Culinary Events

Pasta Dinner Benedict Haven, a nonprofit home for the mentally ill, and the Knights of Columbus host a benefit in the form of the fourth annual Valentine Charity Auction & Pasta Dinner. Proceeds aid those suffering from chronic mental illness. Dinner includes salad, pasta, meatballs, beverage and dessert. Dinner, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; auction, 7:30-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, Diffley Parish Hall, Holy Family Church, 200 78th Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg. For information, call Judy Turnbaugh, 727-527-2257 or 727-942-8140. $8 per person.

Tampa Bay Culinary Club meets at Guppy's on the Beach, where chef/owner Scott Bebell will prepare jumbo lump crab taco tower with blackened tomato tortilla; and black bean and sweet corn relish. 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 1701 Gulf Blvd., Belleair. Reservations, call Jeanne, 727-789-2605. $10 per person.

Glam Outdoor BBQ Executive Chef John Pivar, of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, will lead barbecue-cooking classes focusing on romantic dishes. The menu calls for sweetheart salad with raspberry vinaigrette, smoked rack of lamb, and sweet pepper relish, coriander-crusted sea bass with minestone broth. 6:15-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, The Outdoor Kitchen Store, 3925 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-875-3447. $30 per person, includes recipes and food.

International Pasta Class Chef Dawn explains how to make pasta from around the world: Shellfish cannelloni with tarragon sauce; crispy noodle cakes with shrimp and roasted chili sauce, linguini with spicy Thai pesto and chicken, bow-tie salad with pork and radicchio with mustard and caper dressing. La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-3070, 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12. $35 per person.

Valentine's Evening Dinner Party La Maison transforms their beautiful new kitchen with linen tablecloths to create a fine dining experience just for you and that special valentine. Rodney Strong Winery will pair some of its best wines with dishes selected: Pheasant bisque with sherry cream, roasted pears over mesclun with a port wine vinaigrette, sorbet, your choice of rack of lamb, coconut-crusted grouper, New York strip au poivre with Cognac cream sauce or breast of duck with a plum and green peppercorn sauce, potato Gruyere gratin, spinach red pepper timbale, cheese plate, chocolate profiteroles with espresso cream. La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-3070, 7-9:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14. $125 per couple, including wine with each course.

Have a Heart Dinner The Florida Voices for Animals' sponsors its ninth annual Have a Heart for the Animals vegan dinner, featuring live music by Jean Hart, a cash bar and silent auction, plus a guest speaker. 6-9 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17, Trang Viet Cuisine Restaurant, 1524 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. Reservations, 813-969-3755. $18 in advance, or $22 at the door per person.

Antinori Wine Dinner Italy's Villa Antinori Winery sponsors a reception and five-course dinner featuring various Antinori wines and exotic entrees, like herb-roasted Chilean seabass, seared duck breast, nut and goat-cheese crusted rack of lamb, and various side dishes, plus as dessert, apricot ginger panna cotta with candied almond crust dessert accompanied by Remy cognac. The Mendelssohn Choir of Tampa's St. John's Episcopal Church will perform Italian arias for the guests. Prezzo Restaurant, International Plaza, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., B-209, Tampa. $50. Reception, 6:30 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19. Reservation, 813-354-5959.

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