Let the games begin….or the drinking and eating anyway. Summer is over, the lazy beach days and nights are behind us here in South Florida and it’s time to start the food and wine revelry once again….not that it ever really ended but the line up of events from September to December is pretty impressive, that it definitely will jump start the fall rabble-rousing. Also, if we’ve left out an event, email us and we’ll be sure to check it out.
and of course if you Love the South Florida food scene? Check out my newly published book (Globe Pequot Press, $14.95), Food Lovers’ Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale
Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami is marking the 100th anniversary of Julia Child’s birth by presenting a series of events on Saturday, September 15, 2012 beginning at 10:30am. The event will commemorate the “Lady of the Ladle’s” commitment to gastronomy, education and philanthropy. Net proceeds will benefit the Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami Legacy Awards, which gives professional experiences to young women studying Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Gastronomic Journalism and Food Agriculture. The events will take place at Miami Dade Culinary Institute, Wolfson Campus. Click here to view events, times and to purchase tickets.
Shipyard Brewing Beer Dinner at 50 Ocean in Delray Beach is the kickoff event to a monthly series of pairing dinners. The cost of the 4-course Shipyard Brewing Dinner is $49/person excluding gratuity and tax. Visit 50ocean.com for more information and to purchase tickets. 50 Ocean is located at 40 South Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach
Tuesday, September 18 and Wednesday, September 19 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on each night, Mizner Park will host “Tastemakers” Progressive Dinner Pairing Event to benefit Hospice by the Sea. Tickets are $30 per person and include one tasting and beverage pairing at each of the nine participating restaurants on either evening. In addition, each restaurant will provide an exclusive offering valid for three months on return visits. For more information visit miznerpark.com
Engaging The Senses, a food and wine pairing event with Lyn Farmer will take place on Friday, September 28 from 6-8pm at Max’s Harvest Delray Beach The cost is $59/per person. Call 561-381-9970 for reservations. 169 Northeast 2nd Avenue Delray Beach
The inaugural Las Olas Oktoberfest will be held on The Riverside Hotel Lawn the weekend of September 28-30. Fritz & Franz Bierhaus along with The Riverside Hotel are hosting the event which will benefit Pace Center for Girls Broward. Las Olas Oktoberfest is a 3-day Beer, Food, and Music Festival to celebrate the tradition of Oktoberfest, originally held in Munich since 1810. Click here for more information.
Wine Dinner – Movie Night at Cafe Vico 5-course pairing dinner featuring the movie Hall Pass. $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Click here for more information. 1125 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale.
Common Threads will host the 3rd Annual World Festival Miami October 2 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at The Moore Building in the Design District. The annual culinary event brings together Miami’s premiere chefs to raise money for health and nutritional education for city’s youth. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit commonthreads.org. Dress is cocktail attire. The Moore Building is located at 4040 NE Second Ave. Design District, Miami
2nd annual Oktoberfest Brickell will take place at Miami Circle October 5-7. General admission is $10 pre-paid and $15 at the door. German beers will be sold for $6-$8, and food for $4-$12. VIP tickets are $100 per day or $200 3-day pass which includes food sampling and unlimited Radeberger beers. The Bier Garden Pop Up Restaurant experience is $55/person. For more information and to purchase tickets visit brickellbiergarden.com
October 8 marks the 10th anniversary The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, celebrating this milestone are $10 specialty priced meals, cocktails, and spa treatments throughout the month of October. $10 Spa treatments at 10am. Guests have a choice of Sapphire Massage (50 minutes), Sapphire Facial (50 minutes), Signature Coconut Cove Manicure (30 minutes) or Signature Coconut Cove Pedicure (50 minutes) for $10 each.*Reservations required by phoning 305.644.4684. Six of these $10 spa treatments are available every Monday through Thursday in October at 10 a.m. only, based on availability. Tax and gratuity not included. Gratuities based on full treatment price. $10 Three course menu at Bizcaya. Bizcaya offers a limited-edition, three-course celebratory menu every Tuesday in October for $10. Hidden inside one menu each night will be a note that reads, “Cheers to 10 years with a complimentary bottle of bubbly!” *Only five reservations for parties of two are available each night the $10 three-course menu is offered. Reservations may be made by phoning 786.470.1227
Cheers for Charity Las Olas is the new wine & food festival in town, that will benefit six local children’s charities: Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Children’s Home Society, Jack and Jill Children’s Center, Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Center, Junior Achievement of South Florida and Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund. This inaugural “Corks, Cocktails and Collaboration,” includes a lineup of over twenty Las Olas restaurants, vintners from around the world, plentiful pours of wine and cocktails and finishes off with the “white” hot world-wide dining trend “Diner en Blanc” with an expected 500 guests dining al fresco at one long table in Huizenga Park. The five-day event uncorks on October 7 and runs through October 11 with nightly themed tastings and food pairing events benefitting a different charity. Click here for more information.
Flavors of Fort Lauderdale is a four-day celebration of the casual culinary lifestyle in Fort Lauderdale. This inaugural event will take place Thursday – Sunday, November 8-11, 2012. For more information visit flavorsoffortlauderdale.com
Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival is a five‐day and five‐night celebration of culinary star talent brought together for a series of events that highlight the elegance and beauty of the Palm Beaches. The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival will take place December 7‐11, 2012, visit pbfoodwinefest.com for more information.