Nom News: November 27, 2015


November 27, 2015

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Fresh American Bistro Launches Fall Menu
Jaya to Open December 11th
Dirty Bingo at Public House
The Social Club Debuts Winter Offerings
Swig n’ Swine Fundraising Party
New Breakfast at Nobu
Palmeiras Beach Club to Open Next Month
Opera Pop-Up at City Cellar
A&Eats Winners Announced

Fresh American Bistro Launches Fall Menu

Fresh American Bistro

With the weather cooling off in South Florida, the executive chef Philippe Ruiz stays true to Fresh American Bistro’s concept with the unveiling of a new fall menu that offers a seasonal twist on classic American cuisine. Working closely with local purveyors such like Halperns The Gourmet Grocer and Sunrise Produce, Ruiz has created a menu that features sophisticated takes on classic American fare, bringing new life to comforting fall flavors.

In addition to signature dishes such as lobster mac N’ cheese and F.A.B.’s Wagyu beef burger the seasonal menu will include highlights such as 16 oz Colorado rack of lamb, Balik salmon with warm blinis, pumpkin mashed potatoes, and butterflied striped bass. Guests will also have the opportunity to enhance their culinary experience by choosing from a wide array of wines and champagnes from the bistros revamped wine list, curated by F.A.B.’s resident sommelier.

Fresh American Bistro, aka F.A.B. is a seasonally charged, casually refined American bistro concept located at the Sole on the Ocean Resort and Spa in the heart of Sunny Isles Beach. Overseen by a Michelin-star trained executive chef Phillip Ruiz, F.A.B’s culinary team is dedicated to a fresh and seasonal cuisine that highlights products from local farms, fisheries, and artisan producers.

Jaya Set to Open on December 11th


The award-winning hotel The Setai, Miami Beach along with Executive Chef Mathias Gervais are pleased to announce Jaya, a bold new restaurant concept inspired by historical silk and ancient spice trading routes.

Set to officially open on December 11, 2015, Jaya will be a celebration of culinary diversity featuring regional specialties from Southeast and Northern Asian cultures. The 200-seat restaurant and the hotel’s courtyard will serve authentic, approachable dishes, sharing-style enhanced by locally sourced products and ingredients set in an Asian Jaya, which means ‘victory’ in Sanskrit, was chosen by the team to honor of The Setai’s renowned interior designer Jaya Ibrahim and the hotel’s first decade of successful Asian-inspired hospitality. Executive Chef Mathias Gervais and Executive Sous Chef Vijayudu Veena have collaborated to create standout dishes from Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, India, China and Japan.

“The menu will feature Pan-Asian cuisine with the bountiful flavors of turmeric, cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, chilies, coconut milk and tamarind,” says Chef Gervais. The menu will also present longtime Setai favorites including Peking Duck, Naan Breads, Indian Curries, Sea Bass and Dim Sums. The kitchen will incorporate many traditional culinary techniques from wok stations to tandoori ovens.

Dirty Bingo at Himmarshee Public House

dirty bingo

Feeling advensurious? Check out Himmarshee Public House’s adult entertainment on “Hump Day Wednesdays”  – Dirty Bingo. The event, held twice a month on Wednesdays, features sounds by special guest DJ Rob Love from Orlando and combines a classic game of bingo with the opportunity to win risqué sex toy prizes and enjoy great food plus drink specials. Dirty Bingo will be hosted twice a month through January 2016. Dates are as follows: December 2nd and 16th; January 6th and 20th starting at 9 p.m.

The Social Club at Surfcomber Debuts Winter Offerings


the social club


The Social Club, at Kimpton’s Surfcomber Miami South Beach Hotel, is launching an enticing new winter menu, beginning November 30, 2015, that is slated to draw locals and visitors to the restaurant’s artsy convivial vibe, and introduce an underrated, solid new talent to Miami’s vibrant dining scene.

Created by Virginia-born Executive Chef Blair Wilson, whose professional pedigree includes top restaurants in DC and around the South, The Social Club’s new winter menu beautifully marries Wilson’s strong southern background with the regional cuisine he’s grown to know and love.

Meat and seafood heavy Social Plates ($9-$18) include tender Cypress Creek Alligator, brined in buttermilk for 48-hours before lightly breading, perfectly frying and serving alongside charred Brussels sprouts, barbeque pecans, benne seeds and Paradise Farms honey; Charbroiled Oysters with absinthe, caramelized fennel, smoked bacon and parmesan bread crumbs; Wild Caught Calamari tossed with chunks of speck ham, roasted garlic, parmesan and cherry pepper aioli; and 96 Hour St. Louis Ribs in sugar cane brine, sorghum-sesame glaze and jicama slaw.

Swig n’ Swine Fundraising Party at Broken Shaker

swig and swine

The Bon Vivants, Esquire and Imbibe are pleased to announce the second annual Swig n’ Swine Art Basel Miami Beach to be held on Sunday, December 6. Now in its sixth year, the charitable event series that combines philanthropy, community, pork and punch will return to the international art show after a successful inaugural event in 2014.

On Sunday, December 6, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Art Basel attendees, bartenders, chefs and creative industry professionals will converge at The Broken Shaker at Freehand Miami (2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach) for a celebration of community, camaraderie and giving back. Music will be provided by Sun Times National’s Best DJ in America, DJ Morse Code, who will be playing all afternoon. Punch, with ingredients provided by several event sponsors, will flow freely throughout the afternoon. An impressive roster of culinary talent will prepare the Swig n’ Swine menu, including The Bon Vivants’ Founding Partner Scott Baird; Michael Pirolo, Chef/Owner of Macchialina and Bazi; Jimmy Lebron, Chef at 27 Restaurant; and Halid Quiroz, Chef at Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co.

Swig n’ Swine, sister event to The Bon Vivants’ Pig & Punch at Tales of the Cocktail, is a charity barbecue that supplies attendees with generous portions of meat, sides and desserts prepared by an impressive roster of participating chefs. Punch is scooped from barrels, with live music and entertainment for partygoers. A $40 ticket purchased at the door – $30 if purchased in advance at – will get attendees all the swine they can eat and all the punch they can swig, as well as a limited edition Swig n’ Swine tank top designed by internationally renowned artist Jimmy Fish, while supplies last. All proceeds and additional donations from sales will be donated to Miami’s Overtown Youth Center.

New Breakfast at Nobu Restaurant


Explore Chef Nobu’s take on classic American dining with his signature Japanese touches at Nobu Restaurant located at Eden Roc Resort Miami Beach for their exclusive breakfast now available. The first of it’s kind, a breakfast menu curated by Nobu Matsuhisa will be sure to enhance your stay.

There’s no better way to begin your day than at the new Rockwell-designed Nobu restaurant offering a varied range of breakfast items. New Classics include: Cuatro Leches French Toast ($18) with challah brioche, three milk custard, caramelized pineapple, whipped cream, and arequipa and Bagel & Lox ($22) with a crispy everything rice cake, wasabi aioli, baby tomato, pastrami salmon, ponzu marinated red onions, and crispy capers.

Additional highlights of the menu include Breakfast Toban-Yaki ($26) with an onset egg, sautéed onion, 14hr pork belly, tomato confit, and Japanese korobuta sausage and Nobu’s Green Tea Waffles ($28) with crispy panko chicken, pecan miso butter, and tosazu maple.

Palmeiras Beach Club to Open in December


Grove Isle, historically one of Miami’s most pristine settings, is proud to welcome a new restaurant, beach club, boutique hotel and spa, entitled Palmeiras Beach Club at Grove Isle, set to open to the public on December 2, 2015. Located on the famed lush island just a quarter mile off Coconut Grove, Palmeiras was conceptualized by hospitality gurus Sami Kohen and Jacques Wulffaert, who have partnered with Grove Isle’s developers Eddy Avila, Hector Fernandez and Jorge Pinto, and will offer a myriad of dining experiences from celebrated chef Alfredo Alvarez.

Certain to become one of the most sensational dining and hospitality destinations in South Florida, Palmeiras Beach Club has incorporated the established Grove Isle experience and created an updated, contemporary vision. The star of the food and beverage show will most certainly be the main dining room, helmed by Alvarez, the renowned Venezuelan chef who last year opened the smash hit Seasalt & Pepper on the Miami River. The breathtaking eatery, which features indoor and outdoor seating as well as a 20-seat private dining room, will present a Mediterranean menu with dishes evocative of the Spanish, French, Italian and Greek.

Pop-Up Opera at City Cellar

city cellar

Big Time Restaurant Group is teaming up with Palm Beach Opera to bring Pop-Up Opera – intimate sneak peek opera performances to their flagship restaurant, City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill in City Place. On Friday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 16 diners can enjoy complimentary aria performances featuring Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists while enjoying dinner from Executive Chef Kevin Darr. Reservations are recommended.

A&Eats Restaurant Winners Announced

The Avenue

Earlier this month, the Arts + Entertainment (A+E) District of Greater Downtown Miami hosted the final live cook-off event for A+Eats: The Search for Miamis Next Great Restaurant Concept.  Six finalists competed in an impressive cook-off to determine the winner of a restaurant space in the A+E District rent-free for one year. Judges included Steve Santana of Taquiza and Ben Potts of Beaker & Gray.  After many delicious tastings and much deliberation from the panel, the big winner was announced – The Avenue was declared the judges favorite and will receive the life-changing prize!

The Avenue is a unique British diner which will offer refined British pub food classics alongside the best American craft beers.  They hope to provide a perfect pairing of international and domestic flavors to the residents, workers and revelers of the A+E District. Their specialties will include Scotch Eggs, Fish & Chips and Bannoffie Pie.