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Mellow Millet is the theme of Chef Debby DeGraaff's free vegetarian cooking class this week. 7-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 6, and 10-11 a.m., Thursday, March 7. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428.

Italian Rendezvous The Tampa Bay Culinary Club gives food lovers a chance to explore northern Italian cuisine at noon on Friday, March 9, at Maggiano's Little Italy, 203 West Shore Blvd., Tampa. Reservations required. Call Jeanne Hansen at 813-789-2605.

Got Culinary Skills? If you don't, attend La Maison's culinary skills course. Learn how to equip your kitchen, stock the pantry, use cutlery, prepare a luncheon, make simple sauces, salsas, relishes and pesto, and make a dessert and appetizers. $150 per person, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday March 9. La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. 727-736-3070.

BBQ Steaks With a Pro John Pivar, executive chef at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg, turns his attention to barbecue recipes, with an emphasis on flavor and texture. On the menu will be tuna steak, tuna sashimi, grilled porterhouse and T-bone steaks. $30. 6:15-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12. The Outdoor Kitchen Store, 3925 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Reservations required. 813-875-3447.

Get Off the Beaten Track with our own Chef Gui during an informational session about the June 19-29 culinary trip to his homeland of Provence, France. Discussion about the trip, organized by the chef and Jet Setters Travel, features free gourmet food and wine. Informational session is Tuesday, March 12, at 6 p.m., at Jet Setters Travel, 2060 Coachman Road, Clearwater. Reservations requested. 727-443-4559 or

Prepare California Cuisine at next week's vegetarian cooking class taught by Chef Debby DeGraaff. Free. Wednesday, 7-8 p.m., March 13, and 10-11 a.m., Thursday, March 14. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-873-7428.

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