Sips & Sliders @ Sunset to Benefit Jack & Jill Children’s Center

It can be said without sarcasm that the slider is a grand American culinary achievement and a rare symbol of moderation in the age of bacon sundaes and quadruple stacks. The compact car of beef, it packs the juice and deliciousness of a big burger without putting people at inordinate risk of heart attack; it perfectly straddles the line between appetizer and meal.

On Thursday, April 21, 2011, Fort Lauderdale’s best restaurants will lock spatulas in an epic cookout for the title of “SoFla Slider Master.” At “Sips and Sliders at Sunset” (cosponsored by New Times), their meat morsels will be mouth-tested and digested by a panel of experts that includes celebrity chefs and Mayor Jack Seiler.

It’s all happening at YOLO, a trendy joint on Las Olas whose own meatball slider — a delicious confection of tomato gravy, arugula, and herb ricotta — is in the running. Spectators will be treated to great food, drinks, and live music. Proceeds will benefit the Jack & Jill Children’s Center.  Jack & Jill Children’s Center, a non-profit organization that offers an accredited program which supports the intellectual, emotional, physical and social development of young children.

It was founded in 1942 and has evolved into a community-based program with a community-based board of directors. Over the years, Jack & Jill has provided more than 13,000 children 1 million hours of child care. Its mission is to break the cycle of poverty for children of lower income working families in Broward County through the provision of family-oriented child care services and family intervention and support.

Sips and Sliders at Sunset happens on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at YOLO (333 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). Admission cost $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 954-523-1000, or visit yolorestaurant.com.

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