Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of a spring in your step from some indulgent weekend activities. If not, don't fret; there are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.
Whether you're looking to sample some wine -- learn about it -- or try your luck at high-speed dating, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Wine Pairing Dinner at La Stella's
La Stella's of Boca Raton will be hosting a wine pairing dinner on Monday, January 12. The Italian-forward fare will pair three wines from around the world with a three-course dinner. A welcome reception at 6:30 p.m. will start with a Prosecco toast and passed appetizers, followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Options include a celery and fennel salad, homemade ricotta gnocchi, smoke salmon, and a risotto primavera. The cost is $65 per person. To RSVP call 561-637-4490, or visit the event page for more information.
Biodynamic Wine Dinner
For many years, the practice of biodynamics has become a popular trend in high-end wine production around the world. And what's that? Biodynamic agriculture is a type of organic farming that focuses on both the agricultural and processing methods of the grape during harvest. Part of sustainable agriculture, the biodynamic practice views the vineyard as an interconnected whole, treating soil fertilization, livestock care, and plant growth as a cohesive unit. Farmers even take the positions of the stars and planets into consideration when timing their harvest, in order to link their efforts with the forces of the cosmos. This week, you can get a taste of that process by attending a special wine dinner at Fort Lauderdale's Lobster Bar Sea Grille. The biodynamic wine dinner is $150 per person, and begins at 6:30 p.m. It will offer a five-course meal paired with wines from the Avignonesi Winery in Tuscany, which takes a fully-committed approach to applying biodynamic practices to its vineyards. The dinner will feature special guest Giuseppe Santarelli, an established brand ambassador who splits his time between the United States and Italy. For reservations call 954-772-2675.
Wine 101 For The New Year
Learn something new in 2015. Join your favorite wine team and Whole Foods Market Boca Raton and certified sommelier Melissa Woods to learn how vines are grown and wine is made. Woods will also teach you how to read a label, select, and properly store wine. Last, she'll even show you how to taste, drink, and sample wines for pairing with various foods. Have some questions? Woods will help debunk the many wine myths, while serving as the resident wine whiz for the evening. Bring your wine questions and thirst for knowledge. This 90-minute class costs $10 per person and will include light menu pairings. Register online here, or at the Boca Raton store.
Girl's Night Out at O-Lounge
This Wednesday is ladies' night at O-Lounger in Fort Lauderdale -- but not just any ladies' night. Rather, it's a 2015 beauty makeover ladies' night celebration. Those who attend have a chance to win a $2,500 makeover from Bracero Aesthetics, including everything from hair and makeup, to Botox. Ladies enjoy complimentary cocktails from 7-10 p.m., as well as a peep at the lash and beauty bar by Araceli Bravo Artistry, available onsite all evening. Visit braceroaesthetics.com for contest details.
High Speed Dating at McSorley's Beach Pub
Single? Single, hungry, and thirsty? This Wednesday at 7 p.m., join McSorley's on Fort Lauderdale Beach for an unforgettable evening of high speed dating on the bar and restaurant's rooftop lounge. Each participant will get more than a half dozen 8-minute dates with area singles (in your age group). Even better: plenty of free food. Everyone that participates will be treated to complimentary appetizers during the event, and will also get a shot at winning several raffle prizes. Have your favorite cocktail while enjoying stunning views of the beach, listen to live music -- and possibly find your future romance. The restaurant team guarantees that if you're single, you'll be sure to meet someone you want to see again (or your next event is free). Reservations are required to attend. The event is $35 per person. For tickets go here.
Free Nutrition Workshop
This Thursday, the Gilda's Club of South Florida will be host a free workshop on diet and nutrition recommendations for those with a cancer diagnosis. The free workshop takes place from 6-8 p.m. If you know someone suffering from the disease -- or simply want to learn more about how to fight cancer through diet -- this workshop will help shed light on the subject. Featured speakers include Leslie Klein from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. To reserve a spot call 954-763-6776. Gilda's Club South Florida is located at 119 Rose Dr., Fort Lauderdale.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.