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Vagabond Restaurant To Host Monthly BBQ Cookout And More Miami Food Events This Week

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Each week, MIAbites presents the Weekly Nibble, a listing of food events and happenings for the upcoming week.  All are subject to change and we encourage you to check ahead to confirm details and availability.

Sunday 2/21-  The coolest pool hosts the hottest chefs as Vagabond Restaurant & Bar and Executive Chef Alex Chang are thrilled to announce the launch of “Alex Chang’s Backyard Cookout,” a monthly BBQ that will feature a rotation of some of Miami’s most notable chefs. The series kicks off on Sunday, February 21st with a Mexican inspired BBQ by Chef Steve Santana of Taquiza. Bites start at $6 and cocktails will feature Montelobos Mezcal and Ancho Reyes. FREE admission with RSVP thru Eventbrite link here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alex-changs-backyard-cookout-feat-steve-santana-of-taquiza-tickets-21436375777?aff=ehomefriend   The Vagabond 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL.

Tuesday 2/23-  MCKitchen is the venue for a special 5-course dinner and beer pairing hosted by Chef Dena Marino, Miami Heat star Chris Bosh, and Dogfish Beer founder, Sam Caligione.  If you were lucky enough to attend last year’s SOLD OUT event you know how much fun it was and this year’s promises to be even more “over the tap” ( get it! ).  Tickets are $225 pp and available by calling the restaurant at 305 456 9948.  MCKitchen 4141 NE 2nd Ave. Miami FL .

Wednesday 2/24-Sunday 2/28–  Make way for the 60, 000 attendees expected for this years South Beach Wine+Food Festival Tickets still available for a slew of events including Italian Bites on The Beach, Grilled Cheese Happy Hour with Ms. Cheezious, Amstel Light Burger Bash, Meatopia and a special dinner with Chefs Alex Chang and Tom Collichio.  Check availability on www.sobefest.com

Thursday 2/25-   dbBistro Moderne presents an evening of Alsatian cuisine and wine as we welcome host Jean Trimbach from Alsace’s acclaimed Trimbach Estate. The Trimbach portfolio pairs beautifully with classic dishes from the region, such as Chicken Oyster and Snail Fricassee and Milk Fed Suckling Pig. The four courses dinner and reception begins at 6:30PM: Reception / 7:00PM: Dinner.  $125 per person, plus tax and service charge. Tickets available on Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alsatian-wine-dinner-with-trimbach-estate-tickets-21141422564?aff=ebrowse   db Bistro Moderne, 2nd Floor, Verdure 255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131  305 421 8800

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Sunday 2/28– Ayurvedic practitioner, Ann Harrison and Chef Sabrina Lopez are hosting a Ayurvedic Cooking Class at ALNO Kitchens on Sunday, February 28, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The class will go in-depth and cover concepts and recipes that are most suitable for YOUR personal constitution. Understand what truly feeds, nourishes and heals you: by stepping into the kitchen and learning the concepts, nutrition and practical hands-on skills behind Ayurvedic cooking. You will learn which spices help you balance your own individual dosha and we will touch upon the concepts of how to create and maintain a sacred kitchen. Tickets on Eventbrite link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cook-for-your-personal-dosha-and-create-a-sacred-kitchen-tickets-21420614635 ALNO Kitchens 3650 North Miami Ave. Miami FL

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Here Are 10 Miami Restaurants That Offer Special Valentine’s Day Menus

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Sunday February 14th is Valentine’s Day and many Miami restaurants have special menus to help you dine with the one you love.  Please call ahead to confirm details and to make reservations.  In many cases, a la carte options are also available.

Here is MIAbites Weekly Nibble of food and dining events over the next week. 

Valentine’s Day and Weekend:

Metropolitan by COMO is offering a special Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar on Sunday, February 14th.Chef Juan Loaisiga invites locals, visitors and hotel guests to experience the sumptuous menu, created especially for couples who wish to end their special day gazing into each others eyes over a candlelit dinner within one of South Florida’s most romantic restaurants.  The four-course Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu at The Traymore Restaurant and Bar is priced at $75 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and alcohol) or $120 per person with a wine pairing with each course. Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.  305-695-3555

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster– is featuring a 4 course prix fixe Valentine’s brunch menu all weekend for $75 pp that includes plenty of oysters, caviar, champagne and other New England seafood delights, including red velvet whoopie pies.  Full A la carte menu also available. Izzy’s Fish & Oyster 423 Washington Ave. Miami BeachFL. (305) 397-8843

Byblos sets the mood for love and romance with a special four-course Valentine’s Weekend menu. On Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, guests can indulge in a choice of appetizer, including Organic Artichoke & Lemon Labneh, Uri Buri Shrimp, or Charred Beets before divulging in their second course with a choice of Octopus Kataif, Roasted Cauliflower, or Creamed Spinach Pide. For their third course, patrons can choose between delicious Day Boat Black Cod, Yufka Rolls, and Hand Roll Couscous. For dessert, guests have a choice between Krembo, Yogurt Mousse, Walnut Fudge, Revani, Hibiscus Chocolate Truffle, and Meyer Lemon Sorbet. The menu is $85 per person and a wine pairing option is available for $150. The a la carte menu is also available. Byblos Miami 1545 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139305 508 5041.

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JW Marriott Miami’s Executive Chef, Alex Paz, invites couples to share a romantic dining experience at the Trapiche Room. Menu highlights include Black Truffle and Taleggio Potato and Chocolate Dusted Prime Filet with Stone Crab Risotto. The delectable experience finishes with a decadent Red Velvet Rum Cake. The romantic dinner on February 14th is priced at $80 per person with the option of wine pairings for an additional $25. JW Marriott 1109 Brickell Ave. Miami FL

Bazi– Featuring Chef Michael Pirolo’s bold flavors and exciting Asian-inspired dishes, Bazi is offering a five course prix fixe tasting menu for $75 per person. The Valentine’s Day feast kicks off with Dressed Oysters served with white ponzu, blood orange, and cucumber, followed by Sweet Potato Dumplings, a popular dish with chicken, fermented black beans, and Thai basil. The dinner continues with Shrimp & Crab Udon topped with pea tendrils, ginger, and soy; while the fourth course offers a choice of Miso Marinated Grouper with bok choy & sake burre blanc or Grass Fed New York Strip Steak with miso butter & miatake mushrooms. Cap off the evening with a sumptuous Molten Chocolate Bowl prepared with passion fruit and Thai basil anglaise. Bazi The Marlin Hotel, 1200 Collins Avenue on Miami Beach. (305) 695-0101.

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana– Lincoln Road’s upscale Northern Italian eatery will offer several dinner specials this Valentine’s Day, including Carpaccio di Tonno – tuna carpaccio with avocado sauce, lemon dressing, baby water cress, and radish salad ($26). Entrée selections feature Polenta ai Funghi con Tartufo – creamy truffle polenta with mix mushrooms, truffle sauce, and 2 grams of fresh black truffle shavings ($37); Gnocchi Pesto E Gamberi – white gnocchi with pesto, pine nuts, and shrimp ($27); Turbot con Vongole e Caviale– pan fried turbot with manila clams, water cress fumet broth, and 3 grams of Calvisius caviar ($47); and Costate Di Agnello con Salsa ai Funghi – rack of lamb with beech mushroom sauce ($49). Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road. (305) 531-4833

Meat Market– Lincoln Road’s hot steakhouse, is getting into the spirit of Valentine’s Day with some special touches, including a rose giveaway for the ladies as they walk through the door and delectable MM chocolates for couples at their end of their meal. The restaurant will be offering their regular lunch and dinner menu save for a few romantic additions, such as “His & Hers” specialty cocktails ($14) and Lanson Pink Rose Champagne ($75) to mark the occasion. Lunch ends at 3:30 PM and dinner begins at 6 PM. Valentine’s Day specials will also be available at Meat Market Palm Beach. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. (305) 532-0088 Meat Market Palm Beach is located at 191 Bradley Place. For reservations, please call (561) 354-9800

The Dutch– award-winning Chef Andrew Carmellini’s roots-inspired American restaurant, is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day with a three course prix fixe menu designed with couples in mind.Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), the dinner comes with a complimentary glass of champagne and features a variety of creative dishes and desserts. The Dutch at The W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL (305) 938-3112

Macchialina– Miami Beach’s rustic Italian eatery, will offer a delectable five course prix fixe tasting menu for $75 per person. Chef Michael Pirolo created custom dishes including Dressed Oysters with burrata and caviar and a first course featuring Yellowfin Tuna Crudo topped with avocado, preserved lemon, and truffle. The evening continues with Truffled Risoto with salsify & porcini, Veal Cheek Crepinette with prosciutto, sage, and braised cabbage, and for dessert Molten Chocolate Cake topped with pistachio and cherry. Macchialina 820 Alton Road on Miami Beach. (305) 534-2124.

Michael Mina 74– This Valentine’s Day, treat your sweetheart to an unforgettable night at Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Delight your date on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at the hotel’s contemporary American Bistro, Michael Mina 74, where there will be options that include a special prix-fixe menu, wine pairings Lovebirds can enjoy a lavish four course prix-fixe menu for $250 per couple. Add wine pairings (as listed below) for an additional $100 (*$350 per couple). For guests that want to swoon with their beloved under the stars, this menu can be served in a romantic private cabana for $500 per couple. Michael Mina at The Fontainebleau. 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.

As the Boat Show sails out of town, the 10,000+ foodies arrive for the beginning of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on Wednesday 2/24- Sunday 2/28.

Wednesday February 24th-Sunday February 28th  The South Beach Wine+Food Festival kicks off the weekend with newly added Taste of Fort Lauderdale featuring Robert Irvine hosting Seaside Eats at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens in Fort Lauderdale. And continuing throughout the weekend with dinners, a DJ party and Bloody Mary Brunch with the cast of Chopped.  For full Taste Fort Lauderdale series info go to Taste Fort Lauderdale link here  http://www.sobefest.com/events.php?cat_id=33.  You can read more about SOBEWFF which continues thru Sunday 2/28 on MIAbites link here http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/1/30/sobewff-2016-wine-food-miami-miami-beach/

Wednesday February 24th–  Crawdaddy Wednesdays at The Federal is kicking off early this year. The fourth annual throwdown will launch this Wednesday, February 10 and will be held weekly through the end of spring. The traditional boil, priced at $15 per pound or $50 for five pounds, is served with taters, corn and andouille sausage.  Bottomless beer and bubbly will be offered at an additional $20 per person. The Federal 5132 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL305 758 9559

Thursday February 25th–  Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne Miamibegins its 2016 Winner Dinner Series with a special event not to be missed: an evening of Alsatian cuisine and wine hosted by owner Jean Trimbach from Alsace’s acclaimed Trimbach Estate. For almost four centuries the Trimbach family has been promoting the exceptional history, terroir and wines of the Alsace region. The Trimbach portfolio pairs beautifully with classic dishes from the region, such as Chicken Oyster and Snail Fricassee and Milk Fed Suckling Pig. Thursday, February 25 7pm reception | 7:30 pm dinner$125 per person + tax & gratuity.  db Bistro Moderne255 Biscayne Boulevard Way Miami, FL 33131 305 421 8800.

New and Ongoing:

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster A welcome addition to the lunch scene, Izzy’s is now open for lunch and the casual, New England seafood eatery is offering such lunchtime favorites as fresh oysters, lobster rolls, blue crab salad rolls, grouper and many more options to transport you to a seaside beach shack in Cape Cod.  Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave. Miami Beach FL. (305) 397-8843.

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please check ahead to confirm details and prices. )

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As The Mercury Drops In South Florida, The Local Food World Heats Up

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Monday January 18th– Beginning January 18th, Red Ginger in SoFi will be offering a new lunch menu from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  The new menu will feature both ongoing favorites and new additions including entrée salads, rice bowls and bento boxes perfect for a quick sit down lunch, delivery or pick up.  Menu highlights will include the Salmon & Crab Buns, Lobster Banh Mi, Wagyu Beef Burger, and Japanese IPA Tempura Seabass.  Also offered will be four rice bowl options with a choice of Vegetables, Grilled Chicken, Duck Confit or Tiger Prawns plus four bento box options (Sashimi, Nigiri, Maki, and truffle salmon maki).  In addition, Red Ginger has expanded the dinner menu to include a robata steak selection and seafood dishes like the Lobster Pad Thai.  Red Ginger 736 First Street Miami Beach FL. (305) 433-6876

Thursday January 21st – BLT Prime Miami will partner with local home-grown beer makers  M.I.A. Brewing for a five course dinner featuring seasonal beers from the Doral-based brewery and tap room. Miami Herald Food Editor Evan Benn, a national beer writer for Esquire, Beer Advocate and other publications, will serve as host for the event; The evening will get underway at 7 PM on Thursday, January 21. Priced at $75 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, reservations are required at 305-591-6066BLT Prime Trump National Doral
4400 NW 87th Ave Miami, FL 33178.

Friday January 22nd and Saturday January 23rd–  In preparation for the upcoming 2016 Miami Marathon on Sunday, January 24 , Scarpetta, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, will offer marathon runners ( or anyone for that matter ) a special $45  “Carb-Up” 3 course prix-fixe menu. The menu is only available from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23. The three-course menu is a delicious way to power up before the big run; specially crafted to ensure runners’ muscles are fueled and energy levels are up for optimal performance. Among the menu items starter choices included are their popular creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushroom and main courses choices include their Spaghetti with tomato and basil and Duck & Foie Gras Ravioli. Scarpetta 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL  877 326 7412.

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Saturday January 23rd– StripSteak by Michael Mina at The Fontainebleau kickoffs off their 2016 Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner series with a decadent five-course menu prepared by StripSteak chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, complemented by seven different wines from Darioush. Darioush Khaledi and his wife Shahpar founded Darioush in 1997. The Darioush Estate has flourished over time and is now comprised of 120 acres in Southern Napa Valley spanning the Mount Veeder and Oak Knoll American viticultural areas.  Each of the five courses will be paired with a different varietal from the label. Priced at $225 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, the luxurious evening will begin at 8 p.m.  Strip Steak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 877 326 7412.

New and Ongoing:

GK Bistronomie in Wynwood just launched their new happy hour. Specials include craft cocktails for $5 and all beers and select wines are 1/2 price – offered every day from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. GK Bistronomie serves Peruvian dishes offering a selection of tiraditos, ceviches, appetizers and main courses. The outdoor “kitchen bar” serves classic Peruvian sours including Pisco, Chicha and Passionfruit. GK Bistronomie 218 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127 786 477 5151

Le Zoo, Stephen Starr’s newest South Florida restaurant, is excited to announce the debut of its new brunch menu Saturday and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.  Located in the Bal Harbour Shops, Le Zoo transports diners to the French bistros of days gone by and offers a relaxed atmosphere amongst the hustle and bustle of the nearby shops. The menu offers a wide selection, including delicious egg dishes like eggs benedict and poached egg basquaise with creamy polenta and prosciutto. In addition to traditional brunch fare like French toast topped with pineapple and freshly baked pastries, Le Zoo will be serving up French classics like French onion soup gratinée, escargots, and steak frites. An extensive raw bar and inspired cocktail list round out the menu to offer the ideal weekend brunch experience.  Le Zoo 9700 Collins Ave Bal Harbour, FL 33154 (305) 602-9663

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The Ultimate Guide For Where To Eat And Drink For Christmas And New Year’s in Miami

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Miami has always done the holidays right.  Visitors and residents alike have numerous options for dining and entertainment. New Year’s Eve free concerts and fireworks on South Beach, Pitbull hosting fireworks and parties at Bayfront Park, and The Weeknd performing poolside at The Fontainebleau.

So here are our picks for celebrating Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  And we will continue to add updates as necessary to keep you “up to date…up to the last minute of 2015″.

MIAMI BEACH & MIAMI:

Bodega Taqueria y Tequila is excited to celebrate 2016 in style with their New Year’s Eve & One Year Anniversary party starting at 9:30 p.m. As always there will be no cover at the door! Partygoers looking for something a bit more intimate, Bodega is hosting a private VIP reception earlier in the evening from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. with passed her d’oeuvres curated by Chef Bernie Matz. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila 1220 16th Street Miami Beach, FL

Radio Bar is hosting New Year’s Eve where $75 will get you in for an Open Bar from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. featuring sounds by Action Jackson. Table reservations are also available: radioevents@meninhospitality.com. Radio Bar 814 First Street Miami Beach, FL 

Red Ginger is celebrating the New Year in style with a 5-course menu and two seatings at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.  Dinner is priced at $180 for the 6:30 p.m. seating and $220 for the 8:30 p.m. seating. As an added bonus, those booking dinner at Red Ginger will also have VIP access to Radio Bar’s New Years Eve celebration that features an open bar from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Please call 786-433-6876 for reservations. Red Ginger 736 First Street Miami Beach, FL 

Gianni’s at The Villa is excited to announce two over-the-top events to ring in 2016! Visit The Villa, Casa Casuarina- formerly the Versace Mansion- to celebrate in luxury and style. Gianni’s will be serving mouthwatering five-course meals prepared by Executive Chef Thomas Stewart. Guests can choose between two seatings; at 7pm and 10 pm. The second seating raises the bar as the New Year approaches with New Years count down to midnight surrounded by the glittering gold tiles of the Million Mosaic Pool. The New Year’s Eve Party includes a premium open bar from 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. Dinner is priced at $195 per person for the first seating, and $295 per person for the second seating, not including beverages. Dinner guests can access the party for an additional $99. Admission to the party without dinner reservations is $199 per person. Reservations required, please call 786-485-2200. The Villa, Casa Casuarina 1116 Ocean DriveMiami Beach, FL

Prime Fish– Restaurateur, Myles Chefetz is celebrating 2016 at his popular seafood eatery, Prime Fish with a New Year’s Day edition of his famed Nemo brunch. On January 1st guest can enjoy brunch highlights including both an omelet and carving station in addition to legendary classics like Curried Fish Cakes and Duck Confit Hash and lobster omelet, homemade whitefish salad, brioche French toast, and Eggs Benedict. Brunch includes bottomless mimosas, Bellini, Prosecco and Bloody Marys. Brunch Price $49.00 including an entree and select bottomless drinks: Prime Fish 100 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 

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SLS South Beach– The SoBe hotspot is hosting New Year’s Eve dinners at both Katsuya and The Bazaar by Jose Andres and a performance by world-renowned artist DJ Cedric at HYDE Beach. Celebrity DJ Cedric Gervais helps ring in the New Year  where Hyde Beach will transform into CHATEAU HYDE, reminiscent of the Palace of Versailles for an evening of opulence, dancing, and, of course, champagne!  Tickets start at $150 for General Admission and, if purchased in advance, include Open Bar from 9PM – 12AM in addition to passed dishes from Katsuya, SLS South Beach’s famed Japanese restaurant “with a provocative twist” by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi from 9PM – 11PM . The SLS South Beach 1701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL

The Bazaar by José Andrés  -The world-renowned restaurant from culinary icon José Andrés, The Bazaar, will afford diners with two exquisite and unforgettable dining options on New Year’s Eve: 13-Course Menu at The Bazaar (Available for 6pm seating) – $125pp (not including gratuity/tax) 16-Course Menu at The Bazaar (Available for 9:30pm seating) – $300pp (not including gratuity/tax). The Bazaar by Jose Andres at the SLS  1701 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.

Driftwood Room at Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, in South Beach invites guests to cheer in the New Year with a special five-course meal. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Chef de Cuisine Lucas Marino have created a five-course dinner. For those looking to enjoy dinner before the party, the early seating is from 7pm – 9pm. The late seating will start at 9:30pm and allows guests to sit through the evening. Those wishing to continue the celebration poolside can purchase tickets for an additional $100 per person. Driftwood Room 1825 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL

Bazi: Miami Beach’s newest dining destination featuring the unforgettably bold cuisine of Chef Michael Pirolo, will be offering a one-night-only New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner menu along with bubbly specials from 9:30-11PM, following regular dinner service. Guests will be able to enjoy live music while toasting to the New Year with champagne specials by the bottle including Perrier Jouet NV Brut ($90), Henri Giraud Esprit De Giraud Rose ($125), Billecart-Salmon Cuvee Nicolas Francois 1999 ($200) and Perrier Jouet Belle Epouque 2012 ($250). Priced at $120 per person and including a champagne toast at midnight. Bazi 1200 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL.

Macchialina:  the rustic Italian eatery owned by Chef Michael Pirolo and partner/hospitality veteran Jen Chaefsky, will be offering several luxurious additions to their regular dinner menu to ring in the New Year. Known as a must-try for locals, visitors in the know and critics near and far, holiday menu highlights will include whole fish, osso bucco and a complimentary prosecco toast at midnight. Macchialina 820 Alton Rd. Miami Beach, FL. 

Meat Market: Invites locals and visitors alike to come celebrate the New Year in style with special holiday offerings. Diners can enjoy the sounds of live DJ entertainment and choose between three decadent packages featuring four-course dinner menus expertly crafted by Executive Chef Sean Brasel. New Year’s Eve packages include the Early Package – reservation time options between 6PM – 8PM, four-course dinner menu ($150 per person); Second Package – reservations available from 9PM – close, four-course dinner menu with a champagne toast and party favors at midnight to ring in the New Year ($250 per person); and Champagne Bar Package – bottomless champagne by the glass at the bar from 10PM – 1AM ($50 per person). Any additional food and beverage is not included, and a 20% gratuity will be added to all checks. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach FL

The Dutch: Located in the W Hotel, The Dutch will offer special menus for guests to enjoy as they celebrate both Christmas and New Year’s. For Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, guests are invited to a festive dinner, priced at $45, starting with roasted Muscovy duck and served with a side of pastilla, butternut squash, quinoa, turnips, and spiced jus. There is also a special New Year’s Eve prix fixedinner menu with two seating options, Early Seating from 7PM – 7:45PM ($165 per person) and Late Seating from 8:30PM – 10:30PM ($250 per person); prices do not include tax and gratuity. The Dutch in the W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL

Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: will offer its signature white truffle menu to guests looking to dine this Christmas and New Year’s holiday, in addition to the regular lunch and dinner menus. Diners can enjoy seasonal flavors of Quattro’s truffle-infused dishes. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. 

Thompson Miami Beach: Just in time for the holidays, guests can celebrate Christmas at TALDE Miami Beach, Chef/Restaurateur Dale Talde’s newest culinary venture located within the glamorous Thompson Miami Beach Hotel. Known for its inventive yet approachable Asian-American fare, diners are invited to treat themselves to a delicious $75 (excluding tax and service charge) holiday special on Christmas Eve and Christmas DayThe Thompson 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 

Also found within The Thompson is Chef Michelle Bernstein’s  Seagrape,featuring unique Florida-inspired fare in a chic, retro dining room space. The restaurant will be offering a special prix-fixe, family style Christmas dinner for $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) on December 25th, to celebrate Christmas.

Quality Meats Miami Beach: One of 2015’s hottest new restaurants, Quality Meats will be open from 4PM to midnight on Christmas Day. In addition to its regular a la carte dinner menu, special holiday items will be available. Quality Meats 1501 Collins Avenue Miami Beach FL. 

The Traymore Restaurant and Bar at Metropolitan by COMOpresents especially developed menus for the festive period, as part of this year’s Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve celebration. The Traymore Restaurant and Bar will offer the Christmas Eve menu priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The Traymore Restaurant and Bar will ring-in the New Year on Thursday, December 31st with two special menus for two seatings – the first at 6:00pm priced at $110 and the second at 9:00pm for $190.  Both seating include a Glass of Pommery Apanage Champagne.  The Traymore 2445 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL

KLIMA The New Year’s Eve Menu at KLIMA Restaurant and Bar will be available on Thursday, December 31st, between 6:00 pm and 12:30 am at a price of $375 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) for a five-course pre-fixe dinner menu that includes a bottle of Roederer Cristal Champagne per couple.  A special selection of wines by the bottle or by the glass will also be available at the regular menu price. KLIMA 210 23rd St ( @Collins Ave) Miami Beach FL.

SUSHISAMBA MIAMI BEACH– Holiday Hog- Priced at $169 per group (5 person max) the menu includes:Whole Roasted Suckling Pig carved and served tableside. Following your meal, enjoy your choice of two of our signature desserts served family style!  Add a Magnum bottle of Dewatsuru Kimoto Junmai Sake and unlimited Cusqueña beer at $150 per group (tax and gratuity additional). SUSHISAMBA 600 Lincoln Rd Miami Beach FL

The Miami Beach EDITION announces its delicious New Year’s Eveofferings available at Jean Georges’ Market and Matador Room. Hotel guests and visitors alike are invited to ring in the new year in style, with customized menus in two distinct venues. The Matador Room will feature a customized menu presented by Executive Chef Jeremy Ford, guests can savor the New Year with two seatings at a prix-fixe of $295 per person. Market At EDITION will feature its own take on a New Year’s Eve pre-fixe menu, priced at $100 per person. EDITION 2901 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL

Fontainebleau Miami Beach has many delicious options for holiday dining on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. Exclusive seasonal menus are available at award-winning restaurants including Michael Mina 74, StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta, and  Hakkasan. And specific prix fix menus ranging from $150 to $295 pp are available for each restaurant at Fontainebleau For more information, visit fontainebleau.com/holidays. For Christmas and Christmas Eve reservations, call 877.326.7412. For New Year’s Eve reservations, email NYEdining@fontainebleau.com or call 305.695.2414. The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster celebrates Christmas Eve Dinner, “The Feast of the Seven Fishes ”  It seems the only time “fishes” is an acceptable word is on Christmas Eve, when Italians honor the tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes, or as they say in the old country, “Esta dei Sette Pesci.” . $85 pp and $150 per couple. And on New Year’s Eve
Izzy’s celebrates it’s  First Annual New Year’s Eve with Pierre-Jouet “Caviar & Dreams”
Oysters & Caviar $125 per person Izzy’s 423 Washington Ave.  Miami Beach FL.

LA MAR by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental– Christmas Eve-Parties of four or more can enjoy a family sharing Peruvian meal at La Mar, featuring treasured holiday recipes from our chefs’ families. Dishes include: $70 per person $35 per child ages 6-12,  complimentary under Christmas Day-Enjoy a spectacular Peruvian brunch at La Mar by Gastón Acurio with gourmet brunch items as well as choices of specialty dishes.$85 per adult includes champagne and unlimited brunch cocktails; $120 per adult Includes premium entrées, including unlimited Charles Heidsieck champagne. Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive Miami FL.

WYNWOOD/MIDTOWN/DESIGN DISTRICT/MIMO:

Alter- Miami’s hot new restaurant celebrate it’s first New Year’s Eve with two seatings. A special 5 Course Prix-Fixe Menu Early Seating $125 7:00pm Includes a Billecart Salmon Brut Rose NV Champagne flute per person and a 7 Course Prix- Fixe Menu Late Seating $250 per person 9:30pm Includes a bottle of Billecart Salmon Brut Rose NV Champagne per couple. Alter 223 NW 23rd St. in Wynwood. Miami FL

Beaker & Gray: Wynwood’s newly opened hotspot will be offering a one-night-only New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner menu along with a bubbly toast featuring the guest’s choice of champagne or cocktail. Priced at $85 per person, diners are invited to celebrate the holiday with a five-course feast. Dinner is served nightly and is open late for cocktails. Beaker & Gray 2637 North Miami Avenue in Wynwood. Miami FL

SUGARCANE raw bar grill -SUGARCANE in Midtown will celebrate the holidays with festive a la carte specials (priced between $10-$34) in addition to their signature all day menu.  Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 

Vagabond Restaurant & Bar– Open both for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, in addition to the regular menu, special a la options including whole roasted duck and dry aged Rib-Eye will be featured at the hip mid Century restaurant on Biscayne.  The Vagabond 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 

CORAL GABLES

Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant – The wine themed landmark, will toast New Year’s Eve with an oasis of timeless culinary essences combined with the finest wines. Beginning at 7 PM, guests and gourmands will enjoy a unique and innovative 5-course dinner prepared by head Chef Tanner Gil. Throughout the evening, wines from the small produced vineyard Foxen Winery will be poured by founder Dick Doré and his wife Jenny.  Head Wine-O of Uvaggio, Heath Porter will be developing pairings enhancing each dish to elevate the evening.Tickets cost $150 per person and can be purchased directly here.  For more information visit www.UvaggioWine.com or call 305-448-2400. Uvaggio 70 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL

SUSHISAMBA CORAL GABLES-On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day,SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables will feature fusion delights (priced between $13-$32). New Year’s details TBD. SUSHISAMBA 180 Aragon Ave. Coral Gables FL

BULLA Gastrobar– On Christmas Eve, Bulla will be open for lunch and dinner offering their regular menu. New Year’s details TBD. Bulla 2500 Ponce De Leon Blvd. Coral Gables FL 

( Information provided by numerous sources and subject to change. Please call ahead to confirm prices and details and make sure you make reservations. )

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday and all the best in the New Year! 

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Here’s Some Of The Best Holiday Gift Ideas For Miamians This Year

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Thanksgiving was late this year, Hanukkah started this past Sunday, and Christmas is just a couple more weeks away. 

No matter who is on your shopping list…which seems to grow longer and longer with each passing year, these items suggested by ourMIAbites contributors are sure to please.  We have compiled a list of favorite items both from local purveyors and if you prefer avoiding the crowds and shopping online.

Brandon Chase- @thebowtiebarrister

I think with all the hoopla of barrel-aged cocktails, gifting a 1L (or larger) Custom Oak Barrel would be awesome.  That way people can tinker with their own barrel-aged recipes at home.

The New York Times has a Personalized Oak Whiskey Barrel that ranges from $89.95 for 2 liters to $119.95 for 5 liters. Order at www.nytstore.com

Also, with the craft beer explosion in Florida, most breweries permit you to go to their brewery and fill up your own growler.  Wynwood Brewing Company offers a Growler Hour daily from 12-1pm, and Funky Buddhacurrently has no less than ten growlers for Tuesday fills in both 32 and 64 oz sizes.  A lot of online stores are now creating the 32 oz. containers for the beer advocate and they are pretty neat (and green!).

Melissa Ginsberg- @TheFoodieTeach

I like gifts for the holidays like magazine subscriptions or monthly gift box deliveries because the recipient continues to receive something even after the holidays are over! Also they’re easy to purchase and you don’t need to brave the holiday rush at the stores.  Here are a few that are great:

•   For men who like to cook: Mantry–monthly artisanal gift box specifically curated for the male cook/gourmand. www.mantry.com

•   For cocktail lovers: Imbibe Magazine subscription. www.imbibemagazine.com

•   For the coffee aficionadoDrift Away coffee subscriptionwww.driftaway.coffee

•   Other Magazines include:  Gastronomica, Lucky Peach, Sugar & Rice

Mandy Baca – @mandybaca

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Shop LOCAL

Bypass the big box stores and shop all your foodie gifts at Flavorish Market. Haven’t been? Well, you’re missing out. It’s a delightful little store in the burgeoning MiMo District loaded with wine, craft beer, tea, cured meats, cheeses, and the like.  www. flavorishmarket.com

Also make a stop to Aragon 101 in Coral Gables for lots of food related gift items and cooking classes.

Wok Star ( aka Eleanor Hoh ) is also offering her popular hands on Asian cooking classes at cool venues like ALNO kitchen showroom in Design District and ZONIN 1821 penthouse. Use XMAS as code for MIAbites 30% off discount just thru 12/20 thru this link  http://eleanorhoh.com/class-gift-certificates/

A little whimsical

Add some whimsy to your everyday wear, even if you’re the only one that knows you’re wearing it. From Macaroon printed ankle socks to ice cream cone and donut stud earrings, NYLON Shop is your go-to for all the kitschy, yet irresistible stocking stuffers. http://shop.nylon.com/products/macaroon-socks.

Etsy can be a time warp. 3 hours later, and you don’t know what the heck happened. We’ll save you some time. Check out The Vintage Cookbook Maven. The online store has a fantastic collection of vintage cookbooks for everybody on your list. https://www.etsy.com/shop/cookbookmaven

Sweets are always sweet

If you don’t have the creative bug or just pressed for time, opt for The Mason Cookie Jar Company. Choose from either a glass jar or plastic pouch, ingredients will come artfully layered so the recipient can make their own cookies. The best part of this is that your gift won’t be stale by the time it arrives. Choose from their menu of cookie mixes or create your own.  http://masonjarcookiecompany.com/

Care for some tea?

Lemon City Teas is a local tea company making their way about town.  You can currently find their teas at Oak Tavern, Andiamo, and Uvaggio. Varieties include Oolong Old Fashioned (90% oxidized competition grade oolong tea), Granada Green (organic green tea, pomegranate essence, organic raspberries and rosenips), and San-Té-Ria (premium whole leaf nilgiri tea blended with yunnan golden buds).  http://www.lemoncitytea.com/

Craving artisan chocolates or need a hostess gift?

Cacao Art Miami offers locally made artisanal chocolates made on site from the finest Venezuelan cocoa. You can order online wonderfully packaged gift boxes or visit their shop at 7165 SW 47th st. 

Deanna Dominguez- MIAbites Contributor

Sometimes shopping online for the foodie in your life is easier that braving the traffic and crowds. Racked.com just posted  a link to www.mouth.com Tasty Gifts for Everyone on Your List.  Pre-packaged kits are designed to be the favorite gift.  Top choices include Bacon Me Crazy, Marc Murphy Chef Kit, The Holiday Chef and The Spiked Tailgate.

Jen Massolo- @liquidprojects 

Gift basket items:  Put together your own gift basket by visiting a local Williams Sonoma, or ordering items online at   www.williamssonoma.com

Always good smoked paprika, sauces, oils, rubs and kitchen tools like olive wooden spoons, fish spatulas small and large, flat cheese slicers and spreading knives.

Some artisan spirits to look for this season are: St. George Spiced Pear liqueur and Palm Ridge Whiskey from Florida or Miami Club Rum.

Allison Riley- @YallTasteThis

The best gift for a foodie is ALWAYS a donation to a local food bank.  Local non-profits to support include, Feeding South FloridaFood PantriesNo Kid Hungry and  Common Threads Most people who can afford to be “foodies” are more than capable of buying their own gadgets and gizmos, but if you must include a small gift for someone to unwrap with that donation card, I recommend local South Florida gifts, such as preserves and hot sauces from Robert is Herea growler from The Funky Buddha, or a key lime rum cake from The Rum Cake Factory.

Ellen Bowen- Managing Director MIAbites

Hot Stuff

Turn heads while working off those holiday pounds or just show how HOT you like your coffee with Sriracha Hot sauce items from Amazon.com.  Choose from water bottles, t-shirts, leggings, socks and coffee cups.

Other items on Amazon include Mimi Sheraton’s “1000 Foods to Eat before you Die” , and many top cookbooks and other foodie items.

Stay Calm and Eat Bacon

Bacon gifts that sizzle with humor…Iphone cases, t shirts, ties, aprons, clocks, luggage tags, wrapping paper…and on and on! 169 pages online at Zazzle.com of Bacon Gifts!

I also liked the Bacon Flip Flops from CafePress.com and a must for walking on those hot beaches!. Or grab a Bacon Scented Candle from Yankee Candlefor a smelly $27.99.

Uncommongoods.com has also always been my “go to” catalog for fun but functional, good quality gift items and this year my faves include Foodie Dice, a set of wooden dice that challenge even the most creative cook by offering over 186, 000 combinations of proteins, spices, cooking methods and bonus ingredients, aBox of Chocolate Soaps AND for the kid in you (or for kids in your life ) the Mr. Food Face Plate which allows you to customize the face using your food. Reminds me of that Wooly Willy magnetic face toy invented in 1955!

DinnerLab, the New Orleans based popup dinner party now in multiple cities, is offering a Gift Card program for events or membership.  They host frequent events in Miami, but also all over the country if you want to gift a foodie in another city! Gift Link is here.

Everett Rashotsky- @ErGagit

My wife, Londa, makes beautiful beaded jewelry pieces that are inspired by food.  With names like Fresh Mint, Cinnamon Dots and Coconut Crème Bruleethey are colorful and a perfect gift for the foodie in your life.  Each is individually hand made with a variety of vintage 50 year old glass beads and are priced from $105- 120.  http://foodiebracelets.com/

And of course, gift cards to favorite restaurants are always great gifts…or stocking stuffers, especially if you get to go with the recipient!

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

The above was produced by MIAbites, one of the leading sources for food news in South Florida. Be sure to visit their website for more great information. 

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Here’s The Best Places To Eat If You’re Going To Art Basel

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

As we approach the beginning of the 2015 busy season, heralded by the 70,000 attendees expected for Art Basel/ Miami Art Week, December 2- 6, we pulled together our MIAbites Best Bites.

Miami continues to grow as a food destination to be reckoned with.  No longer just an “expense account” city offering only 42 oz steaks and stone crabs, Miami, Miami Beach and its emerging neighborhoods: The Design District, Wynwood, Midtown, Brickell, MiMo, Edgewater and beyond, are offering creative dining options, innovative chefs and carving out a food scene that is international in flavor, yet very Miami.

New restaurants in new hotels seem to be leading the pack on Miami Beach.  Ian Schrager’s Edition and The Thompsonopened their respective restaurants, Matador by Jean GeorgesMarket and Seagrape, The Crown Room and 1930’s House by James Beard Award winner, Michelle Bernstein and celebrity chefs, Dale Talde and Tom Colicchio have recently joined the Miami Beach dining scene with respectively, TALDE in The Thompson and Beachcraft in the 1 Hotel. With the Faena opening on the horizon with Frances Mallman’s Los Fuegos and Paul Qui’s PAO,  these new restaurants have quickly made Mid-Beach the hot dining destination in town.

Pop-up restaurants are also another option for Art Basel and include Chef Michelle Bernstein’s Garden Cafe and Michy’s Pop-up at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, and Dominique Ansel’s soft serve ice cream pop-up at The Setai. 

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So by request, the MIAbites contributors put our heads together to flesh out the restaurant scene and to compile our suggestions for dining while in Miami.  Many of the below suggestions have been featured on MIAbites so please SEARCH for more details. 

1.     Best of the City– Popular for consistent and well-prepared dining options and excellent service. These are the “sure-things” in town and priced accordingly.

2.    New and Emerging– Opened in the last couple of years or so and are new hot spots to check out. Innovative and creative chefs abound.

3.    Casual or Quick Bites– Lunch or more casual for dinner but fun places with good food

4.    Coffee and Cocktails– Refueling before, during or after hitting up the art shows, or after beach or shopping. Or late night cocktails. Step out and try some new cocktails like Peruvian Pisco, Mezcal and Negronis.

Reservations are probably mandatory and may require multiple calls to secure, so be prepared to be flexible with times and days. Both Open Table and Table8 are good resources for reservations but you may need to leave credit card information or pay up front. HINT: When in doubt, call directly as many restaurants will block out peak times and days to avoid paying Open Table a fee.

Best of Miami:

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink– 130 NE 40th St, Miami, FL 33137
305 573-5550

MC Kitchen– 4141 Ne 2nd Ave., Suite 101a Miami, FL 33137 305 456-9948

Mandolin-4312 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
305 576-6066

Salumeria 104– 3451 NE 1st Ave #104, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 424-9588

BlackBrick aka Midtown Chinese– 3451 NE 1st Avenue #103
Miami, FL — 33137
305 573-8886

Blue Collar -Biscayne Inn, 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 756-0366

SUGARCANE Raw Bar & Grill – 3252 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL33137  786 369 -0353

Miami Beach:

The Dutch – W Hotel 2201 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 938-3111

Scarpetta – The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 305 674- 4660

Hakkasan– The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33140 786 276-1410

Casa Tua– 1700 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 673-1010

Prime 112– 112 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-8112

Red SteakHouse– 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-3688

Joe’s Stone Crab– 11 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139  (305) 673-0365

Pubbelly– 1418 20th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-7555

BLT Steak Miami– The Betsy South Beach 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, FL 33139  305 673-0044

Juvia– 1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8272

Lure– The Loews 1601 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 695-4550

Macchialina– 820 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-2124

Milos– 730 1st St. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 604-6800

New and Emerging- Open less than two years and worth checking out!

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Alter– 223 NW 23rd Street, Miami, FL 33127 305 573 5996

Bocce Bar – 3250 NE 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33137 786 245- 6211

Cena by Michy– 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 305 759 2001

Cypress Tavern– 3620 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33137 305 520-5197

Coyo Taco– 2300 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 305 573-8228

Fooqs– 1035 North Miami Avenue, Miami Fl, 33136 (786) 536-2749

Mignonette– 210 NE 18th St, Miami, FL 33132 (305) 374-4635

The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar– 7301 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33138 305 400-8420

Miami Beach:

27 Restaurant in The Freehand Miami– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Bazi– 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach , FL 33139 (305) 695-0101

Continental– 2360 Collins Ave Miami Beach (305) 604-2000

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster – 423 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 397-8843

Seagrape at The Thompson The Thompson Miami 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 33140 877 793 8519.

Matador Room by Jeans George – The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600

Casual and Quick Bites- Lunch or casual dinner or snacks

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo

Harry’s Pizzeria– 3918 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127(786) 275-4963

Crumb on Parchment– 3930 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 572-9444

ella cafe– 140 NE 39th Street #136, Miami, FL 33137 (786) 534-8177

Mercato– 4141 NE 2nd Ave #101a, Miami, FL 33137 (305) 456-9948

Buena Vista Deli – 4590 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 576-3945

La Latina– 3509 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137(305) 571-9655

Zak The Baker– 405 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

Proof Pizza and Pasta -3328 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
(786) 536-9562

Miami Beach:

My Ceviche South Beach– 235 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 397-8710

La Sandwicherie– 229 14th St, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 532-8934

Taquiza-1506 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 748-6099

Puerto Sagua– 700 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 673-1115

Hua Huas Taqueria– 1211 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(305) 534-8226

True Loaf Bakery– 1894 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 216-7207

Market– The EDITION 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140
786 257- 4600

Coffee and Cocktails- Hot coffee…even hotter cocktail bars!

Design District/Midtown/Wynwood/MiMo:

Panther Coffee– 2390 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (305) 677-3952

Miam Cafe & Boutique– 2750 NW 3rd Ave Suite 21, Miami, FL 33127 (786) 703-1451

Jugo Fresh– 1935 West Ave #102, Miami Beach, FL 33139(786) 472-2552

Miami Beach:

Panther Coffee in Sunset Harbour– 1875 Purdy AvenueMiami Beach, FL 33139

Lee & Maries Cakery– 40 S Pointe Dr #108, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 672-5167

Broken Shaker at The Freehand– 2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140(305) 531-2727

Repour Bar – Albion Hotel -1650 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 913-1000

The Regent Cocktail Club at The Gale – 1690 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (305) 673-0199

We could go on and on… and each one of us has favorites that did not even make this list.

There is also many top spots in downtown Miami like Edge Steak House in the Four Seasons La Mar and Azul at The Mandarin Oriental and Zuma, in the Epic Hotel, recent openings like Tamarina ,and Momi Ramen in Brickell.

So eat, drink and savor the NEW Miami!

The above was produced by MIAbites, one of the leading sources for food news in South Florida. Be sure to visit their website for more great information. 

Cover Photo Credit: See-ming Lee/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

Here’s The Top Food Events In Miami This Week

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food happening and events in Miami.

And November in Miami kicks off the season with a ton of upcoming food-centric events for any discerning palate or enthusiast.  Please check ahead to confirm times, prices and other details.

Friday November 13th- In their 6th year, The Lucky Rice Festival captures their obsession with Asian food culture through feats, festive dinners and gastronomic gatherings in six cities across the US. Lucky Rice Miami will transform the Raleigh Hotel Pool and Oasis on Miami Beach into an international bazaar where Asian-meets-Latino bites and globally spirited Bombay Sapphire® East cocktails will spill out onto the beachfront oasis.  Featured restaurants include La Mar by Gaston Acurio,SUGARCANE Raw bar grill, SUSHISAMBA, Ortanique on the Mile, Alter, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Phuc Yea. Tickets are $150 VIP and $88 GA and available online at http://luckyrice.com/event/miami-feast/

Saturday November 14th–  The Wynwood Yard , a hub for Miami’s most talented food and beverage entrepreneurs to introduce innovative culinary concepts to the community, celebrates its Grand Opening with a Garden Party on Saturday, Nov. 14th from 7:30-10:30 pm.  Located on Lots 56, 64, AND 70 NW 29th Street, take a promenade through the home-grown garden with hand-made flower crowns on-site, delight in the on-site food concepts featuring: Myumi & Della’s Test Kitchen featuring live chef demos, as you sip the craft cocktails and resident drafts brews at the eco-friendly bar concept created by Chef and beverage guru, Ken Lyon. Enjoy a special live performance by Elastic Bond and intimate moments of multi-sensory pleasure with Alma Dance Theater. Tickets are FREE and on Eventbrite and pre-registration is encouraged to insure admittance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wynwood-yard-garden-party-grand-opening-tickets-19192255553

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Sunday November 15th– Chef Jeremiah hosts his notorious P.I.G 6 Pork Is Good event from 3 pm- 7 pm at Gastropod at 160 NW 26th St. in Wynwood.  Tickets are $50 pp and include no less that 10 top chefs cooking up their versions of porktastic dishes, plus cocktails and more.  Tickets available https://gastropod.tocktix.com/#/home

Monday November 16th – From 7:30-10:30pm, Boxelder Wynwood hosts their second in the series ‘Pairings’. This pairing presents a Brewer and Chef whose unique styles happen to compliment each other perfectly – Michael Demetrus / M.I.A. Brewing and Steve Santana / TaquizaThe dinner will consist of six courses, each perfectly paired with a unique beer. We are extremely happy to be unveiling five beers from M.I.A. that have yet to see the outside of the brewhouse. Following the interactive Pairings format, the dinner is limited to 25 seats – all front row seats at the bar of Boxelder. Steve will be behind the bar with his crew preparing and serving each course, and while Michael’s work is done beforehand, he will be right there with Steve Tickets at $75 and available on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mia-taquiza-pairing-tickets-19456221081  Boxelder Craft Beer Market – 2825 Northwest 2nd Avenue. UNIT C. Miami, FL 33127

Tuesday November 17th–  Miami.com is launching its new “Miami.com Experiences” Dinner Series this month with a one-night-only collaboration between chef Timon Balloo of Sugarcane and chef Nunzio Fuschillo of Bocce. The two talented chefs have collaborated to create an exclusive, seven-course menu that will be served on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Bocce in Midtown . The 7 course meal, along with an Amuse, is $75 per person, inclusive of tax and tip. An optional beverage package is available for purchase at the restaurant with wines that pair with the menu for $35. Seats are limited so make sure to get you tickets at https://tickets.completeticketsolutions.com/MHMC/Online/default.asp Bocce 3252 NE 1st Ave. Miami. 

November 18-22nd–  SEED Food & Wine Festival, presented by Whole Foods Market and held in Wynwood and Miami Beach is the first plant-based food and wine festival in the country. SFWF celebrates delicious plant-based foods, fine wines, craft beers, spirits, and lifestyle products and companies, while raising health awareness. Five days of events include upscale dinners, film screening, garden parties, and a Southern brunch, all leading up to a large-scale outdoor festival featuring food, wine, juices, music, gifts, organic body care, clothing, yoga, and everything that celebrates conscious plant-based living. Tickets for all events including for 5K,  Farm to Table dinner and Miami Botanical Garden brunch and Saturday November 21 all day Tasting Village are priced accordingly and on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-plant-based-food-and-wine-festival-tickets-18407085087?aff=eac2

November 18-22nd– The Pubbelly Boys are at it again, this time launching their “20th Street Seafood Festival” from November 18-22 in Sunset Harbour. The festival will consist of 3 restaurants “around the corner”: Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta; 4 chefs: Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurant Group), Juliana Gonzalez (Barceloneta), Yuki Ieto (Pubbelly Sushi) and Maria Orantes (pastry at Pubbelly Restaurant Group), over the course of 5 days. Each day, each restaurant will offer a themed menu all highlighting the ocean’s delicacies. Wednesday: Tapas Style Menu, Thursday: Stone Crab Day, Friday: Seafood Chefs Menu,  Saturday: Seafood Chefs Menu, Sunday: Seafood Brunch.  Pubbelly 1418 20th St. Miami Beach, FL 

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please check websites or call ahead to confirm dates, prices and details )

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This Week In 305 Food: A Taco & Tequila Showdown, Burger Festival, And 2 Live Crew Bash

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food happenings and events in Miami. Please check ahead to confirm times, prices and other details.

First…the shameless plug:  Join us for Taco & Tequila Showdown! #TNTShowdown

Sunday November 8th–  MIAbites and The Liquid Projects will be presenting Taco & Tequila Showdown at the Vagabond Restaurantfrom 6- 9 pm   A benefit for non-profit Urban Oasis Project and Verde Garden and Farm, the event features 12 top chefs and bartenders creating and competing for Best Taco and Best Tequila cocktail. You get to VOTE for Peoples Choice along with a panel of judges led by Evan Benn, Gabe Orta, Adri Garcia and Nidal Barake @YoCulinario. AdvanceTickets $65 /At door $70 and available on Eventbrite link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taco-tequila-showdown-tntshowdown-tickets-18300424061

Thursday November 5th– The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce presents the 5th Annual BURGERLISCIOUS festival at Ponce Circle/Harnett Park from 6-11 pm.! Bonafide burger aficionados will be able to sink their teeth into gourmet burgers made by 20 of Coral Gables’ premier restaurants.Treat your taste buds to juicy burgers, cold beers by Samuel Adams, and enjoy live music and entertainment. Tickets are $60 or $125 VIP. Tickets on Eventbrite http://www.eventbrite.com/e/burgerliscious-2015-tickets-18137693329?aff=erelemremcat  Ponce Circle/Harnett Park 2810 Ponce de Leon Blvd. Coral Gables, FL 

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Friday November 6th- TALDE MIAMI BEACH , the Asian-American neighborhood restaurant & bar is set to open inside Thompson Miami Beach hotel on Friday, November 6. TALDE Miami Beach, a Mid-Beach neighborhood restaurant and bar features a creative menu of Asian-American cuisine. This third outpost of the award-winning Brooklyn and Jersey City eateries by Chef/Restaurateur and Top Chef alum Dale Talde and partners David Massoni and John Bush of Three Kings Restaurant Group. TALDE Miami Beach will be open for dinner at 6pm nightly, with late-night hours on the weekends. TALDE in The Thompson Hotel  4041  Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 605 4041.

Wednesday November 11th–  Mignonette hosts an evening of good food and hip-hop with Uncle Luke on November 11th.  Luther Campbell (aka Uncle Luke) of 2 Live Crew fame, University of Miami infamy and one-time Miami-Dade mayoral candidate, is hosting a dinner party with Mignonette’s Chef/Owner Danny Serfer.  Serfer and his crew are cooking up a five-course meal of down home favorites and Miami classics priced at $90 per person (inclusive of gratuity, excludes beverage purchases). The menu, created by Serfer with input from Campbell features homemade conch fritters, olive oil poached halibut and a ‘tootsie roll’ for dessert.  Each ticket entitles guests to a signed copy of Campbell’s new book, The Book of Luke: My Fight for Truth, Justice and Liberty City (Amistad). Welcome cocktail and passed snacks will begin at 7:30pm; dinner starts promptly at 8pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.mignonetteXuncleluke.brownpapertickets.comMignonette  210 NE 18th Street. 305 374 4635

Wednesday November 11th–  To celebrate Frank Sinatra’s well-documented infatuation with The Fontainebleau, StripSteak by Michael Mina will host an intimate dinner with Chef Michael Mina on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. hosted by Jack Daniel’s which will feature a five-course menu highlighting some of Ol Blue Eyes’ favorite dishes. Each course will be paired with a specialty Jack Daniel’s cocktail presented by Whiskey Brand Champion, Michael J. Ring. Ring is a Certified Spirits Specialist, a member of the United States Bartenders Guild, Sommeliers Guild, and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Dinner is priced at $85 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. StripSteak in The Fontainebleau 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL. 877 326 7412.

Friday November 13th–  Bulla Gastrobar and soon-to-be-opened Pisco Y Nazca are raising awareness and funds for Global Water Brigades, an international, non-profit organization constructing clean water systems in Nicaragua, Honduras and Ghana. The restaurants will be showing their support by serving bites at the 5th Annual Water Party MIA being held at The Four Seasons in Brickell on Friday, November 13 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. The goal of the event is to raise $12,500 to benefit the community of El Hatillo, Nicaragua which is home to 67 families in need of clean water supply. Tickets are $35 in advance $40 at door and available at:  www.empowered.org/Water-Party-MIA-2015

Saturday November 14th–  –Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) presents the 8th Annual Taste of Design to be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the historic Moore Building located at 4040 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami. This year’s theme, “Art Starts Here” promises to underscore the dedication of Dr. Mancuso during her 17 years as principal of the 25 year-old school. A VIP reception will take place at the Palm Court with bites provided by Ella Café from James Beard Award winning chef Michael Schwartz who has supported the event for the past six years. Guests will also sample specialties from award-winning chefs Dewy Losasso from the RedLander and Chef Kris Wessel along with a smorgasbord of top Miami restaurants Buena Vista Deli, Divieto, Panther Coffee, CrepeMaker, Delectable by Design, Enchanting Creations, Soyka, Lisboa Grill, and Pieducks. Tickets are available for a donation of $100, with VIP tickets priced at $150 and for further information or to purchase tickets online and more information, please go to www.dashptsa.com. The VIP reception starts at 5:45pm and leads into the main event that starts at 7:00pm in the Moore Building, 4040 NE 2nd Ave.

Saturday November 14th–  Bradley Kilgore, chef-owner of acclaimed Wynwood restaurant Alter, will serve as consultant and training chef for the Vibe 305 food truck through the truck’s tenure at The Wynwood Yard. The truck will join Arabian Knife, Della Test Kitchen and Myumi at The Wynwood Yard (70 NW 29th St.), a culinary incubator and events space opening on Nov. 14, 2015. The almost two-year old Vibe 305 food truck is operated by young men from Empowered Youth, a non-profit aimed at providing inner city young men with training, mentorship and job opportunities. With Kilgore’s help, they are launching an exciting refreshed menu. Vibe 305 will serve lunch and dinner seven times a week. The new menu will focus on twists on Americana-influenced cuisine. The Wynwood Yard. 70 NW 29th Street.

Sunday November 15th–  Chef Jeremiah hosts his notorious P.I.G 6 Pork Is Good event from 3 pm- 7 pm at Gastropod at 160 NW 26th St. in Wynwood.  Tickets are $50 pp and include no less that 10 top chefs cooking up their versions of porktastic dishes, plus cocktails and more.  Tickets available https://gastropod.tocktix.com/#/home

New and Ongoing:

Continuing the Sinatra theme, thru December 6th, StripSteak by Michael Mina will offer a prix-fixe “Brunch with Frank” for $68, excluding tax and gratuity, every Sunday, 11:30 AM – 3 PM. Brunch will kick off with Frank’s preferred morning-after reviver, the Ramos Gin Fizz. Guests will have first course options of the wild mushroom crepè accompanied by sauce Mornay and fresh herbs or the savory Monte Cristo with mortadella, manchego and strawberry jam. Second course offerings include a choice of wood roasted prime rib with fresh horseradish or thebutter poached lobster with hollandaise and asparagus. Delicious artisanal pastries & sweets will also be offered.  StripSteak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 877 326 7412.

Pincho Factory is celebrating five successful years with a 5 Years, 5 Days, 5 Chefs promotion.  To commemorate the milestone for the Miami-born fast casual brand, what better way then killer burgers and free beers?  For the promotion, Pincho Factory co-owners Nedal Ahmad, Otto Othman and Nizar Ahmad are drafting some of Miami’s hottest chefs and culinary personalities to create five unique burgers, with a different chef’s creation highlighted at both Pincho locations, one a day for five days Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13, 2015. The official anniversary of Pincho Factory’s opening is Friday, November 6.  On that day, at both locations, all patrons can enjoy a complimentary beer with any food purchase (one beer per customer per order). Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th Street in Miami and 30 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables. 

( Information provided by various sources and subject to change. Please check websites or call ahead to confirm dates, prices and details ) 

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Here’s Some Fun Adult Things To Do In Miami On Halloween

This piece was originally published by our partner MIAbites.com and is produced by them. 

Halloween in not just for kids dressing up as latest Star Wars or Frozen characters. It is a chance for spirited adults to channel another decade, be witchy, a superhero or zombie.  One of the best spots for gettjng your inner ghoul on is Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road unofficial Halloween Parade, and this year is no different, with multiple options to dine and parade your finery or scariest attire for all to see.  Check out Sunset Harbour as well,as the Pubbelly boys and neighboring Barceloneta rival Lincoln Road with a Happy Hour drinks and menu Halloween Crawl with lots of costumed revelers bouncing from door to door!

SUSHISAMBA’s 6th ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARTY! Experience Miami’s coolest outdoor costume party where guests are encouraged to arrive dressed to impress. Taking over Pennsylvania Avenue – with DJ’s, three bars – SUSHISAMBA will be the best place to see the parade! Halloween fun will be endless as guests can expect street closures from Lincoln Road to Alton Road. The party takes place from 7pm – 5am with an outdoor celebration taking place from 7pm – 2am with the party continuing 2am till 5am. Reservations recommended – Sushi Samba 600 Lincoln Road. Miami Beach, FL  please call 305.673.5337

The Forge and Veuve Clicquot present their legendary “Yelloween” party to be held on Friday October 30, 2015. This year’s theme is science fiction staring actor and superstar Elaine Lancaster with music by Oui Sauvage aka Maxwell Blandford with live performances by the cast of Project F. Party starts at 6:00 p.m. and runs till late night. Drink specials will include $50 bottles of Veuve Clicquot, $7 Belvedere cocktails and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The best costume will win a $500 cash prize and limited edition Veuve Clicquot Jeroboam valued at $1500. Second place will win a dinner for two at The Forge valued at $500. Third Prize will win a basket of six bottles of Veuve Clicquot. The Forge 432 West 41st. Miami Beach, FL 33139 305 538 8533.

Meat Market: This Halloween, Meat Market will offer a special preset menu on the restaurant’s al fresco patio.  Guests can indulge in a three course prix fixe dinner crafted by chef/co-owner Sean Brasel. Priced at $150 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity) Meat Market 915 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL 305 532 0088.

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Quattro Gastronomia Italiana: Quattro will offer a special four-course prix fixe dinner on Saturday, October 31st, where guests can delight in a selection of  the restaurant’s finest dishes, while admiring the costumes, trick-or-treaters, and holiday fanfare along Lincoln Road. For $110 per person (excluding alcohol, tax and gratuity), guests can people-watch from one of Quattro’s quaint outdoor tables while enjoying a decadent, multi-course meal. Those seeking a more tranquil, intimate experience can enjoy the same delicious dishes at an inside table for $65 per person. Quattro 1014 Lincoln Rd. Miami Beach FL 305 531 4833

PubbellyPubbelly Sushi & Barceloneta –All three restaurants will be hosting a spooky happy hour from 6:00 p.m. till midnight. Each location will be themed by decade, so dress the part! So dig out those Peace signs, platform shows and big hair! Pubbelly Sushi the 70’s, Pubbelly the 80’s and Barceloneta the 90’s. 1400-1418-1424 20th Street at Sunset Harbor, Miami Beach FL  305. 532.7555.

The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions will be hosting a Beetlejuice inspired Halloween Dinner! Beetlejuice will be playing throughout the night as well as the soundtrack. Costumes are encouraged! The dinner will serve five courses with beer pairings by Tampa’s Coppertail Brewery at $65 per person. Menu highlights include –7:30 p.m. cocktail hour. 8:30 p.m. for seated dinner. The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 Dinner Reservations: 305.758.9559

COYA will be celebrating Halloween with three days of events. Starting Thursday October 29th and for each subsequent night COYA will feature a signature potion for $6.66 and live entertainment starting at 8 p.m. On Halloween night, there will be a special visit from a fortune teller who will reveal your deepest darkest secrets. COYA 999 Brickell Ave. Miami FL 305 415 9990.

BLT Prime guests can pair the autumnal libation with selections from the succulent Blackboard Series – a three-course prix fixe menu priced at $65 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity) and includes an appetizer, main course, side dish and dessert. BLT Prime at Trump Doral 44 NW 87th Ave. Miami FL 305 591 6606

StripSteak by Michael Mina at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach will be serving up specialty cocktails created for the Halloween season.Available now throughOctober 31, 2015 “spooky” libations include ($14) Bobbing for Apples with apple cider, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Domaine de Canton Ginger, lemon juice, honey syrup, cinnamon, cloves and an apple garnish and the Smashing Pumpkins with a pumpkin base, Buffalo Trace bourbon and Absolut vanilla vodka with a black sugar rim. StripSteak by Michael Mina 4441 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 535 3283

KLIMA Miami Beach is hosting a Halloween party and dinner on Saturday 10/31, including DJ, scary menu items and cocktails and free bottle of champagne for Best Costume KLIMA. A la carte menu and specialty cocktails all ghostly night long . KLIMA 210 23rd St Miami Beach, FL 786 453 2779.

On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8PM, Piripi festivities will commence with an evening of mystery, flamenco, tapas, cocktails, live music and intoxicating fun, as Piripi shuts down San Lorenzo Avenue for its Noche de Duende Masquerade Bash. On Saturday, October 31, 2015 Piripi will be offering several family-friendly activities including a special brunch menu and Halloween goodie bags for trick or treaters.   Piripi 320 Lorenzo Ave. Coral Gables, FL 305 448 2423.

Freddo: Gelato aficionados can enjoy a chilling treat this Halloween with premium Argentinean gelato from Freddo. Dress up your desserts for the spookiest night of the year and select from more than 30 iconic flavors with the purchase of Freddo Family & Friends 1 Kilo To-Go Packs. Tasty treats are available at both Freddo locations – 610 Lincoln Road on Miami Beach or the newly opened Brickell store at 1100 S. Miami Avenue. Don’t feel like hopping on your broomstick? Simply call Freddo’s Lincoln Road flagship store at (305) 604-0065 to place an order for delivery. Delivery hours are 11 AM – 11 PM Sunday –Thursday and on Friday & Saturday from 11 AM to Midnight. Delivery is available to select South Florida neighborhoods; delivery rates apply. Freddo 610 Lincoln Road on Miami Beach or the newly opened Brickell store at 1100 S. Miami Avenue. 305 604 0065.

( Information providedd by various sources and subject to change. Please check to confirm details, pricing etc. Happy Halloween ! )

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Celebrate Grovetoberfest, French Cuisine And More This Week In Miami

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Each week, MIAbites will feature the Weekly Nibble highlighting upcoming food events and happenings in Miami.

Wednesday, October 14th–  At 12 noon, The Café at Books & Books will host a delectable lunch in honor of famed restaurant critic and author, Ruth Reichl. Former editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine, Reichl is a respected culinary professional responsible for writing a series of critically acclaimed memoirs, as well as a number of books emblematic of her lifelong passion for food. My Kitchen Year, Reichl’s latest publication,centers on her deeply intimate journey as she rediscovers the joys of cooking and the healing power it holds. Tickets are $70 per person(excluding tax & gratuity) and include an author talk, a three-courselunch by James Beard Award-winning Chef Allen Susser, and an autographed copy of My Kitchen Year ($35 value). Reservations required. The Café at Books & Books, 1300 Biscayne Boulevard at the Adrienne Arsht Center. 786) 405-1745; http://www.arshtcenter.org/Visit/Cafe-Books-Books/

Thursday, October 14th–  From 6- 10 pm, PAMM presents their popular Third Thursdays: Poplife Social featuring, Chargaux and DJ Kumi presented by The Rhythm Foundation. Enjoy a live performance by string duo Chargaux, featuring opening and closing sets by DJ Kumi, presented by Rhythm Foundation. Purchase happy hour drink and food specials or make reservations at Verde restaurant, and partake in art-making for prizes. Also celebrate the opening of Firelei Báez: Bloodlines and enjoy an Art Talk between artist Firelei Báez and Assistant Curator María Elena Ortiz in the auditorium. $16 admission to museum or member free.  PAMM 1103 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL.

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Saturday October 17th-  Beer enthusiasts from all over will converge at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove to sample unlimited beer from across the country and around the world at Grovetoberfest Aficionados and the “casual beer fan” will take an active role in beer sampling by voting for their favorite beers in three different categories.  They will also sample the festival’s very own Grovetoberfest Coconut Porter, which will only be available at the festival.  In addition to featuring 300 craft beers, Grovetoberfest will include an entertainment stage, a Homebrew Pavilion, a Kitchen Lab for beer/food pairings, a VIP area and Food Row, where restaurants will sell local fare.  Tickets priced from $40 to VIP at $90 available on Eventbrite link http://www.eventbrite.com/e/grovetoberfest-2015-miamis-beer-festival-tickets-18044497578?aff=es2

Sunday October 18th- Join Bodega Taqueria y Tequila every NFL Sunday from 12 noon – 4 p.m., for their Football Fiesta party! Come out to  watch your favorite team on Bodega’s massive screens, enjoy drink & beer specials, and an occasional free shot!
Opening its doors early, Football Fiesta takes place weekly from noon to 4 p.m., where guests can enjoy the regular menu along with speciality items added,  including: a $2 Taco special, Gameday Nachos, Pigs in an Empanada, and Bodega Guacamole. Enjoy $2 draft beers, $2 Dobel shots, and $6 specialty cocktails all while watching NFL games on three 70 inch TVs. Dolphins fans will share the victory with a free shot of Tequila when their team scores a touchdown. Bodega Taqueria y Tequila 1220 16th St Miami Beach, FL 33139

Wednesday October 21st- Tour de France with Daniel Boulud at db Bistro Moderne Miami
Join Daniel Boulud in celebrating five years in Miami with a “Tour de France” featuring all-inclusive food and drinks from five different regions in France
. For those that cannot attend the party on Oct 21, the anniversary celebration continues through November with a “Tour de France” 5-course prix-fixe menu available during dinner and “Daniel Boulud’s Top 5 Bar Bites” in the Bar & Lounge. Tickets: $100 including tax and gratuity.  db Bistro Moderne-  JW Marriott 255 Biscayne Blvd. Miami. FL 305 421 8800

New and Ongoing-

Vagabond Restaurant & Bar is thrilled to announce the launch of its new concept, “A Family Affair ” which will offer guests a communal dining experience with a series of Sunday night family-style meals. The first dinner kicks off Sunday, October 18th and will continue on a weekly basis through November 1st, with pre-fixed menus priced at $40 per person. Sunday night family meal at Vagabond will be traditionally untraditional. Chef Alex Chang will transport gourmands to a space of comfort by preparing straight-forward, uncomplicated meals featuring fresh ingredients, served family style.  The first dinner will be a classic steakhouse menu where diners will be treated to mouthwatering, boneless short ribs paired with béarnaise, French fries, creamed escarole, sweet shortbread and fresh strawberries for dessert. Vagabond Restaurant & Bar 7301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami FL 786 409 5635.

Peruvian restaurant La Mar, located inside Mandarin Oriental, Miami, will launch a sophisticated weekly Happy Hour available every Thursday from 4-7 pm, debuting October 15, 2015. Under the supervision of Eleftherios Kraounakis (Lef), who was recently appointed as head of La Mar’s expanded nightlife program, the Happy Hour will offer an exceptional opportunity to sip and savor creative cocktails designed by Lef and light bites by La Mar’sExecutive Chef Diego Oka.  The menu will feature $8 specialty cocktails, $6 beer and wine, and $4 bites. La Mar in the Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami, FL.

Quality Meats is extending their Miami Spice menu through October! Named one of the “Best Steakhouses for Miami Spice” by The Miami Herald, Miami Beach’s acclaimed eatery, Quality Meats, is extending their Miami Spice dining deal through the month of October.There are plenty of reasons for foodies to rejoice with an extended opportunity to enjoy a three- course dinner priced at $39 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Executive Chef Patrick Rebholz delights diners with a robust prix fixe menu of signature dishes from both land and sea. Miami Spice dinner selections include choice of 6 appetizers including Green Goddess Chopped SaladHouse-Cured Slab Bacon with Peanut Butter & Jalapeño Jelly, Seared Sea Scallops with Black Garlic and Celery Leaves and choice of entrees including Center Cut Filet Mignon, Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs with Honey-Lime, Fresh Mint, Thai Basil, Everything-Crusted Branzino with Smoked Cream Cheese, Pickled Onions and more. Quality Meats 1501 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL. 

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