Nom News: January 5, 2024

January 5, 2024

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New Chef Collab at SHINGO
Lucky Hour at MaryGold’s
Dry January at Le Chick


New Chef Collab at SHINGO

Coral Gables’ acclaimed omakase restaurant, SHINGO, is introducing SHINGO & Friends, a new collaboration series with celebrated chefs from around the world.

The first of this series will kick off this month with a two-night culinary takeover on Wednesday, January 17 and Thursday, January 18, led by Chef Shingo Akikuni and Chef Masaya Shirai of revered restaurant, Towa, in New York City.

Osaka-born Chef Shirai is a master of Kaiseki cuisine (seasonal Japanese dining) and has spent years perfecting his craft, working in restaurants such as Sushi Zen as well as Michelin-starred Sushi Azabu, before opening his very own restaurant Towa in Spring of 2022.

The restaurant will offer guests two seatings each night, at 6PM or 9PM, where the two chefs will work together, showcasing their unique culinary artistry, highlighting the freshest ingredients of the season. Reservations are available online and can be made via TOCK.


Lucky Hour at MaryGold’s

In the spirit of the New Year, let 2024 be lucky, happy and prosperous! Better yet, your readers can experience some of that happy luck with “Lucky Hour” at MaryGold’s by Brad Kilgore at the Arlo Wynwood hotel, complete with an exclusive hotel-night giveaway, Wynwood Happy Meal combo and more.

Here’s the scoop: MaryGold’s — the lush restaurant helmed by Chef Brad Kilgore, named “Best Chef 2023” by the Miami New Times — is beginning 2024 with a bang. Its beloved happy hour is morphing into the moniker “Lucky Hour.” Guests who come for some fun at the bar from 5-6 p.m. any day of the week can order the all-new Wynwood Happy Meal. What makes it so happy? The combo menu item consists of a refreshing daiquiri, spiced fries and a fortune cookie — the latter of which is one of the Arlo brand’s signature amenities.

MaryGold’s and Arlo are partnering with the self-love and community inclusivity Instagram account @wetheurban (6.8 million followers) to create custom fortunes exclusively for Lucky Hour. 1 out of every 100 fortune cookies will contain a winning fortune for a 1-night stay at Arlo!


Dry January at Le Chick

For Dry January, the upscale comfort food eatery in Wynwood Le Chick has launched an all new mocktail menu featuring healthy concoctions that guarantee a booze-free start to the new year. All Mocktails are crafted with Seedlip which is a non-alcoholic botanical, but guests have the option to add any spirit of their choice to their beverage.

The mocktails include:

Match-Up: Seedlip Garden 108, Honey, Matcha, Lemon Juice.

Not-So-Dirty Chai: Seedlip Spice 94, espresso, housemade chai, cinnamon syrup.

Tart Cherry Spritz: Seedlip Grove 42, tart cherry reduction, persian lime cordial, housemade limeade soda.