This week in food and drink

From Whole Foods to happy hours: Culinary doings all over.

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This week in food and drink

Wednesday, May 25: Whole Foods Market Tampa
May is Celiac Awareness month, and many Americans are now discovering their allergy to gluten. Whether you or your child has recently discovered an allergy, or you’re looking for new alternatives to spice up your gluten-free diet, this gluten-free shopping tour will help you learn how to find gluten-free products. You’ll also learn how to understand labels, and get the chance to try a few gluten-free items. Register by the exit lobby or by emailing [email protected] Free; 6:30-7:30 p.m. 1548 North Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa. 813-874-9435,

Thursday, May 26: Pete & Shorty's Tavern - Pinellas Park
Meet Tampa Bay Rays announcer Todd Kalas and get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate in the "Joe Maddon look-alike contest" at Pete & Shorty's. Enjoy the daily and happy hour specials during the event. (Their mini burgers are super cheap and delish!) Free; 5-7 p.m. 7402 49th Street N., Pinellas Park, 727-549-8000,

Thursday, May 26: Datz
Taste Zyr Russian Vodka in cocktails mixed up by Cindy Cicala, Zyr Ambassador, and enjoy tasty Russian tapas to pair with them. RSVP required; purchase tickets here. $10; 6:30p.m. 2616 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-7000,

Thursday, May 26: Grapes & Grains
Start off Memorial Day Weekend with this "Wicked Weekend Wine Tasting" at Grapes & Grains. Taste the Temptation Zin, Sin Zin, and Redemption Zin, and jam out while the live DJ spins his energetic dance mix. $5 7 p.m.-12 a.m. 11246 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, 813-448-1083,

Friday, May 27: World of Wines of South Tampa
This special Memorial Day Weekend tasting will feature wines from California, Spain and Italy, as well as delicious hors d'oeuvres. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3431 South West Shore Blvd, Tampa, 813-835-9463,

Friday, May 27: Pic Pac Liquors & Wine Source

Compare two different worlds of wine making and taste some great value whites and red. Includes light appetizers. $5; 6-8 p.m. 6609 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-347-0743

Friday, May 27: Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits
At this week's Crush Hour event, taste wines from Tuscany's 2006 Brunello di Montalcino vintage. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave, Tampa, 813-250-9463.

Friday, May 27: Vintage Wine Cellars
'Ooh' and 'ahh' over the selection of eight highly-rated Cabernet Sauvignons from France, California, Chile and South Africa. Limited seating; RSVP required. $25; 7:15-9:30 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-879-2931.

Thursday, May 26: SideBern's Patio
Enjoy craft brews from Orange County's Bruery Brewing and Ballast Point from San Diego paired with mouthwatering items from the grill at another of SideBern's 'Grill & Chill' events. The menu includes banana leaf roasted pork shoulder, pineapple roasted chicken, Hawaiian potato salad and more. Purchase tickets online here. $50; 6:30 p.m. 2208 West Morrison Ave., Tampa, 813-258-2233,

Saturday, May 28: Florida Estates Winery
Taste delicious, locally-produced wines from the vineyards and peruse the vendor tables offering arts and crafts, jewelry and more. Live music, free admission and parking, and pets welcome. Free; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 25241 State Road 52, Land O'Lakes,

Sunday, May 29: Publix Greenwise Market
Get a tasting of and learn more about oak barrel aged wines at this free tasting. Free; 4-7 p.m. 2403 West Azeele Street, Tampa, 813-250-0129,

Wednesday, June 1: Cigar City Brewery

The Tocabaga Red Ale is here! Toast the release of Cigar City's newest brew and the unveiling of the winning label design in the Hampton Arts Management label design competition at this event. The first 80 guests can purchase a bottle of Tocobaga with a limited-edition autographed bottle from the winning label artist. The brew will also be available in bottle or on draft. Cuban/Latin food will be served as well. Free; 7-10 p.m. 3924 W. Spruce St., Tampa, 813-348-6363,

Friday, June 1: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits — Largo
Another installment of ABC's tastings featuring 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. 1603 N Missouri Ave., Largo, 727-581-4642,

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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