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Food file

By PEGGY ANDERS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 5, 2002

Special events and food tastings

SEA GRAPES: 7-10 p.m. Sat., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Wine and dine at the Aquarium's undersea setting at "Sea Grapes" tasting and art auction, with samplings of area restaurant dishes, premium wines, plus silent auction, all to benefit the aquarium's education and veterinary care programs; $45, $40 for members. Call (813) 273-4568 for tickets.

COOL SOCIAL: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Beans About Cooking, 2520-B McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Seminar on ice creammakers plus learn how to make your own waffle cones at complimentary ice cream social. Call (727) 726-1596

BERINGER WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner, June 12, Fleming's Steakhouse and Wine Bar, 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Reserve wines from the Napa Valley's Beringer including viognier, pinot noir and semillion-sauvignon blanc; menu items include seared wild mushroom salad, warm figs with manchego cheese, potato-crusted seabass in chardonnay cream sauce, Asian-sauced filet mignon with fried leeks, and caramelized pears with cinnamon pound cake; $80. Call (813) 874-9463.

CHATEAU POTELLE AT ROY'S: 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner June 13, Roy's, Tampa, 4342 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Chef Rand Packer pairs dishes of truffled sea scallops tartare, wild berry marinated ostrich with caramelized apple brandy reduction and more with Chateau Potelle wines, as he welcomes guest Jean-Noel Fourmeaux, owner of Chateau Potelle Winery; $80, plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating, reservations required. Call (813) 873-7697.

WINEMAKER DINNER PARTY: 6:30-9 p.m. June 13, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Dinner pairs roasted corn and shrimp chowder, seafood-stuffed beef tenderloin with cognac demi-glace, potato gratin with goat cheese and garlic with wines from Clos Pegase, Zaca Mesa, Silverado and Wild Horse; $55, plus tax and gratuity (includes wine). Call (727) 736-3070 to reserve.

Wine and Beer tastings/classes

ABC NEIGHBORHOOD SAMPLING: 5-7 p.m. Thur., ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, 9501 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Try 12 wines with light hors d'oeuvres, get a souvenir glass and a $3 coupon for wine purchase, all for $5 admission. Call (727) 392-3913.

ALL IN THE FAMILY: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accesories, 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg. Spotlight is on wines produced by father and son teams, this week, tasting of Alexis Lichine wines from France; $10, includes souvenir tasting glass; portion of proceeds benefits area SPCA; (727) 892-9463.

FROM ZIN TO CABS: Grand Cru Wine Cellar, 11724 N Dale Mabry Highway (Main Street Shopping Center), Tampa features a zinfandel flight tasting of new-era wines, 7-9 p.m. Fri.; or taste big-flavored cabernet sauvignons, 7-9 p.m. June 14; $15 per tasting, includes accompaniments and coupon for wine purchase. Call (813) 269-8463.

WINE VALUES: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sample 10 budget-priced wines from around the world, plus cheeses; $5. Call (727) 347-0743.

WHITE WINE VARIETALS: 6-8 p.m. Tues., Pappas' Grillmarks New World Bistro and Bar, 607 Clearwater-Largo Road (Alt. 19), Largo. Bored with chardonnays? Explore the world of white wine varietals at free tasting with hors d'oeuvres in a bistro setting. Call (727) 584-6235.

GUENOC GOLD: 6 p.m. June 14, Grapevine at Westchase, Westchase Square, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Featured wine is 1995 Guenoc "Langtry", a meritage gold-medal winner that retails around $54 per bottle; $5 tasting. Call (813) 818-9463 to reserve.

Cooking classes

BEEF . . . IT'S WHATS FOR DINNER: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Learn the finer points of selecting the right cuts of steak, get tips on grilling and marinating today's beef cuts, plus healthy beef recipes; menu includes rolled flank steak with prosciutto and basil, filets with garlic-ginger wasabi butter; $40 Call (813) 926-4465.

FRENCH COUNTRY CUISINE: 11 a..m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Chef Debby DeGraaff makes French onion soup with herbed croutons, warm chickpea salad over spring greens; store tour for those with special diets and nutritional needs after class; free. Call (727) 443-6703.

STUFFED, WRAPPED AND ROLLED: 11 a.m. Mon., Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Kids can play with their food in this class, which features salad wraps, stuffed tomatoes, and rolled Rice Krispies creations, for ages 8-12; $20. Limited seating. Call (813) 926-4465.

"BEST CHEF" WINNER'S FAVORITES: 6:30-9 p.m. Tues., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Mossimo Patano of Armani's, winner of the Best Chef of Tampa Bay contest, shares his favorite dishes: shrimp stuffed with fontina, red bell peppers and arugula with white balsamic reduction, veal topped with crab and lobster with roasted shallots, Sophia Loren's favorite classic tiramisu; $49.50. Call (727) 736-3070.

Table talk

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