Todd Erickson

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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 28, 2014

    Miami Spice Mashup: Swine's Clay Miller Hosts Haven's Todd Erickson for a Down-Home Good Time

    Miami Spice hasn't even started yet, but its ancillary events and dinners are already in full swing. Od course, there's Miami New Times' Iron Fork event, which takes place this Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami on the eve of Spice. Tickets, by the way, are $50 for ge ... 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 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 26, 2014

    Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

    Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds in Washington, D.C. dubbed Fit for Hope. The fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against each other over the course of 12 weeks and raised over $30,000 that went towards the American Cancer ... More >>

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    June 25, 2014

    Iron Fork 2014: Silent Auction Donations Wanted

    The New Times Iron Fork/Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, promises to be one of the most memorable and delicious evenings this summer. On July 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Miami, you'll be able to sample bites from Miami's best restaurants, i ... 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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    June 10, 2014

    Haven Introduces More Substantial Menu, Adjustable Seating (Photos)

    When Haven opened, a gastrolounge concept seemed the perfect fit for Miami Beach -- if the chef could pull off the "gastro" part of the deal to go with the lounge's sound and video system, which turned the space into a Parisian night scene, a snow-peaked Aspen vista, or a tropical paradise. Not onl ... More >>

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    May 22, 2014

    Todd Erickson on Haven's Third Anniversary: "Don't Rest on Your Laurels"

    It's hard to believe, but Haven is celebrating its third anniversary this evening. The restaurant, touted as a gastro-lounge, opened in May 2011 and what could have been a typical SoBe/douchebag mix of house music, videos, and cocktails was tempered by the talents of its executive chef, Todd Erick ... More >>

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    May 20, 2014

    Miami's Best Chefs Preview Taste of the Nation Event

    Miami's best chefs gathered at Tongue & Cheek last night for a "taste" of Taste of the Nation, the mega fundraising gala that benefits Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Led by Taste of the Nation's founding chairman, Allen Susser, a cadre of South Florida culinary powerhouses like Jamie ... More >>

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    April 23, 2014

    Huahua's Todd Erickson Teaches Us How to Make Hot Sauce

    On a recent trip to St. Augustine, I bought some fresh datil peppers at a local market. A cousin of the habanero, the datil starts out sweet and fruity -- and then goes in for the kill with its heat, averaging about 200,000 units on the Scoville scale. These little peppers are widely grown in the na ... More >>

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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 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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    February 20, 2014

    SOBEWFF Kicks Off Today: Here Are Cheap and Free Events Around It

    The South Beach Wine and Food Festival kicks off its four-day bacchanal today, February 20. The festival includes all manner of parties, dinners, and seminars -- many commanding a pretty penny. But there are still plenty of opportunities to mingle with your favorite celebrity chefs without breakin ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Paradise Farms Launches Dinner in Paradise This Sunday

    Every dinner we eat in Miami is arguably a dinner in paradise. Seriously, how lucky are we? But if you really want to make the most of the tropical wonderland we live in, Paradise Farms' Dinner in Paradise series is an edible introduction to our own backyard. The seasonal supper series kicks off it ... 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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    September 5, 2013
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    September 4, 2013

    Huahua's Taqueria: Quirky Late-Night Eats in South Beach

    The pretty cashier at Huahua's Taqueria wears a sombrero. It's bulky, with a wide brim and fuschia splotches that match the chalkboard menu hanging above her head. Some nights, she opts for plastic Wayfarers instead. Stamped with the restaurant's name, the specs have clear lenses, thick rims, and co ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Huahua's Taqueria Opens Today: We Get a First Bite

    After about a year of anticipation, Huahua's Taqueria opens today. The fast casual Chihuahua-themed restaurant opens today at 11 a.m. for lunch, serving up a menu of tacos, enchiladas, and a variety of sides. When we interviewed chef/partner Todd Erickson two weeks ago, he said he couldn't wait to ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Top Five Eats and Drinks This Week: Tongue & Cheek, Michy's, The Dutch, and More

    This Monday hurts more than most. Whether you were partying with daddy or crying over the Heat's loss, even a lethal amount of caffeine doesn't seem enough today. When times are tough, start eating. Nothing soothes the stresses of life like comfort food. Creamy, dreamy, fatty goodness on a plate is ... More >>

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    May 30, 2013

    Todd Erickson Walks Us Through Huahua's Taqueria

    It was more than a year ago when Short Order announced the team behind Haven would open a fast-casual taco shop called Huahua's on Lincoln Road. The expected opening date: late May or early June at the latest. Of course, back then, Todd Erickson meant June 2012. Erickson explains that his team enc ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    New Times Best of Miami Reader's Poll Closes Tonight -- Vote Yet?

    You can't hate on democracy if you haven't yet done your part to participate. At 11:59 p.m. our Best of Miami 2013 Reader's Poll will close down and a tally will be taken to determine a winner. So what's it gonna be? Is the best inexpensive restaurant in Miami La Camaronera Fish Market? Is Miami's ... 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 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

    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 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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    March 19, 2013

    Slow Food Miami Awards: Celeb Chefs, Grey Goose Cocktails, and the City's Best Sustainable Eats

    Screw fast food and all its unhealthy connotations. Slow food is where it's at. Such is the aim of Slow Food Miami, an organization dedicated to embracing local growers and artisan food producers who focus on fair pay, sustainability, and local produce. Each year, they host the swanky Snail of Appro ... More >>

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    February 19, 2013

    Haven Gets Healthy With Paleo Gastronome Dinner Series on Wednesday

    We're almost two months into 2013, and some of us are already losing sight of our New Year's resolutions. Eating healthy is hard when all you do is eat out. Hell, even cooking healthy is no walk in the park. Good thing we've got some news to share with your palate, belly, and heart. Michael Boles, ... More >>

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    January 23, 2013

    The Taste: Spoonfuls of Remorse and Haven's Todd Erickson

    If the show's message boards are any indication of predicting the future, then The Taste, ABC's new cooking competition, which premiered last evening, is in hot water, indeed.The first episode was a mega-elimination round that best resembled the unseemly love-spawn of American Idol and The Voice. Fo ... More >>

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    December 18, 2012

    Haven Gastro Lounge Previews Huahua's Tacos Every Tuesday

    If you're intrigued about the upcoming Huahua's Taqueria, the soon-to-open fast-casual taco joint by chef Todd Erickson, you merely have to head over to Haven Gastro-Lounge tonight for Taco Tuesday, featuring a sneak preview of Huahua's tacos.Tonight and every Tuesday (except for Christmas and New Y ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012

    Todd Erickson Talks New Haven Menu, Huahua's Taqueria

    Haven Gastro-Lounge has launched a new fall menu, adding some items to take advantage of the Florida growing season and deleting some items that executive chef Todd Erickson felt didn't fit into his global small plates vision.Read Also: Best Gastropub 2012: Haven LoungeErickson explained to Short Or ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Chef Todd Erickson's Top Five Miami Restaurants

    See also "Todd Erickson: Digital Chef," "Haven is Kitchen Heaven to Chef Todd Erickson," and "Haven: A gastro-lounge for hipsters."Short Order knows that when it comes to dining out, few people are pickier than a professional chef. We talked to some of Miami's top chefs to learn about their favorite ... More >>

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    June 13, 2012

    Brad Herron, Todd Erickson, Timon Balloo in the Ultimate Locavore Battle: Python Anyone?

    Chefs Brad Herron (chef de cuisine at Michael's Genuine), Timon Balloo (executive chef at Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill), and Todd Erickson (executive chef at Haven) are competing to win the strangest award ever seen in a press release, the title of "Best Invasivore Chef." Local non-profit organi ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Haven's Summer Menu: Shrimp and Grits Ceviche, Crab Spider Roll, and Squid Fries

    Chef Todd Erickson has created a new summer menu for Haven Gastro-Lounge, and it has some mighty luscious-sounding items. No surprise: Erickson has been one of Miami's most innovative chefs since opening Haven in May of 2011.Among the sprightly summer additions is a shrimp & grits ceviche, in wh ... More >>

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    May 15, 2012

    Haven Launches Summer Menu: Squid Fries Made With Graham Cracker

    With its one year anniversary fast approaching, Haven Lounge has revamped the menu to fit the season.The new nibbles will be available Friday at the Lincoln Road gastro-lounge. "These are just additions, not the full menu," says executive chef Todd Erickson. "I wanted to add familiar summer favorite ... 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 14, 2012

    Huahua's: Todd Erickson's New Taqueria

    ​Haven's executive chef Todd Erickson and owner Mike Boles, feel that there is a serious need for real Mexican tacos, currently lacking in their neighborhood."We know from being in this area, that there are not a lot of options for fast dining for all the businesses and people living here," expla ... More >>

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    February 27, 2012

    86. Nitro Ice Cream at Haven Gastro-Lounge

    It's that time of year again when we count down to New Times' Best of Miami 2012 issue in June. Until then, Short Order will serve up 100 of our favorite dishes in the 305. If you have any nominations of your own, please send them to Nitro Ice Cream a ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012

    Super Bowl XLVI: Miami's Top 10 Affordable Places To Watch It or Take Out

    ​​One of the teams competing for the holy grail of football is the New York Giants, who are really from New Jersey. That's pretentious. The other team, the New England Patriots, presumably represents all six states of the region. This is like the Miami Dolphins calling themselves the Southeaster ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011
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    November 24, 2011
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    November 24, 2011
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    September 26, 2011

    Todd Erickson's Jerk Chicken Skewer

    Haven Gastro-Lounge​In our two-part interview with Haven's Executive Chef, Todd Erickson, we got the lowdown on his short stint at Zuma and found out how it felt to be in charge of the kitchen at the unseasonably young age of 24. Turns out he got his start on the catering side of the food and beve ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011
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    July 19, 2011

    Sneak Review: Haven Gastro-Lounge

    billwisserphoto.comHaven's nitro maple-bacon ice cream​This week we review Haven, a South Beach gem. Here's a quick sneak peek:Like the ambiance, the cuisine pulsates too. Haven flashes a bright young chef in Todd Erickson, whose gastronomic smarts are what make this more than just a kick-ass 21st ... More >>

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    July 14, 2011

    Portale, McInnis, Gorenstein, and More: Is The Classical Chef Dead?

    C. Stiles Jeff McInnis​It was while watching the PBS show Point of View about the Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France pastry competition (Kings of Pastry) -- in which classically-trained pastry chefs undergo intense training and pressure to vie for the honor of being one of France's finest ... More >>

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    May 6, 2011

    Executive Chef Todd Erickson Talks Haven Gastro-Lounge, Opening Tonight

    Haven Gastro- Lounge Haven Gastro-Lounge's walls project different scenes to suit various moods.​Haven Gastro-Lounge opens tonight on the very far west side of Lincoln Road. The 2,000-square-foot, 120-seat space has grey walls, where projectors will change the ambiance of the room from tropi ... More >>

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