Las Olas Wine & Food Fest Returns April 20

Everyone is a VIP this year at the 2018 Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, which is celebrating 23 years of raising money for the American Lung Association, along with providing good bites and sipping. No more “if you pay more, you get in an hour earlier prices” here.

You can still buy early-price tickets online until the week of the event; the $150 ticket means unlimited eating and drinking.

So book it now. On April 20, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., join a few thousand of your BFFs to peruse more than 50 restaurant booths and 40 wineries, breweries and alcohol brands.

Also new this year, a Battle of the Beach/Seafood Style between two local chefs from Fort Lauderdale’s beach hotels means one will win with signature dishes. That’s in addition to the third annual Best of the Best Chef, which pits county chefs in a cook-off against current champ, Chef Dustin Ward of BLT Prime.

The main area for the festival has also been increased, this year the fun will be between Southeast Sixth Avenue and the end of Southeast 10th Avenue. All details are at

SOBEWFF raises $2 million for Chaplin School

If you attended any of the Fort Lauderdale Series or Miami-based fun at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival this year, pat yourself on the back. You helped the fest folks raise $2 million for the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Plus, you ate great food and tried some amazing drinks. Way to go!


Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls. She lives in West Palm Beach with her husband, writer and author Scott Eyman.

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