By Michael Mayo, SouthFlorida.com
Welcome to the latest edition of Hot Plates, your weekly guide to food events and dining promotions around South Florida. Father’s Day is celebrated Sunday, June 17, and many restaurants are offering promotions and brunches to salute the dads in our lives.
It is my contention that Father’s Day is meant to be spent at home, with steaks on the grill and a beer in hand, and apparently I am not alone in that feeling. A recent analysis by Womply, a firm that focuses on small business, found that Mother’s Day ranked first nationally on the calendar for restaurant sales (and fifth in Florida in 2017), but Father’s Day lagged well behind (48th in Florida). However, if you wish to go to a nice restaurant and have a fine meal on Sunday, who am I to argue?
KYU, 251 NW 25th St., a hip spot in Wynwood and one of my favorite restaurants in South Florida, has a drink giveaway lined up. Dads who dine will get a free “duck duck juuse,” a shot of cognac served with a shot of warm duck jus chaser from the kitchen’s burnt-end duck breast dish.
Besides stunning views of Biscayne Bay and a sumptuous Father’s Day brunch buffet from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. ($79 per adult, $35 per child under 12, plus tax and tip), the Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, in Key Biscayne, will offer a special Father’s Day Whiskey Tasting 6-9 p.m. ($35 per person, plus tax and tip). The session includes sips of multiple whiskeys (Tullamore Dew X.O., Balvenie 14 and Glenfiddich 21) and a goodie bag including a cigar.
Shooters Waterfront, 3033 NE 32nd Ave., in Fort Lauderdale, will offer Intracoastal views and an all-day brunch buffet ($46 for adults, $22 kids 12 and under, $20 bottomless drinks, plus tax and tip).
American Social, 720 E. Las Olas Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale, will give dads who dine a free hand-rolled cigar. Brunch will be served 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., with bottomless house mimosas and Bloody Marys for $18, bottomless Chandon Rosé for $34.95, and $50 bottles of Moet.
Today-Sept. 30: Rapoport’s Restaurant Group offers a “school’s out for summer” promotion with a free meal for kids 12 and younger with each adult entree purchase. Offer valid at Burt & Max’s in Delray Beach (daily), Prezzo in Boca Raton (all day Sunday-Thursday), Max’s Grille in Boca Raton (5 p.m.-closing Sunday-Thursday) and Deck 84 in Delray Beach (all day Monday-Thursday).
June 18: Author Rick Bragg discusses his new book, “The Best Cook in the World: Tales From My Momma’s Table,” a food memoir and cookbook, 8 p.m. at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., in Coral Gables. Free.
June 18: I Heart Mac & Cheese, a fast-growing fast-casual chain, opens its fifth South Florida restaurant at 141 NW 20th St., in Boca Raton, in the Shops at University Park.
June 23: “Cuba: The Cookbook” launch party with chef Eileen Andrade (Finka Table and Tap, Amelia’s) at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., in Coral Gables. Free.
June 25: Screening and panel discussion of “A Fine Line,” a documentary about women in the U.S. restaurant industry. Panelists include director Joanna James, author Judith Olney and chefs Lindsay Autry (Regional Kitchen, West Palm Beach) and Lisabet Summa (Big Time Restaurant Group). Tickets cost $70, including cocktails and food. Tower Club, 100 SE Third Ave. (28th floor), Fort Lauderdale.
June 25: Secret Supper, presented by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, takes place in Coconut Creek, at a restaurant to be revealed the day of the event. Tickets cost $100, and include a multicourse meal, drinks and tip. For information email eventsSFL@tronc.com or call Bianca Ungerman at 954-425-1972.
July 13, Aug. 10 and Sept. 14: Sushi and Stroll Summer Walk Series, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, in Delray Beach. Admission is $7 adults, $5 kids in advance plus additional cost for food and drink.
July 24: Chef Allen Susser’s farm-to-table dinner, featuring a Venetian-inspired plant-based dinner, $30 with $18 optional wine pairing, Books and Books, 265 Aragon Ave., in Coral Gables.
Aug. 1-7: Dine Out Downtown Delray, a promotion featuring special multicourse meals and events at restaurants in Delray Beach.
Aug. 1-Sept. 30: Miami Spice, a restaurant promotion with more than 200 eateries offering special multicourse $23 lunches and $39 dinners.
Sept. 1-30: Crave GFL, a restaurant promotion featuring dozens of Broward restaurants offering special multicourse meals.
Sept. 1-30: Flavor Palm Beach, a restaurant promotion featuring dozens of Palm Beach County restaurants offering special multicourse meals.