Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Slow Foods, Seedlings, Scavenger Hunts, and Day Drinking

Happy Friday!  

You've been cooped up in an office all week and it's time to get outside. All of our weekend activities involve fresh air (and food and drink, of course).

Celebrate Miami's farms and the chefs who support them at the Slow Food Snail of Approval tasting party, hosted by Top Chef's Tom Colicchio. If you feel inspired, head out to Little River Cooperative to start your very own veggie garden. 

Then, get some friends together to find hidden treasures at the Wynwood Scavenger Hunt before winding down with a little Sunday afternoon day drinking at The Anderson. 

Weekend starts now!
Slow Food's Snail of Approval
Buzzwords in Miami's culinary community include "fresh", "local", and "farm-to-table". But which chefs are actually walking the talk?  Each year, Slow Foods Miami does the research and awards the chefs and restaurants that really adhere to true locavore practices its coveted "snail of approval" designation. To celebrate, its hosting a tasting party this evening, Friday, April 29 at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach. From 7 - 10 p.m., enjoy an evening under the stars sampling food from 30 top chefs, restaurants, purveyors,and farms  including Tim Andriola (Basil Park),Todd Kiley (Grown), Andres Barrientos & James Bowers (Miami Smokers), Brad Kilgore (Alter), Gabe Bernal (Seasons Farm Fresh), Darren Laszlo (jugofresh), Alex Chang (Vagabond Restaurant & Bar), Jacob Lindsay (Miami Brewing Company), Fernando Cruz (1 Rooftop), Sabrina Dora Lopez (Vesta Foods), Michael Fiorello (BeachCraft), Dewey LoSasso (Redlander), Isabel & Susana Garcia (Cacao Art Chocolates), Chuck Lyons (Verde Community Farm), Richard Hales (Blackbrick), Gabriele Marewski (Paradise Farms), Tamer Harpke (Harpke Family Farm), Brian Nasajon (Beaker & Gray), Della Heiman (Della Test Kitchen), Muriel Olivares & Tiffany Noe (Little River Cooperative), Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Margie Pikarsky (Bee Heaven Farm), Matthew Kenney (Plant Food + Wine), Emily Rankin (Local Roots), Lulo Rivero (Lulo Pasta), Allen Susser (Café at Books & Books), Venoy Rogers III (Essensia Restaurant + Lounge),  Darren & Jodi Swank (Swank Farm), Kevin Rusk (Titanic Brewery), Dylan Terry (Ready-to-Grow Gardens), Anthony Sitek (Apeiro Kitchen & Bar), Nicole Votano (Dirt), Simon Stojanovic (Swank Farm), Jessica Weiss (Serendipity Creamery), Dean Richardson (Mr. Dean Green’s), Mark Zeitouni (Lido at The Standard), and Pablo Zitzmann (Trust & Co). Sip on Grey Goose cocktails and rub elbows with special host, Top Chef's Tom Colicchio. Tickets are $95 per person in advance, $125 at the door. VIP lounge tickets, which allow early entry at 6:45 p.m. and include a meet-and-greet with Colicchio are $225. Purchase tickets at SFMfreshestnightout.bpt.me. 
Summer Seedling Sale at Little River Cooperative
Everyone can set up a small herb or vegetable garden — all you need is a backyard, a patio, or even a window ledge. To have success, you just need to plant the proper seedlings and give them some love. The best way to start is by visiting Little River Cooperative (115 NE 76th Street) this weekend for its annual summer seedling sale. On Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., come out and purchase a variety of Miami-friendly fruit and vegetable plants and trees including soursop, sugar apple, brown fig, mango, basil, lima bean, kale, lemongrass, and more. Visit littlerivercooperative.com for a complete list of seedlings that will be available for purchase. 
Spike Mendelsohn's Poke Party at The Hall
Spike Mendelsohn is hosting a poolside poke party at The Hall on Saturday, April 30 from 2 - 6 p.m. For $15, score a poke bowl like the head high (line-caught skipjack tuna, Maui onion, shaved asparagus, toasted sesame seeds, and puffed rice), poke mon (ahi tuna, spicy Jamaican curry, red stripe braised greens, coconut ginger rice and crushed peanuts), or pulpo tako poke (marinated and grilled octopus, cucumber, tomato, ginger, soy, jasmine rice). as you hang by the pool with island sounds by  DJ Corey Chase, known for his reggae sound. Of course, there will be tropical cocktails. Free admission. To RSVP, email rsvp@workshopcollective.com. 
The Wynwood Scavenger Hunt at The Wynwood Yard
How good are you at spotting clues? Grab three of your friends and form a team for the Wynwood Scavenger Hunt. You and your team will be sent through Wynwood on a search for hidden items. The winning team received prizes from participating local businesses including Kit and Ace, Shinola, Wynwood Letterpress, and more. Of course, the hunt starts at Wynwood Yard, so be sure and grab a cocktail and a nosh beforehand and fuel up after the hunt. Tickets are $43.19 and proceeds benefit Lotus House and Caring4Girls. Register through eventbrite.com. Registration begins at 4 p.m., and the hunt starts at 5 p.m. 
Miami is an Island at The Anderson
Have you been to The Anderson yet? If you have, chances are you've wondered why they're not open on weekends in the daytime. After all, the bar's outdoor area, complete with secret (not so secret) island hut bar, is the perfect setting for sipping drinks while the sun shines. Well, stop daydreaming and start day drinking because The Anderson opens this Sunday, May 1, for its Miami is an Island party. From 1 p.m. until the sun goes down, enjoy drinks while listening to a host of DJ's including Erick Paredes, Marcello Bentine, Kumi, Mr. Brown. and Third Horizon. 

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