Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday, December 11: Whole Foods


Raw Food Holiday Treats. Even the name of the class sounds like an oxymoron, but today you can learn how to create tasty raw treats and snacks for the holiday season with the “Raw Food Fairy” Lindajoy Rose, including a menu of flourless chocolate cake with vanilla cream, portobello pesto and savory sunflower pate. Register required at store exit lobby or with Sherell White at [email protected] Free. 6:30-7:30 p.m., 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-874-9435)


Friday, December 11: World of Wines South Tampa


I'm Dreaming of a Wine Christmas. So are we, and this tasting fulfills some of our most fabulous fantasies. Selections include: Cosentino The Novelist; Cosentino Cigarzin; Latour Pouilly Fuisse; Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages; Coppola Pinot Noir; and Saddlerock Merlot, all accompanied by an array of hors d'oeuvres. $10. 6-8 p.m., 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)


Friday, December 11: Vintage Wine Cellars


12 Wines of Christmas. Who needs gift cards and hand-knit sweaters (or even homemade peppermint bark) in lieu of wine this gift-giving season? Get in the Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa/winter spirit with new releases from Rombauer and Duckhorn Vineyards in Napa Valley, along with Louis Latour in Burgundy, Chateau de Sancerre in the Loire Valley, and classic blends from Australia, Italy and Spain. $10. 7-9 p.m., 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa (813-879-2931)


Saturday, December 12: Florida Estates Winery


Wine Festival. A cornucopia of culinary delights, today's food-fest offers fresh, homemade cuisine, sauces, arts and crafts, cake, door prizes, live music and an opportunity to sample the Winery's offerings with seasoned experts -- the winemakers themselves. Free, $3.50 wine class. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 25241 State Road 52, Land O' Lakes (813-996-2113)


Saturday, December 12: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Happy Holidays. Bern’s is offering a bite of holiday cheer: buy any wine or spirit and take your same-day receipt to the Sidebern’s bar for a complimentary Chef’s Choice bite from the lounge menu. 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Monday, December 14: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Bayou Basics. This three-week course reveals some of the secrets of Crescent City Cajun and Creole cooking, with a menu that includes: (Week 1) roast beef poboy; Creole-smothered okra and tomatoes; chicken sauce picante; calas; and gateau de sirop. (Week 2) crawfish pie; shrimp creole; gumbo z’herbes; rice and gravy; and pecan pralines. (Week 3) blackened redfish with beurre Creole; turtle soup; dirty rice; catfish court-bouillon; and persimmon cake. $150 three-week series. 10 a.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


Wednesday, December 16: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Potluck Wednesday. Beat the mid-week dinner blahs by stopping by for gourmet take-away — and enjoy a complimentary mini-wine tasting while you wait. This week’s one pot wonder is smoked meatloaf with potato puree, caramelized onion and a barbecue glaze $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Saturday, December 19: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Happy Holidays. Bern’s is offering a bite of holiday cheer: buy any wine or spirit and take your same-day receipt to the Sidebern’s bar for a complimentary Chef’s Choice bite from the lounge menu. 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Monday, December 21-Wednesday, December 23: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Dorm Room Dining. Ever wonder what you could create with a toaster oven, a microwave, and an electric skillet? (Assuming they're allowed in your living quarters; try not to burn the whole building down in the process of creating a shoestring gourmet feast for your friends). Try this three-day course with a menu that includes: (Day 1: Breakfast) sausage gravy and biscuits; the Denver frittata; breakfast taquitos; stuffed French toast; an Jason’s ultimate breakfast.  (Day 2: Dinner) chicken stirfry; pepper steak and rice; spaghetti and meatballs; wet burritos; and pizza (say hello to a dorm-living staple); and (Day 3: Late Night Munchies) skillet chili pasta; ultimate nachos; tuna cheesy mac; grilled fluffernutter; and Italian popcorn. $100. 10 a.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

Tuesday, December 8: NoHo Bistro

Cigar City Beer Dinner. It’s time to break out the big, hearty, spicy suds to compliment sturdier winter meals (even if winter really just means temps in the mid-60s). Tonight’s pairing does just that, with a menu that includes: wild mushroom spanikopita with ricotta, thyme and smoked tomato sauce paired with Maduro Brown Ale; spinach and roasted pear salad with gorgonzola and port vinaigrette paired with  Jai Alai India Pale Ale; honey roasted chicken with pumpkin polenta, sautéed urban oasis greens and walnut pesto paired with Calabaza Marron Pumpkin Spice Brown Ale; a dual dessert of toasted pound cake with seasonal fruit compote paired with Sugar Plum Fairy Brown Ale;  and  momemade Florida citrus fruitcake paired with Warmer Winter, Winter Warmer Old Ale. The evening’s beginning brew is Vanilla Maduro Brown Ale, and a parting gift includes Joey’s favorite chocolate Mayan cookie and Bourbon Barrel Aged Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. $45 .6:30 p.m., 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)

Wednesday, December 9: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Fondue for You. You can’t do wrong with glorious, gloppy, ooey, gooey, melty cheese — but fondue is no one-trick pony. Today’s class offers a few simple and easy methods in making sweet and savory fondue for a a full menu with only a few hot pots. $35. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

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

Potluck Wednesday. Beat the mid-week dinner blahs by stopping by for gourmet take-away — and enjoy a complimentary mini-wine tasting while you wait. This week’s one pot wonder is Tuscan shrimp and grits, with soft polenta, rosemary and pancetta. $19.95. 5-8 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)

Thursday, December 10: New World Brewery

Annual Holiday Ale Tasting. Sample a selection of more than 50 seasonal ales. $15. 7:30-10:30 p.m., 1313 Eigth Ave., Tampa (813-248-4969)

Friday, December 11: Uncorked Fine Wine and Spirits

From Apertif to Digestif. If the words you just read look more like gobbledy-gook than English (well, we guess they actually aren't English), then this is the wine class for you. Learn the basics of the art of wine from start (a sparkling wine) to finish (a lovely dessert wine) along with several delightful in-between wines. If you're really into multi-tasking, the Uncorked folks urge you to "bring your gifts and we'll make a gift wrapping party of the night. No joke!" $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 Fourth Street N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)

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