And just like that, it's December. Which means only 30 days till we say goodbye to a 2014 full of eating and drinking and then do it all over again.
But first there are all the culinary happenings popping up around Art Basel. Nina Compton breaks into Basel with a pop-up at Café Mistral tonight, and Brad Kilgore joins forces with Giorgio Rapicavoli tomorrow night. Plus, there's an Andy Warhol-inspired cocktail at DB Bistro Moderne.
And hey, if you have nothing else to do, there's always checking out Wynwood's best restaurants.
The week starts now.
See also: Ten Best Wynwood Restaurants
Breaking Bread With Nina Compton at Café Mistral
Sad because you haven't been able to eat Nina Compton's food since she resigned from her chef de cuisine post at Scarpetta? Turn that frown upside down, because the Top Chef fan favorite is cooking a feast tonight at Café Mistral. The one-night-only pop-up features five Caribbean-inspired courses. Though no details about the menu have been released, word on the street is that Michael Pirolo (who opened Scarpetta and worked alongside Compton before leaving for Macchialina) will be her sous-chef for the evening. Could Compton's Instagram feed be an indication of what to expect? The St. Lucia native posted a photo with the caption "#recipetesting of pig ear carbonara and smoked egg yolk." You can get in on the action by calling 786-626-8103 and reserving your seat from 6 to 10 p.m. Dinner costs $75, excluding tax and gratuity.
Death & Co Takeover at the Broken Shaker
Acclaimed New York bar Death & Co wrote the book on modern classic cocktails, and it's launching at the Broken Shaker tonight. Think of it as a definitive guide to the contemporary cocktail movement, filled with specs for nearly 500 drinks and photography to make you want to lick the page. Whether you're an amateur looking to learn the profession or a novice mixologist, this book deserves a spot on your shelf. A $55 ticket to tonight's 7 to 10 p.m. takeover includes an open bar (serving iconic libations from the book) and a copy of Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails. Visit Eventbrite for tickets.
Brad Kilgore and Giorgio Rapicavoli at Miam Café Brad Kilgore will open Alter in Wynwood this February. However, the former J&G Grill chef de cuisine will give diners a preview throughout December by hosting pop-ups at Miam Café, located just blocks from Alter's permanent location. And during Art Basel week, he has invited other culinary artists to join him, including Eating House's Giorgio Rapicavoli, who will cook a four-course dinner with Kilgore tomorrow night at 7. Dinner costs $79 per person; an optional wine pairing is an additional $29. Purchase tickets here.
Pop Art at DB Bistro Moderne
Raise your can of Campbell's tomato soup to the artist who turned condensed soup into a pop-art phenomenon. Daniel Boulud had the pleasure of cooking for Andy Warhol during the '80s in NYC. To pay homage to the artist and in celebration of Art Basel, DB Bistro has concocted the Pop Art cocktail. Inspired by the Basque libation kalimotxo, the Pop Art mixes another one of Warhol's obsessions, Coca-Cola, with red wine and lime juice. Get a complimentary one by visiting the gratis Andy Warhol exhibit December 2 through 4 at Christie's, on the fifth floor of the JW Marriott Marquis, and showing your stub at the bar.
Courtesy of YogArt
YogArt Presented by JugoFresh
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You'll need a breather from all the Basel madness, so head to Wynwood Walls December 4 through 7 for the fourth-annual YogArt presented by JugoFresh. Get your downward dog on with Green Monkey instructor Dawn B. Feinberg. After each class, enjoy healthful bites and refreshing spirits. Feel the good vibes reverberate through your body as Afrobeta, DJ Drez, and MC Yogi drop beats and pump up the crowd. Classes cost $35. For a full schedule, check out yogartevent.com.
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