© St. Petersburg Times, published October 24, 2001
Special events and food tastings
HELPING THE HEROES: 5-10 p.m. today, Billy's Stone Crab, 1120 Pinellas Bayway, Tierra Verde. A portion of proceeds from stone crab and fish fry dinners donated to relief funds for New York and Washington firefighters. Live music. Call (727) 866-2115.
A VISIT FROM ROY: 5:30-10 p.m. today, Roy's, 4342 W Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa. Roy Yamaguchi, founder and executive chef, leads Roy's culinary team in creating a one-year anniversary menu: jade pesto Kauai prawn and soba noodle salad with preserved lemon coconut; pan-seared foie gras; Australian kangaroo with onion brandy reduction; macadamia nut and caramelized pineapple mousse. Cost: $90, plus tax and gratuity. Call (813) 873-7697 to reserve.
COOKBOOK SAMPLING: 6 p.m. Fri., Clearwater Main Library, 100 S Osceola Ave. Unveiling of Clearwater Cooks for Books cookbook, with contributors' recipes prepared for sampling. Tickets start at $45. Call (727) 462-6800, ext. 262 or 244.
SPICE OF LIFE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat., Sunken Gardens, 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Sample freshly roasted peppers and an array of hot sauces, salsas and jerk seasonings; plus cooking demonstrations; 80 varieties of sweet, hot and pungent pepper plants plus herb plants for sale; programs on using spices and peppers. Free with park admission. $7 for adults, $5 seniors (ages 55 and up) and $3 for ages 3-11. Call (727) 551-3100.
DINING WITH POE: Edgar Allan Poe (as portrayed by David Keltz) makes the Vinoy his haunt for two Halloween appearances: "A Poe Halloween Party" at 3 p.m. Sun., with cider and sweet treats, $10 for kids 12 and under, $20 for adults; and "Edgar Allan Poe Wine Dinner Show," 7:30 p.m. Sun., $85 inclusive, both at Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Four-course wine dinner includes calamari and rock shrimp in squid ink "spider web," baby greens in mini pumpkin, pheasant breast with duck confit, chocolate praline mousse dessert and wines from Ravenswood Winery. Limited seating. Call (727) 894-1000, ext. 515, to reserve.
EPCOT FOOD AND WINE: Cuisines, wines from around the globe showcased at EPCOT's Food and Wine festival, ongoing through Nov. 18; culinary samplings, wine seminars and tastings, "From Vine to Wine" guided winemaking tour, Winemaker Dinners ($80), Reserve Dinners with rare and unusual vintages ($135), food and wine pairings ($25). Call (407) 939-3463 for information or visit www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.
CULINARY CLUB: The Tampa Bay Culinary Club meets 1 p.m. Sat. at the Wine Cellar, 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. Chef Karl demonstrates a signature restaurant dish. Cost: $10. Call Jeanne at (727) 789-2605 to RSVP.
HOLIDAY FOOD FEST: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 3, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Festival for those looking for a healthful twist on Thanksgiving, with holiday food sampling, wine and Champagne tasting, cooking demonstrations, entertaining ideas for both vegetarian and conventional meals: free. Call (813) 873-7428.
STONE CRAB, SEAFOOD AND WINE: Chef lineup at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort's 12th annual Stone Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival Nov. 1-4 includes Kai Duong of Ana Mandara in San Francisco, Ken Frank of La Toque in Rutherford, Calif., and Rick Moonen of Oceana in New York. Cooking demonstrations and wine tastings Nov. 2-3, $75 per day, "Tasting on the Beach" Nov. 2,, gala chef's dinner Nov. 4, and festival packages also available. Call (941) 383-6464, ext. 2901; Colony Beach and Tennis Resort, 1620 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
NAPA TO BURGUNDY: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thur., ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, 3535 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. California varieties plus wines of France are among those to be sampled. Cost: $7, includes $5 wine coupon and souvenir wine glass. Call (727) 894-4875.
MURIELLE'S NEW RELEASES: 5-8 p.m. Thur., Murielle Winery, 13131 56th Court, Suite 305, Clearwater. Newly released white merlot and "ice style" dessert wine, along with cabernet sauvignon, sparkling wine, pinot noir and pinot grigio, other varieties. Free, but RSVP required. Call (727) 561-0336 or visit www.muriellewinery.com.
REGAL REDS: 7 p.m. aperitif, 7:30 p.m. tasting, Fri., Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. Sample a collection of France's regal red wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone and more. Cost: $20, limited seating. Call (813) 879-2931.
PINOT NOIR: 6:30 p.m. Mon., Bern's Fine Wine and Spirits, 1002 S Howard Ave., Tampa. Blind tasting of French pinot noirs from Burgundy and American counterparts from California and Oregon: $25. Call (813) 250-9463 to reserve.
WINE EXTRAVAGANZA: 5-8 p.m. Nov. 2, Pic Pac Fine Wine and Spirits, 6609 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Pic Pac's "Wine Extravaganza" tasting of 50 wines from around the world benefits the Abilities Foundation: $10. Call (727) 347-0743.
PURPLE PELICAN WINE TASTING: 6-8 p.m. Sat., Purple Pelican Cafe, 14705 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach. Sampling of wines and appetizers, with selection of red and white varieties, both domestic and imported, plus beers, Halloween costumes. Portion of proceeds benefits Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, which helps injured birds. Cost: $10. Call (727) 394-0944.
CLASSIC ITALIAN: 6:30 p.m. Thur., Casa Italia, 2080 Constitution Blvd., Sarasota. Guiliano Hazan shares cooking tips as he prepares a meal for sampling: $70, includes wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres break, printed recipes. Call (941) 924-1179 to reserve.
PSYCHIC DINING: 7-9 p.m. Fri., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Halloween party class for singles makes seared pepper tuna with mandarin orange pico de gallo salsa, asiago crusted chicken breast and spinach risotto, fudge cake with raspberry syrup. A psychic reading is included: $39.50. Call (727) 736-3070.
ALL ABOUT ALMONDS: 7-8 p.m. Oct. 31, 10-11 a.m. Nov. 1, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N MacDill Ave., Tampa. Free vegetarian cooking class using almonds. Call (813) 873-7428.
KIDS' HOLIDAY SNACKS:10-11 a.m. Nov. 3, Florida Botanical Gardens, 12175 125th St. N, Largo. Registered dietitian shows kids how to cook fun and nutritious snacks for the holidays in free hands-on workshop. Preregistration required. Call (727) 582-2100.
APRONS CLASSES: Aprons Cooking School at Publix Supermarket Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. An autumn apple menu is focus of class 2 p.m. Sun., $25; and "Move Over Lunchables" class for kids ages 8-12 has ideas and fun tips on how to prepare and pack their own school lunch, 4 p.m. Nov. 1, $15. Call (813) 926-4465 to register.
OUTDOOR KITCHEN COOKING: 6:15-7 p.m. Tue., Outdoor Kitchen Store, 3925 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Chef Tom McHale's menu includes Trinidad grilled chicken with chipotle aioli dipping sauce, cold Cobb-less corn salad, Thai chicken skewers marinated in yogurt ginger sauce: $30. Call (813) 875-3447.
BEST CHEF OF TAMPA BAY: 7-9 p.m. Tues., La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Chefs Mark Hrycko of the Black Pearl in Dunedin and Mark Fegley of Mango Millie's in Palm Harbor are this week's competitors in Iron Chef-style contest to create a winning menu from surprise ingredients. Portion of proceeds benefits breast cancer foundation. Call (727) 736-3070.
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