Culinary Events

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

DYNAMIC DESSERTS Chef Debby DeGraaff discusses in her vegetarian cooking classes how to prepare sweets with fun and flair. Free. 7-8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 12; 10-11 a.m., Thu., Feb. 13. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428.

PROFUSION WINE DINNER Celebrate the Chinese New Year sipping Penfolds Winery products and sampling a fanciful menu, including seafood Szechwan hot and sour soup, sushi chef's delight, Chinese dumplings, braised lamb shank, and for dessert, warm Chocolate Profusion. $65 per person. 7:01 p.m., Wed., Feb. 12. Profusion Restaurant, 2223 N. West Shore Blvd., Tampa. 813-353-8400.

VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER Feast on appetizers like lobster bisque, sherry wild mushroom soup, cucumber wasabi shrimp remoulade, foie gras mousse; bistro, Caesar or arugula salad; and lamb, lobster, filet mignon, stuffed chicken, Chilean seabass or roast duck entrees. Entrees range from $19 to $31. 4-10 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14. Eric's New World Bistro and Teller's Cage Lounge, 1026 Florida Ave., Palm Harbor. 727-787-7734.

WHISTLE STOP DINNER Enjoy a special Val's Day dinner, complete with candlelight, photos at your table, and music by Rebekah Pulley. Appetizers include bruschetta, perfumed tomato dip, smoked fish spread, fancy fried green tomatoes; Caesar, four seasons and crackling calamari salads; your choice of angel hair pasta with crabmeat, grilled tuna steak with black bean salsa, grouper or catfish fillet; Santa Fe chicken or chopped sirloin steak with mushroom gravy; and for dessert, strawberry pie, red velvet cake, something chocolate and sweetheart sundae. 6-10 p.m., Fri. Feb 14. The Whistle Stop Grill & Udderly Cool Ice Cream, 915 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-726-1956.

B.T. VAL PALS DINNER On the menu for this Valentine's Day Dinner: royal city mini rolls or Coquilles St. Jacques de B.T.; lobster bisque or duck salad with steamed lotus stems; as entrees, jumbo prawns soaked in white truffle oil and grilled with Dubonnet sauce, stuffed Cornish hen or rack of lamb; wild berry Charlotte and chilled mango sauce for dessert. $60 per person. 5:30 p.m. Cafe B.T., 3324 Gandy Blvd. 813-831-9254.

PASTRY PASSION Join Pastry Chef Daniel Delort and Chef Gui for a hands-on, two-hour workshop focusing on basic techniques in making French pastry for beginners and advanced cooks. Two classes, 9 a.m. Sat. Feb. 15; and 1 p.m. Tue., Feb. 18. $25 per person. Ladyfingers Pastry Shop, 3347 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-789-8986.

FUN AT THE FRESH MARKET Chef Gui and other food enthusiasts take a walking tour of the Clearwater Fresh Market. The chef shares his professional knowledge, conducts a question-and-answer session, does mini demos, offers a food talk and tips and cool chef secrets. Free. 5:30 p.m., Tue., Feb. 18, Clearwater Fresh Market, U.S.19 and Enterprise.

QUICK BREADS Vegetarian Chef Debby DeGraaff shows in her cooking classes how to prepare simple, homemade breads the easy way. Free. 7-8 p.m., Wed., Feb. 19; 10-11 a.m., Thu., Feb. 20. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-873-7428.

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