarasota.com or call (941) 951-6272.
NOW - SEPTEMBER 21
Innovative Dining Cooking Classes
Explore the unique culture and cuisine of Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, South America and many more regions during Innovative Dining’s summer cooking classes. Each class focuses on learning and experiencing the culinary delicacies of a specific region, and includes an open beer and wine bar. $95; 8130 Lakewood Main Street.
AUGUST 19 & 20
Make sure to check out Retrobaked’s August pop-up menu, where you'll find gluten-free, vegan desserts like Thin Mint brownies and birthday cake cupcakes. Orders must be placed by August 16; pickup for desserts is on August 19 and 20. 933 12th St. W, Bradenton. Treats and cupcake prices vary, check menu here for more information.
Grand Opening: Edible Elegance by Eli
Join the Manatee Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon-cutting and grand opening ceremony at Edible Elegance by Eli, a new custom bakery in Bradenton. The first 100 guests receive a free gift with any purchase, and special events will be taking place throughout the day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; 3737 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton (941) 778-3909
Sarasota Beer Fest
Head over to the Robarts Sport Arena for a day filled with unlimited specialty beer and food samples from some of Sarasota’s local eateries. The event will feature live music and a photo booth, and all proceeds will benefit those who have served in the military and their families. 3000 Ringling Boulevard. Tickets are $30. Buy tickets here.
A Taste of Downtown Food & Wine Fest
Explore and discover over 20 favorite local restaurants during A Taste of Downtown Food & Wine Fest. Taste fine wine, beer and food samples from participating sponsors like Louie’s Modern, Michael’s on East, the Social Eatery & Bar and many more, all at the Sarasota Opera House. 61 N. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the door. Buy tickets here.