Till next year, Basel.
Miami's busiest and most traffic-inducing week is over, and we're somewhat happy about that. Mostly because it means no more wait times at you favorite neighborhood joints. Although the end of Basel also means Zak the Baker is back to his regular operating and baking hours. (Womp womp!)
Either way, the culinary show goes on, and this week there's plenty to do, from a weekly farmer's market in downtown to an all-white party and even a Pubbelly Christmas.
Week starts now.
Farmer's Market at Adrienne Arsht Center
There's a new farmer's market in town, and this one is happening at Parker and Vann Thompson Plaza at the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts. Every Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. you'll be able to secure Zak the Baker's famous sourdough and Keez Beez exotic honeys that have been harvested right down south in Marathon Key. Think Brazilian peppers, black mangroves, and seagrapes. Loads of organic fruits and veggies, as well as fresh-cut sunflowers will also be on deck, and even fresh guacamole, burrata, mozarella, and mamey smoothies. Start your week off right every week.
Diner en Blanc at Mystery Location
Basel might be over, but the glitz and glamour continues with Miami's inaugural Diner en Blanc. Tomorrow evening, a thousand people will revel in all-white attire over food and drinks at an unknown location. The first Diner en Blanc ever started in Paris circa 1988 and has now expanded to 50 locations (including Miami as the 14th American city). The all-white party invites guests to bring their own everything from gourmet food to white tables, chairs, tablecloths and even china and silverware. (No plastic anything allowed.) A waiting list for 2015 has already opened, so plan ahead and secure your spot for a year from now.
A Pubbelly Christmas
For the Pubbelly boys, Christmas is coming early this year. Or at least Puerto Rican Christmas anyway. The trio has partnered with Goya Foods to bring the customs and traditions of Puerto Rico with La Parranda Christmas Festival this Wednesday. Chef Jose Mendin is cooking up a prix-fixe menu with over 10 dishes served family style. Think bacalaitos with tuna tartare and macadamia nuts, ensalada Boricua with local mangos and queso del pais, and la tripleta -- a trifecta of lechon, housemade pastrami, and country ham served with frites. Two seatings (one at 7 p.m. and another at 9:30 p.m.) will gives you a taste of Mendin's holiday cooking. Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased at pubbellyboys.com Have yourself a very porky Christmas.
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Duckhorn Wine Dinner at Red the Steakhouse
Red is redefining the term wine dinner, and in doing so they are bringing Duckhorn Vineyards from Napa Valley to South of Fifth for a night of food and wine. Chef Peter Vauthy will be cooking up five courses to pair with Duckhorn's wine offerings. Expect to sip on both red and white wines whilst you nosh on braised wild rabbit with winter root vegetables and certified Angus beef prime rib eye paired with Duckhorn's 2012 "Three Palms Vineyard" Napa Valley Merlot. The price is steep ($179 per person plus tax and gratuity), but if you're an oenophile this is one supper you might not want to miss. To reserve, call 305-534-3688.
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