October 24, 2012

The Federal Presents A Texas Style Kitchen Show-down

Chef Todd Erickson & Cesar Zapata Show-down

With competitive spirits in the air following the recent debates, Miami is experiencing similar vibes in the restaurant scene. Behold a unique Texas-style showdown between two of Miami’s hottest chefs: HaVen Gastro-Lounge’s Todd Erickson and The Federal’s Cesar Zapata.

On Tuesday, October 30, 2012, The Federal will serve a five-course meal that exuberates authentic Texan flare. Guests will enjoy welcoming libations at 7:30 p.m. followed by a seated dinner at 8 p.m. Upon the completion of the meal, diners will be be given a score card to rate the chefs in an Iron Chef-inspired manner and be entered into a raffle where the winning chef will treat them to a dinner for two at a restaurant of choice.

Ticket pricing is $75 per person and does not include tax or gratuity.




It’s a Dallas vs. Houston battle of the knives - a Texas style showdown at the Federal!

Chef Todd Erickson, from HaVen Gastro Lounge, and our very own Chef Cesar Zapata are set to duke it out kitchen style at the Federal on Tuesday, October 30th. The chefs will be cooking up a five course menu accentuating tried and true Texan mantra. Comprised of 5 typical Texan themes, the menu will be divvied up between the two chefs – Deep Fried, Tex Mex, Game, BBQ & Sweets – and in the spirit of Big Tex, the chefs will doubtlessly be going big or going home.

Additionally, the meal will be paired up with Spoetzl Brewery beers out of Austin, Texas - most recognized for their Shiner Bock beer.

Why Texas? Chef Todd Erickson comes to Miami via Dallas while Chef Cesar Zapata graduated from the Art Institute Houston and spent his formative years under the tutelage of James Beard Nominated Chef Timothy Keating in Houston.

Diners at the end of the meal will be handed a score card in order to rate the chefs a la Iron Chef based on Taste, Plating and Originality. Their score cards will also be entered into a raffle. The winning chef will pick a winning ballot and award them a dinner for 2 at their restaurant of choice.

The menu will be served family style and will cost $75 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

Tickets can be pre-purchased on the Federal’s website


Chef Cesar Zapata & Federal Rogues

Chef Todd Erickson et al


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

7:30pm – welcome libation

8:00pm – seated dinner



MIAMI, FL 33137


For the love of food, wine and conviviality.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come… In the spirit of #BigTXinMIA!

About Chef Todd Erickson

Todd Erickson is the Executive Chef of HaVen Gastro-Lounge, a critically acclaimed, high-tech restaurant in Miami Beach.

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Erickson boasts more than 10 years of experience garnered at esteemed restaurants around the United States. Erickson’s passion for travel and regional cuisines is reflected in HaVen’s global, tapas-style menu, with items ranging from Duck Duck Quail Sliders to Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream.

Erickson has been profiled by publications including BlackBook Magazine, in which he was described as exuding “reckless abandon mixed with obsessive attention to detail.” Erickson resides in Miami, Fla

About The Federal Food, Drink & Provision

Nestled in a dimly lit strip mall, The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions is located at 5132 Biscayne Boulevard in sunny Miami.

The modern American tavern draws inspiration from the regional Americas, classic Americana preparations and, in essence, is a celebration of American integrity, ingenuity and craftsmanship. The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions seeks to serve the neighborhood as a meeting point where people can congregate and enjoy their favorite comfort food classics albeit with an timely twist.

Cheerful planters, hanging garden lights and audible tunes harkening back to the decades of yore set the mood and transport diners to a time when Jerry Lewis was the cat's meow, Tom & Jerry brought both children and adults to tears, and Betty Paige was in every young man's thoughts.


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