Food Festivals

New Times' Pairings is Tonight: Five Reasons to Go

New Times' Pairings is here! South Florida's best foodie event happens this evening when the Broward Center for the Performing Arts hosts over 40 restaurant, each serving amazing food paired with a fine wine or craft beer.

If you haven't already snagged tickets, don't worry. Tickets are available online at until 2 p.m. today. After that, they're available at the door tonight (general admission $55; VIP while supplies last $90). If you're still on the fence about going tonight, here are five reasons why you absolutely cannot miss out:

See also: The Ten Best Pairings at New Times' Pairings

5. Explore The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is truly one of the most gorgeous buildings in South Florida. The center, which opened in 1991, has recently been improved with the addition of the Huizenga Pavilion, a two-story glass-facade structure overlooking the river. Pairings allows you to explore the entire facility, with restaurants offering tastings both in the main theater, the Huizenga Pavilion, and the courtyard area.

4. Doing Something Great for Charity

While you're enjoying good friends and fine food, check out the fabulous prizes and gifts you can win at Share Our Strength's "Tree of Abundance". For a set donation (TBA), you'll pick a mystery gift. It could be a gift certificate to a fabulous restaurant, a bottle of vintage wine, or tickets to a show or concert. Either way, you win -- by snagging a great prize and donating to a worthy cause.

3. Food and Drink

Over 40 of South Florida's restaurants like 3030 Ocean, Tokyo Blue, Fork & Balls, and Cafe Maxx offer their most sumptuous bites -- each paired with a fine wine or craft beer -- for your ultimate dining enjoyment. Add in the best spirits, provided by Botran Rum, Herradura, Stoli, and Jack Daniel's and great live entertainment and you've got yourself a night to remember.

2. The After Party

Every great event needs an after party. There are the big Hollywood shindigs after the Oscars, the New York Fashion Week soirees, and the Pairings After-Party. Just when you thought the party was winding down, it's heating up at Mardi Gras Casino's French Quarter Restaurant on the 3rd Floor. Come and continue the party from 10 p.m. - Midnight and receive light bites and your first drink free when you show your wristband.

1. The Pictures (and Memories)

Come on, now. What else are you going to do? Stay home, Watch "Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" and troll Instagram for pictures of other people having the time of their lives? No, son! You're getting dressed in your party duds and getting in on the fun. Just remember to hashtag #Pairings to @NewTimesBroward and share your adventures with us!

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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