Miami Spice Mashup: Swine's Clay Miller Hosts Haven's Todd Erickson for a Down-Home Good Time

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Deviled egg duel: Chefs Clay Miller and Todd Erickson make eggs, not war.
Miami Spice hasn't even started yet, but its ancillary events and dinners are already in full swing. Od course, there's Miami New Times' Iron Fork event, which takes place this Thursday, July 31 at 7 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Miami on the eve of Spice. Tickets, by the way, are $50 for general admission and $85 for VIP, but use promo code IF10GAF to take $5 off your VIP tickets and $10 off GA tickets. Visit to get your tickets now.

Another interesting event to "spice things up" involved two of Miami's best chefs, who collaborated on a four-course dinner that gave diners a taste of things to come. Chef Clay Miller of Swine Southern Table & Bar hosted Haven's Todd Erickson for the special Miami Spice Mash-Up dinner. This was the second in a series of special events that pair two chefs from participating "Spice" restaurants. The first "mash-up" saw Chef Brad Kilgore of J&G Grill at St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort host Pubbelly's Jose Mendin for an evening of dining. A third mash-up is planned for the future. Short Order was invited to the dinner, which featured a night of down-home goodness.

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

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Liberty City Icon Jumbo's, the Temple of Fried Shrimp, Set to Close After Sale

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Jumbo's days, sadly, are numbered.
After leading Miami's desegregation in the '60s, surviving the race riots of the '80s, and persevering despite a pickup truck slamming through its front and killing two customers in 2012, the legendary Liberty City soul food spot Jumbo's will close its doors Wednesday.

Bobby Flam, who took over the restaurant from his father, Isadore, in 1966, has sold the 24-hour fried chicken, shrimp, and conch joint to a developer who plans to build affordable housing on the corner of NW Seventh Avenue and NW 75th Street.

See also: Choices Cafe Brickell Closing Its Doors With Farewell Bash

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

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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.

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The International Mango Festival: Colombian Mango Tastings and Star Chefs' Brunch

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Moist, marvelous mangoes. If the mere mention of them makes your mouth swoon, then get ready for this weekend when the 22nd annual International Mango Festival graces our palates. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden event will be held Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13, because one day of mango worship is just not enough. Among the yoga, shopping, lectures, and activities for the kids, there's tons of mango to try.

See also: Six Mango Dishes to Try in Miami: Sushi, Foie Gras, and Hedy Goldsmith Dessert

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Potato Salad Kickstarter Raises Over $50,000 So Far

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Is this potato salad worth nearly $60,000?
Kickstarter is the online site that allows broke entrepreneurs to raise venture capital from the public works.

The crowdfunding platform has been used successfully by many legitimate businesses to procure the necessary funds for a new restaurant, a food truck, or a line of products. Some companies use Kickstarter in addition to a bank loan that falls short of a project.
Recently, Zak the Baker raised $31,950 from 419 "backers" for his Wynwood cafe, telling Short Order "I was able to round up a loan, but turning a warehouse into a bakery is an incredibly expensive venture. Just the infrastructure alone took almost all of my money."

Though Kickstarter charges a five percent flat fee from a project's funding, the money raised through Kickstarter does not have to be paid back like a traditional bank loan, making the terms extremely attractive to an individual in pursuit of their dreams.

Not all Kickstarter campaigns are completely funded, but some gain traction and go viral -- like the one to make potato salad by another "Zach." This time it's not bread that's being funded, but a popular side dish.

See also: Help Zak the Baker Open a Wynwood Bakery and Cafe Through Kickstarter Campaign

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Ikea Bringing Cafecito Truck to Miami: Free Coffee and Furniture Previews

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Ikea: rolling out design ideas and coffee.
Ikea Miami's mega 416,000-square-foot quasi-city opens this summer in West Miami-Dade and the store, known for its Swedish meatballs and easy-on-the-wallet furniture with next-to-impossible names like Sniglar and Magnarp, is introducing itself to Miami by handing out...cafecito.

We kid you not. The Swedish furniture store is rolling out the Ikea cafecito truck for a little "cafecito time" starting Saturday, July 12. Over the next two weeks, the truck will tour Miami, giving out free coffee and a sneak peek of some Ikea furniture.

Which brings us to the big question -- why not just hand out meatballs and lingonberry jam? Or even Swedish Fish?

See also: IKEA Miami Now Hiring: 350 Jobs Including Food Service Positions

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Thirstie: New App Delivers Booze to Your Door

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Thirstie: Find that local liquor fast.
Here's the scenario. You're having a little house party and you run out of tequila...or vodka...or beer. You could make a booze run before your friends turn on you like rabid wolverines, or you could order backup supplies on your iPhone with the new Thirstie app.

The free app, created by Thirstie CEO Devaraj Southworth, launched in New York four months ago, with Los Angeles and Chicago coming onboard shortly after. Today, Southworth has brought his booze-on-demand service to Miami.

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

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Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

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Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds dubbed Fit for Hope. The Washington, D.C. fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against one another over the course of 12 weeks and raised more than $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Because of the positive impact it had on Isabella's life, he's decided to regionalize the challenge and make it Miami-appropriate. He's picked captain and regional host Jamie DeRosa to head Fit to Fight, which kicks off Monday, June 30, with a party open to the public at Tongue & Cheek.

See also: Jugofresh Hires In-House Health Expert to Educate Customers

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Nutella Ice Cream Arriving at Carvel; Nutella Truck Tour Coming to Miami

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Carvel meets Nutella. We all have a summer romance!
Nutella. The mere mention of the creamy hazelnut spread that works in sandwiches, on apples, in recipes, and just straight out of the jar, brings most into a state of nirvana.

So, how can you improve perfection? By making it into ice cream!

Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, have teamed up with Carvel to make the first ever Nutella ice cream.

See also: Gilly's Catastrophic Crunch and Lazy Sunday: Get SNL-Themed Ben & Jerry's Flavors in Coral Gables

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My Ceviche Owners Acquire Latin Burger & Taco Restaurant

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Latin Burger & Taco in Coral Gables.
My Ceviche has acquired Latin Burger & Taco restaurants.

My Ceviche's Sam Gorenstein and Roger Duarte finalized a deal Monday with Latin Burger & Taco's Jim Heins to purchase the Latin Burger restaurant in Coral Gables. The purchase, for an undisclosed amount, does not at this time affect the pink-and-black food trucks, which will remain under original ownership.

Latin Burger & Taco started as one of the first food trucks in Miami when he rumbled onto the scene in November 2009. It soon became a sensation, with long lines of fans waiting for the truck's signature burgers and tacos. The franchise quickly expanded with the addition of a second truck in 2011 and a brick-and-mortar restaurant opening in late 2013.

See also: Latin Burger & Taco Opening Restaurant in Coral Gables

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