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Hot Plates: Barbecue event in Fort Lauderdale postponed until October, seafood festival in Dania Beach still on

Welcome to the latest edition of Hot Plates, your weekly guide to food events and restaurant promotions around South Florida. Summer barbecue season is almost here, but the Smoke on the Water BBQ Feast in Fort Lauderdale that was supposed to usher in the season this weekend has been postponed until Oct. 20.

The annual barbecue competition was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 19, but a notice posted on the organizers’ website announced the late change. Organizers cited potential wet weather this weekend, saying, “After checking multiple forecasts we have decided to postpone.” It is the second straight year that the event has been pushed back until later in the year.

Organizers originally said the event would take place rain or shine. Last year’s event was delayed from May until July because of a weather wipeout, with rainy conditions turning Esplanade Park into a boggy mess.

The other big barbecue event of the week — indoors, thankfully — is for grill masters working on advanced degrees. World-renowned barbecue guru Steven Raichlen, a South Florida resident, will appear at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Books and Books in Coral Gables, 265 Aragon Ave., to promote his latest cookbook, “Project Fire,” released this month. It is the 30th book from the five-time James Beard Award-winning author, the follow-up to last year’s “Project Smoke.”

Raichlen will sign book copies, answer questions and provide food samples at the free event. The book explores cutting-edge techniques such as “caveman” grilling, in which food is cooked directly in the embers, and delves into the latest gadgets and innovations, including plancha grills and hybrid wood burners.

For those partial to sea creatures over smoked meats, the Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration, takes place Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, at Frost Park, 300 NE Second St. The free festival features live music, crafts and vendors selling a variety of food and drink. The event starts at 11 a.m. both days and concludes at 8 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday.

On Thursday, May 17, NYY Steak at the Seminole Coconut Creek Casino, 5550 NW 40th St., will hold a Stags’ Leap wine dinner featuring a multicourse meal with wine pairings.Tickets cost $200 plus tax and tip. Call 954-585-5379 to reserve.

Also on May 17, Movie Bistro, a restaurant serving lunch, dinner, happy hour and dessert, opens at the Cinemark Palace 20 in Boca Raton, 3200 Airport Road. The 250-seat restaurant will offer a special buy-one-get-one-free lunch promotion from May 17 through June 1.

Geoffrey Zakarian, the dapper celebrity chef and Food Network personality, will host an intimate dinner Friday, May 18, at his Point Royal restaurant at the Diplomat Resort Hotel, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, in Hollywood. The five-course dinner with wine will start at 7 p.m., and will cost $125 per person (plus tax and tip, valet parking free). For tickets, call 954-602-8750.

Upcoming

May 22: Check, Please! Tasting Tour, North Miami Beach. Tickets cost $150.

May 24: Funky Buddha beer dinner at Mai-Kai, 3599 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $55 plus tax and tip. Call 954-563-3272 to reserve.

May 24: Pappy Van Winkle bourbon dinner, Council Oak Steaks and Seafood, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $450 plus tax and tip. Call 954-316-2900 to reserve.

May 29: Sonny’s Famous Steak Hogies’ 60th anniversary celebration, 1857 N. 66th Ave., in Hollywood. Tent with free drinks and entertainment. All menu items cost $6 all day. 5 p.m. ceremony.

June 2: Taste of Recovery to benefit Crossroads Club for addiction recovery, hosted by Louie Bossi, Old School Square, in Delray Beach. Tickets cost $40.

June 2: Taste the Islands Experience, celebration of Caribbean culture, Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, 231 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $95 in advance, $125 at the gate.

June 5: Sustainable Supper Club series begins with chef Janine Booth dinner at Verde restaurant in Perez Art Museum Miami, 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Tickets cost $125 plus tax and tip.

June 6-10: The Hukilau celebration of tiki bars and culture, Mai-Kai restaurant, 3599 N. Federal Highway, in Fort Lauderdale. Weekly passes cost $175 and up. Individual event tickets cost $15 and up.

June 8: Sushi and Stroll Summer Walk Series, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens, 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Admission is $7 adults, $5 kids in advance plus additional cost for food and drink.

June 10: Cochon 555, a competition pitting local chefs cooking pig, 1 Hotel South Beach, 2341 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets start at $130.

If you have an event or dining promotion that you would like to see listed here, please send pertinent information (date, address, cost) to mmayo@southflorida.com.

mmayo@southflorida.com, 954-356-4508. Follow my food adventures on Instagram: @mikemayoeats. Sign up for my weekly dining newsletter at SouthFlorida.com/EatBeatMail.

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