Congratulations, you made it through yet another working week. You might as well give yourself a pat on the back to celebrate — or better yet, a drink or three.Whether you're looking to participate in a bar crawl, play some happy hour poker, or watch as Whole Foods filets some fresh fish, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.
With its megaclubs, fancy restaurants, Real Housewives, and overall flashy vibe, Miami tends to garner most of the national attention in South Florida. Broward is best-recognized as the county that arrested 2 Live Crew and screwed up the 2000 election. Oh, and Cops. The time has come to rectify the situation. On Friday, Broward and Dade are going dish-to-dish in a battle royal of culinary supremacy. The best chefs from each county are facing off for the title of Most Delicious County at Delish 2015. Top Chef Carla Pellegrino is overseeing this year’s festivities as the honorary chair. Lisa Petrillo of CBS Miami’s Taste of the Town will preside as MC. One chef will take home the title of Most Delicious Dish. And a panel of food bloggers will vote on their favorite for the Blogger’s Choice award. Attendees will also get the chance to weigh in. Participating chefs include Bravo TV’s Best New Restaurant chef Nuno Grullon of R House Wynwood, Chopped winning chef Adrienne Grenier of 3030 Ocean, chef Philip Darmon of Hardy Park Bistro, chef Andres Marin of the ARC Broward Culinary Institute, Hell’s Kitchen alum Robyn Almodovar of Palate Party, chef Aaron Dreilinger of Chef David Catering, chef Nuria Perez of Novecento, and chef Tom Azar of Lauderdale Yacht Club. ARC Broward Culinary Institute students and graduates will assist the competing chefs. The event takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. at Young at Art Children’s Museum. Tickets cost $150 per person.
Live Fish Filleting at Whole Foods
Starting Friday, April 17 and running through Sunday, April 19, watch as Whole Foods Palm Beach Gardens brings a whole boat-load of fresh caught fish into the store. Visit their seafood department to see the freshest whole fish displayed in a beautiful open boat, featuring local snapper. They’ll be filleting fish live for their customers on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. You won't be able to get fish and fresher than this.
Happy Hour Poker at the Brewhouse Gallery
Every Friday during happy hour the Brewhouse Gallery in Lake Park hosts a tournament-style Texas Hold'em poker night, brought to you by the best company in the business, the No Limit Pub Poker Tour Play. It's free to play, but bring $5 for the dealer. This is a serious opportunity to play some big games: the points count towards entry into the World Series of Poker. The game starts at 6 p.m., and consolation games run at 8 p.m.
SunChiveState Bar Crawl
The Chive, with its hard-earned, “probably the best site in the world” slogan, has been bringing smiles to faces and emotions to nether regions since launching in late 2007 with a series of hoaxes that were believed true by numerous reputable sources. The photo/video entertainment website, the product of brothers Leo and John Resig, has continued to soldier on and has amassed a large and considerably powerful community of followers known as Chivers and Chivettes. While there are plenty of satirical websites, the Chive has also been involved with numerous types of charities, and its devoted followers have flexed a mighty penny in the past to help in these altruistic endeavors. Chivers and Chivettes are a fun bunch who enjoy the cuteness of puppies and kitties, the beveled edge of celebrity sideboob, and awkward/funny occurrences caught on video. The South Florida Chivers and Chivettes will be celebrating their one-year anniversary with a SunChiveState Bar Crawl starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lucky’s Tavern (214 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale) that will run through Tarpon Bend, Crafti Bar, and Bar Stache 1920’s Drinking Den, among others. And the $25 (plus $1.49 fee) ticket will benefit their partners in Heroes on the Water, a group that provides therapeutic kayak fishing outings to military personnel. This is a wonderful opportunity to “Keep Calm and Chive On” while helping a worthy cause.
Beer Scene Grand Opening in West Palm Beach
The open-air, outdoor courtyard known as Beer Scene, a 4,000-square-foot outdoor graffiti courtyard that is part of the new Eat Scene complex in West Palm Beach, that will open Saturday, April 18. The custom-curated 200-foot-long walls have been painted with work by several artists from the West Palm Beach and Wynwood area of Miami. The space will serve as a venue to host beer parties the second and fourth Saturday of every month, each featuring local and Florida-based microbreweries and live music. On Saturday, expect to find beer from a number of local brewers, and live music by Spread The Dub. Beer Scene is located at 501 Fern St., West Palm Beach. The graffiti beer garden is scheduled to host its grand opening on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 5 p.m. Entry to the grand-opening event is $20 for advance ticket sales that include a beer-tasting pass ($25 for VIP plus food) or $25 at the door ($30 VIP). Call 561-275-1181, or visit wine-scenepb.com. The event takes place from noon to 5 p.m.
Beach Pawty at Funky Buddha Brewery
On Sunday, April 19, the Bull Terrier Rescue of Florida will host a Beach Pawty themed Yappy Hour at Funky Buddha Brewery. The fun starts at 2 p.m. and features free dog treats for all pups in attendance. All breeds of dog are invited to participate in the fun filled afternoon event. There will be a splash pool for the pooches to cool off as well as a silent auction and raffle. MV My Food Truck will be serving up their delicious pizzas from their wood fired oven until 5:30 p.m., and then Mobile Culinary Kitchen will take over. Donate $5 and get a wristband good for $1 off Funky Buddha drafts from 2:00 to 7:00. At 4 pm there will be a swimsuit competition for the pups and at 5 pm a hula hoop competition for the humans. All proceeds will go to pay medical bills for rescued bull terriers. Visit the Facebook event page for more information.
The Hatsume Fair at Morikami
The Hatsume Fair at Morikami celebrates the first bud of spring on Saturday and Sunday and is sure to be a lively event filled with tons of entertainment. This event is known as Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens’ largest annual event, and it transforms the normally tranquil and laid-back Morikami park into a unique Japanese spring festival featuring three stages of entertainment options. The event features taiko drumming, martial-arts demos, and the annual costume and fashion show contest. For those seeking arts and crafts, there are also venues of artisan booths, unique plant sales, Asian and American food vendors, and children’s activities, making it fun for the whole family. Artist Brian Reedy will also be there creating official hatsume shirts from the Fine Print Shoppe. Bring your own shirt and printing is free for the first three shirts, $5 per shirt after, or you can buy one on the spot for $10 and walk out with a great souvenir. Tickets for the event cost $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 3 through 10, and free for Morikami members and kids under 3. Weekend passes are available in advance only online, at morikami.org.
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