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Friday, March 25: World of Wines South Tampa

'TGIF Wine Tasting', featuring fine wines from the Martha Clara, Kenneth Volk, Pindar and Peter Logan Vineyards along with taste-tempting hors d'oeuvres. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3431 South West Shore Blvd, Tampa. 813-835-9463, worldofwinesofsouthtampa.homestead.com

Friday, March 25: Vintage Wine Cellars

Join Vintage for a multimedia presentation of 4 wineries in Oregon's premier wine growing region.  Along with sipping on these wineries' creations, they will show video visits to viticultural vistas, interviews with winemaking mavericks, and pictures of prestigious Pinot Noir producers and their estates. Oregon cheeses will also be served. This event is limited to 35 people; please RSVP. $25; 7:15-9:30 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd, Tampa. 813-879-2931, VintageWineCellars.net

Saturday, March 26: The Mandarin Hide

This weekend in Downtown St. Pete, do something good for others and get a great excuse to drink beer on a Saturday morning. The Beer Breakfast group in St. Pete is holding their annual fundraiser event this Saturday at The Mandarin Hide to benefit the families of our fallen police officers through the Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities. Enjoy free food from local vendors including The St. Pete Bagel Company and Grande Central Grill, a cash bar and bid on special auction items. There's no cover and monetary donations will be accepted.10% of all cash bar sales will benefit the charity as well. For more information and to see the auction items, visit beerbreakfast.com, or email [email protected] 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mandarin Hide: 231 Central Ave, St. Pete, 727-231-4007, mandarinhide.com.

Saturday, March 26: The Fresh Market South Tampa

Fresh Flavors Cooking Demonstration: Local chefs will lead a free, step-by-step presentation of the following dishes: Cracker Crusted Pork with Ginger Wasabi Glaze with Risotto-Style Farro with Garden Vegetables. Free event; 1-4 p.m. 3722 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-875-7400, thefreshmarket.com.

Saturday, March 26: Pour House

Come help the Pour House celebrate their first birthday with special beers, live bands and giveaways all day. 1 p.m.-2 a.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #112, Tampa. 813-402-2923, pourhousetampa.com

Saturday, March 26: Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Join Cigar City Brewery and Whole Foods Market for craft beer and local music at the 2nd annual "Casks for a Cause" event to raise money for the Whole Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization that funds microlending programs in developing-world communities. "Casks for a Cause" will take place at the Tampa Bay Brewing Company in Ybor City, and the first 500 guests will receive a free pint glass. Taste delectable beer and support a worthy cause. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com for more info. $10 entry, $2 per 8 oz. pour; 2-6 p.m. Tampa Bay Brewing Company: 1600 East 8th Avenue, Ybor City.

Saturday, March 26: Taste Cafe

Join Tampa Wine Woman, Jodi Fritch, at Taste Cafe as she leads guests through a tasting journey of the "Big 6" red wines. Call to RSVP and get pricing. 2-4 p.m. 500 Main St., Safety Harbor. 727-723-1116, tastesafetyharbor.com

Sunday March 27: Jollimon's Grill

Jollimon's Grill in Dunedin is hosting the "Grillin' for the Garden" fundraiser to benefit the Dunedin Community Garden. Enjoy BBQ and beer specials, as well as live music, plant giveaways and a 50/50 raffle -- all proceeds going to the DCG. The mission of the Dunedin Community Garden is to enhance the quality of life and strengthen community bonds by creating and sustaining an organic garden that will foster environmental stewardship, horticultural education, and improved health (find them on Facebook). For more information, please call 727-902-1671. Free event; 3-7 p.m. 941 Huntley Ave, Dunedin. JolliMonsGrill.com.

Saturday, March 26: Cru Cellars

This special wine tasting event will donate a portion of each ticket and of the night's overall sales to the We Care For Paws Foundation shelter -- an organization who helps dogs and cats who are unable to be adopted. Participate in a blind taste test to win a bottle of wine. $30; 7-9 p.m. 2506 S. Macdill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-1117, crucellarstampa.com.

Saturday, March 26: Tosti's Spirits & Fine Wine

Having just returned from a week-long trek through the Penedés and Priorat wine regions of Cataluña, Cecelia Messina brings to you wines and foods of the region. Taste tantalizing cava, explosive Garnacha, enticing Cariñena and more all paired with local recipes learned while attending the Hofmann Culinary Arts School in Barcelona. Whites, reds, sparklers, Crianzas and Reservas from world-class Segura Viudas, Morlanda and Fra Guerau -- all in a line-up that will have you pining for the Pyrenees. $35; 7-9 p.m. 5125 34th Street S, St. Pete. 727-867-7772, ceceliaswines.com

Sunday, March 27: The Rex

This Sunday, The Rex will be holding a benefit night and auction for the the fallen St. Pete officers David Crawford, Jeffrey Yaslowitz, and Sgt. Thomas Baitinger. Food and drink will be for sale and donations will be greatly appreciated. Proceeds will benefit the Sun Coast Law Enforcement Charities. For more info, or to donate or volunteer for the event, email: [email protected] Free event; 5 p.m.-12 a.m. 2061 Central Ave, St. Pete. therexbar.com

Sunday, March 27: The Wine Toad

For this month's guest chef pairing dinner, The Wine Toad welcomes Mo from Taj Mahal Curry in New Port Richey. He'll have three Indian dishes each served with your choice of a specially selected beer or glass of wine for each course. Call for more information and to RSVP. $25; 7 p.m. 14251 Powell Rd, Spring Hill. 352-796-WINE

Monday, March 28: Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library

If you’re already a member of the Tampa Bay chapter of Slow Food International or would like to become one, the next meeting will be held at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library on Monday, March 28. The featured speaker at this month’s membership meeting is Cory Brennan, a certified permaculture designer, educator and writer, who will discuss how this method of farming benefits the environment through preservation of natural resources. The meeting is open to members and the public alike; there is no cost to attend. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library: 2902 S. Bearss Ave., Tampa. slowfoodtampabay.org

Wednesday, March 30: USF Tampa

Local Motive is a local, independent business fair taking place at the MLK Lawns at the USF Tampa Campus. Come out and see local independent restaurants, businesses, nonprofits and much more! Find a new interesting place to eat, fix your bike, or get involved in the Tampa culture. Put your money where your house is! Free food and music. This event will be broadcast on WMNF 88.5. Free event; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. USF Marshall Center and MLK Plaza: 4202 E. Fowler Ave, 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: St. Pete Brasserie

Happy hour prices, prixe fixe deals and $5 apps all night! 539 Central Ave, St. Pete. 727-823-3700, stpetebrasserie.com

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

Thursdays: Kon Tiki at The Tahitian Inn

$5 SKYY martinis and half-priced bottles of wine. 601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 800-876-1397, tahitianinn.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

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Wednesday, March 23: Cru Cellars

Come sample some excellent Oregon and Washington wines. Taste all five and enjoy a glass of your favorite on the house. Cheeses will be served as well. $15; 6-8 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave, Tampa. 813-831-1117, crucellarstampa.com

Wednesday, March 23: Whole Foods Market Tampa

The Mediterranean diet is a way of eating that has been scientifically proven to help fend off and control debilitating diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Dr. Richard Saitta M.D., who heads the local Florida company Mediterranean Meals, is a long time member of the American College of Nutrition and culinary expert. Join this class to learn to prepare delicious Mediterranean recipes and pick up healthy cooking techniques along the way. Class limited to 30 people; register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free; 6:30-8 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435, wholefoodsmarket.com

Thursday, March 24: Grand Kitchen & Bath Culinary Showroom

Chef Elizabeth Dougherty from Food Nation Radio Network™, will be back to perform a free cooking demonstration and tasting at the Grand Kitchen & Bath Culinary Showroom this Thursday. Guests will sample cuisine through the Easter menu including selected cocktail tastings, leg of lamb and a chocolate surprise. There will also be free giveaways and an Easter egg hunt. Free event; 5-7 p.m. 2600 4th St. St. Pete. 727-327-3007, grandkitchen.com

Thursday, March 24: Maggiano's Little Italy

Join Maggiano’s and Chateau St. Jean Wines for an exclusive wine dinner, including passed hors d’oeuvres, salad, pasta, surf and turf and a chocolate marshmallow torte with white chocolate cannoli; each course paired with a glass of Chateau St. Jean wine. Call to reserve your seat. $65; 6:30-9:30 p.m. 203 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. 813-288-0066, maggianos.com

Thursday, March 24: Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar

Join Wood Fired for their Cold Storage Brewery Night. Get some "dirt cheap brews", win prizes and jam out to local band Sunset Bridge. Free event; 7-10 p.m. 2822 E Bearss Ave, Tampa. 813-341-2900, wood-firedpizza.com

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