South Florida Food & Drink Events This Week: New Times' Pairings, Tap Takeover, and Boca Tastemakers

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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 are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.

Whether you're looking to sip and taste at the seventh annual New Times Pairings event, or headed to the Boca Raton Tastemakers, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

See Also: Ten Best Sandwiches in Palm Beach County


Learn To Make Challah Bread

Join the Whole Foods Market Coral Springs bakery for an educational evening, and learn to make Challah bread from scratch. Starting at 7 p.m., Chaya Mushka Yaras, program coordinator from Chabad of Coral Springs, will break the bread secrets including the symbolic bread's origins, why it's called Challah, and the significance of each ingredient (like why there is a sesame seed topping and the reason behind the braiding). Space is limited to the first 40 customers, and registration required.


The Titans of Florida Tap Takeover

This Tuesday you'll want to wake up early and head over to Tap 42 instead of the office. Why? The beer bar is starting its Titans of Florida Cigar City and Funky Buddha tap takeover at 11:30 a.m. The event will offer 40 specialty beers -- 20 from each brewery -- which will be flowing all day long, or until the beer runs out. That includes Doc Brown, Blueberry Cobbler, No Crusts, Passionfruit Crusher, Barrel-Aged Muy Bonita, Baklava Braggot, Chocolate-Covered Cherry Porter, and Bonita Applebum. If you like your Florida specialty brews, then you know what this means: don't miss this event.


Young Professionals Meet & Greet

This Wednesday, join Emerge Broward for their September Meet & Greet, the premier networking event for young professionals in Broward County, at Fork & Balls in downtown Fort Lauderdale. At 6:30 p.m. Fork & Balls will be providing a complimentary drink and complimentary meatball bites for all attendees. The event is free for members and $20 for guests. Attendees are asked to donate plain white 100 percent cotton t-shirts in for Emerge Broward's upcoming tie-dye event at SOS Children's Village. All who donate will be entered to win a special prize. To purchase tickets or register, visit the event page here.

Boca Raton Tastemakers

It's that time of year again, a time when foodie events flood our calendars with special wine pairing dinners, food festivals, and tasting extravaganzas. Back for its third year, the annual Boca Raton Tastemakers is returning to Mizner Park, and it's looking to be even bigger and more inclusive than in years past. This time around, the event -- which is officially titled "Rock, Roll & Stroll" -- will include live music and a special craft-beer tasting, in addition to food, wine, and cocktail samples. Touted as a "progressive food and cocktail tasting event," Tastemakers allows ticket-holders the opportunity to sample food, wine, and cocktails from many of Mizner Park's best restaurants. This year, highlights include Kapow! Noodle Bar, Villagio, Dubliner, Uncle Julio's, Max's Grille, and Racks. If the cocktail and beer portion of Tastemakers is more your style, this year the Mizner Park Amphitheater will host a special craft-beer tasting presented by the Florida Beer Co., Gold Coast Distributors, Harpoon Brewery, and New Belgium Brewery. The event will also feature live music from the Shindig band in the courtyard gazebo and the rock band Amp'd at the amphitheater. Tickets are available for purchase online at miznerpark.com.


New Times 7th Annual Pairings

This Thursday, September 18 the New Times' seventh annual Pairings event returns to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts this week with an astounding lineup of restaurants. Some of the hottest dining spots in South Florida will be serving up their best dishes including Fork and Balls; YOLO; S3; 3030 Ocean; Chima Brazilian Steakhouse; and

more. From 7 to 10 p.m. you can sample food by some of South Florida's most popular restaurants, each paired with wines or craft beers. The city's best wine boutique, Wine Watch, will be curating each pairing, and the featured beers are from Anheuser-Busch's craft beer portfolio that includes Goose Island and Johnny Appleseed hard cider. More of a spirits person? Botran Rum; Jack Daniels; Herradura Tequila; and Stoli vodka will be offering their finest selections. The best part is that it's all for a good cause. This year, New Times is proud to announce its first-time partnership with Share Our Strength, a non-profit that works to raise awareness on childhood hunger in America. Restaurants participating in the Pairings event will be a part of the movement that brings food to the mouths of low-income children in Florida with the donation of leftover food to the organization end of the evening. In addition, all of the proceeds raised during the Tree of Abundance onsite fundraiser will be given back to the charity, and will include prizes for participating guests. To purchase tickets visit browardcenter.org, or call the Broward Center's AutoNation box office at 954-462-0222.

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