¦ 1500 South hosts a six-course wine dinner featuring vintages from Cakebread Cellars and dishes like KWP shrimp carbonera with sweet pea tortellini, cured duck breast with foie gras jus and wild berries and strawberry shortcake with toasted pistachios and Greek yogurt gelato at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16. $189. 1500 Fifth Ave. S. 774-1500 or www.1500southnaples.com.
¦ Be sure to hit up these spots to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with food, fun, beer and a bit o’ the green: Bar Tulia goes Irish for a day on Friday, March 17, with green beer on draft and corned beef and cabbage on the menu. Other eateries honoring the Emerald Isle with food and drink specials (and entertainment in some cases) include: Stage Deli Fine Foods, Tavern on the Bay, Erin’s Isle, Vergina and Bill’s Steak & Seafood.
¦ Naples Wine Collection hosts a tasting of California wines from vintners including Truchard, Saddleback and Titus from 5-6:30 Friday, March 17. Up next: a tasting of Nicholas Allen wines from 5-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 24. Guests at each event will sip samples accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres.
The cost is $25, with discounts offered on bottles of the featured wines to take home. 367 Vanderbilt Beach Road. 513- 0095 or www.napleswinecollection.com.
¦ Sunshine Ace Hardware stores in Naples and Marco Island host a grilling demonstration, family activities, raffles, and more at its Sunshine Ace Grill & Chill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18. www.sunshineace.com.
¦ Ridgway Bar & Grill hosts a book signing, cooking demonstration and tasting with Brian Talley, president of Talley Vineyards and Talley Farms, from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, March 20. Guests will enjoy dishes from Talley’s new book, “Our California Table,” while sipping wines from his vineyards. $35. 1300 Third St. S. 262- 5500 or www.ridgewaybarandgrill.com.
¦ Tony’s Off Third and VINTUS host a tasting of selections from favorite vintners including Chateau Montelena, Brewer-Clifton and Ponzi from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. $18. 1300 Third St. S. 262-7999 or www.tonysoffthird.com.
¦ Café Lurcat recently introduced a new bourbon program with 21 options and a variety of serving methods, bitters and cocktails that include Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, Manhattans and more. 494 Fifth Ave. S. 213-3357 or www.cafelurcat.com.
¦ 21 Spices now offers a three-course early bird menu from 5-6 p.m. for $35, including a glass of wine. Dishes include chicken tikka skewers, lamb rogan josh and gulab jamun. Chef Asif Syed also holds cooking classes featuring Indian cuisine from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through March. $65. Reservations required for classes. 919-8830 or www.21spicesdining.com.
¦ In observance of the Lenten season, The Local offers $15 dinner specials featuring fresh Florida fish every day through April 15 (Holy Saturday). Depending on availability, sustainably harvested triggerfish, amberjack, margate, grouper, snapper and golden tilefish are on the menu. Diners can select the chef’s recommended preparation or choose to have the catch of the day sautéed or grilled. The entrée can be served atop greens as a salad or with two sides. 596- 3276 or www.thelocalnaples.com.
¦ Want to work on your skills in the kitchen? Here are some cooking classes on the front burner:
The Good Life of Naples, 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road; 514-4663 or www.goodlifenaples.com – Captivating Cassis: Thursday, March 16 ($75); Treasures of the Mediterranean: Wednesday, March 22 ($75).
Sur La Table, 9501 Strada Place, Mercato; 598-1463 or www.surlatable.com – Marvelous French Macarons: Thursday, March 16 ($69); Wine Country Favorites: Thursday, March 16 ($69); Easy, Entertaining Brunch Ideas: Friday, March 17 ($69); Date Night Ireland: Friday, March 17 ($79); Fabulous French Crepes: Saturday, March 18 ($69); Thai Restaurant Favorites: Saturday, March 18 ($69); Date Night Steakhouse Favorites: Saturday, March 18 ($85);
Barbie You Can Be A Chef: Sunday, March 19 ($49); Knife Skills 101: Sunday, March 19 ($59); Wine Country Favorites: Sunday, March 19 ($69); Croissants from Scratch: Monday, March 20 ($48.96); Farm-to-Table Cooking: Monday, March 20; Soufflé 101: Tuesday, March 21 ($48.96); Exploring Italy Risotto: Tuesday, March 21 ($69); Great British Baking: Wednesday, March 22 ($69). ¦
— Email food and dining news to Lindsey Nesmith at lnesmith@ floridaweekly.