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Food File

A look at what's happening around the bay area

Published September 21, 2005

Special events

BLUE HERON WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m. today, Blue Heron, 3285 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. New Zealand's Kathy Lynskey boutique wines that include sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, "Godfrey Reserve" chardonnay, more are paired with five-course tasting menu; $60. To RSVP, call Erica at (727) 258-0093, or Blue Heron (727) 789-5176.

SPANISH TREASURES: 7 p.m. Tue., Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Columbia wine dinner features varieties from Vinedos y Bodegas Dominio de Tares in the El Bierzo wine region of Spain, paired with Columbia's cuisine; $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (813) 248-4961.

EPCOT FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL: Sept. 30-Nov. 13, Epcot at Walt Disney World, Orlando. Festival celebrates 10 years of food and wine from around the world and food tastes from 25 regions. Puerto Rican and Turkish cuisine are among new cuisines this year; more than 100 wineries and breweries present samplings, seminars, culinary demonstrations. Epcot admission required; some seminars free; food tastes $1.50-4.50. For more information, visit


TASTING ADVENTURES: 6-8 p.m. today, Tastings: A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Wednesday Wine Adventures: California wine tasting to benefit Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, $30. California Central Coast varieties at Justin Winery tasting, 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28, $10. Call (727) 894-2255.

A TIME FOR TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Fri., at Gold Dragon Gallery, 3508 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa. A Time For Wine presents wine sampling of six varieties and cheeses to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; $20. To RSVP, call (813) 785-7306.

MAMBO ITALIANO, FALL CLASSICS: Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Tastings of Italian wine include Vietti Dolcetto d'Alba 2002, Teradola Taurasi Reserva 1998 and more, 7-9 p.m. Fri., $10; or Fall Classics tasting with the latest in new fall line of wines from Opus One, Rex Hill, Duckhorn, more; 7 p.m. apertif, 7:30 p.m. tasting Sept. 30, $25. Call (813) 879-2931 to RSVP.

UNCORK A ZUNIO: 6:30 p.m. Fri. Sept. 23, Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Try cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and merlot from Zunio Winery in California; $10, includes souvenir glass. Proceeds benefit Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health. Call (727) 892-9463.

SIDEWAYS AND SUSHI: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Sample wines made famous by film Sideways, paired with sushi, movie trivia; $15 advance, $20 at door. Call 813 250-1967 or visit

AUSTRALIA TO SPAIN: 7-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. Sample Four Emus semillion/sauvignon blanc and shiraz from Australia, plus Freixenet Spanish sparkling wine, along with Gloria Ferrer Carneros merlot and St. Francis Sonoma County red; free. Call (727) 736-4077.

WINE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Florida Estates Winery, 25241 SR 52, near Land O'Lakes. Sample the winery's varieties while browsing the fresh market. Free admission. Call (813) 996-2113.

WINES OF SPAIN AND ITALY: 5-7 p.m. Sat., Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Wines from Spain and Italy and foods to accompany; $30. To RSVP, call (813) 241-8587.

HOT VARIETALS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sun., at Pelagia Trattoria at International Plaza, West Shore and Boy Scout blvds., Tampa. New varietals include pinot noirs and pinot grigio, plus appetizers from Pelagia Trattoria chefs; music; $25 plus tax and gratuity. Proceeds benefit the Florida Orchestra and VIVO (Vitally Interested Volunteers of the Florida Orchestra). Reservations required by Fri.; call (813) 313-3209.

OREGON PINOT NOIRS: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Class explores range of tastes in pinot noir wines from Oregon's Willamette Valley; $25. RSVP required; call (813) 250-9463.

VIOGNIER SAMPLER: Any time between 6-8 p.m. Tue. at A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sample out-of-the-ordinary and refreshing viognier wines; $15. To RSVP, call (727) 895-1623.

TAPAS AND TASTING: 6:30-10 p.m. Tues., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Sushi, Tapas & Wine includes small plates to pair with a chosen glass or bottle of wine; cost varies with wine purchased. Call (727) 736-3070 to RSVP.

VIP TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 28, Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Premium wines from around the world, paired with hors d'oeuvres; $25, portion of proceeds benefits Abilities Foundation. Call (727) 347-0743.

WINE FOR WHISKERS: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29, at A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Try wines from Italy and Spain in Pet Pal Rescue's Wine for Whiskers event to benefit its new shelter; $30 includes appetizers, entertainment. RSVP required; call shelter at (727) 328-7738.

TAMPA BAY UNCORKED: Discover Tastings, downtown St. Petersburg's newest wine spot at Tampa Bay Uncorked event, choose wines to sample, paired with lime prawn, chicken and chorizo, beef satay skewers, tossed potato baskets, chocolate covered strawberry drops; 7-9 p.m. Sept. 29 at Tastings, A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Cost: $32.50 online, $35 at door if available. Visit for tickets or more information.

FINE WINES BENEFIT TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 29, residence at 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse tasting includes more than 60 wines from Kunde, Foley, Archery Summit and more, paired with New Orleans and cajun cuisine from Rusty Evers and Art of the Feast, all to benefit American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund; $30 per person, $50 per couple, suggested donation. Call (813) 837-8941.

A LOOK AT BURGUNDY: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5, Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Wine expert Kevin Zraly demystifies burgundy in Windows on the World wine class, with accompaniments; $75, includes signed copy of Windows on the World Wine Course. To RSVP, call (813) 241-8587.

Cooking classes

ITALIAN SOUPS: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Vegetarian cooking class led by chef Debby DeGraaff creates healthful, favorite Italian soups; free. Call (813) 873-7428.

SPANISH SESSIONS: Five-week Spanish language, cuisine, and culture class begins 6-7:30 p.m. today at La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Cost: $210, includes class materials, Spanish cuisine dinner. Registration required; 727 866-6892, or

HEART-HEALTHY COOKING: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Make spicy black bean "burgers" over greens and a fruit and yogurt dessert; free. Call (727) 443-6703.

STIR FRY SECRETS: 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sun., Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Towne Center, Tampa. Chefs Jurgen Gross and Jim Snyder create healthful stir-fried dishes with vegetables, chicken and shrimp; $30. Call (813) 920-6939.

PLANK COOKING, OKTOBERFEST FARE: Apron's Cooking School at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Party on a Plank class shows how to cook on wood planks, 6:30 p.m. Sat., $35; Oktoberfest class makes traditional fare that includes currant-glazed pork tenderloin with spicy red cabbage and plum streusel cake. The dishes are paired with robust beers, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30, $35. Call (813) 926-4465 to RSVP.

QUICK BREADS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Class on making quick breads like muffins, scones and coffeecakes; $100. RSVP required; call (813) 837-6888.

OUTSTANDING OLIVES: 7-8 p.m. Sept. 28, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 29, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Learn how to incorporate versatile olives into vegetarian cuisine; free. Call (813) 873-7428.

DINNER PARTY PAIRINGS: La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Food & Wine Pairing Dinner Party class, where guests learn to pair wines with dishes such as shredded smoked duck on crispy wontons, autumn corn bisque, lemongrass-glazed Chilean sea bass, individual beef Wellingtons, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 30; $75, includes food and wines. Call (727) 736-3070 to RSVP.

- 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 September 20, 2005, 10:58:57]

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