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Don’t miss the New Times Pairings Event benefiting Jack & Jill Children’s Center!


GA $40 / VIP $80  *Valid September 7th – September 9th*

The fifth annual New Times PAIRINGS, in partnership with Wine Watch, returns on September 13, 2012 from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center. Culinary creations will be featured by more than 40 of South Florida’s top restaurants expertly paired with fine wines from around the globe, craft beers and specialty cocktails.

The event will bring together 1,500 young professionals, local businesses, event goers and foodies alike for an evening of gourmet selections, tasty libations and fun. A portion of the event’s proceeds will support the Jack & Jill’s Children’s Center’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty for children of low-income, working families in Broward County through family-oriented child care services and family intervention and support. Continue Reading…

Posted by on September 8th, 2012 at 11:02 am.

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Las Olas Gems Tasting Benefiting JA South Florida

Cheers for Charity | Las Olas Gems Tasting Benefiting Junior Achievement

Cheers for Charity Las Olas presents a unique culinary evening to benefit the programs at Junior Achievement of South Florida. Enjoy food and wine pairings with such wineries as Beckstoffer, Husic Vineyards, Bodega Rancho, Alexana Family Winery, Sodaro Estate Winery, Gamble Family Vineyards, St Helena Winery and Blue Rock Vineyards. Special Opportunity! Some of these wines are not available in stores! Wines will be available to purchase that evening to take home!  See their Facebook Event Link for more information.

The Riverside Hotel on Las Olas Boulevard
Monday, October 8th, 2012
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tickets are $125 per person
Purchase at http://www.jasouthflorida.org/

Special Opportunity! Some of these wines are not available in stores! Wines will be available to purchase that evening to take home!

Posted by on September 8th, 2012 at 10:22 am.

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Caribe Arts Fest comes to Riverfront at Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Caribe Arts Fest 2012Caribe Arts Fest brings a free community event featuring indie films, art, music, food and much more of the Caribbean to the historical Riverfront along the New River on Downtown Fort Lauderdale!

Caribe Arts Fest will be held in Downtown, Fort Lauderdale on Friday, September 28 till Sunday, September 30, 2012. A three day celebration of Caribbean artistic expressions from talents across South Florida and the Diaspora. This first of its kind festival will showcase multimedia creations representing and encompassing the culture, essence and creativity of the Caribbean Diaspora. A display of the latest trends in painting, photography, sculpture, performance arts, film, multimedia and much more awaits.

Caribe Arts Fest is organized by artists, competent in artrepreneurship and experienced in producing professional, successful exhibits and music festivals in South Florida. This upscale affair will introduce artists to mainstream markets that support and develop their work. Continue Reading…

Posted by on September 8th, 2012 at 9:54 am.

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Golden Anniversary of Christmas on Las Olas

Premier Beverage Presents the 50th Annual Christmas on Las Olas

“Save the Date” for the Golden Anniversary of Christmas on Las Olas – celebrate 50 years of our urban Winter Wonderland on Tuesday, November 27th 2012 at East Las Olas Boulevard from SE 6th Ave to SE 11th Ave. Free to the public. . . come one, come all!

Over 40,000 people gather on Las Olas Boulevard each year to celebrate the unofficial start to the winter season.  The experience is a rare winter wonderland – snow showers down from the rooftops, children climb Anidjar & Levine’s  Snow Mountain & ice skate in our rink, while CEO’s, city officials, celebrities and other VIP’s mingle with you and your family.

Local choirs from schools and churches fill the air with the sounds of the holidays from 3 stages while strolling carolers delight the crowd who fill their bellies with sips and sweets!  See more at their Facebook Page.

This holiday season will also feature the debut of Premier Beverage’s “Christmas Karameltini” a specialty Stoli Salted Karamel cocktail, only found this holiday on Las Olas Boulevard.  Stoli Salted Karamel is the newest addition Stoli’s innovative flavor portfolio.

“Premier Beverage Company, a longstanding supporter of Christmas on Las Olas, is happy to once again be the presenting sponsor of this wonderful community event.  It is very important that we give back to the communities where we do business and also provide an important reminder during this fast-paced season of festivities to make responsible serving and consumption a priority on your holiday checklist.

Posted by on September 7th, 2012 at 5:05 pm.

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✈ ✈ ✈Exclusive Special Offer: ‘Ban Cancer’ Concert Tickets

LastMinute Lauderdale is offering YOU a Fan Club Member Ticket Price…  LastMinute of course!

  • Ban Cancer Fan Club VIP Tickets: $99 (Reg $125) BUY TICKETS HERE>>
  • Gen Admission $30 (Reg $40) BUY TICKETS HERE>>



Claim your piece of the grass under the stars for a great night of fun, music, & food! The Richard J. Fox Foundation will kick-off prostate cancer awareness month with an outdoor concert, BAN CANCER: Worth It All…for a Cure. The event will feature award-winning Jazz and R&B artists Roberto Perera, Terry Wollman, Melanie Taylor, The Blue Fire Band, White Collar Crime, and Unusual Suspects. In an effort to promote awareness of all cancers, the Richard J. Fox Foundation is teaming up with the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale to host this event.


BAN CANCERVIP Tickets: $99.00 (Regularly $125.00)

  • Reserved seating will be provided close to the stage.
  • Exclusive merchandise
  • Martini bar provided by Johnny V’s
  • Food provided by Ernie’s Bar-B-Q.


General Admission Tickets: $30.00 (Regularly $40.00)

  • First come, first served seating on the grass.
  • Please bring blankets or LOW beach chairs. 2 drink tickets provided
  • Additional beer, wine, and food from Gourmet Food Trucks will be available for purchase.


See Website for more DETAILS

Posted by on September 4th, 2012 at 2:28 pm.

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Fourth Of July 2012 on LastMinute Lauderdale

Happy Independence Day!

Here’s a convenient short cut to all the Tick!-its posted on LastMinute Lauderdale in the Seasonal category, which in this case means Fourth of July!Enjoy.

Click HERE

Posted by on July 3rd, 2012 at 12:55 pm.

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Starlight Musicals this Summer @Holiday Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Each summer, Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department proudly presents the Starlight Musicals concert series. These FREE outdoor concerts provide a great way to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The series features an exciting line up of bands ranging from pop to country, rhythm and blues to tropical rock.

This year, the 34th Annual Starlight Musicals will be Fridays, June 15 to August 3, 2012. For more information, please call the Parks and Recreation Special Events Hotline at 954-828-5363. You may also call this line weekly to check the event status when the weather is questionable. After dialing, press #2 for Starlight Musicals and then #4 for weather/event update.

Starlight Musicals

Posted by on June 17th, 2012 at 6:12 pm.

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Seminole Hard Rock hosts 2nd Annual Rock n’ Roll Beer-B-Que

 Second Annual ROCK N' ROLL BEER-B-QUE

Are you a ‘que connoisseur or simply a lover of back-yard cookouts?

Do you like your grilled meats dry-rubbed or dripping in sauce?

Either way, barbeque goes best with ice-cold brew and live music. That’s why, New Times invites you to the Second Annual Seminole Hard Rock Rock N’ Roll Beer-B-Que.

South Florida’s top barbecue restaurants will compete by showcasing their outdoor grill skills and offering samples to guests.

Approximately 40 restaurants offer unlimited free samples of tangy, spicy and smoked specialties as they sample complimentary beer from a variety of popular brand favorites and micro-breweries.

Attendees will be encouraged to vote for their favorite barbecue restaurant while they enjoy live music from several local bands.

Date: June 30, 2012

Time: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tickets: $35 in advance | $45 at the door | $70 VIP


VIP tickets get you early admission to the event – 3:00 PM

Come early, beat the crowd and taste all your favorite foods! Not only will you get the great beer sampling the regular ticket holder gets, you will have access to a VIP tent with liquor and catered food

More Details at http://www.seminoleparadise.com/beerbque

Posted by on June 17th, 2012 at 6:03 pm.

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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

BB Judge and Jack

 Find them on Facebook & Follow them on Twitter  and check-in at foursquare

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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