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Food File

By PEGGY ANDERS
Published January 19, 2005


Special events

CHILI COOKOFF: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Boys & Girls Club, 111 W Lime St., Tarpon Springs. Chili Appreciation Society International's cookoff, with arts and crafts, car show, entertainment and flea market; other foods also available for sale. Free admission. To enter a chili recipe or for information, call (727) 937-0320.

EINSTEIN ON WINE: 6-9 p.m. Sat., Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. More than 400 wines from 80 worldwide vintners and food from 20 area restaurants, plus silent auction and music at annual fundraiser; $60 per person; benefits Kids in Charge at MOSI. Call (813) 987-6000.

VEGETARIAN POTLUCK PICNIC: Noon-4 p.m. Sun., Shelter 7 at Philippe Park, 2525 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Bring a vegetarian no meat, fish or fowl dish to serve 6-8 people and join the Buddhist Peace Fellowship's first potluck picnic. Free with potluck dish. Call Jim at (727) 392-7698 or go to www.bpf-tampabay.org

MUSICAL CHAIRS DINNER: 7-10 p.m. Jan. 27, Cafe Alma, 260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Salvador Dali Museum's Zodiac group has guests changing seats and dining partners with each course at "Musical Chairs" dinner; entree includes choice of curried beef tangine, chicken breast with tomato bruschetta, ricotta and pine nut stuffed portobello or fish, plus parlor games, fortune tellers. Tickets: $50, $40 Zodiac members; proceeds benefit Salvador Dali Museum. Reserve by Fri. at (727) 823-3767, ext. 3024.

DARIOUSH DINNER: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Mystic Fish, 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. Wines from one of Napa's premier wineries, Darioush, paired with olive-oil poached Chilean sea bass, seared tenderloin of beef and bison with pine nut vinaigrette, warm chocolate bread pudding with candied basil; includes vertical tasting of signature 2000 cabernet sauvignon and signature chardonnay, merlot and shiraz; $100 per person, includes gratuity. Call (727) 771-1800.

NAPA VINTNERS TASTING: 6:30-7 p.m. VIP tasting, 7-9 p.m. Grand Tasting Feb. 2, Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Abilities Foundation hosts Napa Valley Vintners Association tasting with 75 premium wines from BV, Schramsberg, Cuvaison, ZD Wines, Mount Veeder and more, poured by Napa winemakers, paired with culinary tastes from Cafe Alma, O Bistro, Pelagia Trattoria, Cafe Ponte, SideBern's and more; bid on rare Napa wines in silent auction; live entertainment. Tickets: VIP tasting, $150 advance, $175 at door (includes Grand Tasting admission); Grand Tasting, $100 advance, $125 at door; proceeds benefit the Abilities Foundation. Call (727) 538-7370, ext. 345.

"NIGHTLIFE NAPA VALLEY": 9:30-11:30 p.m. Feb. 2, SideBern's, 2208 Morrison Ave., Tampa. Followup tasting to Napa Vintner's Tasting see above, geared toward 20- and 30-somethings. Napa Valley winemakers present wines to pair with Jeannie Pierola's cuisine; $20, plus $10 suggested Abilities Foundation donation. Purchase tickets at www.sidebernsevents.com or at door if available.

TAMPA BAY VEGETARIANS: 7 p.m. Tues., Saffron's Caribbean Cuisine Restaurant, 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Join the Tampa Bay Vegetarians for dinner as the group bestows its "Favorite Restaurant of the Year" award to Saffron's; $12.50, plus $2 for nonmembers, includes tax and tip. RSVP by Sat. at (813) 269-4665.

Tastings/classes

"BEER BOWL": 6 p.m. Sat., Hogan's Great Sandwiches, 14306-D N Dale Mabry, Tampa. Sample from more than 30 handcrafted and imported beers and an array of Hogan's 40 Great Sandwiches, plus live music; $30 inclusive. Limited space, RSVP by today at (813) 264-4797.

WINES WITH VISION: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from California's Vision Cellars presented by owner Mac McDonald, founding member of African-American Vintners Association and Thandi Farms in South Africa; $10, includes souvenir wine glass. Proceeds benefit All-Star Baseball School Scholarship. Call (727) 892-9463.

MERLOT AND MONTEPULCIANO: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. Try wines to be featured at upcoming Dunedin Mardi Gras, including Villa del Rey merlot, Terre Valso montepulciano, Colli Ripano Mojo sangiovese; free. Call (727) 736-4077.

BIG WINES, SMALL PRICE: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29, Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Robert Mondavi wine tasting series, with affordable wines for everyday and special occasions, paired with grilled portobello with crab and gorgonzola, pancetta-wrapped shrimp with maple chipotle barbecue sauce, Jamaican jerk chicken skewers. $35. Reserve at (813) 926-4465.

SAY CHEESE: 6 p.m. Jan. 29, A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sample savory cheeses from around the world with cheese expert Caroline Hostetler, matched with wines to complement; $35. RSVP (required) at (727) 895-1623.

COOL WINTER BREWS: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Beer tasting focuses on hops, key to a great brew, with Mendocino Winter Ale, Avery Red Rock, Kronenbourg 1664 and more beers, ales and stouts from around the world; $10. RSVP at (813) 879-2931.

AUSTRALIA HARVEST FESTIVAL: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., A La Carte event pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. More than 300 wines, with some of Australia's best offerings, including Bird in Hand, Palandri, Starvedog Lane, Wyndham Estate, Zilzie, presented at Australia Day Harvest Festival, plus winemakers on hand to conduct seminar 6:15 p.m.. Tickets: $40 advance, $50 at door if available, $55 advance for festival plus seminar; purchase tickets at www.localwineevents.com information www.wineaustralia.com/usa

ROAM THROUGH THE RHONE: 5-7 p.m. Jan. 29, Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Wines from the Rhone Valley, with syrah, grenache and other varieties sampled, 8 wines served, plus food to accompany; $30. Seating limited; RSVP at (813) 241-8587.

Cooking classes

NUTS FOR NUTRITION: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Debby DeGraaff shows how nutrition-packed nuts can be used in an array of vegetarian dishes; free. Call (813) 873-7428.

COOKING WITH CHEF FRED: 7 p.m. today, Drew Coffee Shop, 1907 Drew St., Clearwater. Chef Fred shows how to create low-fat, low-carb vegetable bean soup, grouper with lemon-caper-shrimp sauce, cannoli with chocolate-raspberry sauce and more in monthly cooking class; guests may bring wine or beverage; $29.99, includes dinner. RSVP at (727) 441-2572.

CHINESE CUISINE: 1 p.m. Sat., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Shoppingtown Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Drive, Tampa. Steve Carey, executive chef of Paul Lee's Chinese Kitchen, prepares appetizer-size portions of Paul Lee's signature menu items for sampling and offers tips on cooking Chinese dishes in demonstrations that start at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; free. Call (813) 920-6939.

KIDS GRILLING CLASS: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Hands-on grilling class for kids, with lemongrass shrimp skewers, maple-chipotle glazed salmon, grilled chili corn, custard tart with berries. $35. RSVP at (727) 736-3070.

WARMING WINTER SOUPS: 7-8 p.m. Jan. 26, 10-11 a.m. Jan. 27, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Learn to make savory vegetable soups with Debby DeGraaff in free vegetarian class. Call (813) 873-7428.

APRON'S GUEST CHEFS: Apron's Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, cookbook author and TV chef Giovanna Huyke with Puerto Rican specialties such as tostones, chicken with chorizo and pumpkin-sherry sauce, coconut-rum charlotte; $50. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Tyler Florence of Food Network's Food 911 with uncomplicated and fun recipes, paired with Fetzer wines; $100. Reserve at (813) 926-4465.

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.

[Last modified October 29, 2007, 18:11:12]


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