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Lique Restaurant & Lounge

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Lique Restaurant & Lounge opened the

doors of its premier waterfront location in December 2014. The

opening featured live aerobatic and musical performances, flowing

champagne, delicious Mediterranean inspired hors d’oevres, and tastings

of Milagro Tequila, Glenfiddich Scotch & Stolichnaya Elit

Vodka. Located on the Intercostal, Lique signals the latest in fine

With 1,000 feet of docking ability, Lique has made the best of its

waterfront location with an outdoor lounge and dining space, indoor

dining room and adjacent cigar and hookah lounge paired with stunning

views of Miami’s Intracoastal skyline. Organic and industrial elements

are paired together harmoniously with subtle nautical details to create

the riviera-style atmosphere, which is often the reason guests find

themselves lounging for hours enjoying an intimate encounter with the

unforgettable ambiance Lique has to offer. Combining the best of the

design and culinary world, the restaurant and lounge offers a one-of-a-
kind dining and lounging experience that caters to an international

The menu at Lique is a Mediterranean-style cuisine with an emphasis on

freshly sourced ingredients, exquisite flavor pairings and flawless

presentation. The menu features items from an indoor 40-foot ice bar

and Robata grill such as Cold Water Main Lobster, carefully prepared

rice-less sushi and several types of caviar. Some of the most popular

items include Truffle Tuna Roll, Crispy Grilled Octopus and Whole

Grilled Branzino. In addition to the thoughtfully created menu, Lique’s

mixology magic does not fall far behind, featuring concoctions such as

Del Sol, with fresh Finlandia grapefruit, melon and Stoli vodka served

Lique is a waterfront restaurant and lounge celebrating the combination

of industrial and organic elements with Mediterranean inspired cuisine

and an unforgettable ambiance. Envisioned and created by Alex

Podolny and Peter Cumplido, the waterfront restaurant and lounge

embraces the idea of fine dining elevated to new heights via New York-
style hospitality and an international team with a proven record of

successful restaurants.

THE LOCAL CRAFT FOOD & DRINK LAUNCHES MIAMI’S CRAFTIEST HAPPY HOUR

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Coral Gables hot spot, The Local Craft Food & Drink, is launching an almost non-stop Happy Hour, brimming with drink deals, extended hours and delicious bites from Chef Phil Bryant’s menu of celebrated American fare. Running from noon – 7 pm, Monday through Friday, and 4 pm – 7 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, guests can get their drink on at uber affordable prices – half-off select beers, wines and spirits – during lunch, dinner and the inconspicuous hour-and-a-half in-between, that they’re calling, Linner.

Not confined to after quittin’ time anymore, lunch goers can diminish that mid-day office stress nearly guilt-free with Happy Hour deals that swing into full effect as soon as the clock strikes noon. Bryant’s beefed-up milieu of locally-sourced, mostly housemade lunch offerings including snacks, salads, sandwiches and entrees ($3 – $17 ) will not disappoint either with exciting new dishes appearing daily on the ever-changing menu.

Those late for the lunch bell or hankering for an afternoon snack need not fret; Chef Bryant and his crew at The Local Craft Food & Drink observe the commonly understated noshing hour Linner from 3 pm – 4:30 pm.  While the kitchen gears up for dinner service, guests can sip on the discounted libations and nibble on delights such as the charcuterie and cheese boards ($10 – $ 24), featuring rotating selections always accompanied by Zak the Baker bread, as well as other bites ($3 – $7) including, country fried potatoes tossed in pimento cheese and buttermilk emulsion; cornmeal hushpuppies with carrot top pesto and green onions; and housemade beef jerky with scallion and BBQ spice; among others.

The Local Craft Food & Drink located at 150 Giralda Avenue in Coral Gables, serves lunch Monday- Friday from noon- 3 p.m., dinner seven days a week from 4:30 p.m.- 11 p.m. and a late night menu until 2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday.

UVAGGIO CELEBRATES 1 YEAR WITH A BBQ, BOOZE AND BLUES BASH

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Uvaggio Wine Bar will celebrate their first year in Coral Gables with a Sunday afternoon filled with food, live music and of course, wine. On March 22nd from 3-7 PM, guests will be invited to join the refined yet, relaxed restaurant for their birthday bash where ticket proceeds will also benefit the locally based, Buckham family. Their young daughter Isabella was recently diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor and although it has been removed she has been fighting with chemotherapy since late November 2014.

Attendees will gain access to the celebration behind Uvaggio to listen to live blues music and enjoy Uvaggio’s signature dishes prepared by the their very own, Season 5 Top Chef contestant Bret Pelaggi. Wine and beer will be flowing throughout the backyard set-up where friends, family and new faces can cheers an impressive and fruitful first year in Miami to Owner, Craig DeWald, Head Sommelier/Managing Partner Heath Porter and Chef Bret Pelaggi. In honor of a successful first year, the restaurant will also unveil an exciting new dinner series.

Tickets cost $75.00 and can be purchased at www.UvaggioWine.com or by calling (305)-448-2400.

About Uvaggio Wine Bar

With its European flare, Uvaggio Wine Bar Coral Gables is a social meeting place full of soul, for all types of people. With a comfortable vibe and chic ambience, Uvaggio is a sophisticated yet cozy wine bar – café fusion featuring carefully curated wines by sommelier Heath Porter paired with small plates creatively inspired by chef Bret Pelaggi. Uvaggio’s friendly atmosphere and unparalleled service entices guests to relax, slow down and spend quality time enjoying the finer things in life with colleagues, family and friends.

CASA DRAGONES LAUNCHES ITS FIRST BLANCO TEQUILA

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Casa Dragones Debuts Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco, A Small Batch, Handcrafted, 100 Percent Blue Agave Silver Tequila, Ideal for Cocktails

Tequila Casa Dragones, the celebrated independent tequila producer, introduces The First Edition of Casa Dragones Blanco, a special release of the first batches produced in 2014, presented at $75 a bottle.

Made with 100% pure blue agave, Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco addresses the market’s need for an ultra-premium smooth silver tequila suitable for cocktails and maintains Casa Dragones’ unrivaled focus on elevating the tequila category through handcrafted, exceptionally pure, small batch distilling.

Casa Dragones Blanco builds on the success of Casa Dragones Joven, the critically acclaimed pure sipping tequila launched in 2009. Like the Joven, Casa Dragones Blanco is exceptionally smooth and perfect to drink on its own, and is suitable for cocktails as well. At $75 a bottle, Casa Dragones Blanco will expand Casa Dragones’ reach to a broader audience.

“Our mission is to push the boundaries of what has been done before, and to be one of the primary tequila producers dedicated to shaping the future of our industry,” said Bertha Gonzales Nieves, co-founder and CEO of Tequila Casa Dragones and the world’s first female Maestra Tequilera. “With Casa Dragones Blanco we are creating a handcrafted Blanco tequila for a much broader audience that delivers the highest possible quality through meticulous attention to detail and unparalleled focus on purity.”

“Casa Dragones Joven has been so successful that we’re ready to introduce our next tequila – a Blanco,” said Bob Pittman, co-founder of Tequila Casa Dragones. “Casa Dragones Blanco is our response to connoisseurs who have been asking for a silver tequila that is as smooth as our Joven but which can be used in high-end cocktails and as a mixer.”

To celebrate and launch Casa Dragones Blanco, Tequila Casa Dragones has collaborated with James Beard Award recipient and acclaimed mixologist Jim Meehan (New York City’s P.D.T.) to create a flight of signature Blanco cocktails.

“It’s an honor to help introduce a product as refined and modern as Casa Dragones Blanco, and I’ve created cocktails inspired by the subtlety of the tequila that reinforce the brand’s elegance,” said Meehan. “Tequila Casa Dragones’ unique position in the market – and its unparalleled style – has elevated the entire tequila category and I’m truly excited by the opportunity to work with an ultra-premium silver tequila that professionals will admire and that cocktail fans will love.”

An independent small batch tequila company, Tequila Casa Dragones produces no more than 500 cases at a time to maintain the quality and attention to detail for which it is known.  Each bottle of Casa Dragones Blanco will be hand-signed and labeled with the batch number written on every label. Casa Dragones Blanco will retail for $75.

First and Second Edition bottles are now available to purchase by emailing concierge@casadragones.com.

Distinctions:

The agaves for Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco are harvested 1,200 meters above sea level within the Eje Volcanico Transversal (Trans-Mexican Volcanic belt) in Tequila, Jalisco, one of the richest agricultural lands on earth. The dark, fertile volcanic soil, abundant with minerals such as potassium, phosphorus and silicium, produces the ideal agaves for the signature taste of Casa Dragones.

The water used to produce Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco is exceptionally pure spring water that originates from the Volcano of Tequila, in the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. As it travels from atop the volcano into the 70-meter deep natural aquifers or underground wells, the water gathers essential minerals from the volcano’s rich soil. Casa Dragones goes one step further, extracting fresh water for each new batch and taking it through a proprietary process to deliver the perfect mineral balance for a refined, crisp tasting Blanco.

Custom Tequila Casa Dragones Cocktail Recipe by Jim Meehan:

White Dragon

A modern twist on a classic Margarita with Cointreau and lemon 

1.75 oz. Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco

.75 oz. Cointreau

.75 oz.  Fresh Lemon Juice

Egg white

Shake without ice. Add ice, shake and fine strain. Twist an orange peel over the glass and discard.

Casa Dragones 100% Blue Agave Blanco Tequila www.casadragones.com

STK MIAMI HOSTS OFFICIAL AFTER HOURS PARTY FOR SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL AT SOON-TO-OPEN VENUE

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This past Saturday, The ONE Group’s STK Miami and the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hosted together an exclusive celebration during the South Beach Food & Wine Festival, giving chefs and industry insiders a first look at the restaurant, opening soon in the 1 Hotel & Homes in South Beach.

The private, invitation-only event showcased signature STK dishes prepared by Chef Aaron Taylor, with support from Chef de Cuisine, Eli Jackson. Partygoers drank cocktails and sampled classic menu favorites from STK such as tuna tartar and braised short rib, while enjoying music by Miami’s own DJ Irie throughout the night. The Cosmopolitan, home to STK Las Vegas, brought their distinctive brand of hospitality with curious surprises for VIP guests.

At the entrance to the striking space, guests encountered the “Wish Tree,” an installation by artist and activist Yoko Ono that is also currently on display at The Cosmopolitan. Flash tattoos and cocktails such as Grapes of Wrath and One Night in Bangkok by the resort’s Chef Mixologist Mariena Mercer further added to the celebratory spirit.

The ONE Group’s STK Miami and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas were thrilled to collaborate on this exclusive after-hours party that surpassed attendees’ expectations with imaginative cocktails, flavorful fare and interactive elements, along with a preview of the highly anticipated new addition to the South Beach dining scene, STK Miami.

STK Miami is located at 2311 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139, at the 1 Hotel & Homes building. Reservations can be made by calling 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.

About STK

STK originated in the heart of New York City’s Meatpacking District and is the brand’s flagship location among the eight around the world currently. STK artfully blends two concepts into one – the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge. The restaurant’s signature DNA includes plaster cast horns, curvilinear black platform seats and a palette of black gloss and cream. A large central lounge area is furnished with creamy leather banquettes and textured crocodile tiles, and is surrounded by an elevated dining room for more formal dining. Theatrical lights illuminate each table, while smoky mirrors allow guests to catch a glimpse of the surroundings while a DJ creates an energetic vibe throughout the entire space. As anticipated, steak is the main attraction yet with its modern twist, STK offers small, medium and large cuts of meat, as well as naturally raised options and market fresh fish entrees. Aside from steak, signature items include parmesan truffle fries, lil’ BRGs, shrimp rice krispies, sweet corn pudding, and jumbo lump crab salad.

About The ONE Group

The ONE Group develops and operates upscale, high-energy restaurants and lounges and provides ONEHospitality, a turnkey food and beverage service for hospitality venues including hotels, casinos and other high-end locations both nationally and internationally. The ONE Group’s primary restaurant brand is STK. STK is a unique steakhouse concept with locations in major metropolitan cities throughout the U.S. and in London. STK artfully blends two concepts, the modern steakhouse and a chic lounge, into one offering a high-energy, fine dining experience with the superior quality of a traditional steakhouse. STK Rebel offers the same vibe- driven steakhouse with a slightly broader menu targeting both lunch and dinner guests at a more accessible price point. Additional information about The ONE Group can be found at www.togrp.com.

LES DAMES D’ESCOFFIER MIAMI PRESENTS ITS’ 8th ANNUAL TROPICAL GARDEN BRUNCH, SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 2015

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Festivities to include Dames’ Cooking Demonstrations, Book Signings, Raffles, Fabulous Food and Wines

Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami, presents a lavish brunch at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens featuring a stellar lineup of South Florida chefs, farmers, restaurants and authors. Participants to date include Oolite, Basil Park, Smith and Wollensky, Siam Oishi, Le Provencal restaurant Francais, Front Porch, Mise en Place; La Provence; Pastry is Art, Thierry’s Catering, A Fare to Remember, Small Tea, and Cookie Pursonality, among others. Restaurant participants will offer delicious brunch menu items; San Ignacio College and Miami Culinary Institute will host quesadilla and omelet stations; Le Cordon Bleu and Les Dames Miami will host additional culinary stations.  Republic National Distributing Co. and Sangria Lola will offer luscious libations.

Attendees can also sample South Florida’s beautiful spring harvest from Verde Farms and Teena’s Pride, the latter farm owned by Dame Teena Borek; enjoy tasty eye-opening cocktails at the Bloody Mary bar, hosted by Patron and Smirnoff and savor a jolt of java from the Nespresso station.  Raffle items will include a trove of spa treatments, fabulous dining certificates, gift baskets, fine wines and other prizes. New culinary techniques will be featured at Les Dames d’Escoffier cooking demonstrations and Les Dames’ members, authors Ellen Kanner and Jen Karetnick, will offer signed copies or their current books, “Feeding the Hungry Ghost”, and “ Mangoes”, respectively.

The Les Dames brunch takes place Sunday, March 8, 2015, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, 33139. Tickets may be purchased at reservations@lesdamesmiami.org  or via PayPal: http://lesdamesmiami.org.

Proceeds support Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami’s educational and scholarship programs and will help maintain the chapters recently installed culinary garden at MB Botanical Gardens. Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international, invitational service organization comprised of professional women in food, beverage, farming and hospitality whose goals are education, advocacy and philanthropy. Every LDEI chapter is committed to performing charitable work within their respective communities, and members benefit from the experience of networking, camaraderie and mutual support. The Miami chapter’s dynamic membership includes bakers, caterers, chefs, consultants, cooking teachers, farmers, food stylists, home economists, journalists, publicists, restaurateurs, retailers, specialty purveyors and winemakers. For more information: visit:  www.lesdamesmiami.org or call 877-467-7725.

Medianoches and Mixology

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There is no event within the realm of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival that embodies Miami like Medianoches and Mixology. The chosen venue represents the transformation that Miami has gone through within the past few years, and the food of choice symbolizes the Cuban culture that populates our beautiful city. You see, Medianoches and Mixology is held at the Wynwood Walls, a cultural hub that many people consider the center of the Wynwood arts district. All participating restaurants served their take on Cuban Sandwiches, which are a perfectly composed dish consisting of Cuban bread, roast pork, sweet ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard. Curated by local blogger Burgerbeast and hosted by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, this event was truly one of the best of the weekend.

Live music extended through the walls, providing salsa beats and vocals that eventually transformed the Wynwood Walls into something reminiscent of a Latin nightclub. The scenery provided by the world-class art of the walls made for a perfect ambiance that other events could not compete with. Yes, the events hosted on the beach were beautiful, and hotel events were prestigious, but this event took advantage of local culture and art to create a venue unlike any other.

Just like every other South Beach Wine and Food Festival event, food was plentiful and flavor was abundant from stand to stand. Participating chefs took different routes with their sandwiches, either replying on classic flavors or embellishing a bit on what makes a Cuban sandwich. Jamie de Rosa from Tongue and Cheek offered a somewhat textbook example of a Cuban Sandwich, with the difference of Aged Gruyere and a Dijon Aioli that made you wonder why this wasn’t a standard ingredient in all Cuban Sandwiches. El Mago de Las Fritas provided a ‘Frita Turned Media Noche,’ by adorning their classic Frita with ham and serving it on a Media Noche roll. This slight nod to a variation of the Cuban Sandwich was a welcomed addition to the restaurant roster. Another standout of the night was Barley’s ‘Elena Ruz,’ composed of Briased Duck, Duck Skin Chicharron, Goat Cheese, Glazed Brussel Sprouts, and pimiento pepper jelly.

Desserts were also copious throughout the night, with local talents Marlie’s Delights and Azucar presenting a sweet finish to the already delicious night. Here at Miami Culinary Tours, we love us some Azucar, so we went with their famous Abuela Maria ice cream. There really is no better way to end an incredible night, especially one that represents Miami as well as Medianoches and Mixology did.

Via Verdi Mondays

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Having a case of the Mondays today? Via Verdi has decided to make Mondays feel less like “Mondays” with their Half off menu and live DJ!Every Monday, Via Verdi offers guests half off all menu items (excluding daily specials and $5 apps). It’s a great deal for anyone looking for a delicious dinner without the typical Miami price!

Why It Is Important To Support The 39th Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival

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The 39th Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is back! Who would have thought that this 39 year old tradition, with its humble beginnings as a simple, commercial fishermen, family event would still be going strong with over 20,000 anticipated participants this year?

It must be the juicy lobster, succulent oysters, and crispy fish sticks that are all coming straight from commercial fishermen boats, right? Then, there is the diverse line-up of amazing music acts performing Rock, Reggae, Country, and Ska music, promising a lively event. The rock climbing wall sounds exciting for the kids and the adults who have retained their sense of adventure. This spirited seafood community will also have an Art and Boat Show. Plenty of booths will be showcasing art, jewelry, clothing, sculptures, fishermen gear, and everything else under the Sun that has to do with seawater.

Well, it is true that seafood has never been fresher than at the Original Seafood Marathon, and there’s plenty of entertainment and over 200 vendors to pass the time, but what is it that makes this event so important to the Keys community? That is the answer, right there: community. It brings everyone together to celebrate the best the Keys have to offer.

In addition, thousands of locals volunteer to be a part of this cherished tradition, and the two-day festival shows its appreciation by offering volunteers free T-shirts and free admission for the day they volunteer.

Mark your calendar, folks. Admission is only $5. March 14th & 15th will be fun-packed days of food, culture, art, and community. Conch fritters, stone crab, and fried Mahi Mahi fillets, or as the locals call it, Dolphin (fish, not the mammal), will delight everyone’s taste buds and unite a large family of island seafood lovers. Bring folding chairs or blankets for a savory picnic on the grass so you can lounge around and vibe to the music when the food coma hits.

Of course, thanks to the Organized Fishermen of Florida Marathon Chapter and the Greater Marathon Chamber of Commerce, we cannot forget about the $75,000+ in proceeds that will be reinvested in the Keys community through charitable contributions and scholarships for local Middle School students.

The Original Marathon Seafood Festival is the culmination of the Keys spirit the island community holds dear. Join in this joyful, once a year occasion that serves as the perfect family excursion, romantic weekend, or social gathering in celebration of the fresh seafood catches wrangled in by commercial fishermen boats.

Finka Table And Tap Introduces Finka Tap Out! Happy Hour

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What To Do When Your Boss Is Tremendo “Pisco Sour?” Finka Tap Out! Happy Hour

Your boss is on your case for coming in late, the phone is ringing off the hook, you spilled coffee all over your new desk calendar and all that just happened before 10AM. After a day like that a great cocktail is in order, but where to go? Gone are the days of driving to casa del caramelero for a decent Happy Hour. Finka Table and Tap is pleased to announce Finka Tap Out! Happy Hour. Located in southwest Miami-Dade for anyone looking to take a load off and unwind after a hard day dealing with el patrón.

Finka Tap Out! Happy Hour offers half priced draft beer, eight dollar handcrafted cocktails and a killer vibe with an eclectic music playlist as your after work remedy. Their signature cocktails are crafted with quality spirits and fresh herbs from their very own vertical garden. Each one is delicately crafted and creatively presented by expertly trained bartenders. Finka’s craft beer menu celebrates local micro-brews such as Wynwood Brewery and Sweetwater 420.

Take a seat at Finka’s vintage inspired bar and indulge in a “Kiss From a Rose” featuring Spring44 Honey Vodka and cardamom syrup mixed with fresh Homestead watermelon, Florida egg white and fresh lemon juice garnished with a rose petal. For your tequila-loving co-worker, the award winning “Chupacabra” is in order. This cocktail combines El Jimador Tequila with spicy hibiscus syrup, beet juice and fresh lime juice.

Finka Table and Tap is proud to stay true to their Cuban roots by offering classics like their “Daiquiri” made with Atlantico Reserve, Bacardi Rum, fresh lime juice and Finka Syrup. They even put their own creative spin on Abuelita’s café Cubano with their “Cuban Old Fashioned” crafted with Old Forester Bourbon, Busetlo Café Syrup, Angostura and Orange Bitters.

All these signature handcrafted cocktails and draft beers are found on their bar menu at a substantial savings you can’t afford to pass up. Finka Tap Out! Happy Hour is Monday-Friday from 4PM-7PM. Pull up a chair, tap out and drink up!