Weekly Nibble: Chocolate Class, Mezcal Celebrations, and Massive Dinners

MIAbites Weekly Nibble Event Guide

MIAbites features the Weekly Nibble every week , to help guide you to some of the best and most interesting events in Miami area. This week we feature Chocolate classes, Polynesian popup, Cocktail celebrations and gourmet and very special dinners.

Make your own bars at Intro to Chocolate class at Garcia Nevett


Take your knowledge (and love) of chocolate to another level at this fun evening event at Garcia Nevett. Learn about the history of chocolate, how it is made and then taste a lot of different types of chocolates guided by a certified chocolate taster. After, come into the kitchen for a demo and to make your own chocolate candy bars! There is wine and refreshments, too. Click here for tickets!

Oaxacan Tiki Takeover - a Polynesian fusion pop-up party at The Standard

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On Wednesday, March 27, Oaxacan Tiki Takeover - a Polynesian fusion pop-up party at Lido Bar & Lounge at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach will close out the Standard Bites series, which took place every Wednesday night in March. There will be tiki-inspired drinks and bites by Executive Chef Daniel Herget. DJ Tavin will be providing the beats.

For this event, the beverage team was really Inspired by Miami’s new-school Latin influence so they decided to swap mezcal for the rum that traditionally goes into most tiki drinks. Sponsored by Ilegal Mezcal, this fun, tiki fusion combines flavors that work well with the adapted spirit. Guests will find fresh and dried herbs, as well as spices like chile and cinnamon. The team was sure to include local tropical flavors like guava and mamey to amp up the Miami-feel

BBQ Jackfruit Sliders $6

Wagyu Beef Skewer $8

Pork Belly Skewer $8

Spam and Pineapple $7

Celebrate National Cocktail Day with Havana Club at St. Roch

In celebration of National Cocktail Day on March 24th and National Cold Brew Day on April 20th – I’m excited to announce HAVANA CLUB rum is partnering with St. Roch Market to debut three featured cold brew and rum cocktails. Starting on Tuesday, March 19th, the three cocktails will be available for consumer purchase at The Mayhaw, until April 30.

To kick-off these limited edition cold brew cocktails, we’d like to invite you to stop by for a complimentary cocktail (or three) on Thursday, March 21st or Friday, March 22nd, just in time for National Cocktail Day.

Using onsite coffee shop, Sabal Coffee cold brew, the three featured cocktails will be a frozen HAVANA CLUB rum and cold brew concoction, a cold brew and HAVANA CLUB Añejo Blanco white rum libation, and finally, a cold brew and HAVANA CLUB Añejo Clásico dark rum bevvy.

As you may know the real HAVANA CLUB is an authentic Cuban rum, with deep rooted ties to its heritage, cocktails, and culture. Just as rum is inherent to Cuban culture, so is coffee, which St. Roch, Sabal Coffee, The Mayhaw and HAVANA CLUB are happy to collaborate on to bring the true Cuban spirit to the people of Miami.

AQ Chop House by II Mulino hosts six-course dinner


AQ Chop House by Il Mulino at the Aqualina Resort and Residences will host an exquisite dining experience featuring a six-course dinner with wine pairings by Ruffino and menu curation by Il Mulino New York Executive Chef Michele Mazza. The evening will be complemented by a live jazz performance by local band, A Jazz Trio. Guests can take part in this palate-gratifying experience on March 28th at 7 p.m. for $175 per person.   

For the first course, guests will start the evening with Seared Sea Scallops over a cauliflower purée and topped with caviar. Paired with this dish is a Ruffino Lumina Pinot Grigio with refined notes of sage, mint and lemon peel. The second course will be a Risotto Lobster and Shrimp served with lobster bisque and topped with sautéed Red Sardinian Shrimp. A rich and earthy Ruffino Tan will be served to complement the dish’s combined flavors. The third course consists of a delicious Buffalo Fagottino Toscano, a crêpe filled with fresh ricotta, spinach and buffalo mozzarella on a bed of creamy pink sauce and drizzled with béchamel. The wine pairing for this dish is a Ruffino Gold with aromas of toast, espresso, sunbaked earth, and mature plum. For the fourth course, prepare to dig into a Braciolette Di Vitello con Polenta comprised of savory veal scaloppini rolled with pancetta and ricotta on a skewer with red onions and sage, roasted and served over parmesan polenta, pine nuts and crispy onion and paired with a Ruffino Brunello. The fifth course is a Short Rib Rolata made with oven roasted boneless beef short ribs stuffed with sautéed spinach over a green pea purée and roasted jus and paired with a red Ruffino Alauda. For the grand finale of the evening, indulge in a Zuppa Inglese dessert, a composition of cantucci cookies, crème anglaise and preserved cherries and paired with a refreshing Ruffino Moscato D’Asti.

For reservations, please call 305.466.9191 or visit https://www.acqualinaresort.com/dining/aq-chop-house/ for more information.

Katsuya Brickell unveils Sake/ Maki combos & more

Serving a fresh take on classic Japanese cuisine, Katsuya Brickell located in the heart of Brickell at SLS Lux, has unveiled an all-new happy hour menu featuring combination specials such as 'Sake & Maki' ranging from $10 - $14 (based on the sake of choice), in addition to Japanese-inspired bites and beverages ranging from $6 - $8.

Offered daily from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., guests can take advantage of this menu every day of the week, with the 'Sake & Maki' combinations also available for a late-night happy hour from 11 p.m. - midnight on Mondays.

1 Hotel South Beach is #RAISINGITFORWARD For Safe Drinking Water

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On World Water Day, March 22nd, the world turns its attention towards the billions of people who lack access to safe drinking water. 1 Hotel South Beach has partnered up with Absolut Elyx and Water For People in their #RaiseItForward month-long initiative. How can you help? Post a picture holding any Absolut Elyx specialty cocktail with the hashtag #RaiseItForwad and tag @Absolutelyx & @Waterforpeople. Available at Habitat, Drift (the hotel lobby bar), Plnthouse and the rooftop. For every post shared using the hashtag, Absolut Elyx will donate a week’s supply worth of drinking water to the Water For People charity. If the goal of 10,000 posts is met, Absolut Elyx will increase the donation to a month’s worth of safe drinking water per post.

WHEN: (World Water Day) March 22nd – (Earth Day) April 22nd

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