Wine About It

Every year around this time -- and this year on Thursday specifically -- New Times gathers the finest, oldest, and newest local restaurants and asks them to offer a signature dish. It is then paired with a wine carefully selected by the proprietor of boutique wine shop Wine Watch. This year, more than 40 local dining establishments will be represented. Sample dishes from Rok:Brgr, Bimini Boatyard, Salt Seven, and more. Even Gelato Petrini will be there serving cool desserts to cleanse the palate. Whether you're a longtime Florida foodie or new on the scene, Pairings is the place to be Thursday night. The fifth-annual New Times Pairings is strictly 21 and over, so none of those annoying minipeople will be running around to spoil your good time. General admission costs $50 online (until noon Thursday) or $60 at the door. A VIP pass costs $90 online or $100 at the door and gets you in an hour early, a larger wine glass for gratuitous sampling, and admission to the VIP lounge, where you'll find comfortable seating and some specially selected food and wine pairings. For a full listing of restaurants and to buy advance tickets, visit browardpalmbeach.com/pairings/2012.
Sept. 13, 7-10 p.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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