Dine Out, Wine Pairings, and More Upcoming Events

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There are so many food-related events going down in the next couple months, it almost makes you wish you had a doppelganger clone that you could send to do your bidding, er... tasting. At the very least, two stomachs could come in handy. You might need to outfit your clone with some kind of shock collar, though, in case it tried to off you and take your place amongst your friends and family. Still, doesn't sound like such a bad deal. Well, maybe that's just me.

Anyway, Lola's on Harrison and Sushi Blues are partnering for an "East Meets West" progressive dinner on August 25 at 7 p.m. The "East" course will feature seared filet mignon sashimi, a black rice sushi roll with tuna and scallion, and shredded steamed chicken with ginger and garlic miso; it pairs with pours of Karatamba, Kitanohomare, and Onikoroshi sakes. And for the "West": short rib with orange-horseradish gremolada, purple potato skins with sun dried tomato creme fraiche, and Maryland crab cakes with carrot-mango slaw; paired with De Loach Vineyards Heritage Reserve Chardonnay and Merlot. Desert sounds great too, with a Rogue stout chocolate cake or carrot cake with cream cheese icing as the big finish. The dinner costs $36; RSVP by August 22 to 954-927-9851.

More clone-friendly events after the break.

With Miami Spice and Palm Beach Restaurant Month (Summer) already underway, Browardites have to be feeling a little impatient for Dine Out Fort Lauderdale. But good news. The list of participating restaurants is up; the $35, three-course deals will start on October 1 and run through November 12.

The Lake Worth Food & Wine Experience will gather over 30 restaurants and a good many cases of fine booze at the Cultural Plaza in Lake Worth for a night of revelry. The shindig isn't until 7p.m. on October 9, but you can secure your tickets now for $50 a pop. Call 561-659-7644.

Whole Foods Fort Lauderdale's Lifestyle Center is running a bunch of food-related classes through August. Check out "quick meals that are easy on the wallet" on Friday the 14th for $15, a class dedicated to that most sacred of aromatics, garlic, the following Friday, and a class on sushi rolling the next.

ABC's in Pompano Beach is holding a wine tasting and cigar smoking extravaganza Wednesday night (the 12th) at 6 p.m. $10 gets you in the door. Call 954-781-4700.

The Seminole Hard Rock is holding its 16th Annual Celebrity Chefs Tasting and Auction on September 25 to benefit the Ann Storck Center. Comers will get to participate in silent auctions for a wide range of prizes and sup on eats from a long, long list of participating restaurants, including (deep breath): 3030 Ocean, Anthony's Runway 84, Aruba Beach Café, Bamboo Noahs, Bin 595 Eclectic Grille & Wine Bar, Blue Martini, Bob Roth's New River Groves, Brooks Restaurant, Chef Allen's, Chef Elisa's Catering, Chef's Palette Restaurant, Council Oak, Empire Pizza Café, Gatsby's, Graziano's, Hard Rock Café, Jimmie's Chocolates, Lola's on Harrison, Mancini's, Renegade BBQ, Specialty Bakers, and Sublime. Phew! More details here.

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