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Restaurants to hold fundraisers for Stoneman Douglas victims

Welcome to the Eat Beat Newsletter. I present a slimmed-down edition this week, but plenty of opportunity for gorging awaits at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival (through Sunday), and a 10th anniversary party and concert for Rocco's Tacos on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach on Saturday. Enjoy.

(Frank and Dino's to hold Stoneman Douglas fundraiser.)

Helping Parkland: In the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting, some local restaurants are eager to help. Restaurateur and thoroughbred trainer Carlo Vaccarezza, whose sons Nick and Mike attend Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, will hold a fundraiser for victims' families 2-9 p.m. Sunday at his Frank and Dino's, 39 SE First Ave., Boca Raton. Contributions can also be made by calling 561-218-4636. Nick, 18, a senior, and Mike, 16, a sophomore, were in separate buildings when the shootings occurred and were able to escape without injury ... Falafel Bistro and Wine Bar, 5677 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs, will hold a fundraiser on Monday (Feb. 26), with food served by MSD alumni and all proceeds going to a victims fund ... All 34 Duffy's Sports Grill locations in Florida will collect donations on Sunday (Feb. 25), and the chain says it will match all contributions dollar for dollar. Proceeds will go to the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund set up by the Broward Education Foundation, according to the restaurant.

Women of Syria dinner in Fort Lauderdale will bring refugee stories and food to life

The Women of Syria dinner will be held Friday, Feb. 23, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts during the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, an event that will pair top chefs Alon Shaya and Ingrid Hoffmann with Syrian refugees who belong to cooking clubs in Miami and Denver. [More]

South Beach Wine and Food Festival Clambake featuring Emeril Lagasse | Photos

Scenes from a seafood feast hosted by Emeril Lagasse at the Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort on Thursday, Feb. 22. [More]

Barsecco courts 'younger, hipper crowd' in Brickell

Barsecco restaurant and lounge replaces long-running Segafredo Brickell in Miami. [More]

Costa Palm Beach starts Sunday brunch service, opens market

Costa Palm Beach Mediterranean restaurant's brunch includes naan, shakshuka and cripsy pork shank. [More]

Checkers, please: 3 of Hearts in Lake Worth serves board games and tapas

3 of Hearts Game Shop + Eatery in Lake Worth features trio-themed comfort food, vintage board games and farmhouse decor. [More]

Brightline food hall Central Fare, Wynwood Food Hall coming to Miami

Central Fare, Brightline's 50,000-square-foot food hall, will open this spring in Miami, while the Wynwood Food Hall opening this fall will offer Latin American fare. [More]

Free Charburger at Habit Burger Grill

Join the free CharClub in March and get a coupon for a free Charburger. [More]

Amara a first for Michael Schwartz

Amara at Paraiso is chef Michael Schwartz's first Latin American restaurant. [More]

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