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The Vagabond Restaurant and Bar New Management

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The Vagabond Restaurant to be renamed the Vagabond Kitchen and Bar bringing a new fare to MIMO

The Vagabond Restaurant is happy to announce that new management will operate the Vagabond Restaurant and Bar effectively July 6th, 2016. Alex Chang, the star chef who has become a reference for “foodies” in Miami, is taking time off to travel the world and find new inspiration for his cuisine.
“We wish Chef Alex continued success in his endeavors” said a spokesperson from the Vagabond Group.
Vagabond Restaurant and Bar is very excited to announce their new partners, Fabien Chalard and Julien Geliot. Fabien and Julien will continue the restaurant’s tradition of excellent food and service, albeit with a new chef and a new creative twist to the menu.
Being neighborhood focused, Vagabond Restaurant and Bar wanted a partner that would appreciate the MIMO district, history of the Vagabond Hotel, excellent staff and the “neighborhood vibe” of their property. They found the perfect fit in new partners Fabien and Julien. This talented duo both have extensive experience in the operation of restaurants and bars and, most recently, kicked off food and beverages operations at Hilton Bentley before moving on to new ventures. In 2009, Fabien and his partner created FC Formation, a hospitality training and vocational center that provides the required lessons to obtain a license to operate a hospitality institute. Fabien mastered the art of French  cuisine and restaurant management by opening and managing several restaurants in France and possesses the renowned French title of Maître Restaurateur. In June 2013, he created Ten Fingers, an outdoor gourmet bistro that provides affordable food signed by his world-renowned friend Chef Christian Têtedoie. Fabien then opened Pléthore & Balthazar in 2013 and reinvented the restoration concept by offering guests a different set of menu for every hour of the day. The restaurant was nominated in France for the best concept of the year 2015.
Fabien and his partner are working closely with Chef Alex and Vagabond Restaurant and Bar’s current staff to accomplish a smooth transition and keep to a minimum the number of days the restaurant will be closed for business. Chef Alex will continue to serve the best of his cuisine until July 3rd and Chef Roberto Dubois will take over Vagabond Kitchen’s master chef duties on July 6th. The chef and management aren’t the only things changing as the Vagabond Restaurant and Bar as it will be renamed the Vagabond Kitchen and Bar. With a new name comes a new menu. Guests can soon order menu items such as Ponzu Oysters, Roast Beef Carpaccio, Surf n Turf, Cherry Duck Confit, Spinach Cavatelli and much more. A bar menu will also be offered with selections such as Tuna Poke Toast, Pork Belly Buns, Shrimp Cocktail and more.
“We are very excited to bring our concept to such a historical location, said Fabien Chalard, We are excited to give locals of MIMO and the surrounding neighborhoods a new place to dine and unwind”
Vagabond Restaurant is located at 7301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33138. Dinner hours include Tues-Thurs 6:00pm till Midnight, Friday and Saturdays 6:00pm till 1:00 am and Sundays 6:00pm till Midnight. Brunch served Saturdays and Sundays 11:00am till 4:00pm. Learn more about Vagabond Kitchen and Bar at Vagabondrestaurant.com or call (786) 409 – 5635.

Summer BBQ Series The Dutch at W South Beach

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THE DUTCH CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF SUMMERTIME BBQ

Annual BBQ Series Kicks Off July 6th in the Grove at W South Beach

For the fifth consecutive year, The Dutch at W South Beach will host its annual July Summer BBQ Series. Every year, fans of the popular Miami Beach eatery look forward to the festive weekly gathering of fun themes and mouthwatering BBQ. Like past events, the fifth annual series will take place every Wednesday evening in July from 7PM to close in the restaurant’s casual backyard patio, known as the Grove.

Each week, Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur will team up with a rotating roster of guest chefs to craft a specially-themed BBQ feast served family-style, featuring creative desserts and sweet summer treats by The Dutch’s critically-acclaimed Pastry Chef Josh Gripper. The series kicks off on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, with guest chef Mike Pirolo of Macchialina joining Tafur to prepare a lineup of traditional Brazilian roasted meats, a theme that hits close to home for The Dutch’s talented executive chef.

“The Dutch is excited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our Summer BBQs. This is our most popular event and I look forward to kicking things off with some delicious Brazilian Churascarria,” said Tafur. “Being from Brazil, it’s my favorite theme so I can’t think of a better way to start the series.”

Tickets to the weekly BBQ series are $40 per person, excluding tax and service charges. In addition to refreshing bourbon libations, The Dutch will also partner with local breweries to highlight several limited small batch brews perfect for the summer BBQ season.

The line-up and themes for The Dutch’s Summer BBQ Series are as follows:

Wednesday, July 6th: Brazilian Rodizio Churascarria

Guest chef: Mike Pirolo of Macchialina

Wednesday, July 13th: Thai/Korean BBQ

Hosted by Yulim Jeong, Sous Chef at The Dutch

Guest chefs: Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon & Chef Phuket Thong of Cake Thai Restaurant

Wednesday, July 20th: Mediterranean Grill

Guest chef: John Latrellis of Lure Fish Bar

Wednesday, July 27th: Pig Roast Extravaganza

Hosted by Darren Donovan, Sous Chef at The Dutch

Guest chefs: John Gallo & Rene Reyes of Pinch Kitchen & Steve Santana of Taquiza

Space is limited, and advanced purchase is recommended. Walk-in guests are also welcome.

The Dutch is located inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach, Florida, 33139. For more information or reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 or visit www.thedutchmiami.com

 

Chef Roel Alcudia of Mandolin Aegean Bistro

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Fooq’s and Friends Presents ‘Byzantine Nights,’ on Thursday, June 23rd

This Thursday, June 23rd, Fooq’s and Friends hosts a feast, coined ‘Byzantine Nights.’ Featuring chef Roel Alcudia of Mandolin Aegean Bistro, alongside Fooqs’ own Bryan Rojas, the night draws on culinary inspiration from the Middle East, Turkey, Persia and Greece, merging an exotic mix of flavors to create something new, expressive, and personal. Inspired by the Byzantine Empire, the night will blend an assortment of colorful and cultural dishes, all served family style in a refreshingly cozy atmosphere.
The family-style meal will present a plethora of dishes for the price of $55, which includes a handcraft welcome cocktail, and dishes that take a novel approach to renditions of Byzantine cuisine, with imaginative mezes, such as dips, spreads, flatbreads, and a refreshing watermelon salad to diverge the palate. For the main course, guests can expect zestful kebobs and a salt-baked fish, cooked to simplicity, per Mediterranean tradition. The night ends on a sweet note, with a Turkish rice pudding for dessert. A custom wine pairing will be available for an additional $45, to complement the dining experience.
‘Byzantine Nights’ will be complete with the fixings for an exotic ambience, with a selection of hookahs and artful belly dancing performances to connect with the splendor, ritual, and mystery of the night. Local DJ Manumat will play a middle-eastern themed set, creating an entrancing aura for the evening.
Fooq’s is located in the heart of Downtown Miami’s Arts + Entertainment district at 1035 North Miami Avenue (valet parking available). Two seatings will be offered at 7pm and 9pm. Space is limited – to make a reservation, email rsvp@fooqsmiami.com, or call 786.536.2749.
Web: fooqsmiami.com | Facebook: www.fb.com/fooqsmiami | Instagram/Twitter: @fooqsmiami

FOOQ’S

Located in the heart of Downtown Miami’s burgeoning Arts + Entertainment District, Fooq’s is an eclectic eatery serving “Feel Good Food” in an urban, yet distinctly cozy setting. A concept created by restaurateur David Foulquier, Fooq’s brings a new definition to comfort food that sparks the sentiment of feeling right at home. The farm-to-kitchen fare at Fooq’s, features international menu selections inspired by global travels and Persian-French heritage. With its bright and airy interior, the charming restaurant is a vibe-driven zone complemented by distinct hospitality. Fooq’s is located at 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL. For more information, visit fooqsmiami.com.

Regent Cocktail Club & Dolce Italian to Host ‘LDV Experience at The Gale

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The Gale

Photo provided by CAROLINA PIÑEIRO from CARMA PR

Guests to enjoy Glenlivet cocktails and a four-course dinner on Friday, June 17th

WHO/ WHAT

On Friday, June 17th LDV Hospitality’s Regent Cocktail Club and Dolce Italian, located in The Gale South Beach, invite guests to a private ‘LDV Experience at The Gale.’ Guests will kick off the night by taking part in a Glenlivet Scotch cocktail class from 7:00pm – 8:30pm, followed by a four-course prix fixe dinner at Dolce Italian.

Guests will receive a one-on-one course from Regent Cocktail’s head bartender on how to craft the perfect classic cocktail featuring Glenlivet Scotch. Following the class, guests will head to Dolce Italian for an extraordinary four-course meal with signature dishes such as the Chopped Salad, Grilled Octopus, Roasted Branzino, Straccetti Alla Bolognese and your choice of Panna Cotta or Tiramisu (dinner menu is subject to change).

Tickets are priced at $70 per person. Guests can purchase their tickets at http://www.regentcocktailclub. com.

WHEN

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Cocktail Class: 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Dinner: 9:00 p.m.

WHERE

The Gale South Beach

1690 Collins Ave

Miami Beach, FL 33139

 

DIRT Restaurant in South Beach

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If you’re in South Beach looking for local and healthful food, there is no question that the one place you should head to is DIRT. Helmed by Chef Nicole, who was the executive chef at Michelle Bernstein’s Crumb on Parchment and Fooq’s, the food coming out of the kitchen is not only conscious of its environment and community, but also downright inspiring. While trying to adopt a mostly local approach to its food offerings, the menu manages to be seasonal and flavorful, relying more on the essence of the ingredients instead of the things that are added to them.

Walking in, you are treated by an apt Florida sculpture that pin-points which ingredients are coming from where in Florida. Conversely, DIRT is also extremely transparent as to which ingredients aren’t local and also highlights where they are from. “There are some ingredients that you just can’t find locally,” mentioned Nicole. “We don’t want to miss out on some amazing micro-seasonal produce that other cities get.” Ingredients like rhubarb and leeks, amongst others,  are hard to find locally, but still produce incredible dishes. These are the type of dishes and ingredients Nicole is referring to. DIRT works with small, organic, local farms using practices that support and sustain the earth, and the DIRT team meets with their farmers personally to ensure that standards for produce and how it is grown is mutual between both of them.

Hummus-dirt-restaurant

The harissa-spiked Hummus served with olive oil grilled Zak the Baker toast was an apt way to start the meal. The hummus has a great, ultra-smooth and -creamy texture, while maintaining a subtly spiced flavor that quickly became one of my favorite hummuses in the city. The grilled bread served to dip into the hummus took it over the top, as I’m sure we all know how great Zak the Baker bread can be. Next came the quinoa-crusted fish Po- Boy. Served with zucchini jalapeño slaw, local tomatoes, basil leaves, and Greek yogurt remoulade, this sandwich was an exercise in how to properly lighten up a notoriously heavy dish. The quinoa breading properly mimicked the cornmeal breading you normally see on Po-Boys, and the fish was as great as what can be expected from locally caught fish in South Florida. The delightful slaw added a refreshing and somewhat spicy element to a sandwich that was extremely balanced.

Spring Plate

Most impressive of all was the Spring Plate, which allows you to choose a protein and have it served alongside greek yogurt and olive oil smashed potatoes, spicy grilled broccolini, with herbs and shaved vegetables. Nicole wouldn’t stop raving about how special her eggs were, so I definitely decided to go with that as my protein. Nicole was right about her eggs, which were as pure tasting as any eggs I could imagine and had a golden yolk that essentially acted as its own sauce on the plate. The mashed potatoes were perfectly seasoned and somewhat lumpy, yet balanced due to the extra tang coming from the greek yogurt. Bringing it all together was the charred broccolini, which added a different aspect of flavor to the dish while adding some texture as well. Overall, this was a great way to highlight the ingredients the season has to offer.

Even though DIRT is trying to appeal to those looking for healthy alternatives in South Beach, there is no doubt that what is coming out of the kitchen is some of the best local food in the city. By focusing on maintaining the integrity of the ingredients, DIRT brings something new to the beach. Something that the beach was missing.

Food Editor, Santiago Cardona 

Café Bastille is back better than ever

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Cafe Bastille

Photo provided by Identity Media, Inc 

Local staple, Café Bastille, has taken a transition to greatness. It’s safe to say this was the missing piece to Downtown Miami’s vast culinary puzzle.

Café Bastille located in the heart of Downtown Miami, delivers nothing but excellence and is a special treat for locals and tourists alike. The homemade French cuisine made fresh daily sets it far apart from the numerous other cafes located in downtown Miami. Café Bastille opened nine years ago and has quiet the reputation for exceptional fresh food. After nine years of business, they decided to enhance the café into a quaint and rustic atmosphere that makes you want to order a cappuccino, open up your book and pause time for a couple hours, escaping the fast paced lifestyle of Miami. This local staple has taken their restaurant to the next level by completely remodeling their café into a new and much improved version. Now, as soon as you walk into Café Bastille, you feel the coziness from the rustic brick walls surrounding you. The hanging light fixtures streamed across the ceiling instantly make you feel as if you are sitting on a street corner in Paris, surrounded by warm lights and French wine, sipping away the stress of your day. The back wall of the restaurant is covered entirely by a glass armoire, displaying hundreds of fine aged wines. The unpolished wood tables and chairs compliment the brick walls, giving the café an intimate, French cottage feel while sending you a warm welcome at the same time.

Café Bastille is a family ran business, giving that extra special quality of care and dedication to their food. Their produce is brought in on a weekly basis from Naples to market and handpicked by Chef Eloise Garcia. She spends time each week carefully selecting the freshest produce, making sure everything is locally grown. Café Bastille is known for their amazing seafood and they are one of the only restaurants in Miami that takes the time to go to market on a weekly basis at 6am to hand pick their produce and fish, making it a top priority to get the best selection for their customers. Eloise selects different fish daily, giving the café a variety of specials each week. The amount of energy and effort that goes in to this kitchen is truly incredible, and it pays off in their reputation for keeping customers eager to come back.

Café Bastille is not your ordinary French bistro where you can expect only traditional French cuisine. The beauty of Café Bastille is all of the different spices and flavors that Chef Eloise infuses into her creations. She says her French food has a Mediterranean flare with hints of Moroccan and Thai flavors added in, giving these dishes a truly unique zest. In addition to Café Bastille’s set menu, Eloise likes to create new specials every single day to give her guest something new to try each time they come in. Her passion is driven by the motto to cook excellent, high quality food that will please her costumers considering their wants and needs on that particular day. For example, if it’s raining outside she likes to serve her guests comfort food like hot soup and a warm toasted sandwich smothered in melted cheese. On the other hand, if it’s a typical scorching hot Miami day she likes to have many salad options with fruit to refresh her costumers.

“Café Bastille is not only a place to go and enjoy a relaxing meal, but a time to get away from the loud streets of Miami, and indulge in a French homemade meal. We value personable and friendly service making sure our customers feel right at home”, says owner Christian Jouault.

 

Wine by the Bay launches its Summer Tasting Series

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Delas Frères is considered to be one of Northern Rhône’s superstars. Founded in 1835, this producer has given oenophiles an extraordinary quantity of 100 points wines.

Wine by the Bay launches its Summer Tasting Series with special guest, Herve Robert, Delas’ Export Director, who will present some of the best wines produced: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at Wine by the Bay, 888 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, Miami, FL. 33132.

An advance ticket purchase with RSVP is required: https://www.winebtb.com/events/i5566693dg — $75.00 per person.

Mr. Herve Robert presents:

·         Delas Côte du Ventoux 2014
·         Delas Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2013
·         Delas Condrieu Clos Boucher 2012
·         Delas Condrieu La Galopine 2014
·         Delas Côte-Rôtie Maugiron 2012
·         Delas Crozes-Hermitage Les Launes Rouge 2013
·         Delas Crozes-Hermitage Le Clos 2010
·         Delas Hermitage Domaine des Tourettes Blanc 2012
·         Delas Hermitage Les Bessards 2012
·         Delas St. Joseph Francois de Tournon 2012
Also joining the tasting will be Alessandra Esteves who will offer valuable insight into this wine region’s history. Ms. Esteves joined the elite ranks of those who are considered a Master of Champagne in 2015 when she passed the French Wine Society’s Champagne Master Level program, earned with Honors. In 2016, she earned her Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, the highest qualification that this renowned organization awards.

Delas Frères:

Delas Frères is a winery of tradition and renewal. Founded 160 years ago in the heart of the northern Côtes du Rhône, the winery enjoyed the dynamism of its original founders and their heirs and more recently, the renewed energy of the Lallier-Deutz family, owners of champagne house, Champagne Deutz. Delas Frères and Champagne Deutz were acquired by the Champagne House of Louis Roederer in 1993. Andre Lallier retired from daily winery duties in 1996, and Fabrice Rosset, a 20-year executive with Roederer, has taken the helm at both Delas and Deutz. Today, the Delas wines are crafted by a panel of experts headed by winemaker Jacques Grange. Together, the team makes wines that have been heralded for their intensity of flavor and excellent value.

Wine by the Bay:

Wine by the Bay opened in Downtown Miami in January, 2012. With a stunning view of Biscayne Bay, and steps from the American Airlines Arena and Museum Park, passersby will welcome this oasis where they can enjoy personalized service and cultivate their appreciation of great wine. With seating both in and outdoors, visitors can enjoy a bottle on premise or attend one of the weekly wine tasting classes.
The store is available for private functions; offers delivery services to area residents and vacationers; a Wine Club; and weekly online and in-store special offers. www.winebtb.com. Follow Wine by the Bay on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @WinebytheBay.

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican serving cocktails

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THREE NEW COCKTAILS UNVEILED AT CANTINA LAREDO – HAPPY HOUR AND NIGHTLY SPECIALS ALSO AVAILABLE

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican is now serving three new, limited time cocktails.

Smoke & Fire Mule – Montelobos Mezcal Joven with fresh lime juice, agave nectar, and ginger beer with an orange slice and cinnamon stick ($12).
Smoked Peach Mule – Montelobos Mezcal Joven with Deep Eddy Peach Vodka, lemon juice and ginger beer ($12).
Desert Pear Mojito – Don Q Cristal Rum with fresh mint, squeezed lime and Desert Pear ($10.25).

In addition, Cantina Laredo’s Happy Hour in the bar is Monday to Friday, 4-7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close.

Nightly specials are also available. Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. domestic beer is $2 and imported beer is $3, well drinks and house wine are $4 and Casa ‘Ritas are $5 each.  On Sundays, mimosas or bloody Mary’s are $2.  On Monday, Patron ‘Ritas are $5.  Tuesdays, Tecate is $2 and on Wednesday, all wine is half off.  Thursdays is ladies night and Casa ‘Ritas are $4 each.

Cantina Laredo is located at 501 Silks Run in Hallandale in the Village of Gulfstream Park. For more information, visit www.cantinalaredo.com or call 954.457.7662.

Fish and Steak House introduces a new weeknight happy hour

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Brickell Haven Offers Bites Menu and Discounted Cocktails

WHAT: To kick off summer, PM Fish and Steak House introduces a new weeknight happy hour perfect. The staple Brickell restaurant will offer happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 to 7pm at the inside bar and newly renovated patio. Guests are invited to wind down with martinis, signature cocktails and classic cocktails for 50 percent off. Guests can also pair cocktails with bites from the happy hour menu featuring the highest quality Argentine cuisine with items like Beef Empanadas, Crispy Tuna Taquitos and Roasted Toast of Tuna Tartare ranging from $3 to $4 each.

WHEN:

Monday through Friday

4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

WHERE:

PM Fish and Steak House

1453 South Miami Ave

Miami, FL 33130

HAPPY HOUR BITES $3:

White Fish Ceviche Spoon

Sautéed Shrimp Crostini

Roasted Toast of Tuna Tartare

Smoked Alaskan Salmon Grisini

Brie and Chorizo Crouton

Provoleta & Roasted Red Bell Pepper

Spicy Tuna Tartare on Crispy Nori

Tenderloin Mini Brochette

Beef Homemade Small Empanada

Octopus Homemade Small Empanada

Ham and Cheese Homemade Small Empanada

Skirt Steak Taquito

HAPPY HOUR BITES $4:

Skewered Grilled Octopus with a Touch of Olive Oil

Crispy Tuna Taquito

Father’s Day Specials Round Up in Miami

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Batch

Celebrates with a “Treat Dad to An Old Fashioned”. Bring Dad & the family in on Father’s day to chow down on your Batch favorites like egg and cheese biscuit skillet and their infamous Gnocchi Mac & Cheese. All dad’s get to wash down their hearty meal with a free Old Fashioned made in house!
Batch Gastropub: 30 SW 12 St, Miami; 305-808-5555

Cafe Bastille

Debuts its weekend brunch menu with classic options such as French Toast, Croque Madama & Crepes and includes a free mimosa for all fathers.
Cafe Bastille: 248 SE 1st St, Miami, FL 33131

Mama Mia Italian Ristorante

Celebrates Father’s Day by creating an exclusive four-course dinner menu for $34.95 per person from 4PM-11PM. Enjoy a chilled Shrimp Cocktail, Caesar Salad, homemade Lobster and Seafood Tortellini, and an option of succulent Rack of Lamb or 2lb Porterhouse. Full Italian menu also available.
Mama Mia Italian Ristorante: 1818 S Young Cir, Hollywood; (954) 923-0555