Mardi Gras, Women’s Day Celebrated in SoFla

Mardi Gras at the Balcony

Mardi Gras rolls in at the Balcony

From March 5 to 10, there will be special drinks and food at the Balcony, a New Orleans-inspired venue on Las Olas in Fort Lauderdale. Count on $3 Abita beers; $5 hurricanes with souvenir cup; $5 jambalaya, gumbo and beignets; and $8 shrimp or oyster po’boys.

That’s in addition to the Fat Tuesday party on March 5, the Kings & Queens party on March 8 and the Balcony Krewe party on March 9—with lots of music, entertainers and more food and drinks. Plus Mardi Gras beads to wear, of course.

The Balcony, 1309 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 754/200-6344;

Women & Whiskey dinner honors International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day on March 8 brings out the whiskey lovers at Okeechobee Steakhouse. Hosting Women & Whiskey—and the food/bourbon pairing dinner is open to women only—are steakhouse co-owner Laura Lewis, Garrison Brothers Bourbon co-owner Nancy Garrison and Garrison Brothers Bourbon distiller Samantha Olvera-Moreno (the first Latin female bourbon distiller in Texas).

The five-course dinner starts at 6:30 p.m., and features dishes such as King Crab salad paired with bourbon, fresh lime and ginger beer; bacon-wrapped shrimp with bourbon and pecan-infused maple syrup; and more yummy things.

Reservations are required; call 561/507-5113. Cost is $125 per person.

Okeechobee Steakhouse Event Hall, 2888 Shawnee Ave., West Palm Beach.

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