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A calendar of special events, cooking classes

Special events

Forks & Corks: 6:30 p.m. Thur.; 6 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m. Sat.; noon Sun., Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Food & wine festival with vintner dinners at bay area restaurants, 6:30 p.m. Thur. (prices vary), "Bubbles by the Bay" 8 p.m.-midnight Sun. at Ca d'Zan at the museum ($75), food and wine seminars at University of South Florida/Sarasota-Manatee, 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Sat. ($125 for two), Grand Tasting noon-4 p.m. Sun. at museum ($35). Event prices vary. (941) 359-5700; freshoriginals.com/

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Beer & Barbecue: 7-9 p.m. Thur., and July 3, SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. Brooklyn Brewery ales paired with grilled sausages, macadamia-banana split at June event. Summer brews and smoked pork and ribs in July. $45. (813) 258-2233; bernsfinewines.com.

Pepper Fest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater. Hot and spicy foods, sauces, rubs and salsas, plus pepper plants, crafts, barbecue for sale. Charge for foods. Free. (772) 423-8433; yourhotsaucecompany.com.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 11:30 a.m. Sat., Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Chef Dawn Algieri demonstrates menu favorites; register by today. $10. (727) 789-2605.

Filipino Fiesta: 6-11 p.m. Sat., SNPJ Lodge 778, 13383 County Line Road, Brooksville. Food, culture, music, native costume and dance at Philippine celebration; roast pig provided, bring potluck dish. $12, kids under 13 free. (727) 376-3680, (727) 781-8922, (727) 207-4215.

Harvest Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 13-14; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. June 15, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. 27 N, Clermont. Annual festival; charge for food and wine; admission benefits Hospice. $2. (352) 394-8627 or (800) 768-9463; lakeridgewinery.com.

"Eat 2 Live": 6:30 p.m. June 19, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Discussion group meets with information on "Eat 2 Live" to help protect health, sampling of healthy foods. Free. (727) 443-6703; naturesfoodpatch.com.

Uncork the Cure: 5-8 p.m. June 22, Tampa Club, 101 E Kennedy Blvd., No. 4200, Tampa. Krewe of Zingaro's annual wine tasting, with foods, music to benefit Children's Cancer Research Group. $50 advance, $60 at door. (813) 872-0979; uncorkthecure.com.

Cooking classes

New Spanish Cuisine: 6:30-9 p.m. Thur., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Chef Gui Alinat demonstrates Spanish-inspired techniques, includes stuffed calamari. $45. (813) 653-2418; rollingpinonline.com.

Healthy Greens: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Debby DeGraaff shows how to use greens in dishes. Free. (727) 443-6703; naturesfoodpatch.com.

All Things Italian: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Positano's Ristorante Italiano, 3309 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Mondays through June 30. Learn Italian language, cuisine and culture. $195, includes materials and dinner at each class. Also Tuesdays, June 10-24, Toasted Pheasant Bistro, 14445 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (727) 866-6892; Learnitalian.us.

Baking & Pastry Arts: 5:30-10:30 p.m. Mon., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Three-week series on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through June 26 introduces students to basics of baking and pastrymaking. $500, plus lab costs. (813) 480-5466.

Homemade Pizza: 6-8 p.m. June 10, Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Master basic crust and sauces. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Key West Cuisine: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 10, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Tropical tastes include grilled shrimp margarita, key lime cheesecake. $45. (727) 209-1418; foodies.net.

Play With Your Food: 6:30-9 p.m. June 10, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Hands-on skills class makes edible centerpieces. $45. (813) 653-2418; rollingpinonline.com.

Southern Cuisine: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 10, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Chef Jason's Everyday Gourmet class makes Southern cuisine menu. $40. (813) 480-5466.

Big Easy Appetizers: 6:30-9 p.m. June 12, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Smoked salmon beignets, jambalaya, bread pudding with whiskey sauce, other New Orleans-inspired cuisine. $50. (813) 653-2418; rollingpinonline.com

Veggie Salads: 11 a.m. June 14, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. (727) 443-6703; naturesfoodpatch.com

Ultimate Summer Picnic: noon-4 p.m. June 15, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $50. (813) 480-5466.

Mexican cuisine: 6-8 p.m. June 17, Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Smoky mojo shrimp, chicken with tomatillos. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Tapas Party Menu: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 17, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $40. (727) 209-1418; foodies.net.

Low-fat Menu: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 17, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $40. (813) 480-5466.

No-Cook Sauces: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 20, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Roasted garlic balsamic, lemon pesto, tzatziki and other sauces for summertime meals. $40. (727) 209-1418; foodies.net.

Raw Foods: 11 a.m. June 21, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Raw food demonstration includes summer soups. Free. (727) 443-6703; naturesfoodpatch.com.

Middle Eastern Cuisine: 6:30-9:30 p.m. June 24, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $40. (813) 480-5466.

Casual Mexican: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 25, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Cheddar chipotle scones, among other dishes. $40. (727) 209-1418; foodies.net.

Goin' Green: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 30, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Fried green olives, mache and avocado salad, pistachio shortbread, other green dishes. $45. (727) 209-1418; foodies.net.

A calendar of special events, cooking classes 06/03/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 10:12am]
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