The South Beach Wine & Food Festival crowned its burger champions at Burger Bash, and Miami area restaurants Barley, in Kendall, and Swine Southern Table and Bar, in Coral Gables, won two of the three major awards.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson, whose Red Rooster brought new, upscale dining to Harlem, hopes his upcoming restaurant will do the same in Overtown. He will hire locally in the historic Clyde Killens Pool Hall. He will be cooking at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival.
Say you had a grandma in the countryside of the south of France who lived off the land and cooked nose-to-tail a century ago? You’d be eating these updated dishes at La Fresa Francesca Petite Café & Bistro. The little French Strawberry in Hialeah is complete with pistachio-tinted walls and antique crystal chandeliers hung from a vaulted wood ceilings in. Three years old, it recently expanded to include a dining room hung with string lights and a gourmet market where you can pick up French cookies, canned white truffles or duck pate.
Soraya Kilgore, one of Miami’s best pastry chefs, opens MadLab Creamery in the Design District. She makes the desserts at Brava and Alter, where her husband, Brad Kilgore, was named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef.
Massimo Bottura, one of the world’s great chefs, owner of Modena, Italy’s Osteria Francescana, cooked a $650-a-person meal in Miami. We welcomed him with a box of pastelitos. He tasted them and gave his thoughts on food culture.
Chef José Andres, owner of South Beach’s The Bazaar, initially thought he was kept out of The Alfalfa Club Dinner’s after party because Ivanka Trump had a problem with him. After a flurry of tweets -- and, seemingly, a phone call -- Andres declared President Donald Trump’s daughter innocent of any banning.
President Donald Trump’s Tax Cut and Jobs Act included the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, which will cut taxes in half for craft beer brewers. The Republican plan gives tax breaks to brewers small and large, including in South Florida.