By PEGGY ANDERS
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INTERACTIVE DINING: 6:30 p.m. today, PattiGeorge's Restaurant, 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Interactive dinners return for the summer. Patrons choose a "chef" from each table to follow chef Tommy Klauber's lead in preparing one of three dinner courses, paired with wines from a different winery each month. This month's dinner theme is "Bistro Latino." $85 includes apron and memento. Call (941) 383-5111.
DINING DOWN UNDER: 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. dinner Thur., Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Chef Rand G. Packer pairs wines from Australia's top producers, such as Torbreck, Leeuwin Estate, Peter Lehmann, with scallop and shrimp with grapefruit ginger butter, tuna and sake roasted wild mushroom strudel, Australian kangaroo au poivre and caramelized pineapple mousse with apricot sauce. $75 plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating; call (813) 873-7697.
SONOMA WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m. Thur., Summerhouse Restaurant, 6101 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Third-generation winemaker Brian Kreck presents varieties from Mill Creek Vineyards in Sonoma County paired with courses from chef Paul Mattison: $65. Call (941) 349-1100 to reserve.
AN EVENING IN BURGUNDY: serving 5-10 p.m. Fri., Cafe de France, 15225 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Four-course wine-tasting dinner features cuisine of Burgundy, from a salad with ham, goat cheese and dijon to estouffade of beef bourguignon and a sweet ending of strawberry mousse, all paired with red and white wines of the region. $45.95 per person plus tax and gratuity. Call (727) 392-8627 to reserve.
Wine and beer tastings/classes
RED WINE WITH FISH: 6:30 p.m. today, J.D. Ford Fine Wines, 1925 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota. Chef Malin Parker and wine expert Graham Thomson break the rules on wine and food pairings, offering salmon, sea bass and tuna with red wines at this wine-tasting seminar. $35 or all five seminars for $150. To reserve, call (941) 362-9463.
HONORS LIST: 7 p.m. June 13, Cilantro Grille and Cantina, 3333 S Westshore Blvd., Tampa. Tasting of new quarterly wine list that explores different wine regions of the world, from Russian River chardonnay in California to sauvignon blanc from the Loire region in France. Hors d'oeuvres and treats also available. Call (813) 805-0250 for prices and more information.
SPAIN AND PORTUGAL FOR COUPLES: 6:30-9 p.m. Fri., Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Hands-on class for couples with a menu of clams in white wine, lamb chops with port mustard and cream sauce, Apulian-style potatoes, crema quemada (creme brulee). $45 per person includes glass of wine. Call (727) 736-6400.
WHAT'S COOKING AT CAPA: 7-9:30 p.m. June 13, Capa Italian Deli, 10839 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Hands-on Italian cooking class. $20 includes meal and recipes; wine extra. Call (727) 518-6222.
OYSTERCATCHER'S OFFERINGS: noon June 16, Oystercatcher's Restaurant at Hyatt Regency Westshore, 6200 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. Learn to make some of Oystercatcher's menu favorites as chef Thomas McKinney leads class on preparation and presentation. Three-course meal with Champagne and beverages. $50. Limited seating; call (813) 281-9116.
MASTERING SAUCES: 10 a.m. June 16, Cafe l'Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Learn to create classic French "mother" sauces plus the new classics: beurre blanc and beurre rouge, vinaigrettes and purees. $40 plus tax and gratuity includes continental breakfast and luncheon after class. Reservations required; call (941) 388-4415 or register online at http://www.neweuropeancuisine.com.
AUSTRALIAN CUISINE: 7-9 p.m. June 13, Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Explore the cuisine of Australia with Chef Bret as he makes roast rack of lamb with fig sauce, tomato leek soup with sesame cottage loaf, chocolate and wattle seed delights. $35. Call (727) 736-6400.
FRENCH COOKING 101: 11:30 a.m. June 13, Summerhouse Restaurant, 6101 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Chef Paul Mattison shares secrets from his recent tour of France in this class, part of Summerhouse International Cookery School's summer series. Includes lunch with the chef, wine and recipes. $40. To register, ask for Sally Barkley at (941) 349-1100 or visit online at http://www.internationalcookery.com.
SECRET'S IN THE SAUCE: Submit an original barbecue sauce made with at least 1/2 cup of Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, and you could win a trip for two to world championship barbecue contest in Tennessee and a Weber grill. Send entries to Jack Daniel's "The Secret is in the Sauce" Recipe Competition, P.O. Box 198996, Nashville, TN 37219-8996 by June 29.
FAMILY TIME AT THE CHALET: Family Reunion Sweepstake's grand-prize winners receives a three-day reunion for 20 at Chalet Suzanne Country Inn and Restaurant, Lake Wales. Prize also includes $1,000 and some meals. Send name, address and phone number on 3- by 5-inch card to Sunsweet Sweepstakes, P.O. Box 4068, Grand Rapids, MN 55730-4068, by July 31.
HEART-SMART SHOPPING: 1-3 p.m. June 13, Publix SuperMarket, Bay Pointe Plaza, 5295 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. Dietitians teach how to become a heart-savvy shopper with an aisle-by-aisle tour. Coupons and healthful recipes included. $12. Reservations required; call (727) 329-1615.
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