Friday, August 17, 2018
Dining

Deal alert: Hard Rock Cafe has 71 cent burgers for its birthday

SAVE THE DATE: HARD ROCK B-DAY

On June 14, 1971, the founders opened their own American-style diner in an old Rolls-Royce dealership and called it Hard Rock Cafe. They had a vision to combine music, memorabilia and all-American fare. Hereís a tip: To celebrate Hard Rockís birthday, they arenít buying themselves a cake. They are selling us burgers. For 71 cents. Head in June 14 starting at 11:30 a.m. for the classic Legendary Burger, its beef patty topped with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, a golden fried onion ring, lettuce and tomato, served on a toasted brioche bun with seasoned fries. Oh, and hereís the clincher: The birthday party features a í70s disco theme with disco bands. Guests are encouraged to wear disco attire. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, 5223 N Orient Road. (813) 627-7757. hardrock.com.

CHOCOLATE CLASS: WILLIAM DEAN

Bill Brown at William Dean has a passion for educating folks in the ways of chocolate, tarts, pastries and other sweet treats. He has brought in chef Tim Brown of Johnson & Wales University to lead a series of classes that includes beverages and light snacks. On Friday, itís Italian desserts (panna cotta, classic tiramisu, zeppoles) from 6 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, thereís a class called Tarts, Tarts, and More Tarts from 1 to 4 p.m., where participants learn fundamentals of French tarts, from making the dough to creating the fillings; menu includes salted caramel tart, frangipane tart, lemon and other fruit tarts. Participants take home an array of tarts. And on Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., itís Summer Pies and Galettes. Guests learn the secrets to summer pie recipes, from flaky dough to baking techniques, and leave with pies to enjoy or share. Each class is $50 and registration is required. 2790 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. (727) 593-0656. williamdeanchocolates.com.

OPA: PALOOZA

Celebrate Greek heritage and culture this weekend with the Opa Palooza family-friendly Greek festival of live music, belly dancing, seminars, workshops, food, drink and games at the Historic Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and foods are priced individually. 735 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs. (727) 322-5217.

BEERS: ON THE PIER

History is on tap. Explore the city of St. Petersburgís heritage at Beers on the Pier as you sample more than 70 beers from 24 American breweries throughout the museum galleries of the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Plus, as if thatís not enough, thereís live music and a mummy. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday. $35 advance, $45 day of. Proceeds benefit the museum. 335 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1052. spmoh.com.

drink up: NATIONAL ROSE DAY

I donít know who decides these things, but Sunday is National Rose Wine Day, which I will be celebrating in earnest. Itís the perfect summer wine, refreshing but with enough body to stand up to whatever youíve got working on the barbecue. Here are a handful of spots around Tampa Bay where you can don your rose-colored glasses:

Cru Cellars, 2506 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 831-1117. They also have a location in the new Armature Works food hall in Tampa Heights.

Bianchiís Enoteca, 3215 S MacDill Ave., Tampa. (813) 837-2233.

Brix 33, 8351 State Road 54, Unit 109, New Port Richey. (727) 835-7912.

Annata Wine Bar, 300 Beach Drive NE, Unit 128, St. Petersburg. (727) 851-9582.

Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro, 483 Mandalay Ave., Unit 113, Clearwater. (727) 446-8805.

The Seminole Heights Wine Bar, 6703 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-4966.

 
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