Another Monday morning rears its ugly head. On the bright side, this week is full of eating and drinking opportunities. From the Ravenous Pig chef and owner James Petrakis bringing his swine to Tongue & Cheek to the Broken Shaker and Pubbelly teaming up for an epic one-night Miami Spice dinner, it's a week of collaborations.
You can cooperate by making sure you snag a seat before they're all gone.
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Kitchen Collab With James Petrakis
Tongue & Cheek is doing the monthly Kitchen Collab thing, and this is one that all of you pork lovers out there won't want to miss. It stars James Beard nominee James Petrakis from the Ravenous Pig and Cask & Larder in Orlando. The night's menu will be swine-centric, with Jamie DeRosa and Petrakis collaborating on all five courses, and will feature three brews from Cask & Larder, brought over specifically for the occasion. Dinner is at 7 p.m. and costs $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).
No pizza at this pop-up.
Courtesy of Harry's
Terranin Pop-Up at Harry's
You're probably thinking this has something to do with pizza. Well, you're totally wrong. This is actually a night of beer and barbecue. Terrapin Beer Company is heading down to to the Key West Brew Fest this Labor Day weekend, but not before stopping by Harry's to show off the Grecian craft beer. Pick brewmaster Spike Buckwoski's brain between servings of barbecue. All you gotta do is pick up a pizza plate and serve yourself from any one of the stations, where you'll find barbecue pork shoulder, watermelon and feta salad, or roasted sweet-and-sour head-on shrimp. Be on the lookout for Hedy Goldsmith, who'll pass out frozen peanut butter pie pops. The event begins at 7 p.m., and tickets cost $68.
Courtesy of Haven
Beer-Pairing Dinner at Haven
In other beer news, everyone's favorite gastro-lounge is hosting its first beer-pairing dinner. Chef Todd Erickson will cook up quite the storm to pair with Ommegang's greatest hits -- Abbey Ale, Gnomegang, Hop House, and its most popular, Three Philosophers. Just in time for Labor Day and as a farewell to summer (sorta), Erickson is keeping things cool with a peach salad with a pecan-mint pesto and a burnt-honey vinaigrette and buttermilk fried chicken with Brussels coleslaw and sweet pickled melon, among other dishes. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $50 per person.
Pub-Shaker Pop's Up at Pubbelly
Join the Pubbelly Boys and the Bar Lab guys as they make Miami Spice history in this one-night-only collaboration that's simply too good to be true. In the kitchen, you've got Jose Mendin and James Seyba cooking ratatouille dumplings and whipped cow's milk ricotta, while over behind the Pubbelly bar, Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta mix things up Broken Shaker style. Expect what you've come to know and love from these boys -- house-made bitters, herbs, salt, and infused pork belly. It's a Pubbelly collaboration after all.
Courtesy of Verde
Cigar City and Verde
It seems it's a good week for beer-pairing dinners. This one features Florida craft brewer Cigar City and brewmaster Wayne Wambles road-tripping from Tampa for a dinner at Verde. For just $50, chef Nicolay Adinaguev will pair five of Cigar City's brewskies with dishes that complement the flavors of the regional beer, such as tempura corn fritters and doughnuts. Hmmmm, beer and doughnuts.
A preview of what happens at the Setai wine dinners.
Wine Dinner at the Setai
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In case wine is more your thing, the Setai has got you covered. The monthly wine series invites guests to a four-course wine and dinner pairing. This month's guest winery, Bodega el Porvenir de Cayafate, hails from Argentina. Dinner begins at 7:30 p.m. and costs $105.
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