Culinary Events

WINE & TOS-TAPAS TASTING SOCIAL !Viva la Frida! hosts "!Viva Indies!: A Salute to Independent Businesses" with spirits provided by ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and music by Blues Punks. Free. 6-8 p.m. Thurs., July 1. ALSO, a chance for Frida wanna-be's to don unibrows and join Club Las Fridas: Frida's 97th birthday and 50th death anniversary, with food, music and dance. 7-9 p.m. Wed., July 7 and 14. Viva la Frida's Cafe y Galeria, 5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (813-231-9199).

FREE COOKING CLASSES Join Debbie DeGraaf for "Celebrating Sweet Summer Corn" at 11 a.m. Sat., July 3. She will offer "My Favorite Sauces" at 11 a.m. Sat., July 10. ALSO, ongoing cooking demonstrations feature various products from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Mon. and Wed. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-443-6703).

MEET THE CHEF Borders will host a discussion and book signing with Chef Josefa Gonzalez-Hastings of The Habana Cafe. Includes a cooking demonstration and samples of the chef's specialties. Noon-3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 2. Borders, 2683 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater (727-723-2300).

CARIBBEAN CUISINE Chef Edyth James offers Caribbean cooking demonstrations, complete with dinner and specialty drinks. 6:30-8 p.m. the second Mon. of each month. $25 per person. Saffron's Caribbean, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg (727-343-5410 or

CHOCOLATE CRAZIES Join premier pastry chef Michael Baugh for classes. Make fabulous dessert creations you take home at the end of each class, and nibble on wine and hors d'oeuvres while you learn. $40 per person. Baking 101: 5-8 p.m. each Tues. Chocolate Sculpture 101: 5-8 p.m. each Wed. Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-837-6888 or

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