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Riverwalk seafood festival set for Saturday


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Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale‘s third annual Stone Crab & Seafood Festival is set for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Esplanade Park, 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale. Admission is free, with restaurants including sponsor Grille 401 offering stone crab claws and other seafood for sale. The event will go on rain or shine, with live music, games and hermit crab races on tap;, 954-468-1541, ext. 205.

Brunch bash

James Beard Award-winning Miami chef Norman Van Aken (Tuyo) will join chef and co-owner Jamie DeRosa at Tongue & Cheek Sunday for a brunch edition of the restaurant’s “Kitchen Collab” series.

The $75 cost includes welcome cocktails and a Keys-themed family-style meal inspired by Van Aken’s recent memoir, No Experience Necessary. Guests will also receive a signed copy of the book. Bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, bellinis or sangria will be available for $25.

Seatings are at noon and 2 p.m., with reservations suggested. The restaurant is at 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-704-2900.

Dinner in Paradise

Dewey LoSasso, who left The Forge last month for Acqualina Resort & Spa, joins Wolfgang Birk (Area 31) and Nicolas Cabrera (Baires Grill) in the kitchen for Sunday’s Dinner in Paradise at Paradise Farms, 19801 SW 320th St., Homestead. Tickets for the multi-course al fresco feast are $165.50 at

Wine dinner

Mojo Restaurant, 4140 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, hosts a California cabernet sauvignon wine tasting and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday featuring a dozen vintages and a three-course menu with a choice of Australian rack of lamb or black grouper. The $175 cost includes tax and tip. Reservations are required at or 954-568-4443.

Class series

Blue Moon Fish Company, 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, launches a series of cooking classes on Saturday with executive chefs Bryce Statham and Baron Skorish. To be held the second Saturday of the month through March, the 3:30-6 p.m. sessions will cover preparation of a four-course meal. This week’s subject: brunch. The $65 fee includes wine, cocktails and food samples. Reservations are required at 954-267-9888.

Going green

Get your green on at free classes at Whole Foods Markets next week. At 7 p.m. Monday at 6701 Red Rd., Coral Gables, you can learn about leafy greens and the contribution they can make to your nutritional profile and weight-loss efforts. Call 305-421-9421 for details. From noon to 2 p.m. Monday at 21105 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, the topic is “Collards are the New Kale.” Call 305-933-1543.

Grand openings

Pollo Tropical is hosting all-day “beach parties” complete with surfing simulators on Friday at its two newest South Florida locations: 5425 W. Atlantic Blvd., Margate, and 18390 SW 137th Ave., South Miami-Dade. Free food for a year will be awarded to one of the first 100 customers at each outlet;

Compiled by Food Editor Kathy Martin. Send news to by noon Monday for consideration in next week’s column.

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