Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. There is quite a bit happening in our town this Thanksgiving week. Help others this Thanksgiving in the kitchen or with canned donations, check out a book signing from a James Beard award-winning chef, and learn about the benefits of eating fermented foods.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19-WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21: VOLUNTEER THANKSGIVING COOKS NEEDED
Want to help cook turkeys and pies for the less fortunate this Thanksgiving? St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Chef John Lewis are looking for home cooks to buy and cook turkeys (roughly 16 pounds each) and pies (apple or pumpkin). Deliver turkeys to the church November 19-21 from 3-8 p.m. Deliver pies to the church on November 21 from 3-8 p.m. Call the church to schedule food drop-offs. You can also donate homemade side dishes at the church 3-8 p.m. November 19-21. 1120 Curlew Road, Dunedin, 727-433-1889.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20: CRAFT BEER BOTTLING 101
Part two of the three part series focuses on bottling at Ybor's Roosevelt 2.0. Mary Mac will show everyone how to bottle their craft winter beer. That means participants are one step closer to the best part, tasting their beer. Learn the art of bottling and labeling your home brew, plus proper bottle conditioning. $15. Includes samples of various beers. 7-9 p.m. 1812 N. 15th St, Tampa, 813-248-1904.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21: WET YOUR WHISTLE
Grab a freshly brewed pint from Three Palms Brewing and keep your logo pint class. Get two tickets redeemable for two rounds of locally brewed beer. $10. 6-9 p.m. 1509 Hobbs St., Tampa, 888-813-4856.
FIFTH ANNUAL BUTTER-BALL PRE-THANKSGIVING EXTRAVAGANZA
Bring some canned goods for donation and pay no cover, while enjoying an open bar at Vintage Ultra Lounge. Help those in need in St. Petersburg's community this Thanksgiving. FREE. 9-10 p.m. 16 Second St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-898-2222.
THX-GIVING: A FREE PRE-THX-GIVING PARTY AND TOY DRIVE
New World Brewery and THX Mgmt have paired up to turn Thanksgiving eve into a night for music and a good cause. Bring a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots and enjoy a free show with music from Gentlemen Please, Bambery, Halibut, and the Passenger. FREE. 9 p.m. 1313 E. Eighth Ave., Tampa, 813-248-4969.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22:
FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER
The Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ is offering a free, home-cooked, traditional Thanksgiving dinner in an open house-style event with entertainment from Mike Balistierri.
FREE. 12-4 p.m. 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-347-1226.
TAMPA THANKSVEGAN DINNER
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa presents Tampa's seventh annual Thanksvegan Feast. All dishes are vegan. Bring a vegan dish to feed 6-8 people, with serving utensil and ingredient list and recipe. Warming facilities available. Parking is limited, carpooling encouraged. $1 off admission if you bring own plate, silverware and cup. $6 adult with vegan dish to share. $16 adult without dish to share. Children, students, and seniors by donation. 1:30-5:30 p.m. R.S.V.P. at email@example.com or 813-476-6436. 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa, 727- 656-8368.
Grab turkey dinner with the family, then head over to Fubar later for a feast from Boston Market (while supplies last). Dress up as a Pilgrim or Indian to receive drink specials all night long. FREE. 4 p.m.-3 a.m. 658 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-424-1809.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23:
BLACK FRIDAY SWEET RETREAT
Stop by Pelagia Trattoria on Black Friday for gourmet food, entertainment, and personal pampering. While your rushing into stores for the best deals, unwind with free chair massages, specially-priced Black Friday drinks, and live music. Sip on the Blacktini, made with espresso-infused vodka and Godiva chocolate liquor. Chair massages available 11 a.m.-3 p.m., first come, first serve. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, 813-313-3235.
SOUTHERN COMFORT BOOK SIGNING
Husband and wife Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing are giving a cooking demonstration and book signing of their new cookbook, Southern Comfort: A New Take on the Recipes We Grew Up With. Vines-Rushing (winner of the James Beard award for Rising Star Chef 2004) and her husband tell the story of family food traditions in Louisiana and Mississippi. FREE. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 400 Beach Drive, Suite #173, St. Petersburg, 727-290-9893.
COREY LIGHTS UP!
The food trucks of Corey Avenue are lighting up for the holiday season on Black Friday. Over 17 merchants like Burrito Box, Mikes Off the Hook, and Dude and His Food. It's also Corey Avenue's fourth Friday food truck festival with live music from Kevin Wilder Jazz, and a kids crafting area. FREE. 5-8 p.m. 155 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach, 727-498-8778.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25: FOOD FERMENTATION WORKSHOP
A 90-minute workshop hosted by Sweetwater Organic Farm with instructor Austin Durant. Learn the history and benefits of fermenting foods, complete with a cooking demo with simple seasonable fermented recipes containing healthy "probiotic" bacterias. Snack on kimchi, sauerkraut and kombucha. $20, includes everything needed to make a batch of fermented foods to take home. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 813-887-4066. 12:30-2 p.m. 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, 813-887-4066.
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