Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Friday, May 21 – Sunday, May 23: 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, escargot and more (no word yet on the wild salamander). 14445 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa (813-265-6700)


Friday, May 21: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Bordeaux Crush Hour. Acclaimed wines from the Right (St. Emilion) and Left (Pauillac, Margaux, St. Julien) Banks of France. Highlights include the 93 point-rated 2005 Haut-Bages-Liberal and the 1996 Blason d’Issan. $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Friday, May 21: World of Wines


Fabulous Friday Tasting. Not many feelings are as fantastic as that of 5 p.m. Friday afternoon -- freedom for two whole days. And to make it even more fabulous, WoW is offering hors d'oeuvres and pouring tastes of Alamos Malbec, Alamos Torrontes, LaMarca Prosseco, Red Rock Malbec, Red Rock Merlot, Robertson Cabernet, and Robertson Sauvignon Blanc. $10. 6-8 p.m., 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)


Friday, May 21 - Saturday, May 22: The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Hotel


Denise Gee. The outdoor entertaining expert visits the Vinoy's veranda to chat about her latest title, Porch Parties (how fitting!). The author of Southern Cocktails and contributor to Better Homes and Gardens and Southern Living offers chill-out recipes for more than 50 cooling cocktails, and a smooth sax player is on the patio to heat things up. 4 p.m., 501 5th Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. Gee also appears at Tampa's Inkwood Books at 5 p.m. on Fri., May 21. denisegee.com.


Saturday, May 22: Sweetwater organic Community Farm


Home Brew Workshop / InGREEDients Screening. If you're a beer snob on a PBR budget, why not learn to make your own hand-crafted brews with Roberto this weekend? Then, see InGREEDients, the latest in the recent line of food reality films that exposes the harmful additives found in our everyday dinners. Trust us, it'll make you wanna eat fresh, natural foods grown closer to home (like Sweetwater's) -- and if you're really dedicated to staying local, no worries: InGREEDients is a homegrown product, making its debut at Tampa's own Gasparilla International Film Festival. sweetwater-organic. $10-$20 workshop; free movie. 5-7 p.m. workshop, 7 p.m. movie, 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa.


Saturday, May 22: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Couples Cooking: It's a Great Time to Grill. If the only way to get your culinarily-challenged significant other to cook is with step-by-step, professionally-led instruction, this is the class for you. The grillin' and chillin' summer menu includes: grilled balsamic vegetables; grilled hot and sweet barbecue chicken wings with a cool dill dipping sauce; garlic- and lemon-marinated grilled skirt steak salad; ginger- and honey-glazed grilled pork loin; grilled sour cream dill potato chips; and grilled peaches with an ice wine glaze served over a grilled pound cake. $80 per couple. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


May – June: Willow Herbal Delights Garden


Going Organic with Willow. Upcoming classes with herbalist Willow LaMonte include: “Gathering Wisdom From a Flower: Herbs for Women’s Health” An eight-week class that covers herbal care for adolescent girls; pregnancy preparation, nursing, and weaning; peri- and menopausal women; Plants to ease stress, strengthen immune systems, encourage breast health, support nutritional needs, and benefit skin; Using fresh and dried herbs for teas, tinctures, vinegars, and bath soaks. (May 25, June 8 and 22, July 6 and 20, and August 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $100-$150); “Wild Edibles Walk” Meet wild edibles high in nutrition that many of us have growing in our own yards, plus medicinals, wildlife habitat plants, and providers of garden and basket-making supplies. (10 a.m.-noon Fri., June 4 and 10-11:30 a.m. or 1:30-3 p.m. Sat., June 20, $10-$15). Preregistration required for all classes. 2211 Ray Rd., Valrico (813-643-7285)


Tampa Bay Fresh Markets It’s always the perfect season to get fresh, organic local produce at these markets across the Bay:


Corey Sunday Market. The now-annual market returns with more fresh produce, plants and flowers, crafts, foods and live music (9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sundays, Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, coreyave.com)


Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. This year-round market offers fresh produce and seafood, artwork and live entertainment. (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday on Beach Blvd., in Gulfport’s Florida Waterfront district)


Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market. Florida weather is perfect for getting out of the house and finding fresh, organic produce, plants, flowers, baked and gourmet goodies, along with hand-crafted art and jewelry. Visit cityofsafetyharbor.com for more info. (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through May 27, John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor)


Sweetwater Market. The organic farm offers straight-from-the-garden produce, fair trade coffee, chocolate and tea, organic clothes and eco-friendly products, all to the tune of live music and often accompanied by yoga or movement classes. (Runs noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through May 30. Visit sweetwater-organic.org for more info)


Tuesday, May 18 - Saturday, May 22: Dunedin Brewery

American Craft Beer Week. What better place to celebrate than at one of our very own craft breweries, recently reviewed by CL food critic Brian Ries, who applauds the DB for "cooking up plenty of that liquid gold since it first combined barley and hops almost 15 years ago ... The wee heavy is outstanding, with malt up front and bourbon in the back, and the biere de cafe is almost tasty enough to pour into your morning mug in place of a daily latte." (Check out the full review here). In honor of "The Mother of all Beer Weeks," they're pulling out all the kegs for a week of beer education, with tours and tastings every day through Saturday. Then, nighttime is the right time for beerpreciation in The Nook, where you can taste craft brews from around the country, from around Tampa Bay, and from Dunedin Brewery's own taps. dunedinbrewery.com. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin (727-736-0606)

Wednesday, May 19: The NoHo Bistro

Wine Wednesdays. The wine and tapas change weekly, so come back regularly and bring your BFFs, blind dates, co-workers, boy/girlfriends or, hell, someone else’s boyfriend. $15 for two glasses of wine paired with two tapas. 1714 N. Armenia Ave., Tampa (813-514-0691)

Thursday, May 20: Parkshore Grill

Artist's Table. An afternoon of art and cuisine with Morean Arts Center contributing artist, Taylor Ikin, who discusses everything from her creative process to the meaning of "art." Reservations recommended. Free discussion; patrons pay for their own lunches. Noon-2 p.m., 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg (727-822-7872 ext. 33)

Friday, May 21: Uncorked Fine Wines

Ready for Rhones. It's summertime, and if you're ready for a hot Rhone-ance, you've come to the right wine tasting. A crusty baguette, a triple-cream cheese, and samples of Grenache, Syrah, Viognier and the twins, Roussanne and Marsanne will have you in a Francophile paradise. $10. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 2706 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)

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