Food

Weekend Eats: Dec 11-13

A group of friends enjoy drinks at the bar at Pacific Time restautant in Miami's Design District.Photo: Carl Juste.
A group of friends enjoy drinks at the bar at Pacific Time restautant in Miami's Design District.Photo: Carl Juste.

It’s looking like a busy, merry weekend…

  • Step out of our dining comfort zone this weekend and pop by two new restaurants. Famed local chef Douglas Rodriguez bring Nuevo Cuban cuisine to the Astor Hotel at his namesake D. Rodriguez Cuba while Mandolin Aegean Bistro brings sexy, secluded Greek to Buena Vista.
  • Drink out to the box at Michy’s and bypass traditional wine phrases (apple, chalky, etc) and hit Michy’s Sat Dec 12 from 2:30-3:30 for a unique tasting of 12 wines paired with music, art, film and historical figures. Four wine flights with three wines each (6 red, 6 white) will be matched with songs, art work, film clips and historical figures. $55 per person, limited to 20 participants. Call 305-759-2001 for reservations.
  • Bring the family to the Design District Sat, Dec 12 from noon-4pm and dig into Family Day at Pacific Time, Pizza Volante and Q. Father and chef Jonathan Eismann is wooing kids and adults alike with an art exhibit at Pacific Time, pizza making and free espresso at Pizza Volante and kids garage bands at Q.
  • Head to the Biltmore Sat, Dec 12 from noon to 2pm to meet, mingle and dine with Sean Basel, chef/owner of South Beach’s Meat Market. Sip champagne while watching Brasel in action. $52 cellar club members, $65 others, reservations required, call 305-913-3203.
  • Get nautical Saturday, Dec 12 as the 38th Annual Winterfest Boat Parade sails into town. Come 5pm, head to Fort Lauderdale’s il Lugano Hotel for waterfront views, hors d’oeuvres from da Campo Osteria by Todd English, cocktails and a live steel drum band. $50 per person in advance, $60 at the door. Call 954-564-4400 x2103 for info.
  • Wind down the weekend Sunday, Dec 13 with a Dinner in Paradise at Homestead’s Paradise Farms. The al fresco dinner series features a tour through the organic garden and multi-course gourmet feast and wine pairing. This week’s dinner features chefs Gordon Maybury & Brett Raydon (Loews), Thorsten Leighty (Eden Roc) and Philippe Pinon (Ritz Coconut Grove). $165.50 per person, proceeds benefit Barry University’s Plant a Thousand Gardens program.
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