Support Palm Beach Zoo at Off the Hookah Fundraiser July 3

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The Off the Hookah family of restaurants has always stood out a little bit among their peers for being quick and agreeable when it comes to fundraising and partnering with locals for good causes. This week, the Clematis location will be celebrating its fourth year of operation as well as hosting a fundraiser for the Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society as an extension of their programmed Fourth of July celebration. Talk about multi-tasking.

"We are grateful to 'Off the Hookah' for presenting us with this fundraising opportunity. This particular restaurant chain is very motivated to support non-profits in their operating markets and we're proud to partner with them to showcase what we have to offer as a Zoo," remarked Ron Brooks, the zoo's Events Manager "and to help celebrate the restaurant's fourth anniversary" for emphasis on the symbiotic nature of this event.

With $20 tickets and all proceeds going to the zoo, this is a fun event the whole family can enjoy.

See also: Off the Hookah Up and Running


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The Top Ten Things to Eat and Drink at New Times' Pairings Tonight

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Christina Mendenhall
Pairings is tonight! Here's what to eat!
New Times' Pairings is tonight, September 26, at the Broward County Convention Center. From 7 to 10 p.m., South Florida's best restaurants will pair with great wines and beers for your eating and drinking enjoyment.

If you have tickets, we can't wait to meet you (you can't miss us -- we'll be the ones juggling multiple plates of food).

If you haven't gotten tickets yet, that's cool. We're procrastinators too. Advance purchase general admission tickets are on sale now for $45, which includes unlimited samplings of food, wine, specialty cocktails, craft beer, and live entertainment. VIP tickets cost $80 and include access to the party at 6 p.m. for an extra hour of wine, food, and entry to the exclusive VIP lounge. Purchase tickets at ticketfly.com by noon today, when online sales close.

After that, you can purchase tickets at the door for $55 (GA) and $90 (VIP).

Here's a sneak preview of the top ten food and wine pairings to look out for tonight. Bring your appetite and comfortable shoes and get ready for a great evening of food, drink, and fun!

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New Times Pairings is Thursday: Scare Up a Pair of Free Tickets UPDATED

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Christina Mendelhall
Pairings lets you explore the best of Broward in one evening.
The Broward County Convention Center will turn into foodie central this Thursday evening, when New Times' Pairings takes over.

On Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 10 p.m., your favorite Broward restaurants like El Jefe Luchador, Market 17, Rebel House, Tap 42, and Steak 954 will tempt you with delicious food -- each paired with wines carefully curated by Wine Watch wine boutique.

There's also a beer garden, beer and food pairings, crafted cocktails, and live entertainment, making Pairings one of the best evenings -- and values -- of the year.

General admission tickets are $45 in advance, and VIP tickets (which get you in to the fun an hour early, at 6 p.m. and allow you access to the special VIP area) are only $80. Visit ticketfly.com to purchase online, and use code "PAIRINGS" at checkout, and take $10 off your general admission tickets!

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New Times' Pairings: Beer Geeks Welcome!

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The sixth annual New Times' Pairings is coming to the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, September 26. From 7 to 10 p.m., the best restaurants in South Florida will serve delectable dishes, each paired with a different fine wine.

But what if you're a beer geek instead of a wino? Fret not, because we have plenty of beer-related pairings to make you happy. We're even setting up a beer garden inside the convention center - you know, to get Oktoberfest started early this year

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Winner of the VIP Pairings Passes: Your Best Pairings

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These guys make a cute pair.
Youse guys are really funny, you know that?

When we asked you to name your favorite pairing -- be it human couple, fictional characters, or...whatever...we weren't sure what we were going to get. After all, our examples were kind of lame. (Tarzan and Cheetah?)

But leave it to the smartest people on our planet to come up with some really good pairings. So good, in fact, that we wanted to share our top five favorites, counting down to the winning answer. The winner, of course, gets a pair of VIP tickets to New Times Pairings at the Broward Country Convention Center on Thursday, September 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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Win a Pair of VIP Tickets to New Times' Pairings: Name Your Favorite Celebrity Pairing to Win

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Win a pair of VIP tickets now!
The sixth annual New Times' Pairings is coming to the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, September 26. From 7 to 10 p.m., the best restaurants in South Florida will serve their best dishes, each paired with a different fine wine.

See also: Pairings 2012 Slideshow

Besides great food and wine pairings from hotspots like Tap 42, 3030 Ocean, Market 17, and Steak 954, there's live music, craft beers, and cocktails for your eating and drinking enjoyment. In fact, to make this year bigger and better, we've added an entire beer garden.

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New Times Pairings Announces More Restaurants

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Pairings, the annual celebration of South Florida food and fine wines, storms the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, September 26.

From 7 to 10 p.m., south Florida's finest establishments will serve up choice offerings paired with the perfect wine to accompany each morsel. Each wine is carefully curated by Wine Watch.

The event will also feature live entertainment, crafted cocktails featuring rums of Puerto Rico, and craft beers provided by Tap 42, Goose Island Beer Company, and Budweiser.

Every day, we're adding on more restaurants to our list for your enjoyment. To whet your taste buds, check out the list of participating establishments and check back often for updates:

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Wine 101: How to Taste Wine With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch

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You've heard it before: Wine is like a metaphor for life. As cheesy and pompous as it sounds, it's actually kind of true.

Take the same exact grape, grow it in different terroir -- that's wine-speak for growing place -- with different growing methods, fermentation techniques, or bottling procedures and you're going to end up with a completely different wine.

While the average wine drinker might not be able to notice the difference, one definitely exists. In preparation for our upcoming Pairings event on September 26, we figured you'd like to learn how to distinguish among the finer points of wine.

To help teach you how to taste wine properly and pick up on the individual distinctions, we spoke to Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch about the basics of tastings.

See Also: Wine 101 With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch Basic Wine Production

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Wine 101 With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch: Basic Wine Production

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Around the world, millions of people drink wine. While the vast majority probably drink it just for the sake of getting drunk, interest in wine production, tastings, and pairings has seemed to surge. Just take a look at the number of wine events listed in our weekly roundups -- there's one almost every day of the week.

That being said, we've all seen that pompous person seated at the front of the class sipping, swirling, and spouting his mouth off -- yes, it's always a guy -- as if he knows everything about wine.

Here's your chance to figure out if he's legit or just a showoff. We caught up with Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch to find out how to taste wine like a pro.

As the first part of our series on tastings leading up to the Sixth Annual Pairings on September 26, we're starting off by exploring basic wine production.

See also: How to Choose Champagne and Sparkling Wine, With Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch

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New Times' Pairings: The Top Five Wine-Snob Quotes From Our Readers

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Wine snob much? You guys are awesome!
Recently we were given a pair of VIP tickets to Pairings, the annual celebration of South Florida food and fine wine at the Broward County Convention Center on Thursday, September 26, from 7 to 10 p.m. We tried to figure out a fun way to get readers' participation -- so we asked you to channel your inner wine snob.

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