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RIVER OYSTER BAR TO REMAIN OPEN AT BRICKELL LOCATION

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Through almost 3-years of intensive construction, street closures, and landscape altering conditions, David Bracha and his team at the River Oyster Bar have stood their ground continuing to serve loyal patrons 7-days a week.  Enduring the demolition of its neighbor, Tobacco Road, and the closing of numerous other restaurants and area businesses, Bracha had remained unsure about the fate of his neighborhood favorite, which he opened over 10 years ago, before Brickell became what it is today.

The future of River Oyster Bar remained such a question that he and his partners secured an alternate location, adjacent to the Miami River.  A series of unforeseen circumstances created an ever-changing plan. This included the sale of the current building and land, the wavering plans by the new landlord and issues with the lease of the planned new location.

The most recent development has brought about good fortune to the River Oyster Bar team. Bracha has inked a deal which will enable the restaurant to remain at its current location, for a minimum of an additional 3-years.

“We made it this far!” said Bracha. “With the first phase of Brickell City Center set to open by the end of the year, we’re excited to be a part of the changing neighborhood and that The River will remain a true neighborhood restaurant amidst the hundreds of national brands opening in the adjacent center.”

Adding additional excitement to The River will be a revitalization including new decor and new menu items, some of which will be favorites from Bracha’s sister restaurant, Oak Tavern, which closed earlier this year when the building was sold.  The Oak’s Chef de Cuisine, Curtis Rhodes, will be a full-time fixture in the River Oyster Bar’s kitchen preparing River favorites, and those form Oak, which include Tuna Poke with avocado & sweet soy; Scallop Tostadas; Crispy Suckling Pig; and Mushroom Crusted Ribeye. Even the most popular Oak cocktails will be available including The Green Mile and a Mai Tai.

Cosmetic renovations will update the feel from the original design put in place 13 years ago. Changes will include the addition of communal high-top tables, causal dining elements, small plates for sharing and expansion of the ever popular bar area.

Guests will have their first chance to enjoy the Oak additions on Tuesday, June 30th as The River kicks off the Independence Day holiday weekend at a special POP-OAK dinner.  The River Oyster Bar will remain open at 650 Miami Avenue for regular dinner service, happy hour and lunch, which includes complimentary parking in The River’s adjacent parking lot.

The Local Taps Miami Smokers And M.I.A. Brewing For Their Monthly Brunch Series

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The Local Craft Food & Drink, Coral Gables’ poppin’ American Gastropub, continues its monthly Roast & Toast Boozin’ Brunch Series on Sunday, July 5, 2015 with Miami Smokers and local craft beer house M.I.A. Brewing Company. Beginning at noon, the five-course brunch is priced at $60 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity, and features brunch dishes from The Local’s talented Executive Chef Phil Bryant and Chefs Andres Barrientos and James Bowers of Miami Smokers, all perfectly paired with M.I.A beers.  Reservations required; menu follows:

1st course
Cured, Aged & Smoked
Smoker’s Charcuterie, the Local’s house mustard, jams & pickles, benne seed flatbread, smoked Magnolia cheese

Juan Snow cocktail

2nd course
Egg3
Slow cooked egg, cured egg yolk, shaved bread, crispy Miami Smoker’s pancetta, hollandaise

Catalina Wine Mixer

3rd course
Spinach Salad
Local spinach, frisee, Arnold Palmer syrup, shaved filetto, charred peaches, Florida burrata

Siete Potencias

4th course
This Lil’ Piggy
Wild Boar presse, smoked tomato jam, sea island red peas, pink coleslaw

Freestyle Megamix

5th course
Sticky Bun
Cinnamon sticky bun with Smoker’s bacon & sweet potato brown butter ice cream

Kilty Pleasure
Initiated as a part of the revamping of their menu/concept led by locally revered chef Phil Bryant, The Roast & Toast Boozin’ Brunch Series welcomes a different outsider monthly, whether farmer, brewery, distillery or winery, to enhance the restaurant’s ever-changing menu of American fare with local ingredients.

The Local Craft Food & Drink, located at 150 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, serves lunch Monday through Friday from noon-3 p.m. Dinner is served Sundaysfrom 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday from 4:30 p.m.-11 p.m., andThursday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m.-1 a.m. An extended Happy Hour withhalf-off select beers, wines and spirits is offered Monday through Friday fromnoon-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 4p.m.-7p.m. A menu of light bites between lunch and dinner service during the week is also offered. Phone: (305) 648-5687. Website: www.thelocal150.com

STK Miami Presents the Ultimate Happy Hour

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The ONE Group’s STK Miami is pleased to announce its new and dynamic happy hour: Bubbles, Bites & Booze, which kicks off Monday, June 29th. Happy Hour will be offeredMonday through Friday from 6-8pm, and will feature $8 drink and food specials, offered exclusively in STK Miami’s bar and lounge areas.

With bubbles, bites and booze for $8, STK Miami has all the right ingredients to create the happiest of hours. Unwind after a long day at work with the refreshing gin cocktail Blackberry Fizz, a fusion of fresh muddled blackberries and tangy lemon juice, or enjoy the signature Cucumber Stiletto, the perfect pick-me-up combining Absolut citron with clean cucumber and minty flavors.

Happy Hour at STK features discounted Stelina di Notte Prosecco so you can get your bubbly fix. The menu also includes a variety of delicious bites like the Mini Tuna Tartare, lil’ BRG with parmesan truffle fries and Pork Belly Tacos with pickled red onion, cilantro, fried shallots, house made pickles and STK sauce all for $8 each.

STK Miami is located at 2311 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, in the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach building. For reservations, please call 305-604-6988. To stay up-to-date on information, follow STK Miami on Facebook at facebook.com/STKHouse, on Twitter at @STKMiami and Instagram at @eatSTK.

Fornaro

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fornaro

Visiting Fornaro leads to many surprises. Dishes that Miami has never even heard of, unexpected ambiance in a certain shopping center in the Grove, Italian food made by a Brazilian, and prices that are so low they are actually surprising. All these factors plus more lead to quite the experience in this newly opened restaurant off of US1.

Owner Lorenzo Ramon’s dream was to open an Italian restaurant and present Miami with a dish that kids would ask their parents to take them out for. Although the latter hasn’t necessarily been achieved yet, Ramon has opened the Italian restaurant that the area didn’t know it was missing. The dish Ramon’s dream refers to is the Polpettone, a breaded croquette-like dish made from fresh mozzarella encased in freshly ground filet mignon. Cutting into the crispy round reveals a luxurious stream of cheese that gives way to succulent and tender filet mignon. Basically, this is the Italian version of the Minnesotan Jucy Lucy.

Fornaro’s black-and-white decor features subway tiles and Edison light bulbs that make for dim and romantic lighting. Simple furnishings allow the restaurant to serve as a modern chic restaurant while still maintaining it’s neighborhood-friendly ambiance. Stepping into Fornaro, you are greeted by friendly staff that makes you feel welcomed and appreciated.

Although the ambiance and food warrant making a drive, Ramon claims that his primary goal is for Fornaro to be a neighborhood favorite. This is evident by the price range, with entrees ranging from $11 to $15. “You can come here and have a casual meal or an upscale one. If you want something as simple as pizza, we can do that. But we also cater to you if you’re trying to have a date night,” says Ramon.

Although something as “simple” as pizza is on the menu, Ramon and his head Chef, Marcus de Mello, put care into every single thing they do. From choosing between close to a dozen squid purveyors to find the right item for calamari, to sourcing a wood-burning oven for pizzas, to hand making fig cake, the love that the staff has for this restaurant is unmatched. Ramon and de Mello exude humbleness and modesty, making the restaurant that much more attractive. You can tell that they are proud of their product, and do everything out of a labor of love.

Fornaro

2750 SW 26th Ave.
Miami, FL 33133
3056688888
fornaromiami.com

Sexy Nutritionist at Kitchen 305

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Kitchen 305, located in the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, is spicing up Tuesday nights in South Florida with a new culinary experience that will leave participants craving for more.

Starting June 23rd, celebrity chef and aphrodisiac culinary guru, Jenny Patrizia, world-renowned as the Sexy Nutritionist, will be raising the temperature at Kitchen 305 as she teaches classes on how to create healthy aphrodisiac meals, succulent desserts and delectable drinks.

Patrizia has been featured as Playboy Latino’s Sexy Nutritionist as well as known as a TV/Radio talent personality on Univision, Telemundo, CNN, ESPN, Fox Latino, CBS, Cosmopolitan Latina, People magazine and other media outlets.  Patrizia is known for creating healthy, delicious, aphrodisiac meals and recipes.

Passion at First Bite, a company founded by the Sexy Nutritionist, specializes in unique, fun, sexy cooking classes that only use aphrodisiac ingredients.

Couples, groups and singles can participate in the class for only $37.50 a person. Classes are every Tuesday from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at Kitchen 305 and include:

A cooking demonstration/hands on interactive class/entertainment led by the Sexy Nutritionist

A weekly celebrity guest appearance, including Liliana Rodriguez, Gabriel Porras, Hector Fuentes and others

Dining session with class participants

Recipe Guidebook

Photo Opportunity and book signing with the Sexy Nutritionist

Complimentary dessert

Complimentary alcoholic beverage

The eight-week schedule begins June 23rd and ends August 11th. Classes include:

June 23rd, 2015:Food Foreplay, An Appetizer Class – Enjoy unique, easy and tasty aphrodisiac appetizers. This class will show you how to prepare delicious appetizers, enjoy a wine tasting session (where participants will grade them on their own) with your loved one as you explore all the five senses when it comes to aphrodisiac cooking.

June 30th, 2015:Chocolate Orgy (All About Chocolate Desserts) – If you are a chocoholic, this is a class you cannot miss. Patrizia will demonstrate four to five easy, divine, aphrodisiac chocolate desserts, including a double chocolate martini to enjoy in class.

July 7th, 2015:It’s A Wrap – In this class you will learn delicious, savory, aphrodisiac wraps you will be able to also make and enjoy at home or take to work.

July 14th, 2015:Skinny Sex (Aphrodisiac Meals Under 500 Calories) – In this class, you will enjoy delicious aphrodisiac recipes that are low in calorie and fat, yet don’t sacrifice the taste.  Find out which alcoholic drinks to stay away from and which to include in your diet if you are counting calories. This class will feature the guiltless, no bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups while enjoying an apple-sour martini (only 140 calories).

July 21st, 2015:Triple X Meals – In the Triple X class, you will learn how to make a complete aphrodisiac meal, which will include an appetizer, the main course and dessert – making it the triple X effect.

July 28th, 2015: Berry Tasty- If you love berries, specifically strawberries, you will truly enjoy this class.  Learn how to make desserts, cocktails, meals and appetizers using delicious, juicy strawberries. Enjoy a “berry” delicious class while you enjoy your very own Strawberry Mojito.

August 4th, 2015: Spicy Life – Heat won’t be the only thing that will be eminating from the kitchen.  Learn about different spices and their effect on raising your libido.  Learn and enjoy how to make fiery, tasty dishes with all kinds of spices.  Including the not so boring Fudgy, Cinnamon Chile Brownies and your very own Jalapeno Margaritas.

August 11th, 2015:That’s Amore – Join the Italian aphrodisiac class as it taps into the seductive Italian dishes.  Enjoy how to make and devour your very own Tiramisu Sundae while you are served a glass of red wine or Chianti.

ABOUT KITCHEN 305

Located in the lobby of the Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort, Kitchen 305 is a dining and entertainment destination featuring American-eclectic fare at its best. The restaurant is located at 16701 Collins Ave. in Sunny Isles Beach. For more info, visit http://www.kitchen305miami.com/.

BLT PRIME AT TRUMP NATIONAL DORAL TO PRESENT WINE AND SPIRITS DINNER

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On Thursday, June 25, 2015, two of the world’s most iconic wine and spirits will serve as  accompaniments  to an exclusive menu prepared by BLT Prime Chef de Cuisine Dustin Ward.  A reception, followed by a five course sit down dinner will be paired with wines from the renowned portfolio of Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley’s most successful and beloved wineries.  Dessert will be served with the one and only Macallan 25 year old single malt Scotch whisky, Macallan 25, on the veranda overlooking the world-famous Blue Monster golf course complete with hand-rolled cigars.  Dinner is offered at $125 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, and will be served in the restaurant’s private dining room.  Reservations are limited and tickets can be purchased at www.bltprimemiami.eventbrite.com.

Cakebread Cellars, established in 1973 on 22 acres in Napa Valley is known for its exceptional wines and gracious hospitality.  Their world-class sauvignon blancs and chardonnays first established the family business’ reputation but their list today includes award-winning cabernet sauvignons, pinot noirs and other varietals as well.  Macallan, one of the world’s top-selling single malt whiskys is located in Craigellachie Moray in the Scottish Highlands.

The evening gets underway at 7PM with a reception of passed hors d’oeuvres including scallop crudo, chilled corn soup shooters and goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers, accompanied by Cakebread Cellars 2013 Sauvignon Blanc.  Guests will then be seated for a delicious five course menu including:

Braised Octopus
tangerine oil, fresno chilies
Cakebread Cellars 2013 Chardonnay

Sullivan Spiced Duck Breast
sautéed  spinach, dehydrated honeycombs
Cakebread Cellars 2013 Pinot Noir

Lamb Breast
Pickled red peppers, chimichurri
Cakebread Cellars 2011 Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon

Beef Tenderloin
braised leek dumplings, chocolate demi
2012 Mullan Road by Cakebread Cellars

The fifth and final course, a sticky toffee pudding with whisky anglaise and dates will be served with tumblers of Macallan 25.  Guests will have the option to take dessert on the restaurant’s terrace, to enjoy with cigars provided by an onsite roller.

This is the second installment of BLT Prime’s 2015 Wine and Spirits Dinner Series.  Next up on Thursday, August 20th, BLT Prime will host a very special evening featuring a cocktail demo and tasting from premium tequilier Casa Dragones along with dinner paired with wines from Vins de Provence.

BLT Prime Miami is located at the Trump National Doral Miami and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For more information and/or reservations, please call 305-591-6066.

Divino Ceviche Cevichela

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Earlier this month, Divino Ceviche held a Cevichela as part of Coral Gables Restaurant week. This was an exclusive four-course pairing dinner (first course is ceviche sampler) including the finest Peruvian cuisine in Coral Gables combined with award-winning Darwin Craft Chela (Peruvian slang for beer).   Darwin Santa Maria will joined Divino Ceviche for this intimate dinner and told diner all about the origins of Darwin Brewing Company’s artisan ales and lagers influenced by the flavors and spices of South America’s Andean and Amazonian Regions.

Below is the menu served at this spectacular event:

cevichela

Word on the street is that Divino Ceviche will be hosting an other event in July, so keep an eye out. You don’t want to miss it!

Terrazza Launches Miami Spice Preview Menu July 1, 2015

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Who/What:
Too much of a good thing is a great thing! Terrazza at Shore Club is celebrating early this year with a month-long Miami Spice preview. Three course lunch and dinner prix fixe menus will be available throughout July for $23 and $39 respectively. The menu features some of Terrazza’s favorite signature authentic Italian dishes including Heirloom Tomato Salad with watermelon, baby arugula, blue cheese, cilantro and aged balsamic; Squid Ink Pasta in a san marzano pomodoro sauce with baby octopus and Pomegranate Panna Cotta with mixed berries for dessert.

Where:
Terrazza
Shore Club
1901 Collins Ave.
South Beach, FL 33139
305.695.3226

When:
Beginning July 1, 2015

Lunch:
Daily 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Introducing Libertine, downtown’s new bar

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INTRODUCING LIBERTINE – DOWNTOWN MIAMI’S NEW WATERING HOLE FOR ECLECTIC BEATS AND BESPOKE COCKTAILS

Introducing Libertine, downtown’s new bar where eclectic beats and renegade cocktails take center stage. Slated to open in June 2015 at 40 NE 11th Street, Libertine is a bar for the people; start the night sipping a proper Old Fashioned from an arm chair, bring in the new day swigging whisky on top of the bar’s Baby Grand, and if not for a dusting of glitter and memories of Iggy Pop piping from the DJ booth, forget everything that happened in between. With an interior hearkening back to the glamorously decayed watering holes of turn of the century London, Libertine’s interior features eclectic décor like a floor covered in thousands of pennies, easy leather sofas a DJ booth fashioned from a re-purposed Baby Grand piano, and an expansive cocktail bar featuring a comprehensive mixology program.

Enter through a long access shaft that feels purposefully hidden, lined in vintage chicken wire, glass and raw steel columns. Turn the corner and behold Libertine – tucked away, dim and at the same time decadent. Designed by Thrilwall Design, Libertine is lined with 150 year-old reflective mirrors and subway tile, apothecary containers and shelving that illuminates bourbons, whiskeys and hundreds of other specialty liquors. The floor is covered in thousands of real pennies, sorted by finish to create a trompe l’oeil. Comfortable leather sofas are mixed with retro-style light armchairs and coffee tables in front of two opposing walls featuring an 18th century white marble fireplace and a wall of books framed by green velvet curtains while elements like burlesque chandeliers, poker tables, and antique rugs line the space. Music programming is curated by Supermarket Creative’s Michelle Leshem, and sounds will include cult classics, new wave and indie like Pulp Beastie Boys, Yelle, The Sonics, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, to melodic dance sounds from Soul Clap, Aeroplane, Holy Ghost!, Flight Facilities, Groove Armada, Escort and more.

Libertine’s bar runs the gamut, from shots and beers, to full-scale mixology and specialty cocktails. Prohibition style cocktails range from The Libertine (Bulleit Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Elderflower Liquer, bitters, Cognac) to Firewater (Grey Goose vodka, Bacardi Superior rum, grenadine, sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice), to a barrel of authentic Libertine Moonshine which will sit behind the bar.

Libertine. Open Thursday, Friday,  Saturday’s from 9am til whenever… starting June 19th. 40 NE 11th Street. For more information visit www.libertinemiami.com

SAMPLE DRINK LIST BELOW:

“The Libertine”

0.75oz. Bulleit Rye
0.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
1 dash bitters
0.25 oz. Cognac

Directions

Stir & strain into a rocks glass. Garnish w/ lemon twist

“LIBERTINE MOONSHINE”

1 btl Moonshine

1lb Sugar

106 oz Del Monte Sliced Peaches

Directions

Mix 1 bottle of Moonshine, 1lb of sugar and 106 oz of Del Monte Sliced Beaches into barrel. Mix. Pour contents into mason jars w/ ice and garnish with a sliced peach.

“HOOCH”

1.5 oz. gin
0.75 oz.  Dry vermouth
0.75 oz.  Sweet vermouth
0.75 oz.  Freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange
2 dashes Angostura bitters

Directions

Add gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and bitters to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and serve.

“FIREWATER”

1 oz. Grey Goose Vodka

1 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum

1 oz. Grenadine

1 tbl. Spoon of sugar

1 oz. Freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange

Directions

Stir & strain into a rocks glass. Garnish w/ maraschino cherries, sliced orange, lemon and lime rounds.

THE DUTCH GEARS UP TO HOST ANNUAL BOURBON, BEER & ‘CUE

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4th Annual BBQ Series Kicks Off July 1st in the Grove at the W hotel south beach.

Back by popular demand, The Dutch at W South Beach Hotel & Residences will host its annual Bourbon, Beer and ‘Cue July dining series. Featuring a summer filled with the best BBQ Miami’s top chefs have to offer, the weekly event will take place everyWednesday evening in July from 7PM to close in The Dutch’s very own backyard, the Grove.

Each week, Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon will team up with a rotating list of guest chefs and mixologists to craft a mouth-watering BBQ feast served family-style, featuring seasonal pies and summer sweet treats by pastry chef Josh Gripper. Kicking off onWednesday, July 1, 2015, Hanlon will team up with Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Miami for tantalizing feast of classic smokey southern BBQ with all the fixins.

Tickets to the weekly BBQ series are $40 per person, including tax and gratuity; excluding beverages. 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 for this year’s month-long Bourbon, Beer and ‘Cue extravaganza is as follows:

Wednesday, July 1st: Classic Southern BBQ

Guest Chef: Aaron Brooks of EDGE Steak & Bar

Wednesday, July 8th: Arrosti Italiani

Guest Chefs: Matt Depante and Justin Flit of Proof Pizza and Pasta

Wednesday, July 15th: Brazilian Rodizio Churascarria

The Dutch’s Chef Adonay Tafur will prepare a lineup of traditional Brazilian roasted meats

Wednesday, July 22nd: Polynesian BBQ

Guest Chef & Mixologist: Timon Balloo of Sugarcane and Robert Ferrara of The Rum Line

Wednesday, July 29th: Barbacoa

Guest Chefs: Steve Santana of Tequiza and Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon

The Dutch’s Bourbon, Beer & ‘Cue will take place every Wednesday night in July, from 7PM to close at the Grove at W South Beach. Space is limited, and advanced purchase is recommended. Walk-in guests are also welcome.

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