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 the next batch of working days.
Whether you're looking to sample some wines from Spain, learn about whiskey, or participate in some bar trivia for cash prizes, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Don't feel like growing up this week -- or ever? Join Peter Pan, Wendy, and the Lost Boys for a magical afternoon on the shore of the New River in Fort Lauderdale. This Peter Pan adventure will combine your favorite literary characters with games, fun, and - or course - plenty of Neverland treats and eats. The event takes place at Fort Lauderdale's historic Stranahan House starting at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $20 for one child and one adult, and $15 for each individual person. Call 954-524-4736 to register.
The Balvenie brand ambassador, David Laird, will join the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation for an intimate, hands-on master class and tasting at Prime Cigar & Wine Bar on Monday, October 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The Balvenie is a unique range of Single Malt whiskies hand-crafted in Scotland's Speyside region by William Grant & Sons. Created by internationally renowned malt master, David Stewart, Balvenie is unique in that it retains complete control over the five rare crafts that go into the production of its acclaimed whiskey: nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley, malts in its own traditional malting floor, employs coopers to tend every cask, a coppersmith to maintain the stills, and a malt master to ensure the resulting spirit is consistently excellent. The class will serve to educate participants on the history of Balvenie's scotch whiskey. During the event, participants will be able to enjoy a selection of kosher appetizers before Laird delivers a presentation covering everything from the distillery's history, to the "Five Rare Crafts" of traditional whiskey making. Following the lecture, Laird will lead guests through a sampling of several of the Balvenie's expressions. Guests can expect to leave with a full understanding of the brand and its products, which includes tasting and comparing up to four marques from the Balvenie range, including: Balvenie 12 Single Barrel, Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask, Balvenie 15 Single Barrel, and Balvenie 25. Visit www.thebalvenie.com, or call Prime Cigar & Wine Bar at 561-613-6130.
Do you want to learn more about the wines of Spain? On Tuesday, October 14, Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy in West Palm Beach will be hosting a special wine academy. With the world's largest area of planted vines, they are the 3rd largest producer -- and the second largest global exporter. You can taste (and learn) all about it this evening from 6-7 p.m. with five exclusive Spanish selections, including two white, two red, and one fortified wine. The cost is $35 per person. Visit virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.
Test your knowledge (and possibly win some money) during Dirty Blondes Wednesday bar trivia night from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Each week, Challenge Entertainment hosts a free trivia game, and Dirty Blondes brings the savings with a $9 Yeung & Wing combo special, along with a complimentary keepsake frisbee. The top three individuals -- or teams -- will win bar tabs ranging from $30 (1st place); $20 (2nd place), and $10 (3rd place). Register your team in the Challenge Entertainment Trivia League, and compete with teams from all around South Florida for the chance to qualify for the League Finals where you can win $1,000's in cash and prizes. To register visit the EventBrite page.
Healthy Bellies founder (Dada executive chef) Bruce Feingold and his wife, Amanda, are inviting the public to join them during their not-for-profit foundation's first cooking workshop taking place at the Achievement Centers for Children and Families. Healthy Bellies is a charitable program partnered with The Achievement Centers for Children and Families to provide healthy eating education to the low income families in the community with a series of cooking workshops. The workshop will begin at 6 p.m. at the center's main campus, and will highlight special guest, Jarden, who will be presenting its new slow cookers and donating a new unit to each of the 700 families enrolled in the Achievement Center programs to assist them with implementing healthy home cooking. To participate, visit the Healthy Bellies Facebook page, facebook.com/HealthyBelliesSFL.
Bistro Ten Zero One has teamed up with James Beard Nominee, chef, author and mentor James Dean Max and together they have organized a dinner that will be talked about for months to come. For this dinner, Max and the culinary team at Bistro Ten Zero One have hand selected a team of EIGHT extraordinary chefs from Palm Beach and Broward counties to present The Ultimate Chefs Dinner, taking place on Wed., October 15th at Bistro Ten Zero One. These talented chefs will take turns in the kitchen, each preparing a course that will be served with a matching wine pairing. For those who are familiar with the team, know that this is a rare opportunity to dine with these top toques together in one night -- and for others, it's a chance to discover the incredible, local culinary talent that surrounds us. The evening will start at 7 p.m., with a Sparkling Reception and Amuse-Bouche, followed by a 6-course sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m. The dinner will cost $125 per person and includes a reception cocktail, 6-course dinner, wine pairings, tax, and gratuity. The participating chefs include Dean Max, Jason Connelly, Eric Grutka, Lindsay Autry, Ron Weisheit, and Darryl Moiles, as well Bistro Ten Zero One's executive chef, Steve Torbron. Bistro Ten Zero One is located inside the West Palm Beach Marriott at 1001 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach. Call 305-929-3463, or purchase tickets on EventBrite.
Love food, but hate genetically modified organisms having anything to do with the stuff you eat? Chipotle Mexican Grill has vowed to be GMO-free, and you can, too. On Thursday, October 16, support GMO-Free Florida's World Food Day and head to Chipotle Mexican Grill in Fort Lauderdale for lunch or dinner. The nonprofit, grassroots organization works to educate Florida communities state-wide on the importance of GMOs food labeling. Their mission: to have mandatory labeling of GMOs across Florida, with the long-term goal of banning the release of GMOs into the environment. With your Chipotle purchase on October 16, you'll help GMO-Free Florida promote its GMO-labeling initiative across the state. To show your support, all you need to do is call-in an order for pick-up (or dine-in) at Chipotle Mexican Grill on North Federal between 2-6 p.m. The fundraising event will use 50 percent of the proceeds raised during that time to donate to the GMO-Free Florida "Right To Know" campaign. To participate, mention "GMO-free Florida" to the cashier when you order. GMO-Free Florida World Food Day will take place at Chipotle Mexican Grill at 1736 N Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Visit gmofreeflorida.org, or call 954-400-5028.
The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach, and the Friends of the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach are inviting the community to come together for their popular Books & Bites event, a lively discussion on a featured book over food and drink. This month's event will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Hullabaloo, located at 517 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Everyone is invited to review and discuss this week's book, A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan. Enjoy delicious tastings and drink specials while helping to promote the library's many programs. To read the book before the event, download a copy of the e-book at mycitylibrary.org, and call 561-868-7787 with questions.
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.
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