Dashi Opens At River Yacht Club Japanese Fine Dining Concept Comes To The Chic Riverside Venue

River Yacht Club (RYC), the unique and visionary indoor/outdoor multi-level venue on the Miami River that draws diners with its fresh seafood and grilled dishes, and specially curated guest chef menus, will add Dashi, an exciting new progressive Japanese dining destination to its portfolio of culinary concepts later this month. Slated to open to the public on Friday, March 24, Dashi’s debut comes just over a year after RYC first welcomed guests to the gorgeous waterfront property. Overseeing Dashi’s culinary operations is Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, a protégé of Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto and a descendant of three generations of Udon makers. Prior to joining RYC culinary team, he served as executive sushi chef at Kuro, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood

Dashi will operate as a stand-alone restaurant within RYC. According to owner Stephane Dupoux, “We’ve always felt that a Japanese concept would be the perfect addition to our existing dining options but wanted to take our time to find the right chef and the right moment and one that was the right fit aesthetically as well. Now is that time and Chef Shuji is a very talented addition to the RYC family. His beautifully executed dishes are as stimulating to the eye as the palate. ”

In a pristine jewel box setting seating 80, Dashi embraces an elegant minimalist design that captures the essence of Japanese style, while embracing RYC’s nautical spirit. It will undoubtedly deliver an excellent experience – exceptional cuisine in a casually elegant setting. Two large communal tables invite group dining; earth tones are reflected in chairs with accent pillows in stripes and deep blues. A welcoming full bar showcases gleaming bottles of Japanese whiskey and an array of sakes; almost most every seat in the restaurant offers water views through floor to ceiling windows.

Indeed, Dashi is the perfect complement to RYC’s stunning waterfront setting and design with an innovative menu very much in harmony with RYC’s seafood-centric menu of crudos, tiraditos, and simply grilled seafood, proteins and fresh vegetables.

A la carte selections are divided into salads, hot, cold, soups and udons and sushi & sashimi, as well as sides. Among the cold dishes, guests can enjoy elevated dishes such as ocean scallops served with Russian osetra caviar and yuzu; beef tataki with soy onion, myoga and fried shallots or hamachi ponzu – thinly sliced and served with cucumber, cilantro and shio-kobu. Salads are elegant and showcase fresh flavors in offerings such as hamachi shabu-shabu salad served with daikon radish, cucumber and shiso dressing and a simple tomato salad drizzled with yuzu, olive oil and soy salt. Hot dishes ranges from sea bass miso with scallion, fennel and hoba to beef kakuni, served with carrot, onion, and potato and white fish Koro-age, among others.

Soups and Udons – perhaps the inspiration for the restaurant’s name (“dashi” is the Japanese word for broth), are part of Hiyakawa’s culinary DNA, with recipes rooted in his childhood; Hiyakawa first learned his craft as a young child in his father’s noodle shop in Fukuoka, Japan. Guests can enjoy spicy seafood Udon chock full of clams and shrimp; aka miso soup with clams and scallion or a hearty beef Udon with braised short rib. Sushi and sashimi are sourced from across the world, with much of the fresh fish flown in from Japan including selections such as sea bream and horse mackerel crab.

A full bar will offer wine, Japanese beers and showcase a coveted selection of Japanese whiskeys and sakes. A cocktails list will include a number of special libations created specifically for the restaurant including the Dashi: Toki whiskey, Youki, seaweed broth, maple syrup and a delicious house made coconut-infused Tyku Sake with ginger beer, lime juice and thyme.

Dashi will serve dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 6pm to 11pm. Dashi is located at the River Yacht Club – 401 SW Third Avenue on the Miami River. Reservations are recommended; valet parking available. Telephone: (786) 870-5304; dashirestaurant.com.

Dashi

401 SW 3rd Ave

Miami, FL 33130

(786) 870-5304

dashirestaurant.com

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A list of Musts when at RUST

Picture provided by Heidi Malaret, Account Executive, TARA, Ink.

Below are absolute menu “not to be missed” offerings created by Executive Chef Diego Medina at RUST Wynwood:

Appetizers:
Specializing in sharable dishes, RUST’s appetizers are the perfect teasers to the mouthwatering entrees to follow. A crowd favorite, the Camarones Cabrones is served with red Mexican sauce, avocado puree, spicy jalapeños, cilantro, radish and micro green. Also recommended is the Ceviche De Dorado, which marinates fresh Mahi Mahi ceviche in house-made aji amarillo sauce, and the Mushroom Fries, RUST’s savory flare to traditional fries, which are topped with truffled gorgonzola, mushroom sauce and fresh parsley.

Entrees:
RUST’s menu features innovative interpretations on traditional cuisine, including bucket list-worthy options such as the Grilled Octopus marinated in piquillo peppers, aioli and arugula, over Provençal potatoes, the Chivito Uruguayo, a beef tenderloin sandwich, with ham, mozzarella cheese, bacon, green olives, roasted bell peppers, fried egg, tomato, lettuce, aioli, served with French fries, and the Filet Mignon, a center cut tenderloin wrapped with smoked bacon, topped with house-made roasted tomatillo salsa and served with house made potato chips.

Dessert:
Guests with a sweet tooth cannot leave the venue without experiencing Chef’s modern rendition to classic desserts, including the Panqueque De Dulce De Leche, a flambéed crêpe filled with dulce de leche, served with vanilla ice cream, the house made Mousse Au Chocolat topped with fresh berries, and cashew “garrapiñada café,” and Flan De Dulce De Leche, a classic sweet Spanish custard with a dulce de leche twist, finished with merengue.

Rust Wynwood

rustwynwood.com

Nikki Beach Miami Music Week

(March 15, 2017) – Located at the prestigious address of 1 Ocean Drive, Nikki Beach Miami Beach has established itself as a quintessential South Beach landmark since its inception in 1998. This year, Nikki Beach rolls out the red carpet for the hottest lineup for Miami Music Week 2017. Nikki Beach is comprised of a large oceanfront complex that features the brand’s signature beach club, an award-winning restaurant & cabana bar, a second floor nightclub and a lifestyle boutique. Open daily, Miami locals & visitors alike along with international jet-setters & celebrities flock to Nikki Beach to enjoy a day of soaking up the South Beach sun and unparalleled entertainment & music while indulging in lunch, dinner and refreshing libations.

MIAMI MASSIVE
12 PM – 5 AM
Tuesday, March 21
Nikki Beach
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Lineup: Breathe Carolina, FTampa, Tom Swoon, Daddy’s Groove, Nari+Milani, DubVision, Tocadisco, Redondo, Croatia Squad, Merk & Kremont, Alex Gaudino, Mark Ursa, Dave Lambert, Plastik Funk, Kenn colt, ron Carroll, Chris Garcia, Crazibiza, Abel Ramos… and much more to be confirmed!!!

2 STAGES – 40 DJS – 17 HOURS PARTY

PURCHASE TICKET LINK: wantickets.com/Events/218523/MIAMI-MASSIVE-at-NIKKI-BEACH

ARMADA INVITES MMW 2017
12 PM – 11 PM
Wednesday, March 22nd 2017
Nikki Beach Miami
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Lineup: DASH BERLIN, Special Guest DASH BORGORE, Harry Romero, Julian Jordan, Morgan Page, Robbie Rivera, Sultan & Sheppard, Thomas Gold

PURCHASE TICKET LINK: wantickets.com/Events/218745/Armada-Invites-w-Dash-Berlin-Borgore-More

Mixmash Miami 2017
12 PM – 11 PM
Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
Nikki Beach Miami
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Lineup (in Alphabetical Order): Cash Cash, Cesqeaux, Deorro, Dyro, Florian Picasso, inpetto, Lady Bee, Laidback Luke, Moksi, Moti, SGOTW, Timmy Trumpet, Tritonal + SPECIAL UNANNOUNCED GUESTS

PURCHASE TICKET LINK: https://www.wantickets.com/Events/218174/Mixmash-Miami-w-Laidback-Luke-Deorro-Cash-Cash-Tritonal-More

NO SUGAR ADDED MIAMI 2017
Friday & Saturday, March 24-25th, 2017
Nikki Beach Miami
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FRIDAY MARCH 24TH
SHARKSQUAD STAGE (12PM-11PM – BEACH STAGE)
Jauz + Surprise Guest + Special Guest Oliver Heldens, K?D, Makj, Mija, Saint Wknd, Shaun Frank, Throttle, Tokimonsta

MAD DECENT + PARTY FAVOR & FRIENDS STAGE (11PM-5AM – INDOORS)
Party Favor, Ape Drums, Bad Royale, Gent & Jawns, Jillionaire, Loudpvck, Promnite, Rawtek, Tjr, Valentino Khan, + Special Guests

SWEAT IT OUT STAGE (9PM-5AM – INDOORS)
Nora En Pure, Alton Shuffle, Chris Lake, Lisbona Sisters, Redlight, Worthy, Yolanda Be Cool

SATURDAY MARCH 24TH
BINGO BEACH STAGE (12PM-11PM – BEACH STAGE)
Bingo Players, 3lau, B2b, Audien, Autograf, Baggi, Edx, Henry Fong, Jonas Blue, Snbrn, Tjr, Zookeper, + Surprise Guests

DANCING ASTRONAUT STAGE (9PM-5AM – INDOORS)
Lost Frequencies, Billy Kenny, Chocolatre Puma, Cid, Helena Legend, Loud Luxery, Mike Williams, Thehim, Tom Staar

PANDA FUNK STAGE (9PM-5AM – INDOORS)
Deorro, Bacondo, Dirty Audio, Landis, Riggi & Piros, Sak Noel, Zoofunktion, + Special Guests: Firebeatz – Ummet Ozcan

PURCHASE TICKET LINK: wantickets.com/Events/218127/No-Sugar-Added-Miami-2017

About Nikki Beach Worldwide:
In 1998, entrepreneur Jack Penrod introduced the world to Nikki Beach, the first and original luxury beach club concept that combines the elements of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art into one. Today, the Nikki Beach concept has transcended its international venues and grown into a global, multifaceted luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand comprised of a Beach Club Division; a Hotels & Resorts Division; a Lifestyle Division; a Special Events Division and Nikki Cares, a 501c3 Non-Profit Charity Division.

Nikki Beach can now be experienced in: Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Saint Tropez, France; Saint Barth, French West Indies; Marbella, Spain; Marrakech, Morocco; Koh Samui, Thailand; Mallorca, Spain; Ibiza, Spain; Porto Heli, Greece; Bali, Indonesia; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Dubai, UAE; Bodrum, Turkey and Versilia, Italy. Nikki Beach has a pop-up location during the Cannes International Film Festival. The Hotels & Resorts division has properties in Koh Samui, Thailand; Porto Heli, Greece and Bodrum, Turkey. In 2016, Nikki Beach will be opening a resort in Dubai, UAE.

MORE INFORMATION

Nikki Beach Miami

One Ocean Drive

Miami Beach FL 33139

305-538-1111

nikkibeach.com

Easter Happenings: What’s Hoppin’ at Marriott Pompano Beach

Picture provided by GRACE LEE, ERIC MOWER + ASSOCIATES

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, the charming beachfront resort offering sweeping views and a wealth of amenities, is offering some egg-stra special events for the whole family this Easter, from a brunch buffet to a visit from the Easter Bunny itself.

· Beginning at 9 a.m. on Easter Sunday, children of resort guests are invited to participate in Giant Easter Egg Cookie Decorating and a Dip Dye Easter Egg Station. Kids will also have the chance to visit the Easter Bunny who will be onsite throughout the day. Guests should confirm their participation in advance with the resort’s concierge.

· An Easter Brunch Buffet with live musical entertainment will be served in the Grand Bahama Ballroom with seating times at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The buffet will feature dishes prepared with seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients, including a seafood display of Snow Crab Claws With a Bourbon Cocktail Sauce, Ahi Poke, and Smoked Salmon. Plated entrees, including Roasted Grouper With Cedar Key Clams and Shrimp Broth; Crab Cake Benedict With Old Bay Hollandaise; 12 Hour Brined Chicken With a Spring Pea and Pearl Onion Cream; and Grilled Pork Medallions With Anson Mills Cheese Grits and Chorizo Gravy, will also be available. A Chef’s Live Action Station will serve up Rack of Lamb and Honey Glazed Ham. To finish the meal, guests can head over to the Tempting Treats Station to satisfy their dessert cravings with selections including Vanilla Bean Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Tart, Strawberry Shortcake and Chocolate Shooters, Key Lime Tart, and Coconut Tart. Easter Brunch is $65 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations can be made by calling 954-944-9515.

Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

marriott.com

Baru Is Adding Much-needed Latin Spice To Kendall’s Town & Country This March

Kendall is in for a treat at the new Baru Latin Bar location with a cocktail “ventanita,” multiple full bars, wrap-around terrace, and a delicious Latin food menu.

Picture provided by Erica Vazquez-Bacardi, Identity Media, Inc.

MIAMI (March 15, 2017) – Miami’s favorite Latin bar, Baru, with locations in Brickell and Doral, is now opening in Kendall with their biggest space yet. The 5,500 square foot lounge will be opening March 16th to provide the Kendall area with a much-needed spot to dance and have a fiesta all night long.

Hospitality veteran Hector Antunez, owner of Baru Latin Bar, has been sharing his Latin roots all over Miami by expanding its lively concept. With the limited nightlife in Kendall, Antunez aims to spice it up and bring the Latin American vibes and beats Miami has come to know and love from his other locations right to every Kendall residents’ backyard.

“When I was little, I use to go to Town & Country Kendall every summer on vacation to shop with my family,” said Antunez. “So opening a Baru there really hits home. It’s like I’m giving Kendall something in return for the memories it gave me.”

Baru in Kendall will resemble the other locations in Brickell and Doral, but will be their best and biggest space yet. Designed by Colombian interior designer Andrea Mejia, it welcomes guests as they enter with moss-covered hot pink walls, bright lights, and a neon sign in Spanish at each entrance translating to “Whatever My Queen Wants!”, “Here You Only Have A Good Time” and “It Was Only The Vibe”. Upon entering, guests can make their way throughout the vibrant atmosphere to one of the three massive bars for cocktails, a table to indulge in delicious bites from their Latin-inspired menu, or to either of the two terraces for dancing the night away or lounging with a gorgeous lake-side view.

The reputable brand will be Kendall’s go-to neighborhood bar, one the area and its residents have been longing for. The new location will be serving affordable and mouth-watering cocktails curated by the award-winning group of bartenders, The Cocktail Cooperative, to fuel everyone’s energy at a lower price than the other Baru locations. Baru has partnered with these notable bartenders from the Cocktail Cooperative, including Sarah Porter who has worked with Antunez at all Baru locations, to enhance its beverage program and provide guests with something new.

The Cocktail Cooperative has created Baru’s new signature drink that will be available across all Baru locations – a giant $12 mojito made with their own homemade mixtures that’s guaranteed to be the best in town. The mojito will be served in a tall container with a green illuminating straw for a big and fun presentation. And with three bars, Baru will carry hundreds of liquor brands to choose from. So whether it’s a classic vodka tonic, Baru’s signature mojito, or anything in between, you’re sure to get the best of the best at a great price. It’s just up to you to pick your poison.

Baru Kendall will also have the very first “ventanita” in Miami, but instead of serving cafecito and coladas, the window will be open for guests to order drinks and cocktails.

Expect Baru Kendall to be bigger and better. It will be open to the public in March to provide every Kendall-goer with a new place to party and create memorable experiences to make it the best year yet. After its opening, guests can also expect to make Baru Kendall their next go-to spot for brunch.

“This is our biggest location yet, and we’re so excited to have everyone experience it with us,” said Antunez.

Baru Kendall

Miami, Florida

Fooq’s Celebrates Two-year Anniversary With Persian Feast And Evening Soirée

Picture provided by Amanda Camejo

Miami, FL (March 2017) – Fooq’s Miami commemorates another year of comfort cuisine and friendly finesse with a two-part anniversary celebration. Kicking off on Wednesday, March 15th, the eclectic eatery will host a Persian feast, evoking the festive flavors of the cuisine with a family-style dinner. The celebration continues on Friday, March 17th, with a late-night soirée at Floyd Miami, the new live jazz bar just steps from Fooq’s.

On Wednesday, March 15th, Fooq’s celebrates its two-year anniversary with a Persian feast. The eclectic eatery will host a family-style dinner that evokes the festivity of Persian cuisine, offering a selection of traditional dishes and a welcome drink. On the menu, guests can expect an array of exotic items, such as savory Khoreshses, traditional Persian stews; crispy Tahdig, Persian rice; and homemade Barbari bread, finely toasted with an assortment of dips. Two dinner seatings will be offered at 7pm and 9pm, priced at $45 per person.

On Friday, March 17th, Fooq’s continues the celebration with a late night soirée at Downtown Miami’s newest live music venue, Floyd. Located just steps from the eclectic eatery, Floyd welcomes guests to celebrate “Two Years of Fooq’s,” with a live set by New York-based electronic musician, SAINTE VIE. The bash begins at 10PM and will continue on into the wee hours of the night. RSVP is available through reservations@fooqsmiami.com.

Fooq’s is located at 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. For reservations or inquiries, please call 786.536.2749.

Floyd Miami is located at 34 N.E. 11th Street, Miami, FL 33132. For inquiries, please call 786.618.9447.

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

Fooq’s

1035 N. Miami Avenue

Miami, FL, 33136

(786) 536-2749

fooqsmiami.com

Toast The Miami Open With Signature Cocktails From The Tournament

As the tennis world begins to descend upon picturesque Key Biscayne for the upcoming Miami Open, we share the four signature cocktails being served at Crandon Park from March 20 – April 2 for any Miami Open coverage or entertaining pieces. Perfect for watching the tennis world’s most glamorous tournament courtside or from home, the set of cocktails –  Le Grand Fizz, The Serve, Le Melon Mule, and Le Citron Bloody Mary –  are all designed for easy day-drinking in the balmy Miami weather.

A perennial Miami favorite, Le Grand Fizz, has already gained popularity at Miami hotspots such as the Faena Hotel, Soho Beach House, and Fontainebleau. The iconic cocktail features a revitalizing mix of St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lime, soda water and Grey Goose over ice.  Created specifically for the tournament, The Serve features a tasty combination of strawberries, lemonade, soda water and Grey Goose designed to quench spectators’ thirst in the Miami heat. The offering is rounded out with Le Melon Mule and Le Citron Bloody Mary, featuring a distinctive spin on the two classic cocktails.

Picture provided by Lizzie Munro

Le Grand Fizz

Recipe
1 ½ parts Grey Goose Vodka
1 part St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
½ part freshly squeezed lime (approx. Half a lime)
3 lime wedges
2 parts chilled soda water

Preparation
Build in an oversized cabernet wine glass with lots of ice.
Add Grey Goose Vodka and St-Germain. Then squeeze fresh lime and discard. Top with chilled soda water. Stir and garnish with fresh lime wedges and a Grey Goose stirrer.


Picture provided by Grey Goose

Le Melon Mule

Recipe
1 ½ parts Grey Goose Le Melon
3 parts ginger beer
3 lime wedges

Preparation
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add GREY GOOSE Le Melon and the juice from three lime wedges.

Shake well and strain into a copper mug filled with crushed ice.
Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge.


Picture provided by Grey Goose

The Serve

1.5oz Grey Goose Original
2oz Lemonade
1oz Club Soda
2 Strawberries (Muddled)
Garnish With Strawberry Slice & 1 Mint Sprig

Preparation
Muddle strawberry in the bottom of a rocks glass. Add Grey Goose, lemonade, and club soda and shake with ice. Strain into glass and top into club soda. Garnish with strawberry slide and 1 mint sprig.


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Le Citron Bloody Mary

Recipe
2 parts Grey Goose Le Citron Flavored Vodka
4 parts Bloody Mary mix
Splash Worcestshire Sauce
Cracked Black Petter
Thyme
Celery
Lemon Wedge

Preparation
Add ice and GREY GOOSE Le Citron or GREY GOOSE Vodka to a tall glass. Top with Bloody Mary mix and Worcestershire sauce, and present with a long stalk of celery, thyme or a lemon wedge.

Villa Azur to Celebrate 5th Anniversary On Saturday April 1

On Saturday, April 1, Villa Azur celebrates their 5th Year Anniversary and we’d love you to join the all-white affair featuring live entertainment, craft cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

Miami’s hospitality sphere is always in constant evolution, which is why veterans like Villa Azur are highly revered and should be celebrated. The restaurant’s success is a culmination of a unique and experienced partnership between friends to deliver a winning formula for a superior culinary destination with stylish environment, a celebrated beverage program, attentive service and an inviting and infectious atmosphere expected from a neighborhood South Beach Hotspot.
Throughout the years, Executive Chef Erwin Mallet has continued to redefine the venue’s culinary standard with his South of France-inspired menu complimented with Italian accents stems from the freshest ingredients and flavors combined with an international and contemporary twist from South Beach. Along with a resident in-house sommelier, Villa Azur’s menu creates the perfect blend of flavors bound to please every gourmand’s palate.

Villa Azur

309 23rd St

Miami Beach, FL 33139

(305) 763-8688

villaazurmiami.com

Information provided by Heidi Malaret, TARA Ink.

Local Chef Michael Beltran Unveils Delectable Farm-To-Table Happy Hour With An Innovative Cocktail Menu

A highly refined yet approachable neighborhood spot, Ariete launches its new Happy Hour menu, available Tuesday – Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Ariete is the perfect spot to enjoy after work cocktails including the Cocktail Float (house-made ice cream, Now Your Father’s Root Beer, Fernet and Luxardo), French 75 (Flor de Caña, lemon juice and Proseco) and The Girl from Ipanema (Cachaca, ginger beer, lime & basil), among others. Pioneering their unique blend of farmhouse cuisine with trail-blazing Latin influences, the creative minds behind Ariete, restauranteur Jason Odio and Executive Chef Michael Beltran, have carefully curated the perfect lite bites menu to accompany the decadent cocktail offerings. Menu items include Fritas with chorizo and potato sticks on a potato roll, Grilled Oysters, Ariete Oxtail Nuggets, Smoked Salmon Sliders and the restaurant’s signature Chug Burger.

Tuesday – Friday
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ariete
3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

For more information:

Erica Diamond-Bouskila / Erica@VanessaMenkes.com / 305.496.2199

About Ariete

The creative minds behind Ariete, restaurateur Jason Odio and Executive Chef Michael Beltran, pioneer a unique blend of farmhouse cuisine with trail-blazing Latin influences. An exciting new addition to the Coral Gables landscape, Ariete offers innovative fare built around smart sourcing with carefully curated ingredients, both local and international. Inhabiting the former La Bottega space, the 80-seat bi-level dining room boasts an open floor plan and kitchen designed by Cy Davis. Featuring a Sunday supper-style, family-friendly feel, the menu features shareable entrees and snacks revolving around a woodfired grill. For more information visit arietemiami.com or call 305-640-5862. For reservations, e-mail reservations@arietemiami.com.

Ariete

3540 Main Hwy

Coconut Grove, FL 33133

(305) 640-5862

arietemiami.com

Information provided by Erica Diamond

Slow Food Miami Presents the 6th Annual “Snail of Approval” Party

Celebrity Guest Chef Helene Henderson Hosts Slow Food Miami’s 6th Annual “Snail Of Approval” Tasting Party
Friday, March 24, 2017

MIAMI BEACH, Florida (March XX, 2017) – Join host Helene Henderson, Chef/Owner of Malibu Farm and author of Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast at Slow Food Miami’s “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party. Regarded as Miami’s “Freshest Night Out”, the 6th Annual celebration will be held Friday, March 24, 2017, from 7PM – 10PM at Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. This year, the unforgettable evening under the stars is possible thanks to a partnership with Eden Roc, The Miami Scout Guide, Just Ask Boo, Vero Water, JetSet Sounds, FOH, J Wakefield Brewery, Menu Men, Inc., and wines sponsored by Twenty-One Wine & Spirits. The tasting party will unite dozens of the city’s top chefs, and local growers and producers for a night of tasting and honoring Miami’s food scene.

The soirée will be perfectly situated at the dazzling newly renovated Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort with ambient tunes by Michael Casola from JetSet Sounds. The first 100 tickets sold are priced at $75. After that, general admission tickets will be $85 per person with sales ending at noon on March 23. Tickets at the door will cost $100 per person. Tickets can be purchased at freshestnightout2017.bpt.me with all event proceeds benefiting Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program. VIP Garden Sponsor tickets are $750 and includes a garden box for a school, free entry to Freshest Night Out with early bird admission at 6:30PM and a signed copy of Helene Henderson’s Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast.

Ranked among the elite global luxury hotels, Eden Roc’s fusion and balance of fun and luxury provides a festive, sophisticated location to host Slow Food Miami’s 6th Annual “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party. Guests will indulge in tastes from Miami’s farm-to-table best, including a mix of current 2016-2017 “Snail of Approval” honorees and past “Snail of Approval” winners. Current confirmed chefs and food artisans include to date:
Helene Henderson (Malibu Farm)
Adrienne Grenier (3030 Ocean)
Paula DaSilva (Artisan Beach House)
Sean Brasel (Meat Market)
Jessica Weiss Levinson (Serendipity Creamery)
Frederic Joulin (Semilla)
Zak Stern (Zak the Baker)
Blair Wilson (Social Club @ The Surfcomber Hotel)
Brian Nasajon (Beaker & Gray)
Corey Bousquet and Evan Boomer (The Brick)
Andres Barrientos and James Bowers (Miami Smokers)
Allen Susser (Books & Books, Coral Gables)
Ray and Shannon Allen (Grown)
Carolina Quijano (exquisito chocolates)
Buster Brown (Counter Culture Kombucha)
Giorgio Rapicavoli (Glass and Vine)
Maria Laura Aleman (Artichoke Foods)
Della Heiman (della test kitchen)
Rene Reyes and John Gallo (Pinch Kitchen)
Isabel and Susana Garcia (Cacao Art Chocolates)
Matthew Kenney (Plant Food & Wine)
Julie Frans (Essensia Restaurant & Lounge)
Muriel Olivares and Tiffany Noe (Little River Cooperative)
Freddy and Danielle Kaufman (Proper Sausage)
Gabe Bernal (Seasons Farm Fresh)
Aaron Dreilinger (Chef David’s Catering)
Chuck Lyons (Verde Community Gardens)
Paul Massard and Chris Nolte (Per’La Specialty Roasters)
Chris French (French Farms)
Carlos Cararas (MIA Beer Company)
Kevin Rusk- Titanic Brewery
Johnathan Wakefield (J Wakefield Brewing)
Ben Conniff (Lukes Lobster)
Cristina Ivory (Angry Booch)
Nick Paton (Kelvin Slushies)
The coveted “People’s Choice” Award, judged and selected by popular vote, and the “Chef’s Choice” Award, judged by Slow Food Miami’s Chef Host Committee, will take place at 8:45PM. This year will also feature a live auction including a weekend at Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort and including dinner for two at Malibu Farm, among other surprises. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase school garden grants at the event.

The Slow Food Miami “Snail of Approval” points South Floridians and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair by identifying and honoring producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to food and beverage quality, authenticity and sustainability. In its inaugural year (2010), nominations were solicited among Miami-Dade county farmers. Now nominations come from the general public and all nominations are vetted by the Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Committee.

Find the “Snail of Approval” list on the Slow Food Miami website, as well as on the upcoming mobile app. The Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort is located at 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Discounted valet will be available for $20.

About Slow Food Miami
Slow Food Miami is a local 100% volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children.” It’s the local chapter of Slow Food USA, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting good, clean and fair food for all that supports our local communities from the ground up – from the Edible School & Community Gardens that encourage the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainably grown food, to the local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods.
Slow Food Miami supports its Edible School & Community Garden Program through culinary educational events and fundraising, and aims to raise awareness for good, clean and fair food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community. For more information, visit www.slowfoodmiami.org.

About Malibu Farm
“Fresh, organic, local” is the motto at Malibu Farm, the soon to open Miami Beach outpost of the hugely popular California farm to table restaurant and magnet for A-listers. Owner, cookbook author and farmer Helene Henderson will bring her signature style of local, sustainable, fresh-off-the-farm fare along with an extensive wine and cocktail menu. With spectacular ocean views, Malibu Farm is set to premier Spring 2017.

About Eden Roc Miami Beach ResortWith an oceanfront location in the heart of Miami’s Mid-Beach and just minutes from Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and the Wynwood arts district, Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort offers travelers a beachfront retreat synonymous with contemporary Miami luxury. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation that revitalized and re-launched the Eden Roc, this property boasts 418 spacious guest rooms and suites, three stunning pools, 22,000 square feet of spa and fitness facility, the world’s largest Nobu Restaurant & Bar, and will soon be home to the farm-to-fork restaurant, Malibu Farm in Spring 2017. Inspired by the beauty and splendor of the ocean below, Eden Roc rooms and suites offer savvy travelers unique in-room dining offerings and spectacular ocean views, while light and airy furnishings set the perfect seaside scene. For more information and reservations, please call (305) 531-0000 or visit edenrocmiami.com.

The Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

525 Collins Avenue

Miami Beach, FL 33140

(305) 531-0000

edenrocmiami.com

Information provided by Brustman Carrino Public Relations