Nom News: July 31, 2015

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July 31, 2015

Each Friday, we compile South Florida food-related news and events that we couldn’t fit on the site earlier in the week. Want to be included in next week’s roundup? Shoot us an email at bark@miamifoodpug.com.

Here’s your weekly dose of nom.

Let Harry’s Pizzeria Come to You!
A Taste of Summer at Bianca at Delano
National Oyster Day
Momo Sushi Shack Opens at the Mondrian
Summer Cocktails at Batch
The Search for Miami’s Next Great Restaurant Concept
Dos Caminos Opens New Menu Items
Pompano Beach Welcome New Pei Wei


Let Harry’s Pizzeria Come to You!

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Miami’s favorite casual neighborhood joint, Harry’s Pizzeria, is hitting road from its headquarters in the Design District as chef/owner Michael Schwartz readies the opening of his first new location in Coconut Grove.

The Genuine Hospitality Group is now proud to offer Harry’s Pizzeria on wheels, bringing the pizza party to you with a beautiful, copper-domed mobile wood-burning oven. This latest offering from the company’s growing off-site events and catering outfit, TGHG Events, makes popping up a Schwartz-approved pizza party virtually anywhere in South Florida a reality.

Like its on-site private parties, Harry’s Pizzeria’s mobile oven option makes for watercooler-worthy office happy hour gatherings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and unforgettable kids’ birthday celebrations. Menus are fully customizable from dedicated pizza parties featuring Harry’s favorite pies, to family-style spreads that showcase the restaurant’s favorite snacks, bright and colorful salads, entrée specials, and desserts.

For menus and pricing, including planning parties at any of The Genuine Hospitality Group restaurants, please reach Lindsay at Lindsay@thegenuinehospitalitygroup.com or 203.313.4503.


A Taste of Summer at Bianca at Delano

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Bianca at Delano welcomes guests to a fresh selection of summer delights brought to you in a phenomenal three course meal. These handpicked selections from Chef de Cuisine Jason Bamford will be served at lunch ($25 per person) and dinner ($49 per person) beginning on August 3rd for a limited time only.

For lunch, the three course meal includes amazing dishes with a wide array of options to delight your palate, from starters like the Bruschetta Genovese to you entree options Chive & Spinach Pasta or Roasted Chicken with Panzanella finishing it off with a daily chef selection of house made sorbet. For dinner, diners have the option of a Octopus Insalata or a Warm Fruit & Coppa Salad for an appetizer. Entrees include multiple options ranging from a Fennel Spiced Rack of Lamb to the Pan Seared Market Catch. Ending on a sweet note guests can indulge in local berries & grand marnier zabaglione.


National Oyster Day

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National Oyster Day is coming up on August 5th and there’s no better way to celebrate than eating delicious discounted oysters throughout all of Miami’s favorite seafood spots. Combine it with discounted drinks and happy hour specials and you’re set to celebrate the glorious holiday in authentic summer style.

Monty’s Sunset in South Beach is an absolute must-hit oyster spot. Stop by for happy hour and enjoy as many fresh $1 oysters as your heart desires. Pair it off with one of Monty’s half-priced drinks, like the signature Pain Remover, and enjoy your oysters and drinks as you watch the sun set and kick back to live music right on the water of South Beach.

You also can’t miss the famed downtown seafood spot, The River Seafood & Oyster Bar. This Brickell favorite boasts fantastic hand-shucked oysters as one of their staple menu items and offers them half-off during happy hour from 4:30 – 7 PM. Enjoy them at the bar with one of their drink specials like the Green Mile, or sit down at one of the River’s intimate tables and dig into your spread of fresh oysters. And if you want to spice things up, try the Oyster Shooters in lemon-thyme vodka for a twist or order them fried, offered on the dinner and lunch menu. While they may not be $1, they sure are worth every crispy and delicious bite to complete the fantastic holiday.


Momo Sushi Shack Opens at the Mondrian

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Sunset Lounge at Mondrian is featuring its first pop-up dining concept with Momo Sushi Shack, which is running from now through October. The Michelin Guide-recommended Bushwick, Brooklyn-based Japanese restaurant – known for beautifully designed sushi, extensive vegetarian and vegan options, and heirloom ingredients – will collaborate with Mondrian’s Executive Chef Dustin Atoigue to re-create its celebrated menu at the bay front location.

The restaurant is known for its eclectic style — reflective of the neighborhood and Bushwick residents – in addition to a clever menu of beautifully designed sushi, playful hot dishes and vegan-friendly environment. The pop-up will be accompanied by a Japanese Whiskey Bar. The approachable menu will consist of small plates with prices ranging from $6 – $15 per plate. The destination is designed to cater to guests and locals alike with unparalleled panoramic views of the Miami Skyline.


Summer Cocktails at Batch

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Since arriving on the gourmet scene in January of 2014, Batch Gastropub set out to redefine the sports bar model and up the ante when it comes to a pub-centric cocktail. By utilizing fresh, seasonal ingredients and creating in-house mixes, guests are guaranteed the “real deal” when they visit this Brickell spot.

This summer, Batch Gastropub is offering cocktails made with natural ingredients made fresh to order, with the health-conscious in mind. The Sake It To Me is light and simple, made with house coconut-infused sake and muddled cucumber that leave your taste buds feeling refreshed. The Blood Orange Margarita is a no-nonsense cocktail with blood orange and citrus juice, all squeezed on the spot. Instead of using the traditionally pre-made spiced rums, Batch’s sweet and indulgent Root Beer Float is made with their own spiced rum and root beer, a unique treat few others could offer.

Batch Gastropub’s tap cocktail offerings feature rotating cocktails made with fresh ingredients. They are carefully measured and made with natural juices and top-shelf liquors. They are freshly made every week, to avoid using unnatural additives, and stored in airtight metal kegs. The tap cocktails make it easy to indulge in a delicious drink while patting yourself on the back for enjoying yourself and being health-conscious at the same time. Because of their innovative approach to dining and drinking, Batch has positioned itself as the place to try in Brickell’s heavily competitive restaurant scene.


 Miami’s Next Great Restaurant Concept

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Together with The New Tropic, Miamis Arts + Entertainment District announced today the launch of A+Eats: The Search for Miamis Next Great Restaurant Concept, a community-driven contest aimed at discovering Miami’s next ‘it’ restaurant. Whether an established or aspiring chef or restaurateur, anyone with the “chops” to deliver on a truly unique restaurant concept that embraces the spirit of Miamis Arts + Entertainment District, as well as the talent and know-how to back it up, can enter. The prize: a rent-free restaurant space within Miamis Arts + Entertainment District for one year.

To participate, candidates must visit TheNewTropic.com/AEats beginning Monday, August 10 at 9am ET through Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5pm ET to fill out and submit an online application regarding their proposed restaurant concept. Proposed concepts will be judged on three criteria: originality, know-how, and community. Submissions close on Monday, August 31 at 5pm ET, following which a shortlist of semifinalists will be selected. Semifinalists will undergo more a detailed screening to select five finalists.

The final five candidates will be invited to compete in a live cookoff event on October 17, 2015. The winning concept, selected by a cross-disciplinary panel of community constituents and special guests, will receive a restaurant space rent-free for one year and available for operation beginning early 2016.


Dos Caminos in FTL Launches New Menu Items

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Dos Caminos at B Ocean Resort in Fort Lauderdale recently launched a new menu featuring a selection of healthy and innovative Mexican dishes.

Crafted by Dos Caminos’ Corporate Executive Chef, Ivy Stark, the menu’s new healthy dishes were introduced to improve the perception that all Mexican food is unhealthy. With each healthy menu item SPE certified, the dishes are made using nutrient-rich ingredients and clean cooking methods. Bursting with flavor, guests can enjoy a guilt-free dining experience with mouthwatering selections including Salmon a La Plancha with lemon-herbed quinoa and over roasted tomato black olive salsa and Mexico City Street Cornmade with a yogurt-based sauce rather than the typical heavy cream sauce.

In addition to the healthy items, the menu showcases innovative dishes with a unique Mexican twist. For adventurous diners, guests can spice up their guacamole with authentic Mexican grasshoppers with the new Chapulines Guacamole with Oaxacan Grasshoppers. For taco enthusiasts, guest can enjoy Fort Lauderdale Beach’s Most Expensive Taco, the El Presidente, which features pat lafrieda filet mignon, Maine lobster and Mexican béarnaise rolled into handmade corn tortillas.


Pompano Beach Welcomes a New Pei Wei

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Pei Wei, the fast-casual restaurant known for its bold flavors and fresh and affordable Asian-inspired menu, announces today that it has opened a new location in Pompano Beach, Fla. Offering made-to-order dishes, the restaurant maintains a focus on quality ingredients handcrafted in a vibrant, modern environment. Guests will experience a unique variety of customizable menu items, including hand-rolled sushi and the fan-favorite Kung Pao dish, available three ways, including sushi, for a limited time.

“We’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of Pei Wei this month and this new restaurant in Pompano Beach is one of the ways we’re continuing the celebration,” said PeiWei CEO Ralph Bower. “We’re excited to serve even more southeast Florida diners by opening the doors to our 18th location in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.”

The newest tenant in The 23Hundred retail center, Pei Wei will introduce 60 jobs to the area. Pei Wei opened two locations in southeast Florida earlier this year and plans to add two more restaurants near Orlando this winter.