Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Foodie friends, can you believe we’re already 25% in to 2017??? The first few months of the year are always a whirlwind around here with food festivals and restaurant openings, and a ton of special foodie events. While not letting up completely, things are starting to slow down a little bit as we start to approach the summer months and we’re happy to bet getting a little bit of a reprieve. That said, there’s still plenty to see and do, eat and drink this month. Below is our regular round-up of the best of the Miami food scene this month. Enjoy!

New Restaurant Openings & Menu Additions
River Yacht Club has added a dash of Dashi, offering up an exciting new progressive Japanese dining destination to its portfolio of culinary concepts. Overseeing Dashi’s culinary operations is Chef Shuji Hiyakawa, a protégé of Iron Chef Masahuru Morimoto and a descendant of three generations of Udon makers. Dashi will operate as a stand-alone restaurant within RYC, in a pristine jewel box setting that embraces an elegant minimalist design capturing the essence of Japanese style while still embracing RYC’s nautical spirit. Dashi will serve dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 6-11PM, featuring a la carte selections that include soups and udons from recipes that are rooted in Chef Hiyakawa’s childhood in his father’s noodle shop in Fukuoka, Japan. A full bar will als offer wine, Japanese beers, and showcase a coveted selection of Japanese whiskeys and sakes.

Available from 4-7PM, Tuesday through Friday, Ariete’s new after work happy hour menu includes drinks like the Cocktail Float (house-made ice cream, Now Your Father’s Root Beer, Fernet and Luxardo), French 75 (Flor de Caña, lemon juice and Proseco), and The Girl from Ipanema (Cachaca, ginger beer, lime & basil), among others. Pioneering their unique blend of farmhouse cuisine with trail-blazing Latin influences, the creative minds behind Ariete, restauranteur Jason Odio and Executive Chef Michael Beltran, have carefully curated the perfect lite bites menu to accompany the decadent cocktail offerings. Food items include Fritas with chorizo and potato sticks on a potato roll, Grilled Oysters, Ariete Oxtail Nuggets, Smoked Salmon Sliders, and the restaurant’s signature Chug Burger.

The Bar at OLLA is heating up happy hour on Lincoln Road with new cocktails and dishes representing unbeatable quality at a low price. Happy hour takes place daily from 4-6PM and again from 9PM – close. On Tuesday, diners can also drink half-priced bottle of wines. The happy hour menu has $8 cocktails, $8 bar bites, $6 glasses of wine, and $5 draft beer. Cocktails vary from the classic Olla-Rita, shaken with Cazadores, lime, and agave; a sweet and spicy Passionsita, mixed with Avion blanco, lime, ancho reyes, passion fruit, and citronage; and a mezcal-fueled Oaxacan Burro with Union Joven, lime, ginger, epazote, and ginger beer. On the food side, MASA (sourced from Taquiza) is featured on the bar menu including the Gordita with duck carnitas; Sope with crispy sweetbreads; and Tamal with queso fresco and pulled chicken. Vegaterians can also delight in made to order Guacamole and Cauliflower with green chile crema, pumpkin seeds, pan molido and cotija.

Brickell’s Level One recently debuted a new menu and a full bar program featuring exotic cocktails infused with culinary ingredients to complement the cuisine. Created by Executive Chef Ricardo Nieri, Level One takes guests around the world with globally-inspired dishes to accompany Bar Manager Maxwell Parise’s innovative cocktails such as The Secret Garden (arugula infused Absolut Elyx, cherry tomato, mustard seed, yuzu, truffle and pepper), My Uncle’s Coffee (Tio Pepe, London’s #1, Aperol, Luxurado, orange bitters, and candied fig) Get on My Level Eddie (Absolut Elyx, squid ink, Luxurado and orange bitters, served on a lightbulb), La Bandera (Altos Tequila, Vida Mescal, basil, pineapple, lime and house peychauds), and Emojito Royal (Bacardi 8, Mint, lime and prosecco). The venue also features happy hour seven days a week from 5-8PM.

Recently, Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chão unveiled three major menu enhancements, including the largest bar menu innovation in the restaurant’s 20-year U.S. history. These overhauls include a new “Bar Fogo” menu that offers guests a more casual alternative and opportunity access Fogo’s high-end, authentic Brazilian cuisine and service, new happy hour specials from 4:30-6:30PM weekdays (think $4 Brazilian bites and beers, $6 South American wines, and $8 Brazilian-inspired cocktails), and a new spring seasonal salad and soup menu.

Special Menus & Offerings
For the entire month of April, patrons who visit SUGARCANE raw bar grill can take part in CANVAS, the restaurant’s virtual guest chef series. Supporting Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative, the campaign activates chefs from across the country to virtually participate in a month-long program that highlights a unique and inspiring dish created using a bowl as a blank “canvas.” This month, diners can enjoy Afro Asian American Gumbo, a dish that can be found nowhere else in Miami, from guest chef JJ Johnson of Harlem’s The Cecil and Minton.

Brunch-lovers rejoice! On Sunday, April 9th, Ariete will host a HYGGE brunch inspired by the comfort-focused Danish phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. Executive Chef Michael Beltran will prepare his sought-after farm-to-table menu favorites accompanied by Ariete’s newest brunch menu item, Dallas Wynn’s decadent Hygge Hot Chocolate perfectly paired with toasted marshmallow fluff and graham cracker biscotti. Diners will be offered knitting sets so they can knit while they nosh in Ariete’s warm and cozy decor. The brunch menu will include Ariete’s ongoing brunch favorites like Carrot Cake Waffles, Abuela’s Grits, Chicken and Waffles, and Ariete’s famous Chug Burger and the McChug, among many other favorites.

Giorgio Rapicavoli and the rest of the Eating House posse are hosting the sixth annual 4/20 Dinner on Thursday, April 20th from noon-10:30PM. The celebration, an ode to the pot smokers’ “holiday,” features a cravable, eight-course 4/20 themed munchies menu for $42.00 with $4.20 drink specials and stoner music and movies on constant rotation. The prix-fixe menu, served family-style, will consist of satisfying munchies-style grub, from Peanut Butter & Jelly Cold Noodles to Tater Tot Poutine to Croquetas & Waffles, and more. The regular a la carte menu will not be served, and reservations are strongly suggested.

Looking for world class cuisine that won’t break the bank? Starting on Monday, April 24th, Chef Wolfgang will continue his Menu Trotting with Chef Wolfgang Birk dining series, showcasing special menu offerings from the Basque Country in Spain. Taking place on the last week of every month, the menu will four courses and an amuse bouche featuring signature dishes from the region for $55 per person. An optional wine pairing will also be available, priced at $20 per person. The Menu Trotting dinner will be available from Monday through Sunday.

Foodie Events & Happenings
Madrid’s renowned gastronomical destination, Triciclo, is excited to announce TANDEM, a three-part dinner series, to introduce the FIREHOUSE MRKT project, a new European-style restaurant-market located in the historic Fire Station No. 2. The dinner series, launching this month, will serve as an exclusive preview of the market as the dinners will take place in the raw market space and feature a creative and eclectic culinary collaboration alongside Triciclo’s chefs, Javier Mayor and Javier Goya. The collaborating chefs who will be participating in the dinner series are all chefs who were chosen because they will have their own outposts at FIREHOUSE MRKT once open. The first installment, taking place on April 7th and 8th (aka today and tomorrow), will bring Spanish and Mexican cultures together through culinary collaboration with beloved Mexican chef and culinary mastermind behind Cantina La Veinte and Copper 29, Omar Montero. The first dinner is priced at $100 per person, inclusive of a 14-course meal prepared by the three collaborating chefs. The dinner will also have appropriate wine pairings as well as Estrella Damm beer.

On Saturday, April 8th, United Way of Miami-Dade Young Leaders will host an interactive cooking and eating experience, Build Your Own Brunch B.Y.O.B., modeled after VeritageMiami’s wildly popular Interactive Dinner. Guests will prepare a three-course brunch, under the tutelage of some of Miami’s most innovative chefs, Eileen Andrade of Finka Table & Tap, Jhonnatan Contreras of Toro Toro Miami, and Scott Linquist of Coyo Taco and Olla. Guests will create their own food pairings with unlimited wine, spirits, cocktails and brews from Zonin, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Atlantico Rum, and Concrete Beach Brewery. Event proceeds benefit United Way of Miami-Dade’s work in education, financial stability and health to build a #StrongerMiami. While chefs lead guests through each course, Johnson & Wales culinary students will serve as sous chefs and sommeliers at each table. In between courses, guests will enjoy a live auction, featuring exclusive foodie items and experiences. The event will take place from 11AM – 2PM at the InterContinental Miami and cost $100 for Young Leaders, $125 general public, or $1,000 for a table of eight.

Tuesday night just got more real with a Miami take on New York City’s authentic Chinatown tastes and tunes coming to K.Ramen.Burger.Beer, inside the Townhouse Hotel. The Take Poke is delicious and their Lobster Ramen will curl your toes, but nothing will make your friends’ night quite like watching you coo “oh-baby-baby” to that infamous Britney Spears track at Tuesday night “silent” Karaoke from 10PM – 2AM. Silent Revolution, the local leader in “silent” events, has partnered with SBE Hospitality for some sing-along fun with a twist… Instead of offering the traditional karaoke format with a barely-audible sound system and standard prompter that shows the lyrics on a screen, deejays Myke Dilla and Mike Louis will spin each song live from their turntables. Whoever the crowd votes as the most entertaining crooner of the night gets an international beer or glass of Japanese wine, courtesy of the K.Ramen staff and Silent Revolution.

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Cheers to local foodie adventures this month!

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