If you're still recovering from this weekend's chocolate hearts festivities, better speed it up, because the South Beach Wine & Food Festival will be back for its 14th edition this Wednesday. SoBeWFF is the Super Bowl for foodies, but all proceeds from the four days of wining, dining, and celebrity chef sightings and soirees will go to the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality instead of the big players (so all of that eating you'll be doing is for a good cause).
SoBeWFF aside, this week is a big one. Nina Compton will cook her last supper tonight before hanging up her swimsuit and leaving the Magic City for New Orleans indefinitely, Jamie DeRosa will battle it out on Best New Restaurant, and Mike Isabella will cook a Mediterranean feast.
Week starts now.
Nina Compton Farewell Pop-Up at Cafe Mistral
If you thought Top Chef New Orleans runnerup, fan favorite, and former Scarpetta chef de cuisine Nina Compton would say goodbye without a proper meal, you don't know anything about the St. Lucia native. Though Miami has been her home for the past 14 years, the top toque says she fell in love with NOLA during the filming of Top Chef. So when it came time to open a restaurant somewhere, it was a no-brainer. If you want to get a taste of what she'll be cooking in New Orleans as well as reminisce about the past decade with some oldies, head to Café Mistral from 6 to 10 tonight for her four-course dinner. Reservations can be made by calling 786-626-8103. No word on whether there will be gnocchi on the menu, but we can only imagine what the queen of this savory pasta has up her sleeve.
Learn to Tiki at Radio Bar
If you've been wanting to throw a tiki party but are lacking the cocktails, go to Radio tonight for a lesson in mixology. The SoFi bar will hold complimentary classes once a month, each with a special theme and guest. And this Tuesday's special guest will be a Flor de Cana brand ambassador, who'll teach you to mix and shake two tiki libations. Gifts will be provided for everyone who attends (think tiki mugs and housemade syrup for your Mai Tai). Class is from 7 to 8 p.m.
Tongue & Cheek on Best New Restaurant
The spotlight is on Miami once again as Jamie DeRosa and his Tongue & Cheek crew get ready to show the city what happens on Bravo's Best New Restaurant this Wednesday at 10 p.m. The episode, aptly titled "Battle of the Burgers," will pit T&C's famed patty against Austin's Porter Ale House. To celebrate, DeRosa will serve complimentary cocktails and bites, followed by a late-night happy hour with DJ YSL. Like what you see? The restaurant will serve an "as seen on Bravo" menu of dishes prepared on the show for $49 the following day, which probably includes burgers. Probably.
SoBeWFF Kicks Off
SoBeWFF kicks off Thursday with Italian Al Fresco Feast, but if you can't make it, don't fret -- there are four days of events for you to get your grub on. Not sure how to navigate the fest? Check out the hottest events from Burger Bash to Meatopia. Want the scoop from festival founder Lee Schrager on his top picks? We've got that too.
Top Chef Mike Isabella at Surfcomber
Because the festival draws the nation's leading culinary talent, there's plenty to eat and see outside of the big events and tents -- such as this Thursday, when Top Chef All Stars runnerup Mike Isabella will cook a Mediterranean feast at the Surfcomber with executive chef Blair Wilson. Picture poolside cocktails, whole lamb on spits, a bounty of local seafood, and Mediterranean dipping sauces -- all for $100. Tickets are available via eventbrite.com
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