Tampa Bay food, wine and beer events

Wednesday, February 24: CDB's Southside


Wine and Music. A tried-and-true combo to beat the mid-week blues. Mairena wines are $5 a glass and Half Circle & Friends provide the tunes. 8-11 p.m., 3671 Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-805-2327)


Thursday, February 25: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Bastianich Wine Dinner. Son of Chef Lydia Bastianich and part owner of NYC's fave homemade pasta and wine bar, Becco, Joe Bastianich hosts tonight's chef-selected dinner. He's also had a hand in the family winery and Mario Batali's various concepts, from Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, to Lupa Osteria Romana, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Otto Enoteca Pizzaria and the much celebrated Del Posto. $125. 6:30-9:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Thursday, February 25: Grand Kitchen


Saucy Hot Sauce. Nothing ruins the hot hot heat of a spicy meal like getting pepper in your eye. Learn methods for how to handling hot peppers and hot sauces to enhance your cooking with reps from Tijuana Flats and Corona. 5-7 p.m., 2600 Fourth St. N.,  St. Petersburg (727-327-2007)


Friday, February 26: North Straub Park


St. Petersburg Food and Wine Festival. We've all read (and drooled over) CL food critic Brian Ries' reviews of tasty local eats, but can't always afford to try them all. Well, tonight you can (most of them, anyway). Premier Beverages' wines are available to pair with culinary delights from Bella Brava, Mystic Fish, Parkshore Grill, Red Mesa Cantina, Salt Rock Grill, Moon Under Water, Savannah's Cafe, Z-Grill and more. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association. $50, $75 VIP (includes gift bag, bottle of wine and early admission). 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. VIP admission, 400 Bayshore Drive S., St. Petersburg.


Friday, February 26: Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits


Stag's Leap Crush Hour. A series of tastes from the vineyard best known for its estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons — CASK 23, S.L.V., and FAY. $25. 6:30-8:30 p.m., 1002 S. Howard Ave., Tampa (813-250-9463)


Friday, February 26: Uncorked Fine Wine and Spirits


A Chance at France. Some would argue that everything comes just a little better in France -- including women, cheese and wine. Tonight's selections are a Francophile's dream: blends like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and classics from Burgundy, Bordeaux and the Loire. $10. 6:30-8;30 p.m., 2706 Fourth Street N., St. Petersburg (727-892-9463)


Friday, February 26: World of Wines South Tampa


Beaucanon Estate Wines of Napa. Tonight's featured pours include: Beaucanon Sauvignon Blanc; Beaucanon Chardonnay; Beaucanon Cabernet;   Beaucanon Trifecta; Durigutti Bonarda; and Marchiori & Barraud Malbec, all paired with palate-pleasing hors d’oeuvres. $10, 6-8 p.m., 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa (813-835-9463)


Saturday, February 27: Seminole Heights


Hub and Grub. If the only food in your pantry is a few packs of Ramen and a half-eaten bag of Doritos, it’s safe to say you prefer to eat out. If all those empty take-out boxes are starting to make you feel guilty, the Hub and Grub Bike Tour of Seminole Heights is just the remedy. Eat to your heart’s (and stomach’s) content, and then work it off by pedaling to the next dining destination with a group of likeminded food and fitness enthusiasts. The schedule includes stops at CL-approved spots like the Taco Bus, Bungalow Bistro, Cappy’s, Ella’s, the Independent and more. Free. 3-5:30 p.m., meets at the Garden Center, 5800 Central Ave., Tampa, seminoleheightsbicycleclub.com.


Saturday, February 27: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino


Chef Cat Cora Cooking Demo. 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. This weekend, the Greek goddess of the kitchen shows off her skills in a cooking demo. It’s largely focused on helping home chefs use what they’ve got on hand to create simple, tasty meals — also the topic of her latest book, Cooking From The Hip: Fast, Easy, Phenomenal Meals. 3-4 p.m. meet and greet (free), 5 p.m. cooking demo ($35-$45), 5223 N. Orient Rd., Tampa, catcoracooks.com.


Saturday, February 27: Centennial Park


Flan Fest. It’s held in conjunction with Fiesta Day at Ybor's Saturday Market, where activities include a flan bake-off and eating contest, live entertainment, ethnic cuisine and multicultural activities. Now that’s flan-tastic. Free. 1 a.m.-4 p.m., 1800 E. Eighth Ave., Ybor City, ybormarket.com. —Lily Reisman


Saturday, February 27: Dunedin House of Beer


One Year Anniversary. Even though it's DHB's b-day, they're giving you the gift of cheap beer this weekend to celebrate: $4 beers ($3 with DHB gear like hats and shirts) and free pizza at 7:30. No cover. 7 p.m.-close, 927 A Broadway, Dunedin (727-216-6318)


Saturday, February 27: WineMall


Keeping Hope Alive in Haiti. An evening of spoken word poetry, a silent auction and a wine tasting accompanied by hors d'oeuvres from Roy's Restaurant. Proceeds benefit Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. $10, includes two glasses of wine. 7-11 p.m., 11246 W. Hillsborough Ave., Tampa (813-855-7711)


Saturday, February 27: Publix Apron’s Cooking School


Regional Seafood Favorites. A culinary tour of seascapes around the country, today's menu includes: potato, bacon, and scallop stew (New England); roasted oysters with grilled mango mignonette (Floribbean); fried fish tacos (Southwestern); flounder doré with lemon butter capers (California); and grilled halibut teriyaki (Pacific Northwest). $45. 10 a.m., 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465)


Sunday, February 28: Datz Deli


VinoVersity: The Down n' Dirty Basics. Learn how wine is made; the major types of wine; an intro to the six major grapes; and the whys and hows of tasting wine with wine columnist (and former CL wine critic) Taylor Eason. Taste six wines, all paired with palate-pleasing snacks. $29. 6-7:30 p.m., 2616 S. MacDille Ave., Tampa (813-831-7000)

Tuesday, February 23: IHOP

National Pancake Day. It may not be the classiest event we've ever included in this list, who would turn down free pancakes? That's exactly what you're getting today — though you might consider giving a portion of what you'd pay for your short stack to the Children's Miracle Network, for which IHOP raised 1.3 million on Pancake Day 209. 7 a.m.-10 p.m., visit ihoppancakeday.com for a location near you.

Tuesday, February 23: Blu Figs

Uncork Wine Dinner. Tonight's edu-tasting includes a five-course paired meal of: cheeses paired with Greek ouzo; beet salad “herbs du Provence,” Humbolt Fog goat cheese,  and a champagne vinaigrette paired with Chateau La Freynelle 2007 Blanc; sauteed sea bass with chick pea panisse, pea tendrils,  and a hibiscus reduction paired with Abadia Retuerta 2007 “Rivola" ; espresso-crusted filet mignon, potato confit, and vanilla shallot jam paired with a mystery wine; and for just desserts, Madagascar vanilla panna cotta with a pinot noir reduction, paired with Zonin Prosecco. $52. 7-9 p.m., 15463 N. Dale Mabry Blvd. (813-963-3447)

Tuesday, February 23: Uncorked Fine Wine and Spirits

Uncorked Wine Academy. Hit the books (and the bottle!) with a certified sommelier 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, February 24: Restaurant BT

Jazz Night. Big Rich lays some mellow sounds down on your ear drums, and Patron Citronage martinis and house wines are just $5 a pop, making BT an affordable way to forget your working Wednesday. 6-9 p.m. 1633 W. Snow Ave., Tampa (813-258-1976)

Wednesday, February 24: The NoHo Bistro

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

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