Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Thursday, July 1: Mangroves

A Night with the Scatter Brothers. Local feature film producers, the Scatter Brothers, promise “a night of Hollywood glamor,” including the always palate-pleasing Mangroves hors d’oeuvres, and a selection of cocktails with proceeds to benefit Easter Seals. scatterbrothers.com. $10. 8 p.m., 208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-258-3302)

Friday, July 2: WineHarvest

Red, White and Brew. Step down from your pedestals, wine snobs, 'cause The Fourth is all about the grub and the suds. Tonight's tasting offers a departure from Bud Light and PBR, turning the  grill and chill Independence Day weekend into something to really celebrate. The staff's favorite brews are paired with pulled pork sliders, cole slaw, chips and dessert -- and freedom really is ringing, because all that tastiness is ringing up for free. 6-8 p.m., 1269 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel  (813-388-6898)

Friday, July 2: World of Wine

Fourth of July Wine Tasting. If you simply can't put down your Reds and Whites while celebrating the red, white and blue, try tonight's selections -- specifically selected to complement a weekend of grilled goodness: Louis Martini Cabernet, Ghost Pines Chardonnay, William Hill Cabernet, Louis Martini Chardonnay, Ghost Pines Cabernet and William Hill Chardonnay. $10. 6-8 p.m., 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)

Saturday, July 3: Jordan Park Gymnasium

Old-Fashioned Crab Boil. It might be more of a Deep South thing than a south-of-the-frost line trend, but growing up in Jacksonville, my family regularly had the messy, day-long affair known as a crab boil. Set yourself up on a newspaper-covered picnic table with a pair of pickers, a bowl of butter and a pile of crabs (today's assortment of tasty eats includes crab legs, blue crabs, shrimp, sausages, potatoes and corn) and eat all the livelong day. Proceeds benefit Advantage Village Academy. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 7 p.m.-midnight, 1201 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-742-7203, advantagevillageacademy.org.

Monday, July 5: Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Crepes. The paper-thin French pancakes aren't just satisfying for the sweet tooth; today's menu includes manicotti crepes; corn crepes with cumin lime chicken; buckwheat crepes with smoked salmon; and lemon cheesecake crepes. $40. 6 p.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)

Thursday, July 8: The [email protected]

Slow Food Sampler.The international Slow Food movement has opened a new chapter in Tampa Bay, dedicated to educating people about local food and promoting sustainable farming methods -- and that means a celebration is in store. For their first event, they're throwing a Slow Food Sampler to introduce the concept to Tampa Bay. Locally-produced food is prepared by Chef Dave West of The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium of Brandon, Slow Food Tampa Bay board members are in the house to chat about the organization and upcoming events, and a live auction and raffle offers prizes like tickets to the Jack Johnson concert in Tampa. Learn more about buying local food, supporting local agriculture and eating healthy. $10. 7-9 p.m., 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg, slowfoodtampabay.org. --Katie Machol

June - August: 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. (July 6 and 20, and August 3, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $100-$150).  Preregistration required for all classes. 2211 Ray Rd., Valrico (813-643-7285)

Tampa Bay Fresh Markets Even in the heat of the summer, these local markets offer fresh, organic produce and handcrafted goods:

Summer SidewalkMarket. The now-annual market returns with more fresh produce, plants and flowers, crafts, foods and live music (10 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

Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market. Complete with more handcrafted goods, fresh fruits, veggies, and boiled peanuts than you can shake a stick at. (Begins at 8 a.m., Saturdays, 11109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview, 813-601-3129)

Safety Harbor Farmer’s Market. The summer season kicks off with a local market boasting fresh produce, meats and seafood, cheese, breads, sauce and more. (Every third Saturday through Sept. 18, John Wilson Park, 401 Main St., Safety Harbor)

Wednesday, June 30: Parkshore Grill

Banfi Wine Dinner. If your keyboard isn't drool-resistant, read no further: tonight's menu of freshly-picked, organic ingredients includes a five-course, wine-paired mouth-watering menu of house-made mozzarella with white anchovies, roasted baby beets and grilled focaccia paired with Masschio, Prosecco; lemon-savory baked hogfish,  local peaches and heirloom tomato  fuedo sartanna, paired with Chardonnay, Grillo; smokey barbecued quail  with sweet corn, grilled local eggplant, and braised cherries, paired with  Sartori, Valpolicella; tamarind braised beef short ribs  with celery root-potato pave, ancho chili glace, and crispy leeks, paired with  Casillero del Diablo, Reserve Malbec; and for dessert, apricot panna cotta with toasted almond - bacon brittle, paired with FloruS, Moscadello di Montalcino DOC Late Harvest. Proceeds benefit Zoe’s Edible Garden at All Children’s Hospital. $70. 6:30-9 p.m., 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg (727-896-9463)

Wednesday, June 30

Wine Tasting. Tampa's Fine Wine & Spirits Warehouse hosts a benefit for Voices For Children/Guardian ad Litem at the home of Mike Kwasin. They're offering a tasting of more than 40 wines from Jaboulet, Jadot, Jordan, Newton and Sonoma-Cutrer — perfectly paired with meat and cheese platters — to get you through the mid-week work slump. $25 per person; $40 per couple. 6-8 p.m., 3613 Beach Drive, Tampa (813-837-8941)

Wednesday, June 30: 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, July 1: Macy's

Chef Cat Cora Book Signing. As the only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s kitschy hit series and the new poster girl for lipstick lesbians, Cat Cora’s got some (proverbial) cojones. Today, the Greek goddess of the kitchen shows off her skills at a cooking demo. It’s largely focused on helping home chefs use what they’ve got on hand to spice up simple, tasty meals — also the topic of her latest book, Cat Cora's Classics with a Twist. 12 p.m., 27001 US Hwy 19 N., Clearwater (727-724-7314)

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