Ringing in the new year - 6:30 p.m. Fri., Uncorked Fine Wines and Accessories, 2706 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Find wines for New Year's celebrations. $10. Includes souvenir glass. (727) 892-9463.
Best Chef competition - 7-9:30 p.m. Jan. 6, La Maison Gourmet, 471 Main St., Dunedin. Two area chefs meet for culinary competition. Spectators sample creations and vote for their favorite. $50 (includes meal). Benefits Homeless Emergency Project. (727) 736-3070.
Flavor component tasting - 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Aprons Cooking School, Publix Supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa. Learn to discern subtle flavors such as apple, berry and oak in wine, plus four-course tasting menu. $35. (813) 926-4465 to RSVP.
Bayfront on Vine - 7 p.m. Jan. 17, Bayfront Medical Plaza, 701 Sixth St. S, St. Petersburg. Tastings of domestic and imported wines along with tastes from area chefs and restaurants, martini bar. $75. Benefits Bayfront Health Foundation. 727 893-6148 or www.bayfrontonvine.org