Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Wednesday, September 30: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Flavors of Galo. The wave of French immigrants to Mexico in the 1950s resulted in a uniquely delicious strand of cuisine created by these Galo-Mexicans, who fused French culinary techniques with Mexican flavors. Tonight’s menu includes: pan-seared lime shrimp with El Rancho ratatouille; roasted corn and poblano bisque; Frenched chicken breast with cilantro pistou and tamarind pepita cream sauce; and ancho chile truffles and candied jalapenos. $40. 6:30 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


Thursday, October 1: SideBern’s


Grill and Chill. It’s not your run-of-the-mill cookout, that’s for sure. Chef Chad Johnson cooks up fancified versions of the perfect football fodder for anyone who knows that tailgating doesn’t have to mean PBR and Oscar Meyer weiners (though that has its place in our hearts, too). The  menue includes: wild boar ribs with pomegranate sauce; grilled quail with a smoked tomato glaze; buffalo brisket with molasses barbecue sauce; wild mushroom bread pudding with seasonal herbs; charred brussels sprouts with green apple and bacon; and top it all off with fried pumpkin pie with spice caramel — even Grandma doesn’t make ‘em this tasty. Wash down all the good grub with a selection of autumn-friendly brews like Gingerbread Ale, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Sprecher Oktoberfest and Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout. Visit bernsfinewines.com to RSVP. $45. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2208 W. Morrison Ave., Tampa (813-258-2233)


Thursday, October 1: Vino 100


Mindful Meals. Personal chef Emily Golden creates flavorful, healthful organic meals, which you can sample in tandem with tonight's carefully paired selection of wines. The tasting includes: rosemary mushroom ragout over rustic toasts; smoky roasted gazpacho; roasted garlic and red pepper hummus with crudite; and a surprise dessert. Free. 5-8 p.m., 5056 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-522-8466)


Thursday, October 1 - Sunday, October 4: Dunedin Brewery


OktoBEERfest. If local craft brew floats your sudsy boat, then this ninth annual event is your cup of tea. Or, well, beer. The line-up of events this weekend include the brewery's Liter Release and Appreciation night on Thursday, and a huge party on Friday and Saturday that spills out onto the streets from Dunedin's tasting room. "Notoriously German food" and live music accompany the constantly flowing beers. Visit dunedinbrewery.com for more info. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin (727-736-0606)


Friday, October 2: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Caymus Vineyards Crush Hour. Experience the wine of the Wagner family led by conoisseur of the cork, Ed Murray. The wine list includes: 2007 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon; Mer Soleil Chardonnay; Silver Unoaked Chardonnay; Conundrum; and three Belle Glos single vineyard Pinot Noirs, all expertly paired with five selections from Bern's Cave du Fromage. $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Friday, October 2: Mazzaro's Italian Market


Weekly Tasting: Tour of Italy. Sample vino from six Italian regions, all crafted from indigenous grapes. Free. 1-5 p.m., 2209 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-312-2400)


Friday, October 2: Uncorked Fine Wine and Spirits


Dessert Month Wine Tasting. It's true: October is National Dessert Month. God Bless America. Chocolate cake, fresh fruits, more chocolate cake, cookies and, um, more chocolate cake accompany a variety of specially-selected wines. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 Fourth Street N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Friday, October 2 – Saturday, October 3: The German American Society


Oktoberfest. The German American Society kicks off the official start of the Oktoberfest season — last year’s authentic extravaganza was even featured on An Ale of a Tale on PBS. If you want a cosmo or pina colada, don’t bother — tonight’s suds fest is not for the faint of heart. But if you’re in the mood for hearty German food, drink and dance, you’re in the right place. Alpen Diamanten, Cathy’s Lorelei, and the Bee-Sharps provide foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’ music to set the mood. Visit germanamericansociety-stpetersburg.com for more info. $6, free for children under 12. 5 p.m., 8098 66th St. N., Pinellas Park (727-369-0769)


Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4: International Beer Garden


Oktoberfest Celebration. Try rare beers from Germany paired with authentic cuisine (the lederhosen and dirndles are optional). The rest of the beer-loving world is represented, too, with a wide variety of bottled and on-tap international suds. Live music and a Das Boot drinking contest round out the fun -- so be prepared to add a six-pack to that beer belly. $5 cover. 16540 Pointe Village Dr., Lutz (813-749-0884)


Saturday, October 3: The Florida Aquarium


Brews By the Bay. Do you like the crisp and simple taste of American and international macro-brews, sampled in refined comfort while sharks and rays look on in jealous hunger? Head to this CL-sponsored event where, along with the full repertoire of Anheuser-Busch, you'll be able to sample beers from Magic Hat, Boddington's, Stella Artois and many others, all while noshing food from restaurants like Datz Deli. Smoke, and more. $50 in advance, $60 at the door. 8 p.m.-12 a.m., 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa (813-273-4000)


Saturday, October 3: Mazzaro's Italian Market


Saturday Sample: North America v. South America. The neighbors compete for best in show with Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Chile, Argentina and California. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 2209 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg (727-312-2400)


Saturday, October 3: Nature's Food Patch


Cooking Class. Chef Debby Degraaff extols the vitamin-rich virtues of portabello mushrooms, and prepares a cap-inspired menu of roasted portobellos marinated in balsamic vinaigrette with fresh Rosemary; portobello pizza; and sherried portobellos. Free. 11 a.m., 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-443-6703)


Monday, October 5: Uncorked Fine Wine and Spirits


Uncorked Wine Academy. Hit the books (and the bottle!) at this wine-centric course that covers pairing food and wine; tasting techniques; grape varietals; how wine makes it from the vineyard to the glass;  and how to distinguish the flavors that make your tastebuds tingle. Reservations required. $50. 7-9 p.m., 2706 Fourth Street N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Wednesday, October 7: 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 stuffed peppers with merguez sausage, caramelized onion and parmesan cheese . $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Thursday, October 8: West Palm Wines / Beaune's Wine Bar


Manincor Wine Dinner. Cultivated with a combination of Italian and German influences, a collection of wines from Northern Italy's Manincor region (including Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Cabernet, Merlot and more) are paired with traditional cuisine like duck with porcini mushrooms on endive; tirolese canederli, a Trentino soup made with speck dumplings in broth; roast pork with blueberry sauce and polenta; and cheese and chocolate trays. $50 in advance. 6:30 p.m., N. 22nd St., Tampa (813-241-8587)


Thursday, October 8: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


The Shoestring Gourmet. Learn creative cooking methods for making gourmet worthy, family-pleasing dinners that won't drain the piggy bank of its last penny. The menu includes: grilled bruschetta with rosemary, white bean purée and heirloom tomatoes; chicken roasted with 40 cloves of garlic; pecan crusted skirt steak; baby yukon potato salad with shallots, chives, bacon and lemon vinaigrette; and bittersweet chocolate tart with salted caramelized pistachios. $35, 6:30 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


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)


Monday, October 12: Uncorked Fine Wine and Spirits


Uncorked Wine Academy. Hit the books (and the bottle!) at this wine-centric course that covers pairing food and wine; tasting techniques; grape varietals; how wine makes it from the vineyard to the glass;  and how to distinguish the flavors that make your tastebuds tingle. Reservations required. $50. 7-9 p.m., 2706 Fourth Street N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Wednesday, October 14: 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 cassolette with pork belly, lamb, white beans and an herb crust . $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Thursday, October 15: Sidebern’s


Autumn Celebration. Executive chef Chad Johnson flaunts the flavors of fall at this seasonal wine tasting and feast, and Wine Director Kevin Pelley selects the perfect accopmaniment to each course. Traditional autumn tastes are complemented by unexpected flavors, and the menu includes: roasted monkfish with salsify, green apple, lovage and powdered dijon; pheasant with savoy cabbage, foie gras and potato cream; matsutake mushroom with jamon iberico, maple and smoldering spices; autumn squash with pork cheek, porcini and blis elixer; elk striploin with aged gouda, smoked parsnip, brussels sprouts and horseradish; and pear clafouti flavored with almond, cranberry and sage. $125. 2208 S. Morrison Ave., Tampa (813-258-2233)


Saturday, October 18: Gateway Organic Farm


Gateway Organic Farm Dinner. Some of the Bay Area’s most well-known chefs — Tyson Grant of Parkshore Grill in St. Pete, Matt Tracy from the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, and Chris Knowles from Sea Sea Riders, to name a few — create a six-course charity dinner with food taken straight from the Clearwater farm and from other local producers. The chefs prepare and serve fresh organic vegetables, along with local and organic meat, fish, and wines in the Gateway Organic Farm garden. The chefs request that all attendees “Please bring your favorite dinner plate to add to the conversation as you dine with local farmers, artisan, and chefs.” A pre-dinner reception includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and a farm tour. Proceeds from the event benefit Edu-kitchen, which teaches families the benefits of community sustainable agriculture. Vegetarian dishes available — please ask. $150 per person or $250 per couple. 4 p.m., 6000 150th Ave. N., Clearwater, (727-244-0724)


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)

Tuesday, September 29: Datz Deli

From Tree to Bottle: The Flavors of Olive Oil. It's not just for frying — olive oil has a flavor all its own, and this course covers the essentials. What elements should be present for dipping? baking? sauteing? Chefs on the Loose guide the class through an oil tasting, followed by a menu of dishes inspired by the golden stuff, like a tomato ciabatta stack with arugula, mozarella and spicy olive oil; goat cheese laced with floral olive oil; red snapper tepanade with potatoes mashed with olive oil and lavender; flank steak marinated with olive oil, balsamic syrup and garlic aioli; and olive oil cake with strawberry, olive oil gelato. $55. 6:30 p.m., 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-831-7000)

Tuesday, September 29: blu figs

Beer Gourmand Dinner. Tis the season to drink hearty (it's Oktoberfest, after all), and this tasting allows you to do just that. Executive Chef Alex Knezevic shares the secrets behind tonight's pairings, which begins with brie on baguette with peppered honey and citrus caviar paired with Amadeus Biere Blanc; followed by grilled triple tail sea bass with salsa verde and mustard gnocchi paired with Drop Top Amber Ale; seared tenderloin filet with carrots, roi trompette champignons arugula pistou, and blue cheese bubbles paired with Fire Rock Pale Ale; and chocolate souffle and raspberry sorbet paired with Black Wattle Seed Ale. $60. 7 p.m., 15463 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Northdale (813-963-3447)

Tuesday, September 29: The NoHo Bistro

Tapas and Tastings. This benefit for the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital includes a deliciously decadent array of cuisine, accompanied by a variety of wine and beer selections. $25. 6-9 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)

Wednesday, September 30: A Taste for Wine

Fall Festival Tasting. Start the new season off right — there's no reason not to get a little toasty, even if it's still pretty toasty outside. Tonight's selections include: a German Riesling; an Oregon Pinot Noir from Henry Estate; a French Chardonnay; Heidsieck Monopole Rose Champagne; and 2004 Arrowood Cabernet. $15. 6:30 p.m., 241 Central Ave., St. Petersburg (727-895-1623)

Wednesday, September 30: 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 spaghetti carbonara with pancetta, zucchini and soft egg. $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

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