Happy Friday. The weather is chill, and so is our city. If you're complaining about having to wear a sweater, just remind yourself it's below zero in the Midwest.
Weekend festivities include strolling Ocean Drive with a cocktail in hand and admiring the ice-cream colors of our famous art deco buildings, checking out a new restaurant, and taking part in Burger Beast's Burgie Awards. You can also hop down to the Keys or find the job of your dreams.
The weekend starts now!
Art Deco Weekend
January 15 through 17, Miami Beach's Ocean Drive celebrates its famous art deco architecture with historical walking tours, music, a parade, and a midnight cinema. There's also a plethora of food and drinks. More than 140 vendors will line Ocean Drive and Lummus Park, displaying vintage posters and wares, with two entire blocks devoted to food and drinks, including three bars. In addition, many of the restaurants on Ocean Drive set up tables along the street, which is closed to vehicular traffic. Art Deco Weekend is free and open Friday, January 15, from noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, January 16, from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, January 17, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Ariete, the much-anticipated Coconut Grove restaurant by Michael Beltran and Jason Odio, opens today, January 15, for dinner at the former La Bottega Enoteca space at 3540 Main Hwy. Chef/partner Beltran has worked in some of the best kitchens in Miami, including Norman Van Aken's Norman's 180 and Tuyo, as well as the Cypress Room under Michael Schwartz and Roel Alcudia, so it's a safe bet that Beltran's cuisine will be satisfying and soulful. The restaurant's menu includes foie gras with sour-orange vinegar, temptation caramel, ember-roasted plantains, and cocoa nibs ($22/$36); local fish
Bunnie Cakes Job Fair
Do you love Bunnie Cakes' heart-festooned vegan and gluten-free treats? Here's your chance to work for the bakery. This Saturday, January 16, Bunnie Cakes will host a job fair. The company is looking to fill administrative, kitchen, and customer service positions. They're also looking for interns. To apply, you must be 18 or older and have appropriate work documentation. If you're interested, bring your resumé and a cover letter to Bunnie Cakes (2322 NE Second Ave., Miami) from noon to 2 p.m.
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Florida Keys Uncorked Food & Wine Festival Grand Tasting
The Florida Keys Uncorked Food & Wine Festival's Grand Tasting event features tastings from dozens of Keys restaurants, along with fine wines from visiting wineries across the world. The event, held at the Pelican Cove Resort & Marina at MM 84.5 in Islamorada, is directly on the Atlantic and features multiple entertainment areas, live music, cooking classes, and wine and spirits seminars. It's the perfect day trip. The grand tasting runs from noon to 4 p.m., and tickets cost $65 in advance and $75 at the gate. VIP tickets cost $90 and include early admission at 11 a.m., a festival T-shirt, a bag with
Burger Beast's Burgie Awards
Head to Magic City Casino this Saturday, January 16, for the seventh-annual Burgie Awards. From 5 to 10 p.m., enjoy live music and art, food from dozens of food trucks and nominated restaurants, and fun. Then watch as Miami's favorite restaurants are showered with awards in categories like Best Croqueta, Best Chef, and Best Burger — 15 awards in all. Local blogger Burger Beast is your host for the evening. Admission is free for this family-friendly event, but bring money for food and drinks.