Culinary Events

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

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE The Largo Rotary Club presents Death By Chocolate, an annual fundraiser to benefit local youth, featuring delicacies and desserts created by some of the area's top restaurants. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 7-9 p.m. Fri., Dec 3. The Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo (727-298-1263).

AS SEEN ON TV Chef MacInnes of Kitchen Underground will be teaching the same cooking techniques and information that the pros learn. Students will be required to bring their own tools or consult with the chef to purchase the proper ones. Every Sat., 2-4 p.m., beginning Dec. 4. $30 per class. Natures Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-873-7428).

HOLIDAY PIES FUNDRAISER Uhuru holiday pies are available to benefit the African People's Education & Defense Fund programs for social and economic justice. Made-from-scratch apple crumb, pumpkin and sweet potato pies will be available for pickup Dec. 23-24. Uhuru Furniture & Collectibles, 945 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-821-2437 or

TAMPA BAY CULINARY CLUB Join Chef/Owner Massimo Patano for a cooking demonstration and sampling. 1 p.m. Sat., Dec. 4. $10. Reservations required. Massimo's Restaurant, 31867 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor (727-789-2605).

FREE VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASSES Join Debby DeGraaff as she shows you how to prepare different vegetarian foods every week on Wed. (7-8 p.m.) and Thurs. (10-11 a.m.). Please call for additional information. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813-873-7428.)