Culinary Events

Below is a listing of classes and events that bolster your cuisine expertise and offer tasty experiences.

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WORLD AIDS DAY BREAKFAST A prayer breakfast designed to help foster awareness of AIDS and AIDS-related illnesses is sponsored by the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas (ASAP). $10 per person. 7-9 a.m., Mon., Dec. 2. Banquet Masters, 8100 N. Park Blvd, Pinellas Park. For information, call Roger Rooks, 727-895-8352.

VASCULARLY YOURS Chef Jerry Boucher shares cooking techniques you can use at home during a cooking demonstration of heart healthy, easy-to-fix recipes. Dieticians provide nutritional information, samples yummy for tasting. $15 per person. 5:30 p.m., Tues. Dec. 3. The Heart and Vascular Institute, 603 Seventh St. S., Suite 480, St. Petersburg. 727-329-1615.

HEALTHY HOLIDAY BRUNCH Chef Debby DeGraaff discusses in her cooking classes dishes you can make to celebrate with friends and family over the holidays. Free. 7-8 p.m.,Wed., Dec. 4, and 10-11 a.m., Thu., Dec. 5, Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428.

GRILLMASTER Chef John Pivar, executive chef of the Vinoy Renaissance Resort in St. Pete, displays his barbecuing skills during a class focusing on ribs, sauces and salsas, with emphasis on grilling beef and baby back ribs. $30 per person, includes recipes and food. 6:15-7:30 p.m., Tues., Dec. 10. The Outdoor Kitchen Store, 3925 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-3447.

TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB features Chef Stafford Parker, of Bellarte at the Radisson, during its December monthly meeting. $10 per person. Noon, Dec. 14, Bellarte at the Radisson, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg. RSVP, please, to Jeanne, 727-789-2605.

SUBTLE SUSHI Profusion Restaurant's top sushi chefs demonstrate the fine art of sushi preparation. $60 per person, including sushi kit and all material needed for the class. Noon - 2 p.m., Sat., Dec. 21. Profusion, 2223 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa. 813-353-8400. www.profusion.us.

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