It might be Monday, but it's also the first day back to school, so enjoy a schadenfreude as the kiddies drag themselves out of bed for the first time in months. The weekend may be over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop -- it's not like you have school in the morning.
Whether you're looking to try some newly launched -- in the state of Florida, anyway -- beer, eat your way around town, or learn something useful in your nonworking hours of the day, there are plenty of food and drink events in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week. Consume away!
Basic Salads and Vegetables
These days it's hard to know what you're eating unless you make everything yourself. Easy enough to say, but small things like salad dressings and mayo can be a bit of a pain. To help DIYers, Chef Jean Pierre's Cooking School is holding a salad and vegetable class that will go over basic dressings, emulsions, homemade mayo, and veggie 101. The two and a half hour class takes place Monday at 7:30 p.m. The cost to attend is $65.
Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School is located at 1436 Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-2700, or visit chefjeanpierre.com.
Red and White Wines of Bordeaux Immersion Class 3
They say the best way to learn a language is to immerse yourself. The same goes for wine -- not literally. (Although...) On Tuesday from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy is holding a Bordeaux wine immersion class to teach students about the wine region and its famous Chateau. The cost to attend is $125.
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 Basics of Culinary
When practicing a new skill, you have to start with the basics. To cook, you need to know how to boil water. Learn how starting Tuesday at Publix Apron Cooking School Plantation at 10 a.m. For $300 per person, the six week course, which meets on consecutive Tuesdays, will go over the ins and outs of cooking basics. Students will receive a certificate at the end of the class.
Publix Apron Cooking School is located at 1181 S. University Drive in Plantation. Call 954-577-7632, or visit publix.com/aprons.
Founders Florida Launch Tap Takeover
Floridians have finally caught on to the craft beer movement, so much so that it's hard to keep up. Michigan brewery, Founders is finally getting in on the action. On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., Tap 42 is hosting a tap takeover to celebrate the launch. The bar will have six Founders brews on draft. Tap 42 is located at 1411 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-4900, or visit tap42.com.
Full Moon Rising
Strange things happen on the full moon: werewolves come out of hiding, witches cast spells, people go crazy. You should probably give in and celebrate. On Wednesday at 6 p.m., S3 is hosting Full Moon Rising, a party with sexy fire-spinners, sultry music, and sushi. For those looking to spend some cash, firepit tables for up to five people with drinks and sushi cost $250 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
S3 is located at 505 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-523-7873, or visit s3restaurant.com.
Party to the Max
Anniversaries are a big deal -- in the restaurant industry, even bigger. To celebrate its anniversary, Max's Grille wants to Party to the Max. Get it? On Wednesday from starting at 6 p.m., a $35 donation going toward Hospice by the Sea, gets you two complimentary drinks at the indoor and outdoor cocktail bars, hand-passed appetizers, and raffle prizes.
Max's Grille is located at 404 Plaza Real in Boca Raton. Call 561-368-0080, or visit maxsgrille.com.
The Art of Wine and Food Series Presents Somm
Good food is like art in your mouth. Add in perfectly paired wine: it's like ingesting the Mona Lisa. To learn more about the method and people behind the pairings, on Thursday, the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is hosting a viewing of the humorous film about the Court of Master Sommeliers, Somm. Food and wine pairings will also be sampled. The cost to attend is $50. Seating is limited. Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale is located at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-525-5500, or visit moafl.org.
Food Truck Invasion - Wellington
What could possibly be better than getting invaded by multiple options for good food? Winning the lotto? Awesome, but unlikely. At a food truck roundup, you will definitely find tasty edible material. On Thursday from 5 to 9:30 p.m., food trucks are taking over the Wellington Amphitheatre.
Wellington Amphitheatre is located at 12100 Forest Hill Blvd. in Wellington. Visit foodtruckinvasion.com/wellington.
Totally Radical '80's Party
Kind of like Cher, the '80's just won't go away. Rather than fight it, you might as well join the party. On Thursday at 8 p.m., Stout Irish Pub is hosting a neon, hairspray, and acidwash party of its own with rad drinks, an '80's themed menu, and poppy beats.
Stout Irish Pub is located at 3419 N. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-223-5678, or visit stoutsportsbarandgrill.com.
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