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  1. William Dean Chocolates: Chocolate Tasting

    William Dean Chocolates

    Largo : 2790 W Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, 33770

    In depth look at chocolate production and processing, this class helps develop a more refined palate for tasting chocolate, with varieties of different flavor profiles from around the world. $25.

    Price: Advance registration required.

  2. Reynolds Kitchen

    Nature's Food Patch

    Downtown Clearwater : 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    Paul and Cara Reynolds use principles of Chinese medicine and fresh produce to create gluten free and dairy free recipes.

    Price: Free.

  3. Rolling Pin Cuisine: Ice Cream Cone Cake

    Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

    Brandon : 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 33511

    Classes on a variety of culinary topics designed for the home cook. Call for other class topics.

    Create a gravity-defying 'ice cream cone' design cake that won't melt in summer heat. Cake and tools supplied, also includes house wine, beer or beverage. $50.


  4. Apron's Cooking Classes: Walk on the Wild Side

    Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket

    Citrus Park : 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33626

    Learn new techniques and recipes at classes for all levels of home cooks, and a variety of topics.

    Chefs prepare dishes using the best ingredients that nature has to offer, paired with wines; enjoy mushroom pate, honey roasted duck breast, berry panna cotta. $45.


  5. Epicurean Classes: Speak Italian, Cook Italian

    Epicurean Theatre at the Epicurean Hotel

    Tampa : 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa, 33606

    Classes on a variety of subjects from current trends to cooking.

    Raise your 'IQ' - 'Italian Quotient', as Roberto Alvarez leads casual class on Italian culture, cuisine and language; watch the chef prepare classic dishes while learning how to communicate in Italian; includes wine and food pairings. $65.


  6. Friday Fish and Gyros

    St. George Greek Orthodox Church

    West Pasco : 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey, 34654

    Fish and gyros are served for dine-in or take-out.

    Price: $7.

  7. Food Truck Family Friday

    Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool

    Largo : 13120 Vonn Road, Largo, 33774

    Food trucks offer up their signature dishes while you splash in the pool, play games and dance to DJ musuc.

    Price: $6 guest, $4 nonresident, $3 resident.

  8. WaZoo!

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    "Drink beer - save wildlife'' is the theme at this year's zoo fundraiser, named a Top Ten Beer Festival in America by USA Today. Zoo-wide samplings of more than 275 beers, ales and beverages from around the world, food from local restaurants like Gaspar's Grotto, Kona Grill and others, anim …

    Price: Through July 14: $60, July 15-Aug. 1: $65, day of event: $70, $40 designated driver; VIP: $100, $75 designated driver VIP.

  9. William Dean Chocolates: 'Laminated' Dough

    William Dean Chocolates

    Largo : 2790 W Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, 33770

    Make variety of dough used to create flaky puff pastry, croissants, Danish, and get the recipes to recreate them at home. $80.

    Price: Advance registration required.

  10. BergHOFF Cuisine: French Cooking

    BergHOFF Culinary Center

    West Pasco : 11063 State Road 54, Odessa, 33556

    Expand your kitchen skills, learn artful presentation, in hands-on class.

    "A la Jacques and Julia'' is the theme for this classic cuisine class; menu includes steak Diane, stuffed tomatoes Provencale, apple galette. $45.

    Price: $45.

  11. Cooking for Beginners

    Austin Davis Branch Library

    Odessa : 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa, 33556

    'Things Your Mother Never Taught You' author Suzanne Devlin demonstrates easy recipes to bolster confidence in novice cooks.

    Price: Free admission.

  12. Baking Contest: Cookies

    Temple Terrace Library

    Temple Terrace : 202 Bullard Parkway, Temple Terrace, 33617

    Bring a batch of your original, home-baked cookies that best expresses the summer reading theme: Literary Elements, for prize for Best Cookies. Pick up contest application at the circulation desk.

    Price: Free admission.

  13. Youth Baking Contest

    Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library

    Tampa : 2902 W Bearss Ave., Tampa, 33618

    Kids of all ages can bring in their best baked dessert to win in one of three age groups, with special awards for most unusual, most attractive and best overall.

    Price: Free admission.

  14. Rolling Pin Cuisine: Spanish Cooking: Boliche Dinner

    Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium

    Brandon : 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 33511

    Classes on a variety of culinary topics designed for the home cook. Call for other class topics.

    Make a Cuban style, chorizo-stuffed pot roast, in Spanish-themed menu. $50.


  15. Night in the Islands

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

    Tarpon Springs : 20 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Night in the Islands re-creates the atmosphere of the Greek islands with monthly outdoor dining on the Sponge Docks and live Greek music, Greek dancing and other arts.

    Price: Free.

  16. Summer Fireworks Dinner Cruise

    Yacht StarShip

    Channelside : 603 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    On select Saturday nights through out the summer, join Yacht StarShip for a 2.5-hour cruise including reserved table, a three-course seated meal, DJ dancing and a view of the Light Up Channelside fireworks display.

    Price: $74.95, $39.95 ages 4-13, 3 and younger free.

  17. Pancake Breakfast for the Needy

    Regency Park Civic Center

    West Pasco : 10240 Regency Blvd., Port Richey, 34668

    The Volunteer Way hosts a pancake breakfast for needy families and homeless people. The Pasco Public Defender's Mobile Medical Unit will be on site to provide free sport and school physicals.

    Price: Free.

  18. Tampapalooza

    Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    Celebrate everything local at the inaugural event featuring local bands, performers, food, craft beer, hundreds of vendors, face painting, children's activities and more. 

    Price: Free.

  19. Benefit Dinner for Spring Hill Dixie All Star Team

    Spring Hill United Church of Christ

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 34608

    The Spring Hill Youth Dixie (AAA) Minors All Star Team (ages 9-10) have made it to the World Series in North Carolina. Funds are needed to assist with their travel expenses. A spaghetti dinner will be served, and will include meatballs, salad and bread, dessert and a drink.

    Price: $10; $5 for ages 9 and younger.

  20. Pastry & Baking Classes: Art of Cake Baking

    Michael's Extraordinary Desserts & Baking Academy

    Largo : 11151 66th St. N, #301, Largo, 33773

    Chef Michael Ostrander shares his secrets as an executive pastry chef in hands-on full day class.

    Create a cake masterpiece.

    Price: $100, includes lunch, recipe book.

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