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Miami Food Events This Week: Jefferson's Ocean & Oyster, Downtown Jam Sessions, and More

New cocktail menu and live music from Saloni Bar by Mekari
New cocktail menu and live music from Saloni Bar by Mekari Photo courtesy of Stillwater & Co
This week's food and drink events across Miami include a Jefferson's Ocean & Oyster event, Downtown Jam Sessions, Playa's new lunch menu, and the Katherine's happy hour.

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Jefferson's Ocean & Oyster Event with signature Balan's Jefferson's cocktail
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Jefferson's Ocean & Oyster Event at Balan's

Balan's will host a special event alongside Jefferson's Bourbon ambassador, Robert Ferrara. Guests will be greeted with the signature Balan's Jefferson's cocktail, then Ferrara will share some insights on bourbon. The tasting experience includes Jefferson's small-batch bourbon, Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea bourbon, and Jefferson's Ocean Rye double barrel, all paired with seasonal oysters. 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 17, at 901 S. Miami Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $45 via exploretock.com.
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Saloni bar by Meraki might be the place to go on a Wednesday!
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Cocktails and Live Music at Saloni Bar by Meraki

The new Saloni Bar by Meraki is an intimate bar adjacent to Meraki Greek Bistro. The bar has launched a Greek-inspired cocktail menu with hints of fruits, spice, and herbs, and the help of local cocktail consultant Vanessa Serrano. The cocktails include the "Milo Spritz" and a lemongrass clerico. On Wednesday evenings, the bar hosts a weekly "Downtown Jam Sessions" with local artist Wizzmer and guest musicians. 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays, at 140 SE First Ave, Miami; salonibymeraki.com.
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Brand new menu from Playa
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Playa is Launching a New Lunch Menu

Executive chef Jon Wilson has curated a new lunch menu of Mediterranean classics with a Southern twist for Playa. To start your meal, new appetizers include roasted shishito peppers, lamb skewers, cajun crab cakes, and grilled octopus and baby fennel salad. The raw bar now has ahi tuna tartare and new main dishes include pasta with mussels and chicken & mushroom risotto. The menu also features new soups, salads, and desserts. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 915 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Reservations via opentable.com
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Happy hour at the Katherine by chef Timon Balloo
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Happy Hour at the Katherine

The Katherine has recently launched a happy hour menu for guests to enjoy. The drink specials include $4 beer; $5 house red, white, rosé, and sparkling wine; $5 cocktails; and half off of the daily selection of wine bottles. The snacks range from $4 to $11 and include Indian-style street corn, Mexican shrimp cocktail, and loaded clam chowder fries. 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, at 723 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; thekatherinerestaurant.com
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