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Food file: special events and cooking classes

Food File

Special events

For the Love of Chocolate: 7-10 p.m. Fri., Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research, 1410 N 21st St., Ybor City. Culinary students compete to make the best chocolate creations, with pastry chefs, celebrity judges and guests to sample and vote. Includes wine, music and benefits Lions Eye Institute. $35, $50 per couple. (813) 289-1200, ext. 247.

Taste-Fashion-Fun II: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Taste, 500 Main St., Safety Harbor. Fashions from area boutiques, gourmet tapas, beer and wine tastings. Benefits Safety Harbor Museum of Regional History. $20 advance, $25 at the door. (727) 726-1668.

Chocolate Eating Contest: 3 p.m. Sat., Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Win a bottle of wine at chocolate-eating contest. Adults only. Free, registration required for contest. (727) 347-4025. floridawine.com.

San Gennaro Festa: 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sun., Safety Harbor Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane. Festival of Italian culture and cuisine, with car show, cannoli and meatball eating contests, children's games, grape stomping, more. Benefits St. Joseph's Children's Cancer Research Center, Paul B. Stevens for Autism and Special Needs, LIADO Scholarship fund and Alzheimer's research. $4, 11 and younger free. (727) 724-4045. sangennarofesta.com.

Become Willy Wonka: 2-4 p.m. Sat., Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Library transforms into a "chocolate factory" with chocolate crafts and chocolate-related activities. Free, registration required. (727) 784-3332.

Club Chocolat: 7-10 p.m. Sun., Tampa Garden Club, 2629 Bayshore Blvd. Chocolate martinis, desserts and other foods in For Love of a Garden benefit. Proceeds benefit Tampa Garden Club. $50. (813) 251-5059 or (813) 251-2899.

Mardi Gras Party: 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Tue., the Living Room, 680 Main St., Dunedin. Party with Creole and Cajun cuisine, craft beers, Cajun-inspired cocktails, live music. Reservations suggested. Free before 7 p.m., $5 from 7:01 p.m. to closing. (727) 736-5202. thelivingroomonmain.com.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club: Noon Feb. 20, the Living Room, 680 Main St., Dunedin. Chef Tony Bruno demonstrates menu favorites for sampling. Reserve by Feb. 17. $10. (727) 789-2605.

Einstein on Wine: 7-10 p.m. Feb. 20 (VIP admission at 6 p.m.), Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Wines to pair with culinary samplings, plus entertainment, silent auctions. Benefits MOSI education programs. $70, $60 members, $80 day of event, $125 VIP. (813) 987-6000. mosi.org.

Stogie and Stout: 7-11 p.m. Feb. 20, Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. Robust stouts, port and ales paired with cigars, plus snacks. Benefits Dunedin Doggie Rescue and Adopt a Platoon. $25 advance, $30 day of, $10 designated drivers. (727) 736-0606. dunedinbrewery.com.

Hot Chili, Cool Wildlife: 1-4 p.m. Feb. 21, Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary, 13910 Seminole Trail, Wimauma. Chili cookoff to benefit the sanctuary's tigers, leopards, bears and other animals. Sample competition entries, plus food and beer vendors on site. $15 donation, $5 for kids under 12. (941) 776-8975. ElmirasWildlife.org.

Dine Like a Diplomat for Kids: 2-5 p.m. Feb. 21, Capital Grille, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Etiquette class for kids ages 5-15; topics include Dining Do's and Don'ts, Avoiding Gossip, more. $129, includes four-course meal. (813) 830-9433. patriciarossi.com or mannersclass.com.

Cooking classes

Mardi Gras Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Thur., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Celebrate New Orleans flavors with shrimp etouffee, bourbon pecan pound cake. $45. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.

Baja Bash: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. California-Mexican cuisine class ends with caramel bananas en papillote. $45. (727) 209-1418. www.foodies.net.

''Yum-O" Recipes for Tweens: 11 a.m. Sat., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Class for ages 10-14 makes Rachael Ray's easy favorites, including Parmesan chicken tenders. $30. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.

Cuisine with Romance: Noon Sat., BergHOFF Culinary Center, 11063 State Road 54, Odessa. Complete valentine dinner, from strawberry salad to chocolate pots de creme. $45. (727) 853-3359.

Cooking What You Grow: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., 3212 W Paxton Ave., Tampa. Use produce, root crops and fresh eggs to make omelets, fried African yams and salad dressing, plus learn to combine herbs and spices. $20, plus bring one onion; preregistration required. (813) 839-0881.

Resolution Solution: Pork Chops: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Class makes healthy menu of 600 calories or less. This week: grilled pork chops with shallot butter, fresh berries with ginger cream. $40. (727) 209-1418.

Mardi Gras Mambo: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Muffuletta, chicken and Andouille jambalaya, beignet bananas Foster, more. $45. (813) 926-4465.

Conversational Italian: 6-7 p.m. Feb. 17, Castellano and Pizzo Italian Foods, 4200 S Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Four-week series (also on 6-7 p.m. Thursdays beginning Feb. 18) teaches beginner's Italian, plus dinner at each class. Also 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 17, at Positano's Ristorante Italiano, 3309 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. $135 per person, $250 per couple, per series. (727) 866-6892. Learnalanguage.us.

Girls Night in the Kitchen: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Chefs on the Loose, 3401 Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. Learn new dishes in hands-on casual class. $45. (813) 835-7300. chefsontheloose.net.

True Blues: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Sample a variety of blue cheeses and learn how to use them in dishes. Free, preregistration required. (813) 874-9435. sherell.white@wholefoods.com.

Tart Pastry Secrets: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn tips for making tart doughs and fillings. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Kids Bake Bread: 3-6 p.m. Feb. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 20, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Kids bake up a variety of fresh breads. $40 per class. (813) 480-5466. chocolate ismycrayon.com.

Chicken Korma: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 4063 Daventry Lane, Palm Harbor. Indian cuisine class makes complete menu, including saffron nut pulao with peaches. $39. (727) 667-8369. fineindiancuisine.net.

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.

Food file: special events and cooking classes 02/09/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 3:30am]

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