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Food file

By Times staff

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 7, 2001


AUSTRALIAN WINE DINNER 7 p.m. today, New City Bistro, 3333 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Winemaker David Slingsby-Smith offers a selection of wines from Debortoli, third largest wine producer in Australia. Their Yarra Valley shiraz and five other wines and ports are paired with six-course New City dinner. $55. RSVP required: (813) 805-0250.

GREEK FESTIVAL: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri. and Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun., St. Stefanos Greek Orthodox Church, 3600 76th St. N, (off 38th Ave. N), St. Petersburg. Greek food, pastries and coffee, dance performances and music among festivities, marketplace and imported gifts. $1 admission; students free. Call (727) 345-8235.

A VERY PROPER TEA: 2-4 p.m. Sun., Vinoy House Bed and Breakfast, 532 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. Learn the art of taking tea at this etiquette program presented by Crowning Touch. Afternoon Tea features tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. $35. Limited seating; call Kay Leonard to reserve: (727) 522-0053. Program also offered 2-4 p.m. Feb. 18.

CHAT WITH THE HAZANS: 7:15 p.m. Feb. 16, Martin-Selby Education Center, Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Join the Italian cooking experts Marcella Hazan, Victor Hazan, Giuliano Hazan and others in a "Table Talk" discussion on food and dining. Explore the myths of dining out, restaurants and home entertaining with the celebrity panel. Cookbooks available for purchase. $45. Call Casa Italia (941) 924-1179 or Longboat Key Center for the Arts (941) 383-2345.

LUNCH BY THE BOOK: 12:30 p.m. Feb. 18, Our Savior Lutheran Church, Wegner Hall, 301 58th St. S, St. Petersburg. Seventh annual Cookbook Taster Luncheon lets guests enjoy recipes taken from Valparaiso University (Ind.) Guild cookbooks. Donations for luncheon accepted. Proceeds benefit university scholarships. Must reserve by Feb. 14. Call (727) 822-2064 or (727) 725-4647.

THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER: 6:30 p.m. today, J.D. Ford Fine Wines, 1925 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota (take Fruitville Road exit off I-75, west to U.S. 41, south to Hillview Street, make right to Osprey Avenue). Winter wine class features Australian reds including cabernet, merlot, shiraz and grenache. $35. Next week's class (Feb. 15) looks at different styles of ports: $25. To reserve either class, call (941) 362-9463.

Tastings

HARR'S VALENTINE TASTING: 7-10 p.m. Thur., Harr's Surf and Turf Market, 3235 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. More than 40 wines for sampling plus advice fromthe experts on choosing a Valentine wine. Foods prepared by Harr's chefs accompany wines. $15 (includes discount on wine order). Call (727) 785-8873.

GREAT WHITE WINES: 6:30-8 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, Riesling, chenin blanc and alabarino are among those tasted. $15. Reservations requested: (813) 250-9463.

BORDEAUX CLASS: 6-9 p.m. Thur., Wines by Morrell, 2009 N 22nd St. (at Palm Avenue), Ybor City. Cultivating a taste for wine and want to learn more? Morrell's Wine Education Class examines various Bordeaux wines. $50. Novice series class, "Intro to Wine: II" 6-8 p.m. Feb. 15 leads beginner wine buffs through world's wine-producing regions. $30. Call (813) 241-8587.

Cooking classes

FRENCH ROMANTIC: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Valentine's Day menu at vegetarian class led by Chef Debby DeGraaff as she makes romantic French dishes. Call (813) 873-7428.

STACK 'EM UP: 9:30 a.m.-noon Sat., Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Kids 8-14 learn to make "stacked" foods just like the professionals. Menu includes tortilla stacks with guacamole, beef chili and cornbread stacks, S'more stacks and more. $25. Call (727) 736-6400.

HEART SMART DESSERTS: 7-8 p.m. Feb. 14, 10-11 a.m. Feb. 15, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Chef Debby DeGraaff shows class how to indulge in desserts that won't break a healthful diet. Free. Call (813) 873-7428.

VALENTINE DINNER: 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 14, Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Romance rules at this valentine class. Roasted tomato basil bisque, cumin crusted duck over greens, seafood stuffed tenderloin and strawberry mousse with brandy chocolate syrup are among menu dishes. $45 (includes glass of champagne). Call (727) 736-6400.

Contests

HONEY OF A SMILE: French's invites you to send photo of your smiling child along with a 50-word note on why the smile is "picture perfect" for a chance to win grand prize of family trip to the Napa Valley Mustard Festival March 9-11. Other finalists receive gift baskets. Send entries by Feb. 28 to Honey of a Smile, French's Honey Mustard, 411 Park St., Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.

E IS FOR ETHNIC: WEDU is seeking the best ethnic dishes for its "E is for Ethnic" cooking special. Contest culminates in a televised cooking competition March 10, where finalists prepare their dishes live in the studio. By March 1 send your recipes along with a brief history on how you've included it in your family gatherings to WEDU Cooks, P.O. Box 4033, Tampa FL 33677, or enter online at http://www.wedu.org.

CORNBREAD COOKOFF: A well-seasoned cast-iron skillet, a cup or two of cornmeal and imagination can add up to $1,000 and a FiveStar stainless steel gas range in Martha White's National Cornbread Cookoff. The main dish recipes must contain at least 1 cup of cornmeal and be cooked in a cast iron skillet. Semifinalists prepare their creations April 28 in Pittsburgh; second place prize is $500, third place $300. Send entries by March 2 to National Cornbread Cookoff 2001, 209 Seventh Ave. N, Nashville, TN 37219, or e-mail to cornbread@dvl.com.

Food talk

"EATING TO YOUR HEART'S DESIRE": 7 p.m. Mon., Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Barbara Lee Wabi, licensed nutritional and sports nutritional counselor, explains how to use food, supplements and exercise to improve health. Free. Call (727) 443-6703.

Food bytes

THE WELL-EQUIPPED KITCHEN: Looking for the same equipment that professional chefs use? Even the hard-to-find and unusual, like a traditional English "salt pig" salt keeper and left-handed tools, are among the kitchen essentials available from Professional Cutlery Direct online at http://www.cutlery.com or by calling (877) 695-6433 for a catalog.

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Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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