Go out to eat. Feed a hungry child. That's the skinny behind Share Our Strength's Great American Dine Out, which runs Sunday through Sept. 26. Restaurants across the country are giving a portion of sales to help end childhood hunger. Last year's campaign raised $600,000. Area participants include Roy's, The Venue, Joe's Crab Shack, The Brunchery and various locations of First Watch and Beef 'O' Brady's. For a complete list, check out greatamericandineout.org.
Here are some more food-related festivities this week:
BayWalk's Friday Night Wine and Music Series will continue into the fall with Red Hot Jazz from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, with proceeds benefiting Voices for Children and the Guardian Ad Litem program. The event is free and open to the public. Each guest enjoys one free glass of wine compliments of Barefoot Wine and Bubbly with the opportunity to purchase additional glasses of wine for a $2 donation.
NoHo Bistro (1714 N Armenia Ave., Tampa) hosts a five-course dinner paired with wines from Underdog Wine Merchant and Fine Wine and Spirits from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. It's $45 per person, reservation required. thenohobistro.com.
Sushi Rock Grill (1163 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg) is now promoting date night on Saturdays. Here's the enticement: Buy one bottle of Champagne and take the second home free. Get details at thesushirockgrill.com.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Whole Foods (1548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa), there will be a sock hop and wine tasting. You'll get dance instruction from June Kittay. Twist and shout, mambo and swing. And taste wines. Registration required by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or at the store lobby.