Yes, it's been hotter than hell for weeks already; however, the weather just made itself official. In celebration of the recently passed summer solstice, we have plenty of gluttonous events for you this week. If you're looking for something cold to drink -- beer, wine, whatever -- we have a perfectly valid excuse for you, aside from the weather, with our list of food and drink events in Broward and Palm Beach.
The first step in eating healthy is learning how to prepare your own food -- no, frozen diet meals don't count. Learn how to use super foods like salmon, greens, and goji berries at Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale on Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class is $15 per person.
Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Share Our Strength Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry
Bake sales are no longer reserved for daytime school fundraisers. To raise money for Share Our Strength, the West Palm Beach Marriott is hosting a bake sale for Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry campaign. Taking place Tuesday from 6 to 8 pm, the event will include baked goods from local chefs and citizens. It will be held in conjunction with Bistro 1001's monthly party in the garden. Chefs will be moving out of the kitchen and onto the grills to cook while listening to live music. This month's theme is tropical fish fry.
Bistro 1001 is located at 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-803-1908, or visit bistro1001.com.
The Riverside Market Beer Academy
If you like beer, but know nothing about it -- like the majority of the population -- or just want to learn more, the Riverside Market is hosting a six week beer academy starting Tuesday at 7 p.m. The course is $125 per person. Seats are limited: call or message to reserve a spot.
The Riverside Market is located at 608 SW 12th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-358-8333, or visit facebook.com/riversidemarket.
Brunello Wine Dinner
Aside from the general language differences, American wines tend to be easier to understand. If you're looking to learn a thing or two about the Italians -- their wine, that is -- Casa D'Angelo http://www.voiceplaces.com/broward-palm-beach/casa-d-angelo-2307310-l is hosing a wine dinner on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The four course meal will be paired with highly coveted Brunellos. The cost to attend is $185 per person. Casa D'Angelo is located at 1201 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-564-1234, or visit casa-d-angelo.com.
Kick-Off Party for Beer & Balls
Beer and balls tend to go hand in hand -- basketballs, that is. Or any other kind of athletic-related round object. Jumping off Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Grease Burger Bar, beer & balls hopes to bring young professional craft beer lovers and sports enthusiasts together for a new social group. The cost to attend is $10 at the door, $5 in advance. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and an Ommegang craft beer tasting is included.
Grease Burger Bar is located at 213 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-651-1075, or visit the Beer & Balls facebook page.
Livernano/ Casalvento Wine Dinner
More Italian wine on Thursday. Starting at 7:30 p.m., Vic & Angelo's is hosting an Italian wine dinner featuring wines from the historic Livernano and Casalvento estates. The dinner includes a four-course menu designed by Executive Chef Erick Miranda, each paired with wines from the neighboring historic Tuscan estates - Livernano is actually a town that dates back to the Etruscans. Livernano/Casalvento rep Julie Butcher will be on sight to discuss the wines. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. Reservations and prepayment are required.
Vic & Angelo's is located at 290 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-278-9570, or visit vicandangelos.com.
Breckinridge Firkin Tapping and Takeover
Beer geeks and Colorado freaks: get ready. On Thursday, June 27, Tap 42 is hosting a tap takeover with the ultimate firkin, Blueberry Muffin Top Vanilla Porter. This one time tapping will go alongside other Breckinridge favorites like Vanilla Porter, Oak Aged Pandora's Bock, 471 Batch Double IPA, and more. The takeover starts at 7 p.m. It is free to attend.
Tap 42 is located at 1411 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-4900, or visit tap42.com.
Food Truck Invasion
The invasion is coming. Prepare your appetites, because the Food Truck Invasion is about to take over Wellington. On Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., the bi-monthly event will feature numerous food trucks at the Wellington Amphitheatre. The roundup is free to attend, but food will be available from individual trucks. The Wellington Amphitheatre is located at 12150 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. Email info@foodtruckinvasion, or visit foodtruckinvasion.com.
World Traveler Tapas 2
Sometimes you need a trip, but can't afford the ticket. Take your taste-buds on an adventure with Chef Ursula Rafer at the Ancient Olive Thursday at 7 p.m. For $45 guests will be taking a world tour in an interactive cooking class featuring dishes from Thailand, France, and Holland. Reservations are highly suggested.
The Ancient Olive is located at 514 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-266-1099, or visit theancientolive.com.
Sultry Summer Sippers: Prepare for the Florida Heat with these Refreshing Wines!
If you're looking to learn about -- and sample -- some cooling alcoholic beverages, look no further. As part of The Art of Wine and Food Series by Stephanie Miskew, at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the chef of the month will be pairing tastes to refreshing summer wines. Taking place from 6 to 8 p.m., the cost to attend is $40. Reservations are required and seating is limited.
The Museum of Art is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5500, or visit moafl.org.
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