The weekend might be over, but there are still plenty of weekday food and drink events in South Florida to keep you busy. Whether you're looking to take a cupcake making class, check out a chef cooking competition, or just looking for that perfect happy hour deal, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Tarpon Bend Fantastic Four Burger Challenge
The last Monday of the month at 9 p.m., Tarpon Bend (200 NW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) offers fearless, meat-loving competitors the chance to race the clock for a free meal. If you can finish a towering four patty burger in 20 minutes or less, not only is your meal free but you get a burger for your hungry (if slightly horrified) dining companion, a Fantastic Four Challenge t-shirt, your photo on the wall of fame, and a $25 bar tab. If you can't finish it, the cost is $20.
Burgers & Brews at 13 American Table
Maybe you like your burgers normal-sized and I'll just pay for it thank-you-very-much. On Mondays, 13 American Table (451 East Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton) offers $13 burger and a beer special. You get a burger, fries, and draft beer of your choice. For the remainder of July, the specialty patty will be the Southwest burger. Visit 13americantable.com.
Get the chance to taste over 20 food trucks this Tuesday night from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Truck participating in this week’s Foodtruck Invasion affair includes Crazydilla, Dough Dough's Donuts, Las Gorditas, Taco Fresh and more. This foodie event takes place in Plantation Heritage Park at 1100 S. Fig Tree Ln., Plantation. Visit foodtruckinvasion.com.
National Lasagna Day Brio and Bravo Restaurante
Celebrate the perfect combination of meat, cheese and carbs with a 50% discount on lasagna at both Brio (14576 SW Fifth St., Pembroke Pines, 600 Silks Run Suite 1205, Hallandale Beach, and other locations) and Bravo Restaurante (149 Soundings Ave., Jupiter). This delectable deal will be going on all day, so swing by during lunch, dinner or hell, even in between. Visit brioitalian.com and bravoitalian.com.
Art & Wine Dinner at Rebel House
Get your wine and dine on with Rebel House (297 E Palmetto Park Rd. in Boca Raton) and their specialty pairing this week. The four course dinner will be paired with Santa Marina pinot grigio, Hidden Crush chardonnay, Lost Angel pinot noir and Michael David Freakshow. A live art show will simultaneously occurring so feel free to bring a piece home for your viewing pleasure. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com.
Chef vs. Chef Event
There’s a showdown going down this week and no, we are not talking about Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia in MMA. Hosted by Max’s Harvest, The Office’s Kelley Randall and Dada’s Bruce Feingold will go head to head in a “Knife Fights” style chef challenge. Randall and Feingold will be judged by top food media and expert foodies. The event starts at 9:30 p.m. at 169 NE 2 Ave. in Delray Beach. Admission is $10. Proceeds will benefit the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys & Girls Club and attendees will receive one complimentary beer, wine or cocktail with tickets. Food and drink will also be available at happy hour prices. Visit maxharvest.com.
Cupcake Decorating Class
You may not be Betty Crocker, but you can learn how to fake it. At the mere cost of $5, learn how to decorate cupcakes from Whole Foods (14956 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines) bakery professionals. The hour long class is from 6 to 7 p.m. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com.
Beer, Bourbon & Bites at Bistro Ten Zero One
Be the envy of your bourbon loving friends by being one of the very first to taste Bistro Ten Zero One's new signature private label bourbon. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and will also feature beer from Twisted Trunk Brewery and appetizers by Executive Chef Mark Henry. Bistro Ten Zero One is located at 1001 Okeechobee Blvd. in West Palm Beach. Admission is $35, and advanced RSPV is mandatory to attend. Visit bistro1001.com, or call 305-929-3463.
Alliterations are great, but are even better when alcohol is involved. For Wino Wednesday at Fork & Balls (1301 E Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale), enjoy $5 glasses of wine on tap starting at 7 p.m. Visit forkandballs.com.
Wing and Whiskey Wednesday at Bull Market
Every Wednesday, Bull Market (210 A SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) allows eaters to enjoy a pound of wings for $5 and also offers $5 for whiskey (Jack, Jameson, Fireball and Angels Envy). And because it’s national Chicken Wing Day, we can’t think of any other Wednesday more fitting to enjoy this. There will also be a select beer available for $2. Visit bullmarketsar.com.
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Mediterranean BBQ at Max’s Social House
Executive Chef Eric Baker will give a taste of the Mediterranean with a special barbeque at Max’s Social House (116 NE Sixth Ave., Delray Beach) at 7:30 p.m. Dishes, such as lamb, prawns and grouper, are family-style and include elegant drinks such as Rosé, Sancerre and sangria. Cost for this event is $52 if purchased by Tuesday, or $57 after. Visit savortonight.com.
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American Social Three Year Anniversary
American Social (located at 721 E. Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale) will be celebrating its three year anniversary, and you know what that means: food discounts. From now until August 31, one of Fort Lauderdale’s newest bars will debut their limited edition “Three Cheers for Three Years” anniversary menu. Guests can enjoy a selection of two drinks and one appetizer for $20. For drinks, choose from Tito’s Strawberry Lemonade, Basil Smash, Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float, Pineapple Mint Caipirinha and Ketel Blue Cosmo. For appetizers, choose from AMSO Pretzel Bites, Truffle and Wild Mushroom, Goat Cheese Croquettes, Margherita Flatbread, Pikliz and Pork Tostones and Spinach and Artichoke Dip. We’ll take these deals over birthday cake any day. Visit their Facebook page.
Natalya Jones is both a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her @Jonesn4Journals.