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The Seven Best Food and Drink Events This Weekend

Escamoles taco at Bakan.
Escamoles taco at Bakan. Photo courtesy of Bakan Wynwood
This weekend, New Times' Tacolandia returns for its third year, and Upland's Justin Smillie hosts an intimate chef's counter dining series. Plus, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz hosts the first Genuine Hospitality yard sale, and Casa D'Angelo offers an Italian-inspired Sunday brunch.

Upland Chef Kitchen Counter Dinner With Executive Chef Justin Smillie

Award-winning executive chef Justin Smillie will host an eight-seat curated dinner at the kitchen counter of Upland, his California-inspired restaurant in Miami Beach's South of Fifth neighborhood. Friday through Sunday, observe Smillie whip up the dishes for a five-course autumn-inspired meal. Highlights include crispy artichokes, tuna crudo, grilled duck salad, and a whole barbecued fish platter. Space is limited to eight seats per dinner and is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Upland's Chef Kitchen Counter Dinner will occur quarterly with unique seasonal menus developed by Smillie. 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, through Sunday, November 17, at Upland Miami, 49 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-602-9998; Cost is $95 per person plus $45 for an optional beverage pairing.
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The Betsy at twilight.
Photo courtesy of the Betsy Hotel

Discover Diplomático at the Betsy

LT Steak & Seafood has partnered with Ron Diplomático to host an evening of rum, including a tasting with spirit brand manager Jose Luis Ballesteros. The night will begin with a reception, followed by sips and bites curated by executive chef Danny Ganem, as well as chocolates paired with the various rums. Expect live music and cigar rolling too. 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 15, at LT Steak & Seafood, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0044; Cost is $52 per person. Call 305-673-0044 or email [email protected] for reservations.
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Items for sale at the Genuine Restaurant Yard Sale.
Genuine Hospitality group

Genuine Restaurant Yard Sale at Harry's Pizzeria

This Saturday, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz and his team will host their first yard sale. Visit the lot behind Harry’s Pizzeria in the Miami Design District to check out hundreds of items for sale, including tables, barstools, chairs, glassware, flatware, appliances, decorative items, cookware, and kitchen supplies. Plus, enjoy free pizza, free-flowing rosé, and live music from Schwartz's son's band, Arrowhead. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at 3918 N. Miami Ave., Miami.
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Tacos at Bartaco.

New Times' Tacolandia at Magic City Studios

Tacos are not just for Tuesdays; they're a way of life. New Times' Tacolandia is the taco-centric festival of your dreams. This Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., head to Magic City Studios for unlimited tacos from your favorite local restaurants, each presenting their unique takes on the glorious taco. Plus, enjoy drinks from multiple vendors and live music from singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brendan O'Hara. 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at Magic City Studios, 6301 NE Fourth Ave., Miami; 305-571-7543. Tickets cost $30 to $60 via and $40 to $70 at the door if they haven't sold out.
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Beer at Wynwood Brewing.
Courtesy of Wynwood Brewing

North Miami Brewfest

Florida International University and North Miami are granting the wishes of beer fans by bringing back the North Miami Brewfest this Saturday in MOCA Plaza. This year’s NoMi Brewfest is bigger than ever, featuring more than 200 craft beers served by 50 of the top breweries in South Florida. Guests will also enjoy gourmet food and beer pairings as well as educational seminars on the science behind beer brewing. Participating industry leaders include Wynwood Brewing, M.I.A. Beer Company, Biscayne Bay Brewing, Cycle Brewing, and Brew Hub. NoMi Brewfest will also offer beers created by FIU students. The lineup of local food vendors includes Novecento, SuViche, Miami Smokers, Temple Street Eatery, and Stephen’s Deli. Proceeds from NoMi BrewFest will support the FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and its Brewing Science program, which helps prepare students with the skills and knowledge they need to pursue careers in the beverage industry. The festival gives FIU students hands-on experience and a chance to network with leading craft brewers. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 16, in MOCA Plaza, 700 NE 124th St., North Miami. Tickets cost $30 to $74 via
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Grails Sports Bar is now open in Wynwood.
Photo by Andrea Lorena

Grails Sports Bar Grand Opening

The sneaker-themed Grails Sports Bar, Wynwood’s first and only sports bar, will celebrate its grand opening Saturday with drink specials, live music and art, food, and prizes such as 65-inch TV sets and the restaurant's ceramic drinking vessel that looks like a sneakers. Noon Saturday, November 16, at Grails Sports Bar, 2800 North Miami Ave., Miami; 786-870-4313;
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Find Casa D'Angelo in the new Aventura ParkSquare.
Casa D'Angelo

Sunday Brunch at Casa D'Angelo

Casa D'Angelo's new outpost in Aventura ParkSquare offers a weekend Italian-themed midday meal. Brunch is served à la carte and includes dishes of Neapolitan Sunday gravy with braised beef short ribs, macaroni, thick tomato, and pecorino sauce ($28); cervellata frittata with thin pork and provolone sausage ($15); and broccoli rabe and marinated Roma tomatoes eggs Benedict with a choice of lobster ($28), porchetta ($24), crab cake ($26), or smoked salmon ($22). The restaurant also offers sweet options such as lemon ricotta pancakes with whipped Frangelico mascarpone, fresh berry compote, and biscotti crumble ($16); a Nutella bomba with a doughnut ($6); and a parfait with fresh berry compote, organic granola galbani mascarpone, and yogurt ($15). Complement your meal with a summer bellini, made with fresh peach purée, crème de peche, champagne brut, and edible flowers, or take your pick of wine from the extensive list. 11 a.m. Sundays at Casa D'Angelo at Aventura ParkSquare, 2906 NE 207th St., Aventura; 305-699-5500;
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