This week in food and drink

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Thursday, May 12: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits — St. Pete
Another installment of ABC’s tastings which feature over 50 wine selections from around the globe and cigars. Each guest receives a souvenir wine glass and a coupon for $5 off any purchase the night of the event. $10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 3535 4th Street N, St. Pete. 727-894-4875,

Thursday, May 12: Mercedes Benz of Tampa

The "Best Bean of the Bay" event to support Art for Autism will showcase Tampa Bay chefs who will create an appetizer, entrée and specialty drink using coffee or cocoa in each recipe. $50; 6-9 p.m. 4400 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-282-7066.

Friday, May 13: Corey Avenue
This week's Corey Sunset Celebration will feature wine tastings, shopping, dining, arts and crafts and live music by Joel and Dakota, a father and son blues duo. Free; 6-10 p.m. Corey Avenue, St. Pete Beach, 727-498-8778,

Friday, May 13: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse presents a five-course South African-themed wine dinner. The evening will pair five Cape Classic wines with a menu specially prepared by Chef Ryan Mitchell — and, of course, there will be filet on the menu. Special guest Natasha Sabata from Cape Classics will be in attendance to discuss some of the most sought after wines and flavors of South Africa. $100 (includes tax and gratuity); 6:30 p.m. 4322 Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-874-9463,

Friday, May 13: World of Wines of South Tampa
Taste wines from New York, California, Oregon and France along with tasty hors d'oeuvres. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3431 S. West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-835-9463.

Friday, May 13: Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits
At this week's Crush Hour event, taste wines from the TGIC Portfolio which was awarded Wine Enthusiast’s coveted “Importer of the Year” for 2010. Sample an array of highly rated wines from around the world. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave, Tampa, 813-250-9463.

Friday, May 13: Vintage Wine Cellars
This week's tasting will feature 10 wonderful red Zinfandel wines from around the globe. RSVP requested. $10; 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931.

Saturday, May 14: Safford House Tarpon Springs

Several excellent community cooks will offer classes in the delicious regional cuisine of the Dodecanese Islands — the area from which most of Tarpon Springs’ Greek residents came. This week's class will be led by Maria Pantelis who will show participants how to prepare dishes for religious occasions like "prosforo" and "kolliva". Space is limited; please call 727-942-5605 to register for classes. $10; 12-2 p.m. 23 Parkin Ct., Tarpon Springs.

Saturday, May 14: Dishtopia & The Anytime Tea Bar

Dads: Treat your little princess(es) to some quality time over tea at “National Daddy Daughter Tea” hosted by Dishtopia. The event encourages dads to pursue an intentional relationship with their daughter in order to help raise a confident and strong woman-to-be — one date at a time. Free; 2-4 p.m. 3401 Henderson Ave., Suite A, Tampa. 813-874-DISH,,

Saturday, May 14: The Fresh Market - Clearwater, Carrollwood and St. Pete
Local chefs will lead a free, step-by-step presentations at Bay area Fresh Market stores, teaching guests how to prepare chicken fajitas with zesty lime and avocado slaw. Free; Clearwater: 1-4 p.m., Carrollwood and St. Pete: 3-6 p.m. 25961 U.S. Highway 19, Clearwater, 727-727-669-6111; 13147 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-964-8001; 2900 4th Street N, St. Pete, 727-822-4913.

Saturday, May 14: Sacred Lands
To commemorate the native Indians who called Florida their home over 500 years ago, Sacred lands is holding a 16th-century feast with music, drama, a lecture, tours of the site's Indian mound, a full meal with period food and a exhibit of historical artifacts and art depicting 16th-century Florida Indians. Proceeds to benefit Sacred Lands. RSVP by Thursday, May 12. For tickets, please call or e-mail Doris Anderson at (727) 347-0354 or [email protected] $35; 4:30 p.m. 1700 Park Street N., St. Pete.

Saturday, May 14: Taste Cafe

Oktoberfest has come early this year at Taste Cafe! Enjoy a five-course, authentic German meal accompanied by Deutsch beer and wines. $35; 5:30-7:30 p.m. 500 Main St, Safety Harbor. 727-723-1116,

Saturday, May 14: Cork & Olive Wine Bar & Cafe
At 'Ladies and Gents' Night, enjoy live music, appetizers and tastings of some of Cork's excellent new wine discoveries. $5; 6-9 p.m. 2086 Badlands Dr., Brandon, 813-315-9856.

Sunday, May 15: Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa
The 2011 Annual International Culinary Academy Awards will be presented at the Don CeSar. Dubbed the 'Culinary Accolade of the 21st Century', winners from around the world will be honored in the Annual International Cookbooks & Culinary Arts Awards. Brunch and mimosas will be served in the Grand Ballroom to attendees. Pre-purchase tickets online at $75; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach, 727-347-2437.

Sunday, May 15: Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
In honor of fallen St. Petersburg Police officers Thomas Baitinger, Jeffrey Yaslowitz and David Crawford, the Vinoy and Johnny Damon are is hosting "Uncork for a Cause" to benefit the officers' families. Guests will enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres , fine wines, a silent auction fresh from spring training and get to taste the very limited 2007 Johnny Damon red wine from Napa Valley. Purchase tickets in event's website. $75; 6-9 p.m. 501 5th Avenue NE, St. Pete.

Tuesday, May 17: 'Brews with Attitude' at T. Pepin Hospitality Centre
In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Pepin Distributing will be hosting the 'Brews with Attitude: Craft Beer Fest', offering over 100 craft beers, including several "mystery" brews that are not available in Florida yet. There will be live music and food, as well as a homebrewing demonstration. There will also be a small home brew competition, open to the first thirty entries that get their registration (and beer) turned in. Beers will be judged by a small panel including certified BJCP judges (a.k.a.: professional beer judges). $20 in advance online, $25 at the door; 6:30-10 p.m. 4121 North 50th St., Tampa. —Sean Nordquist

Wednesday, May 18: Parkshore Grill
Attend this exclusive, five-course B.R. Cohn wine dinner and get the chance to meet the winemaker, Dan Cohn, himself. $75; 6:30-9:30 p.m. 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete, 727-896-9463.

Thursday, May 19: Synovus Bank - Trinity

Connections Job Development Program, a non-profit that gives the unemployed job seeking assistance, will be holding their third annual wine tasting and silent auction at the Synovus bank in Trinity to benefit their program. The night's festivities will include a silent auction and wine tastings provided by Time for Wine who will be pouring wines selected from small, family-owned wineries. Purchase tickets here. $25 in advance or $30 at the door; 5:30-8 p.m. 10820 State Road 54, Trinity, 727-849-4724.

Thursday, May 19: Cold Storage Craft Brewery
In celebration of American Craft Beer week, Tampa Bay Uncorked will be trading grapes for grains for their monthly tasting event. Guests will be given samples from and a tour of Tampa Bay's newest craft brewer on the block, Cold Storage. Light appetizers will also be served. $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 7-9 p.m. 4101 N. Florida Ave., Tampa.

Weekdays: Wood Fired Pizza Wine Bar
Monday- College Night: 2-4-1 happy hour with college or faculty ID, 5 p.m.- close; Tuesday- Half-priced wine bottles, 5 p.m.- close; Wednesday- 2-4-1 glasses of wine. 5p.m.- close; Thursday- $12 unlimited drafts, 8-10 p.m. 2822 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa. 813-341-2900,

Mondays: Peabody’s
Penny pitchers! Buy one pitcher get the second for a penny, including well liquor pitchers and select draft beers. 15333 Amberly Dr., Tampa. 813-972-1725,

Tuesdays: Cafe Alma
Who needs a Friday or Saturday date night? Get out on a Tuesday to indulge half-priced bottles of wine and tapas all evening, starting at 4:30 p.m. Being frugal never tasted so good. 260 1st Avenue S., St. Pete. 727-502-5002

Tuesdays: St. Pete Brasserie
Happy hour prices, prixe fixe deals and $5 apps all night! 539 Central Ave, St. Pete. 727-823-3700,

Tuesdays: MacDinton’s

Specials from 7-close, including: $2 Sam Adams Seasonal drafts, $2.50 Smirnoff vodkas, and $4 Smirnoff shots, and $3 build-your-own-burger. And free karaoke makes this night even better. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. 405 South Howard Ave, Tampa. 813-251-8999;

Wednesdays: World of Beer (all locations)
Half-off select drafts and, if you kill one of the kegs, you’ll be the lucky winner of a $10 gift card to spend on even more beer at WOB. Open-close.

Thursdays: Kon Tiki at The Tahitian Inn
$5 SKYY martinis and half-priced bottles of wine. 601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 800-876-1397,

Fridays: Taps Wine and Beer Eatery
Ladies receive $4 martinis from 5-10 p.m. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-463-1968,

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