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“WHERE THE BOYS ARE ” 50th anniversary/ Great American Beach Bash

The movie WHERE THE BOYS ARE put Fort Lauderdale on the map as one of the hottest spots to come for spring break.  Connie Francis who starred in the movie will be making a guest appearance and performing many of her famous hits. Come join in for a full day of family fun this Saturday May 29, 2010 – 11am to 10pm at A1A in front of the world famous Elbo Room.   Visit www.fortlauderdale.gov for more info.


  • sand castle building contest
  • hula hoop contest
  • live music – bands playing live on stage
  • classic car show -cars from the 30’s into the 60’s
  • the Movie at 8:15 pm


Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale by on May 28th, 2010 at 5:18 pm.

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Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle is on!

Riverwalk Trust’s Burger Battle Presented by Publix Apron’s Cooking School

Riverwalk Trust will host the first annual Burger Battle on Friday, June 4, 2010 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Riverside Hotel Lawn, 620 E. Las Olas Blvd. The event promises to pit some of Fort Lauderdale’s top restaurants against one another as they show off their creative juices and grilling skills to 500 guests. The goal of the event is to bring together local employees, residents and businesses for a night of burgers, cocktails and fun while raising funds for the Riverwalk Trust.

Guests will enjoy bites from Capital Grille, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Pelican Landing at Pier Sixty-Six Marina, Johnny V Restaurant, Big City Tavern, Council Oak Steaks & Seafood at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Riverside Hotel, Tarpon Bend, Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar, Ilios at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach, Smith & Jones Bar and Grill, Stop Burgers, China Grill, Lauderdale Grill and Georgie’s Alibi.

A panel of local celebrity judges will give one lucky restaurant the title of “Best Burger in Fort Lauderdale.” Another restaurant will be chosen as the “Fan Favorite” by Burger Battle attendees. BIG 105.9 afternoon drive on-air radio personality Doc Reno will host the event.

For a $30 donation (prepaid online), or $40 at the door, attendees will receive three drink tickets to be used for any Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Jack Daniel’s Lynchburg Lemonade, Budweiser Select or Bud Light Golden Wheat, an array of burger samples from well-known burger restaurants, a vote for their favorite burger and view a local celebrity slider eating contest. Tickets to Riverwalk Trust Burger Battle may be purchased in advance online at www.GoRiverwalk.com or at the door the evening of the event. Tickets are limited. For VIP tables, please call (954) 468-1541 x 201.

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Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale and Networking by on May 25th, 2010 at 2:10 pm.

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All Aboard…Iron Horse stops at the Riverside Hotel for a Unique Winemaker Dinner

The Riverside Hotel and Chef Toby Joseph Present LAS OLAS WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL Winemaker’s Dinner
Featuring Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards

Joy Sterling hosts Winemaker dinner with Chef Toby Joseph

Friday, May 14, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Iron Horse is one of Sonoma County’s most prestigious, small, independent, estate, family owned wineries located in cool, foggy Green Valley. The name Iron Horse came from a train that stopped at Ross Station at the turn of the 20th Century. The logo, the rampant horse on a weathervane, came from an actual weathervane that was unearthed when they were leveling the ground to build the winery.

I am looking forward to enjoying this amazing dinner with friends.

The Menu and Wine Pairings:

Iron Horse Brut Rose 2005
Beef Carpaccio / Aged Manchego
Capanata en Croute / lemon zest
Mini Grill Cheese of Oven Roasted Tomato / Compote cheese
Spicy Chicken Dumpling / Chili Thai Sauce

Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2006 | Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay 2007
Citrus Sesame Tuna Tartar / Pineapple Pico de Gallo
Spicy Jalapeño Miso Black Bass / Marinated Cucumber / Mache

Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir 2008
Duck Two Ways
Confit of Duck Leg; Caramelized Endive
Pan Seared Lacquered Duck Breast; Quinoa Wild Rice Blend /
Drunken Cherries

Iron Horse BDX-3 2005
Balsamic Braised Short Rib Enchilada / Aged Jack Cheese /
Creamed Corn/ Chipotle Sour Cream

Iron Horse Russian Cuvée 2005
Tropical Spiced Poached Apple / Warm Honey Goat Cheese Foam

$150.00 per person not including tax & gratuity. FOR RESERVATIONS CALL: 954.377.0943
Riverside Hotel • 620 East Las Olas Boulevard • Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Las Olas Wine & Food Festival is presented by Premier Beverage.


Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale and Networking by on May 9th, 2010 at 1:06 pm.

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Hidden Gem: Bonterra Winemaker Dinner at the Las Olas Wine & Food Festival

Winemaker Dinner | Jeff Cichocki of Bonterra Vineyards

Bonterra Winemaker Dinner at Timpano

Please join Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar and Chef John Davis as they present a Las Olas Wine & Food Festival Winemaker Dinner with Jeff Cichocki of Bonterra Vineyards (featured sponsor of the festival). For Reservations Call : 954.462.9119 … limited space!

The Menu & Wine Pairings:

Hors d’oeuvres
Selection of Imported and Domestic Cheeses and Fresh Fruit with Bonterra Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonterra Roussanne

1st Course
Pan Seared Jumbo Scallop, Mache Salad with Honey Dew Vinaigrette with Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc

2nd Course
Fresh Herb Bread Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, Fingerling Potatoes, Baby Carrots, English Peas, and Rainbow Micro Green, with a Sauvignon Butter
with Bonterra Chardonnay


3rd Course
Toasted Pepper Corn Crusted Filet, topped with Pan Seared Foie Gras and Braised Swiss Chard, Huckleberry Reduction with Bonterra Syrah

4th Course
Spiced assorted Truffles with a Mandarin and Pine Nut Marmalade with Bonterra Muscat

$150.00 per person not including tax & gratuity. For Reservations Call : 954.462.9119
Timpano Chophouse & Martini Bar • 450 East Las Olas Boulevard • Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Las Olas Wine and Food Festival is sponsored by Premier Beverage.


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examiner.com article


Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale by on May 9th, 2010 at 11:33 am.

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Riverwalk Trust’s Urban Market

Join us at Esplanade Park on the New River

One of the initiatives Riverwalk Trust undertook during their Transition was an Annual Event Permit. I am proud to share credit for this “first ever” annual permit with Genia Duncan Ellis and Courtney Crush, who conceived, planned, prodded, pushed and promoted the Trust through this new partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Riverwalk Trust received permission from the Fort Lauderdale City Commission to launch a pilot program that will bring year-round activity and events to our downtown along the Riverwalk Park.  They will execute an annual event agreement with the City, rather than approaching the City Commission with each individual event in Riverwalk Park.  It is an “umbrella” approach —  providing a new way to plan, activate and manage annual programs in the public right-of-way and on City land.

EVERY SATURDAY, beginning April 24 from 8am to 1pmRiverwalk Trust will sponsor an Urban Market on Saturdays at Esplanade Park along the New River from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market will feature fruit and vegetables, baked items, seafood, cheeses, pottery and other goodies. The goal for providing the market is to activate the Riverwalk and to provide a service to the downtown and surrounding neighborhood residents.

Many unique and unusual products will be available at the market, including organic produce, an heirloom tomato producer, seafood vendor, organic soaps, spices, sauces, pastries, specialty fruit drinks, specialty coffee vendors, organic granola, jams, jellies, olive oils and spices, olive mixes, pastas, pasta sauces, mozzarella and oils, breads, doughnut muffins and special coffee, orchids, herbs, Peruvian food, guacamole and organic healing herbs. More than two dozen vendors have signed up for the market:

  • Robbie Bell – Speckled Dog Pottery
  • JC’s Ceviche and Salads
  • Carrie Stephens – Captain Redbeards Sauces
  • Jodi Swank – Hydro/Natural Produce – Swank Specialty Produce
  • Walter Ross & Debbie Doll – Farmhouse Tomatoes – Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Susana Garcia – Caribbean Fruit &Juices
  • Big Easy Olive Oil Company
  • Vito Volpe – Mozzarella & Olive Oils
  • Judy & John Mioduchoski – Everglades Seafood Express Fresh Seafood
  • Marci Boland – Jams, Jellies & Sauces, L ‘Hermitage Catering and Gourmet Emporium
  • Jan Northrop – Gourmet Granola
  • Brothers Product Market – Great Vegetables and organics
  • Sisters Jonny Altobell & Penny Sanfillpo’s Homemade donuts, muffins, pastries and coffee
  • Margaret Chapman – New Orleans Style Spread
  • Gerri Ash – The Bean Grinder Coffees & Teas
  • Kenyetta Graham – JoLe’s D’Lites – Organic cakes, cookies & Mango preserves
  • Audrey Burg – Auggie’s Doggies Handmade Gourmet Dog Biscuits
  • Flavia Snitcovsky – Bistro Blends – Gourmet infused Olive Oils, Salts & Balsamic
  • Brian & Rachel O’Neill – Papperdelle’s  Gourmet Pastas and Sauces
  • Lisa Romano – My Sweet Dolce – Cakes & Cookies
  • Warren & Marcie Spears – Key West Soaps –  hand-made natural herbal soaps
  • Jim Dixon – The Tea Cart – loose tea, tea wares, soy candles
  • Jim & Alice Welton – Weltonart – Handmade began aromatherapy soaps, sea salt scrubs
  • Kortney  & George Sortino – Potted herbs, seasonal flowers, native plants and vines & select vegetables
  • Amanda Capece  – Good Vibes Teas – organic tea, raw honey, tea accessories
  • Karen Orlosky  – Juice Plus + (May 8th)
  • Maria Mogyorossy – Java Coco Vino  – specialty coffee – iced coffee & teas
  • Rosa Blanco – Estraela Orchids
  • Gwen Watson – Healthy Coffee – custom coffee
  • Jon Albee – Urban Farmer – Organic growing and demonstration

The market is free and open to the public. For more information or to get involved, visit www.GoRiverwalk.com, or call (954) 468-1541.

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Posted in Creations and Events and Fort Lauderdale and GClub @Riverwalk Trust and Riverwalk Trust by QtinuuMi7 on May 8th, 2010 at 1:00 pm.

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Winterfest will celebrate 40 Years with a new Cook Book & Libations project!

It’s May, celebrate spring and what better way than with two of my favorite margaritas…Prickly Pear & Fresh Lime. That got me thinking about an upcoming project that I am chairing for the Winterfest Board.  We will document Winterfest’s culinary history by bringing together all the great appetizers, dinners and desserts served through the years at all of those amazing Boat Parade parties.  We will be recruiting local chefs and mixologists to help develop and match the food with signature drinks!  Watch for more details and where to send your favorite recipes.

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Posted in QuinnProQuo and Winterfest Boat Parade by on May 5th, 2010 at 6:01 pm.

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Old Florida Fish Fry just around the corner

Join us on Saturday, May 8th as the Fort Lauderdale’s Women’s Club & the Fort Lauderdale History Center present an Old Florida Fish Fry. Delicious food, musical entertainment, family fun, a cake walk, historical tours, old fashioned lemonade, home made ice cream,a  raffle with twenty fabulous baskets! $20 Adults/$10 Children/Free under six. This year the GClub at Riverwalk Trust and the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale co-host the event on the banks of the New River at the  Old Fort Lauderdale Village & Museum.

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Posted in Events and Fort Lauderdale and GClub @Riverwalk Trust and Networking and Riverwalk Trust by on May 5th, 2010 at 11:00 am.

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