Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: Chef Takeover at Books & Books

By Carissa Chesanek  |  December 5, 2013
Credit: Norman Van Aken


On December 5, the Coconut Grove Playhouse parking lot hosts a new Grove Green Market from 2 PM to 8 PM. Local farmers such as Urban Greenworks and Coconut Grove Farms offer fresh produce, grass-fed beef, seafood and olive oils. Guests can also picnic at The Barnacle Historic State Park all day long. More info here


Chef Norman Van Aken (pictured) hosts his launch party at Books & Books in Coral Gables for his latest memoir No Experience Necessary: The Culinary Odyssey of Chef Norman Van Aken. Guest chefs from Swine Southern Table & Bar and The Federal Food, Drink and Provisions will create dishes from the book, followed by Van Aken's discussion and signing. The event is free and open to the public .


The Tap 'N' Run Ft. Lauderdale takes place on December 7 starting at 2 PM at America’s Backyard. Runners dress up in wacky costumes and stumble through a 4K race course, pit-stopping at three beer-chugging stations and making it toward the finish line, where they're rewarded with a beer and awards ceremony. Tickets range from $35 to $59 per person, and are available here.


The last installment of Dinner in Paradise takes place on December 8 at Paradise Farms Organic in Homestead at 5 PM. The Keys’ top chefs will create a five-course meal and wine pairing with proceeds going toward the Learning in Paradise program, helping children learn about healthy eating. Tickets are $165.50 (305-248-4181).