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A Taste of History - Celebrating National Coming Out Day with The Stonewall National Museum & Archives

Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) will benefit from “A Taste of History” on National Coming Out Day during Gay & Lesbian History Month, Thursday, Oct. 11 at the historic Stranahan House, 335 SE 6th Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

During the event, those attending will be able to sample tastings from local restaurants including Kilwins, New York Grilled Cheese, and SideCar Kitchen, among others. For the most up to date list of participating restaurants, go to stonewall-museum.org. Tickets for the event are $50 in advance, $60 at the door and include the tastings, an open bar, and a tour of the historic building.

“As we come together during National LGBTQ History Month, this event combines good food, friendship, and celebration around the museum’s work in the community. ‘Come out’ for the inaugural Taste of History, supporting Stonewall National Museum & Archives,” said Chris Rudisill, the museum’s Executive Director.

You can purchase tickets at Stonewall-Museum.org/shop/taste-of-history-ticket/. Parking is available at the Riverside Hotel parking garage ($3.00 first hour, $1.50 each subsequent hour).

 

The Swank Table Announces Its New Season

Swank Farms has announced its Swank Table schedule for the upcoming season. Swank Table brings together celebrated chefs during the harvest season for a true “farm to table” dining experience. Those attending literally dine in the fields of Swank Farms, albeit under a tent at tables set with fine china. The season kicks off on Sunday, Nov. 18 with Crazy Uncle Mike’s Southern Brunch.

Each Swank Table family-style dining event unites several of the area’s top chefs with mixologists and breweries for an all-inclusive, all-local meal incorporating products from partnering providers and, of course farms, brews, wine, and delicious just-picked Swank Farm vegetables. Owners Darrin and Jodi Swank lead farm tours prior to each dinner and guests can also wander around the fields to see the farm in action before taking their seats. Live music, provided by some of South Florida's favorite local bands, accompany each meal. Each dinner benefits a different local charitable institution.

This season Swank has hired a resident chef to oversee all meals. The new chef, Sam Horrocks, will also host the Easter and Mother’s Day brunches. This season master chefs from Milwaukee, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston, and Louisville will show off their skills.

Based in Loxahatchee Groves, Swank is a hydroponic farm that has become regionally famous for the veggies grown onsite, producing more than 350 varieties of vegetables, edible flowers, and micro-greens for the area’s top restaurants. Among the dinners being offered are the kick-off Réveillon Dinner, on Dec. 2, benefiting New Horizon Service Dogs, the Jan. 6 Farm Market benefiting Slow Food, Glades to Coast, and on Jan. 27, a Chinese New Year celebration benefiting Festival of the Arts, Boca Raton. For a complete list of dinners and to buy tickets, go to swankspecialtyproduce.com.

 

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

The 18th annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) kicks off Feb. 20. The five-day, star-studded event features an unprecedented line up of more than 100 events spanning Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. To date, the festival has raised more than $28 million in support of its charities. Pre-sale for the 2019 Festival begins at midnight on Monday, Oct. 22.

Kicking off the 2019 Festival, as well as the featured CRAVE Greater Fort Lauderdale Series, will be a dinner hosted by Donatella Arpaia, PJ Calapa and Michael Chavez. The series continues throughout the festival with events hosted by Food Network stars and celebrity chefs, including; Anne Burrell and Angelo Elia, Alex Guarnaschelli, Adam Richman, Valerie Bertinelli, Jeff Mauro and Geoffrey Zakarian. A complete line up of 2019 events can be found online at sobewff.org, and by following along with the hashtag #SOBEWFF on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Wynwood’s Octoberfest

While it’s not a benefit, you might want to skip that flight to Munich and immerse yourself in Miami’s own re-created Bavarian Bier Haus at Wynwood’s Octoberfest Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30. The three-day festival will feature music and entertainment featuring an accordion player, a polka band and DJs. In addition, there will be an artisan market, food trucks, a photo booth and dog-friendly activities. It's free to get in. For additional info go to wynwoodoctoberfest.com.

 

Cheeseburger in Paradise

Sept. 18 was National Cheeseburger Day and that means that lots of restaurants will be offering freebies and discounts. At Sonic every Tuesday get half-price cheeseburgers from 5 p.m. to closing, and the Carhop Classic deal is back. Get a Quarter Point Double Cheeseburger plus medium tater tots for $2.99 all day. Wendy’s is offering a free Dave’s Single Cheeseburger with any purchase for the entire month of September. The offer is available only to those who have the Wendy’s app. White Castle is featuring six Bacon Cheese Sliders for $6.99 all month long.

If asked to name the most popular burger chain, most folks would choose McDonald’s, but it turns out that the house of the golden arches does not hold the top slot. According to a survey held by Offers.com, McDonald’s comes in third, behind Wendy’s and Five Guys. The company’s data revealed that Five Guys is the favorite cheeseburger chain (25%) according to consumers. Wendy's follows closely behind (21%) and third place goes to McDonald's (20%).


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