Leap Day Specials to Celebrate the Rarest Holiday


For Leaplets (Leaplings? Leapsters?) who are celebrating their birthday tomorrow, you’re special in many ways. You’ll age more slowly – by birthday count, at least – than the rest of us. And Suviche in Fort Lauderdale will give you a free meal. You just need to show an ID and then chow down on all kinds of Japanese-Peruvian dishes available there (pictured). 

Suviche, 401 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954/656-3663; https://www.suviche.com/

Other Leap Day specials that everyone can take advantage of:

  • Casa Sensei, 1200 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; https://casasensei.com/ Offering a $29 prix-fixe menu available only on Leap Day.
  • Mastro’s Ocean Club, 3000 NE 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; https://www.mastrosrestaurants.com/locations/FL/Ft-Lauderdale/Menu/ Offering a $29 cocktail, the South of France with Combier Liqueur de Pamplemousse Rose, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur and simple syrup with Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne and grapefruit zest.
  • The Lincoln Eatery, 723 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach; http://www.thelincolneatery.com/ Offering Miller Lite for $2.29.
  • AQ Bar, Aqualina Resort, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; https://www.acqualinaresort.com/dining/aq-bar/ Offering two cocktails that appear every four years: The Leap (mezcal, pomegranate liquor, agave nectar, lemon juice and black salt) and Bouncing Strawberries (strawberry infused vodka, gin, champagne and lime juice)

The Shake Up gets things rolling for Taste of the Nation


Ah, one of my favorite times of the year, with Taste of the Nation 2020 coming up (April 16) at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and the whole month of March devoted to The Shake Up, a related cocktail competition. 

Let’s start with the drinking, because that’s what we do. With more than a dozen county restaurants participating, you’re bound to drink one of the competing cocktails – order the cocktail and $1-$2 goes to No Kid Hungry. So order a few!

The winning two bartenders – winning is based on how much is raised through these drinks – will be announced April 6 and then will serve their specialty cocktails at Taste of the Nation. 

Belly up to the bar at these venues and order their special Shake Up drinks: Avocado Grill, Brick & Barrel, Driftwood, Florie’s (The Rose cocktail, pictured), Grato, PB Catch, Pistache, The Parched Pig, Kapow!, Papichulo Tacos, Lynora’s, Galley, The Regional, Dada and more. 

Not too late for tickets to Lox Farms Fresh Rx dinner

In the last of a dinner series that benefits Fresh Rx, well-known Lox Farms is hosting a dinner with Chef Marco Barbisotti of Palm Beach’s Sant Ambroeus on March 7. Starting at 5 p.m. with cocktails and canapes, you’ll take a tour of the farm, then a three-course meal in the greenhouse that includes veggies grown on the farm. (That’s true farm to table!)

The profits from the dinner go to The Fresh Rx Fund, which provides complimentary fresh produce to Jupiter Medical Center patients in need. Cost is $150 per person. 

Lox Farms, 1442 E. Road, Loxahatchee; http://www.loxfarms.com/dinner-schedule