What's happening
miami culinary food tour

J. Wakefield Brewing December Updates

Leave a Comment

Miami, FL (December 8, 2016) — Here’s a look at what’s happening in our world, this month. Additional details and photos available upon request. Make note that beginning on December 26, the tap room will be open on Mondays.

Tap Room Releases

Cousin Eddie’s Christmas Ale: bourbon barrel-aged, wee heavy, Scotch ale with notes of cinnamon and clove.
Available: now, while supplies last

Richard PerSimmons: Northeast style double IPA with persimmons & lactose added.
Four-packs of 16-ounce cans can be purchased exclusively in the tap room for $20 plus tax. Available: December 14th

The Big Show: Northeast Style IPA with guava and lactose added.
Four-packs of 16-ounce cans can be purchased exclusively in the tap room for $16 plus tax. Available: December 14th

Tap Room Events

Trillium Brewing Company Meet & Greet
Friday, December 9th
Earlier in the year Johnathan Wakefield, JWB’s owner/brew master went to South Boston to collaborate on a few beers with the renown Trillium Brewing Company (TBC). This weekend they return the favor, when TBC owners/founders JC and Esther Tetreault come to JWB to collaborate on a few beers and mingle with fans of their beer on Friday night. JWB has secured a few kegs of two of their signature beers, Free Rise Citra Dry Hopped Saison and Citra Cutting Tiles Double IPA, which have never before been available on draft, in the State of Florida. Stay tuned for info on the collaboration beers.

Tap Takeovers

The Cafe at Book & Books
All Month Long
The Cafe at Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
During the entire month of December, JWB has taken over the taps at Books & Books in Coral Gables. Guests can enjoy different JWB core and seasonal beers on tap for only $5 per glass. Books & Books features live music on their patio, each Friday night providing the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a pint.

Elsewhere in the Galaxy

Anything Gose
Friday December 9th
Bangin’ Banjo Brewing
3200 NW 23rd Ave #500
Pompano Beach, FL 33069
This second annual sour beer festival will feature Gose, a type of sour beer, other types of sour beer from local breweries, live music and food trucks.

JWB will be pouring two new beers, made exclusively for Anything Gose: The Beet Gose On…, a Gose infused with fresh red beets and Salted Peach Gose.

BrewMiami at Taste of FIU
Saturday, December 10th
FIU Stadium
Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199
General Admission: $30
JWB will be pouring at BrewMiami’s Taste of FIU event this Saturday evening. The event features both beer and food samples from some of Miami’s top breweries and restaurants.

On the Horizon:

WakeFest 2017: Second Anniversary Festival
Saturday, February 18, 2017
12PM – 6PM
Mana Wynwood
$75 general admission tickets on sale now at: www.jwakefieldbrewing.com/events

About J. Wakefield Brewing

J. Wakefield Brewing is an independently-owned craft brewery and tap room located in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood arts district. J. Wakefield Brewing makes quality beers that don’t always fit the norm. From their renowned sours to instant classics like El Jefe Coconut Hefeweizen and Hops 4 Teacher IPA, J. Wakefield Brewing crafts traditional styles while utilizing local and occasionally unexpected ingredients as well as flavor-enhancing techniques like barrel-aging, to give these styles a unique twist.

J. Wakefield Brewing

120 NW 24th Street, Miami, Florida


Information provided by Rocco Riggio, Media Now, LLC

Pirolo’s Panino Pops Up At Taquiza For One Night Only

Leave a Comment

Enjoy Chef Mike Pirolo’s irresistible sandwiches on Monday, December 12

Fans of Macchialina’s homemade paninos can enjoy a few of the popular items for one-night-only at Miami Beach’s popular neighborhood taco joint, Taquiza.

On Monday, December 12, 2016 from 8PM to midnight James Beard Award semi-finalist, Chef Mike Pirolo, will be taking over Taquiza to serve his hearty selections of sandwiches including the Chicken Parm and Italian Roast Beef for $10; Mozzarella in Carrozza for $8; and a savory Clams Casino for $10. To pair perfectly with the sandwiches, guests can enjoy local brews at Taquiza’s eclectic bar in addition to live music spun by DJ British.

Taquiza is located in the heart of South Beach at the HI Miami Beach Hostel at 1506 Collins Avenue.


820 Alton Road on Miami Beach

(305) 534-2124


Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations

The Arketekt By Aficionados To Open In Miami’s Financial District January 2017

Leave a Comment

Brickell’s Wine/Spirits Boutique and Speakeasy Bar launches its first restaurant concept

MIAMI (November 21, 2016)—The group behind the local favorite Aficionados Brickell Wine/Spirits Boutique and Speakeasy Bar are opening their first restaurant, The Arketekt By Aficionados, in the heart of Miami’s Financial District in January 2017. After over 20 years in Pembroke Pines, nine years in Coral Springs, and seven years in Brickell, the owners have decided to venture into the culinary world. Tucked off of Brickell Avenue and 12th Street, the 60-seat restaurant and bar will be open for lunch and dinner, weekend brunch and offers outdoor seating as well as a private dining lounge.
The Arketekt, derived from the phonetic spelling of the word architect, signifies “one who creates.” This will apply to all aspects of the concept, playing off of the creativity and cultivation of the food, drink and music throughout the space. With the rapid expansion of the Downtown Miami area, The Arketekt will serve as a venue for residents and business people alike to make themselves at home in this unique and friendly space.

Under the consulting culinary direction of Chef Jean Paul Desmaison, former owner of well-known eateries, La Cofradia in Coral Gables and Jean Paul’s House, The Arketekt’s kitchen will present modern American cuisine with a hint of South American flair. The carefully curated menu will offer dishes such as Charred Pork Belly (Roasted corn & queso salsa, sherry vinaigrette), Shrimp a la Plancha (Avocado crema, quail egg tartare, pisco thousand island), Braised Short Ribs (Aji Panca Adobo and corn risotto) and Florida Snapper (Vidalia onions, sour orange escabeche and yuca cake).The Arketekt will also feature a craft cocktail menu with signature drinks including the Tobacco Boulevardier (Bulliet Rye, Fernet Branca, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, tobacco garnish), Rosemary Spritz (Rum, rosemary syrup, lemon, Aperol, Yuzo tonic), and The Life In Violette (Gin, lime, green Chartreuse, Crème de Violette). The bar program takes inspiration from its neighbor, Aficionados Speakeasy Bar, utilizing unique spirits, rare liqueurs and only the freshest ingredients. A notable component to The Arketekt’s beverage program is the extensive wine list and half bottle program that allows guests to experience multiple flavor palettes.

The restaurant is designed by Ximena Estadella, who combines imagination and creativity to develop unique spaces all across Europe and the United States. The Arketekt will feature rare Cherry woodworking, plush velvet armchairs, custom raw wood tables, vintage oriental carpets and crystal ambient lighting creating the ultimate homage to the classic British style cigar room. Originally from Spain and now based in Miami, Estadella is responsible for the interior design of Wynwood Diner and La Galeria and NO NAME in Madrid. Estadella’s designs have become milestones in their cities, as well as inspiration for others, and her aesthetic adds to the impact that The Arketekt will have on its surrounding community.

Arketekt will be open for lunch and dinner Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and on Sundays from Noon 10 p.m.


1200 Brickell Bay Drive Suite. 107

Miami, FL 33131


Information provided by Alex Norton, Carma PR

Via Emilia 9 Offers A Variety Of Holiday Dining Options

Leave a Comment

Dine In Or Bring A Taste Of Italy Home

Picture provided by Victoria Sabatino,  Carma PR

Via Emilia 9 has established itself as a South Beach staple with its refreshingly authentic Italian cuisine served in a cozy atmosphere. Chef and owner Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori’s regional dishes, inspired by the famed merchant road that winds through southern Italy, are crafted with the freshest imported ingredients and a healthy dose of passion. Via Emilia 9 will be offering five course tasting menus for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Priced at $65 per person, menu highlights include handmade tortellini in turkey broth, rabbit leg with Lambrusco reduction, and artisanal panettone with warm Lambrusco zabaione. Diners can ring in the New Year at Via Emilia with an over-the-top nine course menu for $85 per person including tuna carpaccio with pomegranate, risotto with shrimp and artichokes, and traditional Italian dried fruits for luck in the New Year.

Alternatively, diners are able to bring a piece of Via Emilia 9 home with them with the launch of Chef Wendy’s private chef and catering services.  Perfect for everything from large gatherings or a simple family meal, Chef Wendy’s mouthwatering cooking will be the highlight of any event. With the holiday season upon us, there is no better time to let Chef Wendy create an unforgettable culinary experience, whether in the cozy Miami Beach eatery or in diners’ own homes.

Via Emilia 9



Miami Beach’s Most Anticipated New Hotspot Set To Debut For Art Basel

Leave a Comment

Luxurious New Club With Private Events For Raspoutine Paris, Perrier-jouët By Night, Wild Belle, The Scope Art Show Featuring Dj Kissey And A

Performance By Theophilus London, Treats Magazine More…

Miami Beach, November 22, 2016 – Miami Beach nightlife is ripe for a nightlife revival, and ORA is bringing glamour back, with its luxe décor, impeccable service and multi million-dollar design.

With an all-star team of nightlife veterans, helmed by hospitality tastemakers Ryan Van Milligen, Dana Dwyer, Yani Kontos, and Greg See. ORA will deliver on the promise of elevating the nightclub experience where thoughtful touches, tableside mixology, and old-world service and appeal.

It’s only appropriate that ORA is launching in time for Art Basel, with its artistic décor created and executed by world-renowned French designer Francois Frossard. For ORA, Frossard, whose most recent masterpiece was the redesign of iconic club Queen Paris, has produced a lavish and dramatic interior, featuring a cathedral ceiling, classic boiserie paneling throughout, marble bars, sleek and sexy banquettes and state-of- the-art lighting fixtures. Adding to the cultural conversation, guests will dance alongside works of art by Banksy and Murakami.

ORA also has bragging rights for its mixology program, which will be uniquely offered both tableside and at the bar. Veteran mixologist Rodger Gillespie was hired to reinvent the staid "bottle service" standard of routine mixers. Instead, assigned mixologists will work with clients to create specialty cocktails with a variety of ingredients directly at the table. Sipping a perfectly shaken martini in high style is now a reality. In the upstairs Anti-Social room, cocktailing will reign supreme with an innovative menu and personalized cocktails, including a “chronological flight” of martinis that features four mini martinis in their most popular formulations spanning from the late nineteenth century to today.

For its opening week, ORA’s programming will be the zeitgeist of nightlife, with the best DJs, parties and art fairs. On Thursday, December 1, ORA will be awash in champagne as Perrier- Jouët, the world's most iconic boutique champagne house hosts a private event. On Friday, December 2, Raspoutine returns to Basel to present resident DJ Fabrice Dayan and Lio Ibiza resident Jean-Claude Ades with Wild Belle featured in the Anti-Social room. And on Saturday, December 3, the official SCOPE Art Show Official Celebration presented by Fool’s Gold with DJ sets by Theophilus London plus Nick Hook with a live performance by Kissey. Later, Hwood Group’s Blind Dragon and Five Four present special performances and more…


Thursday, December 1 st (PRIVATE PARTY)

ORA is awash in champagne with Perrier-Jouët By Night. The iconic boutique champagne house hosts a seductive and exclusive affair complete with surprise elements and the top soundtrack of

Art Basel.

Friday, December 2st (PRIVATE PARTY) Raspoutine Paris returns to Basel to present resident DJ Fabrice Dayan and Lio Ibiza resident Jean-Claude Ades with Wild Belle featured in the upstairs Anti-Social room

Saturday, December 3

8pm – 12pm (PRIVATE PARTY) – SCOPE Art Show Official Celebration presented by Fool’s

Gold with DJ sets by Theophilus London plus Nick Hook with a live performance by Kissey

12am (PRIVATE PARTY) –Treats Magazine presents Hwood Group’s Blind Dragon and Five Four with libations by Absolut ELYX. Art curated by Powerhouse, Phillipe Guggenheim featuring Artist Laura Kimpton, Retna and Nelson Saier.

Other singular offerings at ORA include a very special selection of rare vintage champagnes, normally only found in private collections. There will also be a Punch menu served tableside in decadent disco ball-inspired punch bowls for groups to share, and special packages where guests are welcome to take the fine crystal champagne flutes they are served in home as a memento of the evening.


2000 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach FL 33139


Information provided by Vanessa Menkes, VANESSA MENKES COMMUNICATIONS


ORA announces groundbreaking mixology program the first nightclub and cocktail bar hybrid to offer white glove mixology as part of table and bar service

Leave a Comment

Veteran mixologist Rodger Gillespie tapped to oversee comprehensive program with innovative philosophy and execution

The evolution of Miami's nightlife cocktail culture is about to take a spirited turn with the arrival of ORA,

set to open late summer 2016. Ora will set the scene as a refined, social gathering place for cocktail

enthusiasts reveling in the art of mixology and looking to embark on a journey that marries luxury with


The first nightclub-cocktail bar hybrid to offer white glove mixology as part of table and bar service, ORA

has tapped veteran mixologist Rodger Gillespie to oversee a comprehensive program as the venue re-

imagines the staid "bottle service" standard of routine mixers to table-side assigned mixologists that will

work with clients to create specialty cocktails with a variety of locally sourced ingredients (hello classic

sidecar or a perfectly shaken martini )at your table.

Gillespie's reputation in the cocktail world has garnered him praise for designing some of the most

successful cocktail programs in Las Vegas, including The Linq Hotel & Casino, The Cromwell, Giada,

Bound by Salvatore Calabrese, Gordon Ramsay Steak, MGM, and The Mirage. However, Rodger is no

stranger to Florida’s dynamic nightlife scene, having spent 10 years behind the stick in The Sunshine

State and his many bartender competition wins are evidence of his desire to craft innovative beverages

and demonstrate his skills. Rodger is the 2013 Nightclub & Bar Don Julio Competition winner, the 2013

Bombay Sapphire Most Imaginative Bartender Award winner, and has taken home the Bombay Sapphire

People’s Choice Award, among many other accomplishments and accolades.

At ORA Gillespie will put those hard-won skill to good use in second floor “social room” will feature a

variety of innovative concepts including: a "seated menu" offering comprehensive cocktails for those

seated, as they offer multiple parts and require table service. An example of this will include

“chronological flights” – three mini versions of classics like martinis and collins served on a tray as they

were served in the 1800’s or 1950s Mad Men era and today. For example – the original martini recipe

was heavy on vermouth but today's version is more balanced.

Guests will also be able to work with Gillespie on making their very own cocktail baring their name from

custom-blended liquors tailored specifically to guests' tastes which will then be chronicled and stored in

a register for enjoyment during evenings to come.

Other singular offerings at ORA include a very special selection of rare vintage champagnes rarely found

in nightclubs but rather private collections. There will also be a punch menu served table side in

decadent disco ball inspired punch bowls for parties to share, and special packages including a

partnership with luxury silver purveyor Christophle where guests are welcome to take the fine crystal

champagne flutes they are served in home as a momento of the evening.


2000 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach FL 33139


Information provided by Vanessa Menkes, VANESSA MENKES COMMUNICATIONS

Meat Market Palm Beach

Leave a Comment

Meat Market Palm Beach is inviting guests to celebrate the New Year in style on December 31st. Enjoy live DJ entertainment beginning at 8PM, while dining on delectable a la carte specials. At midnight, guests will be treated to a celebratory glass of champagne with party favors to toast 2017. Meat Market Palm Beach is located on 191 Bradley Place. Seating is limited; Reservations are suggested.

Meat Market Palm Beach

(561) 354-9800


Oceans 234

Leave a Comment

Oceans 234, Deerfield Beach’s premier seaside restaurant, is offering guests enticing holiday specials for an unmatched celebration. In addition to regular menu offerings on Christmas and New Year’s holiday specials include Jumbo Stone Claws (MP); Chilean Sea Bass, pan roasted with rock shrimp shiitake, bok choy stir fry, crisp lotus root and carrot ginger miso emulsion ($46); and Cowboy Rib Eye with root vegetable gratin, grilled broccolini and truffled porcini demi ($55). Be sure to bring the kids on Sunday, December 18th for Brunch with Santa from 10AM to 2PM, and enjoy the ocean view with complimentary family photos with the big guy himself! Holiday hours are as follows: Christmas Eve from 11:30AM to 10PM; Christmas Day from 2PM to 10PM; New Year’s Eve from 11:30AM to 2AM; New Year’s Day, brunch from 10AM to 3PM, dinner 3PM to 10PM. Oceans 234 is located at 234 North Oceans Boulevard in Deerfield Beach For reservations please call (954) 428-2539; www.oceans234.com

Oceans 234


Burlock Coast Seafare and Spirits

Leave a Comment

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits, Fort Lauderdale’s chic seaside escape, invites friends and families to celebrate the holidays with a special Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve buffet. On Christmas Day the regular breakfast menu is offered from 7AM to 11AM. From noon to 9PM, guests can choose from an array of decadent buffet options priced at $95 per adult and $49 per child (ages 5 through 12), excluding tax and gratuity. Offerings include a Breakfast Station (available until 3PM); Salad Station; Hammock Hallow Garden Bar; Charcuterie Display; Raw Bar; Sushi and Dim Sum Station; turkey and ham at the Carving Stations, and Hot Entrees such as Braised Lamb Shank with Cranberry Beans. Children can also enjoy their favorites such as macaroni and cheese or chicken fingers at the Kids Buffet. Guests can finish with a multitude of Christmas-inspired sweets at the Dessert station, featuring festive treats like White Chocolate Cinnamon Apple Lollipops and Mini Gingerbread Sandwiches.
Guests are also invited to ring in the New Year on December 31st, with live entertainment, party favors and a Five-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu, including a champagne toast, for $150 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Beginning at 7PM, guests can start the night off with an amuse bouche of Asparagus Gazpacho with Marcona almonds, crème fraiche and Alba truffle. For the first course, guests can choose from a Coconut Bisque with lobster, basil and popcorn or Kusshi Oysters Three Ways with mimosa sorbet, mojito ice and rum punch. Second course options include Black Bass with haricot vert, coppa ham, leek, cauliflower and parmesan emulsion or Lake Meadow Duck with pumpkin gnocchi, rum apples, braised greens and sage. Third course options include Diver Scallops with parsnips, chanterelles, bacon and caper jus or Pork Belly with white beans, molasses, collard greens, chili glaze and cherry wood smoke. Fourth course includes Filet Mignon with potato, carrot, nicoise olives and black pepper jus or Lamb with cranberry bean cassoulet, boar sausage, duck cracklings, black truffle and cabernet jus. To top it off, diners can indulge in Spumoni with cherry cream, pistachio cake, chocolate cherry crumbs and spiced chocolate ice crema or Winter Haven with sea salt chocolate honeycomb, malted milk marshmallow and strawberry peach gel. Children are welcome to order off the regular kids menu. After 10PM, guests can continue the celebration at the after party in the Astor Lounge.

Burlock Coast is located at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale at 1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard. For reservations please call (954) 302-6460;

Burlock Coast


Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations

Meat Market Miami Beach

Leave a Comment

Meat Market Miami Beach, the contemporary Lincoln Road steakhouse, is inviting guests to celebrate the New Year with a multi course dinner and live DJ entertainment on December 31st. Guests can choose between two decadent packages featuring four-course dinner menus expertly crafted by Executive Chef Sean Brasel. New Year’s Eve Early Package features four courses from 6PM to 8PM for $150 per person (excluding tax & gratuity); Second Package features four courses from 9PM to 1AM for $250 per person (excluding tax & gratuity) and a midnight toast with party favors. Meat Market Miami Beach is located on 915 Lincoln Road.

The restaurant will be open from Noon to 1AM on New Year’s Eve, and Noon to 12AM New Year’s Day. Seating is limited; Reservations are required in advance by calling (305) 532-0088;

Meat Market Miami Beach

915 Lincoln Road