Local Author Fred Bollaci Presenting “The Restaurant Diet” at Euphemia Haye Restaurant on Longboat Key, Florida, Friday January 25th, 2019, Plus A Cooking Class, Luncheon, and Wine Tasting with Chef Ray Arpke



“The Restaurant Diet” Author, Fred Bollaci, a part-time Sarasota area resident will be presenting his groundbreaking weight loss book on Friday January 25, 2019 at famed Longboat Key restaurant, Euphemia Haye.

Events are part of the 12th annual Forks & Corks weekend. Chef Ray Arpke of Euphemia Haye (one of 9 area restaurants out of 100 nationwide featured with recipes in the book) will be hosting a cooking class and luncheon, beginning at 10:30am. Afterwards, at 2:15pm, there will be a wine tasting upstairs in the Haye Loft, where Fred will be selling and signing books for $25 until 4pm. Both events are ticketed, RSVP required. For more information, please contact the restaurant directly at 941.383.3633.

If you are looking for “things to do” in Sarasota, Venice or Bradenton, Chef Ray’s Cooking Classes at Euphemia Haye should be on the top of your list. We call the cooking classes “Lesson Luncheons” because they are taught in a demonstration style; so what that means is, Chef Ray does all of the cooking and you do the eating and drinking! Each class begins with our freshly-baked banana bread and a bottomless cup of our insanely good imported coffee. There’s no skimping here – each guest will get to enjoy a luxurious lunch that includes three courses and each course includes a paired glass of wine. Guests will watch and interact with Chef Ray as he prepares each of three courses in our main dining room. The food Chef Ray prepares is always amazing but his quick wit and lively personality steal the show. The classes are for anyone who wants to learn something about cooking – whether you’re already a “foodie” or just a kitchen novice, Chef Ray says that everyone will learn some useful tips.

Photo: Chef Raymond Arpke

Upcoming Classes

Friday, January 25th – Forks & Corks

The Menu:

Euphemia Haye’s Famous Caesar Salad
paired with A to Z Wineworks Pinot Gris (2016)
Forks & Corks Gold winner
Braciole (Italian style beef roulade) with homemade pasta
paired with Cass Vineyards & Winery GSM (2014)
Pistachio Cheesecake
paired with Banfi Piemonte Cuvée Aurora Rosé (2012)
Forks & Corks Gold winner
Seats sell out quickly… Make your reservation now!
Call Brooke at 941-383-3633 (Monday – Friday, 10am-4:00pm)
Reserve Your Spot Online

A Note from Chef Ray –

Caesar Salad… always a great way to start a meal. Especially when it is Euphemia Haye’s Famous Caesar Salad. Yes, we’ve been making this awesome recipe since the inception of the restaurant 45 years ago. The A to Z Pinot Gris is my new favorite white wine and it pairs beautifully with our Caesar Salad.

Yes, the amazing wines are why you pay more for this class, but once you’ve tasted my Braciole, you will discover another reason. Braciole is an Italian-style beef roulade and this could be the best Italian dish I make. Paired with homemade pasta, it definitely is. We are serving this paired with Cass Vineyards’ G.S.M. and it goes wonderfully with the beef and marinara.

The sparkling Italian (Banfi Piemonte Cuvee Aurora Rose) with a Pistachio Cheesecake may well be the best dessert pairing that I’ve eaten. Certainly, in recent memory.

I promise you, this is a meal to remember and one that you will want to have again. Good thing we send you home with recipes, tips & tricks! All of the wines from class will be available to purchase, too. Stick around after class for our wine tasting with three dozen wines, many of them Forks & Corks award winners, presented by winemakers and representatives from the various wineries. The wine tasting is free for those who joined us for class and $45 for friends who may want to join after.

Consider this an amazing opportunity to enjoy a culinary lesson and delicious meal from one of Florida’s best and most beloved chefs, and a chance to chat with Fred Bollaci and purchase a signed book at the wine tasting afterwards.

Wine Tasting at The Haye Loft
Join us on Friday, January 25th from 2:15pm until 5:00pm for a special wine tasting and learn more about and taste a number of the award winning wines from this year’s Forks & Corks event. Three dozen wines, winemakers, and representatives will be on hand from:

A to Z Wineworks – F&C 2019 Gold
Cakebread Winery – F&C 2019 Gold, Silver & Bronze
Cass Vineyards & Winery – F&C 2019 Silver & Bronze
Castello Banfi – F&C 2019 Gold & Bronze
Quady Winery – F&C 2019 Gold & Silver

In addition to the many fine wines, several of Chef Ray’s favorite hors d’eouvres will be served. All of the wines will be available for purchase at special rates during this event.

Cost is $45/person with some proceeds going to JDRF to help bring a cure to Type 1 diabetes (complimentary for those who attend the cooking lesson and luncheon).

For more information on the events, click here.

About Fred Bollaci

I'm CEO and President of Fred Bollaci Enterprises. I lost more than 100 pounds while living "La Dolce Vita" and I'm now known as "The Healthy Gourmet." Sample the good life with me through fitness, fine food, and good wine. Meet chefs who cater to a healthy gourmet lifestyle through my Golden Palate blog.
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