Hall-O-Queen! Get ready for a spooktacular night at R House Wynwood, at 2727 NW 2nd Ave. in Miami, on Oct. 28. With a very special guest host from RuPaul's Drag Race - drag legend Latrice Royale. Join Latrice, and Miami icon Athena Dion, for a thrilling event filled with costumes, music, fierce drag shows, and more wicked fun. Whether you're a ghoul, a witch, or a vampire, this is the place to be. Dance the night away, enjoy delicious treats, and show off your killer costume. All ticket sales will benefit SAVE whose mission is to promote, protect, and defend equality for LGBTQ in South Florida.
Dune by Laurent Tourondel, 2200 N. Ocean Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, will host a delectable prix-fixe brunch and Halloween event featuring a costume contest with prizes, tasty food, Halloween specialty cocktails, and tunes from DJ Giovanna from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 29 at the beachside venue. The $35 pre-fixe Halloween brunch will include one mimosa, a choice of brunch item, and coffee or diners may order from the regular menu. During the event, guests can participate in a costume contest. Tickets to attend a Disco Halloween Tea Dance are $15 and include one drink per ticket. Costumes are recommended but not required. For more details go to dunebylt.com.
The 14th annual Florida Day of the Dead Festival and Parade will return on Saturday, Nov. 4, in a new location at Esplanade Park, From 3-10 p.m. Latin food trucks, crafts booths, and kids’ activities, with artists on hand for sugar-skull face painting. Across the street, from 3 to 5 p.m., the atrium of the Museum of Discovery and Science will offer selfie opportunities with puppets from Hammond’s Puppet Network and the Puppet Guild of South Florida. At 6 p.m., the celebration’s iconic Skeleton Processional will commence for a stroll from the park to the traditional street party in front of Revolution Live and Backyard, a family-friendly gathering of music, vendors, and more food trucks until 10 p.m.
Burlock Coast in The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale, announced that chef Paula DaSilva will kick off “Paula’s Food Diaries.” Through November, DaSilva is preparing popular dishes created by celebrity chefs. Among the dishes being offered are Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans-style barbecue shrimp, Cat Cora’s braised short ribs, Alon Shaya’s whole roasted cauliflower, and Stephanie Izard’s grilled branzino. More information is available at burlockcoast.com.
Two treasured annual features of South Florida’s fall foodie season can now officially be added to your schedule: Swank Specialty Produce in Loxahatchee opened its weekly farmers market and the return of its long-running Swank Table dinner series on Nov. 12 and will include 10 dates through April 21. Each of the dinners costs $180 per person. Swank Specialty Produce is located at 14311 North Road, Loxahatchee. For tickets and more information on the dinners and the market, visit SwankSpecialtyProduce.com.
Baoshi, set to open later this fall, will be a gastronomic adventure that will bring together a curated local Asian market, five distinct food vendors, including Temple Street Eatery and Gangnam Chikn, and Gold Marquess which will be resurrecting its famous dim sum and roasted duck. Sushi and desserts such as mochi, bubble tea, fried donuts, and more will also be available, as will a stylish cocktail bar and lounge, and live music. This unique blend will result in a lively, vibrant destination that caters to every palate and preference. Baoshi Food Hall is located at 8525 Pines Boulevard and will open later this fall. For more information, baoshifoodhall.com.
La Mexicana Taco Bar now located in The Yard at Wilton Manors will move into the space formerly occupied by 925 Nuevos Cubanos at 925 N. Andrews Ave., just south of Sunrise Boulevard… The annual Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, now in partnership with Wine Spectator, will take place Dec, 7-10.