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A calendar of special events and cooking classes

Special events

WaZoo: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sat., Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Lowry Park Zoo's annual beer festival fundraiser with sampling from breweries around the world, "Wines on the Wild Side" wine garden ($10 extra), cuisine sampling from area restaurants and music. Benefits zoo programs. $65 online, $70 by phone (ext. 276) and $75 at door. $20 for designated drivers. (813) 935-8552.

New Menu Wine Dinner: 5 p.m.-midnight Fri.-Sat., Casa Tina's Pan Y Vino Wine Bar, 369 Main St., Dunedin. Wine dinner showcases new menu items. $30. (727) 734-7700.

Island Hop Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Culinary taste tour of the Hawaiian islands. $85, $55 without wine pairings. (813) 873-7697.

Beer Pairings: 7-9 p.m. Aug. 7, SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. Washington state's Red Hook beers pair with cedar-grilled wild salmon at Beer & Barbecue event. $45. (813) 258-2233.

Cooking classes

La Maison Kitchen Cuisine: 7-8:30 p.m. Thur., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Chef John's menu of Caribbean sliced steak sandwich, Cajun chicken sandwich. $20. (727) 736-3070.

All About Arame: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Learn how this nutrition-packed sea vegetable can be used in salads, quiche and other healthy dishes. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Essential Oils: 2-4 p.m. Sun., Boyd Hill Environmental Studies Area, 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. Learn to make flavored vinegars and essential oils for cooking and home use. $25. (727) 893-7326.

Summer in Provence: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Culinary taste tour of Provence, with tomato roquefort tart, sage breadsticks, chicken salad Provencal, chocolate mousse. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Grillin' & Chillin': 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Light summer menu includes fennel-spiced salmon, grilled peaches. $40. (727) 209-1418.

Picnic at the Beach: 6 p.m. Aug. 7, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Fun salads, turkey rolls with chipotle and raspberry, drunken fruit among picnic menu. $35. (813) 926-4465.

Play With Your Food: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Learn to carve fruits and vegetables into beautiful centerpieces in hands-on food styling class. $45. (813) 653-2418.

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, e-mail to: [email protected], or fax: (727) 892-2327.

A calendar of special events and cooking classes 07/29/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 9:09am]
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