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Calendar of food events, wine tastings

Special events

Tampa Bay Wine & Food Festival: Thur.-Sat., Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Titanium Chef challenge, Black-Tie Gala, Grand Tasting, Bubble Bash, Party for the Senses, more; benefits Abilities Foundation. Event prices from $35-$300. (866) 630-5615. tampabay

Blueberry Festival: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Keel and Curley Winery, 5202 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. Family festival with blueberry juice, pies, muffins, wines ($3 wine tasting), kids crafts, games. Free, charge for wine, foods, kids games. (813) 752-9100.

Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival: noon-10 p.m. May 24-25, 4253 Ponkan Road, off U.S. 441, Zellwood. All the sweet corn you can eat, arts, crafts, music concerts. $25 advance, $30 day of festival, kids 12 and under free with each paid adult. (407) 886-0014.

Cooking classes

Easy Asian Cuisine: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thur., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Asian dishes made with ordinary grocery items. $40. (813) 480-5466.

Totally Chocolate: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. All chocolate class. $35. (727) 209-1418.

Raw Foods: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Make raw food party dips. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Entertain With Ease: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Plan elegant make-ahead party menu. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Best BBQ: noon-4 p.m. Sun., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Learn barbecue tips and tricks. $50. (813) 480-5466.

Bread Baking: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 20, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Make fresh-baked breads; take home a "starter" loaf to bake the next day. $40. (813) 653-2418.

Best Breakfasts: 6-8 p.m. May 20, Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Make mascarpone-stuffed French toast, more. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Italian Cuisine: 6:30-9:30 p.m. May 22, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Italian favorites. $40. (813) 480-5466.

Decadent Desserts: 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 22, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Dark chocolate cream in white chocolate cups, other treats. $40. (727) 209-1418.

Food Styling & Photography: 6:30-9 p.m. May 22, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Learn to cook, style, photograph, then feast in food-styling class with Chef Jaden; bring digital camera. $50. (813) 653-2418.

Wine tastings, classes

Sip & Shop: 5-9 p.m. Thur., Central Avenue Antique Marketplace, 2541 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Stroll antique shops and sample wines. Free. (727) 321-1576.

Latin American Pairings: 6-8 p.m. Thur., Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Latin, South American wines pair with Latin cuisine; registration required. $12. (727) 726-4210.

Expanding Wine Palates: 6-7:30 p.m. Thur., Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St. , Tampa. Class on how to identify wine aromas, expand wine vocabulary. $30, registration required. (813) 241-8587.

Tasting & Pairing Basics: 6-7:30 p.m. Thur. and May 22, Casa Tina's Pan Y Vino Wine Bar, 369 Main St. , Dunedin. Basics of tasting and food pairing, with Australian, Spanish wines. $30 each class or $45 for both. (727) 734-7700.

Global Wines: 7-9 p.m. Fri., American Spirits Fine Wine & Liquor, 280 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. New wines from around the world. Free. (727) 895-8700.

Ace Tasting: 4-7 p.m. Fri., Ace Liquors, 800 Chestnut St., Clearwater. Sample highly-rated wines. Free. (727) 446-6754.

Wine Garden Tastes: 5-8 p.m. Fri., Lou's Florist & Wine Garden, 7800 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. Sample international and domestic red, white wines. Free. (727) 367-1921.

Empowered: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Tre Amici, 1907 19th St. N, Tampa. American Red Cross wine tasting event for young professionals. Free. (813) 348-4820, ext. 858.

Wines of Australia: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Australian wines from shiraz to chardonnay. $5. (727) 347-0743.

Cajun Pairing: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines that enhance bold flavors of Cajun and Creole cuisine; benefits All Children's Hospital. $10. (727) 892-9463.

Living in Zin: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Zinfandel wines include Francis Coppola, Earth, Zin & Fire. $10. (813) 879-2931.

Spring for the Troops: noon-5 p.m. Sat., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Wine tasting in conjunction with Plaza Bella shopping center's Spring for the Troops event to honor current troops and veterans. Free. (813) 654-8466.

Tax Free Tastes: 4-6 p.m. Sat., West Palm Wines/Beaune's Wine Bar, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. International wines, no tax on featured wine purchases; limited space, e-mail registration to: [email protected] Free tasting. (813) 241-8587.

Napa/Sonoma Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Dinner with lesson on wines from California's Napa and Sonoma Valleys. $35, registration required. (813) 250-1967.

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.

Calendar of food events, wine tastings 05/13/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 1:40pm]
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