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 see a magic show at a great restaurant, meet a winemaker, celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day, or enjoy South Florida Craft Beer Week, there's plenty to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
South Florida Craft Beer Week
OK, so South Florida Craft Beer Week officially kicked off on January 17, but that doesn't mean it's all over. You've still got until Sunday, January 25 to do some serious beer drinking. We'd suggest checking out M.I.A. Brewing Co., which opened its Doral taproom recently where you can find more than 15 beers on draft. A few more -- Miami's Biscayne Bay Brewing Co. and J. Wakefield Brewing in Wynwood -- are also recent newcomers to the South Florida craft beer scene. On Monday, Due South Brewing Co. will host a beer dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Blind Monk in West Palm Beach. Come Tuesday, Cigar City, Swamphead, and Saint Somewhere will be at a special event at Riverside Market in Fort Lauderdale. And on Wednesday, a Miami bar crawl will start at 5 p.m. and begins at J. Wakefield Brewing. For more information southfloridabeerweek.blogspot.com.
Celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day at City Cellar
This Tuesday, celebrate National Cheese Lover's Day at City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill where they'll be offering more than 25 varieties of artisanal cow, sheep, goat, and blue cheese. There will certainly be something for everyone, especially come Thursday when the restaurant will also be offering its famed "Cheesy Thursday" special. But Tuesday is where it's at, when -- from open to close on Cheese Lover's Day -- guests can enjoy five cheeses expertly paired with five beverage tastes (wine and craft beer) for $30. The menu includes chef Kevin Darr's house cured charcuterie including 12-month organic prosciutto, sopressata, sweet coppa and salame al tartufo, all crafted from all-natural, humanly raised Hereford pigs from Palmetto Creek Farms in Avon, Florida.
Learn To Make Game Day Eats at Whole Foods
Whole Foods Boca Raton will be holding a special instructional class called "Game Time Grub: Football Party Fare for the Big Game" on Tuesday, January 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. The free class will offer ideas for what to cook come the Big Day -- aka the Super Bowl -- with plenty of ideas for game-time grub. Join chef Jimmy Gennaro as he creates quick and delicious football party food. Bring a big appetite, because samples will be served. Register online here.
Meet The Maker of Papapietro Wines
Meet the winemaker of a famous vintner, while tasting the lineup of Papapietro Wines, on Tuesday, January 20 from 6-8 p.m. In 2012, Wine Spectator named them one of the Top 20 Pinot Noir producers in the country, honoring them with the Critic's Choice Award. Learn the philosophy of winemaking from one of the premier Russian River Valley wineries producing single-vineyard pinot noir, and one of the best zinfandel wines you'll ever sample. Autographed bottles from Ben and Yolanda Papapietro will also be available as they host a special Q&A session where they'll share information about their love of winemaking in the heart of California's Russian River Valley wine country. This will be the first of several winemakers coming to the Wine Wave in Delray Beach for tastings over the next three weeks. Entry to the event is $15 per person. RSVP online at livingfla.com/rsvp, or call 561-271-8210. The Wine Wave is located at 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Suite 3, Delray Beach.
Raw Tasting Dinner at Tsukuro
Join Tsukuro in Fort Lauderdale for its monthly third Thursday tasting dinner on Tuesday, January 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy a symphony of seafood paired with a selection of fine wine including sashimi, oysters, sushi nigri, and ending with a sweet surrender of green tea mocha and hot tea. The dinner is $55 per person. Seating is limited. For reservations call 954-523-1407, or email Dine@TsukuroFL.com. Tsukuro is located at
Magic Show at Dada
If you like dinner with a show, you might want to consider attending a special magic show performance at Dada in Delray Beach. Brad Barton -- aka the "Reality Thief" -- will be appearing at the restaurant for a special back-to-back show on Wednesday, January 21. A versatile entertainer with more than 20 years in the business, Barton's blend of magic, humor, and mind reading will transform any event into a unique and unforgettable experience as he predicts your dreams, causes borrowed objects to levitate, and reveals your most cherished memories. Show starts at 10 and 11 p.m. Dada is located at 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
Feast of Colors
Fort Lauderdale's Atlantic Hotel & Spa will be partnering with the non-profit organization, ArtServe Inc. for a special opening night reception on Thursday, January 22, to exhibit the artwork of local artists in the hotel's main lobby. The exhibition -- "Feast of Colors" -- will adorn the walls of the lobby through March 2, and will feature the works of celebrated and diverse local artists who have all achieved acclaim in different mediums, disciplines, and professions. The "Feast of Colors" featured artists will include Carlos Cesar Alves, Christian Feneck, Tin Ly and Lee Berlin. Join them at 6 p.m. when the evening of color kicks off with a cocktail reception. Enjoy the latest artwork on display in the lobby -- then mix, mingle and meet the artists with a drink and eats starting at 7:30 p.m. presented by the Beauty & The Feast culinary team. Cost is $49.50 per person. The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is located at 601 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-567-8020.
Young Artist Music Series
This week, the finest young musical talent in South Florida will be performing at Bonnet House's in Fort Lauderdale as part of the Young Artist Music concert series. Concerts will take place at the historic Bonnet House Estate, an evening featuring wine, dessert, and coffee as part of your ticket price. The concert will take place on the veranda lawn, each piece played under a the starlit sky for a truly unique experience. The concert series will take place on select Thursday evenings through April, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This week enjoy the sounds of the University of Miami Frost Opera Theater. Tickets are priced $35-$45, with an additional $5 fee for tickets sold the night of the concert. Series tickets are also available. Call 954-703-2614 for ticketing information, or visit the website. The Bonnet House is located at 900 North Birch Rd., Fort Lauderdale.
Biker Night at The South Florida Fair
On Thursday, January 22, hundreds of motorcyclists will enter the fairgrounds on their bikes and parade around the perimeter to celebrate Annual Bike Night, which will culminate with a concert by Foghat, the internationally known band that came on the rock 'n' roll and blues scene in 1971. That year, four unpretentious young Brits released their first LP, "Foghat,"producing the hit singles, "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and "What a Shame." LPs to follow were "Energized" and "Rock and Roll Outlaws." Their 1975 album "Fool for the City" went platinum, yielding the Top 40 trademark hit "Slow Ride." The group has been together for 43 years, with Roger Earl on that drum seat throughout. Their latest single "Boogie Train," was released in 2014 and they are currently working on yet another CD. This band never sleeps -- they still tour relentlessly because they just love to play, which is evident in the passion and enthusiasm they display during their live performances. Don't miss them while cramming your face with fair food.
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.