This weekend, Velvet Creme Doughnuts opens in Little Havana; III Points offers eats from the Salty Donut, Coyo Taco, Fooq's, and others; Grovetoberfest returns to Peacock Park; New York's Lior Lev Sercarz joins Edge Steak & Bar's Aaron Brooks for a Mediterranean-inspired dinner; and the Miami Flea hosts a pumpkin patch in the A+E District.
Plantainfest at Concrete Beach Brewery. Let’s be real: We all wish the maduro sides at Pollo Tropical were larger. But instead of hoping to change the unchangeable, we can get our sweet-plantain overload at Plantainfest. Jimmy’z Kitchen will sell plantain dishes, Azucar will peddle plátano maduro ice cream, and Conjunto Pepe Montes will play tunes, all in celebration of the release of Concrete Beach’s Plantain Pícaro, a sweet-plantain Dunkelweizen. And if you’re really serious about those banana cousins, sign up for the plantain-eating contest. One dollar of each special beer sold will be donated to the Unity Coalition. 8 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; concretebeachbrewery.com. Admission is free.
Salty Donut, Coyo Taco, Fooq's, and Others at III Points 2017. III Points returns to Mana Wynwood this weekend with a charged lineup of acts and enough food to help power attendees through the three-day fest. For ticketholders already planning their schedules, we suggest taking a break from dancing to snag some sustenance from local favorites such as Panther Coffee, Bird & Bone, Talde, Coyo, Market, the Salty Donut, and Fooq’s. Here’s what’s on the menu at this year's III Points, and here are restaurants with late-night dining deals after the fest. Friday, October 13, through Sunday, October 15, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-573-0371; manawynwood.com. Tickets cost $125 to $345 via iiipoints.com.
Aaron Brooks and Lior Lev Sercarz Pop-Up at Dizengoff. Edge Steak & Bar chef Aaron Brooks and New York-based spice master Lior Lev Sercarz, who owns La Boîte, created a special hummus topping that will debut during lunch Friday. The two chefs will be at Dizengoff to introduce the topping, made with chermoula-roasted root vegetables, spiced lamb sausage, toasted walnuts, and a drizzle of harissa-tehina, which will be available for a week. The collaboration is a warmup for the duo's charitable dinner Friday night at the Four Seasons. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Dizengoff, 250 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-573-9292; dizengoffhummus.com. Topping is available through Friday, October 20.
Collab Dinner at Bahia. Lior Lev Sercarz, spice master and owner of the New York-based La Boîte, will join Edge Steak & Bar's Aaron Brooks to create a four-course Mediterranean-and-Miami-inspired meal. The one-night collaboration will take place at Bahia, the poolside restaurant and lounge at the Four Seasons in Brickell. Tickets cost $175 per person, which includes wine pairings, a special craft beer by J. Wakefield Brewery using Sercarz's spices, and a signed copy of Sercarz's book The Spice Companion. A portion of the proceeds from book sales and dinner tickets will go toward the Florida Disaster Fund and to the Anguillan Red Cross. 7 p.m. Friday, October 13, at Bahia at the Four Seasons, 1435 Brickell Ave., Miami; 305-381-3190; fourseasons.com/miami. Tickets cost $175 via eventbrite.com.
Velvet Creme Doughnuts Opens in Little Havana. After more than 17 years, Velvet Creme Doughnuts will officially reopen Saturday, October 14, in Little Havana, a few doors down from Ball & Chain. The debut marks more than two years since the iconic Miami doughnut shop, which first appeared in 1947, announced its revival. Expect a range of doughnuts — from traditional glazed and key lime to guava- or coconut-cream-filled ($1.19 and up) — a selection of coffees, including cold brew, along with milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream. In the morning, customers can also opt for an egg, cheese, and sausage or ham breakfast sandwich ($2.50 to $4) on a bagel, croissant, or glazed doughnut. 10 a.m. Saturday, October 14, at 1555 SW Eighth St., Miami; 954-609-0576; velvetcremedoughnuts.com. Ribbon-cutting ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Customers will receive a free box of a dozen glazed doughnuts with the purchase of a dozen doughnuts while supplies last. Velvet Creme merchandise, such as hats, mugs, and T-shirts, will be available at discounted prices.
Grovetoberfest at Peacock Park. When Miami's fall beer bash, Grovetoberfest, returns to its Peacock Park home, it'll bring the Homebrews & High Scores Lounge, which offers retro videogames, pet-friendlier options such as the PBR Puppy Playground, and first-time pours from various craft breweries. VIP and Beer Socialite ticketholders will get in early and enjoy additional perks, so don't sleep on this chance to try more than 500 beers. 4 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at Peacock Park, 2820 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-443-2604. Tickets cost $44 to $89 via eventbrite.com.
Sushi Class 101 at Dragonfly. Eat your way through a sushi class while Dragonfly's master chefs discuss the history and basics of sushi while leading a lesson on preparing salmon nigiri, California rolls, and Japanese hand rolls. After class wraps, enjoy happy-hour specials at the bar or take advantage of sushi kit and fish discounts at the adjacent market. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at Dragonfly, 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral; 305-222-7292; dragonflyrestaurants.com. Tickets cost $68 via eventbrite.com.
Recipes for Change at Casa Florida. Saturday night, six chefs will unite at Casa Florida to help the victims of Hurricane Irma, especially local farmers and purveyors who were affected by the storm. Brought together by executive chef Santiago Gómez of Cantina La Veinte and Tacology, the chefs will highlight their individual backgrounds and techniques to help draw awareness to the cause. All proceeds will benefit local farms affected by the storm. 4 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at Casa Florida, 437 SW Second St., Miami; 786-210-7368; facebook.com/casafloridamia. Tickets cost $25 to $50 via eventbrite.com.
Wynwood Bar Crawl at Shots Miami. Head to Shots this Saturday for a drink tour through Wynwood. Attendees receive five drink tickets and access to special promotions at a selection of local spots, including Shots, Garden Food & Bar, Wynwood Diner, the Butcher Shop, Barrio, J. Wakefield Brewing, and Boxelder. 6 p.m. Saturday, October 14, at Shots Miami, 311 NW 23rd St., Miami; 305-571-0439; shotsbar.com. Tickets cost $15 to $25 via eventbrite.com.
The Miami Flea: Pumpkin Patch in the A+E District. Throw on a light scarf, sip an iced latte by Vice City Bean, and search for a pumpkin at this Sunday's fall-inspired Miami Flea. Be sure to swing by the grub garden, where vendors, including Courtney's Cookies, Wynwood Parlor, Dough Miami, PokeKai, and Doggystyle, will serve a variety of sweet and savory eats. 3 p.m. Sunday, October 15, at 1445 N. Miami Ave., Miami. Admission is free with RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Pups & Pints at Concrete Beach Brewery. Concrete Beach will host a human and canine brunch to support Paws 4 You Rescue. Expect food, music, and lots of beer. Dishes for Dogs will be onsite to provide food for canines, while Magic Box will offer eats for humans. Noon Sunday, October 15, at Concrete Beach Brewery, 325 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-796-2727; concretebeachbrewery.com. Admission is free.
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