Food & Wine Calendar

THURSDAY, March 30

Beer 101: Ages 21 and up can learn about craft beers, including how they are made, their history and varied styles available plus participate in a tasting; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, March 31-May 5; Miami Dade College-Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104th St., Kendall; $125 for six sessions. 305-237-2976 or Bourbon Steak: Fairmont Turnberry Isle Hotel & Resort; 999 Country Club Dr., Aventura. 786-279-6600 or *Wine Travels: Sommelier Justin Hall chooses wines from the restaurant’s extensive menu of more than 1,000 selections and presents a demo plus tasting and butter-truffle popcorn; 6-6:30 p.m. (also 6-6:30 p.m. Fridays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays), through Dec. 30; $20. *Raise Your Spirits: Offers half-price signature cocktails, reduced-price appetizers and Michael Mina’s “Bar Burgers” plus free butter-truffle popcorn; 5-8 p.m. (also 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Mondays-Wednesdays), through Dec. 30. Cafe Maxx Cooking Class: Focuses on spring dishes. Wine sommelier Andrew Lampasone of Wine Watch in Fort Lauderdale provides information on food and wine pairings and other interesting winery particulars; 5 p.m., 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; $65 (includes a sit-down dinner and wine tasting), reservations required. 954-782-0606 or Café Sambal Indian Nights: Live entertainment by a sitar player, Indian décor and a special family-style menu prepared by guest chef Jayaseelan Mariadoss that fuses native fare of all regions of India; 6-11 p.m., Mandarin Oriental, 500 Brickell Key Dr., Brickell Key; $45, $22.50 kids, reservations recommended. 305-913-8358 or Food News & Views: Linda Lecht, president of The Education Fund in North Miami, and Marcia Cardona, founding teacher of Royal Palm Elementary in Miami, discuss organic gardening programs with host Linda Gassenheimer plus Miami Herald wine columnist Fred Tasker with wine tips on WLRN-FM (91.3); 1-2 p.m. 800-743-9576. I Love Lamb: Hands-on class with chef Lenore Nolan-Ryan; 6 p.m., Lenore Nolan-Ryan Cooking School & Catering, 228 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; $45, reservations required. 954-491-2340 or Jackson Memorial Foundation Green Market: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Alamo Park,1611 NW 12th Ave., inside the Jackson Memorial Hospital Campus, Miami. 305-531-0038 or Miami-Dade County Fair: The 60th annual event continues through Sunday with a special food event today. General hours are 3 p.m.-midnight Thursday and Friday and noon-midnight Saturday and Sunday; Fair Expo Center, 10901 Coral Way, Southwest Miami-Dade; general admission is $10, free for kids 5 and under (other discounts and deals available. Call 305-223-7060 or go to *Food and Wine Live-Before Five: Farm-to-table restaurants and master chefs present organic cooking experiences at the Panda Kitchen, demonstrating how to make food healthier, while supporting locally based agriculture. Features Panda Kitchen master chefs Brian Aaron of Aaron’s Catering International & Gourmet and Adrianne Calvo, chef-owner of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Kendall; 3-5 p.m. Thursday, March 31. National Mom and Pop Business Owner’s Day: Local businesses launch a week of promotions and discounts to celebrate consumer loyalty through Monday at:: *Bertoni’s Brick Oven Pizza and Lounge: $2.50 glass of wine or beer, 20 percent off the entire dinner menu and free Dolce Vita gelato with any dinner entrée or pizza; Bertoni’s Brick Oven Pizza and Lounge, 15180 Biscayne Blvd. , North Miami.305-354-8686 or *Caffe da Vinci: Free glass of wine or beverage with any dinner entrée; Caffe da Vinci, 1009 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Island. 305-861-8166 or Oyster Bar and Ceviches-Sparkling Cocktail Hour: Three glasses of any combination or each of South American wines of the week, sparkling cocktails, including Piscina Wine on ice, or beers with wine educator Barry Alberts. Includes fresh ceviches and oyster bar; 6-9 p.m., Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill, 3067 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; $20. 305-444-0216. Ribera del Duero Wine Tasting: Taste 10 wines from the Ribera del Duero region of Northern Spain plus hors d’oeuvres. Guests who stay for dinner after the event receive 25 percent off the food portion of their tabs; 6:30-8 p.m., Verdea Restaurant & Wine Bar, 4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; $20. Rosa Mexicano: 1111 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. 305-695-1005 or *Happy Hour: Half-price drinks, imported beers and select appetizers; 4-7 p.m. (also 4-7 p.m. Friday and Monday-Wednesday), through June 30. *Pre-Theatre Menu: Two- and three-course, fixed-price menus ($26 and $18 respectively) are designed for guests dining before catching a movie, symphony or theater performance; 5:30-6:30 p.m. daily; reservations recommended. The Setai: 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-520-6400 or *L’ecailler Fruit de Mer & Champagne: Deal for two features fresh oysters, stone crab claws, Alaskan king crab legs, shrimp and ceviche or tartar of tuna, salmon or hamachi with Taittinger Champagne specials; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (also 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays) at Pool & Beach Bar; $95; $155 for the “grand’’ array;. reservations required and call for more details. *Thursdays at The Setai: Diners in The Grill get a free glass of Taittinger Champagne on arrival plus can enjoy live jazz under the stars in The Courtyard; 7-11 p.m. SOBE Local Food Tour: Walking tour includes tastings at five to seven stops; noon-2:30 p.m. (also Friday, Saturday and Wednesday and 6-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Meeting place disclosed with booking confirmation; $59, reservations required. 855-642-3663 or Taste of Pines: Second annual event features samples of cuisine from local restaurants accompanied by drinks and live music by Debbie Orta Jazz Quartet. Benefits City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools; 6-9 p.m., Pembroke Pines City Center, 10300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines; $30, $25 in advance (wine and food), $25, $20 in advance (food only), $5 kids 10 and under. 954-431-4146. Whole Foods Market Events: Free events unless noted. *It’s Vegalicious Scholarship Contest: The market and Sublime restaurant in Fort Lauderdale invite vegan recipes from high school seniors for the 2010-2011 school year who must be enrolled in a Broward, Palm-Beach or Miami-Dade high schools. All entries must be submitted via the online form and include all required data (photo and recipe). Recipe must include every ingredient, garnishes, weights/measurements, equipment with sizes and preparation instructions. Only one entry is permitted per student. Judging criteria are creativity, presentation and flavor. Three finalists will be selected and notified on or before April 22. Finalists must prepare and bring their dishes to Sublime, 1431 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1 for judging. Contestants must be present to win.grand prize, a $5,000 check. Two runners-up receive $500 graduation dinners at Sublime. Deadline for submission is April 15. Go to for entry form, rules and more information. *Meals That Matter: Taste the unique flavors and styles of cuisine that represent various countries. Each dish highlighted represents a place where the Whole Planet Foundation empowers the poor with microcredit. Instructor is Abigail Nagorski, culinary instructor and certified nutritionist, and event benefits Whole Planet Foundation, the chain’s nonprofit organization that provides microfinance gran

ts to food-related, small businesses in impoverished areas of Latin America, Africa and Asia; 7-8 p.m., 1400 Glades Rd., Suite 110, Boca Raton; $5, registration required. 561-447-0000. *Whole Planet Foundation Taste of the Nations Cooking Class: Learn about communities helped by Whole Planet Foundation and taste various dishes native to those areas. Also learn how to cook one dish from start to finish with Cory, the store’s demo specialist. Event is a run-up to Taste of the Nation, which will be held on April 13 in Palm Beach, June 2 in Fort Lauderdale and July 7 in Miami; class is at 7 p.m., $10, registration required; 6701 Red Rd., Coral Gables. 305-421-9421. *Top 5 @ 5 Wine Tasting: Sample up to five carefully picked wines; 5-7 p.m., 810 University Dr., Coral Springs; free. 954-753-8000. *Divine Desserts Cooking Class: Amanda of the store shares simple techniques we can use to make guilt-free desserts; 7 p.m., 7720 Peters Rd., Plantation; free, reservations required. 954-236-0600. Williams-Sonoma Demonstration-Seasonal Desserts: Free class. Call store for time. Store locator at, April 1 The Friday Night Wine Tasting Series: Top wine selections of recent tastings with wine educator Barry Alberts; 7-9:30 p.m., Panorama Restaurant & Sky Lounge at the Sonesta Bayfront Hotel, 2889 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; $15. 305-793-3120. Johnson & Wales University Distinguished Visiting Chef Dinner: Honors chef Kevin Sbraga, self-proclaimed “beast in the kitchen” and winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef-Season 7.” The event starts with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a four-course dinner created by Sbraga at 7 p.m. that features his special meat loaf. Benefits Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts; 6 p.m., Johnson & Wales University, 1701 NE 127th St., North Miami; $85, reservations required. 305-913-2108. Roots in the City Farmer’s Market: 1-4 p.m. (also Wednesdays), through May 27; at the corner of Northwest Second Avenue and 10th Street, Miami. Call Maggi Pons at 305-772-3229 or go to for more information.Sunset at The Setai: Features specialty cocktails and Taittinger Champagne specials with free tastes of Mediterranean bits; 5-7 p.m. (also 5-7 p.m. Saturdays); The Pool & Beach Bar at The Setai, 2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. 305-520-6400 or Tokyo Blue Sushi & Saki Friday Nights: Get a free sushi roll with the purchase of a $5 saki at the Blue Glass Bar; 5-8 p.m., Ocean Manor Beach Resort, 4040 Galt Ocean Dr., Fort Lauderdale. 954-566-2122 or Whole Foods Market Events: Free unless noted. *Sushi Wrappin’ & Rollin’: Hands-on class with Abigail Nagorski, culinary instructor and certified nutritionist, in making custom roll. Includes sake and you get to eat what you create plus get a bamboo rolling mat to take home; 6:30-8 p.m., 1400 Glades Rd., Suite 110, Boca Raton; $15, registration required. 561-447-0000. *Friday Night Blues & Brews: Live blues by Blaize & Altar, single beers starting at $1.49, glasses of wine for $3.99 and a variety of freshly brewed coffee drinks at Allegro Coffee Bar; 7-9 p.m., 810 University Dr., Coral Springs. 954-753-8000. Wine & Culinary Celebration: The 16th annual event features more than 30 of South Florida’s top restaurants and more than 200 wines and spirits from around the world provided by Southern Wine and Spirits. This year’s event features “Chef Spotlight” with cooking demos by chefs Oliver Saucy of Café Maxx in Pompano Beach, Marc Gruverman of The Capital Grille in Fort Lauderdale and Sean McDonald of ilios in Fort Lauderdale. Also includes a silent auction and a free Riedel wine glass; 6-11 p.m. VIP admission and 7:30-9:30 p.m. general admission; Museum of Discovery & Science, 401 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale; $150 VIP (includes martini reception 6-7:30 p.m., wine tasting seminars, VIP access to the grand tasting and exclusive access to the VIP lounge 8-11 p.m.), $85 general admission. 954-713-0954 or, April 2 Backyard Paradise Home & Garden Festival: Features cooking demos, kids’ garden station, plants and garden structures and workshops and lectures; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday); Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 SW 57th Ave., Pinecrest; $5, free for kids 12 and under. 305-669-6990 or *Laura Lafata of La Diva Cucina in Miami Beach; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. *Michael Altman, executive chef of Town Kitchen & Bar in South Miami and Smoke’t Southern Kitchen & Tap in Coral Gables; noon and 2 p.m. Sunday. Casa D’ Angelo Wine Tasting: Free tasting of three favorite everyday wines; 1-4 p.m., 1201 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; free. 954-416-1234 or Cupcake Decorating-Calling All Kids: Creative Bkids and their little friends are invited to join Bloomingdale’s chef Lauretta for a fun-filled, sticky finger cupcake decorating afternoon; 2-4 p.m., Bloomingdale’s, 19555 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; free. Call at 305-792-1288 for more information. Florida Turkish Festival: Features Turkish food, folk dances and music plus arts and crafts, face painting and other kids’ entertainment. Festival is presented by Anatolia Cultural Center; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday); Huizenga Plaza and Park, 32 E. Las Olas Blvd. (at Andrews Avenue), Fort Lauderdale; $5 for both days. 305-406-3336 or Pompano Beach-Bean & Pepper Jamboree: Includes regular slate of vendors and live musical entertainment plus food and Broward Farm Bureau and Pompano Beach Kiwanis Club exhibitors, 4-H talent competition, bingo, games and kids’ activities; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Flagler Avenue and Northeast First Street, Pompano Beach; free. 954-849-0745 (Broward Farm Bureau) or 954-292-8040 (GreenMarket) or or Island Fest: Live beachfront music, food and a tropically themed juried art show highlight 20th annual event with sand sculptures on the beach, kite flying, hula-hoop twirling contests and, on Sunday, the traditional “Taste of Islamorada” with award-winning signature dishes and sweet treats from Islamorada’s restaurants and a smoked fish dip contest; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday), Founders Park, mile marker 87 Bayside, Islamorada; free admission. 305-664-4503 or Lower Keys Reggae Fest: Features food and libations, including Cuervo margaritas, Jamaican rum punch and Bahama Mamas plus island craft vendors. Reggae legends Pato Banton and Calton Coffie perform plus Bongo D and Marijah. Shireen Sandoval of WSVN-Fox 7’s “Decco Drive” as emcee; noon-6 p.m., Sugarloaf Lodge, mile marker 17 Gulfside, Sugarloaf Key; $25, $20 in advance. 305-872-2411 or Miramar Green Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Miramar Square, southeast corner of Flamingo Road and Miramar Parkway, Miramar. 866-WDI-1230. Normandy Village Marketplace: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in the 900 block of 71st Street at the Normandy Isle Fountain, along the Rue Vendome North Beach, Miami Beach. 305-531-0038 or or Riverwalk Trust Urban Market: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 227 SW Second Ave. in the Historic District, Fort Lauderdale/ 954-298-5607 or Room 4 Dessert 2-Sophomore Jinx Pop-up: Features Will Goldfarb, executive pastry chef of Ku De Ta in Bali, Indonesia, who is known as “the golden boy of pastry.” Includes a six-course tasting menu, savory snacks from top local chefs and paired wines; seatings at 8 and 10 p.m., Blooming Design & Eve

nts, 244 NW 35th St., Miami; $75, reservations required.866-249-0400 or for 8 p.m. seating (SOLD OUT at press time) or for 10 p.m. seating.. South Miami Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in front of South Miami City Hall, 6130 Sunset Dr., South Miami. 305-663-6340 or Strike 2 Educate Bowl-A-Thon: Charity event to help promote education and the arts includes pizza and soda, unlimited bowling and shoe rental; 5-7 p.m., Sparez Bowling Center, 5325 S. University Dr., Davie; $25. 305-597-3647 or Toes in the Sand: All-you-can-eat boiled shrimp and “fixin’s,’’ beer, wine, steel drum music and a Chinese auction; benefits Angel’s Pediatric Heart House, a local nonprofit organization that supports families affected by congenital heart defects; 6-10 p.m., Lauderdale Surf Club, 2 Palm Ave., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea; $25, tickets must be purchased in advance. 954-318-2020 or or Treasured Wishes: Plantation Junior Woman’s Club presents event with a pirate theme, dinner and dancing, open bar, raffles, silent and live auctions and games to benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, a group that fulfills wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses; 7-11 p.m., International Game Fish Association’s Fishing Hall of Fame, 300 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach; $100. 954-797-9762 or or Whole Foods Market Events: Free unless noted. *The Brew Brackets: Ages 21 and up can taste eight different brews. Participants are requested to bring nonperishable food donations for Feeding South Florida; 2 p.m., 810 University Dr., Coral Springs; registration required. 954-753-8000. *Teens Cooking Club: Hands-on class for teens 15-18 with chef Lynn of Whole Foods Market. Menu includes fresh garden salad, garlic bread, spaghetti Bolognese and oatmeal raisin cookies; 10 a.m.-noon; 2000 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; $15, registration required. 954-565-5655. *Weekend Wine and Cheese Samplings: Includes talk on flavors and textures and how to make the perfect pairings; noon-3 p.m., 11701 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest. 305-971-0900. Yellow Green Farmer’s Market: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (also Sundays), 1940 N. 30th Rd., Hollywood (off Taft Street next to I-95, accessible via Tri-Rail, bus, car or bicycle); valet parking available. 954-513-3990 or, April 3 Mary Brickell Village Sunday Market: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Mary Brickell Village, 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami. 305-531-0038 or Children & Parents Day-Going Green for Spring: Sixth annual event celebrates Earth Day and includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, gardening activities, nature-themed arts and crafts, face painting, a live parrot show and music. Also see various exhibits; noon-4 p.m., Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History, 801 N. Congress Ave., Suite 483, Boynton Beach; $15 (includes food), free for kids 2 and under. 561-243-2662 or or Deerfield Beach Green Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sullivan Park, 1724 Riverview Rd., Deerfield Beach; free parking available at the northeast side of The Cove Shopping Center. 954-480-4317 or Health Starts Here Demos: This week features fresh pineapple salsa; noon-3 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 810 University Dr., Coral Springs; free. 954-753-8000 or Lincoln Road Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Lincoln Road, between Meridian Avenue and Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. 305-531-0038 or or Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest; 305-669-6990 or Williams-Sonoma Technique Class: Free. Reservations recommended. Call for time. Store locator at, April 4 Food and Wine Talk WSFG: Gabrielle Hamilton (“Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef”) and Chris Young (“Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking”) join hosts Carole Kotkin and Simone Diament 11 a.m.-noon on Gluten and Dairy Free Cooking Class: With local chef Adri Garcia; 6-8 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 11701 S. Dixie Hwy., Pinecrest; free, registration required. 305-971-0900 or or Homestead Farmer’s Market: Offers local fruits, vegetables, edible plants, herbs and quality handicrafts; 2-6 p.m., Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave., Homestead. 305-342-5844 or Making and Cooking With Indian Cheese-Paneer: Reservation deadline at close of business hours for class with Billo Jolly, co-owner of Taste of India and Punjab Palace restaurants, slated for 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 9; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; $60, $45 FTBG members. 305-667-1651, ext. 3322 or, April 5 Barry University Green Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Northeast 115th Street and NE Second Avenue, Miami Shores; 305-531-0038 or or Chefs Help Japan Dinner: Sushi, sashimi and sake reception plus four-course dinner benefit the people of Japan who have been affected by the earthquake and tsunami; reception 7-8 p.m., dinner begins at 8 p.m., Chef Allen’s, 19088 NE 29th Ave., Aventura; $150, reservations required. 305-935-2900.WEDNESDAY, April 6 Block Party Wednesday: Each Whole Foods’ team prepares a dish featuring ingredients from its department. Participants can taste free samples around the store and vote for their favorite. The winning team scores the golden spatula. Pick up a ballot in produce department to cast vote; 5:30-7 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 810 University Dr., Coral Springs; free. 954-753-8000 or Blues, Brews & BBQ: Fourth annual event is for ages 21 and up; 5-11 (through Friday, April 8 and 3-11 p.m. Saturday, April 9); various blues performers appear each day plus a beer tasting on April 7 and barbecue competition on April 8; today’s kick-off includes a cigar tasting and performance by William “Big Bill’’ Morganfield, blues singer and guitarist and son of blues legend Muddy Waters; prices vary, today’s event is $65. Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40th St., Coconut Creek. 954-977-6700 or

. Gulfstream Green Market: 4-9 p.m., The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 S. Federal Hwy., Champions Plaza, Hallandale Beach; 305-531-0038 or Pembroke Pines Charter Schools Benefit Night Series: Dine at select Pollo Tropical restaurants on the first Wednesday of each month through June 1 and 20 percent of the sales generated by the guests of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools will be donated to the schools. Guests must present a benefit night voucher at the time of purchase to have their meals count toward the schools; 5-8 p.m. Go to to get a benefit night voucher. Participating Pollo Tropicals are 11429 Pines Blvd., 17539 Pines Blvd. and 8299 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. University of Miami Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., University of Miami Main Campus, Stanford Drive and U.S. 1, west of the Student Center, Coral Gables. 305-531-0038 or or Wednesday Wine & Movie Night: Wine tasting series hosted by wine educator Barry Alberts followed by a classic or foreign film shown in the adjacent Prestige Audi Private Screening Room (o

r choose any first-run films in one of the Paragon’s 13 auditoriums for $5); 6:30-8:30 p.m.(tasting) and 8:30 p.m. (screening); Paragon Theater at Backlot Wine Bar & Lounge, 3015 Grand Ave., third floor, Cocowalk, Coconut Grove; $15 (includes appetizers), $2 parking. 305-793-3120. Wine Down Wednesday: Features live music by Oscar Fuentes Combo, Latin beat poetry fusion band, at 7 p.m. plus see the large private collection of paintings by Florida-based artists; 5-8 p.m., HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; $15 open wine bar and light snacks, $5 per glass, free glass of wine for HistoryMiami members and Miami-Dade County employees, free general admission. 305-375-1492 or or or Wine Walk Wednesdays: Sample unique wines paired with fine cheeses at 15 shops throughout the village. Also features live entertainment and raffles. All participants must be 21 and up and show a valid ID. In celebration of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the event proceeds benefit Kids In Distress; 7-10 p.m., The Village at Gulfstream Park, 501 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; $10 (includes a commemorative wine glass), wine walkers must check in at Full Bodied Wine & Spa located on Derby Lane to register the day of the event.