Stubborn Seed Blossoms South of Fifth

By Mitchell Nover

Hi there, foodies! It’s the last MMTM blog post of 2017, and I’ve saved the best for last. You may have heard me mention it twice on the WTF? Where’s the Food? Podcast as my favorite meal of the year; yes, I’m talking about Stubborn Seed (101 Washington Ave, South Beach), the new home of Top Chef winner Jeremy Ford and longtime friend Chef Joe Mizzoni. This dynamic duo is collaborating to bring a new take on Modern American cuisine in Miami. Playing with different textures and flavors in the kitchen, they’ve creating a rich menu that features natural, seasonally-sourced ingredients. The concept encourages guests to share and explore, as the chefs revitalize foods and dishes that are often known for their approachability and serve them up in a unique and exciting way.

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Chef’s Corner – Janine Booth & Jeff McInnis

Chefs Janine Booth & Jeff McInnis —
Executive Chefs,
Stiltsville Fish Bar

Earlier this week, we told you about our spectacular seafood feast at the new Stiltsville Fish Bar in Sunset Harbour. Now, we take you inside the kitchen of its dynamic chef duo – Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis.

The chefs were born and raised in Perth, Australia and Niceville, Florida, respectively. After traveling the world and experimenting with different cultures and cuisines, the pair first worked together at the Miami based restaurant gigi, where McInnis became Executive Chef in 2010. In 2011, McInnis returned to his true culinary roots and opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach. In 2014, Jeff and Janine brought southern hospitality to New York’s East Village with the opening of Root & Bone, in 2016, the pair returned to Miami for their 2nd restaurant opening, Sarsaparilla Club (which recently converted to a Root & Bone), and this September, they opened Stiltsville. Jeff and Janine have both appeared on Bravo’s Emmy award winning Top Chef, putting their personalities and talent front and center on a national stage.

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Stiltsville Fish Bar Brings the Best of Seafood to South Beach

By Melanie Galarce 

Stiltsville Fish Bar (1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach) is a locally sourced seafood restaurant in the heart of Sunset Harbour with Caribbean-style drinks and laid back, maritime-inspired digs. Spearheaded by the masterminds behind New York City’s beloved Root & Bone and Top Chef notoriety, Chef Jeff McInnis and Chef Janine Booth have brought their love of seafood to our backyard and we might be forever indebted to them.

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Uvaggio’s Somm Slam is a Total Success

By Melanie Galarce

Every now and then we get invited to foodie events that are amazing reminders of why we love our Miami foodie community. Uvaggio’s Somm Slamm was exactly that; a one-of-a-kind experience dreamt up by the wine bar’s co-founders Heath Porter and Craig DeWald that offers guests a fun-filled night of gourmet foods, gracious company and unique wines.

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Foodie Friday – Local Edition

Happy Friday, and happy September! Yes, you read that right… September! Can you believe it? The kids are back in school, Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back, the threat of hurricanes is picking up in the Tropics, and, after this Labor Day weekend, summer is pretty much over. We’re also halfway through Miami Spice season, which means you only have four more weeks to take advantage of all the great meal deals that are out there. In addition to that, as we do every month, we’ve rounded up some of the best that the new month has to offer to all of us foodies out there. Enjoy!

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Always Sunny in SoBe

Over at MMTM Headquarters we’re big fans of the foodie favorite Top Chef. When any alumni of the show decides to bring their culinary creations to our city, we jump with joy. Spike Mendelsohn, one of said former alumnus from season four, brought his skills to The Hall, a new Miami Beach hotel concept located on 15th and Collins that recently opened by hotel chain Joie de Vivre. The hotel has a certain je ne sais quoi that sweeps you off your feet with charm, easily translating into the courtyard that plays hosts to Mendelsohn’s restaurant.

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Chef’s Corner – Fabio Viviani

Fabio Viviani, Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author, Siena Tavern Miami
You know him and love him from Bravo’s Top Chef, but Fabio Viviani is more than just a sexy Italian accent, killer smile, and charming personality. Yes, he appeared on two seasons of the hit culinary competition show, was named “Fan Favorite,” and even starred in his own spinoff show, Life After Top Chef, but Chef Fabio has possessed a passion for food since his childhood, growing up in Florence, Italy.

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Chef’s Corner – Nina Compton

Nina Compton, Chef de Cuisine, Scarpetta
A native of St. Lucia, Chef Nina Compton has trained in French, Caribbean and Italian kitchens (and she’s also a  fellow Sandals alumna). She has worked under renowned Chef Daniel Boulud and now lives in Miami where she is the Chef de Cuisine for acclaimed chef Scott Conant at Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau on Miami Beach. A self-proclaimed “gnocchi queen,” Nina always keeps Maldon salt, good olive oil, lemon, calabrese chilies, and either pancetta or guanciale on hand. Nina strongly believes one should enjoy the moment whenever they are cooking, a belief that was recently put into practice during her time on Bravo’s hit cooking competition show, Top Chef. Nina did Miami extremely proud, coming in as the first runner up as well as being named the show’s “Fan Favorite.”

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