Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Foodies, it’s almost time… That’s right, February is here and, in Miami, that can only mean one thing. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival is just around the corner! Make sure to get your tickets if you haven’t already (more on that below), but in the meantime we still 3+ weeks of exciting Miami food scene activities to get through. Between Super Bowl Sunday, Valentine’s Day (don’t miss Monday’s post!), and more, that should be more than enough to hold us over. Just don’t get too full now, #SOBEWFF is waiting. Enjoy!

New Restaurant Openings 
Grove Bay Hospitality Group has expanded its home-grown, fast-casual concept American Harvest with the South Miami opening of its full scale newest location last week. There, diners can experience the sustainable, simple, clean eating, comfortable design, and impeccable service that has made the first location, opened in Miami’s Brickell City Centre in December 2016, such a success. New to the expanded menu are flavorful Acai Bowls, refreshing Smoothies, a variety of Toasts perfect for lunchtime sustenance or a quick and nutritious snack, and nitro cold brew coffee on tap. Also, unique to the concept’s new location is weekend brunch. With items priced from $5 to $9, brunch will be available Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 3PM featuring an assortment of delicious clean favorites such as Nine Grain French Toast, an Egg & Bacon Sandwich, Harvest Granola with Greek Yogurt, Breakfast Tacos, and the Cubano Breakfast Skillet.

Special Menus & Additional Offerings
For serious food lovers, it is said that the Peruvian cuisine is one of the best in the world, and that is what 1111 Peruvian Bistro’s new lunch menu is here to prove. Born in the heart of Brickell, the neighborhood bistro is a representation of international Peruvian fusion. The lunch menu will now be available 12-3PM from Monday through Friday. For starters, guests can enjoy the ever-popular bao buns (with your choice of pork or fish), anticuchos, fried calamari, or a Peruvian favorite, the Jalea Limeña that contains a mixture of fried seafood. A variety of causitas, ceviches, and tiraditos are all available on the menu as well as well as salads, sandwiches, Nikkei Makis (sushi rolls), and more Peruvian inspirations at affordable prices.

The Alley at The Betsy Hotel heard your cries loud and clear and is excited to announce the launch of their weekend brunch menu. Brunch at The Alley will serve up fan favorite Italian dishes like Eggs All’Amatriciana, Rigatoni Carbonara, and Uova Besciamella. In addition to the basic (yet SUPER delicious) dishes, The Alley’s Chef de Cuisine John Kreidich (aka Pizza Bae) and Executive Chef Danny Ganem have whipped up some pretty special menu items, including Everything Bagel Pizza, Panetone French Toast, and Bombolini with Passion Fruit Crema. Guests will additionally have the option to order from the lunch menu, or choose a variety of items from both. Brunch takes place weekly, on Saturday and Sunday, from 11:30AM – 4PM.

Council Oak Steaks & Seafood has introduced new menu offerings for 2018. Located at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, the signature steakhouse is best known for its dry-aged cuts and wagyu beef, fresh seafood from local waters, and extensive, award-winning wine list. With an eye on seasonality, the restaurant’s new menu selections focus on what’s in season, rendering unique culinary creations that are fresh and delicious. New dishes include an American Wagyu Carpaccio, a tender Mediterranean-inspired Spanish Octopus, a refreshing update to the Chopped Salad, a Florida Grouper, a Skuna Bay Salmon, and Duck Fat Hash Browns.

Foodie Events & Happenings
Tomorrow, foodies, home-design enthusiasts, architecture admirers, and fans of the City Beautiful will unite for the Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Ninth Annual Tour of Kitchens presented by INFINITI of Coral Gables. “Tourists” will get inspired as they visit Coral Gables’ most exquisite private residence kitchens, indulge in gourmet samplings and desserts from the City’s best restaurants, and shop home goods from local merchants. Homes will feature gourmet samplings from BurgerFi, students from Coral Gables Senior High, Gilbert’s Bakery, House Kitchen & Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Swine Southern Table and Bar, Spring Chicken, SUSHICLUB, Taberna Giralda, Threefold Café, Zucca, and more. Proceeds from the Tour of Kitchens benefit the Coral Gables Community Foundation and its Culinary Arts Fund, which provides support and scholarships for the Culinary Arts Program at Coral Gables Senior High School.

Brazilian Carnaval weekend arrives at Coco Bambu showcasing the best of Brazilian culture! Starting on Saturday, February 10th, Coco Bambu serves Rio de Janeiro vibes with a live performance by Batuke Samba Funk and a special $150pp buffet featuring Mini Pastries, Fried Tapioca Cubes, Caesar Salad, Coco Bambu Shrimp, Signature House Cured Meat, Pudim, and Lime Pie desserts, paired with 2 drinks. The celebration continues on Sunday, February 11th with a Kids Brazilian Carnaval priced at $50pp, where children can enjoy a bubble show and sounds by DJ Rodrigo Ferreira.

Plant Miami has announced their new plant-based Guest-Chef Series will launch with Ghee Indian Kitchen’s chef-owner, Niven Patel, on Sunday, February 11th. Patel will collaborate with the restaurant’s culinary power duo, executive chef Horacio Rivadero 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.

Villa Azur welcomes the new year again with an Asian twist by hosting a Chinese New Year dinner party on Friday, February 16th. The lively dinner hotspot will transform to an Asian theme of live dancers, artists, dragons, DJs on deck, and a Chinese-inspired special menu by Executive Chef Philippe Ruiz, which includes Maine Lobster Dumplings, Whole Steamed Rock Cod, Crispy Duck Breast, and Mago Pudding for dessert.

The 17th annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF®) returns to EAT. DRINK. EDUCATE. February 21st – 25th. This year, those with an appetite for enjoying good eats paired with high-energy beats have a variety of events to choose from. Tickets to a majority of events are still available. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Between SOBEWFF and its sister NYCWFF, which takes place each October in New York City, more than $37 million has been raised to benefit the respective charities for each Festival.  Beyond the funds raised, both Festivals draw attention to the vibrant dining culture in their respective cities, provide economic stimulus in their communities, and serve as an invaluable platform to drive awareness, engaging and inspiring people to get involved in philanthropic activities.

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Cheers to local foodie adventures this month!

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