French Spice, part of the annual French Weeks Miami celebration of Gallic culture, offers two-tiered menus for two-course lunches ($19/$23) and three-course dinners ($33/$39). The offer is good Thursday through Nov. 15 at Atrio, La Riviera, Pierre’s, Pascal’s on Ponce, Café Bastille, Angelique Euro Café, La Gloutonnerie, Villa Azur, Le Provencal and L’Entrecôte de Paris; frenchspicemiami.com.
Slow Food Miami kicks off a series of Snail Social events from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Essensia at The Palms Hotel, 3025 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, with resident chef Julie Frans and guest farmer Teena Borek. Enjoy happy-hour pricing on cocktails and snacks, a tour of the chef’s garden and $5 discount on valet parking; slowfoodmiami.org.
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions, 5132 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, reports that its cider-glazed, Cheddar-crusted “biskits” earn it a mention along with 24 other restaurants in a “Best Biscuits in the U.S.” feature on the Food & Wine magazine website.
Grovetoberfest, which bills itself as Florida’s biggest beer festival, takes over Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday with more than 250 craft beers, Brew FIU’s Beer Tasting 101 a Kitchen Lab (with chefs Giorgio Rapicavoli and Michael Jacobs, among others), a home brew contest and more. Tickets are $40 at grovetoberfest.com, $45 at the gate, with $90 VIP package available; 305-461-2700.
The Coconut Grove Seafood Festival promises a cornucopia of prepared fish and shellfish plus a Grove Wharf seafood market from 11 a.m. to sundown Sunday at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove. Tickets are $15 at coconutgroveseafoodfestival.com, $25 at the gate, with kids 12 and younger free.
The focus is on food and wine from Australia and New Zealand at the 12th annual Wine on Harvest Moon tasting event from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Deering Estate at Cutler,16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Tickets are $150; 305-235-1668, deeringestate.org.
Ellen Kanner, the Miami Herald’s Edgy Veggie columnist, discusses her book, Feeding the Hungry Ghost: Life, Faith, and What to Eat for Dinner, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour; 305-864-4241.
Sunrise Pita & Grill, 2680 N. University Dr., celebrates its 15th anniversary through Friday by rolling back prices to 1998 levels from 4 to 7 p.m.; 954-748-0900.
Giardino Gourmet, with eight South Florida locations, is giving away tastes of pink ambrosia salad to participants in Saturday’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Miami. Through Oct. 31, the chain will donate 10 percent of proceeds from sale of the salad, made with low-fat strawberry yogurt, to the Komen fund; giardinosalads.com.
Les Dames d’Escoffier Miami has begun selling $185 tickets for its black-tie Escoffier dinner on Nov. 16 at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, featuring a five-course menu by hotel chef Ramesh Kuduru and presentation of the chapter’s first achievement award to chef-restaurateur Michael Schwartz; lesdamesmiami.org, 877-467-7725.
VooDoo BBQ & Grill has opened an outlet at 6312 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management offers one of the nation’s top training programs for restaurant professionals, and now home cooks can get in on the action at the school’s Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 NE 151st St., North Miami.
Barry Alberts inaugurates a wine-tasting series at the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove, 2985 S. Bayshore Dr., from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday with guest Jeff Mausbach, the American-born winemaker for Argentina’s Manos Negras, Anko, Zaha and Teho. Cost is $25 including appetizers, with no reservations needed; 305-446-2909.
Tongue & Cheek, 431 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, welcomes former Azul chef Clay Conley (Bûccan, Palm Beach) back to town for a “Kitchen Collab” with chef-owner Jamie DeRosa at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Their five-course meal is $95 including tax and tip, with beverage pairings $25. Advanced purchase is required at tongueandcheek.brownpapertickets.com.
Brasileiro Steakhouse at the Four Ambassadors, 801 Brickell Bay Dr., Miami, has added a Wednesday ladies night with Latin music, light bites and free champagne and caipirinhas for female guests from 6 p.m. to midnight; 786-502-3829.
Duffy’s Sports Grills celebrate Octoberfest with pork wiener schnitzel with spaetzle ($10.99) and bratwurst with french fries ($7.99) plus two-for-one Samuel Adams OctoberFest Lagers daily through the month; duffysmvp.com.
India is calling at the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, 3300 SW 27th Ave., where executive chef Ramesh Kaduru launches a month-long pop-up restaurant on Thursday inspired by the flavors of his native Chennai (formerly Madras) in southeastern India.
South Florida restaurants are marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October by raising money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
The Pincho Factory celebrates the grand opening of its location at 30 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Friday with the Ultimate Beer Happy Hour: a free pint of beer with dinner orders; 305-446-5666.
Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, 730 First St., Miami Beach, has launched a 60-minutes-or-free business lunch promotion with a three-course menu for $24. The restaurant also offers a three-course sunset menu for $49 from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 5 p.m. until closing Sunday. Wine pairings are an additional $35; 305-604-6800.
Turnberry chefs Rick Chiavari and Daniel Malone will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest chocolate mousse (currently current 313 pounds) as part of the annual Chocolate Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura. Proceeds from the sale of treat tickets ($1 each, 13 for $10) benefit the Children’s Craniofacial Association; 305-935-1110.
The North American Sommelier Association will present an Italian wine specialist class in Miami Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 9-10, with a certification exam on Nov. 23. Led by master sommelier Diego Meraviglia, the course, which will take place at Toscana Divino restaurant, costs $650; 305-244-8272.
Cluck Miami, a champagne-fueled fried-chicken cook-off to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida, struts its stuff from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Studio 255, 255 NW 25th St., Miami.
Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, opens an Academy of Beer at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2. In four weekly, 90-minute sessions, students will cover topics from East Coast vs. West Coast IPA to Belgian Quads. Cost, which includes beer samples and light bites, is $99. Email email@example.com to register.
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