Special food events
Rodney Strong Wine Dinner: Four courses and handcrafted varieties from Sonoma's Rodney Strong Vineyards. Menu includes lobster chowder, tuna nicoise, Colorado lamb and double chocolate tort, paired with chardonnay to port. $59. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sandpearl Resorts, 500 Mandalay Ave., Clearwater. (727) 798-7076. sandpearl.com.
Sangriafest: Witness the making of the world's largest glass of sangria. Then, grab a glass and help drink it. Includes a "How to Make Ceviche" cooking lesson. $20. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Ceviche, 2500 W Azeele St., Tampa. (813) 250-0203. ceviche.com.
Pinellas Pepper Fest: Hot and spicy foods, sauces and salsas to sample and purchase. Portion of the proceeds benefits Suncoast Hospice. $2, 12 and younger free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, England Brothers Bandshell Park, 5010 81st Ave. N, Pinellas Park. (727) 423-8433. pinellaspepper fest.com.
A Taste of BBQ: Wines paired with barbecue-themed tasting menu at this month's tasting. Sample pulled chicken sliders with cherry chile barbecue, grilled shrimp with smoky gazpacho and more. $45. 6:30 p.m. Friday, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.
Palm Harbor First Friday Food Trucks: 5-9 p.m. June 7, downtown Palm Harbor, 1190 Georgia Ave., Palm Harbor. (813) 444-8110. tampabayfoodtruckrally.com.
Hernando County Market and Food Truck Rally: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8, Hernando County Farmers Market, 2450 U.S. 19, Spring Hill.
Apron's Cooking Classes: Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. (813) 926-4465. publix.com/aprons/schools.
• 6 p.m. today, That's a Wrap Wrap up tabouli and hummus with grilled chicken; roast beef with colby jack and crispy onions, and other savory wraps. $40.
• 6:30 p.m. Friday, Not So Plain Vanilla Make a vanilla vinaigrette for watercress salad, then use it in entree to dessert in anything-but-plain recipes. $50.
Energetics of Food: Chinese medicine techniques combine with using fresh, seasonal ingredients for better health. Free. 6:30 p.m. today, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. (727) 443-6703.
Vegan Baking: Register in lobby or email to [email protected] Free, but registration required. 6:30 p.m. today, Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. (813) 874-9435.
Uncooking Class: Make raw recipes using fruits and vegetables with Curtis Whitwam. Register in lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free. 7 p.m. Friday, Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 874-9435.
Cooking at BergHOFF: Chocolate Madness From souffles to salted caramel brownies and amaretti cookies, make an all-chocolate menu. $45. 12-2 p.m. Saturday, BergHOFF Culinary Center, 11063 State Road 54, Odessa. (727) 853-3373. icookALOT.com.
Pastry & Baking Classes: Michael's Extraordinary Desserts & Baking Academy, 11151 66th St. N, No. 301, Largo. (727) 744-6073. chefmichaelostrander.com.
• European pastry: Making fillings, with lunch. $100, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.
• Breadbaking: Hands-on class with lunch. $100, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9.
Chow and Ciao: Casual four-week Italian language and culture series with dinner at each class, Wednesdays June 5-26. $195 per person; $370 per couple. 7-8:30 p.m. June 5, Cafe Cibo, 8697 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 866-6892. learnitalian.us.
Cooking at BergHOFF: Thai and Indian $45. Noon-2 p.m. June 8, BergHOFF Culinary Center, 11063 SR 54, Odessa. (727) 853-3373. icookALOT.com.
French Cuisine: Duck galentine, and a gluten-free chocolate almond cake are demonstrated. $37.50. 6:30 p.m. June 10, Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, No. 18, Largo. (727) 596-6282. cafelargo restaurant.com.
Compiled by Peggy Anders. Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance to Food File, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731; email to [email protected]; or fax: (727) 892-2256.