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By PEGGY ANDERS
© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000
Special events and food tastings
FLYING FISH CHEF: 6:30 p.m. today, Michael's on East, 1212 East Ave. S in Midtown Plaza, Sarasota. Florida's Finest Chefs dinner and wine pairing series showcases guest chefs' culinary talents. This month's dinner features the innovative cuisine of Chef John Slate of Flying Fish Cafe at Walt Disney World's Boardwalk Resort. $90. Reservations: (941) 365-0543, ext. 247.
40 YEARS OF COOKING PLEASURES: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Fri., Williams-Sonoma, 732 S Village Circle, Hyde Park, Tampa. Chuck Williams, founder of Williams-Sonoma kitchen, home and specialty food stores and catalogs, will sign copies of his book Celebrating the Pleasures of Cooking, chronicling 40 years of food and entertaining trends. The store was one of the first to offer French cooking and serving equipment and unusual kitchenware. Call (813) 253-0743.
"PINOT MADNESS' WINE DINNER: 6:30 p.m. July 6, Summerhouse restaurant, 6101 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key. Indulge in an all-pinot wine dinner, four courses prepared by chef Paul and paired with California-produced pinot noirs: $75. Call (941) 349-1100.
INTERACTIVE SEAFARING DINNER: 6:30 p.m. July 6, Pattigeorge's Restaurant, 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Chef Tommy Klauber leads the way in monthly interactive dinners. Each table chooses a different "chef" among them for each course and, under chef's direction, creates a three-course dinner tableside. This month's menu features a seafaring feast paired with wine. $85, includes Pattigeorge's apron. Reservations: (941) 383-5111.
Wine and beer tastings
FRENCH WINES: 5-7 p.m. Fri., Fancy's Specialty Market, 1003 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. A selection of wines from France paired with hors d'oeuvres. Free. Call (727) 894-5300.
GRAND CRU 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 a selection of snacks. $10, includes $5 coupon toward wine purchase. (813) 269-8463.
HIDDEN TREASURES TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Fri., the Grapevine at Westchase, Westchase Square, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave (east of Racetrack Road at corner of Countryway Blvd.), Tampa. Free tasting of "hidden treasures" from the Kendall Jackson portfolio of wines, including Edmeades and Camelot wineries. (813) 818-9463.
REVOLUTIONARY REDS: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Tasting of 10 all-American red wines heralds the start of July 4 holiday, includes Farallon 1997 merlot, Flynn pinot noir from Oregon and 1998 Big House Red from Bonny Doon: $10. Reservations appreciated: (813) 879-2931.
BLACKSTONE'S TAPAS CAFE TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Wed., Blackstone's Tapas Cafe, 301 Gulf Blvd., Indian Rocks Beach. Sample a variety of wines and savory appetizers. Free. Call (727) 517-7778.
COLD BEAN SALADS: 10-11 a.m. today, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Perfect for summer picnics and potlucks, cool bean salads are the subject of Chef Debby DeGraaff's free vegetarian class this week. Call (813) 873-7428.
VEGETARIAN CUISINE: 11 a.m. Sat., Nature's Food Patch Natural Market, Deli and Cafe, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Learn whole foods cooking with Debby DeGraaff at "What's Cooking, Naturally" vegetarian cuisine class. Free. Call (727) 443-6703.
JULY 4 PARTY CLASS: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sat., Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Learn to make such July 4 party fare as firecracker shrimp with mango salsa, bacon potato pie, crispy asparagus and lemonade pie. $35 adults, $15 kids under 12. Call (727) 736-6400.
EATING FOR ENERGY: 7-8 p.m. Wed., 10-11 a.m. July 6, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Find out what foods fuel your body in class taught by vegetarian Chef Debby DeGraaff. Free. Call (813) 873-7428.
CHILL AND GRILL AT EUPHEMIA HAYE: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 12, Euphemia Haye restaurant, 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Chef Raymond Arpke hosts summer lunch lesson and prepares an appetizer, entree and dessert, with luncheon and wine pairing following class. This month, Chill and Grill menu includes chicken with peach-chili-ginger chutney, saffron rice and apple walnut crumble pie. Sample Riesling, Shiraz/cabernet sauvignon and tawny port with lunch. $50. Limited seating. Prepaid reservations required. Call Karen: (941) 383-3633.
WHAT'S NEW IN BARBECUE: 7-9 p.m. July 6, Home Gourmet Kitchen Emporium, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Catch up on the latest in barbecue in this demonstration class. Menu includes flavored butters for grilled corn on the cob, pork chops with fresh plum salsa and rum-buttered grilled bananas en papillote. $35. Call (727) 736-6400.
FOODFIT: This Web site at http://www.foodfit.com. offers fitness advice, a weekly menu planner and recipes for a healthy lifestyle. Find out how to get started on an exercise program at the fitness site, get the latest scoop at the Foods in the News page and find out what's fresh this month at the Farmer's Market with recipes to use in-season produce. Ask the Chef feature answers cooking questions, and Nutrition Dictionary offers thumbnails of vitamins and minerals. Worth sending for
BLUEBERRY TREATS: Blueberry season is in full swing, and the North American Blueberry Council's free leaflet "Healthful Treats Made with Blueberries" has ideas on using them in quick and easy recipes such as blueberry-pineapple parfait. It also has the latest on how nutrients in blueberries promote good health. For a copy, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Healthful Treats, North American Blueberry Council, 4995 Golden Foothill Parkway, Suite #2, El Dorado Hills, CA 95762.
KIDS SING THE BLUES: "I Want the Blues" contest asks kids 4-12 to describe why Kraft Macaroni and Cheese is their favorite for a chance to win a $10,000 college scholarship and appear on boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. Kids can write or sing, act or dance on video as their entry. For complete rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to I Want the Blues Contest, P.O. Box 466022, Lawrenceville, GA 30042-6022, or visit online at http://www.thecheeseiest.com. Deadline for entries is July 31.
REAL HOME COOKING: Submit the winning recipe in Stouffer's Real Home Cooking Contest and win $10,000, home appliances and a year's supply of Stouffer's products. The recipe will be used for a Stouffer's Family Style Favorites entree with the winner's name and picture on the box. Deadline for entries is July 19. For complete rules, visit http://www.stouffers.com. Send completed entries to address above, substituting P.O. Box 9427-WB.
SUNCOAST COOKS' APPRENTICESHIP GROUP: Open registration for Cooks Apprenticeship Group. All apprentices must work 40 hours a week at a related job under a journeyperson and attend evening classes at the Pinellas Technical Education Center, Clearwater, over a two-year period. Job referrals are not provided. Information: Dale Schmalzbauer at (727) 538-7167, ext. 1065.
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION: Non-profit organization designed to provide educational and training programs for the restaurant industry. Scholarships average $2,000; categories from high school students to industry professionals. For scholarship applications, call (800) 765-2122, ext. 733.
CULINARY ARTS: A three-year chef's apprentice program administered through the American Culinary Federation at Hillsborough Community College, main campus, 4001 N Lois Ave., Tampa. Information: (813) 253-7316, ask for Dr. George Pastor or chef Pat Margotta.
CULINARY ARTS: A year diploma program for professional training as chefs and bakers in culinary arts and food service accredited by the American Culinary Federation at Pinellas Technical Education Centers Clearwater campus. Information hotline: (727) 588-6009.
CULINARY ARTS: A 15-month program of training in commercial foods and culinary arts at D.G. Erwin Vocational Technical Center, 2010 E Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Information: (813) 231-1815.
CULINARY ARTS: Professional training for chefs and food service career professionals at American Culinary Arts Program, a division of Aviation Career Academy, 3131 Flightline Drive, Lakeland. Information: (941) 648-2004 or (800) 532-3210.
Does your group or business have special food or wine events of interest to people who like to eat, shop or cook in the Tampa Bay area? Send news of coming events at least two weeks in advance of the publication date to Food File, the Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731.
Information from Times wires was used in this column.
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