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Taste of Nation event in Miami Beach July 25 fights childhood hunger


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Come help take a bite out of childhood hunger at this month’s Taste of the Nation South Florida event.

More than 50 Miami-Dade and Broward restaurants will be represented at the event beginning at 7 p.m. July 25 at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, 1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

The evening will include live entertainment along with live, silent and wine auctions. Tickets are $125 per person, with VIP tickets costing $250 and providing access to the event an hour before doors open. They are available at

One hundred percent of ticket sales go to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger.

Late for dinner

Miami’s Midnight Chef’s Table at Yardbird this weekend features James Beard-nominated chef James Petrakis and his team from acclaimed Orlando-area restaurants, The Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder.

James and Yardbird chef Jeff McInnis will collaborate on an adventurous three-course menu that includes English blood pudding, a lobster hotdog and scotch egg, culminating with a grilled lamb heart served alongside blackberries, popcorn grits and sorghum popcorn.

Tickets to Friday night’s event are $75 and include a cocktail and a copy of The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of South Florida. The Yardbird is at 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach. Reservations at 305-538-5220.

On the menu

Starting Friday, Bahamian appetizers of conch fritters and conch salad will be on the menu at Ginger Bay Cafe, 1908 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. A tasting will be held from 4 to 10 p.m. RSVP at 305-671-3533.

Toast this

Better Brands Beverage Co. has chosen Florida to be among the first markets to launch its Salute American brand, a vodka with a twist: The company says that for every 750 ml bottle of the American-made, premium vodka sold it will donate $1 to approved veterans’ charities.

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