Dining Planner: This week, have Cupid working in your favor with a series of food events designed to cultivate romance.

Romance is on the docket in a slew of pre-Valentine's Day food events.
Boulevard Burgers & Tap House in St. Pete Beach will offer its Stupid Cupid burger throughout February
Boulevard Burgers & Tap House in St. Pete Beach will offer its Stupid Cupid burger throughout February
Published Feb. 6, 2019


Need a little help in the Cupid arena this V-Day? In a class at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, find out how to make a colorful Valentine's Day dinner without using additives at Joe and Son's Olive Oils (Tuscan roasted red pepper bisque, red heart salad with roasted beets, roasted pork tenderloin with rosemary and tart cherry sauce, blood orange olive oil chocolate cake with balsamic macerated strawberries). $30. 3204 W Bay to Bay Blvd., Tampa. (813) 831-5600.


Here's another one that will warm the heart in preparation for this Valentine's Day. Head to the Ybor City Wine Bar on Sunday at 4 p.m. for a Wine and Chocolate Fest. Bring your sweetheart and sample to your heart's content from more than 75 wines, gourmet chocolates, cheeses and desserts. $75. 1600 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. (813) 999-4966.


On Sunday the EDGE District becomes the site of a "Sip and Stroll," with more than 20 restaurants, boutiques, cafes and pubs participating. Starting at noon, if you purchase tickets between $15 and $20, the businesses in question offer complimentary beverages or bites. During the hours of this event, alcohol in the official event cups may be legally carried while strolling in the district. What kind of sips and bites? They are all Valentine's holiday themed: "Love's a Brewin'," "You Stoli My Heart," "Purple Passion," "Be Mine Wine," "Rose All the Way," "Cupid's Cup," "Love Shack Snack," that kind of thing. The event benefits EDGE District improvement projects. 11th Street and Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. (727) 329-8869.


Boulevard Burgers & Tap House in St. Pete Beach has a tradition of silly, often hilarious, often delicious burgers. For the month of February, they are offering the Stupid Cupid, a 12-ounce beef patty stuffed with melted cheddar cheese and topped with lettuce, tomato and pickles on a warm bun. Doesn't sound too stupid to me, but they are also introducing three new Bloody Mary cocktails for $6 each — artichoke, pepperoni and all kinds of other chicanery are involved. 5905 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. (727) 201-4906.


Have concerns about the future of food and agriculture in the United States? First you need to know this: We have a literary-themed wine shop in Tampa called the Lector Natural Wine Shop. It will host a fascinating book talk this month. Florida author Stephanie Anderson will discuss her new book on regenerative agriculture called One Size Fits None: A Farm Girl's Search for Regenerative Agriculture, sponsored by the Sustany Foundation. Anderson argues that in order to provide nutrient-rich food and fight climate change, we need to move beyond sustainable to regenerative agriculture, a practice that is tailored to local environments and that renews resources. The lecture is free and open to the public. 2 p.m. Feb. 16. 305 E Polk St., Tampa. (813) 223-2337.