Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Bernstein Takeover and Free Lunch at Jackson Hall
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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Bernstein Takeover and Free Lunch at Jackson Hall

This week, Michelle Bernstein takes over the kitchen at Plant Miami, Michael Beltran joins chef Gabriel Fenton at Bourbon Steak, Jackson Hall offers free lunch to 100 customers, and chef Allen Susser hosts a sustainable seafood dinner with chefs Michael Schwartz, Aaron Brooks, and André Bienvenu.

Chef Michelle Bernstein
Chef Michelle Bernstein
Photo by Michael Pisarri

Michelle Bernstein Chef Takeover at Plant Miami. The Wynwood plant-based restaurant will host James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein for a six-course meal. She'll take over the kitchen to create a unique menu of vegetable-forward dishes. Beverage pairings will include local craft beers, biodynamic wines, and organic craft cocktails. 7 p.m. Monday, May 21, at Plant Miami, 105 NE 24th St., Miami; 305-814-5365; plantmiami.com. Tickets cost $125 via consciouscityguide.com.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Bernstein Takeover and Free Lunch at Jackson Hall
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Hook, Catch, and Cook at the Café at Books & Books at the Arsht Center. Join chef Allen Susser, Genuine Hospitality's Michael Schwartz, Edge Steak & Bar's Aaron Brooks, and Joe's Stone Crab's André Bienvenu for a one-night-only seafood dinner. The chefs will collaborate on five unique courses featuring sustainably caught local seafood. Susser will go on a fishing expedition the previous day to procure the seafood that will be cooked during the event, so the menu will be determined by the catch. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, at the Café at Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 786-405-1745. Tickets cost $82 via booksandbooks.com.

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Local Eats Dinner Series with Michael Beltran at Bourbon Steak. Michael Mina's steakhouse at Turnberry Isle in Aventura will welcome Ariete owner/chef Michael Beltran into the kitchen this Wednesday. Beltran will collaborate with Bourbon Steak's executive chef, Gabriel Fenton, on a five-course dinner with wine pairings. Each chef will prepare two dishes, followed by dessert from Bourbon Steak's pastry chef, Julian Belon. 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at Bourbon Steak, 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600; turnberryislemiami.com. Tickets cost $200 via exploretock.com/bourbonsteakmiami.

Mediterranean Island Wines Dinner at Boulud Sud. Sommeliers Haunah Klein and Laura Depasquale will lead guests through a muli-course dinner and wine pairing on Thursday evening. Chef Clark Bowen and pastry chef Saeko Nemoto will serve highlights from Boulud Sud's menu including tuna crudo, seafood fideua, lamb duo, babaganoush, and ekmek kataifi. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Boulud Sud, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way., Miami; $95 via eventbrite.com.

Tasting Thursdays at Jackson Hall. Be one of the first 100 guests to visit Miami’s wellness-focused food hall Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to take advantage of complimentary tasting portions from all six eateries. Expect plant-based bowls, poke, rotisserie chicken, and Middle Eastern items, washed down with juices, smoothies, kombucha, and elixirs. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Jackson Hall, 1050 NW 14th St., Miami; 786-529-3013; jacksonhallmiami.com. RVSP via Facebook.

Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Bernstein Takeover and Free Lunch at Jackson Hall
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Whole Foods Market Discounts Witgh Amazon Prime. With a new perk, Amazon Prime members will receive an additional 10 percent off hundreds of sale items at Whole Foods Market when they use the Whole Foods app. Prime member deals will be displayed throughout stores and on the app. Deals and specials will change weekly, but sample savings include one pound of organic strawberries for $2.99 (regularly $4.99), a free 12-pack of 365 Everyday Value sparkling water with the purchase of one, and two Kind granola bags for $6. To access the deals, download the Whole Foods Market app, sign in with your Amazon account, and scan the app's Prime Code at checkout. You can also link your cell-phone number to access the discounts at amazon.com/primesavings.

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Azabu's lobster tempura bubu arare with spicy mayo.
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Japanese Happy Hour at Azabu. The South Beach restaurant recently debuted happy hour, available only at the bar Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Find exotic cocktails made with Japanese spirits and sakes paired with small bites. Highlights include the Toki highball ($9) — Suntory Tori whiskey mixed with soda poured over a single rock — and the Koi ($9), made with Soto sake, vodka, rosemary sherry, strawberry, lime, yuzu, and agave. If you're hungry, smaller portions of the restaurant's most popular dishes are offered at affordable prices. Signature dishes include lobster tempura bubu arare ($8) — morsels of lobster tempura with spicy mayo and crisp bubu crackers — and the karikari bacon potato salad ($5), house-made potato salad topped with bacon bits. Azabu at the Stanton Hotel, 161 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 786-276-0520; azabuglobal.com. Happy hour Sunday through Thursday 6 to 8 p.m.

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