Around and around we go; today is the start to yet another lovely workweek. Hopefully, you have a bit of 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 buy some wine at auction, get some Super Bowl foodtastings under your belt, want to hear the Sybarite Pig's chef sing, or just drink $2 drafts at Blondies bike night, there's something fun and food-related to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Wine Pairing Dinner at the Rusty Hook Tavern
This week the Rusty Hook Tavern will be hosting its very first wine pairing dinner. Starting at 7 p.m. the theme is California Cool, featuring Justin and Landmark wines. The cost is $85 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Space is limited, and an RSVP is required. For menu details and to make a reservation, call 954-941-2499. The Rusty Hook Tavern is located at 125 N. Riverside Drive, Pompano Beach.
Open Mic at the Funky Biscuit
On Monday, January 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton will be hosting a special open-mic night. Laugh, drink, and eat at the local hangout. The Funky Biscuit is located at 303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton.
Pre-Game Block Party: Beer and Wine Tasting
This Tuesday, January 27, join the Whole Foods Market in Wellington for the ultimate Super Bowl sampling. Vote for your favorite and make a $10 donation to the Wellington High School's Project Graduation and you will receive a tasting mug to enjoy wine and beer samples around the store. The event is open from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. No registration necessary. Whole Foods Market is located at 2635 State Road 7, Wellington.
Hear The Bearded Chef Sing at Sybarite Pig
Sybarite Pig in Boca Raton is hosting a special fundraising event for chef Thomas Fleming, a hopeful participant in the upcoming season of The Voice. Head to Sybarite Pig, where your donation will help raise money for him to travel to Atlanta for the audition. During the event, listen to Fleming perform a few songs. Patrons who already know Fleming can support him without drinking beer by visiting his Go Fund Me site at gofundme.com/thebeardedchefsing. The restaurant will also be tapping a special keg to get the good vibes flowing: Prairie's Funky Gold Mosaic.
Whole Foods Market Pompano Beach Grand Opening
Whole Foods Market will celebrate the grand opening of its 23rd Florida location, in Pompano Beach. With the long-awaited opening comes innovations specific to the Broward County location, including La Rachetta Wine and Beer Bar, a 28-seat wine and beer bar that will offer pizza, pasta, and signature meatballs. There will also be seasonal and local brews, as well as a selection of local craft kombucha, available on tap. The prepared foods department will feature a number of items unique to the Pompano Beach location, including eight varieties of macaroni and cheese, each with their own unique twist. Unique to this store: a yacht provisioning service open to yachts, boats, jets, hotel guests, and private residences. The grand opening begins at 8:45 a.m. Whole Foods Market is located at 2411 N. Federal Highway, Pompano Beach.
Palm Beach Wine Auction
This Thursday starting at 6 p.m., the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach will host the 2015 Palm Beach Wine Auction, a benefit event to support the award-winning education programs at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The evening will take place during a five-course wine dinner paired with specially selected wines from all over the world. The live auction takes place throughout the dinner and includes wines presented during the evening, as well as some of the world's most renowned and highly rated wines. The auction appeals not only to the wine connoisseur but also to anyone who enjoys world-class cuisine. A number of top chefs will be presenting the evenings' feast, including Zach Bell of Addison Reserve Country Club; Bogdan Boerean and Graham Randall of the Mar-a-Lago Club; Philip Bollhoefer and Joshua Hasho for OMNI; Douglas Katz of Fire Food and Drink; Trevor Kunk of Press in Napa Valley; and Joe Mercuri with Athiraj Phrasavath of Mercuri. The event will take place at the Mar-A-Lago Club at 1100 S. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, palmbeachwineauction.org.
Bike Night at Blondies
This Thursday night is the official "Bike Night" at Blondies. Cruise on down to Fort Lauderdale Beach and chill out in Blondies' back room in the company of fellow bike enthusiasts while enjoying a special selection of food and drink specials all night as well as free pool and bike parking in the bar's side lot. That includes $2 domestic drafts, $3.25 for craft drafts like Lagunita's and Fat Tire, as well as imports like Corona, Guinness, and Heineken. Bike Night takes place from 6 to 11:30 p.m. Blondies is located at 229 S. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Beer Versus Wine Challenge at Whole Foods
Thursday, January 29, the wine and beer team at Whole Foods in Fort Lauderdale will have the ultimate Thursday before the Big Game. Whole Foods Market has got a competition of its own... and you can be a judge. Watch M.J., from Whole Foods Market's Prepared Foods Department, perform three mystery recipes. Round by round, Team Beer picks a brew to pair with the mystery dish and Team Wine picks a vintage from the vast selection. Twenty judges vote and determine if Team Beer or Team Wine takes the title. Space is limited to the first 20 customers, ages 21 and up. Sign up at customer service. The event starts at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. Whole Foods Market is located at 2000 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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