We hope you enjoyed your weekend, because it's looking like it might just be a rainy week. Oh, the joys of South Florida summers. Even if the weather is not quite perfect, there are still plenty of options in the food and drink department this week. From charity pizza cook-offs to lots of cheese, we have a list of this week's culinary happenings.
How to Create the Perfect Meal
If you're idea of making dinner is opening the lid of a takeout box, you should probably do something about that. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Chef Jean-Pierre Cooking School is hosting a "How to Create the Perfect Meal" class. The $68 course will teach students how to prepare a three course meal. Call 954-563-2700.
All-American Beer BBQ
Craft beer week may have just passed, but Memorial Day is around the corner--meaning you're not getting away from the beer. Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale is hosting a burger, dessert and beer pairing Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. The cost to attend is $20. Call 954-565-5655.
Two Brother's Brewing Co. Spotlight
The Windy City is getting some recognition on Tuesday. Starting at 3 p.m., World of Beer Coconut Creek is highlighting the Chicago brewery, Two Brother's Brewing. The family owned and operated brewpub has been around since 1997.
Steve's Charity Pizza Challenge
It's a battle royale that pits three local charities against each other for the chance to receive a percentage of the pie. Pizza pies, that is. On Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at Steve's Wood Fired Pizza the Tri-County Humane Society, the Pap Corps, and Catherine's Hope for a Cure will be cooking off their featured pizzas and will be judged in a winner takes all--actually a percentage--competition. The winning charities' pie will be featured on Steve's menu for a month and will receive a portion of the pies proceeds. Visit the event facebook page here.
Hands-On Mozzarella Making
Nothing is better than fresh hand-pulled mozzarella--okay, well, maybe a couple things. If you're looking to learn how to make some fresh cheese of your own, Mancini's Modern Italian is hosting a hands-on mozzarella class this and every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Taught by Executive Chef Claudio Sandri, the $30 class includes a complimentary glass of wine, an antipasto sampling, and, well, the opportunity to learn to make your own mozzarella. Enjoy half-off any bottle of wine if you stay for dinner after the class. Call 754-200-8602.
Cupcake Food Truck Arrives
Finding food related events with kids can be hard. Luckily, the little ones tend to love cupcakes. Sugar them up this week with Clarabelle's Cupcakes on Character Wednesdays at Baby Posh Garage at 11:30 a.m. The event offers kids the chance to take pics with some of their favorite characters while noshing down on some cupcakes. The event is $10. Baby Posh Garage is located at 1249 Stirling Road in Dania Beach. Call 954-927-7674.
Summer Wine Series
Blue Moon Fish Co. will be kicking off the first of its summer wine series Thursday at 6:30 p.m. For $30 guests will be able to sample Rodney Stron wines paired with hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment. Call 954-267-9888, or visit bluemoonfishco.com.
While you probably love drinking wine, pairing it properly is a whole fiasco of its own. Leave it to the experts. Thursday starting at 7 p.m., Bistro 1001 is hosting a four-course wine dinner for 35 bucks per person. Space is limited. Call 561-803-1908.
Homage to Fromage
Cheese is pretty awesome: it deserves to see some respect. On Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Certified Sommelier and Wine Educator Stephanie Miskew will be hosting the the cheese and wine pairing event at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. The pairing is $40. Reservations are required. Call 954-262-0249.
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