There is something going on in the culinary scene in Miami, and we recommend these events in Miami this weekend June 20, 2014.
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation
This annual premier culinary benefit featuring top chefs and mixologists joining hands to end childhood hunger in America is one of the year’s can’t miss events. Local culinary heroes Allen Susser and Timon Balloo will be leading the event featuring chefs and gourmet cuisine from over 50 restaurants and vendors. Taste of the Nation has enchanted diners since 1988, with events that bring together chefs and the like willing to donate their time and skills for a just case. Along with live entertainment and silent auctions, these established chefs hope to gather as many funds as possible in order to bring an end to one of the biggest problems facing America today. This year boasts an incredible lineup of restaurants, including places like Joe’s Stone Crab, Meat Market, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill, The Federal, Tongue and Cheek, and Uvaggio. After the event, there will be a much-anticipated After Party sponsored by Tequila Casa Dragones Blanco. This two hour event will give you the opportunity to mingle with the evening’s participating chefs while enjoying cocktails and chocolate creations by some of Miami’s top pastry chefs.
Loews Miami Beach Hotel
1601 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tuesday June 17, 2014 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. – VIP Reception
7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – General Admission
10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. – Chef After Party
VIP Admission $250 (Includes admission to the Chef After Party)
General Admission $125
Chef After Party Admission $75
Dish Crawl’s Palate Party Path Through Coconut Grove
This Wednesday, Dish Crawl will be hosting its first event of the year in the ubiquitous Coconut Grove neighborhood. Known for its picturesque scenery, pleasant atmosphere, and much-regarded communal ambiance, Coconut Grove is a wonderful selection to showcase our city as a dining destination in the country. Dish Crawl is a national food tour that takes food lovers on a walking culinary adventure through a neighborhood. For just $45, you will be given the opportunity to sample food from three Grove hotspots. Although the restaurant selections are usually kept hush, thanks to our friends over at Miami New Times, the first location has been revealed as Peacock Garden Café. Each restaurant is to provide three to four different samplings of their signature or popular dishes. Alcohol is not included, but diners will have the option of purchasing a ticket with a wine pairing should they please or just purchasing alcohol at the restaurant out of their own pocket. Luckily, the event does happen between the standard happy hour times.
Peacock Garden Café
2889 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL
Wed. Jun 18, 2014 7:00 P.M.
Tickets starting at $45
Miami New Times’ “Best of” Release Party
For over two dozen years, our very successful and popular local guide to all things Miami has been The Miami New Times. Just like the past 26 years, they will be releasing a “Best of” list showcasing the best restaurants, shops, and bars in the city this June. This year, the release of the issue comes with a cocktail party being hosted at the Rusty Pelican, Key Biscayne’s posh and upscale dining and events venue. Food will be provided by the Rusty Pelican, and alcohol will be provided by an extensive list of sponsors, including Voli vodka; Purity vodka; Rhum Barbancourt; Deep Eddy vodka; Miami Club rum; Tanduay Asian rum; Zignum mezcal; Macallan 12 Year Scotch; Rums of Puerto Rico; Souverain and Castello di Gabbiano wines; Veuve de Vernay Champagne and Barton & Guestier rose, and Goose Island beer. All cocktails being served are inspired by our great city. Take Miami Club Rum’s Wynwood Balls, a drink created with Miami Club rum, St. Germaine, orange juice, and a splash of midori melon. Tickets for this 21-and over event are $30.
3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL
Thursday Jun 19, 2014
7:30 PM (ends at 10:30 PM)
General Admission: $30
Make A Wish “Roaring 20’s” Dinner Dance & Silent Auction
The Make a Wish foundation is at it again with an event made to cater to those who love the 1930s era. The “Roaring 20’s” Dance will be an event in which those involved will get to Dine, Dance, and participate in a silent auction. If you’ve ever been to a 1920’s-inspired party before, then you know the deal. Dress in your classiest attire and prepare to lounge in a jazzy atmosphere that will set the mood for the fun times to come. The Make a Wish Foundation is a foundation dedicated to making life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds will benefit Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. The party takes place at Maggiano’s Little Italy, an Italian-American restaurant serving up both classic and contemporary pasta dishes. 2014 marks the 11th year in which they are involved with the Make a Wish foundation.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
21090 Saint Andrews Boulevard Boca Raton, FL 33486
Friday, June 20, 2014
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
General Admission: $50
Redland Summer Fruit Festival
This annual festival takes place at the Fruit and Spice Park, Miami’s home to more than 500 fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs, and nuts. Events such as the Fruit Festival showcase local agriculture and feature vendors offering local wines and delectable treats for you to buy, and they include seminars, live entertainment, fruit displays, and lots of family entertainment. Park admission is $8.00 per adult, and children under 12 are free. Whether you’re at the park to enjoy the season’s harvest or just to have a good time, this event is one worth going to. There’s even a petting zoo, pony rides, and a watermelon-eating contest for the kids.
Fruit and Spice Park
24801 S.W. 187th Avenue
Saturday, June 21st & Sunday, June 22nd
Admission: $8.00 per adult, and children under 12 are free