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Food file: a calendar of special events, cooking classes

Special events

Wine, Diamonds & Chocolate: 5:30-8 p.m. Thur., The Sage, 405 Fourth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Wines, hors d'oeuvres, chocolate desserts, truffles, silent auction. Benefits eWomenNetwork Foundation. $75, $95 for couples. (727) 322-9596.

Cajun Crawfish Festival: 4-11 p.m. Fri.; 1-11 p.m. Sat.; 1-8 p.m. Sun., Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Boiled crawfish and Cajun foods, live music, free Cajun and zydeco dance lessons. $10 Fri. and Sun., $15 Sat., $25 for three-day pass. (727) 546-6732.

Culinary Club: 1 p.m. Sat., Positano's Ristorante Italiano, 3309 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Chef Eric Wilson demonstrates menu favorites at a meeting of the Tampa Bay Culinary Club. Today is the last day reservations will be accepted. $10. (727) 789-2605.

"Wine Under the Stars": 6-9 p.m. Sat., Science Center of Pinellas County, 7701 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Wines, food, live entertainment and planetarium shows in Science Center fundraiser. $45; registration required. (727) 384-0027.

Spring Bonnet Tea: 3-5 p.m. Sun., St. Petersburg Woman's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE. Finger sandwiches, desserts, music and a contest for most beautiful hat. Benefits St. Petersburg Woman's Club restoration fund; registration required. $8. (727) 345-2862.

Bern's Winefest: April 11-12, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Annual events with space available include Saturday Soiree cocktail party, 7-10 p.m. April 12 at SideBern's, $100; Grand Tasting, 12:30-4 p.m. April 13, with 200 wines, culinary treats, $100; Winemaker Dinner, 6:30-11 p.m. April 14 at Bern's Steakhouse, $300. (813) 250-9463.

International Fine Wine & Food Gala: 6-9 p.m. April 12, Nielsen Media Research, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd., Oldsmar. The event features regional cuisine with premium wines, silent auction and live entertainment. Benefits Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Education Foundation. $50 general, $75 VIP admission. (813) 300-0019.

Great Chefs of Tampa Bay: April 12, Historic Ingleside at Bayboro, Ingleside Avenue S (11th Avenue S), St. Petersburg. Tenth annual tasting party features 15 restaurants and 16 artists and benefits Family Resources. $150 per person, includes beer and wine. (727) 521-5213.

Cooking classes

No-Stress Dinner: 6-8:30 p.m. Thur., Tarpon Springs. Chef Pat Dugan features a spring dinner that includes salmon nicoise salad and blueberry parfaits. Class location provided upon registration. $50. (727) 485-8449.

Low-fat Creamy Soups: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Creamy low-fat soups without dairy, like mushroom, cauliflower and carrot bisque. Free. (727) 443-6703; www.naturesfood

Taste of Key West: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Grilled shrimp margarita, key lime cheesecake, other island flavors. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Conversational Italian: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Positano's Ristorante Italiano, 3309 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Four-week Italian language class on Mondays through April 28 (includes dinner at each class). $195. (727) 866-6892.

Anti-Cancer Cooking Series: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 8, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria Island. How a low-fat, vegetarian diet may help lower cancer risk; this week: replacing meat. Free, lunch included. (941) 778-1908, press 0.

Spring Brunch: Using fresh seasonal ingredients in your menus:

• 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $45. (813) 353-0700.

6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. $40. (813) 920-6939.

Asian Party Foods: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Vietnamese summer rolls, chicken in lettuce cups, green tea ice cream. $50. (813) 653-2418;

Pasta & Risottos: 6 p.m. April 10, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Make different pasta shapes, creamy risotto and gnocchi. $40. (813) 926-4465.

Family Cooking Series: 6:30-8 p.m. April 10, All Children's Hospital Education Center, 701 Fourth St. S, St. Petersburg. Five-session series begins April 10 and continues Thursdays through May  8. Free, but registration required. (727) 582-2122.

Cocktail Party Menu: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 11, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Salmon lollipops, fig wontons, other easy party fare. $40. (727) 209-1418.

Wine tastings, classes

Wines & Cigars: 6-8 tonight, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 23399 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Seventy wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres, cigars and whiskies. $10. (727) 797-1210.

Tax Tips and Sips: 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sip value wine buys and get money-saving tax tips. Free. (727) 522-8466.

Wines of Italy: 6-8 p.m. Thur., Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St. Explore Italy's diverse wine regions. $30. (813) 241-8587.

Malbec Flight: 7 p.m. Thur., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Compare Argentinian malbec wines. $10 advance, $15 at door. (813) 250-1967;

Celebrating Spring: 4-7 p.m. Fri., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Fresh, new wines. Free. (813) 654-8466.

Unique Sips: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Try out-of-the-ordinary, imported wines. $5. (727) 347-0743.

Oregon Wonders: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Pinot noir, other wines from Oregon. $10, benefits Help-A-Child Foundation. (727) 892-9463;

Cakebread & Crabcakes: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Cakebread, Silver Oak wines with crab cakes, cheesecake. $35, registration required. (813) 250-1967;

Rock 'N' Roll Wine Party: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave. Tasting, live entertainment, seasonal foods. $5.50 and up per glass. (727) 943-7029;

French Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. French Burgundy and Bordeaux accompany a four-course dinner. $35, advance registration required. (813) 250-1967;

ABC Sampling: 6-8 p.m. April 9, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 2330 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. Meet wine experts and sample reds and whites and snacks. $10. (813) 971-2122.

BBQ Wine Pairing: 5-7 p.m. April 10, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 204 107th Ave., Treasure Island. Wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres and barbecue. $5. (727) 360-6153.

Food File is 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, email to: [email protected], or fax: (727) 892-2327.

Food file: a calendar of special events, cooking classes 04/01/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 11:09am]
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