Celebrate Good Food with Slow Food Miami

Miami has become a culinary force to be reckoned with. Not only do we have an ever expanding roster of fantastic chefs, unforgettable restaurants, and unique dives, but now we are starting to take food, as a whole, a lot more seriously. You know when attitudes towards food begin to change towards the better when major food-related organizations like Slow Food International take root in a city, like they did in Miami. This Monday, December 10th, you can see firsthand just how serious the 305 is becoming about food when the new Slow Food Miami Fountain is unveiled at the Miami Culinary Institute Gardens. In addition to the unveiling, Miamians (and our seasonal visitors, too) can enjoy a multicourse meal by James Beard award-winning chef, Susan Spicer, who is one of the authorities on New Orleans cuisine. All of this coincides with Terra Madre Day, an annual celebration of sustainable, good, clean, and fair food that is celebrated by 150 Slow Food Countries throughout the world.

Gobble Gobble: Turkey Day Feasts

With Thanksgiving exactly one week away and with NYCs obvious wine'ing and dine'ing culture we've got some perfect resto reccs for dining in or taking out your turkey dinner. Or, if you're itching to cook you're first ever holiday feast, there's even a 101 style class in our mix worth trekking to before testing your skills next Thursday. Gobble gobble!

Head to Prospect Brooklyn, a modern American restaurant on November 19th at 7pm for a Thanksgiving cooking class. The one and a half hour class will offer tips on how to prepare a traditional Turkey Day dinner by executive Chef Kyle McClelland. The class will also cover the perfect alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage pairings. Hurry up, there are only 14 spots in the class and tickets cost $60. Call (718) 596-6826 to reserve your spot. Extra: All attendees will receive a 10% discount during their next visit to Prospect.

Miami Happenings for the Culinary Inclined

If you live in the Magic City you know Miami is never short-changed on fun things to do. From farmers markets to private cooking lessons with a professional chef, Miami won’t let you down. There are plenty of fun foodie happenings going on throughout the city. Here’s a peak at what’s going on in the month of May.

Afternoon Tea

1435 Brickell Avenue

305 381 5590

Every Wednesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., for $24 per person, guests can enjoy the time-honored tradition of high tea in the beautifully decorated 14Thirty-5 Lounge. There are thirteen different tea blends to choose from. Whether you like traditional Earl Grey or need something to take the edge off like their Pear Green Tea Vodka cocktails, there’s a cup, or martini glass, of tea for you. Enjoy snacks like cucumber sandwiches or a pin-wheel of oolong tea-smoked salmon with dill and avocado, a choice of blueberry or cran-orange scones with clotted cream and homemade strawberry jam and orange marmalade, and Miami-inspired sweets such as tropical fruit mousse cake.

An Institution of Higher Pizza

Newly opened Ribalta (48 East 12th Street) is what happens when you take two master pizzaiolos (one of which boasts a lifetime achievement award for “stick work”), seating for 90, three different ovens, a world renowned Italian pizza school, and imported Italian ingredients. This ambitious pizzeria is not your average corner pizza place. Pizzaiolos Max Bruno and Massimiliano Crocetti are seriously committed and “dedicated to bringing you the pure and complete Italian pizza experience.”

The Gem of Park Avenue “West”

Bright, inviting lights and the hum of happy, partying drinkers and diners beckon from a three-story brick period building on the corner of Park Avenue and 35th street in Union City. Inside, much like the restaurant's surroundings, there is something for everyone.

The first floor of the Park Avenue Bar and Grill holds a Manhattan-worthy, casual bar which extends onto the back patio where you'll find a second, “outdoor” bar sheltered from the rain in the spring and summer and warmed by conveniently-placed heating vents in the fall and winter. Here, happy hour runs from 3-7pm Monday through Friday with $3 beer and $5 wine specials. Or, you can sample one of many inventive cocktails (like the Blueberry Juniper) or sample a dish from the “Comfort Food” section of the bar menu (like the sumptuous Mac and Cheese or the pubbish Shepherd's Pie).