Miami Spice hasn't even begun yet, but its ancillary events and dinners are already in full swing. Of course, there's Miami New Times' Iron Fork, which takes place at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami at 7 p.m. this Thursday, July 31, on the eve of Spice. Tickets, by the way, cost $50 for general admission and $85 for VIP, but use promo code IF10GAF to take $5 off your VIP tickets and $10 off GA tickets. Visit ticketfly.com to get them now.
Another interesting event to spice things up involved two of Miami's best chefs, who collaborated on a four-course dinner that gave diners a taste of things to come. Chef Clay Miller of Swine Southern Table & Bar hosted Haven's Todd Erickson for the special Miami Spice Mash-Up dinner. This was the second in a series of special events that pair two chefs from participating Spice restaurants. The first mashup saw chef Brad Kilgore of J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort host Pubbelly's Jose Mendin for an evening of dining. A third mashup is planned for the future. Short Order was invited to the dinner, which featured a night of down-home goodness.