A look at what's happening around the area.
By PEGGY ANDERS
Published November 29, 2006
Gingerbread Fundraisers: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sat., Fletcher Lounge, 401 Kennedy Blvd., University of Tampa, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tue. Don CeSar Beach Resort, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Create a gingerbread house for prizes; materials provided. Tampa tickets are $65 for adults, $50 for children under 15. To reserve, call (813) 348-4820, ext. 869. St. Pete Beach tickets are $75. Call (727) 898-3111. Benefits the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross.
Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 2 p.m. Sat., GrillSmith, 1108-D Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Culinary demonstration with chef Kevin Ferlita; $10. Register by today. Call (727) 789-2605 to register.
Champagne Tastes: 6:30 p.m. Mon., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Six courses from chef Jeannie Pierola with champagnes; $99.91. Call (813) 250-9463 to register.
Victorian Yule Feast: 6:15 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner Dec. 7, 8 or 9, Marly Room, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Madrigal dinner combines Victorian costume, entertainment; $70. Call (727) 864-8222.
Wine 'Sculptures': 5-8 p.m. today, Vino 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Tasting of German wines; show and sale of handmade metal wine bottle holders. Call (727) 522-8466.
Wine & Gelato Tasting: 7-9:30 p.m. Thur., La Casa Dolce Cafe, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Gelatos paired with wines; $10. Call (813) 259-0002.
Wine, Food & Song: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Cork & Olive, 13998 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Vocal Operatic Intensive Creative Experience benefit pairs wines with food and music; $45 per person or $85 per couple. Call (727) 773-0370 or (847) 707-0177.
Benefit Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Thur., 3613 S Beach Drive, Tampa. Wines from Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse, plus accompaniments; $40 per person or $75 per couple; benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Call (813) 837-8941.
Doobie Red and Rock: 5-8 p.m. Thur., WineStyles Belleair Bluffs, 2800 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. Doobie Red wine from Sonoma, with album cover labels; $5. Call (727) 518-9463.
Holiday Wine Finds: 7-9 p.m. Fri. Clearwater Wine Company, 483 Mandalay Ave. N, Clearwater Beach. Red, white and sparkling wines; $15. Call (727) 446-8805.
Argentinian Wines: Argentinian wine tasting features malbec and carmenere, with regional cuisine, 7:30 p.m. Fri.; $15 advance, $20 at door. Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Call (813) 250-1967 or visit www.charlieswine.com.
Sparkling Sampling: Sample Laurent-Perrier brut, Charles Lafitte brut, Roederer Estate brut, more, 7-9 p.m. Fri.; $10.Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa.
Grapevine Wines: noon-3 p.m. Sat., Grapevine at Racetrack, 8969 Racetrack Road, Tampa. Wines plus hearty seasonal beers; free. Call (813) 855-9463.
Rolling Pin Lessons: Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, offers classes on Barbecue, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Fri.; Tempting Chocolate Truffles, 2:30-5 p.m. Sat.; Holiday Feast, 1:30-4 p.m. Sun.; each class $40. Call (813) 653-2418 and press 2 to register.
Vegetarian Brunch: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Debby DeGraaff makes vegetarian holiday brunch with polenta vegetable quiche, apple cinnamon muffins; free. Call (727) 443-6703.
Hors d'oeuvres: Adult workshop shows how to create easy appetizers, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sun.; $25. Young Chefs Academy, 11936 Seminole Blvd., Largo.
Call (727) 586-2717.
Compiled by Peggy Anders of the Times. Send news of events to Food File, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.