Guest Chefs- Special Dinners this Month in Miami!

As Miami continues to grow and be recognized as an international food destination,  guest chefs from all over have been flocking to cook alongside some of Miami's own excellent chefs. 

A couple upcoming special dinners have been brought to the attention of MIAbites...and we wanted to share with you these unique opportunities to enjoy those creations and collaborations by these visiting chefs.

On Friday, May 16,  as part of the 50 Eggs Guest Chef Series, Yardbird – Southern Table & Bar hosts guest Chef Michael Laukert of Hundred Acre Wine Group, for a one-night-only, midnight dinner collaboration.  Laukert, bringing over 25 years of experience, is a chef and specialty food consultant, as well as editor and author of One True Vine: A Journal of Food, Wine, Life.  Since graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1991, he made the Napa Valley home and began to establish his culinary foundation at Tra Vigne restaurant.  

Chef Laukert and 50 Eggs Culinary Director Clayton Miller will serve a fabulous four-course dinner paired with three of Hundred Acre’s award-winning wines: Layer Cake Chardonnay; Layer Cake Cabernet Sauvignon and Cherry Tart Pinot Noir. The meal will also feature an exclusive preview of The Duke – a bourbon based on John Wayne’s 40 year-old recipe. 

Tickets – priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) – are limited and available for purchase online at

Yardbird is located 1600 Lennox Avenue on Miami Beach.  Telephone: (305) 538-5220; 

On Saturday, May 17th and also for one night only, foodies and Top Chef devotees will be able to enjoy a delectable evening with a special chef dinner at Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach hosted by chef de cuisine Nina Compton and chef/friend Shirley Chung. Nina Compton has settled back into the kitchen of Chef Scott Conant's AAA four diamond restaurant after starring in Season 11 of Bravo’s award-winning show, where she won "fan favorite" and met and became friends with fellow contestant Shirley Chung, Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andrés, which was nominated for James Beard Award as "Best New Restaurant" in 2011.

Chung will step into Compton’s kitchen and together they will serve a special five-course collaborative menu reflecting their unique styles and influences. Menu items include;



Glass Noodle and Crustacean Consommè

Chef Shirley Chung



Sunchokes and Ramp Gremolata

Chef Nina Compton



Lamb Neck Sugo, Chinese Spices

Chef Shirley Chung



Ceci Bean Pesto and Smoked Bone Marrow

Chef Nina Compton



Dark Chocolate, Coffee, Pecans

Chef Nina Compton

At the end of the evening, each guest will receive a signed commemorative menu from the duo.

Priced at $150 per person (excluding tax and service charge), the menu will be served at two exclusive seating’s – 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; maximum of 50 guests max per seating. Whether fans of the show, or just adventurous foodies, diners are sure to be delighted with what the pair has in store for the memorable dinner. Two wine pairings will be available for $75 or $115 per person.  Scarpetta’s regular a la carte menu will also be available that evening.  Scarpetta opens for dinner service at 6 p.m. 

Located in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, 4441 Collins Avenue.  Reservations for the Compton/Chung dinner are required and can be made by calling (877) 326-7412 or booked online at