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Lauderdale Live Music Fest comes to Downtown Fort Lauderdale



LauderdaleLiveLogo03Lauderdale Live is a three day music and arts festival celebrating creativity and education in the arts. Downtown Fort Lauderdale will be infused with musical energy headlined by Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett, critic-darlings the Indigo Girls and multi-platinum hit makers Huey Lewis & the News. Preview a sampling of what the weekend will offer and enjoy an intimate evening of curated music, food and wine in a luxury setting along Fort Lauderdale’s beautiful New River. Want to volunteer? sign up here. Check out the options below from the event website:

  • General Admission Weekend Pass grants you entry (and re-entry) to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy a full weekend of good music, eats, drinks and the warm sunshine of Ft. Lauderdale in December. Details here.
  • The VIP Weekend Pass gets you up close and personal, granting you access to the VIP viewing area along with entry to a private cash bar and exclusive restrooms located to the side of the main stages. Details here.
  • Captain’s Pass:  So you’re looking for a luxury getaway and a musical experience? The Captain’s pass includes Friday Discovery Night, VIP seating/viewing area and private bar/private restrooms on a yacht. Learn more here.
  • One Day Pass: The Saturday Pass grants you access to the festival on Saturday, December 6th. The Sunday Pass grants you access to the festival on Sunday, December 7th. Come enjoy over ten different live shows, a plethora of beer, food trucks and the gorgeous weather Ft. Lauderdale has to offer in the middle of the winter. Details here.

Line Up from Lauderdale Live Website. Check here for up to the minute Artist schedules.

Lauderdale Live Kicks Off with an Exclusive Yacht Discovery Experience

Friday, December 6 at 6pm  Yachts. Curated Music. Gourmet Bites. Napa Wine Pairings

Escape the crowds and enjoy a  one-of-a-kind  “Yacht Discovery Experience” at Esplanade Park along the Riverwalk in Downtown Fort Lauderdale when the inaugural music festival debuts Friday, December 6, 2013 from 6 pm – 9:30 pm. Enjoy the sparkling holiday lights along the beautiful new River as you preview a sampling of what the weekend will offer.

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Saturday MAINSTAGE | 12:00 GATES OPEN
12:15 Andrew Ripp
1:00 Jillette JohnsonHLatN
2:00 Sons of Bill
3:00 Lee Dewyze
4:30 Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
6:00 Mat Kearney
7:30 Robert Randolph & The Family Band
9:15 Huey Lewis & The News

2013 marks the 30th anniversary of one the most influential and celebrated albums in pop / rock history. Peaking at #1 on the Billboard Charts, selling over 10 million copies worldwide, a Grammy Award, and a Diamond Award in Canada, “Sports” is the anthem of a generation. Over half of the albumsʼs songs (“The Heart of Rock & Roll”, “Heart & Soul”, “I Want a New Drug”, “Walking on a Thin Line”, “If This Is It”) were huge hit singles.

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12:15 Holly Williams
1:30 The Wild Feathers
2:50 Shovels & Rope
4:15 Jason Isbell
5:45 Indigo Girls
7:30 Lyle Lovett

A singer, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that spans 14 albums. Coupled with his gift for storytelling, the Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. Lovett has appeared in 13 feature films, and on stage and television.

 

 

Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale by Renée on November 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm.

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New Times Web Awards ~ Congratulations Jason Leidy



Three colleagues were all nominated for the 2nd annual New Times Web Awards. Congratulations Jason Leidy, it’s official!

Best Artistic Instagram User: @skymongers Now go get that award and show it off!

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Best Artistic Instagram User  Jason Leidy aka @skymongers 

I’m drawn to this community because of the diversity, the creative energy, and the vicarious thrills. Adding my small bloggy contribution to the collective…

Posted in Connections by Renée on November 15th, 2013 at 12:00 pm.

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Burger Belle’s Brunch at Max’s Harvest



BB_LogoBurger Beast loves comfort food, and I am psyched to get to work with him covering burgers and brunches from Fort Lauderdale through Delray Beach.

The heart of Downtown Delray Beach, known as Pineapple Grove, is home to Max’s Harvest Sustainable Sundays. We stopped in to sample their Farm to Fork menu and met with their Executive Chef James Kampper, who has been with the restaurant since its opening in June 2010, and was named Executive Chef in February 2013. The energetic Kampper has always been passionate about cooking and education. A Rhode Island native, Kampper is an avid outdoors man and enjoys a variety of sports. He began cooking for his brothers and teammates at an early age and discovered his love of cooking.

We spent hours chatting about the culinary concepts, the local partners and why making fresh food is so important to the team at Max’s Harvest. Read more here: Sustainable Sunday Brunch at Max’s Harvest, Delray Beach

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Posted in Creations by Renée on September 25th, 2013 at 6:47 pm.

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Sunday Social Brunch @ROK:BRGR



Check out Burger Belle’s brunch review now available exclusively on Burger Beast’s Blog HERE

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Posted in Creations by Renée on August 9th, 2013 at 7:19 pm.

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Sole Sister Calendar



Click HERE  for a PDF version of our calendar with links to events and websites.

Calendar 2013

Posted in Glam-A-THON™ by Renée on August 9th, 2013 at 2:36 pm.

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Get Down Get Funky: Something New is Brewing in Oakland Park



Buddha5On a hot summer night in June, we attended the highly anticipated grand-opening event with 3000+ beer enthusiasts to celebrate the arrival of Broward County’s first production microbrewery. But even better than that, Jason and I were invited to a private “behind the scenes” tour with Brand Director John Linn. Inside this spacious building, they will produce approximately 5000 barrels (that is 10,000 full size kegs) in its first year of operation! See Burger Belle’s review at Burger Beast’s Blog for more behind the scenes.

What impressed us most about these craft beer “Buddhists” was their dedication and singular focus to achieve beer “nirvana”: the culinary, creative, and often outside-the-box approach to their recipes. Hence the name.

Brand Director, John LinnRead Get Down Get Funky: Something New is Brewing in Oakland Park FEATURE here.

WRITERS:  RENÉE K. QUINN & JASON LEIDY | MRA Photography

FUNKY BUDDHA BREWERY
1201 N.E. 38th Street, Oakland Park

Facebook: /funkybuddhabrewery

Twitter: @funkybuddhabrew

Instagram: @funkybuddhabrew

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Funky Buddhists: Interview with John Linn, Brand Director

Head Brewer/Owner: Ryan Sentz  |  KC Sentz, Owner/GM | Giani Rocha, Tap Room Manager

 

Read the August issue!

Go Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale is a premium, upscale monthly feature magazine and events guide focusing on the best Fort Lauderdale has to offer, featuring our Downtown and Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment district, Las Olas Boulevard shopping & dining, world-famous Fort Lauderdale beach destinations, our outstanding business and professional community and the many unique and diverse lifestyles that make Fort Lauderdale one of the best places in the world to live, work & play!

A special thank you to Ryan Hughes for his creative design work.  He captured Jason and my concepts for the article and brought them to life. A good article comes from a great editor, and Lynn Stock’s input and direction took the final piece from a one page overview to a four page feature article.BB_Logo

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2013 Reader’s Choice “Best Blog” Miami New Times, Best of Miami
“Best Food Blog” New Times 2012 Web Awards

Best Food Blog 2012” The305.Com

One of 2012’s “Top 15 Burger Bloggers” Savings.Com
CBS Miami’s “10 Best Miami Foodies To Follow On Twitter

 

Posted in Creations by Renée on July 31st, 2013 at 3:45 pm.

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The Pantry of Broward’s DWTS of Broward Event Raises a record $91,200 to Help Seniors in Need



The Pantry of Broward Dancing with the Stars of Broward marked its fifth anniversary this month by raising a record $91,200 to help provide food and support services to seniors on low, fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren. The Pantry of Broward and The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL presented the glamorous event in the hotel’s ballroom, with hundreds of guests cheering for their favorite dance pair. QuinnProQuo was proud to partner with Smith & Knibbs PR to create the media strategies and social media campaign. Check out their Facebook page for photos and more! Centerpeices

Competition was intense, as five community leaders and their professional dance partners performed in the event modeled after the popular national TV show.  After weeks of tough training, each pair wowed the crowd with two high-energy dance routines. To win, the pairs had to dazzle the judges and audience — and have a strong showing in raising funds for the event.

Fort Lauderdale Country Club’s Kathy O’Brien and her dance partner Pablo Malco sizzled in disco and tango routines, showcasing precision and style to win the 2013 Dancing with the Stars of Broward championship trophy.  Coming in a close second were Alyssa Lovitt of Timpano Italian Chophouse and her dance partner Bryant Williams.

Check out the Eye on South Florida Video HERE>>

Media Blitz

This year’s celebrity competitors also included Chef Lee Blakley of Wines for Humanity, John Mabry of AutoNation and Luke Moorman of Carroll’s Jewelers. Co-chairs were Gale Butler of AutoNation and Jen Klaassens of The Wasie Foundation, who was a 2011 Dancing with the Stars of Broward contestant and a judge in 2012.  Judges offering commentary on the routines were 2012 champion Susan Renneisen of The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and Alex Matar, her professional dance partner from last year’s event, as well as 2012 Dancing with the Stars of Broward celebrity dancers Laurina Anderson, Johnny Williams and Katrina Wright.

“This year’s dancers, their fans and our wonderful sponsors all stepped up to make the event greater than ever,” said Penny Loughan, executive director of The Pantry of Broward.  “The funds raised are vital to our mission of nourishing and assisting seniors who are struggling to get by and, in many cases, coping with the challenges of raising their grandchildren.”

The Celebrity Dancers

In addition to presenting sponsor the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, major sponsors included Publix, AutoNation and The Wasie Foundation.  Pernod Ricard USA and Wines For Humanity provided significant support, and other sponsors included BB&T, Bimini Boat Yard, BNETGraphics, Carroll’s Jewelers, Flowers & Found Objects, FastPrintz Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale Country Club, Miller Construction Company, Postal Centers International, QuinnProQuo, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations, Spector Law Offices, Timpano Italian Chophouse, and Eye on South Florida.

Sponsors 2013

The Pantry of Broward, a non-profit organization, provides food and other support services to more than 425 clients and 166 grandchildren throughout Broward County.  Founded in 2008, The Pantry of Broward agency is a nutritional safety net for local seniors in need, many of whom are raising their grandchildren.   For information and volunteer opportunities visit on the web atwww.thepantryofbroward.org.

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Posted in Events and Fundraisers by Renée on June 6th, 2013 at 11:21 am.

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Burger Battle Nirvana



Charm City Burger CompanyMy Favorites from the Riverwalk Burger Battle Fort Lauderdale had these qualities:

  • Well Seasoned Beef Patty
  • Perfectly cooked, charred outside – pink
  • Inside a buttered & grilled Fresh Bun with
  • BACON (and it came in many varieties) plus
  • Crisp and tasty toppings

 

There were 5 burgers that made me want to go back for seconds:
Charm City Burger Company‘s The Wizz Burger
ROK BRGR burger bar+ gastropub‘s Southern HospitalityGimme A Burger
Rosie’s Bar and Grill‘s Bacon Bitty Bang Bang Burger
Gimme A Burger‘s Bourbon Bacon Infused Burger had the BEST Deep fried Bacon Curls!
Grille 401′s Chipotle Southwest Ranch Burger

I splurged on the The Capital Grille – Fort Lauderdale, FL‘s Parmesan Truffle Fries with Roasted Jalapeño Mango Ketchup, Chipotle Maple Mayonnaise and Parmesan Garlic Chive Aioli. Ended the evening with Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets

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Posted in Events and Riverwalk Trust by Renée on June 5th, 2013 at 2:15 pm.

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My Guide to the Riverwalk Burger Battle™



Burger BelleAs part of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s event committee since the inaugural Burger Battle™, this is my guide to survive the Battle and make the most out of your Burger Experience!

This is my fourth Burger Battle. For the past three Battles I have been behind the scenes creating and coordinating the Judging strategy.  I penned several Go Riverwalk Magazine articles and QPQ is the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ social media strategist. Yes, I have tasted all the burgers from burger joints to knife and fork burgers for the past three years, with returning judges Chef Director Jack Kane and Burger Beast, our hometown burger aficionado. This year, I passed the Judging duties to a new team and will experience the Battle as Burger Belle. I will share some insight to enhance your experience, from how to dress to how to get to the battle, including parking, check-in and more.

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Posted in Events and Riverwalk Trust by Renée on May 26th, 2013 at 2:41 pm.

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QPQ Strate♦Gem #1: Charitable Giving



We are all asked to support and donate to our local community.  Do you know where your donations (dollars or in-kind) are going? Is the organization a For Profit donating a portion of funds to a charity, or are they a 501(c )(3) public charity? Read On …

Posted in QuinnProQuo and StrateGem by Renée on April 3rd, 2013 at 1:33 pm.

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