OBistro has planned a magnificent evening with scrumptious cuisine and flavor-packed Zonin Italian wines at this dinner to benefit The Abilities Foundation. 13 Zonin Italian wines will be served with a cocktail reception and three-course dinner. Proceeds support job placement services for disabled veterans returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Featured wines will also be available for sale at discount prices. Limited seats available; call for reservations. $95 (all inclusive); 6:30 p.m. 6661 Central Ave, St. Pete. 727-381-1212, obistroonline.com
Wednesday, February 23: Pour House
It's that time again: Keep the Pint Night! This week's featured brewery is Brooklyn Brewery. 7:30 p.m. 1208 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite #112, Tampa. 813-402-2923, pourhousetampa.com
Thursday February 24: Total Wine & More - St. Pete
Meet Willamette Valley's Anam Cara Vineyard owner Nick Nicholas as he leads guests through a tasting of his outstanding estate-grown wines from Oregon's famous Chehalem Mountain district of the Willamette Valley. Free event; 4-6 p.m. 4880 Park Street N, St. Pete. 727-544-6018, totalwine.com
Thursday, February 24: Gulf Coast Academy
Enjoy dinner and a show at Gulf Coast Academy to benefit their STAGE-C Workshop students. This Medieval-themed event will include a performance of "King Arthur's Calamity," a Medieval Faire, auction and prizes. Dinner includes a five-course meal with Orchestra seating while enjoying the show. Call for more information. Dinner: $35, show admission only: $8; 5:30 p.m. Purchase your tickets at the GCA Front Office at 10444 Tillery Rd., in Spring Hill, or call, 352-688-5092. Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center: 13651 Hays Road, Spring Hill. gulfcoastacademy.org
Thursday, February 24: ABC Fine Wine and Spirits - Carrollwood
Another installment of ABC's tastings which feature 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, 6-8 p.m. 14729 N Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa. 813-264-1881, abcfws.com
Thursday, February 24: Grand Kitchen & Bath
To get people into the St. Patty's Day spirit a little earlier this year, Grand Kitchen & Bath will be hosting a live, Irish-themed cooking demo and radio broadcast by Chef Elizabeth Dougherty from Food Nation Radio Network. This inaugural cooking demo in Grand Kitchen & Bath's KraftMaid showroom will feature classics from and inspired by The Emerald Isle. An extra incentive to attend? The craft beer tasting! Call for more information. 6-8 p.m. 2600 4th St., St. Pete. 727-327-3007, grandkitchen.com.
Thursday, February 24: Parkshore Grill
Enjoy an evening with winemaker Gary Horner of Erath Vineyards for a wine pairing dinner at Parkshore. Chef Tyson Grant will has created a six-course meal paired with Pinot Noirs. $79; 6:30 p.m. 300 Beach Drive NE, St. Pete. 727-896-9463, parkshoregrill.com
Thursday, February 24: Rollin' Oats Market St. Pete
Cook It Allergy-Free Cooking Class: Rollin' Oats Market and Cafe presents cooking class for those with food allergies. Libby Ilson, author of The Allergic Kid blog and winner of the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network Divvies Cookie Recipe Contest, will share her award-winning recipe! This is a free event, but seating is limited. Call 813-873-7428 to reserve your seat. 6:30 p.m. 2842 Dr. Martin Luther King Street N., St. Pete. rollinoats.com
Thursday, February 24: World of Beer St. Pete
Terrapin Brewery Night: featuring four specialty brews from Terrapin. 7 p.m. 5226 4th Street N, St. Pete.
Friday February 24: Total Wine & More - Clearwater and Tampa
Meet Willamette Valley's Anam Cara Vineyard owner Nick Nicholas as he leads guests through a tasting of his outstanding estate-grown wines from Oregon's famous Chehalem Mountain district of the Willamette Valley. Free event; Clearwater: 12-2 p.m., Tampa: 3-6:30 p.m. 2528 State Road 580, Clearwater, 727-431-1010; 1720 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, 813-350-9601. totalwine.com
Friday, February 25: Corey Avenue St. Pete Beach
Celebrate Last Friday with a shopping and wine stroll on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. Participating merchants will be open late offering refreshments, wine, and live music. Free parking. Free; 5-8 p.m. 300 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. 727-498-8778, coreyave.com
Friday, February 25: Raymond James Stadium
Dine with coaching legend Bobby Bowden at Raymond James Stadium to benefit Northside Christian School. $100 gen. admin, $250 preferred seating; 6:30 p.m. 4116 North Himes Ave, Tampa. Contact Tessa Madasz for ticket info: 727-541-7593 or visit www.nck12.com.
Friday, February 25: Bern's Fine Wine & Spirits
This Crush Hour event will feature eight Pinot Noirs from Oregons Willamette Valley, including several wines from Ken Wright Cellars, and a superb lineup of Oregon producers including Domaine Serene, Evening Land and Patricia Green. $25; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 1002 South Howard Ave, Tampa. 813-250-9463, bernsfinewines.com
Friday, February 25: Tosti's Spirits & Fine Wines
Enjoy a tasting and discussion of wines from Italy, Spain and France paired with light appetizers. Proceeds benefit LARC (fundraising partner for PARC). $5; 6:30-8:30 p.m. 5125 34th Street S., St. Pete. 727-867-7772.
Friday, February 25: Vintage Wine Cellars
Taste eight examples of Napa's prowess and discuss why they are considered regal above other wines while nibbling on fresh bread and tasty cheeses. Limited seating; RSVP required. $20; 7-9 p.m. 3629 Henderson Blvd, Tampa. 813-879-2931, VintageWineCellars.net
Saturday, February 26: The Fresh Market Clearwater
Local chefs will lead a free, step-by-step presentation on how to prepare Balsamic Glazed Beef Tenderloin with Blue Cheese Bruschetta with Sun Dried Tomato Rice Pilaf. Plus, you'll get to taste when they're done! Free; 1-4 p.m. 25961 U.S. Highway 19, Clearwater. 727-669-6111, thefreshmarket.com
Saturday, February 26: Dunedin Brewery
The Stogies and Stout event will feature craft stout brews, hand-rolled cigars and blue music by by Eddie Kirkland with The Nouveaux Honkies. Admission includes a commemorative glass, one fine Robusto cigar, and a generous sampling of all available stouts. Buy tickets online here. $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event; 7 p.m. 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. 727-736-0606, dunedinbrewery.com.
Saturday, February 26: MOSI
MOSI is once again presenting their Einstein on Food & Wine event this year, which will feature seventy vintners with a variety of wines on hand -- everything from reds, whites, champagnes, domestics and imports. To complement the vino, food from over 30 different local restaurants will be served, including The Melting Pot and Ruths Chris Steak House. The silent auction proceeds will benefit MOSIs educational programs. VIP tickets can be purchased for $125, which allow guests to arrive early and get the party started at 6 p.m., as well as access to an exclusive VIP exhibition and valet parking. 21 & up only. $60 for members, $70 for non-members and $80 if purchased the week of event; 7 p.m., 4801 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (813) 987-6000 or visit mosi.org.
Monday, February 28: Publix Apron's Cooking School
Learn the art of cooking casseroles and cassoulets in this hands-on cooking class. Menu includes: Smoked Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet; Mustard Chicken and Orzo Casserole; Artichoke, Potato and Portobella Casserole; Chocolate Raisin Bread Pudding. Register here. $35; 6 p.m. 7835 Gunn Hwy, Tampa. 813-926-4465, publix.com/aprons
Tuesday, March 1: Pollo Tropical - All locations
Pollo Tropical has teamed up with Women in Distress once again for the Second Annual Helping Handhelds Campaign. On this day, anyone who brings in an unwanted cell phone to Pollo Tropical will receive a free Shrimp Quesadilla Wrap or the Chicken Quesadilla Wrap -- all for a great cause. The cell phones are being collected for Women In Distress, who will reprogram the phones to dial 911. (They do not have to be operational or functioning.) All day event. 3900 Park Blvd, Pinellas Park; 3285 West Hillsboorough Avenue, Tampa; 6276 W. Waters Avenue, Tampa; 3134 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.
Tuesday, March 1: The Ale and the Witch
Ballast Point Brewery Night: Featuring Sculpin IPA, Black Marlin American Porter, Yellowtail Pale, Tongue Buckler Imperial Red (the only keg of this award-winning beer in the county), and complimentary samples of the Imperial Stout Sea Monster (available in 22 oz bottles). Central Cafe and Organics is making a beer cheese dip from Ballast Point beers to be sampled by guests drinking those specific beers, and there will be raffle prizes given out. 6-9 p.m. 111 2nd Ave NE, St. Pete. 727-821-ALE3, thealeandthewitch.com
Thursday, March 3: SideBern's
Attend this exclusive, six-course whiskey pairing dinner which will feature the award-winning Compass Box Scotch Whiskeys. Guest speaker Mark Pruckner will present each whiskey and discuss the methods of distillation and aging techniques unique to each bottle. Purchase tickets online here. $125 (all Inclusive); 6:30 p.m. 2208 West Morrison Ave, Tampa. 813-258-2233, sideberns.com
Thursday, March 3: Columbia Restaurant Ybor
Enjoy a five-course wine dinner featuring the wines of Dominio De Tares, with special guest Laura Vazquez, Dominio De Tares Export Manager. $85 (all inclusive); 7-10 p.m. 2117 E. 7th Ave, Tampa. 813-248-4961, columbiarestaurant.com
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, wood-firedpizza.com
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, peabodysbilliards.com
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: Beak's Old Florida
Get 25% off Palm Plate entrees of steaks, pork and choice seafood dishes for "T-Bone Tuesdays" at Beak's (dine in only). 2451 Central Ave., St. Pete. 727-321-9100
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; macdintons.com
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. www.wobusa.com
Fridays: Taps Wine and Beer Eatery
Ladies receive $4 martinis from 5-10 p.m. 777 N. Ashley Dr., Tampa. 813-463-1968, www.tapswineandbeer.com
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