Wine & Dine

This Week's Can't-Miss Dining Events

Don't miss out on wine tasting, fresh seafood and a craft beer tour of Sarasota.

By Felicity Warner July 12, 2016

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 JULY 14

Vive La France Five Course Wine-Pairing Dinner

Wine expert Michael Rugers will be joining Chef Paul Mattison in creating a lineup of five courses using fresh local seafood and wine in honor of Bastille Day. Duck confit crepe l’orange, roast chateau of beef tenderloin and Cointreau chocolate lava cake are just a few of the dishes being served at Mattison’s Forty-One. More info at mattisons.com7275 S Tamiami Trail. Tickets are $85 plus tax and gratuity.


Brew Thru SRQ

Take part in a tipsy tour of a lifetime on Brew Thru SRQ’s Half Pint Tour. Stopping at local beer havens like World of Beer, JDub's Brewing Company and Big Top Brewing Company, passengers will ride the Siesta Trolley through town to enjoy four unique craft beers. The tour also provides a professional brew guide, a complimentary beer on the trolley and tons of other gifts fit for any beer fanatic. Tour begins at World of Beer, 1888 Main Street. Tickets are $35.

JULY 15-16

Retrobaked Pop-Up

Retrobaked, the gluten-free, vegan bakery in Village of the Arts, is opening its doors to the public for a second weekend every month, in addition to the monthly VOTA Art Walks. Expect an assortment of treats including cupcakes, oatmeal creme pies, chocolate-chip banana bread, brownies and more. You can pre-order and view the full menu at

JULY 18-24

Chiles Restaurant Group's Caviar Week

In honor of National Caviar Day, Chiles Restaurant Group will be celebrating its Caviar Week at the Sandbar Restaurant, Beach House Restaurant (both on Anna Maria Island) and Mar Vista Restaurant on Longboat Key. This means exclusive specialty caviar dishes, paired with delectable Healthy Earth caviar, fresh seafood and more. 100 Spring Avenue, Anna Maria; 200 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach; 760 Broadway Street N., Longboat Key.


Summer Chef Jam: Jack Dusty in Sarasota

Enjoy bottomless pints of fresh Florida brews as you watch local favorite Chef Jay from Jack Dusty grill up specially curated summer dishes to relish, including grilled steak skewers, rabbit empanadas and key lime strawberry shortcake to finish it off. $25 includes 3 small plates and bottomless pints. The Chef Jam series continues all summer long, find out more at Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Boulevard. Tickets available here, or pay with cash at the door.

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