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Special events

July Beer Dinner: Fri.-Sat., Kelly's for Just About Anything, 319 Main St., Dunedin. Four-course dinner paired with distinctly styled beers. $35. (727) 736-5284.

Taste of Holland: noon-6 p.m. Fri., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sat., Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Dutch cheese tasting includes Vlaskass, Beemster with mustard seed. Free. (727) 321-2400.

Ponte Italian Feast: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Ponte's Tuscan Grille, 2544 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Italian cuisine pairs with wines from Mezzacorona from northern Italy's growing region; benefits Abilities Foundation. $75. (727) 538-7370, ext. 349.

WaZoo: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Aug. 4, Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Lowry Park Zoo's annual fundraiser with sampling of beers from around the world, wine garden ($10 extra) and food from area restaurants. $65 online, $70 by phone and $75 at door; $20 for designated drivers. (813) 935-8552, ext. 276. www.lowryparkzoo.com.

Cooking classes

Shrimp and Saffron: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Chef Dominique demonstrates shrimp with saffron rice and ratatouille. $35. (727) 596-6282.

Italian Classics : 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Pasta, polenta and prosciutto among Italian ingredients in classic dishes. $40. (813) 353-0700.

Happy Hour Hors d'Oeuvres: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Phyllo prawn fingers with wasabi, pesto olive pinwheels, more treats. $40. (813) 926-4465. publix.com/aprons/schools

Giuliano Hazan: 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 2, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Cookbook signing and Italian culinary demonstration with chef Giuliano Hazan. $50. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.

Wine tastings, classes

Flower Power Flavors: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave. Flower Power themed tasting with complimentary meal with purchase of wine (glass or bottle). $5.50-$7.50 per glass. (727) 943-7029.

Wine Basics: 6 p.m. Tue., A & L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Wine class explores basics of wine tasting and trends. $10. (727) 781-4760.

Expanding Wine Horizons: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 23399 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. More than 70 wines to try, food pairing stations, hors d'oeuvres, whiskey and cigar sampling. $10. (727) 797-1210.

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.

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