This week in food and drink

Charity events, cooking demos, a ton of wine tastings and more.

Wednesday, June 22: Cru Cellars
Attend Cru's Summer Harvest Wine Dinner celebrating the fresh ingredients and refreshing wines of the summer season. In Bloom Catering will be creating a "pop-up" kitchen at Cru, preparing a three-course meal, preceded by passed hors d’oeuvres upon arrival. Each course will be paired with one or two Summer wines — crisp whites, dry roses, and complex reds. Reservations required. $75 (includes food and wine pairings) 6:30 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117,

Thursday, June 23: Grand Kitchen & Bath Culinary Showroom
Join Chef Elizabeth Dougherty from Food Nation Radio Network™ for a 4th of July themed cooking demonstration. Guests will be able to sample fall-off-the-bone ribs, Florida-style pulled pork sandwiches with sour orange BBQ sauce, Julia Child’s potato salad and pineapple cole slaw. Free; 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 2600 4th St. N., St. Pete, 727-327-3007,

Thursday, June 23: Kalamazoo Olive Company
Guests will be able to enjoy a tasting of wines perfect for summertime as well as get great ideas for warm weather entertaining. RSVP required. Free; 449 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-258-4925,

Friday, June 24: Mandarin Hide
Taste offerings from the boutique liquor distiller Hudson Whiskey and meet the maker, Gable Erenzo, at this special event at Mandarin Hide. Get free samples and the 411 on the distilling process and variations of this whiskey. Free; 6-8 p.m. 231 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-231-4007,

Friday, June 24: Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits

At this week's Crush Hour event, listen to Master Sommelier Andrew McNamara wax poetic about Rhone Valley wines. Taste an array of white, rose and red wine from both the Southern and Northern Rhone wine regions in France. RSVP required. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave, Tampa, 813-250-9463.

Friday, June 24: Vintage Wine Cellars

To celebrate their 18th birthday, Vintage Wine Cellars is sharing some of their favorites with guests at this special tasting, including French Champagne, vintage ports, Napa Cabs, Sonoma Chardonnays and many more. An assortment of cheeses, fresh fruit and birthday cake will also be served. Call to RSVP. $18; 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931,

Friday, June 24: Whole Foods Market
Learn to create delicious raw creations at this free cooking demo. Enjoy food in its natural raw state with great recipes that are fun and easy. Please register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected]. Free; 7-8 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

Saturday, June 25: Lazzara Family Fine Wine & Spirits

Sample and learn about a range of South African estate wine selections from the Terry Seitz portfolio at this tasting. Free; 5-8 p.m. 4636 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, 813-282-0183,

Saturday, June 25: Taste Cafe
Get a taste of Naw'lins at Taste Cafe's Big Easy Sunday Brunch Buffet benefiting the Safety Harbor Museum. Lots of Louisiana eats to go 'round, plus all guests receive a complimentary glass of beer or wine. Two seatings; RSVP required. First seating: $15 per person or $25 per couple, 5:30-6:30 p.m.; Second seating: $20 per person or $30 per couple, 7-8 p.m. 500 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-723-1116,

Saturday, June 25: Pepin Hospitality Centre

The Ryan Nece Foundation is at it again! This Nece-sponsored "Capture the Moment" Gala will include heavy hor d’oeuvres, hosted bar, silent auction, raffle, live entertainment, and plenty of celebrity guests. After party to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe. $85; 7:30 p.m. 4121 North 50th St., Tampa,

Sunday, June 26: Corey Avenue
'Brunch 'n Browse' on St. Pete Beach's Corey Avenue this weekend. Enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch specials at Corey eateries, plus lots of shopping, live music and free parking. Free; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Off Gulf Blvd. and Blind Pass, St. Pete Beach, 727-498-8778.

Sunday, June 26: The Tampa Club
The Krewe Of Zingaro is hosting a charity wine tasting this weekend, "Uncork The Cure," benefiting the Children’s Cancer Research Group. The event will feature an array of wines, food, live music, silent and live auction items. Plus, all guests will receive a certificate for a complimentary round of golf from The Claw at USF. Purchase tickets online at $50; 4-7 p.m. 101 East Kennedy Blvd. Ste 4200, Tampa,

Tuesday, June 28: Outback Steakhouse - St. Pete
Chow down on some of Outback's signature appetizers and sip Heineken brews at this charity event benefiting All Children's Hospital. $20; 6-9 p.m. 1900 4th Street N., St. Pete, 727-767-8595,

Wednesday, June 29: Parkshore Grill
To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of The Judgment of Paris Tasting — where Stag's Leap Wine Cellars' Cabernet won a blind tasting and brought global attention to Napa Valley as a world class winemaking region (see the film Bottle Shock for reference) — Parkshore is hosting this exclusive wine tasting. Taste an array of offerings from Stag Leap and enter the silent auction for a chance to win tasty prizes. All proceeds from wines sold at this tasting will benefit Zoe's Edible Garden at All Children’s Hospital. $30; 6-8 p.m. 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete, 727-896-9463,

Weekly Specials:

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: Tampa Tap Room
Karaoke night! Half-priced burgers until 8 p.m., $5 domestic and $6 craft/import liters.
13150 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813- 961-BEER,

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

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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