If you're reading this now, it likely means you're running down the clock at work, sipping from a Thermos of spiked eggnog and counting the moments until sweet, holiday vacation time is yours. Those who are sticking around town this week will find there's not a whole lot going on. Clean Plate Charlie did manage to snag a few food and drink related happenings, including ideas on how to keep the kids occupied during the holiday break. Find some Broward and Palm Beach events after the jump.
Christmas Eve dinner
Used to be that the only food available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day was the local Chinese joint. That's no longer the case. Plenty of restaurants are open this evening to serve up special menus and traditional holiday meals, like the Feast of Seven Fishes. Some of the options include Sette Bello Ristorante, Rebel House, and da Campo Osteria. Check out the full list of Christmas Eve specials and call for reservations ASAP.
If the anticipation of Christmas is just too great, a night of dancing could help to pass the hours until present-opening time. Blue Martini in Boca Raton is hosting a holiday-themed dance party for guests 21 and older. Don your finest cocktail apparel and bring $20 in cash for the cover charge. The bash rages from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission includes one cocktail and appetizers from 8 to 10. Call 561-910-2583.
26th annual MatzoBall
One of the hottest Jewish singles nights of the year is ready to drop with the ever-popular MatzoBall taking place tonight (Monday) in two locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Gryphon and Pangaea at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Il Bacio in Delray Beach split hosting duties. Get more details about the drinking and dancing affairs by checking out the Matzoball event listing.
Christmas dinner in Palm Beach County
Among the options for Christmas dinner in a Palm Beach County restaurant are brunch or dinner at Cafe Boulud, a gut-busting meat and veggie spread at Gol! The Taste of Brazil in Delray Beach, and a holiday buffet at the historic Sundy House. Read the full list of options for Christmas dinner in Palm Beach County and call for reservations.
Christmas dinner in Broward County
There's a wide range of Christmas dinner options in the Fort Lauderdale area, from the casual chain (Buca di Beppo) to the farm-to-table gourmet (Market 17). Read the full list of options for Christmas dinner in Broward County and get cracking on reservations.
Kids Baking Camp
What could be better than getting the kids out of the house for a bit and teaching them a useful/tasty skill? The Publix Apron's Cooking School in Boca Raton is hosting a three-day baking camp for kids, with lessons on quick breads, pies, and desserts. The classes are 10 a.m. daily starting Wednesday and continuing through Friday. The cost is $125 per child. Register online.
You-Pick at Bedner's Farm Fresh Market
Keep the kids occupied and get some of your produce shopping out of the way in the "You-Pick" fields at Bedner's Farm Fresh Market. Strawberries and tomatoes are in season (tomatoes are only 99 cents per pound). The market also runs hay rides on the hour on Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. The cost is $3 per person and free to kids ages two and younger.
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