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Wednesday, June 15: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - Tampa
Indulge in this special beer tasting, with over 60 craft beers from around the world to try. Participants receive a coupon good on the night of the event and a souvenir beer glass. $10; 6-8 p.m. 3015 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, 813-876-5330,

Wednesday, June 15: Cru Cellars

Taste 13 offerings from the '$13 and Under Table'. Build your own “baker’s dozen” and receive 13% off. Email Jen at [email protected] to RSVP or call 813-831-1117. $13 (plus tax); 6-8 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117,

Thursday, June 16-Sunday, June 26: Creative Loafing's Annual Restaurant Week What a better excuse to not slave over a hot stove for a week (technically 10 days) than to dine out at the participating restaurants during CL's fourth annual Restaurant Week? It also gives you the chance to try some places you've never been to or to revisit old favorites without spending a fortune. Here's how it works: Participating Bay area restaurants will be offering three-course, prixe fixe menus (plus more special menu offerings) all for only $25. Over 40 restaurants are on board this year, places like Bin 27 Bistro, Casa Tina, Kon Tiki, Frenchy's and Viaggio. Check out the official Restaurant Week page to view all of the restaurants. Keep checking back to the official Restaurant Week page ( as we add more restaurants!

Thursday, June 16: Whole Foods Market
Learn the basics of cheese with WFM's cheese expert Erik Woody. Sample wines paired with the cheeses to bring out their flavor and richness. 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,

Friday-Sunday, June 17-19: Cassis American Brasserie
Head to Cassis in Downtown St. Pete for their "Riviera St. Pete" event. Enjoy a beer or cocktail with the sand between your toes while you dine at their indoor beach (yes, there will be sand inside). Beach attire requested. Call for more info. 170 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete, 727-827-2927

Friday, June 17: Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network
The 2nd annual Bloomsday event is a celebration of all things Joycean — James Joyce, that is. This event is a great day to celebrate the Irish culture through food, drink, dance, music and a limerick contest. Join TBAE, O'Brien's Irish Pub & Grill, Brandon Bootleggers, Bootleggers Home Brew Supply, Old Tampa Book Company & the Irish Buskers for a fun filled night of all things Irish! Ticket price includes admission, food and drink. $20; 6 p.m. 703 n. willow ave., Tampa, 813-254-2253, —Julie Garisto

Saturday, June 18: Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Head to the Straz to celebrate some of the most aromatic and flavorful beers that Florida has to offer. At the Hoptomic Bitter Beer Festival you can enjoy hoppy craft brews, 5 ounces at a time. Guests have the option to pleasure their palates with bottles, cans and drafts, or sip from firkins of pilsners, saisons, ales, IPAs and barleywines. If you like your beer bitter, the fest showcases the usage of hops that are more than 35 IBUs. Sample food from Ella's Folk Art Cafe, the Independent, Mr. Dunderbak's and others. Local bands add to the sudsy mix. Admission includes a 5-ounce tasting class and the net proceeds benefit the Straz Center of the Performing Arts. $58.50; 2-6 p.m. 1010 N WC MacInnes Place, Tampa, 813-229-STAR or 800-955-1045,, —Jasmine Carter

Saturday, June 18: Florida Estates Winery
Join Florida Estates Winery's Winemaker, Vineyardist, Cellar Master and tasting expert Ron Hunt as he shares his knowledge of wine in a detailed wine class. Admission includes wine tasting, snacks, dessert and logo wine glass. $25 in advance, $30 at the door; 2 p.m. 25241 S.R. 52, Land O Lakes, 813-996-2113,

Saturday, June 18: The Fresh Market - Carrollwood and South Tampa
Local chefs will lead a free, step-by-step presentation at The Fresh Market. Guests are invited to drop in any time during the event and learn how to prepare Sautéed Tomato Basil Pork with a Bright Summer Salad and Berry Dessert Parfaits. Free; 3-6 p.m. 13147 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, 813-964-8001; 3722 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-875-7400;

Saturday, June 18: Sea Sea Riders Celebrate Sea Sea Riders' 21st birthday in style at this special shindig. Food and drink specials all day long, as well as live music from 12-10 p.m. 221 Main St., Dunedin, 727-734-1445,

Sunday, June 19: The University Area Community Center
Experience the taste of the islands at the Tampa Bay Caribbean Heritage Month Festival. Enjoy Caribbean food, music, as well as arts and crafts and fun for the whole family. Visit visit or for more info. $10 for adults, kids 12 and under free; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 14013 North 22nd St., Tampa, 813-558-5212,

Tuesday, June 21: Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center Culinary Workshop Series: Tampa Tribune food editor Jeff Houck and Andrew Huse, author of The Columbia Restaurant: Celebrating a Century of History, Culture, and Cuisine, and CL Food contributor will share the history and lore behind each delectable Columbia dish, followed by a cooking demonstration and tasting. This week: Brazo Gitano "Cien Años" and Cafe con Leche. Pre-registration is required. $30 for members; $40 for non-members for a single workshop; 6-7:30 p.m. 801 Old Water St., Tampa, 813-228-0097 (ext. 0),

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,

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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