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Food File

A look at what's happening around town.

By PEGGY ANDERS
Published February 7, 2007


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Beers of the World: 5-9 p.m. Thur., Cafe Alma, 260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Handcrafted beers, including Three Philosophers and Rogue Chocolate Stout, mingle with crab cakes, duck, more; $35, $45 day of event; benefits Abilities Foundation. Call (727) 502-5002 or (727) 538-7370, ext. 349.

Evening Extraordinaire: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, 105 N Bayshore Drive. Fine wine and food sampling: tastes from Aunt Chilada's, Blue Heron, Mystic Fish; domestic, international wines; $30 advance, $35 at door. Call (727) 784-4287.

Ethnic Food Fest: noon-5 p.m. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Sun., St. Andrew Orthodox Church, 4633 Glissade Drive, New Port Richey. Sample homemade pierogis, stuffed cabbage, spinach pie, potato pancakes, pies, cookies and other treats; free admission, charge for foods. Call (727) 847-9900.

Chili & Chocolate: Sample competing chili recipes, vote for People's Choice at Chili Cookoff at Historic Train Depot, 102 N Palmer St., Plant City; $5. Call (813) 757-9110. Also, enjoy handcrafted chocolates in Taste of Chocolate Festival in nearby McCall Park, 100 N Collins St., Plant City; nominal charge for samples. Both events are 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat.

Chili Cookoff: 6 p.m. Sat., St. Petersburg Women's Club, 40 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg. Sample array of chilis, plus salad, dessert; homemade pie auction; $20, portion of proceeds benefits Hospice. Call (727) 391-3883 to reserve by today.

Bern's Winefest: Tickets for Bern's Winefest, April 27-30, now available at bernswinefest.com; popular events ($95-$250) sell out quickly and include Saturday Soiree, Grand Tasting, Winemaker Dinner; Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa.

WINE TASTINGS/CLASSES

ABC Sampling: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 1603 Missouri Ave., Largo. Tasting of more than 70 wines from around the world, hors d'oeuvres, cigar, whiskey sampling; $10. Call (727) 581-4642.

WineStyles Benefit: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, WineStyles Belleair Bluffs, 2800 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. Wine tasting, appetizers, silent auction to benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life; free, but donations accepted. Call (727) 518-9463.

Sinfully Good Zins: 6-8 p.m. today, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Alexander Valley Vineyards' Temptation Zin and Sin Zin among varieties in valentine tasting; $12. Call (727) 726-4210 to register.

Stogie and Stouts: 7-11 p.m. Thur., Dunedin Brewery, 937 Douglas Ave. More than 20 stouts, porters, ales for sampling, plus cigar, sampling glass; $20 advance, $25 at door. Buy tickets at dunedinbrewersguild.com or call (727) 736-0606.

California Dreamin': 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free sampling includes Zynthesis 2002 zinfandel, Prospero 2002 syrah. Call (727) 522-8466.

VIP Valentine Sampling: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. VIP sampling of international fine wines and champagnes for Valentine's Day with hors d'oeuvres by Tom Pritchard of Salt Rock Grill; $10, part of proceeds benefits Abilities Foundation. Call (727) 347-0743.

Valentine Flavors: 5-8 p.m. Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, Palm Harbor Plaza, 35249 U.S. 19 N. Wines for Valentine's Day range from reds to pink and sweet varieties; free. Call (727) 781-4760.

Taste from Down Under: 4 p.m. Fri., 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Wines from Australia's Stanley Lambert Winery include Mustang Sally shiraz, Full Sister semillion; free. Call (813) 654-8466.

Old vs. New: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Compare and contrast Old World European wines with New World wines from California, including pinot noirs, meritages, chardonnay, plus regional cuisine; $15 advance, $20 at door. Call (813) 250-1967 or go to charlieswine.com.

Valentine Benefit Sampling: 5-8 p.m. Fri., Pasadena Liquors & Fine Wines, 1100 Pasadena Ave. S, South Pasadena. More than 60 wines, including sparkling, port and dessert varieties, spirits and hors d'oeuvres; $20, benefits Clearwater Chargers Girls soccer club. Call (727) 347-9607.

Marvelous Malbec: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from the malbec grape from France, and now Argentina and New Zealand; $10. Call (727) 892-9463.

Wine Basics: noon-2 p.m. Sat., Village Health Market, 3225 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. Take the mystery out of choosing wine; explore basic grape varieties in sampling of wine regions around the world; free. Call (813) 831-6065.

Chocolate Wine: 1-3 p.m. Sun., Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Valentine wine tasting, featuring chocolate wine and others, sweets and treats, winery tour; free, adults only. Call (727) 347-4025.

Wine With Chocolate: 1-6 p.m. Sun., Florida Estates Winery of St. Petersburg, 3101 37th Ave. N (1 mile west of I-275), St. Petersburg. Try winery's offerings plus chocolate dessert wine pairing; $10. Call (727) 526-2113.

Spain, South America: 3-6 p.m. Sun., B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Spanish and South American Grand Wine Tasting; $25; reservations required by Feb. 9. Visit b-21.com (click on "Wine Tastings") or call (727) 937-5049 and press 1.

Chocolates and Wine Pairing: 7 p.m. Feb. 14, Don Leoncio Cigars & Lounge, 340 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Sample wines from France, South America, California, paired with chocolates; $5. Call (727) 895-3402.

Australian Pairings: 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14, Clearwater Wine Company, 483 Mandalay Ave., Suite 113, Clearwater Beach. Valentine tasting of Australian wines, pair them with bistro menu items; wine sampling free, food prices vary with menu items chosen. Call (727) 446-8805.

All About Bubbly: 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 15, Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Learn how champagne is created, in wine sampling class; $25. Call (813) 879-2931. Registration required.

Paso Robles Tastes: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. More than 20 of California's Central Coast Paso Robles wineries showcase their varieties, plus food treats; $40, portion of proceeds benefits Centre for Women. Call (800) 549-9463 or go to pasowine.com.

Pet Passion: 6-8 p.m. Feb. 17, Sea Breeze Manor Inn Bed & Breakfast, Gulfport. Wine tasting in conjunction with Get Rescued. Pet rescue benefit includes locally made wines, food tastes from local restaurants, live entertainment; $15; proceeds benefit local pet rescue groups. Call (727) 323-3892.

COOKING CLASSES

Sweetheart Dinner: noon-1 p.m. Thur., Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Chef Bil Mitchell of Apron's Cooking School demonstrates how to prepare a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day; free. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

Armani Cuisine Creations: noon-3 p.m. Sat., Armani's (at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay), 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. Class explores chef Patrick Rene Schaefer's favorites from the Armani menu; $75, includes wine, cookbook. Call (813) 207-6800 to register or go to www.armanisrestaurant. com.

Romantic Brunch: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Learn to make a romantic valentine brunch of French toast a la orange, peach-ginger coffeecake; free. Call (727) 443-6703.

Foods With Romance, Fast Asian Cuisine: Williams-Sonoma at Westfield Citrus Park, 8066 Citrus Park Towne Center, Tampa, presents:

- Make romantic dinner of beef tenderloin with bordelaise, chocolate fondue, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sun.; $35.

- Quick Asian cuisine dishes include cashew chicken, pork katsu, 6-8 p.m. Tue.; $35.

Call (813) 920-6939.

All Strawberries, All Greek: Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, presents:

- Deep-fried strawberries with sabayon among recipes in all-strawberry class, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 17; $40.

- Greek cuisine class ends with "zinful' poached pears with cardamom yogurt, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 16; $40.

Call (813) 653-2418, then press 3, to register.

Best of Florida: Daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. Thur. -Feb. 19 at Florida State Fairgrounds, U.S. 301 off Interstate 4, Tampa. Chefs cooking demonstrations using Florida citrus, honey, strawberries, other Florida foods; free with fair admission. Call (813) 621-7821.

Mardi Gras Menu: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 17, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Make New Orleans-inspired Mardi Gras menu, including banana pecan beignets; $45. Call (813) 926-4465 or go to publix.com/aprons/schools.

CONTESTS

Flan Fest: Bake a fabulous flan? Enter Flan Fest 2007, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 24 at Ybor City's Saturday Market in Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, for a chance to win cash prizes. Flan sampling for nominal donation after winners are chosen at 3:30 p.m. Call (813) 241-2442.

Fun Stuff

Breakfast Fair: 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., outside Gate 4 at Florida State Fair, U.S. 301 off Interstate 4, Tampa. Enjoy a free breakfast and create a video testimonial nominating an inspirational person in Jimmy Dean's Happy Breakfast tour. Video entries are eligible for one year of free breakfast and $10,000, and for every breakfast served, $1 (up to $50,000) will be donated to local food banks through America's Second Harvest; fair admission required. Call (201) 231-6038 or (813) 621-7821.

Compiled by Peggy Anders of the Times. Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance to Food File, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.

[Last modified February 6, 2007, 12:42:11]


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