Wine, beer and food join forces for a good cause this week at Veritage Miami, which hosts several events to benefit the United Way of Miami-Dade.
More than 350 wines from around the world and bites from South Florida restaurants will be available to sample at a Walk-Around Tasting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Village of Merrick Park, 358 San Lorenzo Blvd., Coral Gables. $75.
An Interactive Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the InterContinental Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza, will feature food and hands-on cooking demonstrations from chefs Cesar Zapata of the Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, Alberto Cabrera of Bread & Butter, Todd Erickson of Haven and Huahua’s Taqueria, Jose Mendin of the Pubbelly Restaurant Group, and Giogio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Taperia Raca. Dinner begins with a Bacardi-sponsored cocktail hour. $500.
Veritage Miami’s closing event, Dinner on the Diamond, is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Marlins Park. Guests will have the chance to bid on items during a silent auction and reception before moving on to the field for dinner and a live auction. Broadway and television star Kristin Chenoweth will sing several hits during an intermezzo during the wine dinner. $500.
Details at veritagemiami.com or 305-646-7111.
LOSASSO OPENS AQ BY ACQUALINA
Chef Dewey LoSasso, who moved kitchens last year from the Forge to the Acqualina Resort & Spa, has new digs all to his own as the resort opens AQ by Acqualina this month. Housed in the former Piazzetta space, AQ is going for a Mediterranean-inspired menu with as many Florida ingredients as LoSasso can get his hands on. Starters, small plates and entrees include falafel with ricotta, olives and prosciutto; grouper cheeks and chopped escarole, black walnut dust and avocado oil powder; sautéed cauliflower and pistachios with orange hot pepper relish; seared yellowfin tuna Marsala with wild mushrooms; and grilled skirt steak and foie gras toastones with tomato-pancetta BLT and wild boar black beans. A raw bar is being run by the sushi chefs from Hiro’s Yakko-San. Acqualina pastry chef Rodney Barchi is in charge of desserts. The restaurant is open daily for dinner. 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach; acqualinaresort.com; 305-918-6816.
MORTON’S SPRINGS FORWARD
Morton’s The Steakhouse heralds spring with new menu items that debuted this week, including a roasted beet salad, a porcini-crusted bone-in filet with whole roasted garlic, and mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon-pecan butter. 2333 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, and 1200 Brickell Ave., Miami; mortons.com; 305-442-1662 (Coral Gables), 305-400-9990 (Brickell).
TWEET AND EAT FREE
Tweet your way to a free meal at Giraffas in Midtown as the fast-casual Brazilian restaurant hosts a tweetup on Tuesday night. The first 70 people who send an email confirmation to RSVP@giraffas.com will be invited to come in at 7 p.m. for dinner on the house. The only requirement (besides an RSVP): sending a tweet from the restaurant with the hashtag #whatsonyourplate. 3252 Buena Vista Ave., Miami; giraffas.com; 305-672-7111.
CELEBRATE PASSOVER IN A FRENCH BISTRO
Want to have a Passover meal but don’t want to cook? Chef Neal Cooper is offering a three-course dinner at his Petit Rouge bistro on Monday, available from 6 to 10 p.m. Choices include traditional staples like haroset, chopped liver, matzoh ball soup, brisket and flourless chocolate cake. The price is $70 for adults, $40 for kids under 10, and take-out is also available. 12409 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami; petitrougebistro.com; 305-892-7676.
PUBBELLY GOES FISHING
Tacos are out and fish is in for the Pubbelly group as it opened PB Fish as a weekday happy hour pop-up at PB Steak in South Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood. (The restaurant’s lunch pop-up, Taco Belly, recently ended a succesful run.) Expect fish-shack bites like ceviche, fried clams, lobster sandwiches and more from chef Jose Mendin, plus rum-based cocktails, from 5 to 7 p.m. 1787 Purdy Ave., Miami Beach; pbsteak.com; 305-695-9550.
MONDRIAN DIGS IN TO BRUNCH
A build-your-own bloody mary bar that stretches the length of a buffet table is the centerpiece of the new “Dig In” brunch that debuts Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mondrian South Beach Hotel. Non-liquid items include olive oil-poached eggs, peanut butter French toast and BBQ ribs. 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach; 305-514-1940.
DEVON SEAFOOD HOSTS STAG’S LEAP DINNER
Wines from Napa Valley’s Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars will pair with a four-course al fresco dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Devon Seafood and Steak in Kendall. Chef Drew Hall is preparing oysters Rockefeller, carrot soup, braised lamb shoulder and blackberry brandy zabaione to go with two whites and two reds from Stag’s Leap. $40. 11715 Sherri Ln., Kendall; devonseafood.com; 305-275-0226.
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