Weekend Recommender: November 15-18
Foodie events for Sandy relief, MOCA Mystery Dates, and a book-filled street fair.
November 15, 2012
Raise funds for two important causes and celebrate the opening of Lee & Marie's Cakery tonight
Lee & Marie's Cakery Opening Party
Thursday, November 15, 5:30 p.m.
Lee & Marie's Cakery has been tantalizing taste buds since early September, but its official opening celebration is tonight. The event will kick off the cakery’s Toys for Tots drive and a portion of Thursday's sales will be donated to the American Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief fund. Zacapa Rum will pour libations. 40 S. Pointe Dr., Miami Beach, 305-672-5167; leeandmaries.com
Miami Book Fair International Street Fair
Friday to Sunday, November 16-18
The sidewalks of downtown Miami will be rife with food stands, live music, and more than 200 literary exhibitors this weekend for the Miami Book Fair International Street Fair. Free and open to the public on Friday, the fair is an excellent place to peruse new books, as well as rare and out of print treasures. Admission will be $8 for adults and $5 for teens (children under 12 are free) Saturday and Sunday. Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. 2nd Ave., Miami; miamibookfair.com
MOCA Mystery Dates
Saturday, November 17, 6 p.m.
The Museum of Contemporary Art's super-secretive Mystery Dates dinner party returns this Saturday night. Guests will begin with cocktails at the museum before being escorted to their undisclosed dinner location. An afterparty at The Shore Club will follow the mystery dinner experience. Tickets are $200 for non-museum members and $150 for MOCA Shakers. 770 N.E. 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org
Hurricane Sandy Relief Dinner
Sunday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Hit The Dutch at W South Beach Hotel & Residences for a five-course Hurricane Sandy relief dinner hosted by chef Andrew Carmellini. A BarLab-fueled cocktail hour and passed bites will jumpstart the evening, followed by dinner on The Dutch's terrace. Special guests will include Michelle Bernstein, Jeremiah Bullfrog, and Brad Kilgore, and a silent auction promises autographed cookbooks and dinner gift certificates. Tickets are $250 per person (all inclusive) and are currently available online. All proceeds will benefit the NYC Food Flood. 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938-3111; tickets here