CULINARY EVENTS

FOOD:

Tampa Bay's Best Chef You will choose him when you participate in Home Gourmet's competition between prominent Bay area chefs. Tonight, Tyson Grant takes the ring against a Masked Marvel to prepare your dinner in 45 minutes, using surprise ingredients. $40 per person, part of which benefits Hospice of Florida Suncoast. 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 1 at Home Gourmet, 471 Main St. Dunedin 727- 736-6400 www.homegourmet.cc.

Who Says There's No Free Lunch? Join the folks at Home Gourmet for a free lunch, featuring panko-crusted chicken breast with hoisin drizzle, and enjoy a product demonstration. Free with a $10 deposit applied toward any purchase. Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Home Gourmet, 471 Main St. Dunedin 727-736-6400 www.homegourmet.cc.

Taste of The Nations Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nations presents Chef Roy Yamaguchi along with some of Tampa Bay's best chefs preparing a five-course dinner partnered with premium wines. The event raises funds for the Divine Providence Food Bank of Tampa. Tickets cost $150. Wine tasting reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m.; live auction and dinner start at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Tampa Marriott Waterside. For tickets, call Wendy Zeller at 813-254-1190.

Meatless Mexican Vegetarian Chef Debby DeGraaff teaches you to prepare marvelous, meatless Mexican dishes in this free class 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, and again 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, at Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave. Tampa 813-873-7428

She Makes Sushi and so will you when you take this class with a Japanese chef and sushi instructor. Prepare miso soup with tofu, seaweed and chives, three kinds of Japanese dumplings, and two types of sushi rolls: salmon, avocado and egg; and asparagus and carrot. $45 per person. 6:30-9 p.m. Friday at Home Gourmet, 471 Main St. Dunedin 727-736-6400 www.homegourmet.cc.

WINE:

Wine Tour de France Vintage Wine Cellars announces its eighth annual celebration of France's Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Loire and Rhone regions. Taste 30 wines, along with samples of French cheeses and bread for only $15, and receive a $5 coupon toward your wine purchase. 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Vintage Wine Cellars, 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-879-2931.

Must Be Mersault Taste Mersault, the rare and ravishing French chardonnay, for only $5. 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 27, at The Grapevine at Westchase, 12125 W. Linebaugh Ave. (east of Racetrack Road at Countryway Boulevard) Tampa. 813-818-9463.

It's French and Free Don't miss this opportunity to taste wines from six regions of France and hear a guest speaker from France, all at no cost. 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 4, at The Grapevine at Westchase, 12125 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. 813-818-9463.

Work Week Wine-down Join the folks at Grand Cru Wine Cellar 6-9 p.m. every Friday for a tasting of marvelous artisan cheeses, imported beers and wines. $12 per person, with a $5 coupon toward any purchase. Grand Cru Wine Cellar, 11724 N. Dale Mabry (inside Main Street Shopping Center) Tampa. 813-269-8463.

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