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SUGARCANE raw bar grill Launches CANVAS Benefitting No Kid Hungry

Timon Balloo, Executive Chef and partner of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, has been appointed as the new South Florida Chair of Share our Strength’s Taste of the Nation, one of the nation’s premier culinary benefits to end childhood hunger in America. Balloo has decided to take it a step further with the launch of CANVAS, a program that was created to raise awareness and funds for the organization.

CANVAS is a virtual guest chef series that launched in February with Chef Clay Conley of Buccan, Imoto, The Sandwich Shop at Buccan, and Grato. The program supports Share our Strength’s No Kid Hungry initiative, activating chefs from across the country to virtually participate in a month-long program that highlights a unique and inspiring dish created using a bowl as a blank “canvas.” CANVAS’ upcoming all-star lineup of featured chefs include:

· April – JJ Johnson, Executive Chef of The Cecil and Minton’s located in Harlem
· May – Pichet Ong, Corporate Pastry Chef for Sugar and Plumm™, located in New York City
· June – Beau MacMillan, Food Network celebrity chef and Executive Chef of Sanctuary Resort on Camelback Mountain in Arizona

Additional chef collaborations for CANVAS for the remainder of the year will be announced soon.

Events/ General/ News

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.


Pisco Y Nazca Introduces New Menu Items

One of our favorite spots Pisco Y Nazca has just added some new items to their menu.

After visiting Peru in December, the team behind Pisco y Nazca further expanded their passion and pride for the cuisine.

New menu items include : Ceviche Tradicional, Churrasco Empanada, Causa Tartar, Tequeño and Jalea.

These new menu items are available at both locations, Pisco y Nazca Kendall and Pisco y Nazca Doral, for lunch and dinner!


The Happiest of Hours Starts at South Pointe Tavern

If you’re always looking for a new happy hour spot to kick it at, check out South Pointe Tavern.

Monday thru Friday from 5pm – 7pm, South Pointe Tavern is offering 50% off all beer, cocktails and wine!

Grab a bite from their menu that includes a Pastrami Reuben Sandwich with Zak the Baker bread, Local Catch Ceviche, Artisan Meat & Cheese Board, Carnitas Tacos and a Tomato & Mozzarella Flatbread to name a few.

South Pointe Tavern is located at 40 South Pointe Drive, #109 Miami Beach, FL 33139.

Feat/ News

OLLA Now Has Lunch

OLLA by Chef Scott Linquist is now open for lunch.

Starting Monday through Friday, lunch will start at 11:30 AM and end at 4 PM.

Chef Scott has added sandwiches (in addition to enchiladas, masa, salads and jars) served on Bollilo which is a traditional Mexican savory bread roll and Cazuelitas. Native to Mexico, a Cazuelita is a small casserole that’s commonly used as a side dish. OLLA uses a cast iron skillet for their version accompanied with tortillas for guests to make their own taco. Menu highlights include Barbacoa Cazuelita – Adobo roasted lamb shoulder, charro beans, pasilla oaxaca, mint salsita; Tinga Cazuelita – Pulled chicken, sweet and spicy tomato salsa, queso fresco, cilantro leaves; Dorado Bollilo – Beer battered mahi mahi, shaved cabbage, garlic mayo, habanero pickled onions; Relleno Bollilo – Egg battered roasted poblano chile, Mexican cheese blend, roasted tomato chipotle salsa, pico de gallo.

OLLA is located at 1233 Lincoln Road., Miami Beach, 33139.


Fooq’s Introduces New Grower Champagne Menu

Fooq’s is premiering an exclusive Grower Champagne program, featuring a selection of imported specialty Champagnes. Guests can now sip a variety of bubbles by the glass or enjoy a handcrafted pairing by Sommelier David Foulquier.

The new list of bubbles is home to 25 different labels from over 20 harvesters all over the world. Notable labels include Jacques Selosse, the initial and the Rosé, as well as Bérèche et Fils and Paul Déthune.

The list of premium bubbles features harvests from the world’s best craft producers, growing natural grapes on-site and blending wine in-house to ultimately coin the term “Grower Champagne.”

Fooq’s is located at 1035 N. Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136.


All-You-Can-Eat Dumplings at Pubbelly

Every Tuesday, Pubbelly’s Dim Down Tuesday features $25 all-you-can-eat dumplings and $4 bao buns all night long.

Here’s what you could be enjoying:

Bao Buns

  • Pork Belly – butterscotch miso, corn powder
  • Short Rib – green curry, papaya salad, peanuts
  • Baby Shiitake – black garlic, soy, crispy shallot, tofu aioli
  • Buffalo Sweetbreads – hot sauce, pickles, blue cheese
  • Baja Bao – mahi mahi, beer batter, chipotle, slaw


  • Duck – pumpkin, almond brown butter, orange
  • Shortrib – white corn soy, parmesano, black truffle
  • Pork Belly – onion marmalade, chili oil, su-shoyu, pickles
  • Corn Soup – shortrib broth and truffle bubbles

Make your reservations now!

Photo :  Juan Fernando Ayora


Zest by Chef Cindy Hutson Launches Brunch

Zest by Chef Cindy Hutson has launched their Sunday brunch every Sunday from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

At Zest brunch, you can get a 4-course menu for $45 per person, or brunch via a la carte menu.

Menu highlights include: Huevos Rancheros Skillet with chorizo potato hash, tortilla chips, sunny side up egg, tequila queso, pico de gallo & cilantro crema; Stuffed French Toast with homemade brioche filled with almond orange cream cheese; Eggs Benedict with poached egg, Caribbean conch hash, country ham, English muffin & mike’s hollandaise. Bottomless Bellini’s, Bloody Mary’s and Mojitos are also available. 🙌

See the full menu here.

Zest is located at the Southeast Financial Center, 200 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131.

Photo : Juan Fernanda Ayora


Holiday’s in a Bowl at TALDE

The Holiday’s have come early at TALDE at The Confidante. 🦃

All month long, Talde will feature a special Thanksgiving Ramen bowl to celebrate the holiday.

Starting off with a traditional bowl of Ramen, pile on turkey breast, stuffing, pickled cranberries, mushroom gravy tare, and finally creamed spinach wontons to complete this amazing dish.

Thanksgiving Ramen serves two and will be available all month long.


La Moderna Does Happy Hour Right

La Moderna, located in Sunset Harbour, launched a new Happy Hour Bites Menu.

Now when you go grab an Aperol spritz at La Moderna, you can enjoy some great bites too!

Get this! All happy hour drinks come with two complimentary mini margherita pizzas.

The miniature portions of their menu items include dishes like Rissoto Porcini and miniatures pizza like Pizza Margherita and Pizza Fiori Di Zucca.

The bar bites are available during La Moderna’s happy hour from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Check out the full menu here.