Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Hi foodies, October is here! And what a relief it is to be done with September… This last month was a tough one, what with Hurricane Irma and its effects here in South Florida, in the Keys, and across the state. Not to mention the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where many of our friends and family live, and the earthquake in Mexico, which also touched many of our loved ones. That said, we’re moving forward, onwards, and upwards, and there’s a lot to be thankful and look forward to. An extension of Miami Spice through the end of October, for one. There’s a lot going on this month in Miami, including a number of ways our foodie community is coming together to help those still in need. For all that and more, check out our monthly round-up of local foodie news below. Enjoy!

New Restaurant Openings 
Top Chef Jeremy Ford, in partnership with Miami’s premier boutique restaurant firm, Grove Bay Hospitality Group, recently opened the highly anticipated Stubborn Seed. The first of two concepts between the group and chef, the restaurant is open in the vibrant South of Fifth neighborhood. Ford and his team, which includes longtime friend, Chef Joe Mizzoni, play with different textures and flavors in the kitchen creating a rich menu with natural ingredients seasonally sourced. Servers guide guests through the rotating menu of seasonal specialties encouraging them to share and explore various dishes from the categories: Raw, Snacks, Meats, Fish/Shellfish, and Others. Featured items can be ordered a la carte or diners can opt for the Chef’s Tasting – a menu of seven courses – for a special experience.

Adding to Miami Beach’s hip, ever-growing Sunset Harbor neighborhood is new Brazilian restaurant concept, Ofa. Conceptualized, owned, and operated by a powerhouse team of Brazilian hospitality and marketing pros, Ofa celebrates its namesake, farofa – the undeniably typical Brazilian side dish made of toasted yucca flour and spices. Ofa offers a menu of progressive Brazilian cuisine, rooted in tradition but very much representative of the vibrant country’s rich, contemporary gastronomy. The dynamic eatery welcomes diners and imbibers to savor flavorful, soulfulSouth American fare and expertly crafted cocktails.

After closing in May 2016, BLT Steak is excited to announce its return to South Beach. The acclaimed steakhouse is now open in its new home at the recently refurbished Iberostar Berkeley Hotel (formerly the Berkeley Shore). In addition to classic favorites, new items debuting to Miami audiences on BLT Steak’s menu are dishes that exemplify the brand’s simple yet sophisticated fare: Steak Tartare Tacos, Snapper Crudo, Uni Toast, Heirloom Tomato and Beets Salad, and Foie Gras Empanadas. Chef de Cuisine Carlos Torres will oversee kitchen operations, making his own mark on the menu with weekly blackboard specials, showcasing fresh local ingredients. An intimate cocktail bar and hotel lobby lounge will offer a curated selection of local draft beers and wines by the glass as well as handcrafted, seasonal cocktails, while a robust wine list will offer diners a wide array of Old and New World vintages consistent with BLT Steak’s award-winning selections worldwide.

Special Menus & Additional Offerings
In celebration of Italian Heritage Month, beloved Miami Beach eatery Macchialina is extending their popular Pasta Thursday promotion to a month long celebration. Throughout the month of October, Mondays through Fridays from 6PM to 7:30PM, guests can enjoy a selection of rich pasta dishes for just $10; with the exception of Thursdays, which will continue to offer $10 pastas all night long. House favorites include the Beet Mezzaluna with hazelnuts, brown butter and ricotta salata; Lasagna with short rib and taleggio; and the Cavatelli Macchialina with baby meatballs, porchetta and pecorino.

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company has introduced the Yacht Rock’s Sunday Brunch, letting patrons sail into their Sunday Funday with a brunch that’s as smooth and subtle as the $1 Kapitan’s Kolsch and Rosé you’ll be sipping on all day. The new menu includes everyone’s brunch favorites like Avocado Toast, build-your-own breakfast burritos, and bottomless mimosas. To accompany the grub, DJ Garcia will have you casting away all your worries when he starts to play all the greatest Yacht Rock hits from the 70s and 80s. The nautical vibes of the brewery will ward off any Sunday Scaries and give you a peaceful, easy feeling as you cruise into Monday. Yacht Rock’s Sunday Brunch is from 12-6PM with DJ Garcia on the ones and twos from 2-6 PM.

Nautilus Cabana Club recently introduced a Weekend Asado from 1-6PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The $39 per person buffet transports guests to the Caribbean with tropical beats by local DJs, frozen specialty cocktails, BBQ staples, and other internationally-inspired dishes. After the meal, guests can continue the relaxation at the beach or poolside at the Nautilus’  1,890 sq. ft. saltwater beachfront pool. Visiting guests receive a $10 Uber credit for a ride home or a discounted valet rate of $12.

Meraki Greek Bistro is the perfect spot for a date night as it is located in a hidden corridor with cozy seating offering guests the ultimate privacy. To that end, guests can take advantage of the Dinner for 2 special on Mondays through Wednesdays, which brings a bottle of house wine (white or red) and the following meal options for only $50.

  • Traditional horiatiki salad as an appetizer, followed by two whole fresh branzino fish on the grill with spinach & onion orzo;
  • Choice of pita bread with hummus, tzatziki, or meli-salad (eggplant spread), and as the main course a Meraki gyro platter, served with Greek fries;
  • Or choice of pita bread with hummus, tzatziki, or meli-salad (eggplant spread) as an appetizer, leading to Meraki’s souvlaki platter.

Forte Dei Marmi and their Two Michelin Star Chef Antonio Mellino give #Sundaze a whole new meaning with the launch of the Sunday Autumn Brunch on Sunday, October 8th! Affordable, approachable, and experiential, the $55 pre-fixe Italian menu will consist of a Bronze Antipasti Bar, a choice of 1 entrée, and, to finish, a Dessert Buffet. A $35 add on for the Raw Fish Bar will offer oysters, red prawns, scampi and fish. A kid’s menu is also available for $25, offering choice of Homemade Penne with parmesan cheese, tomato, or pesto, Organic Chicken Milanese, or Grilled Fish of the Day.

Foodie Events & Happenings
VEZA SUR Brewing Co. has partnered with Islamorada Beer Co. and the charity, GottaLuvThem, in collecting donations to help out the victims of Hurricane Irma in the Keys. VEZA SUR Brewing Co. will also be collecting donations of non-perishable items, toiletries, water, first aid kits, etc. at the brewery, offering a Chopp on the house for customers who donate two items or more. Items needed for donation include: canned and non-perishable foods, bottled water or Gatorade, bleach, toiletries, toilet paper and paper towels, diapers and baby wipes, hand sanitizer, and First Aid kits.

In honor of football season, Bristol’s Burgers, located on-site at the Diplomat Beach Resort, is now offering food and beer specials on Monday nights, Thursday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays. Football fans and foodies can enjoy $25 Bucket of Beers (cans), $30 Bucket of Beers (bottles), and $20 Party Platters of wings, tater tots, Hollywood Fries, and sliders. The old school styled burger joint is lined with flat screens so you have a clear view of your favorite NFL and college games from every angle.

For the third year, Taste of Equality at Gulfstream Park will be held on October 11th from 6-9PM with all proceeds benefitting Equality Florida. This year, attendees can embrace their inner foodies with a tasting in the park from participating venues and expect the event to take it up a notch with some awesome entertainment, shopping specials, raffles and more. Bring your friends and make new ones during a mouthwateringly exciting evening to benefit our LGBTQ community.

On Friday, October 13th, special guest chef Lior Lev Sercarz of New York’s La BoiteLior and Edge’s chef Aaron Brooks will host a special culinary event in Bahia at 7pm. The multi-course dinner, with a live action lamb grilling station, will include wine pairings, a specialty cocktail and a collaboration brew with J Wakefield using Chef Lior’s spices. All guests will also receive a signed copy of his cookbook. Tickets are $175, with a portion of the proceeds going to support hurricane relief efforts in Florida and Anguilla.

Dragonfly Izakaya and Fish Market is hosting a “Sushi Class 101” on Saturday, October 14th from 3:30-5:00PM. Enjoy a complimentary aperitif and passed hors-d’oeuvres as their master sushi chefs teach you the history and basics of sushi. During class you’ll learn the secrets of perfect sushi rice, how to select and prepare the perfect Salmon Nigiri, how to make California and Crunch Rolls, and how to prepare Japanese Hand Rolls. After class wraps, stay for Happy Hour specials at the bar or take advantage of sushi kit and fish discounts at the market. The all-inclusive price for this Dragonfly experience is only $68 per person.

Recipes for Change is a special collaborative chef event taking place at Casa Florida on Saturday, October 14th starting at 4PM. Brought together by Executive Chef Santiago Gómez of Cantina La Veinte and Tacology, six chefs from Miami and Latin America will unite to help the victims of Hurricane Irma, especially local farmers and purveyors that were greatly affected by the storm. Each chef will highlight their individual backgrounds and techniques to help bring awareness to the cause. All proceeds from the event will benefit local farms affected by these events. Participating chefs include: Santiago Gómez (Miami-Mexico), Carlos García (Miami-Venezuela), Renzo Garibaldi (Peru), Sebastián La Rocca (Argentina-Costa Rica), Mirciny Moliviatis (Guatemala), and Xavier Torres (Miami) as well as the special participation of social media influencer Giselle Schreiner (@LaVidaOrganica). $25 tickets include 6 bites and a cocktail; $50 tickets include unlimited bites and a cocktail.

III Points is teaming up with Downtown Miami eatery Fooq’s to bring a unique dining experience, the Fooq’s Cove, to the fifth-annual Music, Art & Technology Festival. Nestled in ‘the cove’ of III Points will lie an oasis of eclectic cuisine, offering festival-goers an experiential dining haven, artfully prepared by Fooq’s Executive Chef Saul Ramos, from Friday, October 13th through Sunday, October 15th. Capturing the essence of the festival’s ‘3 points,’ Fooq’s will offer guests a unique daily menu, showcasing three different options for each day of the festivities. The counter service concept invites festival-goers to kick back in an exotically designed dining cove, and select from a variety of prix-fixe menu options with a Mediterranean twist. To complete the culinary haven, live music from the main stage will add to the vibe of the Fooq’s Cove throughout the festival. All ticket holders are welcome to experience the Fooq’s Cove, located directly besides the main entrance of III Points. Single-day, multi-day and VIP ticket options are available.

More Takes
In self promotional news, we’ve been nominated for Best Foodie Blogger of 2017 by the South Florida Bloggers Awards! You can vote for your favorite bloggers (aka, us!) as many times as you like through midnight EST, Monday, November 27th, after which, the top five popular vote winners for each category will be reviewed by a panel of judges whom will select the final winner per category. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on Sunday, December 10th at the Coral Gables Museum. So, if you like what we do, give a click and give us your vote. Thanks, foodie friends!

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Cheers to local foodie adventures this month!

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