November 7th – 11th
Seed Food & Wine Fest
We know food festivals aren’t for everyone but this is one is highly recommending by yours truly. The 5th Annual SEED Food & Wine Week Presented by Whole Foods Market (SEED) returns Wednesday, November 7 to Sunday, November 11, 2018 and will include over 10 events featuring local, regional and national chefs, restaurants, exhibitors, and personalities over the course of five action-packed days. Ranked 3rd in the “Top 10 Best Wine Festivals” by USA Today the premiere plant-based festival offers something for everyone while raising awareness for sustainable living. Unique to this year’s festival, SEED will have a ZERO carbon footprint. The environmental impact for these types of events typically can be significant, but the SEED festival will counteract this with the use of solar energy, composting, food recovery, bike share programs, Smart Cars and carpools to transport talent. Additionally, there will be no plastic straws, and they have established a TerraPass account (which provides carbon offsetting products to individuals, business, and events). Ticket prices per event range from $30 – $150 and there are even some FREE ones. Check out the lineup here.
Three Turns One with Chef Norman Van Aken & Friends
To celebrate Three’s FIRST anniversary with an epic dinner presented by Chef Norman Van Aken on Wednesday, November 7th benefitting Best Buddies. Enjoy a canapé and cocktail reception in the atrium followed by a 5-course dinner with wine pairing, featuring those that have cooked beside Chef Norman Van Aken in Miami throughout the years. James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein will commence the evening with a nod to Norman’s Key West roots followed by a presentation of courses from Michael Beltran of Ariete, Phil Bryant, Three’s Chef de Cuisine, Juan Garrido and Pastry Chef, Mame Sow. Tickets available here.
Halloween Anime Bash
If you want to keep it local and live near Dadeland this is where you’re starting off your night tomorrow. Inspired by the Japanese cartoons on the walls of their restaurants, Pubbelly Sushi in Dadeland is hosting an Anime Halloween bash with live music and special deals on dishes and cocktails. Crossing our fingers that Butter Krab Rolls are involved.
Halloween Yappy Hour at Glass & Vine
If you like your dog better than your kid, spend Halloween here. Glass and Vine located in Coconut Grovewill be hosting a Halloween Yappy Hour on Oct 31st from 5:30-7:30 PM. Dress up those pups for a chance to win a special prize. Food available for mom, dad, pups and the kids if you decide to bring them along.
Jaguar Sun Now Open in Downtown
Jaguar Sun now open in Downtown, promises to be a little oasis for the neighborhood. The new project from top bartender Will Thompson, formerly of Boston’s Drink, & acclaimed Chef Carey Hynes, formerly of Per Se & Momofuku will be the spot for unpretentious classic drinks that have a tropical twist and Italian-esque small plates and pasta dishes. A cacio e pepe bucatini is on the menu and we’ll see you inside…
Selina Brawler Now Open in Wynwood
Selina Brawlers is a first of its kind collaborative between the creators of Brothers & Brawlers, the coolest damn coffee shop and Selina, the global hospitality brand that has transformed the way travelers connect abroad. This coffee lounge, located in the heart of Wynwood, offers freshly brewed beverages from Eastlick Coffee and Panther Coffee as well as clothing and accessories, unique home decor, art from well-known local and international artists and more.
Best Chef Award Goes Antonio Bachour
The Best Chef Awards 2018 powered by Barilla recently honored Antonio Bachour, pastry chef and co-owner of Bachour restaurant and bakery in Miami, with the Best Pastry Chef Award. The award was delivered this month at the Vetra Milan Theater in the presence of more than 300 chefs and professionals from the industry. The award-winning pastry chef will open his new bakery, pastry shop, and full-service restaurant later this fall at 2020 Salzedo.
Knaus Berry Farm season opening
South Florida’s favorite cinnamon rolls are almost ready for you! Knaus Berry Farm will open on October 30th until mid-April. Plan your trip to Homestead from Monday – Saturday (they’re closed on Sunday) and make sure to pick up a box of these gooey rolls. If you’re grabbing a strawberry milkshake make sure your friend makes the separate line. Be prepared to wait (we’ve waited a good 45 minutes) especially during the holiday season. If you hate waiting, cause you have no “paciencia” we suggest you place an order and pick it up during a weekday.
Coconut Cartel is back with rum
Sister and brother duo Dani and Mike Zig launched their coconut business back in Miami in 2013. Fans of Coconut Cartel included Drake and Diplo, just so you get an idea of their immediate success. After taking a break to re-structure their brand they’re back, this time with rum. Try their dark Guatemalan rum with coconut water here.
Garcia Nevett is Now Open
If you can’t say no to chocolate, then this artisan shop is for you. Garcia Nevett chocolatier is now open in South Miami, specializing in hand-made dark chocolate confections and chocolate truffles from Venezuela and high-quality local ingredients from Miami. Sisters and professional chocolatiers Susana and Isabel make each chocolate with love and attention. Check it out here.
Sanguich de Miami now open in Little Havanna
You’re getting a sandwich or a “sanguich” at the new Sanguich shop and café in Little Havana. Simple menu includes your favorite Cuban sandwiches such as pan con bistec, croqueta preparada and the classic Cubano. There’s also a ventanita for all your cortadito needs. If you are in the mood for algo dulce, try the guava and cream cheese batido with Abuela Maria cookie crumble.
New Southern Italian concept, Dōma has opened its doors in Wynwood. Menu items include the Neopolitan fried pizza, Mediterranean beef tartare and tagliolini burrata (pictured above) with local red shrimp lemon and sea bean. Dig into the caprese chocolate almond cake served with vanilla cream for dessert!
New Chino-Peruvian food truck now open at Veza Sur Brewery in Wynwood
Pair your brewski with udon noodles and anticuchos from Veza Sur’s newest food truck collaboration. Brought to you by Suviche Hospitality Group, Chi-fa is bringing Peruvian and Chinese flavors with dishes like the Chifa shrimp (popcorn shrimp, crispy kale, pickled onions, and a secret Chifa sauce). For something sweet, try the Pineapple Express with charred pineapple, beer syrup made with Veza’s latin lager, cinnamon ice cream, and animal cookies. Chi-fa is open from Tuesday-Thurs from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Fri-Sat from 12 pm to 1:00 am and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Take-out and delivery options will be available soon. For more info visit their website here.
Until October 31
Dine for the Cure at The Fontainebleau
Three-course, prix-fixe dinner menus priced at $55 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, will be offered throughout October at StripSteak by Michael Mina, Scarpetta by Scott Conant and Hakkasan. Each menu will include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and a glass of rosé. For every dinner ordered, five dollars will be donated to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Check out the full menus here.
Until October 31
The Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice Experience
Last week we got a first look at Chef’s Choice features original prix fixe menus created by Miami and Broward’s most innovative chefs. Inspired by Estrella Damm beer, each menu includes 2 courses, starring the Mediterranean ingredients gambas and/or tomatoes, paired with 2 Estrella Damm beers—brewed in Barcelona with Mediterranean ingredients since 1876. The menus showcase the chefs’ creativity and versatility. No two menus are alike. Each menu is as unique as its chef. Available from October 1–31, restaurants will set menu prices at $29, $39, or $49. Check out participating restaurants here.
Cantina la 20 has a three-course lunch menu for $25.
This three-course meal can be yours for $25 from Monday – Friday from 12:30 PM – 5 PM at Cantina La 20. Loosen up your pants, Chef Santiago Gomez is putting out dishes with a Mexican twist and fresh ingredients. Our line up includes a Mussel Toast with white wine, garlic and chipotle, The Pappardelle with creamy sweet corn, chipotle and parmesan and the Pistachio Cake with raspberry gel and pistachio ice cream. You can also upgrade your meal with $10 appetizers, $16 entrees, and $6 desserts (upgrades available from their special lunch menu only). Make this a boozy lunch with $5 margaritas or signature cocktails.
Planta is offering a prix-fixe menu.
Neighborhood: South Beach
Deal: David Grutman’s South of Fifth, 100% plant-based eatery recently launched Taste of Planta, a four-course experience where guests can enjoy select signature dishes from the restaurant’s diverse menu at $55 per person from Sunday through Thursday. Courses include tastings of a rotating selection of unique sushi rolls, Steamed Dumplings, Watermelon Poke, Cauliflower Tots, and the Heart of Palm “Crab” Cake. Guests who experience Taste of Planta also have the option of adding a wine pairing with each course at $24.