Food file

A look at what's happening around the area.

Published July 26, 2006

Special events

barbecue benefit: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Belleair Bluffs City Hall, 2747 Sunset Blvd. BBQ & Family Fun Day includes barbecue chicken dinner, dessert contest (bring cookies, pies, cakes or other treats for judging), cake and cookie decorating, kids' activities; $5.50 for dinner, proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Call (727) 559-7881.

CARNAVAL CELEBRATION: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18, A La Carte Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive, Tampa. Carnaval: A Celebration of Life benefit combines cuisine tastes from around the world with a Brazilian focus, fine wines, martini bar, auction; $100 advance, $125 at door, benefits Heartbeat International, which provides pacemakers and medical care to those in need. Call (813) 243-8769 for reservations, preferably before Aug. 4.

Wine and beer tastings/classes

BEAUJOLAIS BEAUTIES: 6-8 p.m. today, at Tastings, A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Beaujolais wines from France that make great year round reds; $10. Call (727) 894-2255.

NEIGHBORHOOD TASTING: 5-7 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 9501 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. Sample wines from around the world, along with light hors d'oeuvres; $5. Call (727) 392-3913.

FINE WINE BENEFIT TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Thur., residence at 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse presents more than 60 wines for sampling, paired with appetizers including ham and cheeses; $25, or $40 per couple suggested donation, proceeds benefit Dale Mabry Elementary School. Call (813) 837-8941.

CELEBRATING SAUVIGNON BLANC: 4-7 p.m. Thur., Vino 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Newly opened wine shop showcases 5 crisp sauvignon blancs from different regions of the world, each paired with cuisine sampling, recipes; free. Call (727) 522-8466.

WINESTYLES GRAND CELEBRATION: 6-7:30 p.m. or 7:30- 9 p.m. Thur.-Fri., 4-6 p.m. Sat., WineStyles Belleair Bluffs, 2800 West Bay Drive. Grand opening celebration with tastings, hors d'oeuvres, drawings; free but reservations preferred. Call (727) 518-9463.

MERLOTS AND PINOTS: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Discover red wines like merlot and pinot noir; $5. Call (727) 347-0743.

wine, bubbly and beer: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Sample wines and sparkling varieties from Australia, Argentina, France, Italy and California, plus domestic and European beers; $15 advance, $20 at door. Call (813) 250-1967 or go to www.charlieswine. com.

PAELLA PAIRING: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Paella, the traditional Spanish dish filled with seafood, chicken and sausage, is paired with wines; $10. Call (727) 892-9463.

CENTRAL COAST CLASSICS: 5-8 p.m. Fri. and 1-4 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, Palm Harbor Plaza, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Red and white wines from California's central coast sampled; free. Call (727) 781-4760.

CELEBRATING 'INDEPENDENTS': 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Samples from independently and family-owned West Coast wineries, including Iron Horse Sonoma classic brut, Rosenblum Paso Robles zinfandel; $10. Call (813) 879-2931 to register.

SIMPLY REDS: 7-8:30 p.m. Fri., Got Wine, 662 Main St., Dunedin. Red wines are the focus, from chianti to cabernet and merlots to syrahs at free tasting. Live music. Call (727) 736-4077.

BLOCKBUSTER BAROLOS: 5-7 p.m. Sat., Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Selection of Italy's best barolos, with vintages dating back to 1980s, 10-12 varieties sampled, accompaniments; $50. Call (813) 241-8587 to register.

FLORIDA WINERY ESTATES 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. Taste winery's varieties; browse fresh market with produce, sandwiches, sauces, salsas, crafts, live music. Free admission. Call (813) 996-2113.

SIP AND SMOKE: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 6943 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Try wines from around the world paired with hors d'oeuvres, plus cigar smoker; $10. Call (813) 884-3792.

great grenache: 6-8 p.m. Aug. 2, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Offerings include Cyclos Gladiator grenache paired with light appetizers like smoked chicken satay with mango glaze; $10. Call (727) 726-4210 for reservations.

REGAL BURGUNDY: 5-7 p.m. Aug. 5, Tampa Wine Institute (at West Palm Wines), 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Class studies the terroir of Burgundy, where some of best wines of the world are produced; 10 to 12 varieties sampled, plus accompaniments; $30. Call (813) 241-8587 to register.

Cooking classes

SUSHI FOR BEGINNERS: 1-3 p.m. Sat., chef "K" MacInnes leads classes at Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Learn the basics of the art of sushi: making perfect sushi rice, choosing best ingredients, fashioning basic rolls (maki) and small pieces (nigiri); $60, includes supplies. Advance registration required. Call (813) 567-1444 or register online at www.kowjuice.com.

CONVERSATIONAL CUISINE: Four- or five-week classes on Italian language, culture, cuisine begin Tues. at Castellano & Pizzo Italian Gourmet Foods, 4200 S Henderson Blvd., Tampa, $195; and on Aug. 3 at Bacco Ristorante Italiano, 23 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota, $255, respectively. Both series include dinner at each class. Preregistration required. Call (727) 866-6892 or go to www.LearnItalian.us.

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