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 are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.
Whether you're looking to dress up for Halloween during a murder mystery dinner, learn to make seasonal pumpkin eats, or attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Whole Foods Market in Coral Springs will be hosting an "All About Pumpkin" cooking class on Monday, October 27 - just in time for Halloween. The class starts at 7 p.m., where the store's chefs will show shoppers how to make several gourdalicious recipes, including pumpkin sherry soup, conch pumpkin fritters, and pumpkin pie. Space is limited to 40 customers; sign up by calling 954-753-8000.
Join the Signature Grand and 2-1-1 Broward for a spooktacular evening celebrating the 13th Annual Signature Grand Ghoul. Signature Grand will be transformed into a haunted mansion for the Halloween celebration. Paul Castronovo, co-host of the "Paul & Young Ron Show" on BIG 105.9 FM, will join O.J. McDuffie, former Miami Dolphins wide receiver, as the emcees for the event. The party will feature costume contest based on the creativity, fear factor, and originality of party-goers costumes, and finalists will be brought on stage for an overall crowd vote. Prizes will be awarded to those with the scariest (and most unique) costumes. Mix and mingle all evening while enjoying an open bar with specialty cocktails, and fill-up on a gourmet buffet with elaborate food stations. All proceeds raised during the event will benefit 2-1-1 Broward. The event takes place on Monday, October 27, from 7-11:30 p.m. at the Signature Grand, 6900 W State Road 84, Davie. Individual tickets are $100 or two for $150. To register, visit 211-broward.org and club211.org, or call 954-390-0493.
Join the Wine Wave for a special wine tasting event with LivingFLA.com on Tuesday, October 28, from 6-8 p.m. The night will feature a special tasting of five wines, with a brief education lecture on each. Food will be offered to all guests, and the evening will serve as a chance to network with other professionals. Wine educator Alejandro Ferrari, owner of Strategic Imports, will be presenting the wines, which will be available for purchase at a 15 percent discount. (You can receive a $15 discount when you purchase six bottles, or more). The event is $25 per person, and is all inclusive. For more information call the Wine Wave at 561-276-2076.
On Wednesday, October 29, Actors With a Clue! will present a special evening dubbed "Rum For Your Life," a murder mystery show and dinner at Bahama Breeze in Pembroke Pines. The event is in honor of Don Vito Cannoli, who requests your presence for the launch party of his new rum line. Drink are sure to be flowing when the evening kicks-off at 6 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail reception and passed hors d'oeuvres. Dinner will follow at 6:30 p.m., with a choice of salmon or Jamaican jerk chicken. At 7:30 p.m., the fun starts with a murder mystery show featuring prizes. The evening will also feature a costume contest for best dressed. The cost to participate is $40 per person. For more information visit the event website.
If you like networking and helping others for a good cause, October 28 presents the perfect opportunity to do both. Join the Young Professionals for Covenant House at Fork and Balls in Fort Lauderdale for one of its monthly networking events organized to help raise money and awareness for the nonprofit, Covenant House Florida. Fort Lauderdale's Fork and Balls will be hosting the event and dishing out some food and drink deals. Both non-members and members can sign-up or register online; admission includes passed appetizers and a complimentary drink. While you're there, you'll have the opportunity to mix and mingle with other young professionals. Who knows? You might find yourself getting onboard the Young Professional's 5K Planning Committee, or volunteering for their monthly "Monday Fun Night" at the shelter. If you're more into socializing, simply plan on attending another monthly social and networking event. All proceeds from each event go directly to help the homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth of Covenant House Florida. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. at Fork and Balls, 1301 E. Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. To register online visit tinyurl.com/YPForkandBalls. Admission prices include options for guests at $20; members pay $15; and new members plus entry pay $25 (includes $15 registration fee).
Fort Lauderdale, aka the "Yachting Capital of the World," will host the 55th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show beginning Thursday, October 30, through November 3. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers, to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, super yachts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, catamarans -- even canoes. Of course, if you're hungry, there will be lots of options to choose from, including a special pop-up from Palm Beach's PB Catch and Pistache.
This year, adults -- not just the kids -- can have fun this Halloween at the Palm Beach Garden's Burger Bar. On Thursday, October 30, the restaurant kicks-off its two-day Halloween "Spooktacular" evening with an adult costume contest featuring prizes and gift cards for the evening's best dressed. The event will feature food and drink specials for those 21 and over. On Friday, October 31, the fun continues for the whole family with a special Boo Bash. Spooky décor will transform the restaurant into a giant haunted house, and parents with kids that come in costume will receive up to two complimentary kids meals with the purchase of at least one full order entree. The Burger Bar's Spooktacular evening will take place on Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight, and Friday's Boo Bash from 6-8 p.m. Participation is free. For more information, visit burgerbar.com, or call 561-630-4545.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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