Food and wine events this week

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 6, 2007

Special events

Savor Sarasota: Today-Sun. at participating Sarasota restaurants. More than 40, including Fred's, Euphemia Haye, Derek's Culinary Casual, offer $15 lunch and $25 dinner menus in Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week; view sample menus, participating restaurants at savorsarasota.com.

Cheese tasting: 1-5 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. 727 321-2400. www.mazzarosmarket.com.

Fiesta Friday: 5-8 p.m. Fri., Florida Estates Winery, 3101 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Wine tasting, cigar smoker, chocolate tasting. $8 advance, $10 door. (727) 526-2113. www.floridaestateswines.com.

Summer Sips: 7 p.m. June 13, Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St. From the Cook's Shelf cookbook club discusses refreshing summer drinks; bring favorite recipes and samples; free. Call (727) 943-4922.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 12:30 p.m. June 16, Wild Fish, 28910 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. Wild Fish chef demonstrates favorites for sampling; reserve by June 13. $10. (727) 789-2605.

Cooking classes

Summer Sorbets: 6-8 p.m. today, NoHo Bistro, 1714 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. Cool off with lavender-honey ice cream, mango coconut sorbet, watermelon granita in sorbet, ice cream and granita class. $35. (813) 514-0691. thenohobistro.com.

Conversational Cuisine: 6-8 p.m. Thur., Castellano and Pizzo Italian Foods, 4200 S Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Four-week Italian language, cuisine and culture class includes materials, dinner. Registration required. $195. (727) 866-6892.

Great Garbanzos: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Use garbanzos in vegetarian curry, minted bean salad and more. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Savvy Food Choices: 1-2 p.m. Tue., St. Petersburg Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. Decipher food labels, use the new food pyramid and understand how stress affects nutrition. Free. (727) 582-2293.

Artisan Breads: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Hearty artisan breads from fresh-milled whole grains. $40. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.

Cooking for Kids: noon-1 p.m. June 14, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Upcoming Transformers sci-fi film is theme of cooking demonstration for kids by Chef Bil Mitchell. Free. (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.

Wine tastings, classes

Lincoln Heights Pairing: 6-8 p.m. today, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Sauvignon blanc, viognier, pinot noir pair with grilled corn cakes, eggplant rollatini, chicken Waldorf. Reservations required. $12. (727) 726-4210.

California Classics: 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sample California varietals. Free. (727) 522-8466.

Wine, Food, Fashion: 6-9 p.m. Fri., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Ladies Night Out includes wine sampling, hors d'oeuvres, fashion show, massage. Free. (727) 522-8466.

New World vs. Old: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Compare Old World varieties with New World wines. $5. (727) 347-0743.

California Boutique Wines: 7:30-9 p.m. Fri., Charlie's Wine Cellar, 533 S Howard Ave., No. 2, Tampa. Boutique wines from California paired with sushi. $15 advance, $20 door. (813) 250-1967.

Grand Italian, Winemaker Tastings: B-21 Fine Wine & Spirits, 43380 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs:

- Taste tour of Italian wines from Antinori, Banfi, Revello, more; 3-6 p.m. Sun. June 10; $25 by Fri., $30 at door.

- New Zealand winemaker tasting of Escarpment, Pegasus Bay wines; 6-8 p.m. Mon. June 11; $10.

Limited space. Go to B-21.com or call (727) 937-5049, then press 1.

Worldwide Wines: 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 13, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 14729 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. More than 70 wines, paired with hors d'oeuvres, whiskey and cigar sampling. $10. (813) 264-1881.