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Food file

Special events and food tastings

Published March 23, 2005

TASTE OF CITRUS PARK: 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. April 2, Sickles High School, 7950 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tastings from Coquina Blue, Frulatti's Bakery & Cafe, J. Christophers, Latin American Grill, Supprano's, Paul Lee's Chinese Kitchen, McDivots and more; cooking demonstrations by Maggiano's Little Italy; carnival, entertainment; free admission, charges for tastings. Proceeds benefit school's technology and music programs. Call (813) 920-3007.

LURE OF LOMBARDY: 5-7 p.m. Thur.; Maggiano's Little Italy, 203 WestShore Plaza, Tampa. Executive chef James Boheim demonstrates regional Italian dishes that include spinach and Gorgonzola bruschetta from Lombardy, plus wine sampling; recipes provided; free. Call (813) 288-9000.

TOUR OF KITCHENS: 3-7 p.m. April 3, at residences in Belleair Bluffs, Harbor Bluffs, Harbor Oaks. Tom Pritchard of Salt Rock Grill, Christopher Ponte of Cafe Ponte, Jason Orchard of Redwoods and three other local chefs show off their culinary talents, each in a local home kitchen, while guests enjoy samples of their cuisine in Tour of Kitchens. Cost: $60, benefits Watson Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Call (727) 544-4433 for tickets and self-guided tour maps.

Wine and beer tastings/classes

RING IN SPRING: 5-8 p.m. Thur., Pasadena Liquors and Fine Wines, 1100 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena. Tasting of more than 60 wines from around the world, plus spirits, paired with hors d'oeuvres by Emerson Catering; $15 per person. Call (727) 347-9607.

RHONE RANGERS, BEST OF BORDEAUX: Apron's Cooking School, Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Rhone River Valley wines paired with smoked duck with peach mayonnaise in phyllo, 6:30 p.m. Fri., $40; or Wines of Bordeaux tasting samples diverse red and white wines from Medoc, Graves and Saint-Emilion appellations, paired with rack of lamb with leek, steak in red wine sauce, pears poached in red wine, 6:30 p.m. April 2, $40. Call (813) 926-4465 to reserve.

WORLD SAMPLING: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. World Sampling, with 25 champagnes and sparkling wines from South Africa, Argentina, Italy, California, and domestic and European beers; $15 advance, $20 at door. Call 813 250-1967 or visit

GRAPEVINE WINE FESTIVAL: 4-7 p.m. Sat., under the tent at 8969 Race Track Road, Tampa. Grapevine's annual festival offers hundreds of wines, culinary pairings and live music; $10, proceeds benefit The Children's Home. Call (813) 855-9463.

RODNEY STRONG SAMPLING: 5-8 p.m. Fri., Trinity Spirits and Wine, Mitchell Ranch Plaza, 3208 Little Road, New Port Richey. Sampling of Rodney Strong wines; free. Call (727) 372-5655.

GUILTY PLEASURE PAIRINGS: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Learn what wines to pair with fast food, junk foods and other guilty pleasures at this week's tasting; $10. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. Call (727) 892-9463.

FLAVORS OF TUSCANY: 5-7 p.m. Sat., Tampa Wine Institute, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. From Chianti to super-Tuscans, six to eight wines served, plus food; $30. To RSVP, call (813) 241-8587.

"HEAVENLY WINES III': 7-9:30 p.m. April 2, Church of the Holy Spirit, 601 Philippe Parkway, Safety Harbor. Try wines from around the world from Ed's Fine Wines in Clearwater, along with hors d'oeuvres, oldies music; $18. To purchase tickets, call (727) 725-4726 or 796-4220.

SIP AND SPEAK ITALIAN: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning April 4, at the Italian-American Connection, 7500 Ulmerton Road in Rosetree Plaza, Largo. Five-session class includes Italian wine with antipasto as Roberto Alvarez shares his love of all things Italian and teaches conversational Italian for beginners; $165 per series. Registration required; 727 866-6892; or

Cooking classes

ITALIAN FEAST: 7 p.m. today, Drew Coffee Shop, 1907 Drew St., Clearwater. Monthly cooking class includes minestrone, chicken Parmesan, fettuccine Alfredo, European-style cream puffs; guests may bring wine or beverage; $29.99, includes dinner. Call (727) 441-2572 to RSVP.

SHELLFISH, HEART-HEALTHY, CULINARY SKILLS: La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Shellfish class with shrimp in basil ponzu sauce, scallops in cilantro gremolata and ginger lime beurre blanc, 6:30-9 p.m. March 30, $39.50; heart-healthy, low-fat, low-carb and low-calorie class covers all the bases for healthy cooking, with roasted tomato bisque, sage and rosemary stuffed pork loin, Caribbean ratatouille, 7-8:30 p.m. March 31, $25; or guest restaurant chefs teach their culinary specialties in nine-week basic skills course, 6:30-9:30 p.m. beginning April 4; $595 for complete series. Call (727) 736-3070 to RSVP.

AUTHENTIC LASAGNA: 6-10 p.m. Tue., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Chef Mary shows how to create authentic Italian lasagna; $60; RSVP required, call (813) 837-6888.

CAJUN CLASSICS: 6:30 p.m. April 1, Apron's Cooking School, Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Chef and restaurateur John Folse with Cajun and Creole classics; $40. Call (813) 926-4465.

MORE APRON'S CLASSES: Apron's Cooking School, at Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Mushroom Mania, with shiitake beef stroganoff, herb-crusted lamb with portobello hash browns; 6:30 p.m. March 31; $35; Teen Global Cuisine series, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays beginning April 2 teaches Latin, Asian and European cuisine in teen class, with Chilean sea bass and tangerine sauce, chicken potstickers, pierogis and Austrian apple cake, $150; or Kid's Chicken No. 101 focuses on skills for young cooks, with teriyaki chicken wings, sweet-and-sour chicken, 6 p.m. April 4, $25. Call (813) 926-4465 to reserve.

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 March 22, 2005, 09:38:05]

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