Chima Brazilian Steakhouse to Host Caipirinha Tasting 11/7/14

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse to Host Caipirinha Tasting
Friday, 11/07/2014 – 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
NovemberCaipirinha_FLLChima Brazilian Steakhouse
2400 East Las Olas Boulevard,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
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Cost: $20

On Friday, Nov. 7 come to Chima Brazilian Steakhouse to enjoy a sip and bite of Brazil. The evening is dedicated to Brazil’s national drink — the Caipirinha, a cocktail featuring cachaca, lime and sugar. Guests can indulge in three flavors of freshly-muddled Caipirnhas, and an upscale bar bites sampler of a beef skewer, chicken and pineapple skewer, caprese skewer, and their signature cheese bread and meat croquettes.

Macchialina’s Halloween Bar Takeover 10/30/14

Macchialina’s Halloween Bar Takeover
Thursday, 10/30/2014 – 11:00 pm – 02:00 am
Macchialina-BarTakeover-Halloween1Macchialina Taverna Rustica
820 ALTON ROAD,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: Free Admission

Macchialina will host the latest installment of its monthly Bar Takeover series with a Halloween-themed twist. Adam DelGiudice is taking over the bar with spooky spirits along with Macchialina’s own Will Rivas. Small bites will be prepared by Chef Danny Grant and Chef Michael Pirolo setting the scene for one of the best pre-Halloween parties in South Beach.

Pomona College celebrated Partnership with Posse Foundation By Betty Alvarez

Pomona College, a nationally renowned liberal arts college celebrated its expanded partnership with The Posse Foundation to provide 10 full-tuition scholarships to Miami-area high school seniors who are interested in STEM studies and careers. A cocktail reception was held at Tuyo restaurant located on the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus which was attended by educational leaders in Miami Dade County.

“We are happy to be partnering with The Posse Foundation in Miami for the first time. We know this is going to be a successful program for the students selected. This model provides not only placing them in supportive, multicultural teams, but also offers them small class sizes and easy access to faculty, which results in more opportunities for research and mentorship,” said David Oxtoby, president of Pomona College.

Pomona College began its partnership with the Posse Foundation in 2004 and has graduated five groups of Posse students with a nearly 100 percent four-year graduation rate. Deborah Bial, president of Posse Foundation stated, “The Posse Foundation appreciates Pomona College and their commitment to diversity in education they are true institutional heroes. Collectively, they send a clear message giving these young men and women the opportunity to become well educated leaders of tomorrow.

ABOUT POMONA COLLEGE
Pomona College, founded in 1887, is known for its distinctive liberal arts education, small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and opportunities for research and involvement on campus and in the community. It is the founding college of The Claremont Colleges.

ABOUT THE POSSE FOUNDATION
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students.

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Ben Potts / Blackbird Ordinary / Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow
Contributed by Ben Potts

• 1.5 oz Bulleit® Bourbon
• 3/4 oz Byrrh Grand Quinquina
• Dash of Lemongrass Tincture
• Dash of Cherry Bark Vanilla Bitters

Add all ingredients, stir over ice, strain over a rocks glass with a big ice cube and garnish with a lemon zest.

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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!

All You Can Eat Taco Tuesdays at Batch Gastropub 9/2/14

All You Can Eat Taco Tuesdays at Batch Gastropub
Tuesday, 09/02/2014 – 07:00 pm –
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30 SW 12th St,
Miami, Florida 33130
Webpage Link
Cost:

Tuesday is about to become your favorite day of the week all thanks to Batch Gastropub. Brickell’s go to neighborhood spot introduces Taco and Tequila Tuesdays starting September 2nd with All You Can Eat Tacos.

Beat the Tuesday blues and come in to enjoy specials you don’t want to miss out on. All You Can Eat Tacos are only $15 and for $5 you can wash them down with a delicious Margarita or a Tequila shot if that’s more your style. Order a cold margarita pitcher to share with friends or drink yourself if you’re feeling brave for only $20 and if you’re still craving more tequila; pair your tacos with your very own Patron bottle for $100.

Tuesday is the new Friday with Taco and Tequila Tuesdays. Start spreading the word because it’s sure to be a tequila party everyone will love on September 2nd!

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