Food and Drinks in South Florida This Week: Celebrity Chefs, Big Checks, and More

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And another weekend bites the dust.

Fortunately, this workweek brings with it a plethora of awesome culinary events. Whether you're into charities, cooking for yourself, or learning about food from another part of the world, this week is jam-packed with food and drink event in South Florida.

See also:

- Boca's Cosa Duci Bakery Gets $75,000 Loan From Whole Foods Market

- GMO Bills Passed Connecticut and Maine; Senator Sachs Revising Florida Bill for Next Session

- Livernano/Casalvento Wine Diner at Vic & Angelo's Coming Soon


Official Check Presentation

It's not everyday that a grocery store gives out a $75,000 check. Especially, a really big check. On Monday at 10 am, Whole Foods Market in Boca Raton is rolling out the dough to Boca Raton-based Cosi Duci Bakery. The store is giving the small bakery a low-interest loan to help fund expansion. Whole Foods is located at 1400 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Call 561-447-0000, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

Homestyle Gourmet

Everyone loves eating gourmet food, but eating out is not always in the budget. Learn how to cook for yourself at Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the school is holding a Homestyle Gourmet class that will teach students how to prepare a delicious three-course meal. The course is $68 per person. Chef Jean Pierre's Cooking School is located at 1436 Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-2700, or visit chefjeanpierre.com.


Trinidadian Food and Wine Tasting

Every country has its specialties in terms of cuisine. And to most foodies, Trinidad is known for its roti -- those tasty West Indian wrap-like sandwiches -- but it does so much more. Try it all at the Trinidadian Food and Wine Tasting at Hot Peppers Restaurant. Organized by the restaurant in partnership with Bootleggers Beverage Distribution, the tasting will feature a wide array of traditional Trinidadian dishes paired with a selection of wines. The event takes from 5 to 8 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Hot Peppers Restaurant is located at 9976 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines. Call 786-390-3204, or visit facebook.com/HotPeppersRestaurant.

Kapow's Chef Pairing Series: Sake

You've done beer and food pairings, and wine pairings are old news. Now it's time to try your hand at some sake paired with food. Kapow is about to make that happen. On Tuesday, its hosting a five-course sake pairing dinner. Starting at 6 p.m., the $35 dinner will walk participants through the tasty Asian pairing creations. Seats are limited, so RSVP as soon as possible. Kapow is located at 431 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-347-7322, or visit sakedinner2-efbevent.eventbrite.com for reservations.


Burger Battle

Summer is here. That means burger eating season is in its prime. To keep it going Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill is hosting a burger battle on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. The competition will pit two teams of six against each other in an attempt to take home the crown for Burger Battle Champion of the city and fund for their chosen charity. The team with the fastest burger consumption time in each market will be sent off to compete for the National Burger Battle Champion. It is free to attend. Smokey Bones is located at 809 S. University Drive in Plantation. Call 954-474-3833, or visit smokeybones.com/battle.

Get Stacked Wednesdays

By hump-day it's time to get out of the house. Get out on a dime at SoLita's Get Stacked Wednesdays. Every week from 5 p.m. to Midnight, at both SoLita locations, enjoy half-off select bottles of wine and $9.95 eggplant stacks. SoLita Las Olas is located at 1032 E. Las Olas Blvd.in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-357-2616. SoLita Delray is located at 25 NE Second Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-899-0888. Or visit solitaitalian.com.

Wine Wednesday

If you're still looking for mid-week drink deals, Ceviche Tapas Bar & Restaurant, is now offering a Wine Wednesday deal. All bottles under 100 bucks are half-off all night. In addition, from 5 to 7 p.m., the restaurant is now offering a $4 tapas menu for happy hour during the summer. Ceviche is located at 116 NE 6th Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-894-8599, or visit ceviche.com.


Taste of the Nation

Unfortunately, in a country full of McDonald's hunger is still a thing. To help out Chefs Clay Conley, Lindsay Autry, Zach Bell, and Allen Susser will be co-chairing the third annual Taste of the Nation Palm Beach for Share Our Strength on June 20 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Over 40 area restaurants will be participating. General Admission tickets are $90. VIP tickets are $150. The event is being held at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts , located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Tickets are available at the door or visit tasteofthenation.org.

Third Thursday Wine Tasting

Wine tastings are great when they're just for fun. But they're even better when you have a charitable excuse for your excessive inebriation. Every third Thursday of the month, Spazio hosts a wine tasting to benefit Poverello Center. For $20, you can sample from multiple wines and hors d'oeuvres. The tasting runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Spazio Fine Italian Cuisine is located at 239 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-764-8191, or visit itsbetteronthebeach.com/spazio.

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