This week in food and drink

Moet tasting at Ciro's, another Food Truck Rally, Cold Storage brewery tour and more.

Wednesday, December 14: 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 linguine and scallop pasta with pesto sauce and a glass of wine for $19.95. The catch: only 10 orders will be made and it's first come, first served. 6-8 p.m. 3215 S MacDill Ave. Suite G, Tampa, 813-837-2233, bianchisenoteca.com

Wednesday, December 14: Cru Cellars
For Cru's second annual 'Holiday High Roller's Wine Tasting', get the chance to try some highly-rated small-production wines from around the globe. Selections to include: Charles Simon Brut Champagne, Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Diraud Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009 and more. RSVP. Purchase tickets on Cru's website or by calling. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 2506 S. MacDill Ave., Tampa, 813-831-1117, crucellarstampa.com

Wednesday, December 14: Twisted Cork Grille
Enjoy a five-course, Christmas wine pairing dinner at Twisted Cork featuring everything from Champagne and Zin to pumpkin ravioli and duck egg rolls. Call to RSVP. $40 (plus tax and gratuity); 7-10 p.m. 3405 34th St N., St. Pete, 727-525-CORK, twistedcorkgrille.com

Thursday, December 15: Tampa's Channel District
Channelside will be offering Tampa Bay folks the chance to dine under the stars at 'Flicks and Food Trucks' on the third Thursday of every month. The food will be provided by some of Tampa's best food trucks, of course, and participants will get to view short independent films by local students. 10-15 food trucks will be their selling their freshly made wares and guests (of legal drinking age) can purchase Cigar City's craft beers to wash it all down with. Free event (bring cash for food and drink); 6-10 p.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, tampabaymarkets.com

Thursday, December 15: Dunedin House of Beer
The Dunedin House of Beer hosts a fundraiser for the Dunedin Doggie Rescue this Thursday, which will include a beer raffle and over 35 holiday ales from the US, UK and Belgium, in limited quantities. Tickets are limited to 20 total and will be first come, first serve. Proceeds to benefit Dunedin Doggie Rescue. $15; 7-9 p.m. 927 Broadway, Dunedin, 727-902-1671 dunedinhob.com

Friday, December 16: Cheese Please
Taste seven to eight new cheeses each week at Cheese Please's Friday night tastings. This week they'll be featuring both cheeses and beers to enjoy together. RSVP required. $20; 7 p.m. 4213 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 813-766-0060, cheesepleasetampa.com

Saturday, December 17: First Unity Church
Since it went over so well the first time, St. Pete is getting another Food Truck Rally this weekend. The event will feature music and entertainment in addition to at least 15 to 20 food trucks with various offerings, some of which are brand new in the Bay area and will be making their debuts at the event. Bring cash! Free event (must purchase food and drink); 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. 460 46th Ave. N, St. Pete, tastingtampa.com

Saturday, December 17: Cold Storage Craft Brewery
While they don't have set tour days as of yet, Cold Storage is offering an open house tour and tasting this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1-4 p.m. Free tour for 21+ ($10 for 18-20) and $10 for a custom glass which includes three beer tastings. For more info, email: [email protected] 4101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 813-374-2101, coldstoragecraftbrewery.com

Saturday, December 17: Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar - Clearwater and Tampa locations
Taste over 35 rare and renowned sparkling wines from around the world during Carmel Cafe's Holiday Champagne Tasting event this Saturday. Bubbly selections include Roederer Brut Premier, Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut, Pommery Brut Royal and more, paired with Carmel's "Mod Med" small plates. Call to RSVP. $35; 1-3 p.m. 2548 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater, 727-724-4228; 14306 North Dale Mabry, Tampa, 813-265-1415; carmelcafe.com

Saturday, December 17: Dunedin
Join the North Pinellas Pub Riders for their Tacky Christmas Sweater Party Ride and Santa Swap this weekend in Dunedin. Grab the "most hideous bedazzled Cosby nightmare of a cardigan" you can find, bring a $5-$10 gift to put in Santa's sack for the gift exchange and hop on your bicycle for a festive pub crawl (of sorts). The ride will begin at Dunedin House of Beer, head to Original Pinehurst Pub, then Flanagan's Irish Pub and end at Jolli Mon's Grill. Be sure to stay toasty and not get too toasted, as you can get a DUI for riding a bike under the influence. See website for more details; food and drink sold separately at stops. 5:30 p.m. Dunedin House of Beer: 927 Broadway, Dunedin, 727-216-6318, pinellaspubride.info.

Saturday, December 17: Willard's Tap House
Willard's is making their holiday party extra sweet by throwing in a cookie contest this year, asking patrons to show off their pastry skills and bring in a plate of their best cookies or dessert. Secret judges will taste all entries and determine the top three desserts, for which prizes will be awarded. Also on tap will be a variety of holiday craft beer offerings. Free event; 8 p.m.-3 a.m. 12500 Starkey Road, Largo, 727-581-8600, willardstaphouse.com

Sunday, December 18: Vue Sushi & Martini Bar
Celebrate The Vue's first anniversary with all-you-can-eat-sushi, an open bar, "body sushi" and a live DJ (for a price, of course). A portion of admission sales will benefit "Heels to Heal" Foundation. $35; 6-11 p.m. 200 Central Ave., St. Pete, 727-821-4600.

Monday, December 19: Ciro's Speakeasy

Ciro's will be welcoming Bill Hyatt of Moët Hennessy as he presents an exclusive tasting of "The Red Carpet of Vintage Champagnes" from the Moët collection. Offerings to include Moët Grand Vintafe '02, Veuve Clicquot La Grand Dame '98 and more. Special pricing available on bottles during the event. RSVP required. $15; 6-8 p.m. 2109 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, 813-251-0022.

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