December is a hectic month. Between Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Years, and the dozens of holiday parties every week, there tends to be little time left for you. Fortunately, between Jesus' birthday and the change in year, this week is offering some time off from work; fill in the time wisely. Check out our list of the five best food and drink events in Broward and Palm Beach this weekend.
5. POPS Champagne Soiree
If you just can't wait a few more days to pop some bubbly, head over to the Velvet Room at Solita in Delray Beach on Friday. The lounge features live talent and DJ's to keep you entertained while you sip on Champagne or cocktails and smoke cigars. The party starts at 10 p.m.; reservations are necessary.
The Velvet Room at Solita is located at 25 NE 2nd Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-899-0888, or visit solitaitalian.com.
4. Cheese and Wine Tasting
Chances are you've been blowing through some cash lately. If you're looking to get out of the house and eat without spending any money you probably don't have, The Cheese Course in Mizner Park is a complimentary tasting of cheese paired with wines from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Cheese Course is located at 305 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-395-4354, or visit thecheesecourse.com.
3. Sunday Social Brunch
With all of the holiday craziness, you're probably in need of some R&R. Brunch will help. Taking place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ROK BRGR: Burger Bar and Gastropub hosts is Sunday Social Brunch in downtown Fort Lauderdale. In addition to a menu full of comforting favorites, the restaurant offers free mimosas for ladies.
ROK BRGR is located at 208 SW Second St. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-7656, or visit rokbrgr.com.
2. Wine and Cheese Sampling
You've cooked your way through the religious holidays; now it's all about bringing a dish for the New Years party. It's called cheese. On Saturday from noon to close, Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale is offering free wine and cheese samplings for anyone looking to pick out the perfect holiday dairy-product.
Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
1. Art Walk
By this point you've probably returned all the junk gifts you've received for the holidays; time to buy yourself something you actually like. On Saturday starting at 7 p.m., Art Walk is taking over the streets of Fat Village with tons of handcrafted pieces from local artists, vintage dealers, bakers, and whatever else. As per usual, food trucks and carts will be onsite with a number of tasty options to keep you going while you stroll.
Fat Village is located at NW 5th St. in Fort Lauderdale.
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