Cochon 555, the culinary tour and nose-to-tail cooking competition promoting heritage-breed pork, returns Sunday to the Four Seasons, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami.
Competing for the chance to represent Miami at the national Cochon contest in Aspen, Colo., are Jose Mendin (Pubbelly Group), Conor Hanlon (The Dutch), Bradley Herron (Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink), Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) and Dena Marino (MC Kitchen).
Tickets to the 5-8 p.m. pig-out, which includes ale, wine and bourbon samples, a butchering demonstration, artisan cheeses, plenty of pork plus plus a Swine & Sweets dessert course, are $125 ($200 for 4 p.m. VIP admission) at cochon555.com.
In other pork news, Carmen & Lola, a Spanish gourmet shop at 7640 NW 25th St., Miami, kicks off monthly jamon-slicing classes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The $400 fee is hefty, but includes a bone-in Spanish Serrano ham, carving stand, carving knife, apron and bottle of wine. Students can bring a friend for $50. Reservations are required at 305-456-2248.
Wynwood Brewing Co., 565 NW 24th St., Miami, announced plans this week to triple its brewing capacity to 3,000 barrels of beer a year — the equivalent of 993,000 bottles of beer a year.
Brewer-owner Luis G. Brignoni says he plans to add two year-round brews to Wynwood’s portfolio after the new equipment is operational in April; it currently offers three year-round beers and a number of seasonal options.
Evan S. Benn
• Pinkberry opens a new yogurt shop at 1523 Alton Rd., Miami Beach, at 11 a.m. Friday, and celebrates the occasion with a 2-4 p.m. pep rally featuring the Miami Beach Senior High band and cheerleaders. Mention the name of the school at the register during February and Beach High will receive a donation amounting to 20 percent of your purchase; 305-397-8767.
• 5 Napkin Express, a grab-and-go concept from the folks who brought us 5 Napkin burger grills, opens Friday at 1659 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-4448.
• The Kitchen Hop Food Crawl — a six-hour grazing opportunity at Mary Brickell Village restaurants including Taverna Opa, Toscana Divino, Oceanaire, Fado, Rosa Mexicano, Balans, Burger & Beer Joint and Brother Jimmy's — takes place from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $35 at thekitchenhop.com.
• SAIA Sushi, 999 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, celebrates National Chopsticks Day on Thursday with a 50 percent discount on its salmon, mango, scallop, cucumber and mushroom Tropical Roll. Usually $17, it’s yours for $8.50; 954-302-5208.
• Brasileiro, 801 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami, has a new weekday lunch special: your choice of a meat, fish or chicken entree plus salad bar for $9.99; 786-502-3829.
Giraffas Brazilian Steaks & Burgers has a new location at 6300 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale; giraffas.com.
• Miami-area Denny’s restaurants are offering $9 in coupons through February to customers who donate $3 to Tour De Force, which provides financial support to families of the four Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2013.
• Pollo Tropical is offering a free small TropiChop to customers who sign up for its 21 Days to a New You weight-loss plan; pollotropical.com/21days.
• Blue Moon Fish Company, 4405 W. Tradewinds Ave., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, has added a la carte brunch service from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays; 954-267-9888.
• David Sears, most recently with Temple Orange at the Ritz-Carlton West Palm Beach, is the new executive chef at Sushisamba Coral Gables.