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Food File

A lookat what's happening around the area

By PEGGY ANDERS
Published November 30, 2005


Special events and food tastings

SIX TABLES ITALIAN WINE TOUR: 7 tonight, Six Tables, 4267 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Chef Richard Bottini pairs a menu that includes country olive salad in bread cup, porcini-braised rabbit, roasted rack of boar, seared buffalo medallion, fig and berry zabaglione, with prosecco, super Tuscan and more in Italian wine dinner; $100, plus tax and gratuity. Call (813) 207-0527.

MADRIGAL DINNER: 6:15 p.m. Thur.-Sat., Marly Room at Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Victorian Yule feast prepared by Wine Cellar Restaurant, with candlelight processional, music and song to herald Yuletide season; $70. Call (727) 864-8222.

TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB: 11:30 a.m. Sat., Saffron's Caribbean Cuisine, 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Join club members for culinary demonstration and sampling of tropical cuisine from Saffron's chef Edyth James at this month's meeting; $10. RSVP required by today; call (727) 789-2605.

GREAT AMERICAN BAKE SALE: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. (breakfast served 8-11 a.m.), First Unity Church, 469 45th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Gourmet breakfast, plus Christmas treats and baked goodies for sale; proceeds benefit area food banks and child hunger charities. Call (727) 527-2222, ext. 107.

SCHRAMSBERG CELEBRATION: 7:30 p.m. Tues., Bern's Steak House, 1208 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Celebrate 40 years of this venerable California sparkling wine as Schramsberg Winery and Bern's pair in anniversary dinner with Hugh Davies, second generation Schramsberg winemaker; $185 inclusive. Call (813) 251-2421, ask for Kirby Uncle.

COLUMBIA CUISINE AND WINES: 7 p.m. Tues., Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Spanish winemaker dinner pairs restaurant's cuisine with varieties from Bodegas Vega-Sicilia, presented by Pablo Alvarez; $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Must reserve by Sat.; call (813) 248-4961.

TOTAL EXPERIENCE: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Don Vincente De Ybor, 1915 Republica de Cuba, Ybor City. Wines from around the world for tasting, hors d'oeuvres, cakes and desserts, chocolate fountain, silent auction, presented by Total Wine & More; $75, proceeds benefit March of Dimes. Call (813) 287-2600, ext. 28.

HOLIDAY HISTORY TOUR: 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays Dec. 7-30 (excluding Christmas Eve), Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Enjoy three-course luncheon and tour of the historic hotel; $25 inclusive. Call (727) 894-1000, ext. 2314.

Wine and beer tastings/classes

EUROPEAN TASTING: 6:30 p.m. Thur., Gold Dragon Gallery, 3508 South Manhattan Ave., Tampa. Time For Wine presents holiday tasting of limited production and vintage wines from Europe not readily available in the United States; free, portion of sales benefit Artists Resource Center. Call (813) 664-1430 or (813) 832-2755 to RSVP by today.

CLASSIC CORK: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Channelside, 615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Second annual wine, spirits and food tasting event benefits Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Silent auction in holiday setting, with wines from Rock Rabbit, Five Rivers, Jekel Vineyards and foods from Splitsville, Thai Thani, Grille 29, Stump's; $15 each or $25 per couple in advance, $25 each day of event. Call Ticketmaster (727) 898-2100 or (813) 287-8844.

HOLIDAY WINE SHOWCASE: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Tasting features Eola Hills Holiday Series wines from Oregon among others suitable for gift-giving; $10, includes souvenir wine glass. Call (727) 892-9463.

FIESTA, AUSTRALIAN WINES: Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa.

Spanish Fiesta pairs wines and regional foods from Spain, 7:30 p.m. Fri.; $15 advance, $20 at door.

Aussie Shrimp on the Barbie tasting pairs foods and shiraz, sangiovese-shiraz, boutique wines from Australia; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9, $15 advance, $20 at door.

Call 813 250-1967 or visit www.charlieswine.com

TOAST THE HOLIDAYS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., Florida Orange Groves and Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Celebrate the season with cranberry wine and new white sangria, along with other fruit and tropical flavors, hors d'oeuvres and winery tours; $10, includes souvenir glass, adults only. To RSVP, call (727) 347-4025.

GLOBAL, HOLIDAY WINES: Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin.

Wines from Australia's Long Flat Vineyard, including Coonwarra cabernet, Yarra Valley pinot noir and Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc, plus Winter Wonderland German riesling, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri.; free.

Wines for holiday entertaining include Toad Hollow sparkling Risque, Katrina merlot (vineyard proceeds benefit Hurricane Katrina victims), Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull zinfandel, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9; free.

Call (727) 736-4077.

ALL THAT SPARKLES: Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa.

Champagne & Sparkling Wine Therapy Tasting with Laurent-Perrier Ultra brut, Amplexus brut from Toad Hollow, Gloria Ferrer brut rose and seven others to soothe holiday stress, 7 p.m. Fri.; $10.

Sample red, white, sparkling and port wines to make holidays sparkle, including Bollinger special cuvee brut, Allende rioja 2001, 7-9 p.m. Dec. 9; $10.

Call (813) 879-2931 to RSVP.

CHAMPAGNE AND SHERRIES: A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Champagne & Port Extravaganza holiday tasting pairs bubblies and ports with seasonal fare, 6 p.m. Sat.; $35.

Try sherries from Emilio Lustau with foods paired to match, 6-8 p.m. Tues.; $15.

To RSVP, call (727) 895-1623.

HOLIDAY ASPIRATIONS: 5-7 p.m. Sat., Aspirations Winery, 408B 33rd Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Try holiday spice wine, ports, custom blends, red ice wine, plus Italian barolo bianco, all without added sulfites, paired with hors d'oeuvres; free. Call (727) 821-5300.

TROPICAL WINE WAVE: 4-7:30 p.m. Sat., residence at 475 N Bath Club Blvd., North Redington Beach. Warm up the holidays with tropical wine tasting, silent auction, dog fashions for sale; $20, proceeds benefit Pet Pal Rescue's new, no-kill shelter in St. Petersburg. RSVP required, call Pet Pal Rescue at 727 328-7738 or visit www.petpalrescue.com

WINE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. Florida Estates Winery, 25241 State Road 52, 4 miles west of Interstate 75, near Land O' Lakes. Sample the winery's varieties while browsing the fresh market with produce, sandwiches, sauces, salsas and more; free. Call (813) 996-2113.

TUSCAN TREASURES: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 10, Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St. (corner of 22nd Street and Palm Avenue), Ybor City. Connoisseurs Wine series examines Tuscany and the extraordinary wines it produces, with eight wines served, plus Italian treats; $45. To RSVP, call (813) 241-8587.

Cooking classes

COLORFUL CRANBERRIES: 7-8 tonight, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Debby DeGraaff makes seasonal dishes using cranberries in vegetarian class; free. Call (813) 873-7428.

COOKIES, COOKIES, COOKIES: 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Fri., Famous Tate, 1015 E Brandon Blvd. (State Road 60), Brandon. Learn to make holiday cookies in class presented by Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium; $40. To RSVP, call (813) 653-2418.

APPEALING APPETIZERS: Debby DeGraaff makes vegetarian appetizers, including artichoke dill dip with pita triangles and wild mushroom pate, at two locations: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater; 7-8 p.m. Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m. Dec. 9, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Both free. Call (813) 873-7428.

HOLIDAY COOKIES: Noon-1 p.m. Dec. 8, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave, downtown Clearwater. Cookies that capture the spirit of the season: gingerbread people, chocolate snowballs, more in free class; recipes available. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

SUSHI: 2-4 p.m. Sat., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Chef "K" MacInnes leads class on the basics of making sushi, including rolls maki and small pieces (nigiri); $50. Call (813) 567-1444 or register online at www.kowjuice.com

HORS D'OEUVRES, COOKIES: Pastry chefs at Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa, lead class on hors d'oeuvres, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., $100; or holiday cookies, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tues., $60. Classes include supplies. RSVP required, call (813) 837-6888.

HEART-HEALTHY HOLIDAYS: 5:30 p.m. Mon., fourth floor at St. Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Chef Nathan Rich of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and registered dietitians show how to have health-conscious holiday gatherings; $15. Tickets must be purchased by Fri.; call (727) 820-7910.

LOW-FAT, LOW-CARB FOODS: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 8, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Make chicken wontons, asparagus blue cheese soup, steak or salmon au poivre, grilled jalapeno polenta, chocolate crepes; $39.50. Call (727) 736-3070 to RSVP.

KENDALL-JACKSON PAIRING: 6:30 p.m. Fri., Aprons Cooking School at Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Winemaker Jann Cotter of Kendall-Jackson wines pairs varieties with seared scallops with orzo, tomatillos, lemongrass and ginger, coq au vin, mango sitcky rice and more; $40. To RSVP, call 813 926-4465 or visit www.publix.com/aprons/schools

- 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 November 29, 2005, 15:37:00]


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