The Craft Spirits Fest, the original exhibition of artisanal, boutique, craft, premium, small-batch spirits and cocktails returned for its 4th year. The Grand Tasting was pushed back to October 13th due to Hurricane Matthew, but the place was still packed to capacity. The CSF showcases spirit producers, bartenders and beverage industry leaders who are influencing today’s resurgent craft spirits and craft cocktail movement. Over 120+ different Spirits and Cocktails were available to sample. At bars throughout the building, Miami’s best bartenders from the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild served amazing craft cocktails.
#5kPARKFest is a unique festival that provides and easy way to raise money and awareness for your favorite cause. It is a unique community festival that serves as a vehicle for all service-driven people to FUNdraise for their favorite non-profit organizations. The 5k PARK Fest is professionally produced and driven by a community of people inspired to PARK (Perform Acts of Random Kindness) in honor of the victims of 9/11 and in celebration of all of our servicemen & women; military, veterans, police, firefighters and their families.
Among Tacos and Tequila the competing Chefs battles for the 2016 Chef Showdown were announced this past Monday.
The media gathered in the rooftop of the Dream Hotel where hosted by legendary Chef Ralph Pagano, the Chefs posed for the cameras and challenged each other in a fun and jovial atmosphere. Everyone had a great time!
Here is how the competition stacks up this year between the defending champions and their challengers:
The Chef Showdown assembles Miami’s top executive chefs for an evening of competitive cook-offs where the public is the judge. In a perfect combination of competition level cuisine, tropically fresh cocktails, and live entertainment, the Chef Showdown tours guests through the best of Miami’s culinary scene, featuring 12 of Miami’s most progressive and recognized Executive Chefs. This is a can NOT miss experience for all.
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She was raped as a teenager. Aprille was hopeful about the world and how she would contribute to it. Imagine our young ladies are wrapped up with this same innocent feeling, with back to school and college upon us. This independent short film, Unbroken Resilience, takes on innocence, trust and dating to help all-young women know how to have and command respect. On August 20th, 8:00 pm at the Awa Kava Lounge in Miami, FL, Executive Producer, Aprille Franks-Hunt and Producer, Nikki Woods, of the Tom Joyner Morning Show brings their powerful message to our community.
After returning home, native Miamian, Barbara Pender wanted her first project to give back to the community. A part of the proceeds were also gifted to the Women Recharged foundation; they provide tools and resources to women “helping them lead lives that are electric”.
Metaxy and The Magic City
An M.F.A. Thesis Show by
‘Metaxy and The Magic City’ was Kareem David Piper’s Masters in Fine Art thesis show, and reflected his perception of various social settings and transient scenes he encountered on a daily basis here in Miami, FL. The depicted images were sourced from photos the artist had taken while riding the Miami Dade Metrorail, which is very close to the artist’s studio and is itself very symbolic of the transient state that exists here in Miami.
Kareem’s work reflects the contemporary human condition of existing in a constantly ephemeral state. With technology making the world much more accessible, human beings are able to connect far and wide like never before. His work questioned the true depth of these connections, made with people and places which are encountered only in passing. The pieces evoked a feeling of internal splitting or dislocation, and forced the viewer to question how they perceived their own reality.
This past Tuesday, hundreds of Foodies stormed the Southern tip of South Beach looking to experience the ultimate gastronomic crawl…and my oh my!!!… did they ever!!!
La crème de la crème of the world-class restaurants in the South of Fifth neighborhood rolled out their red carpets and proceeded to showcase their greatest hits to welcome the participants of South of Spice.
Only in its second year, South of Spice is quickly becoming the “must do” event for all foodies in the South Florida area. Its popularity can be attributed to three factors: affordability, quality and execution. Where else can you experience eight Top-Tier restaurants for $45.00?
Now, this is not a one meal, one dish type of set-up. We are talking about an unending parade of samples of the best each restaurant has to offer. You can eat as much as you want. Each restaurant also included complimentary beverages to accompany the samples. We are talking from a wonderful Sterling Vineyards Merlot at Red, The Steakhouse to Caipirinhas at Fogo de Chão.
As if the price and the quality weren’t enough, there are motor coaches, provided by miRide, on constant rotation to effortlessly chauffeur you from doorstep to doorstep. You don’t have to walk if you don’t want to but after several waves of delicious samples, a little walking helps.
Another good thing about the event is that South of Spice benefits the CI Foundation and their community initiative Eat Smart, which finds a balance between battling childhood hunger and providing healthy meals to promote youth nutrition.
We couldn’t visit all of them this time around but we can’t wait for next year!
Here are a few images:
For their new location Sushi Maki Brickell hosted a nice media tasting. Food is quite good and the prices are reasonable. For example, $14 for a sushi platter of 9 pieces, $11.50 for a big place of wok fired udon with chicken.