VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES Join Debby DeGraaff to learn how to prepare African Cuisine. Free. 7-8 p.m. Wed. & Thurs., April 14-15. The following week, the featured topic is the Super Sunflower Seed. 7-8 p.m. Wed. & Thurs., April 21-22. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-873-7428).
TASTE OF THE NATION Share in the 11th anniversary of the largest nationwide culinary benefit supporting anti-hunger efforts. Proceeds benefit All Faith's Food Bank and Children First. American Express is the national sponsor, and Marine Max Delivering the Boating Dream draws kudos as the local (i.e., Sarasota) sponsor. $50 in advance; $60 at the door. 6-10 p.m. Thurs., April 29. Philippi Estate Park, Sarasota (941-379-6333).
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 www.chocolateismycrayon.com).