Food File

By Times Staff Writer
Published December 12, 2007

Special events

Schramsberg Wine Dinner: 6:30-10:30 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Schramsberg CEO and second-generation winemaker Hugh Davies pairs blanc de blanc, brut rose, others with SideBern's cuisine. $99.91. 813 250-9463.

Teddy Bear Tea: 11 a.m. Sat. and Dec. 22, Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota. Teatime 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.

Noche Buena: 5-10 p.m. Sat., Casa Tina, 369 Main St., Dunedin. Traditional Mexican Christmas Eve menu includes wild mushroom fajitas. $25.95 or $41.95 with wine. (727) 734-9226.

"Best of Bubblies" Wine Dinner: 7:30 p.m. Sat., Charlie's Wine Bar, 533 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Dom Perignon, Rombauer, plus David Bruce cabernet and more with four course dinner. $40, registration required. (813) 250-1967 or charlieswine.com.

Rioja Dinner: 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, West Palm Wines/Beaune's Wine Bar, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Seated tasting of Spain's rioja classics and new releases paired with menu courses. $75, limited seating. (813) 241-8587. westpalmwines.com.

Holiday Pies: Fresh-baked apple crumb ($12), pumpkin ($8) and sweet potato ($10) pies available for pickup Dec. 22 and 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. from the Uhuru booth at Saturday Market, Central Ave. and First Street, downtown St. Petersburg, proceeds benefit Uhuru Movement African People's Education & Defense Fund programs. (727) 824-5685 to order and for additional pickup locations, or www.uhurufoods.org/pies.


Cooking classes

Holiday Entertaining: noon-1 p.m. Thur., 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.

New Year's Cheer: 6:30-9 p.m. Fri., Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon. Elegant New Year's fare: smoked salmon blinis to papaya upside-down cake with rum syrup. $50. (813) 653-2418.rollingpinonline.com.

Marinades, Herbs & Spices: 5:30-7 p.m. Tue., First Unity Church, 460 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Create healthy dishes using marinades, herbs and spices from around the world, then enjoy dinner of prepared food. $25, registration required. (727) 527-2222, ext. 501.

Holiday Feast: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Apron's Cooking School at Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Grand holiday menu, including standing prime rib roast with cabernet demi-glace, paired with complementary wines; $45. (813) 926-4465.

Armani Menu Favorites: noon-3 p.m. Dec. 22, Armani's, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. Chef demonstrates menu favorites, includes wine tasting, cookbook. $75. (813) 207-6800.


Wine tastings, classes

Taste of Europe: 1-5 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat., Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from Spain, Italy, France. Free. (727) 321-2400.

VIP Tasting: 6-8 p.m. Fri., Pic Pac Fine Wines, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. End-of-year tasting with wines for gift-giving, hors d'oeuvres from the Pearl; proceeds benefit Abilities Foundation. $15. (727) 347-0743.

South of the Equator: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines & Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Wines from Argentina, Chile, South Africa, other south of the equatorial regions. $10. (727) 892-9463.

Wine & Fresh Market: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat., Florida Estates Winery, 3101 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Sample winery's varieties, browse fresh market with arts and crafts, live music. Free admission. (727) 526-2113.

Cheese and Chocolate: 1-4 p.m. Sat. and Dec. 22, Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Silky cheeses, chocolates and wine combine in seminar; registration required. $15. (813) 250-9463.

Christmas Wines Around the World: 1-5 p.m. Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 22, Mazzaro's Italian Market, 2909 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Varieties from Europe, California and South America. Free. (727) 321-2400.

Champagne Sampling: 3-6 p.m. Dec. 21, Publix Supermarket, 200 37th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Sample champagnes and sparkling wines, plus accompaniments. Free. (727) 895-1670.



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.