Via Emilia 9, South Beach’s Hidden Gem

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Hello Foodie Friends,

I recently was invited to check out Via Emilia 9 in South Beach. I had not heard of it before and was super excited to go after taking a peek at their website.

Named after the merchant road in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna (Italy’s greatest gastronomic treasure), ViaEmilia 9 is Miami Beach’s first authentic regional Italian restaurant and market. Emilia Romagna sits on the border with the third-smallest country in Europe, the Republic of San Marino, which happens to be the birth place of my mother-in-law, and a place I had the good fortune of visiting several years ago.

Perfect for lunch or dinner, Via Emilia 9 has something for all palettes and represents the Italian regions of both Bologna and Modena. Never compromising authenticity, Chef Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori imports everything served at Via Emilia 9 from Italy (with the exception of fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs), including bread, which is brought in from the Vasalli Bakery in Ferrara, Italy. Via Emilia 9 has an expert “Sfoglina” or pasta maker on site hand rolling a variety of pastas and raviolis daily and upon request, she can personalize the stuffing of your ravioli or any pasta you’d like to try.

Fresh pasta being rolled by hand daily.
The cozy and inviting setting for a truly authentic Italian dining experience.

To get us started on our culinary journey through the Emilia region, Chef Wendy prepared for us a perfect antipasti plate that included 24 mo aged Parmigiano, 18 mo aged proscuitto di Parma, balsamic pearls (Chef Wendy & Tina import the balsamic from their own barrels in Emilia, where the balsamic sits and ages), fresh figs, artichoke, lemon jam & arugula with a side of gnocco frito (fried dough). Let me just say O – M – G!!!! This platter is one of the best I have ever had the pleasure of tasting and I have tasted a lot, trust me! The quality of the imported products is undeniable. I loved (and ate, no…devoured is a more accurate description) everything on that plate. And the fried dough…don’t get me started. It was served piping hot and oh so good! We were served a lovely Lambrusco from the Emilia region to pair and it was nice and light.

The next dish to arrive was the cappellaci di zucca which were made that day (see above picture). These cappellaci were stuffed with pumpkin and marscapone cheese and came with crispy sage butter and topped with fresh Parmegiano cheese. This course was served with a Pinot Nero, a white Pinot Noir made by separating skins from the pulp- a really unique (and tasty) wine. My dining companion and I both LOVED this dish, every aspect of it. Pure perfection.

The next dish delivered to our table was their tagliatelle with prosciutto. I especially liked the bonus piece of grilled prosciutto placed on the top; the crispiness was a unique and welcome addition. A wonderful cabernet had been selected to pair with this course. Again, the freshness of the pasta along with each of the ingredients in the dish stood out to us and is an exception to what is served at most “Italian” restaurants here in the U.S.

For dessert, we delighted in the trio di ciaccolato. Tenerina al cioccolato (homemade chocolate cake), salame al cioccolato to (chocolate salami, an Italian dessert made from cocoa, broken biscuits, butter, eggs and a bit of port wine or rum. … like salami, chocolate salami is formed as a long cylinder and is sliced across into discs for serving) and mascarpone & strawberries. We loved each of the three components of the dish. The most unique I found was the chocolate salami.

Via Emilia 9 recently received a facelift. After two years in business, the traditional Italian eatery underwent renovations to incorporate a new open kitchen plan, an expanded market featuring homemade and imported Italian goods for sale, an eat-in bar, and pasta making station, along with other additions. Via Emilia 9 owners, Chef Wendy and his partner Valentina (aka Tina), decided to open up the space to give diners a look into the daily workings of an authentic Italian kitchen.

Chef Wendy and Tina

“We want to involve our guests in the cooking process and not just the end result. Being able to show people the process behind making food and being able to interact with their food is part of Italian tradition,” said Chef Wendy.

We tried just two of the wonderfu pasta dishes served at Via Emilia 9.  Other dishes you may be interested in trying when you come is their signature dish, the Tortellini in Brodo (tortellini in broth) which is homemade and hand rolled- the tortellini is stuffed with Prosciutto di Parma, parmesan cheese, mortadella, beef and pork.  Other highlights include The Basket from the Emilia Romagna- a charcuterie board that features prosciutto, mortadella, pancetta, parmigiano, as well as fried dough, prosciutto, mortadella, stracchino cheese, and marmalades. Other highly recommended dishes include the Ravioli dello chef, the Tagliatelle Panna Salsiccia e Funghi (tagliatelle with mushrooms, sausage and cream sauce), the Cotoletta alla Bolognese, the Chef’s Filet and the homemade flatbreads.

Via Emilia 9 is also available for catering and private chef services at your own house or event. Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 – 6:30pm featuring bottles of wines & appetizers for 50% off. They also have what looks like an amazing 5 course truffle tasting which I am undoubtedly going to try! You can learn peruse their menu and learn more by clicking here.

Via Emilia 9 is located on 1120 15th Street in Miami Beach and is open daily from 11 a.m. until 11p.m. for both lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends.  Reservations are available by phone at (786) 216-7150.

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 

DISARONNO Day

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Hello Foodie Friends,

DISARONNO turned the literal translation of amaretto ‘a little bitter’ into something sweet for amaretto enthusiasts in Delray in honor of National Amaretto Day, this past Wednesday, April 19th. DISARONNO, the original amaretto since 1525, hosted a self-guided bar tour in Delray for DISARONNO Day, which also happens to be National Amaretto Day. During the bar tour, revelers were able to enjoy cocktails such as the Italian Margarita, Bourbon Sour and DISARONNO Breeze.

Starting off at City Oyster at 5pm, DISARONNO Day participants were also able to visit Tramonti32 East, Luigi’s Coal Oven Pizza, and Buddha Sky Bar as part of the official tour. Guests were provided a DISARONNO Sour Jar in which they could enjoy the cocktails and take it home as a keepsake souvenir. In addition, guests were given a DISARONNO t-shirt.

I started off at one of my favorite places on “The Ave”, City Oyster & Sushi Bar where bartender extraordinaire Wayne Pasik poured me the Bourbon Sour to get this party started. Nice pucker to it. Off to a good start!

 

Next, I headed over to Tramonti where Timothy crafted the DISARRONO Breeze for me. This was made with DISARRONO of course and sour mix, Zonin Prosecco & Bitters. It was delicious!

Next up was 32 East. As I pulled up a seat at the bar, I could no sooner get out the words “DISARRONO” when the lively group of guys hanging out at the bar next to me blurted out “we would like to buy you that drink”. While I was flattered, I explained that I was participating in this tour and before I finished, they repeated their kind offer. Then it dawned on me, they were from DISARRONO. Dave, Ed, Matt and the rest of the gang were so much fun to hang out with.

 

Left to Right: Dave & Ed from DISARRONO at 32 East
DISARRONO over ice

Following 32 East, I made my way to Luigi’s Coal Fire Pizza. Here, bartender Ryan poured me an Italian Margarita. How fitting in an Italian restaurant. The drink was great and so was Ryan!

The final stop on this amaretto tasting tour was Buddha Sky Bar where Chrissy got real creative and made me an impromptu cocktail featuring DISARRONO. She came up with a Black Cherry Collins – made with DISARRONO, passion fruit puree, agave, a splash of grenadine and muddled blackberries and raspberries. I think this one my favorite creation of the night. Way to go Chrissy!

 

I want to thank the folks at DISARRONO for inviting me to participate in this cool bar tour. I think I see some synergy here with my culinary tours. Can’t wait to explore the possibilities of collaborating with them again.

Here are a few recipes of the signature DISARONNO cocktails that were featured on the tour. Enjoy and drink responsibly!

DISARONNO SOUR

2 parts DISARONNO

1 part fresh lemon juice

¼ part simple syrup

Fill a Disaronno Sour Jar with ice. Pour in Disaronno and then the fresh lemon juice. Add a teaspoon of sugar. Stir and garnish with lemon slice.

BOURBON SOUR

1 oz. DISARONNO

1 oz. Bourbon

1 oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice, and pour over a highball glass with ice and garnish with a lemon or orange slice

Until we eat (and drink) again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Gemma di Luna

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Gemma di Luna, the newest gem from the Enovation Brands portfolio, is a premium Italian sparkling wine that elevates the Moscato experience. The wine is crafted from premium Moscato grapes grown in Italy’s Piemonte region, the legendary home of great Moscato, in the “spumante” or fully sparkling style. The luscious fruit flavors are balanced by vibrant acidity to ensure a crowd-pleasing flavor profile and the 7.5% ABV satisfies the growing consumer trend for lower alcohol choices. Not to be outdone by the wine inside, the beautiful teal blue bottle is adorned with a pearl white label enhanced by a laser foil effect reminiscent of pave diamonds.

I was sent a bottle of Gemma di Luna to share my experience with it with you. I have to say that the packaging was indeed beautiful, what do you think?

I tend to like my sparkling wines a little on the sweet side and this Moscato did not disappoint. It was the perfect accompaniment to my home cooked Sunday brunch.

 

I decided to get creative and make a fun cocktail combining the Gemma di Luna with another favorite spirit, FOS Greek Mastiha, Crystal Light and a splash of fresh grapefruit and lemon juice. I have to say I was quite impressed with the outcome.

If you’re looking for a slightly sweet sparkling wine, I would highly recommend you give Gemma di Luna a try. It’s affordably priced between $11.99 – $16.99 a bottle.  Check with your favorite wine shop to see if they carry it or shop online for it here.

Cheers!

Until we eat (and drink) again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

RUST Wynwood

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Hello Foodie Friends,

 

Today’s feature takes us back down to Miami, to the uber artsy & trendy Wynwood district specifically for a tasting at RUST Wynwood. Founded by Uruguayan owners Juan Ignacio Fraschini and Julio Wolman, RUST Wynwood is located at 2621 NW 2nd Ave., inside the neighborhood gathering hotspot, Wynwood Block. Executive chef Diego Medina serves globally inspired, sharable dishes and pairs them with a unique wine menu that showcases an exceptional list of emerging brands. RUST’s menu features innovative interpretations on traditional cuisine, many of the items are meant for sharing.

My husband and I ventured there to try their Sunday brunch. To get things started we each ordered a cocktail; I ordered the passion fruit sangria and hubby ordered the peach sangria. Lately I seem to be on a passion fruit kick and this one did not disappoint. They (I couldn’t resist having a second one) went down waaaaaaay too smooth. Didn’t realize the potency until later when I got home and had to take a mid day nap, lol!

Julio, one of the aforementioned owners, was sitting at the table beside us and came over to say hello and share with us some info about himself, the restaurant and made some suggestions on what items to try. One of his suggestions was the Provoleta Benedicta which was an eggs benedict with a Uruguayan twist. Quite unique and very tasty!

RUST Provoletta stuffed with fresh tomato, whole grain toast, ham, poached egg and hollandaise sauce.

Whenever I see octopus on the menu I am inclined to order it. That’s a given, just like truffle…you can be assured that if there’s a truffle dish on the menu, I will order that too. The char on this octopus looked perfect and the dish was presented beautifully.  Octopus is one of those dishes that you have to be so precise with when it comes to cooking. It can be the most amazing bite ever when prepared right. But when over cooked, it becomes tough and “rubbery”. I had high hopes for this one but unfortunately it was a bit over cooked and fell into the rubbery zone for me.

Chivito Uriguayo

Julio had also recommended the Chivito Uriguayo which he claimed was one of the most famous sandwiches known all around the world. It consisted of beef tenderloin, ham, mozzarella cheese, bacon, green olives, roasted bell pepper, boiled eggs, alioli, french fries. Well I have to say that this sandwich did live up to the high expectations that had been set after hearing Julio rave about it!

Mushroom Fries

I’ll be honest here. I must have been feeling the sangrias pretty good by this time because when it came time to ordering the mushroom fries, I must not have read the description and had something a bit different in my mind when this plate arrived at our table. For some reason I thought they were going to be like portabella mushrooms that were treated as fries and not actual fries being served in this dish. The truffled gorgonzola sauce was delicious but something about those mushrooms were very unfamiliar to me and a taste that just didn’t resonate with me, I’m afraid.

Mahi Mahi Tartine

This was one of my favorite dishes (this and the Provoleta Benedicta). Tartines are basically oversized bruschettas or open faced sandwiches and the toppings are endless. This one, the mahi mahi was nicely seasoned and pan seared to perfection. It came with capers, aioli, sweet tomatoes, arugula and tossed with a complimenting lemon dressing.

RUST: A hidden gem with 120 seats in an ever-expanding area full of street art and fashion; RUST pays its creative tribute with its rustic mix of worn metals, wood, cork and brick textures that adorn the restaurant.

RUST is located at 2621 NW 2nd Ave., inside Wynwood Block open: Mon – Wed  11AM-12AM; Thu – Fri 11AM-2AM; Sat 10AM-2AM & Sun 10AM-12AM

For more info on RUST, visit their website or call (305) 576 6811.

Until we eat again…

  I send you delicious wishes,xo

Denise

FitFoodz That Make You Feel Fantastic!

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Hello Foodie Friends,

Well as the healthy eating trend continues and the number of restaurants & cafe’s that serve this market continue to pop up, I’m happy to share with you one that I believe is a true trend setter in this arena. Today’s feature is on Fit Foodz Cafe, located in West Boca (Clint Moore Rd & 441).  I had met Susan Klein, the owner of Fit Foodz Cafe years ago when I still worked for Investments Limited and organized a health food fair in Royal Palm Place right around the time she was starting Fit Foodz Cafe, back in 2011.  Susan’s passion for reinventing comfort foods in a healthier way stemmed from her own personal desire to change her lifestyle after being in the restaurant industry for over 20 years, to lose weight and eat healthier, in addition to incorporating an exercise regime into her schedule.

Fit Foodz Cafe offers a wide variety of healthy meals, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, homemade snacks, refreshing juices and replenishing smoothies. Also offered are the popular individually portioned meals that change weekly to keep things interesting. Susan’s mission is to ensure her customers are able to enjoy healthy food that is both delicious and satisfying. And boy does she accomplish this! The dishes are sooooooo creative and super tasty!!!  Check out some of the many delicious dishes we got to try during a recent blogger tasting:

From left to right: Field of Greens, The Hulk, French Toast, Paula’s Chocolate Peanut Butter & Wod Whacker
Quinoa Cheese Sticks – baked quinoa, garlic, Parmesan, egg whites, topped with shredded skim milk mozzarella served with a side of tomato sauce. $8.

 

Tuna Tartar – diced rare tuna, hot sweet chili sauce set atop diced avocados and served with cucumber rounds. $ MP

This tuna poke has skyrocketed to becoming one of my all time favorites!  My tablemates and I couldn’t stop eating this but reluctantly stopped knowing we had so much more before us yet to taste, lol! Don’t let the “hot sweet chili sauce” in the title scare you if you are sensitive to heat. It’s really not hot at all, take it from this heat whimp.

Stacey’s Strawberry Salad – mixed greens, strawberries, walnuts, goat cheese, mushrooms and red onions tossed with a house vinaigrette. $11

Just look at those strawberries…do you think they could be more perfect?!? The answer is NO! They were served at the peak of their ripeness and so sweet and delicious and paired extremely well with the goat cheese and nuts. It was unanimous, we all loved this salad. The combination of ingredients played very nicely together creating a very balanced dish.

“Nut”maste Salad – mixed greens, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, craisins, dried apricots and gorgonzola tossed in a house vinaigrette. $12.

Nut lovers rejoice. This salad is made in your honor and has your name written all over it! It is packed with a whole lot of nuts, so much so that for me, I found it a bit hard to detect the mixed greens.

Zoodles with Pesto – pasta shaped zucchini, sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli and homemade pesto sauce.

I loved, loved this dish. The zucchini zoodles were so yummy (and long!!!) I would have these any day over regular spaghetti noodles. The sauteed veggies were cooked perfectly and the sauce was out of this world. I loved all the flavors and can’t wait to come back and have this dish again…

Chicken Pad Thai – Rice noodles, diced chicken, Thai peanut sauce, raw carrots, raw bean sprouts, cilantro and crushed peanuts. $14

I have to admit I was a little skeptical when I saw we were being served chicken pad Thai because let’s face it, last time I checked, we were not in a Thai restaurant and that is the only place I have ever had this dish before. I was pleasantly surprised that all components of this dish came together and the flavor profiles were spot on and riveled any pad Thai you might find at your local Thai restaurant, but I bet this tasty healthy version will leave you feeling a little lighter.

Spaghetti Squash with Turkey Bolognese – spaghetti squash topped with homemade turkey sauce. $13

I was excited to see this on our tasting menu because I had only been to Fit Foodz once before and had this dish and loved it, so I couldn’t wait to have it again. I can’t recommend it enough. Come, try, fall in love! 🙂

Desserts: Top – gluten free chocolate brownies, gluten free chocolate cake Bottom: chocolate chip “moon pies” & raw bars

-Gluten free choc cake/brownies- gluten free all purpose flour, raw cocoa, egg whites, vanilla, canola oil, water, baking powder, raw turbinado- for the brownies I added some natural peanut butter, for the  cake I added a vegan frosting

-Almond butter cookies- almond butter, raw turbinado sugar, baking soda, egg whites and choc chips.

-Raw bars- homemade almond butter and date paste, chia, almonds, walnuts, vanilla, pumpkin seeds, raw protein, vegan choc chips, coconut flakes, almond milk

I couldn’t believe how delicious the gluten free desserts were! I didn’t miss the gluten one bit.

Susan Klein was on to something 7 years ago and thanks to her and her dedicated staff at Fit Foodz Cafe, through their hard work and deliverance of exceptional quality food, they have become a staple in the lives of many in the South Florida region.

In addition to her thriving business, Susan has touched the community of South Florida with her philanthropy. She has donated both food and money to many charities and organizations and also participates in local events to show her support. “Giving back to my community is of the utmost importance,” she says. “If we thrive as a community, we can also thrive as individuals.”

Well said Susan, and we wish you many more continued years of success and hope that our readers come in and tell you they heard about you from Denise Righetti from Savor Our City.

Fit Foodz Cafe is located at 9704 Clint Moore Rd, A-108, Boca Raton  561.451.1420

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri 9am – 8pm; Sat – Sun 9:30am – 7pm

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

 

 

 

 

SLOW FOOD MIAMI’S 6th ANNUAL FRESHEST NIGHT OUT

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Hello Foodie Friends,

I’m very excited to share with you my excursion down to South Beach a few weeks ago to attend my very first Slow Food Miami event, where over 300 ravenous foodies joined an elite group of South Florida’s top chefs for the recent 6th Annual Slow Food Miami “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party.

What is Slow Food Miami you ask? Slow Food Miami supports our local community from the ground up – from the Edible School & Community Gardens that are planted to encourage the enjoyment of foods that are local, seasonal and sustainably grown; to the local growers and artisan food makers they support for their use of sustainable methods. Planting a fresher future for our children.

All proceeds from events such as The Slow Food Miami “Snail of Approval” along with donor contributions support local school and community gardens and points South Floridians and visitors to food that is good, clean and fair by identifying and honoring producers, purveyors and artisans who contribute to food and beverage quality, authenticity and sustainability. In its inaugural year (2010), nominations were solicited among Miami-Dade county farmers. Now nominations come from the general public and all nominations are vetted by the Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Committee and donor contributions support local school and community gardens.

They are a non-profit, 100% volunteer organization. Their local members are passionate about good food, supporting local growers and celebrating Miami’s diversity. By acting locally, we are helping to build a world where the food we eat is good for us, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet. Slow Food Miami is the local chapter of Slow Food USA and the International Slow Food Association.

Left square: The beautiful Eden Roc Hotel, Miami Beach Top left to right: Papaya confit by Chef Matthew from Plant Food & Wine, Mushroom Duxelle from Chef Brian of Beaker & Gray, Mini Lobster roll from Chef Ben of Luke’s Lobster Bottom row: Cauliflower pizzette by Chef Helene of Malibu Farms, Vegetarian Black Bean Tacos by H Kitchen in collaboration with French Farms, Vegan pulled BBQ mushroom slider from Artichoke Foods

Celebrity Chef/Owner of Malibu Farm and author of Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast, Helene Henderson hosted this year’s Slow Food Miamis “Snail of Approval” Tasting Party. Regarded as Miami’s “Freshest Night Out”, the 6th Annual celebration was held Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. This year, the unforgettable evening under the stars was made possible thanks to a partnership with Eden Roc, The Miami Scout Guide, Just Ask Boo, Vero Water, JetSet Sounds, FOH, J Wakefield Brewery, Menu Men, Inc., and wines sponsored by Twenty-One Wine & Spirits. The tasting party united dozens of the city’s top chefs, and local growers and producers for a night of tasting and honoring Miami’s food scene.

The soirée took place at the spectacular newly renovated Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort with ambient tunes by Michael Casola from JetSet Sounds. The first 100 tickets sold were priced at $75. After that, general admission tickets went to $85 per person with sales ending at noon on March 23. Tickets at the door were $100 per person. All event proceeds benefitted the Slow Food Miami’s Edible Garden Program. VIP Garden Sponsor tickets were available for $750 and included a garden box for a school, free entry to Freshest Night Out with early bird admission at 6:30PM and a signed copy of Helene Henderson’s Malibu Farm Cookbook: Recipes from the California Coast.

 

The Eden Roc’s fusion of fun and luxury was the perfect setting for this festive and sophisticated event where the “who’s who” in the South Florida culinary scene mingled about the lovely ocean front property. Guests indulged in tastes from Miami’s best farm-to-table, including a mix of current 2016-2017 “Snail of Approval” honorees and past “Snail of Approval” winners. This year’s chefs and food artisans included:

 

Helene Henderson (Malibu Farm)

Adrienne Grenier (3030 Ocean)

Paula DaSilva (Artisan Beach House)

Sean Brasel (Meat Market)

Jessica Weiss Levinson (Serendipity Creamery)

Frederic Joulin (Semilla)

Zak Stern (Zak the Baker)

Blair Wilson (Social Club @ The Surfcomber Hotel) * “2017 People’s Choice” Award Winner

Brian Nasajon (Beaker & Gray)

Corey Bousquet and Evan Boomer (The Brick) – *2017 “Judges Choice” Winner

Andres Barrientos and James Bowers (Miami Smokers)

Allen Susser (Books & Books, Coral Gables)

Ray and Shannon Allen (Grown)

Carolina Quijano (exquisito chocolates)

Buster Brown (Counter Culture Kombucha)

Giorgio Rapicavoli (Glass and Vine)

Maria Laura Aleman (Artichoke Foods)

Della Heiman (della test kitchen)

Rene Reyes and John Gallo (Pinch Kitchen)

Isabel and Susana Garcia (Cacao Art Chocolates)

Matthew Kenney (Plant Food & Wine)

Julie Frans (Essensia Restaurant & Lounge)

Muriel Olivares and Tiffany Noe (Little River Cooperative)

Freddy and Danielle Kaufman (Proper Sausage)

Gabe Bernal (Seasons Farm Fresh)

Aaron Dreilinger (Chef David’s Catering)

Chuck Lyons (Verde Community Gardens)

Paul Massard and Chris Nolte (Per’La Specialty Roasters)

Chris French (French Farms)

Carlos Cararas (MIA Beer Company)

Kevin Rusk- Titanic Brewery

Johnathan Wakefield (J Wakefield Brewing)

Ben Conniff (Lukes Lobster)

Cristina Ivory (Angry Booch)

Nick Paton (Kelvin Slushies)

The coveted “People’s Choice” Award, judged and selected by popular vote was awarded to Chef Blair Wilson from Social Club at The Surfcomber Hotel for his amazing sweet and savory pecan-smoked St. Louis ribs with sesame-sorghum barbecue sauce, toasted sesame seeds, and pickled local veggies, while the “Chef’s Choice” Award for the “Best Bite of the Night”, judged by Slow Food Miami’s Chef Host Committee, went to Restaurateur Corey Bousquet and Chef Chris Huff of The Brick for the ultimate comfort food of shrimp ‘n’ grits made with Key West pink shrimp and War Eager Mill grits.. This year the event also featured a live auction including a weekend at Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort and including dinner for two at Malibu Farm, among other surprises. Guests had the opportunity to purchase school garden grants at the event.

Top row, left to right: Judge’s choice award winner Shrimp & Grits from The Brick, Chef Paula DaSilva, Cobia Crudo from Chef Adrienne at 3030 Ocean Middle row, left to right: Blue Pointe Oysters from Semilla, People’s Choice award recipient Pecan smoked St. Louis ribs from Chef Blair Wilson at the Social Club @The Surfcomber Hotel, Cacao Art Chocolates Bottom row, left to right: “Canned” fruit cocktail from MIA, Jugofresh with Wicked Dolphin Rum, A chocolate truffle flight by Exquisite Chocolates

 

Find the “Snail of Approval” list on the Slow Food Miami website, as well as on the upcoming mobile app. The Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort is located at 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Discounted valet tickets were available for $20.

 

Follow #SnailMIA and #SFMFreshestNightOut on Twitter and Facebook for additional 2016-2017 participating honorees and the latest updates.

 

About Slow Food Miami

Slow Food Miami is a local 100% volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to “planting a fresher future for our children.” It’s the local chapter of Slow Food USA, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting good, clean and fair food for all that supports our local communities from the ground up – from the Edible School & Community Gardens that encourage the enjoyment of local, seasonal and sustainably grown food, to the local growers and artisan food makers who use sustainable methods.
Slow Food Miami supports its Edible School & Community Garden Program through culinary educational events and fundraising, and aims to raise awareness for good, clean and fair food as a cornerstone of pleasure, culture and community. For more information, visitwww.slowfoodmiami.org.

About Malibu Farm

“Fresh, organic, local” is the motto at Malibu Farm, the soon to open Miami Beach outpost located at the Eden Roc of the hugely popular California farm to table restaurant and magnet for A-listers. Owner, cookbook author and farmer Helene Henderson will bring her signature style of local, sustainable, fresh-off-the-farm fare along with an extensive wine and cocktail menu. With spectacular ocean views, Malibu Farm is set to premier Spring 2017.

 

About Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort

With an oceanfront location in the heart of Miami’s Mid-Beach and just minutes from Lincoln Road, Ocean Drive and the Wynwood arts district, Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort offers travelers a beachfront retreat synonymous with contemporary Miami luxury. Following a multi-million-dollar renovation that revitalized and re-launched the Eden Roc, this property boasts 418 spacious guest rooms and suites, three stunning pools, 22,000 square feet of spa and fitness facility, the world’s largest Nobu Restaurant & Bar, and will soon be home to the farm-to-fork restaurant, Malibu Farm in Spring 2017. Inspired by the beauty and splendor of the ocean below, Eden Roc rooms and suites offer savvy travelers unique in-room dining offerings and spectacular ocean views, while light and airy furnishings set the perfect seaside scene. For more information and reservations, please call (305) 531-0000 or visit www.edenrocmiami.com.

Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise

Fresh Kitchen Boca

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Fresh Kitchen Boca Blogger Night

I was invited to the pre-opening of Fresh Kitchen Boca, another great addition in the growing trend of healthy fast casual restaurants popping up in South Florida.  Fresh Kitchen, a 100% gluten-free, build-your-own bowl concept has now opened in Boca Raton! All of their meats are hormone and antibiotic free, all of their sauces are homemade, and their menu, which is packed with flavor, changes with the seasons.  They opened their first store in South Tampa in September 2014, followed by St. Petersburg and Sarasota, and now…are thrilled to call Boca their new home 🙂 Their goal was to create and serve fresh, high quality ingredients that nourish and energize our bodies in a fast-casual restaurant. The meal you want, when you want it, with countless combinations. Their food is made from scratch and fresh-to-order.  From their grill to your bowl, as fast as you can point!

What they serve:

100% gluten free ingredients

Dairy free and sugar free, unless indicated

Cold pressed juices, teas and frescas made in-house daily

House made dressings and sauces

Flavorful veggies that change seasonally

Hormone and antibiotic free meats

Fresh salad and slaw, rice, quinoa & sweet potato noodles used as the base for bowls

So the idea is to build your own bowl selecting from a number of bases: brown rice, coconut ginger rice, romaine salad sweet potato mash, kale slaw, vegetable quinoa, sweet potato noodles and perfect spice rice; then select your veggies: Parmesan broccoli, roasted mushrooms, sesame green beans, roasted Brussels sprouts & seasonal vegetable; next you select your protein(s): grilled citrus chicken, herb grilled steak (+$1.50), baked almond chicken, chia seed tuna poke (+$1.50), BBQ chicken, chia seed teriyaki tofu, Chef’s protein; and then you can sauce it up with the following options: creamy white ginger, coconut sriracha, herb balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber jalapeno & holy kale. As if that weren’t enough options, wait…there’s more…bean & corn salsa ($.50), Parmesan cheese ($.50), kale pesto tomatoes ($1.50), Feta cheese ($.50) and citrus avocado ($+2)

And when you go through the line, your creation might look something like this:

Everything I had was super fresh and flavorful. My favorites were the baked almond chicken, the herb grilled steak and the kale pesto tomatoes.

The selection of cold pressed juices is impressive *available at select locations* (I didn’t have any of these on this day but I’m looking forward to going back to try some. I hope they have the Macho Milk one at this location, cuz that looks right up my alley! Who am I kidding?!? They all look up my alley 😉

Chiwee Strawberry Strawberry, orange, apple, pineapple, chia seeds

MindBlown Spinach, romaine, cucumber, mint, apple, lemon

Macho Milk Matcha green tea, almond milk, maple, cinnamon, sea salt

Moo Free  Almonds, H2O, vanilla, maple, cinnamon, sea salt

Cafe Moo Free Cold brew coffee, almonds, H2O, maple, cinnamon, vanilla, sea salt

The Boss Apple, Pineapple, Kale, Cucumber, Lemon, ginger

Immune Shot Ginger, turmeric, orange, grapefruit, lemon, cayenne

Sweetberry Tea Oolang tea, strawberry, maple

Flaming Lemon Lemon, ginger, cayenne, maple, H2O

Slimberry Strawberry, lemon, ginger, mint, H2O

 

Here are some other pics captured from this well organized, fun blogger event:

Me with Mary Victoria, Director of Constellation Media Group, who put this fabulous blogger event together for Fresh Kitchen.

Fresh Kitchen Boca is located at 5550 N. Military Trail in Boca

Phone: 561-406-0400 / Catering: 561-657-1140

Hours: Mon – Sat 11am – 9:35pm; Sun 11am – 9:05pm

 

 

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Until we eat again…

I send you delicious wishes, xo

Denise