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Special events

Single Vineyard Dinner: 7 p.m. Thur., 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. Fri., Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, 36750 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Wines, culinary creations and desserts from local restaurants, auctions, music. $35 advance, $40 at door. (727) 784-4287.

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

Plant City Chili Cook-Off: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., Train Depot, 102 N Palmer St., Plant City. Annual competition; sample entries, vote for People's Choice . Free, $5 to sample all entries. (813) 752-6711.

NoHo Wine Dinner: 7 p.m. Tue., NoHo Bistro, 1714 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. Bistro wine four-course dinner paired with pinot noir, shiraz, port. $70. (813) 879-2931.

Wine tastings, classes

Guess the Grape: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Taste the wine, guess the grape in "blind" tasting of ten wines from around the world. $10. (813) 879-2931.

Uncommon Bordeaux: 6-7 p.m. Sat., West Palm Wines/Beaune's Wine Bar, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Sampling of 1989 vintage Bordeaux includes Mouton Rothschild, Pichon Lalande. $75, registration required. (813) 241-8587.

Italian Wine & Dine: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave. #2, Tampa. Learn as you dine: Italian varieties from Piedmont to Tuscany, with four course dinner, wine lesson. $35, advance registration required. (813) 250-1967.

Cooking classes

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

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

Ethnic Cuisine: 7:30-9 p.m. Thur., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Thai, Italian, Spanish to American Southern and Cajun cuisine dishes demonstrated. $20. (727) 736-3070.

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

Taste of the Mediterranean: noon-4 p.m. Sun., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Chef Jason's class explores Mediterranean cuisine. $50. (813) 480-5466.

Italian for Travelers: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mon., Castellano and Pizzo Italian Foods, 4200 S Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Take two-session short course on Italian language and cuisine, includes dinner. $80. (727) 866-6892.

Adding Antioxidants: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tue., Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave. Learn how lowfat, vegetarian diet may help lower cancer risk. Free. (941) 778-1908, press "0".

Creative Desserts: 5:30-9 p.m. Tue., Manatee Technical Institute, 5603 34th St. West, Bradenton. Create light and healthy desserts & pastries. $40, registration required. (941) 751-7900, ext. 2043.

Cajun Cuisine: Spicy gumbo, beignets, other cajun classics:

- 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. $40. (813) 920-6939.

- 6-8 p.m. Tue., Williams-Sonoma, International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa. $45. (813) 353-0700.

Meal Makeovers: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Holland G. Mangum Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole. Transform everyday ingredients into elegant meals, led by chef Tina Gladyszak. $30 with Seminole Rec card (card costs $120 a year). (727) 391-8345.

Giuliano Hazan : 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Cookbook author and chef Giuliano Hazan demonstrates a vegetable garden dinner, limited seating. $50. (813) 653-2418.


Cornbread Contest: Enter an original main dish made with Martha White cornbread for chance as a finalist in Cornbread Festival Cook-Off April 26 in Tennessee. Winner receives $5,000 and stainless steel gas range worth $2,500. Visit for rules. Entry deadline is Feb 29.

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, email to:, or fax: (727) 892-2327.