• The Fort Lauderdale Beach Hilton's seafood-inspired joint, Ilios, is
changing up its menu this spring, eschewing the tapas
selections in favor of traditional portions. Dishes like seared Gulf
Coast swordfish with Swank Farms heirloom tomato carpaccio are entirely
local in origin, while speck-wrapped seared tuna with warm English pea
and fava casserole are slightly more exotic. The chef has also added
more casual fare such as burgers, fish and chips, and a la carte sides
of sauteed broccolini and truffed cauliflower gratin.
• Morton's The Steakhouse in Fort Lauderdale is getting in on the St.
Paddy's Day action starting at 3 p.m. on March 17. The steakhouse will
offer $5 bar bites and $4 to $7 "Power Hour" drink specials on select
beverages. On March 26, Morton's will also be hosting a wine pairing
lead by Master Sommelier and Vice President of Wine & Spirits for
the chain, Tyler Field III. The event will pair five wines with a
selection of hors d'oeuvres. Cost is $45. Call 954-467-9720.
The new, Las Olas ultra lounge, SoLita, will be getting its groove on
Thursday nights with its new dinner party series. Expect Italian eats,
sounds from DJ Anthony Pisano (pay-san-o!), and lots of that trademark
Las Olas eye candy. The party starts at 8 p.m.
• Uncle Julio's
in Mizner Park is changing up its eats with a few limited-time
specials. Rainbow trout Sante Fe is pan roasted and served with pine
nuts and roasted corn pico de gallo ($17.95). Shrimp Acapulco is
marinated in chipotle and honey and mesquite grilled ($21.95), and
coconut flan ($5.50) and pineapple empanadas ($6.95) round the menu
off, which runs through May.
• Whole Foods is sponsoring another
wine dinner at Himmarshee Bar & Grill at 6:30 p.m. on March 22.
Wines from Matanzas Creek will be paired with seared diver scallops
with fennel pollen and pink peppercorn, mustard-marinated rack of
spring lamb, and roasted beets, blood orange, and arugula salad. Cost
is $59 per person, all inclusive. Call 954-524-1818.
• The Fort Lauderdale location of Whole Foods will also be hosting a Wine 101 class on April 1 lead by
the store's wine buyer. The class will walk wine newbs through the
basics: opening a bottle, basic pairings, and varietal facts. Wine and
appetizers are included, and the cost is just $10. Call 954-565-5655.