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A calendar of food and cooking events

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Special events

Whiskey Pairing Dinner: 7 tonight, Dubliner Irish Pub, 12836 Henderson Road, Tampa. A master of whiskey leads dinner pairing Bushmill 16-year, 21-year and others with beef Wellington, cedar-planked salmon and more. $65. (813) 300-2076.

Fish Fry: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Holy Family Catholic Church, 278 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Dinner of baked tilapia or fried pollack includes hush puppies, coleslaw and more. $7. (813) 951-5787. www. holyfamilystpete.com.

Fish Fry: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri. and March 19, St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. Cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for kids 14 and younger. (727) 584-2318.

Safety Harbor Seafood Festival: Noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun., Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Seafood specialties, other food for sale, live music, arts and crafts, more. Free admission. (727) 724-1572.

Chili Cook-Off: 3-7 p.m. Sat., Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 3050 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Sample chili, plus hot dog-eating contest, kids' activities, more. Benefits St. Petersburg Woman's Club restoration project and Hospice. $15 adults, $10 kids, 3 and under free. (727) 895-2506.

Taste of Dunedin: Noon-6 p.m. Sun. along Main Street. Enjoy tastes from area restaurants, raffle 5:30 p.m. in Pioneer Park. Benefits local food bank. $10, purchase tickets at Chamber of Commerce, 301 Main St. (727) 733-4121, ext. 502, or (727) 733-3197.

Dining in the Dark: 6 p.m. March 9, Renaissance Vinoy, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Guests are blindfolded and ushered to dinner in darkened ballroom. Benefits Foundation Fighting Blindness. Tickets start at $150. (727) 894-1000. blindness.org (click on "News & Events").

''Go Green" at Flemings: 6:30 p.m. March 12, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Winebar, 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Irish-inspired dinner pairs "green" eco-friendly wines with Irish cuisine. $55. (813) 874-9463. www.flemingssteakhouse.com.

Cajun Zydeco Crawfish Festival: 4:30 p.m. March 12, noon March 13-14, Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg. Crawfish, Creole and Cajun foods, music, arts and crafts, more. $12 Fri. and Sun., $15 Sat., 10 and younger free, $35 all three days. (727) 892-5798. cajunconnection.org.

Fish Fry: 5-7 p.m. March 12, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 1955 S Belcher Road, Clearwater. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children. (727) 531-7721.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 2 p.m. March 13, Marrakech Restaurant, 2402 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Chef demonstrates French/Moroccan dishes for sampling. Reserve by March 10. $10, advance registration required. (727) 789-2605.

Cooking classes

Taste of Tuscany: 6:30-9:30 p.m. today, Chefs on the Loose, 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Italian classics taught in hands-on class. $45. (813) 835-7300. chefsontheloose.net.

Disney's Kids Cooking Camp: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Fri., Sat. and Sun. in March, Downtown Disney Market Place, 1780 Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista. Kids can make sweets at Fulton's Crab House on Fridays, pizzas at Portobello Restaurant on Saturdays, and roll sushi at Wolfgang Puck Cafe on Sundays. $29.95 for three classes or $12 per class. (407) 828-8996.

French Foray: 6:30-9 p.m. Sat., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Classics like steak au poivre and creme brulee are on class menu. $100 per couple, includes bottle of wine. (727) 736-3070. lamaisongourmet.com.

Knife Skills & Basic Techniques: 1 p.m. Sun., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Bring your knife to learn proper skills, plus basic cooking techniques. $45. (813) 480-5466. chocolateismycrayon.com.

Chicken Korma: 3 p.m. Sun., 4063 Daventry Lane, Palm Harbor. Cheese fritters, saffron rice on menu in Indian cuisine class. $39. (727) 667-8369.

Sauce Master: 5:30-8 p.m. Sun., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Master the art of saucemaking in hands-on class. $65. (727) 736-3070. lamaisongourmet.com.

Green Smoothies & Superfoods: Noon-2 p.m. Sun., Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Try healthy green smoothies and salads, plus learn about superfoods. Donation of $10-$20. (813) 887-4066. sweetwater-organic.org.

Comfort Food: Brunch: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Menu features corned beef hash. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Dim Sum Darlings: 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 10, Chefs on the Loose, 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Make an array of Chinese dim sum treats. $45. (813) 835-7300. chefsontheloose.net.

Taste of Ireland: 6:30 p.m. March 10, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Make Ploughman's Lunch, sticky toffee pudding. $40. (813) 926-4465. publix.com/aprons/schools.

Early Easter Dinner: 6:30 p.m. March 11, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Menu includes stuffed, rolled lamb leg and blackberry pie in a teacup. $45. (813) 653-2418.

Fabulous Foods Class: 6:30-8 p.m. March 13, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Elegant dishes including crabcakes with mustard cream. $100 per couple, includes bottle of wine. (727) 736-3070. lamaisongourmet.com.

Cooking Methods: 5:30-8 p.m. March 14, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Class covers searing to sauteing and baking to braising. $65. (727) 736-3070. lamaisongourmet.com.

Compiled by Peggy Anders. Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance to Food File, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731; e-mail to: calendar@tampabay.com; or fax: (727) 892-2327.

A calendar of food and cooking events 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 3:30am]

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