This week in food and drink

Wine and beer dinners, Independent birthday, charity pub crawl and cooking classes.

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This week in food and drink

Wednesday, April 11: Cru Cellars
Wine Tasting Wednesdays are back by popular demand. Relax at the wine bar while enjoying the featured wines of the evening. Choose your favorite, and receive a 10% discount on it. Reservations can be made phone or by emailing [email protected] $15; 6-8 p.m., 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117,

Wednesday, April 11: Dunedin House of Beer
Head to Stone Brewing Company Night and have a few brews. Choose your favorite glass (there will be four to choose from) and take it home as a souvenir. Enjoy samples of Stone Smoked Porter, and taps such as Stone Ruination IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale. 7 p.m., 927 Broadway, Dunedin, 727-216-6318,

Wednesday, April 11 – Tuesday, April 17: Chelsea Nightclub
Need one more reason to kick your butts to the curb? Chelsea just opened a smoke-free bar, where it’s buy one, get one on all drinks. The “be who you are bar” opens daily at 4 p.m., and has plenty of free parking. 1502 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-228-0139,

Wednesday, April 11 – Tuesday, April 17: Mitchell’s Fish Market
If you love lobster, and crustaceans in general, head to Mitchell’s for the Annual Crustacean Celebration. (Lobster being in season is the reason for the celebration.) Choose from lobster and shrimp-stuffed cod ($19.95), lobster and shrimp cakes ($24.95) or lobster tail with lobster and shrimp cake ($29.95) entrees. 204 Westshore Plaza, Tampa, 813-289-3663,

Thursday, April 12: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits (Wesley Chapel)
Sip on over fifty wines and ask the wine experts fifty questions. Then, scarf down gourmet hors d’oeurves chosen to complement the wine selections. A souvenir wine glass and coupon will be presented to each attendee. 6-8 p.m., 1845 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel, 813-907-2647,

Friday, April 13: Carmel Café and Wine Bar
This four-course wine dinner will spotlight Conn Valley Vineyards of Napa Valley. Customized MenuPads offer attendees customized service and display photos and facts about the dishes and wines, to enhance the experience. Reservations are required. $79.95 plus tax and gratuity; 6:30 – 8 p.m., 2548 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-724-4228,

Friday, April 13: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
If you are craving a multi-course dinner and craft brews from the Old World, you can get your fix at Fleming’s Beer Dinner. This five-course dinner features entrees such as Prosciutto and Fontina Stuffed Tenderloin and Ostrich Steak Tartare. Each course will be paired with Belgian and English beers selected specifically to complement the culinary selections. A brew will even be served with the Bacon Gelato course. Call for reservations. $85 all-inclusive; 6:30 p.m., 4322 W. Boy Scout Blvd., Tampa, 813-874-WINE,

Friday, April 13: Whole Foods
Be friendly to your body and the planet simultaneously by attending this Healthier Planet, Healthier You store tour. Learn how organic and minimally-processed foods benefit your body and the planet. Practice some of their green tips, and soon you will be as green as Kermit. Register by the exit lobby, or by emailing [email protected] 6:30 – 8 p.m., 1548 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-874-9435,

Saturday, April 14: Neptune Lounge – Pub Riders
Ride your hog and support autistic children simultaneously at this Pub Riders vs. Autism NPPR Fights for Children event. There will be a dress-up theme of “classic wrestlers,” complete with prizes and photographer. Totally rad! This charity pub ride will include stops at Capt n’ Jacks and Lagerheadz. Check in at Neptune Lounge. 5:30 – 8:30p.m., 13 S. Safford Ave., Tarpon Springs, 727-943-5713,

Saturday, April 14: Safford House
Head to the house for week three of this cooking class series. Go Greek and prepare youvetsi (lamb with orzo). If you’re not still stuffed from Easter, you will enjoy the koulourakia Easter cookies. Sponsored by City of Tarpon Springs. Register via phone or website. $20; 12 — 2 p.m., 23 Parkin Court, Tarpon Springs, 727-942-5605,

Sunday, April 15: Independent (St. Petersburg)
Independent is turning seven, so strap on your party hat and enjoy “world-class beer,” food, fun and entertainment. Beer specials include $7 liters and $4 half-liters of German beers and $1 discount on drafts. Sons of Hippies, Florida Kilos and Urbane Cowboys will be performing live. Free; 29 3rd St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-820-9514,

Sunday, April 15: Rolling Pin Cooking Emporium
For a crusty culinary experience, head to Rolling Pin for the It’s all in the Crust hands-on class. Chef David will teach you how to prepare flaky, layered crusts for individual chicken pot pies, Quiche Lorraine and fruit tarts. Wine, beer and soda are included. $50; 12 p.m., 2080 Badlands Drive, Brandon, 813-653-2418,

Sunday, April 15: Savory Spice Shop
If you think spices are nice, and want to prepare some spicy fare for Cinco de Mayo, be proactive and check out this Cooking with Savory Spice demonstration. Enjoy chicken mole and taste how spices can transform cornbread and tea, courtesy of the samples. Registration is encouraged. Free; 12:30 p.m., 400 Beach Drive #173, St. Petersburg, 727-290-9893,

Tuesday, April 17: Red Mesa Cantina
If you like your tequila on a Tuesday, check out Tequila Tuesday in Red Mesa Cantina’s Lucha Bar. Specials include $4 flavored margaritas, $6 hornitos margaritas and $2 discount on tequila flights (featuring three tequilas). If you get tired of tequila, get a few $5 mini Guinness shots. 7 p.m. – midnight; 128 3rd St. S, St. Petersburg, 727-896-TACO,

Tuesday, April 17: World of Beer (Carrollwood)
Follow the yellow brick road to Red Brick Brewery Night. Enjoy a wee bit of Wee Heavy, Hoplanta, Olde Stock and pale ale, which will be on draft. Be sure to stick around for the giveaways. 7 p.m. – 2 p.m., 12904 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-968-7300,

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