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EatBeat: Wine, Dine and Design, Poppy Tooker at Lola’s on Harrison, Savor the Avenue and Boca Bacchanal Last Chance

March 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Still a lot to do for food and wine lovers in March.

Two events new to this site are Wine, Dine and Design – a fashion, design and wine event in the Gardens Saturday night, and Slow Food Sunday Brunch with Poppy Tooker, guest chef from New Orleans, at Lola’s on Harrison  Sunday. I’ll be at both  — so seek me out if you go, and say hello.

Tickets to both are moving fast – and tickets are nearly sold out for Savor the Avenue this Thursday…get busy if you’re going to make it.


Several California vitners share pours here, along with foods from Gardens chefs – Spoto’s Oyster Bar, Vic & Angelos, Cafe Boulud, Zuccarelli’s, Oakwood Grill, Sushi Jo, Ouzo Blue, Secrets Piano Bar and Grill, Talay Thai and others.

Here’s a partial menu: Pasta with chicken from Zuccarelli’s; Sushi from Sushi Jo; Chipotle BBQ pulled pork from Oakwood Grill; oyster shooters from Spoto’s Oyster Bar; Paella from Diego’s Andalucian Tapas; Pad thai from Talay Thai; Wine ice cream from Serendipity Ice Cream; Truffles, from Kilwin’s; Bistro Crab Bisque, White chocolate bread pudding from Nordstsrom’s Cafe Bistro; Filet mignon and diver scallops from ACA Private Chef Co.; Italian meatballs with pasta ala vodka from Brio Tuscan Grill.

Dancing, fashion, music and more with money raised going to the American Red Cross for Haiti Relief and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

Details: Tickets are $30; event starts at 3 p.m.; food and wine is from 5-7 p.m. at the Store Self & Wine Storage on 11010 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens; call 561-627-8444 for reservations – a must.


Chef Poppy Tooker of New Orleans comes down to share her Slow Food talk on Edible Schoolyards and other sustainable farming. Chef Michael Wagner from Lola’s is cooking – a best bet. Here’s the menu with foods from all Florida farms that practice sustainable, “slow” agriculture: Cocktails, Plantain muffins; Goat cheese blintzes with Florida strawberry sauce; Rock shrimp burgers, with an amarillo pepper mayo; Banana-stuffed french toast; Rock lobster frittata; shortrib Benedict. Local honey bacon, onion-potato has, sausage as sides. What’s not to love – especially when farms around us – Erickson, Deep Creek Ranch, Swank Farms, Wild Ocean seafood, Hani’s Mediterranean Organics, Palmetto Creek Farms – all contributed products? See what Slow Food is all about – and meet Poppy – an energetic gal.

Details:  Slow Food Brunch, 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Lola’s on Harrison, 2032 Harrison St., Hollywood. It’s $39.95 a person; call Lola’s to make your reservations. (954) 927-9851.

Previously mentioned:

THURSDAY, MARCH 18 – SAVOR THE AVENUE, Delray Beach. “Longest dining table in South Florida” – 18 of the many Atlantic Avenue area restaurants do dinner on the street at one long dining table. It’s a hoot – this is its second year. Hit the Broward New Times Clean Plate Charlie Blog to read several pieces about the chefs, the prix fixe menus, etc. – including a recipe Chef Ed Blaisi from Caffe Luna Rosa shared with me. You choose the restaurant you want to eat at, and call them directly.

Details: Savor the Avenue, East Atlantic Ave. from Swinton to N.E. Fifth; call your favorite Delray restaurant to see if they’re participating, and sign up with them. Restaurants set ticket prices.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 19-21 – BOCA BACCHANAL , Boca Raton. Annual wine and food spring fling, with Vitners dinners (always sold out way ahead) at various mansions and this year, aboard a yacht. Winefest and Auction is Saturday night at Boca Raton Resort and Club, but the hugely popular scene is the Grand Tasting on Sunday (tix are $85 now, $100 at the gate), at Mizner Amphitheater, with tastings from local restaurants paired with wines.

Details: For info and to buy tickets, go to www.bocabacchanal.com; or call 561-395-6766, ext. 101.

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