Dog-Abusing Centerplate CEO Has Ties to Sun Life Stadium, Miami Beach Convention Center

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Laine Doss
Sun Life Stadium has ties to dog-kicking CEO
Last week, part of a surveillance video was leaked, showing Des Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, abusing a dog.

The footage from an elevator camera in a Vancouver apartment building, depicts Hague yanking the leash of the small dog, then kicking the puppy while it is lying down.

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Pumpkin Back at Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts

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The future's so bright it's gotta wear shades.
It's 90 degrees everywhere (including New York City), but America's favorite coffee chains want to give you a taste of autumn early.

Both Dunkin' Donuts and Starbucks have launched their pumpkin lattes about a month earlier than usual this year. Traditionally, the beverages, with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, are offered in early fall.

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Sun Life Stadium's New Food Offerings: Michelle Bernstein, BurgerFi, and More

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Michelle Bernstein, the Miami Dolphins, and kale. We never thought we'd see the day.
It's hard to believe, but summer is nearing completion and football pre-season is already here. The Miami Dolphins play the St. Louis Rams this Thursday, August 28 at Sun Life Stadium and if you're going to the game -- go hungry for both a win and a solid meal.

This time, we're not talking just nachos and hot dogs, although those are still available in elevated form. This season, you're just as likely to chow down on sausages from heritage pork, chicken wings, sushi, and kale from a celebrity chef.

For the 2014 season, the Miami Dolphins "upped their game" foodwise. As Dolphins President & CEO Tom Garfinkel welcomed Miami media in to sample the new options at the stadium, he said he went directly to fans to ask them what they wanted. The answer? Simple food that tastes good, great service, and value pricing. "$14 is too much for a beer," the Dolphins executive exclaimed. Garfinkel also tapped into the local community when searching for food partners.

The result is a stellar lineup of dining (yes..dining) options that range from upscale versions of standard fan-food to healthy meals (we counted two quinoa sightings) that might just change the way we eat at sporting events.

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Coca-Cola Life: Stevia-Sweetened Coke Available at the Fresh Market

Coca-Cola Life is available!
Coca-Cola Life is here, Miami!

For the first time, the stevia-sweetened soda is available in South Florida, as of yesterday, August 25.

The soda, sweetened with a blend of sugar and naturally sourced stevia leaf extract, caused a sensation in 2013 when it was launched in Argentina and Chile.

Now the soda, packaged in a distinctive green can, is available exclusively at 65 select Fresh Market stores in the Southeast United States through mid-October. Miami is one of the lucky markets.

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Is Burger King Moving to Canada?

Burger King, the Miami-based fast-food behemoth, is strongly considering purchasing the Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons in a deal that would essentially merge the two food-service companies.

The deal is sometimes called a corporate inversion, which is "used by companies that receive a significant portion of their income from foreign sources, since that income is taxed both abroad and in the country of incorporation. Companies undertaking this strategy are likely to select a country that has lower tax rates and less stringent corporate governance requirements," according to Investopedia.

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Florida Blogger on Killing Starbucks Pay-It-Forward Chain: "I Don't Want the Grim Reaper of Karma to Come for Me"

Carina Ost
Would you pay it forward?
Last week was tops in sales for a St. Petersburg, Florida, Starbucks. It was also, you might say, a day when the nice guys won -- for awhile.

Last Wednesday, a pay-it-forward chain ended when the 379th customer of the day didn't understand the concept and simply wanted to buy her own regular coffee. According to the Tampa Bay Times, it appeared the woman didn't get the idea of buying a latte for the stranger behind her.

The next day, the chain started again. The Tampa Bay Times was alerted of the second day of giving when a reader posted the news on the paper's Facebook page. By noon, more than 160 Starbucks customers had participated in this game of do-gooding. Then, suddenly, the chain broke -- on purpose.

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Batch Gastropub Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Calls Out Three Restaurants

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Any ice left for the cocktails?
Brickell's Batch Gastropub has taken the ALS Ice Bucket challenge to a whole new level.

Not only did Batch partner Kevin Danilo accept the challenge, which dares people to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads or donate $100 to ALS support and research, but he went a step further by recruiting his entire team to take the challenge. Not only has Danilo pledged to donate $20 for each Batch employee that joins the team challenge, he's taking it one step further by challenging other Miami area restaurants to join in the hope of causing a chain reaction of charitable giving in South Florida.

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Choices Kitchen Hosting Free Cooking Class Featuring Field Roast Grain Meats

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Field Roast's Coconut Cutlet tops a mango salad.

If you're clueless in the kitchen, plant-based eating can seem especially intimidating. How do you cook eggplant exactly? What in hell are you supposed to do with shallots? How much is too much oil?

Luckily, there's help. Choices Kitchen and Field Roast Grain Meats have teamed up to offer a free cooking class to curious eaters. Attendees will learn how to make a quick and easy vegan wrap -- an entrée that's sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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Slow Food Miami Accepting Nominations for Snail of Approval Awards

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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.

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"They Just Didn't Sell:" Richard Hales' Struggle to Keep Blackbrick an Authentic Chinese Eatery

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Miami, Y U no like stir-fried tripe?
There's little doubt Miami's dining ecosystem has expanded and improved by light years in only a decade or two. Chef-driven concepts and smartly sourced ingredients aren't as pervasive as many would like, but they're here and thriving.

However, gastropubs continue reproducing like rabbits. Miami diners still annoyingly cling to lowest-common-denominator dishes -- salt, fat, and starch bombs -- that people ogle and share on social media.

See also: Blackbrick Named One of Bon Appetit's Top 50 New Restaurants

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