South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: Beer and Cheese, Get Stoned, and More

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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 be nice to your body through healthy food, give yourself up to beer and cheese, or get stoned in Delray -- obviously -- there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach Counties this week.


Veteran Job Fair

If you've been able to handle the pressure of war, you're probably fit to handle the heat of the kitchen -- or stress of the restaurant industry overall. To help returning members of the military find local jobs, DaDa Restaurant & Lounge is hosting a Veterans Job Fair on Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant is teaming up with a number of local businesses to pair veterans up with employers in the area. All applicants must apply in person.

DaDa Restaurant & Lounge is located at 52 N. Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3232, or visit dada.closermagazine.com/index.html


Soups for the Fall Soul

Within the past few weeks the weather has definitely started to cool down, slightly. If the crisp breeze is a bit too chilly for your thin South Florida blood -- or you're just looking to pick up a recipe or two -- Publix Apron Cooking School in Plantation is hosting a fall soup course on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The hands-on class will teach participants how to make a number of warming recipes, including corn chowder, pumpkin sage soup, and more. The cost to attend is $40. Registration is required.

Publix Aprons Cooking School is located at 1181 S. University Drive in Plantation. Call 954-577-7632, or visit publix.com/aprons/.

Fall Festival Block Party

With Halloween just around the corner, everyone's getting all in the mood for autumnal celebrations. To celebrate the season, Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a fall festival block party throughout the store on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The party includes cooking demos across the store with tons of free samples -- hey, you might even get your dinner out of the way. The event includes a drawing for a $50 Whole Foods gift card.

Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.


Get Stoned

It's back: stone crab season, that is. To celebrate one of South Florida's greatest delicacies, Prime Delray is now offering unlimited stone crab dinners every Wednesday from 6 to 10 p.m. with its Get Stoned dinner. For $49 per person, eat all the crab you want with soup or salad, and a chef's side.

Prime Delray is located at 110 E. Atlantic Ave. in Delray Beach. Call 561-865-5845, or visit primedelray.com.

Cheese and Beer Tasting

If there are two things that a beloved by everyone -- aside from lactose and gluten intolerant individuals -- it's cheese and beer. If you know what you're doing, pairing the two is like heaven in your mouth. Try it for yourself Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cheese Course in Weston. The shop's in-house cheese-monger will be dishing out and explaining the perfect pairings for free.

The Cheese Course is located at 1679 Market St. in Weston. Call 954-384-8183, or visit thecheesecourse.com.


Food Truck Invasion

Food trucks are taking over Wellington again. The Food Truck Invasion has started up its weekly roundup again at the Wellington Amphitheatre on Thursdays from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The event is free to attend. Food is available for purchase from individual trucks.

Wellington Amphitheatre is located at 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. Visit facebook.com/foodtruckinvasion/events.

Art of Wine & Food Series: "Boo-tiful Reds"

Much like the supernatural, wine can be a scary thing if you don't know how to properly deal with it. On Thursday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is hosting its monthly wine series with a "boo-tiful" -- and hopefully not scary -- selection of reds from around the world. The guest chef of the month will be pairing light bites with the wines. The cost to attend is $40 per person. Reservations are required.

The Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is located at Call Gail Vilone at 954-262-0249, or email gvilone@moafl.org.

Humana Farmers Market and Healthy Cooking Course

Sure, it's easy, but gorging yourself on fast food every day isn't exactly the healthiest way to live. To help the community and its clients learn to eat well -- and save some insurance money -- Humana is hosting a free cooking demonstration at its Tamarac Guidance Center on Thursday at 11 a.m. The first 50 participants will receive a free sample and a $5 voucher to the Tamarac Farmers Market just outside the center.

Humana Guidance Center is located at 7666 Nob Hill Road in Tamarac. Call 954-724-1540.

Goose Island Vintage Ales Beer Tasting

Wine snobs are always going on and on about their special collections like their '61 Cheval Blanc or whatever ridiculously expensive bottle their have stored in the cellar. Don't worry beer geeks: your time for snobbery has arrived. On Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., 13 | Even is hosting a vintage beer tasting with one of Chicago's oldest micro breweries' Goose Island. For $25 per person, sample some aged brews and light bites. Reservations required.

13| Even is located at 2037 Wilton Drive in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-8550, or visit squareup.com/market/13-even/goose-island-beer-tasting.

Fourth Annual Latin American Food and Wine Festival

If you're not familiar with Latin culture, you haven't been living in South Florida for very long, and you're definitely missing out. Remedy that situation on Thursday at Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County's Fourth Annual Latin American Food and Wine Festival on Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Midtown at Palm Beach Garden's will be turned into "Calle Mayor" with more than 25 local restaurants, South American and Spanish wines, live music, and more. Tickets are $40 per person.

Mainstreet at Midtown is located at 4801 PGA Boulevard in Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-832-1986, or visit pbhchamber.com.

Follow Sara Ventiera on Twitter, @saraventiera.

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