Nom News: November 20, 2015


November 20, 2015

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20th Street Seafood Fest Is Underway
Wapo Taco Launches Weekday Happy Hour
ROK:BRGR Celebrates 5 Years
db Bistro Debuts Oyster Happy Hour
Bayfront Park’s Holiday Tree Lighting
Truffle Season at Marion
Trust & Company to Open This Fall
Grand Lux Cafe Stocking Stuffers
Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Opens Culinary Studio

20th Street Seafood Fest Is Underway

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The Pubbelly Boys are at it again, having launched their “20th Street Seafood Festival” earlier this week. The festival, which ends Sunday, consists of 3 restaurants: Pubbelly, Pubbelly Sushi and Barceloneta; 4 chefs: Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Restaurant Group), Juliana Gonzalez (Barceloneta), Yuki Ieto (Pubbelly Sushi) and Maria Orantes (pastry at Pubbelly Restaurant Group), over the course of 5 days.

Each day, each restaurant is offer a themed menu all highlighting the ocean’s delicacies. On Wednesday, guests enjoyed a tapas-style menu while stone crab was the main theme on Thursday. Here’s what you can expect on the remaining days:

• Friday: Seafood Chefs Menu
• Saturday: Seafood Chefs Menu
• Sunday: Seafood Brunch

Wapo Taco Launches Monday-Friday Happy Hour


Deemed the “first, authentic taqueria in South Florida” by National Geographic en espanol, Wapo Taco! is making their already popular Mexico City transport more enticing with a Monday-Friday Happy Hour beginning Monday, November 23. Guests craving a true taste of Mexico can stop by the taqueria’s Coral Gables and Hallandale locations from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm for two-for-one ice cold beers, refreshing micheladas and South Florida’s best tacos al pastor created by Chef David Munoz.

ROK:BRGR Celebrates 5 Years

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ROK:BRGR Fort Lauderdale is celebrating its 5th anniversary with a Huge Happy Hour Celebration taking place on Thursday, December 10th at the restaurant’s flagship location on Himmarshee Street in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The restaurant’s anniversary festivities will feature a special Happy Hour menu with $5 burgers, $5 cocktails and $5 dollar beers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Guests will enjoy live sounds by DJ Lucian White and participate in a number of giveaways which will include Florida Panthers tickets, ROK:BRGR’s famous Bourbon BBQ Sauce, and ROK:BRGR gift certificates.

“We are truly thankful for everyone who has helped make ROK:BRGR a success and supported us since day one,” said Marc Falsetto, Co-founder of JEY Hospitality Group. “It has been an amazing five years for us here in Himmarshee Village and we’re so excited to be celebrating alongside our esteemed customers, friends and family and look forward to many more years to come.”

db Bistro Moderne Debuts Oyster Happy Hour

db bistro oyster

Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne Miami has launched a new daily Oyster Hour! From 6pm – 7pm seven-days-a-week, guests can enjoy a rotating selection of artisanally farmed oysters for only $1 each, in the restaurant’s inviting Bar & Lounge.

Pair the briny pearls of the ocean with a glass of Francois Montand Blanc de Blancs Brut for $9. Or enjoy one of db Bistro’s discounted Classic, Signature and Seasonal cocktails such as the White Cosmo with Purity Vodka, White Cranberry and Lime, or the Fujian Smoke with Lapsang Souchong Infused Gin, Campari and Vermouth. Draught & bottled beer, wine and additional happy hour bites from Chef Jason Pringle are also ava

Bayfront Park’s Holiday Tree Lighting


Bring the whole family to Bayfront Park’s Tree Lighting and join us in kicking off the holiday season! This FREE event, held annually the day after Thanksgiving, marks the start of the holiday season. The tree, created by Christmas Designers, Inc. (with over 25 years of experience throughout South Florida), is a striking, artificial, 50 foot, Rocky Mountain Pine Tree — adorned with a custom lighting package. It will stay lit every night and remain in the park through the new year.

To add to the holiday spirit, Bayfront Park’s Holiday Tree will relocate to the La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel area this year, making it the perfect destination for the whole family to eat, drink and have a merry holiday shopping experience. The official tree lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, November 27 at 7 p.m.— free and open to the public.

In addition, La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel will open an adjacent Holiday Market on Friday, November 27 running through January 6, 2016. The Holiday Market of La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel will feature a variety of booths vending holiday gifts and trinkets, such as art, fashion, jewelry, toys, plants/flowers, hot chocolate, warm cashews and nuts, local produce, coffee and artisan baked goods.

Truffle Season at Marion


‘Tis the season to celebrate and indulge. With the holiday season swiftly approaching it’s time to treat oneself and what better way to do so than to savor the luxurious and satisfying flavors of black and white truffles? Yes, that’s right, it’s truffle season at Marion!

Marion will be offering a variety of truffle topped dishes. The additional menu items include a creamy risotto with your choice of black truffles ($49) or white truffle ($79), a tasty pasta also with a choice of either black ($49) or white truffle ($79), a mouthwatering rotisserie chicken drizzled in black truffles ($75) as well as a side of rich flavorful truffle shavings for the table ($75).

The restaurant will also be featuring a special pre-fixed Thanksgiving dinner menu on Thanksgiving day for those who would rather leave the cooking to the professionals. The special dinner menu will feature none other than a good, old fashion savory oven-roasted turkey breast along with rich black truffles and a buttery brioche, accompanied by sweet parsnips and tangy salsa verde ($39 per person).

Trust and Company Bar & Restaurant To Open


Trust & Company Bar & Restaurant ( located at 2 Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables is scheduled to open this fall. The much anticipated eatery and refined bar spot is the brainchild of restaurateur Jerry Flynn. He describes Trust & Co. “as a neighborhood upscale-casual bar and restaurant inspired by the trust and integrity of the early 20th century.”

Flynn says the restaurant’s menu will feature food made from the finest local ingredients: from produce to bread, cured meats, eggs, cheese and seafood.

To complete this mission, Flynn has tapped Chef Pablo Zitzmann to lead the kitchen team for Trust & Co.

Chef Zitzmann has a broad culinary knowledge that includes Contemporary, Classic French, Japanese, Latin and New American Cuisine to mention a few. Having worked alongside renowned culinary masters Zitzmann has honed his skills in multiple positions at the Edition Hotel, Matador Room, Market and Tropicale Restaurants by Jean Georges, Senora Martinez by Michelle Bernstein and Nobu, among others.

Trust & Co’s menu will change with the seasons to maintain the mission of utilizing fresh local ingredients. Flynn says the opening fall menu will feature braised meats, hearty preparations, roasted vegetables and carefully crafted sweets.

One of these signature dishes is the Spice Encrusted Duck Breast rubbed with toasted fennel and coriander seeds, served with fresh seasonal roasted and shaved turnips, northern pomegranates, Virginia country ham and mint.

Trust & Co. will serve lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and a late-night menu while offering a happy hour from Monday through Friday, 4 pm to 7 pm.

Grand Lux Café Stocking Stuffers

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This season, Grand Lux Cafe is rewarding those with a special $5 “With Our Compliments” card for every $25 gift card purchased. Now, when guests pick up a gift card for their food-loving friend or family member, they’ll get a treat in return too!

Grand Lux Cafe features an extensive, internationally-inspired menu combined with classic American hospitality in an elegant yet relaxed setting. They also have an on-site bakery where fresh, baked-to-order signature desserts are served warm from the oven.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Opens Culinary Studio

ritz carlton culinary studio

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman proudly announced today the debut of its newest experiential offering, The Culinary Studio. The new, highly interactive cooking studio is designed exclusively for guests and locals alike, as well as social, corporate and guest events and team building experiences. Opening this week, the chic, high design space will offer inventive classes conceived by the resort’s culinary team featuring a wide variety of themes.

The new Culinary Studio experiences will draw inspiration from many of the hotel’s signature restaurant offerings including Blue by Eric Ripert and Taikun, among others, and will also offer team building cooking classes, perfect for a small group or retreat. A fun addition to the new studio will also be the introduction of a new “Chopped” style cook-off class, which partners guests with the hotel’s own Ritz-Carlton Chef team in a friendly competition style environment.

A sampling of the newly created culinary studio experiences include:

Blue Uncovered:
Travelers and locals alike may enjoy “Blue Uncovered,” a two-part series celebrating the essential character and nature of oceanic fare through the lens of Blue restaurant by Eric Ripert. Guests may enjoy an interactive experience which includes locally sourced seafood, elevated with seasonal flavors and masterful technique.

The Taikun Experience:
The chefs of the resort’s signature Japanese restaurant, Taikun, will deliver a unique class experience which helps guests understand the ancient art of Japanese sushi preparation.

The Andiamo Experience:
The resort’s Italian restaurant comes to life through an interactive cooking experience which highlights technique and execution around the preparation of the quintessential Italian staple, pasta.

The Dessert Experience:
The studio will offer two, distinct options for a unique dessert-inspired experience including an hour-long demonstration on the art of Macaron making, or an interactive session on the subtlety of cake carving.

The Cook-Off Experience:
The Cook-Off experience pairs guests with a Chef from The Ritz-Carlton in a “chopped” style activity, a three hour competition including a variety of surprise flavors and ingredients.