Culinary Events

Classes and events that bolster your cuisine expertise and offer tasty experiences.

VEGGIE OF THE MONTH Chef Debby DeGraaff discusses in her vegetarian cooking classes how to prepare potatoes with fun and flair. Free. 10-11 a.m. Thu., March 13. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N.MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428.

ERIN GO BRAUGH Celebrate St. Paddy's Day with Chef Paul Mattison as he demonstrates how to prepare an Irish dish that would make a leprechaun dance. $40 per person, includes dinner, wine, dessert, recipes and cooking demonstration. 6:30 p.m. Mon., March 17. Mattison's American Bistro, 111 Second Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg. Reservations requested. 727-895-2200 or 941-955-9868.

PASTRY PLEASURES Join Pastry Chef Daniel Delort and Chef Gui for a two-hour workshop each Tuesday in March, for beginners and advanced cooks alike, focusing on various aspects of pastry-making. $35 per person per class; take home your own pastry. Classes start at 1 p.m.: March 18 (pastry decoration) and March 25 (quiches and tarts). 3347 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-789-8986.

MARKET MEANDER Chef Gui invites you to accompany him to an outing at a fresh market with friendly food enthusiasts. The chef shares his professional knowledge, answers questions, does mini demos, food talks, and provides tips and secrets. Free. 5:30 p.m. Tues., March 18, Clearwater Fresh Market, Clearwater, at U.S. 19 and Enterprise Boulevard. 727-515-4844.

PROFUSION DINNER Five-course fixed-price menu and wine tasting features Asian wok cooking, American grill cuisine, designer sushi and select Joseph Phelps wines. $65 per person. 7:01 p.m. Wed. March 19. Profusion, Tampa Bay, International Plaza, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Reservations requested; 813-353-8400.

CONCH CUISINE Chef Kim Miller and her culinary team present cooking techniques and tips about the "Conch Republic Key West Style." The demonstration is followed by a buffet dinner and wine pairing. $25 per person. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thu., March 20. Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, 105 N. Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor. 727-726-1161, Ext. 7825.

CHOCOLATE LOVERS UNITE Celebrate the Vernal Equinox with an evening of aphrodisiac foods, a fabulous four-course all-chocolate menu and afterward, a showing of the French film Chocolat. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fri., March 21. Viva La Frida Cafe y Galeria, 5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-231-9199.

BIG CATCH Oystercatchers hosts a cooking class featuring Chef Kenny Hunsberger. $50 per person. Noon Sat., March 22. Oystercatchers Restaurant, 2800 Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa. 813-207-6815.

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