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.

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.

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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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

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!

Batch Gastropub Will Have You Doing Touchdown Dances This Football Season 8/23/14

Batch Gastropub Will Have You Doing Touchdown Dances This Football Season
Saturday, 08/23/2014 – 02/01/2015 03:30 pm –
Batch-Football-Flyer1Batch Gastropub
30 SW 12th St,
Miami, Florida 33130
Webpage Link

“Why stay home? Join Brickell’s go-to hotspot for all things

football and delectable dining”

Miami, FL — August 25, 2014 — Ready, Set, Hike! Football season is quickly approaching and Batch Gastropub is prepping to be Brickell’s go-to bar. The friendly gastropub aims to satisfy everyone’s pallet offering breakfast and lunch and a special gridiron menu featuring game day favorites every Saturday and Sunday. Batch also features a full bar including 14 craft beers on tap, 21 in bottles, signature cocktails and an expansive wine list. Batch will have food and beverage specials during all Saturday NCAA games and Sunday/Monday football games. Batch is also taking aim at Monday Night Football and will feature aggressive specials only available on that night.

“We want to create a comfortable atmosphere for all customers”, said owner, Kevin Danilo , “Our entire concept revolves around being able to create great guest experiences across a wide demographic”

Staying true to its mantra, Batch has created an atmosphere for fans of all teams, showcasing every game on its 15 flat screen TV’s and 2 large projector screens. Batch created a specific website, www.batchmiami.com/football, which will be launching in mid August and which will allow guests to know what game will be shown on what TV and which game’s audio will be playing. Guests will be able to check the site at the start of each week, find out where in the venue their favorite team is going to be shown and call to reserve a specific tables.

“A lot of our customers mentioned it was hard finding a place to watch their hometown team so they just stayed home, so we wanted to create a way for them to comfortably watch their team at Batch.” Danilo said

Batch is located at 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130. Hours of operation: 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily. Metered street parking is available.

Learn more about Batch Gastropub at www.batchmiami.com or call for information and reservations (305) 808-5555
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National Waffle Day Celebration at Love is Blind 8/24/14

National Waffle Day Celebration at Love is Blind
Sunday, 08/24/2014 – 11:00 am – 04:00 pm
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225 Altara Ave,
Miami, Florida 33146
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Love is Blind Food and Wine sets out to celebrate National Waffle Day with its tasty brunch selections. Join us on August 24th as we sip on .99 cent mimosas and chow down on their mouth-watering chicken and waffles. Made with fluffy Belgium waffles, tender chicken breasts, garnished with powdered sugar and topped with a crowd favorite, bacon.

If chicken and waffles aren’t your forte, never fear because they’ll be serving their other delicious brunch choices such as the Short Rib Benedict and Triple-Decker Hangover Wrecker. As you enjoy the cozy and warm ambiance and fill up on cocktails and brunch items, a DJ will be spinning the best tunes to get everyone in the celebration spirit.

Love is Blind is a go-to brunch spot and National Waffle Day is the perfect excuse to come try it out for yourself.


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