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Brasserie Central Celebrates First Anniversary With Week Of Celebrations

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Drawing acclaim and loyal fans since it’s opening in late November 2014 by virtue of award-winning Chef/Restaurateur Pascal Oudin’s affordable, authentic and amazing casual French faire, Brasserie Central, located at The Village of Merrick Park,celebrates its first anniversary with a week full of celebrations from Tuesday, November 17 through Wednesday, November 25, 2015.


Kicking-off the festivities on November 17, will be a day and night full of cheer wherein each guest will receive a complimentary glass of Champagne, wine or beer, along with a freshly baked gougère, a savory pastry made of choux dough mixed with cheese. Guests will also have the chance to win a special dinner for two to Brasserie Central’s sister restaurant Pascal’s on Ponce; business cards for the raffle are being collected at Brasserie Central now through November 17.

Celebrations will continue on Beaujolais Noveaux Day, Thursday, November 19, with a special unveiling and tasting of the first wine of the season. ComplimentaryBeaujolais Noveaux tastings will be available throughout the day, along with half-off all hors d’oeuvres and a special Beaujolais Noveaux prix-fixe menu for $39.95(menu listed below). Guests will also be able to find a perch for The Village of Merrick Park’s official tree lighting ceremony, taking place from 6:30pm-8:30 pm at Merrick Park’s Main Garden, just beside Brasserie Central’s beautiful courtyard.Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France as the third Thursday in November and celebrated with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine’s grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and worldwide to celebrate the first wine of the season.

The Beaujolais Nouveau prix fixe menu, which includes a glass of the young wine, will be offered from November 19-November 25 and is listed below.

(Choice of)
House Charcuterie
Country Style Pate and Rillette du Mans – Condiments

Escargots de Bourgogne
Wild Burgundy Snails with Garlic and Parsley

Oysters – ½ Dozen, Mignonette Sauce

(Choice of)
Coq Au Vin
Slow Cooked Chicken in Red Wine with Onions, Mushrooms, Bacon Lardon

Mediterranean Style Seafood stew with local fish Mussels and Shrimp
Tomato Saffron Broth, Saffron Aioli Crostini

Profiterole, Waffle, Chocolate Mousse and Bread Pudding

A Glass of 2015 Georges Duboeuf, Beaujolais Nouveau

Executive Chef Fabien Micard’s bona fide French menu displays time-honored techniques and traditions, geared to please the palates of the many moods of life. Using high-quality imported and local goods, Brasserie Central dishes out delights such as housemade sausages, pate and charcuterie; artisanal cheeses; full raw bar; traditional hors d’oeuvres, salads, sandwiches, and main plates; classic stove-to-table cocotte stews; and et Patisserie, or dessert. Sporting a casual, rustic elegance, Brasserie Central is Old World meets New World with exposed butcher block tables, bistro chairs, a 14-person communal table, large indoor/outdoor bar (seating 18) andle comptoir – the intimate oyster and raw bar. Along the walls, antiqued mirrors display the 24 regions of France and their signature dishes, while mammoth chalkboards don chef’s specials and cocktails. Modern lighting fixtures lead the eye down the long room, awash in woods, slates and hints of deep red, to an open kitchen and private dining room. Located along the bridge, across from Yard House, the restaurant also offers abundant outdoor seating.

Brasserie Central, located in the Level 1 courtyard at The Village of Merrick Parkat 320 San Lorenzo Avenue in Coral Gables, offers window-service breakfast,daily from 8:30- 11:00 a.m.; lunch, dinner and afternoon glacerie (2p.m.-6p.m.),daily from 11a.m. – 11p.m. Telephone: 786-536-9386 www.BrasserieCentralMiami.com

Dining & Drinking Hotspots For Art Basel 2015

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Here are some Dining & Drinking Hotspots for Art Basel 2015.

Miami Beach

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Michy’s & The Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein

For the 3rd year in a row, celebrity Chef Michelle Bernstein returns to the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens with two concepts exclusive to Art Basel Miami Beach – The Garden Café by Michelle Bernstein and Michy’s Pop Up.  In operation November 30 – December 6, the Michy’s pop up signals a limited engagement return of her celebrated restaurant Michy’s, which she recently closed, renovated and reopened on the mainland as CENA by Michy.  Housed in the Banyan Room and on its terrace, Michy’s serves a sophisticated and sublime dinner menu of Bernstein signatures and new favorites; The Garden Café is the perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or grab n’ go gourmet fare.  Located across the street from the Miami Beach Convention Center – 2000 Convention Center Drive – in the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens.  www.michyspop.com



From the team behind Miami Beach’s wildly-popular Macchialina – Chef Michael Pirolo and front-of-the-house veteran Jen Chafesky – comes this sophisticated, cool new Asian restaurant at the historic Marlin Hotel.  Opened September 2015, the menu at Bazi represents the Chef’s reinterpretation of the complex flavors of classic Far East cuisine imbued with his own unique, contemporary twist. The restaurant encompasses a chic bar, dining room and a second floor mezzanine private dining space.  Featuring an inspired craft cocktail menu by beverage director William Rivas, Bazi ranks as one of the hot new restaurants of the 2015/2016 season.  Located in The Marlin Hotel at 1200 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 695-0101www.bazimiami.com/



The casually elegant, Floridian brasserie led by critically acclaimed Chef Michelle Bernstein focuses on locally sourced bounty from both the land and sea, including a fantastic raw bar featuring internationally-influenced tartares, crudos, carpaccios, sashimi and more. Located at the Thompson Miami Beach – 4041 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (786) 605-4043; www.seagrapemiamibeach.com.


TALDE Miami Beach

Chef Dale Talde along with his partners, David Massoni and John Bush, the team behind TALDE, one of Brooklyn’s most beloved restaurants, are bringing their popular Asian American fare to the Thompson Miami Beach in November 2015 with TALDE Miami Beach. Chef Talde blends his Asian heritage into his menu with signature items like Pretzel Pork & Chive Dumplings with tahini mustard and Korean Fried Chicken with spicy kimchee yogurt sauce. Eager to embrace Miami’s energy, culture and cuisine, Talde has already begun experimenting with some of South Florida’s signature spices and flavors which will be incorporated into new dishes. Located at the Thompson Miami Beach – 4041 Collins Avenue.


1930s House at Thompson Miami Beach

1930s House is an inviting cocktail hideaway and a premiere destination for creative hand-crafted cocktails and celebrated cuisine. The historic Spanish-inspired lounge offers bites from Thompson Miami Beach culinary partner and James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein’s beloved Spanish tapas restaurant, Sra. Martinez. The venue’s weekly entertainment line-up features guest DJs and live Cuban music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting at 9PM. Located at the Thompson Miami Beach – 4041 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (786) 605-1044.


Lure Fishbar

The Miami Beach outpost of New York’s critically-acclaimed SOHO seafood restaurant boasts a swanky, yacht-inspired design and a menu that features fresh, creative dishes from land and sea as well as a bustling bar scene. Located at the Loews Miami Beach hotel – 1601 Collins Avenue.  Telephone: (305) 604-1601; www.lurefishbar.com/.


The Rum Line

On a vibrant deck set under the stars on Miami Beach, The Rum Line is a Caribbean-inspired al fresco bar that evokes the rich cocktail history of the 1930’s to the 1960’s. The Rum Line features an array of cocktail offerings including classic punches in scorpion bowls, hand shaken daiquiris and a selection of nautical-inspired libations.  A menu of small bites complements the bold flavors of the cocktails, creating the perfect synergy. Located at the Loews Miami Beach – 1601 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 695-0110.


The Dutch

The Miami Beach outpost of New York restaurateur & chef Andrew Carmellini‘s wildly-popular American eatery. The restaurant features an oyster bar, signature cocktails and an extensive whiskey collection. At W South Beach Hotel & Residences – 2201 Collins Avenue. Telephone:(305) 938-3111; www.thedutchmiami.com.


Quattro Gastronomia Italiana

A Miami Beach staple for locals as well as savvy visitors, this stunning indoor/outdoor eatery transports the delicious flavors of Northern Italy to South Beach’s bustling Lincoln Road. A celeb hotspot, Quattro combines authentic Italian cuisine, beautiful wines and enchanting décor, to create an Italian trattoria that feels plucked from the streets of Alba. 1014 Lincoln Road. Telephone: (305) 531-4833;www.quattromiami.com.


Meat Market

A definitive Miami Beach restaurant and hot spot for foodies and trendsetters, Meat Market is a truly contemporary steakhouse boasting a sophisticated ambiance and a nationally-renowned mixology program. Chef Sean Brasel’s savvy menu features prime cuts of beef, wonderful fish, seafood and poultry dishes – the Crudo Bar features an eclectic raw bar and crudo menu with fresh oysters and clams, creative ceviches and tiraditos.915 Lincoln Road. Telephone: (305) 532-0088; www.meatmarketmiami.com.


Quality Meats

The second location of acclaimed Manhattan restaurant, Quality Meats, opened February 2015 in the heart of South Beach’s historic Art Deco district. Chef/Partner Craig Koketsu and Executive Chef Patrick Rebholz offer a menu that enhances elements of a classic butchery with large cuts of beef that are cured, smoked or aged in-house. Designed by AvroKO, guests can experience the restaurant in a variety of settings – the main dining room, a lush outdoor patio or in the comfort of a private dining room. 1501 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 340-3333;www.qualitymeatsmiami.com/.


Living Room at W South Beach

In celebration of Art Basek, Living Room, the sultry, night-time playground nestled in the lobby  of the W South Beach Hotel & Residences, has created the Le Jardin – a Basel-inspired cocktail featuring vodka, elderflower liqueur and a house made ‘green juice’ of wheatgrass, spinach, mint, honeydew, lemon, pineapple and honey.Living Room is the perfect place to start before dining at one of the W Hotel’s premiere dining establishments, The Dutch or Mr. Chow, or before a night of partying. Live in-house DJ spins loungey sounds nightly from 7PM until 2AM.  2201 Collins Avenue in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences Telephone:(305) 938-3000. http://www.wsouthbeach.com/living-room-bar


Michael Mina 74

From award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina, Michael Mina 74 is Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s cool and casual modern American tavern, serving a delicious and dynamic menu of comfort food with inspirations spanning the globe. Hand-crafted cocktails and expert, house-made infusions complement the eclectic cuisine, while a DJ transport guests from high-energy restaurant to sexy, lavish ultra-lounge. Located at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach – 4441 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 674-4636; www.fontainebleau.com/web/dining/michael_mina_74.



The second Michael Mina restaurant to open at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in the last year, joining Michael Mina 74. A swank, sophisticated destination for steaks, gorgeous composed specialties and luscious libations. Located at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach – 4441 Collins Avenue.  Telephone: (305) 674-4780; www.fontainebleau.com/stripsteak.



This world-famous upscale Cantonese restaurant is as renowned for its authentic cuisine as its cool, sexy décor, and features favorites such as indulgent roasted silver cod in Chinese honey and Champagne. Located at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach – 4441 Collins Avenue.Telephone: (786) 276-1388www.fontainebleau.com/hakkasan.



The AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant, from award-winning chef/restaurateur Scott Conant, offers refined Italian cuisine composed of farm-fresh ingredients and clean, earthy flavors in a light, airy space. Led by newly appointed chef de cuisine Marlon Rambaran, the seasonally-inspired Italian fare includes delightful spaghetti with tomato & basil and creamy polenta with a fricassee of truffled mushrooms. Located at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach – 4441 Collins Avenue. Telephone: (305) 674-4660; www.fontainebleau.com/scarpetta.


Wynwood/Design District/Midtown/Mimo

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Beaker & Gray

Adding to Wynwood’s national notoriety as Miami’s hippest zip code, a new restaurant concept emerges October 2015 in Beaker & Gray. Conceptualized by chef/owner Brian Nasajon and bar manager/owner Ben Potts, the restaurant will be a 120-seat eatery with an inventive, playful, globally-inspired menu and vibrant after-hours bar. Named after two elemental culinary tools – the Beaker, used by bartenders to mix drinks, and a Gray Kunz spoon, used by chefs to execute dishes, Beaker & Gray will be a new destination for Wynwood’s artsy environs. 2637 North Miami Avenue. Telephone: (305) 699-2637; www.beakerandgray.com


Apeiro Kitchen & Bar

From the culinary minds of rising star chef/co-owner David Blonsky and iconic South Florida restauranteur Burt Rapoportcomes a progressive Mediterranean concept with a contemporary menu inspired by the countries that make up the Mediterranean’s rich and diverse culinary culture as well as a buzzing bar scene. Apeiro (Greek for “infinity”) showcases the simple presentations and healthy, fresh ingredients the region is known for while being very much of the now – creative, progressive and flavor forward. Apeiro Kitchen & Bar is located at 3252 NE 1st Avenue, Suite 101 in Midtown.  www.apeirorestaurants.com.


CENA by Michy

Housed in the space formerly inhabited by her critically acclaimed Michy’s restaurant, CENA by Michy is celeb chef Michelle Bernstein’s newest innovation.  CENA by Michy re-affirms the spirit of communal dining that was one of the signature features of the restaurant’s earlier incarnation with a menu that offers a cornucopia of small plates as well as a bevy of large plate options and, soon, whole offerings from the restaurant’s new rotisserie.  Complemented by a progressive, smartly-designed craft cocktail list, the menu at CENA gracefully walks the line between contemporary American fare and inspired international fine dining, with dishes ranging from a whole boneless snapper stuffed with leeks and fennel to sweet bread tacos with salsa verde, huitlacoche crema and pickled cabbage. Located at 6927 Biscayne Boulevard; wwwcenabymichy.com.


Blue Collar

Located in the historic MIMO district in Miami, Blue Collar is owner and executive chef Daniel Serfer’s acclaimed eatery, offering contemporary American comfort food in a casual setting. The approachable menu features diverse dishes with appetizers including Cuban sandwich spring rolls and the Duck “McMuffin” with entrees including home-style classics including Super Tender Hanger Steak and more eclectic options such as Crispy Skin Snapper served with rock shrimp vegetable rice in a red curry. The restaurant also offers daily carnivorous and veg-friendly chalkboard specials. “The Dailies” offer a variety of ribs, Parmesan-style proteins with angel hair and red sauce, and braised meats including brisket, pot roast, ox tails and pork shoulder. The “Veg Chalkboard” displays vegetarian specials ranging from creamy mashed potatoes to watermelon cucumber salad as well as grits, roasted vegetables, and more. Blue Collar is located at 6730 Biscayne Boulevard. Telephone: (305)756-0366;www.bluecollarmiami.com.


Wynwood Kitchen + Bar

A perfect blend of cutting-edge art and authentic Miami-style cuisine, WK&B features a delectable menu of small plates with subtly layered global-Latino flavors. Innovative cocktails, artisanal beers and an international wine list, make this one of the coolest dining and drinking destinations in the U.S.  2550 N.W. 2nd Avenue.  Telephone: (305) 722-8959; www.wynwoodkitchenandbar.com.



A charming restaurant in the heart of Miami’s up-and-coming Edgewater neighborhood by chef/restauranteur Daniel Serfer and business partner Ryan Roman. Housed in a 1930’s era gas station, Mignonette has been embraced as one of Miami’s best spots for foodies, oyster lovers and visitors looking for something unique and off-the-beaten-path. At its heart, Mignonette is a place to enjoy a great beer or glass of wine, slurp oysters, sample fine caviar, dig deep into a fried shrimp po’boy or savor one of Serfer’s beautifully-rendered main plates. Not your typical Miami locale, walking through the door is like stepping into a classic Northeastern oyster bar; as a result, Mignonette has been hailed as one of the city’s hottest restaurants since it opened in August 2014. Located at 210 NE 18th Street. Telephone: (305) 374-4635; www.mignonettemiami.com.



Joey’s Italian Café was the first restaurant to spark the resurgence of Wynwood, Miami’s hip Arts District. The affordable, chic eatery serves Wynwood’s burgeoning arts community with a fine-tuned menu of healthy, classic dishes from Venice and other Italian regions at very reasonable prices, including thin crust pizzas, ranging from a classic Margherita to one with figs, honey and hot peppers. 2506 NW 2nd Avenue.  Telephone: (305) 438-0488; www.joeyswynwood.com.

Stripsteak By Michael Mina To Host Moët & Chandon Champagne Dinner

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Paying homage to Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s opening in 1954, Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series pairs the world’s most prestigious wines and winemakers with the award-winning cuisine of Fontainebleau Miami Beach’s signature restaurants. The 2015 – 2016 season kicks off Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Fontainebleau’s newest dining destination, StripSteak by Michael Mina, with pairings from Moët & Chandon Champagne. The special Cellar 1954 dinners will continue into the New Year with opulent dinners onSaturday, January 23, 2016 at StripSteak by Michael Mina featuring pairings from Napa Valley winery, Darioush – hosted by proprietor Darioush Khaledi and on Thursday, February 10th, 2016 at Scarpetta with celebrated wines from Odette Estate presented by winemaker Jeff Owens.

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On Thursday, December 10th diners will enjoy a decadent five-course menu prepared by chef de cuisine Derrick Roberts, complemented by wines from Moët, one of the world’s most iconic brands. For over a quarter of a millennium, the renowned French winemaker has been sharing the magic of Champagne across the globe. Every glass overflows with the House’s hallmark values of history, generosity, savoir-faire, success, boldness and elegance – values still at the heart of its global appeal.

Each of the five courses will be paired with a different varietal from the label. Priced at $275 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity, the luxurious evening will begin at 8 p.m. The menu, with pairings, follows:


Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut

Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial


citrus, shaved radish, shiso

Runiart Blanc de Blancs Brut

Ruinart Brut Rosé


tomato, basil, kalamata olive, fingerling potato chips

Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2006

Veuve Clicquot Vintage Brut 2004


thumbelina carrots, parsnip purée, bordelaise sauce

Krug Vintage Brut 2000

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Vintage Brut 2004


lychee sorbet, exotic gel

Veuve Clicquot Demi-Sec


For further information, please call 877.326.7412.  Reservations are required and can be made by visitinghttps://www.nightpass.co/e/fontainebleau/1C4aacmffe.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach is located at 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140.


About Fontainebleau Miami Beach

A spectacular blend of Golden Era glamour and modern luxury, Fontainebleau Miami Beach merges striking design, contemporary art, music, fashion and history into a vibrant guest experience. A revered landmark and symbol of style and sophistication since its opening in 1954, Fontainebleau Miami Beach boasts 1,504 guestrooms and suites appointed with lavish amenities and iMacs; the world-renowned LIV™ Nightclub, 12 restaurants and lounges including two restaurants from Chef Michael Mina – StripSteak and Michael Mina 74; two AAA Four Diamond signature restaurants, Scarpetta and Hakkasan; the 40,000-square-foot Lapis spa with mineral-rich water therapies and invigorating treatments; a dramatic oceanfront pool-scape offering lush cabanas; and is home to BleauLive, the innovative concert series that combines intimate performances with memorable weekend escapes.

For general information or accommodations at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, visit www.fontainebleau.com or call 1.877.512.8002.

‘33’ Debuts In Coconut Grove December 5th

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Coconut Grove will be welcoming a new refreshing dining experience called, ‘33.’  The former Food and Beverage Director of Coral Reef Yacht Club and “Grovite,” Chef Sebastian Fernandez will be introducing a Peruvian influenced theme focusing on service on food quality. Dishes will have a strong emphasis on ingredients as the menu will change depending on availability.  Their doors will officially open on Saturday, December 5th – just in time for FAM night (Fashion, Art + Music Night) in the Grove.

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After 26 years of working behind the kitchen, the Chilean born Chef will be able to showcase his sincere style of cooking that encompasses Peruvian flavors and the use of international techniques and influences. Chef is also working on growing his own herbs and vegetables to use at 33.  All the dishes will be prepared with no more than 6 ingredients as “attention to taste” is the utmost importance to Chef Fernandez. Reflecting on his philosophy he said,
“If my dish is a tuna, yuzu, and apple dish, that’s what you’re tasting, not a multitude of sauces to mask the flavors. I was getting tired of overwhelming plates. Peruvian food is fantastic. We came up with a concept to be inspired by this food and to elevate it.”
Plates are meant to share and will include Tiradito de Snapper – ginger, aji limo, yuzu, Peruvian corn, sweet potato Brussels sprouts – roasted garlic, pancetta, yogurt, Lamb chop – chicha de jora (corn based beer), cilantro, Lima butter beans puree, Cured Tuna – soy, radish, fried shitake, aji Amarillo, Mussels – chalaca sauce, plantain chips, Solterito de quinoa (quinoa salad) – fresh cheese, edamame, tomato, cucumbers, choclo, Peruvian style fried rice and more. Desserts include a Fried Arroz con leche layered in a Pisco and Vanilla sauce, a Yuzu lime pie made with Japanese citrus and graham crackers and more Latin inspired sweets (prices range from $9-$20 a plate).  In addition to wine, 33 will offer craft beers including locals like Biscayne Bay Brewing, Concrete Beach and J. Wakefield Brewing.
33 doesn’t only refer to the grove’s zip code ‘33133’ but, Chef Fernandez thinks it’s lucky.  The number on the Newton Scale is the temperature that water boils and has a lot to do with astronomy including time cycles of eclipses, the age that we are in Heaven for eternity, including being the atomic number for arsenic.
Chef Ferandnez and his wife Leslie, (owner of the Coconut Grove boutique, Goldie) transformed the space into a more open and inviting destination for locals and visitors to unwind and stay a while with their guests.  Fernandez constructed everything from scratch even designing the bar using reclaimed wood from pallets and copper.  Dinner service will take place from 6-11 PM Monday – Sunday and they will be closed Tuesday.  Lunch and brunch are TBA. For more information email DinnerThirtyThree@Yahoo.com or visit them on Facebook and Instagram @33Kitchen.  The restaurant is located is 3195 Commodore Plaza in Coconut Grove.
Culinary enthusiasts will be able to get a first bite of 33 before they officially open December 5th.  Since the Friday and Saturday seating sold out, one last preview will begin at 8 PM on Monday, November 23rd for visitors to dive into a 8 course tasting menu with 3 different wine selections.  In addition to previewing the Peruvian influenced menu, attendees will be able to meet Chef Sebastian Fernandez and learn more about what they can expect from 33.
The cost is $55 per person and reservations can be made by emailing DinnerThirtyThree@Yahoo.com.

Tasting Menu:

Causa limena, purple potato, seared tuna, avocado, aji Amarillo sauce

Tuna tiradito, yellow fin, yuzu, ginger, tobiko, jalapeno

Ceviche de corvina, lime, ginger, aji Amarillo, red onions, cilantro

Conchitas a la parmesana, scallops, paramaean, white wine

Lamb chop, chicha de jora, cilantro, pallares puree

Lomo saltado, tenderloin, red onions, tomato, soy

Aji de Gallina, yellow chili sauce, 64 degree cooked egg, potato croquette

Trees leches and berries Sponge cake, fresh berries

The Social Club At Surfcomber Launches New Winter Menu

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The Social Club, at Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami South Beach Hotel, is launching an enticing new winter menu, beginning November 30, 2015, that is slated to draw locals and visitors to the restaurant’s artsy convivial vibe, and introduce an underrated, solid new talent to Miami’s vibrant dining scene.

Devon Seafood + Steak’

Created by Virginia-born Executive Chef Blair Wilson, whose professional pedigree includes top restaurants in DC and around the South, The Social Club’s new winter menu beautifully marries Wilson’s strong southern background with the regional cuisine he’s grown to know and love. “My family has owned a house in the Florida Keys for years,” explains Wilson. “The drives down from DC became culinary voyages – Miami was always a stop for its exotic influences and tropical produce, and fishing with my dad in the Keys clued me into the bounty of fresh fish available.”

Determined to bring camaraderie back to dining, The Social Club embodies the notion of convivial dining with a comfy lounge atmosphere in the bustling art deco lobby; friendly, personable service; exceptional craft cocktails; and bold, approachable food, all meant to spark conversation, delight senses and satisfy cravings. Impressively pushing out a consistently delectable, well-rounded menu from a tiny kitchen located just off the restaurant, Wilson produces a fun and delicious milieu of locally-sourced and made-in-house treats.

Meat and seafood heavy Social Plates ($9-$18) include tender Cypress Creek Alligator, brined in buttermilk for 48-hours before lightly breading, perfectly frying and serving alongside charred Brussels sprouts, barbeque pecans, benne seeds and Paradise Farms honey; Charbroiled Oysters with absinthe, caramelized fennel, smoked bacon and parmesan bread crumbs; Wild Caught Calamari tossed with chunks of speck ham, roasted garlic, parmesan and cherry pepper aioli; 96 Hour St. Louis Ribs in sugar cane brine, sorghum-sesame glaze and jicama slaw; Deviled Crab Cake served with chicarrón, apple-celery root slaw and caper remoulade; a delectable Charred Octopus with pickled peppers, roasted olives and garlic-dill labneh; Slow Roasted Lamb Empanada with caramelized onion and harissa hot sauce; and Smoked Pork Belly Tacos topped with charred Brussels, roasted corn and chipotle honey. Vegetarian options include creamy Burrata with heirloom tomato, pickled onion, torn basil, jalapeno jam and Champagne vinaigrette; and Winter Park’s Blue Sunshine Salt Roasted Beets with toasted hazelnuts and blood orange curd.

Heartier Large Plates ($18-$36) such as: Whole Caribbean Red Snapper topped with pico de gallo, chorizo fried rice and black bean sauce; Crispy Florida Hen with bacon braised collard greens, sweet potato puree and habanero honey; a scrumptious Black Angus Burger topped with bourbon bacon jam, American cheese, house pickles, and sweet fire mayo; Fennel Dusted Cod drizzled with a coconut-lemongrass emulsion and served alongside roasted cauliflower and Israeli couscous; and a Cast Iron New York Strip with cured tomatoes, jalapeño Chimichurri, queso blanco and garlic foccacia, also delight. Sides ($8-$10) do not disappoint with options including Pimento Mac ‘N’ Cheese with brown butter garlic crumb; Chorizo Fried Rice with sweet peppers, cilantro and ancho chile; andCrispy Yucca with smoked chile pepper and garlic herb mayo dipping sauces.Desserts ($10-$11) include Homemade Ricotta Doughnuts with dulce de leche;Maple Croissant Bread Pudding with praline caramel, bbq pecans and vanilla gelato; and a classic Guinness Brownie Sundae with butterscotch, vanilla ice cream, black cherry and whipped cream.

A CIA graduate, Blair Wilson (35) joined the Kimpton family in February 2013 after several years of cooking in top kitchens throughout DC and the Southeast. Years earlier, the Virginia native fell into his life’s passion almost accidentally while working at a plantation and farm near his Alexandria home where he had to help pull off a large catering event that was short staffed. Wilson stepped up to the challenge, manning the kitchen, impressing his boss and ultimately falling in love with art. His affinity for Southern food and barbecue stems from deep within his roots, while his appreciation for fresh, local ingredients was embedded in him while working on the farm. The young chef has done stints at the Charleston Place Hotel in South Carolina, at Colorado’s Broadmoor Hotel, the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, and at Jackson 20 in Old Town Alexandria, among others. Trading colonial charm for Miami chispa, he joined The Social Club in late 2014 and has spent the last year truly acclimating himself to the vibrant South Beach culture, South Florida’s unique seasons, and the exotic flora and fauna now at his doorstep.

Created by The Social Club’s gifted in-house bartenders, cocktails are taken as seriously as the food and are meant to evoke and encourage the same idea of coming together to enjoy. The collection of expertly crafted, well-balanced cocktails utilizes top-quality local herbs, spices, house-made infusions, bitters and tonics. Offered at $13 a piece, difficult-to-choose options include the Negroni Diablo – mezcal, Lillet Rose, Campari, jalapeno-lime simple syrup and a salted rim; Light from a Dead Star – housemade lemon infused St. George gin, Thatcher’s cucumber, Pavan liqueur, grapefruit bitters, lemongrass, simple syrup and dill; This Twilight Garden – Deep Eddy grapefruit vodka, St. Germaine, lavender bitters, rosemary simple syrup, lemon and fresh beet juice; If I Was Your Vampire – housemade espresso bean infused Michter’s rye, Six Grapes port, chocolate bitters, Filthy cherry syrup, vanilla simple syrup and lemon; Sangre de Rio Grande – housemade tamarind infused Corralejo tequila, Ancho Eyes Chili Liqueur, Orgeat syrup, mole bitters, red bell pepper, cilantro and lime; and 28 Days Later – Ron Zacapa 23 rum, Flor de Cana silver rum, 10 Cane rum, Ron Carlos 151 rum, grapefruit, passion fruit, and grenadine. The Social Club hosts a daily Happy Hour, from 4-7 p.m. with a menu of $3-$7 Bar Bites, $5 microbrews and house wines, $7 classic cocktails, and Punch the Clock with house made pisco punch offered for $4 from 4-5 p.m., $5 from 5-6 p.m. and $6 from 6-7 p.m.

The 85-seat indoor/outdoor locale is located off the Surfcomber hotel’s stunning lobby and on the intimate veranda peering over Collins Avenue. The inviting interior, awash in warm grays and purples, neutral beige and amber and pops of vivid blue, magenta and green, combines comfort and functionality. Deep plum walls adorned with funky art and polished terrazzo flooring with area rugs set the foundation of the room, while long plush gray couches and floral upholstered chairs accompany simple wooden topped steel tables that can be arranged to accommodate small or large parties. A lounge seating area with a soft sofa, low slung steel tables and large gold-painted tree trunk end tables with silver lamps and oversized white candles, creates a chic den feel. The emerald tile-lined bar, housing six oversized sand colored barstools, is aptly lit with three hanging chandeliers of clear blown glass balls with amber light bulbs. An uplit dark wooden sculpture provides the back drop for the display of fine craft spirits and fresh herbs, fruits, tonics and bitters decorate the simple granite bar top.

About kimpton’s surfcomber miami, south beach

Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami is situated at the Atlantic Ocean’s edge along 200 feet of oceanfront property on historic Collins Avenue in the heart of Miami Beach’s Art Deco District. The hotel’s “backyard bliss” -inspired design makes for a distinctively relaxed atmosphere, while its pool deck, with full cabana service, offers some of Miami Beach’s best daylife—think nightlife under the gorgeous Florida sun. For reservations and information visit www.surfcomber.com or call (855) 523-5455 or 1-800-KIMPTON.

The Social Club, located at 1717 Collins Avenue at the Surfcomber hotel on South Beach serves a daily brunch from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., limited bar menu from 4-5 p.m.and dinner from 5-10 p.m. (11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays). Happy Hour is offered daily from 4-7 p.m. www.socialclubatsurfcomber.com Telephone: 305-604-1800

The Continental to Feature Weekday Brunch

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The Continental to Feature Weekday Brunch

The Continental, Stephen Starr’s celebrated mid-century modern restaurant that opened in August, is preparing to launch every day brunch!

Credit to: Alex Markow

No longer limited to a weekend indulgence, guests can enjoy brunch favorites including the Huevos Rancheros, Cuban Omelet and Avocado Toast with poached eggs every day of the week. Sweet options include the Brioche French Toast with seasonal fruit compote and Cinna-Monkey Bread with cream cheese frosting. Those in the mood for traditional lunchtime fare can select from options including the Continental Greek Salad with oregano vinaigrette, the Backyard Burger or the famous Cheesesteak Egg Roll.

The every day brunch is perfect for business lunches, entertaining out of town guests and for hospitality industry professionals that might not have the opportunity to partake on the weekends. Brunch will be served daily from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. An afternoon menu will be available between brunch and dinner service.


The Continental

2360 Collins Ave.

Miami Beach, FL 33139


Pincho Factory opened 5 years ago on Bird Road

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pincho factory

5 years ago, Pincho Factory opened in a tiny shopping center on Bird Road. The owners, Nedal, Nizar, and Otto, were trying to defy all odds by succeeding when they opened the restaurant in hopes of bringing their hopes and dreams to reality. No one is more adamant than Nedal that Pincho Factory had a greater chance of failing than of succeeding. In fact, the owners had a combination of $6.27 in their bank accounts the day the restaurant was open.

Now, Pincho Factory is considered a Miami staple. Iconic items like the Fritanga Burger, Toston Burger, and the elusive Croquetessa have become dishes that every Miami native dreams of. Pincho Factory has gotten some of the highest accolades in the industry, ranging from Best burgers in Miami, to nationwide recognition after winning the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in 2015. Needless to say, things have taken a turn for the better because of passion, determination, and love.

Because of this great success, Pincho Factory is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a 5 day bash. Starting Novermver 9, the restaurant will be offering a different specialty burger created by a widely-recognized local chefs. They are: Giorgio Rapicavoli (Eating House, Glass & Vine), Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Group), Aaron Brooks (EDGE Steak + Bar), Phil Bryant (Local Craft Food & Drink) and Sef Gonzalez (Miami’s own Burger Beast).  Descriptions of each burger below, in chronological order:

·                11/9: Burger Beast’s Cousin Otto Burger, an ode to Pincho Factory co-owner Otto Othman, will feature Pincho Factory’s own signature burger patty, sweet chili sauce, jalapeños, bacon, pepper jack cheese (optional) on a brioche roll with Cajun fries.

·                11/10:  The Local’s Phil Bryant’s El Camino – burger patty, sweet potato tots, Ropa Vieja, Swiss cheese and Mojo ketchup.

·                11/11:  Jose Mendin’s Le Pincho Royale comes complete with foie gras & shortrib pincho, gruyere cheese and black truffle jus.

·                11/12:  Giorgio Rapicavoli’s Calle Ocho Burger will feature Angus beef, fried onion, potato, sweet plantains, smoked cream cheese, guava ketchup and mojo.

·                11/13:  EDGE Steak + Bar’s Aaron Brooks will celebrate with an Aussie lamb burger.

Last week, we were able to sample the burgers, and we have to say, we couldn’t choose a favorite. Every burger had something different to offer. From spiciness, to decadence, to freshness, to culture, every burger has something to bring to the table. It is evident why Pincho Factory chose all these people to help them celebrate their birthday. Make sure to check them out!

Pincho Factory currently has two locations:

30 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

(305) 446-5666

9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165

(305) 631-2038

Concrete Beach Walls to Debut in 4-Pack Cans

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Concrete Beach is firing up a shiny, new canning line in its Wynwood brewery this month, the first in a craft brewery in the City of Miami.

The inaugural run will produce four-packs of 16-ounce cans of Concrete Beach rich, full-bodied Walls South American Red Ale. It’s brewed with Chilean Patagonia malt, which provides light toffee and caramel notes, balanced by a light citrusy hop aroma and delicate bitterness. Here are the vitals:

Malt Varieties:  Chilean malted 2-Row barley and Caramel 190L
Hop Varieties:  Tettnang, Cascade
Alcohol: 4.9%
BUs:  10

Inspired by the colorful, mural filled walls of Wynwood, Walls has been one of the most popular beers in the Social Hall, available in both CO2 and Nitrogen versions on draft. Beginning November 15, Walls canned 4-packs will be available in select retailers across South Florida, as well as on draft (CO2 version) at the end of the month.

Concrete Beach’s new canning line is unique in that it can produce several different sizes, 8 oz, 12 oz or 16 oz, all from one line. Cans will be produced on a limited basis, with the brewing team carefully selecting the best beer for canning.

Why cans??

It boils down to quality. Beer in a can is not susceptible to ultraviolet rays, which can alter the taste. Cans are fully closed systems that reduce the risk of oxidation or aluminum contamination. Canned beer is easier to cool and safer than glass bottles when you are enjoying life on the beach!

On Thursday, November 19th, the brewery will be celebrating the release of Walls in cans in the Social Hall. In honor of the can release, guests are encouraged to bring in cans of non-perishable food. All food will be donated to the Wynwood Food Bank, just in time for Thanksgiving. The launch will include live music and artists painting on a special CANvas, which will later be sold during Art Basel, with the money being donated to Wynwood Rescue.

About Concrete Beach Brewery:

Concrete Beach is an artisanal craft beer brewery located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District. Its mission is to provide great tasting craft beer inspired by the culture and flavors of Miami, all while supporting the community and arts organizations in the neighborhoods they serve. Concrete Beach is part of Alchemy & Science, an independently-operated subsidiary of the Boston Beer Company.

Concrete Beach Brewery is located at 325 N.W. 24 Street, Miami, Florida. For more information, please visit www.concretebeachbrewery.com or call (305) 796-2727.

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Seed Food

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Veggies From Teena's Pride

If you are looking for a weekend to experience a new healthy way of living, Seed Food and Wine Wynwood & Miami Beach is the place to go. A two day exciting and unusual opportunity for you to see how easy it is to maintain a healthy, organic, plant-based life. Everything served during the SFWFs will be vegan (plant-based) and if possible non-gmo certified.  With activities like yoga, urban gardening, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, a 5k run, celebrity chef dinners, the first ever veggie burger battle, workshops and more it’s the perfect weekend for anyone to enjoy.

Mondrian Welcomes Second New York-Based Pop-Up Restaurant

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Pies ‘N’ Thighs, a critically praised Brooklyn-based restaurant, is coming to Miami! The pop-up Pies ‘N’ Thighs will serve up its signature southern fare including fried chicken and pies that The New York Times lauded as “… honest, american and sweet.” Owners Sarah Sanneh and Carolyn Bane have an impressive background including stints at Magnolia Bakery, The Spotted Pig and Momofuku Milk Bar. Just in time for Art Basel Miami Beach, Pies ‘N’ Thighs will take up residence at Mondrian opening Nov. 16, 205 through Jan. 17, 2016. The restaurant will be in addition to Momo Sushi Shack, whose partnership with Mondrian South Beach is confirmed through January 2016.

Photo Credit: Pies N Thighs
Photo Credit: Pies N Thighs


Mondrian South Beach

1100 West Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33139





Opening Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Closing Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016