© St. Petersburg Times, published June 26, 2002
Special events and food tastings
SUMMER SEAFOOD: Thur.-Sat., Kelly's For Just About Anything, 319 Main St., Dunedin. Seafood stars in four-course, wine-paired menu offered this weekend, includes grilled prawns in chilled watermelon soup, seared scallops with sweet potato gnocchi in saffron miso broth, passion fruit liqueur-marinated berry shortcake with lemon-ginger creme anglaise; wines include a viognier, pinot gris and more; $47.50. Call (727) 736-5284.
PROFUSION PERFECTION: 7 p.m. Thur., Profusion, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., (on Bay St. at International Plaza), Tampa. Rosemount Winery varieties pair with chef's creations including caviar-crusted jumbo shrimps over seaweed slaw, mussles in saffron broth, foie gras terrine on brioche, Szechwan seared duck breast with mascarpone herb risotto, chocolate berry fondant with raspberry flozen souffle; $60 plus tax and gratuity. Call (813) 353-8400.
PREZZO PAIRINGS: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner Thur., Prezzo Restaurant, International Plaza at Bay Street, Tampa. Wine dinner pairs Mediterranean cuisine dishes such as crab cakes with orange-fennel glaze, grilled duck breast with balsamic wine reduction, veal braciola with wild mushroom risotto and truffled marsala drizzle and creme brulee with wines from Beaulieu, Fetzer and Antinori; $55 plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating, call (813) 353-1624.
MANGOMANIA: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 7, German American Club on Pine Island Road (exit 26 off I-75), Pine Island, west of Fort Myers. Annual festival features mango tree varieties for sale, tasting tables with mango and mango specialties, cookbooks and mango dishes at local restaurants. Admission: $5, kids under 12 free. Call (239) 283-4842 or visit www.mangomaniafl.com.
INTERNATIONAL TASTING: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wines and Spirits, 1603 N Missouri Ave., Largo. Geyser Peak, Rancho Zabaco and Canaletto among the 70 international and domestic wines available, plus accompaniments, single malt scotches and a dozen beers and ales; $7, includes $5 coupon, logo glass. Call (727) 581-4642.
WHAT'S MY WINE: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Grand Cru Wine Cellar, 11724 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. "Secret" wine tasting where participants sip wines whose labels are hidden and try to guess the wine; $15, includes accompaniments and coupon for wine purchase. Call (813) 269-8463.
BOLD BANFI: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Italian wines by Banfi are sampled; $10, includes souvenir tasting glass; portion of proceeds benefits area SPCA; (727) 892-9463.
REVOLUTIONARY REDS: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. All-American red wines are celebrated in sampling, including Bonny Doon sangiovese, Beaulieu Vineyards syrah and Ficklin Vineyards port; $10. Call (813) 879-2931.
PIC PAC SAMPLING: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sample wines from around the world, plus cheeses in temperature-controlled wine room; $5; (727) 347-0743.
RAVISHING RHONE WINES: 6 p.m. Sat., A Taste For Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Rhone wines with a distinctive character: Cotes Rotie, Cornas and white Chateauneuf du Pape are sampled; $18. Call (727) 895-1623.
FRESH MARKET AND FLORIDA WINES: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Florida Estates Winery, 4 miles west of I-75 on S.R. 52 near Land O' Lakes. Sample the winery's nine locally produced varieties, plus food samples, fresh market, music and carriage rides at free event. Call (813) 996-2113 for more information.
A TASTE OF SPAIN: 3-6 p.m. Sun., B-21 Fine Wine and Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. More than 75 wines from Spain's top producers, including Muga, San Vicente, Artadi; $20 in advance, limited seating, call (727) 937-5049, ext. 205, toll-free 1-888-221-9463 or sign up online at www.b-21.com.
CABS OF THE WORLD: 6:30 p.m. Mon., SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. Ken Collura, head sommelier at Bern's Steak House, explains the complexities of cabernet sauvignon and leads the sampling of wines from growing regions around the world, $25. Call (813) 250-9463 to reserve.
MEDITERRANEAN MARVELS: 6-8 p.m. Tue., Grillmarks New World Bistro, 607 Clearwater-Largo Road (Alt. 19), Largo. Sample wines from the Mediterranean in free tasting with hors d'oeuvres; (727) 584-6235.
MATTISON'S TASTING: 5-7 p.m. Tue., Mattison's, An American Bistro, 111 Second Ave. (the Plaza Tower), St. Petersburg. Sample a selection of cabernet sauvignon and pinot grigio wines paired with hors d'oeuvres; $12. Call (727) 895-2200, RSVP required.
THREE CHEERS FOR BEER: 11 a.m.-midnight July 6, Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Quench your thirst with apricot wheat ale or hand-crafted root beer as brewery celebrates American Beer Month with an all-day party; summer beers and ales on tap for sampling, beer-related glasses, clothing for sale, live music. Call (727) 736-0606.
MORTON'S MARKET CLASSES: Chef Mario makes grilled salmon with swamp cabbage relish and grouper with salsa verde, plus offers tips on buying and storing fresh fish, 5 p.m. Thur.; or learn the tricks of campfire cooking, from boiling an egg in a paper cup to baking cinnamon rolls in hollowed-out oranges and making cedar-plank salmon, 5 p.m. Mon., both classes free at Morton's Gourmet Market, 1925 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota. Call (941) 955-9856.
BRUNCH N' LEARN: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Hands-on class makes brunch dishes such as Kalamata olive puff pastry crescents, risotto with smoked chicken, caramelized onions and walnuts, and cherry-chocolate trifle; $29.50, includes champagne or mimosas. Call (727) 736-3070.
"PANS ACROSS AMERICA": Target's "Pans Across America" semitrailer truck, a 53-foot kitchen on wheels, rolls into the Wesley Chapel SuperTarget parking lot, 1201 County Road 581 (corner Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and County Line Road), Wesley Chapel, just north of Land O' Lakes today. Onboard chef travels the U.S. as part of 25,000-mile culinary road trip, stopping to prepare quick and easy cuisine for sampling and provide recipes in cooking demonstrations at noon and 4:30 p.m. Call (813) 907-6687.
SIZZLING SUMMER BEEF RECIPES: Everything you need to know about great grilled beef, with timetables for cooking steaks and burgers, food-handling information, recipes for flavored butters, rubs and marinades, plus recipes for the grill, such as red, white and beef salad with salsa, black beans and ranch dressing, and Caesar beef kabobs. All available in Great Grilled Beef brochure. Send a self-addressed, stamped, No. 10 business-sized envelope to: National Cattlemen's Beef Association, Dept. FC-GGBR, P.O. Box 670, Bloomingdale, IL 60108-0670.
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