By: Nina Quintero, Sarah Dunn, Ale Cangas, and Jose Loor
Last week was one of the biggest food weeks in Miami and just in case you didn’t make it out we’ve highlighted our favorite moments. Find out where you can still have a bite of some of these dishes…
Barilla’s Italian Bites on the Beach sponsored by HCP Media and the Miami Herald Media Company
hosted by Giada De Laurentiis
Thursday, February 21st at 7PM
Giada De Laurentiis kicked off the Festival weekend with thirty of America’s top chefs and dishes from all over Italy. The event was held at the North Venue under one of the signature tents on the beach. Italian bites from Tuscany, Campania, Sicily, and beyond were paired with wines and cocktails.
Favorite Dishes: With all the yummy Italian food, it was hard to choose! We enjoyed many a meatball, but our favorite was the Spaghetti ‘n Meatball from The Meatball Shop in NYC, made from tender beef and pork. This one stood out for its incredible sauce: a classic tomato with just the right amount of seasoning. The event had no shortage of pasta, but the one we loved most was the Rigatoni in a Traditional Bolognese Sauce from Miami’s own Cibo Wine Bar in Coral Gables. The pasta was cooked al dente (no small feat at an outdoor event!) and the sauce had the ideal blend of meat, tomato, and parmesan cheese. One of the more creative options was the Meatball Martini from La Famiglia DelGrosso. This had the two crucial elements of any martini: vodka and olive, but with a twist – a DelGrosso meatball in vodka sauce with a mozzarella pearl and an olive.
Takeaway: If you missed this event you can get a taste of the Miami dishes at Le Zoo, R House Wynwood, Dolce Italian, The Betsy Hotel, Cibo Wine Bar, Zucca Miami, Prime Italian, Randazzo’s, Cecconi’s, M House Miami, and more!
Tacos after Dark presented by Tequila Cazadores
Thursday, February 21st at 10 PM
We went to TACO heaven for a night and came back. The night was loaded with flavorful tacos and tequila cocktails, beachside at the Loews in Miami Beach.
Favorite Dishes: The crispy shrimp taco by Chef Santiago Gomez from Cantina that came in with a shot glass dipping sauce. The Cuban taco made with black bean tortilla, roasted mojo pork, shaved chicharron from Diez y Seis was also a hit of the night. We were all for the Coyo Taco cochinita Pibil tacos. Taquiza had an unforgettable quesadilla with chicharron de queso, huitlacoche, jalapeño-cilantro crema and epazote.
Fontainebleau Miami Beach presents Wine Spectator’s Best of the Best
Friday, February 22nd at 7:30 PM
About 50 of the nation’s top chefs and winemakers brought this event to life, giving us a taste of literally the best of best. We indulged on pasta, Asian bites, Latin flavors and more paired with some of the best wines with over 100 wines rated 90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s scale.
Favorite Dishes: Surf and Turf by Mark Flemming from The Forge. Short Rib Croqueta from one of our favorite chefs: Giorgio Rapicavoli of Glass & Vine and Eating House. The Taco de Chicharron con Salsa Cruda and Nopales by Chef Diana Dávila from Mi Tocaya Antojería (Chicago, Il) was authentic and tasty. Another favorite was the Cold Sesame Shanghai Noodles by Chef Raymond Li from Palmar Miami and the Hamachi Tartare with Caviar from Swan Miami.
Dinner hosted by Daniel Boulud, Barbara Lynch and Adam Perry Lang
Friday, February 22nd at 7PM
Daniel Boulud, Barbara Lynch, and Adam Perry Lang hosted a dinner inspired by their love of Italian and French cuisine at Boulud Sud in downtown Miami. The evening began with appetizers and Whispering Angel rose and concluded with a four-course dinner to remember for 100 guests.
Favorite Dishes: The first course, from Daniel Boulud, showcased his signature Mediterranean style. The Maine Lobster Salad was a colorful and fresh start to the meal. Luscious lobster was paired with hearts of palm, crème fraiche, pickled sweet potato, crispy quinoa, and peppercress. One of the standout dishes was Barbara Lynch’s Mascarpone Raviolini. We loved the white bean bouillon with sage and hazelnuts and could not get enough of the black truffles on top! Our favorite dessert was the Coffee Cassata, a torta caprese with a rich ricotta mousse and creamy coffee gelato.
Takeaway: If you missed this event you can enjoy Daniel Boulud’s Mediterranean cuisine at Boulud Sud in Brickell (inside the JW Marriott hotel) for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, plus Sunday Brunch!
Heineken Light Burger Bash presented by Schweid & Sons®
Friday, February 22nd at 7PM
On Friday, we went to Heineken Light Burger Bash, a competition where 40 restaurants battled it out for the Best Burger title. America’s favorite dish was presented by restaurants around the US, including NY, Chicago, and Texas. Of course, Miami was in the mix and this year it was our very own Pincho (formerly known as Pincho Factory) that was crowned the Burger Bash winner.
You mus try their Pipo’s Choice Burger topped with smoked gruyere cheese, fried maduritos, smoked bacon and guava ketchup on a brioche bun. It’s Miami in a burger with tropical and sweet flavors. Pipo’s choice burger is not on the menu, but ask for it and see what they say.
Voting is secret, but one of our personal favorite’s was Shake Shack’s special Madison Burger topped with raclette cheese, pickled red onions and brown butter on a Martin’s potato roll. We hope to see this one again.
From Harlem to Overtown Brunch hosted by Marcus Samuelsson
Saturday, February 23rd at 12PM
We had the pleasure to attend a special brunch prepared by Marcus Samuelsson in the Historic Overtown, where Samuelsson is planning on opening a new restaurant and we can’t wait. The event was accompanied of live soul music performances. We had a chance to try Samuelson’s famous fried chicken, collard greens and Mac and cheese while sipping on Mionetto Prossecos. The star dish from the brunch was the seafood paella in calamari ink that was served by Samuelsson himself.