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 participate in a beer pairing dinner, attend a food truck round-up, or pick your own produce at a local farm, there's plenty of food and drink events taking place in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.
Second-Annual PB Shop & Stroll
This week, more than a dozen South Florida businesses will be participating in Palm Beach Shop & Stroll through Saturday, March 7. The weeklong event aims to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of bladder cancer by offering discounts and special offers at various stores and restaurants in Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens. The Cooper, Palm Beach Catch, and Cafe Sapori are some of the participating restaurants that will be distributing informative literature to raise awareness about the disease. Throughout the week, the Royal Park Bridge will be lit in orange, the official bladder cancer awareness color. For more information call 561-252-6010, or visit mildredhoit.com.
Strawberry Picking at Bender's Farm
Fruits and vegetables always taste better when you pick them out yourself. At Bedner's Farm Fresh Market you can pick your own strawberries -- or some tomatoes and peppers -- while shopping for other farm-fresh produce and products. This family-owned farm has been growing fruits and vegetables on an 80-acre plot at the end of Boynton Beach Boulevard for 60 years, and in recent years opened a market for its own and other locally grown produce. All your favorite fruits and vegetables are twice the quality and half the price of the average supermarket crud, and you can even find such rarities (in season) as delicate, golden squash blossoms and fresh wild mushrooms at Bedner's Farm Fresh Market. Bedner's Farm Fresh Market is located at 12033 State Road 7, Boynton Beach. Call 561-499-3994, or visit bedners.com.
Food Trucks at ArtsPark
With a new public arts program including a monthly art walk and a range of galleries, Hollywood is quickly on its way to becoming one of Broward's premier city of the arts. And the culinary arts are no different. We all need to eat, and regardless of dietary differences, most of us thoroughly enjoy doing so. In praise of palate-pleasing artistry, ArtsPark at Young Circle and the Broward County Cultural Division have invited the Miami Food Trucks to downtown Hollywood every Monday evening. Curated by Sef "Burger Beast" Gonzalez, the weekly event features a wide range of culinary delights, from cupcakes and ice cream to barbecue, burgers, and grilled-cheese sandwiches. While attendance changes from time to time, expect to see perennial favorites such as Palate Party, the Rolling Stove, Ms. Cheezious, JOJI Yogurt, HipPop's Handcrafted Gelato Bars, Nacho Bizness, and the Health Nut. Bring a blanket, chairs, friends and/or family, and an empty stomach. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. at Hollywood ArtsPark, 1 Young Circle, Hollywood. Call 954-921-3500.
Going Rogue Beer Dinner at BJ's Restaurant
In 1987, some like-minded rogues had an idea to start a brew pub. The next year, their own beer revolution began with the Rogue Public House, located in Ashland, Oregon. This Monday, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse invites you to celebrate the history of Rogue Brewing with a special pairing dinner. The 4-course dinner is $30 per person (prepaid), and $35 per person the day of the event. The event will take place at both BJ's Restaurant locations in Pembroke Pines and West Palm Beach starting at 7 p.m. Visit bjsrestaurants.com/beerdinners.
The Refined Palate Blind Sommelier Dinner at Pistache
On Tuesday, March 3, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, known around the globe as one of the foremost guide dog schools, will host their 2nd annual wine tasting benefit, The Refined Palate of the Blind Sommelier, with renowned sommelier and Guiding Eyes graduate Amy Dixon alongside Guiding Eyes Elvis, her first guide dog from the nonprofit. The event takes place at Pistache French Bistro located at 101 N. Clematis St., West Palm Beach. Call 561-833-5090.
Wine Pairing Dinner at Serenity Garden
Join Sommelier Melanie Ober and German master chef Michael Ober as they welcome Kyle O'Brien from Stacole Wines to Serenity Garden Tea House in West Palm Beach for a wine tasting and pairing dinner this Thursday. Settle into the cozy surroundings and enjoy exceptional Bordeaux's hand selected by O'Brien, and artfully paired with a 4-course dinner. The dinner is $45 per person. Reservations are required. Serenity Garden Tea House is located at 316 Vallette Way, West Palm Beach. Call 561-339-2444.
Beer Bingo at Riverside Market
Bingo may be associated with old-folks' homes, but, like life itself, it's pretty awesome when you just add beer. To keep you moving on your way to maturity, the Riverside Market is hosting its monthly beer bingo on Wednesday, at 7 p.m. It costs just five bucks for the first card and $2 for every one after that. Riverside Market is located at 608 SW 12th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-358-8333.
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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