Inaugural Tequila Festival Added to Day of the Dead Festivities

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Photo courtesy of South Florida Tequila Festival
The inaugural South Florida Tequila Festival will take place November 1 during the Day of the Dead Celebration in Fort Lauderdale.
The fourth-annual South Florida Day of the Dead Celebration will be raising more than just a few dead spirits this year as part of its festivities.

Welcome the inaugural South Florida Tequila Festival, set to take place on Saturday, November 1. A newcomer to the weekend-long Day of the Dead celebration, 3J Hospitality will transform Fort Lauderdale's Stache 1920's Drinking Den into a tequila-tasting extravaganza for the evening.

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David Chang Hates "Fancy Beer"; So What?

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dumbonyc via Flickr (Creative Commons)
Chef David Chang. He loves Bud Light.

Late last week, chef and Momofuku personality David Chang published an editorial in GQ stating that he hates "fancy beer." To this, I shrugged.

To Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery, it held a personal angst that necessitated a rebuttal (in the same magazine, no less). After the fallout, it only made sense to rethink my own perceptions of the evolving beer world and what that means for everyone involved.

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Mastino Wood Fired Italian Kitchen & Bar Opens Inside SoLita Delray Beach

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Nicole Danna
The sausage broccolini pizza at Mastino combines broccoli rabe and sweet Italian sausage.
Nearly every corner of the country has its own style of pizza. There's Chicago deep-dish pies, New York thin-crust pizza, California-style slices, and Sicilian-style Detroit squares.

Sadly, Florida is not on the list of places with their own special pizza variety. But South Florida still loves its pies, and there's no denying it: In our search for the "best," we can always use another good pizza place. Especially if it's a Neapolitan pizza restaurant.

Lucky for us, Society 8 Hospitality Group's Steven Dapuzzo is looking to add to the choices with a new concept, Mastino Wood Fired Italian Kitchen & Bar, a casual Italian eatery that will go hand-in-hand with the group's SoLita establishments.

To see the partnership in action, Dapuzzo quietly opened the doors to his first Mastino establishment several weeks ago.

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South Florida Food and Drink Events This Week: Win Free Pizza For One Year, Dogtoberfest, Beer Dinners, and More

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Courtesy of Nick's New Haven Style Pizza and Bar
This week, head to Nick's for a BOGO deal -- and its Facebook page for a chance to win free pizza for one year.
Around and around we go; 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 are still plenty of events to keep you busy through your working days.

Whether you're looking to enjoy a free pint of beer, join a wine or beer pairing dinner, or celebrate Dogtoberfest with your four-legged friend, there's something to do in Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

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Florida Beer: Olde Southern Wit From Cask & Larder

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Doug Fairall

It's #FloridaBeerFriday. Every Friday, we take a look at a beer brewed in the Sunshine State, giving analysis to the burgeoning craft-beer movement of Florida.

This week we've gone on the road to the home of Rollins College, Winter Park, to hit up a swank Southern gastropub serving up on site produced beers alongside Dixie-craft food: Cask & Larder.

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Five Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend: Tail-Gate at Funky Buddha Brewery, Oktoberfest in Lantana, and More

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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 hoping make it to Octoberfest in Lantana, raise a beer toward a good cause, or enjoy a pairing dinner at Whole Foods, there's something for you to do in South Florida this weekend.

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Use This Code to Save $10 on New Times' Beerfest Tickets, on Sale Now

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Christina Mendenhall
The 17th-annual New Times' "Original" Beerfest, presented by Isle Casino, is setting up to be a truly epic local beer event, returning to Esplanade Park this year with more beer -- and more fun -- than ever before.

Beer brewers from all over the state and the country come to show local beer drinkers their stuff. Even local homebrewers (and maybe some aspiring professionals) can offer their beers to the suds-swilling public.

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West Palm's Pizza Girls Celebrate Turning Sweet 16

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A different, XL pie every day for $16!

Ah! A girl's sweet 16 is a special coming-of-age celebration. This party, marking the transition into adulthood, has over time become a bit of a spectacle. The days of it being small parties at home have turned into full-on "bridezilla"-like monstrosities in hotels, boats, and/or halls with extravagant, thematic productions deflating many a father's wallet.

Thankfully not all of these celebrations have to be so invariably disproportionate so as to offset the economies of developing nations. No. Sometimes cooler heads prevail. Jen Morales and Phoebe Reckseit, the Pizza Girls, are collectively celebrating their business' transition into "adulthood" and are being very adult about it.

This month, the month of their birth, they will feature an extra-large pie from their gourmet menu as the pizza of the day for, you guessed it, a mere $16.

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d.b.a./cafe Now Offering a McRib-Inspired Sandwich

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Joey Acevedo
Fast food is on the hot plate these days. National chains are constantly being criticized for their calorie-dense fare that's served at price points even supermarkets can rarely beat.

It's cheap food to fill you up -- hence our current levels of obesity.

And when it comes to fast foods, no items are reviled or cherished as much as Mickey D's seasonal McRib sandwich.

In celebration of its return, d.b.a./cafe has rolled out its own version of the pork-like sammie.

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Florida Grand Opera Kicks Off Season with Cocktail Party at III Forks

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The Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is poised to start another successful and well-rounded season this fall with fan favorite, cross-cultural drama Madama Butterfly, which enjoyed a well-received run in Broadway. While the opera might recall a romanticized idea of elitism, the FGO has continuously managed a varied and accessible repertoire of works that appeal to seasoned lovers and newcomers to the art.

But nothing gets off the ground without a little bacchanalia and the FGO, which will have three of its productions at the Au-Rene Theater in the Broward Center for the Performing Arts will celebrate the season's kick-off with a cocktail party at III Forks.

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