Culinary Events

A listing of classes and events that bolster your cuisine expertise and offer tasty experiences.

HOSPICE BALL Dinner and dancing are on tap at The Hospice Ball, with this year's theme to be "An Evening With Gatsby." Proceeds benefit Hospice House Woodside and Hospice Villas Woodside. Tickets begin at $175. Silent auction begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 11, at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort, St. Petersburg. The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. 727-586-4432.

TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB Join club members for wine tasting and scrumptious hors d'oeuvres. Jim Sirna, wine expert and sommelier, discusses Old World Wine versus New World Wine. $10 per person. 1 p.m., Sat., Jan. 11. West Palm Wines, 2209 N. 22nd St. Reservations requested; call Jeanne at 727-789-2605.

SELBY WINE DINNER Special Guest Tweed Roosevelt recounts the dangerous expedition made by his great-grandfather, Theordore Roosevelt, though the Brazilian wilderness in 1914. Benefits Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota. $75 per person. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, 6 p.m.; dinner and presentation, 7 p.m. Tues., Jan. 14. Michael's On East, 1212 East Ave. S., Sarasota. 941-366-0007.

BABCOCK WINE DINNER Food and wine make a delightful pairing at a dinner featuring wines grown in Santa Barbara, Ca. On the menu is duck breast appointed with port sauce, fresh seafood soup minestrone, goat cheese citrus salad, roast rack of venison in a red wine reduction sauce, and for dessert, fresh fruit pizza. $70 per person. 7 p.m., Sat., Jan. 21, 717 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-250-1661.

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