People Drive Hundreds of Miles to Camp Out for Chick-fil-A Opening

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Flagler Park turns into a tent city as people wait for Chick-fil-A to open.
People from all over the Eastern Seaboard are flocking to Miami's Flagler Park neighborhood. Are they seeking refuge from the Snowmageddon that never was? Um, no. They're actually here for the opening of Miami's newest Chick-fil-A location.

Say what?

Oh, yes. When a Chick-fil-A opens its doors, it's big news. Many people travel near and far to camp out in the hopes of being among the first 100 customers to enter the store when it opens, turning the parking lot into an overnight tent city.

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Hedy Goldsmith Leaving Michael's Genuine

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Miami's sweetest resident is moving on.
Hedy Goldsmith, executive pastry chef at Michael Schwartz's the Genuine Hospitality Group, is leaving her position to move to Los Angeles, according to

Goldsmith, who was nominated for several James Beard Awards and authored the book Baking Out Loud: Fun Desserts With Big Flavors, will leave the Genuine Hospitality Group at the end of April to relocate to the West Coast with her wife, Heidi Ladell.

Jackie Sayet, brand director for the Genuine Hospitality Group (and former New Times writer), confirmed Goldsmith's departure, saying, "[Goldsmith and Ladell] will be dearly missed here in Miami and specifically at the Genuine Hospitality Group."

See also: Jeff McInnis and Hedy Goldsmith Finalists for James Beard Awards

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Anheuser-Busch Sued For Deceptive Beck's Label

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Anheuser-Busch is being sued for deceptive beer labels in federal court.
Anheuser-Busch contiinues to face criticism over what consumers say are deceptive import labels on beer packaging, this time in relation to Beck's beer.

Just last month, Anheuser-Busch settled with Miami consumers Gustavo E. Oliva and Lady J. Suarez, who claimed they were misled into thinking Kirin beer was imported from Japan. They believed they paid more for the brew than they should have.

See also: Anheuser-Busch's Kirin Settlement in Miami Gives Households Price of a Six-Pack

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Gastropod Launches Kickstarter to Fund Wynwood Restaurant

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Help GastroPod stay in one place.
GastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog has been known to experiment with various cuisines and restaurant themes. From his Airstream to his P.I.G. events that celebrate all things pork, the chef is famed for innovative takes on classic favorites and intriguing dinners and brunches.

His most recent project is a permanent restaurant formed from a shipping container in Wynwood, which started out as a pop-up during Art Basel. Bullfrog, however, ran into some difficulties during the conversion to a formal space. "We got hit with some crazy permit fees for our new location in Wynwood. After hiring a zoning lawyer and permit [expert], our funds were exhausted."

See also: GastroPod's Noodle Head Hangs Out in Wynwood After Basel

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Chef Art Smith to Throw 101 Gay Weddings at James Royal Palm Hotel

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Celebrity chef Art Smith wants to throw 101 gay couples a wedding!
The beginning of 2015 became the start of many happily-ever-afters in Miami when Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel lifted her stay on Pareto v. Ruvin this past Monday, allowing same-sex couples in Miami to marry.

Today, the rest of the state followed suit, as hundreds of couples embraced for the first time as legally married people.

See also: Meet Florida's First Married Same-Sex Couples Who Tied the Knot Yesterday in Miami

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As Oyster Bars Spread Around Miami, the Bivalve Reigns Supreme

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Oyster offerings at Mignonette.
Oysters are a Florida tradition. Long ago, Native Americans found them generously scattered throughout the mangroves that twisted along the shoreline. David Bracha's the River Seafood & Oyster Bar has blessed Brickell for years. Danny Serfer's Mignonette started up in Edgewater last August. Then came the U-shaped raw bar at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink. Now there's Midtown Oyster Bar, and soon we'll discover Tongue & Cheek chief Jamie DeRosa's Izzy's Fish & Oyster.

In the past decade here and across the country, a perfect confluence of events -- from eaters demanding to know their food's source to the ease of overnighting oysters -- has helped the shellfish regain their prominence.

See also: Midtown Oyster Nails the Raw Bar but Misses in the Kitchen

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Eddie Zeng Wins Second-Annual FIU & Badia Spice Competition

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Come February, when the South Beach Wine & Food Festival hits our velvety sands for the 14th year, a lot of money will be raised for Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality. And there will be one particular FIU graduate student eager to get his hands on the goody bags given out at most events.

The student is Eddie Zeng, and he was crowned the winner of the second-annual student spice competition sponsored by FIU and spice giant Badia. Students were invited to create the "ultimate spice of life."

"I was encouraged by friends and family," Zeng says. It was his first time making a spice. After students submitted seasoning recipes with quantities and ingredients, the school reviewed all entries and decided on five students, who then went head-to-head in a spice cook-off.

See also: Five Best Egg Substitutes for Holiday Baking

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Organo Coffee: Ganoderma-Infused Brew Promises to Cut the Jitters

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Coffee is everywhere. But what distinguishes the brew at Starbucks from that at a Shell station? The beans may be sourced from different locales, but the caffeinated liquid they create has pretty similar properties.

Alternatively, Organo Coffee is basically its own breed. The brand's blends are all infused with a Chinese mushroom known as Ganoderma lucidum that's said to cut the coffee jitters and offer a more sustainable energy boost.

See also: In Colombia, Coffee Is King

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GastroPod's Noodle Head Hangs Out in Wynwood After Basel

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House made spaghetti with kale pesto.
Jeremiah Bullfrog's shipping containers that sustained the Art Basel masses with Royals with cheese and bouncy alkaline noodles topped with spicy, hammy XO sauce will be sticking around Wynwood a bit longer to serve a temporary test kitchen for the mostly mobile chef.

See also: Jeremiah Bullfrog Pops Up at Two Locations During Art Basel

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FDA New Rules: Mandatory Calorie Counts on Everything, Even Popcorn and Booze

The FDA is chomping down on food chains.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just announced new rules that will affect nearly everything we, as diners and consumers, put into our mouths.

That above statement is not hyperbole, by the way. The rules, a major extension of the 2010 law that required chain restaurants to disclose certain nutritional information. Listed under section 4205 of the Affordable Care Act, the mandate got push back from chains, especially movie theaters and pizza chains and the final rules were delayed for three year, according to the New York Times.

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