Thursday, February 2, 2023

The Week Ahead: Dining Edition

It’s a terrific Tuesday, and I know you’re gearing up the calendar for the rest of your week. Let me help—here are two fun ideas for going out and about, and another that’s great for staying inside.

CHEF’S CHALLENGE – 3rd ROUND

It may be a semi-final, but there’s nothing semi about the amazing dishes you’ll see created at the 2015 Maestro del Mar Chef’s Challenge Series #3: Semi Final to see four esteemed chefs battle it out.

Where: Saltwater Brewery (1701 W. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach // 561/865-5373) 

When: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Contestants: Exec. Chef Blake Malatesta of 50 Ocean; Exec. Chef Kelley Randall from The Office Delray; Exec. Chef Jarod Higgins from Cut 432; and Exec. Chef Dane Iacangelo from Potions in Motion

Judges: Josh Cohen of ESPN West Palm; Nick Philipsen of Whole Foods Market West Palm Beach; and Skip Sheffield of The Boca Raton Tribune

Cost: $35

The next challenge will be Sept. 27 at Williams-Sonoma in The Gardens Mall, and the grand finale is on Oct. 23 at Dinner on the Dock. Purchase tickets in advance for $30 from www.feastofthesea.com.

MERMAIDS AND PIRATES AT SUNSET

Looking for someplace to go at night that has a waterfront, sunset view? Despite living almost surrounded by water in one form or another, we sure don’t have many restaurants or bars that can fill those dreams. But in Delray, that has changed. It’s on the Intracoastal, has a view of the sunset, multiple TVs, a lot of beer on tap, wine and a mermaid to toast to. Oh, and when the drawbridge to the right of the Hudson goes up, there are half-off shots at the bar. Love that idea.

Where: The Pier at Hudson at Waterway East (900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray // 561/303-1343)

When: Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Details: live music, $4 martinis, complimentary drink specials, mermaids, pirates and a seafood-centric menu by Season 9 Hell’s Kitchen winner: Exec. Chef Paul Niedermann

DELIVERY DUDES BRING THE BAR TO YOU

The famed Delivery Dudes have done it again—they now deliver wine, beer and spirits to your home with Dudes Liquor. They bring the booze to you with a smile.

To order online, you’ll need to agree to terms/conditions (21+), pay with a credit card and have an ID matching the name on the credit card at delivery time. The service is online now, and there’s a $5 service charge. During the month of September, the Dudes are waiving the service fee for the Dudes Liquor delivery.

Among the menu items are:

Red wine:

Altos Las Hormigas, malbec, 2014 ($18.99)

The Riddler, red blend,  ($29.99)

Silver Oak, Alexander Valley, 2010 ($74.99)

Darioush, Napa, 2011 ($94.99)

Charles Smith Riesling, 2013 ($18.99)

Beer (all are 6-packs):

Bud Light, Yuengling ($9.99)

Dogfish Head 60Min ($18.99)

Besides red, white and sparkling wines and beer, they also offer vodka, gin, whiskey, cordials, tequila, rum and mixers.

But before you say, “Dudes, you’re not offering everything for my drinking games!” be sure to check out their party supplies: ice, ping pong balls, red cups, wine and champagne glasses.

This beats the drinking and driving problem. I like it.

Right now, this bar-on-wheels service is only available to the lucky ones in Delray Beach, but we’re sure the drinks will spread out to other cities at some point. Order online or call 561/900-7060.

About the Author
Lynn Kalber wasn’t born in Boca Raton, but she attended elementary through high school there, so she might as well have been. She’s a graduate of the University of Florida and has been in journalism most of her life, including 26 years at The Palm Beach Post. She’s written feature and food stories, and edited food copy among other jobs, including blogging about wine (The Swirl Girls). Her husband is writer and author Scott Eyman. They live in West Palm Beach with an assortment of cats and dogs.

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