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 attend a Christmas Eve party, have brunch with Santa, or take down some beers at a tap takeover, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
On Monday, December 22, from 6 p.m. to midnight, the World of Beer in Coconut Creek will host a tap takeover by Boynton Beach's Due South Brewery. Known as DUEsday, find specialty releases available on draft all night long.
Did you know Native Brewing Company now has a temporary home, and it's being touted as much more than a simple brewing space? The Craft Beer Cartel is a new concept from Native's Adam Fine and Riverside Market's Julian and Lisa Siegel which features a traditional bottle shop, space for a small on-premise brewing operation, and Broward county's first homebrew supply shop. Located just across the street from the Riverside Market in residential Fort Lauderdale, the Craft Beer Cartel opened this past weekend to the public. Tonight, go check it out while enjoying Cigar City night at Riverside Market.
Jazziz of Boca Raton has put together a free Christmas Eve party on Wednesday, December 24, starting at 9 p.m. Chloe Dolandis, local celebrity vocalist and talented singer, will be the main entertainment for "The Eve Ball." She's best known as a finalist in the Florida Grammy Showcase, a two-time national finalist in the National Society of Arts and Letters Musical Theatre Competition, and singing for Vice President Joe Biden. Her song, "Solid Woman", was selected as a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition's Performance Category. While you're there, enjoy indoor and outdoor bars, and a menu of gourmet eats. Then dance the night away on the giant dance floor. To gain free entry, RSVP here.
For Italians, the long-standing tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates back centuries. This year, Casa D'Angelo is inviting guests to enjoy their take on the holiday feast this Wednesday, December 24, at 4 p.m. In many Italian American families, Christmas Eve dinner consists of seven courses of fish, but a more manageable option is Chef Angelo Elia's Seven Fishes entrée that includes pan fried Baccala (cod) with a seafood salad of seppia, octopus, shrimp, scallops and mussels served along with marinated anchovies. On Christmas Eve guests can also order off of the a la carte menu, as well as a wine menu featuring several hundred labels hand-selected by Chef Angelo and head sommelier Koen Kersemans. Reservations are recommended at both the Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale location.
Even Santa knows the place to be on Christmas Day: Spazio. On Christmas Day, Santa is stopping at Spazio on Fort Lauderdale Beach for some fun in the sun -- and to hand out more gifts -- before heading back to the North Pole. If you've been good this year, he might just have an extra gift in his bag for you. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Reservations are available for breakfast and lunch, and the regular menu will be available, in addition to 2-4-1 Bloody Mary cocktails and mimosas all day. Children under 10 years of age can enjoy half-price breakfast. To view the menu visit SpazioFL.com.
Wash away the egg nog fog from Christmas Eve and Christmas morning at Dirty Blondes Sports Bar. Come noon on Christmas Day, the bar will be opening its doors for drink specials including $3 Bloody Mary's and mimosas. Guests purchasing beer buckets and drafts will receive a keepsake gift of bottle koozies and draft cups. Need another reason to show up and party? Photos with the jolly St. Nick will take place from 2-3 p.m.
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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