Aaron Brooks

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    November 18, 2014

    Boisterous Brunchers Can't Bog Down Miami Chefs

    A 50-pound pig is pumped full of brine for four days and then -- around midnight on a Saturday -- placed in a large wooden box just behind the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell. The box is closed, covered in hot charcoal, and left for hours beneath a tent that's shrouded by foliage. Around dawn, two co ... More >>

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    November 17, 2014

    P.I.G. 5: Pork Rangoon, Foie Gras-Stuffed Baby Pig, and Pumpkin-Spiced Pork Rinds

    If there's something we learned at Jeremiah Bullfrogs P.I.G. 5 is that chefs love to cook pork. They also love those who like to eat pork, which was the case with the 250-plus swine aficionados who congregated at Brisky Gallery in Wynwood Sunday for an afternoon of pig eating, beer drinking, and rub ... More >>

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    November 7, 2014

    Four Seasons Food Truck Hits Miami: Try the Aussie Cubano

    If you happened to be jogging through Brickell Avenue last night, you might have encountered something strange: a food truck stationed outside the Four Seasons and a pop-up bar a few feet away serving coffee cocktails and flutes of prosecco. It was a preview party to kick off the five additional d ... More >>

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    November 6, 2014
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    November 4, 2014

    Four Seasons Food Truck Comes to Miami; Edge Steak & Bar Hits the Streets

    When you think of a brand like Four Seasons, street food doesn't necessarily spring to mind. But come Thursday, that perception might change. This is because the Four Seasons Food Truck East Coast tour concludes with a five-day visit to the Magic City. Yep. Four Seasons has a food truck, and it ha ... More >>

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    September 15, 2014

    Aaron Brooks Cooking Class at Edge: Chef Has Lost 20 Pounds (Photos)

    Aaron Brooks is one of 12 Miami chefs participating in the Fit to Fight weight loss challenge, which is just two weeks shy of coming to closing. So far the executive chef of Edge Steak & Bar has lost a whopping 20 pounds, most of which he attributes to his new found diet. In order to share the wea ... More >>

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    September 2, 2014

    Edge Steak & Bar Cooking Classes: Aaron Brooks Goes Healthy

    Fit to Fight, a weight-loss challenge competition in which 12 Miami chefs are battling and sweating it out, kicked off June 30. Last weekend, Todd Erickson and Jamie DeRosa collaborated on a brunch after a 45-minute spinning session at Flywheel. Part of the competition is raising a minimum of $1,500 ... More >>

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    August 13, 2014

    Miami Chefs Host Fundraising Events for Fit to Fight Challenge

    While we're getting fatter taking advantage of Miami Spice, the chefs behind those meals are slimming down for a good cause. As part of the Fit to Fight challenge, 12 local toques have committed to lose weight while raising funds to benefit Live to Fight, a nonprofit that supports individuals with l ... More >>

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    August 1, 2014

    Todd Erickson Claims Victory at New Times' Iron Fork Competition

    There was tension in the air at the Hyatt Regency Miami as two chef/warriors prepared for battle. Everything was in place. See also:

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    August 1, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: The Sounds, the Sights, and the Bites

    Shameless plug alert: The Botran Rum, Chilean wine, and Stella Artois were flowing freely last night at Miami New Times' Iron Fork kicking off two months of Miami Spice. Now that the bills have been paid let's move on to the real action: the food. Among the endless array of options were a few stan ... More >>

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    July 31, 2014

    Bourbon, Beer, and Cue Finale at the Dutch: Battle of the Caja Chinas (Photos)

    Last night, the Dutch concluded their summer series Bourbon, Beer, and Cue with a three-way Caja China battle that invited Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (gastroPod) to the W's grove backyard courtyard for a magical evening that included whole animals and bacon-infused bourbon ... More >>

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    July 28, 2014

    This Week's Best Eats and Drinks: Iron Fork Chefs' Battle and La Latina Goes to Pubbelly

    This week we say hello to August, which happens to mark the commencement of Miami Spice, but we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves. It's Monday and things can only get better. From a Pubbelly and La Latina "arepada" collaboration to the annual Iron Fork showdown and Miami Spice kick off event, th ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Five Reasons You Need to Go to New Times' Iron Fork 2014

    On Thursday, July 31, New Times' Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, will take place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami, and you don't want to miss all the excitement. There's much to do at Iron Fork. Of course, there will be lots of noshing on ... More >>

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    July 21, 2014

    Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Ice Cream at Icebox Cafe, Dinner and a Movie at SushiSamba

    Not-so-happy Monday. The weekend came and went too fast -- another year, another Mercedes-Benz Fashion Swim Week in the books. If you missed the action, don't feel so bad. You got to skip out on deadly traffic, nightmarish parking, and walking through puddles with shoes in hand -- what some people ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Iron Fork: Aaron Brooks and Todd Erickson Talk Strategy

    On Thursday, July 31, chef Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) will face off against chef Todd Erickson (Huahua's Taqueria and Haven) at New Times' Iron Fork/Miami Spice kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. It all goes down at the Hyatt Regency Miami, where the two toques wil ... More >>

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    June 30, 2014

    The Dutch Celebrates Three-Year BBQ Summer Series, Invites Chefs to Cook a Feast in Backyard

    BBQ Wednesday's are coming back for the third year in a row to The Dutch and there are some new surprises on the grill. The series, dubbed Bourbon, Beer and Cue, is heating things up by moving the feast outdoors to the W's charming Grove courtyard. Chef de Cuisine Conor Hanlon has also decided to h ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Grand Opening Parties, Free Beer

    This weekend is all about parties and free stuff -- basically what summer is all about. We're talking having a beach day -- in Hialeah (you read that correctly) to riding a mechanical bull in Doral, to sampling some locally-made beers, this weekend is all about letting loose and having a great time ... More >>

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    June 27, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: Restaurants Announced; Ticket Prices Go Up on Sunday

    The New Times Iron Fork/Miami Spice kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, brings Miami's best restaurants under one roof for one night only. On Thursday, July 31, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Hyatt Regency Miami will turn into nirvana as dozens of South Florida's best restaurant ... More >>

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    June 16, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: Aaron Brooks vs. Todd Erickson

    The New Times Iron Fork/Miami Spice kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, has just announced the two Miami chefs brave enough to face each other in a battle of skill, fire, and sharp objects. So which two chefs have accepted this year's epic challenge in which only won can ... More >>

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    May 26, 2014

    Chef Aaron Brooks Talks Aussie Lamb, Aussie Roots

    As we wrote last week, Australian Lamb has invaded the Magic City. As part of Meat & Livestock Australia's nationwide push of the protein, restaurants around Miami will serve up their spin on lamb. Aussie Chef Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar is at the helm of the event. On May 31, Edge is hosting ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    Slow Foods Miami Snail of Approval Awards: Huahua's, Edge Steak & Bar Have Best Bites

    It was a beautiful, balmy evening at the Raleigh Hotel, as hundreds of fans of slow food and renowned chefs gathered poolside for Slow Food Miami's 2014 Snail of Approval Awards party. Nineteen of South Florida's best restaurants and shops, each committed to providing food from the most local sourc ... More >>

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    February 10, 2014

    Cochon 555: Jose Mendin Wins Big With A Lot of Pig (Photos)

    Last night, Cochon 555 made its return to Miami at the Four Seasons and it was epic. Five chefs competed, showcasing five heritage breed pigs, The bourbon and beer flowed, a butchering pop-up emerged in the center and in total 1,200 pounds of pork were devoured. The winner of the night was Pubbell ... More >>

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    February 6, 2014
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    November 25, 2013

    P.I.G. 4: Chicharrón, Pork Pasta, and Bacon Sweet Potato Pie (Photos)

    The savory scent of pork filled GAB Studios on Sunday afternoon as a group of Miami's most notable chefs joined forces for P.I.G. 4, the swine-heavy feast led by Jeremiah Bullfrog. During these all-you-can-eat extravaganzas, food enthusiasts like to crown the top dish -- the so-called bite of the n ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    March of Dimes: Octopus Carpaccio, Pastrami-Cured Fluke, and More (Photos)

    Last night at the Hyatt Regency, dozens of chefs joined forces to raise money and awareness for March of Dimes, an organization that aims to give babies a healthy start in life. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the foundation, and yesterday marked the sweet sixteen for the event. Participa ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    1. Jose Mendin of Pubbelly Group

    When it came time to decide who would be on our list of Tastemakers, there was no shortage of opinions around these parts. Battles were waged, sides were taken, and there was blood on the floor. Given all that, it might surprise you to know when it came to ranking our Top 10: Jose Mendin was undispu ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Top Five Cooking Classes in Miami

    Listen up, gourmands: Favorite restaurants no longer indicate status. Sure, you may have a special table at Michy's. You can list past James Beard winners by heart, schmooze with top chefs, and toady up to sommeliers. But, really, no one cares anymore. Today's epicureans must exit restaurant dining ... More >>

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    May 28, 2013

    4. Lee Brian Schrager of Southern Wine & Spirits

    Lee Brian Schrager is vice president of corporate communications & national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc. That's a long title, so it's best to just remember him for what made him famous -- creator of the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. The event started as a one-day "Florida E ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    10. Andres Tovar of Con Sabor a México Carnitas Estilo Michoacán

    You could totally go for a taco right now. But not the ordinary kind. You crave tacos campechanos -- rich pork shoulder tacos, sprinkled with crisp bits of chicharrón. Want salsita? Pick between green (tomatillos, cilantro, onions, and garlic) or red (chile de árbol, guajillo peppers, tomatoes, an ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    11. Paula DaSilva of 1500° at Eden Roc

    Paula DaSilva is one tough cookie. Working in kitchens since age 10, chef de cuisine at 21, Hell's Kitchen finalist at 28 and executive chef of a critically acclaimed restaurant by 31, this lady doesn't just take the heat: she brings it. As executive chef of 1500° at Eden Roc Renaissance in Miami ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    25. Keith Kalmanowicz of Earth N' Us Farm

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in ... More >>

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    April 29, 2013

    Aaron Brooks Wins Heart of a Chef Culinary Competition

    Miami families came out yesterday to enjoy the Heart of a Chef festival and culinary competition at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. The annual event to benefit the Florida Heart Research Institute offered kids' cooking classes, healthy food tastings from local restaurants and sponsors, interacti ... More >>

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    April 26, 2013

    26. Todd Erickson of Haven Gastro-Lounge

    New Times' Best of Miami 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Short Order is serving up the top 30 Tastemakers in the 305. These people have helped shape the Miami food scene into what it is today. We began with number 30 and will lead up to the county's number one. A Q&A session is included in ... More >>

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    April 25, 2013

    Brooks vs. Erickson at Heart of a Chef

    Two of Miami's best chefs will go head-to-head this Sunday at the annual Heart of a Chef festival and culinary competition. Normally, we'd frown on chefs fighting, but this epic battle is for a good cause. Heart of a Chef is a fundraiser for the Florida Heart Research Institute. This Sunday, Apri ... More >>

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    April 22, 2013

    Cochon 555: Aaron Brooks Victorious, Pigs Win Big (Photos)

    What do you get when you put Miami's top toques, five heritage breed pigs, bourbon, and a hot girl butchering a 300-pound porker all in the same room? A bitchin' good time, that's what. Swooping in for its second tour in Miami, Cochon 555 proved to be yet another fantastic event for attendees, ju ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Cochon 555: Aaron Brooks to Bring A-Game Sunday

    With just a few days left until Miami's best event of the year, Aaron Brooks is busily chucking away in a secret kitchen at Edge Steak & Bar -- carefully formulating his master plan to win this year's Cochon. Michelle Bernstein was queen at 2012's pork-centric affair, but Brooks thought he'd broug ... More >>

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    April 17, 2013

    Cochon 555 is Back: Brooks, McInnis, Balloo, Thomas, Zapata to Compete

    Pork lovers rejoice! Cochon 555, a porktastic event, is coming to town! The 10-city culinary competition and tasting tour was created to promote the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs - so that we may eat them better, my dear. Five local chefs compete in each city, preparing a menu using a ... More >>

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    April 1, 2013

    Edge Steak and Bar Holds Monthly Pop-Up Cooking Classes

    Culinary school is expensive. And for most of us, Mommy and Daddy laughed their heads off when we said we wanted to pursue a career in the industry. Rude. So we became lawyers. And bankers. And writers. Still, every now and then, we dream of what could've been had we gotten a little proper training. ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Best Chefs in America: A Peer Review For Chefs Names Miami's Finest Toques

    There's nothing new about peer reviews. Many professions, most notably attorneys, scientists and physicians, frequently evaluate their peers in an effort to maintain a standard level of competence and acknowledge outstanding members of their field. With the publication of Best Chefs America, add che ... More >>

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    December 5, 2012

    Cochon 555 Announces 2013 Miami Tour Dates, Pre-Sale Begins

    Mark the date. Cochon 555 will be making its way through Miami April 21 at the Four Seasons Miami in Brickell. The pork-centric affair that was dubbed "the event of the year" in 2012 will be making its national rounds again, advocating the expansion of sustainable farming and heritage breed pigs. ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Edge Steak & Bar: Haute Cuisine at an Affordable Price

    One of two lamb chops on my plate at Edge Steak & Bar was overcooked; it was supposed to be medium-rare but was served medium. A side order of haricots verts with mixed mushrooms was bland and contained too many crushed walnuts. Minor errors like those usually aren't noteworthy when reviewing a ... More >>

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    April 2, 2012

    Cochon 555 Miami at Four Seasons Hotel: A Pignificant Way to Celebrate Pork

    ​We didn't know what to expect from Cochon 555 -- a national, pig-centric culinary event that made its way to Miami for the first time this past weekend at the Four Seasons. We knew that five chefs would be playing with pig parts from five heritage breed animals, but we had no idea how long they h ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Cochon 555: Sneak Peek of Chef Brooks' Suckling Pork

    ​Five Florida chefs are preparing for a battle of swine this Sunday at Cochon 555.The touring pork competition, which debuts in Miami this Sunday, April 1 gathers five of our top chefs, and then gives them each a heritage breed pig and an open forum to create a nose-to-tail porcine experience for ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Kangaroo Loin and Mini Yorkies for Aussie Dinner at Edge March 27

    ​​Crikey!Just when we thought we've seen it all, Edge Steak & Bar comes up with a concept that blows our minds. Move over, Andrew Zimmern -- Bizarre Foods has jack squat on Aussie Dinner night's menu.The progressive steak house at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami will host this night down u ... More >>

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    March 2, 2012

    Cochon 555 Coming to Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell

    ​Cochon 555, the traveling wine and pig competition, is on its fourth U.S. tour. On Monday, its leaders announced it will be making a stop in Miami. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Brickell on April 1st and features some of Miami's top chefs, including Michelle Bernstein of Mic ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    Alone on Valentine's Day? Take a Cruise, Hit the Deering Estate, or Do it Cheers Style

    Nothing says spending Valentine's Day unattached like flying solo for the whole day (week, month, year...). Forget the sappy crap that's happening around you, though.Don't you dare hide in your apartment that night. Spread those chainless wings and get out there!Options?Singles CruiseScrew work, and ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Edge Steak & Bar's Nose-to-Tail Dinner Series: Porchetta, Pig, and Palaver for $99

    Andres AravenaAs if Edge Steak and Bar didn't offer enough already, this gem of a restaurant has announced the beginning of a new interactive dining experience, "Specialty Dinner Night," set to take place once a month. The Nose-to-Tail events will feature a trio of chefs who will collaborate to prod ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011

    Two Hooves Up: Edge Steak & Bar Knocks Our Bibs Off

    Photo by Alex Rodriguez In the name of the cow, the sun and the holy anticucho skewers. Amen. ​Ah, isn't it refreshing when you dine at a restaurant and leave thinking, "that was worth every penny and pound and I'd do it again in a heartbeat"? Such was the case at Edge Steak & Bar. The amou ... More >>

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    November 23, 2011

    Edge, Steak & Bar at the Four Seasons Open For Business

    Lesley Elliott​Edge, Steak & Bar invited us into the kitchen yesterday to spy on opening day behind the line, which we have to say, was pretty damn efficient for a first-time at bat. The steakhouse menu is a collaboration between Executive Chef Aaron Brooks, who has worked at Four Seasons prop ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    Four Seasons Announces New Restaurant: Edge, Steak & Bar

    Same lobby, but a new restaurant is coming.​Four Seasons Hotel Miami has announced that its new property restaurant, which replaces Acqua, will be Edge, Steak & Bar. "A dynamic destination" is how general manager Simon Pettigrew describes the "nontraditional" steak-house concept.Executive chef ... More >>

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