South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: MatzoBall 2013, Brunch With Santa on Christmas Day, and More

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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.

Just because it's Christmas week doesn't mean there isn't plenty to do around here. After all, this is where the rest of the country comes to thaw out while enjoying the holidays.

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.

See also: Even More Food and Drink Events in Broward and Palm Beach Counties


Prime Rib Monday

It's the last day of Christmas shopping - unless you intend to spend all of Christmas Eve at the insane asylum mall mall instead of with your family, in which case you have completely missed the point of the holiday season. Hopefully, you are done with your shopping or finished it up with a marathon session on Christmas Eve Eve, which means not only will you be famished but you deserve to treat yourself (within budget, of course). Butcher Block Grill, the 'steakhouse with a conscience' located at Fountains Center in Boca Raton, serves up ethical sourced and priced steaks from 5 to 10 p.m. during Prime Time Mondays. Enjoy a Creekstone Farms prime rib and house made roasted garlic asiago mashed potatoes, with au jus and horseradish sauce for just $20 per person. Butcher Block Grill works with 14 South Florida farms in season, including Farmer Jay's Organics, Swank Specialty Produce, Heritage Hen Farms, Green Cay, Farmhouse Tomatoes, Piero Farms, and Palmetto Creek. Merry Christmas to your stomach!


27th Annual Matzoball

There is perhaps no more exclusive guest list than that of the chosen people -- luckily, they're a bunch of menschen at the 27th Annual Matzoball, so the goyim are welcome. Yes, for nearly three decades, the sons and daughters of Abraham have rolled their eyes at their gentile brethren cooped up at home with their families and home-cooked meals -- lame! Hosted by the Society of Young Jewish Professionals and JDate, this isn't just a ball but an opportunity for networking and the great Jewish tradition of matchmaking. Bubbe will be so happy! For the young, hip, and Jewish of South Florida, Christmas Eve is the biggest party night of the year. South Florida isn't the only place, of course; 11 cities across the country (and Montreal!) roll out the red carpet for the Matzoball, but not every city gets multiple, simultaneous soirees to call its own. The Matzoball takes place at Il Bacio (29 SE Second Ave., Delray Beach) and at Pangaea Lounge (5711 Seminole Way) and Gryphon Nightclub (5707 Seminole Way) in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $30 and can be paid in advance online or (for cash only) at the door. Visit matzoball.org. L'chaim!

Wednesday - Merry Christmas!

Christmas Day Brunch with Santa

Think you missed out on taking the kids to see Santa just because it's Christmas Day? Think again! Spazio is offering you one last chance to spend a little quality time with the big man himself on Christmas Day. After all, Mr. Kringle is going to be pretty famished after all that present delivering. The guy's gotta eat, why not enjoy everyone's favorite hybrid meal with him at 11 a.m. Enjoy specially priced children's breakfast menu for the 10 and younger set and two for one mimosa's and bloody mary's for the adults who know where the real gift giving credit belongs. Still, when you see your little ones shake hands with Santa and get their picture taken it will make it all worth it - and if it doesn't, there's always the mimosas.

Children under 10 enjoy 1/5 price breakfast; while big kids can celebrate the holiday with 2-4-1 Mimosa and Bloody Mary cocktails all day.

Christmas Day at East End Brasserie

Eating with the fam can be a huge pain the ass. Aunt Mildred wants roast beef, Dad wants ham, your brother wants turkey, and your sister Sue has just gone gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Why deal with catering to their whims just to celebrate Christmas? On Wednesday, December 25, from 2 to 8 p.m., East End Brasserie is offering an a la carte farm-to-table dinner to celebrate the holiday. With options ranging from salads to seafood to full-on meat, everyone should be happy -- at least until the awkward conversation gets going. Call 954-567-8020, or visit atlantichotelfl.com. -- By Sara Ventiera


Terrapin Tap Takeover and Cask Tapping

By the time the family has spent a day together and parted again, you're probably going to need to drink some brew. Reward yourself for a job well done (for not losing it, obvs) at Tap 42's Terrapin Tap Takeover. The bar is holding a contest to see which Terrapin beer, Chocolate Moohoo versus White Chocolate Moohoo, reigns supreme. The competition begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 26. -- By Sara Ventiera

See also: Even More Food and Drink Events in Broward and Palm Beach Counties

You can contact Rebecca Dittmar, Arts & Culture Editor/Food Blog Editor at rebecca.dittmar@browardpalmbeach.com.

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