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Fourth Of July 2012 on LastMinute Lauderdale

Happy Independence Day!

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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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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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Celebrate National Hamburger Month @Riverwalk Burger Battle™ with Burger Beast!

Friday May 11th:

Riverwalk Trust’s 3rd Annual Burger Battle: Yes, it’s a ticketed event. Yes, it’s indoors and Yes, it’s awesome. Come watch Ft. Lauderdale’s finest burger joints duke it for the title of Burger Battle Champ. I’m judging too!



Posted by on April 20th, 2012 at 4:29 pm.

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The 15th-annual New Times “Original” Beerfest

New Tines Beerfest

New Times “Original” Beerfest Presented by Isle Casino Pompano Park returns to new venue Huizenga Plaza on Saturday, March 31, 2012, from 6 to 11 p.m.

Beerfest offers more than 100 of the world’s best local and international beers, live music from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Jacob Jeffries Band on the REVOLUTION LIVE stage, live performances by the Miami Heat Dancers and signer/songwriter Jimmi Heart, the men’s college basketball championship games on large screens, good food and great times! Radio personalities Stugotz and Hochman from the Dan LeBatard Show on 790 The Ticket will host the event and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children’s Starlight Foundation.

Opt for the VIP Experience in the VIP lounge and enjoy unique craft beers only available in VIP, unlimited liquor samples, food samples from some of Fort Lauderdale’s best restaurants, premium stage views, giveaways, and more. A 15th anniversary specialty brewed beer will be created by BX Beer Depot and available to VIP guests exclusively.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Location: Huizenga Plaza, 32 E Las Olas Blvd Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Time: 6pm-11pm

General Admission Tickets:

Unlimited local and international beer sampling from 100+ vendors, live from Dirty Dozen Brass Band, college basketball viewing area on large screens and special offers from local merchants.

$30 prepaid online through March 31, 2012 at noon

$40 at the door

VIP Tickets:

Unlimited liquor samples, food samples from some of Fort Lauderdale’s best restaurants, unique craft beers only available in VIP, premium stage views, giveaways, and more. A 15th anniversary specialty brewed beer will be created by BX Beer Depot and available to VIP guests exclusively.

$65 prepaid online through March 31, 2012 at noon

$75 at the door

Please Note: Advance tickets sales are available until 12pm on March 31, 2012. Tickets for both General Admission and VIP are limited. This is a 21+ event.

Performing Live: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jacob Jeffries Band and Miami Heat Dancers with Jimmi Heart

Posted by on March 26th, 2012 at 5:33 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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Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival – This Weekend

Bonnett House

Orchid, Garden & Gourmet Food Festival at Bonnet House
featuring the 5th Annual Orchid and Exotic Plant Sale
December 3 & 4, 2011 – 9:30am – 4:30pm

Orchids, Exotics, Fruit Trees, Butterfly Garden Plants, Bamboo and Much More!

Gourmet Food Trucks
Garden Art
Wine & Beer
Farmer’s Green Market
Orchid Displays & Silent Auction
Orchid Supplies
Kid’s Corner
Live Music

Cooking Demos (Next to Museum Shop)
Saturday – 1:00 Market 17 – Fresh Seasonal Menu

Sunday – 11:00-1:00 Whole Foods Market, Kale Smoothies
1:00 Market 17 – Fresh Seasonal Menu

Lectures (Behind Picnic Tables)
Saturday – 10:00 The Home Depot – Composting
12:30 Broward Orchid Supply – South Florida Orchid Culture
2:30 A1 Growers – Arrangements Using Cactus, Succulents & Bromeliads

Sunday – 10:00 The Home Depot – Composting
12:30 South Florida Orchid Culture
2:30 Arrangements Using Cactus, Succulents & Bromeliads

Kid’s Entertainment (Near East Gate)
Saturday – 9:30-4:30 Seedlings
11:00-1:00 Whole Foods Market, Terrarium Building
1:00-4:00 Crafts and Entertainment
Waste Management’s Cycler The Robot

Sunday – 9:30-4:30 Seedlings
11:00-4:00 Crafts
1:00-4:00 Entertainment
Waste Management’s Cycler The Robot

A1 Growers, 4Alarm Pizza, Bactra Design, Broward Orchid Supply, Carib Plants,
Dan & Margie Orchids, Exotic Cactus Collection, Feverish Ice Cream, Ft. Lauderdale Vegetables,
Greenhouse Orchids, Hanging Gardens, H & H Bamboo & Tropicals, Hoyaplants.Com,
Indian River Orchids, J.G.’S Tropical Plants, Leaves By Jenney, Lucky Bamboo 4 U,
Mac’s Orchids, Meke Aloha Orchids, Memories, Miller’s Way Orchids & Nursery,
Monster Burger, Moty’s Grill, Mucho Nacho, Nature’s Relics, O.K.O. Bonsai,
Orchidmania, Owl’s Nest, Pelican Coast Farms, Peters Croton Nursery,
Quest Orchids, Seoul Food Truck, Springwater Orchids,
St. Germain Orchids, Stelmar Gardens, Inc.,
Stocked ‘N Loaded, Taskease,
The Orchid Specialist

Free Parking

$5 dollars – members / $7 dollars non- members
Children 12 & under are Free 
Tickets for this event will only be sold at the
Bonnet House Welcome Center on Sat. Dec. 3 and Sun. Dec. 4

House will be open for tours at an additional cost

Click here to watch the Orchid Festival Video

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors:
All Terrain Landscaping, Bank Atlantic, Best Roofing, Broward Orchid Supply, Classical South Florida,
Gourmet Truck Expo, The Home Depot, Ft. Lauderdale Vegetables, Market 17, PL&P Advertising,
Signs By Tomorrow, Waste Management, Whole Foods Market, WLRN

Posted by on December 2nd, 2011 at 11:11 pm.

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Get Lit! Kick off the Holiday Lights with Riverwalk Trust!

Get Lit

Come and help Jack Seiler flip the switch and light up Riverwalk for the holidays! Food trucks, drinks, children’s events and lot of other surprises…Santa ill make a special arrival!

Light Up Lauderdale, presented by the Riverwalk Trust in association with the City of Fort Lauderdale, is one of the most unique holiday celebrations with its promenade of light displays along the Riverwalk Park and rich menu of activities throughout downtown. Highlighting the city’s one-of-a-kind tropical backdrop, the annual program kicks off in November and is scheduled to run through the end of January 2011.

Food Trucks: B.C. Tacos Bite Gastrotruck Dog Eat Dog Latin Burger & Taco Wholly Shrimp ☆Thank you Riverwalk Trust for Lighting the Park since 2007!

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Posted by on November 11th, 2011 at 6:22 pm.

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Glam-A-THON™ Memories

RKQ GLAM Memories

Posted by on October 24th, 2011 at 8:59 pm.

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Glam-A-THON™ Lipstick Lounge at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel

KISSGlam-A-THON’s Lipstick Lounge at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel
400 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
October 6, 2011  | 7:00 – 10:00 PM

Lipstick Lounge, the ultimate Glamapalooza, is not to be missed by any South Florida Diva! On October 6th grab your girls and get ready to be pampered for three luxurious hours at the super trendy W Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach where cocktails, confections and couture collide at the fashion event of the season!

For  a tax-deductible donation of only $40
all Divas in attendance at the Lipstick Lounge will experience first hand the latest runway styles by fashion designer sensation, Nicolas Frizzle, whose haute couture will be complemented by jewelry masterpieces from Charles Albert. You can also visit with South Florida’s TOP make-up and hair salons featured at the event – all who will be showing off their sensational creations on the best model of them all, YOU! Ladies, you will be also be treated to complementary FUZE with cocktails that will put you in a HPNOTIQ trance; all while enjoying delectable delights by the W’s very own signature restaurant, Steak 954 and ingenious culinary creations by the chefs at Publix Apron’s Cooking School. And don’t forget to squeeze your charge cards and check book in your teeniest, tiniest, swankiest purse, because the silent auction items will blow your mind!

In addition to all the above, EVERY guest receives a fab signature swag bag bursting with all the goodies that made Lipstick Lounge famous. The swag bag along has a value of over $150! We have even more surprises planned for you, but you know Divas, we can’t tell all our secrets in one place…so what are you waiting for? The Lipstick Lounge promises to refresh, recharge & renew, so RESERVE tix now! The Lipstick Lounge at the W is a sell out every year and the guest list is super-limited…Click NOW to purchase tickets! http://bit.ly/LipstickLoungeTIX

Hosts: Judith Honorowski and Lisa Pirro

Join us on October 6th and 7th, 2011 – for a teeny $159 per night. Book at the W Fort Lauderdale Hotel located at 401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

All proceeds from the Lipstick Lounge will benefit Glam-a-Thon, Inc and the LOCAL breast cancer patients and women served by Broward Health Foundation. There is no better way to spend a night out with your besties, than at the Lipstick Lounge on October 6, 2011!

Posted by on September 26th, 2011 at 1:32 am.

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