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A guide to Tampa Bay food and drink events this weekend

Eat for a cause at Elevage’s Bahamian-themed Hurricane Dorian Relief Dinner or eat with your hands during Handaan, a Filipino smorgasbord at Hidden Springs.
A four-course prix-fixe menu is planned for the Hurricane Dorian Relief Dinner at Elevage, part of Tampa's Epicurean Hotel. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times (2018)]
A four-course prix-fixe menu is planned for the Hurricane Dorian Relief Dinner at Elevage, part of Tampa's Epicurean Hotel. [MONICA HERNDON | Times (2018)]
Published Sep. 25, 2019


Elevage’s Hurricane Dorian Relief Dinner brings a prix fixe menu of four courses to the Epicurean Hotel, each Bahamian-themed in tribute to the islands devastated by the Category 5 storm. Sysco and Mr. Greens have donated food for the spread featuring dishes that include shrimp and grits, conch ceviche, fried chicken and peaches and cream. Earmarked for Hurricane Dorian aid, proceeds go to the Red Cross. “We wanted to showcase the tastes of the Bahamas while giving our local community an opportunity to help our island neighbors in this time of need,” said Epicurean general manager Kevin Scott in a statement. Parking is free till 7 p.m. $50. 5-10 p.m. Thursday. 1207 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-8726.


Eat with your hands at the next collaborative family-style smorgasbord from Chismis & Co. and the Pink Pineapple: Handaan: A Filipino Kamayan Feast. The duo plan to open a tiki bar together in Tampa, with the Pink Pineapple overseeing the beverage program and Chismis & Co. leading the food as Lasing Kitchen. But for this dinner, they team up with Hidden Springs Ale Works to take over its taproom, pairing exclusive brews with a signature cocktail and all sorts of Filipino goodness. Lumpia made with Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat substitute and adobo-glazed grilled whole squid get the evening started. Then come items like peel-and-eat tamarind shrimp, roast whole pig, pompano steamed in banana leaves, veggies blanched in tamarind broth and steamed rice cake, which you won’t need utensils to dig into. Keep an eye out for more of these dinners in the future. $65. 6-9 p.m. Wednesday. Hidden Springs Ale Works, 1631 N Franklin St., Tampa.

Next week, exclusive brews from Tampa's Hidden Springs Ale Works will mingle with Filipino goodness and a signature cocktail at Handaan: A Filipino Kamayan Feast. [Hidden Springs Ale Works/Facebook]


Don’t have your own wand? You leave with one when the Wizard Pub Crawl, now in its second year, takes you to at least six stops with themed drink deals. The bar hop kicks off at Thirsty First before proceeding to One Night Stand, the Landing and Five Bucks Drinkery, among other watering holes. In addition to the specials, expect professional photos and a DJ. $20 and up, $35 and up VIP. 5 p.m.-midnight. Saturday. 119 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.


Taste dishes dreamed up by two crews of celebrated local chefs, Team Tampa and Team St. Petersburg, as they face off for your vote in the Best Restaurant and Best Cocktail categories. After all, it’s called Tampa Bay Food Fight for a reason. Live music and an auction are also planned for the annual culinary clash. Benefits Metropolitan Ministries. $125, $400 four-pack. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (813) 209-1000.


In case you’ve ever wanted to land a libation on the menu at an eatery in town, the Saloon Showdown could be your big break. This bartender battle tasks amateur drink designers with creating an imaginative cocktail or mocktail at the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. Bartenders compete for the chance to have Datz serve their recipe at its location in downtown St. Petersburg next to the museum. Tools are provided to competitors, and spectators can enjoy free samples of the sippers. Light bites and a DJ accompany the cash bar. The Saloon Showdown winner, chosen by the crowd, also takes home a bartending kit and other prizes. $40, $35 members. 7:30-10 p.m. Friday. 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 892-4200.

The bar at downtown St. Peterburg's Datz, next to the James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art. [Datz Restaurant Group]


Taste of the Beaches is an affordable food festival highlighting more than 20 restaurants across the region in a waterfront setting. Craft beer and wine, raffles and live music round out the highlights. Benefits Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. $10. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach. (727) 360-6957.


New Port Richey FarmNet, a community organization focused on sustainable food systems, presents this celebration of the humble sweet potato. Recipes and samples of locally grown organic sweet potatoes drive the Sweet Potato Round-Up, as do seasonal vegetable seeds and seedlings. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. First United Methodist Church, 5901 Indiana Ave., New Port Richey. (727) 849-1626.


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