DINE: DO IT FOR THE KIDS
At Night of the Iguana on Friday, guests can help grant the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions while enjoying food samples from 20 restaurants, live music from the Black Honkeys and Pelican King, an open bar, dancing, and silent and live auctions at TPepin's Hospitality Centre. 7-11 p.m. Tickets, $150, benefit the Make A Wish Foundation Central and North Florida Chapter. 4121 N 50th St., Tampa. (813) 288-2600.
And on Saturday, Swine 'n Dine at the Trinity Meeting Center at Trinity Commons includes a pig roast and other foods and music from the Backwater Blues Band among the entertainment. This is a benefit for Wheelchairs for Kids, which helps kids with physical disabilities. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $15, $25 for two. 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Trinity. (727) 375-9700.
Then save this date: Oct. 5 is when celebrity chef Marc Murphy, right, hosts the first Tampa No Kid Hungry Dinner at his restaurant Grey Salt in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. Presented by Citi, the dinner will be an exclusive multi-course event to benefit No Kid Hungry's work to end childhood hunger in America. It features locally renowned guest chefs Greg Baker (the Refinery, Fodder & Shine), Michael Buttacavoli (Cena), Courtney Orwig (Haven) and William Gideon (Seminole Hard Rock Tampa). Cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $200. nokidhungry.org/tampa.
BOURBON, BEER, RUM: FOLKS ARE THIRSTY
On Saturday, Bourbon, Beer and Bluegrass, the second annual dinner and concert series at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club, features five dining stations, full bar, bourbon and beer flight sampling, and live music from Wood and Wire. 6 p.m. to midnight. $64. 501 Fifth Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 894-1000.
And on Friday, Bahama Breeze kicks off its fourth annual Rumtoberfest celebration with the first Rumbash Friday of the season. Beginning at 6 p.m. every Friday until Nov. 4, guests at all 36 Bahama Breeze locations, including Tampa (3045 N Rocky Point Drive E) and Brandon (805 Brandon Town Center Drive), can celebrate all things rum. The events feature games, prizes, specials, live music, fortune tellers and other activities. For more information, visit rumtoberfest.com. And for the kickoff, Bahama Breeze has teamed up with Uber. Between 4-9 p.m., guests can use Uber to visit any Bahama Breeze location nationwide and receive a free appetizer by showing an Uber email receipt.
HUNGRY FOR STORIES? EAT UP.
Journalism and media studies students and faculty at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg are participating in the third annual Story Days in Tampa Bay storytelling festival Oct. 3-8. Visiting assistant professor and former Tampa Bay Times food editor Janet Keeler, right, will present "Hungry for Stories: Connecting Food to Our Narrative" from 10-11:30 a.m. Oct. 4 in Davis Hall, Room 130 on campus.
"Food, and more importantly, food experiences, tell the true tales of our lives," Keeler said. "This storytelling session will unlock your food story and teach you how to value memories of both hardship and abundance." The audience is encouraged to participate. The event is free and parking is available in the parking garage at Fifth Avenue S and Third Street for $5. There is also metered parking along First Street S near Albert Whitted Airport. For a list of other Story Days events, go to yourrealstories.org.