By PEGGY ANDERS
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Special events and food tastings
SOUTH AMERICAN STYLE: 7 p.m. Thur., Sutherland Cafe, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. Wine dinner pairs five courses that include pear and bleu cheese salad with port wine dressing, venison empanada and chocolate cake with blackberry cream, with wines from Chile and Argentina: $49, plus tax and gratuity. Call (727) 787-7734 to reserve.
CULINARY CLUB: 3 p.m. Sat., 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 Caribbean cuisine. Cost: $10. Call Jeanne at (727) 789-2605 to RSVP.
EVENING WITH ANTINORI: 7-10:30 p.m. Sun., Armani's, 6200 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. Aldo Rafanelli of Antinori Vineyards joins with Armani chef Massimo Patano for winemaker dinner. Cost: $98 per person, 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, Mon., Rockwater's Grill and Bar, 38954 U.S. 19 N, Tarpon Springs. Italian chianti, pinot grigio and Amarone, paired with antipasti, lobster stuffed seafood lasagna, veal with prosciutto, parmigiano and wine sauce and chocolate cannoli: $60, including tax and gratuity. Call (727) 945-0777. Reserve by today.
TASTE OF CLEARWATER: 5-8 p.m. Sept. 19, Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St. Tastes from local restaurants, including Pappas' Grillmarks, Panera Bread, Island Way Grill, plus entertainment, cash bar and cookbook of restaurant recipes available for sale: $15 advance, $20 at door. Call (727) 461-0011.
Wine and beer tastings/classes
ABC TASTING: 5:30-7:30 p.m. today, ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, 1603 N Missouri, Largo. Choose from more than 70 wines, plus beers, hors d'oeuvres. $7. Call (727) 581-4642.
FRENCH WINES: 6-7:30 p.m. Fri., Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Series with Dan Unterholzner continues with sampling of Loire whites and red wines from Bordeaux and the south of France: $15. Reservations (required): (813) 250-9463.
MORRELL TASTINGS: Wines by Morrell, 2009 N 22nd St., Ybor City. "How Wine Is Made" 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fri. ($20); to RSVP, call (813) 241-8587.
WINES OF CALIFORNIA: 6-8 p.m. Fri., the Grapevine at Westchase, Westchase Square, 12125 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. Wines from Napa Valley's Burgess Cellars and Heller/Durney Estate from Carmel, plus accompaniments: free. Call (813) 818-9463 to reserve.
NORTHWEST PASSAGE: 7-9 p.m. Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Taste 10 wines from Oregon and Washington, including Flynn pinot gris, Argyle 1996 brut sparkling wine, Hedges 1998 Three Vineyards meritage: $10. Call (813) 879-2931.
NEW ZEALAND WINES: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mon., Pic Pac Fine Wine and Spirits, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Sample wines from New Zealand's Lake Chalice Winery. Cost: $15, proceeds benefit Abilities Foundation of Florida. Call (727) 347-0743.
SPANISH SUPPER: 7-8 p.m. today, 10-11 a.m. Thur., Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Vegetarian chef Debby DeGraaff makes meals with a Spanish flair in free class. Call (813) 873-7428.
TUSCAN PICNIC: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tue., Margaret Ann's Catering, 5625 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Class features two menus for outdoor entertaining: Tuscan-inspired dishes such as pressed antipasto sandwich and fresh plum tart, plus a tailgate picnic with margarita chicken, corn tomato salad and chocolate peanut cookies: $35. Call (727) 525-3983 to reserve.
GOURMET VEGETARIAN: 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 19, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Caramelized apples and blue cheese on pumpernickel, country bread salad with roasted veggies, rice-stuffed baby squash, chocolate hazelnut torte: $39.50. Call (727) 736-3070.
LA MAISON: La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin, features two classes: brunch fare with blueberry-stuffed french toast, eggs Benedict with sun-dried tomato pesto hollandaise, sausage hash-brown muffins, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sun. ($39.50); and Provence cooking with wild mushroom crepes, filet of beef with horseradish sauce, tarte citron and chocolate Marquise, 7-9 p.m. Mon. ($49.50). Call (727) 736-3070.
BEST BEHAVIOR: 1 p.m. Sat., Nature's Harvest Market classroom, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Dr. Charles Rice Jr. talks about the connection between nutrition and children's behavior: Free. Call (813) 873-7428.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS: noon today, Tyrone Lifestyle Family Fitness, 6690 Crosswinds Drive, St. Petersburg. Enjoy a healthful lunch and hear registered dietitian Sarah Krieger talk on "Vitamins and Minerals." Cost: $5. To reserve, call (727) 893-6792.
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