Rick's Reviews: Wine Dinners and Football Parties!

Photo courtesy of Taste of the NFL.

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival will host the second in its ‘Savor” dinner series on Monday, Sept. 23, at Valentino Cucina Italiana, 620 Federal in Fort Lauderdale at 6:30 p.m.

The six-course pairing dinner will feature Levantine Hill Estate’s head winemaker, Paul Bridgeman, who will be in attendance to discuss the variety of wines and suggested pairings. 

The menu will include; passed hors d'oeuvres, razor clam ceviche, garganelli with rabbit ragu, coq au vin, rack of lamb, and an apple tart tatin for dessert. Each course will be paired with a Levantine Hill Estate wine. The cost of the dinner is $175 per person. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

Doris Italian Market and Bakery hosts a wine night on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at its location at 2077 University Dr., in Coral Springs, and at its 11239 N Federal Hwy., in North Palm Beach on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. The wine night offers guests the opportunity to sample more than 100 wines from around the world and enjoy a full gourmet buffet and artisan cheeses. In addition, special pricing on wines will be available throughout the event. Tickets for either event is $24.95 and can be purchased in advance at the location or online at dorismarket.com. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 954-572-5269.

Speaking wine tastings, oenophiles (that’s the fancy word for folks who like wine) should check out the special tasting deal at Cooper’s Hawk, the new wine-centric restaurant in The Galleria, 2568 E Sunrise Blvd Fort Lauderdale. Not only is each dish on the menu paired with a bin number, for perfect wine pairings, but for just $7.00 guests can enjoy a tasting that includes eight wines in the Napa-style tasting room. For more information call 754-755-9463 or go to chwinery.com. There are also locations in Coconut Creek, Dania Beach and Doral.

Up your game on game day by checking out one of these NFL viewing packages. Experience game day like a true baller at Miami’s Fontainebleau. Lounge poolside in a luxe cabana. Each cabana is equipped with a 46-inch, flat screen television, personal butler service, mini refrigerator, digital safe able to store a laptop or other valuables. Cabanas are furnished with a sectional lounge, chairs and tables, as well as privacy curtains and ceiling fans. All cabana rentals include six assorted sodas, two bottles of water, fresh fruit and chilled towels. In addition, there are a few upscale packages. The “Field Goal” package adds on two buckets of Heineken and a platter of hamburger sliders, chicken wings, tortilla chips and coleslaw for a total cost of $550. 

Feeling flush? Check out a package that includes pitchers of mojitos and unlimited chips & salsa or a bottle of Grey Goose, two dozen chicken wings and two pizzas for $1,000. To reserve, call 305-538-2000 or visit fontainebleau.com/activities/miami-beach-cabanas.

Etaru, 111 S. Surf Rd., in Hallandale Beach, is a Japanese robatayaki restaurant and it will be airing football games every Sunday on its second-floor terrace as well as at the first-floor beach bar, steps away from the sand. Pair a game with Etaru’s brunch from 12:30 p.m. until4p.m. for $55 per person. The brunch includes a welcome cocktail followed by bottomless pours of wine, an array of hot and cold starters on the robata counter, choice of one main course and a decadent dessert presentation. Call 954-271-3222 or go to etarurestaurant.us for more information.

Taste of the NFL (TNFL) takes place on the eve of the Super Bowl, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 in Fort Lauderdale at the Broward County Convention Center. This year’s star-studded fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger.

“When we began in 1992, our goal was to raise money in order to provide meals to those in need,” said TNFL Founder Wayne Kostroski. “Many of the recipients are children and seniors who rely on their local food banks for assistance.”

Since its inception TNFL’s programs and events have raised and donated over $26 million for food banks and hunger-related nonprofit organizations in all 32 NFL cities, resulting in more than 220 million meals distributed nationwide. This year’s team of guest hosts includes the legendary coach Don Shula, chef Andrew Zimmern, chef Adam Richman and Ben Leber.

Tickets are now on sale at tasteofthenfl.com/tickets. General admission is priced at $700 per person. Those interested in the seated VIP section with extra perks, tables of 10 are available at $10,000.

 

 


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