This weekend, Salt & Straw, the Portland, Oregon-based ice-cream shop, will host two pop-ups offering $1 treats, while Grovetoberfest will return to Regatta Park with more than 500 brews. Plus, South Beach's Macchialina is set to debut Red Sauce Sundays, and LT Steak & Seafood will host a beer dinner with suds courtesy of Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective.
Beer Dinner at LT Steak & Seafood
This Friday, LT Steak & Seafood inside the Betsy Hotel will host a one-night-only beer dinner, featuring food prepared by chef Danny Ganem and paired with beer from Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective. The evening will be hosted by Canarchy’s Alex Calante, who will guide the tasting. Menu highlights are koji-aged pan-roasted scallops, braised lamb belly with charred Japanese eggplant purée, and whipped coconut tofu marquise au chocolate. 7 p.m. Friday, October 11, at LT Steak & Seafood, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-673-0044; thebetsyhotel.com/dine. Dinner costs $58 per person; email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Michael Schwartz's On-Demand New York-Style Deli
The James Beard Award-winning chef and Miami restaurateur Michael Schwartz has launched another concept: Schwartz's Genuine Miami Deli. Open for delivery only, because it's not a brick-and-mortar shop yet, Schwartz's Genuine Miami Deli will take orders daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Uber Eats, and other delivery partners, such as DoorDash and Postmates, will soon follow. The menu offers New York deli classics. The made-to-order overstuffed sandwiches — including hot pastrami that's brined and smoked in-house ($16), fresh-roasted turkey with lettuce and tomato ($14), and a pastrami-turkey combo ($15) — come on Jewish rye and with a half sour pickle. You can "make it special" by adding Russian dressing and coleslaw for an additional $3. There's also fresh chicken, tuna, or egg salad available on rye ($11 to $14) or as a three-scoop platter ($16). Homemade bagels round out the menu. A plain or everything bagel sells for $2; add cream cheese for $1 more. "The works" — a bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and all the fixings — costs $17. 786-749-1211; schwartzsgenuinedeli.com.
Salt & Straw $1 Ice Cream Pop-Ups
Salt & Straw, the Portland, Oregon-based ice-cream shop that has built its reputation on unexpected flavors such as sea urchin and foie gras, is headed to Miami with two locations in spring 2020: Wynwood and Coconut Grove. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with the brand this weekend at two pop-ups. Friday, stop by Panther Coffee in Wynwood (2390 NW Second Ave., Miami) from 7 to 11 p.m. for $1 scoops, with all sales benefiting Lotus House. Saturday, October 12, from 1 to 4 p.m., head to Park Grove (3321 Mary St., Coconut Grove) for $1 scoops, with all sales benefiting Coconut Grove Elementary School.
Grovetoberfest in Regatta Park
Now in its ninth year, Grovetoberfest is one of the largest and most anticipated beer festivals in Miami, and this year it will include more than 500 brews, all wrapped in a Star Wars theme. One of the breweries to embrace this theme year-round is Miami's J. Wakefield Brewing. The Wynwood brewery, which earned a reputation for brewing sour beers, will pour four Star Wars-inspired beers. New breweries pouring at the fest this year include Magnify from New Jersey and Ology from Tallahassee, and a notable local up-and-comer is Lost City, slated to open in North Miami. South Florida breweries include Hollywood Brewing, Civil Society, Lincoln's Beard, Veza Sur, Wynwood Brewing, South Beach Brewing, Yeasty Brews, Bousa, and Concrete Beach. Another addition is Flanagan's, a Miami restaurant institution, which will serve food in the festival's VIP tent. 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, October 12, in Regatta Park, 3500 Pan American Dr., Coconut Grove; grovetoberfest.com. Tickets cost $44 to $89 via eventbrite.com.
20 for 20 at Cindy Hutson's Ortanique on the Mile
Celebrating the restaurant's 20th anniversary, chef Cindy Hutson has launched a series of limited specials available through October. During happy hour, two bar bites and a glass of wine, sangria, or the mixology drink of the day costs $20. At dinner, guests can choose any item (except tenderloin and bouillabaisse) from the "neighborhood favorites" section plus a glass of wine, sangria, or cocktail of the night for $20. At lunch, diners can get an appetizer, an entrée from a menu of the day, and either dessert or a glass of wine or sangria for $20. In addition, Hutson's cookbook, From the Tip of My Tongue, will be available for $20. All specials have restrictions on sharing and are dine-in only. The offers are good seven days a week. 278 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables; 305-446-7710; cindyhutsoncuisine.com.
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Red Sauce Sundays at Macchialina
South Beach's Macchialina will launch Red Sauce Sundays this weekend. Enjoy bowls of rigatoni pasta slow-cooked with sausage, braciola, and veal cheek meatballs, served with arugula salad and garlic bread with whipped ricotta. Diners are advised to reserve a table in advance and specify it's for "Sunday supper." Beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday, October 13, at Macchialina, 820 Alton Rd., South Beach; 305-534-2124; macchialina.com. Dinner costs $45 per person.