By PEGGY ANDERS
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 27, 2001
Special events and food tastings
ALL FIRED UP: 7-9 p.m. today, Cilantro Grille and Cantina, 3333 S West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Fire up taste buds with pupu platter of chile appetizers, sample salsas and hot sauces and cool off with free beer sampling at Cilantro's chile, hot sauce and salsa tasting. Recipes available. $25. Call (813) 805-0250.
SAVOR SUMMER SEAFOOD: Thur.-Sat., Kelly's for Just about Anything, 319 Main St., Dunedin. Calamari, crab, sea bass and tuna star in summer seafood dinner, available three days only. $45 per person for four-course dinner includes wine, coffee. Call (727) 736-5284 to reserve.
REVOLUTIONARY REDS: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Celebrating 10 all-American red wines, including "Love My Goat" non-vintage red from Bully Hill in New York, 1997 "Upper Weise" Kenwood zinfandel and 1998 Biltmore Estate merlot from North Carolina. $10. Call (813) 879-2931 to reserve.
MURIELLE WINES: 5-8 p.m. Thur., Murielle Winery, 13131 56th Court, Suite 305, Clearwater. White merlot and Ice Style dessert wine are among the many available for sampling at free wine tasting. Also taste sparkling wines, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and "barrel samples" of wines in progress. Call (727) 561-0336 or visit www.murielle
RIESLING FLIGHT: 6-8 p.m. Sat., A Taste for Wine, 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. German rieslings from J.J. Prum, Dr. Loosen, Von Kasselstadt and more. $15. Call (727) 895-1623
PURPLE PELICAN: 6-8 p.m. Sat., Purple Pelican Cafe, 14705 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Monthly sampling of wines and appetizers along with live music. Varieties from Clearwater-based Murielle Winery. Portion of proceeds benefit Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary. $10. Call (727) 394-0944 for more information.
SUMMER SAUCES: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sat., Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Dress up pork, seafood, vegetables and other foods with versatile sauces such peach coulis, pink peppercorn and basil wine sauce, raspberry demi-glace. $35. Free kitchen design class 2-3 p.m. Call (727) 736-6400.
WARM WEATHER MEALS: 7-9 p.m. today, Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Quick and easy soups, salads and desserts including spiked chilled berry soup, grilled chicken and fried artichoke hearts over mixed greens with oregano vinaigrette, fruit sorbet and fruited bread pudding. $35. Call (727) 736-6400.
WHAT'S COOKING: 11:30 a.m. today, Summerhouse Restaurant, 6101 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Participate in live filming of What's Cooking with Chef Paul Mattison. Includes lunch with the chef, wine and recipes. Limited class size. $40 inclusive. To register call (941) 349-1100 and ask for Sally Barkley.
TROPICAL TASTES: Sugar in the Raw natural turbinado cane sugar offers a free color recipe card brochure of tropical treats. including macadamia tartlet with coconut cookie crust, individual chocolate lava souffles, papaya raspberry pie, Hawaiian shortbread cookies. To receive "A Tropical Taste of the Islands", send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope with 55-cent postage to Tropical Taste, Brooklyn Premium Corp., 60 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205.
HOW SWEET IT IS: Try adding honey to olive oil, red-wine vinegar, mustard and herbs for dressing greens or a pasta salad. A mixture of honey and Dijon mustard makes a flavorful marinade for grilled chicken. For more ways to use honey, check the National Honey Board's Web site at www.honey.com or write to the board at 390 Lashley St., Longmont, CO. 80501-6045.
WILD ABOUT FLAVOR: Use Alaskan salmon, surimi, crab, halibut or other seafood in an original recipe for the chance to win a Wild Alaskan Adventure trip for two. Send original recipe plus name, address and phone number to Wild About Flavor Recipe Contest, 32031 Mally, Dept. 209, Madison Heights, MI 48071 by Aug. 17. For rules, visit www.alaskaseafood.org or call (800) 588-7266.
VEGETARIANISM: 7 p.m. Thur., Center for Radical Empowerment (C.O.R.E.), 1615 16th St. S, St. Petersburg. Myriam Parham, vegetarian dietitian and vice president of Florida Voices for Animals, discusses vegetarianism and vegetarian nutrition at free lecture. Refreshments served. Call (727) 821-2673.
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