Food & Drink

April 2, 2013

Food, event and spa goings-on in South Florida

And the goings-on, keep going on; things never slow down around these parts, so keep that seatbelt fastened and those stretchy pants on because here is another list of food & drink, and spa events happening over the next week and beyond.

and of course if you Love the South Florida food scene? Check out my newly published book (Globe Pequot Press, $14.95), Food Lovers’ Guide to Miami & Fort Lauderdale

Where to eat dinner on Monday and Tuesday nights in Miami: The Federal Miami. With its Crawfish on Tuesdays: “Crawfish Boils with corn, potato, Andouille sausage and onions,” “Crawfish ‘n Grits creole style served over Creamy Ansom Mills Grits,” “Crawfish Fritters saffron-scented, served with spicy corn remoulade for dipping,” and more! Prices will be listed on the website at And Chicken on Chicken Fry Wednesdays. The Federal Miami’s Half-a-Chicken is served with Carolina Style Slaw made with Brussels sprouts, carrots, cabbage, celery seeds and apple cider vinaigrette and Candied Kumquats.The price for the fried chicken is $18 for half a chicken; the chickens plucked are free range, all-natural and hormone free. Sides will be available a la carte for $7 each. The Federal Food, Drink & Provisions is located [in a strip mall] at 5132 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. (305) 758-9559

PhilanthroFest features more than 100 South Florida non-profits and community agencies, art, music and dance entertainment, a kid’s zone, a community stage, healthy living section, and other family friendly attractions. PhilanthroFest 2013 will be held this Saturday, April 6, 2013 from Noon to 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132. PhilanthroFest 2013 is FREE and open to the public with family friendly activities including music, dance performances, live theater, an Active Zone, a Thought Stage, a Kids Zone by the Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and Food Trucks. Click here for the 2013 list of participants.

Lionfish Food and Wine Night, a 4-course dinner paired wine selections designed to introduce diners to the delectable lionfish, an invasive species that has caused dramatic declines in native fish populations in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. The dinner will be held on April 16, at 6:30pm at the Fish House Encore, 102341 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo Located on US-1 at mile marker 102.3, ocean side. Lionfish are among the top 15 emerging threats to global biodiversity. These invasive fish were introduced into the Atlantic off South Florida and have spread north along the U.S. eastern coast, throughout the Caribbean and into the Gulf of Mexico. Lionfish are voracious predators of native species and lack controlling predators in these ecosystems. Removals by divers and fishermen are proving effective at reducing lionfish populations and negative ecological impacts. Culinary events introduce the public to the delicious flavor of lionfish and promote the development of a commercial market. For the general public, consuming lionfish is an easy and effective method of fighting the invasion. More information can be found at

The Palms AVEDA Spa home to one of Miami’s only HydroCapsules, an innovative alternative to the standard Vichy-shower, honors Earth Month. The HydroCapsule is a personal pod-like chamber which allows body treatments to be self enclosed for privacy, cleanliness and most importantly, water conservation. It contains a temperature controlled Vichy-shower as well as steam and light therapy. The HydroCapsule is an environmentally conscientious feature at the spa and to celebrate Earth Month, The Palms Spa will offer $75 50-minute HydroCapsule body treatments. The Palms Hotel & Spa 3025 Collins Avenue Miami Beach For spa reservations, call 305.908.5460.

The Sixth Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ will take place at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek on Saturday, April 20 from 2 p.m. -11 p.m. Tickets for the event are $25 for general admission, and $50 for VIP admission. Tickets can be purchased through This event will feature over 100 premium beers and some of the finest BBQ in South Florida.

With four dining destinations, each inspired by a different exotic locale, The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami invites guests and locals to a festival celebrating tastes and spirits from around the globe benefiting the American Red Cross on Saturday, April 20th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. $25 per adult and $12 per child. Each purchase includes four (4) tickets for four (4) tastes of choice. Additional tickets may be purchased for $5 at the event. Reservations are required. To reserve a spot or for additional information, please contact Clayton McRory at (305) 365-4528. A portion of the proceeds supports the American Red Cross.

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