Here’s a list of our favorite “what’s happenings” to dress up for and crash this week.
Bartender, Bring My Lady A Whisky
What: Women, Whisky, and The Chef
Where: The Bourbon Room at Okeechobee Steakhouse, 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach
When: Wednesday, July 19; starts at 6:00 p.m.
$$$: $85 per person; limited to 18 guests
411: What’s sexier than watching a woman savor a glass of single malt bourbon? The answer is nada. Tonight, Okeechobee Steakhouse owners Laura and Ralph Lewis host their first female-filtered whisky dinner (men are welcome, of course!) featuring Yellow Roses, Hirsch, Buffalo Trace, and other bourbons. Executive chef Jamie Steinbrecher pairs each pour with dishes that hone in on local flavors and ingredients, including heirloom tomato salad, pistachio-crusted lamb, coffee-rubbed tenderloin, and warm chocolate and sea salt cookies. Hurry, reservations required.
Whisky photo courtesy of Brickhouse Public Relations
A Bang Up Job
What: Kapow! Noodle Bar’s VIP Grand Opening Party
Where: 519 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
When: Thursday, July 20; 8:00 p.m.—12:00 a.m.
411: Sub-Culture Restaurant and Nightclub Group has proven the old adage that “good things come to those who wait” is true. After months of dude-abiding, Kapow!, Boca’s buzzy, Asian-style, street food-centric eatery marks the opening of its new West Palm outpost with a jazzy bash. Highlights include a live performance by the Fushu Daike Japanese Drumming Group, culinary demos, and sake, Japanese beer, and signature cocktail tastings. Don’t arrive too late, though. This party’s going to be a BLAST.
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution
What: The Cravens concert series
Where: The Fish Depot Bar & Grille, 511 NE 4th Street, Boynton Beach; and Double Roads Tavern, 251 U.S. 1, Jupiter
When: Thursday, July 20; 7:00 p.m.; and Friday, July 21; 7:30 p.m.
411: The Cravens are possibly the best local band you’ve never heard of. In 2013, musicians and brothers John and Bill Storch and guitarist Ron DeSaram formed the ensemble after decades of playing with other bands like The Sewing Circle Sue’s and Crossfire Choir. Known for their New Wave/Alternative melodies, the rock-jammed evening will feature new and older songs including “Blood Flows” and “Highway.” Bill Meredith and Dennis Ambrose joins the band on drums and bass. For those about to rock, we salute you.
Raise a Fork and a Glass to Papa
What: Dinner Giveaway honoring Ernest Hemingway’s 118th birthday
Where: 50 Ocean, 50 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach
When: Friday, July 21; 5:00—10:00 p.m.
$$$: “Follow” The Vivant for the chance to win dinner for two and a round of Hemingway-inspired libations ($75 value; excludes tip)
411: “Papa” Hemingway’s birthday has put us into an altruistic mood. In collaboration with Delray’s sleek oceanfront eatery, 50 Ocean, we’re giving away dinner for two to be enjoyed on the novelist’s birthday. We’re even throwing in a round of “Papa Doble” cocktails bar manager Nicole Lajoie shakes up with Bacardi Carta light rum, pink grapefruit and maraschino cherry juices, and a splash of simple syrup. The restaurant’s also featuring all-day $5 “Papa Doble” drink specials so head to the restaurant’s intimate Hemingway Lounge and get sauced. Papa would approve.
Photos of the Hemingway Lounge and the “Papa Doble” cocktail courtesy of 50 Ocean
Illustration of Ernest Hemingway courtesy of the United States Postal Service
What: Taste Tripping: Local Miracle Berry
Where: De Vine Marketplace, 318 N. Dixie Hwy., Lake Worth
When: Friday, July 21; 4:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
$$$: $15 per person
411: Ever wish you were one of those kids in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory who got to try all those imaginative treats, including the chewing gum that tasted like a 3-course meal? Well, consider the miracle berry your proverbial golden ticket. Bean Scene Productions owner and vegan chef Nina Kauder discusses the miraculousness of miraculan, the active substance in miracle berries that adheres to the tongue and turns sour foods sweet. Guests will also taste test the berries and learn how to grow the fruit at home. Don’t worry, though. The trippy effects of miracle berries only last an hour.