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 sample some wine, bid on a hot bachelor, or grab some deals during the first week of Dine Out Lauderdale, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Join The Blind Monk on a summer trip (despite the fact that it's technically Autumn now) to Spain as the West Palm Beach wine bar and restaurant showcases some of the beautiful wines of one of the most flavorful countries as part of its Passport Series wine tastings. The menu will feature several different Spanish varietals by the glass, with flights and tasters available. They'll be doing the event in traditional Blind Monk style - with vintage Spanish films on the big screen as well as live music by guitarist Jorge De Zofia. Highlights include a Raventos Blanc L'Hereu, an immaculate terroir-driven wine from organically farmed Spanish indigenous grapes Macabeu, Xarelo, and Parellada. There will also be a Berroia -- a Txakolí wine -- which has a slightly effervescent character and are often poured from a height to enhance its mild carbonation. The event will take place from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
This month, join Rocco's Tacos in celebrating the return of its popular fundraising special, "Tacos and Tatas" Tuesdays, starting today. During the entire month of October, all five Rocco's Tacos & Tequila Bar locations will donate a percentage of their famed Taco Tuesday sales to breast cancer research via Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since launching the annual campaign in 2011, Rocco's Tacos has donated more than $62,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and this year owner Rocco Mangel has set a goal of raising an additional $30,000. For $14.99 per person, guests can indulge on all-you-can-eat tacos. The special is available every Tuesday from open to close, and drinks specials start at 7 p.m. including $5 tequila drinks and shots, $15 margarita pitchers, $3 Mexican beers, and $6 Tito's vodka drinks.
This month enjoy special offers at area restaurants during Dine Out Lauderdale, which kicks off today. The six-week celebration gives patrons a chance to experience some phenomenal deals from Broward County's top restaurants and chefs. Today through November 7, a selection of Fort Lauderdale restaurants are offering specially-crafted, three-course menus for a $35 set price. Some 2014 participants on Fort Lauderdale Beach included: Amatsu Sushi & Sake at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Beauty & The Feast at the Atlantic Hotel & Spa, Dos Caminos at the Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel, Shula's on the Beach at the Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Spazio Italian Restaurant & Wine Lounge, and Steak 954 at the W Fort Lauderdale. If you want to know where to go, on the go, download an app: the "Fork Lauderdale Dining" application was designed for those who want to explore the culinary scene in greater Fort Lauderdale. Looking for a romantic waterfront restaurant? Or a trendy steakhouse with rocking happy hour? Or a Sunday brunch for the family? Simply rotate the dial to choose the type of cuisine, the atmosphere, and how much you want to spend. The app will then serve up a tasty suggestion. Special features allow you to GPS locate restaurants nearby, filter by food type and atmosphere, search local restaurants, and get insider tips and reviews from fellow patrons and locals. From sports bars to wine bars, you can dial up a fun night out. Some blackout dates apply. Please see individual restaurant for details. For more information go here.
This Thursday at 7 p.m. Salt 7 in Delray Beach will be hosting its second annual Bachelor Auction called "Cocktails for Canines." Head out to downtown Delray to drink, have fun, and bid on hot guys. Each bachelor will come with a talent or prize, an all proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Boca Raton-based Tri-County Humane Rescue. During the event, each guest will receive a complimentary cocktail and appetizers. After, enjoy drink specials. Tickets are $10 at the door, and raffle tickets will be $5 per ticket. There will also be a silent auction. Bring cash for door and raffle tickets.
On Thursday, the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach will be celebrating the local fall harvest as part of a special "Campus on the Lake" series. The morning-long event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will spotlight local farmers and vendors, who will be hosting a "mini" green market. The local restaurant line-up includes Swank Farm, Pascale's Confitures Artisanales, Cod & Capers Seafood Market, and Pickled Pink. Palm Beach Daily food writer Roberta Sabban will also lead a panel discussion on South Florida's local harvest. The event will take place at the Fitz Eugene Dixon Education Building in Palm Beach. The event is free. For more information visit FourArts.org, or call 561-805-8562.
What is wine speed tasting? Well, it's like speed dating, but with wine. Find a new favorite bottle, and fall in love. On Thursday evening, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan will host its free Wine Speed Tasting with the resort's sommelier, Krystal Kinney. Four seatings are available beginning at 5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.; there are six to eight seats per session. All wines showcased will be available for retail sale. Select glasses and wine by the bottle from the resort's Stir Bar & Terrace menu will be available all day at half-price. To reserve a seat, call the resort at 561-540-4848.
End the week right: with lots of bacon. From 6-10 p.m., enjoy all the bacon you can handle during the first annual 2014 Bacon Bash. Head to Esplanade Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale for a night of bacon-inspired dishes, beer, bacon, music, bacon, activities, and more bacon. All proceeds from the event go to the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale & Covenant House Florida. Tickets are on sale now for $20 pre-sale ($25 full price), and entry includes unlimited samples of craft beer all night long. As for the bacon: you'll be able to sample tons of South Florida's top restaurants as they prepare creative and delicious bacon dishes starting at just $5 apiece. Participating restaurants and food trucks include the Public House, Insane Cookies, ROK:BRGR, Grille 401, M.E.A.T Eatery & Taproom, and Nacho Business. For tickets, go here.
The craft beer and burger bar will be celebrating the grand opening of its new location in Hallandale this Friday. To celebrate the opening of the new location, Rok:Brgr will be unveiling its newest seasonal menu -- which will be released at all three locations -- to coincide with the Hallandale restaurant's grand opening, which is currently planned for Friday, October 3. Expect plenty of new, never-before-seen burgers, additional entree selections, and more salads and appetizers, said Falsetto. In case you're wondering, the restaurant will continue to offer its BRGR:BASH Monday special, where all the burgers on the menu are $10, as well as the "Social Brunch," every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., where ladies drink free mimosas all day, and you can rock out to a live DJ.
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