Eating News October – Part 1

By Karen Escalera for
Olive OIls from Spain Popup at Miami International Airport


It’s that time again for the South Beach Seafood Festival, new specialty delivery service for stone crabs Miami, Cuban bakery comes to Miami via Vedado, olive oils from Spain popup at MIA, and a new Shake Shack in Ft.Lauderdale with new menu items, Part 1.


Photo courtesy of MiamiNewTimes by George Martinez
Miami Beach Seafood Festival is back, October 16 through 20. The five day food bash will have intimate dinners, educational seminars, chef and mixologist battles, an ocean-inspired cocktail showdown, and a daylong beachside tasting.These include an evening at Joe’s Stone Crab; a six-course surf ‘n’ turf meal at Meat Market; and Crabs, Slabs, and Cabs, an informal cocktail-hour-style gathering at the Shelborne. There’s also the crowd pleasing Chefs’ Showdown, in which 14 Miami toques — including Meat Market’s Sean Brasel, Joe’s Stone Crab’s David Salinas, and Dragonfly’s Masa Hamaya — will compete in seafood categories including best oyster, sushi, and lobster. Attendees will sample fare from each competing chef and vote for their favorite dishes.

Closing out the week, approximately 14,000 foodies will make their way to Lummus Park to dine on stone crabs Miami, smoked oysters, fish tacos, and jumbo shrimp. Dozens of Miami restaurants — including Ella’s Oyster Bar, Lobster Bar Sea Grille, Rusty Pelican, Stiltsville, Naked Taco, and Joe’s Stone Crab — will set up minicafés on the sand from noon till night. In addition, expect three live music stages, a Jack Daniel’s basketball court, a craft cocktail bar, and an educational culinary showcase featuring Norman Van Aken.

Upgrade to VIP, which includes perks such as a yoga and wellness area, a late-night dance party, and extra food and drinks. South Beach Seafood Week. Tuesday, October 16, through Saturday, October 20, at various locations. Tickets cost $45 to $250 via

More on seafood….Stone crab Miami season begins October 15. Want to send friends or relatives of one of Miami’s favorite foods, fresh stone crabs? Enter a new specialty service, Fresh Stone Crabs , that offers next day nationwide distribution and delivers them fresh – never frozen. Created by Shelly Abramowitz, restaurateur responsible for the acclaimed New York hotspots Canastel’s and Café Society in the 80’s, Fresh Stone Crabs is the reincarnation of his 1989 concept, South Beach Stone Crabs on Lincoln Road. They claim to ship and deliver the delectable crustaceans at half the price of restaruants with a free key lime pie for orders of 10 pounds or more, and guaranteed fresh any time. “When we run out, we’re done. We don’t even own a freezer,” Shelly shares proudly. He works with 50 fishing boats in the Florida Keys to service all of his orders. For custom orders or questions, call Shelly at 305.989.1969. Requests can also be placed online (click here). Delivery on Miami Beach is free, while shipping all over the state of Florida has a $20 FedEx charge; everywhere else in the USA has a greatly reduced FedEx charge.

Vladimir Bencomo and Joel Cuellar owners of Almendrades photo by Jose A.Iglesias El Nuevo Herald


Here’s a twist……A Cuban bakery that expands to Miami? Popular Vedado bakery Almendrares has set up at Bird Road and SW  147th Street, according to the Miami Herald. The shop offers a wide variety of sweets and cakes, including the famous Bombon cake; the Selva Negra, made with chocolate cake and strawberries; and the Oreo, named for you guessed it. They hope  to recreate in Kendall some of the old favorites in Cuba, including a cream cake like the famous ones sold in the 1980s in Havana’s Centro Market, in the old Sears building on the corner of Reina and Amistad streets..They’re also hoping  to make a series of gaceñigas, a famous simple cake created to honor a visiting Italian soprano in the 19th Century. Read more here.

 Next time you’re in Miami International Airport’s check out its latest culinary pop-up, “The Olive Oil Lounge” by Olive Oils from Spain and The European Union The pop-up lounge is inside MIA’s North Terminal, which  is used by American Airlines.The lounge provides consumers with express tastings and information on the categories recognized by the European Union of the different olive oils (Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Virgin Olive Oil, Olive Oil); uses in the kitchen and varieties (Picual, Hojiblanca, Arbequina and Cornicabra).It also comes equipped with a relaxation area, kids space, express tastings of an abundance of unique olive oils and WiFi hotspots so that the public can travel virtually to the world of “liquid gold.” Travelers will be able to enjoy the lounge from11AM-7PM from now through October 25th.


Light bites….The newest Shake Shack opened in Fort Lauderdale at 2400 North Federal Highway. The news is that there are new menu items including a frozen custard dessert Pie Oh My with seasonal pie from The Good Pie and brews from local breweries Wynwood Brewing Co., Due South Brewing Co. and Funky Buddha Brewery.

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