Enjoy The Last Week Of Miami Spice At These Hot Events

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The Weekly Nibble is presented by MIAbites every week featuring upcoming food and drink events in and around the Miami area.  This is the final week of Miami Spice which wraps up on September 30th, so take advantage of the $23 Lunch and $39 Dinner specials offered at over 180 restaurants.

Thursday September 24th-  MO Bar+Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental hosts Iphoneography 101 class from 6- 7:30 to help you take better food pics with tips from top Instagrammers @BrianLadder and @OasisJae.  $35 includes cocktail and signature sushi roll.  MO Bar + LoungeMandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami, FL  305 913 8358.

Thursday September 24th- Verde Community Gardens and Market opens its new Verde Kitchen Café in Homestead.  Helmed by Chef Adri Garcia, the Verde Kitchen Café will offer a variety of fresh items grown and sourced locally. Verde Café’s menu items feature the likes of umami sliders, made with grass-fed beef from Ocala, to baked goods and leafy choices like the farmhouse salad, made with red dragon fruit, sunflower shoots and microgreens. Verde Kitchen Café is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday. Verde Community Farm, Market and Café. 12690 SW 280th St., Homestead.

Thursday September 24th- Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant is pleased to announce their second Somm Slam with 50 Eggs/Swine where head “Wine-O,” Heath Porter of Uvaggio will go pour-to-pour against neighboring Wine Director, Daniel Toral.  Wine buffs will be able to enjoy three different dishes accompanied by one wine pairing each from Porter and Toral.  Attending guests will be able to partake in the event by choosing the winning sommelier. The showdown begins at 7 PM with limited seating. Cost per person is $100; which includes the reception, three courses with a total of six wines and dessert. Uvaggio Wine Bar 70 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL. 

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Friday September 25th– Circa 39 Boutique Hotel hosts it’s final Vino & Vinyasa with yogi Mike Dannheim.  Hour long yoga class in courtyard is followed by wine tastings and light snacks from Jules Kitchen. $25 in advance $30 at door. Circa 393900 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL 305 538 4900.

Tuesday September 29th- In anticipation of the November opening of TALDE Miami Beach at Thompson Miami Beach, Miamians may savor TALDE sooner than November with a one-night only TALDE Miami Beach pop-up on Tuesday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m., at Thompson Miami Beach’s charming poolside bungalow, 1930s House. Limited to 40 seats, this exclusive dining experience will give guests a chance to sample some of TALDE’s signature dishes by Top Chef alum and restaurateur Dale Talde. Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax, gratuity and bar), includes four courses, one bottle of TALDE staple Brooklyn Sorachi Ace beer from Brooklyn Brewery, as well as one complimentary copy of the cookbook per ticket. Seating is limited and should be reserved in advance by visiting https://taldemb-popup.splashthat.com/. 1930’s House at Thompson Miami Beach 4041 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 786 605 4041.

Tuesday September 29th– Lure Fishbar, is celebrating National Bourbon Month with a one-night-only pairing dinner on Tuesday, September 29 at 7PM. Executive Chef John Iatrellis has created an extravagant six-course menu of seasonal specialties to be perfectly paired with Old Forester bourbons, by Bar Director Rob Ferrara. Bourbon lovers and food enthusiasts alike will enjoy the delicious menu, featuring lobster stuffed squash blossoms with bourbon-lavender honey, bourbon glazed black grouper, bourbon braised short ribs and more priced at $95 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Lure Fishbar at The Loews Miami Beach 1601 Collins Ave. Miami Beach FL. 305 695 4550.

Tuesday September 29th- The Crafts Spirits Festival and AFROHEAD Rum present the BareKnuckle Bartender™ 2015 Battle Royal Final at 8 pm at Radio Bar in Miami Beach. The top five BareKnuckle Bartenders in Miami will compete to make their best cocktail using AFROHEAD Premium Aged Dark Rum. The winner of the competition will be crowned BareKnuckle Bartender 2015 Champion and bragging rights.  Participants include: Leo Holtzman – Wunderbar/Circa 39, Ricardo Rodriguez – Finka Table & Tap, Alex Aportela – Finka Table & Tap, Jack Reynolds – Broken Shaker/27, Tyler Kitzman – Sweet Liberty. This event is free and open to the public.  Radio Bar 814 1st St. Miami Beach, FL.

Wednesday September 30th– MO Bar + Lounge hosts High West Whiskey Expert Natalia Cardenas for DIY Old Fashioneds at MO Bar + Lounge from 6-8 pm. Guests will be using a variety of fun ingredients including maple syrup and chocolate bitters with MO Bar’s house Voodoo Whiskey blend. Tickets are $15 per person and advanced RSVP is also strongly suggested. MO Bar + Lounge at The Mandarin Oriental 500 Brickell Key Drive. Miami FL 305 913 8288.

Wednesday September 30th– The Federal Food, Drink & Provisionslaunches Oktoberfest Beer Feast on Wednesday September 30th to celebrate the successful end of Miami Spice, and to kick off Fall 2015.  The Oktoberfest Beer Feast dinner menu will feature homemade pretzels, gator schnitzel, pickled herring, cheese soup and beer pairings by some well-loved Florida breweries.  The Federal Food & Drink. 5132 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33137 305 758 9559, 

New and Ongoing:

The Barcelona inspired newly opened KLIMA Restaurant and Bar debuts its daily Happy Hour just in time for the upcoming season.  Resident mixologist at KLIMA, Raffaele Mitrugno, together with Executive Chef David “Rusti” Rustarazo, have created a unique food and beverage happy hour bar menu for locals, visitors and restaurant guests to enjoy during any evening occasion with family, friends or to let off steam with co-workers after a hard day at the office.  Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday, KLIMA now offers a number of drink specials that includes any house liquor, signature cocktail or wines by the glass for $8 each. To accompany the drinks are a series of custom-made Tapas style plates and other Mediterranean inspired dishes available at the bar and lounge area   A variety of salads and Raw Bar plates are also available on the bar menu. KLIMA 210 23rd Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139. 786 453 2779.

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Tailgate In Style: Here Are The Best Miami Food Events For This Upcoming Week

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

Each week MIAbites will feature The Weekly Nibble, highlighting “foodie” events and special promotions for the upcoming week.  Please note that specific details, dates and prices are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm event details.

Saturday September 12th – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is hosting their #ArtsLaunch2015 with all day events. Farmers Market, Free food Tastings at Café at Books & Books, Brunch at Brava!, Interactive workshops with New World Symphony and Miami City Ballets and lots more. Visit website for complete schedule of events. Arsht Center 1300 Biscayne Blvd Miami, FL.  

Saturday September 12th– Ortanique on the Mile. 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Chef Cindy Hutson will host an interactive cooking class at her restaurant, Ortanique on the Mile. This hands-on cooking experience with Hutson will teach guests to create recipes like Baby Gulf Shrimp SaladNew Zealand Lamb Korma and Puttin’ On The Ritz Pie. Price: $108 pp (includes tax and gratuity). Ortanique on the Mile 278 Miracle Mile. Coral Gables, FL. 305 446 7710

Sunday September 13th–  BLT Prime is hosting a Tailgating for a Cause event., Dolfans can celebrate the beginning of football season in style with a fun and charitable Tailgate Season Kickoff Cooking Class & Lunch at BLT Prime.  Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward will lead the interactive culinary experience which will begin at 11AM with handcrafted cocktail making followed by a step-by-step demo of the menu including Grilled NY Strip with Onion Marmalade, Summer Squash Skewers and Honey Cake with Grilled Figs, all the while guests will indulge in complimentary beverages.  The three-hour class includes a cooking demonstration on the Champion’s patio outdoor grills, followed by lunch and Dolphins vs. Redskins season opener watch party. The class is priced at $75 per person and all proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital.  BLT Prime at the Trump National Doral Miami, 4400 NW 87th. Doral, FL.

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Monday September 14th-   Marion, the new neighborhood meeting place one block south of Mary Brickell Village opens Monday, September 14, 2015 for dinner only, Starting Monday, October 5th the restaurant will be opening for lunch and dinner, from 11am to 11pm.  Serving up fare and products of the highest quality, handpicked by Executive Chef Jean Paul Lourdes, patrons have the option to sit down and dine on exquisite Mediterranean fare or grab-and-go one of the restaurant’s savory rotisserie chickens or its variety of pastries and other gourmet food items. Lourdes brings with him an impressive culinary pedigree, having worked at three-star Michelin restaurants in Paris, Tokyo, London and Hong Kong.   Marion 1111 SW 1st Avenue Miami, FL 786 717 7512.

Thursday September 17th Yelp Miami hosts “Big Bite in Little Haiti”.  From 8-10 pm, Big Bite event brings together the city’s top toques, bakers, and chocolate makers to fight for your vote in the “Best Bite” competition. Join us at the Little Haiti Cultural Center for flowing wine and local brews, live artist demos and surprise performances, all in the heart of the emerging Little Haiti neighborhood. For the full lineup of over 30 participating vendors and to RSVP, check out Yelp Events! Free entrance.  Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 NE 59th Terrace. Miami, FL.

 Looking ahead…

Friday September 18th–  The Forge welcomes the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” for an evening that begins with a tasting reception featuring an exciting lineup of Miami’s finest chefs, including Timon Balloo, Cindy Hutson, Brad Kilgore, Giorgio Rapicavoli, and Cesar Zapata. Then, enjoy a unique four-course seated dinner designed by James Beard Award Winners Rocco DiSpirito and Christopher Lee, with Pastry Chef Sergio Navarro. Evening emceed by award-winning Miami Herald food editor Evan S. Benn. Tickets are $250.  The Forge 432 W 41st St, Miami Beach, FL

Saturday September 19th–  Benefitting the United Way of Miami, The Intercontinental plays host to the Second Annual Young Leaders’B.Y.O.B.‘Build Your Own Brunch’ from 11-2 pm..  An interactive cooking and eating experience led by Chef Bradley Kilgore of Alter and two of his culinary friends: Chef Roel Alcudiaof The Cypress Room and Chef William Crandall of the soon-to-open Izzy’s Fish and Oyster. Miami Herald food editor and new Young Leaders member, Evan Benn, will host the cooking extravaganza. Spend a Saturday with friends learning to make the perfect brunch, from start to finish. At your table, you and your friends will follow along with our chefs and team up to cook each course, and then enjoy your culinary creations. Helping you along the way are culinary arts students from Johnson & Wales University who will teach you a few tricks of the trade, as well. Tickets are $100 for Young Leaders and $125 GA, with deadline to purchase Tuesday September 15th.  The Intercontinental  100 Chopin Plaza. Miami, FL

Saturday September 19th–  Sur La Table, the retail destination for those with a passion for cooking and a love for food, will welcome the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®: “Local Flavor from Coast To Coast” into its kitchens for the third consecutive year. Free in-store activities of the day will include cooking demos by Taste America All-Star and James Beard-Award-winning chef Rocco DiSpirito, along with chef Cindy Hutson, who will showcase a recipe prepared with Lifeway Kefir. Stores will also offer book signings, tastings from local producers and artisans, and productdemos and tastings from national Taste America sponsors. For the full schedule of events and more information, please visit www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/miamiSur La Table Mizner Park 438 Plaza Real Boca Raton, FL.

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