Special events and food tastings
TASTE OF PINELLAS: 5-10 p.m. Fri., noon-10 p.m. Sat., noon-7 p.m. Sun., Vinoy Park, Fifth Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive, St. Petersburg. Annual food and music festival benefits All Children's Hospital, with tastes from more than 50 area restaurants and vendors, including Columbia Restaurant, Hook's Sushi Bar and Thai Food, Friendly Fisherman, Tijuana Flats, Mrs. B's Doe-Al Southern Heritage, Mangia, Red Mesa, Snapper's. Admission $5 Fri.-Sat. (under age 12 free), free to all Sun. Tastes $1-$4 each. (727) 892-4193.
TIME FOR TEA: Davis and Daughters Tea Cottage, 530 Alt. U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Victorian Tea & Etiquette, 3:30 p.m. seating Sat., five-course afternoon tea and manners/etiquette course, $11.95 children, $15.95 adults; Teddy Bear Tea, 3:30 p.m. June 12, bring your favorite teddy bear to tea with sandwiches, scones, desserts and show and tell, $11.95 children, $15.95 adults. To RSVP, call (727) 785-7790.
BEST OF BELL WINES: 7 p.m. Tue., Crazy Conch Cafe, 1110 Pinellas Bayway S, No. 206, Tierra Verde. "It's All About the Terrior" dinner explores the flavors of wines grown in different areas, with varieties from Bell Wine Cellars, presented by winemaker Anthony Bell, paired with Voodoo lager battered crab lumps, wild mushroom soup, tenderloin of beef and mango sorbet with Great Hill blue cheese; $75, plus tax and gratuity. RSVP required: (727) 865-0633.
TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB: 1 p.m. June 12, Thai Thani, 25778 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Tampa Bay Culinary Club members meet for a demonstration of Thai cuisine by executive chef Pek and sampling of menu favorites; $10. RSVP required; call (727) 789-2605 to attend.Wine and beer tastings/classes
ARTISAN CHEESES AND WINES: 6 p.m. Thur., Olivia's Restaurant, 937 Main St., Dunedin. Chef Gui of Provence leads discussion and tasting of artisan cheeses from around the world, plus hors d'oeuvres and wines by Olivia's. $20. RSVP required, (727) 736-1400.
WINE JOURNEY: 6-8:30 p.m. Fri., International Cellars Wine Boutique, 11655 Countryway Blvd., Tampa. Wine expert Andrew Carmody leads wine-tasting journey of handcrafted varieties from Spain, Australia and the Americas; free. Call (813) 855-8099.
INTENSELY ARGENTINIAN: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from Argentina - cabernets, malbec and chardonnay; $10. Proceeds benefit ASAP for the Homeless. Call (727) 892-9463.
FRENCH CONNECTION: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. Sample Domaine d'espiere, cote du rhone, Chateau Pennautier Caberdes, Chateau Lafitte Juracon, bordeaux and other French favorites, paired with hors d'oeuvres at free tasting. Call (727) 736-4077.
WINE WORKSHOP: Registration begins at 2:30 p.m., program 3-5:30 p.m. Sat. at Rosa Fiorelli Winery & Vineyard, 4250 County Road 675, Bradenton. Workshop on how to enjoy wine; includes advice on how to read labels, evaluate, store, serve and pair wine with foods, plus information about wine's health benefits. Program conducted by Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research of Florida A & M University. Free. Advance registration required; (941) 322-0976.
ITALIAN SAMPLING: 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 11, Mazzaro Coffee & Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Chianti classico reserva, Centine, Brunello do Montalcino, among wines from Banfi, one of Italy's top producers, paired with Mazzaro's hors d'oeuvres; $15, limited tickets. Call (727) 321-2400.
OCEANS OF FLAVOR: 6:30 p.m. June 12, Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Robert Mondavi tasting pairs island-style seafood dishes that include chipotle scallops with jicama peach salad, Key West shrimp and sea bass ceviche with varieties of Robert Mondavi wines; $50. Call (813) 926-4465 to RSVP.
SUMMERTIME WINES: 3-6 p.m. June 13, B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Wines from Spain to pair with tapas, domestic zinfandels to pair with barbecue and casual South African wines; $20 before June 11, $25 after. Call 727 937-5049, ext. 210, or visit www.b-21.com to reserve.
TASTING AND A SHOW: 6:30 p.m. June 18, Maestro's & Shimberg Playhouse, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Indulge in "Evil Twin" tasting of pinot noir vs. chardonnay, zinfandel vs. sauvignon blanc and more, paired with hors d'oeuvres, plus performance of The Mineola Twins and postshow party at this month's Tampa Bay Uncorked event; $30, advance sales only. Visit www.tampabayuncorked.org for tickets and more information.Cooking classes
HEALTHY TRAVELER: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Learn how to eat healthfully while traveling or vacationing at Debby DeGraaff's free vegetarian cooking class. Call (813) 873-7428.
GREEK CUISINE, TAPAS PARTY: Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Greek cuisine class with saganaki (pan-fried cheese), spinach pilaf with feta, 6:30 p.m. Fri., $35; Tapas and Paella Party class features easily prepared Spanish-inspired menu, 6:30 p.m. June 11, $30. Call (813) 926-4465 to reserve.
SLOW MEALS, SUMMER SOUPS: La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Two-session Slow Cooking class for two. Menu includes salmon poached in olive oil, slow-roasted pork shoulder, fennel and potato gratin, creme Catalina, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thur., 6:30-9 p.m. Fri., $70 for one person, or $110 for two (with one person attending Thur.); Summer Soups class makes chilled mango soup, cool cucumber soup, red lentil coconut soup with shrimp dumplings, more, 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., $39.50. To RSVP, call (727) 736-3070.
ICING ON THE CAKE: Honey Bee Shop, 11144 N 30th St., Tampa. Basic Cake Decorating class shows how to create shell borders and roses, four-week class begins 7-9 p.m. Mon.; Beautiful Flowers four-week class starts 7-9 p.m. Tue.. Each four-week course costs $25, plus tax and supplies. Advance registration required. Call (813) 971-7599 to RSVP.
PERFECT PICNICS: 7-8 p.m. June 9, 10-11 a.m. June 10, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Free class on vegetarian picnic fare for summer outings. Call (813) 873-7428.
LESSON AND LUNCH: noon June 16, Bon Appetit Restaurant, 150 Marina Plaza, Dunedin. Chef Stephen demonstrates making chocolate sabayon over fresh fruit and berries, plus three-course lunch that includes grilled salmon with tomato basil salsa; $15 inclusive, advance purchase required by June 12. To RSVP, call (727) 733-2151.
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