Doris Market Hosts Thanksgiving Food and Wine Tasting

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Doris Italian Market & Bakery Facebook page
In their ongoing fight against breast cancer, Doris' pink and white cookies raised more than $1,600 for the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund.

"This event is the perfect opportunity for Doris Italian Market & Bakery to kick off the holiday season and promote a significant cause such as breast cancer beyond National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," said John Alfano, president of Doris Italian Market & Bakery in anticipation of the upcoming holiday season, a season we tend to lose focus on in favor of mass consumerism. "The holidays are a great time of year to give back to the local community, and we hope to have a full house here that night, not only enjoy the food and wines of the season but also to raise money for the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund."

Doris Italian Market & Bakery has been a South Florida cultural institution since 1947, when it first opened as a small mom-and-pop butcher shop and deli in Hollywood. For those hankering for their beloved nonna's culinary magic, Doris has long been a bastion of the Italian-American community in Broward and Palm Beach counties with their old-school butcher shop, on-premise made sausages, and delicious osso buco.

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Think Pink: Five Places to Eat and Drink to Support Breast Cancer Research

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and while turning the White House pink may be absolutely adorable, all that pink is designed to make women take off those rose-colored glasses and face a cold dose of the truth. One in eight women will be diagnosed with the disease. The good news is that early detection is the key to a good prognosis, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

So if you're a woman, grab the phone and schedule a visit to the doctor and get those tatas checked out! Then, support the cause by eating and drinking at one of these fine establishments.

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Swank Farms Announces Swank Table Dinner Series Lineup

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Swank Table returns for the 2014/2015 season/
Summer's nearly over and it's time for growing season again in South Florida. Jodi Swank of Swank Specialty Produce, is gearing up for the fall. CSA and greemarket customers can expect to see the first yields in about two weeks.

Jodi Swank, who owns the farm with her husband Darrin, says, "we're about four weeks into seeding. We're going into our 12th year and we have an amazing relationship with fabulous chefs."

That relationship translates into Swank Farms' lineup of Swank Table events for 2014-15, which features some of the best names in South Florida's culinary scene, including a host of chefs from Miami, which means people in Palm Beach can get a taste of some of the most talked-about venues in the southernmost part of Florida -- without the drive.

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National Oyster Day is Today: Five Places Get Your Bivalve Fix

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Candace West
Oysters from Wild Sea.
Today is National Oyster Day and, according to the official website, there are over 100 different varieties and over a million different ways of enjoying them.

Not only do these fruits from the sea taste delicious, they're rich in amino acids, which are vital for a healthy sex life, which may be the basis for the oysters claim as a powerful aphrodisiac.

Whether you like them fried, baked with some cheese, in a shooter, or just slurped out of the shell with a touch of hot sauce, here are some of our favorite places to enjoy our favorite bivalves.

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Trader Joe's Announces Pembroke Pines Opening Date

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Laine Doss
Trader Joe's is coming to Pembroke Pines.
Hey, Pembroke Pines -- there's food shopping in your future.

Trader Joe's just announced the opening day of its Pembroke Pines location. On Friday, October 10, at 8 a.m., the doors will open to the shopping paradise.

See also: Trader Joe's Announces Opening Dates for Three Palm Beach County Locations


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Sunny Anderson to Host South Florida Book Festival Event

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Laine Doss
Sunny Anderson is coming to Fort Lauderdale.
Food Network star Sunny Anderson is truly a renaissance woman. The host of Cooking for Real and The Kitchen is also a frequent contributor on Today and the Rachael Ray show and is the author of Sunny's Kitchen: Easy Food For Real Life.

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Tucker Duke's Summer Brewmaster Series Offers Multicourse Dinners Paired With Craft Beer

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Photo by CandaceWest.com

Burger joint Tucker Duke's Lunchbox in Deerfield Beach is striving to marry America's comfort food with its comfort beverage of choice, beer, for a series of craft-beer-oriented multicourse dinners.

Starting on Tuesday, July 8, at 8 p.m., the small and local establishment run by Cutthroat Kitchen winner Chef Brian Cartenuto, will feature a four-course meal with snacks paired with beers from Cigar City Brewing.

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Hard Rock Cafe Celebrates Birthday With Live Music; Burger Badge Bash; Free Burgers for Dad

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Hard Rock Cafe
Show your badge -- get this burger for under a buck.
It's hard to believe, but the Hard Rock Cafe is 43 years old. The rock-themed restaurant is celebrating its birthday with a blowout weekend extravaganza that manages to celebrate its musical roots and honor our local police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians.

This weekend, it's all about the music, as the Hard Rock Cafe, located inside the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, hosts three nights of tribute bands.

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Drink Beer, Save a Puppy (or Kitty) at Due South Brewing Co.

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All photos courtesy Tri-County Animal Rescue
April...looking for love.
Wook at this widdle face. This is April and, in case you're looking for love, she's available for adoption at the Tri-County Animal Rescue, a boutique no-kill animal shelter in Boca Raton.

Tri-County Animal Rescue is home to many cats and dogs just waiting for the right family to come along. They take in strays, surrendered animals, and rescues from high-kill shelters and provide them with care until they find a forever home...maybe yours?

Whether or not you have the room or commitment to adopt, there's a simple way to help the dogs and cats who call this place a temporary home. By drinking beer.

See also: Best Brewery: Due South Brewing Co.

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Paul Castronovo to Host the OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida

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Foodie (and radio host) Paul Castronovo with chef Allen Susser.
Big 105'9's resident foodie, Paul Castronovo is set to host this year's OBIEs: A Taste of South Florida tonight, May 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center.

Joining Castronovo are a team of celebrity chefs and some of South Florida's best restaurants -- all serving up bites to benefit Make A Wish, Special Olympics, and the Orange Bowl Youth Leadership Academy.

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