It looks like the almighty food gods have descended upon Broward and Palm Beach counties this week -- well, if such a thing exists. We are chock full of culinary activities to occupy you on your working days. Whether you want to socialize with Funky Buddha, sip some wine, or get your cheese on in multiple ways, there is something interesting in the palate department this week.
Beer dinners are kind of a big deal right now. Unfortunately, they're kind of expensive, really filling, and they force you to sit in one place for hours on end. Beer socials, on the other hand, pair lots of light bites with many different beers and allow you the freedom you need to move around after sitting on your caboose all day. On Monday night at 7 p.m. d.b.a./ cafe is hosting a Funky Buddha beer social, which includes seven courses paired with seven beers for $25 per person. To purchase tickets visit fbb-dbabeersocial.eventbrite.com.
d.b.a./ cafe is located at 2364 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-3392, or visit dba2z.com.
It hotter than hell: here's your chance to get a steamy firefighter to cool you down. On Monday night Glam-A-THON™ is teaming up with Grille 401 and some sizzling firefighters to raise money for local women fighting breast cancer. Taking place from 6 to 8 p.m., the event features light bites, wine, and, hot firefighters from South Florida Firefighter Calendar Men. The $50 ticket price benefits Broward Health Foundation. Grille 401 is located at 401 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-767-0222, or visit glam-a-thon.com.
California is known for overall awesomeness. Seriously, think of all the songs the progressive state has inspired. Amongst many other things, the state is recognized for producing amazing cheese. See for yourself on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Cheese Culture. The Las Olas cheese shop and cafe is hosting a California Dreamin' class which will highlight products from the region you hear so much about. The cost to attend is $45. Limited space is available.
Cheese Culture is located at 813 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-629-5800, or visit shop.cheese-culture.com.
An Evening of Sushi, Sake, and Specialty Cocktails
Many socials and get-togethers serve up a wide array of fatty puff pastries and deep-fried finger foods. It's nice to mix and mingle, but most of these events can kind of throw a curveball in your diet. Not this one: on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., Amatsu Sushi & Sake, on the second floor of the Westin Beach Resort, is hosting a cocktail hour with its signature -- and healthy -- sushi and sake cocktails. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Amatsu Sushi & Sake is located at 321 N. Atlantic Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-467-1111, or visit bit.ly/amatsu910.
Wine and food have been paired together for centuries; however, most of the time, these organized pairings are pricey -- kind of one percenter occasion. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Bistro 1001 is holding a wine dinner that is within reach for almost everyone, yourself included. For $45 sample four courses prepared by executive chef Chris DeGweck, such as warm water lobster with local mushroom ravioli and arugula; local day boat fish with cranberry bean ragout, garden greens, and vincotto; semifreddo cookie sandwich with chocolate mousse and Florida citrus cello; and more, each paired with a specific wine of its own. Reservations required.
Bistro 1001 is located at 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-1234, or visit bit.ly/bistro_911.
The economy may be growing, but the job market still leaves much to be desired. If you're looking for a job, whether you have one or just want a better one, Steve Lapa, general manager of 850 WFTL Radio, is hosting a job fair at Sheraton Plantation on Wednesday. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. more than 35 companies are looking to fill more than 5,000 jobs including, Stephens Distributing, Panera Bread, IHOP, Royal Caribbean, and Seminole Hard Rock. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit bigtalk850.com or call 954-315-1504.
Sheraton Plantation is located at 311 N. University Drive in Plantation. Call 954-424-3300, or visit starwoodhotels.com/sheraton.
Hands-on Mozzarella Making
On almost every restaurant menu everywhere, mozzarella is probably one of the most popular cheeses in the US; and it's ridiculously easy to make. Learn how at the Cheese Course in Plantation. On Wednesday at 7 p.m. the shop is teaching guests how to make your own mozzarella from curds. The cost to attend is $30. Space is limited
The Cheese Course is located at 801 S. University Drive in Plantation. Call 754-200-8387, or visit thecheesecourse.com/classes.cfm
Food Truck Invasion - Wellington Amphitheatre
Invasions tend to have a rather negative connotation. We mean, who wants to get invaded by cockroaches or even ants? We sure as heck don't. Food trucks, on the other hand, we're all about them taking over. On Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., the food trucks are coming back around to the Wellington Amphitheatre. There is no cost to attend. Food is available for purchase.
The Wellington Amphitheatre is located at 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. Visit foodtruckinvasion.com/wellington.
Wine Tasting and Pairing
We've all had a California Cab. Most likely you've tried an Italian Pinot Grigio or an Argentinian Malbec, but wines from Sardinia and Sicily? Unless you're a massive wino, we doubt it. On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Backyard Bar is pairing lesser known Italian wines with tapas created by German master chef Michael Ober. The cost to attend is $125.
The Backyard Bar is located at 213 S. Rosemary Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-339-2444, or visit facebook.com/pages/the-backyard-bar.
Most people think of pairing cheese with red wine. FYI: it goes well with everything, including sparkling. If you're looking to expand your wine and cheese pairing repertoire, Cheese Culture is hosting a cheese and bubbly course on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for $45 per person. Advance registration is required. Space is limited.
Cheese Culture is located at 813 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-629-5800, or visit cheese-culture.com.
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