Silence of the Lamb Chops: Veal Brains, Beef Heart Tartare, Chicken Liver Mousse, and Moth Cookies

All photos by Giovanny Gutierrez
Thrill seekers gathered last night at the Federal for a special collaborative dinner between Cesar Zapata and Todd Erickson (Haven and Huahua's) that included pig face, beef heart, chicken liver, veal brains, lamb chops, and moths.

Inspired by the psychological thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, Silence of the Lambs, all dishes are straight plays from scenes in the film and meals had by Hannibal Lecter. "He's our favorite cannibal," said Aniece Meinhold. "So we wanted to honor him." Erickson and Zapata did just that in five-courses. The wine pairing dinner, dubbed Silence of the Lamb Chops, brought out the heebie-jeebies in us, and it had nothing to do with the food that was served.

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Week-Long Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Starts Today

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Something fishy's going on in South Beach.
The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its second year with a host of dinners and events. Starting today October 22, South Beach will get fishy with dinners, a wine-and-dine around, and a chef showdown before the grand event festival happens on Saturday, October 25, at Lummus Park in South Beach.

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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival Sells Out of More Than Just Tickets

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Yesterday, seafood aficionados flocked to Peacock Park to get their hands on stone crabs and celebrate the beginning of the season, as well as enjoy the cool breeze. The second-annual Coconut Grove Seafood Festival sold out all $15 presale and $20 at-the-gate tickets.

Short Order was invited to attend the all-day festivities, which kicked off at 11 a.m. and were supposed to continue until sunset.

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Chef Katsuya Uechi to Host Pop-Up Dinner Tonight at Katsuya by Starck

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Chef Katsuya hosts a pop-up dinner.
Chef Katsuya Uechi, the man behind the Katsuya restaurant family, is coming to South Beach to personally prepare a meal for Miami fans of his sushi.

The pop-up family-style dinner will be held tonight, October 14 from 7 - 10:30 p.m. at the chef's namesake Katsuya by Starck at the SLS South Beach. If you haven't been to the restaurant, the Cirque du Soleil feel rivals even that of neighboring the Bazaar by José Andrés for sheer theatricality with giant geisha lips gracing the walls and an upstairs lounge disguised as an opium den.

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Coconut Grove Seafood Festival Back for Second Year; Skydiver to Drop Stone Crab Tomorrow Morning

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This and so much more could be yours
After its inaugural success last year, the Coconut Grove Seafood Festival is coming back this Sunday, October 19, for the second year in a row. Festival organizer Tony Albelo has rounded up a roster of local restaurants to be vendors for the event. They will all be cooking up delicacies of the sea. Think Bahamian cracked conch, lobster rolls, and stone crabs.

There will be lots and lots of stone crab, considering the season starts just four days prior to the festival. To kick it off, Albelo has arranged for stone crabs to be dropped the morning of the 15th.

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Croquetapalooza 2014: Barley & Swine Wins People's Choice

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MEAT changes up the croqueta game with a Manchego, chorizo, and yuca croqueta topped with chimichurri aioli.
Yesterday, hundreds of croqueta lovers gathered to celebrate Miami's quintessential finger food -- 10,000 of them. The brainchild of Sef Gonzalez (Burger Beast), the inaugural Croquetapalooza brought together the city's best fried cylinders under one roof to vie for the title of best croqueta.

To counteract the savory bites, a flan fight invited judges Todd Erickson (executive chef of Haven and Huahua's), Michael's Genuine pastry goddess Hedy Goldsmith, and Univision reporter Jorge Borges to choose the sweetest of the bunch.

It was a day of savory, sweet, and good times.

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BLT Prime's Inaugural Wine Dinner: Master Sommelier and a 3D Creme Brulee

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3D creme brulee
Last night, Master Sommelier Rob Bigelow graced the Magic City with his presence at BLT Prime's inaugural wine dinner. At the restaurant located in the Trump National Doral, BLT Prime's chef de cuisine Dustin Ward cooked up a five-course dinner to match wines from the Chateau Ste. Michelle Portfolio.

Prior to joining Chateau Ste. Michelle, Bigelow tells us he "spent a 12-year jail sentence in Las Vegas. Just kidding." He actually headed the wine program at the Bellagio for four years, during which he acquired the title of master sommelier, before moving on to open the Aria's 4,000-room F&B program. He also has a cameo in the documentary Somm, in which four sommeliers attempts to pass the toughest test in the world with the lowest pass rates.

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Burger Beast's Croquetapalooza This Sunday: 10,000 Croquetas and a Flan Fight

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Does Sergio's have the winning croqueta?
If you can't get enough of the fried goodness that is a croqueta, you'll be glad to know that this coming Sunday you can find about 10,000 of them. Dubbed Croquetapalooza, the event is the brainchild of local blogger Sef Gonzalez, better known as Burger Beast.

BB is at it again, and this time it's not burgers or fritas, but one of Miami's quintessential finger foods. A dozen local restaurants will gather at Magic City Casino, where they will fry up the Cuban delights. Croqueta preparada, anyone?

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Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove's Indian Series Launches Today

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Salivate over an Indian-style mini flat bread with coriander chutney.
It is no easy feat to find sensational Indian food in Miami. The profound level of spices and ingredients in Indian dishes are quite difficult to replicate and perfect. Luckily, the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove is bringing back its Indian cuisine with a six-week long experience. Executive chef Ramesh Kaduru will be whipping up dishes inspired by the flavors and culture of his hometown of Chennai, India.

Last year, I went for the dinner and it was so unforgettable that I went back for the Diwali celebration as well. I still fantasize about the gulab jamun, a milk solids donut hole, with rose-scented syrup.

Short Order talked with chef Kaduru, who was busy preparing for the Indian celebration (Thursday, October 23).

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Pumpkinpalooza at Haven: Michael Pirolo and Todd Erickson Cooked Up a Feast

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Pumpkin risotto. Inside a pumpkin. Why yes, it was pumpkinpalooza.
To welcome October and tis' the season to have pumpkin, Haven hosted a collaborative dinner last night with Michael Pirolo of Macchialina. Dubbed Pumpkinpalooza, the five-course dinner featured over seven pumpkin varieties, with cocktails (also with pumpkin) to match each dish by Isaac Grillo and Will Rivas.

"Michael and I are friends inside and outside of the kitchen, so the collaboration for tonight was something that came naturally and a lot of fun," said Todd Erickson as he set the evening off. We couldn't have imagined a better way to kick off October.

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