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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 by 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 by on August 9th, 2013 at 7:19 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.


1201 N.E. 38th Street, Oakland Park

Facebook: /funkybuddhabrewery

Twitter: @funkybuddhabrew

Instagram: @funkybuddhabrew



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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CBS Miami’s “10 Best Miami Foodies To Follow On Twitter


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

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Strategic Plan: JA World Uncorked!

Uncorked A-Z: In 2009, the Circle of Wise Women were founded and decided to create a signature event that would aim to raise $100,000 net annually for Junior Achievement of South Florida. Planning for the Circle of Wise Women‘s signature event starts in May of each year for the January event. QPQ meets with the dynamic team at Junior Achievement — Diana Metcalf and Elizabeth Morrall — to set the strategy for a successful affair. We do several projects, this signature event raises about $100,000.00 net for Junior Achievement. To date (from 2009) the Circle has raised over $750.000.00 Continue Reading…

Posted by on January 20th, 2013 at 7:17 am.

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QuinnProQuo Q Branch Re-Creation

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale LogoQ Branch recently finished Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s renovation project to refresh and revive this organization’s web presence.  We updated both the backend functionality and the content.  Check out some of the new features:



Posted by on August 12th, 2012 at 3:03 pm.

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Tick! Tock! Time Flies

LastMinute Lauderdale is a crowdsourced social network helping people share great, time-sensitive opportunities with each other. Anyone can post anything they’d like to share with the community for free. We don’t discriminate against individuals, businesses or non-profits. All are equally welcome. By sharing “expiring experiences” we help people discover and take advantage of hidden opportunities, maybe save some money and create a following for our local causes and businesses. LastMinute Lauderdale is a central point to get the word out at, like the name says, the last minute.

Our Mission: Connect the Community and Create Opportunity.

Flight Crew | LastMinute Lauderdale
website | Follow us on Twitter | LIKE us on facebook

Posted by on June 18th, 2012 at 12:16 am.

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Sold-out Riverwalk Burger Battle™ announces: Charm City Burger Company takes the Trophy!

On Friday May 11th, Riverwalk Trust presented their sold-out third annual Burger Battle™ hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School under the stars on the Riverwalk  at Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event pitted twenty local restaurants against one another as they used all their creative juices and grilling skills to create the perfect Burger Bite (aka Burger Nirvana) for over 1100 hungry guests along the scenic New River.

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III

The event exceeded fund raising expectations by $10,000.00 and will benefit the programs and initiatives administered by the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Trust.

Sponsors and VIP guests were treated to 2x Burger Battle winner Georgie’s Alibi sliders, paired with adult milkshakes, craft beers, and a dessert bar by Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets.  Guests enjoyed cool libations from Jack Daniels, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly and Budweiser as they tried to sample all the burger bites presented by an amazing array of local chefs and restaurants. BIG 105.9 FM’s Doc Reno emceed the Battle as Master of Ceremonies and Community Property performed their unique blend of rock, blues, and soul throughout the evening.

 Returning for the Battle: Big City Tavern on Las Olas, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill, Hard Rock Café – Hollywood Fl, Johnny V on Las Olas , Morton’s The Steakhouse, Pelican’s Landing at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, ROK:BRGR, Tarpon Bend, The Capital Grille and Timpano Chophouse &  Martini Bar joined by New Contenders:  America’s Backyard, Charm City Burger Company, Duffy’s Sports Grille, Elevation Burger, Grateful Palate, Lauderdale Grill, Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Tap 42 Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen and Tundra Las Olas.

The Burger Battle chef-driven panel of judges awarded:

Charm City Burger Company

 “Best Burger” Trophy and bragging rights

Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger Award and ‘Burger Nirvana’

Rosie’s Bar & Grill 

Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger Award  (2nd Place – Best Burger) 

The Capital Grille

Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger Award (3rd Place – Best Burger)


was chosen as the “Fan Favorite” by Burger Battle™ guests

with Timpano Chophouse in 2nd Place and Grateful Palate in 3rd Place

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III

The Chef driven Judge’s panel included  Sef Gonzalez AKA Burger Beast | Eric Barton, New Times Editor | 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Chef Ron Kerr, Georgie’s Alibi | Publix Apron’s Resident Chef Wes Bonner | Art Institute Culinary Chef Director John “Jack” Kane | Executive Chef Ryan Fletcher, Brio Tuscan Grille | Executive Chef Udo Mueller, Coral Ridge Country Club | Jason Cotter, The Riverside Hotel’s Restaurant Director rounded out with ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush.

Presenting Sponsor:

Publix Apron's Cooking School

VIP Experience! Sponsor: JM Lexus

Slider Contest Sponsor: Krystal

Slider Sponsors:

Bank of America  | BB&T Bank | Greenberg Traurig LLP | QuinnProQuo | U-Pull-It | Workscapes

Event Sponsors
Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly and Voss

Clear Channel 105.9 | 93.9 MIA

Stephens Distributing, Budweiser

Best Rental  | Brown Distributing | Downtown Development Authority | Georgie’s Alibi  | Middle River Arts | New Times Broward Palm Beach | O-B House | Signs By Tomorrow | Smith & Knibbs Public Relations | Stiles | Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets | The Downtowner Saloon | The City of Fort Lauderdale

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Burger Battle committee: Brad Minto, Chair with Renee Quinn, Judging & Media Liaison, Blaire Lapides, Bryon Gold, Diana Metcalf, Katie Leibick, Kim Spellacy, Lee Feldman, Lisa Scott-Founds, Mark Budwig, Mike Weymouth, Stacy Schwartz


Posted by on May 31st, 2012 at 1:34 pm.

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Meet the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ Judging Panel

Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III Chef Driven  Judging Panel

Returning for their third year:

Burger Battle JudgeChef Director John “Jack” Kane – C C.C.A. C.E.C. C.C.E. C.H.E., is the Program Chair of Culinary Arts at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. Kane has more than 25 years experience in the food and hospitality service industry in a variety of top restaurants and resorts. He was chef instructor at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale from 2003 to 2004 and taught bachelor’s and associate’s degree seeking students. He then went to Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Miami where he was the Lead Chef Instructor.  In addition to his current position at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Kane currently serves as President of the American Culinary Federation Greater Miami Chapter and intends to begin a student chapter at the college.


Burger Battle JudgeClean Plate Charlie – Eric Barton is editor of New Times Broward-Palm Beach, a paper known for its investigative journalism, criticism, and extensive dining coverage. This includes New Times’ yearly award for Best Burger, which Eric is proud to help research. Eric isn’t new to food-related contests — he’s certified as a judge by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and has competed himself in barbecue contests (he makes a mean pulled pork). You can read his writing on the New Times food blog, CleanPlateCharlie.com.


Burger Battle JudgeBurger Beast – Sef Gonzalez, better known as Burger Beast, is a respected South Florida Food Blogger, with national reach, who writes about unique food experiences. Although his blog was originally created to find the best burger in Miami, it now represents a publication with the aim to shine light on the often overlooked, undiscovered, and unappreciated culinary gems of South Florida and other noteworthy destinations. Burger Beast has also written for Broward New Times, edible south Florida, The Miami Herald and Ocean Drive Magazine.  Make sure to check out the Press Page.


Joining the Judging Panel:

Burger Battle JudgeChef Wes BonnerPublix Apron’s Cooking School Resident Chef – Wes graduated summa cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in North Miami and was a member of the silver key honor society. He has more than nine years in the culinary field through various restaurants and the hotel industry. Upon graduating Johnson and Wales in 2002, Wes was first employed with the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove, a five-star, five-diamond establishment. A year later he chose to move overseas and expand his experience with additional education in the pastry arts through Thames Valley University in London. While living in London, Wes joined the staff of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hyde Park, and worked in the One Michelin Star restaurant, Le Foliage. After completing school and chocolate courses he returned stateside where he enjoyed developing various skills through restaurants and hotels, including the five-star, five-diamond Four Seasons Resort on Palm Beach. In early 2009 Wes joined the Publix Apron’s Simple Meals program while pursuing an education degree that would better support him in his various teaching roles. His passion for the culinary arts combined with his love for teaching paved the way for his success within the Publix Apron’s Cooking School. He has a strong and contagious desire for others to enjoy learning how to have fun in the kitchen.


Burger Battle JudgeChef Ron Kerr – 2x Burger Battle Champ Georgie’s Alibi – Born and raised in Naples FL, and a graduate of New England Culinary Institute, Ron Kerr is a professional chef well known in South Florida. Having worked in restaurants in NY, Miami, Islamorada, Naples and Palm Beach. He has won awards for creating wonderful food and delivering innovative parties. Chef Ron’s repertoire covers a number of cuisines including Asian, Italian, French and Cuban. The food will be the talk of the party you won’t be able to do without. Ron is owner of Bite Gastrotruck,  a concept that has a true love affair with food. The menu is simple food that will display skill, art, and flavor. A hip and urban take on contemporary American cuisine with influences from around the world. Bite Gastrotruck was just voted top 100 burgers in the country by Eater-Miami.


Burger Battle JudgeChef Ryan FletcherBrio Tuscan Grille – Chef  Fletcher brings 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry to his position of Executive Chef at BRIO Tuscan Grille at The Shops at Pembroke Gardens.In his position, Chef Fletcher is responsible for all back-of-the-house operations including food quality, team development, profit and loss performance and sanitation standards, as well as all banquet culinary operations for private events. Prior to joining BRIO, Chef Fletcher served as Executive Chef with Seasons 52 in Plano, Texas. Before that time, he was Executive Kitchen Manager with Grand Lux Café in Garden City, N.Y. for three years. He has also served as Executive Kitchen Manager with The Cheesecake Factory in Edison, N.J.; as well as Kitchen Manager with The Cheesecake Factory in Honolulu, Hawaii and The Ale House Corporation in Davie, Fla. Chef Fletcher also worked as General Manager with Roadhouse Grill in Columbus, Ohio. Chef Fletcher is originally from Costa Mesa, Calif., where he studied at Orange Coast College “My philosophy on food is to use the freshest ingredients possible, and showcase them on the plate,” he said. “It’s imperative to let the ingredients be the star of the dish. Keeping it simple with the freshest ingredients usually leads to exceptional cuisine.”


Burger Battle JudgeChef Udo Mueller – Executive Chef at Coral Ridge Country Club – Born in Germany, Chef Udo Mueller did his Hotel school training in the internationally renowned spa town of Baden–Baden, just a stone’s throw from Alsace-Lorraine, a region renowned for its delectable melding of French and German cuisines. He then fine-tuned his palate in a number of Michelin Star recognized restaurants and hotels in Europe.

After seven years as Executive Chef at the Newstead Hotel in Bermuda, Udo came to Fort Lauderdale and worked as Executive Chef at the Left Bank Restaurant. In 1996, Udo and partner Uli Dippon opened the comfortable Bistro Double U, here in Fort Lauderdale at the Galt Ocean Mile. After six years of running a successful restaurant, his partner went back to Germany to run the family owned Hotel Hirsch, near Stuttgart and they sold the Bistro. After which, he worked at the Boca Raton Resort & Club as an Executive Chef for the world renowned James Reaux. In 1993, Chef Udo was a Gold Medal winner at the Professional Culinary Exhibition in Bermuda, and in July 2000, was the featured chef at the James Beard House in New York City. For the past seven years, Chef Mueller is the Executive Chef at the Coral Ridge Country Club, a privately owned Golf Club here in Fort Lauderdale.


Burger Battle JudgeJason Cotter, Director of Restaurants at the Riverside Hotel. Having worked with a variety of prestigious Florida-based venues, he brings to the hotel nearly 10 years of successful experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Prior to joining the culinary team at the Riverside Hotel, Cotter was the general manager and beverage director at Riley’s, Seafood-Steak-Lounge in Ft. Lauderdale. He also served as manager and assistant sommelier at the famed Emeril’s Miami Beach restaurant, and as a Line Cook and Server at Emeril’s Orlando.  A graduate of Johnson and Wales University, Cotter holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management, with a focus in hospitality accounting.


and representing the burger-loving masses,  ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush round out the panel.


Contenders from the Downtown: Las Olas & Himmarshee Area include

Morton’s The Steakhouse ★ Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar ★  Big City Tavern Las Olas ★ Johnny V Las Olas ★ Tundra Las Olas ★ ROK:BRGR on 2nd Street ★ Tarpon Bend on 2nd Street ★ America’s Backyard 

Contenders from the 17th Street Area include

Pelican’s Landing @Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six Marina ★ Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill ★ Lauderdale Grill ★ Duffy’s Sports Grille ★ Grateful Palate ★ Tap 42 Craft Beer Bar & Kitchen

Contenders from the around Broward county include

The Capital Grille at the Galleria ★  Mug’s Sports Bar & Grill, Oakland Park★ Rosie’s Bar & Grill, Wilton Manors★ Hard Rock Café, Hollywood ★ Charm City Burger Company, Deerfield Beach ★ Elevation Burger, Coral Springs & Pembroke Pines


☆ Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger – New!
☆ Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger – New!
☆ Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger – New!

☆ Burger Nirvana (Perfection!)
☆ Fan Favorite Trophy
☆ Best Burger Trophy

Burger Battle Judge

Behind the Curtain:

Renée Korbel Quinn
Riverwalk Burger Battle™ III Judging Liaison

Judging Liaison Team
Coordinators – Mike Quinn & Lisa Scott-Founds
Volunteer Coordinator- Jeri Pryor

Posted by on April 22nd, 2012 at 3:46 pm.

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Riverwalk Burger Battle™ hosted by Publix Apron’s Cooking School at Huizenga Plaza

Bigger & Beefier! WHO WILL WIN Best Burger?

 Riverwalk Trust hosts the third annual Burger Battle on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 7 to 10pm in Huizenga Plaza. This sizzling event promises to pit 20  top restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to over 1000 guests along the scenic New River. This is a 21+ event | Rain or Shine


Returning for the Battle to date:

            ☆ Burger Nirvana

New Contenders:


Announcing the 2012 Chef Driven  Judging Panel

Burger Beast | Eric Barton, New Times Editor | 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Chef Ron Kerr, Georgie’s Alibi | Publix Apron’s Resident Chef Wes Bonner | Art Institute Culinary Chef Director John “Jack” Kane | Chef Udo Mueller, Coral Ridge Country Club | Chef Ryan Fletcher, Brio Tuscan Grille | Jason Cotter, Riverside Hotel’s Restaurant Director with ‘Foodies’ Susan Drinon and Jason Crush

Burger Battle JudgeAWARDS

☆ Best ‘Burger Joint’ Burger

☆ Best ‘Bar & Grill’ Burger

☆ Best ‘Knife & Fork’ Burger

☆ Burger Nirvana

☆ Fan Favorite Burger

☆ Best Burger Overall


Get your tickets early – this is a sell-out event! Let the battle begin! Come hungry and prepare to pick your fan favorite. http://bit.ly/BBIIITix

For a $40 donation, guests will:

  • choose from an array of twenty (20) beef burger samples from well-known area restaurants and Chef Allen’s French Fry Bar
  • receive three(3) drink tickets to choose from Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Jack Daniel’s, Budweiser and other beers (cash bars will also be available)
  • vote for their favorite burger at the Fan Favorite Station and
  • view a local celebrity slider eating contest presented by Krystal.



The Burger Battle™ VIP Experience hosted by JM Lexus will offer the opportunity to taste 2x Burger Battle™ Champ Georgie’s Alibi sliders paired with adult milkshakes and craft beers, access our VIP Premier open bar featuring Jack Daniel’s and Barefoot Wines, comfortable seating in an exclusive VIP section overlooking the Battle plus access to everything the Riverwalk Burger Battle™ has to offer! Limited individual tickets @$125 for sale. VIP Packages start at $1250.

Riverwalk Burger Battle™   Publix Apron’s Cooking School, JM Lexus, Krystal, Premier Beverage, Jack Daniel’s, Barefoot Wines & Bubbly, Voss, Stephen’s Distributing, Budweiser, BIG 105.9 FM, 93.9 MIA, BB&T, QuinnProQuo, Bank of America, Workscapes| Ann Marie Fox, Cathy & Larry Danielle | U-Pull-It, The Downtown Development Authority, Stiles, Best Rental, O-B House, Brown Distributing, Georgie’s Alibi, Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets, Inlet Brewing/Monk in the Trunk, Native Lager, Burger Beast, New Times Broward|Palm Beach, Clean Plate Charlie, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Smith & Knibbs Public Relations and The City of Fort Lauderdale.

Publix at Plantation has the second Apron’s Cooking School in Southeast Florida, which is the company’s sixth school. A variety of classes featuring resident, celebrity, and local chefs, techniques and baking, wine education and kids’ and teens’ topics is available. The calendar of classes and registration information is available online at www.publix.com/aprons

Check out our Twitter and Facebook Event page: http://on.fb.me/BurgerBattleTM


foursquare too!

Posted by on March 26th, 2012 at 10:26 pm.

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The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars of Broward

We are proud to support the Pantry of Broward’s Premier event Dancing with the Stars of Broward County as Social Media Liaison.

Dancing with the Stars of Broward

The 4th Annual Dancing with the Stars of Broward

April 14, 2012 at 6pm

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

An evening of dining and dancing with our five Broward Celebrities

We would like to invite you to support not only a great cause, but a great event. There are plenty of ways for you, your company, school, organization to be involved. For more information regarding sponsorships, program ads, or donating items to our silent auction. For Information Contact:  Terrence@ThePantryOfBroward.org  | 954-358-1481 x113

LIKE our facebook page to keep up to date on the Celebrity Dancers and their Partners!

Five high-profile business and community leaders and their professional dance partners will command the stage to show off their captivating choreography for the fourth annual “Dancing with the Stars of Broward” fundraiser.

The glamorous and charitable evening, modeled after the popular national hit TV show, will feature  Laurina Anderson, ‘The Energy Shifter’ life and energy coach; Marc Cannon, senior vice president of corporate communications, AutoNation, Inc.; Susan Renneisen, director of special events, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino; Johnny Williams, managing partner, ProMotion Sports & Entertainment and Katrina Wright, vice president of community relations, Bank of America wowing the crowd with glittering costumes and pulse-pounding dance routines. Attendees will be treated to cocktails and dinner plus a silent auction featuring a variety of sports and music memorabilia plus luxury services.

Proceeds will benefit The Pantry of Broward, a non-profit organization that provides food and support services to seniors on low, fixed incomes and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Collage DWTS Broward

Voting for the Teams: The audience will vote to eliminate three of the dancers and their partners. The remaining two couples will dance a final dance to determine the evening’s winner. Besides the judges, audience members at the gala will be able to purchase extra votes for their favorite dancers as a way to raise money for the Pantry. One dollar equals one vote. Bring your $$$ Dollar Bills (Credit Card or checks accepted too)! Online Voting available via the links below.

Team Hard Rock: Susan & Alex   Diamonds were a girls best friend….but now we want your VOTES VOTES VOTES… http://bit.ly/TeamHardRock

Team ProMotion Sports: Johnny & Lisa   The Good Ship Lollipop is about to cast off….we need your votes to fill our sail… http://bit.ly/TeamProMotionSports

Team Bank of America: Katrina & Vance   We’re singin in the rain…cast votes for us and keep us a float… http://bit.ly/TeamBankofAM

Team Energy Shifter:  Laurina and Pablo   The new “Fred & Ginger” coming on to earn your votes… http://bit.ly/TeamEnergyShifter

Team AutoNation: Marc & Elizabeth   We are the Chattanooga Choo Choo, carry us home with your votes… http://bit.ly/TeamAutoNation


Dancing with the Stars of Broward Committee

 Awesome Sponsors


Posted by on February 10th, 2012 at 7:07 pm.

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