This week, Tap 42 debuts at CityPlace Doral, and the Salty Donut launches a limited-edition special for Hispanic Heritage Month. Plus, Guy Fieri's Chicken Guy at Aventura Mall is now open, and Caja Celiente's Monica Leon appears on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay.
Collab Dinner With Chefs Michael Lewis and Raheem Sealey of Kyu and Pushkar Marathe of Stage and Ghee
Kyu's chefs Michael Lewis and Raheem Sealey will welcome chef Pushkar Marathe of Stage, a highly anticipated new concept from the owners of Ghee Indian Kitchen, for a one-night-only collaboration dinner. Monday evening, the family-style dinner will present nearly a dozen dishes blending Asian and Indian flavors. Highlights include Japanese curry ramen, tandoori-style smoked short ribs, and mashie ranch smoked oxtail. Kyu's mixologist Ilan Chartor will be in charge of drinks, including the cocktail the Mushroom Sour, a mélange of shiitake-infused vodka, lemongrass shochu, Japanese sweet potato milk, and Okinawa black sugar. 6:30 p.m. Monday, September 16, at Kyu, 251 NW 25th St., Miami; 786-577-0150; kyurestaurants.com. Tickets cost $114 via kyurestaurants.com.
Free Guacamole for Mexican Independence Day at El Santo
Monday, Calle Ocho's recently opened El Santo Taqueria will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with complimentary fresh-smoked, tableside-prepared guacamole with all meals from 6 to 8 p.m. Pair it with sips from El Santo’s borracho hour, which offers $4 cocktails, including margaritas and sangria, from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, September 16, at El Santo, 1620 SW Eighth St., Miami; elsantomiami.
Limited-Edition Hispanic Heritage Month Treat at the Salty Donut
Tuesday, September 17, through Sunday, September 29, Salty Donut fans can get their hands on limited-edition buñuelos, available at the Wynwood and South Miami shops. The treats, which look like large doughnut holes, are rolled in cinnamon sugar and paired with an anise-infused vanilla dipping sauce, which is served in a reusable glass mason jar to keep. Every purchase of a $5 box of buñuelos also comes with one of three limited-edition Hispanic Heritage Month mystery pins. Tuesday, September 17, through Sunday, September 29, at the Salty Donut, various locations; saltydonut.com.
Tap 42 CityPlace Doral Grand Opening
Wednesday, Tap 42 Craft Kitchen & Bar will open its newest location, at CityPlace Doral. With roughly 5,000 square feet of dining and patio space and 200 seats, the Doral location will feature Tap 42’s modern industrial aesthetic, along with a menu of elevated gastropub food and a beverage program curated by executive chef and partner Andrew Balick. Tap 42 Doral will also offer the brand's signature promotions, including Wine Wednesdays, and Bottomless Brunch Saturday and Sunday. As for drinks, expect a craft beer list along with seasonal cocktails and cocktails on tap, as well as an extensive selection of more than 40 bourbons and whiskeys. Opening Wednesday, September 18, 3535 NW 83rd Ave., Doral; tap42.com.
Coastal Spain Wine Dinner at Boulud Sud
Executive chef Clark Bowen and sommelier Daniel Chaviano will host a specially curated wine dinner Wednesday. The seated meal will be preceded by a wine and canapes reception. The three-course experience will be paired with wines from Spanish cities such as Catalonia, Mallorca, and Jerez. Menu highlights are tortilla española, white gazpacho, and torrijas with roasted fig and balsamic-caramel sauce. 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 18, at Boulud Sud, 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami; 305-421-8800; bouludsud.com. Tickets cost $85 via eventbrite.com.
Guy Fieri's Chicken Guy at Aventura Mall Opens
The restaurant, a partnership between the Food Network celebrity chef and Robert Earl, CEO and founder of Planet Hollywood, takes aim at the fast-casual chicken market through a menu that offers chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, and sides, along with a choice of 22 sauces for dipping and slathering. What makes this place unique, however, is how the chicken is prepared. Each piece is brined in a bath of lemon juice, pickle juice, and buttermilk. Plus, the 22 sauces — ranging from tangy peri peri to sweet bourbon barbecue — are made from scratch. 19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura; chickenguy.com. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30, Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
Monica Leon to Appear on Food Network's Beat Bobby Flay
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Caja Caliente owner and chef Monica “Mika” Leon will appear on Beat Bobby Flay this Thursday evening on Food Network. She'll challenge Atlanta chef Michael Bertozzi and potentially Bobby Flay with her signature cooking. The celebrity judges — actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson of ABC’s Modern Family and chef Carla Hall — will decide whether Leon will get to challenge Flay. A viewing party will begin at 10 p.m. at Caja Caliente in Coral Gables. 10 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at Caja Caliente, 808 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables; 786-431-1947; caja-caliente.com.
NASA Space for Art Foundation Launch at R House Wynwood
Meet the "artistic astronaut" Nicole Stott during this one-night-only event offering hand-crafted dishes, space-themed cocktails, space-themed artwork, live dance performances, and virtual-reality experiences. Check out the premiere of the "Exploration" Art Space Suit, made with artwork from children in more than 40 countries, which will be shown for the first time to the public. All funds raised will support the Space for Art Foundation, which unites children to help them overcome challenges through the wonder and awe of space exploration. 6 p.m. Thursday, September 19, at R House Wynwood, 2727 NW Second Ave., Miami; 786-459-8383; rhousewynwood.com. Tickets cost $85 via eventbrite.com.