Nom News: December 4, 2015


December 4, 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

Here’s your weekly dose of nom.

Cantina La Veinte Debuts Art Basel Menu
Duvel Beer Pairing Dinner at Smashed Canvas
Sergio’s Launches New Menu
The New Urban Dinner at Barceloneta
Fooq’s Introduces Brunch Service
The Bridge Pops Up at The Local
Steak 954 Hosts Champagne Dinner
Ortanique Holiday Book Package Now Available

Cantina La Veinte Debuts Art Basel Menu

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Whether you need to eat and get ready for Art Basel or  to take a break from the ruckus and recharge, Cantina La Veinte in Brickell has you covered. Tucked away on the ground level of The Icon Brickell, the Mexican restaurant is offering a three-course dinner for $55. The artist-inspired menu features items like grilled calamari and watermelon salad, roasted pork belly in macadamia mole, and chocolate ganache and hibiscus foam. The menu is available for both lunch and dinner.

Duvel Beer Pairing Dinner at Smashed Canvas


On Friday, December 4 (aka today), experience a spectacular 5 Course dinner paired with some exclusive beers from Duvel, Boulevard Brewing and Brewery Ommegang as Chef Rafael Valazquez of The Contemporary Kitchen creates an exciting 5 course paired dinner. Highliting some delicious offerings from these exciting breweries, Chef Rafel will design a meal that takes you through different contrasts in flavors, texture and all your senses to create a unique dining experience that can only be found at the Smashed Canvas event space during Basel 2015. Dinner will be limited to seatings of 25 people at a time so please choose the time that makes the most sense for you and your group.

Purchase your tickets here.

Sergio’s Launches New Menu


Sergio’s Restaurants continues to bring family and friends together; the South Florida Cuban restaurant franchise is launching a new menu featuring new signature tapas and tablas made for sharing. And to provide more options for customers, they now offer Lactaid® to provide milk alternatives for Café con Leche and Cafecito lovers!Sergio’s new menu items are meant to bring people together by providing more options and supporting local businesses. Sergio’s new tapas and tablas include Salt Cod Fritters, Roasted Vegetable Pesto Pizza, and Tabla Española – all full of flavor and portioned for family and friends to share.

Sergio’s is constantly stepping up their coffee game: their recent alliance with Miami-based Panther Coffee has brought new meaning to “Cafecito Time.” 3:05 is a daily routine for Miamians, and Sergio’s has been serving up hand-crafted, Panther iced cold brew coffee to help customers get through the day. The refreshing blend of single-origin beans from Latin America are roasted by Panther with a 12 hour brewing process which guarantees an ultra- fresh taste customers love.

Sergio’s recently began offering Lactaid® at all locations not only to provide more options for their customers, but also to raise awareness of Lactose Sensitivity – which most people don’t know they have. Lactaid® is real milk, but contains lactase to breakdown lactose and eliminate discomfort. Sergio’s baristas have been capturing photos of customers who are excited to be able to enjoy their coffee in a restaurant setting.

The New Urban Dinner at Barceloneta

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Chef Guillermo Concha from PB Station and Chef Juliana Gonzalez from Barceloneta will be collaborating on to host “The New Urban Dinner” at Barceloneta. There will be two seatings available: 7:00 pm and again at 9:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased for $70 at

Menu highlights include

  • Zucchini Tartar with cranberries, prawn couscous, walnuts, foie streusel by Guillermo Concha, PB Station
  • Radishes with raw mixed radish salad, sherry-brown butter vinaigrette, sumac, zahtar, herbs, jumbo lump crab in beurre blanc by Juliana Gonzalez, Barceloneta
  • Chorizo Parrillero with hen of the woods mushrooms, egg pistou and confit piquillo pepper by Guillermo Concha, PB Station
  • Fall Escabeche with heirloom carrots, cippolini onion, baby fennel, celery root, bacon and a chestnuts stuffed rabbit loin by Juliana Gonzalez, Barceloneta

Fooq’s Introduces Brunch Service

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Fooq’s is pleased to announce the launch of its first brunch service which will take place Saturday, December 5th. Miami’s favorite feel-good dining spot will showcase its unique take on brunch, with the talented Executive Chef Bryan Rojas at the helm of the kitchen.

Always the innovator, owner David Foulquier, will also be opening the gate to Fooq’s brand new outdoor patio. An alfresco oasis, lined with Cuban tiles and greenery fit for a relaxing evening under the stars.

At Fooq’s, Chef Bryan Rojas will offer a variety of brunch options, featuring locally sourced ingredients and unique flavors. Guests can expect the classics, such as the French toast ($12) macerated berries, toasted almonds, spiced chantilly cream and buttered maple, as well as lighter bites such as Lox tartine ($14) on toasted pumpernickel, soft scrambled egg, creme fraiche and fresh picked herbs.

Promising a brunch experience unlike any other in Miami, Chef Bryan Rojas will offer one-of-a-kind dishes like Duck & Foie hash ($18) roasted peppers, sweet onions and sunny side up egg and of course, Fooq’s famed pasta Carbonara ($18) schellers bacon, parmesano and black pepper. Other notable highlights include the Croque mousier ($14) shaved turkey, raclette and bechamel.

Brunch wouldn’t be anything without a few libations to wash it all down. Brunchers in need of a refreshment will enjoy bottomless Sangria made with fresh, seasonal fruit ($35).

Fooq’s new brunch menu will launch on Saturday, December 5th, 2015 and will be offered on Saturdays from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Fooq’s will remain open Sunday, December 6th for a special Art Basel edition.  For reservations call 786.536.2749 or book on

The Bridge Cocktail Bar Pops Up at The Local


Seasoned local bartenders David Perez, formerly of 1930’s House at The Thompson Hotel and 27 Restaurant and Bar, and Will Thompson, formerly of The Broken Shaker, announce a complete bar takeover – dubbed The Bridge – at the popular Coral Gables gastropub The Local Craft Food & Drink.

Teaming up with Executive Chef Phil Bryant to offer true craft cocktails created to complement his ever-rotating menu of incredibly fresh, locally sourced, well-executed and housemade pub grub, The Bridge will pop-up for the entire month of December, officially beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Taking a page from Bryant’s book, Perez and Thompson begin by making what they can in-house, using quality local fruit, herbs and spices for their shrubs, infusions, bitters and tonics. They then combine these with select spirits and perfected techniques for expertly crafted, well-balanced and ridiculously tasty cocktails. Priced at $13 a piece, the fun list includes Port of Miami – Brugal Anejo, Ruby Port, chocolate Amaro blend and C&B Blue Mountain Coffee Bitters; Pearadise Fizz – Pisco Porton, honey, cardamom, half-n-half, egg white and pear cider; No County for Old Cosmos – Ketel One vodka, cranberry-rosemary reduction, orange and lime; and Figure Four Leg Lock – Monkey Shoulder Scotch, fig preserves, ginger maple reduction, cherry vanilla bitters and C&B Fig Bitters Rinse.

The creativity spills over into non-alcoholic beverages as well with delicious housemade sodas ($4).Perez whips up bubbly varieties such as coco piña, Arnold Palmer, citra mojito and cranberry rosemary.

Steak 954 Hosts Iconic Champagne Dinner

steak 954

On Wednesday, December 9, STEAK 954 will welcome guests to their iconic Champagne dinner. Champagne is one of the most iconic wine regions in the world producing some of the most prestigious bottlings that we associate with decadence, luxury and celebration. These wines also happen to be extremely food-friendly.

The dinner features a carefully curated four-course menu with passed appetizers prepared by Chef Nicolay Adinaguev including dishes such as west coast oysters, veal carpaccio, charred octopus and trio of beef filet paired with champagnes including Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame 2004 and Moet & Chandon Nectar Imperial Rose.

Tickets are $125 per person and space is limited. Call 954.414.8333 to make your reservation.

Ortanique Holiday Book Package Now Available

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With the holidays around the corner, acclaimed South Florida chef Cindy Hutson is offering a Limited-Edition Ortanique Holiday Book Package, the perfect gift for the foodie in your life.

The gift package includes a signed copy of Hutson’s new cookbook, “From the Tip of My Tongue,” a $25 gift certificate to Ortanique on the Mile in Coral Gables and a homemade Coffee, Cocoa and Mesquite Rub.  Valued at $67.00, the limited-time holiday offer is now available through December 31, 2015 for $49.00*.

Place your order by calling 305.446.7710, e-mailing or visiting the restaurant at 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Fla. *Not including shipping and handling.