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: http://www.nasommelier.com/courses/italian-wine-specialist/#miami. 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

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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
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.