Two weeks ago I announced the posting of “In the News” food drink and the South Florida lifestyle”. This week we’ve got some news to report from interesting press releases coming out. Before we get to the “news” for those of you who missed the intro and reasoning behind this post the first time around here is the introduction once again:
In the beginning chapters of my book, the Food Lovers’ Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale I explain how one would keep up with Food & Beverage News in South Florida (page 7). No one person, website or publication can be the sole source of information; eating, drinking, dining and nightlife in South Florida is vast to say the least and with its continuum of openings, closings and shuffling going on, it makes keeping up mind boggling.
There are blogger sites focusing on food and beverage niche topics, such as, Worst Pizza, SushiPro, Burger Beast, Jeff Eats, French Fry Fairy and South Florida Beer Blog, they are competent resources for the information you seek as well as the all encompassing curator site South Florida Daily Blog of which I read and use for updates as well as a host of other sites that are detailed in my book. The information on the food and drink centric sites come from visiting the venue, working with the product or establishment or a press release. For round numbers, if I receive 200 emails a day 190 of them are press releases pitching one thing or another, some are relevant and informational while others down right laughable and tacky. I open and read all of them, you just never know what you’ll find. Bloggers, site managers, newspaper and magazine editors and writers are on many of the same PR distribution lists so more often than not you’ll see a lot of the same information coming out from various sources, depending on who you follow and read. I am on many of those such lists.
Once a week. Periodically. I’m not really sure on the exact time-frame because some weeks put out more information and have more things going on than others. I’ve decided to do an “In the News” post on South Florida Food and Wine which will be a brief round up of weekly press release information. Some posted information will be repetitive, again, depending on who you follow and read and ideally some information will be new and fresh. I’ll post about goings-on locally and beyond with regard to food, beverage, weekend getaways and lifestyle.
In the News: food, drink and the South Florida lifestyle
On Thursday, March 29, Marking its 40th anniversary with a four-city art competition, Jordan Winery has sourced the best entries from South Florida-based artists for a one-night-only, open-to-the-public exhibition and wine tasting. In honor of its 40th anniversary, California icon Jordan Vineyard & Winery has created the 4 on 4 Art Competition, a four-city initiative that challenges local artists to create a commemorative piece that blends the elegance of Jordan wines with the flavor of each city. The four cities include Miami, New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Beginning in Miami, the call for entries was organized by event partner Bakehouse Art Complex. The challenge was to create works of art that combine the essence of Jordan wine with Miami’s distinct flavors of wine, food and design. The three-acre Bakehouse compound will present the top 40 entries at the 4 on 4 Top 40 event—a special public exhibition and Jordan wine tasting. Cash prizes, commercial opportunities and publicity campaigns await the top three winners, which will be selected by a panel of expert judges—including Roxanne Vargas, co-anchor of NBC Miami’s “Live Miami;” Susanne Birbragher, associate publisher of ArtNexus; Nina Johnson, director at Gallery Diet; and Chef Michael Schwartz, proprietor of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink—will be announced at a private event on April 2, 2012. The event is open to the public this Thursday, March 29, from 7 – 10 p.m. at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 N.W. 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127. Click here to RSVP
April 7, Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Town Center Boca Raton.
The Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 8:30 am and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will be from 9:00 am -10:30 am. $5 for the Easter Egg Hunt only. $20 for Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny. The Terrace near Crate & Barrel is where the Easter Egg Hunt will take place and California Pizza Kitchen is where Breakfast with the Easter Bunny will take place. 6000 Glades Road Boca Raton, FL 33431 561-368-6001
Saturday, April 7th, evian water will host Live Young, Skate On! in Miami Beach motivating the community to hydrate and have fun in celebration of World Health Day. evian will stage a pop-up roller-skating rink in Collins Park, Miami Beach, featuring four-wheel rental station and producing the city’s first outdoor roller-skating party. evian hopes to rally the South Florida community to participate in setting the world record for the longest conga line on roller skates. April 12–4pm Collins Park, Miami Beach. Collins Avenue (between 21st-22nd Streets)
50th Annual Delray Affair Friday, April 13th (10am – 6pm), Saturday, April 14th (10am – 6pm), Sunday, April 15th (10am – 5pm). Location: Atlantic Avenue beginning at Delray BeachTennis Center east to Intracoastal waterway.
DiLido Beach Club at South Beach Ritz Carlton hosts a weekly Beachfront Crab boil from 4-7 p.m. every Sunday afternoon; unlimited buffet of whole blue crab, shrimp, red bliss potatoes and sausage for $39/person. $10 Southern Comfort Tea Cocktails and $5 Blue Moon Beers. One Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 786-276-4000
Florida Heart Research Institute hosts two culinary fundraisers in April, Driven to Dine and Heart of a Chef. Driven to Dine is a luxurious dining experience that will take place on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Starting with an exclusive cocktail reception and a live auction. After the reception, guests will be whisked off in a limousine to a dining destination unknown for an evening of culinary surprise. The participating restaurants are: 1500˚ at Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach, CRAVE, db Bistro Moderne, Edge, Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Miami,Flemings Prime Steakhouse, La Cofradia, RED The Steakhouse, Tudor House, Truluck’s and J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. Tickets for Driven to Dine cost $5,000 per limo, which seats 8 guests; or $625 per person. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Heart of a Chef is a family-friendly food festival focused on the prevention of childhood obesity, which has been known to lead to heart disease. At this interactive event, activities for all ages including food and wine tastings and educational seminars, all designed to heighten awareness and give children and their parents information to make health-conscious decisions while adopting a heart healthy lifestyle. Heart of a Chef’s annual culinary battle. This year’s chef cook-off will feature two local chefs – Joshua Wahler, executive chef at CRAVE Restaurant and Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House. A basket of mystery ingredients will be given to the chefs, challenging them to create a meal which is both delicious and heart healthy. Tickets for HOAC are $30 per person; the purchase of one adult ticket includes admission for two children. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Mandarin Oriental, Miami now offers an “I Love Marlins” package. For $2450 guests will lavish Mandarin Oriental style with accommodations for two nights in a luxury suite, a chauffeured ride to and from Marlins Park, two Marlins baseball jerseys and caps, and two Therapeutic spa treatments this package does not include tickets to any baseball game. The package is valid during the 2012 regular season for home games from April to September and subject to availability. For more information or reservations contact (305) 913 8383 or visit Mandarin Oriental, Miami
For more Food & Drink events happening this week and next visit Food for Thought for a good round-up of some of the more exciting indulgences happening.