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Special events

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

Culinary Club: noon Aug. 11, Bonefish Grill, 2519 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Bonefish Grill chef demonstrates favorite menu items; register by Aug. 8. $10. (727) 789-2605.

Lafite Rothschild Wine Dinner: 7 p.m. Aug. 16, Palm Restaurant, 205 WestShore Plaza, Tampa. Chateau Lafite Rothschild-Pauillac stars in this paired wine dinner to benefit Abilities Foundation. Limited space. $90, $93 if ordered online. (727) 538-7370, ext. 349.

Cooking classes

Amazing Avocados: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Avocados are featured in healthy recipes. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Make-Ahead Meals: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sun., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Towne Center, Tampa. Easy make-ahead meals include white chili, chicken enchiladas. $35. (813) 920-6939 to register.

Food Made Fast: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Towne Center, Tampa. Dinners from the grill include portobellos with prosciutto, pesto shrimp. $35. (813) 920-6939 to register.

Pirate Cuisine of the Caribbean: noon-1 p.m. Aug. 9, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Pirate-themed "Chef & Show'' for teens and families, with Caribbean recipes, plus film; free. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

Healthy Snacks: 9:30 a.m. (kids ages 4-12) or 11:30 a.m. (kids ages 13-18) Aug. 9, Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Personal chef Kent Casey's class for kids or teens shows how to make healthy lunches and after-school snacks. Free, includes snacks. (727) 784-3332.

Wine tastings, classes

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

Benefit Wine Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Thur., residence at 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. More than 60 wines, plus cheeses, ham in tasting to benefit Moffitt Cancer Center. $25, or $40 per couple. (813) 837-8941.

Australian Winemaker: noon-3 p.m. Sat., B-21 Fine Wines & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Tasting and bottle signing with Australian winemaker Trevor Jones, creator of "The Virgin" un-oaked chardonnay. $10. (727) 937-5049; b-21.com.

Napa Wine, Dine & Learn: 7:30-9 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Napa and Sonoma Wine, Dine & Learn wine lesson with four-course Wine Country cuisine dinner. $35, registration required. (813) 250-1967; charlieswine.com.

Food file is compiled by Peggy Anders. Send news two weeks in advance to Food File, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731, e-mail to: anders@sptimes.com, or fax: (727) 892-2327.

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