Weekly Nibble: Boozy Brunch, Guest Chef Dinners, Truffles and More

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Each week, MIAbites features upcoming food events and other Miami area happenings. Here is what is brewing over the next couple of weeks:

Chef Allen's Hook, Catch & Cook: An Evening of Sustainable Seafood

A very special evening is in store on Thursday, February 8 in the main center plaza of the Arsht. Join Chef Allen and Chefs Sean Brasel of Meat Market and Cesar Zapata of Phuc Yea for  CHEF ALLEN’S HOOK, CATCH & COOK:AN EVENING OF SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD as part of its 2018 Seasonal & Sustainable Original Dinner Series. After fishing for the days catch with Captain Mike Puller and Pubbelly’s Jose Mendin, the creative and sustainable menu will be set and presented to the lucky diners.  Tickets are $82 pp with a portion going to Captain Puller’s nonprofit, The Fishing Experience. Tickets are available on Eventbrite link thru http://booksandbooks.com/event/chef-allens-sustainable-seafood-dinner/           

Ladies Night Every Thursday at Phuc Yea

The Ladies Night offering includes the following: $1 prosecco sponsored by Zonin from 9pm to 10pm alongside a selection of happy hour priced cocktails that include “Clean Cocktails” and Phuc Yea’s Classic Signatures priced at $7 until midnight. Strictly made with top shelf spirits, this isn’t the typical ladies’ night serving “who knows what.” Bubbles are sponsored by Zonin prosecco and cocktails are blended with Herradura, Tanqueray and other top shelf spirits.

The “Clean Cocktails” created for the night blur the line between healthy and not so. Cocktails are made with non-grain based spirits derived from agave and grapes, even utilizing a coconut water distilled vodka, tropical fruit, veggies and other refreshing flavors. They are also sweetened with either agave, honey, maple, or a zero-calorie sweetener solution.

Don’t feel like going the “healthy-ish” route, Phuc Yea’s Signature Classics will also be available at happy hour pricing until close. House favorites such as the District 5 and Lucky Cheng anchor the menu.

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Special Screening of Autism in Love

Shalva, the esteemed non-profit dedicated to aiding those with disabilities of all ages, presents an exclusive director screening of the 2015 Emmy-nominated film, Autism In Love at the newly opened Frost Planetarium in Downtown Miami. Following the film, guests will be able to enjoy curated cocktails, delectable gourmet bites and special musical guests DJ Irie performing adjacent to the museum’s aquarium space. 

February 7th, from 7 to 11PM - Free and open to the public with RSVP to shalva@taraink.com.


Seas the Day A Boozy Brunch Experience presented by Miami Food Porn and Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach

On Sunday Feb. 11 everyone is invited  to SEAS THE DAY with us as we give a whole new meaning to the term Sunday Funday with Miami Food Porn.

This is far from your average boozy brunch. So kiss your boring omelets & cheap champagne goodbye, because we’re raising the (lobster) bar. During this special event, you’ll get to enjoy three a delectable three course brunch (think lobster avocado toast, steak & eggs and pastries galore), plus bottomless bubbles courtesy of Zardetto and craft cocktails thanks to our friends at Simple Vodka. To purchase tickets, visit Eventbrite. Please let us know exactly when you'd like to dine and how many are in your party by calling Lobster Bar Sea Grille: (305) 377-2675.



Bazaar Mar by José Andrés’s Limited Truffle Tasting Menu

Truffle enthusiasts, you’re in luck. For the entire month of February, prepare for the ultimate treat for your senses at Bazaar Mar by José Andrés by indulging on their limited truffle tasting menu! The dinner menu available at $150/pp features eight special menu items that integrate these flavorful bites in a variety of different preparations. Dish highlights include José’s Asian Taco made with black truffle, Smoked Toro Tartar made with toro tuna, Grilled Hama Hama Oysters topped with smoked butter and truffle shavings, and Sea Urchin Coca topped with shaved Périgord Truffles. Menu items subject to change. But that’s not all! Guests can also get in on the fun(gus) with Bazaar Mar’s specialty truffle cocktails available all month long.


Celebrate National Pisco Sour Day at 1111 Peruvian Bistro

National holidays where you can celebrate alcoholic beverages are the best! National Pisco Sour day is Saturday and 1111 Peruvian Bistro is celebrating in a major way. All day long guests will be able to enjoy a 2-for-1 Pisco Sour special from 11am to 11pm. 1111 SW 1st Ave Miami, FL 33130

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Kick off Ground Up Music Festival at Ball & Chain

Kick off Ground Up Music Festival at Ball & Chain on Thursday, February 8th with a special performance by the festival’s headliner Snarky Puppy’s lead guitarist, 3-time Grammy-winning Michael League. League will be performing live with the Ball & Chain Trio on the Pineapple Stage from 8pm to 10pm. This event is free and open to the public however guests must be 21 and over to attend.



Guest Chef Series at Plant Miami with Niven Patel

Plant-based restaurant, Plant Miami, located on The Sacred Space Miami wellness campus in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, announces today their new Plant-Based, Guest-Chef Series will launch with Ghee Indian Kitchen’s chef-owner, Niven Patel, on Sunday, February 11. Patel will collaborate with the restaurant’s culinary power duo, Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero, a James Beard Award South semifinalist (2014) and Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef: Gulf Region” (2012), and Pastry Chef Veronica Manolizi, to create an Indian-inspired, four-course menu featuring vibrant, organic, living cuisine. Together, the chefs will guide diners through a culinary journey of vegetable-forward dishes that invigorate the palate with the transporting flavors of an Indian spice cabinet. All produce for the exclusive evening will be locally sourced from both Plant Miami’s partner farm, Paradise Farms, as well as Patel’s own backyard farm, Rancho Patel. Curated beverage pairings will highlight local craft beers, biodynamic wines and organic craft cocktails. Tickets to the exclusive dinner are priced at $125 per person and are now on sale at http://thesacredspacemiami.com.


Super Bowl Sunday Pre-Game at Nikki Beach

On Sunday, February 4th, Nikki Beach will be pre-gaming for Super Bowl with their "Amazing Sundays" Brunch featuring a Pre-Game Tailgate with Pats and Eagles themed Color Wars, Football Trivia and Blue and Green goodies for guests from 11am to 4pm. Brunch is $49.95. Nikki Beach is located at 1 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL.

Later in the evening starting at 7pm, Nikki Beach will kick off Sunday Night Flights - $25 champagne flights featuring 4 different sips for “Football Widows” and bubbly lovers alike. This week, Nikki Beach Sunday Night Flights will feature Veuve Cliqout, Veuve Cliqout Rich, Moet & Chandon, and Moet Ice. This program will continue every Sunday night starting at 7pm.


Last Call American Eatery and Bar Super Bowl Watch Party

Last Call American Eatery and Bar, a new addition to the Sunset Harbour neighborhood in the former Lutum space, will be showing the Super Bowl on all of its TVs. The sports bar and eatery will offer $6 buckets of Bud Light and $8 well specials throughout the game. Guests will also be able to enjoy fan favorite bites while watching the big game, including wings, ribs, and burgers.


Wine & Dine at The Miami Beach EDITION

The Miami Beach EDITION invites guests and locals alike on Tuesday, February 6, for the first installment this year of its dinner series Wine & Dine. Taking place in the historic round oval dining room of Jean-Georges’ iconic Matador Room, Wine & Dine will pair rare, exclusive wines with award-winning cuisine.

This month’s dinner series will feature California wineries HALL Wines and WALT Wines, featuring some of the most popular and exclusive wines from each winery, including the HALL Wines "Terra Secca" Cabernet 2014, an exclusive variety from a very limited case production. The night will commence with a welcome reception at Matador Bar with Steve Leveque, VP of Winemaking, who will walk guests through a hand-picked selection of wines and customized menu.

The February installation with HALL Wines and WALT Wines will start at 7pm and is priced at $195 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Seating is limited to 32 guests only, so guests are encouraged to reserve their spots in advance.


MENU served family style (Subject to change):

  • Matador Bar Welcome Reception - Passed Hors d’oeuvres - Peekytoe Crab and Corn Fritters; Pink Shrimp with Cucumber, Strawberry Emulsion and Lemon Balm

HALL Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2016

  • 1st Course - Tuna Tartare Dip, Warm Crunchy Tortillas; Chipotle Cured Salmon, Cucumber Yogurt and Crispy Potato Flakes

WALT Wines Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016

  • 2nd Course - Grilled Maitake Mushroom, Goat Cheese and Fresno Pepper Emulsion; Lobster and Black Truffle Tacos

WALT Wines "Blue Jay" Pinot Noir 2016

  • 3rd Course - Grilled Lamb Chops, Cucumber, Olives and Gorgonzola Dolce, Pickled Chilies and Mint Crubs

HALL Wines "Terra Secca" Cabernet 2014

  • 4th Course - Crackling Beef Short Rib, Smoked Chili Glaze and Polenta "Fries"

HALL Wines Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

  • 5th Course - Petit Fours (Marshmallow, Nougat, Chocolates)

Dinner will take place on Tuesday, February 6.  Reception starts at 7pm inside Matador Bar, followed by dinner at 8PM inside Matador Room Seating is limited to 32 guests. Reservations are required and can be made through Eventbrite. *Cancellation policy: One week to 72 hours prior to the event a $75 fee will be charged per person. Within 72 hours of the event, full price will be charged. Matador Room is located inside The Miami Beach EDITION, at 2901 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. For more information visit matadorroom.com or call (786)257-4600.


KINGS Dining & Entertainment Doral Super Bowl Watch Party

Catch the big game at KINGS Doral where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks while also bowling for FREE after 6pm (unlimited)! KINGS Doral offers big-screen HDTVs with surround sound systems that are perfect for viewing the game. Guests who prefer to enjoy football Sunday from the comfort of their homes can still enjoy top-quality foods like chicken wings, nachos, pizza and more from KINGS with 20% off all take-out food!