Special events and cooking classes
Grillin' & Chillin': 7-9 p.m. Thur., SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. Summer brews and smoked pork and ribs at Beer & Barbecue monthly summer event. $45. (813) 258-2233.
Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 1 p.m. July 12, Spoto's Italian Grille, 4871 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Join culinary club members for demonstration of Spoto's menu favorites from chef Bill Artis. $10, register by July 9. (727) 789-2605.
Cool Contest: 4-6:30 p.m. July 12, Junction Ice Creamery and Coffeehouse, 4004 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Ice cream-eating contest, kids' activities, proceeds benefit Hope Children's Home. $10 contest entry fee. (813) 254-0977; omhicecream.com.
Foods of Summer: 7-8:30 p.m. Thur., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Cajun burgers, fried green tomatoes, other summer fare. $20. (727) 736-3070; lamaisongourmet.info.
Culinary Arts Series: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Mon., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Three-week Introduction to Culinary Arts series, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through July 24. $500, plus lab costs. (813) 480-5466.
Extraordinary Salads: 6 p.m. Mon., Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Make: Southern-style broccoli salad, Asian beef salad, Waldorf salad and more. $35. (813) 926-4465; publix.com/aprons/schools.
Dinner With Friends: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. No-fuss menu includes pork tenderloin, cobbler. $45. (813) 353-0700.
Cool Summer Desserts: 6 p.m. Tue., Apron's Cooking School at Publix, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. $35. (813) 926-4465.
Puff Pastry Creations: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Use puff pastry in appetizers to desserts in class. $40. (727) 209-1418. www.foodies.net.
Caribbean Cuisine: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tue., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Tropical and Caribbean cuisine at Chef Jason's Everyday Gourmet class. $40. (813) 480-5466.
Classic Pastries: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Make classic pastry doughs and fillings. $45. (813) 653-2418; rollingpinonline.com.
Brewmaster's Dinner: 6:30 p.m. July 9, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Master beer sommelier pairs duck breast salad, sweet and spicy sirloin and more with beers in dinner. $45. (813) 926-4465; publix.com/aprons/schools.
Dim Sum: 6:30-9 p.m. July 10, Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Learn to make authentic dim sum. $50. (813) 653-2418.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax (727) 892-2327.