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As September continues to sizzle thanks to Miami Spice, which is in full swing through the end of the month (click here for some of our top picks), there are a number of other events this month worthy of your attention. Here’s some more events and activities to look forward to.

1. “Snail Social” Happy Hour Series Kickoff
When: Tuesday, September 8, 6-8pm
Where: Vagabond Restaurant & Bar {7301 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami; 786.409.5635}
What: Join local nonprofit Slow Food Miami, along with Miami chefs, producers, and food supporters, as it kicks off this season’s “Snail Social” happy hour series. Guests will enjoy special happy hour prices on signature bites and cocktails, while they discuss the latest in local food culture with those leading the charge. Admission is free and open to the public. The series continues on the second Tuesday of every month through June 2016.

Chef Cindy Hutson

Chef Cindy Hutson

2. Interactive Cooking Class with Chef Cindy Hutson
When: Saturday, September 12, 11:30am-2:30pm
Where: Ortanique on the Mile {278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305.446.7710}
What: Join Ortanique on the Mile’s celebrated Chef Cindy Hutson as she teaches how to cook some of her all-time favorite dishes. In this hands-on experience, limited to just 24 people, participants will be teamed up in groups of eight, with a chef at each table to guide them through their lesson. Everyone will take home a gift along with a recipe booklet of what they prepared that day. This month’s recipes include: Baby Gulf Shrimp Salad, New Zealand Lamb Korma, and Putting on the Ritz Pie. Cost is $108 per person; space is limited, so reserve today!

d'tako mexican independence day

3. Mexican Independence Day Celebration at D’Tako Market
When:
Thursday, September 15
Where: D’Tako Market {17100 Collins Avenue, Sunny Isles; 305.974.0445}
Join Sunny Isles’ favorite taco restaurant for food and fun while celebrating Mexican Independence Day. (The official holiday takes place on September 16, celebrating 205 years of the country’s independence.) Enjoy all of your favorite Mexican dishes, live music, and delicious margaritas. Plus, guests can enjoy traditional Pozole with a complimentary shot of Tequila Revolucion.

somm slam uvaggio

4. Sommelier Slam II: Heath Porter vs. Daniel Toral
When:
Thursday, September 24, 7pm
Where: Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant {70 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305.448.2400}
What: After the success of its inaugural “Somm Slam,” Uvaggio Wine Bar will host its second with 50 Eggs restaurant group, as Uvaggio’s very own head “Wine-O,” Heath Porter, goes pour-to-pour against Egg 50 wine director, Daniel Toral. The night will kick off with a charcuterie and bubbles reception, followed by a sampling of three different dishes, each accompanied by one wine pairing each from Porter and Toral. A dessert finale will follow, where the winner will be announced. Cost is $100 per person; purchase your tickets here.

Elwoods Miami

Elwoods Miami

5. Comedy and Trivia Nights at Elwoods
When: Every Tuesday
Where: Elwoods Gastropub {188 Northeast Third Avenue, Downtown Miami; 305.358.5222}
What: There’s always something brewing on Tuesday nights at Elwoods, Downtown Miami locals’ favorite neighborhood pub. On the first and third Tuesday of every month, get ready for some laughs as a lineup of local comedians do their best stand-up. Comedy night is sponsored by Samuel Adams, which means you can enjoy two seasonal beers for $8 all day long. On the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, come by at 8pm ready to test your useless knowledge with a fun, yet competitive, trivia competition. Bring your friends for the chance to win prizes and beer. And the best part: both comedy and trivia nights are free.

By Sherri Balefsky | Miami Editor

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.