This week in food and drink

PBR Pub Bike Ride, raw foods class, benefit dinners, wine tastings and more.

Wednesday, August 24: Bianchi's Enoteca
It's "Pasta Wednesday" at Bianchi's and that means they're serving up yet another pasta special. This week, get a dish of shrimp puttanesca spaghetti and a glass of wine for $19.95. The catch: only 10 orders will be made and it's first come, first serve. 6-8 p.m. 3215 S MacDill Ave. Suite G, Tampa, 813-837-2233,

Wednesday, August 24: Cru Cellars
$15 Wine Tasting Wednesday: Taste through five wines and then enjoy a glass of your favorite! Get a 10% discount on the featured wines. Email Jen at [email protected] to RSVP or call 813-831-1117. $15; 6 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa,

Wednesday, August 24: A Taste for Wine
At this tasting event, try a variety of wines from Italy's Piedmont Valley — located at at the foothills of the Alps in the northwest of the country and home to the highly valued, bold and long-lived grape Italy has to offer: Nebbiolo! $12; 6-8:30 p.m. 241 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-727-895-1623,

Wednesday, August 24: Parkshore Grill
Chef Tyson Grant and his crew will be whipping up a four-course feast paired with Pine Ridge wines for this wine dinner benefiting Ronald McDonald House. Call to RSVP. $79 (plus tax and gratuity); 6:30-9:30 p.m. 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete, 727-896-9463,

Wednesday, August 24: Pour House
Join the Pour House for the hoppiest night ever at 'If It's Not Double IPA, It's Crap Keep the Pint Night' featuring a slew of Double IPAs on draft. Taps to include: Stone 15th Anniversary Imperial Black IPA, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Florida Beer Swamp Ape, Southern Tier Unearthly, Stone Ruination, and more. Free event with purchase; 7:30-10:30 p.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #112, Tampa, 813-402-2923,

Thursday, August 25: Bella Brava
To say "thank you" to their loyal fans, Bella Brava is giving out free glasses of Prosecco from 5 p.m. until close to all guests (21+). Free event; 5 p.m.-close. 204 Beach Dr NE, St. Pete, 727-895-5515,

Thursday, August 25:
Empress Tea Room and Bistro
To celebrate their grand reopening in Carrollwood after having relocated from Temple Terrace, The Empress Tea Room and Bistro will be hosting an open house event where guests can sample gourmet tea and scones, as well as learn the 'ins and outs' of high tea and watch "tea house style" cooking demonstrations. Free; 6-9 p.m., 12924 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 813-988-9027,

Thursday, August 25: Total Wine & More - St. Pete
This exciting tasting class on Italian wines will include refreshing whites from prestigious winegrowing areas in the north and then transition into some of the most renowned red wine appellations within Italy, including Barolo and Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG. Class includes wine selections, tasting sheets, take home educational materials, and discounts on the wine presented in class. Class size limited to 30 people; call to RSVP. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 4880 Park Street N., St. Pete, 727-544-6018,

Thursday, August 25: Aspirations Winery
Enjoy live music, food, door prizes and wine discounts at this 'Last Thursday' tasting. $1 per sample; 7-9 p.m. 5116 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-988-2010,

Friday, August 26: World of Wines of South Tampa

Since bubbles make everything better, WoW is holding this 'Sultry Summer' sparkling tasting which will feature several sparklers from Caposaldo, Cristalino, Zazo and more. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3431 South West Shore Blvd., Tampa, 813-835-9463,

Friday, August 26: The Roosevelt 2.0
Join like-minded, food-loving folks who are passionate about where their food comes from at this second screening of Farmageddon — a documentary exposing the battle between big agribusiness and the small family farms who are threatened by misguided bureaucracy and government regulations. event will have live music, local farmers and food rights organizations prior to the film. At the close of the film community members can participate in the inauguration of Farm Circles, an ongoing discussion about food issues hosted at The Roosevelt 2.0. For more information about the film, visit: Purchase advance tickets at: 6 p.m. Admission: $10, $6 for seniors, students and those on fixed incomes. 1812 N. 15th St., Tampa,

Friday, August 26: Bern's Fine Wines & Spirits
At this Crush Hour tasting, sample highly-rated California Cabernet Sauvignons. Call to RSVP. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-250-9463,

Friday, August 26: Vintage Wine Cellars
Sample the nine varying wine regions of California (excluding Napa) at this week's tasting event. RSVP required; call or email [email protected] $10; 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931,

Friday, August 26: Whole Foods Market
Learn to create delicious raw creations at this raw foods "cooking" class. 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] 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

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