South Florida Food & Drink Events This Week: Chef Challenges, Wine Tastings, and More

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Take a break from your busy schedule this week to test your trivia skills, paint with a glass of wine, or dance the night away to live music after enjoying a three-course meal. Living in South Florida, there is always an opportunity to find entertainment, no matter the day of the week.

From trivia nights to social dinners that can provide a distraction and good time, here are the top events happening and Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

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Five Best Food and Drink Events this Weekend: Beer Excursions, Summer Suppers, and More

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The weekend has finally approached; a sign that busy work week tasks will take over our schedules no more -- for a couple days, at least.

Make the most of the time you have to yourself by learning the history of your favorite beer, sampling cocktails at the zoo, or savoring a tasteful dinner.

Whether your idea of unwinding after a long week is a gourmet experience wine tasting or a social dining event, South Florida has it. Here is this week's guide to the weekend's offerings.

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d.b.a./ Cafe Hosts Cigar City Anniversary Dinner: Five Courses Paired With Five Special Beers (Photos)

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The first course paired with Cigar City Tangerine Weisse
Miami might have the big name chefs and the cocktails, but Broward and Palm Beach Counties have the beer.

What we lack in celebrities and mixology, we make up for in the craft brew scene -- and we have some damned good chefs anyway.

To celebrate one of Florida's leading breweries, d.b.a./ Cafe hosted an anniversary dinner for Cigar City last night. Guests were treated to five creative courses paired with the brewery's line of Five Beers for Five Years.

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Take a Boozy Flight With Casamigos Margaritas at Brimstone Woodfire Grill


When an alcohol company prides itself in finding all of its data in late-night R&D sessions that include famous nightlife impresario Rande Gerber (remember South Beach's the Whiskey?) and eternal playboy (well, not anymore), good-time-having, all-around-awesome-human-being George Clooney, you know you're going to end up with something special. When he's not out "brutalizing" himself with Danny DeVito on daylong binges of Limoncello, Clooney also enjoys the relaxing qualities of sipping Reposado tequilas.

Alongside his lifelong friend Gerber and Michael Meldman of the Discovery Land Co., they came to the conclusion that the world would be better if they made their own. And thus Casamigos (a portmanteau of "home" and "friends" in Spanish) was born. A small-batch operation made from 100 percent Blue Weber agave grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Casamigos' fast rise in the world of premium tequilas has come with some serious accolades from reputable sources like the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, BevX Magazine, and the Miami Herald.

Most notably, Casamigos is the tequila that Oprah likes to get down with. This might explain why the woman gives away so much damned stuff on her show.

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FruitFlowers Creates Personalized Baskets For All Occassions

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Customized fruit arrangement

Opened in 1984 and celebrating its 30th birthday this year, FruitFlowers has built on the idea of using fruit to create personalized arrangements for all special occasions. The company has opened delivery locations throughout the United States, including South Florida.

FruitFlowers began making fruit flowers for fun, eventually turning it into a business that now caters to all special events, personalizing fruit baskets for any occasion. Baskets have been made for sporting events, anniversaries, holiday parties and religious occasions. Signature arrangements can also be tailored to allergic needs or custom-made to only include requested fruits.

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South Florida Food & Drink Events This Week: Dinners, Beer, and More

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Although your week might be filled with planned meetings, to-do lists, busy schedules, and many other obligations and responsibilities, there is always an excuse to relax and enjoy South Florida once you step out of the office.

From social dinners to networking that can provide a distraction and good time, here are the top events happening and Broward and Palm Beach counties this week.

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Salt7 Takes Top Shelf at Third-Annual Boca Burger Battle

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After a rain-soaked finish at last year's event, Mother Nature played nice this year with fair weather and a full moon. Hundreds of burger enthusiasts made their way to Sanborn Square in Boca Raton to experience the third-annual Boca Burger Battle, a melee of burger-fiefs that pits restaurant against restaurant, chef against chef. In reality, it's not quite that bloodthirsty, but the participating vendors did pull out all the stops to show the people of southern Palm Beach County a thing or two about burgers.

As smoke filled the air from the dozens of flaming grills, hungry attendees wandered from restaurant tent to restaurant tent, queuing up for the next hot-off-the-grill hamburger.

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Five Best Food and Drink Events this Weekend: Glow Parties, Sushi, and More

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You've made it through another week full of work, home, and social life -- trying to balance all three like a circus act -- but you've made it.

Treat yourself to a night out on the town, a quaint stroll and some sushi, a neon glow party, or a de-stressing paint and sip class if that's your cup of tea -- or glass of wine, should we say.

Whether your idea of unwinding after a long week is dancing the night away or savoring a tasteful dinner, South Florida has it this weekend. Here is this week's guide to the weekend's offerings.

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Sample Beer And Bites With Florida Beer Company Event At Coral Springs Whole Foods Tonight

Florida Beer Co.'s Bobby Gordash (left) with yours truly
Love beer?

Interested in becoming the next big brewer in South Florida?

Or, do you just want to learn more about the industry and how it works?

Broward County beer fans make note for tonight, as Bobby Gordash of the Florida Beer Company will be making an appearance at the Coral Springs Whole Foods Market at 7pm to share some professional insight into Florida's brewing industry.

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Bastille Day Celebrations: Specials, Music, and More

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As we just finished decking ourselves out in red, white, and blue for Independence day, it's France's turn now.

France's National Day, Bastille Day, which is celebrated on July 14 -- which is Monday -- marks the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French Revolution. Just like our big day, it is celebrated with prideful festivities, food, and cultural events.

Join the celebration at these Broward and Palm Beach spots hosting Bastille Day specials and events, full of lively entertainment, festive decorations, food, and good company. Once again this month, get ready to see a lot of bleu, blanc, et rouge.

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