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By PEGGY ANDERS, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 23, 2003


Special events and food tastings

ZEN TEA: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. today, Davis and Daughters Tea Cottage, 530 Alt. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Enjoy chai, jasmine and lapsang souchong teas, plus scones, tea sandwiches, desserts, soup, quiche and loose teas, chef provides recipes; $14.95. RSVP: (727) 785-7790.

FLORIDA WINEFEST: Thur.-Sun., venues for Sarasota event include Ritz-Carlton, St. Armands Circle, Cafe L'Europe. "A Vintage Voyage" includes lunch tastings, winemaker dinners, seminars that include Chocolate and Wine, gala dinner, "sip and shop"; event prices $35-$300. Call (941) 952-1109 for information; purchase tickets at www.floridawinefest.com.

BERN'S WINE FEST: Fri.-Mon., SideBern's, 2208 W Morrison Ave., Tampa. Sixth annual wine and food event includes seminars, luncheon, grand tasting, gala wine dinner with winemakers and winery owners representing 150 wines from around the world, cuisine by executive chef Jeannie Pierola; event prices $65-$250. Call (813) 250-9463 or www.bernswinefest.com.

JAZZY WINES: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards, U.S. 27, 3 miles south of Florida Turnpike Exit 285, near Clermont. Free winery tours at annual jazz and fine art show, with wine tastings, live music, food available for purchase at outdoor event; free. Call toll-free 1-800-768-9463 or (352) 394-8627.

BACCHUS IN BLACK TIE: 6 p.m. April 30, Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Five-course gala dinner celebrates Italian regional cuisine and wines; $175 per person. Proceeds benefit Ruth Eckerd Hall. Call (727) 712-2760.

MONTEREY MENU: 7 p.m. April 30, Eighth Ave. Grille, 1811 15th St., Ybor City. California cuisine dinner pairs Monterey-inspired menu of truffle-laced ahi tuna, roasted pork, smoked salmon terrine, warm almond cake and more with fine wines; $50. Call (813) 242-6616.

COOL SCOOP: Cool off at participating Baskin-Robbins stores at annual "Free Scoop Night," from 6-10 p.m. April 30; for every scoop served, Baskin-Robbins will make a donation to First Book organization that distributes books to low-income families. Visit www.baskinrobbins.com for store locations.

Wine and beer tastings/classes

"DRESS IT UP": 7-9 p.m. Thur., Whiskey Park, 720 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Dress up in your best wine-tasting attire to celebrate Korbel and Lake Sonoma's new label designs at Tampa Wine Brats tasting; appetizers plus helpful tips on how to read labels; $20 advance, $25 at door, if available. RSVP at tampa.winebrats.org or call the Brats hotline at (813) 740-2728.

POTLUCK TASTING: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Potluck tasting lets first six tasters choose a wine under $15 from the shelves for all to taste; $10, includes souvenir glass. Portion of proceeds benefits PARC. (727) 892-9463.

VIVA ITALIA: 6-8:30 p.m. Fri., Clubhouse at Aston Gardens at Tampa Bay, 12951 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Grapevine's "Wine Professor Tour of Italy" features wines from the country's wine-growing regions, hors d'oeuvres; $10, proceeds benefit Friends of the Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library. RSVP: (813) 818-9463.

PIC PAC WINES: 5-7:30 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sample value-priced wines from around the world, plus cheeses in weekly tasting: $5. (727) 347-0743.

WINE, FOOD AND CRAFTS: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Florida Estates Winery, four miles west of Interstate 75 on S.R. 52 near Land O'Lakes. Sample some of the newest wines, browse the fresh market's artisan breads, cheeses and produce, plus handmade crafts for sale. Free admission; (813) 996-2113 or www.floridaestateswines.com.

BORDEAUX TASTING: 3-6 p.m. Sun., B-21 Fine Wine and Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Taste 2000 vintage bordeaux, one of the best vintage years, according to Wine Spectator; $25 advance, $30 at door if available. RSVP: (727) 937-5049, ext. 210, or www.b-21.com.

BASA AND BOGLE: 5:30-8 p.m. Tue., Mystic Fish, 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Complimentary wine tasting presents Basa sauvignon blanc, Bogle petite syrah, Rothbury chardonnay, among others. (727) 771-1800.

WINES AROUND THE WORLD: 6-10 p.m. May 1, Kapok Special Event Center, 923 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. Wine tasting to benefit Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas; $50. Call (727) 507-6330, ext. 224.

ZINCERELY YOURS: 7-9 p.m. May 2, Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Tasting features zesty zinfandels such as Peachy Canyon Incredible Red 2001, Karly Warrior Fires 2000 and Rombauer El Dorado 2001; $10. RSVP: (813) 879-2931.

Cooking classes

GREAT GRAINS: 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Grains are the topic in free vegetarian class. (813) 873-7428.

COOKING FOR TEENS: 6:30 p.m. Thur., Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Hands-on cooking class for teens with chef Paul McMorris; teens $30, $25 members. RSVP: (813) 987-6000.

PERFECT PAIRING: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Six courses in a matched pairing with 12 wines show how to select a wine to accompany each dinner dish; menu includes Granny Smith apple and Gouda tartlets, melon and shrimp salad, duck with blackberries and ginger, caramel hazelnut tart; $65, includes food, wines, tax and gratuity. RSVP: (727) 736-3070.

VEGETARIAN JAPANESE: 6-8 p.m. Mon., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Suga Krajewski prepares vegetarian Japanese dishes such as clear soup with watercress and harusame noodle, tofu with miso sauce, brown rice with shiitake mushrooms, more in free class. Call (727) 443-6703.

CAKE DECORATING 101: 1-3 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Mon., Honey Bee Shop, 11144 N 30th St., Tampa. Learn the basics of decorating cakes; $26.75. Registration required: (813) 971-7599.

HERBS, ASPARAGUS AND ARTICHOKES: Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa, has classes on: cooking with fresh herbs, 6:30 p.m. Sat.; menu includes macadamia pesto stuffed chicken, herb-crusted flounder with chardonnay buerre blanc, $35; or learn how to create elegant spring dishes with artichokes and asparagus, such as cream of asparagus soup, grouper Oscar, fennel-sausage stuffed artichoke, 2 p.m. Sun., $30. RSVP: (813) 926-4465.

BEAN BASICS: 7 p.m. April 30, 10 a.m. May 1, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Debby DeGraaff shares "Bean Basics" cooking tips in free class. (813) 873-7428.

Contests

BEST CHEF BATTLE: 7-9:30 p.m. Tue., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Area chefs meet in culinary competition, each preparing a meal from surprise ingredients. Spectators sample their creations and vote; $75 per person (includes meal); portion of proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House. (727) 736-3070.

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