This week, order a Texas lemonade, and 50 percent of the drink's proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross; the Wynwood Yard will host a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert; Spris Pizza will open in South Miami with free pizza; and Common Threads will host a five-course chef takeover dinner at the Mondrian.
Miami's Best Labor Day Deals. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, and though Miami's mercury might dip only from scorching to sizzling, here's where it's at in beachside, poolside, and restaurant specials for the long holiday weekend.
Doughnuts for Hurricane Harvey at Federal Donuts. Stop into Federal Donuts and pick up a peanut caramel apple doughnut. The special doughnut, created in partnership with Maker's Mark to celebrate National Bourbon Heritage Month, is a cake doughnut with a fresh apple glaze, caramel drizzle, and toasted, crushed peanuts. The doughnut costs $2.75 ($13 for a half-dozen, $24 for a dozen), and 100 percent of the proceeds through Labor Day will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. In addition, Maker's Mark will match Federal Donuts' donation dollar-for-dollar. If you're in Philadelphia, the offer is also good at all five locations there. Monday, September 4, at 250 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-573-9393; federaldonuts.com.
Try Boatsetter on Labor Day. Boatsetter is a new program that allows you to rent a boat and captain for the day. Reserved through Airbnb, Boatsetter offers several "experiences," ranging from a fishing expedition to a day of watersports to learning about Miami's diverse ecosystem. The experiences range from $110 to $150 per person and last about a half-day each. All equipment is provided, as are refreshments — as in beer! Pro tip: Uber to the marina and spend a day on the water drinking in the sights and the suds with Captain Mark during his "Good Life" experience ($135 per person). Various pickup locations. $110 to $150, including drinks, snacks, sports and/or fishing equipment, and life jackets. Visit airbnb.com/experiences.
Texas Lemonade for Hurricane Harvey Victims. To help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Menin Hospitality created the Texas lemonade, a specialty drink available Monday, September 4, at all of the group's hotel and restaurant bars. Each $12 cocktail is made with Tito's vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and crushed ice. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the drinks will go toward the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief for Houston. The cocktail is offered at the Mondrian, Shelborne, Sarsaparilla Club, Drawing Room at the Shelborne, Radio Bar, Bodega, Bakehouse, and Ricky's. The Mondrian and Shelborne will also donate a portion of guests' Labor Day weekend stay to the Red Cross. Various locations. $12 each. Available all day Monday, September 4.
Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert at the Wynwood Yard. This Monday, head to the Yard for a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert featuring local acts such as Ryan Rachal, Robbie Elias & the Revenge, Nathalie Nesh, Dama Vicke, Eons, Cortadito, and Brothers of Others. Twenty percent of all purchases at the Bar at the Yard will go directly to a Hurricane Harvey relief fund sponsored by the Miami Foundation, and every Simple vodka cocktail purchase will equate to a meal donated to Feeding Texas. Hygiene products, diapers, and toiletries will also be accepted at an onsite disaster relief donation booth, as well as contributions of $10, $25, and $100, with all proceeds to be donated to the relief fund. Though admission is free with RSVP, guests are encouraged to purchase donation tickets to support relief efforts. RSVP and purchase donation tickets here. 4 p.m. Monday, September 4, at 56 NW 29th St., Miami; 305-447-8678; thewynwoodyard.com.
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Free Pizza at Spris in South Miami. Taking over the former Buns & Buns space, Spris Pizza has opened its fourth South Florida location, in South Miami. To celebrate, munch on free pizza this Thursday during the restaurant's grand opening. 6 p.m. Thursday, September 7, at 5748 Sunset Dr., South Miami; sprispizza.com. Free and open to the public. Update: The Spris free pizza event has been postponed due to Hurricane Irma. The new date is September 21.
Chef Takeover With Common Threads at Mondrian South Beach. Celebrate the beauty of food with some of Miami's best-known chefs during a five-course meal sponsored by Common Threads, a nonprofit that provides children with cooking skills and nutrition education. Each dish during the one-night event will be inspired by the chefs' favorite artists and artworks. The evening will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, followed by unique dinner courses created by Michelle Bernstein, Shirley Chung, Richard Ingraham, Dustin Atoigue, and Soraya Kilgore. Each course will be paired with a select wine. 7 p.m. Thursday, September 7, at 1100 West Ave., Miami Beach; 305-514-1500; commonthreads.org/cheftakeover. Tickets cost $175. Update: The Chef Takeover event has been postponed until further notice due to Hurricane Irma.