Reef Guard – Adopt A Buoy Event – Lecture on the Wreck of the Half Moon / Germaina 4/9/15

Reef Guard – Adopt A Buoy Event – Lecture on the Wreck of the Half Moon / Germaina
Thursday, 04/09/2015 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Sailing-yacht-Germania-Nova-SailingUniversity of Miami – RSMAS Campus
4600 Rickenbacker Causeway,
Key Biscayne, Florida 33149
RSVP Link
Cost: $10

Miami-Dade Reef Guard is a local non-profit charged with protecting the reef by placing mooring buoys for use by the boating public in hopes of reducing anchor damage.

We have an “Adopt-A-Buoy” program and are celebrating our two newest sponsors 1-800 Yacht Charters / 1-800 Bare Boat & The Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation

A happy hour with drinks provided by Wicked Dolphin Rum / Mako Vodka and food by Salt Waterfront Restaurant will precede a talk by Reef Guard President, Professor Michael J. Beach, on the wreck of the Half Moon, formerly known as the Germania. This ship has a very interesting and storied past. The site is made more unique by the fact that our sponsor, 1-800 Yacht Charters, has a replica of the vessel within its fleet. Hence the title of the talk “History Comes To Life”!

Suggested donation is $10 and, with it, you are entitled to free food and drinks and entered into a raffle for great door prizes!

The auditorium, graciously donated by the University of Miami, holds 300 people. Lets pack the place!

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Thai Food Demystified 3/24/15

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Thai Food Demystified
Tuesday, 03/24/2015 – 03/24/2015 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
thenakedbiteheader1La Cuisine Appliances
50 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
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Cost: 88

Thai Food Demystified*

So easy, you can make it in your home!

-Bo Pia Pak- vegetable summer rolls with mint, naam pla -dipping sauce
-Som Tum- green papaya salad with peanuts
-Tawu Yang Pak Thai- cilantro and tumeric grilled chicken
-Kang Pak- Red curry fried vegetables with kaffir lime leaves
-Mango Lime Pudding

*Please note that this class uses fish sauce in most recipes

Chef Amber Antonelli connects people with vegetable-driven food that is healthy, delicious, fun and exciting to eat. Through Coconut Grove-based concept, The Naked Bite, she provides conscious culinary services such as cooking classes, private cheffing and Secret Supper Club dinners that celebrate vegetables as the most delicious thing on your plate!**

**The Naked Bite events are BYO. If you will be enjoying wine with your meal, please bring a bottle.

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Comfort & Joy 3/16/15

The Naked Bite: Cooking Class: Comfort & Joy
Monday, 03/16/2015 – 03/16/2015 06:30 pm – 09:30 pm
thenakedbiteheaderLa Cuisine Appliances
50 Aragon Avenue,
Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Webpage Link
Cost: 78

Chef Amber Antonelli connects people with vegetable-driven food that is healthy, delicious, fun and exciting to eat. Through Coconut Grove-based concept, The Naked Bite, she provides conscious culinary services such as cooking classes, private cheffing and Secret Supper Club dinners that celebrate vegetables as the most delicious thing on your plate!

Comfort and Joy Class:

Meat eaters don’t be fooled, you can use these recipes whether you are veggie or not. I will give variations that apply.

*Garbanzo Bean Salad Tacos
*Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Kale
*Tempeh Bolognese with Roasted Spaghetti Squash
*The Easier Healthier Yummier Caesar Salad
*Rich Dark Chocolate Pudding

The Naked Bite events are BYO. If you will be enjoying wine with your meal, please bring a bottle.

Miami’s Cafecito Day Celebration at YVE Hotel 3/5/15

Miami’s Cafecito Day Celebration at YVE Hotel
Thursday, 03/05/2015 – 03:05 pm – 05:00 pm
cafecito-lobbyYVE Hotel Miami
146 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free and open to the public

YVE Hotel Miami, a Destination Hotel, will be celebrating Miami’s official “305 Day” with complimentary “cafecitos” at 3:05 p.m. on March 5th.

The social ritual around Cuban coffee that defines the Miami community will kick off at the lobby of YVE Hotel with a coffee cart that will have authentic Cuban coffee, freshly made espressos and blended cappuccinos ready for guests to taste a piece of Miami throughout #305Cafecito day.

After a cup or two – or three – guests are welcomed to continue their cafecito break in the lobby and enjoy the eclectic blend of artwork from internationally recognized artists that are displayed throughout the lobby.

Eats & Beats 2015

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After an unplanned tour of Little Haiti in Miami last night, my wife and I gave in to technology and plugged in the address of The Moore Building in Miami’s Design District into the phone. After all, we didn’t want to be late to the second annual Eats & Beats culinary and musical event taking place from 7:30 until midnight!

Whew! Just made it on time, and someone was nice enough to leave a parking space right in front of the building for us. We met the organizers on the way in and then got started tasting some great dishes, sampling some terrific spirits and cocktails, and being entertained with some great music and ambiance.

The pink lights flashing on the very unique architecture of The Moore Building made me feel like I was back at a club in Paris I visited a few times in the 90’s. Eats & Beats took place on all 4 floors, which each have a 360 degree balcony overlooking the center of the building. Pretty cool!

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We met some very nice people, both vendors and other guests alike. If I were forced to pick some favorites, I’d have to choose Chef Adrianne Calvo (who also made a spectacular dessert at the Five Cubed event a few days ago), the food from Segundo Muelle Peruvian Restaurant, Red The Steakhouse, Brother Jimmy’s, and Havana 1957. Oh, and the cupcakes from Ana Paz Cakes and Slice of Art!

And on the spirits side of things, I loved the Zafra rum, both on the rocks and as a cocktail. Not to be outdone were the terrific mojitos that the folks from Nikki Beach were making. Not only did both of those vendors make a great tasting drink, but they went all out with their presentation and overall experience.

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IT Espresso Lounge also made a very nice prosecco based drink, quite refreshing. And as the “beer guy,” I have to give a shout out to the only beer vendor there–Modelo! I personally would have like to have seen a few more strong brands, especially considering the emergence of craft beer on the Miami scene. But hey, that’s probably just me.

All the vendors were friendly, knowledgeable, and wanted to share their products with you. And to the army of people that made the event happen, congratulations! Can’t wait for Eats & Beats 2016!

Rum Reef Launch Party 1/29/15

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Rum Reef Launch Party
Thursday, 01/29/2015 – 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
rum-renisance-logoAnthonys Coal Fired Pizza South Beach
520 West Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: 30
Tickets must be purchased in advance

Miami-Dade Reef Guard is an non-profit organization tasked with placing mooring buoys on the offshore coral reefs so that fisherman and SCUBA divers can safety tie up and enjoy the reef without dropping anchor.

Please join us to celebrate the launch of “Rum Reef” sponsored by Miami Rum Renaissance Festival! We will be pouring rum from Wicked Dolphin and Mako Vodka. Appetizers from Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza will be served. There will be live “country music with a slice of lime” by Tim Charron.

Tickets can be purchased on the Reef Guard website and entitle you to 4 free drinks and appetizers.

Fairchild Palms Fine Wines Upscale Ales Signature Event 1/17/15

Fairchild Palms “Fine Wines Upscale Ales” Signature Event
Saturday, 01/17/2015 – 07:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Fine-Wines-Upscale-Ales-Chihuly-2014-ImageFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
10901 Old Cutler Road,
Coral Gables, Florida 33156
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Cost: Tickets currently $75; $95 at the door (subject to availability)

Join the Fairchild Palms on Saturday, January 17, to toast 2015 with “Fine Wines | Upscale Ales 2015″ at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

This year, amidst the art of master glass sculptor Dale Chihuly, the annual signature event will feature unforgettable tastings of international wines and ales, gastronomia for the most discerning palate, a silent auction for travelers, foodies, collectors, and more, live music, and nighttime tram tours of the Garden with larger than life Chihuly art installations.