La Nuit en Rosé Festival Brings Three Days of Drinking to the Beach

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This could be you.
If you have plans this weekend, you might want to cancel them. Unless those plans include attending the La Nuit en Rosé Festival, which is bringing all things bubbly and pink to the newly opened Miami Beach Edition for three back-to-back days of drinking.

The first festival dedicated solely to rosé champagnes and wines, La Nuit en Rosé will bring about 60-plus wineries and chateaus under one roof for your sipping pleasure.

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Super Bowl 2015 Watch Parties in Miami

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Watch the big game under palm trees.
This Sunday, February 1, the New England Patriots will take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m., but the pregame action starts much earlier.

If you're not flying out to Arizona for the big game, there will be plenty of watch parties in Miami. Here are some of our favorites.

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The Federal Hosts Best New Restaurant Watch Party Tonight

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The Federal is on the block tonight.
Bravo's Best New Restaurant returns to the screen tonight at 10, and the next Miami restaurant to go under Tom Colicchio's knife, so to speak, is the Federal Food Drink & Provisions.

The homey restaurant, helmed by Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold, goes up against the Austin restaurant Swift's Attic for a chance to advance to the show's semifinals. Last week, Dolce Italian beat Doma in Beverly Hills to move up in the ranks.

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Sixth Annual Burgie Awards This Saturday

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And the winners are....
Awards season is here, and while staying in with a pint of ice cream and tweeting your thoughts on the winners is fun for the Golden Globes and Academy bonanzas, you'll want get out of those sweatpants and head to the sixth annual Burgies for a night of local camaraderie and food.

The man behind the local meat fest is none other than Sef Gonzalez, better known as Burger Beast. In 2009, he felt that no one was honoring the little guys who were pedaling forward South Florida's food community, so he decided to take matters into his own hands. It worked. He got a record total of 4,000 voters for this year's awards, which are being held in Hialeah for the first time this Saturday, January 31.

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Culinary Cinema Program Announced for Miami Film Festival

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It's officially tourists season here in Miami. With that comes big tips for the city's hard-working service industry, high temperatures, and an influx of New Yorkers -- particularly those fleeing that big storm. There are also premier events like the South Beach Wine & Food Festival and Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival (MIFF).

For the third year in a row, the film festival will host Culinary Cinema, which marries the best parts of these two premiere events. Jaie Laplante, Executive Director of MIFF has teamed up with Lee Brian Schrager, creator of the SoBeWFF, to develop restaurant pairings for five of the festival's films.

"Film is a passion of mine and I really enjoyed collaborating with Jaie on this year's program," noted Schrager. "The 2015 line-up really showcases, on a global level that wine and food experiences bring out great personal stories that everyone can connect with."

Festival attendees will be able to go online and purchase pairing packages to each of the films selected. The package includes a movie ticket, a three-course-meal, and wine provided by Frederick Wildman and Sons.


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Festival of Chocolate: Chocolate Beer, Bacon, and Soap (Photos)

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Photos by Carla Torres
Who doesn't?
This weekend, hundreds of chocoholics headed to the Miami Auto Museum for the Festival of Chocolate. Named one of the top ten chocolate festivals in the country, the festival brought about a series of local and national edible entertainment in the form of beer, ice cream, spa products, demos, and everything in between.

The Festival of Chocolate has been held in West Palm Beach and Tampa before, but this was the first time in Miami.

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Win Two Tickets to PAMM's Art of the Party Presented by Louis Vuitton

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Lee Schrager is one busy dude. Besides producing South Beach Wine & Food Festival and its 75-plus events, the VP of corporate communication for Southern Wine & Spirits is also a trustee the Perez Art Museum of Miami. Which means he's in charge of conceptualizing and producing its annual gala, the Art of the Party (formerly known as the MAM Ball).

This year's event, taking place Saturday, January 17, and presented by Louis Vuitton, is a night of pure elegance, fun, and giving back to the community. With programming that includes a chef's table going for $25,000, supper club for $1,000, or an after-party at a more reasonable $250 per person, the modern-day ball offers something for everybody.

And speaking of offering something, we're giving away a pair of tickets to the after-party so you can rub shoulders with the movers and shakers of Miami's arts community.

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Eats N Beats Returns During Wine & Food Weekend

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Eats N Beats returns to Miami.
In much the same way that Art Basel triggered Miami Art Week, with the original art fair expanding to encompass dozens of shows and exhibitions, the organizers of Eats N Beats want to turn the middle of February into Miami Food & Wine Week with the second annual Eats N Beats event. It will be held Saturday, February 21, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight at the Moore Building.

The event, dubbed "by locals for locals," is held the same weekend as the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the annual multi-day culinary extravaganza that takes over the beach and mainland Miami with hundreds of celebrity-studded parties, dinners, and seminars.

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The Federal After Three Years: Free Champagne, Phuc Yea, and Blue Piano Replays

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Short Order alum and the Federal's Aniece Meinhold can attest to the old adage of third time being a charm. First came Blue Piano, then popped up Phuc-Yea!, and shortly thereafter, the shuttering of the insanely named Vietnamese pop-up, The Federal Drink & Provisions was born in a matter of a month.

She and business partner (as well as life partner) Cesar Zapata struck gold with their unconventional yet comforting American fare that included jar-o-duck and pig wings from day one. And three years later, the same hype still buzzes amongst locals who flock to brunch every Sunday or sell out their monthly wine dinners.

In honor of this milestone, the Federal is taking the entire week (starting today) to celebrate, including the re-introduction of Sunday supper. "We did our friends and family January 12th, 2012 and opened the doors on 16th," she reminisces. "That entire time is this entire week, so it's only right to celebrate accordingly."

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Common Threads' Cooking For Life Fest: Bernstein, Balloo, Viviani, Serfer and More

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Michelle Bernstein and local Miami students.
With all the food festivals in Miami, it's usually tough to get jazzed up about yet another dinner or tasting. However, the upcoming Common Threads Cooking for Life Festival has an amazing lineup.

The Chicago-based organization was founded by chef Art Smith and his husband, artist Jesus Salgueiro, in an effort to prevent childhood obesity through cooking and nutrition programs while celebrating both cultural diversity and the "common threads" that can be shared through food.

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