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What's happening in Tampa Bay food: Negroni Week, rum cocktail tasting

Next week, several local eateries will start celebrating Negroni Week, including the Birchwood in downtown St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of The Birchwood]
Published Jun. 19

SPEAKEASY SUNDAY: Aloha Americana

The Dunedin History Museum and Fenway Hotel present Speakeasy Sunday: Aloha Americana, a rum cocktail tasting that explores the history of Don the Beachcomber and his tiki bar influence and inspiration. You taste samples of Don the Beachcomber's classic "rhum rhapsodies" complemented by small bites from HEW Parlor and Chophouse executive chef Adam Hyatt. Hotel guests and museum members who attend receive a free drink at the Parlor Bar, which offers full-sized pours of the featured Speakeasy Sunday cocktails. $50. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Fenway Hotel, 453 Edgewater Drive, Dunedin. (727) 683-5980. fenwayhotel.com.

RAISE A GLASS: Negroni Week

Cheers to the 100th anniversary of one of the most iconic libations around during Negroni Week, kicking off Monday. Several local eateries are set to get in on the celebration — among them Edison: Food and Drink Lab, Council Oak Steaks and Seafood (apricot Negroni) and American Social in Tampa, plus St. Petersburg's Left Bank Bistro (Red Light Negroni and I Dream of Genever) and the Birchwood (barrel-aged Red Light Negroni). Founded in 2013, Negroni Week benefits charities around the world through donations from each participating venue. Runs through June 30. Locations vary. negroniweek.com.

EAT UP: Brunch bunch

Jerk Hut holds the Juneteenth Brunch to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, as well as celebrate its new brunch and cocktail menus. A cultural presentation and live reggae music are planned, too. $15 and up. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 1241 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. (813) 977-5777. eventbrite.com.

The VooDoo Chef has joined forces with 81Bay Brewing Co. on the Brunch & Brews. This midday feast showcases dishes like barbecue pork hash, shrimp and grits and salted caramel flan. $17 in advance, $20 day of. 11 a.m. Saturday. 81Bay Brewing Co., 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. (727) 410-1005. eventbrite.com.

What else? Rooster and the Till, right, hosts its popular Pop-Up Brunch service. The latest installment welcomes guest bartender Louis Junior of the Bricks behind the bar and tunes by DJ Blenda. Call for reservations. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. 6500 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-8940. roosterandthetill.com.

MOVE OOLONG: National Iced Tea Month

In honor of National Iced Tea Month, the White Heron Tea and Gifts samples six iced teas, everything from blacks and greens to herbal varieties. Free. 5 p.m. Friday. 6228 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. (727) 203-3504. thewhiteheronfl.com.

ONLY TEMPORARY: Clear Sky renovations

We hope you got your Clear Sky Draught Haus fix recently. Renovations closed the beloved Dunedin hangout for a week as of Monday. But after that, according to the June 11 update posted to its Facebook page, Clear Sky Draught Haus will operate during the remainder of the makeover process. And worry not, regulars. Clear Sky Draught Haus, which serves crowd-pleasing pub grub and more than 75 beers, plans to maintain the vibe you've come to love — outdoor seating and all. The upgrades are slated for completion in August. 680 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 286-6266. clearskydraughthaus.com.

SIP AWAY: Seasonal cocktails at the Oyster Bar

In addition to all-you-can-eat shrimp nights every Thursday, the Oyster Bar has introduced a quartet of seasonal cocktails that start at $8 for the summertime: Summer Nights Mojito (Bacardi Oakheart, Bacardi, Angostura bitters, mint, lime, ginger beer), Strawberry Crush (Tito's, Razzmatazz, strawberries, lime, Sprite), Painkiller (Bacardi, Bacardi Coconut Rum, coconut cream, pineapple juice, orange juice) and Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini (Stoli, lemon juice, blueberries, simple syrup, sugar rim). Sip away while you can. 249 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 897-9728. oysterbarstpete.com.

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