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Special events

Pierogis to Borsch: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., St. Andrew's Orthodox Church, 4633 Glissade Drive, New Port Richey. Ethnic food festival. Free, but there's a charge for food. (727) 847-9900.

Food For Thought: 6-9 p.m. Sat., Gulf Beaches Public Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. Local restaurants with menu tastes, beer, wine, live music; benefits library programs. $20 advance, $30 at door. (727) 391-2828, ext. 202.

Herb Fest : 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., Pinellas County Extension Service, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. How to dry, store and use herbs and spices in cooking; herbal tea benefits; how to grow an edible flower garden; herb plants for sale; in conjunction with weekly Market in the Park. Free Wonderful World of Herbs program, 10-11 a.m. Tour the herb garden and make herb treat. Call (727) 582-2673 to register for program. Free. (727) 582-2100.

Single Vineyard Dinner: 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Capital Grille, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Kendall-Jackson's Seco Highland varieties pair with six courses; benefits Abilities Foundation. $125. (727) 538-7370, ext. 349.

"Putting on the Ritz": 7-10 p.m. Feb. 22, Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Wines, culinary creations, desserts from local restaurants, auctions, music. $35 advance, $40 at door. (727) 784-4287.

Flan Fest: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23, Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Ybor City. Flanmaking and tasting contests. (813) 248-0721.

Plant City Chili: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 23, Plant City Train Depot, 102 N Palmer St. Annual Chili Cookoff, sample entries to vote for People's Choice. Admission free; $5 to sample all chilis. (813) 752-6711.

Wine tastings, classes

Toasted Tastings: Toasted Head wines from California, plus Washington State's Covey Run varieties. Free.

- 4-7 p.m. today, Publix Supermarket, 5295 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 867-0146.

- 4-7 p.m. today, Publix Supermarket, 200 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-1670.

- 4-7 p.m. today, Publix Supermarket, 6850 Gulfport Blvd., Gulfport. (727) 345-9347.

- 4-7 p.m. today, Publix Supermarkets, 4655 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-7091.

- 4-7 p.m. today, Winn-Dixie, 15200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach. (727) 392-1003.

Singles Soiree: 5-8 p.m. today, VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Single guests can mingle over glass of Saint Laurent wines from Washington state. Free. (727) 522-8466.

ABC Reds & Whites: 6-8 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1603 N Missouri Ave., Largo. Savor red and white wines, hors d'oeuvres. $10. (727) 581-4642.

Treasure Island Tasting: 5-7 p.m. Thur., ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 204 107th Ave., Treasure Island. Try wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres. $5. (727) 360-6153.

Value Vintages: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Wines valued from $8-$20. $5. (727) 347-0743.

Valpolicella from Veneto: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from Italy's Veneto region includes prosecco, valpolicella, paired with hors d'oeuvres; benefits Special Olympics. $10. (727) 892-9463.

Post Season Sampling: 5-8 p.m. Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat.,A & L Fine Wines, Palm Harbor Plaza, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Wines for sampling include pouilly fuisse, cotes-du-Rhone, syrah, cabernet. Free. (727) 781-4760.

Australian Pairing: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. "Shrimp on the Barbie" Australian, New Zealand wine pairing. $16 advance, $20 at door. (813) 250-1967.

Wine Festival & Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Florida Estates Winery, 3101 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Try winery's varieties, fresh market with crafts, music. (727) 526-2113.

French Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Wine lesson with dinner explores French wines from Burgundy to Bordeaux. $35; advance registration required. (813) 250-1967.

Riverside Wines: 5-7 p.m. Tue., Mattison's Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W, Twin Dolphin Marina, Bradenton. Sommelier chooses selection for sampling by vineyard, region or varietal. Free. (941) 748-8087.

Winemaking Basics: 6-7:30 p.m. Tue., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. From planting to crush to bottle. $20 or $35 per couple; registration required. (813) 654-8466.

Intro to Wine: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 21, Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St. , Tampa. Explore history of winemaking, sample grape varieties from around the world, plus cheeses, in wine class. $30. (813) 241-8587.

Lakeridge Winefest: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22-23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 24, Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, 19239 U.S. 27 North, Clermont. Wine tastings and tours, arts and crafts, live music, food, beverages available for purchase. $2. (352) 394-8627, toll-free 1-800-768-9463. lakeridgewinery.com

Cooking classes

Easy Valentine Dinner: 6-8:30 p.m. Thur., Tarpon Springs resdence. Chef Pat Dugan's cooking class makes a no-stress Valentine's Day dinner of citrus shrimp salad, sweet corn bisque, more. $50, includes dinner. Address provided upon registration. (727) 485-8449.

"Love your Heart" Cooking: 10 a.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Public Library, 138 E Lemon St. American Heart Association demonstrates recipes for a healthy heart. Free. (727) 943-4922.

Tapas & Bisque: 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Hands-on class makes soups and appetizers. $60. (727) 736-3070.

Heavenly Hors d'Oeuvres: noon-4 p.m. Sun., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Class on making cold and hot hors d'oeuvres. $50. (813) 480-5466.

Anti-Cancer Cooking Series: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tue., Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave. Low-fat, vegetarian class on planning healthy meals. Free, lunch included. (941) 778-1908, press "0.''

Creative Cooking, Tempting Tapas: 5:30-9 p.m. Tue., Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. W, Bradenton. Explore current food trends. Topic this week: Tempting Tapas. $40; registration required. (941) 751-7900, ext. 2043.

New Orleans Cuisine: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. Traditional New Orleans flavors with modern twists. $40. (813) 920-6939.

Superb Sauces : 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 20, Mattison's Forty One, 7275 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. The secret to perfect sauces, includes lunch, wine. $45. (941) 921-3400.

"Parisian Parsnips'': 6 p.m. Feb. 20, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. New ways with vegetables. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Porcini Risotto: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 20, C'est Cheese, 4114 S Tamiami Trail , Sarasota. Porcini risotto, pork with Gorgonzola stuffing, paired with wine. $50. (941) 924-3374.

"Eat 2 Live" : 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Discuss "Eat 2 Live" benefits, taste an "Eat 2 Live" meal. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Conversational Cuisine: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays from Feb. 21-March 13, Castellano and Pizzo Italian Foods, 4200 S Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Four-week class teaches Italian language, culture and cuisine, includes dinner; registration required. $195. (727) 866-6892.

Brown Bag Upgrade : 6 p.m. Feb. 22, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Make and take good-for-you brown bag lunches. $40. (813) 926-4465. publix.com/aprons/schools.

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; send e-mail to: calendar@tampabay.com; or fax: (727) 892-2327.

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