This Week's Best Eats and Drinks in Miami: Daniel Boulud, Virginia King, and Michael Pirolo
Photo by Carla Torres
Plenty to do this week, so let's get to it. We'll start off by letting you know Daniel Boulud is in town, and he's cooking up all new fall dishes with locally sourced produce. And, hey, there's a dinner to try the new menu.
Then we'll keep it going by informing you of Broken Shaker veteran Virginia King's whereabouts mid-week. She'll be at Mansion concocting Ilegal cocktails -- Ilegal Mezcal, that is.
And to end your week, Michael Pirolo will be sure to fill you up at Swine on Thursday. Yes, you read right -- Swine. He's the next chef up in 50 Eggs guest chef dinner series. Maybe don't plan anything this weekend so you can recover from the week's events.
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Bottomless Moules Frites at Colette
If you like mussels and fries, but hate Mondays, well, one of those is about to change. Head to Colette Little French Bistro on the other side of Lincoln Road and indulge in as many mollusks as your stomach can handle. For just $22, your server will keep steaming pots of mussels and hand cut fries coming your way till you say no more. Choose from moules mariniere (white wine, herbs and a touch of cream) or moules catalane (white wine, herbs and tomato). If only they had bottomless booze to go with it -- a girl can dream.
Three local Italians, Salumeria 104 chef Angelo Masarin and Via Verdi twins Fabrizio and Nicola Carro, are collaborating with one-star Michelin chef Davide Brovelli from Sole di Ranco in Italy on an auction dinner benefiting the Mourning Family Foundation. Choose from dinner either Tuesday at Salumeria 104 or Via Verdi on Thursday, where chef Brovelli will be cooking up two totally different menus. You'll eat food from an Italian chef and silently place your bid on things like a business-class flight to Rome. Both dinners begin at 7:30 p.m. and cost $190 per person or $350 for both.
DB Bistro Purveyor Dinner
Daniel Boulud is a busy man, so when he's in town you know he means business. This is the case Tuesday night, when the father of French technique will be showcasing his fall menu in a four-course, locally sourced dinner. Purveyors from Swank Farms, Paradise Farms, and AAA Farms will be at the dinner, so you can taste their sustainable and local ingredients like baby beets, red snapper, and suckling pig in the way Daniel Boulud intended. Cost is high, though: $125. Tickets are available via eventbrite.com.
Rose & Wine Dinner at Sugarcane
Don't know much about rosé? That's about to change as you explore rosé with Pierre Casenave of Veuve Clicquot and taste four pinot noirs, all the while learning about the blending process and noshing on canapés and a three-course dinner from Timon Balloo. On the menu: Key West pink shrimp and shellfish cavatelli, pinot noir braised short ribs, and a pear gateaux. We forgot -- you'll also blend your own rosé with Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label. And then drink it. Drinking and eating festivities start at 7 p.m. and costs $150.
Ilegal Mezcal with Virginia King at Mansion
The last thing you might expect to find in Mansion's mezzanine on a Wednesday at 10 p.m. is handcrafted mezcal cocktails, but this Wednesday that's surprisingly what you'll get. The Broken Shaker bartender is taking her talents to the Washington Avenue megaclub to recreate cocktails reminiscent of Café No Se in Antigua where said mezcal was unlawfully poured and introduced to those looking to imbibe. King will be joined by brand ambassador Gilber Marquez, as well as a live band that will provide music. Drinks go from 10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. with complimentary admission prior to 11:30 p.m.
Michael Pirolo at Swine
50 Eggs keeps the guest-chef dinners going, this time calling Italian master Michael Pirolo into the Swine kitchen where he and executive chef partner Clayton Miller cook up a feast. We're not sure what's on the menu, but we can only hope there's pork and porchetta involved in the five-course dinner that's paired with wine and Ancho Reyes cocktails. Tickets for the 7 p.m. feast are $75 per person excluding tax and gratuity and are available at 50eggscompanystore.com.
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