• July 30 is National Cheesecake Day; can you guess which restaurant is
celebrating? (Hint: The name starts with "Cheesecake" and ends in
"Factory.") Anyway, on July 30 that place will be offering "any slice, half price,"
a promotion that's fairly self-explanatory. Comers can try the chain's
new Reese's Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake, and a quarter from the
sale of each piece will be donated to Feeding America. (Hopefully they're not just feeding America cheesecake -- that tub needs to go on a diet.)
• First Larry King, now Allen Susser. The award-winning chef will join an advisory board for Brooklyn Water Bagel Co., that Delray Beach bagel joint where the water is Brooklynized™ via a complex process of constant ground contamination, rats the size of alligators, and industrial runoff. Just kidding. It's all scientific and stuff. I think.
• Ever want to cook like a Brazilian? From Texas? Learn how August
10 through 12, when the culinary director for churrascaria chain Texas
de Brazil stops in to the Miami Beach location for a little
instruction. Evandro Caregnato will teach the basics of churrasco
grilling, sides and sauces, and cocktails and desserts starting at 6:30
p.m. each evening. Oh, and you get to eat the results. Space is limited
to 18 guests, and the class is $60 per person, all inclusive. Reserve
• Mancini's on Las Olas is getting all wine
dinner up in herre. On July 28, the Italian restaurant is doing a
five-course pairing menu starting at 7 p.m. featuring wines from
Ruffino. The meal will include dishes like clams and mussels in white
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wine sauce served with pinot grigio, tomato and spinach gnocchi with
meat ragu, pan-seared yellowfin tuna with Tuscan "Modus," and grilled
wild boar with chianti. The cost is $75 per person plus tax and tip.