August is almost over, which means that we have only two more months of rain to fear. With primary and secondary school back in session last week, and college commencing over the next couple days, we're in the home stretch of South Florida's hellacious summer weather. Luckily, there are plenty of food and drink related options to keep you busy for a while.
Whether you're looking to brave the elements with food trucks, gorge yourself on cheese, or celebrate the end of freedom, there's something fun to do this week in Broward and Palm Beach.
Most people can throw a piece of meat on the grill and that'll suffice; however, if you really want to prove you know your way around a piece of meat, sauces are a must. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., Chef Jean Pierre's Cooking School is holding a sauces 101 class that will teach participants how to make the basic mother sauces and more complex recipes. The cost to attend is $67.
Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School is located at 1436 Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-2700, or visit chefjeanpierre.com.
Food Trucks in Arts Park
Mondays are probably the worst day of the week, but don;t waste the entire day. Liven it up at the weekly Monday night food truck roundup in Arts Park. Curated by Sef "Burger Beast" Gonzalez, the event features trucks ranging from greasy burgers to healthy options. Bring a blanket, chairs, friends or family, and an empty stomach. It takes place every Monday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event is free to attend.
Hollywood Art's Park is located at One Young Circle in Hollywood. Call 954-921-3500, or visit burgerbeast.com/arts-park.
Drinking is fun, but it's not very budget friendly. Box-o-wine anyone? Here's your chance to drink wine for free on Tuesday night. From 6 to 9 p.m., the Hollywood Vine is hosting a free wine tasting. The shop will be featuring five wines from around the world, including countries such as Israel, Spain, and Argentina.
The Hollywood Vine is located at 2035 Harrison St. in Hollywood. Call 954-922-2910, or visit hvine.com.
Ladies Happy Hour
Some woork weeks seem to go on forever. To appease stressed-out drinking ladies, Josef's Table in Boca is now holding a free happy hour for ladies every Tuesday. From 5:30 to 8 p.m. every week, house cocktails are gratis in the lounge and on the patio.
Josef's Table is located at 5030 Champion Blvd. in Boca Raton. Call 954-290-3521, or visit josefstable.net/Home.
Yappy Hour at O'Shea's Irish Pub
Dog lovers: we get it. You come home from work tired and stressed with an intense desire to get out of the house, have a drink, and socialize, but poor Fido has been home alone all day. It's kind of jerk move to take him for a walk and run straight back out of the house. Problem solved: bring him to yappy hour at O'Shea's Irish Pub. Every Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m., all owners who bring a dog (35 pounds or less) get a free drink and free treat -- for the dog, of course.
O'Shea's Irish Pub is located at 531 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-3865, or visit osheaspub.com.
Artisan Cheese Course
Bacon aside, cheese is like the best food item ever. Best of all, the choices are endless. Whether you like soft or hard, bleu or fresh, stinky or not-so stinky; the possibilities can take you anywhere. On Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market Fort Lauderdale is hosting an American Artisan cheese course. $15 gets you a cheese sampling, beer pairing, and a lesson in each features cheese's method of production. Registration is required.
Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-565-5655, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Tasting menus are supposed to be about exploring a chef's repertoire. Why not expand that idea by tasting dishes from multiple chefs? On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Dishcrawl is taking on downtown Fort Lauderdale. The 'crawl will make its way around to four walking distance restaurants to sample small plates from each one. The destinations are kept secret until 48 hours before the event, when the meet up point is revealed - all other participating spots are kept quiet until you turn up on the crawl. The cost to attend is $45. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit dishcrawl.com/downtownfll, or facebook.com/pages/Dishcrawl-Palm-Beach-Fort-Lauderdale.
The Art of Wine Shopping without Breaking the Bank
We all have that wine snob friends who always brings along amazing bottles of wine while poo-pooing your boorish selection. Learn how to show him or her up on Wednesday -- without spending boatloads -- at the Virginia Philip Wine Shop and Academy. From 6 to 7 p.m., the shop is holding a tasting and will be giving out tips on how to select budget-conscious bottles on your own. The cost to attend is $35.
Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy is located at 101 N. Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-721-6000, or visit virginiaphilipwineshopacademy.com.
The Vegan Grill
Being a vegan at a barbecue ain't easy. It's like a never-ending battle with morality. Learn how to show off your meat-free stuff on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Publix Apron Cooking School in Boca Raton. For $40, the friendly staff will teach you how to grill vegan delights so good your carnivorous friends will be envious.
Publix Apron's Cooking School is located at 5050 Champion Blvd. in Boca Raton. Call 561-994-4883, or visit publix.com/aprons.
RA Sushi's Back to School Bash
Getting back into the school groove can be kind of stressful -- might as well have a drink. On Thursday from 7 p.m. to close, RA Sushi is hosting a back to school celebration with food and drink specials, a DJ, and giveaways. Specials include $4 Professor Pineapple's Wontons, $7 School House Shrimp, $5 drinks like All-Nighter Sangria, Brain Freeze Cocktails, the Bookworm Bite, and more.
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant is located at 201 SW 145 Terrace in Pembroke Pines. Call 954-342-5454, or visit rasushi.com.
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