Food & Drink

April 24, 2012

In the News, food, drink and the South Florida lifestyle

We’re beginning to see more and more car transporters pit-stopping all over our South Florida roads picking up the Snowbirds Grand Marquis’ and such; the sign that season is almost over. Happy Hours, and weekend Brunches continue to be cranking as the locals begin to celebrate their South Florida summer “season”. We’ve got some interesting events happening over the next few weeks that are definitely worth considering and don’t forget to look into the Florida Resident summer specials that are starting to show up. Last week’s In the News had some interesting events listed, in case you missed them, click here to visit that page.

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Every Thursday night La Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria in the Crystal Tree Plaza North Palm Beach is offering all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta on the patio, from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., for $5.00/person beverages, tax, and tip, are additional. And every Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m., is Martini Madness with select 10 oz. Martinis for $5.00 and 50% off appetizers. La Scaletta Ristorante & Pizzeria  Crystal Tree Plaza 1201 US-1, (South of PGA Blvd.) North Palm Beach, FL  33408

Tyson Foods, Inc. is partnering with Feeding South Florida™ (formerly Daily Bread Food Bank) to bring fresh, healthy foods to South Floridians who are food insecure. Tyson is donating nearly 38,000 pounds of roasted chicken with orange sauce to be distributed from one of its trucks at Feeding South Florida’s April 27 at 1pm mobile food pantry event. The donation is part of Tyson’s “Share Your KNOWledge” campaign, which has a goal to help raise awareness about hunger in eight specific U.S. communities, including South Florida.  Approximately 300 individuals from Feeding South Florida’s member agencies who are food insecure will receive the food distributed at the farmer’s market-style distribution. In addition to the chicken that Tyson will distribute, Feeding South Florida will serve fresh vegetables, fruits, and bread products. Feeding South Florida Headquarters 2501 SW 32 Terrace Pembroke Park, 33023

Total Wine Fort Lauderdale and Bistro Mezzaluna have partnered up for a series of wine dinners beginning on Wednesday, May 2. The first dinner in the series is A tour of Italy; the welcome reception begins at 6:30pm, guests will be served Prosecco and passed hors d’oeuvres to begin the evening. Bistro Mezzaluna’s Executive Chef, Brian Rutherford has created a special menu for the evening with each course paired with the wines. $125 per person includes tax and gratuity. Reservations 954-522-9191. Bistro Mezzaluna 1821 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale

And in Miami on May 2 a Burgundy Wine Dinner will be hosted at db Bistro Moderne. Sommelier Christopher Lindemann and Chef Jarrod Verbiak welcome winemaker Pierre de Benoist of Domaine A. et P. de Villaine for an evening of Burgundy wines from the Cote Chalonnaise as they will spotlight five single vineyard wines, paired with a four-course dinner. The welcome reception begins at 6:30pm and the dinner begins at 7pm. The dinner is $250/person. RSVP to Amanda Torres 305.421.8800 db Bistro Moderne 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami

Take the Fort Lauderdale Food Tour with Lenore Nolan-Ryan [of her namesake Cooking School & Catering], the Cheese Culture Las Olas and The Spice Quarter Las Olas for a progressive evening of food, fun and drink on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 4:00- 8:00pm or Thursday, May 17, from 6:00- 10:00pm or Wednesday, May 23, from 6:00- 10:00pm. Call 954- 491- 2340 for the tour itinerary and to RSVP. Arrive & park at Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School & Catering 228 Commerical Blvd. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308. The cost for the food tour is $125.00 per person.

Full-Moon-party Ritz Carlton South Beach, photo credit: Soul of Miami

The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne has planned a summer rendezvous for guests focused around a romantic moonrise dinner on the outdoor terrace; as each table is “the table with a view.” A four-course menu will be offered and will change each month as it is inspired by different a gastronomic region of Italy each month. $60 per person for dinner/$90 for dinner with wine, plus tax and gratuity; or guests have the option to order off the Cioppino menu.  This dinner will be offered on May 6, and June 4, at Cioppino at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne 455 Grand Bay Drive Key Biscayne, FL

The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, continues its Starry Night Movie Classics on The Courtyard. The Bizcaya Fountain Courtyard sets the tone and lets the stars out for an intimate, complimentary screening of some of Hollywood’s classic movies. The courtyard transforms into an al fresco cinema with romantic lighting, plush couches and outdoor dining. Sunday, May 6 at 7 p.m.- It Happened One Night. Sunday, June 3 at 7 p.m.- Jaws. Casual, chic is the dress the events are open to the public with no reservations required. $8 valet parking *In the event of rain, movie will be available for viewing indoors. The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 Southwest 27th Avenue Coconut Grove, 305-644-4680

Chef Julie Frans Executive Chef of Essensia at The Palms Hotel & Spa hosts a weekly Chef’s Organic Garden Tour and Tasting every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The tour is complimentary and open to the public. 3025 Collins Avenue Miami Beach

American Craft Beer Week, touted as “The Mother of all Beer Weeks”, will take place May 14-20th. Craft Beer Week is a nationwide tribute to the craft beer movement and its culture. 30+ events are scheduled here in South Florida. The events run the gamut from tastings, to dinners, to parties including a pig roast, a pub crawl and a pool party. Click here for dates, times and events.

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