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A calendar of food and cooking events

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Special events

Palm Harbor Citrus Festival & Bakeoff: 5-10 p.m. Thur., 4-10 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun., on Florida Avenue, between County Road 1 and 11th Street, Palm Harbor. Citrus market, citrus bakeoff (1-2 p.m. Sat.), rides, music, more. Free admission, charge for rides, food, drink, bakeoff entry. (727) 787-4700 or (727) 784-4287.

Spring Wine Dinner: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thur., SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. Oregon's Bethel Heights wines with SideBern's spring menu. $125. (813) 258-2233.

Brand New Bordeaux: 7 p.m. Thur., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road. Dinner pairs Bordeaux with Kobe beef brisket, more. $85. (727) 596-6282.

Tampa Bay Vegetarians: 7 p.m. Tue., Johnny Garlic's Italian Grille, 33180 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Buffet-style dinner includes vegetarian lasagna, focaccia. $12, plus $2 for non-members. (727) 785-3041 or (813) 269-4665. tampabay

St. Joseph's Day Feast: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri., La Nuova Sicilia, 3315 W Lemon St., Tampa. Spaghetti, fried fish, homemade Italian doughnuts, other sweets. Benefits MacDonald Training Center. By donation. (813) 870-1300, ext. 252.

Fish Fry: 5-7 p.m. Fri. and March 26, Holy Family Catholic Church, 278 78th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Baked tilapia or fried pollack, plus hush puppies, coleslaw, more. $7. (813) 951-5787.

Kosher Food Fest: 1-4 p.m. Sun., Chabad Jewish Center of St. Petersburg, 4010 Park St. Cooking demonstrations, matzah-baking for kids, concessions, music. Free admission, fee for some foods. (727) 344-4900.

South American Festival: Noon-4 p.m. Sat., Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Foods and more from Argentina, Bolivia and Peru. Benefits Whole Planet Foundation. $10, 7 and younger $5. (813) 874-9435.

Italian Classics: 6:30 p.m. Mon., Ruth's Chris Steak House, 1700 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Italian favorites (osso bucco, cannoli) in four-course menu, with wines. $69.95. (813) 282-1118.

Massimo Wine Dinner: 6:30-10 p.m. March 25, Massimo's Eclectic Fine Dining, 31876 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Five courses paired with Frescobaldi wines from Italy. $65. (727) 784-1881.

Festa Italiana: 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. March 28, Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Food, grape stomping, more. Benefits Italian Club restoration project. $5, under 12 free; charge for food. (813) 342-3630.

Cooking classes

Navy Cooks: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today, Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. USS Florida chefs cook for customers and share tips. Free. (901) 874-5806.

Home Canning: Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, (813) 744-5519, ext. 136. $5 per household, per class:

• Canning tomatoes, using water baths, safety tips, more, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thur. canning

• Canning with a pressure canner, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Fri. pressurecanning031910.event

• Canning procedures for meat, seafood and vegetables, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sat. home

• Jams, jellies and pickles using a pressure canner, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Mon. homecanning

Pastry Perfection: 6:30 p.m. Thur., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn to make puff pastry dough, fruit turnovers, more. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Italian Treats: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun., Sweet Caroline's/Michael's Extraordinary Cuisine, 3347 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Hands-on class makes Italian pastries. $100, includes light lunch. (727) 781-1888.

Cakes & Cupcakes: 11 a.m.-noon Sun., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Techniques class. Free, registration preferred. (813) 353-0700.

Cake Decorating: 1 p.m. Sun., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Advanced class with Chef Jason. $45. (813) 480-5466.

Lamb Provencal: 6:30 p.m. Mon., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road. Chef Dominique leads French cuisine class. $37.50. (727) 596-6282.

Farmer's Market Cuisine: 6-8 p.m. March 23, Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Getting the most of fresh produce and local ingredients. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Daily Grubbage: 6:30-9:30 p.m. March 23, Chefs on the Loose, 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Hands-on class focuses on foods for everyday life. $45. (813) 835-7300.

French Chocolates: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Chocolate pavlova, more. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Stuffed Okra: 6:30 p.m. March 24, 4063 Daventry Lane, Palm Harbor. Almond saffron lassi, more Indian dishes. $39. (727) 667-8369.

Totally Tortes: 6:30 p.m. March 25, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Linzer, almond, more. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Caribbean Cuisine: 6:30 p.m. March 25, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Mojo grilled pork, mango-infused tres leches, more. $40. (813) 926-4465.

Beefy Tastes: 6 p.m. March 26, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Tasting menu pairs beef dishes with wines. $25. (813) 653-2418.

Make-Ahead Dinner: 6:30 p.m. March 26, 4063 Daventry Lane, Palm Harbor. Prepare a do-ahead Indian meal for easy entertaining. $39. (727) 667-8369.

Ravioli 101: 6:30 p.m. March 26, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Unique fillings like Gorgonzola and fig pair with sauces in pasta class. $45. (727) 209-1418.

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:; or fax: (727) 892-2327.

"Simple Fresh Southern'' Authors

6 p.m. April 8, Savannah's Cafe, 1113 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Reception and book signing with Matt and Ted Lee, followed by four-course Southern dinner at 7 p.m. with recipes from the book and talks by the authors. Free reception, $45 for dinner, charge for books. (727) 388-4371.

A calendar of food and cooking events 03/16/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:30am]
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