Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of a spring in your step from some indulgent weekend activities. If not, don't fret, there's still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.
Whether you're looking to drink some interesting beer or cocktails, learn to cook, or join a culinary cult, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach Counties this week.
Spring Has Sprung
Farm-to-table is a big thing these days and it's all about seasonal produce. Sounds fine and dandy, but aside from the obvious cooking knowledge, you need to know which fruits and veggies are available at any given time. Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a spring cooking class with recipes from produce that is readily available right now. The cost to attend is $20.Visit wholefoodsmarket.com/events.
Casual Fish Class
When it comes to cooking fish tends to intimidate more than anything else. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Chef Jean-Pierre Cooking School is hosting a casual fish course for wannabe seafood chefs. For $70 per person, attendees get to watch demos of three fish dishes at the school, including baked flounder, shrimp curry, and yellow tail snapper. Visit cookingschoolsofamerica.com/chefjeanpierre.
Basic Knife Skills
One of the most important aspects of cooking pertains to knife skills. Proper technique can save tons of time and money. On Monday at 6 p.m. Publix Aprons Cooking School in Plantation is hosting a basic knife skill seminar. For $50 per person, the hands-on course will explore methods, such as slicing, dicing, julienne, and chiffonade. Visit publix.com/aprons/schools/Plantation.
Dogfish Head A Hop Eclipse Now: Food Pairing & Tap Takeover!
Food makes everything better -- even beer. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. Tap 42 is teaming up with Dogfish Head for a tap takeover with food. The brewery is showcasing a variety of beers, including Red & White, Hellhound, Chataeu Jiahu, and more. For anyone looking to sample some food with their booze, the restaurant is pairing the Sixty-One Minute with Miso Glazed Atlantic Swordfish with Pork Belly-Vegetable Fried Rice, Sweet & Sour Red Grapes, & Toasted Cashews for $26 per person. Visit facebook.com/events.
The studies show drinking is not good for the health of your brain. Thinking critically, however, is supposed to repair the damage. Here's your chance to work out those synapses while engaging in your favorite after work activity -- consider it a neutral activity. The Keg on Sixth is hosting a trivia night on Tuesday starting at 8 p.m. The evening includes prizes and drink specials.
Mixology Takeover at Stache with Nick Nistico
Tap takeovers are a common occurrence in Broward. Mixology takeovers are a completely different ballgame. On Wednesday, Nick Nistico, who picked up a spot as one of the "Top 10 Hotel Bartenders in the World" in 2013 by Travel Magazines, is taking over the bar at Stache. The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Visit facebook.com/events.
Wine Down Wednesday
By the time hump-day comes around, most of us are in serious need of a glass of wine. Every Wednesday Bocce Wine Bar & Tapas offers 50 percent off all bottles from the restaurant's list. Bottles start as low as $25, which means you can get your hands on one for just $12.50 -- if that doesn't make you feel better about your week, we don't know what could. Visit boccewinebar.com.
Culinary Cult Dinner Series
Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., executive chef Victor Franco of Oceans 234 is hosting a new monthly dining series with themed evenings of food, drinks, and like-minded foodies. The official kick off starts with a four-course dinner entitled "From Ocean to Table," featuring a selection of dishes comprised of local ingredients with drink pairings to match. All of the ingredients used will be from within the confines of Florida's borders. The cost to attend is $65 per person. Visit oceans234.com.
Food Truck Invasion - Wellington Amphitheater
We've all been in one of situations with friends when no one can agree on a place to eat. Avoid all that mess at the Food Truck Invasion in Wellington this week. From 5 to 9:30 p.m., nearly two dozen trucks are converging on the Wellington Amphitheater. Best French Fries, Churrasco Grill, Dolce Gourmet Cupcake, The Empanada Truck, HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars, and others will be onsite for the evening. Visit facebook.com/events.
The only thing better than one beer is lots of beer. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Crown Wine & Spirits in Fort Lauderdale is offering customers a night of craft beer and gourmet food. For $10 per person, guests can sample lite bites and more than 40 brews. Visit crownwineandspirits.com.
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