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Special events

Southern Summer Cocktails: 5:30-7 p.m. Fri., Mise en Place, 442 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Book signing, Southern snack sampling and cash bar of cocktail concoctions from Denise Gee, author of: Southern Cocktails, Dixie Drinks, Party Potions & Classic Libations. Free admission; reservations required. (813) 254-5373.

Culinary Club: Noon Sat., Bonefish Grill, 2519 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Bonefish Grill chef demonstrates favorite menu items at Tampa Bay Culinary Club meeting; today is final day to register. $10. (727) 789-2605.

Cooking classes

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

Pirate Cuisine of the Caribbean: Noon Thur., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Pirate-themed "Chef & Show'' for teens and families with kid-friendly Caribbean recipes, plus film. Free. (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

All-American Grill: 6-8:30 p.m. Sat., Foodies, 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. American classics, including steak on the grill, berry shortcake tart. $45. (727) 209-1418.

Tailgating with Style: 3-5:30 p.m. Sun., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Dr., Brandon. Gourmet tailgating class features shrimp brochettes and double chocolate chip brownies. $45. (813) 653-2418.

Kid's Cooking Camp: 10 a.m.-noon Mon.-Aug. 15, WeekDay Gourmet, 750 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Topics include food pyramid, cleanliness and safety, how to follow recipes (two meals prepared), cookie decorating, chocolate. $200. (727) 388-9365.

Lessons from the Chef: 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Mon., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road. Chef Dominique makes duck and baked Alaska in French cuisine class. $35. (727) 596-6282.

Eggs Expertise: 6 p.m. Tue., Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Learn to cook with eggs, from souffles to gelatos. $40. (813) 926-4465.

Cooking Light: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Foodies, 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Healthy, flavor-filled recipes include chicken Milano, corn salad. $40. (727) 209-1418.

Wine tastings, classes

Boutique Tasting: 4-6 p.m. today, Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Cabernet sauvignon, syrah and more from Bob Bromen of Bromen Cellars, a boutique winery in the heart of Napa. Free. (727) 321-2400.

Fertile Beginnings: 6-7:30 tonight, VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Class on history of California winemaking, with sampling. $20, $35 per couple. (813) 654-8466.

Wine Exclusives: 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines exclusively available at VINO 100, including Thirsty Fish and Mockingbird Hill. Free. (727) 522-8466.

West Coast Classics: 5-8 p.m. Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Sterling Vineyards wines featured in Napa, Sonoma and Washington State sampling. Free. (727) 781-4760.

Something Different: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Varietals gathered from around the world. $5. (727) 347-0743.

Sipping Sangria: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Various styles of sangria, with light appetizers, to benefit breast cancer walk team. $10. (727) 892-9463.

WineRave: 7-10 p.m. Fri., Czar, 1420 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Tampa Bay Uncorked's annual WineRave explores New World wines from Chile to South Africa, with appetizers, entertainment from dancers to DJs; benefits Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation and Hillsborough Education Foundation. $35 advance, $40 at door, if available. tampabayuncorked.org.

Best of Bubblies: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave. No. 2, Tampa. Champagne sampling includes Cristal, Delamotte, plus luxe accompaniments. $30. (813) 250-1967.

Spanish Wine, Dine & Learn: 7:30-9 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave. No 2, Tampa. Learn about wine and enjoy a four-course Spanish cuisine dinner. $35, advance registration required. (813) 250-1967.

Bistro Wine Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Shrimp hush puppies, fried green tomatoes, and sausage and pepper pastries complement wines in tasting. $12, registration recommended. (727) 726-4210.

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 anders@sptimes.com, or fax to (727) 892-2327.

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