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Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Week: Negroni Week, Meat Market Summer Dinner, and Ella Opens

If you can't keep up with all the food and drink-induced holidays, don’t fret — that's what we're here for. So Happy Negroni Week! Running from June 1 to 7 and launched in 2013, Negroni Week has grown from 100 participating bars to more than 1,300 watering holes all over the world. They not only raise awareness of one of the better cocktails, but also funds for charities around the world. To do your part, hit up some of the Magic City's bars participating in Negroni Week to, well, drink and cheers Negronis themselves.

Other than drinking, Meat Market is bringing back their summer dinner series beginning tomorrow, and Michael Schwartz's Ella is finally open for business in the Design District.

Week starts now.


Negroni Week

We just gave you the whole Negroni Week spiel, so here's the part where we actually tell you where you can drink. No matter where you imbibe, a portion of proceeds will go to charity. Bodega's mixing things up with a Milancho Negroni (Milagro Silver, Campari, Martini & Rossi Rosso vermouth, and Ancho Reyes). Itching for the original? Albert Trummer will be personally making the classic Italian cocktail himself. Or Radio Bar will make your negroni any you like it. Other restaurants and bars participating in Negroni Week include Cecconi's, Cibo Wine Bar, Coya, Lost Weekend, Lure Fishbar, Purdy, Quattro, the Regent, Dolce Italian, Repour, and Segafredo,


Meat Market Summer Series
If you like your summer ingredients with a side of spirit, Meat Market is bringing back the summer dinner series and the first one is tomorrow. Sean Brasel will be cooking a four-course dinner, which will be paired alongside inventive libations by award-winning mixologist Ezra Pattek. On the menu: hamachi rolled with preserved mango with lychee yuzu; smoked trout with pink grapefruit, pea tendrils, and horseradish foam; achiote-marinated duck breast and ancho duck confit doughnut with bittersweet chocolate demi-charred peach relish; braised bison short rib with smoked maple glaze and caramelized onion cauliflower mash; and baked Alaska devil food cake with mango ice cream, Italian meringue, and Grand Marnier flame. The cocktail reception starts at 7:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 8. Cost is $75 a person excluding tax and gratuity.


St. Tropez on a Wednesday

Turn up Tuesday and Wednesdays at Villa Azur when the enchanting eatery brings a bit of St. Tropez to Miami by way of the breezy midweek menu. For just $39, indulge in indulge in your choice of pan seared calamari porvençal style or vitello tonnato; tiger prawns and zucchini risotto or roasted chicken, mushroom sauce, and spring vegetables; and a savory vanilla St. Honoré for dessert.


Ella Open  
Michael Schwartz's newest baby, Ella, is now open for business in the Design District's Palm Court at 140 NE 39th St., and it's the first time the James Beard Award-winning chef is dishing out breakfast. Think housemade bagels by Cypress Room chef de cuisine Roal Alcudia and topped with beet-cured wild salmon, cream cheese, red onion, heirloom tomato, and capers ($14). There's also java from local roaster Panther Coffee and Art of Tea. For lunch you've got rose, Michael's Genuine Home Brew, and a bevy of sandwiches, charcuterie, and chalkboard specials. As per usual Schwartz, there's an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

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Carla Torres found her inner gourmand voice while writing for Miami New Times in 2012. She has also worked with Travel & Leisure and Ocean Drive. She balances passions for wine, sweets, yoga, and kayaking.