Outdoor Movie Screenings and Spanish Treats Every Wednesday in September
Taperia Raca, MiMo’s hot new Spanish tapas restaurant from Chopped and Chopped Champions winner Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli, is launching a weekly, end of summer Spanish dinner and a movie series dubbed Cinema Wednesdays, the first of which is Wednesday, September 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Each week, Taperia Raca’s intimate courtyard will transform into an outdoor movie theater and dining venue with a large high definition projection screen and surround sound system. Movie buffs and foodies can sit back, sip on tasty sangria and nibble on Spanish tapas while watching one of the selected Spanish or Spanish-related films.
Special from the kitchen, Chef de Cuisine Michelle Saavedra, will be serving-up movie theater-themed goodies such as savory and sweet popcorns, Spanish nachos, and a salchipapa remix, among others. Taperia Raca’s regular menu of tasty Spanish tapas will also be available.
Reservations, strongly encouraged, can be made through the restaurant’s website www.taperiaraca.com/reservations/, and diners will be able to order additional drinks and food via text message so not to disturb fellow diners. Seating is at 7:30 p.m. and show time is promptly at 8:00 p.m. Indoor seating will be available for those who do not want to partake. The films, which are mostly R-rated containing some violence, drug use, and nudity, are listed below.
September 3: Pan's Labyrinth, Rated R (Spanish movie with subtitles)
September 10: Desperado, Rated R (Spanish actor with Spanish influences)
September 17: Blow, Rated R (Spanish actress)
September 24: The Mask of Zorro, Rated PG-13 (Spanish theme, character, and actors)
Taperia Raca, which recently received a three-star rating from The Miami Herald and an equally stellar dining review from Miami New Times, serves dinner and weekend brunch. Dinner ($5-21) boasts a soulful menu of shareable Platos Frios/Cold Dishes such as zesty rich Pate de Higado- chicken liver mousse, Pedro Ximenez, almonds and fig preserves; Pulpo a la Vinagreta- poached octopus, lemon, onion, olive oil and herbs; Boquerones- white anchovies, roasted lemon, Florida citrus and herbs; and, as well as Platos Calientes/Hot Dishes including spicy Patatas Bravas- fried, baked potatoes, garlic aioli and smoked tomato; Empanadas de Bacalao- savory dough pastries stuffed with salt cod, pickled garlic and potato; Alitas de Pato – duck wings with sweet/sour fig and pimenton salt; and Cachetes de Cerdo – tender pork cheek with mushrooms, potatoes and truffle. Desserts ($6-9) include twists on classics such as Roasted Banana Crema Catalana; and Torrejas with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
The Saturday and Sunday Weekend Brunch ($5-19) builds upon the dinner menu and, as with Eating House, gets a little more nostalgic with items including Tortilla Chanchito with organic eggs, chorizo, Serrano ham, bacon and Manchego; Croquetas de Jamon- smoked and roasted ham, béchamel, and quince jam; Patatas Contentas – fried baked potatoes, black truffle and bacon; Huevos Rotos – fried eggs, aioli, charred tomato, potato and Serrano ham; Torrejas Café con Leche- Cuban bread French toast, Panther Coffee, cream and sugar; and Panqueques de Maiz y Durazno- cornmeal peach pancakes with peach syrup.
A trip to laid back Spain, the cozy restaurant seats 16 inside and offers an expansive outdoor garden seating 40. Inspired by the relaxed atmosphere of the Corridor, area vintage stores and quirky architectural motifs, Rapicavoli and Casanova put art and music at the center of the experience with brick lined walls, cardboard bullheads and a custom made mural to the tune of Spanish reggae music.
Located at 7010 Biscayne Boulevard in the MiMo District, Taperia Raca serves Dinner Tuesday - Thursday, from 4:00PM - 10:00PM and Friday & Saturday, from 4:00PM - 11:00PM. A popular Weekend Brunch is offered Saturday and Sunday from 11:00AM - 4:00PM. Breakfast and Lunch service are provided by ILLEGAL Bakery from now through the end of summer, from 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Mondays – Fridays. Plenty of metered street parking is available, and Karma car wash is available for parking after 8 p.m. Taperia Raca accepts reservations via CityEats. Telephone: 305.751.8756. Website: www.taperiaraca.com. Twitter/Instagram: @Taperia_Raca