December 2, 2022
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wine Tasting at Shoma Bazaar
On Saturday, December 10, Shoma Bazaar will be hosting a Gil Family Estate wine-tasting event from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, where guests will enjoy 3 featured wines with a Gil Family ambassador paired with charcuterie boards from the authentic Italian vendor, Trattoria Dal Plin.
Grown in Spain, the Gil Family Estate winery is known for their sustainable, harmonious, and expressive wine varietals with balanced acidity and the presence of citrus, including:
-Juan Gil Blanco features elegant and fresh aromas of stone, tropical fruits (peach, apricot, and pineapple), citrus, and white flowers for a delightful and long finish
– Juan Gil Silver Organic Monastrell is made with certified organic Monastrell grapes creating a complex wine with great balance, concentration, and length
– Juan Gil Red Blend exhibits a vibrant, ripe summer-berry and wild-cherry nose creating a complex, structured, and elegant pour
With limited space available, guests are encouraged to register ASAP using the link HERE. Tickets are $50 per person.
Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar to Open in Dadeland
Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar, known for its delicious coffee, all-day breakfast options, and laid-back yet elevated dishes, is excited to announce the grand opening of its tenth location in Downtown Dadeland! The Grand Opening will take place on December 12, 2022.
This centrally situated new Crema takes up residence in the dynamic shops of Downtown Dadeland, an all-in-one shopping, working and eating town center near Dadeland Mall. Located at 8915 SW 72nd Place, the latest storefront boasts 2,500 sq ft, and the classic elevated look is central to the Crema brand complete with white brick walls, industrial cafe-bistro vibe and significant architecture and captivating indoor and outdoor feel.
To celebrate the Grand Opening, they will be offering complimentary coffee from 12/12 through 12/13 and a Soft Opening with a limited menu on 12/6-12/7. This new location follows soon after the Las Olas opening earlier this month.
Now Open: Sushi By Bou
Sushi by Bou, the nationally acclaimed sushi restaurant stirring up the omakase experience, opened its second South Florida location at the luxurious SLS Brickell on Thursday, December 1.
Located at 1300 S. Miami Ave., the intimate 650-square-foot space provides an oasis within the heart of Brickell’s dining and entertainment district. The dark, speak-easy setting is elevated with ornate art house-inspired decor with rich black and gold design elements. The 12-seat counter and lounge that seats another 12 are the ideal spots to enjoy craft cocktails and Sushi by Bou’s signature timed omakase experience.
Omakase, the Japanese phrase meaning “I’ll leave it up to you,” allows highly skilled chefs to incorporate seasonal ingredients and preferred techniques into an exclusive, personalized menu. During this traditional culinary experience, guests will sit back and let the talented Sushi by Bou chefs decide their menu. Guests can choose from two signature options: a 12-course, $60 experience or a 17-course, $125 experience. The elegant cuisine is complemented by a selection of handmade cocktails, imported sake and rare Japanese whiskeys.
In every dish, Sushi by Bou features the freshest, highest-quality fish sourced locally and globally. Selections can include Hamachi (yellowtail), Botan Ebi (spotted prawn), Ikura (salmon roe), Hotate (scallop), O-Toro (fatty tuna), Unagi (bbq eel) and signature Wagyuni (“surf and turf”). Hand rolls and other sushi favorites can be made upon request, and additional à la carte items are also available. Dessert, which includes seasonal mochi ice cream, can be added to the end of the meal.
The food pairs perfectly with a unique drink list of highballs and imported sake that can add a celebratory vibe to any occasion. There’s also a menu of fresh, signature cocktails, including the Shiso Southsider, with Suntory Haku vodka, shiso leaves, simple syrup and lime juice; Yuzu Honey Bee, a combination of Maker’s Mark bourbon, honey syrup, yuzu and pink peppercorn; Ay-Karai, with Casamigos Blanco, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and agave; and El Coyote, a mix of Sacrvm Mezcal, pineapple juice and amarena cherries. Sake flights and a selection of Japanese beers are also available.
Sushi by Bou was created by NYC-based hospitality group SimpleVenue. Over the last few years, SimpleVenue has made its mark across Chicago with several chic sushi concepts specializing in the omakase experience. Restaurants include Sushi by Bou Lincoln Park, Sushi by Bou Gold Coast, Sushi by Bou West Loop and Sushi Suite 202, the city’s first hotel room turned sushi speak-easy in the Hotel Lincoln. Sushi by Bou also opened a Fort Lauderdale location earlier this year, inside Salt7. SimpleVenue’s ever-growing list of locations is set to change the sushi scene across the country, bringing high-end omakase experiences to more people.
Sushi by Bou at SLS Brickell is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday beginning at 5 p.m., with the last seating at 10:00 p.m.
Reindeer Room Pop-Up at RUMBAR
This holiday season, RUMBAR, the sultry bar and lounge located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami is transforming into The Reindeer Room; a month-long pop-up bar designed to deliver Yuletide magic, high spirits, and holiday cheer. Opening its garlanded doors Thursday, December 1, 2022, and running through Sunday, January 1, 2023, the Key Biscayne Winter wonderland will feature specially-created libations and bites daily from 3PM to close.
Cozy up with specialty themed cocktails including Campfire Porter – bourbon, Godiva chocolate liqueur, La Colada Coffee Porter, marshmallow fluff and a graham cracker rim; Holiday Spirits – Brockman’s Gin, white port, and Aperol; Let Me Take An #Elfie – vodka, Passoã passion fruit liqueur, crème de cacao, lemon juice and prosecco; and Baby, It’s Cold Outside – tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur, muddled ginger, lime juice and ginger beer ($15 each).
In addition, indulge in festive bites including Reindeer Bites – crispy conch fritters with spicy mango sauce ($19); Prancer’s Pizza – smoked bacon, pepperoni, sweet peppers, and caramelized fennel ($22); Ho Ho Hummus – roasted red beet hummus and grilled pita ($15); Charcutewreath – artisan cheeses and meats ($23); and Tipsy Reindeer Bread Pudding ($13).
RUMBAR is located at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami at 455 Grand Bay Drive in Key Biscayne.