The Week in Food
































Winner of the May 14, 2011 Lionfish Derby in Long Key with a 14 inch lionfish./ Celia Hitchens (courtesy of NOAA)


Wanted: Lionfish hunters
Fri./Sat. 11/4-11/5




The next REEF Lionfish Derby is this Saturday. Cash prizes will be awarded for biggest, smallest and most lionfish captured. If you want to participate, late registration is at 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm today at Hurricane Hole Restaurant & Marina in Key West.  Derby participant fee of $150 includes raffle tickets and a banquet.  More information at REEF.

Lionfish tastings for the public are Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hurricane Hole.

Listen to my WLRN-Miami Herald News story to learn more about the invasive fish and why we need to eat as many as we can.

Hurricane Hole, 5130 Overseas Hwy 1 (MM 4.5), Key West

Fall is officially here
Mon.-Sat. through April




Knaus Berry Farm is open. You know what to do. Early on Saturday morning, herd your sleepy family and friends into the car. Bring your cash (no credit cards accepted) and head south to the Redland to avoid long lines for the famous cinnamon rolls, herb breadsticks and strawberries. You can also pick your own strawberries and tomatoes once they’re available. Open Mondays through Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until mid-April. 15980 SW 248th Street in Homestead.


While you’re down south
Sat. 11/5




Homestead al Gusto is another reason to head south on Saturday (11/5) for music and food. Fifteen food trucks gather and several of them compete in a cook-off using a mystery basket of local ingredients. Bee Heaven Farms sells tomato, eggplant, basil and nasturtium plants for your garden and chef Adri Garcia gives cooking demonstrations.  6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Losner Park (104 North Krome Avenue) in Homestead.


Pop up at the Wynwood Supper Club this Tuesday
Tues. 11/8




Lester’s and Gypsy Kitchen food truck team up for Wynwood Supper Club on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Gypsy Kitchen describes their style as “internationally inspired, locally sourced street food with a heavy Indian influence.” The four courses include shrimp ceviche paani puri, chilled avocado cream soup and  salad of grilled heirloom tomato, roasted corn, confit leeks and toasted walnuts, short ribs with guava glaze and an Indian-inspired creme brulee. Dinner is $45 for four courses and wine pairing.  Call 305-968-2325 or email to reserve with your credit card.  Lester’s, 2519 NW 2nd Ave.


Watch and Learn at Food Justice Film Series
Tues. 11/8

Tuesday is the final evening of the food justice film series at O Cinema. Fresh is a documentary about farmers and entrepreneurs trying to reinvent the food system in the United States. Tickets are $10 per person, $7.50 for O members. Sip fruit wines from Schnebly Winery at 6 p.m.  Film starts at 7 p.m.  O Cinema, 90 NW 29th Street, Wynwood.


Advance notice: Slow Food Lebanese Feast
Fri. 11/18

Tickets are on sale for the Slow Food Miami Lebanese Feast on Friday, November 18.  The dinner is at an undisclosed Coral Gables home which will later be revealed to ticket holders. Redland goat herder and cheese maker Hani Khouri prepares foods from his native Lebanon, including a dozen appetizers, five salads, several entrees and white and Turkish coffees. More about Hani Khouri’s elaborate menu at Short Order. Tickets are $125 for food and wine.






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