Posts tagged Midtown
Where to Eat in Miami: Miami Boat Show Dining Guide

Welcome to the Miami Boat Show and Miami Yacht Show! Our MIAbites Dining Guide is updated just for this weekends event, so please enjoy each and every one of our favorite spots while you are here.

NEW this year are special food experiences at the show itself, including the Miami Yacht Shows, Windward VIP Club that includes elevated food and beverages including Rosé and Oysters event, Champagne Tastings and a special Brunch and Mixology Class with James Beard Finalist, Chef Brad Kilgore and his team from Kilgore Culinary. Tickets available here . 

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Where to Eat in Miami: Art Basel Dining Guide

Art Basel and Miami Art Week starts next week with previews, opening night parties and of course, ART. But did you know that MIAbites has nicknamed Art Basel… EAT Basel?  "Where should we eat in Miami?"  Here are some of Our Contributors Best Bites for Art Basel dining in and around Miami, Miami Beach, Wynwood and the Design District. 

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Where to Eat in Miami: MIAbites Dining Guide

Everyone is always asking us "Where should we eat in Miami?"  Here are some of MIAbites Contributors Best Bites for "am to pm" dining in and around Miami, Miami Beach, Wynwood and the Design District.  We update this guide every month so make sure you bookmark this page for future reference.

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Saturday Sweets: Kid Friendly Classes to Sweeten Up Summer

With the arrival of summer and kids being out of school, there’s always the struggle of figuring out how to keep them busy. For those who want to spend their summer hanging out in the kitchen and making delicious treats, we’ve got options! From a quick candy making afternoon to a full on baking bootcamp — there’s plenty of ways to let your kids have the sweetest summer yet!

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La Santa Taqueria: Pop up in Midtown Garden Center

Found hidden in the Wynwood/Midtown district is a pop-up bringing authentic Mexican fair to hungry Miami locals. La Santa Taqueria is the creation of chef Omar Montero, a Mexico City native who spent years traveling and working with some of Latin America’s and North America’s finest restaurants and hotels, including most recently The Setai, and Cantina La Veinte. 

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Wellness Wednesday: GLAM Vegan in Midtown

I first met Chef Todd Erickson while writing a feature for MIAbites at Fit To Fight, the 12 week Chef fitness challenge that benefited Live To Fight, a nonprofit organization that brings together people in the martial arts and mixed martial arts community to raise money and offer additional support for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

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Miami Spice Preview: Estefan Kitchen To Host Exclusive Dinner

Miami Spice is almost here! That means the preview dinners are right around the corner. This year will be the 16th year of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB)’s Miami Spice Restaurant Program.

First up on the calendar of preview dinners, GMCVB will be teaming up with Estefan Kitchen for an exclusive preview of the hot new Design District restaurant’s Miami Spice menu before the program kicks-off August 1, 2017.

For one night only, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, guests enjoyed a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a 1950’s Cuba inspired setting with Chef Odell Torres. The three-course meal will allow diners to relish in the flavors inspired by traditional Estefan family recipes and experience the new restaurant’s Miami Spice menu, available August through September. Priced at $55 per person (excluding tax, tip and additional beverage purchases) the dinner will include complimentary pours from Miami Spice sponsors Chandon, Stella Artois, Terrazas de los Andes and Fiji Water as well as the live entertainment the restaurant is known for.

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Italian Culinary Tours in Miami: 4 Neighborhoods 4 Restaurants 4 Courses

The Italy- America Chamber of Commerce Southeast is excited to announce the first edition of The Italian Culinary Tour in Miami for April 25-26, and May 2-3.

As the tourist season winds down and Miami returns to mostly local residents, The Italian Culinary Tour supports those local restaurants and hard working chefs that are here for us year round.  The tour bases itself on the concept of a mobile meal, where participants can not only taste different food and wines, but also have the possibility to follow a true “Path of Taste” moving from one restaurant to the other in order to explore new locations and the Italian Lifestyle.

Attendees will have the opportunity to not only discover new flavors but also to participate in culinary sessions with Chefs as well as Italian sommeliers for the wine pairings.

The event seeks to develop and promote the authentic traditions of Italian food products and upgrade the culture of Italian food and wine with local consumers. The tour showcases the best of Italian food, wine, and entertainment in one night through a guided tour of four of the most authentic and excellent Italian restaurants in Miami.

Each tour takes almost four hours with each restaurant stop about 30-40 minutes. 

In some cases, transfers from one restaurant to the other will be by private coach, when the next stop on the tour is not within walkable distance.

The Italian Culinary Tour visits four neighborhoods: April 25 – 26 and May 2 – 3 and includes a four-course dinner in four local Italian Restaurants per tour and is priced at $50 pp per tour.  

See schedule and ticket info below:

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Weekly Nibble: Blue Collar Anniversary, Chef Mendin at PAO, Prosecco at La Moderna, National Peking Duck Day & more

Each week, MIAbites features the Weekly Nibble, a listing of curated upcoming food events in Miami.  Schedule is subject to change so please check ahead to confirm at details and pricing.

Thursday January 12th-   Five years ago, on January 12th in 2012, Blue Collar opened its doors in the MiMo District in Miami, FL. Chef/Owner Daniel Serfer took a gamble on himself and the neighborhood, when he conceived his home-style menu in comfortable surrounds.  To celebrate the restaurant’s 5-year anniversary, Blue Collar will give a 100% guaranteed-to-win scratch-off ticket to every table and take-out order on Thursday, January 12th until all 1,200 tickets have been distributed.  Prizes include Blue Collar coffee mugs; gift cards; a free Blue Collar side dish plus the restaurant’s ‘dailies’; an order of Ribs, Braise Parm.  Blue Collar  6730 Biscayne Blvd Miami, Florida 305 756 0366

Friday January 13th- LDV Hospitality’s Regent Cocktail Club celebrates their first live musical act of 2017 with a night of themed cocktails and a performance by the nine-piece electronica band, Latin Grammy nominees, Spam Allstars who will provide a unique blend of improvisational electronic elements alongside other Latin, funk and hip hop rhythms that they’ve originally dubbed electronic descarga. To enhance the lively evening of Latin funk, Regent’s skilled mixologists have developed a specially handcrafted cocktail menu inspired by the music stylings of the talented musicians. Regent Cocktail Club Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL 33139

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There are Plenty of Fish at MyCeviche Midtown

The newest outpost of Chef Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte’s fast casual seafood spot, MyCeviche in The Shops in Midtown, is also it’s largest with the most extensive menu of ceviche bowls, salads, tacos, burritos, Poke and fresh sides. 

Strictly by accident, I happened to stop in on the very first day the doors were open during their Art Basel Pop Up and got to see Sam in action behind the counter teaching and watching his eager staff assemble the poke bowls, salads, burritos and ceviches.

A clean bright spot, with the signature hi top communal tables, creative murals and plenty of add in salsitas and fresh cut lime wedges, MyCeviche Midtown offers healthy options for the lunchtime shopping crowd and the midtown residents looking for alternatives to wings and burgers.

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Weekly Nibble: Art Basel + EAT Basel

As over 75, 000 art dealers and art fans descend on Miami for the big shows like PULSE and UNTITLED on Miami Beach and Context/ArtMiamiSpectrum and the many smaller shows in and around Wynwood, a number of parties and food events are available to anyone who braves the traffic to Miami Beach, Wynwood, Midtown and other art-centric areas.  Many kick off the beginning of the week and continue thru Sunday 12/4.  Here is MIAbites Weekly Nibble curated listing for Art Week 2016.

Monday November 28th-  Kick off the start of Art Basel with at LDV Hospitality’s Rooftop at the Gale South Beach on November 28th from 7pm – 10pm. Tasting Table and the Lincoln Motor Company will host the exclusive event.  Tickets cost $45 plus tax and includes three drink tickets, specialty appetizers and shared plates and two interactive stations.   Learn to make a Smoked Old Fashioned – blowtorch included, and how to make two different types of authentic Italian pastas  Suitable for every kind of Basel-goer ( 21+ only), start your week at this trendy rooftop terrace. There will even be Live art mural by Miami artist Stuart Sheldon. Tickets on Eventbrite link here.  Gale South Beach 1690 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33139

Tuesday November 29th- Join Human Rights Campaign South Florida as our friends at the White Porch Gallery at R House Wynwood host a special event celebrating Art Basel and the HRC. Art for Equality will feature fun, food, drinks, and a DJ along with a silent auction featuring some of the most talented domestic and international LGBTQ and LGBTQ-allied artists. Tickets from $25 to $140 for full dinner on Eventbrite link here   R House Wynwood  2727 Northwest 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33127

Tuesday November 29th Coyo Taco Wynwood invites all Art Basel attendees( and anyone else! ) to Come & party during #ArtBasel at a Major Rum and Bass block party with Walshy Fire and Friends. Very special guests will be dipping in from 7 PM to 2 AM. Tickets are $20-30 and on Eventbrite link here .  Coyo Taco 2300 Northwest 2nd Avenue Miami, FL 33127

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A Taste of Liguria: Riviera Focacceria

Midtown is a funny place.  Anchored by Target and WalMart, it seems to be unclear as to whether or not it wants to be a mall or a walk able neighborhood for the many condo and rental residents who live there.

As far as food goes, it is equally confusing with top hip restaurants,  Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill , Salumeria 104 , Bocce and BlackBrick on one side, and Five Guys, Hurricane Wings and 100 Mondaditos and many loud Sports bars cropping up almost daily one block over.

Parking is great, $2- for 2 hours in the garages and Midtown is pretty accessible to I-95/195 and both downtown and the beach.

So it was with some trepidation that I strolled into Riviera Foccaceria one evening at the glowing recommendation of GourmandJ, Wokstar and Sara Liss among others.  Sandwiched between a busy sports bar and Giraffas, it seemed an unlikely spot for good food.

It was early, but Riviera was already well staffed and the open kitchen was buzzing for the handful of diners seeking fresh and authentic Ligurian cuisine.

Ligurian cuisine? 

I love Italian food... Northern Italy with its cream based meat dishes, Southern Italy with its red sauce heavy items, but Liguria?  Never knew it had it’s own cuisine, much less even where Liguria was.  

Liguria is a narrow, mountainous coastal strip of northwestern Italy that includes the famed Italian Riviera resort towns of San Remo and Portofino as well as the iconic Cinque Terre, a collection of five small villages situated in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Mediterranean coastline. Liguria's main city is Genoa, the hometown of Christopher Columbus and a melting pot of Southern French and Northern Italian culture, history, and architecture…and cuisine.

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Chef Richard Hales: #TNTShowdown Chef Profile

The Taco & Tequila Showdown #TNTShowdown presented by MIAbites and The Liquid Projects is locked in for Sunday November 8th 6-9 pm at the Vagabond Restaurant and Bar.  

12 chefs and bartenders will battle it out to be selected for best taco and tequila drink, and to further whet your appetite and give you a little back story, MIAbites will be profiling each of the chefs leading up to the event. Tickets to #TNTShowdown are $65 in advance and available on Eventbrite link here. 

Chef Richard Hales: Sakaya Kitchen, Blackbrick and Centro Taco ( popup coming soon )

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Weekly Nibble: Wynwood Brewing Block Party, OMG at O Cinema, Sunday Rum Day, Panini's at Dolce, and Wynwood Diner opens.

Welcome to the "dog days of summer". Sultry, sticky, hot and humid.  I know, you don't feel like doing much except stay in air conditioning, go to beach or sit at a pool.  This week's Weekly Nibble may just get you out the door...for a movie, a cocktail or to check out a block party or new diner in Wynwood. 

Thursday August 13thThere is still time to grab tickets for the FINAL OMG Dinner and a Movie featuring special screening of the anticipated “The End of The Tour” starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel before it hits theatres on Friday.   Dinner provided by Harry’s Pizzeria includes peach and arugula salad, Michigan Pasty Pot Pie and more, Tickets are $40 GA, or $55 for dinner and reserved VIP seating. http://www.o-cinema.org/event/omg-dinner-a-movie-7/?utm_source=OMG+Aug&utm_campaign=OMG+Aug&utm_medium=email

Saturday August 15th- To celebrate two years of Miami’s own craft beer, Wynwood Brewing Company will once again take over the streets for a second-anniversary block party celebrating the August 24 release of bottles of two of its most popular beers, La Rubia and Pop’s Porter. WBC’s block party will kick off from noon to 11 pm with plenty of food, music, art, and, of course, beer. Multiple local food trucks and graffiti artist Insano also will add to the festivities. Wynwood Brewing Company 565 NW 24th St., Miami. Admission is free. 305-982-8732

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Estrella Damm in Miami: A Dinner at Cena by Michy

Estrella Damm, the oldest brewery in Spain founded in 1875, transports “Spain to Miami” this summer by coordinating three-course meals that feature octopus-driven menus paired with their Barcelona-brewed pilsner at twenty-five participating local restaurants. 

“We selected pulpo because it is representative of Mediterranean cuisine and because we think it is an intriguing ingredient Miami foodies will love and who better to prepare these dishes than Miami’s most inventive chefs,” said Floris van Neerrijnen, Estrella Damm Brand Manager.

The menus are available Saturday, June 20, through Sunday, July 5, and range in price from $30-$52. 

MIAbites had an opportunity to visit Michelle Bernstein’s new restaurant Cena by Michy for a sneak peak of its Estrella Damm menu. 

For $39 per person, we were treated to an appetizer of stracciatella salad with stracciatella custard, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and fried green tomatoes; a dish that alone was worth a special visit, an entrée of fettuccini, braised beef cheeks, and red wine stewed octopus, and a delicious dessert of a crispy apple pie with stewed apples, cider caramel sauce, and vanilla, and of course, a glass of Estrella Damm. 

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