Weekend Concierge

Dec 062018
Fort Lauderdale Food Wine Festival

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival will debut Friday, March 22 – Sunday, March 24, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, featuring culinary creations and libations from more than 100 local restaurants, leading spirit brands, wineries and breweries. The Festival, which will benefit Feeding South Florida, will showcase Broward County’s renowned and emerging chefs and restaurateurs and highlight the culinary renaissance that is currently sweeping through Broward County.

The inaugural Festival will include a full-day Grand Tasting Event on Saturday, March 23 featuring beverage tastings, cooking demos, live music and art installations from local talent; and a FREE Family Day & Food Drive benefiting Feeding South Florida on Sunday, March 24.  Both events will take place at ArtsPark Hollywood.  There will also be a Kick-off event on Friday, March 22 in Fort Lauderdale with details to be released soon.

Chef Angelo EliaChef Angelo Elia, owner of the Angelo Elia Restaurant Group which includes Casa D’Angelo, Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas and The Bakery Bar, and Broward County’s premiere chef, has been named as the Host Chef of the inaugural Festival.  During the Grand Tasting event, Chef Angelo will “wow” the attendees with a unique cooking demonstration. Every year since September 2000, Chef Elia has been honored with the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. He has also received the “Golden Spoon Award” from Florida Trend Magazine for the past 18 years. He also received four stars by former food critic M.L. Warren of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  “I am extremely excited and honored to be the Host Chef of the Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival,” said Chef Angelo Elia. “Broward County includes many of the country’s top chefs and now we get to show off our culinary chops!”

The epicurean weekend will benefit Feeding South Florida with a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Tasting on Saturday being donated to the charity. While Sunday’s Family Day is FREE to attend, the suggested donation for admission is four canned goods per person that will go directly to Feeding South Florida.

“We’re excited to launch the Inaugural Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival to introduce all the wonderful culinary delights and spirits that the Greater Fort Lauderdale area has to offer our local residents and out-of-town visitors,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Founder Kate Reed, a veteran of producing major South Florida events and building philanthropy efforts.  “We look forward to providing a fabulous event experience to bring our community together while benefiting local charities.”


The Festival is outlined as follows. Mini-event updates can also be found on the GFLFoodWine.com website 30-days prior to the main stage events:

Friday, March 22: Details about the Greater Fort Lauderdale Food & Wine Festival Kick-off event to be released soon.

Saturday, March 23: Grand Tasting at ArtsPark Hollywood (1-5 p.m.)

Features tastings, chef demonstrations, cooking demos, live music and more; a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Tasting on Saturday will be donated to Feeding South Florida.

Early bird special rates for General Admission tickets range from $60 – $75 *

Early bird special rates for VIP tickets range from $95 – $125*

(*Early bird ticket prices go up in price on January 3, February 20 and March 23)

Sunday, March 24:  Family Day & Food Drive at ArtsPark Hollywood (12-5 p.m.)

This FREE event promises to be fun-filled with local food trucks, live music and children’s activities including cooking demonstrations.  All ages welcomed. Food and beverage are a la carte.

Free admission with a suggested four (4) canned good donation for the non-profit – Feeding South Florida


For more information, visit www.GFLFoodWine.com. Follow us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/gflfoodwine/; like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GFLFoodWine/; and follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/gflfoodwine.

Dec 022018

The 31st Annual SFPC Toys in the Sun Run, Presented by Rick Case Automotive Group, kicks off Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 8 AM at the Festival Marketplace in Pompano Beach, where motorcyclists will gather and follow a “parade route” all the way to Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida for a day filled with festivities including headliner concert by Bret Michaels.  This event is open to the public and you don’t need to ride a motorcycle to attend.  Gates open will be open from 8:30am to 10:30am to welcome the riders. After that, live music will begin on 2 stages, with hundreds of vendors including an international food court, a car, truck and bike show, and plenty of special attractions plus celebrity guests.

Admission is $20 + an unwrapped gift per person (or $30 without a toy).  Take note that for anyone not coming into the park via the parade from Festival Marketplace, Markham Park will charge $1.50 per person at the main entry gate.


Bret Michaels is expected to take the stage sometime between 1 and 5pm.  Two local opening bands are on the schedule including Soulicide and Silverspine. Other local bands making an appearance include The Railz tribute to Ozzy and Randy Rhoads on the North stage at Noon. Shaw Davis & The Black Ties will bring high energy blues to the big stage at 3:30pm.


This event benefits the James Jr Fund & Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital is one of the area’s leading pediatric care hospitals, offering comprehensive health services and programs in an atmosphere that is child-friendly. An all-new facility opened in July 2011 in Broward County thanks to the support of events such as the SFPC Toys in the Sun Run, which since
adopting the hospital, has donated over $4 million to benefit the facility.


Festival Marketplace (Departure point for Motorcycles)
2900 W Sample Road
Pompano Beach, FL

Markham Park (Main Event)
16001 W State Road 84
Sunrise, Florida 33326


Some participating sponsors of the Annual SFPC Toys in the Sun Run are Alligator Alley Harley Davidson, Broward County Parks and Recreation, City of Sunrise, Ghostbear Foundation, AllStar Coaches, BIG 105.9, Waste Connections, Pines Lincoln, Waste Pro, just to name a few.  Contact Lisa Quinter at 954.868.1416 for vendor and other information about this event or email [email protected]

Official event website: www.toysinthesunrun.com

Official Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1783055421768920/

Toys in the Sun Run 2018
Toys for Tots Cheers Fort Lauderdale

Nov 202018
Pompano Boat Parade

The Greater Pompano Beach/Lighthouse Point/Margate Chamber of Commerce will host the 56th Annual Pompano Beach & Lighthouse Point Holiday Boat Parade Sponsored by Joey Accardi Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Ram, on Friday, December 14 th , from 6 P.M. until 10 P.M.  In addition to the festivities, spectators will enjoy the decorations and excitement of watching over 50 boats participating in this holiday parade.

We are anticipating a great turn-out and we are so proud to announce that this years “Grand Marshalls – Members of “Freedom Fighter Outdoors”, a non-profit organization that raises awareness, funds and services for injured veterans of any age to enjoy outdoor sports and a variety of outdoor activities. The Freedom Fighter Outdoors members will be on the Lead Boat in the parade and will visit the Sands Harbor Resort where the National Anthem will be performed by Stoneman Douglas student “Samantha Grady”, said Jean McIntyre, President and CEO of the Pompano Beach/Lighthouse/Margate Chamber of Commerce.

The Event Chair, Rhonda Bunker will be joined by “Victoria Burgess” who recently paddle boarded from Cuba to Key West. And the all new commemorative T-shirts were designed by local artist “Dennis Friel” of which part of the proceeds will go to benefit the Freedom Fighter Outdoors organization.

And as a reminder to everyone, the bridges on Atlantic Blvd, 14 th St. Causeway and Hillsboro Blvd will be in the upright position from approximately 6:15 P.M. until 9:30 P.M. for the Boat Parade to pass by. Traffic is usually extra heavy in those areas so please plan accordingly and drive safely.

For additional information please contact the Pompano Beach/Lighthouse Pt/Margate Chamber at: PH: 954.941-2940 or visit the office located at: 2200 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33062

Nov 162018
Outdoor Concerts

Old School Square invites you to free and ticketed outdoor concerts every starting October 5th and running weekly until March of 2019.  Greenlane’s Free Friday Concerts at the Pavilion start at 7:30 each Friday night at Old School Square located at 51 N Swinton Ave. in Delray Beach. Bring the whole family and some lawn chairs but no pets! Food and beverage is available for purchase from visiting Food Trucks.  Outside food and beverages are not permitted.


All Shows  7:30pm-10pm unless otherwise noted

November 2018

Nov 16 –  Joey Tenuto Band

Nov 23 -Uproot Hootenanny

Nov 30 – Forever Eric (Clapton Tribute)

December 2018

Dec 1  – Carols By Candlelight

Dec 7 – Jaded (Aerosmith Tribute)

Dec 14 – Big City Dogs (Classic Rock)

Dec 21 –  Higher Ground (Party Band)

Dec 28 – Solid Brass (Tribute to Horn Bands)

Dec 29 – Classic Albums Live: The Beatles (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

January 2019

Jan 4- Jahfe

Jan 11 – Remix

Jan 12 – Classic Albums Live: Fleetwood Mac (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

Jan 18 – Breeze (Classic Rock Covers)

Jan 19 – Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

Jan 25 -TK Blue

February 2019

Feb 1 – The Flyers (Classic Rock Trio)

Feb 26 – Havana All Stars – Asere (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

March 2019

March 2 –  Classic Albums Live: The Eagles, Hotel California (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20

March 15 –  Pablo Cruise (8:00 Pm – 10:00 Pm) TICKETS START AT $20


For more information, visit http://oldschoolsquare.org/outdoor-music-events/

Nov 142018
turkey carving station

Living in south Florida, not all families live in close proximity to each other which makes holidays like Thanksgiving not always as picture perfect as we see on the big screen. Even if you have many friends and family who would like to sit around a traditional dinner table, not everyone looks forward to cooking or cleaning for a large number of guests.  That’s why, each year, Weekend Broward prepares a short list of places that will be open on Thanksgiving for your dining pleasure based on our favorite spots for dining and live entertainment in and around Fort Lauderdale.

  1. Galuppi’s Restaurant & Patio-Bar in Pompano Beach – Known for their huge Sunday Brunch Buffets, this hidden treasure located at the entrance to the Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course will probably have the largest spread of both traditional and non-traditional foods on their all-you-can eat buffet beginning at Noon on Thanksgiving Day.  Seating will be available in both their intimate banquet room or out on the patio-terrace overlooking the Greg Norman designed Pompano Greens.  RSVP highly recommended (954) 785-0226 $39.95pp (14.95 for kids 4-12)Thanksgiving
  2. Fishtales on 33rd in Fort Lauderdale – Live Music & Great Food are guaranteed 7 Days a week at this intimate restaurant and nightclub located in the North Beach Shopping District of Fort Lauderdale.  Thanksgiving will be No Exception.  Owner Cathy Vassallo has prepared a special menu with a choice of Prime Rib, Honey-Baked Ham or Fried Turkey, traditional side dishes, soup or salad and dessert for a Prix Fixe of $29.95.  Since there are only a limited number of tables inside and out on the patio, reservations are highly recommended.  (954) 689-2344.Thanksgiving restaurant
  3. Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale – Known for their beautiful view of the intracoastal waterway and docks that let you park your boat while you eat indoors or out on their extensive patio, “Shooters” is offering an all-you-can-eat buffet this year. The carving station will offer herb infused roasted turkey, prime rib and honey glazed ham. The buffet will also include soups, salads, traditional sides and desserts including Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie for a set price of $56/pp ($26 for kids 12 and under).   Also available: “Thanksgiving To-Go” serves 6-8 people. Order in advance, pick it up hot and ready to serve. $130.  Call (954) 566-2855 for more info.Thanksgiving restaurant




Be sure to also check out the Live Music Calendars at www.WeekendBroward.com for more places to eat, drink and party the night before Thanksgiving, traditionally one of the most popular days of the year for celebrating with friends (and college buddies) before getting together with family on Thursday.

Nov 142018

Come hear the Nova Singers, joined by the Dillard Center For The Arts High School Chorale, perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other holiday favorites to kick off the season on Friday, November 30 at St Matthew Catholic Church in Hallandale Beach. Vivaldi’s “Gloria” is known for distinctive melodies and rhythms and almost dance-like themes — often characteristic of many of his compositions. This has historically given his music a wide-reaching audience.

His opening movement is a joyous chorus, with spirited brass and Nova Singers will make use of a chamber orchestral ensemble to round out the performance. If you love choral music you can’t help but love Vivaldi’s “Gloria” — one of the finest pieces of choral music ever written.
The choir will also present many familiar holiday pieces in the second-half of the concert.


Discounted tickets may be purchased in advance from any member of the choir or online: www.nova.edu/novasingers/attend-a-performance.html Tickets will also be available at the door.


Four opportunities to hear this concert:

Friday, November 30, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
St. Matthew Catholic Church
542 Blue Heron Dr
Hallandale Beach 33009

120 voice choir presenting Vivaldi Gloria and assorted holiday favorite choral music in exciting, fresh arrangements with orchestral ensemble and joined by the Dillard Choral of Dillard Performing Arts HS.

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | 4:00 p.m.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
701 W Palmetto Park Rd
Boca Raton 33486

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
St. Sebastian Catholic Church
2000 Marietta Dr
Fort Lauderdale 33316

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 8:00 p.m.
Sunshine Cathedral
1480 SW 9 Ave
Fort Lauderdale 33315


For more information, visit www.nova.edu/novasingers

Event updates may also appear on the following Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/novasingersFL/events/