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Tantalize Miami

It’s one of Miami’s most exclusive summertime foodie events… and YOU’RE INVITED.

On Tuesday, July 21, South Beach’s newest hot spot, Tantalize Miami {330 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.695.1401}, is hosting a private dinner presented by Gilt City and Lee Brian Schrager (of South Beach Wine & Food Festival fame). Prepared to indulge all your senses at this new dining destination, which combines pan-Latin cuisine with seductive entertainment.

The event begins at 7pm with a meet-and-greet cocktail hour, where you can personally chat with Schrager while noshing on specially crafted hors d’oeuvres like Pomegranate-Barbecue Octopus Tacos and Wagyu Sirloin Tartar with a sunnyside-up egg.

Beef Tenderloin Churrasco

You’ll then sit down to an innovative five-course tasting menu by Tantalize’s Executive Chef Horacio Rivadero. The meal will start with a dish of lobster, shrimp, clams, and octopus in a citrus-passion fruit sauce. It continues with Lamb Foie Gras Meatballs with pistachio chimichurri and Cobia with chorizo and plantain gremolata. For the main event, there will be Filet Mignon Churrasco with yuca pastel, heirloom tomato escabeche, and chimichurri, while a duo of Quinoa-Coconut Pudding and Chocolate Flan will end your evening on a sweet note. Each course will be paired with an equally fine wine.

Not to mention that during your meal, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy Tantalize’s cool décor and witness its unique twist on live entertainment.

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Price is $99 per person plus tax and gratuity. Space is limited, so don’t wait to secure your spot at this one-time-only event. Click here to purchase tickets.

By Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor

By Sherri Balefsky | Contributing Writer

March isn’t just about green beer and parades. Miami has much to offer this month in the way of parties, dinners, and special menus. Here are the five Miami food events you just can’t miss.

Semilla French Gastro Week
1. French Gastro Week at Semilla
Monday, March 9 – Saturday, March 14
Chef Frédéric Joulin of Semilla Eatery & Bar has invited his Michelin-starred and Maîtres Cuisiniers de France friends (Chef Jean-Jacques Noguier of La Ferme de l’Hospital Restaurant in Bossey, France; Chef Jean-Christophe LeBascle of La Manufacture in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; and Chef Yvan Zaplatilek of Paris’ Yvan Restaurant) to join him in his kitchen for a weeklong celebration dedicated to French cuisine. To make reservations, call 305.674.6522.

hearts and stars gala

2. Hearts and Stars Gala
Saturday, March 14
The Little Lighthouse Foundation, a local charity dedicated to helping children and families that struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships, will host its annual Hearts and Stars Gala: Casablanca at the private waterfront in Miami Beach.  Sponsored by Haute Dining and Credit Suisse, this intimate soirée is one of South Florida’s premier philanthropic events, where guests can enjoy an open bar of top-shelf beverages, light hors d’oeuvres from some of Miami’s best restaurants, and live entertainment from Drums of the Sun all while supporting a very important cause. While the gala is now sold out for the fifth year in a row, guests can still attend the Hearts & Stars Gala Kickoff Party, which will take place on Friday, March 13, at Hyde Beach at the SLS. Donations can be made at hydebeach.com/heartsandstars.Fontainbleau Cellar Wine Series

3. Cellar 1954 Wine & Dinner Series
Tuesday, March 17
The Fontainebleau hotel announces the return of its monthly Cellar 1954 wine series with a decadent meal at its newest dining venue, StripSteak by Michael Mina. Presented by Chef du Cuisine Derrick Roberts, diners will enjoy an exclusive four courses, each paired with a different varietal from Sonoma Valley’s Adobe Road Winery hand-selected by Owner/Winemaker Kevin Buckler.

Palme D'Or

4. Louis XIII Whiskey Dinner at Palme d’Or
Friday, March 20
The award-winning Palme d’Or restaurant at the Biltmore hotel in Coral Gables will host Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Ambassador Victor Blanquart for an exquisite dinner prepared by Chef du Cuisine Gregory Pugin and paired with selected wine. A highlight of the evening will be the rare chance to taste of the famous Louis XIII Cognac.

Uvaggio BBQ

5. Uvaggio’s Booze, BBQ, and Blues Birthday Bash
Sunday, March 22
Uvaggio Wine Bar celebrates its one-year anniversary in Coral Gables with a fun-filled afternoon of live blues music, barbecue dishes prepared by the restaurant’s very own Season 5 Top Chef contestant Bret Pelaggi, and, of course, lots and lots of wine. Another bonus: all ticket proceeds will go toward the Buckhams, a local family whose young daughter was recently diagnosed with Wilms’ Tumor and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past few months.

Five Cubed

By Sherri Balefsky | Contributing Writer

On Wednesday evening, Miami’s top tastemakers gathered on the rooftop of 1111 Lincoln Road for the night’s ultimate VIP event: Five Cubed. Hosted by Haute Dining and Meat Market’s Executive Chef Sean Brasel, the aptly named private dinner featured five different courses by five different superstar chefs paired with five different specialty beers from Ommegang Brewery. Despite the noticeably plummeting temperatures (we all know that in Miami, anything below 60 degrees is freezing), it was the perfect kickoff to the flurry of events surrounding this weekend’s South Beach Wine and Food Festival.

Five Cubed

As the sun set all around us, we took our seats at one of the two long tables. First up: Chef Alex Chang of the recently opened Miami restaurant, Vagabond, who presented a beautifully prepared Golden Tilefish Crudo, thinly sliced and seasoned to perfection. The dish paired with Ommegang’s Witte blend, a wheat ale spiced with sweet orange peel and coriander.

Up next: Chef Brad Kilgore from Alter, a new dining concept that recently opened in the Design District. He served up a Dry-Aged Beef Tartare with dill and yolk mousse, beer mustard, rye, and caraway. Beer number two was Henepin, a farmhouse saison ale brewed with grains of paradise, coriander, ginger, and sweet orange peel.

Five Cubed

Luckily for those of us who were possibly suffering from frostbite, our third course was a steamy Seafood Soup featuring scallop, lobster, octopus, and uni in a Szechuan broth by Chef Johnny Sheehan of Boston’s New World Tavern. The soup was paired with Gnommegang, a Belgian-style blond ale brewed with Chouffe yeast.

Now that we were a bit warmer, it was time for the main course, presented by Chef Brasel himself: two juicy slabs of Dry-Aged Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib, cooked two ways—one noticeably rarer than the other—so that we could taste the different flavors of each technique. A sweet twist was the accompanying gingerbread donut with a fried kale salad. The main course beer was called Valar Morghulis, Ommegang’s special “Game of Thrones” blend.

Five Cubed

At this point, we were beyond full! But no one could resist Chef Adrianne Calvo’s heavenly Dark Chocolate Nutella Croissant Bread Pudding with vanilla bean crème anglaise. The final beer: Three Philosophers, a quadruple ale blended with Liefmans Kriek.

After dinner, the event space opened up to additional party-goers, where 10 more chefs offered samplings of their specialties, bringing the total to 15 chef tastings in one evening.