Foodies, we made it through February and survived another SOBEWFF (albeit with a few extra pounds on the scale). But, just because the King of Food Festivals is over, that doesn’t mean we can stay in our food coma for much longer. March is truly coming in like a lion with plenty of new openings, special offerings, and more foodie events hitting us hard all month long. From Cork & Fork to Cochon555 to Donuts! and much, much more, let’s keep our belts loose and enjoy another gluttonous month here in the Magic City – the beach bod can wait. Below is our local Foodie Friday round-up for your perusal. Enjoy!
By Mitchell Nover, Melanie Galarce, Santi Cardona, Monique Gonzalez, and Mahogani Jones
Despite the fact that the South Beach Wine & Food Festival has been held in Miami for 16 years now, it hasn’t always represented the local chefs, restaurants, and flavors that our city has to offer. In recent years, however, we’ve noticed a shift towards the highlighting of more of the best and brightest of the South Florida foodie community. Never has that been more evident than this year’s Festival. Instead of events being all about Food Network stars, most events are now fronted by our local culinarians with the celebrity chefs playing the role of supporting players. And, you know what? It’s a beautiful thing.
Add to that the expansion to more neighborhoods and communities off of South Beach and the growing number of “unofficial” ancillary events, and it seems that SOBEWFF has officially gone local. With so much ground to cover this year, here at MMTM Headquarters we also felt the need to activate part of our own local team of foodies to help us cover multiple aspects of the weekend’s activities. The below is a team-effort recap of our 2017 SOBEWFF experiences. We hope you enjoy our take on the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival!
By Mitchell Nover
Phuc Yea (7100 Biscayne Blvd, MiMo) is the brainchild of husband and wife team, Chef Cesar Zapata and Aniece, of The Federal fame. But, did you know, that Phuc Yea was actually their first restaurant collaboration? That’s right, the Viet-Cajun concept (yes, you read that right) was born back in 2011 as Miami’s first pop-up restaurant, and now this true labor of love is back in full-force with its own permanent space and an innovative Vietnamese inspired, Cajun influenced menu that is “phucking” fantastic.
Cheers, foodies! Here we are again to greet a much-awaited Friday, and what’s even more exciting is that it’s not just another #TGIF moment, but rather the official weekend of the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The entire MMTM staff has assignments ready to go and we’ll have coverage for you of all the foodie happenings taking place this weekend. We hope you’ve also planned to check out one of the foodie events taking place around South Florida, but in the rare case that you haven’t, you can live vicariously through our social channels! While you get SOBEWFF prepped here are some fun links from around the web to kick things off. Enjoy!
By Melanie Galarce
South Pointe Tavern (40 South Pointe Drive, #109, Miami Beach) is a self-described cozy cocktail bar that serves a myriad of spirits, craft beers, and wine. Along with your drink of choice you can enjoy small bites, ceviches, charcuterie, and more. The South of Fifth tavern offers a corner wrap-around terrace and an indoor area with exposed-brick walls to cool off during the warm Miami winters.
Chef Roberto Dubois —
Vagabond Kitchen and Bar
Chef Roberto Dubois became passionate about food by learning to cook from his grandmothers and working as a teenager in his father’s restaurant. He learned the art of butchering and the finer aspects of organic gardening, which led him to later open his own restaurant. He enrolled in culinary school in El Salvador where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class. After graduating, Chef Dubois traveled around the world learning different types of cuisines, continuing to gain experience through stints at restaurants like Juvia, Makoto, Juniper on the Water, Klima, and Azul at the Mandarin Oriental. Since June 2016, Chef Dubois has brought his talent to Vagabond Kitchen and Bar, where he focuses on giving guests quality food with the freshest ingredients and aims to enhance the MiMo district with amazing food, drinks and ambiance.
Happy Foodie Friday! We hope you all had an amazing Valentine’s Day with your SO or an equally great day if this year you celebrated with friends, or even better yet – solo. Now that we have the holiday under our belt, we’re getting psyched about all things South Beach Wine & Food Festival, which kicks off next week and makes us think twice about the amount of food that we consume as human beings (we tend to outdo ourselves every year). While we hit the gym in prep for our next foodie holiday, we leave you with a few fun foodie links from around the web. Enjoy!
By Melanie Galarce
Lolo’s Surf Cantina is a restaurant located South of Fifth (161 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach) spearheaded by chef/partner Richard Ampudia who has been nicknamed “the Godfather of Mexican Street Food.” Neatly tucked away on the corner of the newly renovated Stanton South Beach, Lolo’s Surf Cantina serves Mexican food with family-style plates and a gastropub feel.
By Mitchell Nover
At The Confidante Miami Beach, Bird & Bone (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) is the latest brainchild from Chef Richard Hales (of Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick fame). Designed to highlight the best of the American culinary landscape, the menu reflects the heart and soul of traditional country cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients from independent small farms and organic butchers that illuminate Chef Hales’ passion for Southern dining.
Happy Friday, foodies! Can you believe we’re already in mid February? We hope you’re having an amazing 2017 and are enjoying tons of foodie adventures. With that said, have you made Valentine’s Day plans with your significant other? Remember to check out our restaurant picks for this year while you still have a few days to lock in a reservation. In the meantime, we encourage to savor another glorious weekend in South Florida and we leave you with a few fun links from around the web to get you in the mood for some grub. Enjoy!