THURSDAYArt of Wine & Food at Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale: Radio host Paul Castronovo (The Paul & Young Ron Show) , owner of Castronovo Vineyards, launches his Montepulciano DAbruzzo as the official wine of Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art; chef Allen Susser discussess accompanying dishes; 6-7:30 p.m. (galleries are open at 5 p.m.), Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd.; $35, reservations required. 954-262-0249. Club Blue Miami: Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade launch new young professionals 45-and-under networking group to benefit the clubs programs for kids; 6-8 p.m., Crazy About You, 1155 Brickell Bay Dr., Suite 101, Miami; $25 (includes a drink and hors doeuvres). firstname.lastname@example.org. Food News & Views: Tim Zagat discusses the 2011 Zagat South Florida Restaurant Survey with host Linda Gassenheimer and Miami Herald wine columnist Fred Tasker on WLRN-FM (91.3); 1:30-2 p.m. Memorial Green Market: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Memorial Regional Hospital, 3501 Johnson St., Hollywood. 305-531-0038 or www.themarketcompany.org. Publix Aprons Cooking School Classes: www.publix.com/aprons: • Talk of the Town-China Grill: Cooking demo by Chris Capron, executive chef at the Fort Lauderdale restaurant; 6:30 p.m., 1181 S. University Dr., Plantation; $40, registration required. 954-577-7632. SOBE Local Food Tour: Walking lunch tour with introduction to the history, architecture and diverse culinary scene of South Beach. Includes tastings at five to seven stops; noon (also Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesdays); meeting place provided with booking confirmation; $59, reservations required. 855-642-3663. Thirsty Thursdays-Sparkling Cocktail Hour: Three beers, cocktails or glasses of wine plus ceviches and grilled skewers with wine educator Barry Alberts; 6-9 p.m., Jaguar Ceviche Spoon Bar & Latam Grill, 3067 Grand Ave., Coconut Grove; $20. 305-444-0216. Whole Foods Market Events: www.wholefoodsmarket.com: *South Beach Wine and Food Festival Cooking Class: With Meat Market chef Sean Brasel. Participants get chance to win a pair of tickets to the Feb. 24-27 festivals Grand Tasting Village; 7 p.m., 6701 Red Rd., Coral Gables; free, registration required. 305-421-9421. *Top 5 @ 5 Wine Tastings: Sample up to five carefully picked wines; 5-7 p.m., 810 University Dr., Coral Springs; free. 954-753-8000. *Value Tour: Learn how to find the best deals in the store; 2-2:45 p.m., 1020 Alton Rd., Miami Beach; free, registration required. 305-938-2800. Williams-Sonoma Demonstration-Classic Soups: Call for times; held at South Florida stores. Store locator at www.williams-sonoma.com. * * * * * * * * * FRIDAY Chateau Latour Tasting & Dinner: Features legendary vintages including 1982, 1986, 1990, 2000, 2006 and the newly released 2007. Event is limited to 16 people; 7 p.m., Cafe Maxx, 2601 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach; $895, reservations required. 954-523-9463. Chocolate Festival with Coffee & Tea: Fifth annual international event includes chocolate tastings, cacao tree sales, cooking demos, lectures, free yoga classes and kids activities; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Sunday; Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables; admission is $25, $18 seniors, $12 kids 6-17, free for kids 5 and under and members. 305-667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org . Full schedule in Calendar at www.MiamiHerald.com.
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