The Vintage Wine Shoppe off Hwy. 280 is holding a tasting of 2003 Barolo wines Tuesday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Eight wines will be tasted. Reservations required; call 980-9995.
Magic City Harvest's fifth annual Empty Bowls event will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the Bruno's Conference Center at St. Vincent's Hospital. For a $15 donation, you get soup and bread -- soup from the caterer A Social Affair, cheeses from Cabot Creamery, and breads from local bakers. Each guest receives a hand-painted or hand-crafted bowl to take home. Funds go to support Magic City Harvest, which helps redistribute excess food in the area. For more information, call 591-3663.
Monday, March 31, stop on your way home from work for a chocolate and wine tasting at Prairie Fire Grille between 5 and 6 p.m. Enjoy chocolates from Peterbrooke Chocolatier and learn how different wines enhance the qualities of the chocolate. Call 991-1313 to reserve your spot.
Mark your calendar for the first Thursday of each month for "Jazz on the Porch" at Historic Rucker Place, 5-9 p.m., starting April 3. Admission is $5, and you can enjoy a cash bar, a wine tasting, and a selection of tapas ($4-$5 each). For more information or to make reservations, call 558-2485.
Temple Emanu-El's Food Fair will be Sunday, April 6, at the temple at 2100 Highland Ave., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Among the treats will be corned beef, matzo ball soup, hot dogs, noodle pudding and more.
Corks & Chefs at the Magic City Art Connection, April 26-27 at Linn Park downtown. This is the 25th year for the popular outdoor art show and the 11th for the Corks & Chefs event. More than a dozen local chefs prepare a specialty for tasting, and local wine merchants offer selections as well, inside a large tent on the west side of Linn Park in front of City Hall. Hours are 1-5 p.m. both days. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Friday, May 2, Bromberg's at the Summit is hosting a Riedel Wine Tasting with Maximilian Riedel, the 11th generation of the renowned Austrian wine glass making dynasty. 6:30-8 p.m., $75 per person (includes one set of Vistis Tasting Glasses, a $170 value). Call 969-1776.
Pepper Place Saturday Market opens May 3. Running from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturdays through Sept. 27, it features local growers, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more.