Batch Gastropub: New Fall Menu Excites by Betty Alvarez

The first time I’ve been to Batch Gastropub was to celebrate my friend’s birthday party. When I first went in, I was amazed about how casual but comfortable the restaurant is. It’s a gastropub where the menu was approachable and there was an expansive drink list. We celebrated during their happy hour and the placed got packed as soon as I got there. My girlfriends and I indulged in their wonderful happy hour menu and their regular menu. A memorable time for all!

This time around, I got the opportunity to preview their Autumn menu which I was excited to taste. I could not wait for the delectable surprises that this place that had brought my tastebuds into action.

First of all, I was greeted with a cornucopia of cocktail samplings. The one that stood out is the Green Pepper Mojito as I thought it was going to be super sweet but to my surprise it wasn’t. I could taste the green pepper flavor in my mouth but it was not overwhelming to sour my taste of the food that I was about to sample.

Batch gave us two types of menus to choose from for our tasting one that had the house made meatballs or the General Tso’s Cauliflower dish as the starter.

We began with a snack: Salmon Crudo comprised with the House Cured Faroe Island Salmon on top of Florida peaches with Truffled vinaigrette and maldon salt. This small snack was a different experience as I never tasted a salmon on top of a slice of peach before. The salmon taste came to my tastebuds first and then complimented it with the sweet peach infusing both into a nice sweet and delectable light bite.

Then came the starters, the house made meatballs of duck, short rib and pork belly on a sweet potato puree and Serrano ham gave me great delight. The meatballs were warm, soft to chew and the sweet potato puree gave it a good additive to my palate.

The next starter was the Tuna Poke-Peanut Butter “Crumble”, wonton, scallion, and crispy ginger. Although I did not taste the peanut butter but the scallion and the crispy ginger is what stood out of my mind. It was delicious.

For the veggies part, a Batch Kale Salad was served. Now I never had Kale in my life so I was delighted and nervous at the same time in trying this salad comprised of raw kale, hearts of palm, peanuts, strawberry vinaigrette, and parmesan. To my surprise, I loved it. The kale was not overpowering and the vinaigrette made everything come together. Definitely will have to try that salad again next time I go to Batch Gastropub.

Now the main course: The Drunken Short Rib which is a whiskey braised short rib with Vanilla and Sour Mash, Creamy polenta and Cinammon roasted carrots on the side. The meat was so tender that it was falling out of the bone. I could taste the whisky a bit but my memory was the warm, soft, juicy meat that these ribs had. Other than the cinnamon that covered the carrots it was also mixed with a coffee flavored sauce which had a distinctive taste.

The sweets that culminated our experience is the Carnival Donuts-fried dough, powdered sugar, with a warm chocolate ganache and Kahlua syrup. Now these round donuts were the best and my favorite was dumping it in the Kahlua syrup rather than the chocolate ganache. It was so taste was so much richer to my palate.
A very sweet experience to end this preview tasting.

All in all, I can’t wait for this autumn menu to be announced to the general public as Batch Gastropub wants to exemplify the farm to table concept as it is healthier option for everyone but with full of taste. Kudos to Batch Gastropub!

Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social Event 9/23/14

Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social Event
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
RiverOfArtWeb18SOULCocktail Collection, upstairs at Tobacco Road
626 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Tickets: $10 with Advance RSVP using discount code “LIA” ($20 regular price without RSVP)
Ticket Link
PARKING: Cheap parking in the lot, enter via 7th Street. Plenty of metered street parking nearby.

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and artists.
Instagram Hashtag: #RiverOfArt

Featured Artists: Edilberto Aponte, Marcelo Salup, David Martins
Auditory Art by -UOM-
Cocktail Collection’ September Artist: Aaron Arroyave
Featured Charity: DOC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time
Music by DJ Hank Justice

Supported by Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – PARK Project – Catalyst Miami

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week. Cocktail Collection is providing a complimentary welcome drink and light bites! The modest $10 door fee goes to support Life Is Art’s mission.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind!

About -UOM-
UOM was originated in early 2007 as a multi-disciplinary project with emphasis in non- traditional, Vintage and electronic instruments, and performance technique.
-UOM- primal energy is often in direct superposition with more sophisticated forms of sound production, such as cutting edge real-time recording and looping and the use of current and vintage electronics.
This all-embracing approach has taken the project through a path of collaboration with the visual and performing arts. We have performed in Art Centers and galleries, during exhibition openings and artists performances. We have improvised music during video installations, contemporary dance performances and played in artist-designed sets.

About Edilberto Aponte
My pieces evoke critical views of social, political and cultural issues. I journal my life’s perspectives and experiences in pencil, ink, and paint-using the canvas as an abstract mirror to reflect my mental images and convey my emotions. The communion of words, lines, or shapes meld on canvas into one-becoming the allusion of my personal reality.
My art consist of abstract drawings in pencil, color, acrylic and ink. My anxious imagination has been inspired by nostalgic memories of my poignant life events, native metropolis of San Juan Puerto Rico and South Florida.

About Marcelo Salup
1. Began professionally as a concert photographer for Vibraciones magazine in Madrid, Spain.
2. Switched to international advertising and lived in half a dozen cities: Madrid, London, New York, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, San Juan and Buenos Aires
3. Specialize in portrait photography

About David Martins
I was born in Boston, then raised mostly in Miami.I am currently in school to become an anthropologist with my main focus on shamanic studies. I chose this path because I love to learn and teach and therefore enjoy studying the original teachers; the shamans from around the world. I have been drawing,sketching, and painting my whole life. My art has always been and always will be a way for me to record the path of my thoughts and feelings at any particular point in life. My pieces are reflections of symbols and archetypes that connect us all. Creations that speak to the subconscious mind as well as the vibratory senses

About DOC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time
DOC IT’s primary mission is to help find a screening test and/or cure for ovarian cancer. Our proceeds go to medical facilities dedicated to hoping that one day soon we can create proper screening for ovarian cancer, because unfortunately pap smears and regular GYN check-ups usually do not detect it until is too late. As a matter of fact, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.

About the Cocktail Collection at Tobacco Road
Cocktail collection is the new “hidden” cocktail lounge located above Tobacco Road at the old upstairs room. We feature a rotating original cocktail menu, great music and a monthly showcase of a local artist. The cocktails are one of a kind and the atmosphere encourages conversation.

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

Soul Of Miami Kick Off Party Sponsorships Now Available

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Sponsorships Now Available

WHAT: Life is Art + Soul of Miami Present: MACCFest & InTheLoop305 Announcement Party and Live Month Kick Off
WHEN: Novemember 1, 2014
WHERE: Miami Marine Stadium parking lot

An evening of live music, art and creative collaboration at the historic Miami Marine Stadium marks the beginning of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Live Month! The Stadium and the Bay serve as backdrops for great entertainment, networking and casual encounters with friends of the South Florida arts communities and set the stage for exciting 2015 event announcements from Life is Art, Soul of Miami and In the Loop 305!

Come join us in celebration of the GMCVB Live Month, the Miami Marine Stadium and participating organizations as we engage in the first live music event to grace the Stadium property since 1992! Sponsorship opportunities are now available. For local or national business, this is a wonderful way to reach active South Floridians and get involved in the community. We provide very good value for your money. Please contact us right away.

For sponsorship information, please contact James Echols using the form below:

More information

Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami is working on two new projects, each of a larger scale, in order to expand the postive changemaking we are creating in Miami. 1) MACCFest is planned to be an annual music, art and community festival, celebrating all that is awesome in Miami. It is scheduled to debut in November of 2015 at the Miami Marine Stadium. 2) In The Loop 305 is an emergent accelerator program for creative economy businesses. It will provide support to creative social entrepreneurs through education, promotion, and investment and is planned to expand throughout 2015. Both the Knight Foundation and the Miami Foundation have shown significant interest in bringing this program to Miami.

On November 1, 2014, we are hosting a kickoff event for both programs at the Miami Marine Stadium (in the parking lot). We are also partnering with the GMCVB to be the kick off of Miami Live Month, part of their monthly Temptations program. The GMCVB has committed their marketing power to us for this show.

This is the first live music and art event open to the public at the historic Miami Marine Stadium grounds in over two decades! The kickoff party is an evening of live music, art and creative collaboration, featuring some of the top local bands and artists. The Stadium and the Bay serve as backdrops for great entertainment, networking and casual encounters with friends of the South Florida arts communities and set the stage for exciting 2015 event announcements from Life is Art, Soul of Miami and In the Loop 305.

PREMIERE PARTY – November 1, 2014
The first live music and art event at the Miami Marine Stadium premises in over two decades! Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami is hosting a big announcement party for our two major new projects MACCFest and InTheLoop305, with an evening of live music and art featuring some of the best local bands and artists, as well as an opening for the GMCVB Miami Live Month in November, supporting Miami’s exploding live entertainment scene. We are also celebrating the upcoming renovation of the The Miami Marine Stadium, which serves as a glorious backdrop and a reminder of Miami’s colorful history and a hope for the future.

MACCFEST
M.A.C.C.Fest is a large-scale outdoor festival set to debut in November of 2015 featuring a full day of Music, Art, Culture and Community. A celebration of all things awesome in South Florida, MACCFest includes local and international live music, visual and performing arts, technology, health, fashion, environment, community and family fun.

IN THE LOOP 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture. Click Here to get In The Loop!

FRIENDS OF MIAMI MARINE STADIUM
Organized in February 2008 to seek restoration of the Miami Marine Stadium, the all volunteer group was organized under the administrative umbrella of Dade Heritage Trust, Miami Dade County’s foremost organization devoted to historic preservation. The purpose is the restoration and return to operation of Miami Marine Stadium and have it operated in the public interest. More Information.

GMCVB MIAMI LIVE MONTH
This November, experience Miami’s live music and entertainment scene during Miami Live Month. From concerts and dance performances to comedy shows and poetry readings, live entertainment in all corners of Miami and the Beaches springs to life this season.

EVENT DETAILS
DATE: November 1, 2014
TIME: 6:00PM-11:00PM
LOCATION: Miami Marine Stadium Parking Lot
3501 Rickenbacker Cswy, Miami, Florida 33149
ATTENDANCE: 500 – 800 targeted
A live music stage features well-known and emerging south Florida bands.
Visual art by south Florida artists of all types.
Performing artists creating an interactive art space.
Fashion shows featuring south Florida designers.
Local cuisine for sale and a cash bar.
A VIP area with sponsored beverages and food, as well as a lounge.

POTENTIAL SPONSOR BENEFITS
An opportunity to build positive social relations and exposure by partnering with a well-known and beloved grassroots organization creating exciting new programs to benefit the community.

Sponsor benefits can include:

• Name/Logo recognition in communications;
• media and press press releases;
• printed promotional materials, including flyers and posters;
• on event webpages with links to sponsor website;
• in electronic event invitations, email, e-flyers, et cetera;
• in Social Media marketing promotions, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram.
• Dedicated website announcement promoting the Sponsor, with links and sponsor-supplied content.
• Dedicated email announcing and promoting the Sponsor.
• On-site activation, sampling and interaction opportunity, customized to fit sponsor’s goals.
• Banner signage on site.
• On-stage presentation opportunity.
• VIP tickets for employees / clients at MACCFest Kickoff Event.
• Roster and contact list of attendees and participants.
• 12 Months of Benefits: additional ongoing opportunities, as available:
• Signage recognition at MACCFest and In The Loop 305 related events for 12 months.
• Presentation opportunities at related events for 12 months.
• Activation opportunities at related events for 12 months.
• Right of first refusal for sponsorship opportunities at the big 2015 MACCFest festival.

Contact us to customize the perfect sponsorship for your needs and budgets. As you can see, we can offer a goodly amount of exposure for a reasonable price, and this provides great community relations. Not only does it allow you exposure for this one big event, but you also benefit from many of our events throughout the following year.

Where to be: 8/29-9/4

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Here at In The Loop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @Loop305 using #WhereToBe hash tag!

Friday, August 29, 2014 10:00am – 5:00pm

“Hurricanes” Category 5 Science

Miami Science Museum

3280 S. Miami Ave.

Miami, FL

Cost: FREE- $14.95

Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:00am – 4:00pm

Mastering Your Mental Experience Retreat

Pamuya Healing Santuary

298 NE 87th Street,

Miami, Florida 33138

Cost: $100

Eventbrite Link

Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Brickwall Sessions Comedy Showcase

Moonchine Bistro Lounge

7100 Biscayne Blvd,

Miami, Florida 33138

Cost: $5 online

Webpage Link

Monday, September 1, 2014 10:00pm

Good Monday

Haven

1237 Lincoln Road

Miami Beach, FL

Cost: FREE

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 9:30am – 4:30pm

Butterfly Conservatory

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

10901 Old Cutler Road

Coral Gables, FL

Cost: $18 for seniors (65+) $12 for kids (6-17)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 5:00pm – 9:00pm

News Lounge Happy Hour

The News Lounge

5580 NE 4th Ct.

Miami, FL

Cost: $3 – $5

Thursday, September 4, 2014 2:00pm

Revisiting the Balsero Crisis and its Aftermath Twenty Years Later: A Symposium

FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus “Graham Center (GC)”

11200 SW 8th Street

Miami, Florida 33174

Cost: FREE

Webpage Link

 

 

Music Monday: Gloria Estefan holding Auditions for Upcoming Production

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Miami’s very own Gloria Estefans’ musical, On Your Feet, will be holding auditions at the Arsht Center in Miami on September 21. The On Your Feet musical will tell the story of Gloria Estefans journey to the United States and how her and her family became international music sensations. The musical will show all sides of the Estefans life, exploring the best of times to the worst of times.

The On Your Feet musical has began an international search for the next Gloria via twitter, #ReachGloria! Think you have what it takes? Follow this link and submit your audition video to productions website!

 

-Samantha Wagner

Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social Event 9/23/14

THE LAST RIVER OF ART FOR 2014
Soul Of Miami, Life Is Art and In The Loop 305 present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social Event
RiverOfArtWeb18SOULTuesday, September 23, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Cocktail Collection, upstairs at Tobacco Road
626 South Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33130 Map
Tickets: $10 with Advance RSVP using discount code “SOUL” ($20 regular price without RSVP)
Register Now

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs and artists.
Instagram Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
Facebook:
PARKING:

Featured Artists: Edilberto Aponte, Marcelo Salup, David Martins
Auditory Art by -UOM-
Featured Charity: DOC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time
Music by DJ Hank Justice

Supported by Fabulous MiamiYOMiamiSocialMedia305PARK ProjectCatalyst Miami

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week. Cocktail Collection is providing a complimentary welcome drink and light bites!  The modest $10 door fee goes to support Life Is Art’s mission.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind!

About -UOM-
UOM was originated in early 2007 as a multi-disciplinary project with emphasis in non- traditional, Vintage and electronic instruments, and performance technique.
-UOM- primal energy is often in direct superposition with more sophisticated forms of sound production, such as cutting edge real-time recording and looping and the use of current and vintage electronics.
This all-embracing approach has taken the project through a path of collaboration with the visual and performing arts. We have performed in Art Centers and galleries, during exhibition openings and artists performances. We have improvised music during video installations, contemporary dance performances and played in artist-designed sets.

About Edilberto Aponte
My pieces evoke critical views of social, political and cultural issues. I journal my life’s perspectives and experiences in pencil, ink, and paint-using the canvas as an abstract mirror to reflect my mental images and convey my emotions. The communion of words, lines, or shapes meld on canvas into one-becoming the allusion of my personal reality.
My art consist of abstract drawings in pencil, color, acrylic and ink. My anxious imagination has been inspired by nostalgic memories of my poignant life events, native metropolis of San Juan Puerto Rico and South Florida.

About Marcelo Salup
1. Began professionally as a concert photographer for Vibraciones magazine in Madrid, Spain.
2. Switched to international advertising and lived in half a dozen cities: Madrid, London, New York, Mexico City, Santo Domingo, San Juan and Buenos Aires
3. Specialize in portrait photography

About David Martins
I was born in Boston, then raised mostly in Miami.I am currently in school to become an anthropologist with my main focus on shamanic studies. I chose this path because I love to learn and teach and therefore enjoy studying the original teachers; the shamans from around the world. I have been drawing,sketching, and painting my whole life. My art has always been and always will be a way for me to record the path of my thoughts and feelings at any particular point in life. My pieces are reflections of symbols and archetypes that connect us all. Creations that speak to the subconscious mind as well as the vibratory senses

About DOC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time
DOC IT’s primary mission is to help find a screening test and/or cure for ovarian cancer. Our proceeds go to medical facilities dedicated to hoping that one day soon we can create proper screening for ovarian cancer, because unfortunately pap smears and regular GYN check-ups usually do not detect it until is too late. As a matter of fact, ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States and is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.

About the Cocktail Collection at Tobacco Road
Cocktail collection is the new “hidden” cocktail lounge located above Tobacco Road at the old upstairs room. We feature a rotating original cocktail menu, great music and a monthly showcase of a local artist. The cocktails are one of a kind and the atmosphere encourages conversation.

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visit the site every month.

Where to be: 8/22-8/28

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Here at In The Loop, we know there are always places to be and events to attend. Each Friday, we feature a special “where to be” post on our blog to make sure every day of the week has some sort of cultural event to check out. We hope that you all can come out into the community and learn and commemorate some influential people and events around Miami! Have something coming up that you’d like to see here? Tweet us @Loop305 using #WhereToBe hash tag!

Friday, August 22, 2014 7:30pm – 10:30pm

Miami Pays Tribute to Simón Díaz

Olympia Theatre at Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

174 E. Flagler Street,

Miami, Florida 33131

Cost: $35-$100

Webpage Link

Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:00am – 5:00pm

TigerDirect Aventura Store Redesign Celebration

TigerDirect Aventura

17641 Biscayne Blvd,

Aventura, Florida 33160

Cost: FREE

Webpage Link

Sunday, August 24, 2014 11:00am – 6:00pm

Brickell Fashion Market

InterContinental Miami

100 Chopin Plaza

Miami, FL

Cost: FREE

Monday, August 25, 2014 8:00pm

Author Event: Randy Wayne White

Books and Books

265 Aragon Avenue

Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Cost: FREE

More Info Link

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami Dades Club Blue Young Professionals Hosts an End of Summer Social at James Royal Palm

James Royal Palm

1545 Collins Avenue,

Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Cost: $25

Webpage Link

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:30pm

Jon Scieszka – Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor

Books and Books

265 Aragon Avenue

Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Cost: FREE

More Info Link

Thursday, August 28, 2014 6:30pm – 9:30pm

MiamiMixer Invitational

Eleazar Delgado Studio

111 SW 3rd ST, 7th Floor

Miami, Florida 33130

Cost: FREE

RSVP Link

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