This week, the Betsy serves Cuban-inspired food and drinks for 305 Day, Santiago Gomez takes over Plant Miami for a Mexican dinner, and Veritage Miami returns to Wynwood Walls.
the Betsy's Ventanita. Today is 305 Day, Miami. That's worth a celebration. Paying homage to the city's vibrant Cuban culture, the Alley Ventanita at the Betsy Hotel will serve cafecito ($1), croquetas ($2), cafecito gelato ($3), and dulce de leche crepes ($4). Diners hungry for a sit-down meal can head to LT Steak & Seafood for Cuban molletes ($3.05) or the Alley Pizzeria for a Cuban pizzetta ($10). Monday, March 5, at the Betsy, 1440 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 305-531-6100; thebetsyhotel.com.
54-Beer Flight for $100 at M.I.A. Beer Company. Known for its abundance and variety of house beers created by head brewer Michael Demetrus, M.I.A Beer Company offers 54 beers for $100. Flights offer an array of options poured in small samples. The tap list includes all of M.I.A.'s flagships, seasonals, and one-offs. 10400 NW 33rd St., Doral; 305-567-5550; mia.beer.
Santiago Gomez Chef Takeover at Plant Miami. The Wynwood plant-based restaurant will host Santiago Gomez of Tacology and Cantina La Veinte for a Mexican-inspired meal. Gomez will take over the kitchen to create a six-course menu of vegan, vegetable-forward dishes. Beverage pairings will highlight local craft beers, biodynamic wines, and organic craft cocktails. 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Plant Miami, 105 NE 24th St., Miami; 305-814-5365; plantmiami.com. Tickets cost $125 via consciouscityguide.com/guestchefdinner.
Veritage Miami Craft Beer Tasting at Wynwood Walls. In addition to offering food from local restaurants and beer from dozens of breweries, this year's event includes arcade games, giant Jenga, and Connect Four in the Wynwood Garden. (For those new to the party, these are traditionally brew-fueled activities.) Money raised will benefit the United Way, improving the health, education, and well-being of fellow Miamians. 6 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Wynwood Walls, 2520 NW Second Ave., Miami; veritagemiami.com. Tickets cost $55 to $75 via tickets.completeticketsolutions.com.
Tarpon River Brewing. To support the Parkland community, Tarpon River Brewing created Parkland Pale Ale. One dollar from every pint will benefit the Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families of the mass shooting. The brew boasts a bright citrus aroma, a creamy body, and a pleasant hoppy finish. Parkland Pale Ale costs $6 per pint and will be served until the tap runs dry. 280 SW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-353-3193; tarponriverbrewing.com.
Parkland Pride Cocktail at Tap 42 to Benefit Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund. In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting, South Floridians continue to grapple with the reality of such grim events. While many seek relief through protest and social media, cathartic efforts continue to pop up throughout our community. One of them is Tap 42's Parkland Pride. The cocktail, made with Ketel One vodka, blackberry purée, lemon, and thyme, is available through March 14 at Tap 42's locations in Coral Gables, midtown Miami, Boca Raton, and Fort Lauderdale. The Parkland Pride costs $9, and 100 percent of its proceeds go directly to the Stoneman Douglas Victims' Fund — the GoFundMe page created by the Broward Education Foundation. The fund will provide financial support to victims and their families as they travel the tough road ahead. Various locations; tap42.com.