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.
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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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