Foodie Friday – Local Edition

November is here! We are anxiously awaiting the gluttony of Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but even more importantly we’re also looking forward to the arrival of Mel’s little foodie! We’re so excited to be welcoming baby Nathaniel to Team MMTM. That said, we still have a few weeks to go before we get there, and there are plenty of food-related events and activities to keep us occupied in the meantime. With that, we leave you with our monthly local news round-up below. Enjoy!

New Restaurant Openings 
Tucked away in Midtown Garden Center in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood, La Santa brings authentic Mexican street tacos to the Magic City as a pop-up leading up to the grand concept of a mezcal and tequila bar. The pop-up is BYOB with open seating, where guests can dine surrounded by lush greenery and artistic murals. Helmed by Chef Omar Montero – whose name you may recognize from La Veinte Deli & Café (Cantina La Veinte’s sister restaurant), Copper 29, and Unique Catering Design – the concept of La Santa came to life after he searched high and low for a little piece of his hometown of Mexico City in South Florida. La Santa serves various tacos perfect for meat lovers, vegetarians, and the like, along with Mexican street corn, guacamole, quesadillas, and more. On Tuesdays, guests can enjoy the taco of the week at just $2.50.

Miami’s newest fast-casual eatery, Berri Bar, has officially opened on the corner of Lincoln Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, pioneering an authentic açaí experience like never before, fusing healthy and sweet in a hip, stylish atmosphere. The counter-service shop fuses tropical aesthetic with modern decor, featuring a large produce and toppings bar as the centerpiece of the bright and airy space. Thanks to its exclusive, state-of-the-art açaí machine, Berri Bar takes acai-making one step further, transcending the lengthy process that typically comes along with blending the superfood. Berri Bar uses the most wholesome form of açaí, harvested from the north of Brazil, boasting an organic, non-GMO, vegan and gluten free product.

Who says your quick lunch break has to be spent in some crummy cubicle? With STARR Catering Group and Pérez Art Museum Miami’s newest dining experience, Cucuyo, you can enjoy delicious grab-and-go bites with a beautiful view of Biscayne Bay. Cucuyo is a mobile 3D-printed waterside cafe that serves coffee, sandwiches, and bites by Verde’s very own Chef Kaytlin Dangaran. Named after the glowing click beetle, the stainless-steel cafe is influenced by the context and architecture of PAMM and is the first of its kind. Cucuyo is designed to be both highly functional and mobile while standing out as an artistic talking point for visitors.

Special Menus & Additional Offerings
If you didn’t know already, Lolo’s Surf Cantina was named after Chef/Partner Richard Ampudia’s grandmother, Dolores. To further honor her, he has created an abuelita-inspired breakfast menu available daily at the South of Fifth Mexican eatery. Enjoy breakfast favorites like the Huevos Rancheros, Butterscotch Pancakes, and Melbourne Avocado Toast. Pair your breakfast with some of Lolo’s pick-me-up cocktails like the Belinda, Bloody Maria, and more!

A direct result of taking locals feedback into account, DÔA plans on unveiling a more intimate dining room with updated design, semi-private terrace, a private dining room, and updated menu with lowered prices and a new bar and music program later this month. The LatAsian concept destination has already updated its operation hours to 7PM – 12AM from Tuesday to Thursday and 7PM – 1AM on Friday and Saturday, still accommodating late night dining.

Foodie Events & Happenings
LUCKYRICE is returning to the Magic City once again, tonight, to celebrate its 8th lucky year while also paying homage to what it means to be #MiamiStrong during this time of rebuilding post-Hurricane Irma. Taking place at the beachfront Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, LUCKYRICE will be presenting a poolside Asian-meets-Latino Feast along with globally spirited beverages that only Miami natives could bring to life! Chefs and bartenders from renowned Miami restaurants such as Katsuya, Hakkasan, Lure Fish Bar (and many, many more!) will come together to serve up amazing food, as well as Suntory Whisky who will be there whisking up some great cocktails. Proceeds from the feast will be donated to Feeding South Florida, an organization that leads hunger and poverty advocacy efforts in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties.

Call it a frankfurter, sausage, weenie, or just simply a hot dog; if you love hot dogs and music, Wiener Bash at Magic City Casino is the place to be this Saturday, November 4th. The 2nd Annual Wiener Bash, curated by Burger Beast, is back with over 15 restaurants and food trucks serving up hot dogs and sausages while also competing for your vote. Competitors include: Arbetter’s, Babe Froman Fine Sausages, Da Burger Shack, Doce Provisions, Dog n Suds, Doggi’s Arepa Bar, El Rey de las Fritas, Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill, Killer Melts, King of Racks, Mac & Chess, M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room, Monster Burgers, The Orange Bear Grill, Pincho Factory, Proper Sausages, Sweet Dogs 305, and Twisted Fork Kitchen. Your ticket price includes samples from all of the competitors, desserts, soft drinks and a concert by Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe and Great White.

Hyde Beach at SLS South Beach will be hosting it’s second annual exclusive culinary event, TASTE: Celebrity Chef Edition on November 9th from 8-11PM. The tasting event and culinary experience will benefit, World Central Kitchen, which was founded by Chef José Andrés, and is an international nonprofit of chefs creating smart solutions to hunger and poverty that will go towards hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Participating chefs include some of Miami’s best, including: Katsuya’s own Katsuya Uechi; Tito Vargas from Bazaar by Jose Andres; Leynia at Delano’s Jose Icardi; Vijay Veena from Jaya at Setai; Chef Bee from NaiYaRa; Pubbelly’s Jose Mendin; KYU’s Michael Lewis; Dan Bufford from Cleo; Arturo Paz from Lobster Bar Sea Grille; Jonas Bowman from K Ramen.Burger.Beer; Bazaar Mar’s Manuel Echeverri; Fi’lia’s Joshua Wahler; Brian Nasajon from Beaker & Gray; and Lucali’s Mark Lacono. Additional restaurants participating in the event includes MDOUGHW and Federal Donuts. Use promo code ‘FOODIE’ at the link above for 20% off tickets.

James Beard Foundation “Best Chef South” nominated for five consecutive years and The Pubbelly Group’s Award-winning Founding Partner and Chef, Jose Mendin will lead an exquisite evening of culinary adventure at the 29th Annual Festival of Chefs event taking place Wednesday, November 15th at Nikki Beach, Miami Beach. The annual event pays tribute to South Florida’s culinary scene with an evening of featured signature dishes, wine & spirit tastings, silent auction and entertainment, all to benefit the Easterseals South Florida Culinary Arts High School, a vocational training program for students with autism and other disabilities. At Festival of Chefs, Easterseals culinary students showcase their abilities with a signature dish and incredible hospitality. This year Easterseals South Florida celebrates 75 years of supporting and strengthening families in our community. Chef Mendin will be joined by a stellar lineup of chefs from more than 25 of the area’s most prominent restaurants including Brad Kilgore of Alter, Brian Nasajon of Beaker & Gray, Santiago Gomez of Tacology, Dena Marino of MC Kitchen, Angel Leon of Seaspice, Sean Brasel of Meat Market, Raceni Richards of The Salty Donut, and more.

Pork is Good (P.I.G.) is back for its eighth year. Founded and hosted by Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, P.I.G. brings together South Florida’s top chefs to prepare locally raised and pastured pork in inventive new ways. It promises to be a star- studded lineup of South Florida’s most innovative purveyors of haute cuisine, gourmet street food, craft beef and artisan cocktails. The results are always outstanding – chicharrones, smoked pork butt bao buns, a whole pig rolled porchetta-style and cooked in a caja china, and even bacon ice cream. P.I.G. 8 will be held on Saturday, November 18th from 3-7PM at The Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Tickets cost $50.

Estrella Damm Chef’s Choice is back and features a more robust program than ever before. The series, which runs through November 30th, highlights 50 of Miami’s top chefs and restaurants. Chefs and restaurants will create one-of- a-kind menus showcasing their creativity, priced from $30 to $70 and to include an appetizer, an entrée featuring garbanzos (chickpeas), and a dessert, paired with an Estrella Damm beer. With cuisines from all around the world, this year’s program will offer locals and visitors alike an opportunity to experience a wide variety of restaurants and dishes such as sushi, paella, risotto, ramen and many more wildly popular favorites.Zest Miami is hosting a Pop-up Bar Competition on Mondays and Tuesdays in November. Participating bartenders – from RedBar, Better Days, Brick, The Vagabond Hotel, The Local, and Wynwood Diner – will have to create at least 3 cocktails featuring DIAGEO spirits and take over the Zest bar for a night to see who can sell the most of those cocktails. I have just completed the final flyer and I have attached it in this email. We would really appreciate anything you can do to help promote it, and if you are available, we would love for you to attend. The team with the most sales during their respective date will move on to semi-finals, and the final winner will get to keep what they pour (sales + tips) during on finale night.

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Cheers to local foodie adventures this month!

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