Food File

By Times Staff Writer
Published November 28, 2007

Special events

Penelope's Greek Pastries: today-Fri., St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, St. Petersburg. Home-baked Greek baklava, baked treats and cookies sold by the tray and packaged for gift-giving; order by Fri. for Dec. 13 pickup; benefits charity organizations. $11-16 per tray. 727 866-7309 to order.

Build A Gingerbread House: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Fri., Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa, 3400 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Decorate gingerbread house for prizes in competition, benefits American Red Cross; registration required. $75, includes gingerbread house. (727) 898-3111, ask for Lynn.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club: 10:30 a.m. Sat., Mystic Fish, 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. $10, reserve by today. (727) 789-2605.

Brandon Wine, Spirits & Food Festival: 1-5 p.m. Sat., Top Shelf Liquors at Lithia Square Shopping Center, 915 Lithia Pinecrest Road, Brandon. Try rums, rare tequila, bourbons in outdoor tasting festival with unusual liquors, spirits, hard-to-find wines, tastes from area restaurants, cigars; benefits AMVETS Post #44. $5 donation, $10 at door. (813) 661-1800.

"Evening With Judi Gallagher": 7:30-10:30 p.m. Mon., Sarasota Garden Center, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. Judi Gallagher, Associate Food & Wine Editor for Sarasota magazine, host of Suncoast Cuisine, Best of Gulf Coast Cooking local TV shows, demonstrates, along with guest chefs, holiday appetizers and desserts, served along with cheeses and wine. Presented by Suncoast Pride, benefits Trinity Charities. $45. (941) 366-5875.

French Holiday Traditions: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Le Bouchon , 796 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. Classic French cuisine paired with small-vineyard wines, plus entertainment by Madrigal singers. $50, reservations required. (727) 585-9777.

Cooking classes

Giuliano Hazan: 6:30-9 p.m. Thur., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Dr., Brandon. Chef Giuliano Hazan demonstrates Italian cuisine: classic tiramisu. $50, reservations required. (813) 653-2418.

Autumn Harvest: 6:30-9 p.m. Fri., Foodies, 1235 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Menu includes pumpkin creme brulee, cheddar apple betty. $40. (727) 209-1418.

Sweet Potato Salad: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Use sweet potatoes in vegetarian shephard's pie, sweet potato tofu salad with ginger Thai dressing. Free. (727) 443-6703.

Wine tastings, classes

Celebration Wines: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wines & Spirits, 3110 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. More than 70 wines for holiday celebrations, hors d'oeuvres, cigar and whiskey sampling. $10. (813) 839-7167.

Wine & Gelato Pairings: 7-10 p.m. Thur., La Casa Dolce Cafe, 406 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Pinot noir with pistachio gelato, sangiovese with green apple sorbet among flavor combinations. $10. (813) 259-0002.

Wines of the World: French champagne, Bordeaux to Italian amarone, California zinfandel, at tasting class:

- 4-7 p.m. Fri., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. $20 or $35 per couple. (813) 654-8466.

- 5-8 p.m. Dec. 6, VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. $20 or $35 per couple. (727) 522-8466.

Sparkling to Shiraz: 5-8 p.m. Fri.; 1-4 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Wines include sparkling moscato d'asti, plus a special red blend. Free. (727) 781-4760.

Sicilian Sampling: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Cappuccino's Bakery Cafe, 733 Broadway, Dunedin. Hors d'oeuvres and reds, whites from Sicily. $10. (727) 738-8009.

"Champagne Therapy": 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. De-stress with champagnes and sparkling wines. $10, registration required. (813) 879-2931.

Cheese and Chocolate: 1-4 p.m. Sat., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Silky cheeses, chocolates and wine seminar; registration required. $15. (813) 250-9463.

Champagne Seminar: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Krug, Dom Perignon, vintage Veuve Cliquot, others, with caviar, oysters, chocolate and more in seminar led by Master of Wine Charles Curtis. $150. (813) 250-9463.

Lincoln Heights Holiday Sampling: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 5, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Shrimp hushpuppies, other Southern party cuisine paired with wines. $20. (727) 726-4210.

Food file is compiled by Peggy Anders. 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; e-mail calendar@tampabay.com or fax (727) 892-2327.