Tampa Bay food and drink events

Thursday, January 27: The Columbia Restaurant

The Columbia Restaurant is hosting a five-course winemaker dinner featuring the wines of Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) of Rioja, Spain with special guest of honor: Jesús Madrazo, Fifth Generation family member of CVNE. Wines paired by Richard Gonzmart, fourth generation family member of The Columbia, and Chef Geraldo Bayona. $100 (all-inclusive), 7-10 p.m. 2117 E. 7th Ave, Ybor City, Tampa. 813-248-4961, columbiarestaurant.com

Friday, January 28: Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach

Join in on Corey Avenue's "Last Friday" wine tasting and scavenger hunt. Participating merchants offering refreshments, wine, prizes and more. Join the Pirate Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a $50 Corey shopping certificate (costumes optional). Free event, 5-8 p.m. 300 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. 727-498-8778, coreyave.com

Friday, January 28: Sono Cafe Terrace at the Tampa Museum of Art

"20 and 25": Join Sono Cafe and Mise en place for "Cocktails for a Cause" to raise money for the Taste of the NFL's hunger relief efforts. Celebrating 20 years of Taste of the NFL and 25 years of Mise en Place. Wine, beer and cocktails served, plus anniversary specials and complimentary light appetizers from Chef Marty Blitz. Free event; 5-7 p.m. 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. 813-254-5373.

Friday, January 28: Cru Cellars

Attend this weekly tasting at Cru where you'll get to try five different wines accompanied by an assortment of cheeses, then get a whole glass of your favorite. $15, 6-8 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-1117; crucellarstampa.com

Friday, January 28: World of Wines of South Tampa

To celebrate Gasparilla Eve, World of Wines will be offering samples from Govone, Val D'oca and Delle Venezie Wineries of Italy and the Hop Kiln Vineyard in California. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3431 South West Shore Blvd, Tampa. 813-835-9463.

Friday, January 28: Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits

Spanish Crush Hour: This week, Bern's will be welcoming Bodegas Numanthia’s Winemaker Manuel Lezado and tasting all three Numanthia wines: Termes (91 Points), Numanthia (94 Points) & Termanthia (97 Points). Additional wines served will be from Marques de Grignon, one of Spain’s premier wineries. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-250-9463, bernsfinewines.com

Friday, January 28: Vintage Wine Cellars

Vintage is doing something a little different this week: a craft beer tasting! Sample four American IPAs, 4 winter and seasonal ales, and 4 Belgian brews. Complimentary beer fare munchies and cheeses served. (Stone Ruination IPA, Smuttynose IPA, Ballast Point Victory at Sea Porter, Cigar City Jose Marti Black IPA, Clipper City Loose Cannon IPA, Peak Organic Winter Sason Ale, Saxo by Caracole Belgian Wheat, Piraat Belgian Strong Ale and others) RSVP suggested. $10, 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-879-2931, vintagewinecellars.net

Saturday, January 29: The Fresh Market South Tampa

Learn how to prepare Smokey Shrimp and Sweet Potato Chowder from the chefs at your local Fresh Market's. Free event;  1-4 p.m. 3722 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-7400, thefreshmarket.com

Saturday, January 29: Publix Apron's Cooking School

Learn how to prepare some delightful dishes, paired with Oregon wines, from the Pacific Northwest in this watch, eat and sip demo at Apron's. Register here. $45, 6:30 p.m. 7835 Gunn Hwy, Tampa. 813-926-4465, publix.com/aprons/schools/Tampa

Sunday, January 30: Slow Food Meeting at St. Pete Main Branch Library

Join the Tampa Bay chapter of Slow Food USA this Sunday, January 30, to discuss projects and goals for the coming year. Meet the board members, exchange ideas, find out about what's going on with the group in 2011 and meet some new foodie friends. The meeting is free and, if you decide to join, it's only a $25 tax deductible donation for a yearly membership; same for current members wishing to renew. Free event; 3-5:45 p.m. St. Petersburg Public Library, Main branch auditorium: 3745 9th Avenue North in St. Pete. slowfoodtampabay.org

Monday, January 31: Bernini Restaurant

This is an informational meeting to finalize the local chapter of the US Bartenders Guild's application to USBG National and discuss the events planned for 2011. If you're interested in the art of mixology, this may be right up your alley. Free event, 3-6 p.m. 1702 East 7th Ave., Ybor City, Tampa.

Tuesday, February 1: Shor American Seafood Grill

This Italian-inspired dinner will pair Zonin wines with a seven-course meal by Shor's chefs Brad and Richard. The event will also feature entertaining and informative speakers, plus a live auction of rare Zonin 3L wines and Hyatt Chef Wine Dinner. Proceeds benefit Abilities' job placement services for disabled veterans returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. RSVP required. $100 (all-inclusive), 6:30-10:30 p.m. 301 S. Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater. 727 373-1234, clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com

Thursday, February 3: Whole Foods Market

Blind tasting: Put your palate to the test and taste six wines from around the world without knowing what you're drinking. Points will be awarded for discerning the correct varietal and region, etc. Grand prize: a 3-liter bottle of Yangarra Shiraz! RSVP required. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot. Free event, 6:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/tampa

Weekdays: Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar

Monday- College Night: 2-4-1 happy hour with college or faculty ID, 5 p.m.- close; Tuesday- Half-priced wine bottles, 5 p.m.- close; Wednesday- 2-4-1 glasses of wine. 5p.m.- close; Thursday-  $12 unlimited drafts, 8-10 p.m. 2822 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa. 813-341-2900, wood-firedpizza.com

Mondays: Peabody's

Penny pitchers! Buy one pitcher get the second for a penny, including well liquor pitchers and select draft beers. 15333 Amberly Dr., Tampa. 813-972-1725, peabodysbilliards.com

Tuesdays: Cafe Alma

Who needs a Friday or Saturday date night? Get out on a Tuesday to indulge half-priced bottles of wine and tapas all evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Being frugal never tasted so good. 260 1st Avenue S., St. Pete. 727-502-5002

Tuesdays: Beak's Old Florida

Get 25% off Palm Plate entrees of steaks, pork and choice seafood dishes for "T-Bone Tuesdays" at Beak's (dine in only). 2451 Central Ave., St. Pete. 727-321-9100

Tuesdays: MacDinton's

Specials from 7-close, including: $2 Sam Adams Seasonal drafts, $2.50 Smirnoff vodkas, and $4 Smirnoff shots, and $3 build-your-own-burger. And free karaoke makes this night even better. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. 405 South Howard Ave, Tampa. 813-251-8999; macdintons.com

Wednesdays: World of Beer (all locations)

Half-off select drafts and, if you kill one of the kegs, you'll be the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to spend on even more beer at WOB. Open-close. www.wobusa.com

Fridays: Taps Wine and Beer Eatery

Ladies receive $4 martinis from 5-10 p.m. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-463-1968, www.tapswineandbeer.com

Tampa Bay Fresh Markets: Click here to see a list of weekly markets in Tampa Bay.

Wednesday, January 26: Pollo Tropical

The Latin-inspired fast food chain Pollo Tropical is getting in the spirit of this month dedicated to soup by offering their Caribbean Chicken or Split Pea Soup for only $1 on National Soup Day, January 26th. There is one catch to get this deal, though: To get the discount you have say “Happy Soup Day” to the cashier! (And no other purchase is necessary.) All day; 3134 Tampa Road, Oldsmar, 727-230-0002; 3900 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, 727-362-9600; 3285 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-319-1850; 6276 W. Waters Ave., Tampa, 813-319-6360. pollotropical.com

Wednesday, January 26: Whole Foods Market

Buying Organic on a Budget: If your budget is a little tighter after the holiday season, that doesn’t mean you have to give up healthy, nutrient-rich, and organic foods!  Let Curtis Whitwam, Healthy Eating Specialist, show you cost effective ways to shop smarter while still eating healthier. Please register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free event; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435; wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/tampa

Wednesday, January 26: Vintage Wine Cellars

A special event with founder and winemaker Anthony Bell of Bell Wine Cellars, a true wine aficionado with over 15 years experience with Napa's prestigious Beaulieu Vineyards winery. Taste 4 of his commercial successes along with 4 special Cabernet Sauvignon single vineyard clones that he is bringing from the winery. Reservations are mandatory and can only be made by telephone. $20; 7-9:15 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-879-2931, vintagewinecellars.net

Wednesday, January 26: Pour House

It's 'Keep the Pint Night'! This week, they're featuring Harpoon Brewery and will have Oak Aged Dunkle, UFO Hefe, IPA and Cider on tap. Get one while they last! Free event, 7:30 p.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #112, Tampa. 813-402-2923, pourhousetampa.com

Thursday, January 27: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - St. Pete

Another installment of ABC's tastings which feature over 50 wine selections from around the globe. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 off any purchase the night of the event. $10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3535 4th Street N., St. Pete.

Thursday, January 27: Downtown Tampa and Ybor

Ride along on the Urban Restaurant Bike Tour, which will begin at SONO Cafe, then head to the Columbia Café at the Tampa Bay History Center, The Bricks, Pizza Fusion and Fly Bar & Restaurant. Enjoy the ultimate urban dining experience with 5 hours of mouth-watering menu items from 5 different restaurants in and around Downtown. Guests also receive a raffle ticket to win prizes at the last stop. The event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bicycle) and there will be a  designated attendant to watch over the group's bicycles. For more information and to RSVP, call City Bike Tampa at 813-225-1777, visit the event website or email: [email protected]. $5, $10 at event; 5:30-10:30 p.m. SONO Cafe: 120 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. 813-274-8130.

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