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 attend an epic tap takeover, celebrate a restaurant anniversary, or sip some wine at an art museum, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Valentino Guest Dinner Series
If you've ever dreamed of dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant, but haven't had the the time (or, let's face it, the spare funds) to travel overseas or cross country, you're in luck. Valentino chef-owner Giovanni Rocchio recently announced the commencement of an exclusive guest chef pairing dinner series where patrons can get a taste of food prepared by some of the world's most talented chefs. On Monday, February 16, Rocchio will welcome Giancarlo Perbellini, chef-owner of one of Italy's most esteemed restaurants, Ristorante Perbellini, an establishment situated just outside of Verona, Italy. Each guest chef dinner series costs $295 per person (tax and gratuity included), and begins at 6:30 p.m., followed dinner at 7:30 p.m. Valentino is located at 620 S. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-5767, or visit valentinoscucinaitaliana.com.
Due South Epic Tap Takeover at Tap 42
This Tuesday, starting at 11 a.m., Due South is bringing out all the barrels to put their stamp on Broward County at Fort Lauderdale's Tap 42. There will be 40-plus beers on draft, including limited one-off brews. Check out this sick list online here, including Caramel Cream Ale, the Cat 3 and 5 IPAs, Mexican Standoff, UXO strong ale, Marianna Trench, Nitro CoCo Stout, Maple Orange Imperial Caramel Cream, Kevin's Bacon, Chocolate Cherry stout, and more. Tap 42 is located at 1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 463-4900, or visit tap42.com.
Cajun Asian at Tsukuro
Tsukuro has cancelled their dinner, but will be repeating it next Tuesday, February 24.
Celebrate "Tasting Tuesday: Cajun Asian" Fat Tuesday with a playful twist on a traditional Fat Tuesday feast. Tsukuro's Chef Michael White will present Tsukuro's February Tasting Tuesday Dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. Priced at $55 all-inclusive, per person, the Cajun-inspired menu consists of six small plates paired with a selection of beer, wine and Japanese bourbon and includes Fried Oyster on Cornbread Pancake with Shishito Remoulade, Softshell Crab Gumbo, Sushi Rice Jambalaya with Tempura Duck & Shrimp, Cajun Crawfish Rangoon, Chili and Lime Wok Fried Okra and Sesame Shrimp Po'boy. As with all Tasting Tuesday Dinners, seating is limited, and reservations are required. Tsukuro is located at 225 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-1407.
Music and Dancing Under The Stars
Bring the family and a blanket to the free outdoor concert series at Young Circle Hollywood's Arts Park at 7:30 p.m. every Tuesday (Monday and Wednesday). Enjoy the outdoors, a family flick, food trucks, local restaurants, and the outdoor setting as you watch a free, family-friendly movie under the stars. Arts Park is located at 1 Young Circle Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Call 954-921-3500.
Free Line Dancing Lessons
The middle of the week can be a little mundane. While the morning is the most maligned moment of the week, the evenings can follow in the torpor and continue to leave you drained of life. Come to think of it, those cowboy boots in the closet have been collecting dust since you entertained the idea of joining the rodeo years ago. Kill two birds with one stone by dusting off those boots and turning the vapidity of Wednesday night by joining ringleader and avid line dancer Lisa Spangler at the Firedog Saloon in Fort Lauderdale. At 8 p.m., Spangler hosts a free line-dancing lesson to saloon patrons, and then at 9, she switches over to a couples dance lesson. This ongoing event has proven itself worthy and entertaining. Is line dancing easy? It certainly seems so, but one won't know until one breaks in the leather of the aforementioned boots. Swing your partner 'round and 'round, write bad checks all over the place, do-si-do. Free line-dancing lessons start at 8 p.m. Fire Dog Saloon is located at 2871 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-533-6092, or visit myfiredogsaloon.com.
When you think of bingo, odds are flaming drag queens with names like Bitter Misty Eyez and The Mean don't pop into your head. If you think this game is just for group-home-bound geriatrics, think again. Lips, "The Ultimate in Drag Dining," has taken its bedazzler and made over the game into what it calls Bitchy Bingo. It takes place every Wednesday and is hosted by two of the club's finest and most fabulous. Everyone who plays will have a chance to win prizes. Entry is $15. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Lips is located at 1421 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Oakland Park. Call 954-567-0987.
Wine Dinner at Cafe Boulud
When it comes to Oregon's best wineries, Bergström is at the top of the list. Its focus is on handcrafting small lots from its five estate vineyards. According to Cafe Boulud's Sommerliere Mariya Kovacheva, Bergström's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines are among some of Oregon's best wines. To celebrate these wines, Cafe Boulud will be hosting a wine dinner featuring a selection of Bergström's signature wines. Executive Chef Rick Mace and Pastry chef Eric Snow will prepare a four-course dinner menu inspired by what the Pacific Northwest can offer. Winemaker Josh Bergström will be the evening's special guest. Reservations are required. Seating starts at 7 p.m., and entry is $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Café Boulud is located at 301 Australian Avenue, Palm Beach. Call 561-655-6060, or visit danielnyc.com.
Two Year Anniversary Party at 3rd and 3rd
Celebrate the 2-year anniversary of 3rd and 3rd in Delray Beach, where they will be tapping a number of specialty beers during the festivities. That includes Cigar City's Strawberry Shortcake and Funky Buddha's Blueberry Cobbler, just to name a few. Doors open at 4 p.m. 3rd and 3rd is located at 301 NE 3rd Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-303-1939, or visit 3rdand3rd.com.
Chinese Steamed Bun Class at Whole Foods
Whole Foods in Coral Springs will be hosting a special steamed buns class on Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m. Ring in the Chinese New Year by learning how to make baozi (Chinese steamed buns) in the café. Space is limited to the first 20 customers. The Coral Springs Whole Foods is located at 810 University Drive, Coral Springs. Call 954-753-8000.
Savor Our City Culinary Tour
This week, join the Savor Our City crew as they tour the Pineapple Grove district of Delray Beach with Vino Van Gogh, the paint, wine, and art bar located at 153 NE 4th Ave, in downtown Delray Beach. On Thursday, February 19, from 5-9:30 p.m., enjoy pairings from Delray Beach restaurants including Mastino's, Papa's Tapas, and Bamboo Fire Cafe. The tour is $65 per person and includes food and wine at each stop, a painting class, and gratuity. Click here to check availability and purchase tickets.
The Art of Wine at Boca Raton Museum of Art
On select Thursday evenings, the Boca Raton Museum of Art celebrates the art of wine as part of its unique wine tasting series. Discover perfectly paired wine, food, and artwork from around the world, guided by wine expert Howard Freedland and museum curator Marisa Pascucci. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited to 40 guests. Tickets include wine tasting, hors' doeuvres, gallery tours, and access to Late Night Thursday events at the museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Boca Raton Museum of Art is located at 501 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-392-2500, or visit bocamuseum.org.
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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