South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: Free Beer, Top Turkey, 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 drink some wine, drink some beer, or learn to do something productive, like cook (while drinking beer and wine) -- obviously -- there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach Counties this week.


Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is quite the production. While we all hope our inner Martha Stewart will come to the forefront, learning to put on an amazing meal takes a bit of practice. To help you in your holiday hosting endeavors, Chef Jean-Pierre Cooking School is offering a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner class on Monday at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $70. Registration is required.

Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School is located at 1436 Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-563-2700, or visit chefjeanpierre.com.


Steele Wine Dinner

When eating an amazing meal out, a lot of people will often send their compliments to the chef to show their appreciation. Unfortunately, trying to thank a winemaker for his or her efforts is a bit more difficult -- unless, he or she is actually at the restaurant. Here's your chance. On Tuesday at 7 p.m. Cafe Maxx is hosting a Steele wine dinner with special guest Jed Steele. The cost to attend is $115 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

Cafe Maxx is located at 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach. Call 954-782-0606, or visit cafemaxx.com.

Alinas Z's Raw UnCooking

Bacon makes just about everything in life better, except your cholesterol - ah cruel irony. Aside from the whole fat thing, cooking something into oblivion kills all the nutrients. To teach patrons about the benefits of raw foods -- and we don't mean raw bacon -- Whole Foods Market is hosting a raw cooking class with health coach Alina on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $10. Registration is suggested.

Whole Foods Market is located at 1400 Glades Road in Boca Raton. Call 561-447-0000, or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

Asian Grilling Techniques

In the rest of the country everyone is covering up the grills and moving indoors for the winter. Here, on the other hand, we're just heading into ideal grilling weather. To expand your fire cooking repertoire, Publix Aprons Cooking School is hosting an Asian Grilling Technique course on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The hands-on class will be going over a number of Asian-inspired recipes. 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.


PlumpJack and Cade Wineries Wine Dinner

Some things go together; wine and food are one. To bring the two together, Hollywood Prime is hosting a wine dinner with PlumpJack and Cade wineries. Starting at 7 p.m., guests will be treated cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a variety of chef-inspired meals. The cost to attend is $155 per person.

Hollywood Prime is located at 3555 S. Ocean Drive in Hollywood. Call 954-602-8393, or visit hollywoodprime.com.

3 Sons Brewing Co. Free Beer Sampling

Beer is great on any occasion, but like everything else, it's always better when it's free. On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Tap 42 will be handing out 3 Sons Brewing Co.'s most popular beer, PSL, Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Tap 42 is located at 1411 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-463-4900, or visit tap42.com.

Cheese and Beer Class

You like cheese; you like beer. Why not pair the two together? On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Cheese Course in Plantation is hosting a beer and cheese pairing course guided by a cheesemonger. For $20 per person, guests will be guided through the ins and outs of creating hoppy and creamy flavor combinations. Registration is required.

The Cheese Course is located at 801 S. University Drive in Plantation. Call 754-200-8387, or visit thecheesecourse.com.


The "Top Turkey" Thanksgiving Dinner Challenge Food Truck Rally

The title of "Top Turkey" wouldn't be considered a compliment 11 months out of the year. November, however, is the exception; right now it's considered an honor. In a quest to find the best sweet and savory dishes from the top food trucks of South Florida, the November edition of the Seminole Hard Rock Food Truck Rally has narrowed down 22 competing dishes from over 40 submissions. The battle takes place Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is located at 1 Seminole Way in Hollywood. Call 954-327-7625, or visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

NYY Steak Wine Dinner

Sometimes you just can't make it 'til Friday to get your food and drink on. On Thursday, NYY Steak at the Seminole Casino is hosting a four-course wine dinner with vintner Scott Novik from Justin wines. The reception begins at 6 p.m., dinner starts at 7 p.m. The cost to attend is $150, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required.

NYY Steak is located at 5550 NW 40th St. in Coconut Creek. Call 954-935-6NYY (6699), or visit nyysteak.com.

Meet and Greet Mixer

If you're looking to drink beer and meet other people - who isn't - Ghost Light Society, the new patrons of the performing arts in Broward County, is teaming up with the Funky Buddha Brewery on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. For $5 guests get to mix and mingle with other beer and art lovers.

Funky Buddha Brewery is located 1201 NE 38th St. in Oakland Park. Call 954-440-0046, or visit funkybuddhabrewery.com/blog.

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