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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.


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


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.


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.



Valentine’s Day Dining Guide 2016

One of the biggest dining days of the year is right around the corner, Valentine’s Day! We know trying to decide on where to go on Valentine’s Day could be a long process, so that is why we are here to make it easier for you.

Here are some Valentine’s Day dining options for you in Miami.

Here’s to celebrating love on Valentine’s Day the right way!

Casabe 305 Bistro

Enjoy a 7-course meal with a bottle of house wine for $150 per couple at this local neighborhood spot located on Coral Way near 17th ave. The Valentine’s menu will be served Saturday Feb 13 for dinner 5-11 and Sunday Feb 14 for dinner from 5-10. The menu includes dishes like salmon ceviche, grilled lobster tail with champagne risotto, lamb chops and more.

Red, the Steakhouse

Red, the Steakhouse is offering a pre-fixe menu for the night. A four course meal from Chef Peter Vauthy include a 29 oz. dry-aged tomahawk ribeye to an entremet trio dessert and much more. For reservations call 305-534-3688. Pre-fixe menu starting at $199 for two ($269 for two with wine pairings), excluding tax and gratuity.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge at The Palms Hotel & Spa

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge is offering a 6-course menu specially prepared by Executive Chef Venoy Rogers. Delight your palette with an Amuse choice of Guava & Brie or Vegetable Tartare, then select your “Perfect Match” choice of Salmon & Avocado or Winter Melon, followed by a light and fresh “Love Potion” gazpacho. Your sweetheart will love the “From the Heart” salad medley, prepared with romaine hearts, artichoke hearts, celery hearts and hearts of palm. For entrees, valentines can indulge with unique, natural gourmet dishes like Truffle & Cheese Sacchetti, Bone-in Ribeye Felet, Chili Dusted Local Snapper or Sunfresh Farm & Ranch Organic Hen. Top it all off with a “Make me Melt” chocolate strawberry dessert and a champagne toast with the one you love. Valentine’s Day dinner at Essensia is $135 per person. For reservations and more information, call 305-908-5458 or visit

Izzy’s Fish & Oyster

Izzy’s is offering Valentine’s Day specials all weekend long. Some of those specials include Oysters & Caviar, Sea Urchin Chowdah, Striped Bass, and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies.

For Singles: They say “Shuck Valentines Day!!”
The restaurant will offer an interactive bar experience among the tenders and oyster bar shuckers for $75 per duo to include, bottle of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, 1/2 dozen Island Creek Oysters, Choice of Cold or Warm Lobster Roll and a Grandma Celias Lemon Meringue Pie. RSVP required for Oyster Bar Experience. Call 305 -397-8843 for reservations today!

CORSAIR by scott conant

CORSAIR by scott conant is offering a $99 per person menu. Menu items include Yellowtail Crudo, Farmer’s Market Salad, Lobster Tagliolini, Diver Scallops, Roasted Prime Filet Mignon and more. Call 786.279.6800 for reservations today!

BOURBON STEAK Miami by Michael Mina

Bourbon Steak is offering a three-course menu with options such as Mina’s signature Maine Lobster Pot Pie in a portion perfect for sharing, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Hay-Smoked Bone-In Imperial Wagyu Côte de Boeuf for two and Warm Beignets with Trio of Pot de Crèmes. All ladies will also receive a rose and special take-home gift compliments of Bourbon Steak. The menu cost $135 pp.

Bulla Gastrobar

The restaurant will offer a weekly Valentine’s themed market menu featuring Pargo a La Sal Florida, Carrileras de Ternera Lechal and Brazo Helado de Mango y Vainilla Mango gelee roll filled with vanilla ice cream, yogurt.

La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel

On their closing day in Bayfront Park, La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel will host a Valentine’s Day celebration. A special “St. Valentine Meets San Miguel” cocktail will be offered, along with live music and a gift of an Abanico Español (Spanish fan) for the ladies!

Ortanique on the Mile

Chef Cindy Hutson will be hosting a themed cooking class on Saturday, February 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at $108 per person. Dishes that will be made include Hearts on Fire with steamed artichoke hearts, crisp greens in a pink peppercorn Caesar and shaved grana pandano, Sweet Cheeks with Niman Ranch braised pork cheeks and sweet corn polenta in a cherry chipotle agave glaze and Whoopie with red velvet cookie cake filled with white chocolate cream cheese icing

Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle

Palmeiras will offer a 3-course prix-fixe menu with a bottle of champagne at $95 per person on Sunday; guests can opt out of the champagne and dine at $75 per person as well. Special valentine’s day entertainment will feature music by Monsieur ZonZon.

The Federal

The Federal will offer 5-course menu at $65 per person with option to include wine pairing for additional $29. Highlights include Crispy Sweetbreads with sour cherry, celery root purée, sous vide egg; Brown Butter Gnocchi with corn bisque, rock shrimp, parmesan; Adobo Pork Belly with green goddess, crispy rice, lemongrass.

The Forge

A special dessert menu will be included with each dine. Specials include Hot Lava “Love” Cake with fresh strawberry compote, vanilla ice cream and cocoa nib crumble; Key Lime Tart with roast white chocolate soil, cara cara macaron and grapefruit; Tiramisu with amaretto, mascarpone and coffee cremeux.


9-course tasting menu at $85 per person includes one glass of champagne. Highlights include Kusshi Kusshi Oysters with champagne geleé, american caviar; Foie Gras with apple burnt cream, pain perdu, sauternes, black walnuts; Corn Soup with crab raviolis, black truffles, huitlacoche.


Valentine’s dinner available on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th. Brunch will be available at the below outlined days and time.

Brickell – Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Aventura –  Sunday only from 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Midtown – Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SUGARCANE raw bar grill

In addition to their signature menu, the restaurant will offer a themed a la carte menu and specialty cocktail. Highlights include Wood Fire Roasted Oysters with caramelized fennel, bacon & cream; Miso Truffle Glazed Maine Lobster with shaved brussels sprouts & wild mushrooms; Chocolate Cherry Mousse with pistachio financier, warm brandy cherries; Specialty cocktail – The Art of Love Prosecco made with vodka, fresh lychees and raspberries


Celebrate love in the Gables with SUSHISAMBA’s chef-curated Omakase menu for $75 per person available in addition to our signature menu. Menu highlights include Lobster Taquitos with chilled Maine lobster, mango, passion fruit jus, lemongrass essence and avocado crema; Slow Cooked Short Rib with braised red cabbage, catupiry polenta, xingu-maca lacquer; Wings of Love Roll with ten spice marinated seared salmon, moromi-miso, red soy paper, micro red shiso, cranberry Red Bull aioli; Specialty cocktail – Lavender Lady made with Bombay Sapphire gin, peach liqueur and peach puree shaken with lavender agave, lemon juice, Kaffir lime leaf and egg white

GK Bistronomie

For Valentine’s Day, GK Bistronomie will be offering a prix-fixe menu for $100 a person and includes two glasses of bubbly. Tax and gratuity not included. Menu highlights include Parmesan Ceviche with grouper, Parmigiano Reggiano, Aji Limo, Caviar and Cilantro Sprouts; Main Lobster with Beurre Blanc Fondue, Braised Leeks, Applewood Bacon, Peas Tendrils, Crispy Leeks; Colorado Lamb Chops with White Bean Custard, Cilantro Sauce, Onions, Salsa Criolla; Fanny Bay Oysters with Grapes and Tabasco Air.

Serendipity Creamery

Looking for a little something sweet for that special someone this Valentine’s Day? Serendipity Ice Creamery, with locations in Surfside and Wynwood has the “scoop.” Packages include Floral Bouquet For Her (two 4-oz.mason jars) – $20 // Lavender orange ice cream; Rose water sorbet; Top-Shelf Collection For Him (two 4-oz. mason jars) – $20 // Chocolate whiskey ice cream; Guinness ice cream.

First Taste/ General

Brunchin’ at Pubbelly

We know; the dilemma.

Sunday morning comes around and you want to go grab some brunch with your friends or family, but no one seems to know where.

Look no further than Pubbelly.

Chefs Jose Mendin, Marco Pinheiro, Sergio Navarro and Maria Orantes change the menu weekly at Pubbelly, but keep some of the classics on the menu.

We were invited to come by and try some of the new brunch items and what came out of the kitchen was ???!

From the Tuna Pizza to the Chilaquiles, you can’t go wrong at Pubbelly. You can satifiy your brunch needs, get over your hangover or continue the party with amazing food and bottomless mimosas.

Pubbelly should be on your brunch list this weekend.

Check out what we brunched on: