Happy Monday, Miami. Enjoy what's new in town this week, including Miami Spice, a beer dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, and Copper 29's first anniversary.
Barbecue Dinner at Pinch Kitchen. Close out National Grilling Month with a four-course barbecue dinner at Pinch Kitchen. The menu will feature various styles of American barbecue, paired with select craft beers. For dessert, Pinch will serve scoops of Sweet Melody Ice Cream. Seating is limited. 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, at Pinch Kitchen, 8601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $65 in advance via eventbrite.com.
Miami Spice. The moment we've long waited for is finally here: Miami Spice 2017 begins today. Dine at the best local restaurants for lunch or dinner for less than 40 bucks a pop. The program, which runs August 1 through September 30, features three-course lunches for $23 and dinners for $39, plus tax and tip, at more than 200 restaurants. This year, New Times has broken down the ten most interesting, best-valued Miami Spice menus by neighborhood. Tuesday, August 1, through Saturday, September 30, at various locations; visit ilovemiamispice.com. Prices vary.
Prix-Fixe Veggie Menu at Glass & Vine. Executive chef Giorgio Rapicavoli has crafted a veggie-centric prix fixe available daily August 1 through September 30. The seven-course special, priced at $39 per person, includes a watermelon salad with Florida stracciatella; heirloom tomato “ceviche” with leche de tigre, cilantro, and jalapeño; charred cauliflower with herbed tahini and crispy chickpeas; sweet corn sprinkled with lime crema and queso cotija; semolina pasta with green pea pesto and breadcrumbs; and guava bread pudding topped with toasted coconut. In addition, happy hour runs weekdays from 2 to 7 p.m. and includes half off all wines by the glass, $5 beer, and $8 cocktails. Tuesday, August 1, through Saturday, September 30, at Glass & Vine, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-200-5268.
Well Done Dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza. For $35, enjoy a five-course craft beer dinner featuring Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's “Well Done” menu paired with J. Wakefield’s handcrafted ales. Highlights include wings and ribs with Hops 4 Teacher IPA; eggplant marino and meatballs with Amber Waves; and New York-style strawberry cheesecake with Campos de Fresas Imperial Strawberry Blonde Ale. Reservations are suggested. 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, at various locations; 305-273-8020.
Mango Doughnut/Croissant at the Salty Donut. This week, the Salty Donut launched Miami's first doughnut/croissant hybrid, which co-owner Amanda Pizarro calls a "croughnut" (not to be confused with the trademarked Cronut). It's made with a 24-hour brioche dough similar to that used in the Salty's other doughnuts and is filled with homemade mango jam and topped with mango curd and mango pearls. All ingredients in the mango croughnut, which costs $4.75, are homemade. Instead of using prepackaged dough, which helps cut prep time, the Salty team makes each layer of dough from scratch using an original recipe. Every mango the shop received through its "Save the Mango" campaign is used to make the fillings and toppings in-house. Through Sunday, August 6, at the Salty Donut, 50 NW 23rd St., #112, Miami.
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Kegs & Cultures: Beer and Cheese Pairing at Funky Buddha Brewery. Pair a selection of Funky Buddha beers with fine cheeses during an interactive food and drink class led by beer expert Adrian Morales and certified cheese professional Rebecca Heaton. All attendees must be 21 or older. Because space is limited, tickets must be purchased in advance; the $25 cost includes five beer and cheese pairings. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Whole Planet Foundation. For more information and tickets, visit Facebook. 7 p.m. Thursday, August 3; at Funky Buddha, 1201 NE 38th St., Oakland Park.
Lobby Happy Hour at the Nautilus. Swing by the Nautilus for daily happy hour in the hotel lobby. Expect $5 house wines and beer and $7 cocktails such as margaritas and mojitos. Nibble on $5 bites such as ham and cheese croquettes, baked feta, guacamole, lamb sliders, and tabbouleh. 5 to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday at the Nautilus, 1825 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.
First Anniversary at Copper 29. Celebrate the bar's first anniversary in Coral Gables. RSVP in advance and arrive between 6 and 8 p.m. to receive two free drink tickets, which can be used toward any happy-hour cocktail, wine, or beer. To RSVP, visit eventbrite.com. 6 p.m. Thursday, August 3, at Copper 29, 206 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables.