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.

Victoria Park Winn-Dixie Wine & Cheese Fest 1/8/15

Victoria Park Winn-Dixie Wine & Cheese Fest
Thursday, 01/08/2015 – 04:00 pm – 07:00 pm
WD-Wine-and-Cheese-Fest-FlierWinn-Dixie Store #290
680 N. Federal Hwy.,
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33304
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Cost: Free

Wine aficionados and cheese lovers are invited to visit the newly remodeled Victoria Park Winn-Dixie store during a “Wine and Cheese Fest.” During this special event, attendees will enjoy expanding their palate with tastings and pairings of wine and cheese, live jazz entertainment, giveaways and more.

Photographs of Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest by Mr Q 305

The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne Foundation hosted the 10th Annual Rotary Club Key Biscayne Wine and Food Fest.
The primary beneficiaries included the ARC of South Florida and the Fundacion Manos del Sur. Founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents, the ARC, South Florida serves the over 60,000 Miami-Dade County citizens with  developmental disabilities. Fundacion Manos del Sur is a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged children in Latin America in the areas of education, health and nutrition.
This year’s event was again themed after “New World vs. Old World. Wines from some of the top wine producing regions in the world competed to earn coveted awards for “Best Varietal”, “Best in Show-White Wine” and “Best in Show-Red Wine”. Please scroll to the last image to see the winner’s board

Guess also savored delicacies prepared by 14 participating restaurants from the Key Biscayne and general Miami area.
In collaboration with the ARC of South Florida a silent auction took place during the tasting. Auction lots consisted of more than 100 items, which included travel, restaurant, sports memorabilia and other goods and services, with an estimated market value of more than $40,000.

 

Wine and Conversation with Master Sommelier, Doug Frost 10/29/14

Wine and Conversation with Master Sommelier, Doug Frost
Wednesday, 10/29/2014 – 10/29/2014 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
WBTBDougFrost10Wine by the Bay
888 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 112,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $65.00

Meet Doug Frost, author, TV Host, America’s 8th Master of Wine and Master Sommelier, at an exclusive wine tasting designed to please the wine enthusiast and collector. The evening features a presentation of some of Beringer’s most desirable wines including Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet (94 pts), Beringer Luminous Chardonnay (93 pts), Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay (93 pts) and more. And, while indulging in fine wine and food pairings by Chef Daniele Cosmo, guests will delight in Frost’s life story about a wine career that began as wine steward and waiter in 1970 and culminates today as critically acclaimed author of On Wine and wine industry staple, Uncorking Wine; celebrated TV Host of Emmy Award nominated, Check Please!; and Judge on PBS’ The Winemakers. Frost’s tales are endless, making for a spectacular evening of wine and conversation among friends. Bring a copy of Frost’s book for signing or some copies will be on hand for sale.

An advance ticket purchase with RSVP is required via http://www.localwineevents.com/events/detail/558265 or calling 305.455.9791.

Cheers To B 11/1/14

Cheers To B
Saturday, 11/01/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Cheers-to-B-logoDauer Museum of Classic Cars
10801 NW 50th Street,
Sunrise, Florida 33351
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Cost: 125.00

Enjoy an evening of live music, flowing Whispering Angel and Chateau D’Esclans, a sweet and savory feast from Catering the Event, specialty cocktails featuring Fifty Pounds Gin and Purity Vodka, live and silent auctions and more! The second annual Cheers to B! event takes place at the unique private facility Dauer Museum of Classic Cars, allowing guests a rare peek at more than 60 expertly restored vintage automobiles from the early 1900’s through the 1970’s. Sip, savor and swagger down memory lane, as vehicles are perfectly placed like pieces of art set against backdrops corresponding to their era.

This is the second annual Cheer to B! event, brought to you by the registered not-for-profit organization B THE DIFFERENCE. All proceeds from this event help support patients and organizations dedicated to researching treatment and finding a cure for Neurofibromatosis (NF).