VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES Join Debby DeGraaff to learn how to prepare Awesome Asparagus. 7-8 p.m. Free. Wed. & Thurs., April 28-29. 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. $50 in advance; $60 at the door. 6-10 p.m. Thurs., April 29. Philippi Estate Park, Sarasota (941-379-6333).
EAT ITALIAN, LEARN ITALIAN The chefs at Castellano & Pizzo and Professore Roberto combine for five nights of Italian food and language. Classes meet 6-7 p.m. Tues., May 25-June 22. Cost of $175 per person for five-week session includes a three-course meal at each class. Castellano & Pizzo Italian Gourmet Foods, 4200 S. Henderson Blvd., Tampa. ALSO: EAT ITALIAN, DRINK ITALIAN Combination of learning Beginners Conversational Italian and sampling Italian wines. 6-7 p.m. Thurs., May 13-June 8. $175 includes all class materials and sampling of Italian wines at every class. Gianpiero's Pick of the Vine, 2506 S. MacDill, Tampa. For more information about both classes, call 727-866-6892 or visit www.learnitalian.us.
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).Got an upcoming or ongoing food event? E-mail time, date, location, cost and details to [email protected].