Aaron Brooks

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Jazz, Pigs, and Bunnie Cakes

    Here we go again. While the rest of the country continues surviving through this new Ice Age, we're making plans to go paddleboarding and golfing. Why the weather's so warm, we might as well be in Sochi (where there are palm trees at the winter Olympics, y'all). We say it's time to channel your cha ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend: Books, Movies, Beer, and PIG

    This weekend is a multimedia extravaganza of entertainment with something for just about everyone. Do you miss Carrie Bradshaw and the girls? Why not make a date to have Cosmopolitans with them! Nose always stuck in a book? There's an entire weekend of activities for you. And if your tastes run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2013

    P.I.G. 4: Jeremiah Bullfrog Unites With Miami's Best Chefs to Celebrate the Hog

    Since its inception in 2009, chef Jeremiah Bullfrog's P.I.G. (Pork Is Good) celebrations have ballooned from solo shows to fetes with Miami's best chefs. For its fourth rendition, the Gastropod owner and personal chef to Rick Ross is planning an unusual move. He's letting other chefs upstage him.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Miami Spice: The Ten Best Weekend Deals

    Ahh. Miami Spice. True, it's a great value but like everything in life, the two month-long promotion comes with a few catches -- like the fact that many restaurants don't offer the three-course prix fixe Spice menu on weekends. That sucks, because a lot of us simply have too many things "on our pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Somm Screening and On-Demand Ice Cream Delivery

    The rain lately has really put a damper on the usual Miami life. The morning monsoons and rush-hour flooding is truly too much to deal with. Last night, we drove downtown and strongly considered turning the car around to go back home and pick up the ol' kayak. What gives? Luckily, Miami always ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    2. Hedy Goldsmith of the Genuine Hospitality Group

    Hedy Goldsmith screwed Kellogg's. How did she do it? It started when your average, hungover Miamian sought the comforting Sunday morning breeze and sunshine on the patio of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. Amongst the fried, eggy and meaty brunch treats visitors saw homemade Pop-Tarts filled with je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2013

    5. Gabriele Marewski of Paradise Farms

    A sign that says, "Welcome! Please no meat or cigarettes. Enjoy and respect." welcomes you to Paradise Farms. The sign should simply read, "Paradise." This piece of heaven on earth in Homestead started out as an abandoned five-acre avocado grove. With a lot of love and work, Gabriele Marewski turne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    6. Kevin Cory of Naoe

    Kevin Cory -- sushi master, soft spoken chef, and seafood overlord -- is the man behind Naoe, an omakase-style Japanese restaurant in Brickell Key where dinners start at $160 and most of the menu is chef's choice. Sounds amazing, right? Wouldn't you just love to go tonight? Well, you can't. Cory is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    8. Larry Carrino of Brustman Carrino Public Relations

    We've all seen those movies where the teenage mailroom clerk works his way up the ladder to become president of the firm. We've also all seen movies where giant lizards eat Tokyo. Both make for good stories, but neither happens much in real life. Except, sometimes they do. When 19-year-old Larry Ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    12. Robert Tejon of Misfits Home-Brewers and Gravity Brewlab

    A mere few years ago the Miami craft beer scene was represented by a handful of bars that served little more than Budweiser and Corona to a few thirsty souls. But change happens and it happens quickly. Miami now has a healthy craft beer scene and a budding home brew movement. Misfits Home-Brewers c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2013

    13. Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann of Proper Sausages

    Say what you will about sausages. Make all the jokes you want. But these two aren't kidding. When it comes to combining flavors and different kinds of meats, Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann are experts. What was formerly just a stand at a weekend farmers markets has turned into a storefront in Miami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    14. Suzy Batlle of Azucar Ice Cream

    You won't find tostones at Azucar on Calle Ocho. Nor will you turn up flan, at least not in its usual form. Suzy Batlle's ice cream shop, inspired by the memory of her abuela -- hand-makes ice cream and yogurt every day. The flan comes in three different flavors; pumpkin, caramel and coconut. Yet B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    16. Muriel Olivares of Little River Market Garden

    The eating world is paying more attention to food's origin than ever. Yet the locavores' work is far from done. There's been plenty of debate on whether locally grown and raised food is the answer to crises like hunger and obesity, but that's not what's important. What matters is that Muriel Olivar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    17. Margie Pikarsky of Bee Heaven Farm

    Margie Pikarsky coordinates Redland Organics, a local organization of South Florida growers, It supplies sustainable vegetables, herbs, honey, and eggs to Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Broward counties, and is among the best communiity supported agriculture programs around. Few farmers in South Florida h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2013

    20. Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House

    Giorgio Rapicavoli was the first Miami winner of Food Network's Chopped. He used the momentum of his win to open a pop-up restaurant on Ponce named Eating House. The concept was so successful that Rapicavoli ended up taking over the space and turning Eating House into a permanent fixture. Recently n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    21. Frodnesor of Food For Thought

    Since 2009 David Rosendorf -- better known as Frodnesor on Twitter or by his blog, Food For Thought -- has offered even-keeled commentary on Miami's ever-changing scene. As a co-founder of Cobaya, Miami's not-so-underground underground-dining group, he and co-conspirators have helped set the city's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2013

    23. Tom Wilfong and Vanessa Safie of Copperpots

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2013

    24. Victoria Nodarse and Aimee Ortega of Spice Galore

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Miami's First Dishcrawl Next Wednesday In Brickell

    Four restaurants in one night? Miami residents might be familiar with the pub crawl, a night of organized drinking in which participants walk from bar to bar and are offered drink specials and usually a free shot or drink at each stop. How about a dish crawl? These are already taking place in other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Edge Steak & Bar's New Menu Items & Terrace: A Closer Look

    Walking into Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons, you are instantly met with rich warm tones and speckled strings of white lights strung across the ceiling. The square shaped bar commands the main entry way, and acts as a stage for the talented mixologists who work beyond it. Walk towards the b ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 24, 2012
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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