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Bru Behind the Bar, Crustaceans Converge on Hollywood, Top Chef Cooks for Kids

For years, Dolphins linebacker Bob Brudzinski chewed up running backs and wide receivers like an industrial strength meat grinder. After he retired, the Killer B decided it was time to let the rest of South Florida do the chewing, so he opened his successful line of sports bars, Bru's Room. For proof of Bru's dominance off the field, check out the Coconut Creek location (5460 W. Hillsboro) -- it's a stadium unto itself, and usually packed. Brudzinski will be making an appearance there on October 15, along with plenty of other Dolphins, as part of a celebrity bartending event benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Bru-man will start mixing it up at 6 p.m. The event comes shortly after Bru's Room closed its original, Margate location on Sample Road to make way for its new Coral Springs store on University Drive and Atlantic Boulevard.

Everyone knows Hollywood Beach is full of clams -- some of them come from the Mob, others are the kind of uninvited guests you need cream to get rid of. But on October 16-18, the good people of H-Town will be embracing their clammy heritage at the Hollywood Beach Clambake. The eighth incarnation of the festival will reunite crustaceans with the people who love them, with a weekend-long spread of clams, oysters, shrimp, lobster, conch, fish, and crab dishes from local restaurants and seafood vendors. Musical guests Hep Cat Boodaddies, Jason Ricci and New Blood, Marijah and the Reggae All-Stars, and Poncho Sanchez will keep things churning along, and a Clam Chowder Crawl will run up and down Hollywood Beach. Clam Chowder Crawl in October? I think I'm churning right now. Visit or call 954-926-3377.

Speaking of Hollywood, don't forget about Hollywood chef and recently excised Top Chef Las Vegas contestant Ron Duprat's appearance at Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Ron will be cooking a dish from one of his quickfire challenges (hopefully not the one that nearly got him canned), with proceeds to benefit FLIPANY. Tickets cost $25. Call 954-565-4138.

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John Linn

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