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Hot & Soul's Funky Buddha Beer Pairing Dinner Tonight Is Sold Out, but There's More to Come

Did you book your tickets for the Funky Buddha Brewery / Hot & Soul food pairing dinner for tonight? I hope you did, because the event is sold out.

But fear not: The five-course dinner (with items like Hop Gun IPA, paired with Hop Gun-braised pork cheeks with Yukon Gold potato cakes and braised kale and Cucumber Jones, paired with sweet avocado basil empanada and Cucumber Jones Jell-O shot) is just the tip of the iceberg this week for the establishment serving "international food with soul."

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"We're just going to decide each day on the beer pairings and post it on Facebook," said Hot & Soul's Christy Samoy.

The eatery is highly active on social media, taking to Instagram to showcase dishes being prepared, like this seared tuna with gremolata or this moist-looking coffee cake with Lazy Magnolia stout syrup, while keeping up with trendy video-app Vine by making "social-vignettes" like Smack My Melon.

Many restaurants don't think it necessary to pursue the social media avenue, but I'd say they'd be flushing money down the drain. According to Facebook, "In an average week, there are over 645 million views of, and 13 million comments on, local business Facebook Pages... approximately 70% of monthly active users in the U.S. and Canada are connected to a local business on Facebook." Add that to a regimen of Instagram, Twitter, Vine...

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Ahem, where were we? Ah yes, food and beer! Expect a casual pairing experience through the rest of the week, with some Funky Buddha specials rearing their delicious heads. If you want to know what they'll be ahead of time, check out their Facebook page, or you can be an adventurous Bourdain-type and just eat whatever is there when you show up.

Hot & Soul is at 3045 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 60B, in Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-206-2155 or visit for more information.

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