Now that the Fourth of July and holiday weekend have passed, it's back to regular old summer in South Florida. It's hot, you have to work, and it's probably going rain every day, but luckily local businesses are trying to keep you entertained. Whether you're looking to learn some molecular tricks, meet a local legend, or go all sophisticated with a fancy wine or beer tasting, we have found something to tickle your taste-bud's fancy this week.
Teens Basics of Culinary Boot Camp
Teenagers are annoying and expensive. Make them do something useful at Publix Aprons Cooking School in Plantation from Monday through Wednesday at 4 p.m. The course is $125 and teaches teens the basics of preparing meals. Publix Aprons Cooking School is located at 1181 S. University Drive in Plantation. Call 954-577-7632, or visit publix.com/aprons.
Buns of Fury Merges With Sake-To-Me Tuesdays
Buns and alcohol are like a combination made in heaven -- especially cheap buns and booze. To keep life on the interesting side, Kapow! Noodle Bar is offering a Tuesday deal every week with half-off bottles of sake and wine and a selection of $1 buns -- we do mean food, in case you haven't figured it out. Kapow is located at 431 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-347-7322, or visit facebook.com/kapownoodlebar.
Favorite Restaurant Series: Ottolenghi
There are thousands of amazing restaurants spread throughout the world. Unfortunately, chances are, you're not going to get to most of them. Whole Foods Market is bringing some of the greatest to you. As part of its favorite restaurant series, the Fort Lauderdale store is featuring recipes from London vegetarian farm-to-table spot Ottolenghi on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class is $15. Registration is required. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Laser Wolf Presents Funky Buddha Brewery
You know it will be a good time when one of South Florida's favorite breweries is taking over the taps at one of Fort Lauderdale's favorite beer bars. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Laser Wolf will be featuring Funky Buddha brews. The event will include some special releases like Sriracha-Pineapple Hop Gun, Raspberry Floridian, Last Snow, and more. Laser Wolf is located at 901 Progresso Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-667-9373, or visit laserwolf.com.
Shula Burger Grand Opening
Few South Floridians are a bigger deal than Don Shula. In fact, there is no one more important in shaping the South Florida landscape than Don Shula. Ever. 'Nuff said. It's your chance to meet the living legend on Wednesday at the Delray Beach Shula Burger grand opening. The event will also feature a a contest that will award 50 customers with a free burger a month for a year. The opening is taking place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Shula Burger is located at 14917 Lyons Road, Ste. 114 in Delray Beach. Call 561-404-1347, or visit shulaburger.com.
Molecular Gastronomy in the Kitchen
Sure you can boil water, but molecular gastronomy is a whole other game of its own. On Thursday at 7 p.m., the Ancient Olive is hosting a class on molecular gastronomy and history of food science. The class is $25 with in-store purchase of molecular kit, $40 if you bring your own. Advance registration is required. Space is limited. The Ancient Olive is located at 514 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Delray Beach. Call 561-266-1099, or email email@example.com.
Last week was probably a bit loud and crazy; this week could go slightly more sophisticated. Blue Moon Fish Co. is holding a winemaker's dinner on Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the four-course meal will feature dishes paired to Darioush wines. The cost to attend is $99 per person. Space is limited. Blue Moon Fish Co. is located at 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-267-9888, or visit bluemoonfishco.com.
Weekly Farmers Market at Cleveland Clinic
Hospitals should do more to promote healthy living than just push out a bunch of pills. To advance overall wellness, Cleveland Clinic hosts a farmers market every Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just outside its main entrance, the market offers local produce, prepared foods, and more. Cleveland Clinic is located at 2950 Cleveland Clinic Blvd. in Weston. Call 954-659-5000, or visit my.clevelandclinic.org/florida.
Gourmet Truck Expo at Miramar Square
By the time Thursday rolls around, you're probably in need of some workweek relief. On Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., the food trucks will descend upon Miramar Square Mall. In addition to the tasty epicurean delights, the event will feature a live DJ, balloon artist, and more. Miramar Square Mall is located at 12200 Miramar Parkway in Miramar. Visit miamifoodtrucks.com.
Sake and Sushi
Most sushi-eaters enjoy sake, but don't know much about the rice-based spirit -- aside from the usual sake bombs. If you're looking to expand your knowledge beyond that of college binge drinking, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy is hosting a Sake and Sushi class with certified sake specialist Donna Gardella. It takes place Thursday at 6 p.m.The $40 class includes a sake cocktail followed by six sakes paired with sushi small bites. Virginia Philip Wine Shop is located at 101 N. Clematis Street, Suite 150, in West Palm Beach. Call 561-721-6000, or visit virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.
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