Is a month without an epic burger event even worth mentioning? That's a question for another day, given that this week will see the introduction of yet another burger-licious event in South Florida. This month's contender is the Boca Burger Battle kicking off Saturday night in downtown Boca. Of course, there are non-beefy events on this week's calendar as well, including a celebration of cherries, a food truck rally, and the return of one of the summer's most popular monthly events. After the jump, find a list of other food and drink activities this week in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Food truck invasion in Hollywood
The weekly food truck invasion in downtown Hollywood includes a lot of familiar favorites like Che Grill, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Ms. Cheezious, Mr. Good Stuff, The Rolling Stove, Rebel Grill, and Palate Party, among others. The roundup is 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and there's no cost to attend, but bring cash for the trucks. The rally is in Arts Park at Young Circle.
Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton turns the store over to a "block party" where each department will prepare a dish using cherries. Customers can vote for their favorite dish at customer service. The free event is 5 to 7 p.m. and requires no pre-registration.
Belgian beer month
The Blind Monk in West Palm Beach is marking Belgian beer month with each Wednesday night dedicated to a different family of brews. This week is focused on beers brewed by Trappist monks, including Rochefort, Chimay, Orval, Westmalle, Achel, and Koningshoeven. The event starts at 4 p.m.
Hard Knocks on the Rocks fundraiser
Miami Dolphins players of past and present will act as celebrity bartenders at Players Sports Lounge, 6450 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. and will act as a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Get tickets here.
Sushi and Stroll
It's hot as hell outside, yes, but you'll find plenty of shade during this monthly event where Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens opens its doors for an evening of reduced-rate fares, plus drinking and dining. Find more details about the event here.
Boca Burger Battle
This inaugural event features Boca burger joints and other local restaurants serving up gourmet bites, plus craft beer, wine, and spirits. The event is 7 to 10 p.m. in Sanborn Square in downtown Boca Raton. Admission is $50 to $75. Click here for more details.
In-store appearance by Chris Miracolo of Max's Harvest
Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton will host chef Chris Miracolo of Max's Harvest, who will talk about the restaurant's farm-to-form concept and offer up samples from the menu, including the pecorino and basil ricotta gnudi (similar to gnocchi) with mushrooms, peas, truffles, and brie. There's no cost, but pre-registration is required. Call 561-447-0000. The event is 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Bastille Day cooking class
Indulge your inner Francophile with a cooking class/Bastille Day celebration at Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School in Fort Lauderdale. The class is 7:30 p.m. and the cost is $70 per person. It's a traditional menu of crab and shrimp casserole, roasted beef tenderloin, and crepes Suzette. Call to register; 954-563-2700.
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