Flashing some bling at the bar is a sure-fire way to pick up in Boca Raton. But busting out some South African diamonds? You might just get mounted right there at the wine rack. Try your luck when the Capitol Grille in Boca hosts Cocktails & Carats on September 17 at 6 p.m. Sponsored by South African Jewels, the booze and hors d'oeuvres happy hour will coincide with a display of diamonds. Call 561-998-1995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Wine? Check. Cooking demos? Check. Proceeds benefiting the fight against breast cancer? Double check. The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation's fourth-annual Shades of Pink fundraiser is going down October 20 at 5 p.m. at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Sunny Isles (16701 Collins Ave.). The healthy living demonstration will include cooking know-how and
sampling and costs $25. The winetasting and main event, featuring a
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fashion show, silent auction, cocktails, and entertainment, run $50 and
$75 respectively. Or you can pay $125 for admission to all three. Call 954-454-4156 to RSVP.
There's still time to get involved in one of the Labor Day Eat-Ins sponsored by Slow Food USA in support of Time for Lunch, a campaign to get real food into America's schools. The two biggest Eat-Ins look to be Slow Food Glades to Coast's potluck meet up at Cason Methodist Church in Delray Beach, and Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale's panel discussion and three-course-lunch featuring Darlene Moppert, Broward County Public Schools' program manager for nutrition training and education. The Slow Food event is free; just bring a healthful dish that will feed ten people along with your own plates and utensils. The Whole Foods' event costs $5.
Finally, if there are any Clean Plate Charlies out there looking for a road-trip destination in September, the Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival should fit the bill nicely. The annual fest is the penultimate destination to chow on Wild Georgia Shrimp. It runs September 18-20 on Jekyll Island, which is about an hour south of Savannah -- in other words, a six-hour car ride from South Florida.