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South Florida Food & Drink Events This Week: Chef Competitions, Food Trucks, and Pop-Up Dinners

The weekend might be over, but there are still plenty of weekday food and drink events in South Florida to keep you busy. Whether you're cooking on a budget, checking out a pop-up dinner, or scoping out some food trucks, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.


Meals Under $20
No need to gasp anymore after seeing your grocery bill. From 4 to 6 p.m., Whole Foods Market (2000 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale) will teach you how to make meals under 20 minutes for less than $20 with the help of Allyson, the Culinary Demo Specialist in the Produce Department. Visit


Tupelo Pop-Up Dinner at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Created by 3030 Ocean chef’s Adrienne Grenier, pop-up restaurant Tupelo will make its debut at the Riva restaurant space in the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (3030 Holiday Dr., Fort Lauderdale). Attendees will enjoy food from Grenier herself, who was a former champion on Food Network’s Chopped. Tupelo is open for dinner daily from August 25 through October 23. Visit


Chef vs. Chef Series at Max’s Harvest
Starting at 9:30 p.m., week 11 of the Chef vs. Chef series showdown will go down. This week, Tryst’s John Thomas will compete against Eric Grutka of Ian’s Tropical Grill at Max’s Harvest (169 NE 2nd Ave, Pineapple Grove, Delray Beach). The two chefs will be judged by the best food media and experienced foodies with the winner moving on to the next round. Entry is $10 and includes one free wine, beer or cocktail. Proceeds will benefit Delray’s Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club. Visit


Food Truck Invasion
Get your fill of food trucks starting at 5 p.m. at Wellington Amphitheater (12300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington). There will be over 20 food trucks, including Pizzazilla, Dolce Gourmet Cupcakes, Cheesezilla and more. Visit

All Week Long:

American Social Three-Year Anniversary
American Social (located at 721 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale) will celebrate its three-year anniversary, and you know what that means: food discounts. From now through August 31, the Fort Lauderdale bar will feature its limited edition “Three Cheers for Three Years” anniversary menu. Guests can enjoy a selection of two drinks and one appetizer for $20. For drinks, choose from Tito’s Strawberry Lemonade, Basil Smash, Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float, Pineapple Mint Caipirinha, and Ketel Blue Cosmo. For appetizers, choose from AMSO pretzel bites, truffle and wild mushroom, goat cheese croquettes, margherita flatbread, pikliz and pork tostones, and Spinach and Artichoke Dip. We’ll take these deals over birthday cake any day. Visit their Facebook page.

For more events, visit our online calendar or pick up the print edition of the New Times Broward-Palm Beach every Thursday. To submit an event, use our online form

Natalya Jones is both a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter: @Jonesn4Journals.

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