This week has been a long one for Miami and the nation. We've elected President Trump, had our morning-after political hangover, and spent a lot of time at the water cooler asking, "What the f—-?" It's time to forget all of this political chow-chow for a few days and enjoy. This weekend offers a ton of events — from snagging a free beer to howling at the moon to stuffing your face with hot dogs or heritage pork.
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Free Beer at Miami Brewing Company
If this week's election results have you hot under the collar, Miami Brewing Company at Schnebly Redland's Winery invites you to partake of a free pint of Krome Ale or Cutler Bay Blonde. Simply visit the taproom Friday, November 11, from 5 to 6 p.m. Enjoy beer games all night, including life-size beer pong.
Chef Paul Qui hosts Luckyrice at the Raleigh Hotel Friday, November 11, from 8 to 10 p.m. . This traveling Asian food festival features Miami restaurants serving Asian-meets-Latin bites accompanied by Bombay Sapphire cocktails. Participating restaurants include Open Blue, Sushi Garage, and 27 Restaurant & Bar. General-admission tickets cost $88, and VIP tickets are $150 and include earlier entry at 7 p.m. Visit luckyrice.com for more information.
Taste of Thanksgiving at Whole Foods Market
Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away. Get a head start on the holiday (and snag some free grub) at Whole Foods Market's Taste of Thanksgiving event Saturday, November 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Every Whole Foods in South Florida will participate with tastings of classic holiday fare such as roast turkey breast, mac 'n' cheese, roasted fingerling potatoes, salmon nuggets, stuffed Brie, and wine. Vegan options like Field Roast and organic stuffing will also be available. You can also order your holiday feast before November 21 and receive $10 off your next in-store purchase at shop.wfm.com.
If your idea of a good time is an old-fashioned sausage-fest, Magic City Casino will make your dreams come true this weekend. Saturday, November 12, from 5 to 9 p.m., blogger Burger Beast will host this ode to meat tubes. About two dozen Miami restaurants will offer their versions of hot dogs, sausages, and desserts, including Atlas Meat-Free Deli, Babe Froman Sausages, Cheeseburger Baby, Crazydilla, Doce Provisions, Doggystyle Miami Hot Dogs, Ends Meat, HipPOPs handcrafted gelato pops, ITO, Kings of Racks BBQ, the Magic Box, MEAT Eatery & Taproom, Miami Roasted Corn, Miami Smokers, Monster Burgers, Orange Bear Restaurant, Palomilla Grill, Pincho Factory, Shake Shack, Sweet Dogs, Sweetness Bakeshop, Tio Colo, World Famous, and Zombie Ice. While you're chomping on dogs, classic-rock bands the Guess Who, War, and Foghat will perform live. Tickets start at $60 and include unlimited samplings. For tickets and more information, visit wienerbash.com.
Full-Moon Party at the Confidante
If you've got pent-up frustrations from this week, maybe it's time to do a little howling at the moon. The Confidante will host a full-moon pool party Saturday, November 12, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Expect fire dancers, two-for-one cocktail specials sponsored by Bulldog Gin, and tunes courtesy of DJ Tavin. Food will be available for purchase at the newly minted bar Nina's House. Admission is free, but RSVP is required via Facebook.
P.I.G. (Pig Is Good)
Jeremiah Bullfrog returns with his ode to pork: P.I.G. (Pig Is Good). Saturday, November 12, from 3 to 7 p.m., the scent of Duroc-breed pigs cooking will waft from 150 NW 21st St. when 18 of South Florida's best chefs work their magic on them. On hand will be Taquiza's Steve Santana, pastry wizard Josh Gripper of the Dutch, Macchialina's Michael Pirolo, and the forthcoming Ghee's Niven Patel. There will also be chefs from farther afoot, including Craig Deihl of Cypress, Artisan Meat Share from Charleston, Kyle Foster of Denver's Julep, and Joe Sparatta and Lee Gregory of Richmond's Southbound. Fifty bucks gets you all the pig you can stuff into your face plus cocktails curated by the Liquid Projects' Jen Massolo. Visit eventbrite.com.