Culinary Events

ARTE 2005 Tampa Bay's Festival of the Americas - a celebration of vibrant and diverse Latin arts, fine and contemporary arts, crafts, film, literary arts, cuisine and more. April 7-16. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa (www.tbpac.org).

COLUMBIA DINNER Celebrate Columbia's 100th anniversary. Sample a different Spanish wine each month, paired in a multi-course dinner for two, available nightly. $100 per pair. Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-248-4961).

COFFEE & ART SERIES You will have the opportunity to join the curators and art experts for personal tours and listen to interesting anecdotes about the Tampa Museum of Art, while enjoying coffee and gourmet breakfast pastries. $10. 9:30-11:30 a.m. every Wed., registration required. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa (813-274-8130 or www.tampamuseum.com).

CONVERSATIONAL CUISINE Learn to speak conversational Italian, plus enjoy dinner and a five-week course that immerses students in the language, foods, culture and customs. $185. Each Thurs. 6-7 p.m. Reservations required. Several other classes are available. Bellagio Ristorante, 10 Beach Drive, Downtown St. Petersburg (727 866-6892 or www.learnitalian.us).

CHOCOLATE CRAZIES Join premier pastry chef Michael Baugh, make fabulous dessert creations you take home, and nibble on 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. 3805 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-837-6888 or www.chocolateismycrayon.com).

LA MAISON GOURMET Classes at La Maison require reservations and are located at 471 Main St., Dunedin (727-736-3070 or www.lamaisongourmet.com):

APRON'S COOKING CLASSES Classes at Apron's require reservations and are located at Publix at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465 or www.publix.com/aprons/schools/Tampa/Calendar.do):

FARMERS MARKETS

YBOR CITY FRESH MARKET 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each Sat. Centennial Park, Eighth Avenue and 18th Street, Tampa (813-241-2442 or [email protected]).

SAFETY HARBOR FARMERS' MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sat. The Gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main St. Downtown Safety Harbor (Linda 727-726-6407 or [email protected]).

OLD PALM HARBOR FARMER'S MARKET 8 a.m.-1 each Fri. Rheba Sutton White Chapel/Harbor Hall Parking Lot, 1190 Georgia Ave., located between 11th and 12th streets, one block south of Florida Avenue, in downtown Palm Harbor (727-934-7001 or [email protected]).

DOWNTOWN LARGO ORGANIC MARKET 8 a.m.-1 each Thurs. Located on the South side of West Bay Drive between Fifth and Sixth streets S.W. (Anne Buck: 727-518-8442).

BRANDON FRESH MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sat. 301 S. Parsons Ave., Brandon (813-684-6806).

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