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A calendar of food events and cooking classes

Special events

All About Eggs: 7 p.m. today, Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. Cookbook lovers invited to "From the Cook's Shelf'' discussion group as they discuss the history and health benefits of eggs; bring favorite recipes and samples. Free. Call (727) 943-4922.

Community Harvest Help: Dine at an area Columbia Restaurant through September and 5 percent of lunch and dinner checks go to Pediatric Cancer Foundation in annual Community Harvest program. Locations:

• The Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 822-8000.

2117 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 248-4961.

• 1241 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. (727) 596-8400.

"Shop. Dine. Wine!": 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and Sept. 26, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Two free glasses of wine at participating restaurants when you spend $300 in a day. Live music. (813) 342-3790. shopinternationalplaza.com.

Vino Las Vegas: 8-10 p.m. Sat., Tampa Theatre, 711 Franklin St., Tampa. Movie-themed night of culinary treats from local restaurants, wines, Elvis costume contest, silent auction, benefits Tampa Theatre. 7 p.m. Premium Tasting, 5 p.m. wine seminar both precede Grand Tasting (8 p.m.). Themed costume or Las Vegas attire encouraged. Grand Tasting $50 advance, $60 day of event; Premium Tasting (includes Grand Tasting) $85 advance, $95 day of event; "Taking a Gamble on California'' wine seminar at 5:30 p.m. (includes Premium and Grand Tastings) $150 advance only. (813) 274-8286. vinolasvegas.org.

Great American Dine Out: Dine at any one of participating area restaurants Sun. through Sept. 28 and a percentage of your bill will be donated to Share Our Strength's efforts to end childhood hunger. Participating restaurants at www.greatmamericandineout.org.

Mystic Flavors: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Mystic Fish, 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Chateau St. Michelle Estates wines pair with five courses from chef Doug Bebell. $58; reserve by Sat. (727) 771-1800.

Tampa Bay Vegetarians: 7 p.m. Sept. 23, Leafy Greens Cafe, 17001 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. Vegan raw meal and after-dinner talk on benefits of raw foods. Register by Sat. $15, plus $2 for nonmembers, cash only. (727) 524-3879 or (813) 269-4665. tampabayvegetarians.org.

Best Friends and Beers: 5:30-11 p.m. Sept. 25, Jackson's Bistro, 601 S Harbour Island Blvd., Tampa. Bring your dog to dinner on the patio. If dog's breed is from same country as featured beer, your first beer is free. Featured beer this month: Czech beers and ales. Charge for beer and food. (813) 277-0112.

Dali'licious Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Elements Global Cuisine, 3121 Beach Blvd., Gulfport. Five courses, paired with wines, inspired by Salvador Dali's artwork and food favorites. Sport a Dali mustache to have $5 donated to pet rescue group. $59. (727) 343-9894.

Surf & Turf Celebration: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 25, Harr's Surf and Turf Market , 3235 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Market's 21st anniversary celebration includes fine wines and hors d'oeuvres, prizes. $15. (727) 785-8873 or (727) 787-6758.

Cooking classes

Raw Foods Made Easy: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Chef Joseph Custer makes Indian vegetable curry in Raw Living Foods Made Easy demonstration. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Kids Kitchen Class: Super Strawberry Bars: 12:30 p.m. Sat., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. For ages 4-7. Dessert class makes oatmeal strawberry bars with streusel topping. Parental supervision required. $15. (727) 209-1418.

Under the Tuscan Sunset: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat., Chefs on the Loose, 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Chef's Table dinner class explores Tuscan region in Italy. $75. (813) 835-7300. chefsontheloose.net.

Sophisticated Soiree: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Upscale party appetizers. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Classic French Cuisine: 6:30 p.m. Mon., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Informal class on French cuisine, includes wine, recipe samplings. $37.50. (727) 596-6282. cafelargorestaurant.com.

Bountiful Brunch: 7-9 p.m. Mon., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Into the Frying Pan three-class series Mondays through Oct. 6 teaches how to create a brunch menu that includes scones, frittata, omelets, yeast and quick breads and more. $120. (727) 209-1418. www.foodies.net.

Family Cooking: 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays beginning Mon. through Oct. 20, Johnnie Ruth Clarke Center, 1344 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg. Learn to make fun, nutritious meals in cooking series. One parent/guardian per family. Free, but registration is required. (727) 582-2122.

Dinner in London: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Focus on London's new and classic cuisines. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Tailgate Season Tastes: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Chefs on the Loose, 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Get ready for tailgating season with menu that includes pulled chicken tostados, grilled pizzas, chocolate ice cream sandwiches. $45. (813) 835-7300. chefsontheloose.net.

Hello, Cupcake: Noon Sept. 25, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Learn to make cupcakes from Hello, Cupcake! cookbook. Make Italian buttercream frosting, a cupcake dog, a fish bowl and more. Best for adults; wine included. $45. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.

Key West Cuisine: 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Conch chowder, fruity spinach salad, garlic shrimp with papaya avocado salsa on island cuisine menu. $40. (813) 926-4465.

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 events and cooking classes 09/16/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 2:14pm]

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