Nothing Says Holiday Celebration Like a Caipirinha Throwdown

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

When you think of a bunch of the city's top chefs getting together to celebrate the holidays, what do you picture? A whole roasted pig and caipirinhas? No? Well, at Sugarcane in Midtown, Timon Balloo pulled out all the stops Monday evening to welcome his fellow toques to an evening of pork debauchery, washed down with a ton of booze. The highlight was a cocktail competition between chefs Paula DaSilva of 1500 Degrees at the Eden Roc, and Michael Bloise of SushiSamba Dromo.

Apparently each had previously boasted of their caipirinha prowess, loudly, and thus a challenge was born.

Once upon a time, Miami's chefs didn't really know each other all that well, which makes sense considering how much time they spend locked away in the kitchen. So the Chef's Club was conceived by a clever PR man, who thought that a monthly dose of camaraderie would do them all well. Do they trash talk when together? Yes, but we can't divulge overheard secrets or they won't invite us ever again.

We all brought booze to Sugarcane's affair, covering an entire table - everything from Woodford Reserve Bourbon, to a few bottles of Johnny Walker to a funky Russian Christmas beer delivered by Asia de Cuba's Sean Bernal.

DaSilva brought a big bag of chicharones to the table along with her caipirinha, a tempting bribe for the judges (myself included, easily bribed by pork anything) but then Bloise made this amazing smoky apple version, decisions...decisions...

In the end, DaSilva's traditional take on Brazil's national drink won out, and since she's Brazilian, that seems predestined. However, Bloise wins our award for Miss Congeniality for certain.

Here are some photo highlights from the showdown:

Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.