By PEGGY ANDERS
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"INDONESIAN EXCURSION": 6:30 p.m. Thur., PattiGeorge's Restaurant, 4120 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Chef Tommy Klauber leads diners on an Indonesian cuisine excursion. Patrons choose a "chef" from each table, take turns cooking tableside, and enjoy wines paired with three courses. Cost: $85, includes apron and memento. Call: (941) 383-5111.
SOUTH AMERICAN STYLE: 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Sutherland Cafe, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. Dinner pairs wines from Chile and Argentina with five courses that include pear and bleu cheese salad with port wine dressing, venison empanada on ragout of black-eyed peas and butternut squash and chocolate cake with blackberry cream. $49 plus tax and gratuity. Call (727) 787-7734 to reserve.
CULINARY CLUB: 3 p.m. Sept. 15, Saffron's Caribbean Cuisine, 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. Saffron's Edyth James hosts Tampa Bay Culinary Club members and guests in a demonstration of the restaurant's Caribbean cuisine. Samples provided. $10. Call Jeanne at (727) 789-2605 to reserve.
EVENING WITH ANTINORI: 7-10:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Armani's (atop Hyatt Regency Westshore), 6200 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. Aldo Rafanelli of Antinori Vineyards joins with Armani chef Massimo Patano for "Evening with Antinori" winemaker dinner. $98 including tax and gratuity. Limited seating. To reserve, call (813) 207-6800
ROCKWATER'S WINE DINNER: 7 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. dinner, Sept. 17, Rockwater's Grill and Bar, 38954 U.S. 19 N (north of Klosterman Road), Tarpon Springs. Sample Italian Chianti, pinot grigio and Amarone paired with antipasto, lobster-stuffed seafood lasagna, veal with prosciutto, parmigiano and wine sauce, clam and chile risotto and chocolate canoli. Accompanied by the music of a strolling mandolinist. $60, includes tax and gratuity. Call (727) 945-0777. Must reserve by Sept. 12.
COMMUNITY HARVEST: Those dining at area Columbia Restaurants in September can choose from a list of area nonprofit organizations, and 5 percent of their bill will be donated to the charity during the fourth annual Community Harvest program.
Wine and beer tastings/classes
ALL THAT GLITTERS: 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sat., Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Sample from 150 international wines and spirits, snack on hors d'oeuvres and bid on silent auction items at this year's "All That Glitters" event. Tickets: $40. Proceeds benefit MacDonald Training Center. Call (813) 870-1300, ext. 310.
NEIGHBORHOOD TASTING: 5-7 p.m. Thur., ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, 6115 U.S. 19 N, New Port Richey. Sample from 12 wines along with light hors d'oeuvres at free "neighborhood tasting." Call (727) 842-7749.
A TASTE OF FRANCE AND ITALY: 6-7:30 p.m. beginning Fri., Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Series of four Friday night tastings led by Dan Unterholzner focus on wines of France and Italy. First session Fri. samples Alsatian whites and red wines from the Rhone. $15 a class. Reservations required. Call (813) 250-9463.
AT THE MARKETPLACE: noon-2 p.m. Sat., Marketplace Express, 284 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg. Sample wines from Bonny Doon Vineyards, including its Big House Red, Heart of Darkness Rhone Valley varietal and dessert wine, along with accompaniments at gourmet market's free wine tasting. Call (727) 894-3330.
MORRELL TASTINGS: Wines by Morrell, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. "Bordeaux: the Wines from the Left Bank" 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri., $35, and "How Wine is Made" 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 14, $20, are tastings offered this week by Wines by Morrell. To reserve, call (813) 241-8587.
WINES OF CALIFORNIA: 6-8 p.m. Sept. 14, the Grapevine at Westchase, Westchase Square, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Tasting features wines from Napa Valley's Burgess Cellars and Heller/Durney Estate from Carmel. Accompaniments to the wines. Free. Call (813) 818-9463 to reserve.
STARRING SPUDS: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Chef Debby DeGraaff shows how to make vegetarian entrees using potatoes in free class. Call (813) 873-7428.
LEARNING TO MAKE LILIES: Make flowers to adorn your cakes in these cake-decorating classes at the Honey Bee Shop, 10202 N 30th St., Tampa: "Gum Paste Lilies," 7-9 p.m. beginning Thur., $60 for four classes, includes supplies; flower-making skills refresher, 10 a.m.-noon Sat., $15; basic cake decorating, 10 a.m.-noon or 7-9 p.m. Mon., $25 plus supplies for four-class series. Call (813) 971-7599.
OYSTERCATCHER'S FAVORITES: noon Sat., 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 from preparation to presentation. Three-course meal with Champagne and beverages. $50, includes tax and gratuity. Limited seating. Call (813) 207-6815.
COOKING WITH EDYTH: 6:30 p.m. Mon., Saffron's Restaurant, 1700 Park St., St. Petersburg. Edyth James shares her secret recipes in cooking class with an island flair. $25. Call (727) 343-5410 to reserve.
VEAL APPEAL: 11 a.m. Sat., Cafe l'Europe, 431 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota. Chef Jeff demonstrates osso bucco, scallopine and other veal dishes. Limited seating. $40 plus tax and gratuity. Call (941) 388-4415 or visit www.neweuropeancuisine.com.
ASIAN PARTY APPETIZERS: 6:30-9 p.m. Tues., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Thai beef salad in cucumber cups, sweet potato crepes with duck filling, coconut upside down cake. $39.50. Call (727) 736-3070.
APRONS COOKING CLASSES: Aprons Cooking School at Publix Supermarket Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Upcoming classes include regional French Burgundy class with beef bourguignon, coq au vin and French wines, 4 p.m. Sun.. ($30). Vegetable roasting with Jim Campbell, 11 a.m. Mon., ($25). Call (813) 926-4465 to register.
QUICK AND EASY DINNERS: 7-9 p.m. Sept. 12, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Blackened shrimp or chicken Caesar salad, easy pasta fagioli, pork chop with mole sauce, rustic apple tart are on the menu for no-fuss cooking. $39.50. Call (727) 736-3070 .
SPANISH SUPPER: 7-8 p.m. Sept. 12, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 13, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Vegetarian chef Debby DeGraaff makes meals with a Spanish flair in free cooking class. Call (813) 873-7428.
AVOIDING KITCHEN CALAMITY: 6:30 p.m. Thur., 2 p.m. Sat., Aprons Cooking School at Publix Supermarket Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tyler Florence, Food Network's host of Food 911, shares his secrets for avoiding kitchen cooking disasters. $50. Call (813) 926-4465.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS: noon Sept. 12, Tyrone Lifestyles Family Fitness, 6690 Crosswinds Drive, St. Petersburg. Registered dietitian Sarah Krieger gives a talk on vitamins and minerals at this week's Lunch and Learn program. Lunch provided. $5. To reserve, call (727) 893-6792.
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