Weekdays are the worst, unless you live in South Florida where we refuse to let a moment go by without cramming it full of entertainment.
Whether you're looking to relax and recover from the weekend, or would prefer to fill your weekday evening with distracting doings, there's something for you to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
There's a time and place for everything, even for self-expression. Sharing with the world what's really on your mind or showing off a secret human talent (like swallowing golf balls while strumming a mandolin) takes courage. Dada in Delray Beach offers an open-mic night on Mondays where the creative energy is high and the crowd is receptive. The hip and arty eatery will provide the stage and microphone. You provide the talent. Sign-up begins at 10 p.m., and the night is open to comedians, poets, mimes, and gypsies -- whatever. Bands are welcome to set up and bring their own equipment. -- By Andrea Richard
The L.O.V.E. Project is an inaugural collaborative fundraising event created by four local, South Florida nonprofit organizations -- A Prom to Remember, which provides the ultimate prom experience to teens battling cancer; Angel's Pediatric Heart House, which serves children with Congenital Heart Disease; The Pantry of Broward, which serves senior citizens on low fixed incomes and Grandparents raising their grandchildren in Broward County; and Tomorrow's Rainbow, which serves grieving children, teens and their families. Head over to Timpano Italian Chophouse on Las Olas on February 10 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at to celebrate L.O.V.E. Las Olas style. Dj I. The Iceman (the FL Panthers DJ) will be in the house spinning sounds to touch your soul.
Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park offers their Farmer's Pick Buffet daily, featuring freshly prepared foods from Florida purveyors including a variety of fruits, herbs and vegetables hand-picked from the Isle's own two-acre farm and hydroponic garden at Powerline Road.
The "farm to table" concept includes an expanded menu with ingredients such as fresh-picked vegetables, fruits,and herbs. "Florida's own" vendors supply other fresh items such as seafood, bread, eggs, cheeses, hot sauces, orange blossom honey, and fresh Florida citrus. Six live action cooking stations allow customers to see firsthand how their meal is created.
Bistro Ten Zero One will host a pre-Valentine's Day wine dinner on Wednesday, February 12th. Chef Chris DeGweck has created a mouth-watering menu highlighting what is fresh and seasonal. The cost for this four-course dinner with wine pairings and a welcome drink is $50 per person (tax and gratuity are additional).
The menu includes Diver Scallops with celery and fennel salad and a tangerine vinaigrette and Braised Short Ribs with potato galette and cabernet reduction.
Thursday night is a primer for the weekend, and there's no better way to prepare for the end of the workweek than Art After Dark, one of Norton Museum's most popular programs. Where "culture and entertainment meet," Art After Dark is a diverse collection of art, including film, dance, music, DIY projects, winetastings, lectures, and fine dining.
Art After Dark runs from 5 to 9 p.m. every Thursday. Admission is half-price on Thursdays, normally $12 for adults, $5 for students, and free for members and children under 12 every day. Food and beverages are served from the museum's café, Fratelli Lyon, which offers an à la carte dinner menu from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Norton Museum is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach. Call 561-832-5196, email [email protected], or visit norton.org. -- By Dave Minsky
You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor at [email protected].