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Chef's dinners


Stone Chef owner/chef/hosts Anthony and Jennifer Sanschagrin come to your home and work their magic on a four-course wine dinner paired with wine for up to 10 people.


If you've ever swooned over the crabcakes and other down-home Florida delicacies at Gulfport's Backfin Blue Restaurant, this is your chance to learn the secrets of Chef Harold Russell. At your home or at the restaurant on a Tuesday night, the chef will hold a cooking class and prepare dinner and wine pairing for six people.


SideBern's Executive Chef Chad Johnson has been named Best Chef in CL's annual Best of the Bay issue for two years running. His ever-evolving, multi-course "degustation" (or tasting) menu is also a Best of the Bay winner, and with this item, four lucky diners will find out why. Wine pairings are included in the package; tax and gratuity are not.


Leave the cooking to them


The award-winning crew at The Refinery in Seminole Heights always comes up with a hotly contested auction item, and this year they've outdone themselves: Your own private Pig Jam for 14 guests with Chef Greg Baker and the music of The Urbane Cowboys. Chef Greg will BBQ a whole pig from Nature Delivered Farm, and you'll also get three chef-designed side dishes and three cases of Cigar City Beer. The Refinery will provide plates, utensils, napkins, and chafing dishes. The Urbane Cowboys will play two 1-hour sets.


Kick off an Ybor evening to remember with the finest pies and pints in town at New World Brewery. With this deal you get fiive pizzas and 10 pints and who knows, you just might want to stick around and listen to some of the area's finest live music, too.


Chef David Sunday opened his Ybor City deli only recently, but it's already a go-to spot for CL lunch-seekers, who have been known to salivate at the mere mention of the word "Sunday's." With this offer, you can take nine of your closest friends to Sunday's for lunch. We'll be waiting for your invitation.


A private Super Bowl party for 40 on February 3, 2013, at the Independent Bar and Cafe in Tampa. The Independent will provide a 15-gallon keg of craft beer, a big steaming pot of Cajun gumbo, and a bartender to serve you and your pals while they watch the game on the Indy's big screen. (The full draft lineup and bottle list will also be available for purchase.) Last year's party was a blast — so don't miss out on this cool opportunity to take over the Independent on Super Bowl Sunday.


Bites


The Melting Pot is the perfect dinner destination for date nights, anniversaries, birthdays and everything in between, and your $75 dip certificate will help you make some memories of your own. PLUS: As a gift to your partner or a treat for yourself, melt into a classic, one-hour, full-body massage from Tranquility Wellness Spa in Downtown St. Pete. AND: Take togetherness to a whole other level with his & hers haircuts from stylist extraordinaire Shellbe Cucuel at St. Pete's Charles Edwards Salon. AND THERE'S MORE: A treat that you can share (or not), a gift basket containing Reed's ginger candies and beverages from their line of sodas and sparkling fruit juices.


Use your $80 gift certificate however you like: sushi, tempura, teriyaki, volcano filet mignon the choices are endless at this top South Tampa culinary attraction. Plus there's a bonus with this item, particularly good for those who like a little zing in their foods a Reed's gift basket full of ginger candies, beverages and sparkling fruit juices.


Enjoy lunch for a full week in a Mediterranean atmosphere at Tampa's most unique, modern, urban setting complemented by excellent Spanish cuisine. Bonus: Even after the week is over, you'll have some goodies to enjoy: ginger candies, beverages and sparklng fruit juices in a Reed's Gift Basket.


The sandwich masters at Lucky Dill have come up with a monumentally tasty deal: You and the LD chef will create your signature sandwich, which will be featured on the menu and named after you. Then comes the even better part: You get that sandwich once a month for free for a year!

Looking to explore the sonic landscape of Tampa Bay's food scene? Take advantage of Creative Loafing's Holiday one-of-a-kind food items, bids are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 12. Proceeds benefit the Children's Home.

Dine with the CL Food Staff

Ever wonder how a restaurant critic goes about assessing what's on his plate? Find out first-hand when you and a friend accompany CL's Jon Palmer Claridge for a review meal at a restaurant to be announced.

CL Assistant Editor Arielle Stevenson oversees food coverage for the paper. For her column, "The Last Bite," she forages Tampa Bay to find little-known culinary enclaves and brings back tasty things to cook and share. If you win this auction item, you'll get to go along for the shopping, the cooking and, best of all, the tasting. (PS: You'll also get a prize at the end: a Reeds gift basket full of goodies like crystallized ginger candies and beverages from their line of sodas and sparkling fruit juices.)

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