By PEGGY ANDERS
© St. Petersburg Times, published March 7, 2001
Special events and food tastings
GIRL'S NIGHT OUT: 7 p.m. March 14, Ashley St. Grille, 200 N Ashley Drive (at Radisson Riverwalk Hotel), Tampa. Ladies-only champagne dinner showcases Veuve Cliquot paired with six menu courses. Vintages include 1989, 1985, 1983 and a rare 1970. Menu includes porcini dusted colossal sea scallop with leek fondue and roasted Maine lobster with truffle butter and sherry saffron jus. $80 plus tax and gratuity. To make reservations, call (813) 226-4400.
ST. JOSEPH'S FEAST: noon March 19, conferencing center at Hillsborough Community College Dale Mabry campus, across from Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. Annual Sicilian feast with traditional St. Joseph's altar filled with assortment of foods. Donations benefit MacDonald Training Center and people with disabilities. Call (813) 870-1300, ext. 308.
Wine and beer tastings and classes
WORK WEEK "WINE DOWN": 6-9 p.m. Fri., Grand Cru Wine Cellar, 11724 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. Weekly sampling of wines and beers accompanied by snacks. $12, includes $5 coupon toward wine purchase). (813) 269-8463.
OREGON'S BEST: 6:30-8 p.m. Mon., Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Weekly wine class features wines of the Pacific Northwest. $30. Reservations required: (813) 250-9463.
OLD AND NEW WORLD WINES: 6-8 p.m. March 15, Wines by Morrell, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. Novice series class looks at contrast between wines from old and new world cultures. $30. RSVP: (813) 241-8587.
ASPARAGUS: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Chef Debby DeGraaff shows class how to create an array of asparagus dishes. Call (813) 873-7428.
GREAT GARNISHES: 6:30-9 p.m. Thur., Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Hands-on class on the basics of garnishing: stuffed endive cannoli, cumin seared beef on crispy wontons, vegetable bundles in potato baskets, tropical fruit island with pineapple palm tree: $45. Call (727) 736-6400.
SKILLS COURSE: 6:30-9 p.m. beginning Mon., Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Brush up on the basics in nine-week skills and techniques course: cutlery skills and sauces, cooking techniques, bread baking and desserts. $495, includes textbook. Call (727) 736-6400.
SHOP WITH SMARTS: 10 a.m.-noon Mon., Publix at Coral Landing, 33343 U.S. 19 N, Palm Harbor. Become a heart-savvy shopper by learning to decipher food labels in aisle-by-aisle tour with registered dietitians. Money-saving coupons and healthy recipes included. $12. Reservations required. Call (727) 329-1615.
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