Nom News: March 4, 2016


March 4, 2016

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Al Fresco Happy Hour at SUGARCANE
Concrete Beach Hosts Educational Series
Chef Angelo Elia Expands Italian Restaurant Group
Smooshies Set to Open in Coconut Grove
‘mamamia’ Italian Gelato Comes to Hotel Breakwater
Cooking Class Series at Mandarin Oriental, Miami
New Chef’s Dinner Series at Seagrape
Now Open: The Sarsaparilla Club
Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Menu Items

Al Fresco Happy Hour at SUGARCANE


On Wednesday, March 16, local love will flow at the always-festive patio at SUGARCANE raw bar grill.  Two of “South Florida Food 50” recipients, Executive Chef/Partner Timon Balloo and master brewer, Jonathan Wakefield, are joining forces for a spectacular BBQ and Beer happy hour! Guests can expect open fire grilling, featuring roasted goat shawarma, pork belly and much more, in addition to a selection of Wakefield beer’s and an exclusive beer cocktail made just for the event.

Tickets to the happy hour, taking place from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m., can be purchased at for $60 (all inclusive).

Concrete Beach Hosts Educational Series

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A class with no homework, and the only objective is to learn more about beer. No, this isn’t a dream from the past, it’s a real course and it happens every month in Wynwood. Concrete Beach’s Social Hall Manager and “certified beer geek” Jesse Morris hosts a monthly educational series at the brewery, aptly named Brew House Rock.

Morris, who recently became the first craft brewery worker on Wynwood’s Brewers’ Row to become a Certified Cicerone, gets a chance to share his passion and beer expertise in this monthly series. Brew House Rock is designed for anyone who is interested in developing a deeper knowledge and appreciation of craft beer. Each class has a different theme, and includes beer tastings with special ingredients to highlight subtle flavor notes, such as caramel, toffee and fruit.

March’s theme is “Incredible Yeasts & Where to Find Them!” Guests will learn all about yeasts, the building blocks of beer and every brewer’s favorite microorganism. Conversation topics include where yeasts come from, how different yeasts, such as lager and ale.

Click here to sign up for “Incredible Yeasts & Where to Find Them” on March 7th.  The $5 ticket includes the hour-long class and tastings.

Chef Angelo Elia Expands Italian Restaurant Group

Chef Angelo Elia

Acclaimed Italian-born chef and restaurateur, Angelo Elia, whose impressive roster of dining establishments includes three Casa D’Angelo restaurants, as well as a growing chain of Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas, plans to expand his dining group by opening three new restaurants later this year.

Chef Angelo’s newest concept, Angelo Elia The Bakery Bar, opening in late May or June, will be located on Oakland Park Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale and will serve Italian pastries, breads, sandwiches, gelatos and coffees. This traditional Italian bakery/cafe will be more casual than Chef Elia’s other concepts featuring indoor and outdoor seating and counter service. In addition, an eclectic wine, champagne and liquor list will be offered.

Later this summer, Chef Elia will open a fourth Casa D’Angelo restaurant in South Miami.  In November 2016, a fifth Angelo Elia Pizza, Bar & Tapas location will open in CityPlace Doral with another planned to open in Aventura ParkSquare in 2017.

Smooshies to Open in Coconut Grove


Smooshies Candy & Toys is more than just a store – it’s an experience. It takes a toy store, ice cream and coffee shop—and stirs them all up to create an engaging oasis that pops with color and fun. Kids can indulge in a cup of nitrogen ice cream or dig into handpicked toys and eye-catching varieties of candy they won’t find in other stores, while parents sip on an espresso and awaken their inner-child with exciting discoveries.

With a location in Key Biscayne (260 Crandon Blvd., Unit 27, Key Biscayne), across from The Shops at Sunset Place (5738 Sunset Dr., South Miami) and a flagship store opening soon in Coconut Grove (3413 Main Highway), Smooshies was recently tapped by Yellow Pages as one of ten innovative new businesses to watch in the U.S. It offers a memorable experience and several opportunities for families to spend quality time together. A lively calendar of events and workshops, along with events space, gives families more reason to return to Smooshies time and again.

To visit the nearest Smooshies or for more information, visit

‘mamamia’ Italian Gelato Comes to Hotel Breakwater


On Sunday, February 28, 2016 South Beach got a taste of refined, Italian gelato with the opening of “mamamia” Italian gelato store in Hotel Breakwater South Beach. The store features flavorful gelato combined with the highest quality standards for gelato, gelato cakes and specialty items.

Designed by prominent architect Michele Alterio, “mamamia” blends modern craftsmanship and Italian furniture derived straight from Italy. Hotel Breakwater South Beach, a historic, Art-Deco boutique property, sets the stage for this new venture due to its fun, entertaining activities and amenities.

In conjunction with the hotel’s premiere service and accommodations, the “mamamia” Italian Gelato store will prove to be the sweetest venture to hit South Beach.

Cooking Class Series at Mandarin Oriental, Miami

mandarin oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Miami presents its 2016 interactive cooking class series featuring award-winning Chefs Benjamin Murray of Azul and Diego Oka of La Mar by Gaston Acurio. Guests will have an opportunity to book individual classes or enjoy a class with a luxury stay at the triple five-star hotel.

The 2016 cooking classes will be offered as follows:

  • Friday, March 18: Art of Cebiche with Chef Oka of La Mar
  • Saturday, April 9: Springtime Flavors with Chef Murray of Azul
  • Friday, May 6: Causa Tasting with Chef Oka of La Mar
  • Saturday, June 11: Japanese Techniques with Chef Murray of Azul
  • Saturday, September 24: Couples Cooking with Chef Murray of Azul
  • Saturday, November 12: Festive Ways to Prepare for the Holidays with Chef Murray of Azul
  • Friday, December 9: The Secrets of Leche de Tigre with Chef Oka of La Mar

Individual classes are USD 175 per person at Azul and USD 100 per person at La Mar. All pricing is plus tax and pre-registration and payment required.  Classes at Azul will be held on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm. At La Mar, classes will be held on Fridays from 6pm to 7:30pm. For reservations, please contact restaurant reservations at +1 (305) 913 8358.

New Chef’s Dinner Series at Seagrape

seagrape off the books

On Saturday, March 5thChef de Cuisine Tony Velazquez  presents brasserie classics alongside “Top Chef” Season 13 current contestant Jeremy Ford of Matador Room and fearless executive pastry chef Max Santiago of The Salty Donut. Among our VIP guests for the evening: Seagrape’s creative driving force, Chef Michelle Bernstein.

Hosted on the 1st Saturday of the month by Seagrape Chef de Cuisine Tony Velazquez and his favorite local chefs, ‘Off the Books’ will feature a multi-course family-style menu designed for Miami’s most fanatic foodies, who value inventive, exquisite cuisine and fine wines from around the world. Wine and dine late into the night next to friends, partners, leading local chefs, and even some surprise guests. You never know who will show up.

Reserve your seat by calling 786-605-4043 or email The March 5 dinner costs $95 per person, inclusive of tax and tip.

Now Open: The Sarsaparilla Club

sarsaparilla club

Renowned chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, who built their foundation while working together at Gigi, Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Miami, and more recently Root & Bone in New York are thrilled to be returning to South Florida with the launch of the unique and energizing concept The Sarsaparilla Club, located inside the iconic Shelborne Wyndham Grand hotel.

A street-side vintage VW bus will welcome diners to the whimsical and cozy indoor-outdoor poolside 130-seat restaurant. The Sarsaparilla Club, named by McInnis and Booth, pays homage to the unique attributes of the sarsaparilla root, which is used in a number of cultural cuisines (including Australian, Asian, and of course American). Following the success of Root & Bone in Manhattan, both McInnis and Booth wanted to stay consistent while searching for another name that fit within the Root & Bone family.

Merging the realms of American comfort food and Cantonese Dim Sum, The Sarsaparilla Club will showcase soul nurturing, conscientiously sourced, farm-fresh ingredients in two formats — traditional Dim Sum carts and an a la carte menu.

The restaurant is located inside the Shelborne Wyndham Grand hotel. For more information visit or call 305-341-1329.

Dunkin’ Donuts Introduces New Menu Items


So what’s the big idea as Dunkin’ Donuts readies for spring? Only the brand’s biggest breakfast sandwich launch of the year: the new GranDDe Burrito.

Big, bold and bursting with flavor, the GranDDe Burrito is a large, 10-ounce breakfast burrito that begins with a delicious tortilla filled with a spicy omelet with jalapenos, red bell peppers and pepper jack cheese with habanero. Dunkin’ Donuts then packs in a rice and bean blend that also includes corn, fire-roasted peppers and onions. Served in both sausage and veggie versions, the GranDDe Burrito is available any time of day at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for a limited time.

As thoughts turn to warmer weather, guests can sip the flavor of their favorite scoop with the return of coffee flavors inspired by Baskin-Robbins ice cream. Choices include a new Pistachio flavor, and returning fan favorites, Butter Pecan and Cookie Dough. All flavors are available in hot or iced coffee, lattes and macchiatos at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants through spring.

Finally, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving donut lovers a delicious new way to ring in spring, introducing the new Strawberry Shortcake Croissant Donut. The Strawberry Shortcake Croissant Donut features Dunkin’ Donuts’ classic glazed Croissant Donut with a strawberry buttercreme filling, finished with white and strawberry icing drizzle.

For another sweet treat to enjoy with your favorite iced coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts is also bringing back two varieties of Cheesecake Squares, including the OREO® Cheesecake Square and Raspberry Cheesecake Square. The OREO® and Raspberry Cheesecake Squares are filled with smooth and creamy cheesecake filling, frosted with white icing and finished with raspberry flavored candy or crumbled OREO® cookies.