Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Jazz, Pigs, and Bunnie Cakes
Chef Aaron Brooks is back to defend his title at Cochon 555.
Here we go again. While the rest of the country continues surviving this new Ice Age, we're making plans to go paddleboarding and golfing. With the weather so warm, we might as well be in Sochi (where there are palm trees at the Winter Olympics, y'all).
We say it's time to channel your champion eater. This weekend we've got something for everyone in your group -- from vegans with a sweet tooth to carnivores hungry for flesh. Add a musical interlude complete with bottomless mimosas, and that's what we call a gold-medal weekend.
Talent, beauty, and mimosas.
Courtesy Tongue & Cheek
Saturday Jazz Brunch at Tongue & Cheek
There's no shortage of brunches in Miami. But there is a serious lack of live music with said brunches. Enter Tongue & Cheek's Jamie DeRosa, who decided it was time for you to move to the beat while enjoying your shrimp 'n' grits and bottomless bloody marys. So he enlisted the help of Cat Shell, Miami's own sultry song stylist, for a weekly Saturday jazz brunch. Beginning tomorrow, February 8, through March 15, enjoy à la carte favorites like huevos rancheros with bacon-fat black beans, pancakes, and Florida stone crabs while Cat and her band entertain you from noon to 3 p.m.
Vegan love by the handful.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case it's true. Mariana Cortez simply wanted to buy a gluten-free, vegan birthday cake for her son Luke's birthday party, but she couldn't find one. So she baked one herself. That first cake led to a business. Now, Bunnie Cakes' Wynwood storefront turns 1 year old this Sunday, February 9, with a celebration for the entire family. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., stop in for face painting and balloons, plus gift bags and sponsored raffles. The first 50 customers will receive gift bags with prizes and coupons for future purchases. The event is free (and so is parking between Mia Piccolo Montessori and Bunnie Cakes).
Each purchase earns you a raffle ticket good for a shot at prizes from Trio Yoga, Spris Pizza, Belly n Kicks, Buddha Pants, Photography by Priscilla, the Natural Baby Store, Fit Mama, Peace Love Lift, Piktorama, Blo Midtown, Dolci Pecatti, Pilathon, Bikram Yoga Central Miami, Play-In Wynwood, and Let Go Stress.
Man vs. pig.
Cochon 555 is back at the Four Seasons Miami this Sunday, February 9, where the Magic City's best chefs will compete to see how creative they can get with a whole heritage pig. From 4 to 8 p.m., you'll be able to taste the fruits of their labor and judge for yourself which chef got "piggy with it." Besides filling up on pork products, you can watch a butchering demonstration and enjoy beer from Goose Island, cocktails from Four Roses, and the perfect Manhattan.
Chefs competing for the title of "king or queen of pork" are Jose Mendin of Pubbelly, Conor Hanlon of the Dutch, Bradley Herron of Michael's Genuine Food & Drink, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar, and Dena Marino of MC Kitchen.
Tickets cost $125 for general admission and $200 for VIP, which includes early admission and premium access to limited experiences, wines, and spirits. To purchase tickets, visit cochon555.com.
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