Food File

Check out what's happening around the bay area.

Published April 5, 2006

Special events and food tastings

FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE CUISINE: 7 p.m. Thur., Cafe Largo, 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. French wines pair with cuisine of differing river and canal areas along the Rhone; $48.50. Call (727) 596-6282.

OMELET PARTY: 7:30 p.m. Fri., historic residence at Harbor Oaks, Clearwater. Annual Omelette Party and black tie buffet dinner to benefit UPARC; $250 per person. Call (727) 797-8712.

CRAWFISH FESTIVAL: 5-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Cajun Cafe on the Bayou, 8101 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park. Admission: $10 per day, plus food, prices vary with menu items selected. Call (727) 546-6732.

TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB: 3 p.m. Sat., Pelagia Trattoria, Renaissance Tampa Hotel at International Plaza, 4200 Walter Blvd., Tampa. Tampa Bay Culinary Club members meet for culinary demonstration and sampling with executive chef Fabrizio Schenard; $10. Registration required by today, call (727) 789-2605.

FESTA ITALIANA: 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sun., Centennial Park, 1800 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Cooking demonstrations, grape stomping, Italian marketplace, nominal charge for food tastes from bay area restaurants; $5, under 12 free, benefits Italian Club Restoration Fund. Call (813) 342-3647 or www.festaitalianatampa.com.

MERRYVALE ON MENU: 6:30 p.m. Tue., Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Specialties paired with Napa Valley's Merryvale Winery sauvignon blanc, meritage and more; $99.91 inclusive. Call (813) 250-9463 to register.

SPRING RECIPE SAMPLING: 7 p.m. Mon., Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St., Tarpon Springs. Discussion group on celebrating spring menus; bring favorite recipes and samples to share; free. Call (727) 943-4922.

Wine and beer tastings/classes

WINE, DINE AND LEARN, BLENDS: Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 250-1967 or visit www.charlieswine.com to register.

* "Wine, Dine & Learn" three-course paired dinner, discussion on Spanish varieties, 7:30-9 p.m. today, $35.

* "Blends Have More Fun" tasting samples alternative blended red and white wines, 7:30 p.m. Fri., $15 advance, $20 at door.

WINES OF ITALY: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Italian Club, 1731 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. Taste over 80 Italian wines, plus antipasti and desserts in conjunction with upcoming Festa Italiana event; $25 advance, $35 at door. Call (813) 248-3316.

EASTER TASTING: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. International wines include Artesa pinot noir, Montevina pinot grigio, Kangaroo Ridge cabernet; free. Call (727) 736-4077.

WINES OF FRANCE: 4-6 p.m. Sat., Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Eight wines served, plus accompaniments; $35. Call (813) 241-8587 to register.

'SPIRITS OF FANCY': 6-8:30 p.m. Sat., Magnolia Room at Pinellas County Extension Service/Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Wine tasting pairs with Asian treats, palm and bamboo plant auction; $35. Call (727) 582-2109 or (727) 582-2100.

SPIRIT OF LIFE TASTING: 7-9 p.m. Sat., Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists, 18412 Burrell Road, Odessa. Annual wine tasting with hors d'oeuvres, silent auction; $15, benefits Spirit of Life. Call (727) 375-1409.

WASHINGTON STATE WONDERS: Any time between 6-8 p.m. Tue., A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Try red and white wines from Washington state; $16. Call (727) 895-1623.

ITALIAN SOUPS: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free demonstration. Call (727) 443-6703.

CARIBBEAN CUISINE: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Saffron's, 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Caribbean cuisine cooking class features chef Edyth James tropical treats, includes dinner, beverage, $35. Call (727) 345-6400 to register.

Fun stuff

'YUM-YUM GARLIC COOKOFF': 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor City. Sample garlic-laced dishes. $1 per sampleCall (813) 241-2442.

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