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Food File: special events, cooking classes

Special events

Spring Fling Dinner: 7 p.m. today, Le Bouchon Bistro, 796 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. $50. (727) 585-9777.

Florida Winefest & Auction: Thur.-Sun., Ritz-Carlton, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, and other Sarasota locations. Prices from $15-$300. Toll-free 1-800-216-6199; www.floridawinefest.org.

Vegetarian Family Picnic: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Pavilion 6, Lake Seminole Park, 10015 Park Blvd., Seminole. Tampa Bay Bring vegetarian dish to share for annual picnic. $2 for nonmembers, members free. Register by today. (727) 432-3327 or (813) 269-4665.

Spicy Samples: 1 p.m. Sat., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10167, 4619 Bartelt Road, Holiday. Chili cookoff, salsa-making contest with samplings, jalapeno pepper eating contest, buffet dinner. Free admission, $6 for dinner. (727) 457-9041.

Taste of South Tampa: 1-5 p.m. Sun., Hyde Park Village, Swann and S Dakota avenues, Tampa. Benefits Humane Society, Hillsborough Education Foundation. $35 adults, $40 day of event; VIP wine tent is additional $15; $20 for ages 11-20, $25 day of event; 10 and under free. (813) 251-3500; www.tasteofsouthtampa.com.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 1 p.m. May 3, Latin American Grill/Argentinian Steakhouse, 3780 Tampa Road, Oldsmar. Demonstration of signature menu dishes. $10; registration required by April 30. (727) 789-2605; www.latinamericangrill.com

Cooking classes

Spanish Cuisine: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat., Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Paella, flan, other traditional Spanish fare, and sangria. $45. (727) 209-1418. www.foodies.net.

Beyond Basic Protein: 6:30 p.m. Sat., Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Out of the ordinary protein dishes. $40. (813) 926-4465.

How to Barbecue: 5:30 p.m. Sat., VSpicery, 2913 W Cypress St., Tampa. Learn the basics of grilling, barbecuing and cooking ribs from chef Anthony Lopez; appetizers, dinner included. $45. (813) 870-1133 to register.

French Market Menu: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. $37.50. (727) 596-6282.

Simple Spring Dinner: 6-8 p.m. April 29, Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. Make-ahead menu. $40. (813) 920-6939.

Conversational Cuisine: Four- or five-week series on Italian or Spanish language and culture at various Tampa and Sarasota locations begins at 6 or 6:30 p.m. April 29 and 30. Cost: $185 to $215, includes materials, dinner at each class. Toll-free 1-888-386-5764 or (727) 866-6892; www.learnalanguage.us.

Country French Cuisine: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 30, Foodies, 2312 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $45. (727) 209-1418; www.foodies.net.

Appetizers for Entertaining: 6-8:30 p.m. May 1, Tarpon Springs location. Class on small plates for parties. $50, includes dinner; address provided upon registration. (727) 485-8449.

Making Fresh Pasta: 6:30-9 p.m. May 1, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Pappardelle with braised beef sauce, among fresh pasta dishes created. $45. (813) 653-2418; www.rollingpinonline.com.

Wine tastings, classes

ABC Sampling: 5-7 p.m. Thur., ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 6398 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. With hors d'oeuvres. $5. (727) 527-1579.

Italian Immersion: 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Minilessons on Italian language, with wines, Italian-cuisine tastes. Free. (727) 522-8466.

Gold Medal Wines: 4-7 p.m. Fri., Spring Hill Liquors, 2660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Strong Tower Vineyard gold-medal winning varieties. Free. (352) 683-0330.

Wine Garden Tastes: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Lou's Florist & Wine Garden, 7800 Blind Pass Road, St. Pete Beach. McWilliams wines from Australia, plus Sonoma's Frei Brothers. Free. (727) 367-1921.

Varietal tasting: 5-8 p.m. Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Wines sampled include albarino, shiraz, pinot grigio. Free. (727) 781-4760; AandLfinewines.com.

Zinfandel Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $5. (727) 347-0743.

South America Tasting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Benefits Help-A-Child Foundation. $10. (727) 892-9463; www.uncorkedwines.com.

Champagne Tasting: 7 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. $25. (813) 879-2931.

Bubblies to Beers: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Europe, Australian, South American wines, plus domestic and European beers. $16 advance, $20 at door. (813) 250-1967; www.charlieswine.com.

Mazzaro's Winemaker Sampling: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Winemakers Milla Handley of California's Handley Vineyards, Bruno Baudroux, Louis Fabre from France. Free. (727) 321-2400; www.mazzarosmarket.com.

Italian Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. $35, advance registration required. (813) 250-1967; www.charlieswine.com.

ABC Sampling: 6-8 p.m. April 30, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 6943 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Wines, cordials and spirits, plus hors d'oeuvres. $10. (813) 884-3792.

"Big Cheese" Tasting: 6-7:30 p.m. April 30, VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Pair Champagne, pinot noir, malbec and other wines with cheese. $20 or $35 per couple; registration required. (813) 654-8466.

B.R. Cohn Tasting: 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 30, Tastings, A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $15. (727) 894-2255.

Spring Wine & Beer Fest: 6-8 p.m. May 2, Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. $10. (727) 736-4077.

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 calendar@tampabay.com; or fax to (727) 892-2327.

Food File: special events, cooking classes 04/21/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:40am]
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