Culinary Events

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASS Join Debbie DeGraaff to learn how to prepare vegetable sushi. Free. 10-11 a.m. Wed. and Thurs., June 16 and 17. ALSO, learn how to prepare texturized vegetable protein. Free. 10-11 a.m. Wed. and Thurs., June 23 and 24. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-873-7428).

MEET THE CHEF Borders will host a discussion and book signing with Chef Josefa Gonzalez-Hastings of The Habana Cafe on Tues., June 22, at Borders, 2020 Brandon Town Center Blvd., Brandon (813-661-5734) and noon-3 p.m. Sat., Aug. 2, at Borders, 2683 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater (727-723-2300). The Clearwater appearance includes a cooking demonstration and samples of the chef's specialties.

FREE COOKING CLASSES Learn heart-healthy cooking techniques, based on the book Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman. 11. a.m. Sat., June 26. Free. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-443-6703, ext. 240).

INTO THE ROOST Viva la Frida's hosts a "Returning to the Roost" show. 6 p.m. Thurs., July 1. Viva la Frida's Cafe y Galeria, 5901 N. Florida Ave., Tampa (813-231-9199).

CARIBBEAN CUISINE Chef Edyth James offers Caribbean cooking demonstrations, complete with dinner and specialty drinks. 6:30-8 p.m. the second Mon. of each month. $25 per person. Saffron's Caribbean, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg (727-343-5410 or www.saffrons cuisine.com).

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).

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