MOSI’s positive changes attract the attention of downtown visionaries

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MOSI has seen many positive changes over the past year, and, as a result, the museum is now attracting the eye of downtown developer Jeff Vinik, sparking a conversation about the possibility of moving MOSI downtown. While  discussions are only just beginning and there are no immediate plans to move, the MOSI board and leadership continue to be open to new possibilities that may lead to the betterment of the museum.

“The early discussions about incorporating MOSI into Vinik’s downtown vision are extremely exciting, and it’s important to remember the tremendous evolution that MOSI’s current leadership has facilitated over the past year – a $2 million gift from Florida Hospital, an innovative partnership established with USF, and all short-term debt paid off – to name just a few,” said Robert Thomas, MOSI board chair. “These positive changes only make MOSI more attractive to downtown visionaries.”

In addition to its fundraising successes and its new partnership with USF, MOSI also received a Bright Lights Community Engagement award from the nationally recognized Noyce Foundation for its outreach in the Tampa Bay community in August. Additionally, MOSI aligned itself with Ovations Food Services, a nationally recognized food and beverage service provider, to manage its day-to-day food and beverage operations, and opened a newly renovated Everything’s Fresh cafe this past summer.

“If this opportunity came to fruition, it would be a real game-changer for the future of MOSI. We are thrilled about the potential of this new possibility amplifying our mission-driven efforts of making science accessible to everyone,” said MOSI’s Interim President and CEO Molly Demeulenaere. “These are exciting times for the institution, but our number one priority will remain the successful service and delivery of our mission to the community … regardless of our location.”

Three Perfect Trips for First-Timers to Europe this Summer

Europe is on sale in 2015 for travelers with US dollars to spend.

This means there’s never been a better time in recent history for a first trip to Europe, says cycle tour expert Pure Adventures. For those longing to meander through the European countryside, visit small villages that date over 1000 years and taste wines and food of local origin, this is the year to consider that journey across The Pond.

Pure Adventures (http://pure-adventures.com/) is a leader in European two-wheel vacations. One compelling reason why this company thinks it’s a good idea to tour abroad has to do with the fact that it prices its trips in Euros that add up to a tremendous savings to North Americans.

Additionally, sightseeing on a bicycle or on foot can be one of the more affordable ways to travel and at the same time among the best ways to engage with the countryside, its people and the local culture.

“Our popular self-guided tours are comprehensive premium vacation packages that still cost far less than fully guided itineraries,” states Loren Siekman, Pure Adventures founder/owner. “Lodging can be adjusted from modest to luxury to accommodate budgetary requests and dining choices range from simple to gastronomic multi-course extravaganzas!”

Because a couple or small party are traveling together, there’s flexibility as regards what to do when because they’re answering only to themselves.  They can choose an itinerary ranging from easy to challenging, and at the end of each active day arrive at their accommodations knowing their luggage has arrived before them.

“First-timers to Europe often make the mistake of trying to see everything, bouncing from capital to capital, and in the end they take in very little of the places they visit,” says Siekman. “Our adventure itineraries allow room for savoring the countryside, discovering hidden gems and interacting with locals along the way. These are memories that leave a lasting impression, turning first timers into veteran travelers.”

Following are his suggestions for a first-time self-guided cycle or hiking tour in Europe.

France – Normandy Impressionists & Memorials Bicycle Tour is new for 2015. Available for five or seven nights, the per person, double occupancy rate for this self-guided trip covering 40 to 50 km daily begins at 818 Euros. Included are nightly accommodations, daily buffet breakfasts, one dinner, daily luggage transfer, welcome orientation, a detailed road book including details, maps, touristic information, a step-by-step itinerary and cue sheets; comprehensive trip literature; technical and emergency support at all times; and pre-travel planning services including help booking Paris stopovers and transportation to Normandy.  Hybrid bikes are available to rent.

Why is this trip great for first-timers? “The price is great and includes some very important historical sites – the D-Day landing beaches and the birthplace of Impressionist art among others.  It’s also easily combined with a few nights in Paris which of course is a ‘can’t miss’ stop in Europe.”  For complete details see: http://pure-adventures.com/show-tour/110/France+Normandy+Impressionists+&+Memorials+Bicycle+Tour

Italy – Florence and Chianti Hiking Tour starts at 995 Euros per person, double occupancy for those up to a moderate-to-challenging, eight-day walking vacation. This trek joins two of the most important Tuscan cities from the historical and artistic points of view: Florence, the city of Leonardo, Giotto, Dante and Brunelleschi, and Siena, native land of the “Palio”. Guests walk along paths and roads through vineyards and olive groves that mark the Chianti region. The trip begins by exploring Florence and includes Greve, the Chianti wine capital, medieval fortresses and San Gimignano, a walled medieval hill town with Etruscan echoes and the possibility of sipping Vernaccia, a white Italian wine, before transferring to Siena. The rate includes itinerary-adjusted elements similar to the Normandy tour.

Why is this trip great for first-timers? “Fantastic price for what is a very pricey place to visit – Tuscany.  Participants really get to explore the iconic towns of Tuscany and on foot in the wine country, everything is romantic and cultural.”  For details please see:
http://pure-adventures.com/show-tour/129/Italy+Florence+and+Chianti+Hiking+Tour

Spain – Costa Brava Explorer 7 Nights starts at 1310 Euros for those up to a challenging cycling tour embracing coastal roads into France via Collioure and the panoramic route between Sant Feliu de Guixols and Tossa de Mar, including routes where legends of cycling train.  Nights one through three are spent in the old part of the provincial capital Girona, famous for cycling and the proving ground of many professional riders. Daily rides reveal the town of La Bisbal d Emporda famous for its production of ceramics, the former home of Salvador Dali and the Pyrenees among others. The departure gateway is Barcelona. The rate includes itinerary-adjusted elements similar to the Normandy tour.

Why is this trip great for first-timers? “This is a longer distance ride for those who seek a bigger challenge yet its coastal too – so beaches and sun.  Girona anchors this trip – home of a rich cycling culture, and Barcelona is a necessary and easy add-on. The off-the-beaten-path countryside is now recognized as one of the foodie hotspots of the world.”  For more information please see:
http://pure-adventures.com/show-tour/12/Spain+Costa+Brava+Explorer+7+Nights

For more information on all of Pure Adventures guided, self-guided and supported, self-directed tours in the U.S. and Europe, call: 800-960-2221or 480-905-1235, Email: info@pure-adventures.com, or visit online: http://pure-adventures.com.

Tampa Theatre Announces BeerFest 2015 Fundraiser

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Tickets go on sale next Friday, May 1, for Tampa Theatre’s BeerFest 2015, scheduled for Saturday, June 20. Like previous beer-soaked, tongue-in-cheek BeerFest events like The Brews Brothers, The Big Lebrewski and Beer and Loathing in Las Vegas, O Brewer, Where Art Thou? will feature craft beers and local brewers, plus snacks and samples from some of Tampa’s top independent restaurants:

RESTAURANTS

·         The Refinery

·         Fodder & Shine

·         The Independent

·         Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe

·         New World Brewery

·         Ichicoro Ramen

BREWERIES

·         Angry Chair Brewing

·         Barley Mow Brewing Company

·         Cigar City Brewing

·         Coppertail Brewing Co.

·         Late Start Brewery

·         Six Ten Brewing

·         Ulele Spring Brewery

While the Theatre continues to add participating breweries and restaurants, returning BeerFest event co-chairs Michelle Baker, General Manager of The Refinery, and Veronica Danko, owner of The Independent Bar and Cafe, promise that O Brewer, Where Art Thou? will feature enough oddball characters and down-home fun to do the Soggy Bottom Boys proud. Patrons are encouraged to dress as their favorite character or come in an “O Brewer”-inspired costume.

And though the theme may be silly, the purpose is most serious: Now in its 4th year, the (almost) annual BeerFest is one of Tampa Theatre’s favorite fundraising events, benefitting the historic movie palace’s artistic and educational programs, as well as its ongoing preservation and restoration.

A limited-capacity premium sampling begins at 7:00 p.m., and advance-sale tickets are $70. Grand sampling ticket-holders can enter at 8:00 p.m., and advance-sale tickets are $45. The curtain closes on BeerFest 2015 at 10:00 p.m.

Tampa Theatre Members save $5 off advance-sale prices, and any remaining tickets will be $75 (premium) and $50 (grand) day-of. Tickets will be available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office or online at www.TampaTheatre.org/ ($3 convenience fee applies).

BeerFest 2015 is sponsored by Platinum Bank and IT Authorities.

May 2015 Special Events Announced for Palm Beach Zoo

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 The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the following special events and promotions for the month of May 2015:

Do at the Zoo, May 8, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society supporters will be heading “around the world” at the always-popular annual spring fundraiser, “Do at the Zoo.” The global celebration takes place on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Zoo. 

Attendees can enjoy a movable feast from ten participating restaurants, sip on classic cocktails provided by BACARDÍ, dance to music from the ever-popular DJ Vlad, and even come face-to-face with some of the Zoo’s most fascinating animals. As part of the Zoo’s mission of reducing its overall carbon footprint, select lighting for the evening will come from solar-powered lanterns. 

Molly Austin, Maura Ziska Christu, Ashley Ramos, and Maura Smith are serving as Event Chairs. Honorary Chairs are Whitney Bylin, Thomas C. Quick, and Samantha Storkerson. Benefactors include John Hendrickson, Michele & Howard Kessler, Thomas C. Quick, Molly & Laurence Austin, Christie’s, Ashley & Mike Ramos, Kristen & Chris Vila, Mary & Kane Baker, Lillian & Luis Fernandez, Bonpoint, Whitney & Eric Bylin, Maura Ziska Christu & Eric Christu, Samantha & Christopher Storkerson and Eddy & John Taylor. Bonpoint is the pre-event host and fashion sponsor. 

BACARDÍ is once again the event’s exclusive spirits sponsor, and will be featuring the classic cocktail: a BACARDÍ Rum Hand Shaken Daiquiri, which is a simple mixture of BACARDÍ Rum, fresh lime juice and simple syrup crafted into a timeless cocktail, originally created more than a century ago at the Daiquiri Copper Mines near Santiago de Cuba.

Global cuisine for the event will be provided by Avocado Grill, Bricktops, Buccan, Duffy’s Sports Grill, Echo, Meat Market, PB Catch, PDQ, Table 26 and the Palm Beach Zoo Tropics Cafe. Gift bag donors are Lori Jayne Bernstein, Orange Theory Fitness, and Roller Rabbit

Proceeds from “Do at the Zoo” will help the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society to advance its mission of inspiring people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. The Zoo is home to more than 800 animals, and is nationally accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Ticket prices for “Do at the Zoo” start at $175, and sponsorships are still available by contacting Pam Viscusi at (561) 533-0887(561) 533-0887 ext. 285, or emailing pviscusi@palmbeachzoo.org.

Frog Bog Grand Opening: May 9, 11 a.m. – Guests are invited to have a “hopping good time” during the Grand Opening of the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s newest exhibit, the Frog Bog, on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. Zoo members will release frogs into the habitat, and guests will hear a special Keeper Talk about native Florida amphibians and the important role they play in the ecosystem. Children will enjoy frog-themed crafts that they can take home.

Roar & Pour: May 9, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. – It’s the return of “Roar & Pour” at the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society! Guests of all ages will enjoy live music from South Florida’s favorite Jimmy Buffett tribute band Jimmy Stowe & The Stowaways, food, and drink service in the Zoo’s Interactive Play Fountain area on Saturday, May 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Attendees can expect fun up-close animal encounters, entertaining zookeeper talks and a TBA tap takeover with a local brewery. Jimmy Buffett’s former tour mate, Chiquita the sulfur-crested cockatoo, will make a special appearance! The Zoo will have some café tables and chairs in the Fountain area during the event, and guests are invited to bring folding lawn chairs for comfort while listening to bands.

Admission: Adult Non-Member (13 and older) $10, Adult Member (13 and older) $9, Child Non-Member (ages 3 through 12) $7, Child Member (ages 3 through 12) $6, Children under 3 are free. Admission prices start at 4:30 p.m. and live music begins at 5:30 p.m. Food and drinks are not included in the cost of admission.

Dropbox link to photos from previous Roar & Pour events: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b55ez7kivoy85p8/AAADOSFZqfJ0uIjJvZSVZBHza

Save the Tiger 5k Race, Presented by Sagicor: May 16, 7:30 a.m. – Guests are invited to run to help save the Malayan tiger during the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society’s third annual “Save the Tiger 5k” race, presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company.

Whether you’re running to beat your personal best or walking as a family, this is a great way to enhance your Zoo experience! The first 500 runners registered get a free t-shirt. Register early to beat the scheduled price increases, and remember, a “Gift Registration” makes a great gift for the runner in your life!

The run starts in the Zoo parking lot, then winds through Dreher Park, entering the Zoo on the west side. You’ll run past the wallaby viewing station, fennec fox exhibit, ocelots, siamang island and more on your way to the finish line in the Interactive Fountain where you’re welcome to cool off in its dancing spray.

Your race registration also includes Zoo admission for 5/16/15 and three half-priced discount coupons for friends and family that would like to see you cross the finish line and enjoy the day at the Zoo.

The Zoo is proud to participate in the Athletes For A Fit Planet sustainability pledge program. The pledge seal indicates that we pledge to incorporate the following green or sustainable practices in our running event:

  • Reduce paper waste by requiring at least 80% online registration. In fact, we will only use paper registration for a limited number of race day registrations.
  • Provide recycling bins at the event for recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, etc. In fact, we have recycling bins throughout the Zoo for everything we do.
  • Use recyclable goodie bags. We’ll use recyclable envelopes with at least 20% post-consumer recycled materials for registration packets/goodie bags.
  • Use green portable toilets. The portable toilets in the SW corner of the main parking lot use non-toxic chemicals and recycled paper products.
  • We’re reusing signage from previous runs during this event to reduce waste and the impact of additional production.
  • All food waste (banana peels, orange peels, un-eaten bagel portions, etc.) will be composted.
  • All unused food will be donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.
  • We’ll have a collection station for used running apparel and shoes for recycling, courtesy of the Nike store at the Palm Beach Outlets.

All athletes will receive information in their packets as to everyday practices that can help protect endangered species, such as the Malayan tiger. We’ll also have zookeepers with up-close animal encounters sharing information on how you can help protect the species displayed.

Conservation Leadership Lecture: “Florida’s Solar Economy” by Commissioner Ronald Brisẻ, May 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. — The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is announcing the next Conservation Leadership Lecture, generously supported by presenting sponsor Bank of America, entitled “Florida’s Solar Economy,” featuring Commissioner Ronald Brisé. The lecture will occur on Thursday, May 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Zoo’s Tropics Café. Guests are invited to enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and Zoo animal encounters from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. before the lecture presentation.

Ronald A. Brisé was appointed to the Florida Public Service Commission by Governor Charlie Crist in July 2010, and was reappointed by Governor Rick Scott for a term through January 2018. He served as Commission Chairman in 2012-2013. Commissioner Brisé is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and previously served on the NARUC Task Force on Federalism and Telecommunications.

Before this appointment, he represented District 108 in the Florida House of Representatives for four years. During his tenure, Commissioner Brisé was named Democratic Whip and served as Vice Chairman of the Florida Conference of Black State Legislators.

Commissioner Brisé received a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama and received M.B.A. degrees in management and marketing from American Intercontinental University in Illinois. Upon graduation from college, Commissioner Brisé taught science at his alma mater, Miami Union Academy. He eventually became responsible for the school’s development and fundraising operations. In 2005, he became the Chief Operating Officer at a VoIP telecommunications carrier.

Commissioner Brisé began his career in public service in North Miami as a member of the North Miami Planning Commission. His civic engagements include Board Member of the North Shore Hospital and past president of the Albert C. Pierre Community Center. He is a member of the NAACP, Leadership Florida, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce of Florida.

Seating for the Conservation Leadership Lecture Series is limited. Tickets are $20.00 per person per event. Cocktails & passed hors d’oeuvres will be served. To purchase your tickets online, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org. If you have any questions about the event, please call the Zoo at (561) 547-WILD ext. 285.

Teddy Bear Affair: May 23, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Teddy bears are stuffed with love, and it’s time for their annual check-up at the Zoo’s “Teddy Bear Affair.” Children are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to this “bear-y” special event.  The Zoo’s Veterinary Team will be available to perform check-ups on their furry stuffed friends in the Teddy Bear Clinic, and a special Bear Talk will introduce children to Lewis and Clark, the Zoo’s North American black bear brothers. All activities will take place at the North American Black Bear Habitat.

Food Truck Safari: May 23, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. — Feed your inner animal at some of South Florida’s best food trucks inside the Zoo, when the “Food Truck Safari” returns on May 23. Enjoy live music, exciting zookeeper talks and fun, up-close animal encounters along with culinary delights from several South Florida food trucks spread throughout the Zoo.

Admission, which does not include food and beverage purchases, is $9 for adult Zoo members, $10 for adult non-members, $6 for child Zoo members, $7 for child non-members and free for toddlers under age three. All food trucks are donating a portion of their proceeds toward Zoo operations. Trucks accept cash or credit. Gate proceeds support regular Zoo operations.

The Zoo encourages all food trucks to apply sustainable practices in their daily operations, and will once again give a “Sustainability Award” to the truck that excels in the most environmental and conservation sustainability categories in food production and presentation.

About the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

The Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches exists to inspire people to act on behalf of wildlife and the natural world. We advance our conservation mission through endangered species propagation, education and support of conservation initiatives in the field. Our commitment to sustainable business practices elevates our capacity to inspire others.

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is located at 1301 Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. For more information, visit www.palmbeachzoo.org

Nik Wallenda Sets His Sights On The Orlando Eye

'King Of The High Wire' Nik Wallenda (R) along with James Paulding of Merlin Entertainments Group and John Stine of I-Drive 360 announce Wallenda's next legendary walk during a press conference on April 13, 2015 in New York City. Nik Wallenda's next feat will take place on Wednesday April 29, 2015 upon the 400-foot tall Orlando Eye observation wheel, part of the soon-to-be-unveiled I-Drive 360 entertainment complex in Orlando, Florida.  (April 12, 2015 - Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America)

‘King Of The High Wire’ Nik Wallenda (R) along with James Paulding of Merlin Entertainments Group and John Stine of I-Drive 360 announce Wallenda’s next legendary walk during a press conference on April 13, 2015 in New York City. Nik Wallenda’s next feat will take place on Wednesday April 29, 2015 upon the 400-foot tall Orlando Eye observation wheel, part of the soon-to-be-unveiled I-Drive 360 entertainment complex in Orlando, Florida.
(April 12, 2015 – Source: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images North America)

 As The Orlando Eye spins toward its May 4 grand opening, Nik Wallenda is setting his sights on his first stunt on an observation wheel. On April 29, Wallenda will attempt to walk on top of the 400-foot observation wheel, without a tether or wire, while it is moving.

The Orlando Eye, located at the brand new I-Drive 360 entertainment complex, is the largest observation wheel on the North American East Coast, offering stunning 360-degree views of Central Florida within the comfort of 30 air-conditioned passenger capsules that can accommodate up to 450 people.

From the top of the observation wheel, Wallenda will see the same breathtaking views as passengers on the Eye, which include nearby theme parks and attractions, the downtown Orlando skyline, lakes and lush landscape, and, if the day is especially clear, Cape Canaveral on Florida’s East Coast.

“When I heard about The Eye, I just had this vision of how cool it could be to tackle it, and on top of that, it’s just really an amazing structure to behold,” said Wallenda during an earlier press conference announcing his April 29 stunt. “There are so many [actual] moving parts to this walk that I think people are going to enjoy watching it as much as I’m going to enjoy taking part in it.”

“Looking down over I-Drive 360 from The Orlando Eye will provide a great perspective of the many venues guests can experience when they visit this incredible entertainment complex,” added Wallenda.

For more information, go to OfficialOrlandoEye.com.

Luxury Wine Bootcamp Extreme Wine Experience

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France’s top luxury wine bootcamp announces 2015 dates: 

EXTREME WINE EXPERIENCE WSET Level 2,  Saturday June 20th –  Friday June 26th  and BEYOND EXTREME – WSET Level 3  Sunday 6th – Saturday 12th September,  at La Verrière. (www.laverriere.com)   Click Here for Hi-Res Photos

Extreme Wine is a luxury 5-day full-immersion course, from the vine to the wine, designed for wine enthusiasts who are short on time but big on passion. The course is hosted at the highest vineyard in the South of France,  La Verrière — a stunningly restored 9th Century former priory, high above the nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas regions.  This private wine estate is within the Mont Ventoux UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and is home to Nicole and Xavier Rolet and their award-winning Chêne Bleu wines (www.chenebleu.com).

Extreme Wine (EW) offers unparalleled world-class instruction, earning it the title of most effective, most intensive, most luxurious and best course of its kind in the world. It’s also a lot of fun! Each day, gourmet meals are carefully calibrated to pair with the course’s 100+ benchmark wines, embracing some of the finest, most impressive and highly treasured vintages from across the globe. Hands-on learning in viticulture, winemaking and wine pairing combine with the stunning setting of this high-end boutique winery to enhance and complete essential theoretical knowledge.

The course is accredited by the prestigious Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) with graduating internationally recognized WSET Level 2 and 3 Award Certifications* and a proprietary Chêne Bleu (Art of Food and Wine Pairing) Certification**.

Full immersion is the most effective way to convert passion into tangible wine skills and to ensure long-term retention. Extreme Wine significantly increases students’ wine and wine-pairing confidence, and imparts the experience of enjoying wine to novices and connoisseurs alike.

Extreme Wine creator Nicole Rolet enthuses, “For the past 8 years, we pride ourselves on creating a truly remarkable encounter between the teacher, student, nature and our passion for fine wine. Our exclusive bespoke classes stimulate and challenge our participants while having fun, forging a bond between all things wine.”

EW courses are taught in English by internationally recognized wine authorities Clive Barlow MW, former chairman of education of the Institute of Masters of Wine and Nick Dumergue, a senior judge for Decanter World Wine Awards. Together, they have a combined 50 years’ experience in wine education and the wine trade (see bios below).

Each day is packed with lectures and tutored one-on-one tastings covering all the major grape varieties and wine growing regions of the world.  Attendees focus on the difference between good wine and great wine and a curriculum including: decoding often cryptic wine labels; stocking, managing and accessorizing a wine cellar or wine collection.

Extreme Wine’s gastronomic meals are carefully crafted by Michelin restaurant trained chefs Fabrice Leclaire, La Verrière Head Chef, and Jon Chiri formerly of La Mirande Restaurant in Avignon, Provence (see bios below).

This year for the first time, within the Spirits section of the WSET programme, we proudly include a tutored tasting session via  international teleconferencing to  Sam Galsworthy founder of the London artisanal Sipsmith brand www.sipsmith.com

2015 prices range from €5100 – €8750 per person, for single occupancy, (reduced rates for shared occupancy) and is all-inclusive with 6 nights luxury accommodation, gourmet meals and airport transfers (see Tuition below). A bespoke Wine Experience course can also be designed for family, friends or corporate team building at a convenient date. 

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Visit our website www.chenebleuextremewine.com

Riverwalk Burger Battle VI and The Pilgram Group are ready to welcome carnivores to Fort Lauderdale

Presented by The Pilgram Group, the Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale Burger Battle™ is returning for its 6th year on Friday, May 8, 2015 to Huizenga Plaza in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The event will pit 16 of South Florida’s best restaurants against each other as they compete for the title of “Best Burger” for 2015.

A panel of 6 noteworthy and accomplished local judges will rate the burgers on texture, flavor, use of condiments, bread selection, unique approaches, etc. Restaurants will compete for the titles of Fan Favorite, Burger Nirvana, Best Bar and Grill, Best Knife and Fork Burger, Best Burger Joint, and Best Burger.

The event is sure to sell out, so act quickly and purchase tickets by going to  http://goo.gl/tXgiw6. The event draws over 1000 patrons to downtown Fort Lauderdale in connection with Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale’s mission to activate the Riverwalk. Tickets are $40 for general admission and $125 for the VIP Experience.

Restaurant chefs will be cooking up burgers for tasting while The Downtowner serves crispy golden French fries. Attendees will vote for a participant to win the title of Fan Favorite. They also receive three drink tickets to redeem at bars serving Jack Daniels cocktails, Barefoot Wine, and beer. Cash bars will also be present as well as live entertainment by That Band. VIP guests enter the event 30 minutes early, enjoy a seating area, a specialty burger provided by the Tilted Kilt, an open bar serving cocktails provided by Premier Beverage and Craft Beers provided by Stephens Distributing, and more.

The 2015 contenders are: Returning Champ – American Social, B. Bar and Grille, Beauty and the Feast, Big Bear Brewing Company, Big City Tavern, Bokampers, Frankey’s Sports Bar, Georgie’s Alibi, Grill Republic, Gulfstream Park, M.E.A.T. Eatery and Tap Room, Mind Your Manors, Rivals Waterfront Sports Grille, Shooters Waterfront, Timpano Italian Chophouse, and Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox.

Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale thanks presenting sponsor, Pilgram Group, and the following integral partners and sponsors: Anticipation Luxury Yacht Charters, Barefoot Wine, BB&T, Big 105.9, Best Rental Service, Blue Point Brewing Company, Budweiser, BurgerFi, City of Fort Lauderdale, Downtown Development Authority, The Downtowner, Eye On South Florida, Greenwave Oil Recovery, Goose Island, Go Riverwalk Magazine, Image 360, Jack Daniels, JM Lexus, The Media Lab, Pop Lab, Premier Beverage, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Stephens Distributing, Stevens & Goodwyn, P.A., Stiles, the Tilted Kilt, and Whole Foods ® Fort Lauderdale.

For event information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Cristina Hudson at 954.468.1541954.468.1541, ext. 205 or cristina@goriverwalk.com.