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The Seventh Annual South Beach Seafood Festival

Are you ready to put your toes in the sand, get a cocktail in your hand, and enjoy some of the best seafood in Miami? This fall, the South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its seventh consecutive year. Brought to you by William Hill and presented by Jack Daniel’s, City of Miami Beach, GOYA Foods, and Baptist Health South Florida, the South Beach Seafood Festival is taking over Miami from October 22-26 to showcase some of the area’s leading chefs and culinary masterminds. Touted as one of the fastest growing festivals in Miami Beach, the beachfront event—which features over 70 different restaurants and mouthwatering eats from Florida’s freshest seafood hotspots—spans five blocks and welcomes over 14,000 seafoodies for a day of fun in the sun in South Beach style. For $49, guests can enjoy seafood dishes paired with complimentary all-day open bar service. If you choose to splurge on the VIP experience ($150) you can enter to win the Land Rover South Dade VIP Hospitality Village and enjoy VIP access to Joe’s Stone Crab Miami, plus a ton of other awesome perks. The five-day event is the perfect combination of gourmet cuisine, wine pairings, live music at three different stages, chef competitions, and seemingly endless interactive experiences, all to benefit a great cause in Miami Dade County: CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program. The South Beach Seafood Festival has become the number three top recurring event on South Beach behind Art Basel and SOBEWFF. Kick off the fun with exclusive experiences at some of South Beach’s favorite spots, such as Meat Market, The Mondrian, or the Shore Club! Tickets can be purchased for all events at SOBASEAFOODFEST.COM

Miami Spice Specials at Market at EDITION

Looking to spice up your dining options? Look no further than Market at EDITION right in the midst of Miami Spice (August 1-September 30). The EDITION hotel’s signature restaurant is pulling out all the stops for the area’s largest and longest food event of the season. Open for lunch Monday-Friday, and dinner Monday-Sunday, Market at EDITION is including fan favorites on its specialty Miami Spice three-course prix-fixe menu, including the Crispy Salmon Sushi, Angel Hair Pasta with asparagus pesto, and Mushroom and Farm Egg Pizza, just to name a few! And why stop there? Also included are signature cocktails and decadent desserts. Brought to you by Michelin-starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Market at EDITION is proud to participate in Miami Spice—the perfect opportunity to enjoy Miami Beach’s finest fare at a reduced price but with the same extraordinary culinary experience. EDITIONHOTELS.COM/MIAMI-BEACH/RESTAURANTS-AND-BARS

Sunday Asado at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann

Nothing says “Sunday Funday” more than Sunday Asado at Los Fuegos by Francis Mallmann. Using live fire and traditional Patagonian cooking methods, watch as award-winning chefs prepare a buffet of slow-cooked meats, locally-caught fish, seasonal vegetables, and more—right in front of excited patrons. Priced at $95 per adult, from noon-4pm, pair your brunch with bottomless mimosas, sangría, or Bloody Mary pitchers. If that’s not tempting enough, Sunday Asado guests receive complimentary passes for Faena Beach to finish the morning in total relaxation. And yes, you can bring the whole family! Children are also welcome for $45 per child (ages 10 and younger). FAENA.COM/MIAMI-BEACH/RESTAURANT/LOS-FUEGOS-BY-FRANCIS-MALLMANN

Adventurous Omakase Dinners at Pao by Paul Qui

Every month at Pao by Paul Qui, James Beard award-winning Chef Paul Qui and his culinary team whip up a one-of-a-kind omakase feast centered around a specific theme or ingredient. Set around a communal table where diners can mingle and interact, these intimate epicurean adventures aim to expose guests to flavors they’ve never tried before. Dinners start at $95 per person, with the option to upgrade the experience with a sake or Japanese whiskey pairing. Since the series launched earlier this year, editions have highlighted themes ranging from Wagyu beef and mushrooms to Texas barbecue and beyond. Sign us up! FAENA.COM/MIAMI-BEACH/RESTAURANT/PAO-BY-PAUL-QUI

The Boho Chic Rooftop Scene at Vista 

Whether you’re looking for a pre-dinner bite or the perfect ending to your night, why not head to the rooftop at Vista Miami? The two-story modern-Italian restaurant located in the Upper Buena Vista area is a trendy concept combining Italian cuisine with Miami flavor and style. With prices ranging between $9-$29, enjoy delicious bites from the rooftop’s tapas menu—think coconut ceviche, oysters, or picoteo, then top it all off with an after-dinner drink special, like a Carajillo. With live music playing and the greenery surrounding, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a tropical, boho chic dream. VISTAMIAMIRESTAURANT.COM

By DiningOut Staff

What better way to kick off the world-renowned stone crab season than with the fastest growing seafood festival in Miami Beach? With your toes in the sand and seafood at your hands, kick off the season in style – South Beach style, that is, by attending the 7th annual South Beach Seafood Festival.  From October 22 to 26, the event for seafoodies alike is one that started as a small weekend event on South Beach but has grown into a five-day experience showcasing some of South Florida’s most talented culinary masterminds, as well as interactive events like competitive cook-offs, and beachside tastings.

Brought to you by William Hill and presented by Jack Daniel’s, City of Miami Beach, GOYA Foods, and Baptist Health South Florida, the seafood extravaganza is expected to welcome more than 14,000 seafood lovers to the sands of South Beach.

On Saturday, at seafood week’s main event, what can attendees expect? Aside from a day of fun in the sun, fish aficionados and food lovers can expect an unmatched level of cuisine, wine pairings, and great live music at three different stages, all to benefit a great cause in Miami Dade County with CI Foundation’s EAT SMART program.

In addition to live music and endless interactive events, Saturday’s beachfront festival features pop up cafés from 20 hand-selected premium restaurants, curated to show off 70+ different mouthwatering eats from Florida’s freshest seafood in Miami. And, did we mention the seafood dishes are paired with complimentary all-day open bar for everyone?

Here’s a glance at the 20 pop up cafes from some of our favorite restaurants in Miami:

  • A Fish Called Avalon
  • Bodega
  • Cafe Avanti
  • Cafetin (at Shelborne)- Just need this logo
  • Dies Y Seis (at Shore Club)
  • Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market
  • Ella’s Oyster Bar
  • Joe’s Stone Crab
  • Lobster Bar Sea Grille Miami Beach
  • Maska
  • Miami Smokers
  • Naked Taco
  • Poseidon Greek Restaurant
  • Pubbelly Sushi
  • Red, South Beach
  • Rusty Pelican
  • Stiltsville
  • Tanuki
  • The Lobster Shack
  • Truluck’s Seafood, Steak & Crab house
  • Tomorrowland featuring the Bloody Mary Experience

Festival ticket prices start at $49 or enjoy a 1 ½ block VIP experience for $150. As a VIP, enter Doctor’s Hospital VIP Hospitality Village to enjoy exclusive access to Joe’s Stone Crab Miami, live it up in the interactive Celebrity Cruises “EDGE” rooftop, and so much more.

The South Beach Seafood festival is a week of spectacular seafood you won’t want to miss, and by using the promo code DININGOUT, receive an exclusive offer of 20% off ticket pricing.

South Beach Seafood Festival. Tuesday, October 22, to Saturday, October 26, at various venues. Festival ticket prices start at $49 and VIP is $150.  Tickets can be purchased at www.sobeseafoodfest.com. Use the promo code DININGOUT for 20% off.

By Loren Gutentag

October is more than just tricks and treats—though there are plenty of those this time of year. It’s also a month for giving back to the community. Here are nine can’t-miss Miami happenings this month.

South Beach Seafood Festival

1. South Beach Seafood Festival
When: October 21-24
Where: Seventh Street and Ocean Drive, Miami Beach
What: The South Beach Seafood Festival hits the sand, featuring live music, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids’ zone, a health village, and more. Mini cafés on the sand will showcase mouthwatering plates of fresh stone crabs, mahi sliders, oysters, shrimp tacos, and lobster mac and cheese, from restaurants such as A Fish Called Avalon, Cibo, the Oceanaire Seafood Room, SOHO Bay, Midtown Oyster Bar, and more. Click here to purchase tickets.

Wine on Harvest Moon Deering Estate

2. Wine On Harvest Moon – Spirits, Spells, and American Lore
When: Saturday, October 24, 7:30-10:30pm
Where: Deering Estate {16701 Southwest 72nd Avenue, Palmetto Bay}
What: The Deering Estate Foundation’s Wine On Harvest Moon returns with a theme of “Spirits, Spells, and American Lore.” Guests will spend an enchanted evening at the historic bay-front property as they celebrate the allure of American folklore through fine wine, spirits, and tasty vittles paired by local chefs such as Olivier Rodriguez of the Biltmore Hotel, Diego Solano of Bulla Gastrobar, and Kareem Anguin of the Oceanaire Seafood Room, among others. Guests will also enjoy themed entertainment, including chilling musical performances, haunting vignettes, contemporary art, and an enticing live auction. For tickets, call 305.235.1668 x263 or click here.

march of dimes signature chefs

3. March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction
When: Thursday, October 29, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: The Westin Colonnade Coral Gables {180 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables}
What: The 18th-annual Miami Signature Chefs Auction presented by GOYA is the premier event benefiting the March of Dimes and has become one of the most exciting and exclusive fundraising events in South Florida. Guests will enjoy samplings from local chefs and a silent auction, followed by a seated dessert and live auction featuring unique dining experiences, travel, and more. All proceeds support the March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality. For sponsorship information, click here.

4. Drink Pink to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When: October 1-31
Where: Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails {111 South Surf Road, Hallandale Beach; 954.699.0901}
What: SBE and Related Group’s newest lifestyle property is inviting guests to join in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by drinking pink. During the month of October, HBKC’s luxurious second-floor restaurant will be donating 10-percent of proceeds from the sale of every bottle of Whispering Angel Rosé to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

db Burger

5. Burger & Bordeaux at db Bistro Moderne
October 1-31, dinner only
Where: db Bistro Moderne {255 Biscayne Boulevard Way, Miami; 305.421.8800}
What: During the entire month of October, guests are invited to experience the Miami winner of Zagat’s “Best Burgers in the USA” with an appetizer, dessert, and a glass of Bordeaux for just $39 (a $72 value). Credited with launching the gourmet burger movement, the ground sirloin db Burger is stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs and foie gras and presented on a homemade toasted Parmesan and poppyseed bun with a touch of fresh horseradish and oven-roasted tomato confit. Sommelier Alan Feldman is pairing the decadent burger with a glass of 2010 Château de Ricaud, Bordeaux Supérieur, Cadillac-Côtes de Bordeaux.

6. Tantalize Miami Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
When: October 1-31
Where: Tantalize Miami {330 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; 305.695.1401}
What: During the month of October, Tantalize Miami will offer a special prix-fixe dinner menu (just $45 per person) and signature pink cocktails—the Pink Tantalizer (St. George vodka, Giffard Crème de Violette, fresh lemon juice, Thai chile syrup, and Col de Salici prosecco with grenadine) and  the Pink Cosmo (Cîroc vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice)—with a percentage of each one sold benefiting the Sandy B. Muller Breast Cancer Foundation.

STK Halloween

7. STK’s Day of the Dead Halloween Eve Party
Friday, October 30, 7-10pm
Where: STK Miami {2311 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.604.6988}
What: On the frightening “Day of the Dead,” STK Miami hosts a spooky themed night featuring an open bar “Boos and Booze” package for just $50. Guests are invited to engage in the enchanting magic of Halloween and dress to impress, with prizes awarded to the best costumes. Halloween Eve will be filled with surprises, including a phantom performance yet to be revealed.

fontainebleau frank sinatra

8. Fontainebleau Celebrates Frank Sinatra
Through December 12
Where: Fontainebleau Miami Beach {4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach; 305.535.3283}
What: The legendary Fontainebleau hotel celebrates the legacy of Frank Sinatra and his upcoming centennial birthday with 100 days of unique programming. Highlights include:

  • Jack Daniel’s Throwback Dinner at StripSteak by Michael Mina (October 8)
  • Cocktails and Brunch with Frank, featuring a vintage menu from the 1950s (every Sunday, 11:30am-3pm)
  • Nightly Toast with Frank, Jack, and You at Bleau Bar, where guests raise a complimentary glass of Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select in honor of Sinatra’s upcoming birthday (daily at 6:30pm)

Villa Azur Thursday

9. Villa Azur’s Thursday Night Dinner Party
Every Thursday night
Where: Villa Azur {309 23rd Street, Miami Beach; 305.763.8688}
What: The weekly Thursday Night Dinner Parties at Villa Azur attract Miami’s finest as the restaurant showcases gourmet cuisine, Champagne, and sparklers with breathtaking performances by the theatrical Zhantra dancers, a live saxophonist, and DJ Stephan M mixing his own personal mash-ups along with original works to keep the tempo upbeat throughout the evening.

By Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor

Sobe Seafood

The South Beach Seafood Festival, presented by Hess Select Wines and hosted by Coca-Cola, will hit the sands of South Beach October 21-24, 2015. The festival features live music, culinary and mixology demonstrations, a kids’ zone, a health village, and more, kicking off stone crab season by celebrating Miami’s great culinary talent. Fifteen featured restaurants will showcase mini cafés on the sand with over 50 mouthwatering bites from places like Joe’s Stone Crab, A Fish Called Avalon, Cibo, and Smith & Wollensky serving plates of fresh stone crabs, mahi sliders, oysters, shrimp tacos, lobster mac and cheese, and more.

Events will begin on Wednesday night with a Hess Wine Pairing Evening at Joe’s Stone Crab. On Thursday night, the GOYA Food Cooking & Cocktails Interactive Dinner, hosted by Stoli, the Vodka, will give guests a chance to learn from the pros and cook their own four-course dinner. Friday night is the annual Chef Showdown competition, sponsored by Range Rover, Whole Foods, and Bacardi, hosted in the GOYA Culinary Pavilion. Saturday will feature the all-day South Beach Seafood Festival in Lummus Park.

This event benefits the Community Initiatives Foundation in support of the EAT SMART Campaign to fight against childhood hunger and obesity in Miami-Dade County. Visit sobeseafoodfest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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Bring the Festivities to Your Own Kitchen

Here’s a food and drink pairing from the South Beach Seafood Festival’s GOYA Foods Cooking & Cocktails hosted by Stoli, the Vodka.
GOYA Fiesta Rice and Shrimp Salad

GOYA Fiesta Rice and Shrimp Salad

GOYA Fiesta Rice and Shrimp Salad
serves six
1 lb large shrimp
ƒ1/4 c plus 2 Tbsp GOYA Extra Virgin Olive Oil
ƒ1 box (8 oz) GOYA Fiesta Rice
ƒ1/4 c GOYA Lemon Juice
1/2 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 jar (4 oz) GOYA Fancy Pimientos, drained and finely chopped
ƒ8 GOYA Manzanilla Olives Stuffed with Minced Pimientos, sliced
ƒ2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantroMethod

Over medium-high heat, bring 2 cups water to boil. Add shrimp. Remove pot from heat; let sit until shrimp turn pink and opaque, about 5 minutes. Remove shrimp from water with a slotted spoon; set aside to cool. Peel and devein shrimp; discard shells.

Return water to stove; bring to boil. Stir in 2 talespoons olive oil and the entire rice mix. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook until rice absorbs water and is tender, about 25 minutes. Transfer rice to refrigerator to cool completely.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized serving bowl, mix together remaining olive oil, lemon juice, onions, pimientos, olives, and cilantro. Stir in cooled rice and shrimp, toss to mix completely, and serve.