Jazz Age Lawn Party

(Photo Courtesy of Jazz Age Lawn Party)


The Jazz Age Lawn Party, which recently concluded its 11th season, has announced its first expansion to a new city and a historic first step on new sand at South Beach, Miami on January 13-15, 2017. The Jazz Age Lawn Party – SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI – will be presented in partnership with the Miami Design Preservation League as they celebrate their 40th Annual Art Deco Weekend. Tickets for this momentous weekend event will go on sale today at

Nestled among golden dunes and sprawled beneath groves of swaying palms, Miami locals and thousands of visitors to the Art Deco weekend will behold a glimmering mirage of the Jazz Age at this most extraordinary weekend of discovery and elegant fun-in-the-sun. Guests will be invited to travel back in time to celebrate the music and zeitgeist of the 1920s and ‘30s with a full line-up of day and evening programming to include music, entertainment, dancing, food, drink and more!


By day, guests will be invited to listen and dance to the world’s finest 1920s dance orchestra – Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra – playing before an enormous sun dappled dance floor set atop the sand. Join in on 1920s dance lessons and rub elbows with other fashionable Flappers and sporting gents, bedecked in their freshest holiday linens and straw hats. Witness the bedazzling Dreamland Follies, a ten-lady dance spectacle invoking the great Ziegfeld, or the world-renowned Canarsie Wobblers with their scandalous Charleston numbers. Off the dance floor, partake in impromptu vintage beach games, activities and fun-loving contests as you mix and mingle. Enjoy exquisite cocktails, gourmet picnics on beach blankets and even private Cabanas as the salt-kissed breezes play.


By night, guests will be invited to discover South Beach’s most chic cocktail spots at exclusive parties hosted by Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra.


Tickets are now available –with special early bird prices through October 15 – and include: General Admission ($60); Jazz Baby ($105) featuring expedited entry with three drink tickets; Bees Knees ($160) featuring expedited entry, three drink tickets and food for one and Bonnie & Clyde ($290) featuring expedited entry, six drink tickets and food for two. Special VIP Tables are available for two ($750) and four ($1200) and include expedited entry, unlimited soft drinks and welcome drink; while private Cabanas will host up to six guests ($3500) with expedited entry, unlimited soft drink and welcome drink. Visitors can take advantage of Special Hotel Getaway Packages featuring exclusive discounts from a handpicked selection of Art Deco hotels, all within a short walk to all events and activities.


Jazz Age Lawn Party – SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI will take place as part of the Miami Preservation League’s Art Deco Weekend on Ocean Drive on Miami Beach from January 13-15, 2017. Art Deco Weekend is a free cultural community festival offering over 85 events during the 3-day festival. Jazz Age Lawn Party will be an exclusive ticketed event. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, visit:


Estrella Damm Presents the Second Annual US Gastronomy Congress

Estrella Damm

(Photo Courtesy of Workshop Collective)

Estrella Damm proudly presents the second annual Gastronomy Congress, taking place in Miami on Monday, September 26th, in conjunction with world-renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adrià, alongside an all-star lineup of international culinary personalities. The highly anticipated event will feature a live cooking demonstration and an engaging discussion, led by local James Beard award winning chef, Michelle Bernstein, who will hone in on “The Challenge of Contemporary Cuisine.”


An esteemed brand ambassador for the Barcelona-based brewery, Chef Adrià is known for avant-garde, deconstructionist cuisine that has changed culinary history. The world’s most awarded chef and winner of “Chef of the Decade,” Adrià rose to fame as the head chef of elBulli, a three-star Michelin restaurant that has continuously been rated No. 1 among the world’s best restaurants, with five accolades from Restaurant Magazine. Intent on being at the forefront of Miami’s rapid culinary evolution, Estrella Damm is honored to welcome Ferran Adrià back to the city of Miami, alongside an all-star lineup of chefs.


Joining Adrià at the Congress is Jorge Muñoz, head chef at Michelin starred Nikkei restaurant Pakta, part of Albert Adrià’s notorious elBarri Group in Barcelona; Aaron Mulliss, head chef at The Hand and Flowers, the first Gastropub to receive two stars in The Michelin Guide, and holder of four AA rosettes; and Nick Beardshaw, head chef at The Coach, Tom Kerridge’s second venture, holding Michelin Bib Gourmand, three AA Rosettes and voted no. 3 Gastropub in the UK.


Also new to this year’s Gastro Congress is a selection of Miami restaurants that have been chosen to prepare a culinary experience paired with Estrella Damm. Local chefs include Miguel Aguilar of Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Diego Muñoz of 1111 Peruvian Bistro, Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap, Jimmy Carey of Jimmy’z Kitchen and Victor Santos of Tuyo at the Culinary Institute.


Earlier in the day, Chef Adrià and the other featured chefs will be conducting a private demonstration with Miami Culinary Institute (MCI) students. Estrella Damm will also present a $5,000 scholarship to MCI during the student demonstration.


WHAT – A unique and exclusive live event, exploring the theme of contemporary gastronomy, featuring  the creative culinary skills and demonstrations of four of the world’s leading chefs.


WHEN – Monday, September 26th, 2016

5pm to 5:30 pm – Press Conference with Ferran Adrià

6pm to 7:30pm – A culinary experience prepared by local Miami restaurants, paired with Estrella

7:30pm to 9:30pm – Gastro Congress

9:30pm to 11pm – VIP event at Tuyo, including meet & greet with Ferran Adrià and other chefs


WHERE – Miami Dade College Chapman Conference Center

245 NE 4th Street, Building 3, Room 3210, 2nd Floor, Miami FL 33132


TICKETS – A limited amount of tickets will be available for purchase at

GA: $75 (retail value $200)

VIP: $125 (retail value $250, includes VIP reception at Tuyo, 9:30pm-11pm with Ferran Adrià + chefs)

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#EstrellaDamm #EstrellaCongress

#FerranAdria #JorgeMuñoz #AaronMulliss #NickBeardshaw

Dog Days of Summer at Batch Gastropub

Do you like dogs and free stuff? Correct answer: Who doesn’t? Batch Gastropub is teaming up with Tito’s Handmade Vodka for a Dog Day of Summer that will have you wagging your tail. Beat the heat with drink specials and meet your future furry family member or shop for the one you already have! Batch’s Dog Days of Summer takes place August 25th from 6pm-9pm, featuring local pet vendors and a raffle benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami! Batch Gastropub prides themselves in community and wants locals to come out and continue the cities efforts in increasing the adoption rate and making sure every 4 legged friend finds their forever home.

Come by enjoy bites from Brickell’s favorite neighborhood Gastropub and have a drink or two while meeting all the furry friends ready for adoption!

WHEN: August 25, 2016 6pm-9pm

Metered street parking is available.

Batch Gastropub

30 SW 12 ST Miami, FL 33130

Phone: (305) 808-5555


Miami Beach Edition

(photo courtesy of Workshop Collective)

The Miami Beach EDITION invites guests and locals alike on Thursday, September 8 for the launch of its newest dinner series Wine & Dine. Kicking off at Jean-Georges’ iconic Matador Room, Wine & Dine will pair the world’s most prestigious wines and winemakers with award-winning cuisine. “We created this dinner series for local foodies, wine lovers and hotel guests to experience the very best of our culinary offerings in an intimate setting, paired with some of the best wines on our extensive wine list,” said Top Chef Winner & Executive Chef of Restaurants at The Miami Beach EDITION Jeremy Ford.

The monthly dinner series will launch with Cakebread Cellars in September, starting with a welcome reception with EDITION’s Jeremy Ford and Cakebread’s Eastern Division Ambassador Alex Valdes, who will pair a selection of rare, exclusive wines from the prestigious Cakebread label with a customized menu developed and executed by Ford. The Cakebread dinner will be followed by Paul Hobbs Wines on October 13th and Twomey/Silver Oak Winery on November 3rd.

The inaugural event with Cakebread in September will start at 8pm and is priced at $150 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 35 guests only, so guests are encouraged to reserve their spots in advance.

The Miami Beach EDITION welcomes dinner guests who want to enjoy their night of wining and dining to the fullest to spend the night and take advantage of a special overnight rate reserved for dinner guests only. The hotel is offering a limited number of luxurious ocean view king bedrooms for an exclusive price of $199 for the night of September 8th, plus waived resort fees. Upon booking the dinner reservation via Eventbrite, guests will then be granted access to the promo code to book their one-night staycation.


  • 1st Course – Wild Gulf Shrimp, Cucumber, Red Chili Emulsion

  • Cakebread Chardonnay 2013

  • 2nd Course – Charred Corn Ravioli, Basil Fondue, Tomato

  • Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay 2013

  • 3rd Course – Duck Anticucho, Buttermilk Gel, Summer Cherry, Natural Jus

  • Cakebread Two Creeks Pinot Noir 2013

  • 4th Course – Grilled New York Strip, Guajillo Mole, Cipollini Onion, Crispy Yucca

  • Cakebread Benchland Cabernet 2013

  • 5th Course – Seasonal Dessert

WHEN: Thursday, September 8, 8pm – Cakebread Cellars

 Thursday, October 13, 8pm – Paul Hobbs Wines

 Thursday, November 3, 8pm – Twomey/Silver Oak Winery

RESERVATIONS: Seating is limited to 35 guests. Reservations are required and can be made by Eventbrite.

*Cancellation policy: One week to 72 hours prior to the event a $75 fee will be charged per person. Within 72 hours of the event, full price will be charged.

Matador Room

Located inside The Miami Beach EDITION, at 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information visit or call (786)257-4600.

Fall Into Football Season at Burger Bar

Burger Bar

Burger Bar, known for its hand-crafted burgers, delicious adult milkshakes and lively outdoor bar, is your home field for NFL and NCAA football this season, with several food and drink specials and more TVs than ever before.

Beer specials include buckets (5 bottles) of domestic beer ($14) and buckets of imported beer ($19).  Buckets of Corona and Corona Light are $18, buckets of Michelob Ultra are $16 domestic drafts and $3 a pint, Corona Light is $4 a pint, and Blue Moon and Twisted Trunk IPGA are $5.  Liquor specials include hand-made cocktails featuring vodka such as Smirnoff cocktails for $5 and Tito’s Handmade Vodka for only $6.

While you are watching the game and enjoying your drink special of choice, indulge in some of the appetizer specials available that include three pack Classic Sliders ($9), Coney Island Fries ($8), Smoked Fish dip ($9) and house-made Hummus ($9).

Games will be displayed on nineteen 55+inch HD Televisions both indoors and outdoors, with full audio for select FSU, UF, UM, FAU and UCF games, College Football games will never be the same again.  All Specials will be offered for both day and night games, from Thursday Night Football through Monday Night Football.

Burger Bar is owned and operated by Heaton Companies, touted as a full service, ‘classy casual’ restaurant located conveniently at Donald Ross Road and Military Trail in the Donald Ross Village Shopping Center, Palm Beach Gardens. Burger Bar offers 20+ varieties of burgers, top-notch entrees and alternate dishes, salads, snacks, wings and a wide variety of domestic, international and craft beer, fine wine and premium spirits.

Burger Bar

Burger Bar is open Sunday through Thursday 11 am-12:30 am and Friday through Saturday 11 am-1:30 am.  The menu is available for take-out or delivery through Delivery Dudes.

Visit or call 561-630-4545 for more information.


Following the success of Meat Market’s Chef’s Table launch last month, guests can get another taste of Executive Chef/Co-Owner Sean Brasel’s creative fare with a new lineup of dishes only made for this upcoming dinner. The second in the series, Meat Market’s Chef‘s Table will return Thursday, August 25 at 8PM, with additional monthly dinners to follow.

Styled after the Japanese omakase style of dining, which translates to “I’ll leave it to you,” the meal features an artistic culinary performance by Chef Brasel and his team. Chef Sean Brasel is well regarded in the Miami culinary scene with another Meat Market location in West Palm Beach and more on the way. Guests will feast on a multi-course selection of inventive dishes – highlighting the freshest local ingredients – guaranteed to satisfy the palate. No two dinners will be alike as the menu rotates every month based on available ingredients and Brasel’s latest culinary inspirations.

Priced at $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) for a multi-course walk through of Chef Sean Brasel’s talent, the dinner will take place at the restaurant’s flagship location on Lincoln Road. Guests can complete their meal with an optional wine pairing for an additional $35 per person. The dinners are limited to only the 16 seats adjacent to the kitchen where dinners can watch the action through the windows as their meals are prepared. Between courses, Brasel will interact with guests, explain and discuss the inspiration behind each dish.

Seating is limited; reservations are required in advance via credit card and can be made by calling (305) 532-0088.

Meat Market

915 Lincoln Road Miami Beach FL, 33139

Telephone: (305) 532-0088;

Lunch served daily noon – 4PM; and the full dinner menu is served from 6PM – midnight, Sunday – Thursday and 6PM – 1AM on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour is available Friday – Sunday from 5PM – 8PM.

Cochon U.S. Tour announces the Miami winner


National Culinary Competition Announces 2016 Winner In Miami Last Evening and Piggy Bank Raises over $6100 for Farm Devoted to Giving Free Pigs to New Farmers.

Cochon U.S. Tour announces the Miami winner of the 10-city traveling culinary competition. Chef Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio was crowned the Prince of Porc this past Sunday, April 3 at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach. Chef Diego will go on to represent Miami against the other nine cities’ winners in Grand Cochon at Snowmass / Aspen for the title of 2016 King or Queen of Porc and the grand prize, a four-day wine experience in Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine region. Grand Cochon features ten chefs competing for the crown and guests attending the event can book tickets for Heritage Fire, the country’s premier live-fire event which both fall on the same weekend as the Classic in Aspen. This year’s Miami event benefitted the Piggy Bank, a farm devoted to providing free heritage breed pigs and business plans to emerging family farms. For photos of the winner and the event, click

This year’s competing chefs included Anthony LePape of Ritz-Carlton South Beach – Official Host and Hotel, Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon, Alex Chang of Vagabond, Michael Fiorello of Beachcraft and Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio. The chefs prepared show-stopping dishes using whole heritage-breed pigs from family farms in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands. Chef Diego won the event with a Large Black breed of pig raised by Maverick Meats/FKS Farms. This breed is thought to have originated from Chinese breeds brought over to England. The Large Black is a critically rare breed known for its taste, pasture foraging skills and overall hardiness. Large blacks have short black hair, large shoulders and a long body. When harvested, even at 200 pounds, the micro-marbeling, short muscle fibers and excellent bellies produce exceptional bacon and moist meat with old world flavor. The Large Black worked in tandem with Chef Diego’s winning menu of five uniquely created delicious bites. Dishes included Tamal de Quinoa, Pan Con Chicharron, Lamay Cebiche Salad, Morcilla Adobo, and Chaufa Tacu Tacu.

This year’s judges included Jeremy Ford of Matador Room, Cesar Zapata of The Federal and Phuc Yeah, Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill, Jose Mendin of Pubbelly, Tony Guerra of Citrus Miami, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steakhouse, Bradley Kilgore of Alter, David Morales of The Anderson, Gian Flores from Johnson & Wales University, Andres Barrientos of Miami Smokers, Bryan Nolt of Breckenridge, Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar, Darren Brass and Jose Cordova of Miami Ink and new this year, the five Sommeliers in the Somm Smackdown including; Daniel Toral of 50 Eggs, Inc., Eric Larkee of The Genuine Hospitality Group, Jenni Wagoner of The Mina Group at The Fountainebleau, Kirsta Grauberger of Market 17 and Ian Beglau of Toro Toro helped select the winner.

“It was amazing to return to Miami again this year; I was honored to be surrounded by such a diverse and talented group of chefs,” said Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe. “A big thank you to all the chefs, sponsors, our team and everyone at Ritz-Carlton South Beach, who executed an epic event for our return to the city. I thank everyone who participated and a much-deserved congratulations to winning chef Diego. It was such an amazing turnout, and I’m truly honored to have collaborated with a team of amazing chefs, sponsors and partners who worked together to put so much energy toward the good food movement.”

Throughout the event, a series of activations beyond the 36 competition dishes included the TarTare Bar with Creekstone Farms featuring Richard Hales of Blackbrick, a Welcome Bite prepared by Chef Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar and the “Luxe Butter Bar” premium butter experience featuring the wines of Antica Napa Valley, Chef’s Warehouse and La Brea Bakery. All guests enjoyed The Artisan Cheese Bar presented by Annie Hall and Gourmet Foods International featuring Cypress Grove Chevre, Coach Farm, Parrano and 34º Crisps, a welcome dish presented by Chef Adrianne Calvo and special bites from Creminelli Fine Meats, California Olive Ranch, Maverick Meats, Florida Fresh Meat Company and the new Seafood Shelf with Mignonette featuring Rappahannock River Oysters.  Those casting a vote for the best bite were able to taste the new Ramen Bar prepared by Jose Mendin of Pubbelly paired with the stunning Wines of Germany and featuring Sun Noodle followed by the Pop-Up Pie Shop with The Good Pie Company before the Awards Ceremony. All guests had the opportunity to take home delicious heritage breed pork from the Pop-Up Butcher Shop, a butchering demonstration with Andres Barrientos of Miami Smokers. The Butcher Shop is a retail experience, which raised $2925 for Piggy Bank and was hosted by celebrated emcee Billy Harris of Hanging with Harris with the support of Williams-Sonoma and our friends in aprons at Hedley & Bennett.

The Cochon555 Culinary Cocktail programming started during VIP hour with Cochon555’s Punch Kings featuring Breckenridge Bourbon, a regional competition featuring six notable barkeeps including Brian Sassen of Repour Homemade Cocktails Miami Beach, Nico Abarzua of Beachcraft, Tim Christakis of Vagabond Restaurant & Bar, Lef Kraounakis of La Mar by Gastón Acurio, Mike Berland of Ritz-Carlton South Beach and winner Jack Araque of BHB Bar/St. Regis Bar with his cocktail, American Mojo who will go on to compete at Last Call at Heritage Fire in Snowmass/Aspen for the national title. During registration, everyone enjoyed “The Welcome Punch” reception featuring Buffalo Trace, DRY Sparkling and The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. Wine is back in a big way in 2016 with the ““Five Winemakers” including sought-after wines from Paul Draper (Ridge Wines), Rajat Parr (Sandhi Wines), Abe Schoener (Scholium Project), Jeff Pisoni (Pisoni Vineyards), Pax Mahle (Pax Wine Cellars) and special guest Matt Courtney of Arista Vineyards, and a spotlight Sommelier Smackdown with featured wines, Wines of Germany, Alysian Wines, Tenuta Sassoregale and Azzurro Wine Company. The “World of Wines” table featured five of the city’s top sommeliers as they offered their best pairings with heritage breed pork and Kirsta Grauberger with her selection, Sparkling Rose, Patrick Bottex, NV Bugey Cerdon “La Cueille” was selected the winner of the event. Tequila enthusiasts loved “The Perfect Margarita Experience” and the opportunity to discover hand-crafted luxury tequilas including Don Julio Blanco, Reposado, Añejo and Don Julio 1942. Going mobile was the “Heritage Rum Cart” featuring Plantation Rum, Rhum Clement and Diplomatico Rum that traveled through the crowds featuring three premium brands with an educational approach to showcasing styles and the regional influences of rum including Spanish, French and British. The “Chupito” Mezcal Experience featured Don Amado Mezcal, Fidencio Mezcal, Mezcales de Leyenda, Koch el Mezcal, La Venenosa, La Niña del Mezcal and Mezcal Derrumbes. Bourbon and whiskey lovers rejoiced with the return of the “Perfect Manhattan” an experience featuring Eagle Rare and Buffalo Trace finished with Luxardo cherries in a hand-prepared classic topped with a special treat from Creminelli Fine Meats. The amazing “TIKI BAR” showcased tiki-inspired libations featuring The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley and Breckenridge Distillery and classic cocktail enthusiasts enjoyed the Smoked Old Fashioned presented by Breckenridge Bourbon with support from Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao. Fans of low-proof cocktails loved the reserve beauties at Martinez Lacuesta’s Vermut Bar and a crisp lineup of brews from Common Cider. Friends seeking non-alcoholic options experienced the culinary soda lineup from DRY Sparkling and right before the awards, everyone was invited to experience “The Last Word” featuring Junipero Gin and Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur right before a quick video and the announcement of the 2016 Prince of Porc Miami, Diego Oka of La Mar by Gastón Acurio.

On Friday, April 1, the weekend began with the Late Night Asian Speakeasy Dinner hosted by Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea. The all-star lineup of chefs included John Gallo & Rene Reyes of Pinch Kitchen, Diego Oka of La Mar Gastón Acurio, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak and Bar and Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE Raw Bar Grill with the support of Sun Noodle, Williams-Sonoma and Breckenridge. The family-style feast began with a reception of hand-crafted punches with The Perfect Puree of Napa Valley, Breckenridge Distillery and DRY Sparkling alongside a special tasting of Martínez Lacuesta reserve vermouths followed by five courses paired with wines from WInes of Germany. On Saturday, April 2, the epic culinary weekend continued with a three-hour culinary experience, the Chef’s Course Dinner Series, hosted by Michael Fiorello of Beachcraft and guest chefs Richard Hales of Blackbrick/Sakaya Kitchen, Rick Mace of Cafe Boulud, Brad Kilgore of Alter and Adrianne Calvo of Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar cooking five-courses paired with Alysian Wines. The dinner began with a reception featuring a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres from each chef alongside a special tasting of Martínez Lacuesta Vermouths, Breckenridge and DRY Sparkling followed by a seated dinner with support from Williams-Sonoma. Altogether, more than $6100 was raised for the Piggy Bank initiative through the Chef Dinners and Pop-Up Butcher Shop.

Cochon555 U.S. Tour

The Cochon555 U.S. Tour, executes a variety of authentic, hyper-local food events focused on raising awareness for heritage breed pigs with the world’s first nose-to-tail pig competition. Created in response to the lack of consumer education around heritage breed pigs, this epic pork feast visits 20 major cities in North America annually with over 60 events. The tour also features a multitude of live-event expressions including Heritage BBQ (global cultures), Heritage Fire (live-fire event), EPIC Cochon (hyper-premium), All-Star Cochon (fan favorites) and Cochon Island (agri-tourism). All Cochon555 events cultivate a long-term impact for heritage species raised by family farms, reaching the top culinary markets in North America while promoting our sponsors’ messages to 16,000 guests by drawing from the biggest names in the hospitality industry, including 2,200+ chefs, 150+ family farms and 16 culinary schools. Since 2009, 50,000+ consumers have experienced heritage pork for the first time, more than $500,000 has been donated to charities and over $750,000 has been paid directly to our farmers. Together with winemakers, brewers, distillers and craft food makers they create authentic culinary events celebrating champions in the good food movement. For more details about the events and to see videos referencing all the events in the Cochon555 family, visit or follow @cochon555 on Twitter and Instagram.

Piggy Bank

Launched in 2015 by Brady Lowe, founder of the Cochon555 US Tour and Taste Network, Piggy Bank’s mission is to create a heritage breed pig sanctuary that provides free genetics and business plans to emerging family farms. The sanctuary will change the future of food by uniting a community working together for safer, responsible farming practices and sharing of genetics, livestock and the sharing of information. Piggy Bank is dedicated to creating the first Open Source agriculture platform through the responsible farming of heritage species. The Piggy Bank farm, located in Missouri, will raise pigs to be gifted only to communities dedicated to elevating the cause and expanding the model of social and agricultural transparency. Piggy Bank is a project of The Giving Back Fund, Inc., a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation with federal tax exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3). Follow the Piggy Bank conversation on Twitter @PiggyBankOrg. For more information about Piggy Bank or The Giving Back Fund, please contact Kerith Dilley or visit

Whole Foods Market Miami metro stores

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, Whole Foods Market Miami metro stores will donate five percent of the day’s net sales to fund the Miami Science Barge – a floating urban ecological laboratory and public environmental education center – powered by renewable energy. In honor of Earth Month, all six Miami Whole Foods Market locations (Aventura, Coral Gables, Downtown Miami, North Miami, Pinecrest and South Beach) will participate in the exciting project designed to catalyze local efforts to build a sustainable Miami. The Miami metro 5 percent day comes just in time for the Miami Science Barge’s opening date – Tuesday, April 19, 2016 in Museum Park.

“We are proud to join together in support of the Miami Science Barge as we see it as a cutting edge learning center for Miamians,” said Lauren Belinsky, Whole Foods Market Marketing Field Associate. “Miami Science Barge gives the community a chance to get up close and personal to our local environmental issues and solutions and we are passionate about advancing environmental stewardship. We encourage everyone to visit the barge to explore all of the exhibits, especially the zero waste urban farm system that utilizes the newest aquaponics and hydroponic technologies that will bear Whole Foods Market’s name at the entrance.”

On Wednesday, April 6, 2015, Miami Science Barge crew members will be on-site at each Miami Whole Foods location with an eco-activity and information to share with shoppers. As a thank you, Miami Science Barge will be offering a special tour program exclusively to Whole Foods Market shoppers who stop by their table. The crews will be in stores from noon to 7PM. The partnership is part of Whole Foods Market’s 5 Percent Day, in which stores donate 5 percent of their day’s net sales to a local educational or nonprofit organization.

“We are thrilled to partner with Whole Foods Market because we share the goal of building a more sustainable food system to provide healthy options for our communities,” said Nathalie Manzano-Smith, Director of the Miami Science Barge.

“The food systems on the barge showcase ways we can save water, land and energy while still meeting our city’s needs and boosting the economy,” added Dr. Ted Caplow, Designer of the barge and CEO of parent company CappSci.

Miami Science Barge is a floating environmental innovation center that catalyzes the effort to build a sustainable Miami. Winner of the inaugural Knight Foundation Cities Challenge in 2015, the Miami Science Barge delivers K-12 STEM education and public sustainability initiatives that showcase Miami’s unique ecology while providing a forum for planning the city’s future. Organized content onboard the barge includes field trips, seminars, apprenticeships, interactive workshops, and artistic and cultural events that strengthen our community’s resolve to become one of the most ecologically advanced cities of the 21st century.

For more information on Miami Science Barge, please visit:

Whole Foods Market – Aventura is located at 21105 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33180;

Telephone: (305) 682-4400.

Whole Foods Market – Coral Gables is located at 6701 Red Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33143;

Telephone: (305) 421-9421.

Whole Foods Market – Downtown Miami is located at 299 SE 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 3313;

Telephone: (305) 995-0600.

Whole Foods Market – Pinecrest is located at 11701 S Dixie Hwy, Pinecrest, FL 33156;

Telephone: (305) 969-5800.

Whole Foods Market – South Beach is located at 1020 Alton Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139;

Telephone: (305) 938-2800.

Whole Foods Market – North Miami is located at 12150 Biscayne Blvd, North Miami, FL 33181; Telephone: (305) 892-5500.

Whole Foods Market®

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 88,000 team members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 18 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2014, the company had sales of more than $14 billion and currently has more than 417 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more company news and information, please visit

Miami Science Barge

Miami Science Barge is a floating environmental innovation center that catalyzes local efforts to build a sustainable Miami. Launching in Museum Park in April 2016, Miami Science Barge aims to create a society of optimistic problem solvers through science. For more information, visit

Seed Food

Veggies From Teena's Pride

If you are looking for a weekend to experience a new healthy way of living, Seed Food and Wine Wynwood & Miami Beach is the place to go. A two day exciting and unusual opportunity for you to see how easy it is to maintain a healthy, organic, plant-based life. Everything served during the SFWFs will be vegan (plant-based) and if possible non-gmo certified.  With activities like yoga, urban gardening, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, a 5k run, celebrity chef dinners, the first ever veggie burger battle, workshops and more it’s the perfect weekend for anyone to enjoy.

The inaugural 2015 Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience

Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience

This Saturday November 14, the City of Miami Gardens will host an event centered on wine and food. The inaugural 2015 Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience, which will be held in the city’s municipal complex, will feature food from local South Florida chefs, samples of renowned spirits and wine, live music, and bartender and chef showdowns.

The Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience will follow in the footsteps of the City’s 11th year signature brand, the annual Jazz in the Gardens. The Jazz in the Gardens event is an internationally distinguished music festival in Miami Gardens with over 70,000 in attendance.

800-1000 attendees are expected at the Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience, making for an experience full of sophistication, versatility, excitement, and great food and drink. The event is Miami Chic and self-proclaimed “Grown and Sexy.” Cocktail attire is encouraged, as the night is sure to produce quite the event for socialites.

General admission to the event goes for $65 and includes all inclusive wine and food samples under the stars. The rooftop VIP reception ticket, which goes for $125, includes all of the above, plus exclusive wine tastings from around the world, a small plate dinner by a secret renowned chef, and parking.

There will be a Miami Gardens Master Chef Showdown featuring chefs Myriam Charles, Troy Tingling, Ali Francois, and Alain Lamaire. Chef Myriam Charles owns Divine Cakery, a custom cake business that has produced works of art for celebrities such as Amare Stoudemire. Chef Troy Tingling is Amare Stoudemire’s personal chef and has cooked for the prime minister of Jamaica. Chef Ali Francois has worked for different organizations, including the Miami Heat, Hennessy, and the Obama campaign, where he has developed an affinity to serving top-class clientele. Lastly, chef Alain Lamaire is an award-winning chef who is the co-owner and executive chef of Sensory Delights, one of South Florida’s most renowned catering companies. Who will take home the Miami Gardens Master Chef title?

A portion of the proceeds coming from the Miami Gardens Wine and Food Experience will be donated to The Woman’s Fund of Miami Dade. This organization is directing all of its energy toward creating equal opportunity, access and influence for women and girls. Over the past 22 years, The Women’s Fund has influenced over 60,000 lives through its initiatives, and has funded more than 400 gender specific programs.

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