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Thanksgiving comes early at Toro Toro.EXPAND
Thanksgiving comes early at Toro Toro.
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The Five Best Food and Drink Events This Week

This week, Ariete's Michael Beltran and the Surf Club's Manuel Echeverri host a collaboration dinner, and the Salty Donut's sticky-bun doughnut with Knaus Berry Farm makes a one-day return. Plus, Thanksgiving comes early at chef/owner Richard Sandoval's Friendsgiving event at Toro Toro.

Zest Miami
Zest Miami
Photo by Karli Evans

Slow Food Miami's November Snail Social at Zest Miami

Slow Food Miami is back with its roaming happy hour, Snail Social, Tuesday at Zest. The monthly series raises awareness about and supports clean and local food as well as community farmers. Chef Cindy Hutson will offer passed bites such as curried jerk chicken wings with pink peppercorn ranch dip, and margherita and pepperoni flatbread. Guests receive one complimentary welcome cocktail. Plus, they can stay for karaoke night and take advantage of an additional 10 percent off their dinner bill. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at Zest Miami, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-374-9378; zestmiami.com. Tickets cost $15 to $20 via eventbrite.com.

The bar at Ariete.
The bar at Ariete.
Photo by Charlie Garcia

"The Guest List" Dinner Collaboration With Ariete's Michael Beltran and the Surf Club's Manuel Echeverri

Wednesday evening, chefs Michael Beltran of Ariete and Manuel Echevarria of the Surf Club will host a collaboration dinner at Beltran's Coconut Grove restaurant Ariete. Expect a welcome cocktail, followed by a six-course tasting menu with wine pairings. Menu highlights are foie and rye tart; marinated cobia with ginger panna cotta and almond tuile; the French Laundry's pumpkin purée with pumpkinseed risotto, pepitas, and orange gremolata; duck Wellington; and passionfruit pavlova with Bee Heaven passionfruit sherbet and toasted meringue. 6 pm. Wednesday, November 13, at Ariete, 3540 Main Hwy,, Coconut Grove; 305-640-5862; arietemiami.com. Tickets cost $155. Call for reservations.

The bar at Lobster Bar Sea Grille.EXPAND
The bar at Lobster Bar Sea Grille.
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The Dalmore Whisky Social at Lobster Bar Sea Grille

Wednesday evening, Lobster Bar Sea Grille in South Beach will present five Scotch whisky tastings with food pairings for a select group of diners. Upon arrival, attendees will receive "passports," which they will carry to the five whisky stations, each offering a unique whisky expression and a curated food pairing, such as Dalmore 12 with sliced prime rib, and Port Wood with Wagyu beef sliders. Ticket-holders can expect complimentary sparkling wine and a cigar roller, as well as live music and a DJ. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, at Lobster Bar Sea Grille, 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-377-2675; buckheadrestaurants.com. Tickets cost $99 via eventbrite.com.

The Salty Donut's Knaus sticky-bun doughnut returns this Thursday.EXPAND
The Salty Donut's Knaus sticky-bun doughnut returns this Thursday.
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The Salty Donut's Sticky-Bun Doughnut Collab With Knaus Berry Farm

It's that time of year again: This Thursday, the Salty Donut will revive its legendary sticky-bun doughnut in collaboration with Knaus Berry Farm. The catch? It's available only one day — until the special returns in January for two weeks. Drenched in a roasted-pecan/toffee-rum glaze and topped with caramelized pecans, the cinnamon-roll/doughnut mashup will make a one-day appearance to celebrate Knaus Berry Farm's recent season reopening. Because of the doughnut's labor-intensiveness, quantities will be limited. Priced at $6.50 each, these sweet rolls are expected to go fast. In years past, they've sold out every day hours before closing time. 7:30 a.m. until sold out Thursday, November 14, at the Salty Donut Wynwood, 50 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-925-8126, and the Salty Donut South Miami, 6022 S, Dixie Hwy., South Miami; 786-409-4714; saltydonut.com.

Friendsgiving dinner at Toro Toro.EXPAND
Friendsgiving dinner at Toro Toro.
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Toro Toro Friendsgiving Dinner with Chef Richard Sandoval

Toro Toro, the pan-Latin steakhouse at the InterContinental in downtown Miami, will begin the holidays early with a ticketed Friendsgiving dinner, hosted and prepared by chef/owner Richard Sandoval. Thursday evening, the 30-person dinner will include a welcome cocktail in the restaurant’s lounge upon arrival, followed by a three-course family-style meal with wine pairings. The menu includes apple and carrot curry soup; pork belly with cornbread and carrots; and a traditional roast turkey with a pan-Latin twist — served with sweet potato bravas, jalapeño honey butter, and kimchee Brussels sprouts. Featured desserts will be chocolate caramel pecan pie and maduros cream pie. Also available is a Friendsgiving menu for parties of 14 or more throughout November. Make private dining reservations and/or purchase tickets to the November 14 event by emailing torotoro.miami@ihg.com. 7 p.m. Thursday, November 14, at Toro Toro, 100 Chopin Plaza, Miami; 305-372-4710; torotoromiami.com.

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