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Special events and food tastings

Published August 24, 2005

FRENCH/AUSTRALIAN PAIRING: 7 p.m. Thur., Le Bouchon Bistro, 796 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. Six Australian wines from Oxford Landing, including Yalumba series riesling, viognier, muscat and merlot, paired with French cuisine; $47.95, plus tax and gratuity, includes wines. Call (727) 585-9777 to RSVP.

TAPAS AND WINE PAIRING: 6-8 p.m. Sat., 3 Palms Grille, 8203 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. Four wines paired with tapas $20. Call (813) 933-2401 to RSVP.

TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB: 9:30 a.m. Sat., at Guppy's on the Beach, 1701 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Chef Scott Bebell demonstrates a dish at the monthly meeting of the Tampa Bay Culinary Club; $10. RSVP required by today; call (727) 789-2605.

FIRE ON THE BEACH: Noon-5 p.m. Sat., Rum Runners at the Sirata Beach Resort, 5300 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Chili cookoff with local, professional and team divisions, judging at 3 p.m., tastings offered from 2-4 p.m., plus other foods available for purchase; $5 per tasting, benefits Faces of Courage Foundation that helps children with cancer and their families; off-site parking with shuttle charge for shuttle. Call (727) 363-0071; or

VIVA LA DOLCE VIDA: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 4322 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Nickel & Nickel Single Vineyards Wine Dinner with wine and cheese reception, three-course meal, plus Gil Fleming's dessert wine Dolce, a late-harvest blend of semillon and sauvignon blanc called "Liquid Love"; $115 inclusive, benefits Abilities Foundation. Call (727) 538-7370, ext. 349.

Wine and beer


SUMMER CHAMPAGNE SIPPER: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Selection of sparkling wines, including Vauve de Vernay vin mousseaux, Henkell Trocken Sekt, Blanquette de Limoux risque, Toad Hollow brut, Gloria Ferrar blanc de noirs, Louis Roederer brut premier champagne, Piper-Heidsieck extra-dry champagne and Laurent-Perrier demi-sec champagne; $10. Call (813) 879-2931 to RSVP.

CELEBRATION WINES: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Tasting features celebratory wines, with champagne and other sparkling wines; $10. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer "3-Day" Walk. Call (727) 892-9463.

BEAT THE HEAT: 7-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. Wines from Australia, Washington State and Chile, including Goundry chardonnay, Boundry Road sauvignon blanc and syrah, Palandri cabernet, Hogue-Genesis merlot and Montes cabernet/carmenere, at free sampling. Call (727) 736-4077.

CALIFORNIA CALLIN': 6:30-8 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, in the Brick Room at SideBern's, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Rhone-style wines and zinfandels from Cline Cellars, including syrah, viognier and mourvedre, $15. RSVP required; call (813) 250-9463 to reserve.

Cooking classes

ELIZABETH KARMEL: Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Demonstration by Girls at the Grill TV host, Elizabeth Karmel, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 26, $40. Also: Teens at the Grill, 11 a.m. Sat., $25. or call 813 926-4465 to RSVP.

PIES, PIES, PIES: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 11, Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Pastry chefs Michael Ostrander, Michael Baugh and Mary Bowyer lead piemaking class; $100, includes supplies. RSVP required; call (813) 837-6888 or (813) 546-1832.

-- 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 August 23, 2005, 17:54:04]

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