Craft Cocktail Dinner 7/7/15

Craft Cocktail Dinner
Tuesday, 07/07/2015 – 06:30 pm – 09:00 pm
Craft-Cocktail-dinnerVia Verdi
6900 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33138
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Cost: $49

Join us for a special evening

Passion Spirits & Via Verdi Cucina Rustica present
Craft Cocktail Dinner

Tuesday 7/7/2015

Craft Cocktails showcasing the Passion Spirits brands paired with five delicious courses of delicious Via Verdi signature dishes.

$49 per person
Seating starts at 6:30 pm
Space is limited to 26 people

For Reservations call: 786-615-2870

Flashback Friday at Concrete Beach Brewery 6/24/15

Flashback Friday at Concrete Beach Brewery
Friday, 06/26/2015 – 06/26/2015 06:00 pm – 12:00 am
Concrete Beach Brewery
339 NW 24th Street,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: Free

We’re tapping our first cask conditioned beer for our inaugural #FlashbackFriday this week: a South American red ale aged on cacao nibs and vanilla bean and served in the traditional manner. It’s also the official launch of Tropic of Passion passionfruit wheat. To celebrate we’ll have BBQ from Miami Smokers cooking up delicious dishes. Rumor has it they’re using our Tropic of Passion beer in one of their sauces. Hungry yet?

$15 will get you a Miami Smokers Food Box and a pint of Tropic of Passion Beer! Buy your tickets from your bartender on Friday.

Coral Way Mixology Class & Artisan Spirit Seminar 6/24/15

Coral Way Mixology Class & Artisan Spirit Seminar
Wednesday, 06/24/2015 – 06/24/2015 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
Mixology-Craft-st-george-Small-Web728Crown Wine & Spirits
2947 Coral Way,
Miami, Florida 33145
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Cost: $15 per person


Self Proclaimed Mixologist or Craft Spirits Connoisseur? This is a dont miss experience…

Join us for an Artisan Spirits & Mixology Seminar Featuring St George Spirits, which will include:

A reception in which guests will be given a Craft Gin Punch, then sit down and put your senses to work with a side by side Craft Vodka Tasting. After you learn about the featured products, pick-up a skill or two watching our Mixologist shake or stir your next beverage, a Botanivore Gin delight. In case you aren’t feeling pleasantly educated yet, awaken your taste buds with a NOLA Coffee Liqueur tasting. Last but not least, unleash your inner Mixologist with an Absinthe Mixing and Tasting.

This is an event you’re not going to want to miss!

Miami High End Scotch Tasting 6/25/15

Miami High End Scotch Tasting
Thursday, 06/25/2015 – 06/25/2015 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
scotch-tasting-clipartTop Hat I
5749 SW Bird Road Ste 104,
Miami, Florida 33155
Cost: $20 per person

Crown Wine & Spirits is hosting @ Top Hat Location, a High End Scotch Tasting!
Join us for a casual night of great Scotch, food and friends.
Thursday June 25th, 7-9PM, for $20 per person.
Sit down & sample featured high end Scotch paired with gourmet appetizers.
Featured Scotch list include:
Glenfiddich 12yr
Glenfiddich 15yr
Glenfiddich 18yr
Balvenie 14yr
Balvenie 15yr Sherry
Bavlenie 17yr
Monkey Shoulder

$20 ticket includes $10 back towards purchase of a featured Scotch.
RSVP today!

North American Sommelier Association Discover Italian Wine, Food and Culture 6/26/15 – 6/27/15

JQI President AlessandraOrlichDiscover Italian Wine, Food and Culture in South Florida beginning June 26th

Whether you are a wine lover or wine professional, the North American Sommelier Association (NASA) courses provide both an immersive and authentic Italian wine experience.

NASA IWS PhotoDiego Meraviglia, NASA’s VP, Director of Education and Gold-Pin Sommelier returns to South Florida to teach two Italian wine courses beginning June 26, 2015. Meraviglia is a Piemonte native living in California. The courses are sponsored by Just Quality Importer, Inc. and its President Alessandra Orlich, Sommelier and the official delegate for NASA Sommelier in Florida.

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Piemonte: King under the Mountain – A new, 6 hour course that covers the vast majority of wines produced in the Piemonte region; their typicality, classification, history, characteristics and folklore, as well as notions of traditional food pairings and overview of the entire region itself. Tasting of the most representative wine appellations in Piemonte, alongside some hidden gems, is also included.

June 26th, 2015 from 9:30am – 4:00pm (with lunch break)

Toscana Divino – 900 South Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33130
Cost: $270 all included / $220 (current 2015 NASA members)
Advance Registration Required
For information, call: 786.427.9187 or email [email protected]
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Italian Wine Specialist Certification Course – The classes deeply and fully explore all 20 wine regions of Italy, their wine laws, regulations, grape varietals, traditions, trends, history, and a brief overview of the cuisine and culture.

NASA VP DiegoMeraviglia ItalianWineSpecialist ToscanaDivino 2013June 27 – 30, 2015
Exam: Friday, July 31, 2015
Classes Start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Ironside Pizza, 7580 NE 4th Ct., Miami, FL 33138
$650.00 per person
Advance Registration Required
For information, call: 786.427.9187 or email [email protected]
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Photographs of Coral Gables Restaurant Week 2nd Annual Blogger’s Crawl by Mr Q 305

This year, the bloggers started the crawl by getting together at BULLA GASTROBAR , winner of the 2015 Taste of the Gables Award.

Bulla Gastrobar welcomed us with a choice of white or red Sangrias both of which were full of fruit flavor, talk about the perfect refreshment on a hot Florida June afternoon.

Then the tasting began…

Our sampling menu consisted of:

Salpicón de Mariscos: Grilled octopus, jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, bell peppers, fresh lemon, oregano and olive oil. This combination of seafood flavors was simply amazing!

Huevos Bulla: Homemade potato chips, Serrano ham and potato foam drizzled with truffle oil. These eggs were just the perfect appetizer.

Bulla Sliders: Homemade garlic herb bread, beef, pork, veal, oyster mushroom patties, piquillo peppers, caramelized onions, crimini port reduction, tetilla cheese, and Portobello fries. This is actually a James Beard Foundation Burger and winner of The Taste of the Gables Award…need we say more?

By this time we were all excited and ready to continue.

Next stop on the list: BRICKTOPS right across the street.

Field Greens Salad: Mixed baby greens, tomatoes, carrots, onions, mushrooms and focaccia croutons with a homemade house vinaigrette.

Hearts of Romaine Caesar: Hearts of Romaine lettuce with grated parmesan and focaccia croutons with homemade Caesar dressing.

The Wedge Salad: Bib lettuce, thick cut bacon, red onion and blue cheese.

Parmesan Crusted Chicken: Pan sautéed chicken, chopped tomato, capers and lemon beurre blanc

Scottish Salmon: Salmon lightly seasoned and simply grilled. So simple and yet so good!

Prime Sirloin Meat Loaf : Meat loaf made from prime sirloin and topped with a chili sauce glaze. Quite possibly the best meat loaf we’ve ever tasted.

Baby Back Ribs: Danish Baby Back Ribs topped with chipotle barbecue sauce. The ten hour slow cooked process is evident in the meat fall off the bone/melt in your mouth texture.

OBBA SUSHI was our next destination.

They served a wonderful sushi sampler consisting of:

Crispy Canapés: Crispy rice with steamed shrimp, cilantro, scallions, sun-dried tomatoes, spicy mayo and Yuzu Oil dressing.

Yellowtail Guacamole Tartar: Yellowtail, masago, avocado, shizo, sesame, sriracha, micro greens, cucumber and ginger Yuzu.

Obba Sandwich: Shrimp tempura, spicy crab salad, avocado and chives with spicy katzu mayo.

Banana Tempura: Batter fried banana.
Then it was on to BOOKS & BOOKS CAFE where they treated us to a delicious

Shrimp Avocado Tartine: Fresh shrimp, avocado, tomato, basil pesto, garlic aioli on grilled Ciabatta. We washed down with a great-bodied Uintaite BaBa Black Lager.

Our last stop was LA TABERNA GIRALDA, a quaint Spanish style tavern. The offerings:

Croquetas Cabrales: Cabrales cheese croquettes.

Chips de Berenjenas y Miel: Eggplant Chips sprinkled with honey.

Perfecto de Solomillo de Cerdo: Roasted pork tenderloin with caramelized onion and aroma of rosemary.

It was a perfect ending to a perfect evening.

Don’t forget that Coral Gables Restaurant Week ends June 28th so you better hurry and try to capitalize on all the wonderful tastes that the City Beautiful has to offer.

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New Belgium J Wakefield Grilled Pineapple Berliner Weisse Launch Event 6/11/15

New Belgium J Wakefield Grilled Pineapple Berliner Weisse Launch Event
Thursday, 06/11/2015 – 07:00 pm –
NBB.JWB-poster1J Wakefield Brewing
120 NW 24th St,
Miami, Florida 33127
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Cost: $40

This is the release party/crawl to celebrate the release of the New Belgium/J. Wakefield Brewing Collaboration, Grilled Pineapple Berlinerweisse. The evening will start at 7pm at J. Wakefield Brewing with a meet and greet with New Belgium brewer Cody Reif and J. Wakefields own Jonathan Wakefield. We will have a toast with the Grilled Pineapple Berlinerweise before we proceed to our next stop at The Butcher Shop. At The Butcher Shop we will have a spread of food, (sausages, pretzels, cheeses, etc). The Grilled Pineapple Berlinerweise will be on tap here as well as other selections from New Belgium and J.Wakefield. We will then move on the Wynwood Walls for a curated walk of Wynwood Walls. Following the tour we will finish out the evening at Wood Tavern for a final beer of either the Grilled Pineapple Berlinerweisse or other selections from New Belgium and J. Wakefield. You will also receive a limited to those at the event silkscreened poster of the above image. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Rise Up Gallery.

Rise Up Gallery
5900 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137
Phone: 303-960-7810
Rise Up Mission: Rise Up Gallery is a non profit organization based in Miami which provides pro bono
art therapy workshops to the community. Through a partnership with Jackson Memorial Hospital, Rise
Up offers workshops once a month to newly injured patients living with a variety of ailments including
spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, and multiple sclerosis. Rise Up is a 100% volunteer based
organization and is funded entirely through grants, private donations, and the sale of local artwork.
Laundromat Mission: The Laundromat Art Space is an affordable Artist Residency Program & Exhibition
Space for mid-career Miami artists in the heart of downtown Little Haiti. Our 4500 sq ft space houses 9
artist studios and a gallery. Resident artists have the unique opportunity to be part of an environment
which fosters collaboration between multidisciplinary artists and draw influence from the microcosm of
Caribbean Culture which defines Little Haiti. In addition, The Laundromat brings new cultural activities,
intriguing installations, and engaging community programming to the neighborhood.