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Truffle Dinner at The Ritz; Miami Spice Kickoff

Plus: Burger Beast's Frita Showdown, a wine dinner at The Biltmore, and more food & drink news.

July 30, 2013

White truffle

The almighty white truffle takes center stage at The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne. (photo: Giuesppe Cacace)

Six-Course Truffle Dinner at The Ritz: The Ritz Carlton, Key Biscayne has announced its fourth annual white truffle dinner, taking place Wednesday, November 13 inside Cioppino. The six-course feast is limited to 60 coveted reservations. Pairings will be curated by chef de cuisine Ezio Gamba, sommelier Jorge Mendoza, and Fiorenzo Dogliani of Batasiolo winery. Tickets are $220 per person. 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne, 305-365-4286

Iron Fork Rings in Miami Spice: The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau will kick off its annual two-month celebration of local cuisine during this Thursday's Iron Fork festivities at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The event promises tastings from more than 40 establishments, as well as live music and libations. Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli and Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa are this year's competing chefs. The revelry begins at 7 p.m., though VIPs may enter the grounds an hour early. Tickets begin at $35. 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

Burger Beast's Frita Showdown: Popular food blog Burger Beast hosts its first-ever Frita Showdown with five competing restaurants on August 14 at the Magic City Casino. Known to many as the Cuban hamburger, a frita is traditionally made with ground beef, chorizo, seasonings, potato sticks, diced raw onions, and ketchup. Tickets are $40 and include a sample from each contender, snacks, desserts, and a soft drink or beer. (7-10 p.m.) 450 N.W. 37th Ave., Miami

Truchard Vineyards Dinner at The Biltmore: Suzanne and Anthony Truchard of Napa Valley's Truchard Vineyards will host a family-style dinner with wine pairing this Wednesday, July 31 at the Fontana Royal Table. Menu highlights include a seafood risotto, pumpkin tortelloni, and veal piccata. All-inclusive tickets are $75 for members and $89 for guests. (7 p.m.) 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables, 305-445-8066, ext 2407

SushiSamba Coral Gables Launches Breakfast: The Coral Gables outpost is the first location under Samba Brands Management to offer breakfast. The morning menu began its run last week, flaunting fusion specialities like breakfast dumplings with chorizo and rocoto jam and a short rib sandwich with egg. Breakfast is served from 7 to 11 a.m. Westin Colonnade Hotel, 180 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, 305-448-4990



Post-Swim Week Shopping Report

Check out three boutiques that made a splash with events during Swim Week.

July 29, 2013



PAMM Launches Artist Curated Film Series

Films representing a pivotal moment in African cinema screen at Miami Beach Cinematheque.

July 29, 2013

A still from 1960s African film "Black Girl"

A still from Black Girl, directed by Ousmane Sembène (1966)

The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is presenting a monthly summer film series to help connect audiences with the works of artists who will debut new projects at its December opening. After kicking things off in July with Europe Will Be Stunned, a critically acclaimed video trilogy by Yael Bartana, PAMM is debuting two more films, Black Girl and Afrique sur Seine, on Thursday, August 1 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.

Both African and made in the 1950s and '60s, with powerful depictions of colonized immigrants, the films were selected by Bouchra Khalili, a Berlin-based artist whose work explores multicultural themes. Black Girl, by noted African filmmaker Ousmane Sembène, follows a Senegalese servant as she envisions a better life, while Afrique sur Seine centers on African students living in Paris as they face unprecedented generational challenges. Both films are in French with English subtitles.

Khalili will be present Thursday evening to introduce her selections and explain how they correlate to the pieces she'll later show at PAMM. Screenings begin at 6 p.m., with general admission tickets priced at $10. 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach



Florida Cookery Brunch Gets an Upgrade

The James Royal Palm haunt serves twists on Florida classics on its newly revamped patio.

July 27, 2013

Huevos Rancheros, Florida Cookery Miami

Huevos Rancheros at Florida Cookery. 

Previously flying under our brunch radar, Florida Cookery's downstairs terrace brunch is now served in a charming redesigned patio area. Despite the sweltering summer sun, guests are sheltered by their choice of umbrella or covered dining area, accompanied by a number of fans.

Chef Kris Wessel's midday menu is an ode to our state's blended cuisines, with whimsical add-ons and re-imagined classics, of course. Those looking for a light brunch can try the Hot Miami Housewife Salad, a mix of spicy fish tips, fennel, leek, mixed cress, and lemon quinoa. Other standouts include the Cookery Egg Sliders with tomato fondue, cheddar, barbecue-glazed pork belly, and guanabana dipping sauce, and our favorite, the Huevos Rancheros, layered with eggs, black beans, cheese, chorizo, tomato sofrito, and hollandaise. Don't forget to order a side of calabaza hash or grits. 

Cookery also offers a weekly all-you-can eat special, which during a recent visit featured slow-cooked pork. For dessert, feast on house-made pastries, cookies, and cinnamon buns. And unlimited mimosas or Bellini's are also on tap for an additional $20 per person. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 786-276-0333



DJ Jessica Who's Ideal Miami Night

The Skam Artist DJ skips from Michael's Genuine to Purdy Lounge to Los Perros.

July 26, 2013

DJ Jessica Who

A new crop of bars has DJ Jessica Who hopping from one hot spot to the next. 

DJ Jessica Who has been behind the decks for almost a decade, solidifying herself as a music-maker with real staying power. The Skam Artist regular, who claims local talent like DJ Konflikt and DJ Boe as her Miami must-sees, was recently in town spinning at Gerber Group's Living Room. And while she admits that "as a DJ, half of your 'partying' time is spent doing homework," this is how her ideal Miami night goes down.  

Stop one: food and cocktails. "My favorite dinner spot is probably Michael's Genuine Food & Drink—amazing food, great atmosphere."

Stop two: bar hopping. "We've had a lot of new bars open up in the past year, which is really cool since Miami is traditionally a club town. One of my favorites is Rec Room. I also like SL Miami, Gramps on the rare Saturday that I'm off, and my forever second home, Purdy Lounge."

Stop three: late-night eats. "Although we have great options, with my job you get burned out on them fast. I'm still not burned out on Los Perros, Colombian hotdogs with all the crazy stuff on top. For a sit down late-night, Moshi Moshi always works; the food is good and they stay open until 5 a.m. or later."



What We're Reading

Versace Mansion in the headlines, a list of the 50 best things to eat and drink...

July 26, 2013

Versace Mansion to hit auction block

The Versace mansion, once listed at $125 million. (photo: Alexander Tamargo/gettyimages.com)  

As news spread about the Versace mansion hitting the auction block this September, the Today show swooped into South Beach to give a behind-the-scenes look at the sprawling Ocean Drive property. Keep an eye out for a cameo by our own editor in chief, Jared Shapiro. [Today]

GQ's August issue features an appetite-inducing, cross-country slideshow of "The 50 Best Things to Eat and Drink Right Now." Which dish from Michael's Genuine Food & Drink do you think made the list? [GQ]

The eyes of the art world are shifting to Qatar as residents of the Persian Gulf nation spend millions buying masterpieces. In 2011, the country set the record for the highest price paid for a painting—Cézanne’s The Card Players for a cool $250 million. Pay attention, Art Basel in Miami Beach. [The New York Times]

Google has launched a joint project with the Florida tourism board to photograph every inch of our state's famed beaches. There's no need to worry about that strange man walking the shoreline with cameras anymore, he's just doing his job. [Miami New Times]

John Casablancas, founder of Elite Model Management and, to a large degree, the modern-day supermodel, passed away in Brazil on Saturday while battling cancer. Casablancas is credited for catalyzing the careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Heidi Klum, and Gisele Bündchen. Here, TIME explores his life and legacy. [TIME]



Weekend Recommender: July 25-28

Taste of the Nation, a poolside soirée at the Four Seasons, and brunch at Michy's.

July 25, 2013

Golden Hours Pool Party at Four Seasons

Cool off with cocktails and a splash in the pool at Four Seasons new Golden Hours Pool Party.

Taste of the Nation South Florida
Thursday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Share Our Strength's annual fundraising fête hits the Loews Miami Beach Hotel with food from more than 30 top tier dining establishments. VIP tickets are $250 per person while general admission tickets are $125. Tastings come courtesy of chefs such as Timon Balloo, José Andrés, and Michael Schwartz. 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-1601

Golden Hours Pool Party at Four Seasons
Saturday, July 27, 12-6 p.m.
The Four Seasons Hotel Miami recently launched a weekly poolside party on its two acre terrace. The revelry kicks off at noon with a live DJ, cocktails, and complimentary refreshments courtesy of brands like Patrón and Leblon Cachaça. Admission is $25 for non-hotel guests. 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami, 305-358-3535

Michy's Launches Brunch
Sunday, July 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m
Michelle Bernstein is bringing an à la carte brunch to Sunday afternoon's starting this weekend. Stop by for chicken and waffle sandwiches, burger "Benedict," and a new beverage program. 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, 305-759-2001



Ft. Lauderdale Rings in Revel on the Block

An arts and urban development street party nods the city's blossoming cultural neighborhood.

July 25, 2013

While Miamians continue to debate the authenticity of Wynwood's success, a new art-centric neighborhood is developing slowly but organically to the north. That neighborhood is Ft. Lauderdale's Flagler Village, home to a growing population of artists and urban developers intent on making the area a pedestrian-friendly, aesthetically-appealing, and culturally-rich place to live. It is also home to FAT Village (Flagler Arts Technology), a hub of studios and spaces with its own art walk every last Saturday of the month.

This Saturday, July 27, FAT Village will team up with the bi-annual Revel on the Block event. Part street party and small business booster, Revel aims to help create a tangible sense of community by highlighting the area’s creative initiatives, shops, improved urban landscaping, and local artists. Among the all-day festivities will be live music and mural painting. A number of local food trucks will roll in as well, including Palate Party, Gastropod, and Dim Ssäm à gogo.

Revel on the Block is an extension of last year’s successful “Build a Better FTL” endeavor, in which architecture and development firm Cadence reshaped two desolate blocks in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. Cadence has now joined with C&I Studios, a multidisciplinary media and production company, and helium creative, a boutique service design agency, to help produce Revel. Saturday’s event will be free and open to the public, taking place from 2 to11 p.m. N.W. First Ave., Ft. Lauderdale

By Liana Lozada
Photography by Lindsey Grace


Secret Dinner Series; Taste of Macchialina

Plus: A cocktail class at The Hoxton and more food & drink news.

July 24, 2013

The Hidden Kitchen Workshop will throw an underground dinner.

The Hidden Kitchen Workshop Secret Dinner: Today, chef Michael B. Jacobs, private chef to several Miami Heat stars, will welcome the second installment of his exclusive underground dining series with chef Steve Permaul. Chef Permaul will be previewing dishes from his soon-to-open downtown restaurant and lounge. The event is invite-only, but organizers will be scanning The Hidden Kitchen’s social media channels and parent company site for attendance requests. A select few will be contacted with the secret location and arrival instructions.

Miami Takes Over Top Chef Masters: Chef Richard Sandoval of Toro Toro will appear on Bravo's Top Chef Masters this week. The venue will host a viewing party on Wednesday at 10 p.m. to celebrate the accomplishment. Along with the regular steak-driven menu that’s available, each guest will enjoy a complimentary cocktail. 100 Chopin Plaza at InterContinental Miami, Miami, 305-372-4710

Macchialina Turns One: The Pubbelly team will celebrate the one year anniversary of Macchialina Taverna Rustica with a special “Taste of Macchialina” dinner and wine pairing menus through July 25. Eight family-style dishes will hit the tablecloth for $35 per person. All guests at the table must order the special in order to enjoy the limited-edition eats, which includes macaroni Bolognese and slow-roasted porchetta. 820 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, 305-534-2124

Cocktail Classes at The Hoxton: The Hoxton will kick off a new mixology course on August 8. Thomas Merolla will lead attendees through the how-to for three classic sips: The mojito, Pisco Sour, and Old Fashioned. Guests will also nibble on bar bites and get goodie bags. Classes are $45 per person or $80 per couple; reservations are required. 1111 S.W. First Ave., Miami, 305-677-8466

Tony Guerra's Tacos at Mercadito: Nightlife and lifestyle impresario Tony Guerra will be August's Share Our Strength participant at Mercadito Midtown. Guerra's taco is the Picadillo Rojo—featuring red bean paste, Cuban-style ground beef, criollo sauce, sweet plantains, jalapeños, and crispy pork rinds. 3252 N.E. 1st Ave., Miami, 786-369-0430

By Liana Lozada


Real Women Walk in Nicolita Swim Show

The curve-friendly label hosted an open casting call to find its Swim Week models.

July 23, 2013

Cuban-American swimwear designer Nicole Di Rocco has built a career around embracing the figures of real women for her label Nicolita. So for the brand's 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim runway show, Di Rocco teamed with Explore Modeling to hold a nationwide, open online casting call. 

With no restrictions on height, weight, or experience, more than 1,200 hopefuls participated, with a group of 100 being invited to an in-person casting call at the Surfcomber—just days before Nicolita's July 20th runway show. In the end, 14 models were chosen to walk in the show. "Making the selection for our final models was challenging," says Di Rocco. "I was looking more at the girls' personality and [their] strong runway walk. It's important for the runway models to be able to command your attention, show off the swimwear, and have fun!"

You can see the winners in the slideshow above. As for what they're wearing, the collection is an ode to the derriere, with figure-flattering ruffles, blows, and polka dots.


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