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Mid-South brides-to-be and all other wedding-centric folks, listen up: "The Wedding March ... A Progressive Bridal Tea" is being held at The Peabody hotel on Sunday, March 2nd.

"The Wedding March," hosted by The Peabody and the event-planning business Social Butterflies, will take participants through the traditional wedding-related gatherings. Guests start off at a bridal tea in the Venetian Ballroom and then visit various stations — among them a "Rat-Pack Lounge" bachelor party in the club bar; a "Suite Life" bachelorette party in one of the hotel's celebrity suites; a rehearsal dinner at Chez Philippe; and, finally, a wedding reception in the Continental Ballroom.

Sylvia Weinstock — aka "The Queen of Cakes," aka "The Cake Lady of Soho," aka "New York's Cake Diva" — will be at the event. Weinstock is known for her extravagant cakes, which have adorned the weddings of Donald Trump, Mariah Carey, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Liam Neeson.

"The Wedding March" is from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost for the event is $40 per person and includes food and beverages, valet parking, and a gift bag of wedding accessories. For more information and to make reservations, call 529-4154.

The Peabody, 149 Union (529-4000)

Get your baskets ready. The Memphis Farmer's Market will start with a two-week pre-season on April 19th. The market's organizers decided on an earlier start date for 2008 so customers can purchase spring produce and in-season strawberries. Vendors can choose if they want to be part of the pre-season or wait until May 3rd, when the regular market season begins.

Hours for the 2008 market remain the same: every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Central Station downtown.

Can't get rid of all those plastic grocery bags you have hoarded in your pantry? Make those bags you'd probably end up throwing away into a more permanent tote.

Juliet Johnson of the Sierra Club will lead a recycled tote-bag workshop at the Memphis Botanic Garden on Saturday, March 1st, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each participant is asked to bring 10 to 20 bags, large sharp scissors, and a size K, L, or M crochet hook. No crochet experience is necessary to participate.

Cost for the workshop is $10 for Botanic Garden members and $15 for non-members. Proceeds from the class will benefit the Memphis Botanic Garden and the Sierra Club.

For more information and to make reservations, call 576-4128.

Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry (576-4100)

On Friday, March 7th, at 7 p.m., the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will host a tasting of Hangar One Vodka, which is distilled at the old Alameda Naval Air Station on San Francisco Bay. Ansley Coale, co-founder and owner of Hangar One, will talk about making vodka and the different Hangar One products. Guests will enjoy five pours of vodka, Hangar One's premium brandy, and food by the Brushmark restaurant. Cost for the event is $75 per person.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar (544-6200)

Grill 83 will host a dinner highlighting wines from Napa Valley's Stag's Leap Winery on Wednesday, March 5th, at 6:30 p.m. The five-course dinner includes Nantucket Bay scallop ceviche, Valrhona-braised "Stag" osso bucco, and roasted wild boar rack. Cost for the dinner is $80 per person plus tax and gratuity. For more information and to make reservations, call the restaurant at 333-1224.

Grill 83, 83 Madison (333-1224)

The Inn at Hunt Phelan is now offering a weekly informal wine tasting, called "Three Big Sips, Three Little Bites," every Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

"We want to take away the pressure of a full-blown wine tasting," explains Stephen Hassinger, the inn's chef. "People can just stop by and enjoy good-sized pours of three different wines that are paired with three small bites."

On the menu next Wednesday are braised lamb with chickpeas, duck confit salad, and Cypress Grove goat cheese. Cost for the tasting, including food, is $20 per person plus tax and gratuity.

In other Inn at Hunt Phelan news, the restaurant will be open for lunch every Friday and Saturday, starting March 14th, and it has recently extended its dinner hours.

The Inn at Hunt Phelan, 533 Beale (525-8225)

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