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October 2, 2012

October food, drink, travel and spa goings-on in South Florida

October is getting busy, busy, busy…and we’re only in our second day. Check out the food, wine, travel and spa happenings from Palm Beach to Marathon.

South Florida Pumpkin Patches 2012; click here for the list

South Florida Oktoberfest Celebrations 2012; click here for the list

Dine Out Lauderdale, a six-week restaurant promotion program. Area restaurants are offering specially-created, three-course menus at a $35 fixed price.

Week 1, October food, drink, travel and spa goings-on in South Florida

Eat for a cause, During the month of October a few South Florida Restaurants will donate a portion of select proceeds to benefit organizations that support Breast Cancer Awareness. Blue Collar Restaurant Miami, has gone so far to rename their restaurant “Pink Collar Restaurant” for the month of October along with offering a special menu created in memory of the chef/owner’s mother who was stricken and lost her battle with breast cancer; and Daniel Boulud’s db Bistro Moderne Miami and Café Boulud Palm Beach have created a pink dessert in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tonight Common Threads will host the 3rd Annual World Festival Miami from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at The Moore Building in the Design District. The annual culinary event brings together Miami’s premiere chefs to raise money for health and nutritional education for city’s youth. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit commonthreads.org. Dress is cocktail attire. The Moore Building is located at 4040 NE Second Ave. Design District, Miami

2nd annual Oktoberfest Brickell will take place at Miami Circle October 5-7. General admission is $10 pre-paid and $15 at the door. German beers will be sold for $6-$8, and food for $4-$12. VIP tickets are $100 per day or $200 3-day pass which includes food sampling and unlimited Radeberger beers. The Bier Garden Pop Up Restaurant experience is $55/person. For more information and to purchase tickets visit brickellbiergarden.com

Ladies wanting to escape the NFL season can and with a good excuse; 15% off spa services every Sunday and Monday. Starting Monday, October 1, through Super Bowl Sunday, February 3 at Aveda Spa at The Palms Hotel Miami Beach. For spa reservations, call 305.908.5460. Palms Hotel & Spa 3025 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140

Week 2, October food, drink, travel and spa goings-on in South Florida

October 8 marks the 10th anniversary The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove, celebrating this milestone are $10 specialty priced meals, cocktails, and spa treatments throughout the month of October. $10 Spa treatments at 10am. Guests have a choice of Sapphire Massage (50 minutes), Sapphire Facial (50 minutes), Signature Coconut Cove Manicure (30 minutes) or Signature Coconut Cove Pedicure (50 minutes) for $10 each.*Reservations required by phoning             305.644.4684. Six of these $10 spa treatments are available every Monday through Thursday in October at 10 a.m. only, based on availability. Tax and gratuity not included. Gratuities based on full treatment price. $10 Three course menu at Bizcaya. Bizcaya offers a limited-edition, three-course celebratory menu every Tuesday in October for $10. Hidden inside one menu each night will be a note that reads, “Cheers to 10 years with a complimentary bottle of bubbly!” *Only five reservations for parties of two are available each night the $10 three-course menu is offered. Reservations may be made by phoning 786.470.1227

Cheers for Charity Las Olas is the new wine & food festival in town, that will benefit six local children’s charities:  Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Children’s Home Society, Jack and Jill Children’s Center, Joe DiMaggio’s Children’s Center, Junior Achievement of South Florida and Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund. This inaugural “Corks, Cocktails and Collaboration,”  includes a lineup of over twenty Las Olas restaurants, vintners from around the world, plentiful pours of wine and cocktails and finishes off with the “white” hot world-wide dining trend “Diner en Blanc” with an expected 500 guests dining al fresco at one long table in Huizenga Park. The five-day event uncorks on October 7 and runs through October 11 with nightly themed tastings and food pairing events benefitting a different charity. Click here for more information.

October 9 Opus One Wine pairing at J&G Grill, St. Regis Bal Harbour. Taste and explore 1989, 1999 and pre-release of the 2009 vintages of Opus One. Call for reservations and cost  305-993-3333 9703 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour

Week 3, October food, drink, travel and spa goings-on in South Florida

October 15-21, 2012, Spa Week is a bi-annual event that allows participants to enjoy luxurious full-service spa treatments at the spas across North America for $50 each. Since its inception in 2004, Spa Week has modernized the industry with its bi-annual Spring and Fall Events; the signature $50 spa service making the spa indulgence affordable and attainable to a wider audience of potential spa-goers. Click here to view South Florida spas and their services for Spa Week.

October 20 Kicking off the seven month (October 15-May 15) 2012-13 stone crab season is the second annual Stone Crab Eating Contest set for Saturday, October 20th at Keys Fisheries Market and Marina, located at 35th Street in Marathon. Click here for more details.

Dinner in the Sky, is strictly for the adventurous. Drink and dine suspended 180 feet in the air; the dining table and seats are on a platform connected to a crane. The event will be held on October 20th in Old School Square Park and will include four seatings, 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. The price of dinner tickets are $500 per person. Guests must be over 4’11’ tall and a weight restriction of 225 lbs maximum.

Week 4, October food, drink, travel and spa goings-on in South Florida

Shaolin Master Hu, from The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Sanya will visit The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami on October 28 and 29, 2012. Master Hu has over twenty years of experience in Shaolin tradition, and has also obtained a high-level of expertise in Tai Chi, training hundreds of students in both China and overseas in this practice. He will speak about the positive effects that tea and food have on both body and mind, in addition to providing lessons to enhance spiritual balance through Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Meditation. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Miami, the schedule is as follows:

Sunday, October 28
9:00 a.m. Tai Chi on the Lawn
11:00 a.m. Tea Tasting in the Lobby Lounge
3:00 p.m. Tea Ceremony in the Lobby Lounge
5:00 p.m. Qi Gong / Meditation on the Lawn

Monday, October 29
9:00 a.m. Tai Chi on the Lawn
3:00 p.m. Tea Ceremony in the Lobby Lounge
6:30 p.m. Qi Gong / Meditation on the Lawn

Reservations are required, (305) 913 8332. Costs are:

$25 per person per class – Group Session
$80 per person per class – Individual Private Session
$60 per person per class – Small Group Private Session (2 to 4 guests)


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  1. April

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