Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Thursday, September 10: The Palm


Herradura Tequila Dinner. An ambassador from the blue agave tequila house hosts this four-course dinner and tasting tutorial. Learn to properly sip and pair the variety of agave expressions (Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Extra Añejo), as well as the history of Herradura and insights on the rising popularity of tequila over the years. Reserve seats in advance by contacting [email protected] $98. 6:30 p.m., 205 Westshore Plaza, Tampa (813-849-0697)


Thursday, September 10: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Nick Stellino. The celeb chef -- of Oprah Winfrey Show and Good Morning America fame --  leads the class. The menu includes: spinach salad with feta cheese and seedless grapes; pasta with cherry tomatoes, basil, and shrimp; pork chops with nancibella sauce; and pears in red wine sauce. $50. 6:30 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


Thursday, September 10: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Teach and Taste Wine. Wine guide Charles Visalli leads this series of workshops on wine etiquette, how to sample wine when dining out, wine varietals, the art of pairing food with wine and more. This week’s focus is aromas and bouquets of wine, and how to identify the ingredients that make your favorite vino so delish. E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. $25, $20 for CCC members. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-269-1310)


Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12: The Toasted Pheasant


Toasted Pheasant Gone Wild. Tonight, you won’t find chicken and steak on the menu, but an exotic array of game, including quail, elk, buffalo, rabbit, alligator and more (no word yet on the wild salamander). 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-265-6700)


Friday, September 11: Mazzarro’s Italian Market


Weekly Wine Tastings. This week, it’s a Napa vs. Sonoma showdown with a selection of Chardonnays, Cabernets and Zinfandels. Free. 1-5 p.m., 2209 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-321-2400)


Friday, September 11: Vintage Wine Cellars


Guess That Grape. This mystery wine tasting features ten different reds and whites from around the world -- can you tell the difference between a Cabernet and a Chiati? $10. 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931)


Saturday, September 12: Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Ferguson Hall


IMAGINE. This food and wine tasting is accompanied by a 70s-themed performance by the vivacious and talented TBPAC cabaret singers, with proceeds to benefit Parkinson's Disease and movement disorders research. Visit movementdisorders.health.usf.edu or tbpac.org for more info.  $75 general, $125 VIP. 6:30 p.m., 1010 N. MacInnes Place, Tampa (813-229-7827)


Saturday, September 12: Park Square Cellar


Grand Reopening. Seems like the only resurrections lately are of bad TV shows, but tonight you can sample more than 100 wines -- gratis -- in celebration of Park Square's resurrection from the land of closed businesses. There'll also be food, music and and array of entertainment to kick off the new start. Free. 1-4 p.m., 16132 Churchview Dr., Lithia (813-689-4560)


Saturday, September 12: Mazzarro’s Italian Market


Sample a selection of Malbecs, Sauvignon Blancs and Nero d’Avola from Argentina and Italy. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.., 2209 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-321-2400)


Monday, September 14: Datz Deli


Merchant du Vin Beer Dinner. It may be football season, but you'll find nary a Bud Light at this dinner,which is sure to please anyone with a taste for a refined, refreshing brew. Datz forgoes their deli-ghtful sammies for some fancier fare. The menu includes: Sonoma jack fritters paired with Ayinger Brau Weisse; Cajun shrimp brochettes on sourdough paired with Orval Trappist Ale; roasted Cornish game hen with pomme poached apples paired with Samuel Smith Nut Brown; smoked and braised short ribs with five-onion cavalo nero and creamy polenta, paired with Ayinger Celebrator; and a dessert duet paired with Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout and Lindemans Framboise. $45. 6 p.m., 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-7000)


Monday, September 14: The Toasted Pheasant


Cooking Class: Patty Cake, Patty Cake, Bake Some Bread. And get a little toasty with a free glass of wine with your dinner while the chefs teach you how to make semolina bread rolls, cinnamon raisin bread and lick-your-fingers-good cinnamon rolls. $27. 6:30 p.m., 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-265-6700)


Monday, September 14: Put a Cork In It


Meet the Sommelier. Learn about the wide world of wine from a certified expert at this tasting event. Learn what you like (and why you like it) and how to properly imbibe your vino of choice. $15. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 28347 Paseo Dr., Wesley Chapel (813-973-8338)


Wednesday, September 16: Whole Foods


Cheese Class. Erik Woody leads this tasting of French cheeses. Contact [email protected] to register. Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9724)


Wednesday, September 16: The NoHo Bistro


A Palette for Your Palate. The bistro’s ingenious culinary team pairs five tapas tastings with a new wine each week. Today, enjoy a Pint Grigio palette. $15. 5-8 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)


Thursday, September 17: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Seafood Around the World. Learn techniques and accompanying flavors to bring out the best in your seafood. The menu includes: shrimp creole; lobster risotto; truite aux amandes (trout with almonds); steamed Prince Edward Island mussels with parmesan crostini; and seafood trio in treasure chest. $50. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


Friday, September 18: Mazzarro’s Italian Market


Weekly Wine Tastings. This week, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from California and Bordeaux. Free. 1-5 p.m., 2209 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-321-2400)


Saturday, September 19: The Tampa Theatre


The Grapefather. Pay your respects and “kiss the ring of the grapefather” at this eight annual movie-themed wine tasting (Can you guess what this year’s theme is?) Local restuarants — including Bern’s and Sidebern’s, Bin 27, Chez Bryce, NoHo Bistro, The Rack and more — provide haute cuisine, and a silent auction rounds out the evening’s offerings. Visit thegrapefather.org for more info. $50 and up. 711 N. Franklin St., Tampa (813-274-8981)


Saturday, September 19: Mazzarro’s Italian Market


Sample a selection of Italian wines and an array of appetizing international varietals. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m.., 2209 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-321-2400)


Tuesday, September 22: The NoHo Bistro


Harvest Wine Dinner. Underdog Wines are paired with each of the meal’s five courses, which include crudites and red pepper aioli, seared scallops with cauliflower puree, a green salad with sweet potato crisps, a duet of veal or a vegetarian option of polenta and wild mushrooom torta, and cardamom-buttermilk pie. Call in advance for reseravtions.  $45. 6:30-9 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)


Thursday, September 24: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Teach and Taste Wine. Wine guide Charles Visalli leads this series of workshops on wine etiquette, how to sample wine when dining out, wine varietals, the art of pairing food with wine and more. This week’s focus is "discovering champagne and sparkling wine." E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. $25, $20 for CCC members. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-269-1310)


Thursday, September 24: The Toasted Pheasant


Virginia Wine Dinner. Try New World wines paired with each of the evening's four courses, which include: chicken and porcini mushroom soup, mixed field greens salad, lamb chops grille and dark chocolate mousse. $45. 7 p.m., 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-265-6700)


Thursday, October 8: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Teach and Taste Wine. Wine guide Charles Visalli leads this series of workshops on wine etiquette, how to sample wine when dining out, wine varietals, the art of pairing food with wine and more. This week’s focus is "traveling aroud the wine globe." E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. $25, $20 for CCC members. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-269-1310)


Thursday, October 22: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Teach and Taste Wine. Wine guide Charles Visalli leads this series of workshops on wine etiquette, how to sample wine when dining out, wine varietals, the art of pairing food with wine and more. This week’s focus is "the art of blind tasting." E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. $25, $20 for CCC members. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-269-1310)


Thursday, November 5: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Teach and Taste Wine. Wine guide Charles Visalli leads this series of workshops on wine etiquette, how to sample wine when dining out, wine varietals, the art of pairing food with wine and more. This week’s focus is "food, cheese and dessert wine pairings." E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. $25, $20 for CCC members. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-269-1310)


Thursday, November 19: Carrollwood Cultural Center


Teach and Taste Wine. Wine guide Charles Visalli leads this series of workshops on wine etiquette, how to sample wine when dining out, wine varietals, the art of pairing food with wine and more. This week’s focus is "elements of terroir on wines." E-mail [email protected] to reserve a spot. $25, $20 for CCC members. 6-7:30 p.m., 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa (813-269-1310)

Wednesday, September 9: The NoHo Bistro

A Palette for Your Palate. The bistro’s ingenious culinary team pairs five tapas tastings with a new wine each week. Today, Zin masters rejoice: it’s the Zinfandel palette. $15. 5-8 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)

Wednesday, September 9: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Seafood on the Grill. It’s a tricky test of skill, but the chefs at Publix demonstrate how to create juicy, succulent grilled seafod selections. The menu includes: chipotle shrimp and pineapple kabobs; grilled-chilled seafood and white bean salad; grilled oysters with fennel butter; citrus swordfish with citrus salsa; and split grilled lobster tails with herb butter. $50. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

Wednesday, September 9: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits

Potluck Wednesday. Beat the mid-week dinner blahs by stopping in for SideBern’s gourmet take-away — and enjoy a complimentary mini-wine tasting while you wait. This week’s one-stop wonder is paprika linguine with littleneck clams, green olives and a roasted garlic broth. $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

Wednesday, September 9: Rigatoni Tuscan Oven

Wild Tuscan Wednesdays. Indulge in select pricing on high-end items like Alaskan snow crab and oysters, along with beer and pasta specials. $17-$22. 5-10 p.m., 3437 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa (813-879-7000)

Thursday, September 10: Roy’s

Roy’s Wine Dinner. Five courses delectable courses are paired with complementary wines to bring out the best and brightest flavors in each. The Pacific Rim-inspired menu includes: sous vide black tiger prawn, jumbo lump crab and shiso gnocchi, filet mignon carpaccio, braised lamb osso buco and macadamia nut cake. $65. 6:30 p.m., 4342 W. Boyscout Blvd., Tampa (813-873-7697)

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