Nom News: June 30, 2017

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June 30, 2017

Each Friday, we compile South Florida food-related news and events that we couldn’t fit on the site earlier in the week, as well as other local news that piques our interest. Want to be included in next week’s roundup? Shoot us an email at

Here’s your weekly dose of nom.

Le Zoo Celebrates Bastille Day
National Grilling Month at Pinch Kitchen
Tuesday Night Wine Promo at Meat Market
New Lunch Menu at Bakehouse Brasserie
Fried Chicken Drive-Thru at Bird & Bone
Ocio Expands to Coral Gables
Summer BBQ Series at The Dutch
SLS South Beach Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary
Glass & Vine Hosts Argentine Asado

Le Zoo Celebrates Bastille Day

Petanque players, fashionistas, musicians and mimes come together to celebrate Bastille Day at Le Zoo, Stephen Starr’s French destination in Bal Harbour. Starting Friday, July 13, the chic brasserie will be celebrating throughout the weekend with menu specials including $1 oysters, an outdoor ice cream cart and creative specialty cocktails.

On Friday evening, guests can look forward to an energetic performance from Miami-based band The French Horn Collective starting at 6:30 p.m. Other fun activities include a mime who will perform throughout the day, a photo booth and a petanque court located between Le Zoo and its sister restaurant Makoto.

For reservations, please call 305.602.9663 or visit

National Grilling Month at Pinch Kitchen

Each week throughout the month of July, Pinch will feature a different dish developed together with some of Miami’s top influencers and media.

The line-up includes:

Week of July 4th – Texas BBQ with Nick Peña (Y-100 & The Food-e)
Week of July 11th – Carolina BBQ with Kelly Blanco (NBC6)
Week of May 18th – Kansas City BBQ with Miami Food Pug
Week of July 25th – Miami BBQ aka Caja China with Mitch & Mel Take Miami

The American BBQ favorites will be available for lunch, brunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday, and prices will vary depending on the dish.

To close out National Grilling Month, Pinch Kitchen will hold an American BBQ four course dinner on July 31st. Each course will represent a different style of American BBQ. Tickets will be available on Eventbrite for $65 per person.

Tuesday Night Wine Promo at Meat Market


Move over Wine Wednesday! Meat Market Miami Beach is launching a special Tuesday wine promotion sure to please seasoned discerning oenophiles and newbie wine lovers alike. Every Tuesday, the restaurant is offering all bottle selections from its acclaimed wine list at half price during lunch and dinner service. The wine promo will run through summer.

If you can’t make it on Tuesday, stop by any day of the week to enjoy Meat Market’s delicious libations during its wildly-popular Daily Happy Hour. Happy Hour drink specials include $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label; $10 Classic Belvedere Martinis; and $8 signature cocktails including White Sangria; Pimm’s Cup; The “One” Mule; Tangerine Dream; and Strawberry Caipirinha. Select wines, available by the glass, are priced at $8; specialty beers $3.50.

Pair your choice of wine or cocktail with one of the delectable menu items, like the fan favorite White Truffle “American Style” Kobe Tartare; Roasted Cauliflower with lemon, parsley, capers, parmesan, evoo and cauliflower puree; Prime Short Rib featuring Certified Angus Beef, Niman Ranch Prime, parsnip pudding, coffee demi and sour cherry; or one of Meat Market’s flavorful Signature Steaks.

New Lunch Menu at Bakehouse Brasserie

SoFi’s hottest brunch spot Bakehouse Brasserie is launching a new lunch menu for summer. Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., guests can enjoy a $10 Classic Cheeseburger along delectable new menu items including the Almond Crusted Baked Brie, Portobello Mushroom Burger, Steak Frites Sandwich, Bakehouse Chopped Salad, Tuna Tartare and the Salmon Burger.

Adding to Bakehouse’s allure is a daily happy hour! Indulge on $8 specialty cocktails, $7 select wines by the glass, and $5 select draft beers Wednesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fried Chicken Drive-Thru at Bird & Bone

Thursday, July 6th is National Fried Chicken Day, and to celebrate this momentous National Holiday, Bird & Bone is doing the unspeakable: opening a one-day only Drive Thru.

Chef Richard Hales’ Southern-inspired eatery at The Confidante will be serving up buckets of Chef Hales Hot Fried Chicken and Florida Cheddar & Chive Biscuits from 12-2 pm. No car? No problem! Walk-ups are welcome, too. Guests can make their way to the Crown entrance of The Confidante, which is towards the left side of the driveway, to pick up their bucket of chicken & biscuits.

Each bucket includes 6 pieces of Hot Fried Chicken and Biscuits, enough to feed 2-3 people, and is available for $48.

Ocio Expands to Coral Gables

After one year since opening in Doral, Ocio has added a new home in Coral Gables. Their new escape is nestled in the heart of the gables and just a few blocks from Miracle Mile. Similar to the Doral flagship, followers will feel the same relaxing atmosphere with warm color but, a more intimate dining room. In addition to Italian classics, Ocio is adding a Latin flare to honor the owner’s Colombian heritage.

Owner Carlos Pieschacon wanted to embrace both parts of the world for this Coral Gables concept and thought the culturally diverse market of Miami would appreciate it. Appetizers range from $4-$16 with dishes like Arepa de Choclo ($7) – sweet corn cake, topped with fresh artesian cheese and sour cream, and fried plantains, Chorizo o Morcilla con Arepa ($4) – Colombian sausage or blood sausage with corn tortilla, Burrata & Prosciutto ($14) – slices of prosciutto with creamy fresh mozzarella and Tiradito de Pulpo ($10) – thinly sliced octopus marinated in a homemade citrus sauce.

The same Italian dishes Doral has grown to love will also be available at their Coral Gables getaway. Returning favorites will include their signature Spaghetti Pomodoro ($14) – roasted garlic, basil and homemade fresh tomato sauce, Linguine Frutos del Mar ($23) – clams, mussels, calamari and shrimp, in toasted garlic, and wine, Osso Bucco ($29) – slow braised veal shank, in a vegetable, white wine sauce served over risotto Milanese and Costillas de Cordero ($29) – rack of lamb seasoned with fine herbs in mint jelly, demi glaze sauce.

Ocio will also be serving wine by the bottle for $25. Every day, Coral Gables locals can unwind for happy hour daily 4-7 PM with two-for-one glasses of wine, beer or sangria. To stay fashionable for Friday in the Gables, happy hour will be extended from 3-9 PM. This charming hideaway isn’t just a place for adults either: Families are encouraged to visit for weekend brunch or dinner to enjoy their value driven fare. Their kid’s menu has an number of options for $10 and under.

Ocio is now open in Coral Gables for dinner daily, weekend brunch and weekday lunch. Ocio is located at 2626 Ponce De Leon Blvd #2, Coral Gables, FL 33134.

Summer BBQ Series at The Dutch

For the sixth year in a row — every Wednesday in July— Executive Chef Adonay Tafur and Chef Joshua Gripperwill host a backyard throw down at The Dutch in the W South Beach Hotel & Residences. Chefs will craft a mouth-watering BBQ feast served up family-style, along with homemade pies and treats by Pastry Chefs Jaclyn Marshal and Richard Vaughn.

The weekly event will take place from 6:30PM to 10PM in The Dutch’s very own backyard, the Grove. Kicking-off July 5th, guests can enjoy a delicious array of themed BBQ’s for only $40 per person, including tax and gratuity; excluding beverages. This year is going to be extra special, as New Orleans takes over The Dutch Miami with one of Food & Wine’s “ Best New Chefs in America” 2017, Chef Nina Compton of Compére Lapin, to close out the series.

No cookout would be complete without a special selection of ice-cold drinks — diners can cool down with craft bourbon cocktails as well as small batch brews from local brewery partners. Seating is limited, so advanced purchase is recommended. Walk-in guests are also welcome, space permitting.

The line-up and themes for The Dutch’s Summer BBQ Series 2017 are as follows: Wednesday, July 5th – Brazilian Churrascaria hosted by Adonay Tafur; Wednesday, July 12th –  Japanese Robatayaki hosted by Matt Depante; Wednesday, July 19th – Old School American BBQ hosted by Joshua Gripper; Wednesday, July 26th – New Orleans Cookout hosted by guest chefs Nina Compton of Compére Lapin and John Gallo & Rene Reyes of Pinch Kitchen.

For reservations, please call (305) 938-3111 or book online via

SLS South Beach Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

In anticipation of their 5 Year Anniversary, SLS South Beach is rolling out a property-wide exploration of all 5 senses, aptly named, Savoring Luxurious Senses. Guests will be treated to the best sensory experiences the property has to offer including art installations to visually stimulate the sense of sight, exclusive signature scents, nostalgic playlists celebrating the sense of hearing, and many more Sexy Little Surprises to be announced – all culminating in a 5 year anniversary party.

Beginning with the sense of Taste, Chef Yoshi Migita of Katsuya and Chef Tito Vargas of the Bazaar by José Andrés have announced specially curated tasting menus to celebrate the property’s milestone. Both menus are available now and run through the end of July.

Katsuya’s 5-Year Tasting Menu ($110 Per Couple)
Crispy Rice Tuna – Grilled sushi rice, topped with spicy tuna and jalapeño
Baked Crab Hand Roll –  Baked snow crab, Chef’s dynamite sauce wrapped with rice in soy paper
Tuna Carpaccio – Garlic, Chive, Yuzu Soy, Seared with Hot Sesame Oil
Katsuya Roll – Tuna, yellowtail, salmon, scallop, crab and avocado wrapped with cucumber

Corn Robata – Seasonal corn charred on the robata grill
Ponzu Salmon – Japanese blackened spice, moromo misi eggplant
Large Carafe of Katsuya Sake

The Bazaar’s 5-Year Tasting Menu ($75 Per Person)

Kueh Pai Ti – Shrimp, peanuts, chili sauce
Dragon Fruit Ceviche – Tuna, pecans, lemon, hibiscus
Croquetas de Pollo – Chicken béchamel fritters
Bao con lechón – Chinese bun, pork belly
‘Cubano’ In Honor of Café Versailles
Not Your Everyday Caprese – Cherry tomatoes, liquid mozzarella
Cuban Coffee Rubbed Churrasco – Served with passion fruit coulis
Brussels Sprouts – Lemon purée, apricots, grapes, lemon air, banana
Key Lime Pie – José’s way

For guests who want to make it a vacation (or staycation), the menus are part of an exclusive 5 Year Anniversary Room Package, which includes: 5 Year Tasting Menus for 2 at Katsuya or The Bazaar, complimentary upgrade at arrival (pending availability), late check out, unlimited UrbE usage, and welcome cocktails at Hyde or Bar Centro. Bookable June 26th through December 31st. Blackout dates applicable. Click here for more information.

Glass & Vine Host Argentine Asado

Coconut Grove’s award-winning locale, Glass & Vine, is paying homage to Executive Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli’s South American roots by celebrating Día de la Independencia — Argentina’s Independence Day — with an Asado on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 5PM. Priced at $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), guests can enjoy an evening of barbeque and Argentinian wines at the airy and inviting restaurant for a one-of-kind culinary experience.

The menu crafted by Rapicavoli will feature dishes inspired by his own family traditions including his father’s recipe for preparing Grilled Short Ribs, Lamb Chorizo, Beef Sweetbreads, Pork Secreto and Grilled Vacio. Accompaniments will include his grandfather’s favorite Watercress & Red Onion Salad and Papas Provencales. End the evening on a sweet note with Flantopped with dulce de leche for dessert. Call (305) 200-5268 for more details.