Nom News: September 18, 2015

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September 18, 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.

South Beach Seafood Fest Returns Oct. 24
Terrazza at Shore Club Launches Chef’s Table
Regent Cocktail Club Celebrates National Yoga Month
MOB and Wynwood Brewing Company Pairing Dinner
Havana 1957 Brickell Hosts “A Cuban Cabaret”
Jungle Island Serves Up New Island Burger
KLIMA Debuts New Happy Hour


South Beach Seafood Fest Returns Oct. 24

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The 3rd Annual South Beach Seafood Festival, presented by Hess Wines and hosted by Coca-Cola, will hit the sands of South Beach October 21-24, 2015, with the main festival to be held Saturday, October 24 from 1-9PM. Events will be happening all week to showcase the great local culinary talent of Miami and kick off stone crab Season. Events will begin on Wednesday with the Hess Select Wine Pairing Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab, Thursday night is the GOYA Foods’s Cooking & Cocktails Interactive Dinner, hosted by STOLI, the Vodka, Friday night is the annual battle of all battles, Chef Showdown, sponsored by Range Rover, Whole Foods, & Bacardi, and Saturday features the all-day South Beach Seafood Festival. In addition to promoting the local culinary talent in the area, the event benefits Community Initiatives Foundation in support of the EAT SMART Campaign to fight against childhood hunger, childhood obesity, and assisting the community to find the perfect balance through nutritional awareness & individual development in Miami Dade County.

The festival is proud to announce the participating restaurants at Saturday’s All-Day Festival: Joe’s Stone Crabs, Naked Taco, Red, the Steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky, Red Fish Grill, CJs Crab Shack, Drunken Dragon, A Fish Called Avalon, Oceanaire, City Hall the Restaurant, CIBO, Tarpon Bend, Poseidon, and Whole Foods Market.

The festival also features live music, culinary and mixology demos, a kids zone, health village, and VIP hospitality benefits for the all access guests. There is fun for all ages with countless interactive zones. Major sponsors include title sponsor, Hess Select Wines, supporting title sponsors, Premier Beverage, Bacardi, Stoli the Vodka, and Herradura, presenting sponsors Coca-Cola, GOYA, Range Rover and the Warren Henry Automotive Group, and hosting sponsors Heineken Light and Whole Foods Market.

Tickets start at $30 and include complimentary all-day open bar. For more information & to purchase tickets, please visit sobeseafoodfest.com.


Terrazza at Shore Club Launches Chef’s Table

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The Chef’s Table is an exclusive experience at Terrazza at Shore Club that provides guests access to – and a direct view of — the chef as he prepares a nine-course tasting menu. The multi-course meal features such delights as Sea Urchin + Polenta, Summer Risotto and Heirloom Tomato Salad. The menu starts at $85 with an optional wine pairing for $35.

This unique experience is great for a girls night out or date night. The next Chef’s Table is September 21 at 8 p.m.  Space is limited to 12 seats so guests are asked to call 305.695.3226 for reservations.


Regent Cocktail Club Celebrates National Yoga Month

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On Saturday, September 19th, LDV Hospitality’s Regent Cocktail Club will help guests unwind on the Gale South Beach Rooftop for National Yoga Month. Partnering with Exhale Spa and Absolut Elyx, from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., guests can enjoy Miami’s beautiful sunset from the Gale Rooftop with a cocktail in hand, participate in a free yoga session (7 p.m. – 8 p.m.), and take advantage of free manicures and chair massages (8 p.m. – 10 p.m.). A live DJ will set the mood for guests as they relax under the setting sun. Yoga mats will be provided and the class is first come, first serve.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktail-consciousness-tickets-18314651616.


Midtown Oyster Bar and Wynwood Brewing Company Pairing Dinner

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For one night only on Wednesday September 30, 2015, Midtown Oyster Bar and Wynwood Brewing Company have created a joint 9-course tasting menu highlighting the best flavors of New England and Miami. Ticket holders will experience a specially designed paired menu by Executive Chef Ralph Colon and Missionary of Beer David Rodriguez with 9 tasting dishes and beers from 7 to 9pm at $75 per person (all inclusive). With each new beer tap opened, the MOB crew will showcase a new dish as guests mingle.

In addition to Wynwood Brewing’s staple beers such as La Rubia Blonde, Magic City Pale Ale and Wynwood IPA, the brew team is pulling quarterly seasonal specials such as Rickenbacker Pilsner and Father Francisco Belgian Golden Strong along with some specialties such as Stiglitz and Scotchy Doesn’t Know Scotch Ale. Meanwhile, Chef Ralph Colon matched existing dishes such as the oysters and the smoked Scottish salmon on toasted brioche with dill cream cheese to the beer selection. But he also created a handful of modified versions of current dishes to enhance and complement the beer flavors. The meatball and goat cheese sliders and the grilled gulf oyster Kilpatrick are a play on off-menu dishes, perfect for the hoppy context.

“The idea for this event was to truly explore the potential in pairing our food in a casual way with excellent local beers,” clarifies Chef Colon. “We are very excited to partner up with Midtown Oyster bar because our beers are meant to be eaten with a range of different foods,” explains Missionary of Beer Rodriguez.

To purchase tickets, please click here.


Havana 1957 Brickell Hosts “A Cuban Cabaret”

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Known for transporting guests to a Havana of yesteryear Havana 1957’s Brickell location will host a “Cuban Cabaret” every month that will immerse you in vintage Cuban glamour.  Produced by “the top celebrity stylist” Migue Fernández, “Cuban Cabaret” will recreate the glamour of “Moulin Rouge” combined with the majesty of the iconic Cuban open air theater “Tropicana”.

The Las Vegas style show will blend classic and modern day songs in a bilingual format for all guests to enjoy. Lavish costumes, props and technical deployment bring this show to life.   The cast is comprised of professional Cuban performers which include the famous King Rivers, Avana Ramos, Myrlen Sorrel, Omar Ferret and a veteran dance troupe, led by Michel Valdes, from the best art schools in Havana, Cuba.

The most spectacular show of its kind comes to Miami, Friday, September 18, 2015 and starts at 10 pm. Havana 1957 Brickell is located on 1451 South Miami Ave. Miami, FL 33130. Tickets may be purchased on Eventbrite.com


Jungle Island Serves Up New Island Burger

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Jungle Island gives South Florida locals a new reason to make a pit stop at the popular landmark attraction. The park invites residents and business professionals to dine at its new Island Burger café during lunch. Choose from 12 options including a Miami-inspired Cuban burger amped up with house-made jungle sauce and a Sunrise Burger layered with hash browns, fried egg, maple syrup and bacon. Island Burger at Jungle Island also features hot dogs loaded with the works, along with a selection of crowd-pleasing French fries such as the Parmesan garlic fries.

“Jungle Island is centrally located off I-395 in Miami and offers plenty of parking so locals can easily get their burger fix,” says Christopher Gould, Jungle Island’s managing director. “A quick stop at Jungle Island allows residents and business professionals to take a breather and enjoy tasty burgers grilled to perfection.”

Island Burger is located towards the entrance of Jungle Island. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mon.-Fri., and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on weekends. Park admission is not required in order to savor lunch at Island Burger. Parking is $5 for lunch guests and validated up to the first 30 minutes on to-go orders. Island Burger boasts indoor and outdoor seating overlooking lush greens, lake with a waterfall and the park’s resident flamingoes – made famous in the hit 80s TV series, Miami Vice.

Be sure to also take advantage of Jungle Island’s much-anticipated Neighbor Days promotion, which takes place every weekend in September. During Neighbor Days, South Florida residents enjoy park admission for only $15 each. For more information, follow @JungleIsland on social media or visit www.jungleisland.com.


KLIMA Restaurant and Bar Debuts Happy Hour

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The newly opened KLIMA Restaurant and Bar – a culinary concept inspired by contemporary gastronomy from Barcelona – has debuted its daily Happy Hour in time for the upcoming season.  Following the launch of the weekly “Tapas & Turntables” music and culinary program every Wednesday, KLIMA has progressed to become a vital after-hours and culinary staple for locals and visitors on Miami Beach.

Resident mixologist at KLIMA, Raffaele Mitrugno, together with Executive Chef David “Rusti” Rustarazo, have created a unique food and beverage happy hour bar menu for locals, visitors and restaurant guests to enjoy during any evening occasion with family, friends or to let off steam with co-workers after a hard day at the office.  Between the hours of 6:00pm and 8:00pm, Monday to Saturday, KLIMA now offers a number of drink specials that includes any house liquor, signature cocktail or wines by the glass for $8 each.

To accompany the reduced drinks menu are a series of custom-made Tapas style plates and other Mediterranean inspired dishes available at the bar and lounge area that include: Oysters with Ponzu Sauce and Salmon Roe or Ceviche Sauce ($4 each), Scallops Sashimi with Egg Yolk, Soya and Lemon ($10 for two pieces), Salmorejo($12), Parmentier – half-cooked egg and ham ($16), Tuna Toast ($16 for four pieces), Pulpo al Olivo with Peruvian Causa ($14) and Jamón 5 Jotas Pata Negra ($19/40).  A variety of salads and Raw Bar plates are also available on the bar menu.

KLIMA offers a unique cocktail menu of Classic cocktails and KLIMA Picks, along with a wide selection of Mezcal & Tequila that are hand-picked by the owners.  KLIMA’s most popular signature cocktails include:

“Bloody Hell” (vodka, homemade San Marzano mix and clam juice)
Mojito Illegal” (white rum, mint syrup and lime juice)
“Latitude 41” (gin, fresh cucumber and lime juice)

A special selection of domestic and imported beers and spirits are also available during the daily happy hour. KLIMA Restaurant and Bar operates a fully licensed bar until 2:00am on Friday and Saturday and until 1:00am Monday through Thursday.