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Your Guide to the Unofficial Events of SOBEWFF 2017

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival officially kicks off tonight! Lots of events are sold out, but you could still score some tickets to some awesome events too! If that’s not your thing, don’t worry there are plenty of ‘Unofficial’ SOBEWFF events happening all over the city that might be up your alley.

Here is your guide to the Unofficial Events of SOBEWFF 2017:

All Week

Pubbelly Burger Week – February 20th – February 25th
The menu will include 10 burgers designed by Chef Mendin, Chef Guillermo Concha & Chef Craig Wolsk. Monday thru Thursday for Lunch; Friday for Lunch; Friday and Saturday for Late night. Info

Wednesday, February 22nd

SOBEWFF Kick Off After Party at Pawn Broker – 11p
Will Rivas, Beverage Director of the Pubbelly Group, will be hosting nationally renowned (and very good friend) bartender, Yael Vengroff, at Pawn Broker, for the greatest rooftop after-party in Downtown Miami. Top bartender of The Spare Room, Hollywood CA, Yael will use delicious & exotic tastes to craft her concoctions at the Miami Rooftop, and William Rivas, will craft an exciting assortment of cocktails, representing the finest Pawn Broker has to offer.

Thursday, February 23rd

SOBEWFF Kick Off Dinner: Childhood Memories February 23 – 8p
In collaboration with Miami Ink’s clothing line, Ruthless & Toothless, Chef Jose Mendin will be serving up a collection of original dishes inspired by his childhood memories, alongside great friends Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette of Toro. To top the night off, making an exclusive appearance will be Darren Brass, of the celebrated reality show, Miami Ink. It will be a night you won’t want to miss! $85 pp – Tickets

Made In Dade Chef’s Cookout – Phuc Yea – 8p
Michael Beltran from Ariete, Rene Reyes & John Gallo from Pinch Kitchen, Niven Patel from Ghee Indian Kitchen, Cesar Zapata from Phuc Yea. Featuring a selection of the crispest east and west coast oysters by Blue Island Oysters & Estrella Damm Beer and a chef inspired menu of Viet Cajun Seafood Boil / crawfish, shrimp, clams, potatoes, andouille sausage, corn, Vietnamese aromatics, beer, Glazed Caramel Pork Spare Ribs / fish sauce caramel, scallions, sesame, apple wood smoked, Pig-nics / caja china roasted hams, lemon grass, chillies, garlic, ginger, pho spice and Sides, Fixins & Sauces prepared by guest chefs. Tickets are $34-50 and available on here.

Midnight Breakfast Club – Brava! – 11p
Join Trends on Trends and Chef Brad Kilgore of Brava! and Alter in Miami for a Midnight Breakfast Club full of breakfast sandwiches, stickers, and lots of boozy beverages at BRAVA By Brad Kilgore. Food and fun and open bar for as long as the alcohol lasts… so we suggest getting there early. Tickets are only $25 per person! Get your tickets here.

Friday, February 24th

Alter for the Eats, Rhymes, and Life – Alter/East – 7p
Join James Beard nominated Chef, Bradley Kilgore at James Beard nominated restaurant, Alter for the Eats, Rhymes, and Life event hosted at Alter and sponsored by Breakthru Beverage and the new East Hotel. Beginning at 7 pm with an Interactive 5 Course Dinner with Beverage and Music Pairings from Chefs Brad Kilgore and Brandon Brumback and Co-Hosted by Jarobi White of Tribe Called Quest followed by After Party Access on the 40th Floor of East Hotel, DJ set by Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Cocktails and Wines Offered from Breakthru Beverage. Full Event Access is $250 per person. Call Alter at 305 573 5996 or email at [email protected] (NOTE: Dinner is SOLD OUT)

Ramen Late Night at Pubbelly Sushi Miami Beach – Midnight
The grand finale to SOBEWFF, it’s Ramen Late Night at Pubbelly Sushi, Miami Beach. Hosted by Chef Jose Mendin, Chef Richie Nakano formerly of Hapa Ramen, will be cooking alongside the Miami chef creating 2 very tasty Ramen dishes. And, making a very special musical appearance and his debut act at the venue, is DJ Terry Cloth.

Saturday, February 25th

Oh Baby I Like It Raw – Izzy’s Fish & Oyster – 10p
Come throw down with Jamie DeRosa on Saturday, February 25 at Izzy’s Fish & Oyster’s raw bar for their second edition of “Oh Baby I Like It Raw” guest chef series. The fun starts at 10 pm and the two guest chefs on deck will be Boston favorites, Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer of The Little Donkey. The Bostonians, Jamie B. and Ken, will be putting their spin on Scallop Crudo and Tuna Tataki. Jamie plans to keep it tropical with his Florida Citrus and White Soy Ponzu inspired dressed oyster.

Sunday, February 26th

La Resaca – Taquiza– 1p
Join Steve Santana and local friends on Sunday, February 26 at 1 PM for La Resaca, a special brunch collaboration with local Chefs William Crandall, Niven Patel, Michael Beltran and Roland Baker of Vice City Bean. Taquiza 1506 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, FL.

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VeritageMiami Happens This Week

UPDATE October 5, 2016: With Miami-Dade under a tropical storm watch and back in the “cone of concern,” our VeritageMiami leadership has decided to postpone ALL VeritageMiami events, including the Interactive Dinner on Fridayand Auction & Bubbly Brunch on Sunday, to the spring. We feel that this is the best course of action, again, out of an abundance of caution and due to the uncertainty of Hurricane Matthew. We will be in touch soon with new dates for VeritageMiami in the spring of 2017. All tickets and sponsorship benefits will be honored then. In addition, United Way is Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management’s official volunteer and donations arm following a disaster, and we need to turn our attention towards those efforts.

VeritageMiami, presented by City National Bank, is happening this week.

VeritageMiami will take place October 5, 6, 7 and 9.

Click here to buy tickets.

VeritageMiami is a four-day gathering where wine, spirits, beer and food lovers join with top sommeliers, notable chefs, prestigious wineries, winemakers and breweries to eat, drink and unite all for a greater purpose. VeritageMiami benefits United Way of Miami-Dade, and has raised more than $12 million, supporting programs in our community that are focused on improving education, financial stability and health – the building blocks for a good life.

Events include:

  • A Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood Walls, on Wednesday, October 5 – more than 140 top-notch local, regional and national brews, complemented by delicious bites from dozens of South Florida restaurants, with the artsy, mural –adorned, Wynwood Walls as the backdrop at this walk-around, tasting event. Tickets are $75 per person VIP admission; $55 per person general admission. Participating restaurants include: Edge Steak and Bar, Happy Wine, Joey’s, KYU, Proof Pizza & Pasta, Pincho Factory, Shake Shack, Spring Chicken, The Dutch Miami and Wynwood Kitchen and Bar.
  • A Fine Wine Tasting at the Shops at Merrick Park on October 6 – Enjoy an unparalleled variety of nearly 400 wines from around the world, paired with innovative dishes prepared by some of South Florida’s top chefs. The French Horn Collective will bring live entertainment to the event. Tickets are $150 per person VIP admission; $75 per person general admission. Participating restaurants include: Bocce, Bulla Gastrobar, DIRT, Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market, Glass and Vine, Pinch Kitchen, STK Miami, Swine Southern Table & Bar, Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant, and Zest.
  • Interactive Dinner at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami on October 7 – considered one of the year’s most unique culinary experiences – guests will team up and cook a three-course meal under the tutelage of Bravo’s “Top Chef” season 13 winner, Jeremy Ford, who also serves as the chef de cuisine at The Miami Beach EDITION’S Matador Room by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Johnson & Wales University students will serve as sous chefs, helping guests at each table, and the dinner is accompanied by Best in Glass gold and silver medal wines, which were previously selected by some of South Florida’s top sommeliers. Tickets are $500 per person; $4,000 per table of eight.
  • Auction & Bubbly Brunch at the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, on Sunday, October 9 – VeritageMiami’s brand new event, features a Perrier Jouët Champagne Reception, followed by a delicious family-style southern brunch, prepared by John Kunkel and his 50 Eggs Inc. team of James Beard-nominated and award-winning restaurants – Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Swine Southern Table and Bar and the newly opened Spring Chicken. Unique bourbon cocktails will emphasize the southern heritage of the dishes being served, and one-of-a-kind experiences will be auctioned off. Guests can also enjoy a sampling of bourbon and rye whiskies, thanks to Heaven Hill Distilleries. Tickets are $500 per person; $5,000 per table of 10.

Click here to buy tickets and we will see you at VeritageMiami.

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Celebrate Oktoberfest With Miami Smokers at the Pawn Broker

Everyone is celebrating Oktoberfest! You can celebrate the best way we know how to. Celebrate with Miami Smokers and the Pubbelly Boys at Pawn Broker in Downtown Miami. The fun happens on Thursday, September 29th from 8-11pm.

Here’s what you could feast on:

  • Beer Pork Brat served with German potato salad; house made sauerkraut, beer mustard, caramelized onions
  • The Floridian Sausage served with German potato salad; orange segments, pickled peppers, guacamole puree
  • Mini Pork Schnitzel Sandwich; butter fried pork shoulder, apple coleslaw, warm roll
  • Pigs in a Blanket; smoked mozzarella, Miami Smokers speck, pretzel roll, sweet mustard
  • Head Cheese Corn Dog; butter corn bread, smoked ketchup

Here’s what you could be sipping on:

Beer: Ayinger Celebrator (Doppelbock); Ayinger Bräu-Weisse (Hefeweizen); Due South Oktoberfest (Marzen)

Cocktails: Katharine Lee Bates (LoDo) with HopHead Vodka, Myschyf Pistachio Absinthe, Grapefruit Juice, Hoped Agave, Peychaud Bitters, IPA Foam.

 

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The Dutch’s 5th Annual Summer BBQ’s

For the 5th year in a row, The Dutch is hosting their annual summer BBQ’s.

Every Wednesday night in July, Chef de Cuisine Adonay Tafur will team up with a rotating roster of guest chefs from the best restaurants in Miami to craft a specially-themed BBQ feast served family-style, also featuring sweet summer treats by The Dutch’s critically-acclaimed Pastry Chef Josh Gripper. Special guests chefs include Mike Pirolo of Macchialina, Xavier Torres of Drunken Dragon and Steve Santana of Taquiza, among many more. In addition to refreshing bourbon libations, The Dutch will also partner with local breweries to highlight several limited small batch brews perfect for the summer BBQ season.

The full schedule is below:

Dutch-SummerBBQ

Tickets to the weekly BBQ series are $40 per person, excluding tax and service charges. Space is limited, and advanced purchase is recommended. Walk-in guests are also welcome.

The Dutch is located inside W South Beach, 2201 Collins Avenue, in Miami Beach.

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PB Burger Returns

PB Burger is making it’s return during the PB Burger Series at Pubbelly Restaurant in Miami Beach.

Every Wednesday from thru July 27, Pubbelly is adding a special burger, created by a series of guest chefs, who will appear in the restaurant on their special night. $1 of all proceeds from the guest burgers will be donated to the Foundation.

Check out what guest burgers you could feast on below:

· Wednesday, June 22- Lee Schrager, Founder of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival will helm the kitchen and personally prepare his SOBEWFF® Burger for customers

· Wednesday, June 29- Geoffrey Anderson and Dianne Rubin, Blogger, Miami Food Pug

· Wednesday, July 6- Bob Drinon, President of Breakthru Beverage Florida

· Wednesday, July 13- Sef Gonzalez, Blogger, Burger Beast

· Wednesday, July 20- Evan Benn, Editor in Chief, INDULGE Magazine

· Wednesday, July 27- Gio Gutierrez, Executive Producer, Chat Chow TV

Check out the full list of fixed burgers here.

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Check Into the Drink Miami Hostel on June 4th

On Saturday, June 4th, step inside the Drink Miami Hostel at the Freehand Miami.

Over 20 of the world’s most recognized spirits and Miami’s thriving cocktail community will unite on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 when Drink Miami HOSTEL — a one-day event from 1 to 4 p.m. featuring infinite libations from the city’s top bartenders, one-on-one interactions with regional and global brand ambassadors, and unique activations – inhabits the historic Freehand Miami.

Guests will be able to cocktail hop from room to room and experience to experience, as Drink Miami HOSTEL and participating brands will occupy and transform 15 of the Freehand’s guest rooms across both floors into their very own house party room, beer garden, and build your own old fashioned bar. A tour of the Freehand Miami, an original 1930s Art Deco building and home to one of the World’s 50 Best Bars The Broken Shaker, will be offered to those who want a sip of Miami history.

Serious imbibers can whet their whistle with serious product from Absolut Elyx, Afrohead, Ancho Reyes, Atlantico, Avion, Bacardi, Dillon’s Distillers, Disaronno, Dos Maderas, Fernet Branca, Herradura, High West, Jägermeister, Jameson Black Barrel, Jameson Caskmates, Milagros, Montelobos, Old Forester, Peroni, Rum Diplomático, Richland Rum, Reyka, Tequila Chamucos, The Irishman, Toki, Tullamore D.E.W., Williams Humbert, Zucca and more to be announced. Select brands will be using Miami Drink HOSTEL as an opportunity to shake things up (Peroni will be mixing up beer cocktails), launch new products (Beam Suntory’s latest Japanese whisky), and gage never before done recipes (be sure to stop by Zucca’s room to get a taste of their new higher ABV).

Upon check-in at Drink Miami HOSTEL, guests will get receive an official passport to keep track of their journey and featuring recipes from each respective brand. This passport will also grant you access to the Broken Shaker’s notoriously celebrated punch room, as well as enchanting courtyard and pool area.

Concocted by local spirit connoisseurs, beverage professionals and drinking buddies Gabriel Urrutia, Giovanny Gutierrez and Matt Hirsch, Drink Miami HOSTEL was born out of a desire to showcase and build awareness of the 305’s cocktail culture whilst giving brand ambassadors and fellow specialists a chance to pour out their knowledge and educate consumers on the art of imbibing and cocktailery.

Drink Miami HOSTEL will take place on Saturday June 4th, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 2727 Indian Creek Drive. Tickets for the all you can drink event cost $35 for early bird special and $45 thereafter.

Buy your tickets HERE.

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Jose Mendin, Brad Kilgore, & Jeremy Ford to Takeover Casa de Campo Resort & Villas

Looking to take a vacation this summer?

If you are why not plan it around the Casa de Campo Resort & Villas’ ‘Flavors of the World’ culinary event from July 15-17 in Dominican Republic.

Miami’s own Jose Mendin, Brad Kilgore, and Jeremy Ford will be highlighting the best of the Miami food scene at Chef Mendin’s Pubbelly Sushi at the Marina at Casa de Campo. This take on the popular ‘Mendin & Friends’ events will feature a a family-style menu for dinner on Friday, July 15th at Pubbelly Sushi, a special BBQ at Minitas Beach on Saturday, July 16th, and a special Pubbelly brunch will back at Pubbelly Sushi on Sunday, July 17th.

To book a stay or make reservation, call the resort directly at (855) 877-3643 or (800) 336-5520 or click here.

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PB Station With It’s First Collaborative Dinner

Since it’s opening PB Station has been getting rave reviews.

Now for one night only, PB Station is hosting a collaborative dinner with chef Juliana Gonzalez of Barceloneta.

The special dinner will take place on Thursday, May 26 for $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included).

Chef Jose Mendin along with his Executive Chef of PB Station, Guillermo Concha, will pair up with Juliana Gonzalez of Barceloneta to prepare a four-course menu, with each course consisting of a dishes from each chef. Menu items include Head Cheese Agnolotti consisting of caramelized cream, grain mustard, butter peas and carrots; The Bacon Chop with smoked, brined and cured kurobuta pork chop and pickled potato salad; Trinxat, featuring Brussel sprouts, bacon, fingerling potato, organic egg yolk and largo iberico; Bacalao consisting of slowly cooked codfish, maitake mushrooms, crispy artichoke and veal jus; Mississippi Mud Pie and Passionfruit Baked Alaska.

After dinner, the party continues upstairs at the Pawn Broker with special gin & tonic cocktails.

PB Station and the Pawn Broker are both located at the legendary Langford Hotel in Downtown Miami.

Reserve your spot for this once in a lifetime dinner here.

 

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Mother’s Day Cheat Sheet : Miami

· SUGARCANE raw bar grill – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. SUGARCANE raw bar grill will offer scrumptious specials such as Rock Shrimp Adobo and Peach & Raspberry Tiramisu Trifle in addition to their signature brunch menu.

· SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. SUSHISAMBA Miami Beach will present their special Bossa Nova Brunch in honor of Mother’s Day featuring a 4-course menu featuring Quinoa Pancakes, Acai Bowl and Lobster Eggs Benedict priced at $35 per person (tax & gratuity additional)

· Zest (launching on Mother’s Day) – 11:30am – 4 p.m. every Sunday; $50 for adults, includes one beverage; $25 for kids 12 and under; $30 additional for unlimited Taittinger Champagne, Tito’s Bloody Mary Cart, Bacardi Mojito Cart, Grey Good Martinis; Live Reggae Band; Valet available on North Side of Southeast Financial Center Plaza (SE 2nd Street) $7 with validation

· Palmeiras Beach Club – offering regular a la carte brunch menu. In honor of Mother’s Day they will add a Chocolate Fountain and Lamb Carving Station

· The Forge – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Forge will offer a Mother’s Day Brunch including one main course option of dishes including Surf & Turf Benedict and “The Forge” 10 oz. Burger along with offerings from various buffet tables priced at $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included)

· The Federal – offering regular a la carte brunch menu. $22 per person for the Bottomless Boozy Brunch. The dinner menu will be a la carte along with chef’s specials. In honor of Mother’s Day, mother’s will be treated with a glass of complimentary champagne and chocolate covered strawberries as a take home gift during dinner hours.

· Novecento – multiple locations

Aventura – 18831 N. Biscayne Blvd. Aventura, FL 33180 – 305.466.0900

Special menu for $45 per person. Live music from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. by Chiara Machado

Brickell –1414 Brickell Ave. Miami, Florida 33131 – 305.403.0900

Special menu for $45 per person

Midtown – 3201 Buena Vista Blvd. Miami, Florida 33127 – 305.576.7447

Special menu for $45 per person

Live music by DJ MD from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

· GK Bistronomie – offering regular a la carte menu. In honor of Mother’s Day, mother’s will be treated with a glass of a complimentary mimosa or Prosecco. They will also receive a red rose.

· STK Miami Beach – is having their very first brunch in honor of Mother’s Day this year. Miami’s favorite steakhouse, usually open for dinner only, will be open from 11 AM until 4 PM for an unlimited brunch buffet including a carving station, omelet station, desserts and more is available to guests for $50 per adult and $20 per child (10 and under). Select a la carte steak options will also be available at an additional cost; and because brunch isn’t complete without bubbles, guests may choose to enjoy bottomless mimosas for $25.

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Cinco De Mayo : Miami Rundown

Bodega

Bodega Taquiera y Tequila is having a week long Cinco de Mayo celebration starting on Tuesday, May 3 with the ultimate taco eating contest. Admission is $50.00 and proceeds are being donated to a non-profit foundation and the grand prize winner will take home two tickets to Chicago including flight, hotel accommodations at the Rafaello, VIP tickets to Lollapalooza and Table Service at Drumbar. Second place winner will take home a cash prize of $500 and third place winner will take home a $250 cash prize. The big party happens on Cinco de Mayo. The back lounge opens at 3:00 p.m. with music by DJ Spiff and a live mariachi band. Drink and food specials from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. Drink specials include the Paloma, Michelada and the Mexican Shandi including Maestro Dobel Tequila shots for $5.

E11EVEN

This year the ROOFTOP AT E11EVEN is hosting its First Annual Downtown Cinco party on Thursday, May 5 starting at 9:00 p.m. with Avion Tequila specials all night long, live music by Reggae Rock and Latin Roots sensation, BACHACO with a special guest appearance by EL ARKA who are set to perform their top hip-hop tracks. Enjoy live music, mas tequila and the ultimate view of Downtown Miami! For tickets and table reservations, click here.