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Hardly scientific, certainly delicious

By MARY JANE PARK
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 18, 2002

Einstein on Wine, the Museum of Science and Industry's annual fundraiser, draws patrons from throughout the bay area each year for samplings of wines and fine foods.

The event takes place inside MOSI, which is on E Fowler Avenue in Tampa.

On Saturday evening, contributors to the museum's educational programs gathered in smaller groups at nine restaurants from Dade City to St. Petersburg: the Columbia, Fleming's, Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, Marchand's at the Vinoy, Mia's, Mise en Place, Tampa Bay Palm, Profusion and Ristorante Francesco. Each offered a multicourse dinner with wine and food pairings.

Among those at the Vinoy were Ford and Barbara Kyes, Peter Hammerschmidt and Jodie DiMaria, Bill and Beth Caprio, Simon Dawkins, Kevin Rhodes, Greg and Lorri Ericson, Colleen Pelton, Bob and Whitney Lang, Rod and Beverly Skaggs, Dr. Larry and Sarah Williams, Courtney Frank, Dale Appel and Dave Conley.

Both the museum and medical device manufacturer Smith & Nephew Inc. of Largo were well represented at the event.

Rod Skaggs recently returned from mountaineering school at Mount Rainier in Washington, and Dawkins and Rhodes educated me about tissue growth for treating conditions such as burns.

James Samson, Marchand's chef, and David Kovanis of Premier Beverage coordinated the menu, which featured wines from Clos Du Bois.

Appetizers broke the old rules of never serving red wine with fish. Shiraz accompanied hot smoked salmon and peppercorn duxelles with goat cheese and a blackberry glaze, a delicious burst of flavors.

Cabernet accompanied the main course: seared beef tenderloin with a horseradish scallion pave, glazed baby carrots, asparagus and candied garlic bordelaise.

Each diner received small tastes of white chocolate cheesecake, tiramisu and a tower of raspberry mousse, with muscat as the dessert wine.

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The Science Center Guild donated more than $60,000 to the center last year, president Lorraine Danna reported at the annual membership tea Thursday.

The center is buying a Minolta MediaGlobe, a computerized planetarium projector with a database of planets, galaxies and 6,000 stars.

The guild acknowledged Cindy Pacquin, who is departing her post as the center's longtime public relations liaison.

Among others attending, Connie Kone reports, were Joann Barger, who was preparing for a trip to Italy; Edie Spies, Sharon Zimring, Mary Shuh, Alice Radcliffe and Jeanice Harring.

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St. Petersburg native Julie Adcock Whitney is one of the three Tampa women who have become known as the original Bayshore Patriots, reports her proud mother, Eloise K. Adcock.

Whitney and Julie Graham Sargent heeded the call of their aerobics instructor Linda McMullen Alfonso after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Each Friday the group meets at Bayshore and Bay to Bay boulevards in Tampa to wave American flags at passers-by.

Their enthusiasm prompted last Wednesday's Flags along the Bayshore event, in which an estimated 15,000 people lined the waterfront thoroughfare to remember those who perished as a result of the terrorist attacks last year.

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday

WELCOME TO TAMPA BAY INTERNATIONAL CLUB: International friendship club event for members, guests. 3-5 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. 393-5946.

COOKING FOR THE KIDS: Help a Child benefit features cocktails, food, silent auction, entertainment. Black tie optional; island or casual attire encouraged. 6:30 p.m. Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $75. 864-2684.

PACE DINNER: Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health Services Applauds Community Endeavors. 6 p.m. Bayou Club, 7979 Bayou Club Blvd., Largo. $30. 545-6477, ext. 316.

Friday

GOLF TOURNAMENT: To benefit Lutheran Church of the Cross. Noon: lunch; 1 p.m., shotgun start. Mangrove Bay Golf Course, 875 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. $75. 898-8007; 823-1230, ext. 230.

-- Mary Jane Park can be reached at (727) 893-8267; fax (727) 893-8675; e-mail park@sptimes.com; P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

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