A look at what's happening around the bay area.
By PEGGY ANDERS
Published August 18, 2004
Special events and food tastings
BERNINI WINE DINNER: 6-10 p.m. Mon., Bernini of Ybor, 1702 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Sparkling and still wines from Pommery and J. Vidal wines of France pair with Bernini's cuisine at multicourse dinner; $65, plus tax and gratuity. RSVP requested; call (813) 248-0099.
TAMPA BAY VEGETARIANS: 7 p.m. Tue., Thai Basil-West, 1700 West Bay Drive, Largo. Thai cuisine is on the menu at this month's meeting of the Tampa Bay Vegetarians; $13.50 per person, plus $2 for nonmembers, includes tax and gratuity. Reserve by Thur. Call (727) 432-3327 or (813) 269-4665 to RSVP.
BARBECUE IN THE AMERICAS: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 25, SideBern's, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Grilled foods from the Americas; this wine dinner features the flavors and origins of barbecue; $65 inclusive. RSVP required; call (813) 258-2233.
TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB: 11:30 a.m. Aug. 28 (new meeting date), Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Tampa Bay Culinary Club members meet for a demonstration and sampling of French menu favorites by Cafe Largo's chef Dominic and chef Peter of Le Bouchon Bistro; $10. RSVP required. Call (727) 789-2605 to attend. Wine and beer tastings/classes
ABC TASTING: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, 1603 N Missouri Ave., Largo. More than 90 wines from France, California and around the world; $7. Call (727) 581-4642.
VINTAGE TASTINGS: Vintage Wine Cellars, 7-9 p.m. Fri., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Oregon Trail tasting, with wines that include Firesteed 2001 pinot noir, Willakenzie 2003 pinot blanc, $10; or Summer Champagne Sipper, shows how to pair sparkling wines with any occasion, includes Mionetto prosecco, Handley brut rose, Billot Fils Grand Cru brut, 7-9 p.m. Aug. 27, $10. Call (813) 879-2931 to RSVP for either tasting.
ITALIAN TASTES: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from Italy's diverse growing regions; $10. Proceeds benefit A Brighter Day. Call (727) 892-9463.
HOT FLAVORS FROM CHILE: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. Try merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah wines from Vino de Eyzaguirre Winery in Chile, also refreshing La Playa sauvignon blanc, paired with hors d'oeuvres at free tasting. Call (727) 736-4077.
WHAT THE DOCTOR ORDERED?: 6-8:30 p.m. Fri., International Cellar Wine Boutique, 11655 Countryway Blvd. at Racetrack Road, Tampa. Tasting focuses on heart-healthy aspects of red wines in this week's tasting; free. Call (813) 855-8099 for more information.
BARGAIN BORDEAUX: A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. A selection of fine Bordeaux wines that won't break the bank, beginning at 6 p.m. Sat., $20. RSVP required. Call (727) 895-1623.
COOL ART AND WINE: 5:30-8 p.m. Sat., Little Rooms for Art, Too! A Co-op Gallery, 406 11th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. "Dog Days of Summer" tasting of light, refreshing summer wines, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, in gallery surroundings with works by local artists; free, portion of art sales benefits St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Call (727) 822-5003.
BLIND TASTING: 6:30 p.m. Mon., the Brick Room at SideBern's, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. David Black leads "blind tasting" of major red grape varieties, including sangiovese, tempranillo, merlot; $25. RSVP required. Call (813) 250-9463.
KENDALL-JACKSON PAIRINGS: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 27, Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Wines from one of California's most awarded wineries, paired with courses from Kendall-Jackson chef Randy Lewis; $40. Call (813) 926-4465 to reserve.
BERN'S SUMMER TASTING: 3-6 p.m. Aug. 28, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Summer tasting of more than 80 wines designed to be enjoyed now; free tasting. Call (813) 250-9463. Cooking classes
NUTRITION FOR KIDS: 7 p.m. today, Great Harvest Bread Co., 500 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Learn more about kids' nutrition needs from registered dietitian; ideas for power-packed lunches that are fun for kids. Free. Bring chair or cushion. Call (813) 259-3700.
RAW FRUIT PIES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Kerry and Bobby Broe add seasonal fruits to sprouted nut or seed crusts; free demonstration. Call (727) 443-6703.
LA MAISON LESSONS: La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Cooking with Herbs and Spices, 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., pear and watercress mint soup with blue cheese croutons, shrimp in phyllo, orange cardamom pound cake with lavender cream, $39.50; or Asian-inspired 30-minute meals, which include crab cakes with ginger and wasabi, crispy sesame duck and noodle salad, 6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 26, $39.50. To RSVP for either class, call (727) 736-3070.
JUMP-START HOLIDAY BAKING: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sun., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Shoppingtown Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa. Cookie-baking and decorating techniques for the holidays; transform a genoise cake into a classic buche de noel with chefs Jurgen Gross and Jim Snyder; $35. Call (813) 920-6939 to reserve.
APRON'S CLASSES: Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Weeknight gourmet class makes meals in minutes: five-spice seared duck, lemon Greek chicken, fruit cobbler, 6:30 p.m. Mon., $35; Backyard Barbecue class, with grilled calamari stuffed with sun-dried tomato and feta, grill-baked bananas with vanilla filling, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, $35. Call (813) 926-4465 to reserve.
CREPE CREATIONS: Cappuccinos Bakery Cafe, 733 Broadway, Dunedin. Learn how to make crepes Normandy, 7-9 p.m. Tue. or Aug. 31; $15, plus food costs. Call (727) 738-8009 to reserve; limited class size.
PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS: 7-8 p.m. Aug. 25, 10-11 a.m. Aug. 26, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Debby DeGraaff uses portobello mushrooms to create vegetarian dishes in free class. Call (813) 873-7428.
- Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance of the publication date to Food File, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.
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