Love, Peace & Soul!
After saving your hard earned coin with Miami Spice dinners over the summer, perhaps you can now invest that money in a fine ‘n’ fancy antique such as those at Bonnin Ashley Antiques, 4707 SW 72nd Ave., which is hosting a big bash from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 to celebrate the end of Miami Spice. Huh? Yes, it’s an interesting pairing, sort of like pork rinds (er, chicharrón) with a bottle of Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru — but the store has partnered with Whisk Gourmet Food + Catering for a “culinary and cultural experience,” known as Bonnin & Bubbles: The Spice Road. Stuff your face on free champagne and apps while you take a 30-minute tour of the showroom featuring exotic pieces “reminiscent of the original Spice and Silk Roads.” Definitely something different — and deelish — to do on a Saturday, so why not. It’s free and open to the public, a zesty offer indeed. To RSVP, go to http://bit.ly/1Ui8CR2.
Not all oenophiles are douchey even if they will all recoil at your fancy for Two Buck Chuck, In fact, some even have excellent senses of humor not including their hysterics at your Chuck-chugging. Take Heath Porter, for example, the man who goes by the title of Head Wine-O at Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant, 70 Miracle Mile, and who will go “pour-to-pour” against 50 Eggs’ Wine Director Daniel Toral at a Somm Slam, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24. Vinophiles and winos will eat three dishes accompanied by one pairing each from Porter and Toral. Food will be prepared by Uvaggio chefs and Swine’s Chef de Cuisine Christian Cuevas. You will choose the winner, who will receive bragging rights and a trophy. According to Porter, it’s game on. “I’m in hard core training now and am just starting two-a-days….white wine with cheese in the morning and red wine with pork in the evening,” he says. “Daniel is a good friend but I do look forward to him drinking his own tears. Hopefully we will rekindle our friendship on Sept. 25. Until then as the great Smokey Robinson said, ‘Ain’t too much sadder than the tears of a clown, when there’s no one around!’” Toral has no sympathy for his pal. “I’m looking forward to taking Heath down on his own turf! I’m sure he is going to rig it, like he did last time. But I’m very excited to be a part of this great event. It is very rare to see guests engage in wine talk like they did last time, and I’ll do anything to keep it going. Even if I have to drink my own tears, Heath.” Cost is $100 per person which includes reception, three courses and six wines and dessert. For reservations go to www.uvaggiowine.com.
Actually living up to its name is 180 Degrees at The DRB, 501 NE 1st Ave., which is doing something totally different from the usual food and beer with a big fundraiser for local organization Caring About the Strays. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, animal lovers will be able to adopt homeless animals or just help ’em out with a minimum donation of $10 that goes straight to the non profit and gets you one free draft beer and happy hour privileges with beer and wine at half off. A bar menu will offer Maduro y Queso Frito, sliders and more. To RSVP go to www.gastronomyredefined.com.
It’s not October, but props to Concrete Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami, for celebrating Oktoberfest with a big, beery block party from 2-11 p.m. Saturday (the official kickoff of Munich’s big October bash) featuring Oktoberfest-inspired shenanigans like inflatable pretzel toss and yodeling contests. Neighboring locales like The Butcher Shop, Wood Tavern, R House, The Annex, Pride & Joy and more will be offering up their own games, beer, more beer, more games and even more beer. Keep an eye out for FloridaFest, Concrete Brewery’s new Oktoberfest-style coconut lager, a medium-bodied, copper-hued beer with notes of coconut, toffee and vanilla. Admission is free and lederhosen are optional.