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By Times Staff Writer
Published December 5, 2007
French Holiday Traditions: 7 p.m. Thur., Le Bouchon, 796 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. French cuisine paired with small-vineyard wines, entertainment by Madrigal singers. $50, registration required. 727 585-9777.
12 Bars of Christmas: 7 p.m. Sat., Tampa Bay Brewing Company, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. Holiday pub crawl through 12 Ybor City venues; proceeds buy toys for needy kids. $20 donation. (813) 767-2582. 12barstampa.com.
Teddy Bear Tea: 11 a.m. Dec. 15, Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota. Tea time for kids includes sandwiches and storytelling, cookies and hot cocoa, teddy bear, photo with Santa. $50 adults, $42 per child 12 and under. (941) 309-2008.
Working With Phyllo: 6:30-9 p.m. Tue., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Learn how to use phyllo dough in sweet and savory recipes. $45. (813) 653-2418. rollingpinonline.com.
Holiday Entertaining: noon-1 p.m. Dec. 13, Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. Crab and artichoke dip, chocolate cherry truffles among holiday party recipe class. Free. (727) 562-4970, ext. 5284.
Hot N' Spicy Treats: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Make orange jalapeno chicken pinwheels, andouille potato cakes in Hot N' Spicy class. $40. (813) 926-4465.
New Year's Cheer: 6:30-9 p.m. Dec. 14, Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Elegant New Year'sfare: smoked salmon bilinis to papaya upside-down cake. $50. (813) 653-2418.
Wine tastings, classes
ABC Tasting: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, 14729 N Dale Mabry, Tampa. More than 70 wines from around the world, plus appetizers. $10. (813) 264-1881.
Lincoln Heights Holiday Sampling: 6-9 p.m. today, Lincoln Heights Bistro, 603 Elm St., Safety Harbor. Southern party cuisine and wines. $20. (727) 726-4210.
Wines of the World: 5-8 p.m. Thur., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. From French Champagne and bordeaux to Italian amarone, California zinfandel. $20 or $35 per couple. (727) 522-8466.
Dolphin Village Wines: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Dolphin Village Liquors & Fine Wine, 4775 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. In conjunction with Sno Fest celebration, sample holiday hors d'oeuvres and desserts paired with wines. $10. (727) 324-7290.
Holiday Ale Festival: 7:30-10:30 p.m. Thur., New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. More than 50 rare and unusual ales, from Brooklyn Black Chocolate to Seriously Bad Elf. $12. (813) 248-4969.
Winery Open House: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., Florida Orange Groves Inc. and Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Tours of winery, hors d' oeuvres and tasting of cranberry wine, white sangria, other holiday flavors; adults only, please. Free. (727) 347-4025. floridawine.com.
Ace Winefest: 4-7 p.m. Fri., Ace Liquors, 800 Chestnut St., Clearwater. Sampling of North American wines bottled in Clearwater at Holiday Winefest. Free. (727) 446-6754.
Art & Wine: 6-7:30 p.m. Fri., Selby Gallery at Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres, wine review, photography presentation, art exhibit. $20. (941) 359-7563.
Happy Hour Benefit: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fri., Barbara Forgione Salon, 4317 W El Prado Blvd., Tampa. Wines from Cork & Olive, hors d'oeuvres to benefit the Spring. Free, but bring unwrapped gift for women or children (toiletries, baby needs, educational toys), reserve by today. (813) 832-1115. barbaraforgione.com.
Vintage Merriment: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Celebrate with wines for holiday gatherings, including rioja blanco, zinfandel, port. $10, registration required. (813) 879-2931.
"Let It Snow": 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., Tarpon Springs Castle Winery, 320 E Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs. Holiday- themed party with wine tasting, live entertainment, buffet of seasonal foods free with wine purchase. $5.50 and up per glass of wine. (727) 943-7029. www.tscwinery.com.
Big Red Blends: Cabernet, merlot, tempranillo, bordeaux, other red wine blends.
- noon-7 p.m. Sat., VINO 100, 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 522-8466.
- noon-5 p.m. Sat., VINO 100, 1038 Bloomingdale Ave., Valrico. Free. (813) 654-8466.
Champagne to Chocolate: 5-8 p.m. Sat., A & L Fine Wines, 35249 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Tattinger, Heidseck, Veuve Cliquot among Champagnes paired with chocolates and sweets. $5. (727) 781-4760. AandLfinewines.com.
Sparkling Tastes: 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13, The Wine Loft, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Trinity. Champagne and sparkling wines from Dom Perignon, Laurent Perrier, Veuve Cliquot, more pair with hors d'oeuvres. $35 advance, $40 after Mon. (727) 375-9424.
Largo Harvest Marketplace: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays, Ulmer Park, 301 West Bay Drive, Largo. Products vary, but can include produce, herbs, flowers, plants, baked treats, pies, cakes, pastries, salsas, dips, honey, olive oil, handcrafted items including soaps, candles. Free admission. (727) 587-6740, ext. 5017.
Pinellas County Market in the Park: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. With produce, prepared foods, cooking demonstrations, plants, gardening programs and more. Free admission. (727) 582-2528.
Sweetwater Organic Farm Market: noon-4 p.m. Sundays, Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. Stroll the farm grounds for organic produce, coffee, chocolate and more. (813) 887-4066. sweetwater-organic.org.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: (727) 892-2327.
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