Slow Food Miami Accepting Nominations for Snail of Approval Awards

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Photo by Laine Doss
Michael Schwartz won the first Snail of Approval in Miami.
Just a few short years ago, Miami's food scene wasn't exactly known as a thriving mecca of locavore cuisine.

Even with its proximity to oceans teeming with fish and farms that raised everything from tropical fruit to cattle, South Florida establishments ordered more from Sysco than farmer Joe.

See also: Slow Food Miami Snail of Approval Tasting Party: Clean Bites on the Beach

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The Inside Track on Wynwood's Concrete Beach Brewery

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All photos by Doug Fairall
Head brewer John Carpenter (left) and Alan Newman (right).
Miami's latest about-to-open brewery, Concrete Beach Brewery, is finally closer to opening after some delays. Short Order was invited for a rare behind-the-scenes look at the construction underway in Wynwood, and a chat with president and craft veteran Alan Newman.

We meet under the slim shade outside Panther Coffee in Wynwood, the bustling and cacophonous interior forcing us into the warm summer sunshine. Newman has the air of an artisan, complete with funky circular yellow-rimmed glasses. Over some iced coffee, talk begins to focus on why he's in Miami, and what this brewery operation means for the community at large.

See also: South Florida Brew Bus Delivers South Florida's Craft Beer Craze

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Miami Grill: Miami Subs Gets Pitbull-Approved Rebranding

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In the '90s, no sight was more welcome among angst-ridden suburban teens than the Greek diner disguised in neon and palm fronds known as Miami Subs. For decades, the Magic City has been a Petri dish for successful fast-food franchises to experiment with off-beat concepts to take to mass market. From Burger King to Pollo Tropical, several iconic eateries had their start as local chains. However, Miami Subs' time in the cultural consciousness was cut short long before it hit its prime.

For awhile, like the Metromover and the Seaquarium, Miami Subs seemed to be going the way of other bloated remnants of the town's Reaganite boom years. But ardent fans of all things tzatziki are rejoicing now that the Miami chain is under new management, which plans to inject some life into a franchise chain that used to supply Madonna and friends with wings and Dom Perignon through a drive-thru window conveniently open at 3 a.m.

See also: My Ceviche Opens Today in South Miami

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Coolest Cooler: Kickstarter Raises Nearly $5 Million To Fund Best Gadget Ever

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Coolest via Facebook
This is literally the coolest thing I've ever seen.
Kickstarter may be a metaphor for life itself. The crowdfunding site that allows people to pledge money to entrepreneurs in exchange for getting in on the ground floor of a new idea has had some dumb ideas -- like the potato salad Kickstarter that so far has raised over $50,000.

See also: Potato Salad Kickstarter Raises Over $50,000 So Far

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I Know the Chef Mobile App Launches in Miami, We Know the Founder

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Carina Ost
The man and his app.
Miami is a city with people who want to feel like ballers. For food enthusiasts, it is the magic four little words, "I know the chef" that unlocks the key for hard to get reservations and perhaps some sweet (or drinkable) perks.

To satisfy this desire for VIP access, and that "special feeling," the reservation and rewards app I Know the Chef was born a little over a year ago in New York City. Founder Joshua Stern was in Miami for a launch party on Tuesday night and we met up with him the next day for a media lunch at the Edge Steak & Bar to learn more about how the app came to be and why he chose Miami as the second city for the rollout.

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Samuel Adams Hosts Free Business Speed Coaching Event Tonight

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Samuel Adams via Facebook
We always knew beer would give us good advice.
If you've ever dreamed of opening a brewery, bakery, or restaurant you know by now that talent alone doesn't drive a successful business.

Funding, marketing, and a smart business plan are all as important as a great recipe for pie or ribs.

The best way to figure out a strategy is to find a mentor -- preferably for free.

The Boston Beer Company, makers of Samuel Adams, has been mentoring entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry since 2008, under their Brewing the American Dream program. The program, in partnership with Accion, has provided business advice to over 3,000 small business owners and $1.9 million in micro-financing to more than 220 companies.The program plans on offering over a dozen micro-loans to South Florida entrepreneurs in 2013.

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Jose Andres Does Haiti: A (Possible) Travel Show in the Works

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Jose Andres
Jose Andres, chef and owner of a fleet of chic restaurants including The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel in Miami, and a nonprofit documentary film team are in the early stages of shooting a Travel Channel-like showing off Haiti's food and cooking.

Andres has visited the country more than a dozen times since a massive earthquake struck the southern part of the country, devastating the capital Port-Au-Prince and leaving hundreds of thousands homeless.

"Jose went to Haiti three months after the earthquake," said Sebastian Lindstrom, a filmmaker and head of the What Took You So Long Foundation. "He didn't know what he wanted to do but he wanted to support the Haitian people and figure out how to use food as an agent of change."

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Stephen's Restaurant: Hand-Carved Pastrami in Hialeah

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Inside Stephen's, a corned-beef-fueled time machine in Hialeah.
Circling around Hialeah side streets near LeJeune Avenue we found Stephen's Restaurant only after dodging a 10-foot-by-10-foot slab of marble being offloaded into a warehouse.

A New York-style deli with house-made, hand-sliced pastrami and corned beef loaded onto thick slices of griddled rye bread is the last thing we thought we'd find here. Yet Stephen's is a holdover from a bygone era, when Formica countertops were still in style and the area was home to a garment district and a large Jewish population.

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Secret Curry Near Florida International University South Campus

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All photos by Zachary Fagenson
Inside Spice 'N Curry
Jai Mazumddar earned a master's degree in finance from the University of Florida in 2002. He spent more than half decade crunching numbers, mostly as a stockbroker for Continental Securities, which the Securities and Exchange Commission shut down, and later as a financial analyst for a real estate company in Boston.

Today he's bouncing off the walls at Spice 'n Curry, and Indian market on 107th Avenue a few blocks from Florida International University's main campus. We had to follow him from the register, where he was ringing up customers for bags of basmati rice and bunches of fenugreek leaves, to the five-seat counter where he sells three kinds of curries; chicken, mutton and vegetarian. There's also chicken and mutton biryani -- a mixed rice and meat dish -- and chaat, various bite-sized Indian snacks made for sharing, similar to Chinese dim sum.

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picklePeople: Chef Jeremiah Promising Alliteration and Proper Pickles



Do you have what it takes to be a Hipster Venture Capitalist?

Of course you do, because you make it rain on Kickstarter, a website that helps small entrepreneurs get their ideas funded through crowdsourcing. One of the latest Kickstarter projects to come out of Miami, picklePeoples, is yet another venture from Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, owner of Gastropod food truck and forthcoming chef for the soon to re-open Broken Shaker.

It all started when he and his squad of gastro-misfits were hired to cater a wedding a wedding in Brooklyn.

"The bride's mother is Korean. We got the idea to do Kim Chee bar and Banchan," he said. "Thus a pickle company was born."



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