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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.



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 by on November 25th, 2013 at 12:00 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 by 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

Truffle Fries!Susies Scrumptious Sweets

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Posted by 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 by on May 26th, 2013 at 2:41 pm.

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The LastMinute Lauderdale Easter Brunch List

Spring is here and that means Easter is right around the corner. Just in time for the holiday, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best Easter Brunch Specials in our city. Whether you’re spending Easter with your family and need a great place for the kids or taking on brunch with your friends and looking for mimosas, we’ve included some excellent options below that are sure to make your Easter a truly enjoyable (and yummy) holiday! Continue Reading…

Posted by on March 27th, 2013 at 6:31 pm.

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Burger Beast: The 2013 Burgie Award Winners

It was a cool Saturday night on 2nd Street at Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Burger Beast and his team presented their 4th Annual Burgie Awards.  For Burger Beast, his life revolves around comfort food in South Florida— so this was his night! Voting for this year’s Burgie Awards took place on his website/blog BurgerBeast.com from November  through early January. The people’s choice awards were presented to:

The results were announced on Saturday, February 2, 2013: Continue Reading…

Posted by on February 4th, 2013 at 5:59 pm.

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This Valentine’s Day… L❤VE in the Park presented by Publix Aprons Catering

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale invites couples looking for a unique Valentine’s Day experience to attend the second annual LOVE in the Park Presented by Publix Aprons Event Planning Catering. Skip the busy restaurant lines and enjoy a romantic, all-inclusive evening under the stars with your loved one in Huizenga Plaza (32 East Las Olas Blvd, 33301). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Continue Reading…

Posted by on February 4th, 2013 at 1:00 pm.

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Fancy Jeans Party sponsored by The Wasie Foundation Benefiting Jessica June Children’s Cancer Foundation

The event is described as The Hottest Party in South Florida “. The one-of-a-kind event focuses on live interactive entertainment and includes an open bar, tasty delights, dancing, surprise appearances, a “Best Dressed Fancy Jeans” contest, a raffle for a chance to win a 2013 FIAT car plus two extraordinary prizes, and a fabulous silent auction. Continue Reading…

Posted by on February 4th, 2013 at 12:33 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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Pairing Perfection! QPQ’s Top 7 Culinary Creations

A former Banker, self proclaimed Media Socialista and now culinary Judge. Those that know me are not surprised, as my facebook is full of recipes and cooking adventures. I inherited my culinary talents from my Sicilian Grandma (heritage also includes French/ German/ English) and have a passion for food.  With a few successful events under my belt, I really enjoyed Judging this timeDuvel!

Last night we had the pleasure to attend and judge New Times’ Pairings. The event was well planned, and the culinary offerings impressive! Truly outstanding culinary dishes and Pairings last night! Bravo to Jackie Carlson and her team at New Times. I was part of an impressive judging line up that included New Time’s Laine Doss, South Florida Food & Wine’s Christine Najac and  James Carras (his Greek Festival rocks!). We sampled over 40 different offerings and QPQ’s favorite 7 (my lucky number!) are …. Continue Reading…

Posted by on September 14th, 2012 at 1:08 pm.

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