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Food File

By PEGGY ANDERS
Published April 4, 2007


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Taste of the Tropics: 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. April 16, Great Room at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. Celebration of tropical fruits with luncheon of tropical-inspired dishes, nectar tasting, tropical fruit recipe contest with judging by chef Paul Mattison, fruit carving and garnishing demonstration, live music; $65, benefits Selby Gardens. Call (941) 359-2305 to reserve by Mon.

Titanic Dinner: 6:30 p.m. April 13, Savant Fine Dining, 2551 Drew St., Clearwater. Chef David Miller re-creates 10-course last dinner menu of the Titanic; $125. Call (727) 421-9975 to register.

Wine tastings/classes

Southern Sampling: 6-8 p.m. today, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Southern hemisphere wines include Oyster Bay from Australia, KWV Roodeberg from South Africa, paired with smothered chicken, Moroccan stew over couscous, Jamaican meat patties; $12. Call (727) 726-4210 for reservations.

Easter Pairing, South American Sampling: Tastings, A Wine Experience, 149 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg, presents:

- Find wines that complement Easter menu of ham or lamb, 6-8 p.m. today; $10.

- Try award-winning Casa Silva wines from one of oldest wineries in Chile's Colchagua Valley, 6-8 p.m. April 11; $10.

Call (727) 894-2255.

ABC Sip and Snacks: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 3535 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sampling of more than 70 wines, plus hors d'oeuvres, cigars and whiskey sampling; $10. Call (727) 894-4875.

New vs. Old: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wine, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Compare new world varieties with old world classics; $5. Call (727) 347-0743.

California Boutiques: 7:30 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Sample small production and boutique wines from California, paired with sushi; $15 advance, $20 at door. Call (813) 250-1967 or go to charlieswine.com.

Brunch Pairing: 5-7 p.m. Fri., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Free sampling of wines including cotes-du-Rhone, rose, gewurztraminer to pair with an Easter brunch menu; (813) 654-8466.

Wines for Easter: 5-8 p.m. Fri., 1-4 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, Palm Harbor Plaza, 35249 U.S. 19 N. Red and white wines to pair with Easter dining, plus red wines to pair with Easter chocolates; free. Call (727) 781-4760.

WineStyle Samplings: WineStyles Belleair Bluffs, 2800 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs, presents free tastings:

- No drama, just wines and film at Movie Night sampling, 5-8 p.m. Fri.; free.

- World class wines poured in Fool For Wine free sampling, 5-8 p.m. Sat.; $5.

- Sharpen wine sampling skills at "blind" taste test, 5-8 p.m. April 11; $5.

Call (727) 518-9463.

YMCA Wine Tasting: 6-9 p.m. April 12, Tampa City Center Esplanade, Franklin Street Mall between Jackson and Whiting streets, Tampa. Annual wine tasting to benefit YMCA scholarships; $30. Call (813) 229-1305.

Global Wines: 5-8 p.m. April 12, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. South Africa, Australia, Germany, Italy represented in Wines of the World tasting; free. Call (727) 522-8466.

COOKING CLASSES

Conversational Cuisine: Five-week Italian class, 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays begins today at Bacco's Tuscan Cuisine, 23 N Lemon Ave., Sarasota; $255. Class includes materials and dinner. Preregistration required. Call (888) 386-5764 or go to www.Learnalanguage.us.

Egg-Stravaganza: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Chez Vous Cooking Classes, Snell Arcade Building, 405 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Chef George leads interactive cooking lesson on perfectly poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, quiche; $75. Call (727) 466-8620 or go to georgecooks.com.

Beyond Brownies: 6 p.m. April 11, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Take basic brownies to new dimensions. Menu includes Bailey's banana-chocolate marquis, chocolate-macadamia nut tart, cream cheese-hazelnut brownies; $35. Call (813) 926-4465.

Spring Menu: noon-1 p.m. April 12, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Learn to make fresh spring menu of orzo primavera, hearts of palm salad, sage and white bean dip; free. Call (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

Hearty Breads, Southern Charm: Rolling Pin, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, presents:

- Healthy, Hearty Breads shows how to mill, mix, knead, shape, proof and bake artisan-style breads, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 12; $40.

- Southern Charm class menu includes grilled shrimp on polenta, crab cakes with aioli, chocolate pecan pie, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. April 13; $40.

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

CONTESTS

Favorite Flavors: Blue Bell ice cream asks contestants to submit an original ice cream flavor name and description that best reflects state or regional flavors (eg.: Georgia Peach Cobbler) for a chance to win free ice cream for a year in Taste of the Country contest. Go to bluebell.com to enter by April 30 deadline.

Cooking Light Contest: Cooking Light's Ultimate Reader Recipe Contest offers a $20,000 grand prize for original creative dishes in these categories: Starters and Drinks, Salads and Side Dishes, Entrees, Desserts. Go to CookingLight.com/perks to enter by April 30.

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 April 3, 2007, 09:18:06]


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