Sorry for the silence around here in the last week or so. It was for very good reason. D and I were busy moving into a new home – our first one that isn’t a rental – and traveling a bit. I’ve enjoyed being slightly disconnected from Twitter, Facebook and blogs but it’s time to get back to it. So here are your belated April events.
Roots in the City Farmers Market Ribbon Cutting
Tomorrow, April 7, city of Miami Mayor Thomas Regalado and Commissioner Richard Dunn will be at the dedication ceremony for the Roots in the City Farmers Market I wrote about. Chef Michael Schwartz will bring his vending cart to the market to celebrate its official opening. The market takes place on the corner of NW 2nd Avenue and 10th Street from 1 to 4 p.m. The ribbon-cutting ceremony starts at 2 p.m.
Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival
On April 10, sample foods from 30 Gables restaurants and wines from around the world at the Coral Gables Wine & Food Festival. Grey Goose Vodka will have a lounge where ticket holders can enjoy cocktails. You can also sip on cocktails at the Martini Terraza. Tickets for the street festival are $50. VIP Tickets are $150 and include a pre-street festival reception with open bar by Bacardi and hors d’ouevres by Miccosukee Resort & Gaming: Empeek-Cheke Restaurant. The street fest takes place on Giralda between Ponce de Leon Boulevard and Galiano Street.
Tax Day at BLT Steak
This isn’t as much an event as it is a promotion but it’s a pretty good deal and it’s sure to relieve you of tax-day stress. All cocktails, beer and selected bottles of wine at BLT Steak will be half off all day on April 15. 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach; 305.673.0044.
Between April 7 and 20, four Miami Beach restaurants will offer four-course menus showcasing authentic Italian dishes for $45 plus tax and tip. Request the “Authentically Italian” menu at these participating restaurants:
1311 Washington Avenue, 305.674.9450
1041 Lincoln Road, 305.531.4833
1801 Purdy Avenue, 305.531.2228
721 Lincoln Road, 305.532.4538
Dinner in Paradise
The last two dinners of the season at Paradise Farms take place on April 11 and April 25. The first features food by chefs Marco Ferraro of Wish Restaurant, Jeff McGinnis of Dilido Beach Club at the Ritz Carlton South Beach and John Critchley of Area 31. The latter features Kira Volz from Creek 28, Giancarla Bodoni from Escopazzo and Sergio Sigala from Casa Tua. $165.50 per person.
Miami Wine & Food Festival
The Miami Wine & Food Festival kicks off on April 22 at the Village of Merrick Park with a sampling of wines from more than 60 winemakers, food from about 30 restaurants and music by the Spam All Stars. General admission tickets are $75 if purchased online and $100 at the door. The event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Other events include an interactive cooking demo with Todd English at the InterContinental on April 23 ($250 per person) and a dinner and live auction ($500 per person) on April 24.
Food & Garden Festival
I’m pretty excited about this event at Fairchild Tropical Garden on April 24 and 25 from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. While full details of the program aren’t available yet, I know they’re working on some interesting things including a bloggers’ corner and a healthy school lunch panel. There will also be culinary demonstrations and a farmers market. Stay tuned for more information here.
Patties & Piedmont
Sunset Corners is hosting a wine tasting pairing wines from Piedmont with burgers on April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as part of their Friday Burger Nights. Cost per person is $55. To reserve, email Jamie Futscher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 305.271.8492. 8701 Sunset Drive, Miami.
Did I miss anything good?