Seed Food & Wine Festival: First Large-Scale Vegan Event in Miami and Only One in Florida

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Bunnie Cakes and its vegan cupcakes will be at SFWF.
Vegans don't get much love in this pork belly town, but that's about to change with the introduction of an annual event that celebrates plant-based cuisine.

The Seed Food & Wine Festival (SFWF) will do for vegans, vegetarians, and the "veggie-curious" what the South Beach Wine & Food Festival does for omnivores: provide a plethora of events featuring celebrity chefs, fine wines, craft beers, gourmet cuisine, and more celebrities.

SFWF consists of five days of events, including upscale dinners, garden parties, a Southern-style brunch, a film screening, and a large-scale outdoor festival. Expect vegan celebrities, celebrity chefs, professional athletes, and health experts, plus food, wine, beer, and spirits samples.

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Taco Bell Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco: Announcement via Snapchat

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Taco Bell
Taco Bell announces a new taco via Snapchat.
There's a new Doritos taco in town and it's a real chicken.

Taco Bell has just announced Spicy Chicken Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos will be available on Thursday, May 1, for a limited time.

This is the fourth in a line of Doritos Locos tacos, the first being the Nacho Cheese, which catapulted the Mexican fast food chain to unprecedented success after its launch in 2012.

See also: Taco Bell Breakfast Is Here (Photos)

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H.U.M.A.N. Vending Machines Help Local Schools Get on the Healthful Snack Bandwagon

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Courtesy of H.U.M.A.N.
In the grand tradition of vending machines, most pay-by-coin food dispensers are chock full of Oreos, whoopie pies, Cheetos, and Coke. Heart disease waiting to happen.

But as it turns out, there's another option for automated convenience foods. It's called H.U.M.A.N. (Helping Unite Mankind and Nutrition). And H.U.M.A.N.'s machines are making their way across South Florida. Most recently, they set up shop in Fort Lauderdale's Holy Cross Hospital.

In addition to businesses, H.U.M.A.N. is all about getting into schools, especially given the government's new Smart Snacks in School guidelines. Come July 1, any school participating in the National School Lunch Program must provide healthful snack options. South Florida is no exception. And H.U.M.A.N. wants to help.

See also: Ginnybakes, Superfood, Pale-o-la, Good Future, and Bad Ass: Top Five Miami-Made Packaged Snacks

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Remembering Barry Alberts, Miami Wine Educator

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Laine Doss
Barry Alberts doing what he loved best.
If you've ever been to a winetasting or a pairing dinner in Miami, chances are you met local wine educator Barry Alberts.

Alberts died suddenly this past weekend. His daughter, Lexi, posted the news on Alberts' Facebook page Saturday, April 5. Alberts also had a son, Chad, who lives in Portland.

See also: Weekly Wine Tasting at Sonesta Coconut Grove: Killer View Included

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IKEA Miami Now Hiring: 350 Jobs Including Food Service Positions

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Y-Shumin via Flickr
Want to make the meatballs?
It's coming! IKEA, the land of affordable assemble-it-yourself furniture, Swedish meatballs, and lingonberry soda is (finally) opening its first Miami-Dade location this summer. (No more schlepping to Sunrise for a twenty-buck end table and some frozen salmon!)

See also: IKEA to Open in Miami: Five Reasons for Foodies to Rejoice

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Starbucks on 167th Street: The Best Designed Drive-Thru and Walk-Up, but Nowhere to Hang Out

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Photos by Carina Ost
Sbux gone modular.
Before tackling the Florida Turnpike, Palmetto Expressway, or I-95, you may need your caffeine fix. Thankfully, there is a Starbucks placed where 167th Street meets NE Second Ave. While a drive-thru may conjure up images of talking into clown mouths and teenagers in headsets, that is not the case at this Starbucks.

This location resembles something architecturally and visually interesting. Better yet, you are able to order obnoxiously in the comfort of our car, without having to hear your neighbors in line doing the same. Of course, it still has that stylized, slightly pretentious aura that we have come to expect with our extra-hot, nonfat, venti latte with two Splendas.

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PepperJelly Co.'s Kickstarter Campaign for Cuban Sriracha

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Courtesy of PepperJelly Co.
Hot sauce is a staple on the Cuban table and Michael Diaz's family is no exception to that rule. His grandfather, who recently passed away, left behind a hot sauce legacy. What he didn't leave behind? The recipe. That prompted Diaz to hit the kitchen with hopes of recreating it.

"One day I mixed sriracha with mojo and had it with pork. After that, I decided to ferment chili to make my own sriracha and throw in the ingredients of mojo-like sour orange, cumin and garlic. After trial and error, I fermented them together for a sauce that is a little thinner so you definitely taste the mojo flavor without it being overpowering," said Diaz. Thus, Cuban Sriracha was born.

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Chef's Roll, LinkedIn for the Culinary Crowd, Draws in Miami's Kitchen Talent

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There's no denying that the culinary world is its own wild, woolly trip down the rabbit hole. The kitchens of the world are a far cry from the corporate boardrooms, particularly when it comes to career paths. Ever read Kitchen Confidential? Yeahhhhhhhh, that.

So it makes major sense that chefs should have their own social network. Somehow, LinkedIn doesn't seem up to the task of showcasing a sous chef's epic au jus or highlighting a toque's talents with a blade. So for back of the house superstars, there's Chef's Roll.

See also: Fashion Blogger Pamela Wasabi Embarks on Vegan and Raw Foods Chef Career

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Taco Bell Breakfast Is Here (Photos)

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Photos by Laine Doss
Taco Bell's holy trinity of breakfast.
It's here. Taco Bell's much-anticipated breakfast arrived early this morning, with fans already freaking out over the fast-food chain's variety of morning meal offerings.

Of course, the company is pushing the hype, giving away special Taco Bell breakfast phones to a select group of rabid followers and offering prizes to people who eat their breakfast and tweet a picture by 11 a.m. today.

See also: Taco Bell New Fiery Doritos Locos Taco: Spicy Cash Only

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Giorgio Rapicavoli, Jose Mendin Are Food & Wine's People's Best Chef Nominees

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Hector Torres
Pubbelly's Jose Mendin is one of Food & Wine's best chefs.
Food & Wine's fourth-annual the People's Best New Chef nominees have been announced, and two Miami chefs are in the running.

Jose Mendin, director of culinary operations for the Pubbelly Restaurant Group, and Giorgio Rapicavoli, chef/partner of Eating House and the soon-to-open Taperia Raca, are among the 100 toques nominated for the award, which "honors talented up-and-coming innovators who have run their own kitchens for five years or fewer."

See also: Taperia Raca Opens Friday: Giorgio Rapicavoli Tells Us What to Expect

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