Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday, December 10: The Fresh Market

Get tips on creating the perfect holiday meal from the experts at The Fresh Market. Their chefs will lead a free, step-by-step presentation and give tips and tricks on whipping up fab holiday fare. Free; 4-7 p.m. 25961 U.S. Hwy 19, Clearwater; thefreshmarket.com

Friday, December 10: World of Wines South Tampa

Sample wines from Grayson Cellars and nosh on light hors d'oeuvres at this holiday-themed tasting. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3431 South West Shore Blvd., Tampa. 813-835-9463, worldofwinesofsouthtampa.homestead.com

Friday, December 10: Vintage Wine Cellars

Vintage will be offering 3 refreshing snow whites and 7 Christmasy crimson reds to toast in the season at this tasting. RSVP. $10; 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. 813-879-2931, vintagewinecellars.net

Saturday, December 11th: Whole Foods Market

Taste the holidays with Whole Foods while enjoying the sounds of the student musicians from MacFarlane Park School. Try delicious holiday dishes that are part of their 'Health Starts Here' program: appetizers, main courses, and desserts that are tasty and rich, but that still promote good health and nutrient-dense ingredients. Register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected]. Free; 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Saturday, December 11: World of Beer St. Pete

In celebration of their first birthday, WOB St. Pete will be giving some great deals on their brews. 12-5 p.m.: Half off drafts; 1 p.m.: Free burgers (until they run out); plus, live entertainment, contests and prizes. Free; 12 p.m.-close. 5226 N. 4th St., St. Pete. 727-525-4589, 4thstreet.wobusa.com

Saturday, December 11: Cru Cellars

Sample as many of the artisanal cheeses that Cru Cellars has to offer at their Cheese Counter, and purchase some to eat there or get them to-go. $5 glasses will be offered or order from the Wine Bar menu. $3 per person, free with $10 purchase of cheese; 12:30-4 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-1117, crucellarstampa.com

Saturday, December 11: Publix Apron's Cooking School

The tenderloin is the most tender, juicy and mouth watering cut of meat you can buy. Learn how to make the most of this culinary treasure. Register here. $50; 6:30 p.m. 7835 Gunn Hwy., Tampa. 813-926-4465

Sunday, December 12: The Fresh Market

Get tips on creating the perfect holiday meal from the experts at The Fresh Market. Their chefs will lead a free, step-by-step presentation and give tips and tricks on whipping up fab holiday fare. Free; 1-4 p.m. 2900 4th Street N., St. Pete. thefreshmarket.com

Monday, December 13: Publix Apron's Cooking School

Let the experts teach you how to prepare holiday hors d' oeuvres that are sure to 'wow' your guests, including: mini brioche lobster rolls, smoked salmon croque monsieurs, pancetta wrapped dates and more. Register here. $45; 6 p.m. 7835 Gunn Hwy., Tampa. 813-926-4465

Tuesday, December 14: Cru Cellars

Holiday High-Rollers Tasting. Sip on some grower-Champagnes and small production California wines that you're not likely to find anywhere else. A 10% discount will be offered on wine for the evening, and 15% off a case. Call or email to reserve your seats. $22; 6-8 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa. 813-831-1117, crucellarstampa.com, [email protected]

Wednesday, December 15: Whole Foods Market

Join Sienna Agan, Republic of Tea Ambassador, in a special rooibos tea tasting. Come and learn about the new raw green bush tea, an antioxidant-rich, unoxidized, South African rooibos tea. These naturally caffeine-free and calorie free teas have many nutritional health benefits. Register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected]. Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa.

Wednesday, December 15: World of Beer Tampa Palms

Join in on WOB's holiday party where they'll be offering free drafts from 6-9 p.m., as well as free appetizers and snacks throughout the evening. Free; call for times. 17004 Palm Pointe Dr., Tampa. 813-632-0020, tampapalms.wobusa.com

Wednesday, December 15: World of Beer Westchase

At this branch of WOB, they're also partying in celebration of the holidays and offering free drafts from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Get out your ugliest holiday sweater, put on those reindeer antlers and party with WOB. Free; call for times. 9524 West Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. 813-852-2337, westchase.wobusa.com

Thursday, December 16: Whole Foods Market

Join Erik Woody, WFM cheese expert, as he showcases fine cheeses hand crafted in France. Learn the unique characteristics of these all-natural cheeses, and how to incorporate them into your favorite holiday appetizers and desserts. Register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected]. Free; 6:30-7:30 pm. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., 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

Wednesdays and Thursdays: The Toasted Pheasant Bistro

Every Wednesday and Thursday during Happy Hour, enjoy half priced house wines as well as one free appetizer plate per table (with purchase of entrée) all night. 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa 813-265-6700

Wednesdays: World of Beer (all locations)

Students (and teachers), now you have another reason to go out drinking on a week night. World of beer presents WOB U and class is now in session. Get half off all drafts after 9 p.m. with a college or faculty ID (and proof of being 21+). See bartenders for details and to get your WOB U card. 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

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Wednesday, December 8: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits (N. Dale Mabry)

It's another one of ABC's infamous tastings where you'll get to try more than 50 wines from around the globe along with gourmet appetizers. Wine experts will be on hand to assist you with all of your holiday vino needs. Cigar lovers can also indulge by getting the chance to purchase single cigars before buying the whole box. Admission gets you a $5 coupon good for any purchase made that night. $10; 6-8 p.m. 14729 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813-264-1881, abcfws.com

Thursday, December 9: 717 South

While Maddon is in the kitchen playing guest chef, Rays coaching staff members Tom Foley, Jim Hickey and Derek Shelton, senior adviser Don Zimmer, and Rays TV personality Todd Kalas will be manning the bar and mixing up drinks. All tips the guest bartenders receive will go toward helping the homeless. Dinner menu served from 5-11 p.m. and guest bartenders will take their places at 8 p.m. Call the restaurant to make your reservations for this special occasion for a cause. 717 South Howard Ave., Tampa. 813-250-1661, 717south.com

Thursday December 9: Cafe Dufrain

Enjoy a four course wine pairing dinner and reception to benefit Voices for Children, a foundation helping abused and neglected children in Tampa Bay. This 60 seat event is filling up fast, so don't wait to make reservations. All proceeds go to Voices for Children. Call the restaurant directly for reservations (813) 275-9701. $125; 6 p.m. 707 Harbour Post Drive, Tampa. voices4children.com; cafedufrain.com

Thursday, December 9: Mazzaro's Italian Market

Taste over over 60 wines at this exclusive tasting and nibble on Mazzaro's delectable hors d'oeuvres. Featured wines will include: Silver Oak, Banfi, Cakebread, Rombauer, Bastianich and many more. Limited tickets; call to reserve in advance. $35; 7-9 p.m. 2209 22nd Ave N., St. Pete. 727-321-2400, mazzarosmarket.com

Thursday, December 9: Ceviche Tampa

Party at the Ryan Nece Foundation's for a cause! Get a complimentary cocktail by Ketel One and free hors d'oeuvres by Ceviche while you dance to the tunes mixed by DJ Felix. All donations and gifts from the party will help make holiday wishes come true for the children at Hillsborough Co. Dept. of Children's Services. Admission: $25+ gift card from WalMart, Target or Best Buy, or a minimum donation of $25 at the door; 5:30-8:30 p.m. 1502 S. Howard Ave., Tampa. ryannece56.com

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