Grovetoberfest Returns With More Beer Than Ever: Get Your Insider Discount Code

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Photo by Laine Doss
We're looking forward to Grovetoberfest.
Just about had it with summer? Between killer mosquitoes and alternating burning sun and thunderstorms, we're looking forward to the relative cool of autumn. That -- and beer.

October is traditionally the time for beer and, while Germany's Oktoberfest is world famous, Miami has its own unique celebration of brew. We're talking about Grovetoberfest.

The one-day cavalcade of beer returns to Coconut Grove's Peacock Park on Saturday, Oct. 18, and this year promises to be bigger than ever. Translation: more beer.

See also: Grovetoberfest: Miami Brewers Spotlighted

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Bourbon, Beer, and Cue Finale at the Dutch: Battle of the Caja Chinas (Photos)

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All photos by Carla Torres
Meat masters at the helm.
Last night, the Dutch concluded their summer series Bourbon, Beer, and Cue with a three-way Caja China battle that invited Aaron Brooks (Edge Steak & Bar) and Jeremiah Bullfrog (gastroPod) to the W's grove backyard courtyard for a magical evening that included whole animals and bacon-infused bourbons under the stars.

Andrew Carmellini, or A.C. as he is called by his staff, roamed around as the event's formal host while executive chef Conor Hanlon manned his lamb and did the cooking. Short Order was invited to attend the finale of the series, bringing the third consecutive year of Bourbon, Beer and Cue to a successful wrap.

See also: The Dutch Celebrates Three-Year BBQ Summer Series, Invites Chefs to Cook a Feast in Backyard

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Oolite's Backyard Mango Cocktail and Wessel's BBQ Shrimp: The Perfect Summer Meal

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Photo by Jen Karetnick
Chef Kris Wessel with a bounty of backyard mangoes.
Let's just start by stating the obvious: It's hot and steamy in Miami this time of year. Too hot for tucking into a steakhouse meal of beefy pleasures with buttery sides. This is the time for dining on something lighter. The conundrum is, of course, to find something that's still big on flavor. Even though the temperature and humidity is raging, the last thing I want is some nondescript salad.

On a recent visit to Lincoln Road to pick up a backordered bookshelf, I saw a blackboard sign outside Oolite Restaurant & Bar, which invited passersby to enjoy "In Rightful Hands Wessel's BBQ Shrimp." Between the great suggestion and the fact that the restaurant offered shelter from the blistering sun, I stepped in.

See also: Kris Wessel to Open New Bar A.I.R. (Artist in Residence)

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Top Five Most Miami Nachos: Marlins Helmet Dips and Tostones for Chips

Categories: Top List

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Photo by Lee Klein
Nachos with helmet head.
The stamp of most nachos, beyond the chips and cheese, are the three dollops that showcase the colors of the Mexican flag: guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. Although in Miami, we let our own freak flag fly atop our nachos because we do them a little differently than everywhere else.

Naturally, our nachos have their own style as the toppings, chips, meats and vessels vary amongst restaurants. Here are the top five nacho offerings that are distinctly Miami.

See also: Ten Best Meatballs in Miami

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How to Stop Holding Your Utensils Like Weapons: We Talk to an Etiquette Expert

Categories: Interview, Musings

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Stop treating utensils as weapons.
I never thought that I'd be one to discuss dining etiquette. After all, my first blog was entitled Uncouth Gourmands and my previous utensil usage brag was that I could fish pickles out of the jar with chopsticks.

Although, this past week I have switched from my loud and inefficient way of using a knife and fork -- known as American style -- to the much more elegant and efficient way known as the European/Continental style. I also consulted with Elena Brouwer, CEO (Certifed Etiquette Officer) of the Etiquette Centre in Hollywood to help me as I transition from fork in the right hand to fork in the left.

See also: At AQ in Sunny Isles Beach, Dewey LoSasso Gets Fancy and Fanciful

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Iron Fork 2014: Ten Dishes You Need to Try (And Last Chance for Discount Tickets)

Categories: Iron Fork

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Photo by Jusin Namon
Iron Fork 2013 at the Arsht Center.
New Times' Iron Fork Miami Spice Kickoff, presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority is tomorrow and the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami will be abuzz with hundreds of people enjoying food and drink by Miami's best restaurants.

If you've already got your tickets, we'll see you there. If you've been procrastinating, you've only got until 11 p.m. tonight to take advantage of discounted pricing. After that, tickets are $65 for general admission; $100 for VIP at the door.

See also: Five Reasons You Need to Go to New Times' Iron Fork 2014

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River Oyster Bar Moving Out of Brickell in 2015

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David Bracha and charcuterie at Oak Tavern.
David Bracha's River Seafood & Oyster Bar will make its long awaited move out of Brickell sometime in 2015.

Bracha, who also owns Oak Tavern in the Design District, has leased spaced on the ground floor of the rising Flagler on the River Apartment Towers being built by Argentine developer the Melo Group. They hope to secure two more restaurants for the space in the future.

See also: Tobacco Road Property Sold, Bar to Remain Open at Least Three More Years

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Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Holds a Sausage Fest

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All photos by Laine Doss
House-canned sausage by Prost.
Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse had a little shindig yesterday and, what started as a pretty sophisticated evening (a welcome cocktail of sparkling wine and mint was refined and refreshing), turned into a rousing sausage fest.

Of course, when you're a restaurant that specializes in house-made tubular meat products, that kind of behavior is expected. Encouraged, even.

See also: Prost Wurstgrill & Bierhouse Opens in Brickell

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Save Sear'N Gears: Aleric Constantin Sets Up Go Fund Me Page

Categories: News

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Courtesy Sear'N Gears
Save Sear'N Gears
When Aleric Constantin introduced his Sear'N Gears a little over a year ago, it seemed like a sure thing. After all, who doesn't love a good ice cream to cool them off in the Miami heat?

The former Michael's Genuine line cook promotes his business at most Miami Critical Mass events and also runs a pop-up dinner series called Social Cena. The chef, who in the past has worked with Proper Sausages, plans to open a restaurant called Decorated Slang.

But, even the best laid plans can go awry.

See also: Sear'N Gears: Miami's First Ice-Cream Bicycle Sears Through Critical Mass

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Cindy Hutson Celebrates 15 Years of Ortanique: "It Takes People, Skills, and Fresh Ideas"

Categories: Chef Interviews

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Courtesy of Cindy Hutson
It's a big month for Cindy Hutson and partner Delius Shirley. The duo and life partners are celebrating a 15-year run in the restaurant industry with their Miracle Mile darling Ortanique on the Mile. Hutson also will bring her Caribbean flair to downtown with the opening of Zest and Zest Mrkt come fall.

But all this could not be possible without the loyal clientele of Ortanique, so to celebrate and thank locals for continuous years of support, Hutson and Shirley are hosting a charity wine dinner in union with Darioush Winery this Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m.

We caught up with Hutson on what challenges the last 15 years brought and what's next for Ortanique.

See also: Food All Stars: Cindy Hutson, Jersey Girl Roots; Island Heart

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