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Eat at Joe’s for a good cause (and no waiting)


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As stone crab season winds down, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade is gearing up for its second annual “Claws for Kids” fundraising brunch at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at Joe’s Stone Crab, 11 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

Menu items will include stone crabs, cole slaw, hash brown potatoes, creamed spinach and Key lime pie. For those who don’t eat stone crabs, other main course options will be available.

At $175 for individual tickets, the price might seem steep but there will be no waiting for a table (Joe’s will be open only for Boys & Girls Clubs supporters), and proceeds go for a good cause — the organization’s South Beach location, slated to open this summer. The South Beach Club will feature a teen center, state-of-the-art computer lab, teaching kitchen, homework rooms, game rooms and a creative arts room, and will serve approximately 400 children from the area.

“Claws for Kids” sponsorship opportunities also are available: Table sponsorships range from $1,500 to $10,000. Last year’s event raised $32,500 for the cause.

For more information about sponsorships, underwriting or tickets, contact Astrid H. Ehrenstein at 305- 446-9910, ext. 30, or by email at

Hat tricks?

Bourbon Steak at the Turnberry Isle Miami resort is hosting a Kentucky Derby party from 5-7 p.m. Saturday with $5 mint juleps, complimentary southern-style canapés — and prizes for the most creative hats. For more information, call 786-279-6600. The popular Michael Mina restaurant is at 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura.

Cinco de Mayo

•  Coconut Grove’s Jaguar Ceviche and neighboring restaurants Greenstreet Café, Lulu, Le Bouchon du Grove and George’s in the Grove will celebrate Fête du Cinco de Mayo. Though Cinco de Mayo commemorates the “Batalla de Puebla” in which Mexico defeated Napoleon III’s French army in 1862, Jaguar and its French neighbors have adopted a spirit of unity and support between the Mexicans and the French. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Jaguar Ceviche, 3067 Grand Ave. 305-444-0216 or

•  Cantina Beach at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., is transforming itself into a colorful Mexican street fest from 6-10 p.m. Sunday for high-flying performances, stilt walkers, DJ, mariachis, complimentary guacamole bites and a collection of 110 tequilas. The restaurant’s regular dinner menu will be available throughout the evening and parking validation is available. Reservations recommended; 305-365-4286,

•  Executive chef Oscar del Rivero, a native of Mexico City, will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo all month at Talavera in Coral Gables, with a special a la carte menu as a nod to traditional Mexican cooking paired with a margarita sampler: six miniature margaritas including the French with Chambord specially created for Cinco de Mayo, the vibrant Hibiscuswith hibiscus tea and agave, or the Spicy Coconut Mezcal with crema de coco and chile de arbol. Live entertainment will be offered Friday through Sunday at 2299 Ponce de Leon Blvd. 305-444-2955 or

•  Rocco Mangel will host or “Cinco de Drinko” fiestas from noon until “whenever” Sunday at his Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bars in Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. Mangel promises some surprises, including live entertainment, Pancho Villas mariachi bands, DJs, prize giveaways and free tequila pourings.

Grand dining

Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District, the Florida Grand Opera and Grille 401 on Las Olas Boulevard are offering a matinee package Sunday that includes a three-course prix fixe menu and tickets to La Traviata at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

For upper orchestra seats, the package is $75 per person (savings of $66); for upper balcony seats, $50 per person (savings of $48). The performance is at 2 p.m. and dinner takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. More information at


Dairy Queen is serving up a Choco Peanut Butter Brownie as the featured Blizzard for May. A smooth blend of peanut butter, choco chunks and brownie pieces tumbled with vanilla soft serve, the new flavor is available at all participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations.

Compiled by Food Editor Kathy Martin. Send news to by noon Monday for consideration in next week’s column.

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