Roadshows, taverns–what century is this? Here are some food events worth checking out this weekend and beyond…
[Update] And a gourmet garage sale!
The holidays are over, but people are still hungry
Feeding South Florida distributes food to 700 food pantries and non-profits in South Florida. Their “Come Together” event raises money for their cause while serving food from restaurants including 1500 Degrees, City Hall, The Forge, Makoto, Scarpetta and Whisk. See the full list at Feeding South Florida. Tickets are $125.
7 to 10 p.m. at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, 591 N.W. 27th St.
New year, new skills!
Muriel Olivares of Little River Market Garden is giving a workshop on how to make pizza and a braided Italian loaf in the wood burning oven at her garden. You’ll eat the pizzas together after the class and take home your braided loaf to share with friends and family. If you don’t have a wood burning oven, never fear. You can get tips from Lifehacker here and here. There are only ten spots in the class so register soon. The class is $35. Olivares is also offering a class on “Raw Recipes: Three recipes using ingredients which are easily grown in any South Florida garden” on Sat. 2/11 ($25).
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Little River Market Garden. Register here.
Gourmet garage sale
The local chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami is selling “everything but the kitchen sink” this Saturday. Find gently used and high quality aprons, bakeware, ceramics, cookbooks, crystal, dish towels, pots and pans, small kitchen appliances and stemware at this paradise for those of us who love our kitchen toys. One example: last year, Jackie Sayet, brand manager for Michael’s Genuine, donated the dishes and glassware which served as props for the Michael’s Genuine Food cookbook photo shoots. There will also be a market selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, potted herbs, vegetable starts, prepared foods and baked goods. All of the foods are contributed by the farmers, caterers and chefs who belong to the Dames d’Escoffier Miami. The garage sale benefits their agricultural, school garden and cooking/nutrition education projects.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1217 Granada Boulevard, Coral Gables
Cocktail road show
Dale DeGroff, the James Beard award winning mixologist and author, is bringing his show, “On the Town: A Tribute to Bars, Speaks and Legendary Saloons” to Clarke’s on Miami Beach this Sunday. He’ll tell the story of the American cocktail through songs, stories and of course cocktails. Guests will be served classic cocktails from a few of the eras he describes, along with light hors d’oeuvres. DeGroff will be accompanied by jazz guitarist Joel Perry. DeGroff has been tending bar and reviving classic cocktails for decades, including a tenure at New York City’s Rainbow Room. He’s also the primary founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail. Tickets are $40 ahead of time, $45 at the door.
6 to 8 p.m.at Clarke’s, 840 1st Street, Miami Beach
The Federal Food, Drink and Provisions Opens
It’s tavern time! The folks behind Phuc Yea! pop up restaurant will open their brick-and-mortar MiMo restaurant on Monday. As they did at Phuc Yea, they’ve got the entire concept down here–from the decor to the recipes to the menu–this time in the vein of a modern American tavern. Think comfort food, potted meats, game meats and dishes of yore like the Hot Brown sandwich (open faced turkey sandwich with mornay sauce.) They’ve been doing their research and doing their own pickling. All breads and desserts will also be made in house. Look for dishes like biscuits and gravy, Nantucket Bay scallop crudo with candied beet salad, charbroiled fish and iron-roasted porterhouse made in a cast iron skillet.
Open Mon. through Sat., 5 to 10:30 p.m., 5132 Biscayne Blvd.
Blue Collar Opens
Self-described “blue collar cook” Daniel Serfer channels his vision for a place where everybody knows your name into Blue Collar, a new comfort food restaurant. It’s in the storefront of the Biscayne Inn (where American Noodle Bar used to live.) Look for homemade pastas, and a daily rotation of veggie small plates and braise, “parm” and ribs of the day to fulfill that empty longing inside of you.
Open Sun. through Thurs., 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 6730 Biscayne Blvd.