Around and around we go again. 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's still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.
Whether you're looking to get deals on food and coffee, celebrate the Irish holiday, or indulge in some high brow art and wine, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach Counties this week.
Get Lucky on Las Olas
You know what they say about the "luck of the Irish." You chance to get lucky is here. From 5 p.m. to midnight, on Monday, American Social is hosting an Irish St. Paddy's Day Soiree patrons with live music, including bagpipers, Jeff D and sounds by DJ Supersede. The spot is offering drink specials, such as $2 Guinness, Harp, and Smithwicks and "leprechaun libations" for $7 to $9, like the Irish margarita with whiskey.
Brave the Shave
Most of the world will be getting shwasted for St. Paddy's Day. That's fun and all, but that's not doing anyone any good (especially your liver). On Monday Oceans 234 is hosting a holiday-themed Brave the Shave with St. Baldrick's Foundation. From 4 to 10 p.m., volunteers, including executive chef Victor Franco, will be going under the razor to raise funds and awareness for childhood cancer. Green beer and traditional Irish fare will be on the menu, and happy hour with half-off house wines, call liquors, and $1 off domestic beers.
National Ravioli Day
We have a national day for pretty much everything. Some are amazing (pizza); some we couldn't care less about (anchovies). Tuesday is national ravioli day. In commemoration, Brio Tuscan Grille is offering half-off ravioli, some of which are less than six bucks apiece.
Entertaining at home is a great way to avoid annoying conversations with creepy strangers. As is the case with everything else, it helps if you know how to throw together a dish or two. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Chef Jean-Pierre's Cooking School is hosting an appetizer course for $65 per person. The class will explore several dishes, including tomato and goat cheese pie and salmon sashimi salad alla Nobu. Reservations are required.
Kick-Off Party for National Rebuilding Day
Getting the scoop on a new restaurant while raising funds for good cause is a no-brainer. On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Rebuilding Together's Volunteer Task-Force is hosting a national rebuilding day launch event (the actual holiday is Saturday, April 16) at new oceanfront restaurant, Beauty & The Feast in Fort Lauderdale. National Rebuilding Day brings together hundreds of volunteers and dozens of local businesses to stabilize and revitalize approximately 20 homes of low-income homeowners living in Fort Lauderdale. For a $15 donation, guests are entitled to one drink and hors d'ouevres. Visit facebook.com/events.
The Art of Wine at Boca Museum of Art
Wine is like a work of art in a glass (as long as its good, obviously). On Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m., the Boca Raton Museum of Art is hosting another installment of the art of wine with certified wine educator and sommelier Stephanie Miskew. Sponsored by The Cheese Course and Around Town Magazine, this event will explore wines that pair with spring flavors. The cost to attend is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Visit bocamuseum.org/wine.
Free Iced Coffee Day
That morning coffee habit can weigh down the wallet after a while. On Wednesday, it's time to give it a break. All South Florida Dunkin' Donuts locations are giving away free 16 ounce iced coffees with optional flavor additions all day long. Visit dunkindonuts.com
Cheese Course Favorites
Lactose-intolerants aside, everyone loves cheese. And free cheese is twice as good. On Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m., the Cheese Course in Coral Springs is hosting a complimentary evening of staff favorite cheese and wine pairings. Samples include, Fromager d'Affinios, Comte, Midnight Moon, Prima Donna, and Manchego.
Brooklyn Brewery Dinner
You don't have to spend a fortune to have a fantastic beer dinner. On Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market in Fort Lauderdale is hosting a Brooklyn Brewery dinner for $30 per person. Lifestyle center specialist Melanie Stewart will be hosting the event, which will feature dishes like grilled cheese with spicy pickles, beer-braised pork shoulder paired with beer. Visit wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/fortlauderdale.
S3 is one of the hottest restaurants on Fort Lauderdale beach. With a menu compiled by local celebrity chef Chris Miracolo, it's not exactly a surprise. On Thursday, Miracolo is joining the staff at Publix Aprons Cooking School in Plantation for a cooking demonstration. The cost to attend is $40 per person. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Visit publix.com/aprons/.
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