Cesar Zapata

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    April 14, 2014

    Veritage Miami Interactive Dinner: Guests Cooked With Miami's Top Chefs (Photos)

    Anyone who is even remotely into food should also be into cooking classes. Unless, you work in a kitchen yourself, chances are you could always use a few tips and pointers. This past Friday night, Veritage Miami's Interactive Dinner at the InterContinental Miami brought together local culinary ent ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Grilled Cheese, Swanky Wines, and Frita Friday

    Friday is here and, as always, there's a lot of good stuff going on this weekend. For starters, how about a loaf of warm, freshly baked bread to start your day? Or maybe you'd rather top off your Friday with a few fritas and cocktails with friends at a kick-ass happy hour? If you prefer to go sw ... More >>

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    April 8, 2014

    Veritage Miami 2014: Local Chefs Give a Preview

    Veritage Miami kicks off this week. Formerly known as the United Way Miami Wine & Food Festival, the four-day event is now its in 19th year. If this is the first time you've heard about it, you have some catching up to do. Luckily, there are plenty of events to get you up to speed. It starts this W ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    British Library "Discovers" Unicorn Cookbook; Miami Chefs Provide Unicorn Meat Recipes

    In celebration of April Fool's Day, we're sharing what just might be the best food-related, April Fool's Day prank ever. A while back, the jokesters at the British Library pulled a dastardly prank on the world's literate populace, which, sad to say, includes conspiracy theorists and people who eng ... More >>

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    January 13, 2014

    Gabriele Marewski Is Selling Paradise Farms

    If you've got the bucks, you could buy a piece of paradise -- Paradise Farms, that is. Homestead's organic oasis is up for sale. During a Dinner in Paradise event last night, owner Gabriele Marewski announced she's selling the property and moving to Asheville, North Carolina. So before this farme ... More >>

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    January 8, 2014

    Outstanding in the Field Returns to Paradise Farms Next Week

    The farm-to-table movement hasn't lost steam, and that might be owed in part to Outstanding in the Field (OITF), an organization that turns the concept on its head with a table-to-farm approach. Touring the country by hosting dinners on different farms, OITF calls itself "a roving culinary adventur ... More >>

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    December 6, 2013

    Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Art Basel and Beyond

    It's Art Basel weekend and everyone from Kimye to Martha Stewart is in town to eat, drink, and peruse the galleries. Of course there are about a grillion different fabulous parties where you can wait on line for about an hour to grab some Chardonnay in a plastic cup. But there are so many other thi ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    The Federal's Vegetarian Dishes are Delicious

    Being an herbivore can be boring, particularly in a less-than-progressive city like Miami. The "vegetarian option" at many establishments is a salad sans chicken or pasta with vegetables. Gag me. But the Federal Food Drink & Provisions -- often categorized as a meat-lover's paradise -- is shedding ... More >>

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    November 21, 2013

    Brooklyn Brewery Tour Brings the Borough to Miami

    Brooklyn Brewery is taking a bit of the New York City borough with the most street cred on the road. What in hell does that mean, and how, exactly, do you bring Brooklyn to Miami, anyway? By delivering the best of Brooklyn's art, music, parties, culture, and (of course) beer to the Magic City. The ... 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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    November 5, 2013

    The Federal's New Menu: Scallops, Conch Salad, and Flaming Foie

    The Federal Food Drink & Provisions has revamped its menu, leaving only three classic dishes behind. Don't worry. Their "biskits" -- recently named best in America by Food & Wine -- are still available. In his new take, chef Cesar Zapata combines Houston, Texas, with a 1930s steakhouse motif. The ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    The Federal's Cesar Zapata Shares the Creepiest Halloween Recipe Ever

    The Federal Food Drink & Provision's chef Cesar Zapata is known for getting creative when it comes to recipes, so who better than him to ask for a creepy recipe that we can serve at our Halloween party this year. We gave him three basic criteria: It had to look gross, it had to taste good, and it ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    The Federal's "Biskits": Food & Wine Names Them Among Best

    Food & Wine has named the best biscuits in the United States, and the Federal Food Drink & Provision's "biskits" were chosen, alongside some heavy hitters from down South, including Hominy Grill in Charleston, Loveless Café in Nashville, and Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi. See also: Res ... 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 19, 2013

    Miami's Five Best Eats and Drinks this Weekend

    If you think eating and drinking all week is irresponsible behavior, think again. While we all might be broke, underfed, and over-stressed, taking part in any kind of food-centric events helps us come back down to earth. Hanging out with friends, sipping a fine wine, drinking a good craft, and nos ... 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 4, 2013

    Cochon 555 Epic Pork Battle Preview: Chef Timon Balloo's Heritage Porkchop (Recipe)

    Pork belly. Candied bacon. Pig's feet. It seems no one can get enough of Porky Pig these days, from tip to tail. Such is the premise behind Cochon 555, the annual competition that pits notable local chefs against each other in a piggy battle royale. During the battle, chefs must use every last inch ... 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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    February 24, 2013

    SoBeWFF BBQ & The Blues: Top Six Chef GIFs of the Night

    Event recaps can be super repetitive sometimes. Unless something über spectacular happened, they're usually predictable. SO WE'RE ABOUT TO CHANGE THAT, Y'ALL! In the spirit of all things good and fun, we popped around from booth to booth at Thrillist's BBQ & The Blues last night hosted by none o ... More >>

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    February 14, 2013

    Miami's Sweetest Couples: Marinos to Bernsteins to Martinezes... Or Something Like That

    A few weeks back, Short Order asked readers to vote for Miami's sweetest restaurant couple.We were looking for a couple that worked together in the same restaurant -- sharing the heat and the workload to make beautiful food together.We tabulated our Facebook votes, and Miami's sweetest couple is Den ... More >>

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    February 1, 2013

    Nominate Miami's Sweetest Culinary Couple, Win a Gift Card

    Throughout history there have been famous couples that have worked together. in just about every industry.Some duos that come to mind are Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Bonnie and Clyde; John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Hillary and Bill Clinton; Masters and Johnson; Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie; Car ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Seven Best New Restaurants of 2012 In Miami

    If you were to look back at the restaurants openings of 2012 in Miami, you might notice a bit of a trend. Our epicurean vista has evolved and diversified. We are now home to more mid-priced, chef-driven eateries: Surfside gained a deli; South Beach has a ceviche joint run by a James Beard nominee; ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012
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    November 28, 2012

    Art Basel Eats: From a Phuc Yea! Pop-Up to a Basel Biergarten

    Schmoozing with art snobs requires serious sustenance. After all, how will you remain fluent in artspeak, keep track of notable names to drop, and make it from Wynwood to the Beach and back without an adequate caloric intake? Luckily, the fairs are all on board with keeping you well-fed, so this ye ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    The Federal vs. Haven: Big Texas Showdown in the MIA

    While Miami is best known for palm trees swaying among neon-lit avenues, Texas is probably most famous for cattle, oil, lots of excess...and old fashioned duels to the death.Read Also:- Haven's Isaac Grillo Wins Inaugural Ultimate Miami Bartender Award at Magic City CasinoThat vision apparently has ... More >>

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    October 24, 2012

    Miami's Best Team Up For March Of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

    Miami's culinary elite will come together Thursday evening, October 25, at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach for the 15th annual March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction.The event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special "meet the chefs" reception, sees chef chair Timon Balloo of Sugarcane Raw Bar ... More >>

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    July 20, 2012

    Sugarcane's "Dinner With Friends" Series: Tickets Still Available

    Sugarcane continues executive chef Timon Balloo's "Dinner With Friends" series on Monday, and we've just received word that a limited amount of tickets are still available. He's sharing the stove with Cesar Zapata, executive chef of The Federal, Food, Drink & Provisions, named our Best Neighborh ... More >>

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    July 3, 2012

    The Federal's Smokey Texan Laundry List For Your Fourth of July

    This Fourth of July, Short Order is all set to fire up the grill, call up some friends and kick it poolside with some good 'ole fashioned Texan barbecue, all thanks to a chat we had with the masterminds behind The Federal Food Drink & Provisions.Since you won't be able to go to the Federal this ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012

    Father's Day Brunches for Dad: Bourbon, Pigs, and Burgers

    So Mother's Day has come and gone and you probably treated Mom to a champagne brunch and maybe a spa package.Dad, however, usually gets the short end of the stick on Father's Day. Let's face it, you probably give him some godawful tie and then high-tail it to the mall with your friends.Not so fast t ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Phuc Yea! It's Back for One Night

    Miami's favorite Vietnamese pop-up, Phuc Yea!, will make a comeback cameo at The District Factory in Wynwood this Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.The Second Saturday Artwalk gallery event will promote entrepreneurial artists and designers looking to make their mark on Miami.Here's what the Phuc they're co ... More >>

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    April 10, 2012

    Johnson & Wales Zest Nominees Include McInnis, Erickson, Phillip Ho

    This Wednesday evening, pretty much every top chef in town will gather for what's turning out to be the Academy Awards of Miami dining: Johnson & Wales University's first annual Zest Awards.The invitation-only fete, to take place at the university's Academic & Student Center, is part of ... More >>

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    March 8, 2012
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    March 7, 2012

    The Federal Delivers Distinctive Dishes on Miami's Biscayne Corridor

    ​Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata recently made waves via their popular pop-up, Phuc Yea! That Vietnamese venture, with Daniel Treiman as third partner, lasted some three months in the Ingraham Building downtown. Before that, the duo teamed for another short stint with equally compelling results a ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Jean-Georges Debuts at St. Regis, the Federal Opens, and Rapicavoli Moves On

    ​It was not such a good week for the shuttered Vice Lounge Miami, but it was a splendid week for the Federal Food, Drink & Provisions, which opened to lots of huzzahs and buzz, and for J & G Grill, which debuted with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It was also a good week for chef Giorgio Rapic ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    The Federal, Set to Open This Month, Reveals Menu Highlights

    ​Take note, Pious Pig Restaurant Group patrons! Aniece Meinhold, Cesar Zapata, and Alejandro Ortiz have officially announced the opening of the Federal Food Drink & Provisions in mid-January. That means food, beer, and a good time are all soon to come for the location at NE 51st Street an ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    The Federal Food Drink & Provisions to Open January 2012

    Photo by Alex Rodriguez"X" marks the spot... or at least the For Lease sign does​Cat's out of the bag, folks. Phuc Yea! partners Aniece Meinhold, Cesar Zapata, and newcomer Manuel Ortiz have accidentally (or not so accidentally) leaked the news of their new food baby.The new place, called the Fede ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    When Great Chefs Flop: Bloise, Hales, Ruiz, and Others Name Menu Hits & Misses

    Photo by Jackie SayetChocolate soup is a big hit at Charlotte Bistro.​A restaurant menu is the blueprint for a chef's imagination, a compilation of creations assembled with the hope that ingredients and descriptions will prove popular with diners. Regardless of the type of restaurant -- from hot d ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Shake-Up at the Blue Piano

    ​There's a storm a-brewin' at the Blue Piano, which has been the go-to spot in Buena Vista for daily live music and Chef Cesar's pork-laden haute stoner food.Seems the power couple of (former Short Order blogger) Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata, who have become the face of the restaurant, will be ... More >>