June 11, 2021
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Mayami Launches Night Brunch
This weekend, Mayami Mexicantina is launching Night Brunch. Night Brunch will put a unique spin on lunch and dinner, offering guests delicious twists on brunch staples made with artisanal ingredients, an expansive list of handcrafted cocktails, and new favorite dishes. The night will also include spell-binding performances by aerialists and fire breathers.
The Night Brunch is offered every Sunday from 5:00pm – 12am.
Forte Opens in Coral Gables
Chef Adrianne Calvo, the young star chef best known for delivering Maximum Flavor culinary concepts around South Florida, announces the opening of her newest endeavor, Forte by Chef Adrianne located on Coral Gables’ iconic Miracle Mile. The restaurant will soft open on Friday, June 11th for dinner service only (closed Monday); and open for both lunch and dinner daily as of Friday, June 25.
Forte will offer guests Chef Adrianne’s interpretation of Italian cuisine. The concept, as well as the moniker, pays homage to Calvo’s mother, and her Sicilian lineage, by bearing her maiden name. Some of Calvo’s favorite “go-to” ingredients, including imported balsamic from Modena, parmesan, white truffles, and San Marzano tomatoes, hail from Italy and in their purest form will show up on the Forte menu.
Authentic and ingredient-forward are the principles of the earlier parts of the dining experience with a natural progression to incorporate Chef Adrianne’s signature Maximum Flavor-style as the dining experience evolves. Antipasti platters highlight cured meats and cheeses along with fresh honeycomb, marinated olives, Marcona almonds and grilled bread.
The Raw Bar menu features Crudo di Pesce ($18) drizzled with orange zest olive oil vinaigrette, lemon zest, Fresno chiles and savory garlic chips, and a Bakkafrost Salmon Carpaccio ($21) with thinly sliced Faroe Islands salmon topped with cucumber relish, orange zest olive oil, caper-dill aioli, and fresh arugula salad.
The Burrata Bar celebrates the three-ingredient cheese from Southern Italy and includes two preparations: On Tartufo ($22) prepared with braised cipollini onions, balsamic glaze, and garlic breadcrumbs; and Con Panna ($20) with pistachio-almond pesto and heirloom cherry tomatoes among other delicacies.
Mains are at the height of the Maximum Flavor experience with nine Handmade Pasta dishes like Bucatini Cacio e Pepe ($31), Tagliatelle Bolognese ($32) with Italian sausage and Pecorino cheese, and Tortellini ($31) with mortadella butter and cipollini broth.
Appropriately named But Wait There’s More, highlights composed proteins like a Wood-Oven Whole Roasted Branzino ($45) with cannellini bean ragu, and Veal Chop Florentine ($48) served with fried garlic butter and fingerling potatoes. A selection of wood-fired pizzas and salads are also available.
Desserts include a house made Gelato ($28) crafted with an authentic gelato machine imported from Italy; Italian favorites like Tiramisu ($16), Strawberry Cheesecake ($15), Cannoli Cake ($15); and every Chef Adrianne-restaurant dessert staple, the Dark Chocolate Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding ($16).
Celebrate Pride at The Oasis
Miami’s hottest new cultural hub and entertainment venue, The Oasis, is the mainstage for Wynwood Pride! Those looking to celebrate can enjoy a performance from artist Charli XCX on Friday, June 18.
Shake It alongside everyone’s favorite ally in The Oasis’ expansive outdoor courtyard. With a colorful lineup of top talent, guests can also enjoy performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race’s iconic Kandy Muse, Miami drag legend Miss Toto.
Both a food hall and concert venue, guests will find bites that’ll satisfy any craving. From New York City staples like Alidoro and Prince Street Pizza, to familiar flavors from Mr.Mandolin and Buya Dumplings to an entirely new concept at Los Buenos, guests can indulge in delicious dishes and hand crafted cocktails from the venue’s eye-catching Tower Bar.
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Wynwood Parlor Opens in Miami Beach
Just in time for summer and National Ice Cream Month in July, Wynwood Parlor, the popular minority-owned local dessert company specializing in hand-crafted ice cream sandwiches made from small batched cookies, ice cream and roll on toppings, is opening a new Miami Beach location on the ground floor of Southgate Towers on 9th Street and West Avenue this Saturday.
The new ice cream lounge hopes to be a neighborhood hangout for West Avenue residents with affordable dessert and drink offerings, and will open with an expanded menu featuring signature ice cream sandwiches (including the new cocktail-inspired collection), blends, shakes, acai parfaits, a variety of Italian soft serve ice cream flavors, desserts by the slice as well as several vegan (dairy-free) options and beverages including beer floats, self-serve craft beer and more.
What’s more, to celebrate that school’s out for summer, students in grades K-8 who earned straight As on their last report card will get a free ice cream sandwich with a copy of their latest report card.
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The Macallan Experience at Toro Toro
Toro Toro, Chef Richard Sandoval’s Pan-Latin steakhouse, has teamed up with Macallan to host The Macallan Experience, a culinary tasting journey complemented by limited edition Macallan flights.
Priced at $295 per person, excluding tax and gratuity, the limited attendance four-course tasting by Executive Chef Jean Delgado will be guided by a local Macallan ambassador and will feature delectable plates paired expertly with limited edition Macallan.
The intimate tasting, which will take place in the restaurant’s spacious, private El Matador dining room, will begin with a Cinco Jotas and Blue Salmon Kabayaki amuse bouche, accompanied by Macallan 12 Double Cask and champagne.
The entrée courses will feature Macallan 15yr Double Cask, paired with Lamb Tartare, served with Romanesco and aged Manchego, followed by Prawns and Truffle Corn Risotto, complemented by Macallan Edition No. 6. The main course will be Miyazaki A5 with white asparagus, spring garlic and fava beans, served with Macallan Rare Cask. To finish the evening on a sweet note, guests will indulge in Basil Blueberry Lime Pavlova by Pastry Chef Armand Berger, accompanied by Macallan Estate.
The culmination of the evening will be a live bidding for an in-home private Macallan Experience, hosted by a Macallan ambassador, for up to 10 people featuring tastings of limited-edition Macallan.
100% of the proceeds from this auction item will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, a non-profit organization that creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. The charity operates the Ronald McDonald House on the campus of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami to help families with ill or injured children stay together and close to the medical care their child needs.
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