Winn-Dixie Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month 9/4/15

Winn-Dixie Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month
Friday, 09/04/2015 – 05:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Miami-300Winn-Dixie Wine and Spirits Store #300
11292 SR 84,
Davie, Florida 33325
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Cost: Free

Winn-Dixie invites customers to discover their bourbon side and celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month during the month of September. These free bourbon-tasting events will be held on Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 19, at three select Wine & Spirits stores in the South Florida area and will feature new bourbon cocktail samplings and giveaways to introduce old friends to new classics. Join us to find a new taste of bourbon this month.

Winn-Dixie Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month 9/19/15

Winn-Dixie Celebrates Bourbon Heritage Month
Saturday, 09/19/2015 – 03:00 pm – 07:00 pm
Miami-3001Winn-Dixie Wine and Spirits Store #300
11292 SR 84,
Davie, Florida 33325
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Cost: Free

Winn-Dixie invites customers to discover their bourbon side and celebrate Bourbon Heritage Month during the month of September. These free bourbon-tasting events will be held on Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 19, at three select Wine & Spirits stores in the South Florida area and will feature new bourbon cocktail samplings and giveaways to introduce old friends to new classics. Join us to find a new taste of bourbon this month.

Yelp’s Big Bite in Little Haiti 9/17/15

Yelp’s Big Bite in Little Haiti
Thursday, 09/17/2015 – 08:00 pm – 10:00 pm
201507_Miami_BigBite_300x300Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace,
Miami, Florida 33137
RSVP / Register
Cost: Free

Something BIG is about to go down in Little Haiti.

On Thursday, September 17th from 8-10pm, Yelp’s Big Bite in Little Haiti will pit some of the city’s best local businesses against one another to battle for YOUR vote as favorite bite. In addition to this culinary clash, expect an array of liquid libations, live music, and plenty of yelpy surprises in store!

This event is completely FREE to attend, with a suggested $10 donation at the door to benefit Tradisyon Lakou Lakay (, a nonprofit organized to culturally and academically educate children, youth and adults in the community, through Haitian art, music, dance and literature.

To attend, RSVP is required on Yelp. Final confirmations will be sent via email.

Moët Ice Impérial presents Seaspice’s Sunday Brunch 8/23/15

Moët Ice Impérial presents Seaspice’s Sunday Brunch
Sunday, 08/23/2015 – 11:30 am –
422 NW North River Drive,
Miami, Florida 33128
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Seaspice and Moët & Chandon are teaming up to cool down Miami’s hottest Sunday brunch party with Moët Ice Impérial, the first Champagne specifically designed to be served over ice. The sexy waterfront destination will feature $115 bottles of Moët Ice Impérial, as well as by-the-glass specials, at its acclaimed Sunday soiree. Guests can now stay cool while sipping champagne and indulging in dishes such as the Seaspice Lobster Benedict, Alaskan King Crab Florentine, and Baked Shrimp and Eggs Casserole. There’s no better time to eat, drink, play and cheers to Seaspice’s Sunday brunch.

Seaspice Restaurant
422 NW North River Drive
Miami, FL 33128

Sunday, August 23, 2015
11:30 am

Reminder – Bacchanal Wednesday’s at Bagatelle Miami Beach 8/26/15

Reminder – Bacchanal Wednesday’s at Bagatelle Miami Beach
Wednesday, 08/26/2015 – 07:00 pm – 12:00 am
image001Bagatelle Miami Beach
220 21st Street,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Catch Bacchanal Wednesdays at Bagatelle Miami Beach before the season ends!

The mid-week Summer celebration features

50% off the entire wine and champagne list with no corkage fee.

Outside wines welcome at no cost!

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Reservations: (305) 704-3900

220 21st Street, Miami Beach

Pritikin Longevity Center 8/15/15, 8/16/15

Pritikin Longevity Center
Saturday, 08/15/2015 – 08/16/2015 08:00 am – 06:00 pm
Screen-Shot-2015-08-14-at-9.25.11-PMPritikin Longevity Center
8755 Northwest 36th Street,
Miami, Florida 33178
Cost: $600/person per week

In our special “Culinary University” classes held August 2 through August 16, 2015, you’ll take aculinary tour around the world with Pritikin’s Executive Chef Anthony Stewart and his super-talented team of sous chefs.

You’ll master brand new healthy cooking skills for preparing cuisine from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Middle East, and beyond. You’ll also learn about new seasonings and foods, and new combinations, that explode with flavor. Who needs salt, sugar, and fat when food can taste this good?

3rd Annual Craft Spirits Festival: Grand Tasting 10/8/15

3rd Annual Craft Spirits Festival: Grand Tasting
Thursday, October 8, 2015, 7:00pm – 11:00pm
craftspiritsThe Cruz Building
3157 Commodore Plaza
Miami, Florida 33133

The Craft Spirits Festival is a series of events that Celebrate and Educates the public on Craft/Small Batch/Artisanal/Boutique & Premium Spirits. The Grand Tasting is your opportunity to try Unlimited Samples of the world’s best Gins, Rums, Vodkas, Whiskies and Liqueurs PLUS sample crafted cocktails by the industry’s Best Bartenders/Mixologists. Immerse yourself in the iconic Cruz Building where the atmosphere is perfect to enjoy the “Spirit Culture”. The doors open at 7pm and delicious hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The Craft Spirits Festival is an Exclusive event available only to a small audience of connoisseurs and budding aficionados, who wish to connect with the producers of fine spirits. So Please get your tickets early and do not miss this one-of-a-kind event.

Incredible spirits are being crafted by companies that care about the quality and uniqueness of their product. Come and enjoy the “Spirit” of their craft. And Always imbibe responsibly. Cheers!

Brands Participating:, Afrohead Rum, Ancho Reyes Chile Licor , Anchor Distilling Co., Amaro Montenegro, Berentzen Liqueurs, Boodles British Gin , Collingwood Canadian Whisky , Crop Organic Vodkas , Farmer’s Botanical Gin , Four Roses Bourbon , Fratelli Branca Amargos , The Glenrothes Scotch Whisky, Grander Rums, Haus Alpenz Spirits Portfolio, Herradura Tequila , High West Distilery Whiskies , Highland Park Scotch, Jack Daniels Signature Whiskies , Kavalan Whisky , Koloa Rums, Maestro Dobel Tequila , Mandarine Napoleon Liqueur , Martin Miller’s Gin, Michter’s American Whiskies, Monkey Shoulder Scotch , Old Forester Signature Bourbons , Reyka Vodka, St. Augustine Distillery , St. George Spirits Gins, Liqueurs, Rum & Vodkas, Triibe Celtic Liqueur, Westland Distillery Whiskies, WhistlePig Ryw Whiskies, Wicked Dolphin Rum, Woodford Reserve Bourbons,

Light Bites provided by local restaurants. Coffee and cigars will be served on the terrace and a very special 3rd Floor Bar where guest bartenders from the BEST bars in Miami will make you an incredible Craft Cocktail for a donation to the Miami Chapter of the USBG! Limited Number Of Tickets available for $75. Tickets on sale soon! Cheers!

Summer Whites Wine Tasting 8/12/15

Summer Whites Wine Tasting
Wednesday, 08/12/2015 – 06:00 pm –
Soho Beach House 4385 Collins Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33134
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Cost: $20.00

Join us for an evening of summery, crisp whites as we invite our wine expert to showcases varieties from all over the world. Don’t miss an opportunity to taste faraway whites and our famous cicchetti. $20 per person, exclusive of tax & gratuity. RSVP to [email protected]

Biscayne Bay Brewing Tour & Tasting 8/29/15

Biscayne Bay Brewing Tour & Tasting
Sunday, 08/29/2015 – 01:00 pm – 03:00 am
BiscayneBrewingTour11Biscayne Bay Brewing Company
8000 NW 5th St,
Doral, Florida 33122
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Cost: 15.00

We love craft brews. We love Biscayne Bay. Makes sense that we also love Biscayne Bay Brewing Company.

Join us on a exclusive behind the scenes tour of Biscayne Bay Brewing Company’s operation and take a peek into their space before they get their tasting room open. We’ll get a little learning and tour from their team behind the brews and will taste all of their creations. Some of their creations include 1513 MDXIII GOLDEN ALE, MIAMI PALE ALE, DOUBLE NINE IPA, and LA COLADA COFFEE PORTER.

Time for Wine – Wine Tasting at Toscana Divino 7/25/15

Time for Wine – Wine Tasting at Toscana Divino
Saturday, 07/25/2015 – 06:00 pm –
Time-for-Wine-at-Toscana-DivinoToscana Divino
900 S Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Facebook Link
Cost: Free with RSVP

Come and Join us for Complimentary Wine Tasting presented by Banville and Jones Import Wine.
3 Fantastic wines from 3 beautiful and diverse region of Italy.

Trentino | Campania | Sardinia
Pinot Bianco, Terlano ( one of the best in Italy)
Aglianico, San Salvatore
Essentja Bovale, Pala

Must RSVP at [email protected] or call 305.371.2767 to get COMPLIMENTARY Ticket

Light complimentary bites during the tasting

All 3 wines will be 1/2 off if you join for Dinner.

NESCAFÉ Clasico Coffee Break 7/13/15

NESCAFÉ Clasico Coffee Break
Monday, 07/13/2015 – 07/13/2015 10:00 am – 07:00 pm
NESCAFE-ClasicoBayside Marketplace
401 Biscayne Blvd,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: Free

Put down your phone and take a pause from checking your social feed. The world’s #1 coffee brand, NESCAFÉ, is encouraging people to live every moment with ‘sabor’ by stepping out of their online bubble to connect with new people and other surprises in real life. On Monday, July 13, from 10am to 7pm ET, NESCAFÉ Clásico, is hosting a social experiment in Bayside Marketplace in downtown Miami. The brand is inviting people to take a chance and dare to have a complimentary coffee with a total stranger and see what happens.

Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge Presents: The Antinori Estate Dinner and Wine Pairing 7/15/15

Cavalli Miami Restaurant & Lounge Presents: The Antinori Estate Dinner and Wine Pairing
Wednesday, 07/15/2015 – 08:30 pm – 10:30 pm
image2Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Drive,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Webpage Link
Cost: $70/person

Save the date for July 15th as Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge hosts the “The Antinori Estate Dinner and Wine Pairing” from Marchesi Antinori. For $70/person, diners enjoy an exquisite all-inclusive three-course meal with specially paired wine selections. The menu includes uniquely curated dishes including the first course Arugula Salad (hearts of palm, avocado, orange and toasted pine nuts) paired with: Marchesi Antinori “Cervaro della Sala” Chardonnay, Umbria 2012 or Antinori Family State “Antica” Chardonnay, Nappa Valley 2012. The second course offers an impeccable “Penne al Sugo all’Amatriciana” (guanciale, pecorino cheese, tomato and garlic) paired with Marchesi Antinori “Badia a Passignano” Chianti Classico, Riserva 2008 or Marchesi Antinori Tenuto Guado al Tasso “Il Bruciato”, Bolghery 2012. For dessert, diners can enjoy delicious homemade mint tiramisu. With savory dishes, fine wines and a beautiful ambiance, guests are guaranteed a fantastic meal.

WHAT: The Antinori Estate Dinner and Wine Pairing

WHEN: July 15, 2015 from 8:30-10:30 PM

WHERE: Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge
150 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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
Facebook Link
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
Buy Tickets Link
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]
Facebook Event
Registration Link

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]
Facebook Event
Registration Link

(This post is sponsored, please support the sponsors that make Soul Of Miami possible.)

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
Eventbrite Link
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.

Photographs of Taste of the Gables by Mr Q 305

It was an eventful evening full of distinguished people/food lovers at the Westin Colonnade Coral Gables. The standing room only crowd could not wait to sample the best that the restaurants in the Gables have to offer. Each restaurant competing for the distinction of being declared winner of the 2015 Taste of the Gables.

From Ceviche to Oxtail, there was a dish for every palate; each dish meticulously and impeccably prepared but there could only be one winner…

…and this year ‘s winner is Bulla!


Taste of the Gables kicks off Restaurant Week. For three weeks, restaurants will offer special three-course lunch and dinner prix-fixe menus at a discounted price.

Definitely the best way to enjoy some of the best gastronomical delights in the world!

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Cevi-Chella at Divino Ceviche (4 course pairing dinner) 6/11/15

Cevi-Chella at Divino Ceviche (4 course pairing dinner)
Thursday, 06/11/2015 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Divino Ceviche
160 Giralda Ave,
Coral Gables, Florida 33143
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Cost: $50 includes tax and gratuity

Cevi-chela [sevy-chelah] n: an exclusive four-course pairing dinner (first course is ceviche sampler) including the finest Peruvian cuisine in Coral Gables combined with award-winning Darwin Craft Chela (Peruvian slang for beer). Darwin Santa Maria will join us this intimate dinner and tell us all about the origins of Darwin Brewing Company’s artisan ales and lagers influenced by the flavors and spices of South America’s Andean and Amazonian Regions. Limited seating is available for this one night only event as part of Coral Gables Restaurant Week. For more information or to make reservations please call (786) 360-3775. $50 per person.

Johnnie Walker Complimentary Tasting 6/4/15

Johnnie Walker Complimentary Tasting
Thursday, 06/04/2015 – 09:00 pm –
15 NE 11th St.,
Miami, Florida 33132
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

E11EVEN MIAMI invites you for an evening of tastings, cigars, and a chance to win tickets to a private screening of the new ‪Entourage Movie‬ on Friday, June 5th.

An Ethical Love Affair Eco Fashion Wedding Event 6/5/15

An Ethical Love Affair Eco Fashion Wedding Event
Friday, 06/05/2015 – 05:00 pm – 09:00 pm
go-green-front-biz-cardHistoric Virginia Key Beach Park
4020 Virginia Beach Drive.,
miami, Florida 33149
Cost: FREE

Friday, June 5th, 2015

“An Ethical Love Affair”


Historic Virgina Key Beach alongside Go Green Fashionista presents “An Ethical Love Affair”, an elegant runway show featuring Miami’s Top Eco-Friendly Fashion Designers showcasing couture bridal gowns, high fashion reception dresses and flower girls.

A highlight of the eras from 1940’s – Present will be recreated through vintage wedding dresses presented by Go Green Fashionista: FabVintage Collection. A blast from the past fashion is in celebration of Historic Virginia Key Beach 70th Anniversary. This event will be filled with bridal gifts, ethical fashion, cocktails & beautiful floral décor accenting the bridal imagery. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails and appetizers.


About Go Green Fashionista:

“Go Green Fashionista” is a MOVEMENT honoring environmental awareness through community outreach, while introducing holistic sustainable living and eco-friendly fashion. “Go Green Fashionista” is also dedicated to giving back to our communities and around the world. There will be much insight on various eco-friendly foundations who cater to those who need shelter, clothes, food and water amongst the many bare necessities for the human race. The focus is to be informed and inspired by holistic and cost effective habits in relations to the earth.

About Historic Virginia Key Beach:

2015 marks the 70th year Anniversary of the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park. In the 40’s, 50’s & 60’s Virginia Key Beach located on the island of Virginia Key, was designated as a unique vacation spot strictly for blacks. Located in Dade-County, this beach was the answer (for people of color) to South Florida’s whites-only beaches pre-1960’s Civil Rights. By 1979, Virginia Key Beach had been transferred to the City of Miami and was transformed into park status. Then in 1982 the park closed and was left abandoned until 2008. During the nearly 20 years of abandonment, the Virginia Key Beach Park Trust was formed and the park saw life again! This committee of dedicated people achieved getting the park placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Florida Historic Marker. This “Paradise Renewed” is also designated as a Historic Site by the Miami Historic & Environmental Preservation Board! Today, Historic Virginia Key Beach Park is an anchor in the rebirth of the beautiful natural island of Virginia Key, “Miami’s Central Park”!

Vendor and Sponsor Inquiry: Information/Media Inquiry:

Michelle Swaby-Smith Fabienne Claude

Special Events Liaison Special Events Director

Virginia Key Beach Park Trust [email protected]

4020 Virginia Beach Drive 786-953-3416 Office

Miami, Fl 33149

305-960-4618 Office

954-558-9664 Cell

4020 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149, United States

Cocktail Consciousness: Yoga, Pop-Up ROXHOUSE Shop, Cocktail & Tea Tasting 5/31/15

Cocktail Consciousness: Yoga, Pop-Up ROXHOUSE Shop, Cocktail & Tea Tasting
Sunday, 05/31/2015 – 02:00 pm – 05:00 pm
1650 James Avenue,
miami beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: free

Sunday, May 31st at REPOUR at the Albion Hotel (1650 James Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139)

Spend the day relaxing (from 2PM to 5PM), sampling new cocktails courtesy of Absolut Elyx, a yoga session, tasting pressed juices and teas and shop the newest collections from ROXHOUSE at the pop-up shop, edgy jewelry featuring the NEW ‘RUCKUS FOR ROXHOUSE’ collection with healing crystal components.

Must be 21 and over to attend.

RSVP is mandatory: [email protected]

Photographs of Oculto Miami Manor Opening at Soho Studios on 4/23/15

Oculto Miami Manor Opening at Soho Studios on Thursday, April 23, 2015.  This was one of the best promotional parties I have been to in awhile.  You walked into the main room, have a beer, take some pictures and pick one of three doors to venture into.  Once you enter the door you have three different experiences in three different rooms, all with period and story decor and interactive actors and activities. So much fun.  As you exit into the main room, you join everyone else with great music, drinks and food.  What a great night!!!!

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Oculto Miami Manor Opening 4/23/15

Oculto Miami Manor Opening
Thursday, 04/23/2015 – 04/24/2015 09:00 pm – 02:00 am
Oculto-Manor-ImageSoho Studios
2136 NW 1st Ave.,
Miami, Florida 33127
Webpage Link
Cost: Free

You’re invited to a place where secrets are made. A home to all the nights we’ll never forget. The Manor is an immersive, interactive experience as we explore the tempting world of Oculto. Indulge in complimentary alcoholic drinks, small bites and a surprise musical performance in a venue unlike any other.

NA Sommelier Association Piemonte: King Under the Mountain 6/26/15

NA Sommelier Assoc. “Piemonte: King Under the Mountain”
Friday, 06/26/2015 – 06/26/2015 10:00 am – 04:00 pm
JQI-KingundertheMountain-6.26.15-Course-SMALLPromoImageToscana Divino
900 South Miami Avenue,
Miami, Florida 33130
Webpage Link
Cost: $270 all included / $220 (current 2015 NASA members)

Diego Meraviglia, Vice President and Director of Education of the North American Sommelier Association (NASA) and Gold-Pin Sommelier presents 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. The course is designed to please both the wine enthusiast and professional.

Although often compared to France’s Burgundy, Piemonte has seemed out of reach for many to grasp and remains shrouded in mystery. Meraviglia aims to “lift some of the fog” (so typical of this land) and provide a comprehensive understanding of the culture, food and, most importantly, the wine.

Some Background Information:

The Italian region of Piemonte is widely considered by the wine community as one of the most prominent, historical, unique and significant wine regions of the world, producing such prized wines as Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato D’Asti, Gavi and Barbera D’Asti, to name a few. With a 3000+ year history rooted in its ancient Celtic heritage, surrounded by some of the most breathtaking mountains on the planet and with mystical towns as unreachable and untouchable as they are seductive, Piemonte continues to inspire and seduce both the wine world and the culinary world, maintaining its prime position as Italy’s number 1 wine region (right alongside Tuscany).

The course costs $270.00 with all included, and a $50.00 discount is offered to current NASA members. To register, visit: For information, call 786.427.9187 or email [email protected]

NASA Italian Wine Specialist Immersion Course 6/27/15 – 6/30/15

NASA Italian Wine Specialist Immersion Course
Saturday, 06/27/2015 – 06/30/2015 09:30 am – 04:00 pm
ItalianWineSpecialist-IronsidePizza-June27to30.2015-SMIronside Pizza
7580 NE 4th Ct.,
Miai, Florida 33138
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Cost: $650; $50 Early Bird Discount

Diego Meraviglia, Vice President and Director of Education of the North American Sommelier Association (NASA) and Gold-Pin Sommelier, returns to Miami to present the only Southeastern US presentation of the Italian Wine Immersion Course. Designed for either wine enthusiasts or professionals, 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. This 4 day course plus certification exam is produced by NASA and sponsored by Just Quality Importer Inc. (Miami Beach.) Classes begin on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Ironside Pizza situated in Miami’s historic Upper East Side, continue through Tuesday, June 30th, and conclude with the exam on Friday, July 31st.

The cost is $650.00 and includes all texts, wine colors charts, tastings that cover 30 wines representing all Italian wine regions, and a NASA promotional membership. A $50.00 discount is offered for anyone registering before May 29, 2015.

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
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
Webpage Link
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


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 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).

Bureau of Spirits Launch Party 9/25/14

Bureau of Spirits Launch Party
Thursday, 09/25/2014 – 09/25/2014 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
20140902_BOS_AIR_FB_shared_post_v3A.I.R. (Artist in Residence)
1661 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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Cost: $35.00 per person

The Bureau of Spirits official kickoff will be held at A.I.R. (Artist in Residence) and will highlight Florida’s local distilleries and rich bounty of produce. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample spirits from three local distilleries including Wicked Dolphin, Miami Club Rum and Alchemist Distilleries. A.I.R. partner/chef, Kris Wessel has also created a menu of passed hors d’oeuvres to complement the evening.

Expect an eclectic selection of libations and bites created with fruits and herbs provided by Seasons Farm Fresh, a group of foragers that provide sustainably grown and harvested produce from Florida’s local farms.

The Bureau of Spirits launch event on September 25th at A.I.R will also celebrate the official kickoff of the 2nd Annual CRAFT: Spirits & Beer to be held in January 2015.

Monc Boutique Launches Kendall Location with Fall Fashion Tailgate 9/24/14

Monc Boutique Launches Kendall Location with Fall Fashion Tailgate
Wednesday, 09/24/2014 – 06:00 pm – 09:00 pm
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8514 Mills Drive,
Miami, Florida 33183
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Cost: Free and open to the public

After serving a year as South Miami’s go-to budget-friendly style haven, Monc Boutique is expanding its designer digs to a second location in The Palms at Town & Country at 8514 Mills Drive, Miami, FL 33183. To kick off the fashion frenzy, Monc will host a grand opening Fall Fashion Tailgate on Wednesday, September 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Guests are invited to mix and mingle while enjoying the best that fall fashion and beauty has to offer in Monc’s intimate, jewel box boutique. Shoppers can revamp their look for the season with a runway-ready braid at the complimentary braid bar by GBS The Beauty Store or paint their pouts in Lipstick Queen’s must-have fall hues at a lip touchup station. For the ultimate kiss and tell experience, guests can enjoy an individual “lip reading” to learn what their lip lines reveal about their personality.

To sustain their energy, shoppers are invited to indulge in complimentary cocktails, sugary confections by Ali’s Sweet Treats and football fare compliments of Cadillac Ranch, while perusing pop up trunk shows by Headbuds and Lil Miss Miami jewelry. In addition, Headbuds will host a DIY floral headband crafting station where crafty consumers can try their hand at a custom piece.

To complete the ultimate shopping experience, guests will enjoy an exclusive sneak peak at coveted pieces from Monc’s fall collection, featuring hand-picked pieces from popular, independent designers and local labels, all priced under $100. Shoppers looking to “gently” loosen their purse strings will enjoy a special 20% discount on all purchases (excluding non-sale merchandise, jewelry and accessories).

Monc is a specialty fashion and accessories boutique featuring the latest trends and styles hand-picked from independent designers around the world with price points under $100. For more info, visit Keep up to date on the latest from behind the racks at or join the conversation at

Lucifer’s Addiction Cocktail Release Party 9/27/14


Lucifer’s Addiction Cocktail Release Party
Saturday, 09/27/2014 – 09/28/2014 06:00 am – 02:00 am
LBG_LuciferAddiction_11x17-200dpiLou’s Beer Garden
7337 Harding Ave.,
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
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Cost: Free

The Garden’s Private Blend Is Here!

A 6 month project! in Collaboration with ANGEL’S ENVY BOURBON.

Barrel Age this blend with some Port Wine and we have a cocktail of such depth, even she might say its too good to be true.

So, mark that calendar, because this special libation wont last long.

PS: Dusseldorf Weggs on deck. Sexy Sounds Assisted by Nudist Nuddie Boy.

High West Whiskey Dinner at Oak Tavern 9/25/14

High West Whiskey Dinner at Oak Tavern
Sunday, 09/25/2014 – 07:00 pm – 10:00 pm
PrintOak Tavern
35 NE 40TH Street,
Miami, Florida 33137
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Cost: $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and tip

Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870, High West was founded in Park City in 2007 and has received multiple awards and accolades since that time including Whiskey Pioneer of the Year from Whiskey Advocate in 2011. A favorite among those who enjoy small batch, quality ingredients and a personal touch, the spirit blends perfectly with acclaimed Oak Tavern chef David Bracha’s modern American cuisine. Guests will sample five different whiskeys paired with four courses and a welcoming reception. Priced at $65.00 per person, exclusive of tax and tip, the feast will get underway on Thursday September 25 at 7:00 pm at the restaurant’s communal table. Seating is limited; reservations can be made by calling 786-391-1818.

September Harvest Wine Tastings at Eau Palm Beach 9/11/14

September Harvest Wine Tastings at Eau Palm Beach
Thursday, 09/11/2014 – 06:00 pm – 07:30 pm
september_harvestEau Palm Beach Resort & Spa
100 S Ocean Blvd,,
Manalapan, Florida 33462
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Cost: 50


This is a unique opportunity to meet vineyard owner Hugo Maldonado. Taste from his fields the beautiful creations of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and handpicked special Red Blends.

Featuring California and Mexican-American inspired tapas

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Craft Spirits Festival 10/9/14

Craft Spirit Festival
Thursday, 10/09/2014 – 07:00 pm – 11:00 pm
csf_5X7_flyer_RVCruz Building
3157 Commodore Plaza,
Coconut Grove, Florida 33133
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Cost: $75

The Craft Spirits Festival, the original exhibition of craft, small batch & artisanal spirits in Miami, will return for a 2nd year from October 1st – 9th.

This year’s festival will focus not only on celebrating and educating the public on Craft Spirits but on Craft Cocktails as well. There will be a weeklong series of events, including Seminars, Tours, Parties, Happy Hours, Cocktail Dinners and Industry/VIP only events in and around Miami. The culmination of the CRAFT SPIRITS FESTIVAL will be the Grand Tasting. The Grand Tasting will take place on Thursday, October 9th from 7-11pm in the New Orleans-inspired iconic Cruz Building in the heart of Coconut Grove to showcase producers of whiskies, rums, vodkas, gins and other distinct spirits and beverages, as well as the bartenders/mixologists that prepare amazing cocktails. More than 30 exhibitors will be showcasing 100+ distinct spirits. Attendees will be able to enjoy these UNLIMITED samples plus fine inspired hors d’oeuvres by some of the best local chefs in Miami.

Experience Penfolds with SOMM Film Star, DLynn Proctor 7/16/14

Experience Penfolds with SOMM Film Star, DLynn Proctor
Wednesday, 07/16/2014 – 07:00 pm – 09:00 pm
DLP-PHOTO-SmallResWine by the Bay
888 Biscayne Blvd.,
Miami, Florida 33132
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Cost: $95.00 per person

Wine by the Bay presents a Penfolds Wine Tasting event with special guest, DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Wine Ambassador. Proctor is notably recognized for his role in the Samuel Goldwyn Film’s SOMM Documentary Film. Guests will taste: Penfolds Grange 2009; St Henri Shiraz 2010; Bin 389, 2011 vintage; Bin 407, 2011 vintage; Bin 28, 2010 vintage; Bin 311 Chardonnay; Bin 51 Riesling; Bin 8 Shiraz/ Cabernet; Bin 9 Cabernet; and Bin 138 GSM. Wines will be paired with a selection of food bites by Chef Daniele Cosmo of CielGourmet.

Miami Culinary Tours: Wynwood Food and Art Tour

Today my wife and I did the Wynwood Food and Art Tour in Miami. This is a weekly event done by Miami Culinary Tours and is one of many versions around Miami set up to help you appreciate what the city has to offer. You can read a detailed review over at my website, but I decided to post an extensive gallery of photos here for you to see. Check out this and some of the other tours available! Enjoy!

Photographs of Coral Gables Restaurant Week Blogger’s Crawl by Mr Q 305

Recently, the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables invited Miami food bloggers to participate in a crawl of some of the restaurants participating in the hugely successful Coral Gables Restaurant Week, now in its seventh year.
The evening began with all the bloggers, more than sixteen of us, meeting at Swine Southern Table and Bar. There, we got to sample two of their signature drinks, the Swine Old-Fashioned: Bacon washed old overholt rye, maple syrup, house-made swine bitters and an Old Cuban: Eigth year old Bacardi, mint, lime, Delamotte  Champagne and angostura bitters. During cocktails they brought out the appetizer: Deviled Crab Hush Puppies with pickled celery and smoked trout roe. These Puppies were so full of flavor, I could’ve happily stay there just eating them the whole evening but, the best was yet to come, as an entrée we had the Smoked Brisket Steak covered with a delicious molasses glaze accompanied by stoneground grits, pickled corn and cheddar relish. This brisket was crisp on the outside and so moist on the inside, the meat just melted to the taste. I’ll be dreaming about it until I get back to Swine!
We had to move on…our next stop was Talavera Cocina Mexicana where they extended out the red carpet for us in typical Mexican hospitality fashion.
At Talavera Mexican Cuisine, the welcome cocktail was Pueblito Viejo: Corzo Reposado tequila, lemon juice, simple syrup, sugar, crushed mint served over ice. It is refreshingly sweet and goes down so easy!. The menu featured an appetizer consisting of Gordita Conchinita Pibil: (pulled pork) in a corn masa tortilla with a dry rub of chiles and spices. The taste of toasted corn of the tortillas combined with the flavor of the tender piglet was so pleasing to the taste buds, add to that the hint of chiles and you have the perfect appetizer.
Next were Enchilada Suizas: pulled white meat chicken inside a corn tortilla with poblano cream sauce and tomatillo salsa, topped with Oaxaca cheese and baked, served with crema Mexicana and cilantro. Hot, chewy, soft and delcious!
The second entree was Camarones al Ajillo: sautéed shrimp in a garlic sauce with dried guajillo chiles served with rice and watercress. The shrimp were so fresh and they had just the right touch of garlic. The rice complemented the dish so very well.
For dessert it was Crepas de Cajeta: crepes covered in Cajeta served with walnuts and vanilla ice cream. If you haven’t had this dessert I urge to go to Talavera and try it. You’ll thank me later.
The portions at Talavera were very generous and we were beginning to exhibit signs of food exhaustion but we marched on…
The next one up was Divino Ceviche where they welcomed us with a that typical Peruvian drink known as the Pisco Sour: Pisco, lemon juice, sugar and  angostura bitters topped with a frothy egg white meringue sprinkled with cinnamon…ooh so good…! there were Camote (Sweet Potato) Chips ready to be dipped in Aji Amarillo or Salsa de Huacatay accompanied by Canchas (Roasted Corn).
The hot appetizer consisted of Pulpo (Octopus) in Salsa Anticuchera. The octopus was lightly crunchy with a very pleasing smoky flavor.  For entree we were served the Trio de Ceviches consisting of Ceviche Tradicional,  Ceviche Divino (the Chef’s specialty) and Ceviche al Olivo. These Ceviches are made with slices of fresh fish and or whole shrimp marinated lightly in lime juice and seasoned with Peruvian limo chili, fresh cilantro and onion; garnished with sweet potato and choclo (Peruvian giant corn), the Ceviche Divino also has mango and avocado. The ceviche is so good that one of the bloggers proclaimed “the best ceviche she had ever had”, I concur.
For dessert, Mousse de Maracuyá (Passion Fruit) and Mousse de Chirimoya (Custard Apple). These are delicate mousses with a refreshing tropical flavor.
From Divino Ceviche we were on to Tarpon Bend for a glass of prosecco and to sample their Braised Short Rib. These ribs are braised for four hours and they are all flavor.
Finally we ended the crawl at Cibo Wine Bar where they started with a wonderfully soft and fresh Burrata and robust yet light Prosciutto di Parma, followed by Arancini: Rice balls stuffed with ragu and melted mozzarella.
The Grilled Whole Octopus with mixed greens, diced tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice was amazing!
The Pappardelle with slow cooked lamb ragu covered with pecorino shavings was so delicate and yet robust that it didn’t matter how full I was, I still wanted more.
As if all that wasn’t enough they brought out a Black Tiger Shrimp in a wine garlic tomato sauce that was simply out of this world.
After an incredible twelve different courses, three dessert and five different drinks we were all exhausted, happy and ready to go home. It was an incredible experience!
You are still in time to try out the Gables Restaurant Week Menu but you better hurry because it ends June 29th.

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Chilean Wine Seminar and Tasting Hosted by ProChile in Brickell

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Yesterday evening, the ProChile Trade Commission in Miami hosted a Chilean Wine Seminar and tasting at the Conrad Hotel in Brickell. Chilean Winemaker Santiago Margozzini from Montgras Estates and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer conducted an educational presentation titled Chile: Land of Diversity and a Paradise for Viticulture. My wife and I arrived (on time) to a beautifully presented room set up to accommodate 60 or more guests interested in this stop in ProChile’s Chilean Wine Tour.

Santiago went through a slide presentation that highlighted just how diverse a country Chile really is, from the temperature to the rainfall to the geographic landscape to the soil. All of those factors have an extremely important impact on the country’s 16 wine-growing regions. And though diverse, the climate and isolation of the country is ideal for growing grapes. In addition to gentle winters and moderate summers, the lack of phylloxera, hail and bird attacks also contributes to the success of Chile’s growth in wine making over the past several decades. Twenty years ago, there were seven wine regions; today there are 16. Santiago explained that though it took some convincing, the regions are now classified in three groups based on the characteristics of the wines. That was done so wine makers could easily speak about their wines in such a way that would help promote their vineyards in a meaningful way. Those classifications are Costa, Entre Cordilleras, and Andes.

That’s when we began tasting the eight different wines in front of us, each chosen to represent the different viticulture regions of Chile. Santiago and Fred both led the tasting, speaking about the wineries and characteristics of each wine and how it was made. We started with a Sauvignon Blanc from Siegel made in the coastal area of Leyda. It was explained that the cold temperatures from the Pacific Ocean were key to growing this grape to perfection. Sauvignon Blanc is the #1 exported grape variety from Chile.


We were then asked to compare two different coastal Pinot Noirs from Valdivieso and Tabali. While I’m not exactly a wine expert, it was not difficult to see and taste the differences. Fred explained that one of the areas had more variations in temperature and wind than the other. In addition, the soils in the two regions are very different and impart different characteristics to the wines. So same grape but different outcomes.  Pretty cool!

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Fred continued “geeking out” on soil as we tried a Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Morande, grown in the “alluvial” soil of Maipo, representative of the foothills of the Andes. We were then given a Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec blend from Viu Manent which sparked a little comparison to the Malbecs of Argentina. We were told that some of the best Malbecs in the world come from this Chilean region called the Colchagua Valley. However, these wines are very different than what you would find in neighboring Argentina as the climate and soil and age of their vines are not the same.

Finally we arrived to a wine made by Santiago, MontGras Antu Syrah. “This is the best wine of the night, hahaha,” quipped Santiago. He explained this was grown on a famous hill in the volcanic soil of Colchagua and would be classified as an Entre Cordilleras wine. My wife and I actually agreed that the sweet fruity aroma and delicious flavors made this our favorite of the evening. Also from Colchagua, we tasted a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend from Montes. Fred said this is a very well-known wine in the United States.

Our final wine of the seminar was another from MontGras, their Reserva Carmenere. We were told that Carmenere grapes are unique to Chile, though originally a French grape variety that was killed by phylloxera. Apparently, Chilean wine makers thought they were making Merlots though it was discovered that in fact it was a Merlot/Carmenere blend. Today, the best Carmenere wines are grown in sandy soil in a warm and sunny climate that allows the grapes to grow to a very ripe stage. This ensures a wine with round tannins and uniquely spicy characteristics. We liked this wine a lot too.

The evening then shifted to a tasting with many Chilean wineries. We tasted some additional wines and learned about some of the goals that each winery was pursuing. For some, it was just to get their name out in front of importers. We ate some cheese and fruits and hors d’oeuvres and mingled. It was an educational evening and fun to learn about one of Chile’s most important products!

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Photographs of Taste of The Gables on 6/5/14 by Mr Q 305

Taste of the Gables was back in a big way this past Thursday to kick off “Coral Gables Restaurant Week” at the Westin Colonnade. More than 20 Coral Gables Restaurant Week newcomers and veterans (among them previously reviewed in this column: Ikura Sushi Lounge, La Talavera and Divino Ceviche) prepared their best dishes and battled to be voted “Best Taste of the Gables”, the winning vote went to Uvaggio, 70 Miracle Mile. The event was presented by Bacardi USA Inc., there was plenty of food, drinks and activities, absolutely no one left with an empty stomach!

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