Tampa Bay Food, wine and beer events

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)


Friday, September 25: Savant Fine Dining


Rare California Wine Dinner. Wine Master Vincent Henderson personally selected tonight's selections to accompany a menu of roasted monk fish medallion in a  pumpkin Thai red curry broth; the Savant soup trio; horseradish peppercorn encrusted wild boar tenderloin; Chilean sea bass; prime beef fillet; and soursapp, cranberry and kaffir lime cobbler. $130. 7 p.m., 2551 Drew St., Ste. 107, Clearwater (727-421-9975)


Friday, September 25: Cafe Ponte


Wine Tasting. Sample an interesting selection of grapes, inluding a sparkling syhra, prossecco, rose and a New Zealand pinot noir, all perfectly paired with light hors d'oeuvres. $20. 5:30-7 p.m., 13505 Icot Blvd. Ste. 214 (727-538-5768)


Friday, September 25: Vintage Wine Cellars


Awesome Autumn Arrivals. Taste 10 new selections to keep you toasty as the temperatures drop (into the 70s, that is) and find the perfect accompaniment to holiday meals. $10. 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931)


Friday, September 25: Corey Avenue


Last Friday. Enjoy wine tastings, a scavenger hunt and the sights and sounds of St. Pete Beach's quaint art walk, all to the tune of Key of Life. Free. 5-8 p.m., Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach.


Friday, September 25 - Saturday, September 26: 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)


Saturday, September 26: TPepin's Hospitality Centre


All That Glitters: Beyond the Grape Bash. Local vintners, breweries and spirits suppliers pour 'em as fast as you can drink 'em at this bacchanal gala of the grape. Mix 100.7's Chris Randolph hosts a live auction, and NoHo Bistro, Mitchell's Fish Market, The Venue, and more provide cuisine to accompany libations from the multiple open bars. Proceeds benefit the MacDonald Training Center and local adults with disabilities. Visit macdonaldcenter.org for more info. $60, $100 ticket two-pack, $100 VIP. 7-10 p.m., 4121 N. 50th St., Tampa (813-367-0040)


Monday, September 28: 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, 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)


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)


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)


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: 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 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)

Wednesday, September 23: 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 coq au vin  with carrots, mushrooms and potato puree. $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

Wednesday, September 23: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Not Your Average Pasta. There’s nary a macaroni and cheese or marinara sauce in sight — instead, the menu includes: orzo salad with feta cheese and avocado; tagliatelle with fava beans, mascarpone and prosciutto; tortellini with grilled chicken in a dijon caper cream auce with sundried tomatoes and basil; and shrimp and casarecci carbonara. $40. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

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)

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