Culinary Events

Classes and events that bolster your cuisine expertise and offer tasty experiences.

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES Debby DeGraaff teaches free weekly classes in vegetarian cooking. This week, students learn how to prepare sea vegetable Arame (10-11 a.m. Thurs., July 21) and summer sweet potatoes (7-8 p.m. Wed., July 27). Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-873-7428).

CULINARY EVENT AND BOOK SIGNING Haslam's hosts this event with Joyce LaFray, author of Cuba Cocina: The Tantalizing World of Cuban Cooking and Big Guide to Florida Restaurants. A sampling of recipes from both books will be served. 2-4 p.m. Sat., July 23. Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-822-8616).

DELICIOUS HEART HEALTHY BREAKFAST Lee and Marvin Silverstein present this free class on how to make a heart-healthy breakfast and lunch with raw grains and fruits, skim or almond milk and hummus served on romaine lettuce. Free. 11 a.m. Sat., July 23. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-345-6400).

LET THEM EAT CAKE DESSERT CLASSES This week students learn the secrets of making European tarts (11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., July 23) and wedding cakes (10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., July 24). $100 per person. Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-837-6888).

KIDS CAMP Saffron's Restaurant offers a fun cooking class with Chef Edyth James and an etiquette class with Tarsha Ahmand, for ages 6-12. Please call 727-394-9424 for details. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon., July 25. Saffron's Restaurant, 1700 Park St. N., St. Petersburg (727-345-6400 or [email protected]).

TAMPA BAY VEGETARIANS JULY DINNER The Edo Japanese Restaurant hosts this month's Tampa Bay Vegetarian Dinner. Attendees sit at teppanyaki tables where the chef prepares mostly vegan-friendly dishes, such as vegetable sushi, miso soup, ginger salad, vegetable fried rice, sesame seed noodles and teppanyaki vegetables. Also featured is guest speaker and registered nurse Lee Silverstein, who speaks on the topic "Eat to Live." $13 general/$11 members. Reservations are required; call 727-461-2626 or 813-269-466 by noon on Sat., July 23. 7 p.m. Tues., July 26. Edo Japanese Restaurant, 4500 66th St. N., St. Petersburg (727-549-8106).

WORLD BEER DINNER Café Alma and Ommegang Brewery team up to present a four-course world beer dinner. Pairings include lobster with Witte Ale, stuffed shrimp with Rare Vos Amber Ale and chocolate espresso mousse with Three Philosophers Quadrupel. $55 per person, excluding gratuity. 7 p.m. Wed., July 27. Café Alma, 261 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg (727-502-5002 or www.cafealma.com).

COFFEE & ART SERIES Join curators and art experts for personal tours and listen to interesting anecdotes about the Tampa Museum of Art, all while enjoying coffee and gourmet breakfast pastries. $10. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. 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 you in Italy's language, foods, culture and customs. $185. 6-7 p.m. Thursdays. Reservations required. Several other classes are also available. Bellagio Ristorante, 10 Beach Drive, downtown St. Petersburg (727 866-6892 or www.learnitalian.us).

APRON'S COOKING CLASSES Classes at Apron's require reservations and are located at the Citrus Park Publix Shoppes, 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 FARMER'S 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 p.m. 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]).

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

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