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OneTable, a national non-profit that empowers young adults (21-39ish) to find, share, and enjoy Shabbat dinners, announced the launch of the Pride Shabbat initiative to celebrate Pride Month and the LGBT community.

OneTable is “nourishing” (subsidizing) Pride Shabbats and will help participants elevate their dinners with resources and up to $10 per guest, up to $100.  

For more information or to become a host, visit  

“We want everyone to feel welcome as their own, authentic, individual selves,” said Eva Laporte, director of Marketing and Communications at OneTable. “We know that when people can gather from a place of authenticity, conversations and connections feel deeper and more genuine. We invite the OneTable queer and ally community to host Pride Shabbats every Friday in June.” 

Union Pride Brunch 

Union Kitchen & Bar in Wilton Manors will offer its first-ever Pride brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. After a fun-filled day spent at the Stonewall Pride Parade & Street Festival, wake up late the next day, brush off the glitter, and enjoy bottomless drinks along with scrumptious brunch dishes such as chicken and waffles, baked eggs with creamy leeks, pancetta, spinach, and crispy potato hash. The restaurant will also host a special four-course wine dinner on Tuesday, June 28 presenting Tayson Pierce Estate Wines. Reservations are highly recommended for both events at

Bottoms Up 

In celebration of Pride Month, Maison Marcel, the Provençal wine brand known for its off-dry rosé, has announced the release of Love Now rosé, a new collaboration with beauty mogul and digital content creator Angel Merino. The product is available through and at retail outlets. 

While we’re discussing cocktails, check out the newly opened bar at Evelyn’s in the Four Season’s Hotel Fort Lauderdale. You’ll find wines from around the world; rare, vintage and artisan champagnes; local craft beer; reimagined classics; and eastern Mediterranean-inspired cocktails and mocktails. Head mixologist Matthew Dress gets inspiration from eastern Mediterranean flavors and fuses ingredients that highlight locations such as Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, and parts of Turkey. A few of the special drinks include The Orchid Room, inspired by a non-alcoholic Middle Eastern drink called jallab, and a Rangpur Daiquiri. 

Call Me Daddy 

Corvina Seafood Grill, in Boca Raton, will feature a five-star cowboy-cut ribeye steak with chipotle agave lime butter and tumbleweed onions for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. In addition, Corvina has extended happy hours, Sunday-Thursday, 4-7 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. with half-price martinis on Monday, $5 margaritas on Tuesday, Hump Day Wednesday with late-night happy hour 4-9 p.m., $6 cocktails and $6 wine and a unique “9 for $9” menu with nine items for $9 each. For more information, visit

Now, That’s Italian 

If you’re looking for authentic Italian fare, made by an Italian mama, check out Mamma Mia Italian Bistro, which opened late last month at 2043 Wilton Dr. It’s the first U.S. eatery from Federica Priolo, who comes from a family of restaurateurs in Italy.  

“Mamma Mia is gonna be an Italian bistro, not a gourmet restaurant,” she said. “Here people can taste the traditional Italian recipes. The menu will be rotating weekly, some of the main and most liked dishes will be always available [lasagna, meatballs, gnocchi] but we will have different specials every week. On Sunday we have a special promo for lunch: one appetizer and one pasta dish proposed by the chef for just $30 [$35 with dessert]. But the signature is going to be 100% the handmade fresh pasta that we are sure Americans will love.”  

The menu is limited to a few appetizers, half a dozen pastas and a few entrees and salads. Federica’s mother, Lory, makes everything herself in the small kitchen. Federica asked me to get out the word that she’s hiring. There’s no website or Facebook page yet but check out

Island Hopping 

Imagine sampling food from all your favorite, and soon-to-become-favorite, places for one reasonable price. No need to imagine as Taste of the Island, now in its 17th year, welcomes everyone in to explore the wide range of culinary delicacies available in South Florida on Monday, Nov. 14, at Wilton Manors’ Richardson Park. What makes Taste of the Island better than other dining events is its exclusivity. There will be up to 60 vendors (30 have already committed) from Wilton Manors and the surrounding community. Only a select number of tickets are sold, ensuring those attending a chance to sample all the offerings in a relaxed atmosphere. While we enjoy learning about new places in nearby neighborhoods, it would be nice if this year more Wilton Manors restaurants choose to support the community and participate, so that it truly is a Taste of the Island. Let your favorite places know that you’d like to see them at Taste of the Island this year. 

Free parking is provided a few steps away at the City Hall/Hagen Park lot, with a complimentary shuttle service. Limited parking is also available at Richardson Park, make reservations online. For more information go to

Knock Knock 

Who’s there? Tulio’s Tacos with free delivery through July 3.

Rick Karlin is SFGN's food editor. Visit to read his previous reviews. Have a culinary tip to share? Email Rick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..