Culinary Events

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Herbie & Me Chef Debby DeGraaff leads a vegetarian cooking class focusing on herbal cuisine. 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 23 and 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., 813-873-7428. Free.

Sushi and Such Join Chef Dawn in preparing Miso soup with tofu, seaweed and chives, three Japanese dumplings, cabbage with ground pork, mushrooms and chicken, and vegetable; and two types of rolled sushi, salmon, avocado and cucumber, plus egg, asparagus and carrot. 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-3070, $45 per person.

Happy Hour Join Chef John for a fun evening, and learn to prepare baked cheese and salami loaf, tostada topped with shrimp, Monterey Jack cheese and green chile pesto, roasted zucchini cups filled with chicken, serrano peppers and sun-dried tomato pesto, and toffee crunch mini cheesecakes. 5:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-3070, $25, includes all recipes.

Wine Tasting at MOSI Einstein on Wine is a benefit for the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), featuring wines from around the world and delectable hors d'oeuvres prepared by local restaurateurs, plus silent auction and musical entertainment by Denise Moore and Then Some. 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, MOSI, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa. For tickets, call MOSI, 813-987-6000, or pick them up at Gianpiero's Pick of the Vine, 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. $50 per person.

Tea with Authors The Stuart Society Affaires d'Art sponsors a visit with authors and hear excerpts of their work and how they created, wrote and published novels. Take high tea in the museum's Reflections Garden. 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. Call Carolyn Bond at 727-823-6140. $25 per person.

Quick Vegetarian Meals Join Chef Dawn as she demonstrates how to prepare delicious vegetarian meals. Menu includes mixed bean and nut salad, pear and watercress soup with bleu cheese croutons, chunky vegetable paella, cabbage roulade with lemon sauce, and pear and cranberry tofu pie. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-3070, $45 per person.

Quick Casseroles are the topic for Chef Debby DeGraaff, who presents vegetarian cooking classes weekly. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428. 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 and 10-11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31. Free.

Floribbean Cooking Demonstration Chef John cooks with a flavorful Florida twist: fried conch fritters with orange horseradish dipping sauce, jasmine rice cakes over mixed greens with assorted vegetables and ginger honey vinaigrette, guava glazed grilled pork tenderloin, pan-fried zucchini, spicy soft polenta, raspberry apple cobbler with pecan streusel topping. 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31. La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin, 727-736-3070, $39.50 per person.

Ybor City Fresh Market remains open the whole weekend during Ybor City's annual festival called Fiesta Day, featuring free Spanish food on the street, arts and craft show, and a cool treats court at the market designed to help shoppers survive a full day. 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, and Sunday, Feb. 10, 18th Street, from Eighth Avenue to Ninth Avenue. Rick Janson, 813-241-2442.

Glam Outdoor BBQ Executive Chef John Pivar, of the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, 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.

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