CHEERS: DRINK TO THAT
Hold onto your livers: it's going to be a wild ride this week. First off, the Museum of Fine Arts quenches thirsts 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with its Beer Project: Beer + Art Lounge. Local breweries take on the challenge to create unique, small-batch brews that connect with featured museum works such as The God of Death, Mictlantecuhtli and George Inness' Early Moonrise. The event benefits the museum's art conservation fund, and tickets are $55 advance, $65 at door. Guests must be 21 or older and the price includes beer, pilsner glass, brewers collector cards, wine, food and galleries. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, home brewers can show off their best brews at the museum; tickets for that are $30 at the door. 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.
Keep the suds pouring later Saturday at the IPA Festival at Dunedin Brewery, 7 to 11 p.m. Craft beer lovers will receive a commemorative tasting glass, four hours to taste more than 30 local and national draft IPAs and live music by sacred steel jam band the Lee Boys featuring Roosevelt Collier. Tickets are $50 at 937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. (727) 736-0606.
If wine is more your jam, head over to the Tasting Soiree from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday at TPepin's Hospitality Centre. Taste red and white wines from around the world provided by Time For Wine and enjoy dancing and live music, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction, cigar rolling, pool tables, a cash bar and jazz on the outdoor patio at the Tampa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's soiree. Tickets are $25, available at dstta.com. 4121 N 50th St., Tampa.
Eschew beer and wine in favor of cocktails? We can work with that, too, at the Urban Nights Cocktail Party from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Club. Enjoy appetizers and a free cocktail as you network with other friends of the Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. The event is free. 101 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 676-6683.
SPICY: ST. PETE COLLABORATION
On June 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Savory Spice shop hosts the Urban Restaurants Group (Urban Brew & BBQ, Urban Comfort, Urban Creamery and Urban Provisions) for an evening of experimentation. The restaurant group will use Savory Spices to prepare a tasting of dinner items from main courses to desserts (and craft beer, in case you didn't do enough drinking earlier in the week). The event is $50 per person, paid in advance. Space is limited. A full menu will be posted on the shop's Facebook page, facebook.com/SavorySpiceShop. 400 Beach Drive NE, Suite 173, St. Petersburg. (727) 290-9893.
HEADS UP: AVANT-GARDE EDIBLES
This fall, visitors will have an opportunity to get surreal in a new way when the Dalí presents the special exhibition "Ferran Adria: The Invention of Food." Widely celebrated for changing the landscape of gastronomy, renowned chef and restaurateur Ferran Adria, left, changed cooking in the same way Salvador Dalí changed art.
Adria's journey to worldwide recognition began on Spain's Costa Brava, just a few miles from Dalí's home, at his restaurant elBulli, where he advanced the use of transformative, avant-garde cooking. Under Adria's leadership, elBulli earned three Michelin stars and was voted the No. 1 restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine. Adria is the author of several cookbooks, co-developer of a Harvard University course entitled "Science and Cooking" and head of the elBullifoundation, a nonprofit in Barcelona focused on the exploration of creativity.
The Dalí Museum's exhibition, which runs Sept. 25 to Nov. 27, will showcase the culinary work of Adria with images of his creations paired with their inspirations from the natural world, creative notebooks elaborating Adria's thinking and tableware and serve-ware designed by Adria. Dalí's food-inspired paintings and flatware also will be presented.
And if it all makes you hungry: Adria created a lobster gazpacho dish in honor of the museum that will be available at the Dalí's Café Gala. Other cool food events surrounding the exhibit will be announced soon. (727) 823-3767. thedali.org.