Nom News: October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

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 our next roundup? Shoot us an email at

Salt & Straw Comes to Miami
Veza Sur Brewing Co. Hosts Frenchie Meetup
Biscayne Bay Brewing Company Celebrates 5 Years
Wine Dinner Series at Prime BLT
Miami Smokers Hosts October Snail Social
Fireman Derek’s Launches New Treats
Red Bar Debuts Fall Cocktails
Sweet Caroline Unveils New Drinks


Salt & Straw Comes to Miami

Salt & Straw is soaring east to open its first scoop shops in Miami, Florida. These will be the first shops on the East Coast, for the Portland-based, small-batch ice cream company known for its curiously delicious flavors and exceptional hospitality. Salt & Straw’s South Florida scoop shops will open in Wynwood and Coconut Grove neighborhoods in spring 2020.

Taking inspiration from Miami, Salt & Straw’s Co-founder and Head Ice Cream Maker, Tyler Malek, will create a brand new locally sourced menu that reflects the flavors, food communities and local ingredients. The scoop shops will feature handmade classic and seasonal ice creams, with new flavors rotating in monthly, that tell the story of Miami chefs and artisans, including a few Miami favorites such as Panther Coffee and Wynwood Brewing.

Salt & Straw will hire and develop over 20 local team members at each location. The company offers extensive training programs in the areas of hospitality, food safety and leadership, as well as benefits that include access to affordable, high-quality health care, family leave, employee assistance, disability insurance and paid time off for both full- and part-time employees.

The Miami shops in Wynwood and Coconut Grove will represent the iconic Salt & Straw design, with curved oak edges, parquet wood inlay, custom terrazzo flooring and bespoke abstract waffle cone walls, creating a mood that’s both nostalgic and modern. Inspired by becoming a gathering place for the community, these spaces will showcase design direction from longtime partner, Portland-based Osmose Design, in tandem with Kim and Tyler, to create a warm, welcoming neighborhood spot to explore unbelievable ice cream flavors and connect with one another.


Veza Sur Brewing Co. Hosts Frenchie Meetup

On Saturday, October 5 head over to Veza Sur Brewing Co. for a Halloween themed Frenchie Friends meetup. From 1pm-3pm head over to the brewery with your pups for a Halloween costume party – the winner will get a Veza Sur gift card. Veza Sur will be providing water and treats for the dogs. Don’t have a frenchie? No worries, like any other day at Veza Sur, all breeds are welcome!


Biscayne Bay Brewing Company Celebrates 5 Years

Biscayne Bay Brewing Company, a craft brewery located in Doral, is celebrating their fifth anniversary with food, unlimited beer samples and more!

The brewery, co-founded by José Mallea, is inviting all beer lovers to celebrate the milestone on October 19th from 7-11 P.M at 8000 NW 25th St. Suite #500, Doral FL 33122.

Known for being one of the first breweries in the neighborhood, Biscayne Bay Brewing is throwing the biggest neighborhood party for their Fifth Anniversary. The celebration will feature samplings from multiple guest breweries from around Doral.

Biscayne Bay will also be activating a vintage Kombi Beer Van where limited edition beers and crowd favorites will be flowing with unlimited samples. Beer and bites go hand in hand, Tacos & Tattoos and Pig Floyd’s BBQ will be serving up their classics, making it the perfect pair to any tasty crafted beer.

Rockwell Talent’s DJ Paul E will be spinning all night so guestscan jam to some great tunes while enjoying New Times Best of Miami “Best Beer in Miami.” Two Pass Options are available for purchase. Option 1 gets you 10 drink/food tickets for $40, if you purchase in advance.

‘Day of’ passes will be $40 for 8 drink/food tickets at the door. Two tickets get you a plate of food from your choice of tacos from Tacos and Tattoos or barbeque from Pig Floyd’s BBQ.

Option 2 costs $60, which includes unlimited beer samples and two food tickets, or one meal.

To purchase tickets for the Fifth Anniversary, click here.


Wine Dinner Series at BLT Prime

BLT Prime Doral continues its partnership with honored vintners to host the fourth of six interactive wine dinners that showcase the best in food and global wine in an intimate setting. On Tuesday October 8, BLT Prime’s Chef de Cuisine Tim Elmore will present a menu perfectly paired with Donnafugata wines of Sicily.

Dinner will begin at 7:30PM in the Nicklaus Private Dining Room at BLT Prime Trump National Doral. A vineyard representative along with Chef Elmore will provide tasting notes and take guests on a one-of-a-kind journey to explore the flavor profiles and components of the pairing.

Tickets are $135 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling the restaurant at 305-591-6606.


Miami Smokers Hosts October Snail Social

Slow Food Miami will present its second “Snail Social” roaming Happy Hour event of the season on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 6PM to 8PM hosted by Miami Smokers in Little Havana.

This month’s “meat-up” will be hosted by none other than 2019 Snail of Approval winners, James Bowers and Andres Barrientos of Miami Smokers. Miami Smokers is a smokehouse on a mission to bring timeless curing, smoking techniques and heritage bred pork to Miami consumers, one slice of bacon at a time.

For October’s Snail Social, guests will enjoy passed bites like candied bacon, mini pulled pork sandwiches, bacon wrapped plantains, and one complimentary local brew. Plus, guests can take an additional 20% off purchases all night long.

This event is open to the public; $15 suggested donation in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here. First-time student and teacher sponsored tickets are available – those interested can send a message to Slow Food Miami on Facebook or Instagram.

All proceeds will go directly toward the Edible School Garden program.


Fireman Derek’s Launches New Treats

Since 2014, pie master Derek Kaplan and the talented team at Fireman Derek’s Bakeshop have been whisking up their extraordinary confections in Wynwood. Now, recently expanded with a new Coconut Grove outpost, this one-of-a-kind Miami dessert destination boasting freshly baked pies and cakes among other titillating goodies has announced October’s “Pie of the Month.”

This month, Fireman Derek’s is offering the Pumpkin Pie – FD’s signature, flaky flour crust, creamy, custardy pumpkin spiced puree filling topped with fresh whipped cream, crunchy streusel and drizzled with caramel. The seasonally sweet specials don’t stop there: Fireman Derek’s is also offering a Pumpkin Cheesecake throughout the month of October.

Cradled in the bake shop’s classic graham cracker crust, the Pumpkin Cheesecake is made with an airy filling perfectly spiced, topped with house made pralines and drizzled with caramel sauce. The Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Cheesecake will be available for the entire month of October at both retail locations.

Can’t choose between which pie to take home? Fireman Derek’s also offers a “Pie Sampler” for the indecisive dessert enthusiast. Sweet seekers can choose up to six, individual pie selections for just $38++. For a seasonal sampling, guests can combine a slice of Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie, Pecan Pie and Chocolate Pecan Pie to satisfy those Fall time flavor cravings.

And for those not in-the-know, hold your forks! Miami’s pie palace has developed an entirely new way to consume your favorite Fall slices. A “pie shake” is a classically prepared milkshake with an entire slice of pie added to it—and the best part? You can turn any of Fireman Derek’s seasonal pies, cheesecakes or cake slices into a shake—all day, every day.


Red Bar Debuts Fall Cocktails

Although it may not feel like fall in Miami, it’s definitely fall around the rest of the country. To get in a more spirited mood, Red Bar in Brickell has added some fall inspired cocktails to their menu.

The cocktails include: The Pie Was Great, a rum based cocktail with pumpkin and salted caramel syrup; Fall for Fall; and Banana Bread is Back, a bourbon based cocktail with homemade banana bread syrup.

Red Bar is open seven days a week beginning at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. Red Bar is located at 52 SW 10th Street.


Sweet Caroline Unveils New Drinks

Sweet Caroline is getting into the fall season and helping others get into it too with three new cocktails. The cocktails, Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned, Apple Mule, and Caramel Rum Sour; put a fall twist on the classics. They incorporate the flavors of autumn into the cocktails using apples, cinnamon, and caramel.

Sweet Caroline is open Tuesday through Sunday and is located at 1111 SW 1st Avenue.